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Mobile LAVA Event – September 12, 6:30 PM, Cross Campus

 Mobile and Retail


Mobile has disrupted the retail shopping experience and with that, created an abundance of new opportunities for entrepreneurs. In truth, we are all connected mobile consumers with the power to find, research, and purchase products and services from virtually anywhere at any moment. Our location-aware devices provide context and personalized relevance for us and for merchants. Massive computing power in our hands, built-in cameras, click-to-dial, GPS, text messaging, and internet connectivity all combine to revolutionize the kinds of front-end applications, back office operations, promotions, customer service, and checkout tools that are–or will become–available.

Mobile LAVA’s next event will attempt to answer questions like:

  • How do new mobile technologies create new demand and expectations among retail consumers?
  • What are some emerging business models and revenue opportunities for mobile entrepreneurs in retail?
  • What kinds of problems do large retailers have as the result of mobile, and what does this mean for enterprising start-ups?

Our Speakers


Greg BettinelliGreg Bettinelli Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures; Operating Executive, Freeman & Spogli; Co-Founder, MuckerLab

Greg was the Chief Marketing Officer for HauteLook, a leading online flash-sale retailer. Launched in December 2007, Los Angeles based HauteLook was acquired by Nordstrom, Inc., in March 2011 for $270mm.

Prior to joining HauteLook, Greg was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Live Nation, responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for Live Nation’s ticketing and digital businesses.

Before Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub, where he led business development, partnerships, sales and seller development, including spearheading StubHub’s landmark relationship with Major League Baseball. Prior to transitioning to StubHub from eBay, he led eBay.com’s Event Tickets and Media businesses (including half.com) and was the business leader who led eBay’s acquisition of StubHub in 2007.

Greg received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.



Buck Jordan Managing Partner, Canyon Creek Ventures

Buck founded Canyon Creek Capital in 2010 and has over 10 years of experience in finance, media, consulting and M&A. The firm initially provided early stage advisory services to companies looking to expand market share, re-evaluate company strategy and raise capital but quickly moved on to deploying its first fund in 2011. Buck has become known for producing top of market due diligence and providing a tremendous amount of value for his portfolio companies. He is an advisor to several start-ups in the community, received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a former Army Captain and Blackhawk Pilot. 




Jordan Syms Founder, Tap.in2

Jordan Syms is a founder at Tap.in2, a start-up that builds mobile apps for point of sale and community engagement. Jordan is a strategic communications leader with experience across numerous industries including technology, entertainment, advocacy, education, government and aviation. Prior to starting Tap.in2, Jordan worked in advertising and managed the Public Affairs Office at the Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Jordan is adept at conceiving and managing campaigns for public and private sector clients that engage communities and increase market share. Jordan holds degrees from UCLA and Berkeley.



Matthew Goldman Co-Founder and CEO, Wallaby Financial, Inc.

Matthew is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Wallaby Financial, Inc.  Wallaby is dedicated to helping consumers benefit by using the right payment card every time they shop. Wallaby is backed Founders Fund, WIHarper, Karlin Ventures, MuckerLab and others and is based in Pasadena. Prior to founding Wallaby, Matthew was Executive Director, Product Management at AT&T Interactive/YP, where he oversaw a team managing $650MM in annual local internet revenue.  Matthew learned about payments a Director of Product at Green Dot Corporation, a Sequoia-backed underbanked services company that went public for $1.5B in 2010.  Matthew has worked at and started several other technology companies that you’ve never heard of and started his career as a systems administrator on Solaris and IRIX boxes.  Matthew graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics.  He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife, two daughters and dog.


Our Moderator

Lori Kozlowski is a journalist, writer, and editor. She is a columnist for Forbes about entrepreneurs, start-ups, and technology.
Previously, she served as senior digital editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she directed mobile technology and emerging platforms. She also served as a staff writer, writing about science, technology, the arts, and business. Prior to the Times, she was on staff at Entrepreneur Magazine, and has written for various national publications. She has also worked with MIT Media Lab startups and served as adjunct faculty at Chapman University and USC.

Web: www.lorikozlowski.com Twitter: @lorikozlowski 

This event is produced by Mobile LAVA and Co-Produced by Cross Campus. Mobile LAVA and Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Ernst & Young. Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring the rapidly expanding universe of mobile business, technology and economics.

This event is co-produced with:




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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.



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 LAVA.org.

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.


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.

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.