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Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

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Silicon Beach--the self-appointed name that has been used to describe many parts of Southern California''s tech community, but which has seemed to have centered itself over Santa Monica and surrounding towns--has no shortage of events and conferences.

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Mark Suster of GRP Partners and Launchpad was confirmed to keynote along with Nely Galan of Galan Entertainment, the first Latina president of Telemundo. Media Partners. Current media partners include Los Angeles Times, PandoDaily, TechZulu, SoCalTech and VentureBeat.

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What Mattered in 2012: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Today, we're featuring Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners , founder of LaunchpadLA , the startup accelerator, not to mention well read blogger and highly watched host of This Week In Venture Capital.

Silicon Beach Fest Kicks Off Today

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The event is harnessing the startup energy in Santa Monica, and features all across town, at ROC , Cross Campus , the Viceroy , Santa Monica Place , and elsewhere. Overall, the event organizers say there are 150 speakers participating in over 30 panels.

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus

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Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding. In addition to the new funding, the company also said it has acquired Los Angeles-based Jarvus , which develops an app to people capture and share experiences, events and moments together. textPlus , the maker of the popular texting application by the same name, said today that it has raised $18M in a new funding round, led by The Raine Group.

Building Bigger Businesses the Second Time Around – Startups Uncensored #22

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Last month’s startups uncensored was about “Building Bigger Businesses the Second Time Around.”

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: It brings together events and content for Los Angeles. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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To give visibility to these companies to: Sources of funding (angels / VCs), business development partners, mentors who have themselves built successful companies, the press and potential employees to hire.

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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Partners provided products and services including: Uber, Here on Biz, ParkMe, Simply Petals, Triptrotting, Bloodhound, Planana, Pop-Up Pantry, EventSorbet, ROC, Startup Car, Pulsoviral, TrueCar, PopChips, ONE Coconut water, Gamer Food, Zevia.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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They scooped up none other than David Hernand who will join the practice as managing partner. Also coming from DLA Piper is another partner – Christopher Shoff. And a fourth partner – Jennifer Massey – will join from an entertainment background. At GRP Partners we’re all in on Los Angeles having written about $35 million in early-stage venture capital investments in this market alone in the past six months.

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GumGum Bolsters Advisors

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Platinum Rye Entertainment books celebrity talent, models, recording artists, sports figures and other celebrities for ad campaigns and PR events. GumGum is venture backed by NEA, GRP Partners (now Upfront Ventures), First Round Capital and Crosscut Ventures. Los Angeles-based GumGum , which provides an in-image advertising platform for publishers, said Friday that it has added Ryan Schinman, CEO of Platinum Rye Entertainment, to its advisory board.

A Conversation with Ben Satterfield, Burstly

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Burstly is headed by Evan Rifkin, and backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, SoftBank Capital, and Founder Collective. We were tracking music across the country, and reporting on what was going on in a city and providing recommendation and lists of events.

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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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I know it’s not single-handed as he has both fantastic partners at Foundry Group and many other community leaders. They can then direct staff, allocate budgets, talk to the press, connect you with politicians and attend events. Every region needs its local media & events.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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Mark Suster, a partner at GRP Partners in Los Angeles, spoke with Fastcompany.com about what makes L.A.s RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in.

First Annual Second Internet Conference

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The one-day event will bring together individual and institutional investors alongside social media executives to learn the current social media landscape, and meet one-on-one with leading industry professionals. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 -- First Annual Second Internet Conference. Wedbush. The Second Internet Conference will be held in Santa Monica, California, on September 7th, 2011.

The Workshop: Get Funded in One Day (Dealmaker LA)

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Brought to you by the team who produces Startonomics and Dealmaker LA, this hands-on "workshop-style" event will allow entrepreneurs to drill down on the key issues we face when laying the foundation to build and fund their company. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 -- The Workshop: Get Funded in One Day (Dealmaker LA).

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

VC Outlook 2009 - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles - GIVING AWAY A FREE TICKET

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My dear friend Debbie Landa, supreme queen of DealMaker Media is hosting another kick ass event in Los Angeles, and… I’M GIVING AWAY A TICKET TO THE EVENT (keep reading below). Nate Redmond , Partner, Rustic Canyon Ventures. Mark Suster , Partner, GRP Partners.

Insights and Opinions: GRP's Suster On How Not To Suck On Presentations

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For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have a piece from GRP Partners' Mark Suster , who--after watching and judging pitches at last week's Twiistup event--gives some hints and tips about how not to suck at presentations.

On Bubbles … And Why We’ll Be Just Fine

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In economics we call these “exogenous events&# and if they happen (Greek debt crisis, problems raising the US debt ceiling, trouble in Saudi Arabia) – you will not be shielded. So at GRP Partners we’re very active now. This post originally ran on TechCrunch.

What’s it Like Being a VC?

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My job doesn’t involve the daily grind of customer complaints, product outages, business partner / channel problems, hiring / firing, etc. There is less team camaraderie – I really get along with my partners well. I knew them for 8 years before I joined GRP.

What Mattered in 2010: Jim Armstrong, Clearstone Ventures

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Yesterday, we spoke with Mark Suster of GRP Partners. For today's contribution, we spoke with Jim Armstrong , a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners. In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010?

StartupDemo Ramps Up The Awesome With VC/Angel Panel Announcement

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StartupDemo partners Mixergy & AsAble.com have just announced their VC/Angel investor panel for the event. Mark Suster , GRP Partners. We all want to give a very special thank you to Allen Morgan of Mayfield Ventures who will be flying down from Menlo Park for a few hours just for this event. Event Details: When: Wednesday, Sept 22nd, 2010 - 5:00 p.m. What: A Startup Demo event.

Open Angel Forum San Fran – Team Calacanis Raises the Bar

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Jason Calacanis started this initiative in response to the pay-to-play network of angel events that he despised. The first event was a big success and brought out many of LA’s angel elite. The second event was in Boulder.

What Mattered in 2010: Jim Andelman, Rincon Ventures

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Below, we collect the thoughts of Jim Andelman , a venture capitalist at Rincon Venture Partners. In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010?

Steven Blank Kills It at Greycroft CEO Summit

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Let me start by saying two things: Events like this are invaluable to startups because the significant value comes from building the network across portfolio companies and the discussion one can have with your peer group. I’ve been to similar events with First Round Capital and True Ventures.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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What are the best startup events in LA? It’s been my experience that the more focused and intimate events far ‘out-perform’ (however you’d like to characterize it) the mega-conferences.

TechZulu Live from StartupDemo

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For those of you who may not know about StartupDemo, it is an event that TechZulu and Schmoozd have partnered up to bring you some of the hottest startups around. Mark Suster , GRP Partners. Event Details: When: Wednesday, Sept 22nd, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.

StartupDemo Was a Huge Success!

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One of which I saw was taking startup after startup meetings at a booth during the event until he was literally told the event was over. Mark Suster , GRP Partners. Organizing even simple events like dinner or drinks is a time consuming and frustrating experience.