Incubating LA's Startup Future At the USC Viterbi Startup Garage


A few weeks ago, the University of Southern California announced a new startup incubator, the Viterbi Startup Garage ([link] backed by such notable investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the United Talent Agency. What''s the mission behind the new startup incubator?

The Design Accelerator Launches Incubator At Idealab


A new, startup incubator-created by the Art Center College of Design and the California Insitute of Technology --said this morning that it has launched a brand new, design-focused incubator, housed at Idealab. The new incubator is headed by Mark Breitenberg and Erik Hovanec. The incubator said it is focused on the "power of great design to create market disruption"--citing such products as Apple''s smart phone and Pinterest as examples.

How Frost Venture Partners Is Incubating The Big Data Future


he's been spinning out of his incubator. What's the idea behind the incubator? I've been a serial entrepreneur for about 20-odd years, and I didn't want to sit at a big company. I decided to become a parallel entrepreneur, and started a whole series of companies in big data.

Should Startups Incubate, Accelerate, Cohabitate or Stay In Mom’s Basement?


The good news for entrepreneurs is that there have never been more office space options for early stage companies. Significant confusion exists when distinguishing between Accelerators and Incubators. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Cornerstone Innovation Fund will give startups between $250,000 to $1 million after approval by Cornerstone’s board of directors alongside select leading venture capital firms. The post Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund appeared first on TechZulu.

Qualcomm Labs Unveils First Incubator Companies


Qualcomm Labs , the incubator subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies , has announced the first set of companies funded through its new QualcommLabs@EvoNexus program today, saying that it has funded three companies with a round of seed funding. Qualcomm Labs said that Arynga , FatSkunk , and Breadcrumbs all have joined the EvoNexus incubator, and with Arynga and FatSkunk receiving $250,000 each from Qualcomm, and Breadcrumbs receiving $50,000.

8 Incubators From Around the Country You Might Not Have Heard of Before


Here at TechCo, we’ve done plenty of lists rounding up the most impressive incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces in plenty of major cities and across a variety of sectors, from the best healthcare accelerators to a collection of the top women-only coworking spaces.

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs


We caught up with Mike last week to hear from him why he thinks Science has managed to get some good success out of its companies, the importance of having a multi-year outlook for any startup, especially an early one, and the most important traits he thinks entrepreneurs need. If any piece of that is missing�or if you have a difficult market, or it's difficult to raise capital, or if you have a difficult founder�you'll get less than optimal results. Los Angeles-based Science Inc.

A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund


This morning, Moonshots Capital (, led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. Usually, an entrepreneur, hearing that, won't say no.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Looking ahead at the next decade I am excited by what I believe will be viewed as one of the best and most rational investment periods for venture capital due to seven discrete factors: 1.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won


Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

As you may have gathered from my blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting with companies and incubators. Capital to date? $20k Get Angel capital and build a prototype. One of my friends, an Overture veteran and successful entrepreneur, raised the objection that these are all little “lightweight” apps and sites. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders. If you can’t keep up, you are dead.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller


He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Founder Institute is the brain child of Adeo Ressi , a super passionate and successful serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, probably best known for founding

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Surprisinly, this strategy works well with many entrepreneurs. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

CyberTech Opens New “Entrepreneur in Residence” Program to 8 Teams


Darin Andersen, the busy-bee creator of San Diego’s Cyberhive, iHive, and xHive startup programs, says eight early stage tech companies have joined the co-working space he has been building out in Bankers Hill under a new “Entrepreneur in Residence” program. Under the six-month Entrepreneur in Residence program, startups teams pay a $140 monthly CyberTech membership for the first two months and $250 a month for the remaining four months, Andersen said.

Vadio Gets Backing From Mucker Capital, Amplify, Others In $2M Funding


Vadio , the developer of a platform which helps match music videos and ads with streaming music , said Thursday that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round, which included Mucker Capital, Amplify.LA, as well as other LA investors. Vadio is led by entrepreneur Bryce Clemmer, and recently inked a deal with Vevo to help match Vevo''s large library of music videos with other online, music streaming sites.

US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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My advice to entrepreneurs was and is “ when the hors d’oeuvres tray is being passed take two ” (e.g. So I agreed to offer my current thinking on the economy and what it portends for the VC industry & fund raising for entrepreneurs. What does this mean if you’re an entrepreneur?

To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks


Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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Doctours offers packaged medical tourism for U.S. customers

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Founded by serial travel entrepreneur Katelyn O’Shaughnessy, whose last company TripScope was acquired by Travefy, Doctours aims to connect patients with doctors to receive access to quality, affordable healthcare around the world.

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USC Viterbi Launches Startup Accelerator


According to the Los Angeles Times, the new accelerator is being backed by the United Talent Agency and Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers, the notable Silicon Valley venture capital firm. startup accelerator incubator education school incubate business entrepreneur

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Venture Ventura Capital Connections

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 -- Venture Ventura Capital Connections. The City of Ventura and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce invite you to mingle with movers and shakers of the growing local Ventura Venture Capital scene! Come meet our venture capital partners and local business leaders. Learn first-hand about Ventura's hot new initiatives to seed entrepreneurial growth and enterprise.

StartEngine Plans New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign, For Itself


Los Angeles-based StartEngine , the equity crowdfunding site led by serial entrepreneur Howard Marks, told its supporters on Friday that it is planning to launch a new, equity crowdfunding effort: for itself. startengine equity crowdfunding howard marks venture capital incubator accelerator

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Lessons Learned From The Accelerator Trenches: MuckerLab's Erik Rannala


I do think the way we work with companies is a little different from other programs, in that we view it much more like the wasyI personally think about investing and venture capital. What''s your one piece of advice for entrepreneurs?

Start Engine Creates $15M Fund, Adds Governor Gray Davis As Advisor


howard marks startengine accelerator startup entrepreneur business incubate incubator gray davis governor venture capitalLos Angeles-based Start Engine , the business accelerator being spearheaded by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, said today that it has created a new, $15M investment fund for its portfolio of startups, and added former Governor Gray Davis as an advisor.

Data Elite | First Venture Lab for Big Data Launched by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Ron Conway & Others

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Silicon Valley’s big VC firm’s The Social+Capital Partnership, Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Ron Conway, and Anand Rajaraman have today launched Data Elite , to help tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges through data science. Limited big data funding & incubation.

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Amplify LA's Paul Bricault On Startup Accelerator Lessons, Five Years Later


Venice-based Amplify LA ( is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a startup accelerator here in the Los Angeles area � one of the few in the area to have survived in more or less original form after the launch of a number of startup incubators and accelerators five years ago. It's the same way that both investors and entrepreneurs used to think about New York with financial technology or advertising, because of the relationship to Madison Avenue and Wall Street.

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Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.


Science is looking to incubate its own set of companies, make investments, and otherwise work to create the next successful startups. One, is we'll come up wit our own ideas, and work with really early stage entrepreneurs in-house.

Interview with Paul Bricault, Amplify


The amount of capital varies by accelerator. We decided, after looking at Los Angeles, that what was needed most in Los Angeles, and what entrepreneurs were interested in here, was that we'd need a little bit more capital offered than other accelerators.

SwingBySwing: Making Golf More Social

Steve Reich

Angel Investing Entrepreneurs Incubators and Accelerators Sales entrepreneurs golf SwingbySwing venture capitalThere are days when I feel like we’ve gotten a bit carried away with social media.

Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013


There''s been a lot of activity over the past two years in the Southern California accelerator/incubator market, with numerous groups (Amplify, EvoNexus, K5, LaunchpadLA, MediaCamp, Science, StartEngine, and many, many others) looking to help entrepreneurs start and fund their companies.

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Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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TechZulu is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit and will be there in full force bringing you all the action. Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year.

First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Josh Kopelman, managing partner at Philadelphia based First Round Capital has launched Dorm Room Fund, in a move to reach out to college dorm entrepreneurs, like he was in 1992 while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Less Capital is Capital Still.

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

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Founded by Steve Poizner last year to accelerate the growth of a startup entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California, The Alliance is building a network of investors, entrepreneurs and universities to provide ballast in the south to the dominance of the Northern California tech industry.

Interview with Kevin Hell, EvoNexus


A couple of weeks ago, twelve companies moved into the new downtown San Diego, EvoNexus incubator--which is run by CommNexus. Kevin Hell: What makes EvoNexus unique, is that it is--as far as we know--the only completely free, no-strings-attached incubator in the nation.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


Those programs--epitomized by YCombinator in the Bay Area, and TechStars in Boulder, Colorado--attract newly minted entrepreneurs with a mixture of cash and mentoring, and a program which rapidly takes ideas and turns them into viable, executing businesses.

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