Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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Its Time! Its Time!  The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship. It’s a toast to those who build and innovate. It’s a gathering of friends and tech enthusiasts of all stripes.

Join TechZulu as we celebrate LA’s most exciting tech creations of the moment with the brightest digital minds and engineering talents this side of Fresno. There is still a few tickets left for you to be part of what will surely be an amazing night.

This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). The evening will consist of a series of live stage demonstrations guaranteed to impress and inspire new ideas among all in attendance. Followed by a complimentary cocktail and apps reception for all attendees.

And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Winners:

Spotlight Companies

Loudie allows you to communicate about your favorite artists and concerts on your phone regardless of your location.  It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans.  We’ve partnered with Red Light Management which manages talent like Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Tim McGraw and about a hundred other artists and Songkick who is providing us with 100,000 concert listings.

LawPivot is a legal Q&A website enabling companies, especially startups, to confidentially receive crowdsourced legal answers from highly qualified lawyers for a fraction of the cost. Additionally, the site allows lawyers to market their legal services by sharing expert advice and engaging in discussion.

IPPLEX researches and develops pioneering cross-platform applications and services focused on interactive communication – between people and the information, contacts and places they need to access through their mobile phone, PC, and other devices. Our global and diverse team of engineers, scientists, and researchers with world-class expertise in video conferencing, object recognition, object tracking, and augmented reality is committed to continuous innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial culture that will accelerate the commercialization of our revolutionary technologies.

HowSimple just launched into beta a next generation browser and desktop manager named andi (Advanced Numerous Document Interface). andi lets you 1) multitask on screen with live panels and transition to and from multiple task sets, 2) browse offline docs and apps in the same multitask environment as online activities, and 3) organizes and manages unlimited panels and queues in a single active session. andi also lets users share text, photos, videos, live panels, and soon even comprehensive queues consitsting of offline and online content in all of your popular social sites including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Gickup is a browser-based, group video chat-based gaming service where people can play new social games, meet friends and have fun. As with TV, it’s also a destination where users can watch others play a game. However, unlike with TV, if at any point a user desires, he/she can jump in the queue and challenge the winner(s) of the last game. We solve the private parts problem by requiring users to log in, yet we keep the social serendipity and social discovery that Chatroulette made popular by allowing any user, registered or not, to watch games. This way the voyeurism elements are preserved but done so that can’t be harmful to others.


Spotlight: LA Tech Summer SuperDemo is all electric car company CODA.  CODA Automotive is a privately held company headquartered in Santa Monica, California that designs, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and lithium-ion battery systems purpose-built for transportation and utility applications. Their vision is to be the key technology provider to reduce global dependence on oil and the harmful social, economic and environmental consequences that follow. Their focus is green technology. Their team is a small group of technology-minded innovators who are committed to doing things differently — from automotive design, manufacturing and distribution, to service needs and the entire customer experience.

Their all new all electric car is set to be released for sale in limited quantities at the end of 2011.  We hear they might bring something special to this event…..wonder what that might be?

Attend and Support

Every ticket includes a FREE appetizers and cocktail reception after the event for you all to mix and mingle.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, July 14th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125
  • What: Spotlight Series Event
  • RSVP:
  • Register for Spotlight: LA Tech Summer in Pasadena, CA  on Eventbrite

6:00 – 7:00pm – check-in
7:00 – 7:10pm – introductory remarks
7:10 – 8:00pm – 5 five-minute demos, followed by brief Q&A for each company (approx. 10 min per presenter)
8:00 – 8:30pm – “Superdemo”
8:30 – 10:30pm – cocktail reception and networking

Directions to the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer

For Events at Baxter Lecture Hall:

Traveling west on the 210 freeway or east on the 134/210 freeway, take the Hill Avenue off-ramp and proceed south on Hill. Go to Del Mar Avenue and turn right. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. Park in the Holliston parking structure located at 370 S. Holliston Ave. approximately half-way down the block on the left side of the street. After exiting the parking structure, proceed to Baxter Hall by continuing south on Holliston to the end of the block. Turn right onto the San Pasqual mall, and follow the walkway to the fifth building on your right (there is a pond in front of the building).

From the 110 freeway north, which turns into Arroyo Parkway, take Arroyo Parkway to Del Mar Avenue and turn right. Go approximately 1.5 miles to Holliston Avenue, and turn right. Park in the Holliston parking structure located at 370 S. Holliston Ave., approximately half-way down the block on the left hand side of the street. After exiting the parking structure on Holliston, proceed to Baxter Hall by continuing south on Holliston to the end of the block. Turn right onto the San Pasqual mall, and follow the walkway to the fifth building on your right (there is a pond in front of the building.)

Making Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Possible


Diamond Sponsor

At, they try to make using VoIP, simple. They are dedicated to providing high-availability systems, beautiful user interfaces, furious developer support and unparalleled customer care. They are a unique group of intellectuals with aspirations to truly change how companies do business. is a small company with fewer than 20 employees located in beautiful Santa Monica. As of May 2010, CallFire has over 20,000 customers! We’re just an hour from the snow and steps from the beach. We work harder than we play, and we play harder than most!

Co-Host & Venue Sponsor

The Caltech Entrepreneurship Club is the hub for innovators in the Caltech community who want to learn how to make their idea a reality. We leverage our network in the Los Angeles community to provide members with access to potential employees, mentors and investors.

The Caltech/MIT Enterprise forum is a joint venture ofCaltech’s Industrial Relations Center, Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer, the Caltech Alumni Association and the MIT Alumni Association. Its mission is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.

Silver Sponsors

The world wastes billions of dollars per year in inefficient and ineffective meetings and we are going to change that. With MeetingBurner we want to build a community of online meeting fanatics who want to change the world by making meeting easier, faster, and more efficient. Absurdly fast and easy online meetings- free for everybody!

Xavor invest through our dependable consulting services. If you believe that you have a great idea that has a potential to sell and you need help in product development, we are here for your help. We have helped many other startups through our carefully designed investment model. We offer our services and resources to startup firms so that they can focus on marketing strategy, PR or planning new features for the upcoming releases instead of burning their cash on product development. We help to deliver the product in time by utilizing the technical skills of our expert professionals backed by 15 years of consulting knowledge hence, taking the technology risk out of your venture.


theGORILLAunderground is a protected online society of trendsetters, tastemakers, and fickle influential consumers that are willing to share insight with the brands they love.

Critique^It is peer-review without barriers—feedback without managing emails, commentary and document versions. No more Track Changes-as-feedback-tool, or the time-consuming process of managing papers and handwritten feedback. With Critique^It users can embed text, audio and video feedback on virtually any type of file including word documents, images, presentations and spreadsheets. Providing a new way to collaborate, Critique^It is an engaging space for groups to connect, track feedback and manage documents.

LawPivot is a legal Q&A website enabling companies, especially startups, to confidentially receive crowdsourced legal answers from highly qualified lawyers for a fraction of the cost.

Community Sponsors

Giving Away An Apple TV

The Coloft is a space for entrepreneurs, independents, startups, programmers, designers, professionals, and awesome people in general. Because putting all of us together results in amazing things –together we are even more brilliant than we are alone.

Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups to fund. Providing more than just money, TCA brings connections, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas.

Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers. New models for improving the search experience are at the core of several companies currently growing inside of Idealab. Moving beyond the Internet, we have spawned companies with breakthrough technologies in robotics, renewable energy and automotive design and production among others. Idealab also continues to partner with leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors to provide the resources to maximize the potential of these companies.

daqri is an augmented reality and mobile web content publishing platform that utilizes QR codes to deliver content. An early-stage Southern California startup, daqri personal and pro accounts provide users with the ability to create and publish 3D augmented reality experiences using a simple design interface that does not require coding knowledge. Other supported content types include videos, photos, links, social profiles, check-ins, and more.

Giving out discount codes for (gs), (dv), or (ve) servers and a few extra goodies to all who signup for the event!

(mt) Media Temple, Inc. is a web hosting and virtualization service provider headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Since 1998, the company has provided businesses around the world with reliable, professional-class services to host websites, email, business applications, and other rich Internet content.

ProjectFresh was founded in 2002 as a platform to launch projects and companies that have a shared set of goals:

  • To galvanize community and to promote cross-pollination.
  • To inspire and facilitate personal and cultural growth.
  • To explore how new technologies impact society.

We achieve these goals by designing experiences that mix disciplines, such as Mindshare LA; bringing together people with diverse skills to create unique companies like Syyn Labs; or twisting together the unexpected, as in the charitable-meets-public-improv exploits of The Tuxedo Tyrants.

Demeter Interactive is a digital marketing and communications firm based in Los Angeles, California. The firm has a strategy-based approach with a strong focus on technology and high-quality content. Co-Founded by Jesse Bouman and Gaia Dempsey, the company serves technology startups and companies with a focus on sustainability.

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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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