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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.

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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.


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.


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.


David Travers, Rustic Canyon – August 16, LAVA Mobile Event

 

David Travers grew up working every odd job in his family’s business. His admiration for business creators began with his Dad and has grown into a passion for providing entrepreneurs with the capital and support to help them succeed. David’s technology and media experience are instrumental to his investment and advisory work at Rustic Canyon.

Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, David served as Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor in the White House and was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Public Service. Previously, David worked on corporate strategy at The Walt Disney Company and helped launch Disney’s credit card business.

David loves sports and his favorite activities include going to yoga class with his wife, playing at the park with his kids and working to support his favorite after school program, LA’s BEST.

David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.

 

About:

LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica

This event requires Pre-registration.

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:

Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now.  And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above.  The 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 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 Events are produced by Michael Utvich and John Dmohowski, Co-Chairs of LAVA Mobile.


Registration for LAVA Annual Meeting

The upcoming Annual Meeting of the Los Angeles Venture Association will be hosted by LAVA Mobile at the Skirball Center, July 10th at 7:00 AM.  So, of course, we’ll have an amazing program – focused on mobile!  
 
Details here:   Mobile Ecosystem of Southern California and Beyond.  Additional details about the event and program will be posted on the LAVA Mobile blog.
Register at:  LAVA 
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Have a mobile app, device, platform you’d like to demo or talk about?  e-mail: jd.lavamobile@gmail.com for details on getting an exhibit table.   

And if you or your company would like to sponsor this event, buy a table or join the group of prestigious companies that annually sponsor LAVA, contact len@lava.org

The Annual Meeting of the membership welcomes LAVA members, the greater Los Angeles business community and students.

LAVA Annual Members – No Charge
LAVA Associate Members – $35 ($50 at the door)
Guests – $60 ($85 at the door)
Students with valid ID – $40 ($50 at the door)
 
See you on the 10th.


LAVA Mobile Event – ROI in Mobile at tiato, Santa Monica

Tuesday evening, April 24, LAVA Mobile will present a discussion with John Hadl (US Venture Partners) and Michael Rice (Mulholland Mobile).  Forbes Contributor Lori Kozlowski will moderate an examination of mobile advertising and brand sponsorship from the perspective of the advertiser and the entrepreneur.

This event is also the first at our new venue – tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, 90404. tiato is one of Catherine An’s Market Garden Cafe concepts and a unique event space.   Networking begins at 6:30 and the program will end around 9:00 PM.  Parking is free.   LAVA Mobile will host some small snacks and there will be a cash wine and beer bar. 

This event and LAVA Mobile are generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.

Pre-registration at LAVA Mobile is required to attend this event.  LAVA Members and their guests attend free; $25 for non-LAVA members.  LAVA Mobile is a Strategic Interest Group of the The Los Angeles Venture Association.