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Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers


We''re proud to announce the Socaltech 50 , our list of the 50, up-and-coming people in Southern California''s technology ecosystem. So, without further ado, here''s the list of this year''s 2013 Socaltech 50 : Basil Abifaker , Transaction Wireless (San Diego, digital gift cards).

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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Entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs. 5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California. The great NorCal vs. SoCal debate is a longstanding, undeniable rivalry between the stereotypical surfer dudes of the south and environmental geeks to the north.

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Announcing the 2014 socalTECH 50: Southern California's Ones To Watch


This is our second year of creating our list of the top 50 people to watch in Southern California''s technology industry, and it was NOT an easy task.

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.

Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups


Entrepreneur's list included the Southern California startups across a number of areas -- tech, apps, travel, geek chic, invention, retail, social media, and music/art.

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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Report: Southern California Startups Focus More On M&A, Profit


A new report, issued by Silicon Valley Bank over the last week, has found that Southern California startups are far more focused on being acquired than on IPOs, and also on making profits, compared with most startups. The SoCal Startup Outlook compared the responses of entrepeneurs from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, versus the views of a total of nearly 950 entrepreneurs across the U.S., southern california angeles startup outlook report

CoFoundersLab Matches Entrepreneurs Scientifically

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Together they envisioned a type of site for entrepreneurs to find each other and make things happen. They took the “ for entrepreneurs” model literally and hired the former CTO of to create the algorithms to help predict and recommend matches.

Los Angeles Startup Events


I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it. So, you may also want to go look at: Los Angeles Startup Events Here are some of the events and meetups that I've spoken at, attended or at least interest me. So, if you happen to read this and want to meet me, just reach out directly.

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. So, now, as a VC, I swore I'd never treat entrepreneurs like those VCs treated me.

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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

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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SoCal startup Moving Analytics is tackling this global problem. We met at University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering’s Robotic Embedded Research Laboratory where Harsh is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. So should we be standing up right now?

Where to Find Venture Funding in Southern California

From the Venture Trenches

Over the past several years there have been a plethora of incubators and accelerators springing up all over southern California and particularly on the west side of Los Angeles. SoCal Tech.

Blackstone Expands Student Entrepreneurship Program To SoCal


Private equity investment firm Blackstone said Friday that it is expanding its university entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPad , to Southern California. blackstone launchpad student entrepreneurship program ucla southern california entrepreneur startup business

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Southern California Tech Central


I am excited to be participating in and announcing the of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. This site is being sponsored by the Technology Council of Southern California and my company TechEmpower.

socalTECH: Nominate The 100 Up-And-Comers In Southern California's Tech Industry


Who are the top 100 up-and-coming individuals in Southern California''s technology industry? socaltech socaltech100 awards entrepreneurs startups We''re looking to identify the individuals here in the technology industry, across all sectors, who are most likely to create the next big thing, produce the next big exit or to influence the industry in a significant way.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map. ” Residents of Northern California (everyone north of Bakersfield) don’t understand how we do it, constantly touting Palo Alto’s tech scene. Iraq a hard place to work, is not SoCal. socaltech socal socalcto

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


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. California's various startup accelerators and incubators.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer


That''s true of many Southern California ad-tech companies. That''s why the IPO markets coming back is so critical. an incubator in Singapore, and we do a dozen or so investments a year. For California investments in general, the funding has kicked up pretty remarkaably.

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63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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where entrepreneurs share their stories. 63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. Free Corporations For First-Time Entrepreneurs. Right now they’re setting up 500 free corporations for first time entrepreneurs.

socalTECH 50: Who are Southern California's Tech Up and Comers?


A couple of weeks ago, we announced the socalTECH 50 --our attempt to identify Southern California''s technology industry up-and-comers, the people most likely to create the next big thing, produce the next big exit or to influence the industry in a significant way.

Entrepreneurs Love Celebrity Investors While VCs (Usually) Hate Them


Entrepreneurs typically embrace celebrity investments, while most sophisticated investors prefer to avoid famous entertainment or sports personalities on the cap table. The post Entrepreneurs Love Celebrity Investors While VCs (Usually) Hate Them appeared first on John Greathouse

How Chinese Startup Tradesparq Is Looking To Grow In SoCal


In what is a fairly unusual move, last week, Tradesparq (, a Chinese startup in the area of B2B trade information, said it was planning on setting up its operations here in Southern California, as part of an expansion and scaling of the company.

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Uniting and Empowering Local Entrepreneurs

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Being an entrepreneur is scary. That’s what Kevin’s conference, Silicon Beach Fest (SBF), did for Los Angeles entrepreneurs. SBF is for entrepreneurs uniting and getting the answers they need so that they are no longer in the dark making lone ranger decisions.

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

Steve Reich

The emails were so tailored, that many merchants called back to thank them for the personal attention. But so many companies are being launched so fast that probability tells you that there will be major winners. 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.

Silicon Beach at USC 2013 | Entrepreneurial Inspiration

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Big crowd of entrepreneurs, professors, students, and established professionals. All in a room at the University of Southern California Silicon Beach Event on September 18th, 2013. Over $50,000 in prize money.

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Survey: SoCal Startups Optimistic Even As Venture Capital Tightens


A new survey, released this week by Silicon Valley Bank, finds that even as the availability of venture capital in Southern California is tightening, and lofty unicorn valuations are declining, startup entrepreneurs are still optimistic about the future of technology in the region.

Los Angeles Hosts the Oscars and the Tech.Co Startup Showcase


Whether it be renowned athletes looking to enjoy some sun in the off-season or movies stars basking in the glory of stardom in between takes, the number of recognizable faces in this southern California city can be too much for some fans to bear. Several startups have been selected to demo their products for other founders and entrepreneurs. Equity Directory – an invite-only network of entrepreneurs and startup talent exchanging work for equity.

Southern Californian, US Entrepreneurs Visit 10 Downing Street


Dressed in suits with questions and passports in hand, a delegation of over 15 US entrepreneurs and investors--including a number from Southern California--entered the seat of the British government at 10 Downing Street Thursday.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- Aerospace and Defense: Finding and Funding Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Southern California. Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum. From small sat’s and drones to headline-making rocketry by the “big guys,” our Southern California Aerospace landscape has been revitalized.

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. However, I always wanted to get into a broader role in the startup ecosystem, where I could help other entrepreneurs work on their ideas.

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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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Aerospace

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Aerospace. Our Southern California Aerospace landscape has been revitalized. With major new players as well as established companies expanding development and manufacturing, a renewed vibrancy offers a turf for entrepreneurship at all levels, especially with the US Government pushing traditional primes and sub-primes to turn to new technologies and sourcing for defense and commercial applications.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, February 25, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment. Southern California is still the home of Hollywood -- the symbolic name for the motion picture industry, but that industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Many of the studios have sizable in-house technology development operations, but all acquire technology or technology products from outside their corporate borders.

Who's Next For IPO, Acquisition In Southern California?


It's been a banner year for acquisitions and IPOs in Southern California--with such acquisitions as the $2 billion acquisition of Vizio in June; the acquisition of Dollar Shave Club in February; and the IPO of The Trade Desk last week.

How Kaleo Is Tackling Enterprise Knowledge Sharing


Phil Hui-Bon-Hoa , the CEO of El Segundo-based Kaleo (, is a serial entrepreneur who has previously built and sold four companies, including one acquired by IFILM, and another by Sun Microsystems. Our seed investors were all, Southern California based investors. What's the biggest lesson you have learned so far, compared with those other companies? How has it been building an enterprise software company in Southern California?

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. However, despite the good news, Marks and his entrepreneurs all agreed that their work is far from over. mentors entrepreneur entrepreneurship accelerator startengineStartEngine , the startup accelerator, which launched earlier this year with ten hopeful businesses, is now in the middle of its third and largest class to date.

SoCal's Big New Crop Of Venture Investors And Funds


Are you an entrepreneur, looking for capital here in Southern California? It's turning out to be a great time for entrepreneurs looking for funding in the region, with not only high profile exits of such companies as Snap Inc., so far in investments.

DEMO Innovation Tour Coming To Southern California

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This coming week the tour is making two stops in Southern California, one in San Diego, CA on June 15 and another in Irvine, June 16. So if you are a Startup in SoCal or maybe even a company that has been around a while but have a new product that is launching, this is something you don't want to miss. Also, taking place next week in Southern California, are a series of evening cocktail receptions.

Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal


One complaint we sometimes hear from venture capitalists visiting Southern California for the first time, is the difficulty of finding experienced entrepreneurs and executives. Have we missed a repeat entrepreneur or company you think ought to be watched?