Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall is garnering some excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night. To help curate and show off the best that LA has to offer we called in a few friends. So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall 2011 Judges!

Mike Jones, Investor and Advisor Located In Los Angeles

Mike has over 18 years of business development, marketing and management experience in businesses ranging from early stage start-ups to private equity and from mid-stage business to large turn-around operations. A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including agency PBJ Digital, application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media and Myspace. Mike continues to be actively involved with early-stage start-ups as an investor, advisor and board member. He has contributed to the success of dozens of companies, including the funding and strategic acquisitions of Movoxx, Tsavo and People Media.

Alex Maleki, Member of New Venture Group at Idealab

Alex is a member of the New Venture Group at Idealab, headed by Allen Morgan. Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas. Prior to Idealab, Alex led sales and marketing efforts for venture-backed startups focused on enterprise software and services. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a JD from Southwestern University, and suffers from an addiction to cheeseburgers.

Alex serves on the Board of Directors for Logsdon School, a non-profit school providing educational services to students with special needs.

Dinesh Ravishanker, CEO & Co-Founder at CallFire

Dinesh’s passion is developing VoIP-driven startups and creating unique online growth strategies. He is a recognized leader in the Voice 2.0 space and has focused his career exclusively on VoIP Integration consulting. Dinesh is a highly entrepreneurial executive with a track record of driving sales through innovative biz-dev and online marketing techniques. In the past, Dinesh served as President of Skyy Consulting Inc. and has led business analysis & user interface design projects for the U.S. Navy, Pfizer, & Unisys Corp. Dinesh earned his B.S. in Computer Science and his MBA from UC Irvine.

Scott Sangster, President of Tech Coast Angels (Los Angeles)/CEO at OrganicStartup

OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start. OrganicStartup incubates and accelerates innovative ventures by providing them with strategic early-stage investment, advisory, and operational assistance. Sangster is a serial entrepreneur and M&A executive with experience both founding and acquiring businesses. He sits on several boards and is involved in the virtual worlds, gaming, mobile, media, and healthcare markets.


Avesta Rasouli, Founder of Coloft

Avesta Rasouli and his wife Cam initially created Coloft because they needed a space to be awesome in alongside even awesomer people. The Coloft is now the an important hub of awesomeness in the LA startup community. It’s a community and work space focused on empowering entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, programmers, designers, professionals, and all awesome people in general. Because putting all of us together results in amazing things –together we are even more brilliant than we are alone.


Still Time to Submit Your Company!

There is still time to apply so if you have yet to do so APPLY HERE. Spotlight: LA Tech Fall will take place Thursday, October 27, at 6pm.  Entries will be closed for company submissions at midnight of October  16th, 2011.


TechZulu will be conducting a fireside chat with Mike Jones and we would love to get a few of our audience questions into the interview.  Just let us know in the comments below a question you would want us to ask Mike for you.

Mike Jones is an Internet executive, investor and advisor located in Los Angeles. A long-time entrepreneur, Mike founded his first successful Internet company in college and since then, has founded, built and sold numerous online and mobile businesses. His experience and expertise in both large and small companies focuses on strategy, growth, and operational efficiency resulting in many successful investor outcomes.

Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. During his tenure, he was responsible for the relaunch of Myspace, one of the most high-profile turn-around challenges in the industry. This included stabilizing a historically negative traffic and user trend, reducing the operational cost of the business by nearly 90 percent and pivoting the product from its legacy as a social network to a social entertainment destination.

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Event Details

    • When: Thursday, October 27th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Where: UCLA Anderson School of Management, 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
    • What: Spotlight Series Event
    • Price: $15 (Early Bird)
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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
8:00 – 8:30pm – “Superdemo”
8:30 – 9:30pm – cocktail reception and networking

Making Spotlight: LA Tech Fall 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!

Community Sponsors

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.

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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