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). Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Its Time! Its Time! The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies!

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. Thousands of organizations have turned to TriNet for human resources, benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation, and strategic human capital services. The time has finally arrived!

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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 microsoftA team for the California Institute of Technology has scored the top prize, and $100,000, in a major technology effort--funded by Bill Gates--to reinvent the toilet.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - The Future of Startups

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - The Future of Startups. He will examine the future of Entrepreneurship in new markets, new organizations, new business metrics and entirely new classes of jobs within future Startups. Startups in 2027 and Beyond: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs in the Next Decade. The event will begin with a Keynote Presentation from Preston McAfee, Chief Economist and CVP of Microsoft.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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Since I posted on this and since I've been using this approach for quite a while, it has become pretty obvious that part of the reason that old school organizations / event producers are not getting the value of providing this kind of list. If you are an event organizer, but you don't have a system for posting attendance, then at a minimum you should post your event on Facebook and Upcoming and link to those from your site.

Catching Up With Mike Giardello, President of Innovate Pasadena

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We wanted to create an organization that was grassroots and volunteer-driven, and where we could engage the entire community. We had a great launch and have seen great success, which has validated the fact that there is a lot of pent up demand for an organization here. With the number of companies in Pasadena, and the existence of such organizations as Idealab, the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, and others, it's a great fit for this ecosystem.

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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In his post, he mentions the following events / event organizers, and you should visit his post for a bit more on each of them. CalTech MIT Enterprise Forum – Great events on various topics – there's one this Saturday that would be great to go to. This is why I say that Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media. Great post by John Shiple. He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. Caltech. When you think about a brand you need to create a name that will represent the kind of organization or community you want to build. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.

Ventura County Area College Explores New Engineering Program

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According to a survey sent out through a local professional engineering organization this morning, a local college is exploring whether it would be meaningful to the Ventura County community to start an engineering program to service the needs of employers in the area.

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. He sold so many that after Caltech he decided to open a retail store.

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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In a world with a rash of startup incubators and accelerators, super angels, crowdfunding sites, and more, what''s the relevance of organized angel investments groups?

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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“ They point to a number of examples like Revolution Foods , a Berkeley based company who provides locally sourced, organic food to school children. Between Caltech, USC, and UCLA, $1 billion has been put into research expenditures.

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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.

Successful Acquisition Integration

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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.

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. In the age of social networking, everyone has hundreds--even thousands--of connections online.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

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If you're like many people, you're having more and more public conversations, but there is no tool out there similar to Gmail which a lot of people use to organize their whole life. I was really into graphic design in high school, and took several summer workshops at Caltech.

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.

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

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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.

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. In a typical business, the idea is to do that and make some money.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launch Event

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 -- Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launch Event.

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. Saturday, June 11, 2011 -- Crowdsourcing for the Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Power of Online Communities.

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. Saturday, June 11, 2011 -- Crowdsourcing for the Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Power of Online Communities.

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.

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? We have connections with world-class institutions like CalTech, the Art Center, USC and UCLA, and even JPL.

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? We have connections with world-class institutions like CalTech, the Art Center, USC and UCLA, and even JPL.

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. The reason is that conferences usually pack them up with speakers to maximize the number of high profile guests in attendance to sell more general admission tickets.

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). Furthermore, technologists almost always underestimate the difficulty in selling anything – the hardest challenge in almost any organization is to get someone to write the first check.

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.

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.

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. Aaron is also the Program Director for Entretech’s Nitro.la , a non-profit mentoring network in partnership with USC, UCLA and Caltech, to help develop LA’s entrepreneurial community by “getting more companies funded in greater Los Angeles&#.

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. Aaron is also the Program Director for Entretech’s Nitro.la , a non-profit mentoring network in partnership with USC, UCLA and Caltech, to help develop LA’s entrepreneurial community by “getting more companies funded in greater Los Angeles&#.