Startups

I love LA and I love the startup ecosystem. I actually think Los Angeles, and arguably New York, is far and away the best place to launch a product than San Francisco and the rest of the bay area. The reason is up in Northern California, it’s a huge community of early adopters and it’s fairly homogenous. In Los Angeles, if you launch a product or a services company and its tech in nature, you are getting a better litmus test. There are more diverse communities here. People give you a better feel if your product has legs.

Some big news for local startup Plug.DJ and their user-curated music sharing platform. By partnering with Javelin Venture Partners for their $1.25M seed round, they’ll be looking to support future product developments to grow and provide support for international growth.

After a summer that saw the 2012 Mucker Lab graduate and 2013 TechZulu Tech Crawl participant secure $7 million in Series B funding and a National Aviation Administration permit to fly, it appears that Surf Air is continuing to raise the bar. Surf Air’s goal is to make luxury flights relatively affordable for people who aren’t accustomed to flying private. The startup airline currently flies in California only as it strives to expand nationwide.

Prior to joining Science, Monahan was co-founder and CEO AlphaBoost, a Facebook advertising reporting software builder. He also co-founded The Comotion Group, which was acquired by Sharethrough and was previously advisor to Wildfire, which Google acquired for $350M.

Through the magic of modern technology, and a lot of hard work by the Elves at the North Pole, children from around the world can have a real, live video call with Santa.

Digital Family Reunion is exactly what its name implies – a reunion of digital executives young and old who have helped shape Southern California into a leading hub for entrepreneurs. This year’s event returns to its original home at the Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 11 from 6-10pm. Register with TechZulu promo code DFR54 for a discount here.

A new partnership between Wearable World Labs, the world’s first accelerator solely focused on Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Wearable Things and Technicolor, a media and entertainment technology leader. This partnership will bring one of the most influential media companies together with today’s most promising emerging startups in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things (IOT) space.

“Rap and hip-hop artists are some of the most fit and health conscience people”, according to Feel Rich CEO, Shawn Ullman. Well, if you listen to the radio or turn on MTV and VH1, all you will hear and see is the bling, sex, and drug promoting side of hip-hop. Long time hip hop fan and business executive Shawn Ullman, remembers when rap and hip-hop told a more positive story to its fans and in his own words, he wants to “take it back to it’s roots” by creating the Feel Rich Network.

The more technology draws us closer to each other, the more we find that the proverbial “American Dream” no longer resides only in America. All around the world, individuals are empowering one another to do the incredible.

The Rock launches their much-anticipated Kickstarter campaign that offers the public “early bird” special prices, just in time for friends and family to get the newest and most affordable smartwatch for as low as $99 for Christmas.