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Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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Only Hire A+ People Who Punch Above Their Weight Class. This is part of my ongoing posts on Startup Advice. I’m not one of those. Not so fast.

Pour And Stir I – In Pursuit Of The Ideal Business Model


Note: This is Part I in a three-part series on The Perfect Business Model. Click here for Part II , and Part III. Authentic, hand-crafted Persian rugs always include intentional imperfections. They are said to be, “Perfectly Imperfect, and Precisely Imprecise.” The same is true with many crafts and architecture created in Muslim cultures.

Social Media for Service Professionals


I promised that I would do a follow-up post with some thoughts out of the presentation and providing links. This is that post. It has changed my life.

LA County Technology Week

Ask the Angels

On Thursday (10/22) this week, join us for a full day of worthwhile events in Altadena at Tech Week. The morning’s session features a Cleantech program , moderated by Ben Kuo of

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. Many. That changed very quickly.

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Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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Montgomery & Co Projects Deal Volume to Grow by 167% in Just 2 Years with No End to Growth in Sight. We feature a prominent speaker at every event.

Zadspace Unveils Ad Product


Zadspace adds full color, 4x6 advertisements on cardboard shipping boxes. READ MORE>>.

Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects – More Ideas


Based on a question I posted in LinkedIn, Serena Ehrlich posted How to Use Social Media to Find Prospects. Or Sell a House. and provides the following list of suggestions for ways to use social media to build a reputation and to reach prospects. They still will need ways to get this out to an audience. That way you get value both places.

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. Startups Uncensored. This month's Startups Uncensored will be on the "Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs". We are joined this month by Jason Calacanis the CEO of Mahalo, co-founder of Weblogs Inc and publisher of Sillcon Alley Reporter. See [link] (more

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

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This is part of my ongoing series about Raising Venture Capital. A few years ago it became fashionable for large VC’s to do seed funding.

Slacker Brings Round To $12.1M


The details came according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. READ MORE>>.

LearnTrends Speakers and Topics Accounced


Sorry - I posted this on the wrong blog. You can find it here: [link

SoCalBio Networking Forum

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- SoCalBio Networking Forum. Why Bioscience Companies Should Care About Social Media. See [link] (more

M&A Outlook for Tech Companies

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M&A Outlook for 2010 / 2011 – text.

Overland Turns To Foxconn For Manufacturing


According to Overland, Foxconn will collaborate with the firm to manufacture one product line. READ MORE>>.

Get in the "Zone" with B2B Marketing Zone

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Marketing has become more and more complex as the Internet has become part of everyone's lives. Blogs have sprung up everywhere on all aspects of marketing, but it's been hard to find the really good marketing blogs, especially good blogs on B-to-B marketing.

Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Design using NASTRAN

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Design using NASTRAN. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has become an important tool in the product design process for companies of all types. This course will help design engineers and others involved in the product design process use FEA effectively and efficiently.

Nirvanix In Museum Archiving Win


The firm, which provides cloud storage services, said its services will be used as an offline archive for the information at the museum. READ MORE>>.

Sendio Hires New VP, Looks To Channel


According to Sendio, it has hired Ron Claypool as its Vice President of Sales, and Susan Gooch as its Channel Sales Manager. READ MORE>>.

AWR Wins SBIR Grants


Total value of the SBIR grants was not announced by the firm. According to AWR, two of the grants come from the U.S. The other comes from the U.S.

Power-One Names New Board Member


Camarillo-based Power-One , a manufacturer of power supplies and related products, said Friday afternoon that it has appointed Kambiz Hooshmand to its board of directors. Hooshmand was most recently President and CEO of AppliedMicro. He has also served at Cisco Systems and StrataCom. Power-One said that Hooshmand replaces Jon E.M.

SEMICOA Names Quality VP


Costa Mesa-based SEMICOA , a developer of high reliability semiconductors, reported Thursday that it has hired Harry James as its Vice President of Total Quality. James has previously served at Texas Instruments, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard, Signetics, and Apple Computer. SEMICOA is backed by private equity firm Vance Street Capital. READ MORE>>.

Mindspeed Wins Ooma


Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reported this week that it has scored a win with Ooma, a provider of Voice-over-IP hardware and services. Mindspeed said its Comcerto 100 customer premise equipment processor is the core enabling technology behind the Ooma Telo. Financial impact of the win, and shipment volumes, was not disclosed by Mindspeed.

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Metagenics Nabs $28.1M


San Clemente-based Metagenics , a developer of nutraceuticals, has raised $28.1M in a funding, according to numbers in the Q3 PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. Source of the funding was not revealed, however, Amway announced in August that it would take a majority stake in Metagenics, via its Alticor Corporate Enterprises arm.

Kythera Gets $10M More


Calabasas-based Kythera Biopharmaceuticals , a developer of aesthetic medicine products, has added $10M more in new funding. The new funding came to light in this week's PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. No details on the funding have been announced by the company.

Skinit Names CFO


San Diego-based Skinit , a provider of electronics personalization technology, said today that it has named Greg Wimmer as its Chief Financial Officer. Wimmer has been acting CFO at the firm since October. He has also served at WaveMarket, Zembu Labs, NightFire Softare, Vite' Inc. Talcott Holdings, L.T.D., as well as Deloitte & Touche.


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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- TEDMED 2009. The fifth in a series created by Marc Hodosh and Richard Saul Wurman, TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital. See [link] (mor

Regulatory Issues for Wireless Health Companies: How to Know What Regulations Apply, When They Apply, and What That Means For Product Development

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 -- Regulatory Issues for Wireless Health Companies: How to Know What Regulations Apply, When They Apply, and What That Means For Product Development. CommNexus. Also discussed will be issues raised by the incorporation of off the shelf radios into medical devices and how that can effect FCC certification. See [link] (mor

Solarmer Ups Solar Efficiency


Los Angeles-based Solarmer Energy , a developer of plastic solar panels, said Thursday that it has upped its solar efficiency, to 7.6%. The firm said the efficiency breaks the world record for plastic solar cell efficiency. The firm had previously reported a 6.77 percent efficiency in its cells. READ MORE>>. PC Postage Up, PhotoStamps Down


Los Angeles-based , a provider of online postage, reported its quarterly results Thursday, saying that PhotoStamps revenue was down 6% versus the same period last year, but PC Postage revenue was up 5%. The firm said it earned $1.7M on revenues of $20.2M.

CFX Battery Raises $15M More


Azusa-based CFX Battery , a developer of advanced battery technology, said today at Los Angeles Technology Week that the firm has just closed a $15M, Series B funding round. CFX, a spinout of Caltech, is developing both primary and secondary batteries. READ MORE>>.

MySpace Rolls Out Music Videos, Artist Tools


Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday evening that it has rolled out a new phase of the firm's music site, adding new music videos to the site, as well as tools targeted at artists. According to MySpace, its MySpace Music Videos feature provides an online collection of music videos, recommendation, and sharing tools for music fans. READ MORE>>.

LiveOffice Adds Encryption


Torrance-based LiveOffice , a provider of email archiving and hosting services, said this week that the firm has added new, encryption support for the firm's software-as-a-service. According to LiveOffice, it will provide policy-based encyprtion to organizations, offering end-to-end protection for messages and attachments sent by its customers.

Mattel Launches Online Shopping Site


El Segundo-based toy maker Mattel has jumped into the online shopping market, saying today that the firm has launched , an online site offering the firm's products. The site also includes a Twitter account and YouTube videos.