Sat.Sep 22, 2012 - Fri.Sep 28, 2012

What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Recently I wrote a post arguing to make the definition of a Startup more inclusive than that to which Silicon Valley, fueled by Venture Capital return profiles, would sometimes like to attach to the word.

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In Venice Beach, A Coming Out for Silicon Beach

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These days, it's not unusual for a handful of tech and startup mixers and events to be going down on the westside. Still, there was something special about the Nextspace @ Amplify Grand opening on Wednesday night. Something very, established about it. I've lived in Los Angeles for ten years now.

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Recruiting Star Talent? Do This First

Frank Addante

When it comes to top hires, the questions people ask tell you far more than the answers they give. When I interview, I don't ask many questions. Instead, I simply open with, "What can I tell you about the company?"

How to Talk to a Journalist When You Only Have 30 Seconds

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It’s unbelievable how often start up founders stifle their company from growing by not knowing how to effectively communicate their brand.

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First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Josh Kopelman, managing partner at Philadelphia based First Round Capital has launched Dorm Room Fund, in a move to reach out to college dorm entrepreneurs, like he was in 1992 while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He says on his blog , “I was a dorm room entrepreneur.

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3-D Image Firm Gets Flattened

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From the Los Angeles Business Journal. BIOTECH: FDA snub pushes Imaging3 into bankruptcy. By ALFRED LEE. Monday, September 24, 2012. When Imaging3 Inc., a nine-employee medical device maker on a nondescript street near Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, it was more than just another penny stock quietly running out of cash.

EverySignal Looks To Filter Social Noise, With Backing From Science

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Coconut is the Secret Ingredient

Eric Greenspan

If you have been invited to our evening of food preparation and the celebration of Katelyn’s birthday, here’s a few tips to get you ready for the night. Remember, the secret ingredient is coconut). Please make enough for ten small portions. This includes food items and beverages.

Digital Music Forum West

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Thursday, October 4, 2012 -- Digital Music Forum West. On October 3 and 4, DMW hosts the 8th Annual Digital Music Forum West, where 300+ of the most influential music and digital media leaders gather in the heart of Hollywood to socialize, share ideas, do deals and learn about new technologies and services. This year's event is packed with great content, stellar people and a lot of companies that are new on the music-tech scene so come on out and join us! See [link] (more

Carpooling Wants You To Share Your Car, Meet New Friends & Get Paid For It!

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Founded in 2001 by 3 German MBA students, Carpooling connects people in over 40 countries and is available in English , French , German , Greek , Italian , Polish and Spanish.

Mogreet Targets Developers, Debuts Mobile API

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Los Angeles-based mobile messaging firm Mogreet is expanding into the telephony API market, telling its users that it has just opened up a new suite of APIs which allow users to send SMS and MMS messages, look up user information, and trancode media.

What to do with a dysfunctional board

Berkonomics

It happens. Boards are elected by the shareholders, sometimes with preferred shareholders holding seats by right of their investment. In that instance, often the investor selects the board member and the CEO goes along with the choice, mostly out of having no alternative at the time.

Predictable Revenue: Getting To Your First Million In Sales

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Thursday, October 4, 2012 -- Predictable Revenue: Getting To Your First Million In Sales. It's not a startup until you've built something and it's not a business until you?ve ve sold something. In this class, Aaron Ross the creator of Salesforce.com's $100M outbound sales team will talk about how to create predictable revenues for your company and hit your first million in sales.

Tips for Quality Analysis and Testing Before Deploying a Cloud Application

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By Jennifer Marsh. Jennifer Marsh is a software developer, programmer and technology writer and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting. .

Movie Hackathon Combines Film, Technology, Prizes

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In the latest "hackathon" to hit Southern California, the Film Independent Forum has just announced a new Movie Hackathon , hosted by Zach James' ZEFR , which will look to spur programmers to create new, engagement experiences and tools for filmmakers and film lovers.

Oversee.net Ramps Mobile Efforts, Names Mobile GM

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Los Angeles-based Oversee.net , the online marketing and domain monetization company, is bolstering its focus on mobile apps today, saying that it has hired a new General Manager of Mobile Solutions. The company said it hired Min L. Chan in the new position, to head up development of mobile apps for Oversee's consumer-oriented websites in the travel, retail and consumer finance verticals.

ParkMe To Provide TomTom With Parking Info

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ParkMe , the provider of parking information and mobile applications founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel, has inked a deal to provide its parking database information to navigation provider TomTom.

Fisker Karma Panned In Consumer Reports

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The latest review of the Fisker Karma , the plug-in hybrid of Irvine's Fisker Automotive , is not good news for the already embattled firm. Consumer Reports said in a release that the Fisker Karma is "full of flaws", including a dash that is an "ergonomic disaster".

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How Wedge Buster is Building A Sports Gaming Empire, With Scott Philp

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How do you convince guys to start playing social games? For Wedge Buster (www.wedgebuster.com), you do it by pulling together a huge collection of sports-related social and mobile games. Wedge Buster just raised a $2.2M

MSC Software Acquires e-Xstream

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Santa Ana-based simulation software developer MSC Software has acquired a developer of advanced materials simulation software, e-Xstream , the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. e-Xstream's software already works with a range of MSC's software tools. That software is used for failure prediction of parts in a structural system, and reduces the costs of physical testing needed to validate those systems. READ MORE>>.

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MSC Software Acquires Buys e-Xstream

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Santa Ana-based simulation software developer MSC Software has acquired a developer of advanced materials simulation software, e-Xstream , the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. e-Xstream's software already works with a range of MSC's software tools. That software is used for failure prediction of parts in a structural system, and reduces the costs of physical testing needed to validate those systems. READ MORE>>.

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OpenX Names Idealab's McPherson As Chief Legal Officer

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has appointed Douglas McPherson, the former General Counsel of Idealab, as its new Chief Legal Officer. OpenX said that McPherson will oversee its worldwide legal affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and intellectual property efforts.

Xirrus Snags $23.5M For Wireless Networking

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Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , the developer of high speed, high performance wireless networking hardware, has raised another big chunk of financing, saying today that it has raised $23.5M in a Series E funding round. The round came from its existing investors, including August Capital , Canaan Partners , InterWest Partners, QuestMark Partners, and US Venture Partners. Xirrus said the funding will go towards sales growth and its product.

Deal Current Gets Backing From Private Equity Firm

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DealCurrent , a developer of software used for managing local coupons and daily deals offers, has scored private equity funding from a private equity firm. Canal Partners, an Arizona private equity company, is funding Deal Current, to help the company accelerate growth, boost sales and marketing, and for developing its technology. Todd Belfer of Canal Partners joins Deal Current's board as part of the funding. Financial details of the funding were not announced.

Miramar Backs SwiftTest For IT Testing Tools

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Corona del Mar-based venture investor Miramar Venture Partners has backed portfolio firm SwiftTest in its Series B funding, according to SwiftTest.

EQAL Acquired By Everyday Health

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Los Angeles-based EQAL , the digital media and content developer founded by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, has been acquired by Everyday Health , Everyday Health said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Contour Energy Targets Use In Medical Devices

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture backed developers of advanced battery systems, said today that it is targeting the medical device market with its products. The firm said its Li/CFx battery cells are particularly well-suited for medical applications, due to a flat discharge profile, low internal resistance, and light weight.

GRP Partners Gets IPO At Qualys

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has just chalked up an IPO for its portfolio, with the IPO this morning of Redwood City-based Qualys. Qualys priced its IPO last night at $12.00 per share, and was slightly up in morning trading. The firm priced in the midrange of its initial estimate IPO range, which was $11.00 to $13.00 per share. GRP Partners owns 8.3% of Qualys after the IPO, and had initially held a 10.67% stake in the company before the public offering.