Monthly Archives: September 2012

Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

This will be a busier than usual week which has already started.   Thursday evening make plans to attend the joint session of Mobile LAVA and LAVA Healthcare where Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures and Richard Koffler, Chair of LAVA Healthcare will have an audience directed conversation.  6:30 PM, Sept 27, tiato.  Register here.

On to the main course:

Number 5 is Alive! –  Associated Press

Can I borrow your S3?  I’m trying to find the Apple Store. – Wall Street Journal

Please, Sir, May I Have Another – the Register

Can you hear me now? – Fierce Wireless

Adding to the social media mix – Social Times

I can crack this in 6 characters – Ars Technica

Cure for cracks – Information Week

Quick wits – WSJ Tech Europe

Quick tix – Mobile Commerce Daily

Quick fix – Christian Science Monitor

P2TV – CIO Today

Fire Fired – Cnet

mHealth Incubator Opens in New Jersey – MarketWatch

Filling Up the Silos – GigaOM

Now maybe they can do something about the refs – Business Week

Groupon adds credit card processing – FierceWirelessContent

There’s a Hack for That – MSNBC

Picture Traders and Trackers – Search Engine Watch

Shocking – Boy Genius Reports

Your Brain on Apps – CNN

8 is Enough? – engadget

Got to run.  Enjoy the rest of the week and join us on Thursday night if you can at tiato in Santa Monica.

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




Telcare Raises $25.5 from Sequoia and Qualcomm

With Jack Young our featured guest at the upcoming Mobile LAVA Healthcare event next week, we’ve been looking to see what Jack has been up to.  Recently, Mobile Health News published a piece on a cellular enabled glucose monitor, Telcare, that raised $25.5 M  from Sequoia and Qualcomm.  This was a follow-on round for Telcare, a round that Qualcomm also lead.

Here is the article from MHN – Telcare raises $25.5 million from Sequoia, Qualcomm

And from the press release included in the article above:

“Telcare’s solution leverages the broad coverage of mobile networks and the convenience of cellular technology to empower individuals to better manage their conditions through professional supervision and/or family members’ support, said Jack Young, director of Qualcomm Ventures.

Telcare provides a comprehensive diabetes solution consisting of a wireless glucose meter with two-way messaging that transmits to an FDA-cleared care management server, along with a suite of iPhone and Android apps to enable family members to follow the progress of loved ones with diabetes.  Through Sequoia’s investment, the company will seek to aggressively accelerate market share to realize their vision of becoming the global leader in wireless “mHealth” solutions for people with Diabetes and other chronic illnesses. The Telcare platform is currently being implemented by health insurers and employers who currently care for more than 1 million people with Diabetes.

Registration is required for the Mobile LAVA Healthcare event and is now open at:  Mobile LAVA.  The meeting’s format will be highly interactive. Following a few introductory minutes by the moderator, Richard Koffler, the floor will open to questions from the audience.  The event will be held at tiato, 6:30 PM on September 27.  Free parking is available under the building at 2700 Colorado, 90404 after 5:00 PM with validation.

Mobile LAVA and LAVA Healthcare are Strategic Interest Groups of the Los Angeles Venture Association.

Mobile LAVA events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

Things You Should Have Seen – last week

This week’s LAVA calendar has Green LAVA down at ROC on Thursday night – 6:30 PM.  New day, new time, new venue – what’s not to like.  Lachlan McLean (US Renewables Group), Neal Roche (Gridtest), Jordan Ramer (EV Connect) will join moderator Marty Metro (Used Cardboard Boxes).  The following Thursday evening at tiato, LAVA Healthcare and LAVA Mobile will combine forces and feature Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures and moderator Richard Koffler.  Sure to be a fascinating couple of events – go register at

So without further delay – here is the stuff you should have been paying attention to last week – Sep 9 – Sep 15, 2012.

iPhone5 Sweepstakes – Fierce Wireless

Another OS joins the wireless fray – Wall Street Journal

The soft underbelly of Android – threatpost

Spectrum Perspectives – the Hill

European Theater of Patent Wars – the Guardian

Locking up by locking down – Wired

Groupon going mobile – Mobile Commerce Daily

Faster please – Computerworld

New brand, same issues – Wirelessweek

Booster shot – Herald Online

HTML5 out, ratings up for iOS FB app – TechCrunch

TweetCon 5 – Mashable Mobile

Really? – Byte

Of Course They Are – GigaOM

Do QR codes have a future? – the eTail blog

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should – All Things D

Is it flattery if you imitate yourself? – Boy Genius

Brick & Mobile – Information Week

This and $1.95 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks – Pew Internet 

#embedtimelines – Twitter

Turning over the Apple Cult – Tech Crunch

That’s it for the week that was.  Come on back next week to see more.

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.


RideShare exhibits at PortTech EXPO

Cleantech Open semi-finalist and friend of LAVA Mobile and Green LAVA will be a featured exhibitor at this week’s PortTech EXPO.  Thomas Pham has worked at improving RideShare 2.0, the mobile app that brings together commuters with empty seats and commuters who need a ride.  The service has a scheduling component but also allows ad hoc functions that fills open seats or provides flexibility for commuters that just need a ride occasionally.

Thursday, Sept 6, the PortTech EXPO presents a full day of panel discussions, breakout sessions, exhibitor space (indoors and outdoors), a luncheon, keynote address by CEC Commissioner Carla Peterman, the debut of a Class 8 EV, workshops and Award ceremony for the winners of the Sept 5 Pitch Competition.  A single registration allows attendees access to the event both days.  Go to PortTech EXPO Registration and use the promo code LAVA for a significant discount.

Rideshare, Inc. / Rideshare 2.0

Rideshare 2.0 is a web and mobile social network to crowdsource open seats in carpools and vanpools to build an alternative mass transit network for everyday commuters. Rideshare 2.0 takes the stress out of traffic for everyday commuters by having some else drive you to work. Rideshare 2.0 helps passengers save time over public transit’s hub-spoke system with our more efficient point-to-point system. Rideshare 2.0 gives passengers the flexibility with their schedule over traditional vanpools and carpools with our open seats reservation system. Rideshare 2.0’s target market are everyday commuters in Los Angeles and beyond who commutes more than 20 miles to work each way driving alone or taking public transit. We are currently testing our service from Antelope Valley to Glendale/Burbank area with workers at Sony, Warner Bros, and Nestle.

Rideshare 2.0 charges an average fare of $7 per ride for a commuter who travels 20 miles to work each way. We also offer monthly and unlimited ride programs for a discounted fare. Rideshare collects 10% per transaction with 5% service fee from the driver and 5% service fee from the passenger. We aim to profit $1 per open seat per day. Our target for our first year in service is 500 daily commuters to use our service bringing in $1.75 M in revenue.

PortTech EXPO 2012 is hosted by PortTechLA, a 501(c)(3) clean technology commercialization center and incubator program adjacent the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO draws nearly 100 exhibitors, presenters and sponsors, and more than 300 business, industry, research and community leaders each year.

LAVA Mobile and Healthcare Join Forces – Sept 27, 6:30 PM

LAVA Mobile joins forces this month with our sister interest group LAVA Healthcare to explore the world of mobile health, aka mhealth. 

Registration is now open for this event:  Sept 27, 6:30 – 9:00 PM at tiato in Santa Monica.

The panel will dig into how mobile technologies are expected to change fundamentally the business of healthcare. Mobile solutions ranging from simple smartphone apps to comprehensive clinical management systems are increasingly used to provide medical care in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. But perhaps the largest game-changing frontier is how mobile  technologies will help consumers — patients and their caregivers — become intimately involved with the active management of their health and wellness.

The meeting will feature guest speaker Jack Young, managing director of the Qualcomm Life Fund (part of Qualcomm Ventures), a $100M venture-capital fund focused on the emerging wireless and connected-health space, including wellness and fitness, chronic disease care, remote diagnosis and monitoring, healing and aging in place, and health informatics. Jack currently serves as a board observer at Airstrip, AliveCor, Telcare, PixSense, Jana, uCIRRUS, Validity and Visage Mobile. Prior to Qualcomm Ventures, Jack was executive vice president and US Country Manager at ZTE Corporation (SEHK: 0763), the world’s fifth-largest telecom equipment maker headquartered in Shenzhen, China, where he helped establish the company’s US market presence. Previously he was a sales and marketing executive at Nokia following the acquisition of Silicon-Valley based startup Amber Networks for $421M where he was founding AVP of marketing. Early in his career, he held marketing and business development positions at 3Com, GDC, and Nortel. Jack holds an MSEE from the University of Calgary and an MBA from McGill University.

The panel’s moderator will be Richard Koffler, past president of LAVA, current Chair of LAVA Healthcare and a life-sciences entrepreneur currently incubating early-stage ventures VAL9000 and Viderics. He is a member of the Tech Coast Angels, an advisor to the California Emerging Technology Fund, and board vice-chair of El Centro Latino for Literacy. He holds computer science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

 The meeting’s format will be highly interactive. Following a few introductory minutes by the moderator, the floor will open to questions from the audience.

LAVA Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how to fix the healthcare system with innovations in business models, technology and consumer involvement.

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring and explaining the rapidly evolving universe of ubiquitous computing.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young


PortTech EXPO Finalist – TREXA, LLC.

Wednesday evening, the 3rd Annual PortTech EXPO kicks off with a Reception and Pitch Competition at 5:00 PM on Sept 5th at the DoubleTree Hilton in Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro.  Seth Seaberg, CEO of TREXA, will join 10 other founders and CxOs competing with their 5 minute pitch.  These are the final days to register at PortTech EXPO. Use the promotion code ‘LAVA’ for a significant discount. 

TREXA is the developer and manufacturer of Geodrone™, an electric unmanned ground vehicle designed for the $80 billion U.S. private and government security market. Human perimeter security patrols are expensive and inefficient, and the cars they operate on 24-hour patrol are generating CO2 emissions. Geodrone® perimeter security vehicles address these problems. The target markets for these vehicles include the commercial sector – private security contractors (PSCs) and internal security services, as well as government – private military contractors (PMCs), government installations, and law enforcement. Current prospects include the Santa Monica Police Department, U.S. Navy SPAWAR Point Loma, SIS (Silicon Valley tech campus protection), Spaceport America and John Wayne Airport.
TREXA’s patent pending hardware platform enables quick adaptation to changing customer application requirements and serves as a barrier to entry for competitors. The platform also enables lateral expansion into other unmanned categories. Competitive advantages also include our manufacturing partnership with Navistar (NYSE: NAV), agility as an R&D focused company, high performance vehicle design experience, and “co-opetition” approach with emerging tech companies.

PortTech EXPO 2012 is hosted by PortTechLA, a 501(c)(3) clean technology commercialization center and incubator program adjacent the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO draws nearly 100 exhibitors, presenters and sponsors, and more than 300 business, industry, research and community leaders each year.