Sat.Feb 25, 2012 - Fri.Mar 02, 2012

Everybody Wants Their Pound of Flesh (Negotiating with Buyers)

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about negotiating with suppliers called “ The End of the Mexican Road.” ” The post talked about how to find the lowest acceptable price & terms in a deal through testing.

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard


Last week, Pasadena-based Punchcard ( launched its mobile apps, which help local retailers provide rewards to loyal customers. The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer.

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Jumping into the App Game | Making Apps The Market Wants!

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Apps are quickly becoming a ubiquitous part of life. From the phone in your pocket to the television hanging on your wall, apps have penetrated technology and they aren’t going anywhere. Smart technology doesn’t work without clever software to make it useful. But where do you start?

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Five Startup Tips From The Beatles


Article first published as Five Business Tips From The Beatles on Technorati. This part one of a two part series; you can access part two HERE. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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Personal Guarantees are a fact of life for many entrepreneurs.


Starting and running a small or growing business can be a challenge to the most confident and optimistic entrepreneur. And the process of borrowing money or financing asset purchases can be an eye-opener for those who are not used to today’s lender and seller aversion to granting easy credit. Most any entrepreneur with a clean credit record can obtain a bank card with a $50,000 limit, if s/he is willing to give a personal guarantee and has enough assets to back the promise it contains.

TriTech Freestyle Forum

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 -- TriTech Freestyle Forum. Learn about the best loans that are available for your business today from industry experts. Small Business Loans are a great resource for start-up, existing or for the acquisition of a business. Explore your lending options and learn what you need in order to get approved. See [link].

Punchcard Raises $1M


Pasadena-based Punchcard , the newly launched startup developing mobile, loyalty programs for retailers, said this morning that it has raised $1M from Idealab. Punchcard, which is headed by Andy Steuer, offers up iPhone and Android apps which reward users for visiting local businesses. The firm has initially launched in Southern California, saying it is providing local visitors with rewards for visiting more than 147,000 local businesses in the region.

Q Manning of Rocksauce Studios | Founder Interview

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As we know the mobile industry is accelorating at high speeds with no chances of slowing down anytime soon. With this fast pace industry the elegant design we see if websites, is sometimes lost in translation. Q Manning of Rocksauce, is out to change that.

Nirvanix: Use Our Storage, Avoid Disk Drive Shortage


San Diego-based Nirvanix , the provider of cloud-based data storage services, is looking to address a shortage of disk drive storage on the market--by pointing enterprise users toward the firm's own, cloud-based storage services.

Blizzard Entertainment Chops 600


Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment , the developer of the popular World of Warcraft, massively-multiplayer online game, said this morning that it has cut 600 jobs. The firm said approximately 90 percent of the cuts would come from departments not related to game development.

uSamp Aims At B2B Market


Encino-bsaed uSamp , which operates an online survey panel network used by companies to conduct market research, said Wednesday that it has launched a new service aimed at the business-to-business market.

California Leads In Renewable Energy Attractiveness


A new study released Tuesday from Ernst & Young finds that the State of California led the nation in terms of its attractiveness to renewable energy investments in 2011. According to the report, which ranked U.S.

DreamHost Planning Software Spinout


Los Angeles-based hosting provider DreamHost , the provider of web hosting and managed hosting services, is planning a new, open source software spinout, the firm revealed this week, as it looks to leverage its work on the Ceph open source project for distributed storage. The Ceph open source project is a distributed storage software package which was originally created by Dreamhost co-founder Sage Weil for his doctoral dissertation at UC Santa Cruz.

Interview with Holden Steinberg and Jason Crilly, PageWoo


Have you every clicked on a mobile ad on your iPhone or Android phone, and found that the ad you clicked into wasn't usable on your mobile phone?

Fisker Automotive Names New CEO


Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive is in a management shuffle, saying today that it has named Tom LaSorda as its new CEO and Vice Chairman, with former CEO and founder Henrik Fisker becoming Executive Chairman of the company.

NantWorks Buys Boston Life Labs


Los Angeles-based Nantworks , the new business incubator run by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has acquired another company, Boston Life Labs. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Ceres Closes IPO


Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , the developer of seed stock for energy crops, said today that it has closed its IPO, selling a total of 5,750,000 shares of its common stock at $13.00 per share.

XCOR Aerospace Raises $5M


Mojave-based XCOR , which is developing reusable, rocket powered vehicles aimed at the commercial space market, said Monday that it has raised $5M in an equity round of funding.

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Websense Rolls Out New Mobile Security Product


San Diego-based security software developer Websense reported Wednesday that it has launched a new, mobile security product aimed at mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android. The firm said its Websense TRION Mobile Security product offers up data loss protection, prevents malicious app downloads, protects against malware and also offers mobile device management to users. Pricing on the new product was not announced. READ MORE>>. websense mobile security iphone android

OpenX Buys LiftDNA


Pasadena-based OpenX Technologies , the developer of Internet ad serving technology, announced this morning that it has acquired LiftDNA , a provider of yield optimization software for online publishers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. OpenX said it has already integrated LiftDNA's products into its products, and announced LiftDNA by OpenX will be available immediately. LIftDNA's software works with ad servers to optimize the ads displayed from ad networks.

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Highlight Hunter | Taking The Work Out of Finding Video Highlights

Tech Zulu Event, 48 hours of uploads every minute and three billion views daily, according to’s official blog in May of 2011.

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The Most Important Panel You’ll Ever Attend | SXSW 2012

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This year’s South By South West conference in Austin, Texas, is days away. The excitement is buzzing around communities everywhere and the event invites are pouring in. However something special is happening this year.

Cyber Rain Finds New CEO


Los Angeles-based Cyber Rain , the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, has tapped an entrepreneur known for making waterless urinals ubiquitous in the US and around the world, as its new CEO. The firm has named James Krug, former founder and CEO of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, to head up the company's smart irrigation controller business. Krug has also previously served at Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Company, among other companies.

Report: Machinima Seeking $50M In Funding


Los Angeles-based online content producer Machinima , which produces videogame related content for YouTube, is reportedly seeking $50M in funding, at a $200M to $250M valuation, according to reports today. The firm, which is led by Allen DeBevoise, publishes videos online related to video games, video game news, and entertainment. Report of the fundraising was leaked by PandoDaily, in a scathing post criticizing the quality of Machinima's content. READ MORE>>.

JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair


Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox , a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup--which is headed by Rachael McLean and Megan Westerby--is looking to create an online site which helps independent filmmakers shape their projects, and collaborate with users to create films. The startup said it is looking to provide a total of $2.5M in financing to five films this year.

CHNL Boosts Board


Santa Monica-based CHNL , a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects for CBS Television, the USA and SyFy Channels, and Jim Henson Studios. He also co-founded cable network ReelzChannel, and runs consulting firm RHP Media Consulting.

Report: LegalZoom Nears IPO


Glendale-based LegalZoom , the online legal documents site which was co-founded by Brian Lee and lawyer Robert Shapiro, is reportedly about to file for its IPO, according to a report today. Reuters, citing sources close to the firm, said the filing is expected in coming weeks. According to industry sources, LegalZoom has been prepping its IPO since at least 2010; local industry insiders have predicting an IPO filing for the company since mid 2010.

WD Divests 3.5-inch HDD Assets To Toshiba


Irvine-based Western Digital , the manufacturer of hard disk drives, reported this morning that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation , to divest certain assets for manufacturing and selling 3.5-inch hard drives. WD said the move comes to address the regulatory agencies approving and reviewing its planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Financial details of the sale were not announced.