Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ever wonder what 3 experts on mobile tech, business and opportunities talk about when they get together?

You don’t have to guess. You are invited to sit in on their conversation at the Los Angeles Venture Association Annual Meeting – July 10th, 7:00 AM, Skirball Center in Los Angeles.  LAVA Mobile is producing the event and has invited 3 experts to provide their perspectives on mobile enabled markets, businesses, devices and platforms.  After some membership business, Jeff Liu, Ernst & Young’s  Principal & Senior Managing Director, US Group Head, Technology M&A and Capital & Debt Advisory will present some original research on mobile markets, marketing, advertising, smartphones and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Also presenting his unique perspective will be Shuki Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of local mobile business Gumiyo – a mobile publishing platform.  Home to 27,000 mobile sites, Gumiyo is used to create mobile solutions for businesses and brands to reach and engage local consumers.  Gumiyo powers mobile initiatives for more than 150,000 businesses and brands worldwide and helps them communicate with consumers over SMS, mobile web and apps.

And for a global perspective on mobile markets from his perch in the Silicon Valley, Joe Jasin will bring his observations and insights to the technologies, devices and services enabled by mobile.  Joe is the VP of Business Development for Polaroid, Silicon Valley Forum Founder and Chair of the  Mobile Software Developers and Department of State, Asia Pacific Economic Corporation, Advisor on Wireless Spectrum Allocation.

And we’ll have a number of exhibitors with demos and collateral for attendees during the networking sessions before and after the program.  Exhibitors will include GoTrexx – an application for information/entertaining children on vacation to popular destinations; Skin Metro – iPad mobile application for helping consumers with selecting cosmetics; Gumiyo and E&Y will also be exhibiting.

Registration is now available at LAVA website.

If you have a mobile app, device or service you would like to display in the exhibit space, contact:

If you would like to join the fine companies sponsoring LAVA, LAVA Mobile or this event, please contact Len Lanzi, Exec Director:

Register, let your LinkedIn connections know you’ll be attending and we’ll see you there.


LAVA Annual Meeting

Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

Go forth and register:  LAVA Annual Meeting/Mobile Ecosystem of Southern California and Beyond – July 10th, Skirball Center, 7:00 AM

Through celebrating the Summer Solstice and looking to get back onto the treadmill of  tendentious, timorous, tremendous or trivial insights, observations and pontificating about everything mobile?  Well you’ve come to the right place – stuff you should have seen:  June 17 – 23.

A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you have enough to buy a Hawaiian Island – eWeek

A billion here, a billion there – Hey Doc, cool phone – Bloomberg

What’s the sponsored story, Facebook? – AdAge Digital

It’s Not Alive! – Mashable

Think Telecomm – BusinessWeek

Paper cut – Business Wire

Posner takes bite out of Apple – Fortune (38 page pdf download)

Nope – Information Week

Marred – eWeek

Scratching the Surface – Online Publishers Association (33 pg pdf download)

Google making more money on iPhone – Google Mobile Blog

Apacheta Apps – ReadWriteWeb

Pencils, paper, protractor, iPad – NextGen Journal

Wooga goes wobbly on HTML5 – All Things Digital

Flipped Out – Mashable

Orbitz takes off – GigaOM

Check this out – Pew Internet Research

Cults are expensive – ABI Research

Buy a new phone, buy new accessories – TechDeviceReviews

A place to sell old accessories– Tech Crunch

Notebook in the Cloud – Byte 

Letters, Arts & Sciences for kids – Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Swype this – Extreme Tech

Easy but not small – IEEE Spectrum

Spectrum speculation – Fierce Wireless

Music soothes the savage task list– Mobile & Apps

That should be enough stimulant to start the week.  Have a good one!

The Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week is a compilation of articles, opinions, stories of interest to the mobile community presented by LAVA Mobile – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.

Mobile Ecosystem of Southern California and Beyond

The program for July 10th will be at the Skirball Center in west Lost Angeles starting at 7:00 AM.  

 The morning opens with networking and exhibits.  The meeting starts with a brief report to the membership as this is LAVA’s Annual Meeting.  We’ll then have Jeff Liu, Principal and Sr. Managing Director of Ernst & Young present some original research E&Y has done on mobile tech, business and trends.  We’ll have Shuki Lehavi, CEO and Co-Founder of Gumiyo to provide his perspective on starting and growing a company in a hot sector.  Joe Jasin of Polaroid, one of the thought leaders for wireless internet technology has been invited to speak.  And we’re recruiting a VC to fill out the group.  Networking and exhibits after the event for as long as desired.

Rather than go for a panel structure, we want the speakers to make an extended  statement of their perspective.  To do that we would give each speaker a set of four key questions to help frame their presentation — those questions might be:

  • Give an overview of your role and your perspective in the Mobile marketplace
  • How has Mobile changed the playing field in today’s market
  • What do you see the next major changes coming in Mobile
  • Where are the opportunities for entrepreneurs in Mobile going forward?

So you can participate:  Register here.  Tell your LinkedIn connections.

Mobile start-ups can exhibit:  e-mail: 

Or provide your company with a great opportunity to get noticed by sponsoring this event:

A remarkable panel, a white-hot market and a couple of hundred of the region’s investors, entrepreneurs, start-up executives, service providers and business leaders all assembled to network, learn and make deals.  A good way to start a day!  Join us July 10th.


Great programs in the next 30 days – sign up now.

June 22 – LAVA Healthcare – June’s meeting features co-panelist Tim Jones, CEO of Health Nuts Media

June 27 – Women in LAVA – A panel of entrepreneurs will share their experiences and strategies for getting funded.

July 6 – GlobaLAVA– Think Outside The States

July 10 – 27th Annual Meeting of the Los Angeles Venture Association hosted by LAVA Mobile.  Following the annual report to the membership, the morning’s program will examine/focus on the rapid evolution of mobile enabled businesses, devices, markets and behaviors. 

July 20 – Green LAVA – focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses.

The LAVA Strategic Interest Groups – Healthcare, Women, Global, Mobile, Green – are a great reason to join and participate in the Los Angeles Venture Association.  SIG events are a free benefit to all members and require pre-registration.  The LAVA Annual Meeting is a regular event and admission is free only to full members.

Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

This week’s richly entertaining and informative collection of insights, opinions and caterwauling from online resources about mobile tech, business, trends and sociology – for last week, June 10-16.

We’ll get to this week’s installment of things that you should have seen but first: Go register for the July 10th LAVA Annual Meeting.  And then go to linkedin and let your connections know you’ll be there.  Go now, we’ll wait.

OK – welcome back and onto the show. 

Priming the pump –

Mom, can I borrow your phone – Mobile Payments Today

Greener grass? – All Things Digital

Texting in the Boy’s Room – Education Week

Verizon’s doing this for your benefit – LA Times

Sharing is Caring – Tech News World

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence – BusinessWeek

WD forecast – cloudy with chance of entertainment – ComputerWorld

Defibrillator – Business Wire

CA Penal Code 647 – ReadWriteWeb

Privacy Stakeholders Welcome – ZD Net

Siri – were you greater than Apple  – Know Your Mobile

Putting First Responders First – PC World

RIM shot – Information Week

I’m frugal, not cheap – Daily Finance

OK – I’m cheap – ZD Net

6 is not enough – Forbes

8 is not enough – CIO

9s, 10s, 12s – Venture Beat

Well it looks like a solar powered pencil! – All Things Digital

Mashing the Throttle – Tech Crunch

And if you need to, you can make a call with this phone – GigaOM

WWDC Sauce – LA Times

A carat a day – CNet

Laptop connects anywhere, anytime – PC Magazine

TMI – Mobile Enterprise


Enough for this last week. 

The Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week is a compilation of articles, opinions, stories of interest to the mobile community presented by LAVA Mobile – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.

LAVA Mobile MVP Program – June 14, 6:30 PM, tiato

Thursday evening LAVA Mobile will launch their Mobile Vertical Perspectives (MVP) series focused on Mobile in Automotive. During this interactive evening with experts presenting TED-like talks, Mobile LAVA will explore mobile across the three dimensions of the automotive consumer experience–from Shopping to Purchase to Ownership. We’ll ask questions about where inefficiencies lie and new opportunities that wait for entrepreneurs to exploit.

As one of the largest industries in the world, automotive has been a fertile environment for innovation and new ideas. Today, every tier of the industry, from dealers and manufacturers to hundreds of technology and service providers, has been exploring various ways to harness the power of the mobile device to enhance and bring value to the retail automotive experience. 
Some of these mobile technologies provide new ways for consumers to find and buy vehicles while others provide enhanced driver guidance and control.  User smartphones are increasingly being integrated with onboard automotive technology to provide integrated hands-free telephone, safety, and on-demand entertainment.

The evening’s Speakers:  

Shuki Lehavi, CEO Gumiyo

Shuki Lehavi co-founded Gumiyo in 2006, and has been the company’s leading voice ever since. Today, as the Chief Executive Officer, Shuki continues to lead Gumiyo’s dynamic team in building the company’s unique platform and portfolio of products.

Shuki is an avid technologist with more than 15 years of successful experience in managing and developing enterprise applications in the banking, healthcare, automotive, and mobile industries. He enjoys working with founders and solving business, product and technology problems.

Jim Hughes, CEO Intellacar

For over 30 years, Jim Hughes has been a successful entrepreneur, winning awards and delivering the wow for well-known brands. With an extensive background in creating powerful solutions for both dealers and OEMs (e.g. Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, etc.), Jim brings his passion and expertise to the mobile space with IntellaCar, a game-changing iPad solution that accelerates the sales process and enhances the customer experience.

Bret Tobey, CEO Carvoyant

After strategic product management and business development roles for the world’s largest security hardware manufacturer, ASSA ABLOY, Bret headed back to his startup roots to launch Carvoyant. His work at ASSA ABLOY led to the initial architecture and business model for Carvoyant. Reaching back to his involvement with the first Internet load of VISA backed cash value to a smart card (1998), he has an extensive background with large scale identity and transaction systems. He has also managed the conception, strategy and development of numerous products with combined software and hardware elements such as this touch screen lockset. He is a father of four and an avid sailor.

Carvoyant is built around solving a very common point of pain, “what does my check engine light mean?” and “who do I trust to get it fixed?” Combining automotive diagnostics, mobile technologies and data analytics, Carvoyant creates a trusted “health record” for your car. Using a simple wireless transmitter that plugs into a car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD) System and a mobile app downloaded to a smartphone; Carvoyant will listen to a car and when a problem arises we give drivers the tools to connect with dealers and mechanics.

Chuck Parker, Publisher, Automotive Digest

Parker’s industry management experience prior to founding and Automotive Information Network, Inc. in 1998 includes 9 years as publisher of automotive print magazines at Bobit Publishing and Director of Electronic Media. Before  entering automotive print magazine publishing. Chuck held senior executive management positions at Avis Leasing, National Car Rental, Rollins Auto Leasing, The LeMans Group, Colonial National Bank and founded two automotive systems and marketing companies.

 Chuck is an acknowledged Industry analyst and spokesperson with management  and publishing  experience in all aspects of the automotive  market including dealer operations & marketing, fleet, commercial & retail leasing, systems development, auto finance & underwriting, car & truck rental, fueling, green vehicle development and automotive conference management.

Presentations:  “Ted Talks” presentations – each expert will provide a 7-10 minute standup talk on how mobile is changing the game in automotive from their respective perspective.  The focus will be upon product categories or market perspective, followed by 2-3 minutes of questions

Wrap up:  Short five-minute panel where each expert can comment / ask questions of the other experts and audience participation as time permits

Networking: 6:30
Presentations: 7:30-8:30
Post presentation 8:30-9:00 (roughly)

Venue: tiato, 2700 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404. 

All LAVA Mobile events require pre-registration at:  LAVA Mobile.  SIG events are free for LAVA members, guests are only $35.  Parking at tiato is free after 5:00 PM with validation – enter on Colorado.

LAVA Mobile is the Strategic Interest Group focused on mobile technology, business and trends for the Los Angeles Venture Association’s members, guests and community.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.