Four SoCal Startups That Thrived Despite--or Because Of--Economic Downturns
MARCH 17, 2016
Perry Wallack, the CFO of Cornerstone OnDemand, recently talked at the Recurring Revenue Conference, describing how the company was looking for funding in the worst possible market--after the downturn in 2008--and struggled trying to find an investor, finally raising a round in March of 2009.
SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2
JULY 19, 2011
The report said that the investment level was the highest total in a single quarter since Q2 of 2008. Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. According to the MoneyTree report, released last night, Orange County led fundraising, with $319.3M raised for the quarter. Los Angeles had $222.5M
SoCal Tech Calendar
SEPTEMBER 21, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008 -- Dorkbot SoCal. See [link].
Blackstone Expands Student Entrepreneurship Program To SoCal
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Private equity investment firm Blackstone said Friday that it is expanding its university entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPad , to Southern California.
Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
Southern California's top startups showed up in force Friday at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, for the Technology Council of Southern California's annual VentureNet conference. socalTECH was a media sponsor of the conference).
SoCal Investments Totals Around $700M In Q1
APRIL 2, 2009
According to numbers derived from socalTECH's venture database, there was $717.96M invested in Southern California in the first quarter, up from only $465M in Q4 of 2008. However, venture funding totals were still well off the first quarter of 2008's nearly $1.2 Tags: moneytree ventureone database analysis total capital venture california southern socal
How Digital Cinema Made It Big
SoCal Tech Calendar
OCTOBER 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 -- "How Digital Cinema Made It Big" SoCal AMA. Digital cinema is one of the most significant breakthroughs in the movie industry – find out how this new technology made it to the big screen. Get the true inside story of Digital Cinema by joining the Southern California American Marketing Association and Loren Nielsen, co-founder and President of Entertainment Technology Consultants. See [link] (more
Successful Companies Through Incubation
SoCal Tech Calendar
OCTOBER 5, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008 -- "Successful Companies Through Incubation: SoCal Incubators Serve the High Tech Industry" Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. The Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum on October 11 will feature some of the award-winning business incubators supporting the high tech industry in Greater Los Angeles.
Organizational Lifecycles and Alliance Success:
SoCal Tech Calendar
SEPTEMBER 26, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008 -- "Organizational Lifecycles and Alliance Success" Lifecycles of organizations affect the behavior of managers and the success of their alliances. See https://www.strategic-alliances.org/chapter/chaptersv/socal_inaugural. Attendees will learn about the best lifecycle stage in which to launch and manage an alliance.
The New Age Of Innovation
SoCal Tech Calendar
SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008 -- "The New Age Of Innovation" TiE SoCal's Legends and Leaders Series Â– Professor C. Prahalad. Join the The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) of Southern California for an exciting and value-laden presentation by C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. In his latest book, The New Age of Innovation, co-authored with M.S. Krishnan, C.K.
Interview with James Citron, Mogreet
NOVEMBER 6, 2008
We've also got Black Diamon, a local SoCAl fund, which is also leading the round. This morning, Los Angeles-based Mogreet (www.mogreet.com) announced it had raised a Series B funding round for the firm's mobile greeting services.
VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
There were no unicorns in sight on April 14th, 2008 when Kevin O'Connor, my Partner Jim Andelman and I met Twilio's Founder and CEO, Jeff Lawson. A true Internet Pioneer, by 2008, Kevin had already founded or co-founded two Unicorns in his own right, DoubleClick (sold to Google $3.1
Welltok, Backed By Trio Of Socal Investors, Buys Mindbloom
MARCH 20, 2014
billion deal in 2008. Welltok , a developer of online applications to help employees improve their health--and also help companies manage their health programs--has acquired Mindbloom , a developer of mobile apps for improving your health. Welltok is backed by a trio of Southern California investors, including Qualcomm Ventures, Miramar Venture Partners, and Okapi Venture Capital. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Welltok is based in Denver, Mindbloom in Seattle.
SoCal Second Place In 2009 Clean Technology Investments
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
billion in 2009, a decline of 50% in terms of dollars from 2008. A report released today by Ernst & Young finds that Southern California was number two in the nation in terms of clean technology investments for the year.
SoCal Venture Deals Up In Q2
JULY 15, 2010
billion, the strongest quarter since the third quarter of 2008. Investments by venture capitalists in Southern California were up, both in terms of deals and dollars in Q2, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). According to the latest MoneyTree report from the two, using data provided by Thomson Reuters, Southern California saw $857.3M in 91 investments, up significantly from the $451.8M
Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?
Both Sides of the Table
OCTOBER 21, 2009
On the third Wednesday of every month I co-chair a meeting called the SoCal VCA (venture capital alliance), which represents participants from all of the top venture capital firms in Southern California as well as prominent members of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA).
Digital Family Reunion | Make New Friends, But Keep The Old
Tech Zulu Event
DECEMBER 13, 2012
It was 2008. Jason Calacanis coined the SoCal scene the “Digital Coast,” and Brad Nye brought everyone together at his notorious VIC events (Venice Interactive Community). Holiday event brings together LA’s top digital executives, honors Jim Jonassen.
March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund
MAY 25, 2016
We are looking globally, and though I love SoCal, we're not a regional fund, which is important for that size conversation. Post 2008, LPs abhor illiquidity.
Map of VC Investments
MARCH 9, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. Some very interesting graphics including this heat map: Very cool visualization tool!
Thanks to socalTECH's Sponsors!
AUGUST 7, 2009
Cox Communications - Orange County was recently ranked 2nd amongst Employers Group's, "California's Best Places to Work - 2008" in the Large Companies category. SoCal IP Law Group LLP - IP Counselors For Technology Companies. Thanks to all of the sponsors and advertisers, who allow us to keep you updated on Southern California's high tech news and companies. They include: Sponsors. Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com). Backing Southern California's next great technology companies.
Thanks to socalTECH's Sponsors
JULY 24, 2009
Cox Communications - Orange County was recently ranked 2nd amongst Employers Group's, "California's Best Places to Work - 2008" in the Large Companies category. SoCal IP Law Group LLP - IP Counselors For Technology Companies. Thanks to all of the sponsors and advertisers, who allow us to keep you updated on. Southern California's high tech news and companies. They include: Sponsors. Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com). Backing Southern California's next great technology companies.
Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers - SoCal CTO , November 1, 2010 I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit. Startup Lessons Learned , November 25, 2010 On April 1, 2008, I was as nervous as I have ever been in my life. I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology.
Interview with J.R. Johnson, Lunch.com
JANUARY 25, 2010
It was a local, SoCal company right here in Manhattan Beach. We sold it in July of 2008, to Expedia. Johnson , founder of Lunch.com, is an experience entrepreneur, who sold his last firm, VirtualTourist.com , to Expedia. Johnson's latest effort is Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), a web site which takes the concepts behind VirtualTourist.com beyond travel, and into lots of other subjects.
Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners
JULY 13, 2009
We have thirteen-plus companies which have gone from inception to selling for North of a billion dollars, including the last company we sold, in October of 2008, BillMeLater, which we sold to eBay for a billion dollars. You've got lots of experience in the SaaS market with Salesforce.com, what's your opinion on where that market is today--and how do SoCal's Software startups stack up?
Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital
MARCH 20, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital Seths guide is worth reading - The realistic entrepreneurs guide to venture capital Posted byTony Karrer at 2:43 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) About Me Tony Karrer Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower , a Los Angeles Web Development firm, and is considered one of the top technologists in e-Learning.
F2F Still Matters
MARCH 16, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 16, 2007 F2F Still Matters Kathy Sierra has a great post today: Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video.
Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple
MARCH 20, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple Jeremy Liew at Lightspeed Venture Partners has an interesting post: Time Rich or Time Poor? In it he separates web consumers into: Time Rich (more time than money) and Time Poor (more money than time).
Kevin Federline Search Engine
MARCH 20, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. talking about Prodeges Search with Kevin Site - [link]. I actually think this is a pretty innovative model. Take a look at other sites: [link] But the overall idea is to provide branded search in order to get merchandise from your artist, star, etc.
8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing
MARCH 13, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing Great post - 8 Ways The Internet Changed Software Marketing - is an interesting take on how different it is these days to market software.
MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point
MARCH 12, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 12, 2007 MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point The NY Times did a piece today on MyShape, a start-up in Pasadena - Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit.
Open Source Business Model
MARCH 5, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 5, 2007 Open Source Business Model A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 ) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space - Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks.
MARCH 1, 2007
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.
Google Maps Mobile
FEBRUARY 28, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Google Maps Mobile I recently downloaded Google Maps Mobile for my Treo. Its works great. And there was a big surprise. It includes traffic! This is something that Ive wanted on my wifes GPS for a while. If you havent checked it out, its pretty amazing. My only minor complaint is that it doesnt have a menu option to disconnect the phone from the data connection.
Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf
FEBRUARY 27, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf I was just pointed to a set of great podcasts done by Stanford B-School and particularly, I just listed to the podcast by eHarmonys Greg Waldorf.
Challenge of Predicting Winners
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Challenge of Predicting Winners I just read a bit on the payout to YouTube from the Google Acquisition ( Internet News , CNN ). Part of the discussion around this is the talk about the founder who only got $83M (as compared to $3xxM for the other founders) who bailed out early and choose to go back to school. The poor guy. What a bad $200M decision.
Interesting Model for University President
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Interesting Model for University President Saw a post by Paul Kedrosky pointing us to Graeme Thickins on How Stanford Does It. Its interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups. In my experience, this has been really hard to do successfully.
Events and Networking in Los Angeles
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, February 23, 2007 Events and Networking in Los Angeles One of the issues I discussed in Innovation and Geography was that the geography and traffic in Los Angeles generally makes it more difficult for networking.
Innovation and Geography
FEBRUARY 20, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny. Reading the articles and the comments is probably worth it, but I personally think that the NY Times is overstating the advantage of being in Silicon Valley with a couple of exceptions.
About this Blog
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
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.
A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. This company was started by Victoria Duff (who many of us know from back in the late 90s), Phillis Lane (who I have known for quite a few years) and Jon Bukosky. What I really liked in my conversations with The Hive is that they are willing to work with and fund ventures that would never get VC dollars.