Monthly Archives: February 2013

Get a LYFT to tonight’s Mobile LAVA event

lyft graphicIf you get a LYFT to this evening’s event, LYFT will give you a $10 credit.  J ust download the Lyft app and enter LAVALYFT1 under settings to get $10 of free Lyft credit!!

 
What is Lyft?
 
Lyft is a mobile app that lets you request a ride from a fabulous, hand-selected community of drivers. Not only is Lyft more convenient, reliable, and affordable than a cab, we practically guarantee you’ll arrive with a smile! 
Your pink-mustached chariot awaits!

Lyft is an on-demand ridesharing service owned and operated by Zimride that is currently operating in San Francisco, CA. and has recently come to LA. Using the Lyft iPhone app, passengers can instantly request a pickup, and a safe, friendly driver will arrive within minutes. The Lyft staff carefully selects pre-vetted, trustworthy drivers from the community who swiftly get passengers to their destinations.

See you this evening!


Register Now for Real Founders, Real Talk – Feb 28, ROC, 6:30 PM

The window is closing on an opportunity to participate in a candid conversation with some of the people making Silicon Beach the destination to start, grow and fund start-ups.  This event is meant to inform founders, executives, teams, the service providers,  investors and broader community about what it is like to be a part of this dynamic community.

Moderator: Matthias Galica – Emcee at BEASTMODE.FM, curator at StartupDigest LA,

Panel:

Francisco Dao – Columnist at PandoDaily, founder of 50Kings

Shara Senderoff – Co-founder of InternSushi, 2012 Forbes “30 Under 30”

Matthew Goldman – Founder of Wallaby Financial

Kenneth Hepburn – Founder of LivnGiv, sculptor-cum-CEO, Founder Institute survivor

Amanda MacNaughton – Co-founder of PromoJam

Start-ups have myriad challenges for the early stage team but none feel the stress as intensely as the founders and especially the CEO. Add that to near celebrity status that founders can attain through proximity to a hot area or cause or technology or market. Bring the need to be always on, in the moment, part of the show which layers weight and complexity. Combine the challenges, the notoriety, the act and expectations and you brew a toxic cocktail that is consumed routinely by entrepreneurs working in an area like Silicon Beach, in an exploding space like mobile while maintaining a positive aura.

Register now at Mobile LAVA. Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on the emergence and significance of ubiquitous computing. The SIG and Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

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The Real People Doing the Real Talk at ROC Thursday 28 Feb at 6:30 PM

This is an awesome time to be a founder and entrepreneur in Los Angeles. An intoxicating elixir of vibrant start-up communities; favored industries and memes for investment; incubators & accelerators; deep talent pool; undeniable positive momentum; remarkable universities; and, glitter and hype that accompanies fast growing businesses and fast liquidity events. So what is it like in a hot space, hot place and cold reality of innervating a start-up?

Mobile LAVA has invited some local, successful entrepreneurs and observers of the space to come and share their experiences, expectations, frustrations, insights and coping mechanisms. With great opportunities comes great responsibilities and the need to be always on, meeting goals, satisfying constituencies inside and outside the team, unrelenting drive, persistence, the ability to manage risks, people, perceptions and to maintain your humanity.

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Matthias Galica will moderate the evening’s conversation.  Emcee at BEASTMODE.FM, curator at StartupDigest LA, village idiot, anti-socialite, secret admirer, student loaner, continental drifter, professional bootlegger, spin doctor, self-referentialist, road runner, personal journalist, cold-ass person of pallor.

And the cast for this performance:

 

 

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Shara Senderoff – Co-founder of InternSushi, reps Silicon Beach hard in the 2012 Forbes “30 Under 30”, female Marty McFly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Francisco Dao – Columnist at PandoDaily, founder of 50Kings, crotchety next-door neighbor.  (Be sure to read his recent post on “The Show”.)

 

 

 

 

GoldmanMatthew Goldman – Founder of Wallaby Financial, SMB/retail wunderkind, father, home improvement enthusiast.

 

 

 

 

 

Hepburn Kenneth Hepburn –  Founder of LivnGiv, sculptor-cum-accidental CEO, Founder Institute survivor, silver fox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MacNaughtonAmanda MacNaughton – Co-founder of PromoJam, Silicon Beach’s “favorite daughter”, woman about town.

Further details coming.   Register now at Mobile LAVA.

Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on the emergence and significance of ubiquitous computing. The SIG and Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.


Real Founders, Real Talk – 28 Feb at ROC from 6:30-9:00 PM

LAVA Mobile phone logoThe Los Angeles tech scene has buzz, glitzy backers and even a catchy nickname: Silicon Beach.

The Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec 11

Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared to keeping my mind in check. Over the years, I’ve spoken to hundreds of CEOs all with the same experience. Nonetheless, very few people talk about it, and I have never read anything on the topic.

Ben Horowitz is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Start-ups have myriad challenges for the early stage team but none feel the stress as intensely as the founders and especially the CEO.  Add that to near celebrity status that founders can attain through proximity to a hot area or cause or technology or market.  Bring the need to be always performing , in the moment, part of the show which layers weight and complexity.  Combine the challenges, the notoriety, the act and expectations and you brew a toxic cocktail that is consumed routinely by entrepreneurs working in an area like Silicon Beach, in an exploding space like mobile while maintaining a positive aura.

So we want to start a conversation about what all this means and how we deal with the need to be always on stage or in the muck.  We want to understand what is real and what is illusion.  And we want it to be interactive and participatory.

Francisco Dao of PandoDaily and Shara Senderoff of InternSushi will join Matthias Galica of BEASTMODE.FM.  We’re awaiting word from a couple of others.  And we’re inviting local entrepreneurs, founders, start-up team members and the general public for an unusual evening of candor and experiences from people dealing with the reality of hot place, hot space and cold reality.  Further details coming.   Register now at Mobile LAVA.

Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on the emergence and significance of ubiquitous computing. The SIG and Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.


Save the Date – Mobile LAVA at ROC, Feb 28, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Matthias GalicaWhat a way to start the year!  We’ve given the keys to the asylum to one of the denizens.  And he is pulling in a remarkable cast of local entrepreneurs and an investor to provide the fundamental truths for entrepreneurs, founders, the process of growing a start-up and the need for them to be on message all the time.   A heads-up – the pictures that will emerge from this exposition will not be the usual saccharine soporific.  The moderator, Matthias Galica of BEASTMODE.FM has a gift for music, entrepreneurship and for engaging an audience with strong opinions and keen insights.  It will be a stimulating evening.

Registration is open; details forthcoming at lava.org.

Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on the emergence and significance of ubiquitous computing.  The SIG and Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.