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Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Ten Tips on How to Make it in the Meet-up Scene. The technology meet-up scene is an odd co-mingling of entrepreneurs, engineers, social media mavens, service providers, and up and comers. Here are ten actionable tips to make the most of your meet-ups. Meet More – the key to any meet-up is first to meet others. Seems like that would be rather self explanatory.

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People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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We all like to think of startups as “non hierarchic&# organizations and to some extent that should be true. I’m not a big believer in too much hierarchy.

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Telogis Buys Remote Dynamics

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Aliso Viejo-based Telogis , a developer of route planning and fleet management software, said late Thursday evening that it has acquired the assets of Remote Dynamics , a developer of GPS fleet management technology. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Telogis said the acquisition will further its penetration into the industry and into certain verticals. Remote Dynamics' products are used in the construction and heavy lifting industries. Remote Dynamics was based in Plano, Texas.

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Virginia's Post got me thinking a lot about how entrepreneurs and business owners treat their employees. Along the same lines as Virginia's post, check out this fascinating examination of what REALLY motivates your employees/co-workers. You might be surprised.

Mix @ Six

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Mix @ Six. See [link] (more

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Maverick Angels Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Maverick Angels Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs. Do you have a great business idea but are not quite ready to present to angel investors? Many entrepreneurs have promising business plans, but are not skilled in how to present their ideas to investors. Our full day Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs is designed to provide in-depth training to improve the way entrepreneurs present themselves and their companies, increasing their chances for funding. See [link] (more

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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I think I’ve now mastered how to make images clickable so in the future you *should* always be able to click on the TWiVC image above and go directly to the video. Just in case here’s the link to this week’s episode. Our guest this week was Scott Painter.

Ad.ly Expands To Twitter Apps

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Looking to reduce its dependence on Twitter's fickle advertising policy, Los Angeles-based Ad.ly , the Twitter advertising startup backed by Greycroft Partners and GRP Partners, said earlier this week that it has extended its platform to applications and websites.

NeighborGoods Goes National!

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Announced this morning, Los Angeles startup NeighborGoods.net is taking its sharing goodness all across the country. That right folks they are national now and will have neighbors all across America sharing, buying and selling items to each other in no time.

Legal Nuts and Bolts for Early Stage Companies

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 -- Legal Nuts and Bolts for Early Stage Companies. TriTech SBDC. In this informative and interactive program, you will hear from Crowell and Moring attorneys experienced in guiding early stage companies through the intricacies of business formation and growth. Focusing on three legal areas - corporate, human resources and intellectual property law -- participants will receive a high-level overview of issues to consider when beginning and growing a company.

Pay for frequent moves over risky long term leases

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Illumina Names VP

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San Diego-based Illumina announced this morning that it has named Nicholas J. Naclerio, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at the firm.

Lollapalooza Integrates Slacker Radio into App and Custom Station

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Just about every major event has its own iPhone app and now Lollapalooza is entering the App game for their upcoming concert in Chicago August 6-8, 2010. However, they are not just simply releasing an iPhone app for the event they have also integrated Slacker Radio into the app.

Uplinq 2010

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Thursday, July 1, 2010 -- Qualcomm Uplinq 2010. An event for mobile developers, publishers, device makers and operators to plot the course for tomorrow's mobile computing and communications reality. See [link].

Anametrix Wins San Diego Union-Tribune

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San Diego-based Anametrix , a developer of web analytics technology, said this week that it has signed The San Diego Union-Tribune as a customer. Anametrix said that the paper is using its platform for both web analytics, and analyzing mobile, social media, video, e-mail and other efforts.

TweetUp Funding Worth $3.5M

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The April funding of newest Idealab startup TweetUp was worth $3.5M, according to regulatory filings from the firm released Thursday.

Blizzard Launches Beta of World of Warcraft Cataclysm

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said last night that it has launched a closed beta test of its new expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm. The firm said the invite-only beta will provide the firm with feedback, find bugs, and address other issues.

Fisker Eyeing IPO, Says Report

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Irvine-based electric automobile firm Fisker Automotive is eyeing a possible IPO, now that competitor Tesla Motors , the electric auto firm headed by Elon Musk, has been so warmly received in the public markets, according to a report,/a> from The News Journal, a Wilmington, Delaware newspaper.

Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome

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Last week, Los Angeles-based Stroome (www.stroome.com), a new startup originally spawned out of a project at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, won $200,000 in the 2010 Knight News Challenge.

Hulu Details Subscription Service

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Los Angeles-based Hulu , the video streaming site which features television and other content from major content providers, has finally released details on its rumored subscription service, Hulu Plus.

Nirvanix Releases Hybrid Cloud Storage Service

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San Diego-based Nirvanix said today that it has launched a "hybrid" cloud storage service brings cloud storage to companies within their own data center.

Geodelic Raises $7M

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Santa Monica-based Geodelic , the location-based mobile phone applications firm headed by ukelele-strumming Rahul Sonnad, has raised $7M, the firm said today. The funding came from MK Capital, Clearstone Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. The funding brings the company's total raised to around $10.5M.

LeisureLink Plans Vacation Pricing Report

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online vacation lodging site and related tools for vacation rental and other alternative vacation lodging providers, said over the weekend that it will be launching a new "Vacation Pricing Snapshot" list.

Newest Tech Mogul in Town: Microsoft's Paul Allen

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The newest technology mogul in Los Angeles this week appears to be Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen , according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The report says that Allen has purchased beachfront property in Malibu, which was listed at $29.5M. Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is estimated to be worth $13.5 billion.

Ceres Raises $20M

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Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , a developer of biofuel crop technology, has raised another $20M in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. The filing indicates the round came from five investors. Ceres has previously raised funds from Warburg Pincus, Soros Private Equity, QuestMark Partners, Oxford BioScience, Oppenheimer, Monsanto, KBC, H&Q, and GIMV.

Qualcomm Targets Augmented Reality With SDK, Research Lab

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San Diego-based Qualcomm is hoping this week that the newly developing field of augmented reality--the layering of software and the real world via mobile phones and computers--will help bolster use of its products, and has released both a software development kit and announced a new research center around the field.

Disney Buys Tapulous

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Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Tapulous , a Silicon Valley maker of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Disney said that Tapulous will become a wholly owned subsidiary, reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG). Disney also said it will add Tapulous founders Bart Decrem and Andrew Lacy, and the Tapulous development team in Palo Alto, to the company's mobile content group.

MySpace Inks Advertising Deal With Orange

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today along with French firm Orange that they are in an advertising and content partnership. According to the companies, Orange Advertising Network will manage both premium and performance advertising sales for MySpace in France. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Razorgator Names Technology VP

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Los Angeles-based Razorgator , which provides secondary sports and entertainment tickets online, said today that it has named Ismail Elshareef as the firm's new Vice President of Technology. According to the firm, he was most recently at Edmunds, where he was Director of Front-End Engineering. The firm said that Elshareef will provide oversight of the firm's technology group. Razorgator is backed by. Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Firm To Sell Sex.com

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A Los Angeles firm, Escom LLC , has inked a deal with domain marketplace firm Sedo to sell domain name Sex.com , Sedo said today, in the latest chapter in a long drama over the domain. Sedo said it is now the exclusive brokerage firm representing the domain. The sale comes after a bankruptcy and court battle between three creditors and lender DOM Partners LLC, who had sought to force an auction of the domain through a different domain broker.

imFORZA Spins Out of The Design People

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El Segundo-based imFORZA , an online Internet marketing agency, said today that it has been acquired and spun off from parent company The Design People. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. imFORZA provides search engine optimization, paid search advertising, social media marketing, and other related services. The firm said its is now owned and managed by Vinny La Barbera, who was previously President of imFORZA under The Design People.

VMIX Releases SDK For iPad, iPhone

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San Diego-based VMIX , which provides an online video publishing platform, said this morning that it has released a new software development kit. According to the firm, the new SDK makes it easier for developers to integrate video into mobile applications for Apple's iPad and iPhone, as well as other devices.

WD Completes Hoya Magnetic Media Buy

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Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital said today that it has completed its acquisition of Hoya's magnetic media sputtering operations. The deal was worth approximately $233M. According to WD, the acquisition will support anticipated growth in hard drive demand, and includes facilities, equipment, intellectual property, and working capital at Hoya's media sputtering operations in Tuas, Singapore, and related equipment in Nagasaka, Japan. WD had originally announced the buy in April.

Eucalyptus Gets $20M More

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Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus Systems , a developer of private cloud management software, said this morning that it has raised $20M in new funding. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included current investors Benchmark Capital and BV Capital. Eucalyptus said the funding will go to scale development, marketing, and sales of its commercial open source private cloud management software.