Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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The time has finally arrived! Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges, the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. 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 are still a few tickets left for you to be part of what will surely be an amazing night.

This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at 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 FREE cocktail and apps reception for all attendees.

And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies:

Spotlight Companies

Crowd Seats gets you in the crowd for your favorite games with ticket prices 50-90% off face value! Crowd Seats is the only Group Buying/Daily Deals site for sports fans. All it takes is an email address to start receiving our exclusive deals for sports tickets to your favorite teams in your city.

On Storitz, you don’t just make a reservation, you actually select a specific unit from a facility’s available inventory and complete your rental all from the website. This means not having to worry about spending extra time negotiating and collecting superfluous paperwork at the storage facility.  It’s a clutter-free, haggle-free, hassle-free solution to self storage.

Mobile Web America, Inc. has created a simple to use, online application for your business to create a mobile site and secure its mobile presence. We utilize the content of your existing website and create a mobile version on-the-fly. Logos, themes, branding, content, videos, maps and more are automatically transposed to the mobile version with no programming knowledge required. The end user, regardless of the mobile device from which the website is being accessed, will see a mobile version of the your site!

Rapid Fire Trivia is a game owned and operated by Danger Room Gaming.   We write and create our own content for the game.  This way we keep the questions fresh and up to date with current events.

Leftronic is a real-time data visualization platform for startups. We make it trivial to quickly aggregate and monitor your key metrics in real-time! Everything happens in the browser (no software to download) and the finished product looks amazing on large screens!

SuperDemo: Bill Gross

Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet.

Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and of the Art Center College of Design. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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Event Details

  • When: Thursday, February 2, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125
  • What: Spotlight Series Event
  • Price: $25 (Early Bird)
  • RSVP:

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AGENDA

7:00 – 7:45pm – check-in
7:45 – 7:55pm – introductory remarks
8:00 – 8:35pm – 5 five-minute demos, followed by brief Q&A for each company
8:35 – 9:00pm – “Superdemo”
9:00 – 10:00pm – cocktail reception and networking

Directions to the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012

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 Winter Possible

Diamond Sponsor

CallFire provides Voice and SMS Solutions to over 40,000 customers including political groups, non-profits, insurance agents, small business owners, and marketers. Headquarted in Santa Monica, CA, CallFire is dedicated to providing high-availability systems, intuitive user interfaces, furious developer support, and unparalleled customer care in order to transform how companies do business.

Gold Sponsor

 

Start Engine is a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups build a solid foundation for success in 90 days.  Created by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, one of the most prolific investors in Los Angeles, Start Engine will provide local startups with the essential resources and counsel they need to become successful, self-directed businesses.  Start Engine offers a team of mentors who have proven themselves as successful entrepreneurs – not professional investors – ensuring that its startups are guided by the right people for the right reasons. Early-stage companies in the web, mobile and ecommerce space are encouraged to apply for the program which completes four cycles per year, culminating in Demo Days that are attended by the region’s top angel investors and VCs.

Silver Sponsor

Thousands of organizations have turned to TriNet for human resources, benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation, and strategic human capital services. As their trusted HR advisor, TriNet helps these companies contain HR costs, minimize employer-related risk, and relieve the administrative burden of HR.

TriNet also offers a set of Strategic Services that match companies at every point in their lifecycle, including such offerings as Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, and Employee Development. All of TriNet’s services are supported by a team of dedicated human capital consultants and experts, and enabled by best-in-class HR technology from Oracle-PeopleSoft.

ForeignIQ offers interactive learning materials on web and mobile tohelp international travelers learn about the customs and language oftheir destination and have more productive and enjoyable trips.Foreign travel does not need to be foreign!

CitySourced is a real time mobile civic engagement platform. CitySourced provides a free, simple, and intuitive platform empowering residents to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, & environmental issues, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action. A picture tells a thousand words and CitySourced makes it snap.

Leftronic is a real-time data visualization platform for startups. We make it trivial to quickly aggregate and monitor your key metrics in real-time! Everything happens in the browser (no software to download) and the finished product looks amazing on large screens!

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.

Community Sponsors

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.


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.

 

 

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.


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.

Mindshare LA was founded as means to elevate the public discourse and to provide a welcome change from the typical bar scene.
The brand promise is to service curiosity and to help provide a sense of belonging in one of America’s iconic cities.


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.

BetterWorks vision is to “Make Work Rewarding!” Technically speaking we’re a business platform where businesses can quickly create better, more rewarding work environments for their employees while saving a ton of time and money. Think of it as “Happiness in the Cloud.” Socially speaking, we’re a group of fun, innovative founders who love entrepreneurship.

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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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