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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Do you need to process user-contributed media? Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Do you need to process user-contributed media? Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

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Los Angeles Startup Events

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I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

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This site aggregates and filters content from thought leaders who talk about topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

Startup Metrics

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channels (search, social, viral, new media), cost-efficient distribution He also points a fair bit to Eric Ries – The lean startup. A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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10 Tips for Enterprise Software Startups - ReadWriteStart , November 16, 2010 I started my career in enterprise software in the 1980s and after some years working in other areas (outsourcing and online media) I am back in the enterprise software game. Risk-takers and Strategists: Jeremiah Owyang on Long-Term Social Media Planning - ReadWriteStart , November 10, 2010 Two years ago, 93% of Americans believed companies should have a social media presence.

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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LA CTO Forum Dealmaker Media Digital Family Reunion Startups Uncensored Social Media Club, LA Twiistup Mindshare LA LA Hadoop Meetup Dorkbot Geek Dinners LA Cloud Computing LA Web Application Developers LA PHP Developers In addition to these, I'd recommend looking at: Technology Council of Southern California – Surprised John didn't mention this one. This is why I say that Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media. Great post by John Shiple.

Social Media for Service Professionals

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I did a presentation about the use of Social Media to a great group of people who mostly are different kinds of service professionals (attorneys, accountants, consultants, etc.). I'm trying to build a network of people who can help with this as I discussed in Los Angeles Social Media Starters.

Social Media Matching

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People seem to be missing the really big picture of the value of social media and really the Internet for that matter. Case in point the recent HBR blog post: The Social Media Bubble , by Umair Haque where he advances the following hypothesis: Despite all the excitement surrounding social media, the Internet isn't connecting us as much as we think it is. Ignore what social networks and social media looks like today.

Los Angeles Social Media Starters

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I find myself speaking at various venues in Los Angeles to tell people (most often service providers) about how I've used social media and particularly my blogs, LinkedIn, twitter and topic hubs as part of my own services business. I'm hoping you can help me figure out who I should be connecting with on this.

Match Algorithm and Inputs

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This post is another in my series around Matching that includes Social Media Matching , Matching Algorithms , and Match Performance Support. One of the common questions that I commonly get is: Tony, what inputs should we use as the basis for our matching algorithm?

Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects – More Ideas

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Based on a question I posted in LinkedIn, Serena Ehrlich posted How to Use Social Media to Find Prospects. and provides the following list of suggestions for ways to use social media to build a reputation and to reach prospects. Tom Humbarger had some great suggestions in his post Visible Networking with Tony Karrer – Los Angeles Social Media Starters. Or Sell a House.

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi

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I hadn't talked to her in a while and then because of a presentation I did around Social Media for Service Professionals she and I reconnected. We streamline strategy development using a Reality-Based approach, then execute cross-media programs including websites, brochures, ads, booths.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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What were those and how is that changing now given how things are changing in social media? I'm working quite a bit with startups who are leveraging social media, but I'm finding it hard to predict success and metrics.

SEO for Startups

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By the way – getting links in social media – mentions on twitter, links on Facebook. I recently had a conversation with an pre-launch startup where they discussed how SEO was going to be really important for them.

Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles – Steve Gilison

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I’ve always respected your work and perspective on internet businesses and social media so I wanted to pick your brain about opportunities in this space for consulting and full-time employment; how do I position myself? It was great to hear from a long, lost colleague the other day.

Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles – Cliff Allen

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Are you leveraging social media at all? Cliff Allen is someone I've known for quite a few years and he's a go to person for me when I'm thinking about issues around marketing, sales, technology, startups and networking.

More Web Events in Los Angeles

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Social media week Los Angeles Runs week of Sept 20 - 24. Lots of scattered events around LA on social media. I’ve updated my earlier post on Networking Events Los Angeles with some great suggestions from Lorin Cha who I just met through LinkedIn. Here were the new ones: LeanLA Startup Circle Meetup I’ve gone to a couple of these. Often the presentations are pretty basic because of a fair number of newbies in the audience.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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A while ago I posted about Secret for Networking at Events - Prenetworking where I recommended that people should look at who's attending the event prior to going to the event in order to make their networking more effective. I've received a lot of positive feedback on the post.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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We’re Living In The Dark Ages Of Social Media - rosskimbarovsky.com , August 9, 2010 If you believe the media and social media “experts&# , we’re living in the Renaissance of social media. August was a slow month in terms of traffic and I was away for a lot of the month, but there were some really great posts at the intersection of startups, technology, product and being a Startup CTO.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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That’s @MeganBerry to you, blogger and social media expert, marketing manager of Klout.com. Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year. This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March The following are the top items based on social signals.

Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010

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So true, so true, and that's the perspective you must adopt to become adroit in social media." Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year. This continues my series of posts: Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March There was some really great content in June. Here are the top 30 along with a brief snippet from the post.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Now, thanks to social media, you don't have to outspend. A FB ad targeted at one person (my wife) - Gabriel Weinberg , May 14, 2010 The other day I gave a presentation with Steve Welch on the use of social media in politics. Klout Puts Metrics Into Social Media Management - Tim Berry's Blog - Planning Startups Stories , May 21, 2010 I really like klout.com for three good reasons: 1.)

Matching

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This is where I’ll keep my list of these posts, related articles and posts from other sources: Social Media Matching – Looks at how in many ways, everything is matching. I guess it was bound to happen, I now seem to be writing a series of posts around Matching. The BIG value lies not in “deep relationships” brought online, but in leveraging the breadth and time-and-place independent access to other people.

Digital Revenue Expert – Vince Thompson

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Vince: I’m an author, speaker and management consultant with a special expertise in online media sales. I also serve as CEO of a small media companies that profile “Tomorrow’s Most Exciting People Today”. You can find more: My Consultancy – www.Middleshift.com My Book – www.BeIgnited.com My Media Company – www.Media2Watch.com Twitter - @vincethompson What are you working on now? More Visible Networking? this time with Vince Thompson. You’ve got a REALLY diverse background.

16 Great Startup Posts from March

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Evidence that Facebook Works as Marketing Tool - The Entrepreneurial Mind , March 2, 2010 While we hear about the power of social media as marketing tools, especially for those trying to bootstrap their businesses, but just how effective is it? Some great posts in March The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. If I Launched a Startup - The Startup Lawyer , March 17, 2010 Great advice on initial steps of setting up a Startup.

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Technology Roles in Startups

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Some of the activities that are likely part of the mix where there might be need: Review and provide input on business plans Costs and time estimation Product prioritization Options analysis Systems analysis and design Technical risk analysis Technical research and evaluation Systems for accounting and reporting Metrics (see startup metrics ) Security Integration Scalability Social media integration plans (ex.

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Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan

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It’s something I speak about quite a bit (see Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects and Social Media for Service Professionals ). Poogling events/webinar, radio show expansion and social media relationships and events. That all sounds easy. ;) What are you doing with social media to drive business for MakeItWork? I'd rather invest time investing in social media to drive traffic to our site.

Startup Version 1.0

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is really the first version we will send to the media for initial reviews and then also make available as part of a private beta distribution with a limited number of invites, maybe 500 total. Great post by Mark Geller What Goes in V1.0? He talks about something that I end up discussing a lot with startups. What do you put in that first version? Or more appropriately, the first few versions? Mark does a good job capturing the essence of the issue: These days, the role of V1.0

Online Business Networking Los Angeles

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I'm going to be working with people like Cliff and Steve Gilison (see Product Management for Startups in Los Angeles ) and Tom Humbarger (see Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospects ) to create this online business networking group for Los Angeles. Great by Cliff Allen Business Networking Online who I had blogged about previously in Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles.

Visible Networking

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Social Media / Online Networking – Better Use of Time I present a fair amount on the topic of how to use social media. The same Friday as the LA CTO Forum with Mark Suster, I presented to a group of about 40-50 mostly service providers on use of social media to build your reputation and grow your business.

Social Networking and Business Value

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Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Corporations increasingly see social media as a key PR, communications and marketing medium. This Panel will explore issues such as: How can companies best utilize social networking media?

Map of VC Investments

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Matching Algorithm ► October (15) eLearn 2009 Presentation – Twitter Along Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics Online Business Networking Los Angeles Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospec. Los Angeles Social Media Starters What is Visible Networking?

F2F Still Matters

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Matching Algorithm ► October (15) eLearn 2009 Presentation – Twitter Along Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics Online Business Networking Los Angeles Social Media to Build Reputation and Reach Prospec. Los Angeles Social Media Starters What is Visible Networking?

Southern California Tech Central

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You can see that he talks about: Marketing , Metrics , Customer and Social Media more than most. I am excited to be participating in and announcing the of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. The goal is to create a place where it's easy to find current and highly relevant content.

Startup Business Model Considerations

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Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. all the other folks out there that will try to enter the same market) the barriers have been dropping over the last few years.

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Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places. This is mostly from bloggers, but also from pages being included by members.

Choosing Internet Platforms

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From BBM's web site: media RSS - extensions to RSS subscription format to support time based media, enclosures, copyrights and other meta-data needed for media. Whether they originate in IM, message board trheads, mail lists or blog posts - conversations can be brought together, made re-enrant and be enhanced with media. I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform?

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