Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

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Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. They like a solid product, well defined pricing, good references to sell against, a clear quota and well defined competitors. Sales people often blame the product.

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LawKick: A Modern Way To Find Legal Help

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Michael Chasin: LawKick.com is essentially a marketplace that makes it easier than ever to find legal help. How the website works, is the client goes to the website, and indicates what they need help with. If you think about finding legal help, it''s not like you''re buying a t-shirt.

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VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo

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The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo. You’re the first one I’ve met who didn’t want to see our product.” My “no demo” approach is clearly not appropriate when assessing the veracity of investments with a hardware component or with a consumer facing product.

How Classy Is Helping Nonprofits To Attract and Retain Supporters

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In the case of San Diego's Classy (www.classy.org), you get an extremely popular piece of software-as-a-service to help you manage a nonprofit and its fundraising efforts. Our customers use this to raise more money, and we can make the case that investing in the product will get them X return.

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Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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The problem is you don't yet have product/market fit, and until you do, you don't really know what to build. When product vision is truly clear, then it makes sense to execute it, and hiring follows. In other words, they come in asking for help with sourcing and hiring.

Staff Ranker: Helping Hospitality Businesses Better Manage Workers

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However, Redondo Beach-based StaffRanker (www.staffranker.com) has rolled out a system to help those companies better manage what is a notoriously difficult segment of the labor market, which has a lot of turnover and which just doesn''t match existing, corporate performance management systems.

ZEFR Launches New Product

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Venice, California-based ZEFR , which develops technology for helping movie studios, music labels, and others identify, claim, and manage content on YouTube, said today that it has launched a new product.

Spreeify Launches New Mobile Ad Product

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Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the developer of display ad technology which is led by Ruben Dua, has rolled out a new product aimed at the mobile market.

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How Card.com Is Helping To Power The Branchless Banking Revolution

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One of the startups looking to help power the "branchless banking revolution" is Los Angeles-based Card.com. We gear all our marketing and all of our product design to the mobile experience. Is the age of the brick-and-mortar bank branch over?

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Products I Love to Use

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I’m not trying to say my picks are great and other products aren’t and I’ll certainly forget some. But this is just a reflection midway in June 2015 of the some of the products I love, enjoy or use frequently, and am not an investor in. They even have a “you’re buying this product on Amazon, why not donate one to a classroom” feature kind of like Tom’s Shoes pioneered.

Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops software which helps manufacturers direct online orders to local retailers, said it has launched a new product aimed at product search. Shopatron said its new product, Local Product Search, helps customers find products from brands, offering up real time, local product inventory to those customers. Pricing on the new product was not announced.

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YP Rolls Out New Search Advertising Product

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Los Angeles-based b> YP , the provider of business search and local marketing services, said today that it has launched a brand new product. YP said it has launched ypSearch , a new product aimed at small business owners, which both provides search ads on YP''s properties, as well as on major search engines. The new product includes both technology and consultants to help business owners with hands-on support.

Qualaroo Launches New Product, Helps Convert Web Visitors

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Qualaroo , a developer of website conversion and analytics software which helps web businesses improve the experience and conversion of their visitors, has launched a new product. The company--founded by Sean Ellis, Eugene Mandel, Alex Sherstinsky, and Jason Meresman--said today that it has launched a new "Convert" product which helps website owners convert a higher percentage of their website visitors to customers.

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How ContractSafe Wants To Help You Get Your Legal Docs In Order, With Ken Button

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To address that disaster, Ken Button and Randy Bishop�two veterans of the startup industry�created ContractSafe (www.contractsafe.com), a new online service aimed at helping companies to tame that mess and manage and store their contracts in the cloud. We've been really happy with the product itself. For a still, pretty young product, we're pleased.

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How Thrively Wants To Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential

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Jon Kraft: Our mission is to help kids discover and pursue their passions in life. I actually convinced Girish to help me with that other project, and worked together. Jon Kraft: One of the things we''re doing, is a lot of testing, early--not just the product, but testing the market.

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New Data Show Biogen, Ionis Drug Might Help More With Rare Spine Disease

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It’s an RNA-based drug meant to help boost production of the SMA protein, which in turn is supposed to help improve patients’ motor function.

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Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]

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You, the leader, think of the possibilities for greater collaboration and productivity once the team is all together. In a 2005 study , researchers examined the effects of things like flexible use of workspace on job productivity and team cohesion.

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ReachLocal Appoints Chief Product Officer

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal has set a new, Chief Product Officer, the firm announced this morning. The provider of services to help small businesses place Internet advertising said it named Kris Barton to the position. Nero also had served at Microsoft, heading up product development for MSN.com and MSN Network, in addition to serving at Omniture and Novell. advertising executive officer product chief reachlocal

Helping Consumers Name Their Own Price For Products, With Greentoe

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To bring that ability to name your own price on products, Los Angeles-based Greentoe (www.greentoe.com) recently launched, allowing consumers to name their own price to retailers of everything from electronics to baby products. However, rather than travel services, it''s for products.

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Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. According to Google Thursday, it has launched Google Advisor , a new service to help users find mortgage, credit card, CD, or checking and savings account offers and rates. google advisor financial products leads mortgages rates leads360

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Ixia Rolls Out New Network Security Product

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Calabasas-based Ixia said this morning that it is expanding out its lineup of products for the cybersecurity market, with a new product called ThreatARMOR. According to the company, the new product is aimed at enterprise networks, and specifically blocks known bad traffic from malicious IPs, hijacked IPs, and unassigned or unused IP spaces and addresses, all at line speed.

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Punchcard Launches Business Analytics Product

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Pasadena-based Punchcard , the Idealab startup developing mobile apps to encourage customer loyalty at retail businesses, announced today that it has launched a new product, Punchcard for Business. The firm said the new software helps local merchants gain insights into customer purchasing behavior, and the ability to push offers to consumers' smart phones via its app. Pricing on the new product was not disclosed.

Spireon Launches New GPS Vehicle Tracking Product For Subprime Market

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Irvine-based Spireon , a developer of telematics products for vehicle and fleet tracking, said late last week that it has launched a new GPS vehicle tracking system, specificdally aimed at the subprime auto financing market. The company said its new GoldStar Lender product is aimed at helping auto finance professionals manage their portfolio risk, by tracking vehicles sold in the subprime lending market, and the "Buy Here Pay Here" dealership market.

A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

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Rather, these were the words given in response to the opening question to a panel of product managers to “describe their occupation” in 3 words or less, + an additional word on what their biggest challenge was. Jay Stakelon , VP Product Design, Fullscreen.

Fan Appz Launches Social Media Marketing Product

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Los Angeles-based Fan Appz , which is headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has launched a new social media marketing product. The firm said its Personalized Marketing Platform is aimed at brand, to help them turn their fans into customers. Fan Appz said it differs from other, social media marketing products because it is focused on helping brands close a sale.

RealPractice Launches Marketing Automation Product

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The company said the new software is aimed at all types of small businesses, and helps local businesses to respond faster to customer inquiries, track online and offline advertising, and reply more effectively to calls, emails, and social media inquiries. The new product is an expansion--and significant shift--beyond RealPractice's former focus on the legal vertical.

Smoke Alarms: The Smartest Smart Home Product You Can Buy

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” This is great for new construction or remodels, but not so helpful otherwise. The Protect works with other Nest products, including Nest’s WiFi camera Nest Cam and the Nest Learning Thermostat, to further help protect your home from disaster.

NantHealth Launches Molecular Testing, Decision Support Product

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Culver City-based NantHealth has launched a new product, which provides molecular testing and decision support solutions for cancer patients. According to NantHealth, its new Genomic Proteomic Spectrometry Cancer or GPS Cancer product, measures the proteins in a patient's tumor tissue, and uses whole genomic and transcriptomic sequencing to help personalize chemotherapy treatment.

Get.com Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding

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Santa Monica-based Get.com , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions. According to the firm, it has raised $1M in seed funding for its efforts, which the firm's founders says solve the same problem for products as Yelp and TripAdvisor do for local services and travel. products consumer reviewer startup capital venture answer question voting reviews getcom

How Enervee Is Making Shopping For Products Energy Smart, with Matthias Kurwig

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Are you someone who'd like to save money, energy, and maybe the environment while shopping for your new television, appliance, or other electronic product? We are using algorithms to identify the products that are relatively energy efficient.

Triton Digital Rolls Out Podcast Product

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Los Angeles-based audio advertising provider Triton Digital has rolled out a new product specifically aimed at podcasting proviers, the company said Tuesday. According to Triton, its new Tap Podcast product is a version of its advertising platform, which specifically helps podcast publishers insert ads into their audio stream.

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Making the Internet Smarter at Helping Us

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We all now visit UGC sites to learn about products & services before we use them. I’d love to know people to “follow&# on websites to help expand my tastes the way that Twitter expands my news sources. Help me cut through the clutter. Recommendation Slicing.

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Ashton Kutcher: Actor, Investor, Product Engineer?

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In what might be the first ever "celebrity product engineer", computer maker Lenovo held a launch event yesterday at Youtube Space LA for a new tablet, announcing that it has partnered with Ashton Kutcher to be the newest product engineer on its new line of tablets.