Sat.Feb 20, 2010 - Fri.Feb 26, 2010

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups.

CTO Founders / Cofounders


I just got done reading a post by Roger Ehrenberg Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business where he suggests that CTO Founders should not move too early in finding a business cofounder: Too often, however, I have found CTO / Founders paired with business people who not only don't add value, but frequently detract from the value of the business. And from my perspective as an engaged seed stage venture investor, this makes them unfundable.

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Twitter in Plain English

Eric Greenspan


Interview with Jeff Kupietzky,


It's been awhile since we caught up with the folks at Los Angeles-based (, which has a very big businesses in the domain name area, so we thought we'd sit down and hear how things are going for the firm. We talked with Jeff Kupietzky, CEO of Oversee.

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Novatel Test WiMAX MiFi Prototype, Links with Qualcomm


San Diego-based Novatel Wireless , a developer of wireless data cards, said today that it has completed over the air testing of a new, 4G-WiMAX enabled MiFi mobile hotspot product.

Social Networking

Tech Coast Venture Network

Manal Richa Social networking is not about technology or what you had for lunch. And it definitely is not about wasting time! While creating a major shift in messaging and communication, social networking is literarily changing the way we look at the world. It is about building a global network while having access to instant information and exposing your message to viral growth.

FIRSTY- First Thursday Networking Event

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 4, 2010 -- FIRSTY- First Thursday Networking Event. OCTANe. See [link] (more

Twitter Spam in Mentions, Replies and DM: Here’s Why YOU Send Them

Eric Greenspan

Curious how you get so many spam messages in Twitter? It’s not rocket science. I just got this one: “hi, i’m 24/female/horny… i have to get off here but message me on my windows live messenger name…&# You probably did too. I know @mayhemstudios, @marshacollier and @TopBrokerOC did (thanks you three!). So, how does this happen? Remember those websites you signed up at recently?

Equipois Takes TCA LA Fast Pitch


Equipois , the developer of a mechanical arm--based on Hollywood's Steadicam--for reducing the weight of tooling and other objects, took the top prize and was ranked in 1st place overall in Wednesday evening's Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch.

MAN OVERBOARD: Mayday - Mayday - Mayday

Tech Coast Venture Network

Jeff Blanton This past weekend I was racing in the annual Mid-Winter Regatta out of Long Beach. During the last race of five, we had just rounded the final mark with our spinnaker up and heading for the finish line. We were well ahead of the rest of the fleet when the skipper announces, “Be conservative and just finish the race.&# Before he could complete his thought a wave caught the headsail that was lying un-tethered on the foredeck.

Inspired Ethonomics

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 4, 2010 -- Inspired EthonomicsJoin Fast Company for a spirited conversation about the state of sustainability in entertainment, media and technology. The discussion will explore green options for content creators, the future of data storage, and unique ways to make positive, creative changes that reduce the environmental impact of modern business.

Build Your Brand/Product Management Skills With ProductCamp SoCal

Tech Zulu Event

Join us tomorrow as we stream the ProductCamp Socal event Live starting at 9:00am PST. What is ProductCamp? ProductCamp is a great opportunity to learn from, teach to, and network with professionals involved in the Brand/Product Management, Marketing, and Development processes in Southern California!

Hulu To Debut Online Show From American Idol Creator


Los Angeles-based Hulu , the online video streaming site, announced today that it has linked up with 19 Entertainment , the firm that created Pop Idol, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance, to premier a new, weekly show which will launch on the Hulu site.

Three Keys to Business Success

Tech Coast Venture Network

Tom Miller What does it take to be successful? It is not necessarily a great product; more often than not, it is the ability to marshal the resources of the business and to plan and execute an effective strategy in an efficient manner. There are three key resources that businesses need in order to compete and win: People , Money , and Time. People. Design the Organization – Most grow organically and are based on people, not on the job that needs to be done.


SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 -- HOW TO BUILD A REMARKABLE COMPANY (aka: How Not to Be Boring). DealMaker. Don't be boring, be remarkable. Seems easy, right? It's not. Just think of how many Twitter and Facebook clones are clogging up the Intertubes. Being remarkable means taking risks, facing nay-sayers, and doing something that's never been done before - like Apple, Google and Virgin.

Hands-On: IOGEAR Solar Bluetooth Car Kit

Tech Zulu Event

Guest Post by Jeremiah Abraham of Twiistup. Multi-tasking drivers can breathe a small sigh of relief. Claims Success In Grocery Discounts


Santa Monica-based gift card auction startup is claiming today that consumers using the site are saving an average of 10 percent on grocery gift cards from retailers Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods.

Engaging Your Network Online

Tech Coast Venture Network

Manal Richa Technology is progressing quickly providing us with multiple alternatives to traditional communication. And like many companies and brands out there, yours has probably shifted its efforts to online marketing. Social media and email marketing act separately as great marketing tools. While social media offers a continuous interaction with your followers, email marketing is a tool to provide a steady flow of information received directly by your connections.

Hike The Geek

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, February 28, 2010 -- Hike The Geek. See [link] (more


TechZulu Partners with Social Media Club, Heads to SXSW

Tech Zulu Event

TechZulu is pleased to announce we are now an official media and production partner for Social Media Club. Kicking things off, TechZulu will oversee production at the Social Media Club House during the upcoming South by Southwest festival.

iRise Signs Callidus


El Segundo-based iRise , a developer of visualization software, reported Monday that Callidus Software is using the firm's software. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Callidus is a developer of sales performance management software.

Sell Documents in Docstoc Docstore

Jason Nazar

You can now Sell Your Documents in our Docstoc Docstore , the premier marketplace to buy and sell professional documents.


Amazon Mechanical Turk Meet-Up

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 -- Amazon Mechanical Turk Meet-Up. Learn more about Mechanical Turk and discover best practices and other useful insights from the Amazon Mechanical Turk team and local companies that are using the platform. Hosted at the Campus Explorer offices in Santa Monica. See [link] (more

SMCLA Takes On Google Analytics LIve

Tech Zulu Event

TechZulu will be streaming SMCLA: Going Goo Goo Over Google Analytics, live from the Mahalo Office in Santa Monica. Here is some info on the event: Confused by Analytics? Want to know if your tweet really made a difference in your company’s bottom line?

DTS Backs USC Entertainment Technology Center


Los Angeles-based DTS , which develops surround sound technology, said today that it has signed on as an Executive Sponsor of USC's Entertainment Technology Center, an effort at the school to link entertainment, technology, and consumer electronics firms.

Fight the Resistance


The past two months has been a blur. I wake up early, at my desk by 7am. It’s back to back meetings till really late at night. Highlights: We’ve closed significant funding for CitySourced/FreedomSpeaks. We’ve been nominated to Davos. We were selected to the Finals of the Knight Foundation grant. Lord knows I’ve been busy, but even though we’re seeing traction, I still don’t feel like I’m really getting that much done, sorta spinning my wheels.

Gravity Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, February 22, 2010 -- Gravity Summit Social Media Marketing Business Summit. We believe this is the best learning and networking event you will attend all year. Our motto is "Educate, Inform, and Empower" and we're delighted to share that with you on the campus of one of the world's leading educational institutions.

President Obama Health Care Proposal

Alon Schwartz