TechZulu and The Entrepreneurship Association at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Spring. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California.
Keynote: Brent Bushnell CEO / Co-Founder of Two Bit Circus
Two Bit Circus combines engineering, education, and amusement to create physical marvels fueled by technology. Bushnell will discuss the rise of STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and the critical role they play in business innovation. Be among the first to hear about the company’s STEAM Carnival, and how you can support this home-grown initiative.
Valarm is an Android mobile app and integrated suite of web-based tools that will track almost anything via GPS, and remotely monitor almost any environment via built-in and external sensors.
digmybrand is a lightweight feedback tool to learn what people think about you - your skills, values and personality. It connects to your linkedin, facebook and google accounts and allows you to collect feedback from any of your connections securely, simply and very quickly.
An online marketplace for legal services. Get free bids from lawyers on the documents and services you need!
Cookbook Cafe is the new DIY publishing platform from L.A.-based BakeSpace.com. It enables anyone (home chef, brand, nonprofit organization, etc.) to create, market and sell an interactive cookbook as both an iPad App and web-based book.
AppMyForm, an environmentally conscious new service offered by RGBmobile, enables any paper form to easily be converted into a customized Mobile Content Capture app, digital record and process launch mechanism.
The Spotlight will be shining down on these amazing LA companies! For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship. It’s a toast to those who build and innovate. It’s a gathering of friends and tech enthusiasts of all stripes.
Join TechZulu as we celebrate LA’s most exciting tech creations of the moment with the brightest digital minds and engineering talents this side of Fresno.
This Spotlight takes place Thursday, April 25, at UCLA Korn Hall. The evening will consist of a series of live stage demonstrations guaranteed to impress and inspire new ideas among all in attendance. Followed by a FREE cocktail and apps reception for all attendees.
Follow the instructions on the map and when you pull into Westwood Plaza follow the signs to Parking Lot 4
From the 405 Freeway, exit on Sunset Boulevard and continue east about 1.5 miles to the Westwood Plaza entrance of campus. Turn right onto Westwood Plaza and continue straight ahead to the ramp leading underground to Parking Structure 4.
From P4, exit the parking structure and follow the walkway located south of the Anderson Complex to the main south steps, between Building B (Gold Hall) & Building C (Entrepreneurs Hall) on the map. If you prefer an elevator, take the ground level entrance on the west side of Building B. Signs will direct you to Korn Hall.
7:00 – 7:45pm – Check-in & Networking
7:45 – 7:55pm – introductory remarks
8:00 – 8:35pm – 5 five-minute demos, followed by brief Q&A for each company
8:35 – 9:00pm – “Superdemo”
9:00 – 10:00pm – cocktail reception and networking
CallFire provides Voice and SMS Solutions to over 40,000 customers including political groups, non-profits, insurance agents, small business owners, and marketers. Headquarted in Santa Monica, CA, CallFire is dedicated to providing high-availability systems, intuitive user interfaces, furious developer support, and unparalleled customer care in order to transform how companies do business.
Co-Host & Venue Sponsor
The Entrepreneur Association is the largest student association at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. We have over 600 members and 150 events a year, with programs for both Anderson students and the community at large. The EA works closely with the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. The Price Center provides curriculum, research, and experiential learning programs that prepare MBA candidates for the challenges of management in entrepreneurial environments.
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Past Keynote @ CalTech
Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet.
Past Keynote @ UCLA
Mike Jones is an Internet executive, investor and advisor located in Los Angeles. A long-time entrepreneur, Mike founded his first successful Internet company in college and since then, has founded, built and sold numerous online and mobile businesses. His experience and expertise in both large and small companies focuses on strategy, growth, and operational efficiency resulting in many successful investor outcomes.
Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry. This included stabilizing a historically negative traffic and user trend, reducing the operational cost of the business by nearly 90 percent and pivoting the product from its legacy as a social network to a social entertainment destination.
Past Kenote @ CalTech
CODA Automotive is a privately held company headquartered in Santa Monica, California that designs, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and lithium-ion battery systems purpose-built for transportation and utility applications. Their vision is to be the key technology provider to reduce global dependence on oil and the harmful social, economic and environmental consequences that follow. Their focus is green technology. Their team is a small group of technology-minded innovators who are committed to doing things differently — from automotive design, manufacturing and distribution, to service needs and the entire customer experience.
Past Kenote @ USC
SuperDemo presented by Michael Schneider of Mobile Roadie. Michael will speak about the mobile landscape, why its important, along with giving a presentations about his company and why he chose to build it here in Los Angeles. Mobile Roadie is a platform that allows anyone to quickly, easily, and inexpensively build and manage an iPhone, Andriod, Blackberry app. Mobile Roadie supports many interactive features like photo galleries, streaming music that can be linked for purchase on iTunes, YouTube videos, a fan wall, through which you can post comments and photos and also share them with your friends and even live stream viewing capabilities to name a few. Mobile Roadie’s also provides access to an intuitive CMS which makes updating photos, video, managing comments, and posting news an easy process.
Past Kenote @ UCLA
SuperDemo presented by Dan Gould of Namesake. Namesake aims to create a better way to match and route opportunities that come across your desk every day. Create a network on the platform by importing your Twitter and Facebook contacts. You can then post jobs, recommend people for opportunities, connect people with each other and more.
Past Spotlight Companies
Crowd Seats gets you in the crowd for your favorite games with ticket prices 50-90% off face value! Crowd Seats is the only Group Buying/Daily Deals site for sports fans. All it takes is an email address to start receiving our exclusive deals for sports tickets to your favorite teams in your city.
OnStoritz, you don’t just make a reservation, you actually select a specific unit from a facility’s available inventory and complete your rental all from the website. This means not having to worry about spending extra time negotiating and collecting superfluous paperwork at the storage facility. It’s a clutter-free, haggle-free, hassle-free solution to self storage.
Mobile Web America, Inc.has created a simple to use, online application for your business to create a mobile site and secure its mobile presence. We utilize the content of your existing website and create a mobile version on-the-fly. Logos, themes, branding, content, videos, maps and more are automatically transposed to the mobile version with no programming knowledge required. The end user, regardless of the mobile device from which the website is being accessed, will see a mobile version of the your site!
Rapid Fire Triviais a game owned and operated by Danger Room Gaming. We write and create our own content for the game. This way we keep the questions fresh and up to date with current events.
Leftronic is a real-time data visualization platform for startups. We make it trivial to quickly aggregate and monitor your key metrics in real-time! Everything happens in the browser (no software to download) and the finished product looks amazing on large screens!
Earbits is an online radio platform where artists, labels and concert promoters bid for airtime on a per-song-played basis, and use the exposure to sell their music, event tickets and more. It's the first performance-based marketing platform specifically designed for the music industry.
Mingle is a networking service that uses location to discover and create relevant connections.
Parking In Motion (PIM) is a provider of dynamic and real-time parking data. PIM offers comprehensive coverage in 500+ cities in the US, Canada, and Europe by providing rates, hours, entrance points, and occupancy information. Additionally, the database includes on-street meter and sign restrictions in the top 26 US markets.
InVenture is next stage microfinance - focusing on providing expansion capital. Leveraging mobile application and online platform.
GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content. As a result, the team transformed the advertising industry with the creation of the first in-image ad network. This groundbreaking model gives publishers a completely new monetization stream and provides brands the opportunity to reach highly targeted mass audiences.
Loudie allows you to communicate about your favorite artists and concerts on your phone regardless of your location. It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans. We’ve partnered with Red Light Management which manages talent like Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Tim McGraw and about a hundred other artists and Songkick who is providing us with 100,000 concert listings.
LawPivot is a legal Q&A website enabling companies, especially startups, to confidentially receive crowdsourced legal answers from highly qualified lawyers for a fraction of the cost. Additionally, the site allows lawyers to market their legal services by sharing expert advice and engaging in discussion.
IPPLEX researches and develops pioneering cross-platform applications and services focused on interactive communication – between people and the information, contacts and places they need to access through their mobile phone, PC, and other devices. Our global and diverse team of engineers, scientists, and researchers with world-class expertise in video conferencing, object recognition, object tracking, and augmented reality is committed to continuous innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial culture that will accelerate the commercialization of our revolutionary technologies.
HowSimple just launched into beta a next generation browser and desktop manager named andi (Advanced Numerous Document Interface). andi lets you 1) multitask on screen with live panels and transition to and from multiple task sets, 2) browse offline docs and apps in the same multitask environment as online activities, and 3) organizes and manages unlimited panels and queues in a single active session. andi also lets users share text, photos, videos, live panels, and soon even comprehensive queues consitsting of offline and online content in all of your popular social sites including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Gickup is a browser-based, group video chat-based gaming service where people can play new social games, meet friends and have fun. As with TV, it’s also a destination where users can watch others play a game. However, unlike with TV, if at any point a user desires, he/she can jump in the queue and challenge the winner(s) of the last game. We solve the private parts problem by requiring users to log in, yet we keep the social serendipity and social discovery that Chatroulette made popular by allowing any user, registered or not, to watch games. This way the voyeurism elements are preserved but done so that can’t be harmful to others.
Graphight is the ultimate networking tool. By aggregating all of your existing address books and professional networks, it tracks who you know and how well you know them so that you can systematically enhance the value of your business network.
Smartvark is a deal-hunting personal assistant! No more junk – just the deals that match your tastes. They are lining up some awesome deals and exclusive events for their debut in Los Angeles, sign up now to be first to get an invite when they launch in your area
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TechZulu Inc. Spotlight Spring 2013
Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. Our mission is simple: to discover, cover and connect you with vetted technology resources in the Southern California ecosystem and beyond. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live. TechZulu also offers production services for conferences and events, and runs the Spotlight Series highlighting promising new technologies. Follow TechZulu on Twitter at @TechZulu and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/techzulu.