He’s back. Media mogul John Battelle, famous for spinning up new media concepts into standards, has been quietly perfecting a new conference model he is branding NewCo, a “festival of innovation.” Tired of ballrooms, this tech conference veteran wants us to “get out to get in” by creating highly curated un-conferences that showcase companies in their native habitat. That means out with the conference ballrooms, and in with hanging out at the headquarters of cool handpicked companies doing something positive and differentiating to learn about who they are and how they are doing it.
Launched in Los Angeles in 2012, early-stage venture capital firm Karlin Ventures has announced a new elite tech fellowship program that will kickoff today. The program will feature four master classes each year, giving groups of 12 to 15 rising industry leaders an opportunity to learn directly from experts on specialized topics in areas such as business development, marketing, engineering, and product management.
We have received several reports of a new type of cybercrime gaining steam over the Internet involving LinkedIn, mystery shopping scammers and university professors. The way it works is thieves are hacking into the LinkedIn accounts of respected university professors and targeting their colleagues and former students with a proposition to earn easy extra cash for market research.
How many times have you been confused by the contradicting parking sign in L.A.? You know the ones, they go something like this; if it is a full moon on Friday, you can park here for 2.5 hours, as long as you are not in front of a restaurant or see a guy with a patch on his eye standing on the corner. Yeah, purposefully vague. Good news, Fixed, the San Francisco app that helps drivers fight tickets has just launched in Los Angeles after raising an additional $650,000 in seed funding last February.
Regardless which side of the isle you stand politically, you can be rest assured that the passage of net neutrality is a positive for you, and your ability to access the Internet like you have since the 1990’s. The Internet is turning into a business tool with everything from cloud computing to premium Internet providers. When you break this entire issue down to its bare bones, the only businesses that are going to be hurt by this ruling are the major Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. If you’re not one of them, then consider the passage of this new FCC regulatory law a major victory.
Straight outta Austin, MakerSquare has teamed up with coding school collective, Hack Reactor, to open a new campus in LA to help fill the tech talent gap and to provide the area with the necessary talent pool to continue the Los Angeles tech expansion (as a call to action for President Obama’s TechHire initiative).
It is easy to understand why some traditional stores, those little shops around the corner, shirk and dodge the eventuality of turning digital. The digital world is pretty huge but then again, it is an eventuality and even small businesses and brands cannot and should not try to escape it. A survey by the Webs Small Business Digital Trends revealed that 63% of small business owners are using digital strategies in their overall marketing efforts.