Announcing The socalTECH 50, 2015 Edition

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Who are the top 50 people to watch in Southern California? We've attempted to do that for the last three years, trying to ferret out exactly who the people--not companies--are to watch in the region's technology industry.

What I Learned In 2015: Richard Wolpert

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Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? 2015 marks the worst year for tech IPO's since '09 with only 28 vs 62 in '14 and half the companies that did go public are trading beneath their IPO price; wait didn�t I say don�t worry too much about broader markets ;-). richard wolpert hellotech amplifyla 2015 newyear reflections

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What I Learned In 2015: Richard Wolpert, HelloTech

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Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? 2015 marks the worst year for tech IPO's since '09 with only 28 vs 62 in '14 and half the companies that did go public are trading beneath their IPO price; wait didn�t I say don�t worry too much about broader markets ;-). reflections newyear 2015 amplifyla hellotech wolpert richard

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Jeb Spencer: For TVC, closing on our new $115 million software focused growth equity fund at the end of last year made for an exciting 2015. Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? Jeb Spencer: 2015 was about supersizing everything in pursuit of the next monster, billion dollar on paper valuation. More private unicorns were "created" in 2015 than at any period in history with over 60 new unicorns added to the herd this year alone.

Southern California Companies Raise $1.46B In VC In Q3 2015

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billion across the region in Q3 of 2015, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree survey, based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion invested across Southern California for all of 2015. billion invested in the first three quarters of 2015 was greater than the full year totals for 17 of the past 20 years. Southern California has seen another, big venture capital investment quarter, with companies raising $1.46

Siemer Summit 2015 Announced, Tim Draper To Keynote

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According to Siemer & Associates, this year's conference, the Siemer Summit 2015, will be held from October 13th to 14th, and will feature Tim Draper as the keynote speaker. The Siemer Summit , the invite-only conference which has been organized by technology investment banking firm Siemer & Associates for the last four years, is returning this year, according to the firm.

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What I Learned In 2015: Arteen Arabshahi, Karlin Ventures

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Arteen Arabshahi: While Karlin Ventures has had an excellent first few years as a firm seeing over 6 exits and making 40+ investments within 3 years, what was most exciting in 2015 was the addition of our third team member, Erin Shipley. Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? As is a tradition for socaltech, we feature reflections on the past year from those in the community all during the last week of the year.

What I Learned In 2015: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund

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Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? As is the tradition at socaltech, over the holidays we publish contributions from some of the movers and shakers in the community, with their reflections on the past year and their thoughts on the upcoming year. Today's thoughts are from Lawrence Ng , who founded Oversee.net, and just launched the OnRamp Fund (onrampfund.com). What was the biggest news for you or your firm this year?

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2015 Startup and Entrepreneur Forecast taking place Thursday, January 29 from 7 p.m. We will have amazing panelists from March Capital, Greycroft, Machinima, Silicon Valley Bank and Amplify who will share their insights and forecast for start-ups in 2015. The post 2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast appeared first on TechZulu.

Flipagram: More Than 1,000 Verified Musicians Added In 2015

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Los Angeles-based video story app developer Flipagram said Wednesday that it added more than 1,000 signed, musical artists to its "Flipagram Verified" platform, letting those artists make their music available to Flipagram's users. Flipagram--which develops an app which lets users create musical slideshows using mainstream, popular music acts as their soundtrack--said over 800 of those artists joined in the second half of the year.

What I Learned In 2015: Hamet Watt, Upfront Ventures

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Over the last week or so, we've featured the reflections of our readers on 2015 and what it has meant for Southern California's technology industry. Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? what learned reflections hamet watt venture capital upfront ventures 2015Our last contribution comes from Hamet Watt , a venture capitalist at Upfront Ventures (www.upfront.com). What was the biggest news for you or your firm this year?

What I Learned In 2015: Lief Morin, KeyInfo

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Who or what do you think had the biggest impact on the technology industry in 2015? Editor's note: Over the holidays we publish contributions from some of the movers and shakers in the community, with their reflections on the past year and their thoughts on the upcoming year. We'll be publishing these between now and the new year.

Framework Benchmarks Round 10

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Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! It has been a little less than a year since the previous round and in that time, approximately 133 contributors have made 2,835 git commits. These contributions have improved the project''s toolset and added many new framework test implementations. We retired our in-house i7-2600K hardware environment for Round 10, and we changed our Amazon EC2 environment to c3.large instances.

CES 2015 | A Look At Some of The Big Boys

Tech Zulu Event

Here is a look back on some of the biggest booths at CES 2015. New business solutions mirror and talking Android were do-not-miss highlights of CES 2015. The announcement of the new Broadwell processor at the CES 2015 press announcements showed off a few tiny computers called Next Unit of Computing (NUC). CES 2015 turned out to be CES 2014.5. The post CES 2015 | A Look At Some of The Big Boys appeared first on TechZulu.

Business 2015 - Optimism, But Upgrade Your Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

A healthy manufacturing sector, likely to gain even more strength in 2015, is creating an impetus to invest. 2015 business optimism entrepreneur strategy Even though it has been a long haul since the recession, it’s nice to see more optimism as we close out this year and head into a new one. A November 2014 report by Kiplinger asserts that economic momentum is back on track.

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Pasadena Angels Release 2015 Investment Totals

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The Pasadena Angels investment group released its investment totals for 2015 this week, saying that it has invested $4.9M across 27 deals in 2015, bringing its total invested since the group was started to over $65M in over 175 companies. The group also counted the IPO of Mindbody Software, and the acquisition of Bluebeam Software among its exits during 2015. The total number of deals in 2015 was up from just 17 investments in 2014.

LA Tech Rising at LA Tech Summit 2015

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Checkout out latest coverage from the LA Tech Summit 2015 conference. The post LA Tech Rising at LA Tech Summit 2015 appeared first on TechZulu. LA is one of the most unique places in America for innovation and we get some of the biggest venture capitalist not only in LA but in the world! LA Tech may be the second largest tech hub in the world, however its only a matter of time before its number 1!

Sexism Still Exists in Tech | Blatant Trolling at DeveloperWeek 2015

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I received a press pass to DeveloperWeek 2015 last week in order to attend the “Advice to Live by from Women Developers” career panel moderated by the lead of Dice’s engineering team, Jennifer Petersen. Now you’d think we’d be a bit farther along today in 2015, right? The post Sexism Still Exists in Tech | Blatant Trolling at DeveloperWeek 2015 appeared first on TechZulu.

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Grandparents Day 2015 Gets a Boost from Entrepreneurs

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The post Grandparents Day 2015 Gets a Boost from Entrepreneurs appeared first on TechZulu. Young entrepreneurs are modernizing senior care for the better and creating more reliable ways to support the aging generation. With Grandparents Day approaching on September 13th , we wanted to share a quick roundup of a few ways to improve the lives of our aging loved ones.

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CES 2015 | The Fun (and Strange) Side of the Show

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Here are some of the fun and the weird highlights found at CES 2015. The post CES 2015 | The Fun (and Strange) Side of the Show appeared first on TechZulu. CES Events 2015 America Express bitcoin BMW Samsung The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) marks what new technology to see and expect at the beginning of each year. Sadly, no hover boards and flux capacitors were found at the show this year.

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socalTECH 50: Nominate 2015's Up-And-Comers In SoCal's Tech Industry!

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Who do you think are the top 50 up-and-coming individuals in Southern California's technology industry this year? For the third year in a row, we are looking to identify the individuals here in the technology industry, across all sectors, who are most likely to create the next big thing, produce the next big exit or to influence the industry in a significant way. If you'd like to nominate an individual (not company) for this award, we've just started collecting your nominations online.

Silicon Beach Tech Summit 2015 presented by Google [ LOS ANGELES ]

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This 2015 event features 2 full days of compelling presentations, panels, workshops & mixers, with some of the industry’s most innovative and successful leaders. Come meet some of LA’s most cutting‐edge industry leaders in this year’s 2nd annual and only FREEMIUM Tech Summit. From hands‐on interactive workshops to amazing networking mixers, this will be THE summit to attend this year.

That’s A Wrap! | Silicon Beach Fest 2015

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Silicon Beach Fest 2015 appeared first on TechZulu. Silicon Beach Fest has sadly come to an end, however Elvina Beck hit the marina for this year’s SBF getting some insightful tidbits of information from SBF attendees. So sit back, experience and enjoy what SBF had to offer. Oh and did we mention they are all dancing to the Spice Girls?!? Appearances By: Hank Leber of Vytmn | Tech community in L.A. Savannah Peterson of Speck Design | Virtual reality.

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

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Framework Benchmarks Round 11

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Round 11 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! We'll keep this blog entry short and sweet. The highlights for Round 11. Three new languages are represented in Round 11: Crystal , D , and Rust. Meanwhile, the total number of frameworks has increased by 26. The new frameworks are: silicon (C++). aleph (clojure). pedestal (clojure). crystal-raw (crystal). moonshine (crystal). vibed (d). jawn (java). mangooio (java). koa (js). sails (js). clancats (php). limonade (php).

The best advice startups will never follow

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Let me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later. Here are some rules that entrepreneurs almost always ignore to their future peril. Don’t take money from relatives who can’t afford to walk away without remorse. Do take money from experienced family members only after you ask them if they are sure three or more separate times. By the third time you can be sure that they aren’t being overly emotional or feel they can’t say no.

The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10

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By Jeffrey Papen, CEO and Founder, Peak Hosting. At Peak Hosting , we're big fans of TechEmpower's Framework Benchmarks, an open source project the company has been coordinating since early 2013. Covering a wide variety of web application frameworks, this project gives developers useful data that can help them find the framework that will provide the performance and features they need for their application.

Bionic Hands, Mind Control, and AI Oh My! | Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015

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Techstars Disney Accelerator class of 2015 was announced yesterday. Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015 appeared first on TechZulu. The ten companies in this year’s program represent a diverse cross-section of technologies, and are inspired by their visions for the applicability of these technologies in the media space. 2 3D-Printing Companies. MakieLab lets kids bring toys to life by building their own customizable 3D-printed toys through creative games and apps.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Mark Suster (@msuster) July 19, 2015. Yesterday I saw two biopic films: “ Amy ” about the life of Jazz sensation Amy Winehouse who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 and “ Montage of Heck ” about the life of Kurt Cobain , the grunge-rock generational voice who died of an overdose of heroin and valium at the age of … 27. It was a heavy day, for sure. Both films were must watches for artistry.

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Good, cheap, fast. Pick any two.

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This one is attributed to Rod Adair, the famous oil and gas fire suppressing expert. And boy, does it apply to most of us and our offerings. Quality” products and services should not be positioned as “cheap,” or your potential customers will question your message from the start, and will be more critical of the delivered product than if offered as one or the other, but not both. Fast” applies to either service speed (including delivery) or product manufacturing time.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

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Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so. It’s not that I’m anti innovation or a disbeliever in disruption or calling it a full-scale bubble or saying every darling startup is going to fail. None of those. Still. Somebody posted too many party fliers. The uninvited crowds have all turned up.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser. Amnesia sets in and we get back on the merry-go-round. I saw this great image on Twitter courtesy of Simon Wardley , CC3.0 by SA. blog here ).

What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

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Today Twitter announced it had laid off around 336 jobs or 8% of its workforce. Nobody should celebrate, cheer or shout, “it’s about time.” ” This is about 336 people whose lives are altered and need to begin looking for work, saying goodbye to friends & colleagues and go on that journey of transition that most people dread.

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Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard. Yesterday I wrote about the need to “ do fewer things, more often ” in which I described that frenzied world we live in and why the shiny objects and distractions stop us from living up to our true potential. Today I’d like to give that advice in more tangible terms and with a framework to think about your tasks – the funnel.

BERKONOMICS CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION

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September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS , the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors. Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five continents by an audience that is 45% female. One third of its readers are aged 25-34.

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How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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Let me start the post with three statements. I have attention deficit disorder, it is a real condition , I have been diagnosed including having radioactive isotopes through my brain to map my development and yet I’m a leader, I have accomplished much, I did well in school and went on to earn a master’s degree and I can actually concentrate when I want to. I wasn’t even aware that I had ADD until I was 40 (I’m now 47) and knowing it has changed my life for the positive.

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Nail it; then scale it.

Berkonomics

So your business has begun to take off. You’ve figured out your channels of distribution, pricing model and how to support your growing list of customers. Don’t be alarmed by this next statement. That’s relatively easy. You can be the one to develop a product or service, promote it, and support it when you are a small operation. But what if you need to repeat the process of positioning, selling, and supporting your product ten thousand or more times as often as you do today?

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Angels and VCs: Don’t be greedy even if you can.

Berkonomics

Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event for the early investors, including the entrepreneur or the founders. Especially when outside investors, venture capitalists or angels have put in substantial money, and the sales price is not enough to give them a reasonable return for the time and money invested, these investors can be – in a word – greedy.

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Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

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You thought media twitter was bad… You thought tech twitter was bad… — Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) August 24, 2015. If markets come back quickly then you’ll see a return to normal 2015 funding timeframes (which I can tell you are much quicker than in times past). If you didn’t notice that the stock markets in the US dropped nearly 4% today (after falling last Thursday and Friday) then you were probably completely off-the-grid and on vacation.

What Makes a Great Business Partner?

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A while back when I was reading the press I saw a quote from Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins that was simple, yet profound. He was quoted as saying, “Being a great partner is as important as being smart or being right.”. I liked it so much I wrote it down and tried to think about what it meant to me and I promised myself I would write about that one day. What does it mean to be a great partner? In business? In life?

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Do Less. More.

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We are experiencing a frenetic time. I rarely talk to any startup entrepreneur or VC who doesn’t feel it and somehow long for simpler times despite the benefits we all enjoy from increased enthusiasm for our sector. For entrepreneurs there’s too much money sloshing around.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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This morning Clutter.io announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia , arguably the best venture capital firm that exists. Congratulations. Sincerely. Conventional wisdom says I shouldn’t tell you this because I invested in their main competitor, MakeSpace. I know my MakeSpace friends will forgive me because I just don’t believe the conventional wisdom is right. And it’s part of what can go wrong in startup land.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. I reached out after the event to learn more. We started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship.

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