Southern California Tech Central

SoCal CTO

I am excited to be participating in and announcing the of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. This site is being sponsored by the Technology Council of Southern California and my company TechEmpower.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

SoCal CTO

He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. LA CTO Forum Dealmaker Media Digital Family Reunion Startups Uncensored Social Media Club, LA Twiistup Mindshare LA LA Hadoop Meetup Dorkbot Geek Dinners LA Cloud Computing LA Web Application Developers LA PHP Developers In addition to these, I'd recommend looking at: Technology Council of Southern California – Surprised John didn't mention this one.

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Software Development Companies in Southern California

SoCal CTO

In a recent conversation with a fellow CTO, we lamented about the fact that while there's very active software development and web development going on in Southern California and West Los Angeles, yet there didn't seem to be as much of a community around it. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate? Even still, this barely touches all the different companies in Southern California where software development is happening.

Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound?

SoCal CTO

This is purely anecdotal, but it seems like a lot of companies are hiring technology talent here in Southern California. I’ve recently seen several tweets from software development companies looking for talent. And I’ve heard from several people looking for Startup Software Developers. And we have been looking to hire several positions (but are being really picky as is normally the case). I’ll be curious to see if that bears up at our Los Angeles CTO Forum meeting tomorrow.

USC Village is the largest development in the history of the University of Southern California

BD+C

million-sf expansion to the University of Southern California campus and marks the largest development project in the university’s history. The recently completed USC Village brings a 15-acre, 1.25 The $700 million project provides an additional 2,500 beds and 100,000 sf of retail space to the Trojan campus

Techies? Write Your Own Ticket In Southern California

blog.socaltech.com

I’ve covered this topic many times before, but I keep coming back to it, because everytime I turn around I’m talking with both startups and established companies in Southern California who are telling me they are looking for technical talent to join their company. My conclusion: if you’re a software engineer, with good technical background and ability, you can pretty much write your own ticket in Southern California.

Southern California #Angels and Their Investments

Scalable Startup

Southern California Angels on Twitter and Facebook. Are you a southern California angel (or do you know one) who’d like to be on our list? Click here to add an angel. Jason Calacanis (Los Angeles). link]. link]. Sample Investments: [link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. Matt Coffin (Los Angeles). link]. Sample Investments: [link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. link]. Paige Craig (Los Angeles). link]. link].

Living The SoCal Chillax Life With Just Chill

YoungUpstarts

What’s better than chilling out on a Southern California beach? Chilling on a Southern California beach with a great drink in hand, believes The Chill Group. We are excited to launch the brand in Southern California where our roots are,” said Max Baumann, Just Chill ‘s 21-year old co-founder and CEO. Ideaspotting Chill Group food & beverage Just Chill Southern California United States

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part II

www.socaltech.com

In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. In an attempt to help people navigate the landscape of accelerators and incubators, we've come up with a (hopefully) comprehensive list of Southern California's various startup accelerators and incubators.

What We Must Learn from Asia

Both Sides of the Table

I run a monthly meeting called the VCA that represents the majority of Southern California venture capital firms. My goal is to bring in informative speakers who stretch our collectively thinking on topics that will influence our investment strategies and use it as a way for us to share our experiences in ways that I [.].

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Rackspace’s Videographer Launches Kickstarter for Short Film

SiliconHills

Dave Sims, filmmaker and storyteller at Rackspace, has launched a Kickstarter to produce a 15 to 20 minute short film set in the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. “The film tells the story of a woman who while hiking in the remote desert stumbles upon an unconscious man, prompting a haunting story of […] The post Rackspace’s Videographer Launches Kickstarter for Short Film appeared first on SiliconHills. San Antonio

4 Ways Your Startup Can Impress Potential Clients

YoungUpstarts

If you are looking to rent office space in Southern California, consider renting a space with the help of Jeff Tabor Group. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a startup company ?

Waldo Photos Launches in Austin and Raises $5 Million in Funding

SiliconHills

Southern California venture capital firm Upfront Ventures led the round. Where’s Waldo? Right here in Austin, Texas. And they’ve just raised $5 million in venture capital to create a new photo-finding platform. Rodney Rice and Michael Beaudoin, veteran entrepreneurs who co-founded HomeAdvisor and Einstein Bros.

Farming for Developers: Coastal Commission Stories – Lesson 1

Steve Blank

Last week I got an email last week from a New York VC asking for advice about building a house in the California Coastal Zone. For six and a half years I served as a public official on the California Coastal Commission. The California coast is a panorama of open farm fields and hundreds of miles of undeveloped land. The Coastal Act saved California from looking like the coast of New Jersey. That’s why developers on the California coast love farming.

Seven Questions Startups Should Ask To Get On Store Shelves

YoungUpstarts

I joined immediately and became the Zevia go-to-girl for Southern California. They were in need of someone in California to close deals and quickly manage this Southern California territory. By Abigail Steinberg, author of “ Recipe for Success: An Insider’s Guide to Bringing Your Natural Food to Market “ I have always been fascinated by start-ups, dreaming big, and being an entrepreneur.

SoCal Stunners: Why Homebrew Has Gone South

Hunter Walker

Our second Homebrew fund, the one we’re currently investing out of, has three Southern California startups, all of which are absolutely better, more durable companies being based where they are versus if they had started in the Bay Area. There’s a question we ask ourselves when investing in a startup outside of the Bay Area: is their location a positive for the company?

Building Good Relationships Is the Goal of Great Networking

Duct Tape Marketing

is from the University of Southern California. is from the University of Southern California. Building Good Relationships Is the Goal of Great Networking written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Dr. Ivan Misner.

Is there a difference in expectation and attitude between Angels in the USA vs those in other Geographical regions and are there disadvantages because of this?

Gust

I am friends with many professional angels from around the world, and my analyses (allowing for our individual investment preferences) are virtually identical to those of Dave Berkus in Southern California, Matey de Nedkov in Montreal, Phillippe Gluntz in Paris and Dušan Stojanovic in Sweden. Surprisingly, no.

ArtLife – Redefining Fashion And Art

YoungUpstarts

That’s what California-based apparel company ArtLife ( www.artlife2010.com ) does – the new contemporary lifestyle brand offers consumers artist-inspired wardrobe must-haves such as cotton tees, tank tops, raglans and sweatshirts showcasing designs of various mediums. “Growing up in Southern California has provided me with the greatest inspiration imaginable and each piece of the collection is a reflection of how art can be transformed from canvas to cotton.”.

Los Angeles Startup Events

SoCal CTO

I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.

Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

Both Sides of the Table

We sat down for an hour to talk about why what GaiKai built was able to overcome its much better funded rival and to dispel the myth that great engineering teams don’t exist in Southern California. 30:30 Mike Jones is one of the five most prolific angel investors in southern California. Nate Redmond is the managing partner of Rustic Canyon Partners – he’s probably one of the youngest managing partners of a major fund you’ll meet.

Checking In With The Market And Rorschach Tests

Haystack

I’m at an offsite down in southern California. Hi everyone. Yesterday, I briefly tweeted something that was on my mind (during a break at the offsite) just to get it out of my head. I didn’t check Twitter for hours after that, and then got a private message that went something like, “Hey, man, you may want to blog about a topic like this rather than tweeting it.” ” Whoops!

Startup Opportunities in SoCal

SoCal CTO

On Ben Kuo's blog, he posted about Entrepreneurs in Southern California and pointed to a post by Will Johnson, a Southern California entrepreneur and blogger. Will's post talks about lack of interest in working for startups here in Southern California, saying: we probably’d don’t have the: a) same support infrastructure (meet-ups, networking events, etc.);

Going Beyond Facial Recognition – Why The Future Of Security And Possibilities Lie In Video Analytics

YoungUpstarts

A BS from IIT-Bombay and a PhD from University of Southern California, he has previously held key technical and management roles at Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Morphics. . by Abhijit Shanbag, CEO of Graymatics. The possibilities of facial recognition have placed it at the forefront as both a security measure as a means of biometric identification, as well as a reliable means of gathering data for analytical purposes.

Launchpad LA – More Details Revealed

Both Sides of the Table

When I kicked off Launchpad LA a year ago I had a few objectives: Create an ecosystem where all Southern California VC’s had the chance to work together more actively outside of the boards on which we mutually sit. We get participation from nearly every major VC firm in Southern California, which was magical. Today we announced Launchpad LA V2. Full press release with more details is here. We will be selecting 10 startup companies to participate.

Have you fallen into the buggy whip trap?

Berkonomics

late 1960’s (yes, I know, a long time ago), there were 31 phonograph record manufacturing plants in Southern California alone. Surely, you’ve heard the buggy whip analogy. A business making those necessary items ignored the signs of progress and found itself without a market.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

Geographically our strategy is to fund about 50% of our deals in Southern California (from San Diego to Santa Barbara) and 50% of our deals on a national basis. We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. We raised $280 million.

Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Southern California - my primary location - looks to be about the middle of the pack Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. He was a great presenter to our group. I highly recommend getting to know him.

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Silicon Beach at SXSW

The Startup Lawyer

Join us for free drinks, demos and mingle with Southern California startups. In the event you are in downtown Austin on Monday around lunchtime, you should check out the “ Silicon Beach at SXSW &# event at Parkside on 6th Street. The event is being hosted by Mingly and co-sponsored by Techzulu , Nerdy Shirts , and this blog. Monday, March 14th from Noon to 3:00 PM. Parkside (6th and San Jacinto). 301 East 6th Street. Austin, TX 78701. REGISTER HERE. Startup Lawyer

Neff Headwear Makes Headway In Fashion And Culture

YoungUpstarts

Shaun Neff was always surrounded by Southern California’s skate, surf and snow culture – as an active participant in those sports he’d always dreamed about being involved in the business side of the industry. Feature Story California fashion Neff Headwear pop culture snowboarding surfing

When Does a Private-to-Private Merger Make Sense?

Both Sides of the Table

Phoebe had moved to the US (to Southern California) to set up shop, raise money and build a digital team to start to develop her online direct business (much of her product is sold through third-parties today – most of it offline) more fully. I’m pretty on record as saying I don’t think many private-to-private tech mergers make sense. They are often done from a position of weakness. Something in both companies isn’t working, which is why they come together.

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Coolest Mobile Business Ideas To Consider as a Career

Women Entrepreneurs Can

An Airstream in Austin, Texas, sells designer shoes, and you can buy knitting supplies from a converted Little Debbie’s truck in Southern California. There’s no one “right” path to success, but wherever your journey takes you, it’s a lot more fun on wheels.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Southern California - my primary location - looks to be about the middle of the pack Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. He was a great presenter to our group. I highly recommend getting to know him.

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Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point Map of VC Investments Open Source Business Model Entreprenuer Network ► February (10) Southern California Tech Central Southern California Tech Central Loading

Map of VC Investments

SoCal CTO

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound. MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point Map of VC Investments Open Source Business Model Entreprenuer Network ► February (10) Southern California Tech Central Southern California Tech Central Loading

Saturday Startup Spotlight: Goodieboxx

Austin Startup

I relocated to Dallas from Southern California in 2010 and created this concept in 2015. At Capital Factory, we value people and the connections that bring them together. In an effort to introduce our community to the entrepreneurs we’re lucky to work with, and encourage relationships to develop along the way, we’re launching our Saturday Startup Spotlight series.

Episode 22: Engineering and Industry Domination With Kurt Shafer

Mike Michalowicz

Graduated BSEE University of Southern California 1965. Our Guest Graduated BSEE University of Southern California 1965 Field Engineer for Bendix, Magnavox, Harris. Show Summary. Kurt Shafer, CEO of Invisco, joins Episode 22 of the Profit First Podcast. Kurt shares his story of how an inventor came to dominate the industry. Our Guest. Field Engineer for Bendix, Magnavox, Harris.

Here’s Why We Fell in Love with Draft

Both Sides of the Table

A group of friends at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) got together to form a league and also had several members of our client at the time Southern California Gas Company. My partner Greg Bettinelli is an avid sports fan who throughout his career has developed an expert understanding in online ticketing (at eBay has was a champion of the StubHub acquisition) and online marketing.

What We Must Learn from Asia

Both Sides of the Table

I run a monthly meeting called the VCA that represents the majority of Southern California venture capital firms. My goal is to bring in informative speakers who stretch our collectively thinking on topics that will influence our investment strategies and use it as a way for us to share our experiences in ways that I hope benefit the Southern California technology ecosystem.

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How to undermine or reinforce your corporate culture

Berkonomics

The catch: the property was on a remote island in Australia, and the manufacturing plant in Southern California.

SXSW Pitch Finalist: Virtualitics

Austin Startup

One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020 , Virtualitics uses patented technology, based on a decade of research at the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Department of Defense, Nestle and University of Southern California.

This Week in VC with Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Crosscut is a seed-stage fund based in Southern California that has been in some hot local deals like ShoeDazzle (Rick discusses how they get in when it was a super competitive deal – great story), DocStoc, GumGum and others. We started this week’s show with a Q&A session where I answered viewer questions about fund raising and the VC industry.

Finding Developers is Tough Again

SoCal CTO

And it’s not just me, Ben Kuo just posted - Good news for developers (and jobs) We’ve been talking with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people who are looking for developers in Southern California (Los Angeles and beyond). Update from original - just saw a follow-up post by Ben Kuo - Southern California Technology Jobs Surge. See Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California.