Caltech Engineers Use Legos, Google Smartphone For Smart Petri Dish


Researchers at the California Institute of Technology reported last week that they have created a "smart petri dish" which uses Google smart phones and Lego blocks, to automatically monitor cell growth in petri dishes. Caltech did not say if the team intends to commercialize the development.

Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder


A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV.

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Vederi Sues Google Over Google Street View


A Pasadena-based company, founded by Caltech Ph.D's, s, is suing Google for patent infringement, based on its Google Street View feature, according to IP law firm Christie, Parker & Hale LLP. According to the firm, Verederi LLC , a company founded by Enrico Di Bernardo and Luis Goncalves, have sued Google saying that its Street View product infringes on four of the company's patents. Tags: vederi google caltech patent legal lawsuit street view

Interview with Aviv Grill, Miso Media


The firm is backed by Google Ventures, as well as a number of well known angels. You're backed by Google, isn't that right? Aviv Grill: Yes, Google ventures led our last round. aviv grill miso media music education iphone ipad google ventures startup mobile smartphone

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

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He was a life-long entrepreneur and the first business he created out of college (actually, he founded it while he was at Caltech) was a company that manufactured high quality audio speakers. Google was clear that they WOULD NOT go into this business. But obviously Google won the war.

Steve Poizner Boots Up New Southern California Tech Nonprofit


The new group says it is working with Caltech, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California on its efforts, and also has a close relationship with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, who is creating a new venture fund located in Southern California called Section 32.

Interview with Jonathan Zweig, AppOnboard


You can google him, and you can see he's now CEO of Lucid Sight, another Southern California company, which is in VR and AR. That's something I am very passionate about, supporting the So Cal ecosystem, which is why we hire heavily from USC, UCLA, Caltech, Occidental, and the other local schools.

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. In Silicon Valley you have mega venture capital funds who have a history of giving $20 million to early-stage technology companies hoping to swing for the fences and become the next Google, Facebook or Twitter.

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A Chat With Jamie Montgomery On How LA's Tech Ecosystem Has Grown


The universities are now more focused on the innovation economy, with schools like USC, UCLA, Caltech, the Claremont Colleges all bringing good people to LA. One is the traditional buyer, the Microsofts, Oracles, Googles, and Ciscos of the world, with their cash. Next week is the Montgomery Summit (, one of the longest running technology conferences held in Los Angeles.

LA Startup Report 2013 | A Rising Forecast

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Google, Hulu, Riot Games, Demand Media, and many other big name players residing in Silicon Beach, it is no small wonder why many tech startups flock towards the sunny beach-side view. LA brings forth a lot of talent from USC, UCLA, and Caltech.

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5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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Clash of the Titans: Google joins Apple, Microsoft in announcing new tablets (and more). Google Plus. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs was named one of Fortune’s 10 Brilliant Technology Visionaries for 2012 alongside the great and powerful Oz’s of Apple and Google.

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The Talent Tourniquet | Making Los Angeles Startup Friendly

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The presence of Google and Microsoft’s outposts have helped to a certain extent, but Southern California can certainly do better when it comes to retaining — and attracting — talent.

Bridging The Gap Between Students And Startups, With TechLA


However, for students at USC, UCLA, and Caltech, that just doesn''t exist. We often run into students who say: I have an internship opportunity with Google, Microsoft, or IBM--why should I look at a startup?


Cool Planet Biosystems Moves HQ To Colorado


The first was Gevo, a biofuels company originally started in Pasadena and based on technology from Caltech and UCLA, and which moved to Colorado to escape local rules and regulations over its biofuels manufacturing efforts, and eventually had an IPO. Cool Planet Biofuels is backed by General Electric, Google Ventures, BP, ConocoPhillips, NRG and the Constellation Energy division of Exelon.

Obama Taps Two Southern Californians For Tech, Science Advice


President Barack Obama has appointed two Southern California academics--both Nobel prize winners in Chemistry--for his Science and Technology Advisory council, saying Monday that he has selected UC San Diego professor Mario Molina and Caltech professor Ahmed Zewail to the council. Ahmed Zewail is a professor of Chemistry and Physics at Caltech, and was the Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry in 1999.

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

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I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). ask microsoft, aol/time warner & google]. Google acquired YouTube for $1.65

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A Caltech engineering grad, he started Idealab in 1996 with the aim of finding and testing new ideas, then turning the best ones into companies that take up residence. Early suc- cesses include CitySearch, the first online network of local community directories, which went public in 1998, and, which pioneered the concept of paid search that made Google and its ilk possible. Pasadena Magazine August 2012 (click here for the original article). Written by Maria Russo.

Interview with Steve Poizner, Alliance for Southern California Innovation


So, despite their rivalries and silos, people have come together, and we now have all 5 UC campuses in Southern California, plus Caltech, Harvey Mudd, USC, UC San Diego, and others involved. Just think what you could do if you had the top technologists from Caltech, UCLA, and the whole list presenting their major research to a room full of entrepreneurs looking for their next startup.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller


I then worked as a product manager at NetZero/United Online in the VOIP group, and then most recently at Google as a product manager on the Picasa/Photos team based in Santa Monica. Your last two positions Google Photos and United Online were really big companies.

Choosing Internet Platforms


I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. Google App Engine - take more than two seconds to process we are going to kill your request. Must be willing to work the way Google expects. Building on top of Amazon or Google - cost base is so much lower. A couple of the more interesting ones: Amazon EC2 Google App Engine Force IBM’s Blue CloudThe topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform?

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Both Waxman and Elbaz are serial entrepreneurs, with many successes under their belt (Elbaz with Applied Semantics, which he sold to Google, Waxman with such companies as Firefly Networks, SpotRunner, and PeoplePC). There''s Caltech, the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd, UCLA.

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

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I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). ask microsoft, aol/time warner & google]. Google acquired YouTube for $1.65

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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We have universities like CalTech, UCLA, USC and many more. They not only have gotten bigger but they have an amazing track record of funding the biggest names in the sector: Cisco, Apple, Google, Facebook. LA produced Applied Semantics that created AdSense and was bought by Google.

Interview with Mike Gammarino, Students4Startups


The reason why, is because there's not only a lot of effort competing with larger companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, but because startups don't have dedicated people to recruit talent from local universities. The reason we focused on an internship programs, rather than full time, graduated students, is we're finding that Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are getting onto campuses in the fall and talking to freshmen, and already locking up these young kids from very early.