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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). Its Time! Its Time! SuperDemo. Event Details.

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

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. The time has finally arrived! It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship. It’s a toast to those who build and innovate. Join Us.

Caltech Team Wins Top Prize, $100K In Bill Gates' Toilet Tech Effort

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Gates' philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said it will invest $3.4M The Caltech team won the top prize for its solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity. bill gates caltech prize toilet sanitation waste competition microsoftin advancing toilet projects, as part of an overall $6.5

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

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Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. Event Details.

Materia Gets NIH Funding Grant

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The firm said that the grant will go towards the continued development of functional polymers for use in organic synthesis, and is a joint effort between the company and Professor Paul Hanson of the University of Kansas. materia funding olefin chemistry caltech government researchAmoumt of the grant was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. Caltech. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week. That seems very Brad to me.

Ventura County Area College Explores New Engineering Program

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Ventura County, despite a wealth of high tech companies, does not have a major engineering program. Image courtesy of Bigstock. READ MORE>>.

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

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Mostly, Google just had way better organic results (“the loss leader&# ) so it was always preferred by consumers. Overture (Goto.com).

Management of Technology and Innovation

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Caltech. Better manage cross-functional relationships and organizations. Tuesday, June 16, 2009 -- Management of Technology and Innovation. Build more effective, motivated entrepreneurial teams. Lead innovation and change under technological and market uncertainty. See [link] (more

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

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To do that, we''ve help organize our members into subject matter areas, whether they know IT, or web stuff, or engineering, or manufacturing.

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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Between Caltech, USC, and UCLA, $1 billion has been put into research expenditures. Ian Harris - VP of Partnerships, LA Cleantech Incubator.

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Successful Acquisition Integration

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Monday, March 9, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations. See [link] (more

How Rexter Is Turning Connections Into Business, with Andy Wilson

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Those systems have literally fallen from the wayside, and now people are just using ad-hoc systems of list marking and organizing things in Outlook.

Successful Acquisition Integration

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

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I was really into graphic design in high school, and took several summer workshops at Caltech. Alex Benzer: I'm actually building two startups.

Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation

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Caltech/MIT In todays economic environment early stage companies need to optimize their resources, and can benefit from assistance in building their organizations into growing and successful businesses. Saturday, February 11, 2012 -- Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation. See [link] (more

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 , a brand new, Pasadena startup looking to put business contact management on steroids, said today that it has raised $1.5M

Successful Acquisition Integration

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Successful Acquisition Integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the strategies and operations of merged organizations, implement the latest techniques, tools and metrics to improve performance, revitalize acquisitions that are not meeting expectations. See [link] (more

Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up

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Are nonprofits the only organizations that can solve these problems, or are there ways to make money (and find funding) while making life better for people at the bottom of the economic pyramid? Saturday, March 10, 2012 -- Social Entrepreneurship: Venturing from the Bottom Up. Entrepreneurs identify problems and find ways to solve them.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launch Event

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 -- Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launch Event. The City of Los Angeles is launching its new cleantech business incubator to accelerate the development of cleantech start-ups and to help build a stronger green economy in LA. See [link] (more

Crowdsourcing for the Entrepreneur

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Crowdsourcing, as a method of leveraging the massive pool of online users as resources, has become a viable set of techniques, tools, and marketplaces for organizations and entrepreneurs to drive innovation and generate value. See [link] (more

Crowdsourcing for the Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Power of Online Communities

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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. Crowdsourcing, as a method of leveraging the massive pool of online users as resources, has become a viable set of techniques, tools, and marketplaces for organizations and entrepreneurs to drive innovation and generate value. How is it different from outsourcing? Is it truly cost-efficient?

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

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In most instances news is now breaking on Twitter and then being picked up by news organizations. This version is the shorter, ADHD version.

Interview with Terry Kay, Chairman of the Board

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We recently revisited the question, what would it look like to be the best Angel organization in the country? You need both to succeed.

Interview with Terry Kay, Chairman of the Board

Ask the Angels

We recently revisited the question, what would it look like to be the best Angel organization in the country? You need both to succeed.

This Week’s Keynote Presentations

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The event is Startup Matchmaking Night organized by William Belk. I have often complained how much I hate sitting on panels. Hope to see you!

Avoiding the “Hammer Looking for a Nail” in Tech Transfer

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Today’s post is from Dr. Andrea Belz, a long-time member of the Pasadena Angels, a local consultant and one of the brightest people I know (a CalTech PhD–what more can you say). From time to time we have posts from local members of the startup community that provide some great advice from a different perspective.

Angel Funding Advice

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Join local organizations like OCTANe , TechStars or Launchpad LA. 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. This post is for those who want to raise angel money. I’ll make my next posting shorter. How: 1. 99.8%

Interview with Richard Koffler and John Morris, The Tech CEO Network

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It's not a big organization, there's no sponsor, and we're not making any money on this. Thanks for the time today. How has that gone for you?

CEO meeting in westside Los Angeles (Santa Monica), March 13th [Updated]

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Eric Golden ( CEO of Equipois ) & I ( Aaron Ross bio ) are organizing a formal, facilitated CEO group here on the westside that will meet monthly. First session: To kick things off and find other founding members, we’re organizing a first working session and get together for interested CEOs on March 13. There’s no cost.

CEO meeting in westside Los Angeles (Santa Monica), March 13th [Updated]

CEO Flow

Eric Golden ( CEO of Equipois ) & I ( Aaron Ross bio ) are organizing a formal, facilitated CEO group here on the westside that will meet monthly. First session: To kick things off and find other founding members, we’re organizing a first working session and get together for interested CEOs on March 13. There’s no cost.

CEO meeting in westside Los Angeles (Santa Monica), March 13th [Updated]

CEO Flow

Eric Golden ( CEO of Equipois ) & I ( Aaron Ross bio ) are organizing a formal, facilitated CEO group here on the westside that will meet monthly. First session: To kick things off and find other founding members, we’re organizing a first working session and get together for interested CEOs on March 13. There’s no cost.

CEO meeting in westside Los Angeles (Santa Monica), March 13th [Updated]

CEO Flow

Eric Golden ( CEO of Equipois ) & I ( Aaron Ross bio ) are organizing a formal, facilitated CEO group here on the westside that will meet monthly. First session: To kick things off and find other founding members, we’re organizing a first working session and get together for interested CEOs on March 13. There’s no cost.

Interview with Mike Gammarino, Students4Startups

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Despite the excitement and lure of startups to those in the tech industry, not everyone wants to join a startup after college--according to Mike Gammarino , who is helping to organize a new effort here to recruit students to startups. Mike tells us about the group: Mike, thanks for the time today. What is Students4Startups all about? Thanks!

Choosing Internet Platforms

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I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. At the CTO Group that I organize in Santa Monica, we've had lots of discussions around this. 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. does make it seem like it's a lot of work.

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

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In most instances news is now breaking on Twitter and then being picked up by news organizations. cheap accessible digital hardware]. chuckle.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

SoCal Delicious

What is one organization that a big supporter of the LA startup community? Why should a startup thinking about moving to a new place choose LA?