Sat.Jan 15, 2011 - Fri.Jan 21, 2011

How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

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Creativity. I’ve always believed it’s been one of the most important attributes of business success yet something very few business leaders talk about. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A

PostUp Buys UberTwitter, Becomes UberMedia

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Pasadena-based PostUp , the Internet advertising firm spawned out of Idealab, said Friday afternoon that it has acquired UberTwitter , developer of a Twitter client that runs on the BlackBerry Platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, the firm said it has changed its named to Ubermedia. The name change marks the second for PostUp (formerly known as TweetUp) in less than six months; the firm had changed its name in August to TweetUp.

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Flavors.me Vs About.me | Splash Page Supremacy

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The battle for splash page supremacy carries on although no one told Flavors.me they have already lost. I recently wrote an article explaining how About.me sold out to AOL. Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment New Media Social News about.me AOL Flavors.me opinion splash page

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2011 Venture Capital Outlook

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 -- 2011 Venture Capital Outlook. Come hear our expert panelists from the venture industry (NVCA, Sigma Partners, Charles River Ventures, SVB Capital) share and debate their outlook for the industry in 2011. Hear which market segments are attracting the most capital and how Super Angels have reinvigorated activity in early stage investing. Register online by Jan 21! See [link] (more

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LA Hacker News Meetup

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 -- LA Hacker News Meetup. Watch insightful presentations and mingle with like minded hackers and entrepreneurs at our monthly meetups. link] (more

How You May be Signaling Price without Knowing It

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I was having a chat with an entrepreneur who I really like and who I try to mentor from time-to-time. He has an interesting business and one that has a viable shot at being an innovative & profitable business. One problem. He’s struggling to raise money.

Julie Schoenfeld On Perfect Market's New Funding

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This morning, Pasadena-based Perfect Market (www.perfectmarket.com) announced a new, $9M round of funding for the firm's technology, which is used to help publishers monetize their content.

Powermat: A Brief History and Walkthrough at CES 2011

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It's been just about 2 years since we first came across Powermat at CES and they have come a long way from only providing wireless charging mats. This year Powermat made announcements of a deal with General Motors to wirelessly enable vehicles, to airports, offices, and more of today’s most popular smartphones. Visit TechZulu for full story. News Retail & Consumers Science & Technology Startup Video Arconas CES CES 2011 Chevrolet Volt General Motors GM Powermat Qualcomm Teknion

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

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I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. I have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis.

Growing your Community

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Monday, January 24, 2011 -- "Growing your Community with Alexis Ohanian" Tech Coast Angels Meet The Angels. Online event. How do you grow your websites userbase to 8M/monthly? Learn all the secrets that Alexis did to make reddit.com one of the top social media sites online! He will be discussing the do's and dont's of growing a vibrant community, and how to turbo charge the userbase. You definitely need to RSVP to this event and have the opportunity to ask Alexis questions! See [link] (more

Cheezburger Deal Spawned Out Of LA's TwiistUp

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The $30M funding deal for Seattle's Cheezburger , the web publisher best known for its LOLcats-themed I Can Has Cheezburger? and FAIL Blog web sites, apparently was spawned out of an introduction at last year's Twiistup technology conference, according to investor the Foundry Group.

The Future of Personal Manufacturing | The Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer

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3D printers have been around for a while, however, just until recently are the general consumer beginning to hear about them and actually have the chance to buy them. How does it work? Just as you think it might. Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment News Retail & Consumers Science & Technology Video 3D 3D Printing CES CES 2011 MakerBot Thing-O-Matic

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. I have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis.

Business and Financial Outlook 2011

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 -- Business and Financial Outlook 2011. The German American Business Association (GABA) invites you to our Annual Business and Financial Outlook Event to discuss the current state and the 2011 outlook of the economy, financial markets, trade, funding climate and real estate market both in the US and Europe. Meet a high ranking panel including the Chief Investment Strategist from Deutsche Bank, the Minister for Economics at the German Embassy in Washington D.C.,

Fonality Leaves Los Angeles, Heads to Texas

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In a loss to the Los Angeles technology industry, Voice over IP software developer Fonality has relocated its headquarters to Texas, the firm said today. According to Fonality, it has moved its headquarters to Plano, Texas from Los Angeles. Fonality said it will continue to maintain a "Center of Technology Excellence" in Los Angeles. The firm said it has bolstered its staff in Texas by more than 75 since August of 2010, including executive staff, finance, sales, and marketing.

Brian Solis Takes The Reins For The Pivot Conference

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Congratulations to our good friend, best-selling author and social media thought leader Brian Solis! He will be heading up as Editorial Director and Host for 2011 and future Pivot Conference's. Solis will take over the reins from Chris Shipley, who will be focusing on her position as chairman and CEO of Guidewire Group. Visit TechZulu for full story. Advertising & PR Business Culture Events News Branding Brian Solis Chris Shipley DEMO Marketing Pivot Pivot Conference

The 18 month rule.

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It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. This insight is not mine, although I have experienced it several times with key employees since becoming sensitive to the concept. An old friend, Dick Tanaka, gets credit for this one.

Career Development

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 -- AITP-LA Panel on Career Development. Whats going to matter most in 2011? Knowing what skills are needed to add value to projects  and have management see you as a keeper  is vital in todays IT landscape. Hear what hiring Managers from Bank of America, Farmers Insurance, DirecTV, and other companies say about what sets the preferred candidates apart. See [link] (more

CODA Holdings Names New CEO

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Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings , the developer of electric vehicles and Lithium-ion power battery systems, said Friday afternoon that it has named Philip Murtaugh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Murtaugh was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GM China, in addition to serving at Shangai Automotive Industry Corporation, at Chrysler, and as a director of Lear Corporation.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. The investments totals were up from the $464M invested in Southern California in Q3, and increased more than the trend nationally, up 7 percent versus 2 percent nationally.

Qualcomm Boosts ChaCha

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment in Indianapolis question and answer site ChaCha , ChaCha said Wednesday afternoon. According to ChaCha, it raised $3M in total funding, including $900,000 in outstanding warrants from Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital arm of Qualcomm. ChaCha offers up an online question and answer site, which allows users to ask any question via the web or mobile SMS.

Buy.com Launches Into Gift Card Sales

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Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com announced this morning that it has launched itself into the online gift card sales area. According to the online e-commerce provider, it has started offering gift cards from such brands as Sephora, Marriott, Regal Entertainment Group, Applebee's, The Home Depot and more. Buy.com said it now has "hundreds" of popular gift card brands on the site, searchable by category, brand, and denomination. The gift cards are for both online and retail locations. READ MORE>>.

Green Jobs Growth Surges In California, Says Report

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New jobs data released today by nonpartisan research foundation Next 10 , finds that green job growth surged in California over the lsat few years, despite the economic crisis. According to data released by the group, job employment in the green sector grew three times faster than total employment in California, accounting for 174,000 jobs.

Mogreet Wins CBS TV Station

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Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the video marketing and mobile messaging startup headed by James Citron, said today that it has launched a new mobile video service for WGCL-TV, CBS-Atlanta. According to Mogreet, the new service will deliver video news and weather alerts to viewers' mobile devices. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Mogreet said it is powering the service, which allows users to text keywords to the station for video updates.

Insights and Opinions: A VC's Comments On Investing and Startups in LA

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Earlier this week in our Insights and Opinions section, we had a post from Ryan Born, on 3 Things to Avoid When Fundraising in LA. That post ignited a firestorm of criticism and controversy among the technology community, both publicly and privately in emails, tweets, comments, and phone calls.

uSamp, Kiplinger Tie On Market Research Panel

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Encino-based uSamp , the online surveying, sample, and panel firm headed by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, has scored a major win with Kiplinger, the firm revealed this morning.

Interview with Costin Tuculescu, Freebinar

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In recent years, one of the more common ways to share information, conduct training, or pitch your company to other has been through online, web-based webinar and conferencing. However, those services can be expensive, particularly for individual users and small and medium sized businesses.

Illumina Expands in Latin America

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San Diego-based Illumina , which manufactures genetic sequencing tools for the life sciences industry, said late Tuesday that it has opened up a new office in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to focus on business across Latin America.