Announcing the 2014 socalTECH 50: Southern California's Ones To Watch


2014 dfr2014 event list founders startup socaltech socaltech50 This is our second year of creating our list of the top 50 people to watch in Southern California''s technology industry, and it was NOT an easy task.

John Greathouse: What I Learned In 2014


Over the holidays, we''re featuring a few reflections on 2014 from some of the movers and shakers in Southern California''s technology industry. What was your biggest lesson learned in 2014? john greathouse insights holiday reflections 2014 venture

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Southern California Startups Raise $761.12M in Q2 2014


The latest venture capital totals from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association''s MoneyTree Report was released this evening, tallying up $761.12M in investments in Q2 of 2014 in Southern California, up from Q2 of 2013, when $616.83M was invested in the region. finance investor 2014 tally investment survey nvca moneytree capital venture california southern

CES 2014 | Staff Picks

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Here are some of our top staff picks thus far from CES 2014. The post CES 2014 | Staff Picks appeared first on TechZulu. CES Events Gadgets 3D printers 94Fifty AIMe basketball CES 2014 EmIT iRobot Jigabot Roomba Scooba TAO Wellness TechZulu WellShell XYZprinting

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CLU's Gerhard Apfelthaler: What I Learned In 2014


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Howard Marks: What I Learned In 2014


What was your biggest lesson learned in 2014? It''s usually pretty slow from the news front around the holidays, so every year, we feature a few "end of the year" posts from movers and shakers here in Southern California''s tech industry.

Let’s Get Weird, a SXSW Interactive Recap (2014)

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As we know, long gone are the days of experiencing SXSW Interactive with just 9,000 other tech entrepreneurs and business brights – with 30,000 registrants in 2013 and the final numbers for 2014 still in the works. I know what you’re thinking. A recap? Of SXSW? That was ages ago!

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socalTECH Jobs: Job Highlights for August 7th, 2014


Has it been a really, really, really long week at your current company? Does Friday seem like it''s still a week away? Maybe it''s time for a change! Check out our online Job Board for something new and exciting! Some recent jobs: VP of Business Development, RampRate - Los Angeles.

Framework Benchmarks Round 9


The latest round of our ongoing Framework Benchmarks project is now available! Round 9 updates several test implementations and introduces a new test environment using modern server hardware.

Digital Family Reunion 2014: Less Than A Week To This Year's Biggest Party!


There''s less than a week to the technology industry''s biggest holiday event of the year--the Digital Family Reunion on Wednesday, December 10th at the Skirball Cultural Center. Southern California has had a banner year this year, with a huge number of successful exits, fundings, and more.

What I Learned in 2014: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


2014 was the most active year in TVC history as measured by the number of investments/acquisitions/follow-ons/exits we completed. What was your biggest lesson learned in 2014? spencer capital 2014 reflections venture

What I Learned in 2014: Kevin Winston


My most significant event of 2014 is definitely Silicon Beach Fest, the multi-day tech community fest, which just keeps getting bigger. Silicon Beach Fest 2014 attracted more than 2,000 attendees, with more than 350 speakers, of which more than one third were women.

Digital Family Reunion 2014: Don't Miss This Year's Biggest Holiday Event!


Southern California has had a banner year this year, with a huge number of successful exits, fundings, and more. It''s the season to celebrate the technology and media industry''s success here with the Digital Family Reunion on December 10th at the Skirball Cultural Center.

AT&T Developers Summit at CES 2014

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AT&T held their 6th annual developers summit in Las Vegas this year at CES 2014. Good things coming from AT&T in 2014. The post AT&T Developers Summit at CES 2014 appeared first on TechZulu.

The Synthesis of Technology, Art & Music | Moogfest 2014 Live

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Live from Asheville, North Carolina from April 23-27, 2014 TechZulu will be onsite helping to produce the very first Moogfest Live. The post The Synthesis of Technology, Art & Music | Moogfest 2014 Live appeared first on TechZulu.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy


As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second. We understand their excitement is about the performance of their load balancer 1.

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US DOJ Charges North Korean Programmer With 2014 Sony Attack


Department of Justice has charged a North Korean programmer with coordinating the devastating, 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment , along with a whole host of other cyber-attacks across the world. The devastating attacks on Sony happened in November of 2014, after the studio released the comedy spoof "The Interview" that featured Seth Rogen and James Franco. The U.S.

YouTube Star PewDiePie Earned $7M In 2014


In what helps prove the increasing importance of content on YouTube, popular Youtuber PewDiePie revealed this week that he earned more than $7M in 2014 , thanks to payouts from YouTube. Hard numbers and information on YouTube payouts are hard to come by--thanks to the site's terms and conditions to creators--but PewDiePie's revelation should be welcome news to the legions of aspiring YouTubers in Los Angeles now creating content for the video site.

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E3 2014 Press Conference Overview & Our Grade For Each

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The post E3 2014 Press Conference Overview & Our Grade For Each appeared first on TechZulu. E3 officially started yesterday.

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Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014


Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The group said the investments make 2014 its largest ever since 1997 in terms of deals funded and amount raised.

TechZulu at SXSW 2014 Live From Indiegogo Tech Cafe & Join Us for Happiness Hour!

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We’re excited to share the exciting Indiegogo SXSW Tech Cafe 2014 lineup of events with you! The post TechZulu at SXSW 2014 Live From Indiegogo Tech Cafe & Join Us for Happiness Hour!

2014 Was An Amazing Year for the Pasadena Angels

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2014 Pasadena Angels Performance. • 4 Exits, including Bluebeam for $100mm. • $4.7mm in new funding for portfolio companies. • 17 Deals closed, 10 new and 7 follow-on rounds. • 20 New Angels joined. I have never seen such energy at the Pasadena Angels in my decade+ as a member. Deals are getting done, and the PA are more involved in the tech community than ever before. Angels have been attending many outside events, both in Greater Pasadena and further afield in Silicon Beach.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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We also promoted Jordan Hudson to principal in 2014 and have encouraged him to begin looking at deals.

Why I’m Standing Today with My African American Friends, Family & Colleagues

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John Green (@johngreen) December 4, 2014. “It stops today.” ” I spent the entire day yesterday in a deposition so I was offline from the world around me – a rare day of no email, no social media and even no news.

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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Mark Suster (@msuster) November 1, 2014. Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam , led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry , announced a $10 million round of financing.

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How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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” So it’s now March 2014 – 5 years since I started investing. Here is the first 3 months of 2014 … .

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The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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Limited Partners or LPs (the people who invest into VC funds) have taken notice as 2014 is by all accounts the busiest year for LPs since the Great Recession began. There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry.

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

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” in 2014 the data seems pretty conclusive because LA has now become the fastest growing tech startup region by numbers of companies being started and those of us here have noticed this pace accelerating. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

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When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam.

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The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?”

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The Silent Benefits of PR

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I’ve been having this PR discussion with three separate portfolio companies at once so I thought I’d just publish my thoughts more broadly. I have written many times about PR so if you want a deep dive on the “how” of PR you may enjoy reading some of these posts.

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How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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Let me start with the news that I’m excited to share with you. After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. The desire to be better than anybody else in one’s field.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. There are bootcamps, startup classes, video interviews – the sources are now endless.

What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?

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Marc Andreessen kicked off another great debate on Twitter last night , one that I’ve been talking about incessantly in private circles for the past 2-3 years – what actually IS the definition of a seed vs. A-round.