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.

Framework Benchmarks


Authors Note: Were using the word "framework" loosely to refer to platforms, micro-frameworks, and full-stack frameworks. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2. About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact.

Specific Media Launches New Ad Targeting Platform


Irvine-based Specific Media said this morning that it has launched a new ad platform, which it says will simplify management and delivery of advertising. According to Specific Media, its new Dynamic Display product allows advertisers to control and customize up to three areas in an ad template, specifically targeted to a user and user profile.

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.

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Frameworks Round 4


We’ve posted Round 4 of our ongoing project measuring the performance of many web application frameworks and platforms. Additionally, we’ve added our fourth test called “Fortunes” which exercises server-side templates and collections.

Framework Benchmarks Round 13


The project now features 230 framework implementations (of our JSON serialization test) and includes new entrants on platforms as diverse as Kotlin and Qt. Microsoft is taking on those challenges and will continue to improve the performance of its platform.

PromoJam Debuts New Visual Social Promotions Tool


PromoJam''s tools are aimed at helping users build social promotions without requiring coding or a graphic designer, via templates and easy-to-use tools.

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Startup Spotlight: Final Exams, Santa Chatbot and Clean Up Your Email


ChatbotsBuilder is an online platform for easily building complete, effective and advanced autonomous chatbots for Facebook Messenger. December is the month where the flurry of the holidays are in full swing and students are starting to stress out in anticipation of final exams.

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Please Help Me Congratulate Jordan Hudson as @UpfrontVC’s Newest Investment Principal

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He jumped into some portfolio company exercises to help with pricing strategies, budget templates, M&A support, marketing function reviews, etc and started to show us how valuable he was to entrepreneurs. Happy official New Year’s, all.

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Selling Online In 2016 For The First Time – What Works When You Have A Blank Slate?


Secondly, eCommerce is a powerful marketing platform for us. This gave our new eCommerce team access to digital professionals they could learn from and a “website-building template” to replicate in-house for our next site. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

The Biggest Reason Most Sales Campaigns Don’t Close

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We used to call it a “burning platform” as in when your platform is burning you’re forced to take action. Every sales organization with more than a handful of reps or that is across multiple offices or time zones would benefit from having a sales methodology.

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DreamSwapp | Remember Your Dream & Achieve It

Tech Zulu Event

People can use DreamSwapp to record their dreams and share them with family through social media on our public platform. In the search page, users can view/edit/delete their dreams and also share with a unique website link that displays the dream in a simple template via social media (e.g.,

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi


Right now we're working on a multi-platform sales support program for Daylight Transport, a mid-sized LTL (Less Than Truckload) carrier and logistics company. Clients use our templates for things like sales sheets. I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years.

Bridging The Gap Between Students And Startups, With TechLA


The third is a platform to connect everyone on, which is being provided by, which is at We had over eighty companies put their internships on the platform.

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How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

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We provide an event and experiential marketing platform. We do not have reams of templates in our software. In the corporate world, events are more than just an event�they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers. How do you make those events happen?

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LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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Their Behavioral Marketing Platform even broke new ground at ad:tech 2011 winning an innovation award. Fun Fact: Their latest investment was into LA-based Daqri – the augmented reality platform that has been used for campaigns with Cadillac and MAXIM Magazine. Silicon Valley?

Peering Into The Mobile Games Future With Josh Hartwell of Mobile Deluxe


I think we were able to effectively transition, because our technology platform. At the time, our platform allowed us to build our games, and have one game which we could send to multiple devices. Speaking of iOS and Android, what's the future of platforms?

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Assignmint: Freelance Work Available | Founder Interview, The Future of Journalism & The LA Startup Scene

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Assignmint is a web-based platform to list freelancing work for employers and help writers find the right freelance job for them and standardizes the paperwork between the two parties. Publisher can publish an invoice template and say this is the information we want.

Interview with Chris Lyman and Corey Brundage,


We've instead taken those comments and turned them into scores and a rating platform. They don't connect that the launch of this social platform and ratings are the same dudes.

How to Create And Use Snapchat’s New Custom Geofilters

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The value of your branding impression compared to impressions on any other platform is insanely high. However, Snapchat does have templates available and ready for you if you want to explore that route yourself.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 6.0 - the Rubicon Project: Internet Advertising

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I met with my old team from L90, the team that built adMonitor (the advertising platform that delivered billions of ads per month for over 3,000 blue-chip customers, where we had a successful $112 million IPO and then DoubleClick acquired it).

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 5. Outsourcing

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and leaving the architecture of the code and platform to India. Blogger Template originally design by Web-Kreation Converted By Jacky Supit

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 3.0: Internet advertising is good. No, it’s bad. Oh wait… it IS good!

Frank Addante

Liquidation After developing one of the most popular sites on the Internet and inventing a technology platform that enabled companies to grow their user base and generate revenue through online advertising, I felt it was time to take these experiences to market on a much larger scale.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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He went from recruiter to IT manager to technical sales… Then, he did such a great job in sales that we had to build up more infrastructure for our ad-serving and email delivery platform to support the increased demand.