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Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics


I always walk away smarter after speaking with Steve Blank. In addition to being a thought leader within the Lean Startup Movement , Steve is also a professor at Stanford and Berkley.

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

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For the past three years I have been pounding the table as loud as I can about the future opportunities in digital video. The concise guide is here. My narrative has stayed pretty simple: People in the US watch 5.3 hours of TV per day. People read for less than 30 minutes.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA


Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which.

Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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Being an entrepreneur is about, “The journey through the ‘NO’ to get to the YES’ ” said by Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of CircleUp , on a panel at the Connections Conference in Indianapolis.

Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. Deals. People. Products. Culture. PandoList. Events. Back Page. Books. New York. Fireside Chat with Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. Get Tickets. November 8, 2012 6:00 PM Only $20!

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Lead by consensus wherever possible.


Dictators are not great leaders in the long run. People follow such leaders by fear, rarely by devotion. Employees want to have a stake in their own destiny, and above all want to understand why actions are taken which affect them, even if the outcome is not in the employee’s favor.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

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I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure. I remember this lesson well.

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A Look At The Mobile Market With Gumiyo's Shuki Lehavi


What's the best way to get your small or medium sized business online? And, how do you do that without a huge development budget and time?

Miigle up! | Interview with Luc Berlin Founder/CEO & Netrepreneur

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MIIGLE is a LA-based social network for entrepreneurs and innovators that recently launched its Beta version. The platform enhances the process of turning ideas into entrepreneurial ventures and growing startups through social collaboration.

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Startup Movement Hits SVC

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Published in 10, 2012. By Jana Adkins. Joining the ranks of a grass roots, global movement, the first-ever Startup Weekend Santa Clarita not only sold out, but doubled projected attendance this past weekend. Drawing people from Santa Clarita, Burbank, Irvine, Westwood, Bakersfield and more, three teams of the eight teams formed — built mobile app companies — came away as winners Sunday night.

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

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Later today I’m presenting at the annual Rincon Ventures Summit in Santa Barbara. Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. I thought you might like to see an advance copy of what I’m going to cover. I speak privately a lot about getting an exit at a startup.

CallFire: User Error To Blame For Errant Election Call


Los Angeles startup CallFire , has been looking to drum up interest in its system in the political sector all year, as the election has ramped up--and finally has, but for the wrong reason. That reason? The errant call in Florida's Pinellas County, which told absentee voters they had until "tomorrow" to turn in their absentee ballots--but really should have been a "today".

The Customer May Not Always Be Right, But You Had Better Listen Just The Same

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The other day I was sitting in my dentist waiting room, which surprising enough is one of my favorite places. Yes, I do like being there. Conversely I really don’t like being down the hall in one of the torture chambers equipped with a dental chair. But I digress.

Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 -- Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era. TCOSC Marketing and Sales Executives Society. Driving Purchase Decisions in the Social Media Era Social media is evolving rapidly and is dramatically altering how purchase decisions are made. As a marketer, this means that your ability to influence purchase decisions will be increasingly determined by what customers' social networks think about your product - in real-time.

Sole Society Has Experience, Backing To Disrupt Women's Fashion, Shoes


A new, Los Angeles startup is looking to disrupt the women's fashion market and women's shoes--and it's not who you think. Sole Society , a startup offering a personalized, high fashion shoes, has quietly been building a brand looking to disrupt the entire model of how women's fashions reach the market--and is one worth watching.

Mindspeed In Chinese Small Cell Rollout


Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reports that its baseband systems-on-a-chip (SoC) is being used in a TD-SCDMA small cell rollout in China. The firm said its chips are being used by China Mobile Group, Jiangsu Company, Ltd., Suzhou Branch to deliver wireless access for residential and enterprise customers, serving 10 million subscribers. MIndspeed did not say of fiscal impact the deployment has. READ MORE>>. mindspeed small cell wireless semiconductor telecom china

Hulu Launches Kids Section, Hulu Kids


Hulu , the online television and video streaming service based here in Los Angeles, has just rolled out a new section entirely devoted to children's shows, the company announced this morning. Hulu said its new Hulu Kids section showcases the kids shows available on the site, including such titles as Thomas & Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, Caillou, Arthur, Dinosaur Train, and more. The titles include shows form Nickelodeon, PBS, and Lionsgate.

Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Based in Columbus, Ohio and community management in Washington, D.C, Huddlewoo a live video platform set to launch early 2013 to give people the ability to access extraordinary people for one-on-one conversations and mentoring. We caught up with the CEO William Zell. What do you do and Why?

World of Warcraft Player Wins (Real) Political Office


It looks like being a huge, massively multiple online game player isn't such a political liability. Earlier this week, an avid player of World of Warcraft , the MMORPG developed by Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment , won a seat as a state senator in Maine.

Silicon Valley VC's New LPs: Hollywood?


Looking for some funding for your new Menlo Park venture capital fund? Apparently, according to Variety, that source is increasingly Hollywood , and its stars and executives.

Row 44 Acquired In $430M Deal


Los Angeles-based Row 44 , the developer of in-flight wireless access and entertainment systems, has been acquired in a deal worth approximately $430M, according to Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., Global Eagle said that it will acquired Row 44, along with Advanced Inflight Alliance AG , a German developer of entertainment and connectivity products for the airline industry.

VIRURL Launches New Ad Widget


Santa Monica-based VIRURL , which is headed by Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, said today that it has launched a new widget aimed at web publishers. The firm said its new "Slideout" widget helps provide unobtrusive advertising to help publishers monetize site visitors. VIRURL said its widget lets users click on a "recommended content" link which links users to extra, sponsored content that might be relevant to the content on a page.

TVC Capital Backs Wellness Software Firm


San Diego's TVC Capital has made another investment in a growing software firm, this time in Washington State. Limeade , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to manage employee wellness programs, said today that it has raised $5M in a funding round from TVC, which it will use for innovation and servicing its customers. Steven Hammerslag of TVC has joined Limeade's board of directors. Limeade's software-as-a-service is used by employers to run health and wellness programs.

3D Robotics Gets $5M


San Diego-based 3D Robotics , the developer and supplier of parts and technology for personal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has raised $5M in funding, from True Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech ventures. The firm said Jon Callaghan of True and Bryce Roberts at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures have joined the company's board. Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired, recently stepped down from Wired to join the startup full time.

Hub of Awesome | Interview With Ann Le Managing Director of Hub LA

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One month old Hub LA already has over 100 members! They didn’t use any magic, its just what they offer and an awesome community of friends, press and members.

3D Robotics Raises $5 Million In Funding | Expanding To New Markets

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3D Robotics has raised over $5 million in round two funding to accelerate its growth and expansion into new markets says Chris Anderson 3DR CEO and former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, Entrepreneur and author.

The Chernin Group Gets Strategic Investment


Los Angeles-based The Chernin Group , the media holding company and investor led by Peter Chernin, said Thursday afternoon that it has received a "significant" equity investment from Qatar Holding LLC. Size of that investment was not disclosed.

MiFi Liberate To Ship November 16th


The new, mobile hotspot product from Novatel Wireless, the MiFi Liberate , is shipping on November 16th, according to AT&T. AT&T said it will begin offering up its new AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate for $49.99 with a two year agreement.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Includes Live YouTube Streaming


Players of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II title being released next week by Activision Blizzard will be able to stream their games directly to YouTube , according to Activision.

Vessix Vascular Acquired By Boston Scientific For $425M


Laguna Hills-based Vessix Vascular , a deveveloper of percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) balloon catheter technology being targeted at treating hypertension, has been acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation , the two said this morning.

Boingo Expands Network In Brazil


Boingo , the Wi-Fi network operator, said today that it has inked a deal with a Brazilian Wi-Fi provider to extend its network in that country.

Silicon Beach Fest Fall Kicks Off Friday


The second Silicon Beach Fest , the celebration of all things Silicon Beach, kicks off tomorrow, for a full day of speakers and startup itches.

How Go Trexx is Making Travel More Rewarding, with Samantha Lurey


How do you make travel a more rewarding experience--particularly if you're traveling with kids?

Fisker Loses $3M In Cars In New Jersey Due To Sandy


The damage to Fisker Automotive is much worse than initally reported , with the auto maker losing more than 300 of its electric automobiles due to the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy, according to reports today.