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A Hard Post to Write. Helping @MattLauzon Bring Justice

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I used to write personal posts on these pages and I mentioned earlier in the year I would do so from time-to-time. Why do I feel compelled to write about this? The post A Hard Post to Write. I was contacted today by Matt Lauzon, the founder of Dunwello , who I had met previously when he was running his startup Gemvara. I always liked Matt and found him to be quite thoughtful so I enjoy when he reaches out. This time it wasn’t pleasant.

Report: Fidelity Writes Down Investment in Snapchat

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snapchat fidelity writedown investment write down finance messaging instant disappearing unicornA report Tuesday in the Financial Times said that investment giant Fidelity has written its investment in Los Angeles-based Snapchat by 25 percent, citing data from a Morningstar report. Snapchat--arguably, the most visible "unicorn" startup in Southern California--had been valued at $15 billion in its last fundraising round.

How To Write An Effective Answer On Quora: Communications 101

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I write a bit more about how entrepreneurs can protect their ideas here: Spilling The Beans. As described in Buzz Kill , many college-educated professionals tend to write at a level that is uncomfortable for most people (including college graduates) to read.

The #1 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Case Study

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Share: Case studies in the sales process Case study writing customer case studies Customer success stories Writing Customer StoriesA customer story can't just be interesting or results-oriented. It also needs to sell. Even more critically, it needs to influence the intended audience.

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

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If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

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The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites. Demand Media said it is looking specifically for feature writers who have 5 to 10 years of experience, writing or reporting for a major daily newspaper or as a regular contributor to a major magazine. freelance writer journalism writing livestrong ehow content publisher publishing editorial media demand

The Lunch Awards | The Nominees Are In! Cast Your Vote!

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Arts & Entertainment Blogging Events Review Social Media Social News Awards Lunch Awards Lunch.com Read Write Wed Reviews RWWThe Lunch Awards are just around the corner and its now time for you to select the winners of this year Golden Thumb Award. For those not familiar with Lunch.com they are a social media website where people can share relevant knowledge and opinions, and create free communities on any topic. Visit TechZulu for full story.

Eric Kuhn: 'I'm Developing An App' Is The New 'I'm Writing A Script'

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Technology accelerators and incubators have sprung up around L.A., making it easier for a new entrepreneurs and seasoned Hollywood executives alike to quit their jobs and pursue the startup dream. Read more: Los Angeles Startups , La Tech Incubators , La Startups , Los Angeles Tech , Venture Capitalists , Tech Accelerators , Tech Incubators , Venture Capital , Slideexpand , Silicon Valley , Los Angeles News

Insights and Opinions: How I Got Investors to Write Checks this Year

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He recently landed a round of funding, and shares his experience here: Before you start bitching about investors not writing checks in this economy let me just say this  bullshit. I just finished our capital raise for our new company, Affordit.com and can tell you first hand that I've never seen more people eager to write checks. For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Wil Schroter , CEO and founder of Santa Monica-based Affordit (www.affordit.com).

Local Angels Back Scripted.com

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scripted venture capital funding writer blog writing marketplace scrippedA number of Southern California angel investors, including Jody Mulkey , the CIO of Shopzilla, have backed Scripted.com , a new online marketplace for freelance writers. According to Scripted.com, it raised $700,000 in a seed financing round, which was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included Liveops founder Douglas Feirstein, Jody Mulkey, as well as other angels, including other Los Angeles area investors.

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Mahalo: Our Writers Making Over $20,000 A Year

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Jason Calacanis, the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based search engine Mahalo , claims that it now has a number of writers who are making over $20,000 a year writing freelance articles for the site. According to Calacanis, the firm is now paying $5 - $10 to writers to write articles for the site, and then splitting revenues from Google AdSense with those writers. Tags: mahalo calacanis jason search engine online writers freelance writing google adsense

14 of the biggest misconceptions 20-somethings have about success

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Comparably CEO Jason Nazar writes that the only way for people in their 20s to get ahead at work is by taking initiative and doing things that need to get done, even if those tasks haven’t been explicitly assigned to them. Read at Business Insider. Press

How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

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On my most important ones I spend as much time figuring out what to cut out as I do putting into the writing of it. Many people write email without a “call to action” or reason they’re writing the email. Write to one person at a time.

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Tongal | Create Together & Earn Cash

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The best part about Tongal is anyone who wants to write, act, direct, and/or animate videos can join for free. Advertising Entertainment Marketing advertisement create creating producing Tongal Tongal.com Video writingCreative thoughts are constantly processed in everyone’s mind.

Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

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At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting. For those donating at the $20 "POTATO MADNESS" level, Zack will, "write a (personalized) potato-salad themed haiku." So far, Zack will be writing 4 haikus.

Lynda.com Buys Compilr

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Carpinteria-based online video education site Lynda.com said today that it has acquired Compilr , a developer of a software coding and development environment which lets people learn how to write, compile, and test code from their web browser.

Read Write Web Video Interview with Kurt Daradics: CitySourced Brings Real-Time Tech to Enterprise & Government

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My good friend and Roadtwip compani0n Jolie O’Dell took some time to interview me at the Read Write Web Real Time Summit a few weeks ago in Mountain View. It’s a good overview of what we’re doing with CitySourced. -. CitySourced Brings Real-Time Tech to Enterprise & Government. The real-time web isn’t just for social apps. Its power to increase efficiency, accelerate response, and spot trends makes it ideal for organizational use, too.

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Entrepreneurs Should Create A Degree – Not Buy One Off The Rack

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, success as a millennial entrepreneur does not require that you become proficient in writing commercial-quality software code. Writing / English / Public Speaking. Writ 105PS Writing for Public Speaking.

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Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. But the realist in me knew I couldn’t write daily nor could I convince you to think to check out my blog with regularity.

Final Draft Acquired By Cast & Crew Entertainment

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writing script hollywood break bigbreak silverlake castcrew acquisition merger software screenwriter screenwriting draft finalCalabasas-based software developer Final Draft , which develops screenwriting software, has been acquired by Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Cast & Crew said the buy will help expand its suite of technology solutions.

Wpromote Launches Scholarship For Students In Digital Marketing

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Wpromote said that entrants will be asked to write a blog post on any topic of their choice about the field of digital marketing, which will determine the winners of those three scholarships; the winners will be featured on Wpromote's digital marketing blog. Los Angeles-based digital marketing agency Wpromote said on Monday that it has launched a new set of scholsrships, which will go to students interested in digital marketing.

Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant

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There were days where I could write about what I was thinking about Apple or Twitter or Facebook. Or I could just write about life. can only point to three examples in the last 10 years of writing where I know that what I specifically said made somebody resent me. If I write about big companies and what I think about their strategy, tactics or ethics – I will have feedback from somebody in that org within 12 hours. I used to love blogging.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I hope to publish that deck and a full write up in the next 10 days in partnership with Dan Primack at Fortune (if my write up doesn’t suck, I guess ;-)).

Lunch With Mark Suster - Witnessing A Sense Of Purpose

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I am writing this entry at 4:00 AM. I had lunch earlier yesterday with Mark Suster, General Partner at GRP Partners, blogger extraordinaire and overall cool dude. Mark’s kindness and insights moved me to roll out of bed, fire up. Entrepreneur Launching Venture The Fringe

Scripted.com, Backed By LA Investors, Finds $9M More

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scripted scripped writing marketplace content writers venture capital funding ucla Scripted.com , which operates an online marketplace for professionally written content--which was originally backed by LA investors--has raised $9M more in a funding. The company--led by UCLA Anderson grad Sunil Rajaraman--had originally raised funding from such local LA investors as Jody Mulkey (Shopzilla), Paige Craig, Keith Richman, and actor/director/writer Edward Burns.

Framework Benchmarks Round 7

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This project is not a database benchmark so we believed it would be fascinating to see the performance of the full stack when the friction of the database writes is reduced to a bare minimum. Happy Halloween fans of web development frameworks!

Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

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On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request. With a tiny bit of ghost writing from me.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. Write out the topic and maybe even the blog title.

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

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She highlighted for me how we measure human potential today and it’s based on the workforce that existing post WWII where teaching rote memorization of facts: Math, reading comprehension, writing, basic science, etc.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. The funding rounds will also build customer confidence and they’ll help journalists feel air cover in writing your more important pieces when you brag about customers, traction, revenue or whatever.

Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

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As I write these words I already imagine my next deposition in which I’m asked to read this out loud. I started writing about problems when founding a startup years ago but the problem has gotten worse. *. Lawsuits.

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What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet?

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I’m just writing verbatim what I wrote in a Quora response years ago. What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet? I was asked to answer this exact question on Quora and I did so some time ago.

Avril Lavigne Taps Invested.in For Crowdfunding Effort

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Lavigne said that her fans and others can join the Rockstar Room to help raise money for children with serious illnesses and disabilities, including funding efforts by those kids to write, perform, and record their own unique song, and to help provide them with guitar picks and toys. Singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne has tapped online software from Los Angeles-based startup Invested.in for a new crowdfunding campaign for her Avril Lavigne Foundation , according to Lavigne.

Paige Craig Ventures Into Scripted

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scripted paige craig venture capital freelance writing content marketplace Los Angeles-based angel investor Paige Craig is one of the investors in Scripted.com , the online marketplace for freelance writers headed by Sunil Rajaraman.

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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Every year we try to write up and publish our thoughts publicly both to help other investors & entrepreneurs and also to test our thoughts in the public market of ideas. Every year at Upfront we try to analyze the venture markets.

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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But, they could not write, and did not know what to write from the travel perspective. Every one of those writers has a byline and a bio, and are paid twice a week at a pretty decent rate for that writing or assignment.

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Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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Every time I think to write a post about this I figure the most recent board meeting I’ve attended will think it’s about them so I don’t bother. So I’m going to write a series of board meetings posts unrelated to anybody or maybe an amalgamation of them all.

The Pivot You Need to Read About

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I was reluctant to write about GOAT because I don’t want to pretend that I deserve even 0.1% GOAT just announced it raised $5 million in venture capital led by our friends at Matrix Partners. On the surface that sounds unremarkable — fundings happen daily. But this isn’t just any funding.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I just write. I told her I need “20 minutes” to write a blog post. Keep on writing. I took 2 of those morning to write blog posts and then read. Why do I write all of this? I don’t write perfect blog posts.