Disney Startup Accelerator Names Second Class


The Walt Disney Company announced the names of the companies in its second, startup accelerator program it runs out of Burbank, with the help of Techstars. According to Disney, the second class of the Disney Accelerator includes ten startups, who will participate in a three month mentorship and investment program. The second class includes Decisive (SaaS for mobile targeting); EMOTIV (brain monitoring technology); FEM Inc.

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MINDBODY Helps Power New Google Fitness Reservation Service


Google, which announced the new service on Thursday , said it now allows users to book and pay for fitness classes through Google Maps, Google Search, and the Reserve with Google website. mindbody google fitness classes booking studio appointment softwareSan Luis Obispo-based MINDBODY is one of the companies behind the new, Google service for booking fitness and spa appointments, Google Reserve.

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Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

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Obviously to understand a “class” of people you have to make broad generalizations. there is a nascent industry to try and help you with this, too. Don’t get my wrong – a great looking product can really help support a sale.

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MuckerLab Unveils Second Graduating Class to Investors

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A traffic jam of expensive cars lined up to pull into the packed parking lot of MuckerLab for its second graduating class demo day. Tech Coast Angel investor Dale Okuno came out because he believes that MuckerLab attracts better talent because they keep their class size small and focused.

LaunchpadLA Application Deadline Nears, As Class Graduates


Interested in getting some help in getting your startup off the ground and funded? Launchpad LA , the Los Angeles startup accelerator program which is run by Sam Teller, and was founded by venture capitalist Mark Suster, is gearing up for another class, to start next month. The deadline for applying for the next class , which runs from March through July, is February 17th.

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd


Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd (www.lifecrowd.com) unveiled its service to help connect people with real life activities. The firm is initially focusing on the Los Angeles market, and connecting people with fun, interesting classes, activities, and more in the local area.

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UCI Rolls Out Big Data Program


UC Irvine is jumping onto the big data bandwagon, saying this week that it has launched a new, online course specifically aimed at helping individuals learn all about big data. According to UCI, its Extension program will offer up a new Big Data Specialized Studios Program , which will specifically help professionals in the industry gain the background their need in big data techniques. extension bigdata hadoop study university classes

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Report: Lynda.com Tops $70M In Annual Revenues


Lynda.com originally started as Lynda Weinman's personal domain, when she was teaching classes at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. lynda instruction online video help tutorial education

A Pitch Of A Different Kind: The LA Dodger's Accelerator First Class


It was an unusual sight at Dodger's Stadium on Tuesday evening, at least for baseball fans, as a different Dodger's team took the field: the first class of the LA Dodgers Accelerator , an effort by the team to help incubate and accelerate startups in the sports and sport-related areas.

Profitability Helps San Diego Lender Step Out from Industry Cloud


LendingClub helped to pioneer the model, saying in November 2012 that it had surpassed $1 billion in loans issued since 2006, when it was founded. Another oft-mentioned concern about peer-to-peer lenders is that most members of the new class of lending companies have yet to prove their business model in the ultimate stress test —an economic downturn.

A Must Read Book for the Educated Class

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The book is a memoir about an improbable journey from the working-class Hillbilly roots of Appalachia to the elite corridors of one of the top law schools in the US and the world of venture capital. I just finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I can’t recommend this book strongly enough.

Bio Roundup: FDA Says No, PCSK9 Value Fight, CRISPR Intrigue & More


The fight is more expensive than expected : Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT ), which has licensed the Broad patents, has spent nearly $11 million this year so far on legal fees helping the Broad and Harvard University. When the Olympics roll around, many watchers get into a sport they previously hadn’t thought much about. This time for me, it’s volleyball.

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat


Well, Los Angeles-based KarmaGoat (www.karmagoat.com) has figured out a way to help people get rid of those unwanted items they have--and provide those proceeds to charity. That gift of livestock can help families out of extreme poverty.

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Disney Accelerator Names First Class


The Disney Accelerator , the startup accelerator backed by Disney and being run by TechStars in Los Angeles, announced its inagural class today, naming eleven companies--including three Los Angeles companies--to participate in the three month program. Disney is providing $120,000 in investment capital to startups to help them develop their ideas, and also provide mentoring from Disney executives.

Agent Ace: Using Algorithms To Help You Find A Real Estate Agent


In the age old world of real estate, it''s often referrals, friends, door to door visits, and sometimes shopping carts which help connect home buyers and sellers with local real estate agents.

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LifeCrowd Launches Activity Discovery Service


Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd launched Wednesday, saying that it is looking to help users connect with others on fun activities led by experts. LifeCrowd, which currently is offering its services only in Los Angeles, currently is offering things like sushi making classes, kayaking tours, kiteboarding, and blackjack (led by the firm's own CEO). lifecrowd activity discovery classes learning expert startup demoLooking for something fun to do around town?

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class


Baker said the camp is both a way for the company to establish relationships with emerging technology companies, as well as help the overall technology and entertainment ecosystem. What do you get when you combine a technology investment demo day with a Hollywood-style story pitch session?

Rexter Named Part Of Microsoft Accelerator Class


Rexter''s software--which runs across mobile platforms, tablets, and PCs--helps consolidate and manage their contacts from across social networking sites and email, and helps users manage those contacts and activities. he has also been extensively involved in Innovate Pasadena, which is helping to bring together the Pasadena technology and design ecosystem.

Two most powerful words: “Help me.”


There is a bit of the teacher in all of us, and a request for help is a natural trigger to bring this out. And there should be an equal – if not stronger – bit of a student in each of us as well, allowing us to drop our egos a notch and actually ask for help when we need it.

You Can’t Teach People To Be Entrepreneurs, But Entrepreneurs Can Be Taught


Instead of trying to teach students to be an entrepreneur, I expose my entrepreneurial students to tools that will help them solve real-world problems. I treat each of my classes as a product that the students are paying a lot of money to consume.

Earth Class Mail Lands In West LA


Seattle-based startup Earth Class Mail has landed in Los Angeles, saying Monday that the firm has opened up shop on Santa Monica Boulevard for the firm's Internet mail service. Earth Class Mail -- which is venture backed by the Keiretsu Forum -- said the new location will help "entertainment-industry professionals and jet-setters" to gain a Hollywood area mail address. Earth Class Mail most recently raised $5.1M

Entrepreneurs Should Create A Degree – Not Buy One Off The Rack


When I arrived at Wharton many moons ago, I was told that all first-year students take the same set of Core classes. Like a sheepeople, I dutifully signed up for the required classes. When trying to cobble together a startup degree, consider the following categories of classes.

Everything about Java 8


A common scenario in Java libraries is, for some interface Foo , there would be a companion utility class Foos with static methods for generating or working with Foo instances. Now that static methods can exist on interfaces, in many cases the Foos utility class can go away (or be made package-private), with its public methods going on the interface instead. An interface cannot provide a default implementation for any of the methods of the Object class.

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Launchpad LA Adds Funding, Office Space For Startups


Launchpad LA started two years ago as mostly a mentoring effort to help support promising companies in Los Angeles, or who were interested in moving into the area; however, the program, unlike programs from Y-Combinator and TechStars, hadn't included any funding or office space. startup mentorship accelerator class winter launchpad

DocStoc Launches Expert Video


In what it calls a "video MBA", Santa Monica-based DocStoc has launched a major new feature of the site, aimed at helping small businesses and professionals learn about everything from building a brand, pitching their business plan, running an Adwords campaign, and more.

GameSalad Rolls Out New Tools To Help Aspiring Game Developers


Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , a developer of tools which make it easy to create real, world class mobile apps and desktop games, said it is looking to help aspiring hobbyists to become full fledged game developers, with a new effort called GameSalad Academy. GameSalad Academy features a long lineup of tutorials and learning tools specifically aimed at helping to take users from creating their first game, to publishing their games through GameSalad's own marketplace.

Zingy Looks To Create Uber For Dog Walkers


A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Zingy , is looking to create a new, online marketplace to connect dog owners with other dog lovers to help walk their dogs. The new marketplace startup said it is aimed at helping dog lovers earn additional income, and to help create meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities. Zingy says it requires its dog walkers to attend extensive, ongoing classes and training. Do you love walking dogs?

Karlin Ventures Looks To Help Develop LA's Rising Tech Leaders With Program


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Karlin Ventures is hoping to help develop rising, technology executives--particularly those at the VP level--with a new program it is launching today called Karlin Fellows. According to the firm, the new fellowship program will help mentor vice president level managers of growing LA startup, to help those leaders grow.

Techstars Launches Virtual Accelerator


The inaugural class of four companies in the the accelerator includes two different companies with founders in San Diego. Startup accelerator operator Techstars announced this morning that it is launching a new "virtual accelerator", which seeks to provide the same kind of experience virtually that the startup accelerator is offering.

Float Selected For E-commerce Accelerator, Commerce.Innovated


Commerce.Innovated--which is run by Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard--is a "virtual accelerator" aimed at helping startups in the commerce area. Commerce.Innovated said this is its fourth class for the accelerator.

Lead, Follow or Get the F**k Out of the Way

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And of course fudging never produces world-class results, so many companies suffer from mediocrity. The leader can only point and recruit world-class people but the results are owed to the team. Dissenters need to be willing to roll up their sleeves and help do the work.

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I


In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond.

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Grokker Wants to Help You Cook, Keep Fit and Meditate

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We connect YOU (the passionate enthusiast) with expert video and our active community to help you embrace and practice your wellness passions. Grokker’s patent-pending approach allows us to cost effectively shoot and produce beautiful, compelling video classes of all kinds at scale.