Sat.Feb 18, 2012 - Fri.Feb 24, 2012

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. She did her first tech startup after the age of 30. And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. Tracy built her company, Recycled Media , out of necessity.

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Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


Steve Jillings has a long track record of running successful startups in Southern California, ranging from such companies as FrontBridge Technologies (sold to Microsoft in 2005 for over $200M) and Vantage Media (acquired in 2007).

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


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. For more than 30-years, Bill Gates has been at the pinnacle of the software industry.

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5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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We’ve all become so used to having Microsoft in our lives that we’ve started to take their products and services for granted. We don’t think about how much Microsoft does to make our lives easier, especially at work.

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Live on Sunday February 26th | Startup Weekend Los Angeles

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It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been talking about it week. Giving you tips and tricks to guide you towards the winner circle. Well, it’s time. Time for Startup Weekend LA. So put on your thinking caps and get ready to be closing.

StartEngine Creating Value for

Steve Reich

One of the founders of, an Indie music site that will shortly go live, confirmed that he’s getting real value out from being part of the StartEngine Accelerator.

Cool Planet BioFuels Claims Breakthrough


Camarillo-based Cool Planet BioFuels , the developer of technology to convert biomass to gasoline, is claiming a "major breakthrough" in its technology. The company said it has been able to produce 4,000 gallons of acre biomass-to-gasoline conversion in its pilot testing, which it says is about twelve times the yield than current, corn ethanol production levels.

Irvine Entrepreneur Forum

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 -- Irvine Entrepreneur Forum. Six entrepreneurial companies from Orange County will be selected to make pitch presentations before a panel of angel and venture capitalists in this day-long forum. This will be a chance to learn, gain exposure, and network with other entrepreneurs, investors, and local businesses and resources. See [link] (more

How to be a Startup Competition Winner | Infographic

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It’s always nice to have a map in hand when going backpacking through the mountains. Without a map it’s easy to get lost. Just like backpacking through the mountains, startup competitions such as Startup Weekend can be difficult without some guidance.

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New Concept? Ask These 3 Questions First

Frank Addante

Before you waste your time with a business case, sales pitch, or SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats), put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Then, answer these three simple questions: Why do I need a product or service like this? Why do I need yours? Why do I need it now? Seems simple? Try it. Not so easy, right? The first question, “Why do I need a product or service like this?” ” will help you clearly define your value proposition.

Chill Becoming Pinterest For Videos?


Los Angeles-based Chill , the social video discovery site founded by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould--demonstrating its characteristic ability to quickly jump on the latest Internet trends--has taken a clue from photo "pinning" startup Pinterest, and added its own pinning ability to its video site.

Digiday Mobile

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 -- Digiday Mobile: Putting the Third Screen First. Mobile Media is stealing attention from every other form of media, especially the traditional Web. Yet it has barely put a dent in the budgets spent on online, let alone on TV. With a smartphone in every hand and a tablet on every sofa, mobile marketing should command more dollars, not just more attention. Even DR advertising has large hurdles to overcome on the small screen.

Samsung Unveils New Line of Stylish Branded, Armageddon Surviving Memory Cards

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Try to recall when it was the last time you looked at the SD or microSD card from your phone, camera, or tablet and thought to yourself: “Damn, these cards are kind of ugly. I wish they’d do something about it.” ” Probably not huh?

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Fanattac Gets $1M, Tackles Social Media, Music


Hollywood-based Fanattac , a developer of an online, social media platform which looks to connect music fans and artists, has raised $1M in a funding round. The firm, which is headed by Dan Faiman, did not disclose the names of the investors in the company.

RealPractice Launches Marketing Automation Product


In a move which significantly broadens its market focus, Santa Ana-based RealPractice said Tuesday that it has launched a new, automated marketing software called ReplyWise. The company said the new software is aimed at all types of small businesses, and helps local businesses to respond faster to customer inquiries, track online and offline advertising, and reply more effectively to calls, emails, and social media inquiries.

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mobileStorm Gets Debt Funding


Los Angeles-based mobileStorm , the provider of mobile messaging and email marketing services headed by Jared Reitzin, has scored a venture debt funding, according to provider Agility Capital. Financial details of the funding and terms were not announced. mobile Storm provides email and SMS marketing tools, mobile apps, and other products to customers such as Humana, NASCAR, American Idol and Kaiser Permanente. READ MORE>>. mobilestorm venture capital debt funding agility mobile marketing

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition


Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs. Voivoda Labs said that Flowtab was judged the top startup out of 15 companies which pitched their firms to investors and judges on Tuesday evening.

Punchcard Takes On Mobile Loyalty


Looking to provide a high-tech twist on retail loyalty punchcards, Pasadena-based Punchcard --the latest startup out of Idealab--has debuted a set of mobile apps which allow retailers to virtually "punch" customer loyalty cards on Android and iPhone. The startup, which currently is only offering its virtual punchcards in the Los Angeles area, is trying to make it easier for retailers to reward loyal customers. Financial details of the seed funding in Punchcard have not been announced.

Interview with Neil Malhotra, Sandalbay Life


Southern California has seen a surge in accelerators and incubators looking to spawn new startups in the region. Among those startups is Sandalbay Life , a new healthcare IT firm which is resident at Los Angeles-based StartEngine, the accelerator being run by Howard Marks.

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Local Corporation Adds Real Time Polling


Irvine-based Local Corporation , the provider of local business directory websites and related products, said today that its Rovion ad management system now includes the ability to add real-time polling on its rich media ads.

Ceres Prices IPO


Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , the developer of specialized seeds for the biofuels market, has priced its IPO, saying that it will offer up 5,000,000 shares of its common stock at $13.00 per share. The firm will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as CERE.

TeleSign Gets Patent


Los Angeles-based TeleSign , the provider of Internet fraud prevention and authentication services led by Steve Jillings, said Monday that it has been awarded a patent.

Mobile Roadie Powers Cristiano Ronaldo App


Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie , the developer of branded, mobile apps for celebrities and brands, reported today that it is powering the mobile app for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Financial details of the win were not disclosed.

SpotlightTMS Snags Toronto Maple Leafs


Calabasas-based SpotlightTMS , the provider of software-as-a-service for managing luxury and executive suites for professional sports and entertainment venues, reported today that it has been selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs. SpotlightTMS said that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Totam Targets Businesses With Equipment Buybacks


San Diego-based Totem , a startup which buys and recycles used iPhones, BlackBerry, Android, tablet, and other devices from consumers and businesses, has recently launched a corporate division to buy back unwanted corporate equipment. The startup--headed by entrepreneur Nicholas Fiorentino--provides an online quote to purchase used equipment from both consumers and businesses.

Milyoni Finds Funding, Sets Up LA Office


A Bay area developer of social entertainment applications for Facebook, Milyoni , said Friday that it has scored $11M in a funding round, in part to open up an office in Los Angeles. The firm said the Series B funding was led by Oak Investment Partners, and also included ATA Ventures and Thomvest Ventures. Milyoni also said it will be opening up a New York office.

DexCom Buys Healthcare IT Firm


San Diego-based DexCom , a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired SweetSpot Diabetes Care , a healthcare information technology firm. DexCom said it will pay up to $4.5M, plus earn out of an additional $4M for SweetSpot. SweetSpot develops a cloud-based service which helps process and handle data from patient devices, providing more useful information for healthcare providers, patients, and researchers.

CyberDefender Files For Chapter 11, Agrees To Sell To GR Match


Los Angeles-based CyberDefender , the troubled developer of Internet security software and provider of remote technical support services, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has agreed to be sold to GR Match, LLC, an affiliate of Guthy-Renker LLC, its largest shareholder. CyberDefender said the sale is still subject to approval by the bankruptcy court, receipt of higher and better offers, and other closing conditions.