The University of Southern California has developed a reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship over the years. On Friday October 25th, this innovative spirit was put on display at the 2013 Student Innovator Showcase. In this yearly event put on by the Stevens Center for Innovation, 30 teams, selected from a pool of 70 applicants, presented their unique ideas to crowds of students, parents, and judges.
Be Great Partners, a Los Angeles technology incubator, has recently released a report on the startup community in LA and the information shows a positive growth for startups here in LA. Los Angeles is 3rd in the global startup ecosystem, behind Tel Aviv and Silicon Valley. 94 new startups have launched since January 2013 to June 2013 and the startup ecosystem has raised $500 million in funding in 2013 so far. The numbers are promising and even with some problems arising in LA’s startup community, LA has found ways to keep pushing through.
Jamie Wong used to host friends and show them around New York whenever she was free. She has traveled a lot herself and has been to more then 35 countries. Her adventures made her somewhat of a travel consultant. Friends began going to her for advice whenever they were traveling, and she found herself planning vacations, honeymoons and more. Throughout all this planning, Wong found a hole in the the travel industry that needed to be filled and with her own travel planning experience, Vayable was born.
Solaborate is a blend of great social network platforms, by taking in all the greatest bits and putting it all into one. Consumers all have access to social networks, but the business-side has never really caught on. Solaborate is bringing professionals and companies from the tech industry together and connect them through a new social media platform.
Peer-to-peer marketplace where locals offer experiences including tours, dining at local homes, and activities to travelers, Withlocals, is making its final preparations for the beta launch of local travel experiences for small groups of local hosts and travelers in South Asia, after raising $500,000 in funding from Greenhouse Group mid September.
Freelancing is a tough gig for many writers. Pitching stories and getting your name out to various companies and editors requires a lot of work. It is also a problem for editors who are looking for the right writer. This is where Assignmint comes in. Assignmint is a web-based platform to list freelancing work for employers and help writers find the right freelance job for them and standardizes the paperwork between the two parties. TechZulu catches up with the founder of Assignmint, Jeff Koyen, as he talks about Assignmint, freelance, and LA startups.
MailLift is unique in that it is one of the few companies that combines technology and a special personal touch to change up direct mail. Handwritten letters are somewhat of a lost art, but MailLift is working hard to keep them alive. Their operations are finely tuned to fulfill orders in the thousands.