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USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition

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Six companies started by students at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall have been awarded a total of $50,000 in seed funding, after competing in the center's New Venture Seed Competition held this week.

USC Startup Weekend | Complete Breakdown

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USC hosted its first Startup Weekend from September 23rd to 25th and it rocked! A mobile and web platform that lets our users give and receive text messaging advice in a anonymous social community. Overall it was a successful weekend and we are looking forward to having it at USC again.

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CreatorUp Links You With Top Filmakers & YouTube Creators To Make Awesome Web Series

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CreatorUp is the online web series school teaching the next generation of web series creators how to make and market their own new video projects on the web. Mike Tringe earned his BA in History and Science from Harvard, and his MFA in Film Production from USC.

New Leader at Intel Capital Adjusts Strategy as Global Summit Opens

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—Embodied, based in Pasadena, CA, and founded by USC computer science professors Paolo Pirjanian (the former iRobot CTO) and Maja Matarić, are developing robots to care for people. Intel Capital has invested $38 million in 12 technology startups since July, highlighting its venture investment focus on innovations in self-driving cars and machine vision, the Internet of Things, sports and health, drones, and virtual reality.

Study: Cell Phones Still Not For The Dinner Table

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A new study, issued today by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future , says that the majority of Americans still don't think pulling a cell phone out at a meal is appropriate.

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Interview with Tim Sae Koo, HypeMarks

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Are you the sort of person who relies on your friends to help you figure out the best places to explore on the web? That's the idea behind HypeMarks (www.hypemarks.com), a new startup looking to tap into your social graph to guide you to the web.

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SoCal Code Camp | Learn, Network, & Win Awesome Prizes!

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The event runs for two days from November 9 th to 10 th on the USC campus. This fun conference will have over 85 sessions on various technologies including Web Development, Mobile, Ruby , Javascript and more. It’s great for anyone interested in Web Development or mobile.

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

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Kevin Winston , is the organizer of Digital LA , the popular and widely attended networking organization for the Los Angeles startup, web, movie, music, marketing, and social media community.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. He was one of the first guys that I know who laid out his stall and said I want to do “big data” investments that take advantage of the explosion of data now available on the web.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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The Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation (VSI2) operates out of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering to give students advice, support, professional access, and much more in the realm of technological innovation. Silicon Valley? That’s so yesterday.

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp

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You've got a great idea for a web video series, but how do you learn about how to make that happen, to get distribution, and monetize that video? Los Angeles-based CreatorUp (www.creatorup.com) wants to help aspiring online video producers with an online web education series.

Coincident.TV Is “CREATE”-ing Second Screen Transmedia Producers Out Of Everyone [Beta Invites]

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Hours after the panelists debated the future of content distribution at the Silicon Beach @ USC conference, across campus at the Annenberg Innovation Lab a remarkable product demo was taking place by Coincident.TV.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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You may also be surprised to know that not only does LA graduate more engineers than anywhere else in America but we also have more top 25 engineering programs than anywhere else in America with nationally acclaimed programs at Caltech, UCSD (my alma mater), USC, UCLA and Harvey Mudd.

Interview with Scott Ferreira, MySocialCloud

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One, is the discovery of awesome content, two is a place to store and publicize that awesome content, and three is being able to save your usernames and passwords to literally any site on the web, and automatically log you into those sites.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games

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So I actually started a graphic design company out of college, and got lucky with the web taking off at the right time. You don't need a CD, or hardware, it's completely web based. We actually wrote the business plan in a business plan class at USC.

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California

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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.

Startup Weekend LA | An Insiders Story of a Startup on Steroids

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Before the pitches started, I ran into a fellow Trojan I knew who just graduated from USC, Nathan Doctor. For those who haven’t heard of what Startup Weekend is all about, it’s building a company on STEROIDS!

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REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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To him, there’s a lot of money on the table for things like clean web, but if there aren’t any meat and potatoes projects, the whole system isn’t as effective. Between Caltech, USC, and UCLA, $1 billion has been put into research expenditures.

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Mix and Mingle | LA Startups Shows Some Bite

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The idea came to John Kolker at USC 1 year ago, then through start engine him and his partner were able to make their idea come to life. If you’ve ever worked for an executive and had to track multiple statistics, financial sheets and web pages, it can be very frustrating.

General Assembly,XYZ Tie On Registry Website Design Contest

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Are you a web design wiz who would like to show off their web design chops to the world? LA''s General Assembly and fellow Los Angeles company.XYZ are offering up a free domain name, website hosting, and General Assembly course credits to entrants to a new design contest, which challenges web designers to create a website based on the.xyz domain extension.

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Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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I think our advantage then was the first wave of web-based innovation was more in the area of hard sciences, which is the domain of JPL and Caltech.

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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Using the social web to fill excess capacity that exists in nearly every business was one of the best uses of the web that I've seen. The continuing rise of smart phones and iPad-like devices has created enormous opportunities for the mobile web.

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

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“Let us come together and celebrate…” The mashup theme was reflected in the SBF programming, which included panels highlighting accelerators, VCs, startups, developers, movies, TV, music, web content, art, fashion, social good, surf & skate, and more.

Interview with Brett Crosby and Brew Johnson, PeerStreet

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I grew up in Thousand Oaks, went to USC, and we met each other way back in the 90's. I went and started a company called Urchin Software Corporation, which was an early player in Web Analytics, which was acquired by Google in 2005, and then I was at Google for just shy of a decade.

Young Digital Entrepreneurs

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USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. The USC Annenberg Innovation Lab welcomes a panel of tech-savvy innovators to discuss the digital market and social media and how they won success by engaging audiences. All are young (30 and under), savvy individuals who founded and grew their successful businesses largely through their use of social media and the web. Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- Young Digital Entrepreneurs.

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Social Media Week Lands in Los Angeles Sept. 24-28

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Keynote: Jeff Cole, USC Annenberg School Center For The Digital Future. Perfect Your Pitch for Web, TV, and Film.

CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles

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Entire communities of developers: students, professionals, and hobbyists, come together over a weekend to make web, mobile, and social apps that improve the sustainability of energy, air, and water systems in their community and in the world. LA's 2012 CleanWeb Hackathon will be hosted at the USC Campus Center Forum Nov. Sunday, November 18, 2012 -- CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles. The CleanWeb Hackathon will be coming to Los Angeles for the first time starting Friday Nov.

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CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles

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Entire communities of developers: students, professionals, and hobbyists, come together over a weekend to make web, mobile, and social apps that improve the sustainability of energy, air, and water systems in their community and in the world. LA's 2012 CleanWeb Hackathon will be hosted at the USC Campus Center Forum Nov. Saturday, November 17, 2012 -- CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles. The CleanWeb Hackathon will be coming to Los Angeles for the first time starting Friday Nov.

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CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles

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Entire communities of developers: students, professionals, and hobbyists, come together over a weekend to make web, mobile, and social apps that improve the sustainability of energy, air, and water systems in their community and in the world. LA's 2012 CleanWeb Hackathon will be hosted at the USC Campus Center Forum Nov. Friday, November 16, 2012 -- CleanWeb Hackathon Los Angeles. The CleanWeb Hackathon will be coming to Los Angeles for the first time starting Friday Nov.

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Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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We have world-class universities like Caltech, UCLA, USC and more. That sets us up nicely for the next phase of the web. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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Porter: Mobile Chores | The Constant Hustle and LA Tech, Interview with CEO Matt Lucido

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We launched with a web app, so we are only web-based. Being a serviceable app, do you see more services being provided through the web? ML: I do mentor and advise a lot of young entrepreneurs, especially from USC since I went to that school.

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Stroome Scores $200K From Journalism Contest

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Stroome said the site provides a place where journalists, filmmakers, musicians, students, sports enthusiasts, travelers, activists, and bloggers can upload, edit, and remix video through their web browser. Stroome was founded by Nonny de La Pena and Tom Grasty, both of whom are graduate students at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism.

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Interview with Scot Richardson, Laughstub

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We started in the comedy industry, hence the name, but basically for venues, we have a website management tool so you can fire your web programmer. My co-founder is Nasi Peretz, who is CTO of West Side Rentals, another LA company, and who also ran properties at USC for the business school and law school.

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Tilofy: Making Sense Of The World Around You Using Location Data

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Los Angeles-based Tilofy (www.tilofy.com)--out of USC''s Viterbi Startup Garage--is doing just that, helping to highlight what is going on around you, by absorbing all of that location data out there at any particular time and place. My degree is from USC in big data.

Stacking Up The Online Film Submission Sites

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Last night, Amazon.com jumped into the movie business, with its own, online film submission site, Amazon Studios , backed by the help of a number of notable USC Film School advisors.

Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D avatar technology, said today that it has partnered with video game company GGL Global Gaming, to provide free game content on its web site. The firm is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm's technology is a result of CIA-funded research efforts at USC.

Alelo Gets Voice of America Contract

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Los Angeles-based Alelo, the USC spinout which is developing "serious" games to teach languages and cultures, has scored a contract with the Voice of America. Alelo said Wednesday afternoon that its wholly owned subsidiary, Alelo TLT LLC, has been contracted to develop an interactive, Web-based learning portal for learners of English as a second language.

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Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome

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Last week, Los Angeles-based Stroome (www.stroome.com), a new startup originally spawned out of a project at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, won $200,000 in the 2010 Knight News Challenge. Tom Grasty: Essentially, we started off as a graduate school project at USC.

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan

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I frequently work on networking through the social web and building new relationships that will foster knowledge gathering or business growth. Some days I respond to questions asked by folks like yourself, the press, or an entity doing a case study, i.e. Citrix, RIM, USC. We need to spend some time discussing what you do with the social web. CTM and USC, staff of Citrix Online, TCA members, and now you!

Interview with Noah Auerhahn, Extrabux

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Noah Auerhahn: We got started right out of USC. The site started as a concept that Jeff Nobbs, my co-founder, and myself developed while we were operating a cash-back and coupon website while we were attending USC. We wrote up a business plan, and won a USC business plan competition, which allowed us to get funding from the University and raise venture capital we needed to begin development on the plan. Noah Auerhahn: We just had too much free time at USC.