Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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Participating in this event also included world recognized security expert and Co-founder of Fonality , Samy Kamkar , Danny Schreiber (Managing Editor of Silicon Prairie News) and Rob Jadon (serial-entrepreneur and angel investor). What a weekend!

LA Startups Gather At Twiistup

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Los Angeles area startups and would-be entrepreneurs were gathered Thursday as a part of the annual Twiistup technology conference, being held at the Skirball Center.

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Chromatik Takes Twiistup Top Showoff Prize

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Los Angeles-based Chromatik , which is developing a web-based, music learning products, took the top honors at the Twiistup Showoff event Thursday night. The startup, headed by Matt Sandler, was voted tops out of eight total companies who pitched their startups to attendees and judges at the Los Angeles area technology event. chromatik twiistup twiistup8 music learning award startup entrepreneur showoff

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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He talks about a bunch of the different networking events that occur in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. LA CTO Forum Dealmaker Media Digital Family Reunion Startups Uncensored Social Media Club, LA Twiistup Mindshare LA LA Hadoop Meetup Dorkbot Geek Dinners LA Cloud Computing LA Web Application Developers LA PHP Developers In addition to these, I'd recommend looking at: Technology Council of Southern California – Surprised John didn't mention this one.

Twiistup's New Owners Revealed

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The new owners of Los Angeles technology event Twiistup , which is now being managed by Francisco Dao, have finally come out, almost a year after the popular technology networking and conference was sold by Mike Macadaan.

ExpenseBay Takes Twiistup

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Los Angeles-based ExpenseBay scored the top award--a Lego trophy--at last week's Twiistup startup showcase event, rising above 11 other startups looking to strut their stuff to investors, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and others at the Universal Hilton on Thursday and Friday. Tags: expensebay twiistup contest

Twiistup Names Showoffs

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Twiistup , the Los Angeles area technology conference run by Francisco Dao, has named its last two showoffs for the event later this month, Collecta and YourVersion. Tags: event conference showoff technology twiistup The firm said that the list of companies presenting at the event also include Geodelic, Lunch.com, Mingly, nsyght, NutshellMail, qlipso, Ranker, and Rippol.

Twiistup Selects Firms

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Twiistup , the technology and media networking event being held July 30 and 31st at the Universal Hilton, released its list of companies being featured at the event today, saying that it has picked 11 companies to present at the event. The firm said its "Showoffs," who have the opportunity to show their companies to attendees at the event, include 4 Northern California firms, one New York firm, and six companies from the Los Angeles area.

Twiistup Sold To New Owner

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Twiistup , the popular Los Angeles technology showcase and networking event started by Mike Macadaan, is announcing today that the event has been sold to a undisclosed, private investor. According to Twiistup, it will expand beyond its showoff events to include a full conference agenda, and also be expanding to similar events in other cities. Twiistup said its next event will be in July.

Twiistup Goes Upscale With The Retreat

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Twiistup , known for its lavish Los Angeles technology networking conferences, announced today that it has launched a new, invite-only event called The Retreat. According to Twiistup, the new event will be co-hosted by by David Hornik of August Capital and Andy Sack of The Founder's Co-op , and will be limited to 85 people by invitation or application only. Tags: twiistup thelobby theretreat technology networking conference exclusive david hornick august

Yammer Bails On Los Angeles, Heading To Silicon Valley

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West Hollywood-based Yammer , the corporate microblogging site inspired by Twitter, is moving from the Los Angeles area to Silicon Valley, according to founder David Sacks. Sacks revealed the move at the Twiistup conference Friday, explained the move by saying that "what I miss are all the technology companies are out of there, and I miss tapping the brain trust up there." Tags: microblogging geni sacks david move valley silicon angeles yammer

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I asked the panelists ( David Travers , Brian Norgard , Fouad ElNaggar , & Demian Sellfors ) about the specific challenges that we face down here in Los Angeles as opposed to Silicon Valley.

New Media Vault

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 -- New Media Vault Twiistup Kickoff Party! This month we're getting prepped for two days of Twiistup excitement. Two times a year, Twiistup brings together Los Angeles' technology, media and entertainment communities, but unlike traditional conferences, Twiistup mixes it up with tunes, video, beverages, swag and the unexpected.

Nevolution: Windows App Store Startup Closes $450K Angel Fundraising Round

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The round was led by Don Walerstein, founding partner of entertainment law firm Rohner & Walerstein, and included Los Angeles investor Bradley Maryman, founder and president of international security and technical consulting firm Maryman & Associates.

Tsavo Loses Macadaan

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Macadaan is well known in the Los Angeles technology community for creating and running Twiistup, the popular Los Angeles technology networking and startup showcase event. Tags: tsavo mike macadaan twiistup executive content Santa Monica-based Tsavo , the online media company which owns Manolith, Twirlit, Kidglue, and Nibbledish, has lost its Vice President of Product and Design, Mike Macadaan.

Interview with Mike Macadaan, Urbandig

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One of Urbandig's co-founders, Mike Macadaan -- the former VP of User Experience at MySpace, and creator of the technology conference Twiistup--sat down to talk to us about the company. Mike Edwards, who is an investor that lives in Whistler, and who is an angel, basically funded it.

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TotSpot, Cogi Get Spotlight

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The Los Angeles technology crowd turned out in full for last week's Twiistup 5 event--a showcase for startups looking for exposure and funding--with over 1,000 attendees at a private aircraft hangar at the Santa Monica airport. Tags: technology totspot startup twiistup twiistup5 angeles networking event cogi

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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To hear about the firm's interest in Los Angeles, and Southern California investments in general, we spoke with Fouad ElNaggar , Principal at the firm, to hear about where the firm is nowadays and what kind of investments it is making locally.

MySpace Designer's Next Project: The Cord Taco

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Macadaan--who also is well known for his work at Science, AOL, plus organizing the popular Twiistup technology conference in Los Angeles a few years ago, is in the midst of raising $15,000 through Kickstarter for the project.

ExpenseBay Gets iPhone App

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Los Angeles-based ExpenseBay reported today that its iPhone application, ExpenseBay Mobile, is now available on Apple App store. ExpenseBay was the winner of last month's Twiistup startup event, and is headed by Eric Sikola.

Geodelic Confirms Verizon Relationship

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Geodelic is powering Verizon's GeoGuides application, which Geodelic has been showing off privately since Sonnad took the stage at Twiistup in Los Angeles in January, with his ukulele-studded pitch for Geodelic.

Demand Media's Rosenblatt On IPO, Exits

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Richard Rosenblatt , the CEO of Los Angeles-based Demand Media said today at the Twiistup conference in Los Angeles, that he sees an IPO as a possible opportunity for the firm. Rosenblatt, who confirmed the firm has revenues of around $200M and is profitable, responded to a question from GigaOm's Om Malik on a panel saying that the firm is definitely thinking about an exit at some point. Rosenblatt had suggested earlier this year at the Web 2.0

Insights: The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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Jason Nazar is CEO and founder of Santa Monica-based document sharing firm DocStoc , and recently put together his thoughts on the challenges, and opportunities, facing startups in Los Angeles. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Report: Demand Selects Goldman Sachs For IPO Effort

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has reportedly selected Goldman Sachs to run its IPO effort, according to a report this evening from the Financial Times. Rosenblatt said in January at the Twiistup conference that the firm has over $200M in annual revenues, and has been looking at its options for months.

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool

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Los Angeles-based EQAL , said this morning at Twiistup that the firm is launching a new, social publishing tool it is calling Umbrella, focused on independent producers, celebrity talent, and online personalities. According to EQAL, its new platform is focused on helping those producers and talent to create their own web sites, with features such as blogs, discussions, forums, and user profiles, as well as links to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tyler Koblasa of Ming.ly on TechZulu Live

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Born out of a Los Angeles Startup weekend then going on to be a Twiistup presenter Ming.ly TechZulu Live Episode 2. In this episode of TechZulu Live we had special guest Tyler Koblasa of Ming.ly.

Digital Revenue Expert – Vince Thompson

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Tony: I personally am torn by choices around Networking Events in Los Angeles – you can go to something almost every night. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to? Vince: Always On Paid Content TwiistUp DealMaker Events Digiday Events And many private events. Vince: Digiday Mobile and Digiday Social Who are some of your go to people in Los Angeles? More Visible Networking? this time with Vince Thompson.

Visible Networking

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This past week has had an interesting confluence of events that's led me to conclude that I want to start doing a lot of visible networking among the tech / web crowd here in Los Angeles. Networking Events – Questionable Return on Your Time Last week I posted about Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California and received back some interesting comments, some of the best from a LinkedIn Group.

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

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Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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Los Angeles. First, I’d like to quote (paraphrase) Brad Feld speaking at Twiistup in LA in 2009, “I keep hearing people in LA talking with a chip on their shoulders about building a tech business here relative to Silicon Valley. People either love it our hate it.

Interview with Jerome Chang, BlankSpaces

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One of the recent trends in the technology industry here in Los Angeles is the use of "coworking" spaces--flexible workspaces where companies can rent open office space. Jerome Change: A couple of the typical clients here are Tsavo Media, the new company from Michael Jones and Twiistup founder Mike Macadaan. BLANKSPACES (www.blankspaces.com) -- which is on Wilshire Blvd.--is is the brainchild of architect Jerome Chang.