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Accelerator Crazy In Southern California


What's the latest craze in startups in Southern Califonia? K5Launch , which was announced yesterday, is headed up by Amir Banafatemi, Ray Chan, David Cheng, and Kai Tao, four Southern California angel investors. The group's members include many member of the Tech Coast Angels, and has a goal of making Southern California, and particularly Orange County, a more vibrant environment for tech startups. It looks to be startup accelerators.

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.

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. Representative companies:, Getbonkers,, Tidepool, Stacksocial.

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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. Do you have mentors lined up?

LA Technology Scene: StartEngine Entrepreneurs Mix It Up With Mentors


It's a warm summer night in Westwood and 35 entrepreneurs are mingling with a collection of the new SoCal silicon-set. At a recent Mentor Mixer for the accelerator, held last Thursday, the group ran through pitches and mixed and mingled with mentors. They're already having a lot of interaction with mentors, some of them have customers and traction, some of them even have investors already lined up.". mentors entrepreneur entrepreneurship accelerator startengine

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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So she started a conference for girls. Hundreds of founders, speakers, mentors, and students flocked to the University of Southern California on March 28 th , 2015 to be inspired by female entrepreneurs. And I am not talking about starting a technology company.

Southern California Entrepreneurs Eye London's Tech City


A group of Southern California businesses are attending the Entrepreneurs Festival taking place in Tech City UK , looking to potentially set up shop and foster business partnerships in London. city tech california southern london

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Since the inception of the Pasadena Angels in 2000, members have invested over $50 million in over 120 companies. The companies are in an array of industries such as telecommunications, consumer products, healthcare, logistics, co-working office space, biosciences, data analytics, and software technology.

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

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The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Winners: Spotlight Companies. Its Time! Its Time!

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

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Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies: Spotlight Companies. Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies.

What You Missed On Your Holiday Vacation, SoCal Technology Edition


How to find a startup mentor. Southern California's Most Popular Tech Stories. It's a new year and it's time to get back to work.

Miigle Revisited | A SoCal Startup With a Global Mission

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We recently sat down with Luc Berlin, co-founder of Miigle, a SoCal startup that has an aggressive global mission to bring entrepreneurs together from around the world. So, essentially Miigle matches interests and skillsets. So, we are presenting an alternative solution.

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Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene. TMZ reports: “The Winklevii have their eye on SoCal as the new Silicon Valley (which is home to Facebook and Apple) thanks to L.A.’s So youve got the inside scoop on a story or topic that weve covered? Startups. Mobile. Gadgets.


Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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After months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. If you’d like to see some of the best technologies and meet some of the brightest minds in beautiful Southern California, SIGN UP NOW.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 The Fund expects to make investments of $50,000 – $100,000 per company across emerging companies being funded by the Pasadena Angels. The Pasadena Angels are a great resource for the start-up community in Southern California, by providing capital as well as mentorship.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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They have hired great people, have brought on great mentors, have raised money from top tier investors, and we are excited for a bunch of big announcements in the months ahead,” said Teller. Less Neglect helps companies reduce churn, upsell users, and increase customer acquisition rates.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA


Techstars recently appointed Anna Barber as its Managing Director, so we thought we'd sit down and get to know Anna better. Anna Barber: Before this, I hadn't been involved with Techstars as a mentor, however, I'd been an entrepreneur and mentored at other accelerators. It's great to be part of this very exciting technology ecosystem in LA, where there is so much interesting stuff happening. Anna Barber: I think one of the key differences, is LA is so spread out.

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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Our line-up of panelists include many of Southern California’s top VCs, Angels and Startup Accelerators. At Greycroft, Vishal evaluates investment opportunities, sources new deals and works with existing portfolio companies.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


According to a recent Forbes article , UC Santa Barbara''s Technology Management Program offers students a superior startup education over the University of Pennsylvania (home of Wharton), as well Harvard, Northwestern and even its acclaimed southern neighbor, the University of Southern California.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model


David Carter and Allen Hurff are two startup veterans, who believe they have a new formula to help create early stage, technology companies, through their new "startup studio", Zuma Ventures ( David Carter: Zuma Ventures is a company that makes other companies.

Insights and Opinions: The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators


Southern California has the one of the largest gathering of organized angel investment groups, and a huge crop of startup accelerators: there's only one problem, which is they don't naturally work together. Angels tend to evaluate companies at a leisurely pace, and ask many questions.

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Pasadena Angels invest over $1M in iKizmet

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Pasadena, California (September 22, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the second investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). CEO Andres Moran founded iKizmet after 10 years of the leadership at Mindbody, a Pasadena Angels portfolio company. The Fund expects to make investments of $50,000 – $100,000 per company across emerging companies being funded by the Pasadena Angels. Members have invested over $65 million in over 175 companies.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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Topics of discussion will be Saas, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2012, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building sensible businesses. OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start.

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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I recently saw him Tweet this so I thought it would be a great title for my post on his spectacular early success in building his VC profile and bona fides. I was building a document management company and he was building a document signature company. Maybe I could be SoCal guy?

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LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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That’s so yesterday. Their roster of success includes numerous pioneering tech companies, many of which continue to be industry leaders today — Overture, BillMeLater, CitySearch, and more. Silicon Valley?

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


For the last week of the year, we're featuring the thoughts and reflections of some of the movers and shakers of Southern California's high tech community. So we did a one-day fall Silicon Beach Fest at io/LA in Hollywood.

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California. We’re looking for companies with new technology to demonstrate (or better yet, those with upcoming launches they wish to promote among savvy peers). This could be your company’s chance to shine in the Spotlight.

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


The accelerator--just one of the many accelerators to emerge in Southern California in recent weeks--also said it has added John Maataa, the COO of the CW; Hayward D. Start Engine, modeled after the YCombinator and TechStars accelerators, is running its first class of startups in January; the group is investing $20,000 in those companies, and providing other resources, mentors, and a program to help those startups get funded and into the market.

Interview with Erik Rannala, MuckerLab


First and foremost, we're focused on making companies become successful. Part of what we're building out are more resources and funding opportunities for companies who are pre-series A, which currently has a big gap.

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine


Are you an entrepreneur hoping to startup a company in the Los Angeles area? Southern California apparently has no shortage of investors, entrepreneurs, and others eager to help budding entrepreneurs. There might be one or two mentors, one might be a CTO, another, a CEO.

Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC


Ryan Blair is a bit of an interesting entrepreneur: he came out of the most unlikely of family backgrounds--he grew up in poverty, and ended up in a gang and with the wrong crowd (arrested 10 times), but managed to turn his life around thanks to a mentor, and became a technology entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, with his first big success being Los Angeles-based broadband provider SkyPipeline. After we sold it to that public company, I founded HashtagOne. So where is the fund now?

Interview with Wade Eyerly, SurfAir


One of the most original, subscription startups to come out of Southern California's tech accelerator boom emerged last week, looking to disrupt not just another retail sector or e-commerce category, but something else entirely: the airline industry.

MuckerLab Links With Dreamhost


Los Angeles-based startup accelerator MuckerLab , which is headed by Erik Rannala, has tapped Brea-based Dreamhost , the web hosting company, as the "official" web hosting and application hosting provider for the accelerator, the firm is announcing today.

Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels


Since the Tech Coast Angels (, the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (, we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective.

Interview with Fariborz Maseeh, Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition


Last week, the University of Southern California 's Viterbi School of Engineering announced that it had established a new, business plan competition, the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition ([link] specifically aimed at students in the engineering school.

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

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Always looking to provide the very best for our community so that you may learn and grow as a startup or entrepreneur, Bill Gross is one of the best experts we could provide. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab. Still Time to Submit Your Company!

Story of a Startup Weekend Veteran | The Good, The Bad, and the UGLY!

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There are so many activities and events that have sprouted this year to support the thriving tech scene in Southern California. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour frenzy in which a group of strangers can come together to form a company and compete for prizes.

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

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Excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night. So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer 2011 Judges! OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start.

Karlin Ventures Sets Up Community Office Hours


Karlin Ventures , one of the newest venture capital funds to emerge in the Los Angeles area, said today that it has launched a new "community hour" with Santa Monica's ROC, where the venture capital investment will help provide feedback on startup ideas and chat with companies. Are you an entrepreneur looking for a sympathetic ear from a local venture capitalist on your idea?

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners


Mark has also been quite active mentoring entrepreneurs, We caught up with Mark to hear about what kinds of investments GRP is looking at nowadays, his view on the software-as-a-service market, and how best to approach him with a pitch. The company was founded by the head of the North America investments for Carrefour, the second largest retailer in the world, the head of the retail banking practice at DLJ, the investment bank. So we're focused on technology, and financial services.