July, 2012

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. I seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. While I do fill that role at the moment, I'm a little hesitant to refer to myself as a CTO as we still haven't launched a product, acquired a single user, or turned or a penny in profit.

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers


Coull Offers Advertisers Video Skimlinks. Apologies: an incomplete draft of this article was inadvertently sent out previously via RSS. This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE.

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Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu


With the proliferation of social media, how do you--as a brand--manage all of those various websites, content, and media?

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The Most Obvious Mobile Ad Unit and What the New York Times Got Wrong

Both Sides of the Table

The New York Times recently ran an article titled, “ Tech Companies Leave Phone Calls Behind.” ” I love the NY Times and am a paying subscriber. But this article missed the real trend. The premise of the article is that in an increasingly online world ruled by techies who don’t want to talk on the phone, the era of being able to call the company in which you do business is winding down. They cite Quara, Google, Twitter & Facebook as obvious examples.

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YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund


This article originally appeared on TechCrunch HERE. My son recently tried to call one of our older relatives. He dialed the number and quickly hung up with a confused look on his face. I asked him what was wrong and he replied, “I don’t know.

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr


What does social networking have to do with the stock market? According to Vinny Jindal , the CEO of Los Angeles-based startup Stockr (www.stockr.com), everything. Vinny talked with us about his start, which allows users to discuss and collaborate on their stocks and finances in a social way.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

Both Sides of the Table

Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. For those not familiar with the local geography, Palo Alto is the north end of what most consider “Silicon Valley” although nobody local calls it that. Palo Also is about 35 miles south of San Francisco. Palo Alto is home to Stanford. It is the birthplace of Hewlett Packard. And Facebook. It is adjacent to Mountain View, home to Google.

Viddy Wants to Bring Developers to Silicon Beach | $10K and a Job Offer

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Yesterday Viddy, the social video sharing site announced the launch of their public API for developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways of sharing video.

Reinvent your business with bits not atoms.


If only newspaper publishers, book publishers, record companies, and movie producers would have had the vision to see their future as we now see it, we might have become a digital society with much less disruption and loss of jobs than we have experienced these past years and continue to experience.

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Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. Here’s how. The best product wins. Period. With a great product comes great customers, and with customers comes revenue and profit, which in turn can be used to build more great products. It’s a continuous cycle.

Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style


This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE. Serial entrepreneur, venture investor and startup accelerator pioneer Brad Feld has notoriously mocked traditional marketing throughout his career.

Club Caveman Takes To Kickstarter To Bring App To Life


A mobile app new project by a local, Los Angeles team has taken to Kickstarter to help fund its efforts to create an animated, interactive caveman for your iPhone and iPad.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

Both Sides of the Table

I wrote a blog post on how to work with lawyers at a startup nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It was very widely read. If you don’t have much experience in working with law firms at a startup it’s a good primer. In that post I talked about how to select a law-firm for a startup. It should be: Local; Right-sized; and. Startup-focused. I specifically called out some of the best people I had personally worked with. Dave Young (LA … DLA Piper).

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Insteegram: Tech Meets Fashion | Interview with Founder Ed Park

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Insteegram is a startup that allows you to create amazing and unique t-shirts using your own Instagram photos. It uses Instagram’s API and prints on American Apparel t-shirts.

Better is the Enemy of Good Enough.


Getting any product to market is an act composed of a series of compromises in quality, product perfection, feature-functionality, and cost effectiveness. If every development engineer could control the release date of the component or product for which s/he is responsible, the dates for completion would certainly extend outward and vary from plan.

The Innovation Economy

Ask the Angels

July 19, 2012. An Article for the Technolink Association: Dr. Kevin J. Scanlon and Ms. Jessica Seay-Klatt. Pasadena Angels Investment Group. Society today continues to benefit from game-changing. innovations in medicine and business through successful. partnerships involving the investment community, government, and young entrepreneurs. These partnerships. provide the support and knowledge necessary for validating. and successfully bringing to market such innovations. This is.

Facebook’s Biggest Mistake?


The following guest post is from Molly Greathouse, a blogger for RingRevenue. RingRevenue's unique technology allows online and offline advertisers and publishers to consistently increase revenues from mobile, print, search and email campaigns by tracking the phone calls generated by such ads.

Los Angeles Accelerator Report Card: Too Early To Tell


There's been a surge in startup accelerator activity in Los Angeles in the last year, as interest in starting a company in the region has grown, and a wide range of experienced entrepreneurs and investors have pitched in to help companies get to the next level.

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My Pal Dave: A Triumph of Substance Over Style

Both Sides of the Table

My pal Dave has blogger Tourette’s. He has it on stage, too, at conferences. He can’t help himself: He’s Dave. My pal Dave has problems. Not the ones you’d imagine. His biggest problems are with language, colors, fonts and spacing. Not much more. I think he could say “no” a bit more. I’ve told him that if a vet just clipped his wings a little bit I think it would be good for his health. He is tireless and works his arse off.

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Startup Weekend LA Summer 2012 Live!

Tech Zulu Event

We are live from Startup Weekend Los Angeles at Coloft! HUGE thanks to Denise Walker for helping out with the stream! Stream will begin around 6:15pm PST. Refresh the page if video is not live streaming. Entrepreneurship Startups Video Coloft Startup Weekend Startup Weekend LA

Move your team from competence to excellence.


When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.

Future of Film in the Digital Age

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 2, 2012 -- Future of Film in the Digital Age. In the world of filmmaking, Financing, Promotion and Distribution are the three most common challenges that prevent filmmakers from achieving their creative and professional goals. With the rise of crowdfunding and online marketplaces, new doors are opening that allow a new generation of creatives - those who are both talented filmmakers and savvy marketers - to exploit their talents and realize their full potential. See [link] (mor

Holy Viral Attribution, Batman! Why Social Gets to Win


The following guest post comes from the blog of GraphEffect. GraphEffect has delivered billions of impressions, millions of fans and unparalleled ROI for a variety of global brands on Facebook and Twitter, including: American Express, Disney, Walmart Bacardi and VISA.

Insteegram Mashes Up T-Shirts, Instagram


Are you an Instagram user, and really wished you could print your favorite Instagram photo on a T-shirt? Well, now you can, thanks to Los Angeles startup Insteegram. Insteegram is offering up custom T-shirts made from the photos of Instagram users, printed on an American Apparel t-shirt. The service allows Instagram users to simply log into Instagram and select the photo they'd like to print on a shirt, and have it delivered to them via mail.

New Doors

Eric Greenspan

As I write this, the articles and comments about my company’s demise continue. Thankfully, for every angry investor or customer, there is someone amazing who says something supportive and kind. Someone called my company a scam today. Do they really believe that? After 11 years and hundreds of thousands of satisfied house calls, 39,000 glowing testimonials, our hearts and souls and hundreds of employees, a scam, really?


UX | An Old Dog With New Tricks

Tech Zulu Event

Last week, I attended an event hosted by The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. World renowned speaker and author, Eric Reiss presented the teachings of his new book, Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better.

Leadership Strategy: Always Take the High Road

Frank Addante

When you lead a business, moving forward and achieving results are always more important than being right. Maybe it’s because I’m part-Italian. Nothing boils my blood more than when I feel I’ve been wronged. I always try hard to take the high road. But it’s often far easier said than done. I’ve learned that feeling wronged doesn’t necessarily mean that I am being wronged. In building a business, your commitment to your will and patience is constantly tested.

ExecTec - Golden Rules for Business

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 -- ExecTec - Golden Rules for Business. See [link].