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Elon Musk To Deliver Caltech Commencement


Caltech said Musk will deliver the commencement address for the school on June 15th at its campus in Pasadena. government. READ MORE>>.

Caltech Scientists's Kickstarter Project: Nanoart


Here's an interesting Kickstarter project looking for some (crowd) funding: a Caltech scientist is looking to raise $50,000 to create "nanoart".

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. When: Thursday, February 2, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Directions to the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. Mobile Web America, Inc.

Caltech Team Wins Top Prize, $100K In Bill Gates' Toilet Tech Effort


The Caltech team won the top prize for its solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity. bill gates caltech prize toilet sanitation waste competition microsoftGates' philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said it will invest $3.4M in advancing toilet projects, as part of an overall $6.5

Los Angeles Startup Events


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. Of course, given the size of this list and having kids, I really can't attend a lot of these.

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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August 24, 2012 10:24 AM. October 20, 2012 1:57 PM. October 17, 2012 1:15 PM. © Copyright 2012 VentureBeat. Apple.

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Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Entries will be closed for company submissions at midnight of January  22, 2012. When: Thursday, February 2, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

Materia Gets NIH Funding Grant


materia funding olefin chemistry caltech government researchPasadena-based Materia , the developer of olefin metathesis catalyst technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, said this week that it has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH), Phase II funding grant. Amoumt of the grant was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Assistive Technologies

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 -- Assistive Technologies. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. See [link] (more

FastSoft Adds IPv6 Support


The company, whose products are based on research originally developed at Caltech, said its E Series acceleration appliance now support the IPv6 protocol. fastsoft ipv6 internet traffic acceleration caltechREAD MORE>>.

Caltech Invests In Coursera


According to Coursera, Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania have invested a combined $3.7M in investments to back its efforts to put university courses online. coursera caltech venture capital education online classesCoursera allows anyone to take university courses online, for free, across a wide range of disciplines.

Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum?s 2012 Fall Social

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 -- Innovation Soiree: Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum?s 2012 Fall Social. September at Caltech, signals innovation in high gear as summer blends into a new academic year: creative minds abuzz, innovating and discovering throughout a strikingly beautiful campus. See [link].

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas


A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. DOE, being managed by OnGreen, UCLA, USC, and Caltech. READ MORE>>.

Innovation Soiree

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 -- Innovation Soiree: Caltech/MIT EF's Spring Social. Spring at Caltech signals graduation and careers being launched. And likewise the Institute's beautifully verdant campus reminds us of Caltech's unmatched output of scientific discovery and technology venture creation. See [link] (more

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Entries will be closed for company submissions at midnight of January  22nd, 2012. The  Caltech Entrepreneurship Club  is the hub for innovators in the Caltech community who want to learn how to make their idea a reality.

Catch #Mindshare50 Talks Live on TechZulu

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Neuroscientist at Caltech, UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, and NYUMoran is interested in attention, emotions regulations, and dreams. issue.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine


One of the few who has is Alex Benzer ,the co-founder of Silverlake-based SocialEngine ( and Fanmix ( READ MORE>>.

Making Life Better: Entrepreneurs and Biomechanical and Assistive Technologies

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 -- Making Life Better: Entrepreneurs and Biomechanical and Assistive Technologies. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Transformative technology  assistive technology - transforms lives of individuals with disabilities, enhancing both the quality and longevity of life. See [link] (more

Myricom, Emulex Tie On High Performance Computing


The company is a spinout of Caltech. Arcadia-based Myricom , the provider of low latency, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and other networking adapters specifically aimed at the high performance computing (HPC) market, and storage networking hardware provider Emulex , which is based in Costa Mesa, said today that they are in a strategic partnership.

Interview with Neil Malhotra, Sandalbay Life


Southern California has seen a surge in accelerators and incubators looking to spawn new startups in the region. What's your background? Thanks!

Contour Energy Targets Use In Medical Devices


energy lifescience device medical caltech cleantech battery contourAzusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture backed developers of advanced battery systems, said today that it is targeting the medical device market with its products. READ MORE>>.

Getting in the Game: Entrepreneurs and the Video Game Industry

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Saturday, May 12, 2012 -- Getting in the Game: Entrepreneurs and the. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Video Game Industry. Developments in technology have forever changed the gaming industry and the way video games are developed, distributed, and played. See [link] (more

Ventura County Area College Explores New Engineering Program


Ventura County, despite a wealth of high tech companies, does not have a major engineering program. Image courtesy of Bigstock. READ MORE>>.

Myricom Adds Distributor


Myricom's adapters are used for cluster computing and other performance sensitive markets; the firm is a spinout of Caltech. Arcadia-based Myricom , the developer of 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapters for the high performance computing market, said today that it has added a new distributor for its products. READ MORE>>.


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Saturday, April 14, 2012 -- Energy. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. See [link] (more

Developing Countries Technologies

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 -- Developing Countries Technologies. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. See [link] (more


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Saturday, February 11, 2012 -- Incubators. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. See [link] (more

Privacy vs Personalization

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 -- Privacy vs Personalization. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. See [link] (more

FastSoft Acquired By Akamai


FastSoft's technology is based out of Caltech, and was originally developed to accelerate traffic on the next generation Internet, Internet2. FastSoft was venture backed by Miramar Venture Partners, Caltech, ICCP Venture Partners, and others. fastsoft ipv6 internet traffic acceleration caltech merger acquisition akamai

Elevance Renewable Sciences Finds $104M


An Illinois firm whose technology is based on, and licensed from Pasadena-based Materia and Caltech , has raised a whopping, $104M funding round. Elevance is using olefin metathesis technology, licensed from Materia, and originally developed by Noble Prize winning Caltech professor Robert H. Grubbs. READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Systems Names New CEO


Contour Energy is developing Flourine-based battery technology originally developed at Caltech and CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research. contour energy systems battery executive cleantech caltechAzusa-based battery technology firm Contour Energy Systems announced this morning that it has named Louis E. READ MORE>>.

Start Me Up

Ask the Angels

Pasadena Magazine August 2012  (click here for the original article). Caltech engineering grad, he started Idealab in 1996 with the aim of finding and testing new ideas, then turning the best ones into companies that take up residence. Written by Maria Russo. Not only will no one think you’re crazy, you’ll learn something new.”.


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Saturday, December 8, 2012 -- MEDICAL IMAGING INNOVATIONS: SMALL DEVICES - BIG OPPORTUNITIES. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. On December 8, 2012, the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum presents a stimulating and revealing program on the latest in technology and entrepreneurial opportunities in medical imaging. See [link] (more

Ceres Names Former Undersecretary of Energy To Board


He also served as a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech from 1975 until 2006. Koonin, to its board of directors. READ MORE>>.

Crowdfunding, Small IPO's and Private Offerings over the Internet

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Saturday, October 13, 2012 -- Crowdfunding, Small IPO's and Private Offerings over the Internet: The New JOBS Act. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. The recent JOBS Act Law gives entrepreneurs access to capital in new, streamlined ways. See [link] (more

Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 -- Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation. Caltech/MIT In todays economic environment early stage companies need to optimize their resources, and can benefit from assistance in building their organizations into growing and successful businesses. See [link] (more

NASA Curiosity Lands On Mars


The rover was designed, developed, and assembled at JPL, which is a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). READ MORE>>.

Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 -- Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up. Entrepreneurs identify problems and find ways to solve them. In a typical business, the idea is to do that and make some money. What happens, though, when the problems are big and have social aspects that dont have an obvious revenue source? See [link] (mor

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

Both graduates of one of the most premier science institutions in the United States: Caltech. “There’s something going on in LA.”

Big Data, Big Opportunities

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 -- Big Data, Big Opportunities: Predicting the Future One Byte at a Time. Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. raining data. Actually, it?s more like a hurricane. Every website, email, SMS text, mouse click, download and online purchase generates data, a lot of data. Entrepreneurs are pursuing these ?Big Big Data?