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Elon Musk To Deliver Caltech Commencement

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

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Its Time! Its Time! SuperDemo. Event Details.

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

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. The evening will consist of a series of live stage demonstrations guaranteed to impress and inspire new ideas among all in attendance. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus.

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

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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>>.

University Students Get $200K For Clean Technology Startups

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Hawaiian firm eHale also was given a promising idea award for integrating solar cells into indoor and outdoor, home and office furniture. caltech idea business competition startup university west look firstREAD MORE>>.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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Because of that, I formally reached out to Caltech, Idealab, the Art Center College of Design, and all the CEOs I knew running tech companies out here.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He presented the idea at the TED conference in the mid 90′s and was literally boo’d while he was on stage. Overture (Goto.com).

Interview with Paul Gloger, Rockoco

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Who ever got the idea to apply semiconductor processing to diamonds, and where did this all start? Thanks for chatting today. Thanks!

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

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Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. SuperDemo: Bill Gross.

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

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What was Bill Gross’s heretical idea as portrayed to the tech elite? An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

LA Startup Report 2013 | A Rising Forecast

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LA brings forth a lot of talent from USC, UCLA, and Caltech.  With Yahoo!, Not enough money flows in LA. 

The Talent Tourniquet | Making Los Angeles Startup Friendly

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At SBF, a number of good ideas were floated to do just that. Some refer to it as “brain drain.”  And for good reason. wounds are self-inflicted.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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He is a unique human being with original thoughts & ideas and very limited concern for having to fit into other people’s narratives.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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If you look at just Caltech, UCLA, and USC, and you look at our population base, we''re pouring out more engineers than pretty much anywhere.

Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000

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A local, clean energy business plan competition started by the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded $160,000 in prizes in its latest competition. READ MORE>>.

Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. He received a B.S. Join Us.

Interview with Aviv Grill, Miso Media

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About a week later, our CTO was in Japan, and calls me, saying he had a crazy idea for a music, app, and he'd tell me about it when he got back.

Insights and Opinions: If It Walks Like An Entrepreneur.

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Apparently, there is some magic ratio (depending on the circumstance) that any new idea will succeed. What is an entrepreneur? It was.

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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And, let’s not overlook the research juggernaut called Caltech, which managed $332 million in sponsored research and $1.77 billion what’s hot?

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Bridging The Gap Between Students And Startups, With TechLA

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What''s the idea behind the program? However, for students at USC, UCLA, and Caltech, that just doesn''t exist. Thanks, and good luck!

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Innovation Soiree

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 -- Innovation Soiree: Caltech/MIT EF's Fall Kickoff Social. Caltech in September signals innovation in high gear as summer blends into a new academic year: beautiful minds abuzz innovating and discovering throughout a strikingly beautiful campus. No keynote, no panel discussion, and no QandA session.

Seth Sternberg – Meebo

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It became a theme in my keynote at Caltech on the future of social networking. Positive feedback feeds the idea. Awesome. Series A round. Since

Start Me Up

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You can just walk up to anyone and start talking about your latest ideas, technical challenges or even your venture capital pitch,” says Gladys Kong, UberMedia’s Chief Technology Officer. Pasadena Magazine August 2012  (click here for the original article). Written by Maria Russo. tray of fresh fruit appears at 3 p.m. Twitter. Facebook.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

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Is the idea to have multiple projects as part of the company? First of all, of those who haven't heard of SocialEngine, what is it? READ MORE>>.

How Rexter Is Turning Connections Into Business, with Andy Wilson

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That's the idea behind Rexter (www.rexter.com), which recently raised seed funding to ramp up its software to put "LinkedIn on steroids".

Interview with Richard Koffler and John Morris, The Tech CEO Network

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What is the idea behind the Tech CEO Network? Thanks for the time today. The Tech CEO Network is there to fill the gap. Thanks, and good luck!

Making The Pasadena Angels Relevant To Today's Startups, With Terry Kay

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First off, for those not familiar with the Pasadena Angels, talk about the group? He started the group because he wanted to help companies succeed.

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch. Social Networks: Past, Present & Future. chuckle. The Past (1985-2002).

Greening Your Ride

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Our program will explore how entrepreneurs can interact with utilities, government and the private sector to promote innovative ideas to cut traffic congestion, emissions and transportation. Saturday, April 16, 2011 -- Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector.

Interview with Marc Averitt and Sharon Stevenson, Okapi Ventures

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We were literally on the cusp of launching our prpoduct, and all of our work and money to date had gone into getting the innovative technology out of Caltech, exploring the marketplace, and making sure the product features matched with the demand of the market, which it clearly did. Nice chatting with you today! Let's talk about the exit.

Skate Where the Puck is Going

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recently gave talks at Caltech & Stanford. In my view almost all ideas are derivative. And of course – badges. Fawking badges.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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The spark for this post is that I'm going to go to Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum on Saturday. So, I've got no idea who's going. I've received a lot of positive feedback on the post. And I think it hurts them in attendance. I've presented there before and it's a good group. But there's no attendee list in site.

Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up

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

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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SimpleGeo is designed with the idea that startups can create new mobile products without having to each build their own mapping functionality.

Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector

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Caltech/MIT enterprise Forum. Our program will explore how entrepreneurs can interact with utilities, government and the private sector to promote innovative ideas to cut traffic congestion, emissions and transportation. Saturday, April 16, 2011 -- Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector.

Fun and Bucks: Harvesting Energy from Sun, Wind, Biomass and Water

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Venture capitalists are a traditional source of funding but there are other sources that can get your ideas and company moving forward. Saturday, January 9, 2010 -- Fun and Bucks: Harvesting Energy from Sun, Wind, Biomass and Water. California is leading the country in the cleantech revolution.

Interview with Terry Kay, Chairman of the Board

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We have connections with world-class institutions like CalTech, the Art Center, USC and UCLA, and even JPL. You need both to succeed.

Interview with Terry Kay, Chairman of the Board

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We have connections with world-class institutions like CalTech, the Art Center, USC and UCLA, and even JPL. You need both to succeed.

Angel Funding Advice

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Good idea & plan: You must start with a good idea and a PowerPoint deck (my outline is here , scroll down mid way). This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC. This post is for those who want to raise angel money.  My goal is to describe how, with whom, how to find them, how much to raise and at what value. How: 1. With Whom?

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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There''s Caltech, the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd, UCLA. Do you have any idea of how many investments you want to make a year?