Sat.Oct 13, 2012 - Fri.Oct 19, 2012

Can you just tell little business lies?


“He’s not in right now.” “I am going to the doctor at that time.” “I paid only two dollars a unit to your competitor.”

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How To Become a VC


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job.

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The Guts, The Glory, and The (Virtual) Gold of Bragstr, with Jon Knarreborg


Sports fans: how do you prove you're the master of sports knowledge and sports predictions? What's the best way to claim your position among your friends as tops in the world of everything sports? How about an online game?

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7 Facts of Business Life For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

When I started mentoring entrepreneurs and startups a few years ago, I anticipated that I would get mostly tough technical questions, but instead I more often hear things like “Where do I start?”

My latest venture

Eric Greenspan

Announcing the formation of Greenspan Consulting, helping startups startup. For more information, visit Eric Greenspan

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SoCal Microsoft Tech User Group

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2012 -- SoCal Microsoft Tech User Group. Have you noticed the buzz around Microsoft Lync? Are you curious as to why so many are incorporating this tool? Do you have a set of final questions you need answered before making the final commitment? We have just the event for you! The next SoCal Microsoft Technology User Group will be focused solely on Lync! See [link] (more

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Why Some Entrepreneurs Undermine Their Own Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In working with entrepreneurs and other business people over the years, I often hear stories of entrepreneurs who were so close to success, but somehow let it slip through their fingers.

Connecting with People and High Level Communication (A TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Experience)

Tech Zulu Event

Every conference is different. The format, the layout, the presentation, the venue, the motives of people attending and presenting. The one common thread is interaction with people.

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Digital LA - Oktoberfest @ Alpine Village

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, October 21, 2012 -- Digital LA - Oktoberfest @ Alpine Village. Join us in celebrating Oktoberfest at Alpine Village, the authentic village and beer garden in Torrance which hosts the biggest Oktoberfest in SoCal. See [link].

SoCal's Cloud Dreams Surface At OpenStack Summit


A conference being held this week by the OpenStack cloud software group has surfaced what looks to be a surge in cloud-based companies in Southern California, including a number of startups.

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10 Tips to the Simplest But Effective Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short.

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ProfileTree | LinkedIn For Services, Advertisers & The Unemployed

Tech Zulu Event

Armed with a degree in Marketing and Business from University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and an Operations experience from Ireland, UAE and Egypt , Ciaran Connolly, 36 teamed up with Ernist Turdubaev 33, with a Master of Arts – Retail and Government Sector to launch ProfileTree.

Oktoberfest! Fermentation Seminar and Open House

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, October 19, 2012 -- Oktoberfest! Fermentation Seminar and Open House. Ventura BioCenter. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Popularity Drives Up Rent, Says Report


The popularity of setting up a startup on Silicon Beach is pushing up office rent on the Westside of Los Angeles, according to an article from Businessweek posted Tuesday.

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Every Entrepreneur Needs to Master Key Disciplines

Startup Professionals Musings

I have met several young people in business recently who believe that they are natural born entrepreneurs, and actually seem to feel that traditional training and experience may be a detriment to their success in this new world.

110K Tweets Per Minute, The Walking Dead, Nintendo TVii & More | AdAge Social TV Conference Recap

Tech Zulu Event

The West Coast biannual AdAge Social TV conference took place in Beverly Hills earlier this week. Elite media giants, agencies and brands flew in from around the country to discuss the rapidly changing and complex ecosystem evolving between the primitive television and social engagement union.

Startup Mix and Mingle

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2012 -- Eat. Drink. Connect with Los Angeles hottest startups on Thursday, October 25th at the WOKCANO in Santa Monica. Come mix and mingle up close and personal with some of the hottest startups in LA. Check out what they?re re doing now, what the future holds and how they?re re setting the trends. Whether you are looking for investors, a mentor, advice or just simply connecting for opportunities - this event is for you. See [link] (more

Media Temple Launches OpenStack Cloud


Los Angeles-based web hosting firm Media Temple , which is led by Demian Sellfors, has launched a new cloud service around the OpenStack cloud standard, the firm said this morning.

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Stealth Mode Entrepreneurs Only Increase the Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I hear about a new startup that is in stealth mode, I wonder what problem they are hiding from whom.

Gyft Wants Us To Give Up Our Plastic Gift Cards For Good | Interview With CEO Vinny Lingham

Tech Zulu Event

A TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Finalist, Gyft said it was giving away $250k in free gift cards on its launch but that’s not what they are up to now.

Story-based Technical and Compliance eLearning Design Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2012 -- Story-based Technical and Compliance eLearning Design Workshop. See [link] (more

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Southern California Firms Get $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding


The latest numbers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report finds that companies here in Southern California raised $695.4M in funding in Q3, up in terms of dollars from Q3 of last year, when $670.9M was raised.

6 Lessons For Startups From Reality TV

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m not much of a television person, but my family loves one of the popular “reality” shows, called “ So You Think You Can Dance ,” so I’m sort of forced to watch it every week on Fox. Over time, I’ve concluded that even startup entrepreneurs can learn a few things from this one.

Mobile Camp Los Angeles | Mobilizing L.A. Tech Community

Tech Zulu Event

Mobile Camp LA will be held on Thursday, October 18th, through a collaborative effort organized by User Groups in the Los Angeles Area including LA-UX, iPhone LA, OC Hackerz, Future Salon Network, Android dev LA and many more.

10th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference and Exhibit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2012 -- 10th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference and Exhibit.

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Ingram Micro Completes BrightPoint Buy


Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro said Monday that it has acquired BrightPoint , a distributor of products for the wireless market. Ingram said it is paying $9.00 per share in cash for BrightPoint. The deal is worth approximately $840M. The deal had originally been announced in July.

Prepare Your Startup Now for International Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one. This approach, popularly known as “glocalization,” means you have to design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market in which you operate.

Getaround Wants To Make Chicago Bike Friendly

Tech Zulu Event

After a $13.9 million in Series A funding and a launch in Chicago, Getaround , is coming to a city near you to help residents make money from sharing their cars even on a full time basis, thanks to its beta service Getaway. Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Service.

16th Annual Softec Symposium - Tech Pitch!

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 -- 16th Annual Softec Symposium - Tech Pitch! Want to.Watch Tech Pitches Live? Hear Investors' Critique? Attend Tech Pitch. Tech Pitch is a unique opportunity where select entrepreneurs with tech-related businesses will pitch their ideas to a live panel of active investors, in front of a live audience. See [link] (more

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus


textPlus , the maker of the popular texting application by the same name, said today that it has raised $18M in a new funding round, led by The Raine Group. Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding. In addition to the new funding, the company also said it has acquired Los Angeles-based Jarvus , which develops an app to people capture and share experiences, events and moments together.