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GonnaBe CEO Hank Leber at Starting Your Startup – ROC, May 30, 6:30 PM

A social weather map is how Founder Hank Leber described GonnaBe in a pandodaily profile from December.

GonnaBe is a new platform coming out of a stealthy public beta today to best each of these previous solutions. The startup, which launched out of Westwood accelerator StartEngine, offers a radical new interface that combines the social calendars of a user’s network of friends with local event and promotion calendars. The end result is a stupid easy and addictive way to figure out what everyone is doing, and equally as important, what they should be doing.

gonna_beMobile LAVA’s next event, “Starting Your Startup,” will examine some of the practical, nuts-and-bolts components of building a new business in the mobile and online spaces from multiple perspectives – technology, teams, legal and fund-raising. 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.

Hank will be joined by Chromatik Founder Matt Sandler, Louis Wharton of Stubbs Alderton,  Mark G. Sogomian, (Ernst & Young), TX Zhuo (Karlin Ventures)  and moderator Lori Kozlowski (Forbes).

What:  Mobile LAVA Event – Starting Your Startup

Who:  Entrepreneurs, Founders, Startup Executives, Investors, Service Providers and Business Leaders

When:  May 30 at 6:30 PM

Where:  Real Office Centers, Santa Monica, 90401

How much: Free for LAVA members; $35 for everyone else

Pre-Register here:  Starting Your 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.

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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.


Chromatik punching above its weight class

From PandoDaily – Since launching into private beta a year ago and landing the house band of “American Idol” as an early client, music practice and performance platform Chromatik has been punching above its weight class. The company continued this trend when it landed Grammy-winning artist Bruno Mars, Virgin Records co-chairman Jeff Ayeroff, and other music industry heavyweights as investors in its November 2012 seed round.

So wouldn’t be great to ask Matt what that’s like?  Now’s your chance.  Mobile LAVA has invited Matt and a few other special guests to come discuss how their company got off the ground and running full speed.   May 30th, 6:30 PM at Real Office Centers in Santa Monica (90404).  Register here for:  Start your Start-up

SandlerMatt Sandler is a professional musician and entrepreneur. He has extensively toured the West Coast, taught woodwinds in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and was recently a lecturer in music technology at UCLA. However, performing and teaching music was not always his gig — Matt’s held A&R and technology roles at KROQ 106.7FM and Capitol Records. And from there, he was on the early team of the social marketing startup CitizenNet, leading business development and sales. Blending his experiences in technology and education, Matt founded Chromatik to redefine how people practice, perform, and learn music. Matt holds a BA in Saxophone Performance from UCLA and was named a CA Distinguished Arts Scholar by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring the rapidly expanding universe of mobile technologies and business models.  Mobile LAVA and this event are generously supported by E&Y and Gumiyo.


Mobile LAVA May 30th – Starting Your Start-up

Registration is now open for the May 30th event at ROC, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  We’ve invited a couple of the leaders in the mobile space to come and discuss nuts-and-bolts 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.

What:  Starting Your Start-up

When:  Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Where: Real Office Centers, Santa Monica

Register here:  Mobile LAVA Starting Your Start-up

Mobile LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring the rapidly expanding universe of mobile technologies and business models.  Mobile LAVA is generously supported by E&Y and Gumiyo.