Interview with Bruce Huang, UCLA Silicon Beach Innovation Lab

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Companies are always complaining about how hard it is to find the right employees, and how technical talent is hard to find. Yet, you have many students, graduating with technical skills, who just don't know how to make it into a company. The UCLA Extension recently launched a program called the Silicon Beach Innovation Lab , aimed at that gap. We caught up with Founding Director Bruce Huang , to learn more about what the UCLA Extension is trying to do with its program.

AuditFile, Started At UCLA, Raises $3M For Auditing Software

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AuditFile , a developer of cloud-based auditing software for CPAs, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The company was founded by Kevin Bong, who started the company in his dorm room at UCLA as a senior. According to the company, his brother, Steven Bong, convinced him to turn down job offers and move back home to the Bay Area to work on the company full time. The company now has its headquarters in San Francisco.

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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. This Spotlight takes place Thursday, October 27, at UCLA. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. Where: UCLA Anderson School of Management, 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

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Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat

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Jonathan Lehmann: I was awarded the Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at UCLA, after getting amazing coaching from Matt Ridenour in our business plan development class. James Chung: My previous background is in software engineering.

UCLA DEV Contest Proves Grand Ideas & Teamwork are Essential to LA Tech

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With software developed, tested and turned in, the results of UCLA Anderson School of Management’s DEV Contest were announced on Sunday afternoon to a room full of smiling faces. By Sunday afternoon, all software had been tested and submitted.

Free Yourself at the UnCubed Startup Job Festival

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Chris Johnson and his partner Tarek Pertew were once startup guys who founded a software company in New York, but within one year they lost their CTO three times. Companies like Fullscreen, Honest Company, Subblime, Daqri, Factual and SpaceX will be attendance amongst others.

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals

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Just a few months earlier, Hinshaw had sold his private healthcare IT consulting company, MaxIT Healthcare, to government contractor SAIC for $473 million.

Taming The Enterprise Texting Tiger, With TigerText's Brad Brooks

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To solve that issue, Santa Monica-based TigerText (www.tigertext.com) has been developing smartphone applications which replace SMS, and provide companies with the ability to control, delete, encrypt, and otherwise gain control of the messaging between their employees.

Superscreen Rethinks How You Engage with Your Smartphone

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Companies have tried adding accessories , curving screens , or even making the whole thing modular. As an engineer out of UCLA, Morgan has built circuitry systems for orbiting satellites and renewable energy drives for wind and solar tech.

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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Sandra Itkoff – Entrepeneur in Residence, UCLA Institute for Innovation and Technology Transfer. Mike Swords – Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Global Partnerships, UCLA. More streamlined production with companies like NEST.

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TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Topics of discussion will be Wearables Technology, Bitcoin, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2014, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building a sensible businesses.

Unusual Perk For SoCal Technology Firm: Unlimited, Paid Vacation

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In what might be one of the more unusual perks for a Southern California high tech company, LRN , a developer of enterprise compliance and ethics software, has an unlimited, paid vacation policy. The firm--which looks to be recruiting Java Developers, project managers, and UX/UI designers in its LA location--apparently lets employees take off as much time as they feel like they need, as one of the perks for working for the company.

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VAL9000 Wins Allscripts Challenge Award

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Pacific Palisades-based VAL9000 , a developer of technology which gives doctors access to clinical information systems by voice, is one of fifteen companies which recently scored an award for innovative electronic health records software.

Interview with Jonathan Zweig, AppOnboard

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Our interview this morning is with Jonathan Zweig , the CEO of Los Angeles-based AppOnboard (www.apponboard.com), which has created software which allows mobile app developers--and in particular, mobile game developers--to create demos of those games which can be played without having to download and install those apps. I got super, super fortunate that early in my career, I was living with an entrepreneur, Randy Saaf, who was running a company called MediaDefender.

Interview with Wes Nichols, MarketShare

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For our Friday interview, we thought we'd catch up with Los Angeles-based MarketShare , the Elevation Partners-backed software provider, to hear where the firm is nowadays. Wes Nichols: MarketShare is an analytics company. We've been expanding the company aggressively.

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Makers Making The Sci-Fi Tricorder A Reality With VOXearch

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We spoke with Mike Outmesguine , CEO and Alan DeRossett , CTO of the company, and how their roots in do-it-yourself, "Maker" projects is key to their entry into the prize competition. The company actually was working on a different project which had dried up at that point, and it was just natural to step into this at that point. We thought we could deliver that 3D image as a software-as-a-service. Unfortunately, UCLA''s money dried up due to legal issues.

Kareo: Bringing The Power Of the Cloud to Small Medical Practices

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Dan Rodrigues: Kareo deliver cloud-based software for small medical practices, which we define as a medical practice of fiver or fewer physicians. For a couple of years, I was the head of a boutique software consulting firm based in El Segundo.

Incubating LA's Biotech Future, With Richard Koffler, Greenwings Biomedical

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Koffler tells us why Greenwings isn''t just another accelerator --and instead, is internally incubating companies based on research from local universities. Three years ago, I started the first of three companies in a portfolio out of the UCLA health system, VAL9000.

LAVA Honors Richard Riordan, Local Technology Firms

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The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) held its annual awards event last night, honoring former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as well as local, venture backed companies in a banquet last night at the Luxe hotel in Los Angeles. The group, which promotes the venture capital industry in the Los Angeles area, also honored local companies for their funding and exit activity.

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How Google's Old Offices Are Becoming A Tech Hub, with ROC's Walter Grieves

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Today, we just had a screening for the Tech Coast Angels, they're screening companies and having lunch here. Instead, we partner with all the companies provide those services. Our goal is to create a neutral center where all the companies can come and collaborate.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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” in 2014 the data seems pretty conclusive because LA has now become the fastest growing tech startup region by numbers of companies being started and those of us here have noticed this pace accelerating. Both Bill Gross & Gil Elbaz are building their next companies in LA.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Founder and CEO since starting the company back in 1999, Miller has led Cornerstone through 11 years of consecutive growth. Adam Miller transformed his company into one of the world’s leading software-as-a-service companies, specifically in the HR world.

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Catching Up With Mike Giardello, President of Innovate Pasadena

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After careful planning and working with major institutions of nnovation here, companies, and community leaders, we launched Innovate Pasadena in 2013. 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. There are many companies from outside the area who have located here, in addition to the companies coming out of Caltech.

SoCal Inventors Recognized By Popular Mechanics

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A number of Southern California inventors and companies have been recognized today by magazine Popular Mechanics , for their work on what the magazine says are "world changing" innovations. The last university team recognized by Popular Mechanics comes out of UCLA.

A Chat With Jamie Montgomery On How LA's Tech Ecosystem Has Grown

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We sat down with Jamie�who has been part of LA's technology industry, either as an investor or advisor since its very early days--to get his perspective on where we are today, especially as it relates to all of the companies he's worked with over the years on a more global stage and in Silicon Valley, and his advice to entrepreneurs. We have quite a few Indian companies, and many from throughout Europe as well as Israel.

A History of SCaLE12X, 12 years of the SoCal Linux Expo

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During planning of the fifth year, Scott Kilroy from the USC LUG and Lei Zhang from the UCLA LUG approached him about throwing a joint effort; pooling their talents to put together the first SCaLE. There are bigger conferences, but they’re run by large companies.

How FilmBreak Is Bringing Data and Analytics To Hollywood, with Darren Marble

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However, there's a new generation of technology driven startups who are looking to apply software and technology in a way that will change how movies are made, and marketed. Hollywood's an old industry, used to doing business in traditional ways.

Changing the Face of Digital Signage: Nanxi Liu of Enplug

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Enplug is a fast-growing, ubiquitous Silicon Beach company. You might be aware of their products – perhaps having seen their digital media signs in your favorite local restaurant or bar, but what you might not know is their compelling founders’ story and unique company culture.

Vision, School, & Work | Interview with Jim Farley CMO Ford Motors

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1) “On the software side of things (we’re not looking at driverless cars yet, that’s another topic in itself), in the next couple of years, we believe we’re at a tipping point with software experiences.

Interview with Kos Galatsis, Carbonics

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In the startup world, one of the most difficult journeys to market is by companies who are taking basic scientific advances and technologies originally developed at universities, and taking them all the way to use in the commercial world. One of the companies on that journey is Los Angeles-based Carbonics (www.carbonics.com), which is taking technology developed in the labs of USC and UCLA, and bringing it to use in the wireless semiconductor market.

Interview with Carey Ransom, RealPractice

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For today's interview, we thought it would be worth visiting with Carey Ransom , CEO of Irvine-based RealPractice (www.realpractice.com), a firm which develops legal-based software products. It seemed like we had enough assets there to do something interesting with the company.

Changing the Face of Digital Signage: Nanxi Liu of Enplug

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Enplug is a fast-growing, ubiquitous Silicon Beach company. You might be aware of their products – perhaps having seen their digital media signs in your favorite local restaurant or bar, but what you might not know is their compelling founders’ story and unique company culture.

Falcon Computing Finds $8M For Big Data Acceleration

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Falcon Computing Solutions , a developer of software specifically aimed at accelerating big-data applications with hardware--including both GPUs and FPGAs--has raised $8M in a funding round. The company, which has offices in Los Angeles but recently set up a headquarters in Santa Clara, said the funding was led by Intel Capital, and also included Baidu Ventures, Clear Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and Sierra Ventures.