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.

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.

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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.

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. Yes, there are some events around particular technologies. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate?

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.

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

socaltech.com

Southern California. High Tech News and Information for Southern California. The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part III. 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. Californias various startup accelerators and incubators. Silicon Valley.

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.

Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics

SoCal CTO

He is well known in the Southern California Technology scene for his work producing the Digital Family event series, along with the MOTM (Meeting of the Minds) series. and report them to city hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save money and improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to?

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

Both Sides of the Table

And we’re left with a city with idyllic weather, major commerce, the media center of the world, and a great emerging technology scene. so I feel I have an unbiased appreciation for BOTH Californias. But we have a great city for building technology companies. You can find very talented technology executives. But we do have great technology developers. You can hire a talented head of marketing, business development, technology and sales.

What Mistakes Do VCs Make When Fundraising?

Both Sides of the Table

We invest 40% of our dollars in Southern California firms?—?and A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Samir Kaji on the Venture Unlocked podcast about a wide range of topics that we as venture capitalists think about everyday, including: How to build a generational firm?—?retaining

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Checking In With The Market And Rorschach Tests

Haystack

I’m at an offsite down in southern California. Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalHi 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!

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

YoungUpstarts

The adoption of various biometric solutions as authentication methods are dictated by the technological capabilities available to the general population. And that rapidly evolving video technology will make video analytics integral to that approach. 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.

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.

Out of the Crisis #20: the founders of Bitwise on the role of technology in empowering people, spreading benefits to underserved communities, and the creation of OnwardUS

Startup Lessons Learned

Jake Soberal and Irma Olguin started Bitwise in 2013 with the idea that the technology industry could be used to fix a city--in their case, Fresno, CA. Our fundamental thesis is that people of color, women, communities of concentrated poverty, have immense talent to contribute to the technology industry," Jake explained to me. "In Seven years later, they've trained about 5,000 students and created over 1,000 new technology jobs in Fresno. And I lived in rural California.

Saturday Startup Spotlight: Goodieboxx

Austin Startup

I relocated to Dallas from Southern California in 2010 and created this concept in 2015. For us specifically, it’s trying to find how we’re categorized within technology. bootstrap entrepreneurship technology startupAt Capital Factory, we value people and the connections that bring them together.

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.

Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Of course, this doesn't really apply to the situations where I'm often involved Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , or Acting CTO , but this is still really good to have. 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.

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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. It is those leading adopter founders and managers that take the chance on new technologies, new companies, new styles, and new idioms.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Of course, this doesn't really apply to the situations where I'm often involved Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , or Acting CTO , but this is still really good to have. 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.

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Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

SoCal CTO

His work in social media, e-Learning and Performance Support has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Symbol Technologies and SHL Systemhouse. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.

Map of VC Investments

SoCal CTO

His work in social media, e-Learning and Performance Support has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Symbol Technologies and SHL Systemhouse. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.

About this Blog

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 About this Blog Ive been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and whats happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuos recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – What America Does Best

Steve Blank

19 of the 21 teams are moving forward in commercializing their technology. He sits on the House committee that oversees the NSF - the Science, Space and Technology committee (a place where his engineering degree and PhD comes in handy.) If you like science, technology or entrepreneurship, this guy is the real deal. Here are some of the final Lessons Learned presentations and team videos: Akara Solutions: Flexible, Low Cost Cooling Technology for LED Lighting.

Pitch Deck Month: “What Do You Do?” Slide

View from Seed

is an education technology company that partners with top colleges & universities to bring their degree programs and credit-bearing courses online.”. He then said EXACTLY what he was going to be shipping first: A 100% online, fully-accredited Masters in Education degree with the University of Southern California. *This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch.

Tale of Two Valleys: LA and the Bay Area from an Investor’s Perspective

Mucker Lab

At the time, LA and Santa Clara were both the epicenter of the technology industry due to the significant overlap between the aerospace/military industry (Los Angeles) and the computing business (Silicon Valley). In fact, in the 70’s and 80’s, the distinction was almost entirely semantic, as the military and aerospace industry invested ungodly amounts of capital to create technology breakthroughs that eventually saw wide commercial adoption in the personal computing industry.

Entreprenuer Network

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 1, 2007 Entreprenuer Network Great post by Ben Kuo - The Importance of the “Network&# to Entrepreneurs - the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.

Luck Matters (and You Can Only Make Some of It)

OnlyOnce

Think about it this way – why is the most gifted golfer of the last 15 years someone who grew up in Southern California with a father who loved golf, and not, say, someone from the sub-Saharan region of Africa? Strategy Technology Finacial Times Malcolm Gladwell ZapposLuck Matters ( and You Can Only Make Some of It). There was a great article recently in the Financial Times that’s worth reading here.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

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.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

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. But my take: Gaikai had superior technology & a superior business strategy. 30:30 Mike Jones is one of the five most prolific angel investors in southern California.

What Do You and Elon Musk Have in Common?

Growthink Blog

The first was first reading the cover article of the most recent issue of BloombergBusinessWeek, featuring Tesla's and SpaceX's founder Elon Musk and his new "Boring Company, " and then traveling to SpaceX’s headquarters just a short drive from my Los Angeles office to see for myself what all of the hubbub was about The Boring Company is Musk's and fanciful idea to build giant tunnels under the congested freeways of Southern California.

Open Source Business Model

SoCal CTO

There are quite a few other Software Development Companies in Southern California working on open source and/or freemium business models. His work in social media, e-Learning and Performance Support has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Symbol Technologies and SHL Systemhouse.

Top Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs | US News

Campus Entrepreneurship

4) University of Southern California. 5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology. University of California — Berkeley. Here are the top 10 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs for 2010 according to US News and World Report: 1) Babson College. 2) University of Pennsylvania. 3) Indiana University — Bloomington. 6) University of Arizona. 7) University of Texas — Austin. 9) Syracuse University. 10) Ball State University. Looks like the usual suspects.

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. It was inspired somewhat by a comment that Matt Coffin (founder of LowerMyBills) made at a technology event hosted by Jason Nazar. We get participation from nearly every major VC firm in Southern California, which was magical.

Free Government Money for Startups

David Teten

For non-federal grants, the best tactic seems to be searching for "technology grants" or "innovation grants" in connection with your local state or city, but the most reliable source of information will be your local Small Business Development Center. California. o Southern California Innovation Project. o California Conservation Innovation Grant Program. o Texas Emerging Technology Fund. o Grant for Technology Opportunities Program.

[Review] Unrelenting Innovation

YoungUpstarts

As it turns out, innovation is not so much systems and processes as it is about building a risk-taking culture, according to Tellis, a professor of marketing, management and organization as well as the director of the Center for Global Innovation at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Innovation – that strangely elusive quality that most businesses would kill for, but many struggle to attain or maintain.

Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing the Beverage Industry Through Canned Labels

Hearpreneur

Eliqs is a Southern California based start-up who creates custom-designed craft beverage cans for any occasion worth celebrating. Creativity helps spark innovation and break the norms in an industry.

The Growing Importance Of Mobile Advertising

YoungUpstarts

billion, according to recent figures released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB Europe and IHS Technology. As a result of the continued growth in the mobile space, MassMedia, a full-service advertising, public relations and marketing agency with offices in Las Vegas and Southern California, now integrates mobile advertising into all of its clients’ digital campaigns. by Kassi Belz, president of MassMedia.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

SoCal CTO

Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

Education Gets Techified: New Ed Platform Teaches Music, Design, Media

The Startup Magazine

In other news, Wired launched its Integrated business master’s program in collaboration with the University of Southern California. Startups Technology BrandedU BuzzFeed eCornell Qubed Education Rob KingyensIt is a cruel fact of the current education system that graduates are required to make life changing career choices without real-life experience to support their decision.

Events and Networking in Los Angeles

SoCal CTO

For me, these are folks who are actively involved in wide variety of technology-enabled businesses. Having produced a variety of events over the years and having been on the boards of both the Technology Council and AITP, I can say that its really hard to attract a critical mass of interesting people. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -. Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound.

Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple

SoCal CTO

His work in social media, e-Learning and Performance Support has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Symbol Technologies and SHL Systemhouse. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.