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

Both Sides of the Table

Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. More on that later.

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Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


Few people have heard of TeleSign, but odds are you have used some of the services the company provides in the last week--or even this morning.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. 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. came out in 1985.

Consider all resources before seeking investment.


I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. First, few startups can use that much money today with all of the virtual services available and increasingly inexpensive methods of development, prototyping and marketing. Email readers, continue here.]

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Steve Reich

In a conversation yesterday, Chase Smiegiel, noted that he’s getting great mentoring from two seasoned entrepreneurs. Photo credit: [link].

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. Cool Planet Biofuels said it used the high yield plant giant miscanthus, developed at the University of Mississippi, in the pilot effort. READ MORE>>.

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.

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. Good luck!

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?

Chill Becoming Pinterest For Videos?


Chill is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Redpoint Ventures, Atlas Venture, Paul Kedrosky, and CrunchFund. READ MORE>>.

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. Even DR advertising has large hurdles to overcome on the small screen. See [link] (more

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

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I wish they’d do something about it.” ” Probably not huh? ” Well. SD Card. MODEL NAME. CAPACITY*. SPEED CLASS. READ SPEED.

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Fanattac Gets $1M, Tackles Social Media, Music


The firm, which is headed by Dan Faiman, did not disclose the names of the investors in the company. READ MORE>>.

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 new product is an expansion--and significant shift--beyond RealPractice's former focus on the legal vertical. RealPractice is headed by Carey Ransom. READ MORE>>.

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. READ MORE>>. mobilestorm venture capital debt funding agility mobile marketing

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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. FlowTab competes against such companies as TabbedOut. READ MORE>>.

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. Financial details of the seed funding in Punchcard have not been announced. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Neil Malhotra, Sandalbay Life


Southern California has seen a surge in accelerators and incubators looking to spawn new startups in the region. What's your background? Thanks!

Local Corporation Adds Real Time Polling


The firm said the new ad unit is aimed at allowing users to create and display polls, and is ideal for the 2012 election ad campaign season.

Ceres Prices IPO


per share. The firm will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as CERE. to $17.00 The IPO was underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & CO.,

TeleSign Gets Patent


The firm said it was awarded patent #8,117,106 for its TeleBureau clearinghouse for submission of fraud activity from online businesses and merchants.

Mobile Roadie Powers Cristiano Ronaldo App


Financial details of the win were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. ronaldo cristiano soccer star mobile iphone android

SpotlightTMS Snags Toronto Maple Leafs


SpotlightTMS said that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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. Totem also provides data erasure services to those corporate customers. READ MORE>>.

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. READ MORE>>.

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. READ MORE>>.

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. READ MORE>>.

Xirrus Adds Calix CEO Russo To Board


Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , the developer of wireless networking equipment headed by Dirk Gates, has snagged the CEO of networking equipment maker Calix for its board. Xirrus said it has added Carl Russo, President and CEO of Calix, to the position. At Xircom, Russo was COO and responsible for sales, marketing, development, and manufacturing.

WHI Solutions Acquired by eBay


WHI Solutions , a developer of software and digital catalog products for the auto parts distribution market, which had an office in Los Angeles, in addition to New York and New Jersey, has been acquired by eBay. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. eBay said it will make WHI Solutions part of its eBay Motors operations.

Qualcomm Life Invests In Wireless Healthcare Firm


San Diego-based Qualcomm Life , the wireless health-focused subsidiary of Qualcomm, reported today that it has made an investment in wireless healthcare startup AirStrip Technologies. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. lcare, AliveCor, Cambridge Temperature Concepts and WorkSmart Labs. READ MORE>>.

Ceres Rises In IPO


for the day, after rising 14 percent in its first day of trading. The firm priced its IPO on Tuesday evening at $13.00 Ceres was trading around $14.85 Launches iPad Cookbook Publishing Service


Ever wish you had a better way of sharing your favorite recipes with family and friends? A web-based app allows users to create those cookbooks.

Interneer Reports Record Growth


Los Angeles-based Interneer , a developer of software-as-a-service for the business process management market, reports that it had "record growth" in 2011. The firm, which did not disclose actual financial details or any growth figures, said its customers now include include Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Silliker, Inc., READ MORE>>.