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The Real People Doing the Real Talk at ROC Thursday 28 Feb at 6:30 PM

This is an awesome time to be a founder and entrepreneur in Los Angeles. An intoxicating elixir of vibrant start-up communities; favored industries and memes for investment; incubators & accelerators; deep talent pool; undeniable positive momentum; remarkable universities; and, glitter and hype that accompanies fast growing businesses and fast liquidity events. So what is it like in a hot space, hot place and cold reality of innervating a start-up?

Mobile LAVA has invited some local, successful entrepreneurs and observers of the space to come and share their experiences, expectations, frustrations, insights and coping mechanisms. With great opportunities comes great responsibilities and the need to be always on, meeting goals, satisfying constituencies inside and outside the team, unrelenting drive, persistence, the ability to manage risks, people, perceptions and to maintain your humanity.


Matthias Galica will moderate the evening’s conversation.  Emcee at BEASTMODE.FM, curator at StartupDigest LA, village idiot, anti-socialite, secret admirer, student loaner, continental drifter, professional bootlegger, spin doctor, self-referentialist, road runner, personal journalist, cold-ass person of pallor.

And the cast for this performance:




Shara Senderoff – Co-founder of InternSushi, reps Silicon Beach hard in the 2012 Forbes “30 Under 30”, female Marty McFly.







Francisco Dao – Columnist at PandoDaily, founder of 50Kings, crotchety next-door neighbor.  (Be sure to read his recent post on “The Show”.)





GoldmanMatthew Goldman – Founder of Wallaby Financial, SMB/retail wunderkind, father, home improvement enthusiast.






Hepburn Kenneth Hepburn –  Founder of LivnGiv, sculptor-cum-accidental CEO, Founder Institute survivor, silver fox.








MacNaughtonAmanda MacNaughton – Co-founder of PromoJam, Silicon Beach’s “favorite daughter”, woman about town.

Further details coming.   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.


Save the Date – Mobile LAVA at ROC, Feb 28, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Matthias GalicaWhat a way to start the year!  We’ve given the keys to the asylum to one of the denizens.  And he is pulling in a remarkable cast of local entrepreneurs and an investor to provide the fundamental truths for entrepreneurs, founders, the process of growing a start-up and the need for them to be on message all the time.   A heads-up – the pictures that will emerge from this exposition will not be the usual saccharine soporific.  The moderator, Matthias Galica of BEASTMODE.FM has a gift for music, entrepreneurship and for engaging an audience with strong opinions and keen insights.  It will be a stimulating evening.

Registration is open; details forthcoming at lava.org.

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.

Mary Meeker’s Year End Update of Internet Trends

Growth is Robust.

Rethink everything.

Cloud with a chance of sharing.

Land of Opportunity.

Internet Trends 2012

Boland and Booth bring BIA Research to Mobile LAVA, Nov 15

Well respected Mobile Local Media analyst Michael Boland will present observations and insights from BIA/Kelsey’s reports on the market, the trends and the technology at tiato, Nov 15, 6:30 PM for Mobile LAVA’s presentation: Interactive and Mobile Local Media:  Trends and Opportunities .  Michael will be joined by Matt Booth, BIA/Kelsey’s Chief Strategy Officer and Program Director, Interactive Local Media.

“Growth drivers include smartphone penetration, location data, ad targeting innovation and advertiser evolution to utilize these factors for higher-performing mobile local ad campaigns,” said Michael Boland, program director, mobile local media, BIA/Kelsey. “New mobile ad formats will also drive demand including Facebook’s quickly evolving options like sponsored stories and app install ads – currently accounting for 14 percent of Facebook’s revenues and quickly growing.”

Registration is now open:  Interactive and Mobile Local Media:  Trends and Opportunities

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

Mobile Ad Volume Accelerates, Desktop Ad Revenue Dominates

  According to a Spring 2012 report, BIA/Kelsey projects ad dollars will remain higher in desktop searches than in mobile advertising while volume of ads for mobile will exceed desktop within a couple of years.

“It’s important to note that while mobile local search volume will exceed its desktop equivalent, ad dollars will remain lower,” said Michael Boland, senior analyst and program director, Mobile Local Media, BIA/Kelsey. ”This is because advertisers aren’t yet keeping pace with the growth of mobile local ad inventory, but we expect that to evolve.”

While BIA/Kelsey thinks local mobile ad search revenue will grow from $400 million in 2011 to $3.2 billion in 2016, local search revenues from desktop access is projected to be $10.2 billion in 2016.

Michael Boland is a featured presenter at the Nov 15 Mobile LAVA event:  Interactive and Mobile Local Media Opportunities and Trends.  Michael will be joined by Matt Booth, Chief Strategy Officer and Program Director, Interactive Local Media.  It should be a fascinating evening of insights and observations from two of the thought leaders on Mobile Local Media.

You can join us by registering at LAVA.org.  And let your connections know you’re going to attend by sharing a LinkedIn Event.

Mobile LAVA is a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring and explaining the rapidly evolving universe of ubiquitous computing.  Mobile LAVA is generously sponsored by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.



Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

This will be a busier than usual week which has already started.   Thursday evening make plans to attend the joint session of Mobile LAVA and LAVA Healthcare where Jack Young of Qualcomm Ventures and Richard Koffler, Chair of LAVA Healthcare will have an audience directed conversation.  6:30 PM, Sept 27, tiato.  Register here.

On to the main course:

Number 5 is Alive! –  Associated Press

Can I borrow your S3?  I’m trying to find the Apple Store. – Wall Street Journal

Please, Sir, May I Have Another – the Register

Can you hear me now? – Fierce Wireless

Adding to the social media mix – Social Times

I can crack this in 6 characters – Ars Technica

Cure for cracks – Information Week

Quick wits – WSJ Tech Europe

Quick tix – Mobile Commerce Daily

Quick fix – Christian Science Monitor

P2TV – CIO Today

Fire Fired – Cnet

mHealth Incubator Opens in New Jersey – MarketWatch

Filling Up the Silos – GigaOM

Now maybe they can do something about the refs – Business Week

Groupon adds credit card processing – FierceWirelessContent

There’s a Hack for That – MSNBC

Picture Traders and Trackers – Search Engine Watch

Shocking – Boy Genius Reports

Your Brain on Apps – CNN

8 is Enough? – engadget

Got to run.  Enjoy the rest of the week and join us on Thursday night if you can at tiato in Santa Monica.

The Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week:  a compilation of articles, opinions, stories of interest to the mobile community presented by Mobile LAVA – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.



Telcare Raises $25.5 from Sequoia and Qualcomm

With Jack Young our featured guest at the upcoming Mobile LAVA Healthcare event next week, we’ve been looking to see what Jack has been up to.  Recently, Mobile Health News published a piece on a cellular enabled glucose monitor, Telcare, that raised $25.5 M  from Sequoia and Qualcomm.  This was a follow-on round for Telcare, a round that Qualcomm also lead.

Here is the article from MHN – Telcare raises $25.5 million from Sequoia, Qualcomm

And from the press release included in the article above:

“Telcare’s solution leverages the broad coverage of mobile networks and the convenience of cellular technology to empower individuals to better manage their conditions through professional supervision and/or family members’ support, said Jack Young, director of Qualcomm Ventures.

Telcare provides a comprehensive diabetes solution consisting of a wireless glucose meter with two-way messaging that transmits to an FDA-cleared care management server, along with a suite of iPhone and Android apps to enable family members to follow the progress of loved ones with diabetes.  Through Sequoia’s investment, the company will seek to aggressively accelerate market share to realize their vision of becoming the global leader in wireless “mHealth” solutions for people with Diabetes and other chronic illnesses. The Telcare platform is currently being implemented by health insurers and employers who currently care for more than 1 million people with Diabetes.

Registration is required for the Mobile LAVA Healthcare event and is now open at:  Mobile LAVA.  The meeting’s format will be highly interactive. Following a few introductory minutes by the moderator, Richard Koffler, the floor will open to questions from the audience.  The event will be held at tiato, 6:30 PM on September 27.  Free parking is available under the building at 2700 Colorado, 90404 after 5:00 PM with validation.

Mobile LAVA and LAVA Healthcare are Strategic Interest Groups of the Los Angeles Venture Association.

Mobile LAVA events and SIG are generously supported by Gumiyo and Ernst & Young.