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Avoid Hiring Victims – Look For These 5 Red Flags

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. We’ve all met them. The world’s out to get them. Every boss, coworker and subordinate is scheming to assure their demise. Setbacks are never their fault. They are a victim.

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How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “ Top deal maker in Los Angeles in Venture Capital.” ” Numero uno. I was nowhere to be found.

Leadership: Sell the dream; Make the reality.

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As a leader, you set the goals, establish the strategies and tactics to get there (with help from others of course) and sell the dream to all of your stakeholders. And that includes potential customers as well as executives and employees.

Gatsby: Tackling Shopping Cart Abandonment With Social Sharing

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How do you help online brand owners both reduce the abandonment of a shopping cart by online shoppers�and also get the word out about their brands?

Are You Ready Yet To Be An Entrepreneur Full-Time?

Startup Professionals Musings

There seems to be a big debate these days about the best approach to starting a new business.

The Greatest Strength of America is Immigration and Integration

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Like many immigrant families and many Jewish families I grew up around a kitchen table, often outside my house and experiencing food, culture, life and other people through meals.

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Boingo Wireless Target Of Activist Investor

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , the operator of Wi-Fi networking and small cell site antenna systems, is the target of activist investor Ides Capital, which said last week that it is looking to nominate two directors to Boingo's board.

Too Many Bells and Whistles Will Not Sell a Product

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love to compare the number of features in their product to competitors, and they love to keep adding features -- just because they can. Unfortunately, this approach often turns off mainstream customers, who find the result hard to use.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

Both Sides of the Table

My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “Top deal maker in Los Angeles… Continue reading on Medium

3 Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Money

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Where do you go if you want to buy a bumper pack of Fujifilm Instant Film, a latex sports girdle, or party game Cards Against Humanity? These are, in fact, some of the best sellers on the world’s leading e-commerce site, Amazon.

Southern California VC Totals Drop To $810.5M In Q1

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Southern California startups raised $810.5M in venture capital in Q1, according to the latest MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Southern California venture totals were down significantly from the $1.38

7 Reasons For Startups To Maximize Early Visibility

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s still popular these days for startup founders to operate in stealth mode, meaning no details about the idea or progress are shared with anyone until the big reveal and rollout. The common reason given is that this prevents any competitor from stealing their idea and beating them to market.

Understanding the Rich Tapestry of American Culture as Experienced Through Food

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Like many immigrant families and many Jewish families I grew up around a kitchen table, often outside my house and experiencing food… Continue reading on Medium

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Demand Media Unloads Cracked For $39M

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has sold Cracked , its online humor site, to the E.W. Scripps Company , in a deal worth $39M in cash, the companies said late Tuesday. According to Demand Media, the move will give it a "more focused portfolio of businesses", and also "significantly" strengthen its balance sheet. Demand Media acquired Cracked in 2007. The sale comes as Demand Media has been seeing a steep drop in revenues from its content businesses. READ MORE>>.

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Validate The Pedigree Of A Startup Before You Jump

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder loves to prompt for questions from investors and potential key team members about their vision, and the huge opportunity that can be had with their disruptive technology.

8 Innovation Inhibitors Challenge Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a practical guy, so I recognize that expecting the real world to be fair is a dream that every entrepreneur needs to put aside as they reach the age of majority.

Jacobs Buys Cybersecurity Firm The Van Dyke Technology Group

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Pasadena-based engineering firm Jacobs Engineering Group said Tuesday that it has acquired The Van Dyke Technology Group , a 180-person cybersecurity firm. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. The Van Dyke Technology Group is based in Maryland, and provides its cybersecurity services for the U.S. Intelligence Community and for classified government networks.

Ticketmaster To Sell Tickets Via Facebook

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West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster is getting set to start selling tickets directly within Facebook by the end of the month, according to reports. The company said the move will provide a more seamless purchase experience , and ultimately sell more tickets, particularly around events. READ MORE>>. tickemaster facebook ticketing sales ecommerce

Velocify Rolls Out New Sales Prospecting Tool

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Los Angeles-based Velocify , the developer of leads management and sales software, has rolled out a new tool call SalesCaddy. According to Velocify, the new tool uses social and professional networks to help its users discover and convert potential buyers. Velocify said the tool includes two features--implemented as browser plugins--SocialCaddy and MailCaddy.

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SpaceX Dragon Successfully Arrives At ISS

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has successfully mated to the International Space Station's Harmony module on Sunday, at 9:57 a.m. EDT, after a successful launch into space of the SpaceX Falcon 9 on Friday. According to NASA, the Dragon is delivering around 7,000 pounds of material for science and research investigations for its Expedition 47 mission, including a new, inflatable activity module from Bigelow Aerospace.

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Ponder, Backed by Tinder Founders, Launches Photo, Video Sharing App

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Los Angeles-based Ponder , a new startup backed by Tinder founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, along with Mark Cuban and Greylock Partners, has launched a new photo and video sharing app. The new app applies the swipe left-and-right ethos of Tinder to photos and videos, letting users "push" or "pass" on any photo and video to match users up to other people with similar tastes. Ponder said its app focuses on the quality of photos and videos, rather than how many followers one might have.

Former Surf Air Founder's New Flight Startup, Beacon, Shuts Down

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Beacon , the new, all-you-can fly startup led by former Surf Air founder Wade Eyerly, has shut down, after burning through all of its cash--and never getting off the ground.

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Lieberman Software Teams With FireEye

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Los Angeles-based cybersecurity software developer LIeberman Software said this week that it has partnered with FireEye , to better respond to data breaches and threats. According to the company, its new integration triggers rapid, real time credential rotation for systems, whenever a cyber threat is identified, making it more difficult for attackers to gain access to systems. READ MORE>>. lieberman software fireeye cybersecurity security

Glaukos Co-founder Retiring From Board

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Laguna Hills-based medical device developer Glaukos Corporation reported late Thursday that co-founder Olav Bergheim is retiring from its board of directors. Bergheim has been a member of the company's board of directors since he co-founded Glaukos in 1998. Glaukos said Bergheim will remain on the board for the remainder of his term, which runs until June 2nd. Bergheim said he is retiring to spend more time with Fjord Ventures, a life sciences accelerator.

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Nativo Snags Google Vet As VP of Product

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Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo said this week that it has named Eugene Cherny, a former Google executive, as its new Vice President of Product. Nativo said that Cherny was previously manger of Google's TrueView In-display product, a native ad unit used on YouTube and Google. Nativo is led by Justin Choi, and venture backed by Greycroft Partners, Signia Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investment, and e.ventures. READ MORE>>. nativo native advertising google

Sysrepublic Acquired By Appriss

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Torrance-based Sysrepublic , a developer of analytics software used by retailers to reduce shrinkage and returns fraud, has been acquired by Kentucky-based Appriss. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Appriss said it will merge Sysrepublic into its retail division, The Retail Equation, focused on retail exception-based reporting and return fraud solutions. READ MORE>>. sysrepubic appriss merger acquisition software retail retailer shrinkage analytics

Illumina Creates New, $100M Venture Fund

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina has created a new, $100M venture capital fund, the company said Thursday afternoon, which will focus on investments in early stage companies that are pioneering new applications of nucleic acid sequencing, developing products that will expand the genomics ecosystem, and utilizing genomics to improve human health. According to Illumina, it will commit $100M over 10 years to the new fund, to be run by new venture capital firm Illumina Ventures.

Mysterious Faraday Future Announces $1 Billion Factory In Vegas

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Los Angeles-based Faraday Future , the stealthy electric automobile company backed by a Chinese billionaire, broke ground on what it said will be a $1 billion facility in North Las Vegas on Wednesday, which it says it will use to build its yet-to-be-announced production vehicles.

Nimble Connects With Google Apps

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Santa Monica-based customer relationship management and contact management software developer Nimble said today that it has connected into Google Apps for Work, via the Google for Work Partner Program. According to Nimble, the company said it has bundled Google Apps for Work with Nimble , automatically using information from Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Drie to helps support sales and marketing efforts for companies. Nimble is led by longtime CRM veteran Jon Ferrara. READ MORE>>.

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