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Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012

TechZulu Inc.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California.

SuperDemo: Bill Gross

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.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab. In high school, he founded Solar Devices, a firm that sold plans and kits for solar energy products. In college at the California Institute of Technology, he patented a new loudspeaker design and formed GNP Loudspeakers, Inc. After graduating from college, Bill and his brother Larry started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP and Bill became a software entrepreneur at Lotus Development. In 1991, Bill started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that grew to be the third largest educational software publisher in the world and was eventually sold to Cendant Software and is now a division of Havas Interactive, which is owned by Vivendi.

Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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!

Spotlight Judges:

Alex Maleki, Member of New Venture Group at Idealab

Alex is a member of the New Venture Group at Idealab, headed by Allen Morgan. Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. Prior to Idealab, Alex led sales and marketing efforts for venture-backed startups focused on enterprise software and services. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a JD from Southwestern University, and suffers from an addiction to cheeseburgers.

Alex serves on the Board of Directors for Logsdon School, a non-profit school providing educational services to students with special needs.

Chris Dumler, Co-Founder of Los Angeles Startup Foundation

Chris Dumler is an advocate of the Los Angeles startup community and the culture that holds it together. Known as the “coloftologist”, Chris spent the past year connecting and developing the LA startup scene by building on and offline community at Coloft, the most recognized hub for startup activity in Los Angeles. He continues to build that community as the Los Angeles Co-founder of Startup Foundation, a global program for accelerating startup ecosystems around the world.


Dinesh Ravishanker, CEO & Co-Founder at CallFire

Dinesh’s passion is developing VoIP-driven startups and creating unique online growth strategies. He is a recognized leader in the Voice 2.0 space and has focused his career exclusively on VoIP Integration consulting. Dinesh is a highly entrepreneurial executive with a track record of driving sales through innovative biz-dev and online marketing techniques. In the past, Dinesh served as President of Skyy Consulting Inc. and has led business analysis & user interface design projects for the U.S. Navy, Pfizer, & Unisys Corp. Dinesh earned his B.S. in Computer Science and his MBA from UC Irvine.


Howard Marks, Co-Founder at Activision / StartEngine

A 20-year industry veteran, having co-founded juggernaut Activision as well as Acclaim Games. After its acquisition by Playdom, he was most recently head of the Acclaim studio and Sr. VP, Strategic Planning at Disney Interactive Media Group.  Howard is currently the CEO of Gamzee, a social games company that makes game that play everywhere written in HTML5.



Scott Sangster, President of Tech Coast Angels (Los Angeles)/CEO at OrganicStartup

OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start. OrganicStartup incubates and accelerates innovative ventures by providing them with strategic early-stage investment, advisory, and operational assistance. Sangster is a serial entrepreneur and M&A executive with experience both founding and acquiring businesses. He sits on several boards and is involved in the virtual worlds, gaming, mobile, media, and healthcare markets. 

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, Febuary 2, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). 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.


7:00 – 7:45pm – check-in
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

Diamond Sponsor

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.


Gold Sponsor



Start Engine is a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups build a solid foundation for success in 90 days.  Created by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles, Start Engine will provide local startups with the essential resources and counsel they need to become successful, self-directed businesses.  Start Engine offers a team of mentors who have proven themselves as successful entrepreneurs – not professional investors – ensuring that its startups are guided by the right people for the right reasons. Early-stage companies in the web, mobile and ecommerce space are encouraged to apply for the program which completes four cycles per year, culminating in Demo Days that are attended by the region’s top angel investors and VCs.


Silver Sponsor 

Thousands of organizations have turned to TriNet for human resources, benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation, and strategic human capital services. As their trusted HR advisor, TriNet helps these companies contain HR costs, minimize employer-related risk, and relieve the administrative burden of HR.

TriNet also offers a set of Strategic Services that match companies at every point in their lifecycle, including such offerings as Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, and Employee Development. All of TriNet’s services are supported by a team of dedicated human capital consultants and experts, and enabled by best-in-class HR technology from Oracle-PeopleSoft.

ForeignIQ offers interactive learning materials on web and mobile tohelp international travelers learn about the customs and language oftheir destination and have more productive and enjoyable trips.Foreign travel does not need to be foreign!

CitySourced is a real time mobile civic engagement platform. CitySourced provides a free, simple, and intuitive platform empowering residents to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, & environmental issues, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action. A picture tells a thousand words and CitySourced makes it snap.

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!

At The Hybrid Group, we are passionate about making useful things with technology. Based in Los Angeles, our software developers & designers specialize in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Cloud Computing, Mobile Development, Application Design, and most importantly, helping you solve problems.

We are also the creators of Kanbanpad the happiest project management tool on Earth, and Clutch which helps you see all your project updates in one place from over 15 different project management and bug tracking systems.


Co-Host & Venue Sponsor

The Caltech Entrepreneurship Club is the hub for innovators in the Caltech community who want to learn how to make their idea a reality. We leverage our network in the Los Angeles community to provide members with access to potential employees, mentors and investors.


The Caltech/MIT Enterprise forum is a joint venture ofCaltech's Industrial Relations Center, Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer, the Caltech Alumni Association and the MIT Alumni Association. Its mission is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.


Community Sponsors

Demeter Interactive is a digital marketing and communications firm based in Los Angeles, California. The firm has a strategy-based approach with a strong focus on technology and high-quality content. Co-Founded by Jesse Bouman and Gaia Dempsey, the company serves technology startups and companies with a focus on sustainability.

Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups to fund. Providing more than just money, TCA brings connections, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas.



The Coloft is a space for entrepreneurs, independents, startups, programmers, designers, professionals, and awesome people in general. Because putting all of us together results in amazing things –together we are even more brilliant than we are alone.

Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers. New models for improving the search experience are at the core of several companies currently growing inside of Idealab. Moving beyond the Internet, we have spawned companies with breakthrough technologies in robotics, renewable energy and automotive design and production among others. Idealab also continues to partner with leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors to provide the resources to maximize the potential of these companies.

Mindshare LA was founded as means to elevate the public discourse and to provide a welcome change from the typical bar scene.
The brand promise is to service curiosity and to help provide a sense of belonging in one of America's iconic cities.

ProjectFresh was founded in 2002 as a platform to launch projects and companies that have a shared set of goals:

  • To galvanize community and to promote cross-pollination.
  • To inspire and facilitate personal and cultural growth.
  • To explore how new technologies impact society.

We achieve these goals by designing experiences that mix disciplines, such as Mindshare LA; bringing together people with diverse skills to create unique companies like Syyn Labs; or twisting together the unexpected, as in the charitable-meets-public-improv exploits of The Tuxedo Tyrants.

BetterWorks vision is to "Make Work Rewarding!" Technically speaking we're a business platform where businesses can quickly create better, more rewarding work environments for their employees while saving a ton of time and money. Think of it as "Happiness in the Cloud." Socially speaking, we're a group of fun, innovative founders who love entrepreneurship.


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  • Sponsored giveaways and contests
  • Custom ad deals and partnerships


Past SuperDemo @ UCLA Fall 2011

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 SuperDemo @ 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 SuperDemo @ 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 SuperDemo @ 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 @ UCLA Fall 2011

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.

Past Spotlight Companies @ CalTech


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.


Past Spotlight Companies @ USC


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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Baxter Hall

Pasadena, CA 91125

Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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TechZulu Inc.

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  

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