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

Want to Know How to Better Partner With, Raise Money From or Be Acquired by a Big Media Company?

Both Sides of the Table

This is one of the best episodes of This Week in VC for a long time. I had the chance to speak with Andrew Siegel who runs corp dev & strategy for Condé Nast (aka Advance Publications). In case you don’t know, they are one of the biggest media companies in the world.

Hire for your core. Partner for the rest.


There is a major trend shaping up that is worldwide, already identified by hundreds of thousands of startup and small business CEOs.

How Pinterest, Tumblr, HootSuite, Klout, Posterous, Bitly and Mashable Rapidly And Repeatedly Hire Great People


Rapidly and repeatedly hiring star employees is a competitive advantage. Although this is a core competency that must be honed over time, there is a cadre of SaaS hiring tools that the world’s leading tech companies deploy to their advantage.

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Intel Ramps Hiring In New San Diego Office


Chip giant Intel is looking to bolster its mobile talent with a new office in San Diego, and has just begun posting a number of new jobs in the location.

Taking on the Issues of the Day with Jonathan Strauss

Both Sides of the Table

It’s been nearly a year since I did This Week in VC on a regular basis. I’ve wanted to come back but had a busy year on the road meeting with investors and making a few investments of my own. But I’m back.

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10 Comments You Never Want to Hear in a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

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Burn This Number After Calling: Greg Cohn on Burner


Almost everyone has had some situation where you wanted to give someone a phone number, but only temporarily--think Craigslist, or maybe at that bar or business conference, where you want to hand out a number, but only have it work for a short while.

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How To Create The Next Facebook

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 27, 2012 -- How To Create The Next Facebook. Tech Coast Angels. Join Barbara and Forbes writer and entrepreneur Tom Taulli as we discuss what he learned as he researched and wrote his upcoming book, "How to Create the Next Facebook." Hosted by Barbara Seymour Giordano. See [link].

Entrepreneurs Need to Listen More and Talk Less

Startup Professionals Musings

When you are not presenting to investors or your team, try to spend more time listening than talking. You can’t learn anything new while you’re talking, yet many entrepreneurs seem to never stop.

Hire the Best Candidate, the One You Can’t Afford

Frank Addante

Why you should hire the absolutely best person you can find, and not a whole bunch of average ones. People are a company’s most expensive asset. It costs a lot to recruit, train, manage, communicate with, and retain employees.

Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups


A list of the top ten cities for startups was released by USA Today and the National Venture Capital Association today, naming both Los Angeles and San Diego among the best cities for startup companies.

Tech Crawl

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 30, 2012 -- TechCrawl. s like a bar crawl, but with startup/Accelerator/Incubator offices instead of bars. Each venue will host a group of developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other startups in their office for 45 minutes or so then feel free to move on to the next stop. See [link] (more

Startups Must Balance Social Media Costs vs Value

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur today, and not using social media to promote your business, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. But, contrary to what most people preach, it isn’t entirely free.

Big Data Storage Goes DNA

Tech Zulu Event

As IBM goes flash with its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems and the recent public launch of Data Collective for Big Data entrepreneurs DNA was the least expected move for storage.

Launchpad LA Makes List Of Top Accelerators


A new list ranking the top accelerators in the nation have ranked Launchpad LA as number nine in the nation, based on comparisons of a number of accelerators across the U.S.

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The Military SIG Presents: Unmanned Vehicles

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 30, 2012 -- The Military SIG Presents: Unmanned Vehicles. CommNexus. See [link] (more


Investors Know A Product Doesn’t Make a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? I define a product plan as a detailed description of your product or service, with a bit of business thrown in at the end.

WePay Takes on PayPal | Interview with Founders Bill Clerico & Rich Aberman

Tech Zulu Event

Formerly an area considered PayPal ‘s domain, new companies are setting up shop in the online payments sector and capitalizing on what they say is the giant’s weaknesses. TechZulu caught up with the founders of WePay and bring you the latest. What is WePay and why the name?

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Local Corporation Debuts New Digital Marketing Service


Irvine-based Local Corporation has debuted a new digital marketing software suite aimed at local businesses this morning. The firm said its new Launch by Local product is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, and helps customers with digital marketing.

Crowd Funding Tips and Tricks

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 -- Crowd Funding Tips and Tricks. Coloft Academy. Learn everything there is to know about crowdfunding for your business, from co-Founder and CEO of crowdfunder Chance Barnett. This class is for any entrepreneur, or future entrepreneur, who is interested in using crowdfunding as a real alternative for early stage funding. In this class you?ll

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Selling Your Product May Be Harder Than Building It

Startup Professionals Musings

A good entrepreneur is not necessarily born a good salesman. In fact, they are often the opposite, more focused on building things rather than selling them. Yet, in today’s world of information overload, marketing and selling skills are critical to the success of every startup.

HTML5 Games Company Goko Launches and Raises $8M in Series A Funding

Tech Zulu Event

Goko, a new HTML5 games company based in Redwood City California is set to help game developers easily distribute and monetize social games. Goko was founded by Ted Griggs as CEO and Kevin Binkley as CTO.


Anatomy of a Successful Pitch: DogVacay At Vator Splash LA


Are you a startup wondering what makes a successful pitch to investors? If you're interested in figuring that out what kind of pitch attracts investors, you might want to view the video of the winning pitch from the recent Vator Splash LA event, from Los Angeles-based DogVacay.

Lunch and Learn: Venture Capital and Investments

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 -- Lunch and Learn: Venture Capital and Investments. Asian Business Association. When companies want to grow revenue streams with new clients and customers, what are the options? How can businesses secure the funds and how should they spend the money? This program will focus on the various sources of fundings such as venture capital and different types of investments.

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Often Destroy Team Motivation

Startup Professionals Musings

Assuming no one would demotivate their team intentionally, then why do we see it happen so often? I believe it’s because too many entrepreneurs and leaders are so self-centered that they really don’t see what impact their actions have on others. What these leaders need to do is spend more time eliminating their own demotivating habits, rather than delivering more motivation.

GraphEffect Unveils Social Network for Marketers With API

Tech Zulu Event

GraphEffect today unveiled the latest version of its social network for marketers with an open API for developers.

Mars Rover Hooks Up With Angry Birds Space


It looks like NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered something unusual on Mars: a videogame tie-in with the Angry Birds Space.

Social Media 201

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 -- Social Media 201. Join us for an immersive journey into advanced social media and how it can help you personally and professionally. We teach you how to use advanced platforms such as IFTTT, Quora, and others to thrive personally and professionally. Email

6 Myths From Past Startups That Limit Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

All true entrepreneurs operate off a set of tenets that are built into their psyche, or drilled into them from training and mentors. These are represented by sayings like “You never get anywhere unless you take a chance” and “Passion and persistence are the keys to success,” Unfortunately, there are still other old, reliable tenets that don’t work anymore.

BMW i Launches ParkNow Mobile Parking Service and Explains Car Sharing service DriveNow

Tech Zulu Event

BMW’s ParkNow is an online mobile parking solution developed in partnership with Urban Mobility. ParkNow debuts in September and will enable drivers pay for parking in advance, with guaranteed access and clearly defined rates, based on their personal preferences.