Profits Slide at Activision as Competitors Gain Ground

L.A. Business Journal

The Santa Monica-based video game publisher behind popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch” saw its profits decline more than 18% from this time last year, reporting a net income of $328 million

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Cash-Strapped Snap Sees Stock Price Slide Following Analyst Report

L.A. Business Journal

The stock price for Snap Inc. hit a new low — falling 6.4 percent to $7 a share – after a report described the Santa Monica social media company as “quickly running out of money

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Avoid Death By PowerPoint – Create Slides That Don’t Suck

InfoChachkie

As a venture capitalist, I am asked to provide feedback on a fair number of PowerPoint and Keynote slide decks. 9 Steps To Better Slides. Presentation slides serve two primary purposes. One is to support a live presentation in which each slide is annotated verbally. The other is for the content to standalone, allowing a reader to effectively review the slides without the benefit of a speaker's insights. Your slides should do the same.

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Katalyst Teams With Slide On KatalystHQ Distribution

socalTECH

Hollywood-based Katalyst Media , the online content production firm headed by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, said Tuesday that the firm has inked a partnership with social media firm Slide to publish the firm's original web series through its widgets. According to the firms, Slide will be the exclusive distributor of a season of KatalystHQ, which is focused on "life at corporate headquarters of Katalyst Media." Tags: katalyst ashton content slide kutcher media

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Look Out, Investors: Cryptocurrency Values Slide As Warnings Take Off

Xconomy

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have seen dramatic but volatile price surges during the past year. But this month their billions in estimated market value are eroding , amid widening suspicions against one trading platform, a half-billion-dollar heist from another exchange, and an awakened global regulatory community.

Sophiris, Stock Sliding After Cancer Drug Data, Still Plans Phase 3

Xconomy

Sophiris Bio said Monday that 10 patients who were administered its experimental prostate cancer drug a second time didn’t see any additional benefit. The news sent the San Diego, CA-based biotech’s stock plunging 40 percent. Sophiris (NASDAQ: SPHS ) already had encouraging mid-stage clinical trial data testing one dose of its drug, topsalysin, in prostate cancer patients.

Ten Slides Make a Killer Investor Presentation

Startup Professionals Musings

A perfect round number is ten slides, with the right content, that can be covered in ten minutes. Most advisors will tell you to write the business plan first (20-30 pages), then distill the key points into a set of Microsoft PowerPoint slides for standup presentations to potential investors. Here are the ten slides you need: Problem and market need.

It’s A Tablet! It’s A PC! No! It’s The Samsung Sliding Tablet PC 7 Series

Tech Zulu Event

Samsung announced the launch of its first sliding tablet PC with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and powered by the upcoming Intel Atom processor platform, currently code-named “Oak Trail,” the PC 7 Series. News Retail & Consumers Science & Technology Video CES CES 2011 Microsoft PC Samsung Samsung 7 series Samsung Sliding PC Tablet tablet Windows 7We first caught a glimpse of this beauty at the Microsoft Keynote the opening night of CES.

Stock Market Slide Effecting Start Up Valuations

The Quigley Report

Early stage VCs typically say that the ebbs and flows of the stock market don't effect the valuations they pay in start up financings. That may be true. At the formation stage, when a start up is little more than a business plan and a few dedicated engineers, there are a host of other factors that influence valuations more so than PE multiples of public companies.

Katalyst Media Ties With Ustream, Sets Season Finale

socalTECH

Separately, Katalyst and Slide said that it will release the season finale for the firm's online series KatalystHQ on Slide's FunSpace site Wednesday. Slide has been the exclusive distributor of the KatalystHQ series on its FunSpace site, since February. Tags: katalyst media ashton kutcher ustream iphone slide katalysthq content video

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Tinder Acquires Snapchat-Like App Wheel

L.A. Business Journal

Tinder announced on Thursday that it had acquired Wheel, a video-and-picture slide show app developer, for an undisclosed amount

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Pitch Genius Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Through a slide-by-slide explanation of the investor deck, you will learn what turns investors on, what turns them off, and what investors absolutely abhor when founders are pitching them. Saturday, August 11, 2018 -- Pitch Genius Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to educate idea-to-early stage startups about investors, fundraising, and how to make a successful pitch. We're going deep into the investors' mind to understand how they analyze startups for investment.

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Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

TechCrunch LA

No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. You’ll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s… Read More. Startups TC broadway Los Angeles spruce

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What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

If you have another 15–20 super detailed slides they should either be in an appendix after you get through the main presentation or in a separate deck that you may or may not get out. These additional slides are often called “pocket slides” as in you have them in your pocket in case you need to pull them out. Pocket slides work best when they prove a point you were asked and look like they’re just part of how you analyze your business outside of fund-raising meetings.

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See you tonight at the Boulder Micro-Meetup

TechCrunch LA

No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado tonight at 7pm. You’ll have two minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then two minutes of questions. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s in the… Read More. Startups TC boulder broadway Karaoke Los Angeles meetups spruce

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Please don’t overestimate your audience’s knowledge

Berkonomics

Immediately, I can tell how to orient the explanations behind my pre-cast slides, based upon the response. Ask the important question first.

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Everything about Java 8

TechEmpower

There's more detail about this class and its performance in a set of slides put together by Heinz Kabutz (starting about half-way through the set of slides): "Phaser and StampedLock Presentation". The following post is a comprehensive summary of the developer-facing changes coming in Java 8. This next iteration of the JDK is currently scheduled for general availability in September 2013. At the time of this writing, Java 8 development is still very much in progress.

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Fixing the Top Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make

SoCal Tech Calendar

Together they will review the challenges that face startup founders, including how to avoid the most common problems in pitch deck slide presentations, developing new products/services, finding first customers, building a startup team, sharing equity with employees and advisors, setting valuations for venture capital and angel investors, and strategizing for scalable growth. Monday, August 3, 2020 -- Fixing the Top Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make.

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One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

Both Sides of the Table

If you present slide after slide and if this becomes a download of too much information and not enough of a discussion then people’s attention spans wane. The best board meetings are discussions and debates about the business yet many executive teams spent their time wanting to walk through hours of slides on how great they’re doing.

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Pitch Genius Workshops: Learn What Investors Want

SoCal Tech Calendar

Through a slide-by-slide explanation of an investor pitch deck, learn what turns investors on, what turns them off, and what investors absolutely abhor when founders are pitching them. Saturday, April 14, 2018 -- Pitch Genius Workshops: Learn What Investors Want. The purpose of this workshop is to educate you about investors, fundraising, and how to make a successful pitch. We're going deep into the investors mind to really understand how they analyze startups for investment.

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Even a taste of ownership motivates employees.

Berkonomics

Each month, at the monthly company lunch for all, I’d greet everyone with “Hello shareholders”, and proceed to show the assembled throng slides of high level financial statements, pointing out progress against plan. Close. How about employees all the way down the line and through the corporation? How do we align them to the goals and strategies of the enterprise? Obviously for the appropriate individuals, a bonus program aligned to the department’s goals is appropriate.

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Report: Ring Encouraged Users To Report Their Neighbors For Free Stuff

socalTECH

Motherboard--citing an internal company slide presentation from Ring--said people were encouraged to report on their neighbors in exchange for discount codes and "swag" from Ring, after creating a new "Digital Neighborhood Watch" program. Los Angeles-based Ring , the developer of Internet-connected doorbells and security cameras, reportedly told people to report "suspicious activity" in their neighborhood in exchange for free "swag bags", according to Motherboard.

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Here’s how NOT to define your competition

Berkonomics

An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. If you are raising funds, list “do nothing” as a viable competitor in your slide deck. We investors see this all the time. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new. We have no competition.”. Niet! Unh unh. Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur come out with that one. That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other.

10 Keys To Limiting Your Startup Story To Ten Minutes

Startup Professionals Musings

If you have ten minutes, that means no more than ten slides. I’ve seen several presentations that never moved past the first slide before running out of time. I outlined what investors expect to see in an old article “ Adding Slides Does Not Enhance Your Investor Pitch.

6 Keys To Preserving A Positive Business Image Online

Startup Professionals Musings

On the other hand, if you let your reputation slide early to be “cool,” it may take a lifetime to recover.

How to Make the Right Business Decisions

Jason Nazar

See the full presentation & slides below How do we make the right business decisions? There are 4 factors to consider whenever we have opportunity cost. Potential Upside 2.) Likelihood of Success 3.) Effort Involved 4.) Strategic Value.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch

InfoChachkie

If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. An effective method to incite Death By PowerPoint is to deploy an extraordinary number of slides. A minimum of 20 to 30 slides per minute is a reasonable rule of thumb. In addition to relying on an enormous slide deck, you can accentuate Death By PowerPoint in a number of ways: Hide behind a podium. Turn your back to the audience and read each slide verbatim from the screen.

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5 Secrets That Make Jeff Bezos The Leader Of The Pack

Startup Professionals Musings

Avoid PowerPoint and graphic slide presentations. He, like Steve Jobs, believes the process of generating a short written narrative forces a clarity of thinking not found in visual slide presentations.

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Angel / VC Funding in A Frothy Market

Both Sides of the Table

I think you can get the gist of it from my presentation although some slides don’t quite tell the full story. I had the privilege of keynoting at the Founder Showcase tonight in San Francisco. Adeo asked me to speak about fund raising. I generally don’t like to speak about fund raising in a frothy market. If you’re bullish you seem like a Cramer-esque cheerleader and if you’re bearish you sound like a party pooper. But Adeo asked so I obliged.

When should you go for equity financing?

Berkonomics

You will have to hone your story well, down to fifteen minutes and perhaps fifteen slides in your presentation. Let’s take a few minutes to examine the kind of equity financing available to small or early stage businesses.

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What We Must Learn from Asia

Both Sides of the Table

slide 29). 70% of Korean population has Internet speeds > 5mbps (and avg = 15 mbps) – don’t bet that the Koreans won’t innovate on online content (slide 30). Larger online game market ($1 billion) than Japan despite 1/3 population and 1/2 GDP per capital (slide 99). 20% in the US) (slide 30), More than 50% have mobile TV & NFC chipsets (slide 87). Mobile ARPU = a staggering $110 / month for content and commerce alone (slide 88).

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Aperio Acquisition Completes

socalTECH

Aperio, a maker of digital pathology and slide digitization systems, and Leica had announced the deal on August 21st. The acquisition of Vista, California-based Aperio by German firm Leica Biosystems has completed, the firms said Thursday. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Aperio was venture backed by HLM Venture Partners, Galen Partners, Advanced Technology Ventures, Acadia Woods Partners and BlackRock Alternative Advisors. READ MORE>>.

Don’t over-estimate the knowledge of your audience.

Berkonomics

Immediately, I can tell how to orient the explanations behind my pre-cast slides, based upon the response. When making a presentation to a new audience, the smart thing to do, if there is an opportunity, is to ask your audience by show of hands, if they have some knowledge of your industry or space. If you are making a one-to-one presentation, don’t start without a conversation about the other person’s knowledge of your space.

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How I Lost 65 Pounds In 18 Months Without Any Fad Diets or Gimmicks

Both Sides of the Table

If you stop measuring when you’re having a bad day, week, month you’ll slide back to your yo-yo weight. June 2019 (left) and November 2020 (right) I’ve been reluctant to write this blog post because historically I don’t like talking about weight.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch

InfoChachkie

If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. An effective method to incite Death By PowerPoint is to deploy an extraordinary number of slides. A minimum of 20 to 30 slides per minute is a reasonable rule of thumb. In addition to relying on an enormous slide deck, you can accentuate Death By PowerPoint in a number of ways: Hide behind a podium. Turn your back to the audience and read each slide verbatim from the screen.

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24/7 Media Expands Video Formats

socalTECH

The group--which is run out of Los Angeles, and is made up of the former team of Panache--said it has added a new Social Slide Bar, Action Button, and Click-to-Long Play formats, all designed to help advertisers engage viewers with video advertising. The Social Slide Bar links users to social media sites like Facebook; the Action Button links to retailers like Amazon.com; and the Click-to-Long Play format features links to longer, branded content.

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AnyMeeting Acquired, Say Insiders

socalTECH

AnyMeeting offers up an online service which lets users run webinars, run online meetings, share screens and slides, and much more. Huntington Beach-based AnyMeeting , which operates an online meeting service, has been acquired by another company, according to insiders and investors at the company. CEO Costin Tuculescu said in an email that "We don't have anything to announce at this time."

Maverick Bootcamp

SoCal Tech Calendar

The Bootcamp Will Teach You To: Make a Successful Investor Pitch; Create an Effective Executive Summary; Develop a High-Impact Slide Presentation and more. Friday, October 17, 2008 -- Maverick Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs. See [link] (more

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7 Scenarios Where A Business Plan Is Still An Asset

Startup Professionals Musings

The size of the document should be based on your style, but 10-20 pages or slides are usually more than adequate to outline even a complex business.

How to Present and Answer Questions in a Team Presentation or VC Pitch

Both Sides of the Table

Assign out slides: The best way to involve your team members is to assign out slides they will own. But I find when you don’t assign slides that each person owns often the quiet team members get silenced. I sit through a lot of presentations. These range from companies pitching me to portfolio companies presenting at board meetings. Each of these scenarios has a team presenting.

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Touchscreens and Towlettes – 10 Ways to Distribute Moist Towelettes

Eric Greenspan

We tap, tap, slide all day, everyday. I’m a big fan of clean fingers. As I type this I can see my fingerprints forming on my iPhone screen. It makes me nuts. The line to the bathroom at the car wash is too long to deal with, or I’d go wash my hands. I wish I had a moist towelette in my pocket, but I don’t. The age of the touchscreen is upon us. Almost every device today does or can offer this functionality.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

Both Sides of the Table

Chamillionaire has a way more refined sense of what customer behavior is like than most ivy league graduates with nice Powerpoint slides that I meet. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time.

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Investor Pitch Essentials

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 29, 2011 -- Investor Pitch Essentials; 11 Key Slides Every Deck Must Have. Tech Coast Angels. Success or failure often hinges on your ability to clearly communicate your message to investors. Join Barbara and TCA member Ray Chan as we discuss the most important elements of building a winning investment pitch deck. See [link] (more