Author Archive: Desdemona Bandini

LA’s startup community is so hot, it is spilling over into Santa Clarita. One weekend, teams of newly formed entrepreneurs and who knows what products or big ideas can happen? Santa Clarita Startup Weekend is a grassroots event, organized by five volunteers who currently live in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The cloud has proven itself invaluable for businesses to be agile, yet finding a secure way to access applications while protecting the corporate firewall remained a major barrier to entry for many enterprise companies, until now. IBM has announced today a solution to this problem called Bluemix Local.

With the Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery developers can be modern day heroes. What I like about this hackathon is that it really gives developers an opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

With Grandparents Day approaching on September 13th, we wanted to share a quick roundup of a few ways to improve the lives of our aging loved ones.

IBM unveiled the developerWorks Open community, and packed it full of cutting-edge tools, real-world projects, tutorials and free access to Bluemix.

Almost the instant the concept of the sharing economy was introduced, it has skyrocketed into dozens of successful and established brands by offering everyone a chance to be their own boss and others the ability to outsource needs saving time by providing convenience. Author Chelsea Rustrum has spent the bulk of her adult life experimenting in this new sharing economy. Inspired by real-life experiences and research, she got a group of friends together to present their findings in the new book “It’s a Sharable Life.”

Until recently, three legacy providers (Sizmek, PointRoll and Google’s DoubleClick) have dominated the rich media market. But that’s changing with a new crop of rich media platforms disrupting the ecosystem with new mobile and non-standard rich media ad formats, one of which – Jetpack – is located right here in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica-based Tapiture has grown in traffic by 300%, monetized from year one and raised $2.25 million in seed funding since its founding in 2012. If Pinterest is catnip for girls, Tapiture was founded to go after the men, but quickly evolved into a more sophisticated artistic social media community. The curated design and photography-driven entertainment site is where GIFs and memes intermingle with stunning photography, video and the ability to purchase in app.

Playing with Avengers and Star Wars toys is about to reach a whole new level of cool! Disney just announced their new line of wearable toys which will combine hardware, sensors with cloud and Bluetooth to create embedded play experiences. Picture laser tag, on steroids!

Finding the right musicians to perform with at clubs, special events, festivals, and concerts has never been easy for bandleaders, or even skilled industry pros, since there are so many variables such as location, experience and skill level, and knowledge of musical repertoire. Gigmor intends to reinvent the ways in which musicians and bands are connected with paid gigging opportunities and the way industry talent buyers discover new talent through its social network for musicians, bands and industry talent buyers