Cheezburger Deal Spawned Out Of LA's TwiistUp


The $30M funding deal for Seattle's Cheezburger , the web publisher best known for its LOLcats-themed I Can Has Cheezburger? and FAIL Blog web sites, apparently was spawned out of an introduction at last year's Twiistup technology conference, according to investor the Foundry Group.

Chromatik Takes Twiistup Top Showoff Prize


Los Angeles-based Chromatik , which is developing a web-based, music learning products, took the top honors at the Twiistup Showoff event Thursday night. chromatik twiistup twiistup8 music learning award startup entrepreneur showoffThe 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.

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ExpenseBay Takes Twiistup


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. The firm--which was selected by a panel of judges--develops Web 2.0-style software which helps business travelers to automatically fill out and submit expense report forms.

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Twiistup 007: Date, Speakers, Early Bird Special

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Today Twiistup has announced it official date of January 28th 2010 and an awesome lineup of its first confirmed speakers. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. Twist And Shout for Twiistup 5.

Tsavo Loses Macadaan


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. Tsavo develops content-focused web sites which apply technology to serve up more relevant information and advertising depending on who was visiting those web sites. Tags: tsavo mike macadaan twiistup executive content

Networking Events in Los Angeles and 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. Great post by John Shiple.

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

Jason Nazar

I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. He just pounded out design and code for a few weeks and got Plancast up on the web and users adopting his product right away.

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures


The next generation of social networking and communications companies are very interesting, people are thinking about taking identity and their social graph everywhere on the web with you, which I think will lead to a bunch of interesting companies.

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool


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.

Demand Media's Rosenblatt On IPO, Exits


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 had suggested earlier this year at the Web 2.0 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.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List


This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.

Visible Networking


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. Mark mentioned Twiistup and VentureNet , but generally the room felt that it was hit and miss with all events. I want to take you through a bit of what brought me here, because I think it will help explain what I mean by visible networking.

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic


Rahul Sonnad: We just released this week a version where you can see some of these customized experiences, and the next big thing is to let really just anybody go to the web and create their own location-based experiences.

TechZulu's Best Of 2009

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broadwayallday : The Man Behind The 50 Cent Web Empire. All Web Leads. Tweetphoto: One Of The Fastest Growing Twitter Photo Sharing Sites On The Web. Twingly Channels: Cutting Out the Noise Of Online Search And The Real-Time Web.

Interview with Jerome Chang, BlankSpaces


Jerome Change: A couple of the typical clients here are Tsavo Media, the new company from Michael Jones and Twiistup founder Mike Macadaan. We have Sometrics, which is kind of a search technology for Web 2.0, 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. BLANKSPACES ( -- which is on Wilshire Blvd.--is

Making The Most out of Sitting on Panels

Both Sides of the Table

photo from left to right: me, QD3, Brian Solis, Chamillionaire, Ian Rogers and Brian Zisk – most of whom I got to know through Twiistup panels). Many of us in the technology, media and VC world sit on panels at lot. Many of them are painfully boring.