Posts by Monica

Turning 4 Pitch Tips into a Startup Weekend Winning Pitch

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 | 2 comments

Turning 4 Pitch Tips into a Startup Weekend Winning Pitch

During the Feb 2012 LA Startup Weekend, Tyler Crowley stopped by to give us pitch tips. I thought I’d share what I wrote down because we worked hard to incorporate them into our winning pitch. Our Winning Feb 2012 LA Startup Weekend Pitch Thanks TechZulu for making this! Here are the Tips from Tyler We Tried to Follow I say tried because we didn’t get them all right. Startup Weekend is fast-paced and there’s very little time to truly polish the pitch. I only had 10 minutes to practice the demo part… The tips from Tyler are the headers and bullet points. My thoughts are in the paragraphs below each. 1) Create a Story Use a persona – tell...

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7 Lessons from an LA Startup Weekend Winner (Feb 2012)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 | 0 comments

7 Lessons from an LA Startup Weekend Winner (Feb 2012)

Startup Weekend… 54 hours to create a company. It happens every 6 months here in LA at Coloft. I went last time and placed fourth. All those lessons still apply. This time, I won. Woot! The full story is coming out in Dairy of a Tech Startup Gal in April so for now, here are the quick tips. #1 – Have your Wallet Ready. Tickets Sell Out in 10 Minutes. Seriously, one of my friends went to get her wallet and by the time she got back, tickets had sold out! I hear that it’s not like this at all Startup Weekends but for #SWLA it is. If you want in, you better set an alarm and have your credit card handy. #2 – Pitch your Idea Get over your fear and...

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Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – Mar 2012

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – Mar 2012

It’s time for another issue of See Magazine! I just finished reading it and am so very inspired by the women featured this month.  Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s created a hospital in Africa that helps women deal with something most of us could never imagine. It stole their lives, forcing them to live in shacks as outcasts. Dr. Hamlin gives them their lives back.  [starts on page 4] And then there’s 16 year-old Nicole Muller’s Neighbor-4-Neighbor program has helped feed so many people in need of food right here in the USA. This amazing young woman was cold-emailing governors to get her program spread to every state. [starts on page 10] Of course, it...

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Treadmill Desk – 1 Month Later

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Treadmill Desk – 1 Month Later

It’s been a month since I setup my treadmill desk so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far. Setup Changes with Cost and Height Updates In the original setup, the monitors were too far away. So, I ordered a SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and Laptop Holder from Amazon and now, it’s much better. It only holds my laptop so I don’t have my second monitor. Surprisingly, I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. With the new surf shelf, I got to take everything back to Home Depot except the shelf for my keyboard. That made my total setup cost about $50, not including the treadmill. A note about the right setup for you. I’m...

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Imnica Mail API Integration – ASP.NET 4.0 C#

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Imnica Mail API Integration – ASP.NET 4.0 C#

Ah, apis. You love them. But don’t they just suck when the documentation is awful? Yeah, welcome to Imnica Mail’s API documentation. First, the URL is wrong. The base should be http://www.imnicamail.com/v4/api.php – not what they have listed. Second, if you use the JSON result, they add a “true(” to the beginning and “)” at the end (both without quotes). Again, no where in their documentation. Third, you need the List ID, not the name. While this is mentioned, it’s confusing and sorta hard to find if you’re not technically inclined. Here’s how you find it. Navigate to you list and then grab it off the url. Show...

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