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TX Zhuo adds VC perspective to Mobile LAVA Event: Starting Your Mobile Start-up

TX ZhuoTianxiang Zhuo is the Managing Partner of Karlin Ventures and has been involved in the startup space since his college days. TX started an online textbook retail company while in college, served as the CFO for an electric vehicle startup, Lit Motors, and worked for Innovation Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to Innovation Endeavors, TX worked for McKinsey & Co in their London office where he was part of their financial institutions and consumer goods practices. TX received a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Wesleyan University. TX is also an Associate of Chartered Accountants (U.K.) affiliate.

TX will be joined by Matt Sandler (Chromatik), Hank Leber (GonnaBe),  Mark G. Sogomian, (Ernst & Young), Louie Wharton (Stubbs Alderton) and moderator Lori Kozlowski (Forbes). The program will examine some of the practical, nuts-and-bolts components of building a new business in the mobile and online spaces. Entrepreneurs are naturally infused with passion, ideas, and a desire to attract people to their passion and ideas.  Often, however, the practical realities of starting a business can get lost in the midst of an entrepreneur’s enthusiasm, and easily avoidable mistakes can result in huge headaches down the road, or worse — business failure.

Where:  Real Office Centers – Santa Monica

When:  Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 PM

How much:  LAVA members Free; all others $35

Pre-Registration is required:  Mobile LAVA – Starting Your Mobile Startup

Mobile LAVA and the Mobile LAVA events are generously sponsored by Ernst & Young and Gumiyo.  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.


LAVA Annual Meeting Featured Speaker – Shuki Lehavi, CEO & Co-Founder, Gumiyo

July 10th, 7:00 AM at the Skirball Center, the Los Angeles Venture Association will host its 27th Annual Meeting.  The morning’s program, Mobile Ecosystem of Southern California and Beyond is being produced by LAVA Mobile, the Strategic Interest Group, is focused on mobile enabled businesses, technology, products and services.  Three invited experts will present a 360 view of the Mobile Ecosystem / Marketplace generally with an accent on Southern California.  Rather than the typical panel session, this event provides each speaker the opportunity to make an extended presentation of their insights, observations and perspectives from their unique viewpoint.

One of those invited experts is Shuki Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Gumiyo.  As one of the earliest entrants to conquer the mobile space, Gumiyo founders recognized a need to help companies boast an integrated web experience across any platform and on any device.  As champions for businesses big and small, the Gumiyo platform delivers a website that responds perfectly on a desktop, mobile device or tablet.

The platform is currently used globally by leading publishers, technology companies and local businesses to power websites, applications and messaging programs. The platform integrates more than 1,200 data sources from inventory management systems, content management systems, customer management systems and more to ensure consistently updated websites.

Gumiyo’s services are commercially proven, powering more than 27,000 sites and apps, and reaching over 150,000 small businesses. Leveraging Cloud Computing, our technology is highly scalable. With a team of technology leaders, Gumiyo is currently deploying the next generation of its products, creating an optimized experience for every device and seamlessly delivering the world’s information, anytime and anywhere.

Shuki Lehavi started Gumiyo  in 2006, which offers the cloud-hosted tools to build SMS programs, mobile sites and apps.  Mr. Lehavi is an avid technologist with over 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. When he is not working around the clock, he spends time with his wife and 3 kids, and gets bypassed every year at the LA Marathon by the group of Elvis impersonators.

Joining Mr. Lehavi will be Joe Jasin, VP of Polaroid, SVForum Founder and Chair of Wireless Software Developers and Jeff Liu, Ernst & Young, Principal and Sr. Managing Director, US Group Head, Technology M&A and Capital & Debt Advisory. The program emcee will be Richard Koffler, serial entrepreneur, Tech Coast Angel, founding member of Tech CEO Network and Past President of LAVA.

Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact len@lava.org for details.