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San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest 2011 – now taking applications

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29 Last year, TakeLessons was fortunate enough to win the 2010 SDVG Pitchfest (and a check for $20,000).

This year, the competition is back again, and it's your chance to score some cash and cred for your startup.


Compete in PitchFest 2011

Welcome to the application page for SDVG’s 2011 PitchFest competition!

Thank you for deciding to compete! We look forward to considering your application for prizes totaling $17,500 to the top 3 companies!

First, a few rules:
~San Diego Venture Group’s PitchFest Business Plan Competition is open to Southern California companies only.
~All applicants must have received not more than $2.0M in paid-in capital to be eligible for this competition.
~Finally, ALL questions in this application must be answered completely.

Now that the rules are out of the way, here’s how to apply:
~Email this application and a 2-4 page executive summary (and a 10-15 slide PPT Investor Deck, if you choose) as attachments to sdvg at (replace “at” with @), subject line “PitchFest Application Submission.”

You will receive a confirmation email from SDVG within 2 business days of submitting your information. If you do NOT receive a confirmation, it is your responsibility to contact us to ensure we received your materials.

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How TakeLessons uses social media to sell services in the real world

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Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking for the Social Media Breakfast San Diego group on how our company, TakeLessons is using social media in the digital world to effectively build trust and engage with music lovers on a hyper-localized level. Thanks to Adam and Erin of Digital Operative (a wonderful San Diego social media company) for the invite.

While many in our field are taking a wait-and-see approach to social media, we feel it fits well within our mission to "inspire an entire generation through music". We can't inspire people if they don't know who we are, or what we stand for. Social media is a way for us to communicate our passion and listen to current and future customers.

Here is a slideshow of the presentation. Comments always welcome:

San Diego Tech Company MojoPages on $5mm raise

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Congrats to our friends over at Mojo Pages on a new $5mm raise. I believe their enhanced model of providing a white-label solution to news sites is timely and needed. Jon Carder and the team have been working hard on the site for a few years and this vote of confidence is a good sign for the company and the San Diego tech scene.

MojoPages Raises $5 Million For White Label Local Business Search Engine

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San Diego Fires and Google

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First, as a resident of San Diego, our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our friends and fellow Southern California families who are experiencing losses with the four blazing fires that have swept through the San Diego county.


It was also really cool to see how the community was able to use Google Maps to help update the public on tracking the fire and showing where the evacuation centers are. In all honesty, I had no idea that the API could be used for such a useful, detailed map. Hats off to Google.

(photo by Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune/Zuma Press. copyright 2007 San Diego Union-Tribune)