Top 60 Posts and Hottest Topics in Southern California Technology for 2009  
Technology Council of Southern California TechEmpower

It’s always fun at this time of the year to look back at what’s happened. I’m having a good time on this post as I get to find all sorts of great stuff that I somehow missed during the year. It was interesting to see the hottest terms. The top term surprised me a little, but in thinking about it, maybe it shouldn't. Can you guess what it is? So without further set, I’m happy to announce the Top Posts and Topics as defined by Social Filtering - meaning by everyone involved directly or indirectly in Southern California Tech Central.

  1. Are You an Entrepreneur?- InfoChachkie, July 14, 2009
  2. SEO for Startups- SoCal CTO, November 9, 2009
  3. Entrepreneur interviews you must listen to- Mixergy.com, April 29, 2009
  4. What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI- Both Sides of the Table, November 19, 2009
  5. The 7 Ways to Get Traffic on the Web- Jason Nazar's Blog, January 14, 2009
  6. Building and Developing an A++ Team- Frank Addante's FounderBlog, February 13, 2009
  7. Top Tweetie Secrets- LaLaWag, June 11, 2009
  8. Becoming the company hero: How IROs can use social media tools to save time and stabilize their stock price- Startup Army, November 3, 2009
  9. An Angel Investor’s Thoughts on Valuation- Ask the Angels, July 31, 2009
  10. Keeping Up with Tech in Southern California- Cliff Allen on Marketing, April 1, 2009
  11. Social Media for Service Professionals- SoCal CTO, October 19, 2009
  12. VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!- Both Sides of the Table, October 17, 2009
  13. Big fund backlash?- Momentum Blog, September 1, 2009
  14. My version of the elevator pitch – a 100 story highrise with multiple stops along the way- Seeing Eye to Eye, May 30, 2009
  15. How to Build a Website A Killer Website for Little Money- Jared Reitzin, August 3, 2009
  16. Beginning Web Development on the Mac Today: most of what you need to know and download- n.sputnik, May 17, 2009
  17. Use “Layers of the Onion” to sell for you- CEO Flow, December 23, 2008
  18. Running a Startup without Losing Your Family- Alon Schwartz, March 15, 2009
  19. Startup Delta Force…- traction matters..., February 20, 2009
  20. Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?- Both Sides of the Table, October 11, 2009
  21. How to Save MySpace- Jason Nazar's Blog, June 18, 2009
  22. SoCal Networking Event Organizations- Todd Zebert, September 15, 2009
  23. Networking with angels/venture investors: some advice- Benjamin Kuo's Blog, November 4, 2009
  24. Will It and It Will Be So- Momentum Blog, September 28, 2009
  25. How To Find An Idea For A New Startup- Mixergy.com, June 11, 2009
  26. Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?- Both Sides of the Table, November 4, 2009
  27. The Unintended Consequences of Startups- Jason Nazar's Blog, April 18, 2009
  28. HALP!: Internetz Broke Sean- LaLaWag, April 24, 2009
  29. Develop a Culture Roadmap- Frank Addante's FounderBlog, December 16, 2008
  30. Tech Networking in Los Angeles- Startup Army, September 22, 2009
  31. Monopoly- InfoChachkie, September 1, 2009
  32. 9 Marketing Trends for 2009- Cliff Allen on Marketing, December 20, 2008
  33. Startup Metrics- SoCal CTO, October 8, 2009
  34. Business Networking Online- SureToMeet, October 18, 2009
  35. Did I mention it was FREE? How to use social networks to glean free stuff- Startup Army, October 22, 2009
  36. Bro Factor – Intimate Relationships Which Provide Your Startup With An Unfair Advantage- InfoChachkie, September 8, 2009
  37. Top Location Based Crowdsourcing Websites- eStrategy Partners, September 28, 2009
  38. Social Networking and Business Value- SoCal CTO, May 15, 2009
  39. Presentation Tips and How Not to Introduce Yourself to Investors- Ask the Angels, August 20, 2009
  40. More from Google’s Data Liberation Front… Export and Zip!- Startup Army, October 26, 2009
  41. Developing a Marketing Communications Strategy- Cliff Allen on Marketing, August 15, 2009
  42. Bank Robber or ATM Operator?- InfoChachkie, September 15, 2009
  43. Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009- SoCal CTO, February 4, 2009
  44. Why Saying “No” is Hard for Angels- Ask the Angels, July 2, 2009
  45. How often should I mail to my subscribers?- Startup Army, October 23, 2009
  46. Strategic Direction - The Core of a Strategic Marketing Plan- Cliff Allen on Marketing, June 30, 2009
  47. It’s your EQUITY – manage it wisely…- traction matters..., May 16, 2009
  48. Small Ideas, Big Benefits- InfoChachkie, September 22, 2009
  49. Choose Counsel Carefully and, If You Choose Incorrectly, Fire Them- OC VC, May 11, 2009
  50. Thanks socalTECH… Perfect Pitch – Here I come!- Startup Army, October 23, 2009
  51. Silicon Valley vs The Gold Coast- eStrategy Partners, April 22, 2009
  52. Are You an Analytics Leader?- Cliff Allen on Marketing, March 28, 2009
  53. Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage- InfoChachkie, September 29, 2009
  54. Viral analytics and metrics - go viral young startup- traction matters..., January 13, 2009
  55. The Red Zone Effect- Startup Army, October 20, 2009
  56. How to Pick a Partner- Alon Schwartz, January 18, 2009
  57. Top 10 Investor Questions For Online Video Publishers- eStrategy Partners, March 18, 2009
  58. “Live In A Retirement Village” And Other Crazy But Effective Tips For Young, Scrappy Startups - With Mike Michalowicz- Mixergy.com, June 17, 2009
  59. Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?- Both Sides of the Table, September 2, 2009
  60. The Venture Capital Industry: The Current State of Affairs- Jason Nazar's Blog, December 7, 2008

Hottest Topics in Southern California Technology for 2009 Angel (1186)

  1. Angel Funding Advice, August 14, 2009
  2. Tech Networking in Los Angeles, September 22, 2009
  3. Networking with angels/venture investors: some advice, November 4, 2009

Product (1086)

  1. Techniques Direct Marketers Use To Ensure Success Before They Even Launch A Product. -With Chance Barnett, May 21, 2009
  2. Customers Hate Your Product? Try This Lean Startup Technique And They’ll Love it. - With Eric Ries, May 5, 2009
  3. The Red Zone Effect, October 20, 2009

Los Angeles (871)

  1. Tech Networking in Los Angeles, September 22, 2009
  2. SoCal Networking Event Organizations, September 15, 2009
  3. LA Tech Survival Guide, June 23, 2009
  4. Los Angeles Speaking Series #3: “Mistakes People Make Before Starting a New Business”, December 29, 2008

Capital (930)

  1. TechCrunch August Capital Photos, July 12, 2009
  2. Are Business Plans Still Necessary?, November 3, 2009
  3. Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?, October 11, 2009
  4. VC Funding Season Ends Next Week, November 7, 2009

Networking (967)

  1. Social Networking and Business Value, May 15, 2009
  2. SoCal Networking Event Organizations, September 15, 2009
  3. Tech Networking in Los Angeles, September 22, 2009
  4. Business Networking Online, October 18, 2009

Funding (890)

  1. Small Changes That Helped UserVoice Raise $800,000 From Investors. - With Marcus Nelson, May 19, 2009
  2. Angel Funding Advice, August 14, 2009
  3. VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!, October 17, 2009

Marketing (1056)

  1. Techniques Direct Marketers Use To Ensure Success Before They Even Launch A Product. -With Chance Barnett, May 21, 2009
  2. How To Do Guerrilla Marketing On Twitter. - Re-posing The Marcus Nelson Interview, April 13, 2009
  3. Quizzes Are Huge On Twitter. What Does It Mean For You?, June 26, 2009

Venture Capital (621)

  1. VC Funding Season Ends Next Week, November 7, 2009
  2. WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC, August 8, 2009
  3. Are Business Plans Still Necessary?, November 3, 2009
  4. Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?, October 11, 2009

Startup (756)

  1. Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes, August 17, 2009
  2. Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror, August 28, 2009

Blogging (434)

  1. How The Owner Of “Fail Blog” And “I Can Has Cheezburger” Keeps Racking Up Wins – With Ben Huh, October 2, 2009
  2. Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC, October 19, 2009
  3. How Ramit Blogged (And Promoted) His Way To The Best Seller List - The Ramit Sethi Interview, April 7, 2009
  4. Social Media for Service Professionals, October 19, 2009

Sales (480)

  1. How A Site Grew Monthly Revenue From $400 to $400,000. – With Warren Jolly, September 1, 2009
  2. Your Cool Technology Is Worthless If You Don’t Know How To Sell. –The Baron Reichart Von Wolfsheild Interview, March 5, 2009
  3. How Ramit Blogged (And Promoted) His Way To The Best Seller List - The Ramit Sethi Interview, April 7, 2009
  4. The Woman Who Paid Me $1 Million In Affiliate Revenue Teaches You About Affiliate Programs. - With Lisa Riolo, May 29, 2009

Social Media (253)

  1. Social Media for Service Professionals, October 19, 2009
  2. Becoming the company hero: How IROs can use social media tools to save time and stabilize their stock price, November 3, 2009
  3. 6 Tips for Using the @ sign in Twitter, August 4, 2009
  4. The Social Media Founders, October 14, 2009

Entrepreneur (601)

  1. Entrepreneur interviews you must listen to, April 29, 2009
  2. What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI, November 19, 2009
  3. Customers Hate Your Product? Try This Lean Startup Technique And They’ll Love it. - With Eric Ries, May 5, 2009
  4. Are You an Entrepreneur?, July 14, 2009

Invest (582)

  1. Networking with angels/venture investors: some advice, November 4, 2009
  2. Silicon Valley vs The Gold Coast, April 22, 2009
  3. Top 10 Investor Questions For Online Video Publishers, March 18, 2009
  4. Top Location Based Crowdsourcing Websites, September 28, 2009

Development (1416)

  1. Building and Developing an A++ Team, February 13, 2009
  2. Do This If You Want To Create Elegance – With Matthew May, August 11, 2009
  3. Develop a Culture Roadmap, December 16, 2008
  4. How A Quiet Developer Built Goodreads.com Into Book Community Of 2.6+ Million Members – with Otis Chandler, November 16, 2009

Company (1603)

  1. How Maponics’s Founder Learned To Sell To Companies Like Google & CitySearch – With Darrin Clement Maponics, August 24, 2009
  2. Founder Of Fit Fuel On What You Can Learn From His Company’s Closure – With Luke Burgis, September 15, 2009
  3. An Angel Investor’s Thoughts on Valuation, July 31, 2009
  4. How Questioning Basic Assumptions Made StubHub A $310 Million Company – With Jeffrey Fluhr, October 29, 2009