Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. Everything happens in the browser (no software to download) and the finished product looks amazing on large screens! Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus.

Arivale Brings Gene Sequencing Driven Wellness To Los Angeles

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The startup combines whole genome sequencing and other diagnostic tests, along with data analysis software, and provides counselor-driven, health coaching services aimed at long-term health and wellness of its clients. Arivale's clients receive a whole genome DNA test, and a battery of other diagnostic tests, and gain suggestions on improving diet, changing lifestyle, and other advice--given through personal counselors--to help improve their overall health and wellness.

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Myricom, Emulex Tie On High Performance Computing

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According to the two, Emulex will offer up a new line of High Performance Networking (HPN) products, which are based in Myricom's FastStack application acceleration software. The two said they will jointly develop and market additional FastStack application acceleration software. The companies said the partnership will help extend Emulex's reach into such areas as High Frequency Trading (HFT), network security, and cloud-enabled video distribution.

Interview with Jonathan Zweig, AppOnboard

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Our interview this morning is with Jonathan Zweig , the CEO of Los Angeles-based AppOnboard (www.apponboard.com), which has created software which allows mobile app developers--and in particular, mobile game developers--to create demos of those games which can be played without having to download and install those apps. After lots of success himself, he basically says that most of the success you have in your life has to do with the people you come across in your life, who help you out.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

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Plus, he told us a little bit about how he's helping to build a mini cluster of technology companies in the Silverlake area. Alex Benzer: We're building SocialEngine in parallel, and working on a new, software-as-service version. How did you and Charlotte get into software?

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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Our investment gurus advise against getting behind technology that needs the government’s support because in the end, new technologies need to help people save money, or make processes better. Between Caltech, USC, and UCLA, $1 billion has been put into research expenditures.

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

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His impact has even helped a small country gain admission to the United Nations. 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.

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

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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. In the last couple ofyears, we've seen more enterprise technology and software locally here, and software is starting to grow up. The LIDAR, the sensors, the software, what's been developed for and by the aerospace industry, JPL, and local universities.

Bridging The Gap Between Students And Startups, With TechLA

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Steve is helping to spearhead the efforts of TechLA Internships (techla.internships.com), an online site which lists local internships at high tech companies for college students. However, for students at USC, UCLA, and Caltech, that just doesn''t exist.

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5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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With LaunchPad’s help, more than 61 Orange County companies have raised more than $97 million in startup capital, seed, and series A investments — and much of that money comes from Valley investors betting on their neighbors to the south. Software. Backup Software.

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Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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To help curate and show off the best that LA has to offer we called in a few friends. Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start.

Interview with Aviv Grill, Miso Media

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Today's interview is with Los Angeles-based Miso Media , a developer of iPad-based music education software, which uses note detection to help users learn guitar, ukulele, and banjo. First off, let's talk a little bit about your software. What does your software do?

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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We're able to help throw some gasoline on the fire, plus also help people even at the earliest stages of a business. We're helping the entrepreneur, leveraging our network, introducing them to people, and helping them think about new products.

Rexter Gets $1.5M To Put Contact Management On Steroids

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The startup, led by Andy Wilson, said it has created a big-data driven system to analyze a user's professional relationship, and helps organize and syncrhonize contact data, emails, meetings, and phone calls. rexter venture capital professional relationship management softwareRexter , a brand new, Pasadena startup looking to put business contact management on steroids, said today that it has raised $1.5M

Interview with Kos Galatsis, Carbonics

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We think we are a company that will help ring in the 5G era, with high efficiency and high performance electronics. Kos Galatsis: A lot of startups funded these days are software companies, and they do not have to do real hardware like they used to ten years ago. Our employees come from Caltech, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and we've employed people as far away as the University of Michigan. level technicians there to help.

FastSoft Aims At Web Retailers

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Pasadena-based FastSoft , the Caltech spinout which develops web acceleration software, said today that it has released a version of its products aimed at Internet retailers and web properties. According to the firm, the upgrade includes custom graphs and diagnostics tools aimed at helping network operators optimize for end user experience and troubleshoot problems in their network, and also includes a TCP packet capture tool.

FastSoft Gets Win At Limelight Networks

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According to FastSoft, the firm's products are being used to help speed the upload of content objects to Limelight's servers. FastSoft is a Caltech spinoff which has developed software appliances which accelerate TCP transfers; the firm's technology uses an optimized version of the TCP protocol to accelerate data transfers.

Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector

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Caltech/MIT enterprise Forum. Entrepreneurial opportunities exist in many spaces, including extended range electric vehicles, charging technologies, Smart Grid interfaces, first mile/last-mile vehicles (electric bikes, scooters, or shared transportation) and software to manage the devices at home and on the road. Getting in touch with the right people and being creative can help lead you to many opportunities.

Angel Funding Advice

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I’m a software guy so I’m sure there are cases where building isn’t feasible. Don’t worry if they can’t help in your daily business. There are other ways you can get help. Scott Sangster has made a good case for himself at the two events I’ve seen him speak at recently and I know that people love Bryce Benjamin and say he’s hands on / helpful. It helps that my first company was actually founded in Ireland!

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

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From there, I became the first non-founder employee at an e-commerce startup called BITSource, which was the first electronic software distributor delivering electronic volume software licenses to corporations. How did it help you?

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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In particular, funding for companies developing deep technology--software and cloud, as opposed to content and media--seems to be lacking. There''s Caltech, the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd, UCLA.

Interview with Marc Averitt and Sharon Stevenson, Okapi Ventures

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We were literally on the cusp of launching our prpoduct, and all of our work and money to date had gone into getting the innovative technology out of Caltech, exploring the marketplace, and making sure the product features matched with the demand of the market, which it clearly did. Technology, with ease of use, software systems, and information technology--is at the point where it's finally at a point of maturity, and we're finally seeing some traction in healthcare IT.

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 ). Was it massively better software, better companies, better markets?

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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Southern California companies are second to only Silicon Valley in raising venture capital , there are three major universities to recruit talent – UCLA, Caltech, and USC – and a thriving startup community to mingle with.