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Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?


Using my StartupRoar as a radar, I came across a great post by Gabriel Weinberg Do you really need a full-time hire for that? Far from it.

Some Thoughts about Selling at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t read Adam Lashinsky’s awesome new book about Apple , you should. And that leads me to today’s post. Specifically, 1.

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Mogreet Gets $4.1M More


Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of mobile video marketing services which is run by James Citron, said this morning that it has raised $4.1M in a strategic investment round. The round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. READ MORE>>.

Tracky Launch Event and Those In Support of #VegasTech

Tech Zulu Event

For those who may think Las Vegas is just the home of Zappos, Conferences, and day/night entertainment, well you are right. Sarah Evans PR.

Hands-on Techniques To Avoid Hiring Wantrepreneurs


Note: This is Part IV in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE , Part II HERE and Part III HERE. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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DreamHost(ed) IT Open-House for LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 12, 2012 -- DreamHost(ed) IT Open-House for LA. On April 12th, in what will hopefully not be the last year of Earth, DreamHost will host (go figure) a job fair for IT professionals here in LA. Weve managed to get a handful of really awesome companies to join in on the event including AOL, Edgecast, Evite, Hulu and

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Long To-Do List? Make a Not-Right-Now List

Frank Addante

In today’s digital age, it’s hard to focus. But the Not-Right-Now list can help you get things done. Most people operate with To-Do lists. If you’re like me, it seems as though that To-Do list never ends and you never check everything off of it. It’s so easy to add new things to the To-Do list. What’s a Not-Right-Now list?

Epicor Acquires Auto Parts Software Firm


Epicor Software , the developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software which has major operations in Irvine, said Thursday that it has acquired Internet AutoParts (IAP), a developer of business-to-business e-commerce software for the automotive replacements parts distribution market. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie


Actually, no thanks to Santa Monica-based Mobile Roadie. We sat down with Michael to hear more about his company. Describe what Mobile Roadie does?

Spaceport America Gets Runway Extension For Virgin Galactic


Virgin Galactic apparently determined, through test flights and simulations, that it needed more room for landings at the site. READ MORE>>.

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Surf Air Launches Startup Airline Out Of Muckerlab


Tired of being herded like cattle on your regular trip between Los Angeles and Palo Alto? The startup--headed by Wade Eyerly --is looking to start regular service between Los Angeles, Moterey, Santa Barbara, and Palo Alto to subscribers, who will be able to fly as much as they want between the locations for a monthly subscription. READ MORE>>.

Boingo Signs Wi-Fi Deal With Denver International Airport


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Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site


Are you a small business looking to help drum up some business? Los Angeles-based Couponler , a new website launched this week, is hoping to make it easier for small businesses to create online, printable-coupons, and share them via Facebook, Twitter, or a website. The new site was created by Baron Miller, Ian Kilpatrick, and Jason Eastwood.

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GraphEffect Takes On Twitter Ads


Los Angeles-based GraphEffect said Tuesday that it has launched a new product which will allow brands to run advertising campaigns on Twitter. The firm said its new AudienceBoost product, which is being tested by American Express and Digitas, helps brands to make the most of their Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts. READ MORE>>.

SpiritClips Acquired By Hallmark


Los Angeles-based SpiritClips , an online video service and short film producer, has been acquired by greeting cards firm Hallmark. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The startup was founded by Rob Fried, who will remain as CEO of the ocmpany. READ MORE>>. spiritclips hallmark content hollywood greeting cards merger acquisition

textPlus Launches Android App In Canada


Marina Del Rey-based free text messaging app developer textPlus , said yesterday that it has launched its app on Android, in Canada, offering up free texting for users of mobile phones in that country. textPlus said the addition of Canada marks the beginning of an international expansion for the app. READ MORE>>.

Ceph Names VP


Los Angeles-based Ceph , the developer of an open source, scalable distributed storage system which is in the midst of spinning out from Los Angeles hosting firm DreamHost, said today that it has named Ross Turk as Vice President, Community. Ceph was originally created by DreamHost co-founder Sage Weil for his doctoral dissertation at UC Santa Cruz.

Ranker Finds More Funding


Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online rankings website where consumers can rank anything they like, has scored a new round of funding, in an inside round. Size of the round was not disclosed. READ MORE>>. ranker venture capital funding ranking list consumer content

CapLinked Enhances Search Tools


Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked said this morning that it has enhanced its online service for helping startups to manage their fundraising efforts, with a new tool to help find people. The firm said the new tool is aimed at helping users find investors, broker-dealers, or companies. READ MORE>>.

Hunger Games Pushes Surge In Sales For Fandango


The company reports that it sold around 23 percent of its total tickets via mobile in the quarter. READ MORE>>.

Microsoft's Xbox-using, Dancing Senior Citizens In LA


Microsoft said it has tied with the city, along with Partners in Care Foundation and St. The video shows groups of seniors at the St. READ MORE>>.

NewEgg Launches Data Recovery Plans


The service--which works beyond backup and recovery to pull critical data off a failed or corrupted storage device--will cost $29.95 READ MORE>>.

Illumina Rejects Latest Roche Offer


Roche had upped its offer for Illumina to $51.00 last week, up from an earlier, $44.50 per share bid from the company. billion. READ MORE>>.

Report: Fisker Automotive Boosts Fundraising Plans By $200M More


The report game from GigaOm, which untangled the pile of regulatory filings issued by Fisker Automotive. READ MORE>>.

Nexsan Pulls IPO


Nexsan, which had filed for an IPO in April of 2008, cited "unfavorable market conditions" for the withdrawal. READ MORE>>.

WittleBee Raises $2.5M For Children's Clothing Subscriptions


Los Angeles-based WittleBee , the children's clothing site headed by Sean Percival, announced Wednesday afternoon that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round. The round was led by Rincon Ventures, and also included. SoftTech, Google Ventures, Matt Coffin, CrossLink, and Morado. READ MORE>>.

Ayannah Gets Funding For Mobile Payments


Laguna Hills-based Ayannah , a developer of mobile payment products for emerging markets, has scored a round of funding, according to investor Siemer Ventures. Size of the round, and details of other investors, was not announced. READ MORE>>. ayannah venture capital mobile payment finance

HipSwap Reveals Funding From Greycroft, Founders Fund


Los Angeles-based HipSwap , the online, fashion focused marketplace which launched earlier in March, has revealed that it has raised $1.1M in a seed funding round from the Founders Fund and Greycroft Partners. HipSwap is headed by Rob Kramer. It's unclear when the funding was raised by the company. READ MORE>>.

Make It Work Swizzles Pricing


Santa Barbara-based Make It Work , the on site technical support and computer repair service headed by Eric Greenspan, said Monday that it has switched its services to a new fixed-price, per-service model. The firm also will offer specific service add-ons like application installs and other help at $35. READ MORE>>.

USC Entertainment Technology Center Names CEO


The University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center , which is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said this week that it has named a new CEO. The center--which promotes and runs projects between the entertainment and technology industry--said it has appointed Kenneth S. READ MORE>>.

BlackLine In Alliance With KPMG


Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems , the developer of financial close software headed by Therese Tucker, has signed a major deal with accounting and auditing firm KPMG , the company reported this morning. According to BlackLine, it is in an alliance with KPMG, which will bring sits software and professional services to clients. READ MORE>>.

Xencor Gets License Payment From Boehringer Ingelheim


Monrovia-based Xencor , the developer of antibody technology which is headed by Dr. Bassil Dahiyat, said today that it has received a second, milestone payment from Boehringer Ingelheim. Financial details and amount of the payment were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. xencor boehringer ingelheim biotech lifescience antibody

Green Dot Completes Loopt Buy


Monrovia-based Green Dot , the provider of prepaid debit card products, reports today that it has completed its acquisition of Mountain View-based mobile social networking developer Loopt. The deal was worth approximately $43M in cash. Green Dot had announced the acquisition in March. READ MORE>>.

TechForward Acquired By SquareTrade


Los Angeles-based TechForward , the guaranteed electronics plan operator backed by New Enterprise Associates and First Round Capital, has sold its operating assets to SquareTrade , the companies said Tuesday. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.