Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

The thing you might have missed last week was an awesome program on Thursday night at tiato with Three Mobile Entrepreneurs (Dave Mathews (NeuAer), Nick Smoot (Here on Biz), Matthias Galica (ShareSquare)) and a VC (Rustic Canyon Partner, David Travers), moderated by Forbes writer Lori Kozlowski.  75+ attendees treated to a great night of  insights, opinions and networking.  Make plans to join us on Sept 27 when LAVA Mobile and LAVA Healthcare hook up for an evening event to examine the intersection of ubiquitous computing and healthcare.

The rest of things you should have seen last week – August 12 – 18

Can You Hear Me Now? – Gizmodo

Get Off the Phone and Eat Your Dinner – Mashable

Three times the charm – Slash Gear

Never Mind – PC World

Step up to the Bar – State Bar of Wisconsin

Higher Calling – Next Gov

Cash, Credit or Smartphone? – LA Times

Fair to Midling – Boston.com

Nope – ClickZ

Take out – PC World

Side Swiped – All Things D

Apple Misunderstood – Seeking Alpha

There’s an App for that – Government Technology

There’s a Cap for that – CNBC

They Don’t Make a Large Kindle – PC World

Poof! – PC Magazine

Spoof! – Boy Genius

Managing BYOD Mess – Byte

Copy That – Mobile Commerce Daily

This Changes Everything – GigaOM

Get a Dog – Media Bistro

Mapping a Response – Social Barrel

Promising to Behave – CNet

 This Changes Everything – GigaOM

Don’t bet on it – Tech Crunch

Hard Landing– Fierce Wireless

Scraping the Surface  – All Things D

Hitching a Ride – Tech Crunch

Connecting with a tablet – ZD Net

Gram Negative – PC World

Actually usable on iPhone – Ars Technica

That’s enough for 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.


NeuAer CEO Dave Mathews, Panelist LAVA Mobile Event, 6:30 PM, August 16, tiato

Dave is a consumer-focused inventor specializing in mobile, convergence and digital entertainment. He has worked at the startup stages of projects like boxee, Slingbox and is an inventor of the CueCat consumer bar code reader.

Always tinkering, he has 70+ U.S. patents granted and has appeared as a technology expert or host on some 300 television shows. Dave has written for PC Mag, is a founding contributor of O’Reilly’s MAKE and other consumer-tech outlets as well as industry publications.

After the dot-com bubble burst, he was tapped by the Chairman of RadioShack to help re-kindle the spirit of innovation within the retail giant. Through his efforts, several products made it to market and many technologies were created with the help of his Asian and US based teams.

Dave began connecting computers to cellular phones in the early 1990’s and created some of the first mobile data solutions for carriers all over the nation. He has developed communication focused retail superstores and the products that go within, as well as routing technologies, supply chain management and back-end database infrastructure.

Dave is a frequent public speaker, technology expert for broadcast media outlets and sits on the advisory board of several early stage companies.

 

About:

LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica

This event requires Pre-registration.

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now.  And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above.  The critical questions the panel will address include: How do you start one? What are the challenges? How do you pay for / get the tech? Is the app space too crowded to be starting? What are VCs looking for in a mobile startup? What’s the future of mobile startups? What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

LAVA Mobile Events are produced by Michael Utvich and John Dmohowski, Co-Chairs of LAVA Mobile.


Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

There are two great Los Angeles Venture Association events this week. Tuesday evening, 6:00 PM, at the Fairmont, local Venture Capitalists are featured in our Annual VC Panel – the most popular event on the LAVA calendar.  Thursday evening, 6:30 PM, at tiato, a more intimate, convivial conversation with local mobile entrepreneurs Matthias Galica, Nick Smoot and Dave Mathews joined by Rustic Canyon VC David Travers.  This affair will be moderated by Lori Kozlowski.  Join us for both these great local VC/Entrepreneur focused events in Santa Monica.  Details and registration for both events is at the LAVA website.

But so much for the present, let’s spend a little time navigating around the past week – Aug 4 – Aug 11.  Here is what caught our attention, made us consider or simply wasted synaptic excitation.  Enjoy!

Great, kid. Don’t get cocky. – Ars Technica

Speaking of Game Consoles – WebProNews

Hearty – Mashable

Wireless Tech Space opens in Brooklyn – WSJ

L7 Latte – New York Times

Don’t Leave Home without It – the brainyard

Faster Please – Keynote Systems

What Women Like – Tech Crunch

Count Me In! – Engadget

Count Me Out! – Technology Review

Fruit Loops – ReadWriteWeb

Intel Jumps on Wireless Charging Bandwagon – DigiTimes

Cloudy with a Chance of Pain – Wired

Number Crunching Visible Mass of Liquid Droplets – CBS

Facebook readies Mobile Ad Server – Social Barrel

Fast $50 K – ZDNet

Healthcare Scheduling App – Information Week

Apple pulls plug on YouTube in iOS6 – Computer World

Coalition of Transaction Processors – VentureBeat

Roadkill – Boy Genius

Uncivil Wars – Gizmodo

Android OTA ROM Updates – GigaOM

High Time for HTML5 – The Droid Guy

That’s enough for 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.


Matthias Galica – LAVA Mobile Panelist – August 16, 6:30 PM, tiato

Matthias Galica – Founder @ShareSquare & co-curator @StartupDigest LA. 

Formerly Product & Performance Marketing Manager @WooMe; BizIntel @Nike. 

Photogenic headliner @EntrepreneurMag 2011’s “100 Brilliant Companies”. 

ShareSquare – One of the first end-to-end campaign management tools serving offline-to-mobile marketing QR code campaigns in the US, for about a year.  Then realized that leading with QR codes was “selling vitamins” even though we had a mobile web “painkiller” sitting on the shelf.

That’s the sum of the bio and company description he sent along with his headshot.  A guy of few words?  Not really.  Quality over quantity.  Absolutely.  Check out his twitter account.  Subscribe to the StartupDigest LA.  See his wall on FB.  Or this interview on socaltech:  Interview with Matthias Galica, ShareSquare.

My last role was as a product manager for another local startup, Woome.com, an online dating site. I was there for a year and a half, and the thing that influenced me about the startup was I was able to cut my teeth in performance marketing. Online dating is all about acquisition, and maximizing the ROI for people coming in, and figuring out how that corresponds to their lifetime value. Me and my co-founder went through the Founder’s Institute here, while we were still in our day jobs, and one of the markets we studied was the huge, out-of-home advertising market. In that market, there are literally no ROI metrics.

 

About:

LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica

This event requires Pre-registration.

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now.  And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above.  The critical questions the panel will address include: How do you start one? What are the challenges? How do you pay for / get the tech? Is the app space too crowded to be starting? What are VCs looking for in a mobile startup? What’s the future of mobile startups? What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

LAVA Mobile Events are produced by Michael Utvich and John Dmohowski, Co-Chairs of LAVA Mobile.


David Travers, Rustic Canyon – August 16, LAVA Mobile Event

 

David Travers grew up working every odd job in his family’s business. His admiration for business creators began with his Dad and has grown into a passion for providing entrepreneurs with the capital and support to help them succeed. David’s technology and media experience are instrumental to his investment and advisory work at Rustic Canyon.

Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, David served as Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor in the White House and was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Public Service. Previously, David worked on corporate strategy at The Walt Disney Company and helped launch Disney’s credit card business.

David loves sports and his favorite activities include going to yoga class with his wife, playing at the park with his kids and working to support his favorite after school program, LA’s BEST.

David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.

 

About:

LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica

This event requires Pre-registration.

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now.  And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above.  The critical questions the panel will address include: How do you start one? What are the challenges? How do you pay for / get the tech? Is the app space too crowded to be starting? What are VCs looking for in a mobile startup? What’s the future of mobile startups? What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

LAVA Mobile Events are produced by Michael Utvich and John Dmohowski, Co-Chairs of LAVA Mobile.


LAVA Mobile Event features Nick Smoot, Here on Biz

Forbes – 6 Jul 12 – Here on Biz: Real Time Networking for Execs

After traveling to 40 states over the course of a year while working on another startup, founder Nick Smoot and business partner Allen Hartwig realized how much down, dead time they were spending in airports.

“We kept realizing we were bastardizing social network platforms just to keep in touch with business professionals. There was nothing real time. Nothing geo-aware,” said Smoot.

Nick Smoot is cofounder and CMO of Here On Biz, the instant business networking app. Here On Biz, after eight weeks of being available to the public, had downloads from business professionals in over 23 countries, received press from Forbes, Inc Magazine, TechCrunch, and entrepreneur magazine, and the co-founder of LinkedIn uses it actively. In 2010 Smoot successfully built, launched and sold toor.me, a mobile software services for the real estate industry, over the course of eight months.  Toor.me was known as the leading mobile engagement tool for single properties.  The Acquisition of Toor.me landed him in the seat of executive director of business development and the task of building key relationships with Bank of America, Ally bank, Hearst Corporation, Realogy, and Brookfield.  Prior to Toor.me, Smoot spent eight years consulting in both the profit and non-profit worlds focusing on answers to complex business development problems for both small and large organizations – corporations including Subaru, Tom’s Shoes, ASPPB, PREIT, and many others. Besides cementing himself as a leading expert in the social/mobile and mobile/professional arenas, Nick is a dedicated husband and father.

About:  Here on Biz

Here On Biz is the leading Instant Business Networking app. A little over a year ago, Allen Hartwig and Nick Smoot began thinking of ways to make business networking more geo aware and real time. The result is their iOS app. The company was founded in February of 2012 here in LA and since going live 9 weeks ago, they have seen the app downloaded in over 24 countries.

About:

LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica

This event requires Pre-registration.   

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now.  And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above.  The critical questions the panel will address include:
How do you start one?
What are the challenges?
How do you pay for / get the tech?
Is the app space too crowded to be starting?
What are VCs looking for in a mobile startup?
What’s the future of mobile startups?
What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young

LAVA Mobile Events are produced by Michael Utvich and John Dmohowski, Co-Chairs of LAVA Mobile.


Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

So this week passed quicker than the 50 yard freestyle in an Olympic Final.  Bunch of stuff going on including putting the finishing touches on August 16, LAVA  Mobile evening event at tiato, LA Mobile Entrepreneurs and a VC.  Nice program.  Registration is open at LAVA.org.

So stuff you should have seen last week, July 29 – Aug 4, included:

Healthy Respect for Mobile – Search Health IT

Army Learning Model goes Mobile – Fort Gordon Signal

Margin Call – Risk.net

Zune of pads – Canalys

BYO Security Headaches – eWeek

Peak Mobile – Beta News

Tether Ball – FCC

Synchronicity – Information Week

First! – Official Android Blog

Caller ID – Tech Crunch

I Hear Google – PC World

I See VAWN – ReadWriteWeb

I Smell Apple Fuming – Boy Genius

HTML5 Has a Future? – DeveloperTech

Social Media Holds the Key to Productivity – McKinsey 

Not Just For Entertainment – ZD Net

Institution of Hybrid Learning – Pew Research

Infrastructure of Hybrid Learning – Mashable

Where’s the Boingo? – Biz Journal

Disharmony – CNet News

Real Disharmony – All Things Digital

There’s an App for That – Tech Crunch

The Cost of Free – Venture Beat

The Cost of No Market – GigaOM

Lazarus, is that you? – Information Week

Lazarus – that is you! – Social Barrel

Tweet me a Clif Bar – The eTail Blog

No Phone, No Problem – Byte

No Phone, No MalWare – PC World

Enough for last week.  Have a good this 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.