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Interview with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, PromoJam


What's the best way to get the word out about your brand on social media? What is PromoJam? How did you two start the company? Amanda MacNaughton: No.

More Startup Tips From The Beatles


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Next Generation Hardware | Miselu Presents Musical Democracy at SXSW

Tech Zulu Event

Press, Pause, Play ‘s message of mediocrity is one that musical hardware device maker of this year’s SXSW, Miselu , plans to overcome.

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Microsoft Windows 8. Is it Game Changer?

Alon Schwartz

Like all of us, I’ve been using Microsoft Windows forever, thank to Bill Gates, Windows became a fact of life. Now, that is a nice market to have.

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Mogreet Ramps Sales, Marketing Team


Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of video-based, mobile marketing services, is in the midst of and expansion, including the hiring of two executives to its sales and marketing team. Ward joins from Hipcricket, where he managed client relatoins and sold mobile marketing programs to consumer brands. READ MORE>>.

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Report: UCLA Among Top Schools For Googlers


That giant sucking sound you hear? READ MORE>>. student education students hiring employee angeles jobs employment ucla google


How to Integrate a Company You Acquire: 6 Steps

Frank Addante

Merging a business into your own is like rebuilding a plane while in flight. Here’s how to keep flying. Most people fear change. Set expectations.


SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- LA CEOs, an education and support group for CEOs presents: Protecting Brand and Image: Reputational Risk Management While todays business climate presents an array of challenges for corporations, the risk of damage to the companys good name and reputation is one of the most difficult risk areas to minimize.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders. If you can’t keep up, you are dead. As you may have gathered from my blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting with companies and incubators. Three full time developers and no marketing spend. They are nearing 1mm registered users. For free. Again.

Fandango Breaks Record With The Hunger Games Ticket Sales


The company said that the sales represent the largest share of sales for any movie in its 12-year history. READ MORE>>.

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.


Guest post by Sara Mackey. Dave’s Note: This is the first time we’ve had a guest author on the BERKONOMICS site. Sara focuses upon another side of small business financing not typically considered in the angel and venture world, financing from sources for companies that will probably never be attractive to those niches. . Raising mone


SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- TEDxAFC will be presenting an evening simulcast of TEDxChange 2012. This is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. See [link] (more

A Taste of the LaunchPadLA Experience with inLife

Steve Reich

Tuesday, I joined Charles Buhler and Matt Nishiguchi, the founders of inLife ( ), for a quick tour of the LaunchPad accelerator and a visit with Sam Teller. The quick takeaways… the space is very cool, and Sam has more energy than any other 3 people I know. First, the space. And yes, they really can book paddle yoga.

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce


Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. READ MORE>>.

Gridtest Systems Secures Investment from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels

Ask the Angels

Pioneer of test and measurement systems for electric vehicle charging systems prepares to roll out technology that enables R&D labs and installers of charging systems to reduce time to market. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 – [link]. Gridtest Systems Inc., Pike Research forecasts that EV Charger annual sales will reach $4.3 link].

Getting What You Need from Boards of Directors and Advisors

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- Getting What You Need from Boards of Directors and Advisors. CONNECT. To stay competitive in today's marketplace, organizations frequently seek outside expertise to provide credibility, contacts, counseling and cash. Seasoned investors and business advisors will add their expertise and practical experience.

Synergy Incubator in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

The MIT event mentioned in my last post was held at the beautiful new Synergy Business Technology Center ( ) in Santa Barbara. Michael Holliday, architect who conceived the incubator and designed the space has built one of the most inspired environments I have seen in a very long time. An incubator 2 blocks from the beach?

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M


The funding was led by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). READ MORE>>.

Set Achievable Goals; You’ll Win

Frank Addante

Here’s why, if you want to get to $500 million, you should set your goal at $450 million. I have a non-standard philosophy on goal setting. I believe that if you hire the right people (winners), they naturally want to succeed. Goals themselves are not motivators. Create a culture of winning : Winning is contagious. Set achievable goals.

Drupal: Rapid, Flexible, Enterprise-Ready Open Source!

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- Drupal: Rapid, Flexible, Enterprise-Ready Open Source! SDSIC. See [link] (more


FindTheBest Partners With SeatGeek


Looking to connect its users with concerts, sports, and entertainment events, Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the comparisons startup headed by Kevin O'Connor, the former founder of DoubleCLick, said Tuesday that it has partnered with seat search engine SeatGeek. READ MORE>>. findthebest seatgeek tickets comparison search

Disney Links With Japanese Social Games Firm DeNA


Financial details of the deal between the two companies were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. disney walt social japan japanese dena gaming

eHow Launches Technology Channel


eHow said the new channel will provide user-friendly, reliable advice about consumer technology and tech-related tasks and projects. READ MORE>>.

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Mobile Roadie Powers New Madonna iPad App


Another high profile, celebrity app has rolled out from Los Angeles mobile app developer Mobile Roadie today--this time, from Madonna. READ MORE>>.

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Hulu Swizzles Android UI


Hulu said that the new app includes a new design featuring horizontal "trays" to swipe through to browse through TVs and movies. READ MORE>>.

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TrueCar Bolsters Dealer Outreach With New VP


Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Friday that it has hired a new Vice President, Dealer Development, to bolster its efforts to retain and grow its network of dealer partners. The firm said it has hired Ken Potter, most recently VP and General Manager at Automotive for Internet Brands, to the new position. READ MORE>>.

TrueCar Tops 500,000 Cars Sold


Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online automotive purchasing program and technology developer, has just topped 500,000 cars sold on its platform, the firm reported this morning. The numbers reflect some momentum to the firm's services, which took five years to sell the first 100,000 vehicles. READ MORE>>.

Quarterly Gets $1.25M


The funding was first disclosed in a regulatory filing this week. The funding included True Ventures and Collaborative Fund. READ MORE>>.

Praedicat Raises $8.0M, Spins Out Of RAND


Culver City-based Praedicat , a spinout of the RAND Corporation, has raised $8.0M READ MORE>>.

My Damn Channel Going Live Today With YouTube Show


The show--headed by host Beth Hoyt--had been announced by the company last week in conjunction with YouTube. READ MORE>>.

Seismic Games Debuts First Title, CelebrityMe


Celebrity Me. READ MORE>>. seismic games celebrityme facebook social videogame pandemic celebrity

Fisker Automotive Upgrades Warranty Due To A123 Battery Issue


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THQ Chips 114 Employees, Refocuses Warhammer Efforts


Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said Thursday afternoon that it is cutting 114 employees, and that it has "refocused" its efforts on its Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium development efforts. As a result of the moves, the firm said it is chopping its staff. studios, where 39 employees have been let go. READ MORE>>.

DFJ Frontier Gets Exit At ClearAccess


Los Angeles- and Santa Barbara-based DFJ Frontier , the venture capital firm founded by David Cremin and Scott Lenet, has scored an exit at one of its portfolio firms, ClearAccess. According to networking giant Cisco , it has acquired ClearAccess to bolster its network management capabilities for the service provider market. READ MORE>>.