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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.


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.

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,


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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An Evening with LA Mobile Entrepreneurs and a VC

What – the next LAVA Mobile Event
When – August 16, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Where – tiato, 2700 Colorado, Santa Monica, 90404

The Panelists: 

  • Dave Mathews – Founder of NeuAer
  • Matthias Galica – Founder/CEO ShareSquare and Curator StartupDigest LA
  • Nick Smoot – Founder and CMO of Here on Biz
  • David Travers – Partner, Rustic Canyon

Moderator:  Lori Kozlowski, Writer/Digital Editor, Forbes Magazine, Launch

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs – an evening of LA-based mobile startup
founders and executives and an experienced VC talking about what’s hot in the community right now – critical questions the panel will address include:
– How do you start one?
– What are the challenges?
– How do you pay for / get the tech?
– Is the app space too crowded to be starting?
– What are VCs looking for in a strong mobile startup?
– What’s the future of mobile startups?
– What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?

LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.

LAVA Mobile Event Feb 21st – Panelist Andy Vogel, Tribune Company

The inaugural LAVA Mobile event is just a week away and we wanted to continue with our introduction of the panelists.  Joining Moderator Lori Kozlowski is Andy Vogel, Senior Vice President of Digital & Mobile for Tribune Company.  In his role, he is responsible for all digital, mobile, branded and converged media executions across the Tribune portfolio that includes 8 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and 23 broadcast television stations, including WGN America on national cable and KTLA.

Andy is a pioneer in developing revenue strategies for new and emerging businesses.  He has held senior level business development, technology marketing and sales positions in the software, Internet, automotive retailing and newspaper industries. He created the first group online sales department for Gannett Company, and ran digital strategy and sales for Journal Communications and the paid subscription website PackerInsider.com (at the time the second largest paid subscriber base after ESPN Insider).

 He was general manager of hyper-local media pioneer Backfence.com where he grew multiple city sites with zero marketing spend utilizing early social media and grassroots marketing.  He was part of the start-up team at cars.com launching over 100 affiliate sites, and ran business development for Nextron, a Silicon Valley based software developer for the Telco industry.  He sits on the North American Board of the Mobile Marketing Association and Chairs its Mobile Publishing Committee, as well as serving on the Board of the IAB’s Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence.

Registration for this event in now open at LAVA Mobile – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  We’ll be gathering down at the Working Village in Santa Monica next Tuesday evening, 6:30PM for an intimate look at current trends in mobile business models – what works, what doesn’t and what is over the horizon. Won’t you join Andy, Lori and the rest of the panel for a fascinating evening of information and networking?

iPhone lesson for our economy

There is a lot of reaction to a recent NY Times article on Apple’s production of iPhones in China.  It is a very important article for a number of reasons.  The most significant, IMO, is the recognition that these sorts of products for mass markets are not going to be produced domestically.  We can argue as some do about whether we should be trying to retain low skilled, low wage domestic manufacturing jobs, but the salient point is that the Chinese (and soon others will follow) are basically subsidising our consumer based economy through their industrial policy. 

Under these conditions, brands and developers of consumer products are acting rationally by moving manufacturing overseas.  We will not be successful competing against manufacturing firms in countries like China that use industrial policies to stimulate their economies.

The larger lesson for the domestic brands is not to fight this inevitable trend – rather to take advantage of this trend.  We can grow our economy through innovation and commercialization of technologies in which the US leads the world.  Let the manufacturing of high volume, low value devices go to those countries who need to grow their own economies through exploiting economies of scales.  We should emphasize the start-up and creation of advanced technology products and custom services.  And we should shift our remaining industrial production to focus on high value, low volume custom engineered products. 

Amazingly enough the US still manufacturers a tremendous number of products that are consumed domestically or exported.  And Los Angeles still ranks as the leader in domestic manufacturing.  It is incumbent upon us to continue to invent and innovate for mass consumer products even though those products will be manufactured elsewhere.  And we should continue to focus on the design, engineering and production of custom products locally.

LSMFT: On the GoWARE AppSource mobile app development service

Whats new:  Los Angeles based On the GoWARE has released AppSource, a mobile service plan for companies that have multiple mobile initiatives under development or released to the public.  AppSource is a scalable development platform for mobile application development and GoWARE is a service partner that can provide project management, design, coding, recruiters, trainers, testing and release for any operating system (iOS, Android, RIM) or device.

IT departments are being overwhelmed with business needs for apps as well as the pervasive use of consumer devices within the enterprise.  These apps will require integration with existing back-end (usually legacy) systems. For the app development side, GoWARE provides an enterprise solution that gives IT managers and executives a manageable method to develop and deploy apps – for internal use or by customers.  

About:  On the GoWARE  is composed of leading mobile development experts with a diverse array of skills, including project managers, graphic designers, programmers, integrators, instructors, recruiters, and testers. GoWARE enable our business clients to have a “one-stop shop” for all of their ongoing information mobility needs.  Each and every employee of GoWARE is carefully selected to find those rare like-minded individuals that share GoWARE’s passions, values, and mission.

LSMFT – Local Significant Mobile Focus Today