Caltech Invests In Coursera

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The California Institute of Technology is backing, Coursera , a startup in the area of online education with an equity investment, plus the promise to put some of its courses online for free, in a deal worth $3.7M, the school announced this morning with 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.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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See we have JPL that designed the rockets that put men on the moon in the first place and Caltech, one of the two most prestigious engineering universities in the country. Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Startup Events

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

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

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Of course that’s not disputable. Both graduates of one of the most premier science institutions in the United States: Caltech. To some extent – of course they are. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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And of course, we’d like to thank our amazing panels of speakers for pouring their knowledge into the mental chalices of our present and virtual attendees. Between Caltech, USC, and UCLA, $1 billion has been put into research expenditures.

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Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development. This 2 day course will help you learn how to manage your IP portfolio as a business. See [link] (more

Management of Technology and Innovation

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Management of Technology and Innovation. Attend this 3 day course and learn how to successfully meet key challenges in managing technological innovation. See [link] (more

Technology Strategy for RandD and Product Development

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Monday, February 23, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Technology Strategy for RandD and Product Development. Attend this 2 day course and learn how to manage technology investments through technology roadmaps. See [link] (more

Strategic Marketing of Technology Products

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Monday, February 9, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Strategic Marketing of Technology Products. Attend this 3-day course to learn how to gain market advantage and become better positioned to grow. See [link] (more

Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 -- Caltech Executive Education: Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development. This 2 day course will help you learn how to manage your IP portfolio as a business. See [link] (more

Guidance Solutions Gets Win

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Marina Del Rey-based Guidance Solutions said Monday that the firm has signed on Caltech's Industrial Relations Center as a customer. Guidance, which provides services for building ecommerce web sites, said that Caltech's IRC. which provides an online catalog of executive education courses, used the firm for a web site overhaul. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed.

Guidance Software Gets Win

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Marina Del Rey-based Guidance Solutions said Monday that the firm has signed on Caltech's Industrial Relations Center as a customer. Guidance, which provides services for building ecommerce web sites, said that Caltech's IRC. which provides an online catalog of executive education courses, used the firm for a web site overhaul. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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We have world-class universities like Caltech, UCLA, USC and more. If you are talented, of course, you can get funded in any region with enough venture capital and obviously in markets outside of the Valley it is easier to get noticed and get access. And of course you have Hollywood.

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Intellectual Property

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development. This 2 day course will help you learn how to manage your IP portfolio as a business. Build IP portfolios that protect business unit profits, create licensing revenues, and contain costs. Learn how to generate the additional revenues that IP can provide. See [link] (more

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Taking Technology Products to Market

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Taking Technology Products to Market. Attend this 2 day course to learn how to provide customers with crystal-clear product positioning, meaningful branding, and carefully timed launch strategies. Stand out in your competitive marketplace. See [link] (more

This Week’s Keynote Presentations

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CalTech / MIT Enterprise Forum (Sat 9th Oct – Pasadena) - I love speaking at CalTech because you get a great cross section of some of LA’s smartest people (I think definitionally this is people from CalTech) with many people from the business community.

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. There’s not only IdeaLab, but also now the Design Accelerator that operates in conjunction with the Art Center, and of course CalTech and the events we help host there.

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. There’s not only IdeaLab, but also now the Design Accelerator that operates in conjunction with the Art Center, and of course CalTech and the events we help host there.

Skate Where the Puck is Going

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And of course – badges. I hope they are because badges will run their course. I recently gave talks at Caltech & Stanford.

Angel Funding Advice

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I know you’re not a tech guy and haven’t done anything other than an HTML course you once took, but if you’re inspirational and a leader you’ll find somebody to moonlight for free to get your prototype built. If you’re three s -hot kids from Stanford, Caltech or MIT you might be able to push valuation higher. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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There''s Caltech, the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd, UCLA. Of course, if you can get a referral through a person I know, it''s much more helpful because I can get that person''s opinion as well.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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Of course, you should monitor social media such as Twitter, the social news sites, Facebook, etc. I have also attended Thursday Lunch ( thursdaylunch.com ), Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum , and Digital LA.

Choosing Internet Platforms

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I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. Of course, there are still caveats - can they pass data security audits, what is your downtime risk and cost of downtime, what's the risk of the platform vendor. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? A very interesting topic, especially for those of us involved in developing for start-ups. At the CTO Group that I organize in Santa Monica, we've had lots of discussions around this.

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Interview with Mike Gammarino, Students4Startups

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Mike Gammarino: The approach we are going to take, is we've been working with schools here so far, USC, UCLA, and Caltech--where we want to go to career fairs, hold private events, and start interacting and building relationships with professors, career centers, students, and so forth. It's not for everybody, of course.