Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

When I started my first tech company in 1999 I had pretty good tech chops and had led teams but had very little exposure to many other things that matter in a startup including sales, marketing & business development. Like most first-timers, I learned the hard way.

At NeXT, Steve Jobs Balanced Reality Distortion With Startup Realities


While working, I often listen to YouTube videos in the background, much like a podcast. Depending on what I am working on and the degree to which the video is compelling, my focus on the video’s content fades in and out.

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Los Angeles Ranks 6th In Tech Job Pay Survey


Los Angeles ranks number six in a recent survey by Irvine-based recruiting firm CyberCoders. The firm, which provides technology recruiting services nationwide, found that the average salary for technology jobs in Los Angeles was $97,705.

Gig City Chattanooga, Tennessee | Infographic

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This week during SXSW we learned of all sorts of the new startup scenes around the country, even the world. One in particular we talked with was startup accelerator The Gig Tank out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga has recently begun to blossom in the world of design, startups, and tech.

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Toronto Based Start Up | Reads Books for You

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Time is a valuable commodity. Worded a bit more starkly by Benjamin Franklin: “Time is money.” For we live in speed. McDonald’s IPOed 46 years ago with a market cap today of over $100 billion, why? Because, they make food faster. Time is money.

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Address the five risks to increase your valuation.


In the creation of a new enterprise, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. Professional investors will probe these five risk areas and make the decision to invest based upon comfort with each. So it is important for the entrepreneur to identify, address and mitigate each of these in order to increase valuation and decrease the risk of ultimate loss of the business. First: Product risk.

Budding Entrepreneurs at CSLA? Yes, Really!

Steve Reich

Tuesday, I had the good fortune to meet a roomful of Mechanical Engineering Master’s students at CSLA, and was throughly impressed. Mark Lieberman, of BTC fame and a Regional Economic Development Manager for LA County, team teaches a prototype Entrepreneurship class there.

Hulu Updates Video Player


Viewers watching their favorite TV show on Hulu today might notice a slight change: the site's video player is now bigger, due to an update on the firm's web site Thursday. Hulu said the company updated its video player with one which is 55 percent larger, in addition to a number of other UI changes. Hulu explained the update came to provide the site with a "cleaner, crisper" look. READ MORE>>. hulu video player bigger expansion content hollywood

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Pasadena Angels Participate in a $1.6 million Series A Investment in JobSync

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JobSync matches candidates to jobs at leading companies based on experience, qualifications, and personality. Pasadena, Calif., MAR 8, 2012 – JobSync, an innovative online career service that reinvents recruiting for candidates and companies alike, has raised a $1.6M Series A investment from The Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and other angel investors from across the country. The investment round will be used to fund JobSync’s operations and grow its network of candidates and jobs.

From Founder to CEO: What are the Critical Steps in Growing Your Business and Securing Funding?

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 -- From Founder to CEO: What are the Critical Steps in Growing Your Business and Securing Funding? What are the Critical Steps in Growing Your Business and Securing Funding? Evolving as a startup company is critical. Evolving as a Founder to CEO is just as critical.

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Qualcomm, Broadcom, Skyworks Prominent In iPad 2 Teardown


Who says that Southern California companies aren't at the core of the technology business?

The Future is Happening: Real-Time Ad Buying

Frank Addante

The hot topic in digital advertising today is real-time ad buying. Even for a fast-evolving industry, it felt like real-time ad sales swept through the industry quickly last year, with lots of companies activating real-time exchanges that enabled advertisers to plug in, find their desired audiences, and buy ads within fractions of a second.

Small Business Breakfast Series Presents: Building a Brand Through Social Media

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 -- Small Business Breakfast Series Presents: Building a Brand Through Social Media. Building a brand is a key cornerstone to the success of a small business. In this generation of social media, companies have a plethora of social networking channels that can be utilized to build and sustain brands. Featured speakers include Jason Nazar of Docstoc and Kevin Winston of Digital LA. See [link] (more

Reunion show of #TZLaw join us with @lisaborodkin @gagnier [link] #sxsw #trendlounge [Flickr]

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Docstoc's Jason Nazar Talks License123


Last week, Santa Monica-based Docstoc (, the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, launched a new website, called License123 (

Getting Sales Right at a Young Company

Steve Reich

This week, I helped a young entrepreneur at a “stealth startup” evaluate his progress on the sales front. His small team is moving rapidly thanks to the thoughtful approach he’s taking. There are lessons here for all of us. The critical foundation: Research- He networked to find friends or their contacts who had successfully built sales teams, and interviewed them in detail to pick up their best, field-tested ideas.

Perfect Your Pitch

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 -- Perfect Your Pitch. Join EFactor for a fast-paced and information packed event to learn, directly from Angel Investors and VCs, everything you need to know about successfully pitching your idea. See [link] (more

CODA Automotive's First Vehicle Rolls Off Production Line


Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive , the electric vehicle startup, reported last night that its first, fully assembled CODA has rolled off the final assembly line at its Northern California factory.

Factual Team With Geoloqi


Santa Monica-based Factual and location-based, analytics and services provider Geoloqi said over the weekend that Factual will enhance enhance Geoloqi's location data and analytics offering with its data. Financial details of the deal with Geoloqi and Factual were not disclosed.

Topspin Ties With MTV On Artists.MTV


Los Angeles-based Topspin and MTV said Thursday at SXSW that the two are in a new partnership, on a new initiative called Artists.MTV. The new project taps Topspin's marketing platform, to provide artists with pages on MTV with ways to connect with fans, and allows fans to buy music, merchandise, and tickets.

Live Nation Sets Up Venture Investment Fund


Los Angeles-based ticketing and concert management firm Live Nation is getting into the early stage investment business, announcing Wednesday that it has established the LN Labs Fund , which will invest in early stage technologies and entrepreneurs. The firm said the company is interested in funding "great new products that further engage fans and enrich the concert experience." Size of the fund was not announced.

Hulu Signs Global Distribution Deal


Los Angeles-based Hulu has inked a deal to distribute its original content to the international market, the firm said Monday, in a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises. Hulu said the deal calls for FremantleMedia to handle distribution rights to its original content internationally, including distributing the content over traditional media. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Qualcomm, Broadcom, Skyworks Prominent In iPad 3 Teardown


Who says that Southern California companies aren't at the core of the technology business?

Slacker Offers Free NCAA Streaming Radio


The deal between streaming music service Slacker and ESPN , which the two brokered in September last year, is about to go into overdrive this week, as Slacker said it will provide free, streaming radio access to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship via its service.

Broadcom Funds Entry In Google Lunar X Prize


Irvine-based Broadcom reported this morning that it is contributing $100,000 in a donation to an Israeli team looking to win Google's $30M Lunar X Prize contest. Broadcom said it is donating the money to the Israeli group SpaceIL for its efforts.

Fandango Launches Facebook Timeline App


Los Angeles-based Fandango , the online movie tickets site, said today at SXSW that it has launched a new Facebook Timeline app called "Movies with Friends". The firm said the new app allows fans to share movie recommendations and activities with friends, see their friends' movie picks, and more.

AeroVironment Gets $11.1M Order


In another military contract win, Monrovia-based AeroVironment , the maker of unmanned aircraft for the military, reported that it has scored an $11.1M order.