Sat.Sep 29, 2012 - Fri.Oct 05, 2012

TCVN Dangles $25,000 Cash in Survivor Pitch Contest

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It looks like the annual TCVN Survivor event is heating up this year, as the group said it will be offering up a new $25,000 cash investment for startups looking to pitch their company in front of an audience.

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Coincident.TV Is “CREATE”-ing Second Screen Transmedia Producers Out Of Everyone [Beta Invites]

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Hours after the panelists debated the future of content distribution at the Silicon Beach @ USC conference, across campus at the Annenberg Innovation Lab a remarkable product demo was taking place by Coincident.TV.

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Celebrities With The Most (Allegedly) Fake Twitter Followers

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I was shocked by the headline: "71% Of President Barack Obama's Twitter Followers Are Fake." By this measure, of the President's nearly 19 million followers, 13.5 million are bogus.

Recruiting Star Talent? Do This First

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When it comes to top hires, the questions people ask tell you far more than the answers they give. When I interview, I don’t ask many questions. Instead, I simply open with, ”What can I tell you about the company?”

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OCTANe Medical Device and Investor Forum

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 -- OCTANe Medical Device and Investor Forum. The OCTANe Medical Device and Investor Forum brings together the diverse: billion-dollar corporations and companies on the cusp, with the innovators: industry titans and research pioneers - all determined to fuel industry growth. This 7th annual Forum promises to be the best yet.

How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer

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Southern California's technology community--despite all of the recent excitement around Silicon Beach--continues to be underserved in terms of capital, with a lack of venture capital funds (with money), and other private technology investors.

Develop.la | L.A.’s Own Hacker News and Why Now?

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing engineer and PageWoo ’s CEO and co-Founder Jason Crilly about his side project, the new hacker news site for the Southern California tech community called Develop.la. First off, there are a few things about Jason you should know.

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Announcing Dave’s new book: BEGINNING BERKONOMICS – with twelve guest authors

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Just released! BASIC BERKONOMICS. by Dave Berkus. … and twelve of his expert entrepreneurial friends: John Huston, Bill Payne, Frank Peters, Basil Peters, JJ Richa, David S. Rose, Richard Sudek, David Steakley, William De Temple, Berni Jubb, Eric Greenspan, and Eric Rhoads.

Siemer Silicon Beach Summit

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 -- Siemer Silicon Beach Summit. This invitation-only summit will draw more than 300 of the leading players in digital media and emerging technologies from around the world for two days of discussion, networking and celebration. Influential CEOs at tech powerhouses will engage with top level media executives, industry visionaries and private equity and venture capital investors throughout company presentations, panels, keynote speeches and breakout sessions.

Fandango Launches Original Video Effort

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In a move into creating its own video content, Los Angeles-based Fandango , the movie ticketing and movie information site, said this morning that it plans its first ever, original video development slate.

Music Prodigy Beats 70 Startups To Bring Music Education Technology to the Masses

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Music Prodigy , a Los Angeles based music education technology firm serious on improving the way people learn, play and interact with music beat over 70 startups with their app Rock Prodigy to win the Silicon Beach Awards.

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp

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You've got a great idea for a web video series, but how do you learn about how to make that happen, to get distribution, and monetize that video? Los Angeles-based CreatorUp (www.creatorup.com) wants to help aspiring online video producers with an online web education series.

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

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Santa Monica startup, Gravity --headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M in a Series B financing round for its personalization technology. The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also included Redpoint Ventures and August Capital.

Factual Bolsters Advisory Board

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Factual , the Los Angeles-based data startup headed by Gil Elbaz, said today that it has added two new members to its advisory board. Factual said that it has added Clare Hart and Jason Rosenthal to its list of advisors; Hart was most recently President and CEO of Infogroup, and also served at Dow Jones & Company, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group, and was CEO of Factiva.

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Adigami Takes On Digital Marketing Analytics

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Newport Beach-based Adigami , which develops digital media analytics tools, said today that it has launched a new product to help users do cross-channel marketing analytics.

Microsoft Buys Telesign Competitor

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Microsoft has just acquired PhoneFactor , a competitor of Los Angeles-based, two-factor authentication provider TeleSign. Microsoft said it is buying PhoneFactor, which provides phone-based multi-factor authentication, and will be integrating that technology with key Microsoft technologies like Active Directory, Windows Azure Active Directory and Office 365.

Nimble Updates Social CRM Tool

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Nimble , the customer relationship management software developer headed by Jon Ferrara, has updated its online, social CRM tool today, saying that it has added new features such as ways to filter and cut through the noise of online social activity, plus new task management tools to link tasks with contacts and deals. The firm also said it will be soon offering up a feature to help remind people of the last communications with a contact, and when a contact is slipping away.

Sony Online Entertainment Takes PlanetSide 2 To Russia

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Sony Online Entertainment , the developer of massively multiplayer games which is based in San Diego, said today that it has inked a deal with Innova Systems to take its PlanetSide 2 title to Russia and the the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Playsino Buys Two Social Gaming Firms

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Los Angeles-based Playsino , which develops social casino games, said today that it has acquired two social gaming firms, including Popover Games and Foghorn Games. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Popover Games develops social casino games such as Popover Poker.

MaintenanceNet Names Marketing VP

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Carlsbad-based MaintenanceNet , which develops software for managing service contracts, said yesterday that it has named Kelly Crothers as its Vice President of Marketing. Crothers has been at the firm since 2004, serving as Director of Marketing. She joined MaintenanceNet after serving at such companies as Kintera, Triniti Corp., and MarketSpring. READ MORE>>. executive software saas maintenancenet

Microsemi Names Marketing VP

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Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi , the developer of semiconductor products, said this morning that it has named Amr El-Ashmawi as its Worldwide Vice President of Strategic Marketing. El-Ashmawi was previously at Altera. The firm said that El-Ashmawi will focus on the defense & security and industrial vertical market. READ MORE>>. semiconductor executive marketing microsemi

Tapiture Is A Pinterest For Guys

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Anyone with the slightest interest in the world of social Internet services nowadays has by now heard of Pinterest , the online site which allows users to "pin" and comments on their favorite photos from across the web. Pinterest is one of the latest services to sweep the Internet world in terms of popularity, particularly with women. However, how about similar services aimed at the male demographic?

Eventful Ties With Billboard On Concert Awards

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San Diego-based local events site Eventful is powering a big concert award with music publication and brand Billboard. According to the two, they have launched the fifth annual Eventful Fans' Choice Award, which will allow music fans and concert goers to vote for their favorite concert tour, via Eventful's platform.

SpaceX Supply Run Set For Sunday

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Commercial spacecraft and rocket developer SpaceX is getting set to launch its first, official resupply mission to the International Space Station Sunday, to deliver 1,000 pounds of supplies to the station's crew.

Jonathan Taplin On Decoding A Presidential Election, via Twitter

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How do you figure out, in real time, what the public thinks of something like Wednesday night's first Presidential debate?

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ZEFR Picks Up Staff From BetterWorks, Expands In London

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ZEFR , the online content provider which runs MovieClips.com and has recently expanded into sports content, has picked up a contingent of engineers from BetterWorks, and opened up an office in London, the firm said Thursday afternoon.

Insights and Opinions: Everybody's a Critic

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So, your company has a great new mobile app. Only, you've got a few people (or competitors!) putting in negative reviews. What can you do about it?

Local Corporation Claims Record Traffic

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Irvine-based local online advertising firm Local Corporation claims this morning that it has hit a record in total, mobile, and organic search traffic on it sites.