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Elon Musk To Deliver Caltech Commencement

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Caltech said Musk will deliver the commencement address for the school on June 15th at its campus in Pasadena. The school said that Musk will talk about how "brilliant, big ideas can and will have a positive impact in the world."

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas

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A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. DOE, being managed by OnGreen, UCLA, USC, and Caltech. cleantech clean energy idea education startup student greentech green ongreen flow

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Tribute To Caltech's Larry Gilbert, Founder of Tech Transfer Office

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Larry Gilbert , the founder of the technology transfer program at Caltech , passed away in November in Florida, Caltech said this week, with a tribute to Gilbert's efforts at the school. Gilbert was the "founding father of technology transfer" at Caltech, according to the school, forming the Office of Technology Transfer in 1995. Photo of Gilbert, with cap, via Caltech. larry gilbert tech transfer office caltech technology startup

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). The evening will consist of a series of live stage demonstrations guaranteed to impress and inspire new ideas among all in attendance. Its Time! Its Time!

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

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. The evening will consist of a series of live stage demonstrations guaranteed to impress and inspire new ideas among all in attendance. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. The Caltech Entrepreneurship Club is the hub for innovators in the Caltech community who want to learn how to make their idea a reality.

UC, Caltech Key To Bill Gates' New $1 Billion Cleantech Investment Effort

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Both the University of California , and Caltech both appear to be key to the new clean technology investment fund, Breakthrough Energy , which is being led by former Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Breakthrough Energy said this morning that the new, $1 billion clean technology fund will go towards technology which will have a "significant" impact on greenhouse gas.

Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 -- Partners in Discovery: Creating the Future of Medicine The Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative. Join us for an enlightening evening as two teams of researchers talk about their projects under the Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative. Scientists from two of the nations premier research institutions have joined forces to answer fundamental questions of science and improve cancer and diabetes treatment for the future.

Innovation Soiree

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 -- Innovation Soiree: Caltech/MIT EF's Spring Social. Spring at Caltech signals graduation and careers being launched. And likewise the Institute's beautifully verdant campus reminds us of Caltech's unmatched output of scientific discovery and technology venture creation. To celebrate entrepreneurship across all of Southern California, the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum invites you to an evening networking reception.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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One of those high profile neighborhoods here is Pasadena, home of Idealab, Caltech, OpenX, and many other high tech companies and institutions. We have experts at Caltech, JPL, and other engineering and intellectual property inventors here.

Interview with Nikhil Jain, ObEN

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That's the idea behind the technology being developed by Pasadena-based ObEN (www.oben.me), which is led by co-founde rand CEO Nikhil Jain. How did you come up with the idea for the company? We were exploring different ideas on what we wanted to do next. I read them the story over the phone, and I shared this idea with my co-founder. That's the entire premise of the idea.

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

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He presented the idea at the TED conference in the mid 90′s and was literally boo’d while he was on stage. The idea actually came to him from the Yellow Pages business. He came up to Bill after the event and said, “clever idea, we should do that with you.&#

Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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If you look at just Caltech, UCLA, and USC, and you look at our population base, we''re pouring out more engineers than pretty much anywhere. The idea is we''ll do three products and companies in the next 18 months, and we''re hiring as we speak.

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

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What was Bill Gross’s heretical idea as portrayed to the tech elite? Both graduates of one of the most premier science institutions in the United States: Caltech. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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He is a unique human being with original thoughts & ideas and very limited concern for having to fit into other people’s narratives. World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. Caltech. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.

Insights and Opinions: If It Walks Like An Entrepreneur.

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Apparently, there is some magic ratio (depending on the circumstance) that any new idea will succeed. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the Caltech Entrepreneur Club, and it got me thinking about what it means to be an entrepreneur. What is an entrepreneur?

Interview with Paul Gloger, Rockoco

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It turns out that the firm--a spinout of Caltech--came out of the exact same lab as Helixis, the molecular diagnostics firm acquired for a healthy $105M by Illumina last week. Who ever got the idea to apply semiconductor processing to diamonds, and where did this all start?

LA Startup Report 2013 | A Rising Forecast

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A healthy startup community needs to communicate and create new ideas together. Communication and growth will bring more capital and investors to start new businesses and ideas to create more opportunities, thus continuing the circle of startup life.

Entrepreneurs in a Biotech Moment

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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum. Gordon Binder, Venture Capital investor, former Chairman and CEO of Amgen, and Trustee Emeritus of both Caltech and MIT, leads the November Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum program, "Entrepreneurs in a Biotech Age." He knows the business from start-up to large public company, from the conception of great ideas on the University Campus and the small start-up visionary to successful deployment of innovative and blockbuster advances into the market place.

The Talent Tourniquet | Making Los Angeles Startup Friendly

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At SBF, a number of good ideas were floated to do just that. The idea with the most momentum was an effort to change the tax code to offer greater incentives for startups and venture funds to headquarter in L.A.

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

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Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer event is turning to be the best one yet!

Innovation Soiree

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 -- Innovation Soiree: Caltech/MIT EF's Fall Kickoff Social. Caltech in September signals innovation in high gear as summer blends into a new academic year: beautiful minds abuzz innovating and discovering throughout a strikingly beautiful campus. To celebrate entrepreneurship across all of Southern California, the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum invites you to join us for an evening networking reception.

Interview with Aviv Grill, Miso Media

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I was friends with two kids from Caltech, and I had brought an idea to them--which ended up totally different from what we ended up doing--and we decided to start a business together.

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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And, let’s not overlook the research juggernaut called Caltech, which managed $332 million in sponsored research and $1.77 Matthew Jenusaitis is the CEO of OCTANe , an Orange County startup accelerator whose mission is to connect people and ideas with capital and resources.

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Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000

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A local, clean energy business plan competition started by the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded $160,000 in prizes in its latest competition. Pyro-E is out of UC Berkeley; Chai Energy is from Caltech; and Dragonfly Systems is from Stanford.

Making The Pasadena Angels Relevant To Today's Startups, With Terry Kay

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I would say that, if you look at Pasadena and Caltech, at JPL, at Idealab, at Innovate Pasadena, and the Design Center, and a couple of other things going, there is a lot of stuff happening in Pasadena, and sprouting out of Pasadena.

How Rexter Is Turning Connections Into Business, with Andy Wilson

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That's the idea behind Rexter (www.rexter.com), which recently raised seed funding to ramp up its software to put "LinkedIn on steroids". In the age of social networking, everyone has hundreds--even thousands--of connections online.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

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Is the idea to have multiple projects as part of the company? I was really into graphic design in high school, and took several summer workshops at Caltech.

Seth Sternberg – Meebo

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It became a theme in my keynote at Caltech on the future of social networking. He knew he was an entrepreneur because he couldn’t stop thinking about ideas. On the east coast, the response is typically all the reasons why your idea is not going to work.

Greening Your Ride

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Our program will explore how entrepreneurs can interact with utilities, government and the private sector to promote innovative ideas to cut traffic congestion, emissions and transportation. Saturday, April 16, 2011 -- Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector.

Bridging The Gap Between Students And Startups, With TechLA

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What''s the idea behind the program? However, for students at USC, UCLA, and Caltech, that just doesn''t exist.

Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up

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In a typical business, the idea is to do that and make some money. Saturday, March 10, 2012 -- Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up. Entrepreneurs identify problems and find ways to solve them. What happens, though, when the problems are big and have social aspects that dont have an obvious revenue source?

Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector

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Caltech/MIT enterprise Forum. Our program will explore how entrepreneurs can interact with utilities, government and the private sector to promote innovative ideas to cut traffic congestion, emissions and transportation. Saturday, April 16, 2011 -- Greening Your Ride: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Transportation Sector.

Fun and Bucks: Harvesting Energy from Sun, Wind, Biomass and Water

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Venture capitalists are a traditional source of funding but there are other sources that can get your ideas and company moving forward. Saturday, January 9, 2010 -- Fun and Bucks: Harvesting Energy from Sun, Wind, Biomass and Water. This program will focus on business and financing opportunities in the clean technology sector. California is leading the country in the cleantech revolution.

Start Me Up

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You can just walk up to anyone and start talking about your latest ideas, technical challenges or even your venture capital pitch,” says Gladys Kong, UberMedia’s Chief Technology Officer. 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. Pasadena Magazine August 2012 (click here for the original article). Written by Maria Russo.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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The spark for this post is that I'm going to go to Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum on Saturday. So, I've got no idea who's going. A while ago I posted about Secret for Networking at Events - Prenetworking where I recommended that people should look at who's attending the event prior to going to the event in order to make their networking more effective. I've received a lot of positive feedback on the post.

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 ). This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch.

This Week’s Keynote Presentations

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I love the energy of sharing ideas in a coherent flow on topics for which I’m passionate. I plan to cover the early mistakes startups make, how to maximize value for your venture, how to come up with the right idea, how to raise your initial capital, etc.

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.