Digital Family Reunion 2014 in LA

Dear Digital Family,

All we can say is, WOW!!! If you were among the nearly 800 who attended the Digital Family Reunion last Wednesday, you already know what a special evening was had by all. And if you couldn’t join us this year, we missed you! Here’s a quick recap of the night’s festivities and a few links to more info for all to enjoy…

As expected, this year’s gathering was our biggest and best ever! Highlights included a panel discussion led by Ben Kuo and featuring Abhi Nemani, Oded Noy, Erik Rannala, Matt Kozlov and Chet Pipkin, which inspired our audience with insights into where LA tech is headed in 2015.

Also on hand were recipients of the socalTECH 50, who were honored during a VIP reception preceding the event. Get to know this esteemed group of industry influencers courtesy of our friends at Slipp.

Chet Pipkin, founder and CEO of Belkin, was the latest in a series of notable Southern California entrepreneurs to receive the DFR Outstanding Achievement Honor.

But the real reason for the success of DFR ’14 is YOU! Having such a high caliber of professionals create an atmosphere of connection and collaboration isn’t just what makes DFR so unique – it’s fundamentally what it’s all about! We’re thrilled so many of you made an effort to be there and contribute to the extraordinary social fabric that weaves together and helps strengthen our community.

We’d also like to say a sincere “thank you” to our fantastic sponsors, over 50 community partners and the vendors, volunteers and Skirball staff who helped make the event possible. DFR ’14 photos are up Facebook… please share more on our timeline and keep in touch year-round via LinkedInand on Twitter.

We truly hope you enjoyed this memorable celebration of our vibrant digital media and technology community. We’re already looking forward to seeing you at DFR ’15 on December 9, 2015!

Sincerely,

The Digital Family Reunion Team

GEW and Techweek LA 2014

Techweek LA Tent by the Pier

Techweek LA Tent by the Pier

Global Entrepreneurship Week is back this year Nov 16-22!

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GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them

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to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Hundreds of startup competitions from Greece to Tokyo took place throughout the week. Los Angeles hosted many GEW events including Techweek LA, tech crawl by TechZulu and our own Open Coffee Club on Thursday.

Enteractv

Enteractv

Techweek’s LA tent was set up right at the Santa Monica pier and I went to see it during Expo day. There were about 70 companies showcasing their products and competing in the startup Launch competition.

There were about 10 companies – former presenters of Santa Monica New Tech, including

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SocialTagg, Enteractv, ParkMe, TalentSity and FingertipMaestro. The winner of the competition was QuickLegal.

In addition to some good panels there were numerous parties, hiring fair and fashion show.

#SMNT18

BingOn Wednesday we had a great event #SMNT18 at Cross Campus. Our sponsors were Bing and Halcyon Innovation. See pics from the event on FB or Meetup and videos on Youtube.

6 startups:

MarkedUp – Stop Guessing, Start Measuring! MarkedUp brings actionable analytics and insights to desktop developers in order to help them make better, data-driven decisions when it comes to managing their applications. MarkedUp is the only analytics platform available for WinRT and Windows 8 developers, and it supports full comp

SMNT18 Members

atibility with both WinRT and WinJS. MarkedUp was founded in 2012 by an ex-Microsoftie and a team of people who live and breathe the Windows ecosystem, in Santa Monica, California.

Tacit – Tait is building an army powerful enough to turn virtual dreams into physical realities. The gaming industry is a $70.4B market with over 1.2B gamers. Tacit believes in monetizing the gamer community as a force for good by producing social simulation games that fund global change. By turning games into reality, and gamers into heroes, Tacit bridges the virtual & the physical like never before. With Tacit, it’s not just a game anymore.

FlywheelFlywheel – Your ride is here. Hail a cab, track your ride and pay -all from your smartphone. Originally named Cabulous and founded in 2009, Flywheel was created as an innovative mobile solution to an age-old, real-world problem–sourcing readily available, reliable and reasonably priced rides in busy urban environments. Founders Elijah Windsor, Ryan Huffman, Tal Flanchraych and John Wolpert wanted reassurance for busy, city-driven people that a ride-on-the-fly would always be just a smartphone tap away. In 2012, Cabulous re-launched as Flywheel, and has quickly become one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry.

AirChat –  Airchat is your instant phonebook. Join a phonebook in one-tap to access everyone’s contact for messaging or calls. Your phonebook stays updated automatically when new contacts join. Airchat is your phonebook in the cloud! Join multiple phonebooks to easily manage all your conversations in one app. Create a phonebook for work, school, friends, family and more.

Datezr – Date ideas at your fingertips. Datezr combines all possible activities, events, places, restaurants, music shows into a big pool of ideas, we apply our special Datezr sauce to them and we match those ideas based on what you and your partner is interested in.Datezr

Synaccord – Bring Synergy to democracy. Imagine an app where millions of us privately and securely participate in raising the tough issues (Taxes? Education? Budget? ) and creating solutions; where individual choice dampens negativity and synergy produces solutions with tremendous support; and results are voted on and seen by our elected officials.

See pics from the Olympics in Sochi, including the hottest technology at Megafon Pavilion. Next event is at 6:30PM on March 13 at Cross Campus, 1558 10th Str in Santa Monica.

Message from Bing:

Microsoft is especially interested in hearing what our community thinks about them and their Consumer Apps & Services. Please share your feedback, and enter in to win one of the five $100 Amazon Gift cards Microsoft’s giving away as a thank you for your time. For any questions or additional feedback, you can also reach out toglobalmeetups@microsoft.com

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#SMNT17 and the Winter Olympics

What a great event we had last night to start New Year 2014. We heard high tech pitches and saw demos from 7 startups:

StyleAlly – Aggregates fashion bloggers, productizes their content and monetizers and shares revenue.StyleAlly

Blogger aggregation provides cross promotion, bloggers are incentivized by revenue share, followers pay per find for productized content.

Ubims  – Ubiquotous Market System.

Realizing a better world with a new public 3-D supply chain process system.

CrowdMelt   – We break the ice so you don’t have to.

It is a web app, built for specific events, that helps people to better interact, network, and feel comfortable socializing at any event or gathering.

Enteractv  – Groupon for Theaters! Making the Impulse Buy for Trailer Movies.

Raskils – Turn followers into customers with just one tap . Raskils is about extreme sports. Post your pics with us and get stoked out with gear and schwag from your favorite brands. Earn stickers and window decals. Enter challenges for new gear. Scope the latest pictures from your friends and favorite sports.

Antmine  – Better substitute for Craiglist!

Bizlifter – Running a business made easy!

Marcus Filipovich from Pasadena Angels gave feedback to all presenters at the end of the event.

See pics of this event on our Facebook page and videos on our Youtube channel.

I’m off to Sochi, my hometown, for the Winter Olympics Feb 7-23, 2014, to promote my book My Olympic Sochi. Our next event is on Feb 26, 2014 at Cross Campus. See you then!

#100Startups

Networking at #100StartupsYesterday, Dec 5, we hosted our Holiday party/Reunion for all 100 startups that have presented at our events over last 20  months. We were lucky to have great sponsors Softlayer, WeezLabs, TechnicalConnections and Bloc who made sure we had plenty of Fresh Brothers pizza, beer and no cover fee! About 300 people gathered at Cross Campus last night 6-10PM. We had both old and new startups presenting.

Out of original 100 startups some wrote that they were not able to attend due to traveling, other commitments or simply because they are based out of state. Others came to the event but chose not to present. And there are of course those who are not pursuing what they worked on before.

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With all that, it was a great event and it was heartwarming to here success stories of those who presented last night at #100Startups. Here is the list of presenters with available links if you wish to contact them:

InsideTracker 

TheUltimateAnswer

HuddleDo

SnapInbox

YourOfficeAgent

Free pizza and beer!

AwardFantasyLeague

SocialTagg

UserBrite

FitJar

RealtyMogul

TreveriMarket

WeezLabs

FingerTipMaestro

TechyScouts

Computers For a Cause

Virto Commerce

Mr. CheckPoint

TotalOfficeWellness

TechnicalConnections

WeSawIt

RunwayPassport

FlyWheel

MusicPunk

Departure3

Lawkick

InerTRAIN

Datezr

CrowdMelt

MusicPunk update

NobleDigital

BizLifter

SynAccord

Raskils

Wohoo! For You!

Green Zones

I Heart Savvy

Moovd

NewMe PopUp Demo Day

Last night 22 startups presented at the LA PopUp Demo Day at Google’s Venice offices.NewMe PopUp

About NewME: Launched in June 2011, NewME is an immersive entrepreneurial experience that takes startup founders to the next level.  They accelerate risk-taking, game-changing, and troublemaking entrepreneurs around the world through their 12-week program based in San Francisco and PopUp series among additional programs and products.  NewME’s mission is to be a catalyst

The food market

to inclusiveness for technology entrepreneurs by changing the status quo and making Silicon Valley accessible.

About Google for Entrepreneurs: Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. SelfyzWith over 50 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. To learn about the programs, or to grow your own skills through free online courses, visit Google.com/entrepreneurs or on Google+ at google.com/+GoogleForEntrepreneurs.

After two days of intense workshops and hands-on coaching, Demo Day was a first glimpse at local startup founders revealing their new products to accredited investors and industry leaders in the LA startup community.

Insurgent Labs

Startups got 2 mins to pitch to a panel of judges and a chance to win $46,000 worth of products and services from sponsors and a chance to earn a slot in NewME Accelerator next cycle in San Francisco.

Presenters were the following: Night out app, Ultraviolet Garden, Single-ite, Lumin Technologies, See thru me, Swapsidy, Day Perfect, The food trade, BusTechIQ courses, Miigle, Selfyz, Daily Solution, Insurgent labs, Docsfer, Patch of land, Party spill

, CrowdSense, Newbizenergy, College Ease, Conduitcdp, My Choice, StoryLockIt. CrowdSense

3rd place –  shared by Docsfer (electronic statements made right) and Day Perfect (right activities within your range and budget)

Patch of Land2nd place – Miigle (platform for entrepreneurs to connect to each other)

1st place – Swapsidy (loyalty program)

This event was a great exposure to what SoCal startups are working on. Great work!