We’ve had a number of good events lately and September just raises the bar with a crop of great events – especially for the Strategic Interest Groups. As you know by now, the SIGs are the reason behind the rapid growth of LAVA membership, more stimulating and engaging conversations about a wide range of topics at a significant depth not usually found in other general business meetings, and, an unparalleled opportunity to connect with people and organizations that matter to your entrepreneurial pursuits. Take advantage of these opportunities as they won’t soon be repeated. Follow the links to register and for additional details.
Sept 6 – Global LAVA presents “Coping with the Rapidly Changing Financial and Regulatory Landscape” with guest speaker James R. Barth, Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. Mr. Barth recently served as leader of an international team advising the People’s Bank of China on banking reform and traveled to China, India, Russia and Egypt to lecture on various financial topics for the U.S. State Department. He was recently interviewed about the financial crises by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and the Congressional Oversight Panel. He has authored more than 200 articles in professional journals and has written and edited several books, including “The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown” and “China’s Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities.” Do not neglect the opportunity to see one of the most insightful observers of global finance markets. Century City, 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Sept 12 – Mobile LAVA will produce “Mobile and Retail” Mobile technology and business models have 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. Panelists include Greg Bettinelli, Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures and Co-Founder, MuckerLab; Buck Jordan, Managing Partner, Canyon Creek Ventures; Jordan Syms, Founder, Tap.in2; and, Matthew Goldman, Co-Founder and CEO, Wallaby Financial, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Lori Kozlowski, Columnist for Forbes Magazine. This is an awesome panel and Lori always brings out their best. Cross Campus, Santa Monica, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
Sept 17 – Green LAVA gets back to business with presentations from NutriFit Founding Director Jackie Keller and Skyline Innovations Sandra Lee who heads up their demand creation initiatives and sales. Jackie Keller is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and avowed environmentalist and will be discussing climate change and impact on crop productivity, food security and food borne illness from the perspective of a premier healthy food purveyor . Sandra Lee will provide her insights into Skyline’s business model that differentiates Skyline from other solar solution providers. Stradling Yocca, Santa Monica, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Pre-registration is required as facility is access controlled.
Sept 20 – LAVA Healthcare welcomes Kevin Dawson, most recently the director of business intelligence at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for a special under-the-covers view of the current state and trends of healthcare big data. A trained physician, Kevin has spent almost his entire career working for leading-edge healthcare providers with responsibility for a broad spectrum of healthcare IT functions related to interoperability, data analytics, and innovation management. Pepperdine Campus, West LA, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Sept 25 – Women in LAVA hosts a workshop on Financial Projections with Dave Chariton, a strategy consultant, part-time CFO, and “executive therapist.” Dave helps entrepreneurs understand their numbers, do strategic business planning, and make better, more confident decisions. He has been an advisor to businesses of various sizes and industries, ranging from media & entertainment to real estate. Dave has economics degrees from MIT (undergrad) and Stanford (Masters), but comes across as a relatively normal person. Dave’s provides the tips and techniques to getting the numbers that matter to investors and the business. Santa Monica Place Community Room, 11:30 – 2:00
These events are hosted by the various Strategic Interest Groups of the Los Angeles Venture Association. The SIG events are open to the public but server primarily as a benefit to our LAVA membership. Attendance to the SIG events is free for LAVA Members. Non members must register and pay a $35 fee to attend. Please register in advance at the links above.
Sept 17 – Early Bird Deadline for submission of applications to pitch at the Connected Car Expo – to be held during the November LA Auto Show. LAVA is a co-promoter of this event that invites entrepreneurs with new ideas, independent ventures in the seed, start-up or early stage of development within the automotive or technology sector (with <$500K investment). Competitors will have the opportunity to pitch their original business concept to a judging panel comprised of VCs, incubators and CEOs at this years CCE. Entrants should be working to solve an issue related to the connected car and/or automotive industry; original ideas can address topics including automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.
And for LAVA members and supporters of these Strategic Interest Groups there is one more event to consider attending. PortTech EXPO is September 11 at Crafted in the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO is the only west coast maritime oriented clean technology conference this year. It will attract over 500 attendees; 100 exhibitors, sponsors and international partners; and, launch Clean Tech, Cool Tech – the free public event that follows the business conference. The EXPO hosts keynote addresses from Mayor Eric Garcetti, Federal Maritime Commissioner Mario Cordero, presentations by Jan Perry, Mayor’s office of Economic Development, John Chiang, California State Controller and feature a Focus on Energy – a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges that large industrial complexes like Ports confront with electrification of vehicles, equipment, facilities and operations. The Focus on Energy discussion will feature Rich Dines, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, Nicholas Chase, Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Ottonel Popesco, CEO of global engineering firm Cavotec and moderation by Dr. Tom O’Brien, CSULB Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT). Clean Tech, Cool Tech is the opportunity for the public to see clean technology products, services and sustainable designs and meet the companies that produce them. Clean Tech, Cool Tech will also have food trucks, live music and introduction by City Councilman Joe Buscaino. LAVA is once again a media sponsor for the PortTech EXPO. Register before September 8th and use the coupon code LAVA for a $50 discount. A limited number of table sponsors ($1,000 per table) are still available. See the website or call the office for details.