Are you the bottleneck in your organization?


I have used that book’s lessons to teach process improvement to many types of businesses, including software development, supply chain management and retail fulfillment. Close. At many board meetings, I can be counted upon to ask, “Where’s the bottleneck this month?”

Organize globally.


Even the smallest business can now reach throughout the globe to find resources for design, development, support and consultation. So why not organize from the start around such a strategy and hire those able to demonstrate those organizational skills? There are people and companies everywhere willing to work by the hour, providing great skill sets as needed, able to be shed when the job is complete.

$100M For Talaris Gives Surgeon a Shot to Reinvent Organ Transplants


One of them was the work of surgeon Suzanne Ildstad, who has spent decades trying to develop a new way to improve the health outcomes of patients who need organ transplants. Ties With Game Development Organization


Los Angeles-based , a developer of an e-commerce storefront to help game companies sell merchandise such as shirts, hats, posters, and more directly to their gamer fans, said over the weekend that it has partnered with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). is the brainchild of David Padula, Derek Padula, and Dave Delaney, who have created a platform to help developers monetize their games through merchandise sales.

Life Sciences Organization Launches Office In LA


According to the company, its new Los Angeles satellite office will be located in Monrovia, and will go to help its work in Los Angeles County, providing political advocacy, special industry events, and professional development for the life sciences sector.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry


The enhanced version of Vibrio natriegens , a marine bacterium of a type known as Gram-negative, could potentially replace Escherichia coli as the workhorse host organism for the biotech industry, according to research published online today in Nature Methods. coli as a host organism.

RxVantage In Deal With Rheumatology Organization


Los Angeles-based healthcare technology software developer RxVantage , which is led by Jay Goss, has inked an endorsement from a organization focused on rheumatology. with the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), which will recommend RxVantage''s software to its members. RxVantage develops cloud-based software which helps physicians streamline their relationships and scheduling with pharmaceutical and other medical sales representatives.

Organic vs. Strategic Growth

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- Organic vs. Strategic Growth: Why, When and How? Organic growth - accomplished through growth of sales in existing product lines/services or developing new product lines/services internally. Companies typically look for growth in one of two ways. Strategic growth - a growth in sales accomplished through acquisition from third parties of new product lines/services (or a combination of both).

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

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The Alliance estimates that Southern California’s tech community could be one-third the size of Silicon Valley’s by supporting or further developing the six pillars it already has for innovation to occur.

Gates Grant Helps Sirenas Extend Hunt for Drugs From Sea Organisms


San Diego-based Sirenas , which has developed technology to rapidly isolate and synthesize potential drug compounds from marine organisms, said it has received a $775,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

NationBuilder Opens Developer API


Los Angeles-based NationBuilder , which develops software-as-a-service to help groups organize their supporters, has opened up a new set of APIs for third party developers. The company--which offers up its platform to political campaigns, nonprofits, activists, and many others--said it has officially released its API, allowing developers to access its services. voting movement political politics nonprofit software saas developer nationbuilder

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

Both Sides of the Table

Turn Your Organization Inside Out. As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. In the first 4 years of running BuildOnline we were an “Outside In&# organization. The Outside In organization had a one-way flow. So I started thinking about the “Inside Out&# organization. Customers, press and the market responded positively. ‘ Here are some steps in the Inside Out organization.

Startup CTO or Developer


What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.

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Contur Getting Set To Beta Automatic Email Organizer


Los Angeles-based Contur , the email organization software developer recently launched out of StartEngine, told its users that it's getting set to release its automatic email organizer. The company's software is aimed at helping users organize their emails by task, projects, and more. The firm said that its software is now able to sort emails automatically into inboxes 80 percent of the time, and is getting set for a closed beta of the new service.

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Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 -- Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization. Adopting Lean-Agile software philosophies and development methodologies involves requires that internal organizations and roles change. Find out what drove these organizations to change the way they organized around defining, developing and delivering software and what they learned along the way.

Predixion Software Rolls Out Developer Edition


San Juan Capistrano-based Predixion Software said today that it has launched a free, developer edition of its software, aimed at making it easier for developers to try out its software. Predixion said the software can be used until organizations put the software into use in a production environment. predixion software virnetx developers business intelligence microsoft

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. for a Lead Developer: How much will it cost to build what we need to build? How can I control costs but effectively get stuff developed? How can we phase development to balance cost, features, risk, etc? What existing systems will we leverage, what programming languages, software development methodologies, web application frameworks, revision control systems, etc.?

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Los Angeles Web Developer


He was struggling to find high quality developers in Los Angeles. Just the kind of person I like to meet. :) But I was a bit surprised when he emphasized how hard it had been for them to find a web developer in Los Angeles. My flippant comment was, “If you do a Google search for Los Angeles web developer, you’ll find a LOT of people and firms.” Web development refers to the design and creation of the database, code, and dynamic elements of the site.

Esri Targets Developers With New Pay-A-You-Go Plan For ArcGIS


Redland-based Esri , which develops the popular ArcGIS geographical information systems (GIS) tools, says it is looking to make the software more popular with developers with a relaunch of its ArcGIS For Developers products, and adding flexible, pay-as-you-go plans for the software. Esri's ArcGIS tools are very popular with large organizations, particularly government organizations, but are fairly pricey for independent developers.

Veritone Buys AI Developer Machine Box For Up To $5.0M


Costa Mesa-based Veritone , which develops artificial intelligence software, said today that it has acquired Machine Box , a developer of machine learning technology. Veritone is led by startup veteran Chad Steelberg, who said the deal is a "major step" to making AI solutions accessible to a greater number of people and organizations. Veritone says that Machine Box's toolkits will be made available as part of the Vertine Developer application environment.

Leading and Organization Through Major Change

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 -- "Transformation at JPL: Leading and Organization Through Major Change" AeA/LA. How did a major aerospace organization transform itself to meet the vastly different needs of the space program as it transitioned from the era of Cold War competition ($3 billion dollar robotic missions, 10 year development time) to the era of $100-300 million dollar robotic missions, 3 year development time?

How to Find and Hire a Developer

Tech Zulu Event

At Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood 2012 Kevin Winston organized a panel called “How to Find and Hire a Developer”. Always have a developer do a test project before hiring them to make sure they deliver quality work. Try to identify developers that are flexible in their design.

Xirrus Aims At Disaster Teams, Event Organizers


Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , a developer of Wi-Fi networking equipment, announced Monday that it has put together a portable, pre-packaged kit which is designed for deploying Wi-Fi into disaster response and temporary events.

Twitter Eyes Developers In Los Angeles


Twitter is looking to spur interest in its platform from developers, by holding an event Thursday in Los Angeles aimed at techies, part of a worldwide tour by the firm to promote development on its platform. The Los Angeles Dev Teatime is part of a series of events which have been held in Chicago, Seattle, Tokyo, Seoul, and London, looks to connect Twitter's development team directly with local companies and startups. twitter developers angeles messaging event launchpadla

Charles River Labs Says It Will Close San Diego Research Facility


Contract research organization Charles River Labs is shutting down its San Diego-area operations, moving the work done there to one of its two Northern California sites.

Symptoms of a Weak Development Team


I am hearing from my project management team a bit of distrust in the technical capacity of our web development team. I think we suffer because of the distance and culture but the project management team takes every late delivery or small bug as evidence that the development team may not be capable. But please: Just because your development team has these symptoms does not mean that you have a weak development team. No communication between developers.

Developing and Publishing Freetoplay MMOs

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- Developing and Publishing Freetoplay MMOs: From A to Z. Gamersfirst Panel: Frank Cartwright  Senior VP Product and Platform Development; Rahul Sandil  Senior VP Marketing and PR; Joseph Willmon  Associate Director of Game Production; Lance Sun  Lead Game Programmer (Hailan Rising); Joey Hibbard  Customer Service and Payments Manager. Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds.

Software Development Companies in Southern California


I've helped organize the Los Angeles CTO Forum for almost 10 years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies. They are generally the senior most person responsible for custom software development, database design, database administration, web development, etc. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate?

Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Launches New Nonprofit Site


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation , the nonprofit arm of talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand , said this morning that i thas launched a new online learning and social networking site for nonprofits. The group said the courses include training on fundraising and development, leadership, accounting and finance, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement and program management.

Effective New Product Development

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 -- "Effective New Product Development PROCESS in Entrepreneurial Cultures" PDMA SoCal. Product development professionals have long recognized that a new products process, if not properly suited for an organization, can actually hinder new product development. Too little structure can lead to a free-for-all, where managers spend most of their time fire-fighting and people look for any alternative.

Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles?


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles? About 18 months ago, the entire group began to mention that they were having more difficulty finding good developers. I personally believe that there are lots and lots of good developers working inside of organizations who would love to work on the interesting projects that we work on all the time, yet they arent out actively looking, so its almost impossible to find them.

Rael Raises $2.1M For Feminine Products From Thrive Market Ventures


Buena Park-based Rael , a developer of feminine hygiene products, has raised $2.1M Thrive Market Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of Los Angeles-based organic grocery and products company Thrive Market , which has recently been making investments in companies related to its organic food and products. Thrive made its very first investment in March, in organic snacks marker Square Organics.

Job Search and Career Development

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 -- A Professional Challenge: Your Job Search and Career Development. Although many companies are downsizing, discontinuing, relocating or re-engineering their organizations, there are new opportunities being created by emerging technologies, business births, economic development and other factors. IEEE - Central Coast Section Workshop. The Central Coast job market is evolving.

How Planana Is Connecting Events To Sponsors, With Anna Sergeeva


What is the biggest issue that local event organizers--health and family fairs, sports events, and so on--have? We talked with organizers, walked through events with them, and planned events ourselves, to understand and find the problem.

Developing a Global Practice for Innovation

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 -- Developing a Global Practice for Innovation that Includes Internal and External Centers of Expertise. How can a company based in a developed nation innovate to meet the needs found in non-developed nations? As developing markets around the world continue to grow at rates much higher than those in the developed world, more companies are rethinking how to organize, collaborate, and partner with others to best tap into this growth.