Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

Google+ Pages | Businesses and Brands Rejoice

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Only a few weeks ago, Google executives announced Google+ Pages for brands and companies were on the way. Anticipation of Google opening up the doors to businesses on Google+ has been a long awaited feature-add to their fast growing, and widely used platform.

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Google Plus: First Impressions

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Google, they’ve cracked a nut here. With Wave being an experiment, and Buzz being a dead duck from the get go, Google Plus (Google+) is actually a usable, integrated, complete-feeling product released this week, and it’s pretty damn good. Now, there’s Google+.

Education Is Unbundling—Three Key Trends to Watch


Technology in the classroom has come a long way since its advent in the 1920s, when teachers would air radio broadcasts about topics relevant to their lesson plans. Ten years later, in the 1930s, the overhead projector debuted to display material for the whole class to see all at once, followed by the launch of the Scantron grading system in the 1970s to speed up the standardized testing process. Innovative? Yes, for their time. Powerful for learners? Not really.

Google me, Tweet me, Facebook me: The Action of Tech Platforms

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Scribd’s document uploading and sharing platform is making us all self-publishers and adding information to the Internet at a vast and expedited level. Like Google, the name is simple, catchy, translates globally well, and is really just a great ‘name verb.’

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Len Short (Red)ily Discusses Google, Bono & Steve Jobs


He was the CMO at Charles Schwab during the emergence of the online brokerage revolution, helping to guide the company’s transition from a high-touch retail broker to a no-touch self-serve trading platform. “So much power has ended up in Google’s search box.

Kabam Launches The Godfather: Five Families Exclusive to Google+

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Big news in the social gaming sphere as major interactive gaming player Kabam announces the launch of The Godfather: Five Families out of beta and into commercial exclusively with Google+ Games. This is the first social game based on a major movie franchise on any social platform, period.

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As U.S. Looks to Launch Precision Health Study, Google’s Role Emerges


Google’s parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG ) and its wholly owned biotech R&D group, Verily Life Sciences, are helping build a secure center where health records, genomic data, and other personal information from hundreds of thousands of people can be collected, analyzed, and shared with health researchers. Only a few of those entities are for-profit companies; Google, via Verily, is the highest-profile. The U.S.

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How Google's Old Offices Are Becoming A Tech Hub, with ROC's Walter Grieves


In a sign of the growth of the Silicon Beach technology world, last year, Google moved its headquarters out of a space on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, and into a new fancy headquarters space in Venice. We're just a neutral platform for the community.

Glip Ties Into Google Drive, Dropbox


Los Angeles-based Glip , the startup developing cloud-based tools to help teams manage projects, plans, documents, and other more, said today that it has integrated its service with Google Drive and Dropbox. Glip, which is led by Peter Pezaris, offers up a social conversation platform tied into project and task management, shared calendar, document sharing, and other team features. glip google drive dropbox project sharing document workflow management task saas cloud

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Pokki Adds Galaxy Life Game To App Platform


SweetLabs launched Pokki in June of last year, looking to bring the ubiquity of apps to the desktop PC platform. Pokki is the second project out of SweetLabs, which also runs the OpenCandy advertising network; the firm is venture backed by Intel Capital, Google Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

A Designer’s Weekend With The Oculus Rift

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Well, what if you could use Google’s Street view and virtually walk through a city or one of their worldly attractions at: Virtual reality has always fascinated me.

A Look at Google’s New Network Security Tool

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As a response to the growing fears over internet security, Google released a new network security tool in November called nogotofail, the goal being a safer internet for everyone. Nogotofail has been designed with more than just a small selection of applications of platforms in mind.

YouTube Introduces its Own App for iPhone and iPod touch | Google Adds Editing to the iOS Drive App

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It also allows you to share on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as to Twitter and email. To make soup taste better, Google added that its working on an optimized version of the YouTube app for iPad to be launched in a few months.

How Connectifier Is Applying Search Technology To Recruiting, With John Jersin


What if searching for people to recruit to your company was as easy as running a search in Google? The way we are doing that, is by building a search platform, which allows recruiters to find professionals where they are engaging online.

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Nimble Updates CRM Tools


Santa Monica-based social CRM software developer Nimble has rolled out a new version of its platform, which it is calling "Nimble 4.0". According to the company, led by longtime CRM veteran Jon Ferrara, the updated software includes such new features as embedding within Office 365 and Google Apps; synchronizes contacts, emails, and calendars; new automatic market segmentation tools; personalized outreach emails; new templates for Gmail; and much more.

When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication?


One of the topics that came up in my post Mobile Internet Apple Facebook was around open vs. closed platforms. Interestingly, they are not including Google Authentication. In the case of Disqus, they’ve provided quite a few – but still have left out others like Google.

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Google Cleaning Out Their Closets

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Google has from late last year embarked on an in-house cleaning project. In November 2011, Google’s spring clean saw a number of services shut down like Knol, Friend Connect and Google Wave. Another service facing the axe is Google Talk Chatback.


The Evolution of the App Stores


In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths. At their annual developer conferences, Google I/O, held last month, and Apple’s WWDC, last week they both announced updates to their development platforms.

Interview with Jimmy Hendricks, Deal Current


They are using DealCurrent as the deal platform for all of their clients. We see those three products working together, as features of one platform which both can be used independently, as well as together. So, we took that contest and crowdsourcing platform, and started ArtisticHub.

Disruption: Digital Platforms Regulation in the New Economy

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -- Disruption: Digital Platforms Regulation in the New Economy. Interested in the changes and challenges of the new digital platform economy? Digital platforms, such as, Airbnb, Uber, Amazon, and others are playing an increasing role in the economy. Disruption examples are labor law in the case of Uber, copyright law and data protection law in the case of Google, and data protection in the case of Facebook.

SXSW Organizes Rare Edward Snowden Interview. Then Google Ruined It.

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Google Hangout had just botched the most important discussion of SXSW and the broader security dialog. Many streaming video experts watched with great horror as the Google logo show up on the Snowden interview, knowing it would be a technological catastrophe. Then Google Ruined It.

I’ve Got A Golden Ticket! | Inbox by Gmail

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It certainly feels that way if you’re able to get on a new platform before anyone else, doesn’t it? For example, how often have users gotten upset at Facebook for making changes to their platform? Yes, also available on both Google Play and the iOS store).

Interview: Clark Benson of Founder & CEO of - Dicusses Playing Nice With Google


Value Prop Twitter Style : “Ranker is a social site/platform for ranking anything, powered by semantic technology that aggregates opinions into ‘wisdom of crowds’ rankings”. 5) Google does a great job with indexed search. Google can definitely work complimentary to what we are doing.

UX For The Real World

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You just need to submit the app you sent to the Google Play Store to the Amazon store. Apple launched a new version of their Desktop OS, Microsoft had a major update to Windows 8 and Google’s Chromebooks took over the iPad in schools in the last quarter of 2014.

Google Eyes TV As A Platform


Search engine giant Google is entering the television guide and consumer electronics market today, saying at the Google I/O conference that it is working with Sony, Logitech, and others on embedding technology to search for and view both web and television shows within devices. Google said its new technology--Google TV--is based on Android and the Chrome browser, and will allow consumers to search for and browse both web and television content.

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Why AltaVista Failed To Become as Successful as Google. Mike believes the reason AltaVista didn’t become Google ( despite their market leadership position ) was because they didn’t focus on search. So, they built an auction system, a self-service platform, and an ad-server from scratch.

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Choosing Internet Platforms


The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? However, these platforms could be interesting for prototype and pilot solutions. The other conclusion was that you need to have a migration path from the platform. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. VRM - his company - goal is to provide a Level 4 platform.

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Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

socalTECH, the startup �studio� led by former MySpace CEO and technology veteran Mike Jones , just saw its third acquisition out of its portfolio this year�the acquisition of FameBit by Google/Youtube. Mike Jones: (chuckles) I think I get the feeling that Google chooses you, and you don't choose them, in a weird way. They had been huge fans of the platform, and I think they had a super, genuine connection with Youtube, thus with Google.

ChowNow Connects Into Google Wallet


Los Angeles-based online ordering and marketing software developer ChowNow , which is led by Chris Webb, said this morning that it has partnered with Google to add support for Google Wallet to its platform. ChowNow said it has updated all of its client ordering apps to include Google Wallet, at no additional cost to its restaurant clients. chownow google wallet mobile ordering restaurant system shopping

Stained Glass Labs Patners With Exitround, Unveils App Directory for Google Glass

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Stained Glass Labs (SGL), the first Glass and wearable technologies accelerator has launched the world’s first comprehensive app directory and a self-service app publishing portal for Google Glass pre-launched applications.

OpenSocial and Facebook as Platforms


We finally are starting to hear what Google's anticipated alternative to Facebook as a platform. I've talked about this issue in: Facebook Platform and Facebook as a Learning Platform. With Google's entry, there's a nice alternative to Facebook and the key word is "open." Google appears to be headed down the direction that will allow applications to take advantage of that knowledge across applications. Connects With Google Glass


Los Angeles-based online video guide service , which is backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has launched a new application for Google Glass. According to, its new app for Google Glass allows users to watch streaming video on Google''s platform. ovguide google glass streaming video content