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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.

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Mobile LAVA and Schmoozd – Starting Your Startup Part 2, August 1, Cross Campus

mobilelava_schmoozd_presentStarting Your Mobile Startup, Part 2:  Getting It Built  For our second installment of Starting Your Mobile Startup, Mobile LAVA and Schmoozd have partnered up to help entrepreneurs who have a mobile-enabled business with one of their most fundamental questions:  How do I get my mobile solution built?As many entrepreneurs soon discover there are many ways to build a mobile solution.  The right approach depends on audience, usage, functionality, business goals, availability of engineers and cost.  In fact, some may even realize that certain business goals may suggest not building an app right away.

Mobile solutions also need to consider lots of other aspects like the use of third party technologies, messaging, notifications, and device-specific functionality.  Furthermore, young startups looking for capital need to be cognizant of their product and technology roadmaps among a tech-savvy venture community.

Tony Karrer, a prolific Los Angeles-based CTO, will moderate an amazing panel of experts to help us answer questions like:

  • What’s the difference between developing for iOS, Android and Windows?  Should I build for all 3?
  • How do I find a CTO?  Do I even need one?
  • Should I outsource my development or find my own engineers?
  • Should I build my solution as a native code, using a framework or as mobile web?
  • How do these factors affect cost?
  • How can I avoid hurdles with app stores?
  • What are some of the common pitfalls in the development process?
  • How do VC’s and other capital providers view technology choices when making funding decisions?
  • How can capital providers help in sourcing CTO’s and other tech resources?

Our Panelists

Rishi Roongta, New World Ventures

Rishi joined New World Ventures in 2010 having previously been a consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago. While at Bain, Rishi worked with clients in various industries including technology, retail, consumer packaged goods, food services and healthcare. Rishi advised senior management teams on topics such as growth strategy, customer acquisition, sales force effectiveness and business process redesign. Prior to Bain, Rishi held internships with Deloitte Consulting, General Electric and Siemens.

In his spare time, Rishi is either working on his own business ideas or advising other entrepreneurs and their startups. He is a regular attendee at national tech meetups and events. He is also on the junior board of the non-profit organization, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Rishi graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in technology and management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hank Leber, Co-founder & CEO, GonnaBe

Hank LeberHank Leber is the founder and CEO of GonnaBe– social media of the future (literally – all the things you’re gonna be doing).

Hank has a diverse background. He’s an ad-man turned entrepreneur, having toured in a rock band for 5 years, led digital strategy for major brands (on the ad agency side), and started a few companies along the way.

He founded Agency Nil – the world’s first crowd-sourcing-based advertising agency – and sold it in 2009. He also founded Phone2Food.org to help fight famine in East Africa by allowing people to donate used electronics. In advertising, Hank worked on many brands including Lexus, Nationwide, Travelocity, Anheuser-Busch, Sherwin-Williams, Coldwell Banker, Häagen-Dazs, and Wrigley’s.

Hank holds an M.S. in Mass Communications from the VCU Brand Center. In 2010 he won top honors at the Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence for his work on Travelocity (he put the Gnome on Chatroulette, earning the brand 20MM impressions without spending a dime).

He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and wishes it would rain sometimes.

David Subar, Chief Product Officer, Zest Finance (previously Chief Technology Officer, Break Media)

David recently became the Chief Product Officer at Zest Finance, a company using big data and machine learning to assess credit for the underbanked. David is responsible for Product Management and Engineering and the development of all platforms. Previously David was the Chief Technology Officer at Break is one of the largest independent online video companies. David was responsible for Product Management, Software Engineering, Ad Execution/Production and TechOps/IT groups at Break. His groups were responsible for all Break’s B2C properties on all iOS platforms, Android and the web, integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as back-end YouTube analytics, their own ad server and integration with DFP.

In his tenure he has rebuilt the team, infrastructure and products including building new iPhone and iPad apps, new Android apps and completely rebuilding the web site. The company’s redesign of the Break web site increased YoY search traffic from Google by 20% and monthly direct visits increased by 2.8 million in a six-month period.

On mobile, Break Media has had more than 4 million downloads of their apps on iOS and Android and 202 million video views, a 26% increase over the previous year, and 1.99 billion image views, a 40% increase. The company has more than 1 MM video views per day on mobile. Their new iPhone app and the iPad app were selected as ‘New and Noteworthy’ apps by Apple iTunes Store.  They also have several OTT apps for devices such as Roku.

Trystan Kosmynka, co-founder and CTO of TestFlight, VP of Product and Technology at Burstly

The mission at Burstly is to provide tools for the entire app life-cycle from beta testing to analytics and monetization.  Burstly has created industry-leading products in beta-testing and monetization with TestFlight and SkyRocket.  In addition to continuing to grow the core products, Burstly has recently expanded the offering to include mobile analytics through its new product FlighPath.

Prior to TestFlight and Burstly, Trystan served as CTO of 23 Divide, a mobile development studio responsible for 6 top-25 apps, a SXSW award, a couple of Webby’s, and TestFlight.

Our Moderator

Tony Karrer — TechEmpower, Aggregage, LA CTO Forum

Dr. Tony Karrer has been defining technical strategy and leading the development of web/software solutions for the past 20 years.  He has been an part-time CTO at numerous startups and is known for being the original CTO of eHarmony—making Tony partly responsible for more than 4% of the marriages in the US each year.  Dr. Karrer was an associate professor of Computer Science and has consulted to many companies seeking to use technology in innovative ways including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun and Symbol. He was valedictorian and attended USC as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the U.S. where he received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.  He is well known for his eLearning Technology blog and organizes the Los Angeles CTO Forum.

This event is produced by Mobile LAVA and Schmoozd 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.


Lori Kozlowski Moderates Starting Your Startup – ROC, May 30, 6:30 PM

Building teams, proper documentation, capital efficiency, protecting Intellectual Property, reporting, sourcing components, disruptive technology, real estate, fund raising and seemingly endless number of decisions and trade-offs are the daily challenges that animate any startup.  Mobile LAVA has assembled a group of experts – Founder/CEOs (Hank Leber and Matt Sandler), Venture Capitalist (TX Zhuo), Industry Analyst (Mark Sogomian) and Lawyer (Louis Wharton) to examine these issues and more.  And to bring out the best of this panel we’ve recruited a respected journalist who chronicles the Southern California tech scene for a national business journal.

Lori KozlowskiLori Kozlowski is a journalist, writer, and editor. She is a columnist for Forbes about entrepreneurs, startups, 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: http://www.lorikozlowski.com
Twitter: @lorikozlowski

The Event:  Mobile LAVA – Starting Your Startup

The Date and Time:   May 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

The Location:  Real Office Center, Santa Monica

The Audience:  Entrepreneurs, founders, startup teams, CxOs, investors, service providers, technologists, researchers

Pre-Registration is Required:  Starting Your Startup

The Cost:  Free to LAVA members, everyone else $35

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.


Ask us Anything about Starting Your Startup – ROC, May 30, 6:30 PM

LAVA Mobile phone logoSo sign up today for Mobile LAVA’s next event.  Hank Leber (GonnaBe), Matt Sandler (Chromatik), Mark Sogomian (E&Y), TX Zhuo (Karlin Ventures), Louis Wharton (Stubbs Alderton) will be there taking questions from moderator Lori Kozlowski (Forbes).  So take the opportunity to get those answers and pose a couple of your own.

Who makes a great founding team?  The right business partners?
What is the best form of incorporation – LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp, B-Corp?
When are core documents required?
What needs to be protected by patents?  What other forms of protection are possible?
Why is capital efficiency so important?
Where do you find good technical talent?
When does it make sense to pivot?

Who: Founders, Owners, CxOs, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Service Providers
What: Starting Your Startup
When: May 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: Real Office Center, Santa Monica
Why: Because understanding the opportunities and challenges gives the best chance of creating a startup success.
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.


Mobile LAVA presents “Starting Your Startup” at ROC, 6:30 PM, Thursday May 30th

Mobile 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, fund-raising and strategy.

Mark G. Sogomian, Ernst & Young, has joined the panel which includes Hank Leber (GonnaBe), TX Zhou (Karlin Ventures), Louis Wharton of Stubbs Alderton,  Chromatik Founder Matt Sandler and moderator Lori Kozlowski (Forbes).

Mark SogomianMark, an Assurance Partner with more than 20 years of public accounting experience, is the Strategic Growth Markets Leader for Ernst & Young’s Greater Los Angeles practice. Mark is also the Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Leader for Ernst & Young’s West Sub-Area. He previously served in Ernst & Young’s National Professional Practice Group, consulting on technical accounting matters and transactions, and addressing current and emerging accounting and financial reporting matters. He is also part of Ernst & Young’s International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Network and serves a number of clients reporting under IFRS.

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.

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.


Louis Wharton of Stubbs Alderton joins panel for Starting Your Startup

Louis A. Wharton is a Partner of the Firm and member of the Los Angeles Venture Association Board of  Directors.  Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.  He counsels clients in the technology, internet/e-commerce, pharmaceutical, apparel and entertainment industries, among others.

Louis WhartonMobile 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 failure.

Joining Louis will be Matt Sandler (Chromatik), Hank Leber (GonnaBe),  Mark G. Sogomian, (Ernst & Young), TX Zhuo (Karlin Ventures)  and moderator Lori Kozlowski (Forbes).

What:  Mobile LAVA SIG Event – a chance to learn, interact and network with the leaders of the mobile community.

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.


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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