Accelerators & Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

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Thinking about applying to or ever wondered what its like taking part of an accelerator or incubation program?  Well now is your chance to find out thanks to upStart.LA.  The Santa Monica based startup accelerator, is inviting Los Angeles tech entrepreneurs for an evening of discussion highlighted by a panel of startup founders that have received funding from leading accelerators and incubators on Thursday, Nov. 10th from 7pm to 9pm at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (SMCA). The event will feature a panel of some of SoCal’s brightest entrepreneurs who have received funding from TechStars, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Idealab and will be moderated by upStart.LA’s Co-Founder, Dan Dato.

The panelists will share their experiences and insights about these programs and investors and offer a wide-range of information to the attendees before ending with a Q & A. Some of the topics covered at the event will be: What is each program/investor all about? What do they offer and how do they differ? How did they get accepted (or rejected) by these investors? What was the day-to-day experience like? What was the biggest value they got from the investment? What value is that investment providing today?


Joey Flores, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Earbits (a Y Combinator Winter 2011 company)
Earbits is a marketing platform for music related products built around interactive radio experiences. Earbits works directly with labels, high quality artists and live music event promoters to create innovative internet radio-based promotions that turn listeners into loyal fans and consumers. They provide commercial-free streaming music on, Earbits Mobile Radio apps, and across a variety of affiliate website partners.

Alex Benzer, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder at FanMix, previously known as SocialEngine (a TechStars Boulder 2011 company) FanMix is a recommendation engine for social media marketing. You give us a topic, and we’ll tell you who cares about it the most and how you can engage them. We give you simple, plain-English suggestions that help you become a dangerously powerful social media wizard with zero effort.

Mark Evans, VP of Engineering & Co-founder at NetPlenish (a 500 Startups funded company) NetPlenish is price comparison meets automatic replenishment for the things you buy over and over again. The basic necessities of life delivered to you from which ever merchant has the best deal each time. Kmart one time, WalMart the next. Store your shopping list in the cloud and select only the items you need each time. No order forms to fill out over and over, just one button to push to approve each order. A 45-minute weekly trip to the store is now a 45 second task on your phone!

Rafi Gordon, Co-founder at StyleSpot (an Idealab funded company)
StyleSpot is the fashion publisher of the future, combining high quality editorial content and personalization with a shopping engine of nearly 1,000,000 items from 300 retailers. Distributed and marketed across all platforms, StyleSpot helps consumers stay on trend, translate those trends to any budget, and find the best sales from their favorite stores and designers. StyleSpot recently merged with Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corp.

The Deets

Where: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011 – 7-9pm

Tickets: $10.00 and can be purchased at HERE

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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