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More Startup Tips From The Beatles


This part two of a series; you can access part one HERE. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Mark Cuban , Richard Branson , Walt Disney , Mark Zuckerberg , Michael Dell and Larry Ellison.

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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. We know that a computer is built from parts like a CPU, memory and a Hard disk, which you must have in order for the computer to work, that’s hardware.

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Do’s and Don’ts of a Job Interview

Alon Schwartz

Credit: Fotolia. Like most people who have lead teams and companies for many years, I have interviewed hundreds of people. It always amazes me to see the same mistakes repeated time and time again.

Report: UCLA Among Top Schools For Googlers


That giant sucking sound you hear? That might be Google picking up a bunch of new employees from the University of California, Los Angeles --at least, according to a new analysis from the Business Insider.


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. Acquiring other companies can be a great strategy to grow your company. It can help expand your product, team, market share, revenue, or geographic presence.


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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. See [link] (more

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. My key takeaway–companies are being created faster and more cheaply than I would have believed possible.

Fandango Breaks Record With The Hunger Games Ticket Sales


Los Angeles-based Fandango said today that this weekend's release of The Hunger Games, the movie based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, broke its sales records, with 22 percent of domestic opening weekend ticket sales being made through its system.

Gridtest Systems Secures Investment from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels

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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., an independent provider of high-value test and measurement tools for electric vehicle (EV) charging , announced it has closed a seed investment round with Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels.


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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. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers.

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. Very Santa Monica…you enter off the alley, follow a series of miniature signs to find the space and Sam. They are giving you an intelligence test before you even meet.

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. The startup--which is backed by Idealab--said the effort will help Pasadena area merchants increase revenues and help communicate and reward customers of their businesses.

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. . So, you’ve been thinking about starting your own firm for the past ten years. Your business plan is ready. Your family is all for it.

Getting What You Need from Boards of Directors and Advisors

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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. Procopio Partner William Eigner will provide targeted advice on what entrepreneurs, directors and advisors need to know about recruiting, managing, incentivizing and showcasing a Board.

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. Take a look at these photos: Click to view slideshow. An incubator 2 blocks from the beach? Count me in. Incubators and Accelerators southern california technology incubators

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M


Online, eco-family products company The Honest Company , started by celebrity Jessica Alba and Los Angeles e-commerce master Brian Lee, said late Friday that it has raised $27M in funding. The funding was led by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).

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. Goals are a tool to help winners measure, improve, and adjust their course and then, upon achievement, celebrate their wins.

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

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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. According to FindTheBest, it has relaunched its Ticket comparison service, allowing users to find, filter, and compare events by event name, venue, location, and other information.

Disney Links With Japanese Social Games Firm DeNA


The Walt Disney Company has inked a deal with Japanese mobile and social gaming developer DeNA , to deliver social games to players worldwide, the two said Friday.

eHow Launches Technology Channel


Looking to attract more consumers interested in learning more about technology, Santa Monica-based eHow , the online how-to site run by Demand Media, said today that it has launched a new Tech Channel as part of the site.

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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.

Hulu Swizzles Android UI


Los Angeles-based Hulu said Thursday that it has launched a brand new, Hulu Plus user interface for its Android tablet users, as it launches on to an additional, seven Android tablets supporting its premium video service.

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. Potter was responsible for Internet Brands' site, and served at the firm for 11 years. Potter also has served as General Manager of two car dealerships, including CarMax.

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 company, which is disrupting the automotive sales industry with its upfront pricing software, said that 100,000 of those vehicles were sold in just over the last four months.

Quarterly Gets $1.25M


In yet more money for the subscription e-commerce sector in Los Angeles, Quarterly , a startup which delivers monthly, curated gifts from cultural influencers via subscription, has raised $1.25M in a funding round. The funding was first disclosed in a regulatory filing this week.