University of California Publishes Annual Report: UCLA #1 in Startups Launched

In FY 2013, University of California (UC) researchers submitted 1,727 new inventions – an average of nearly 5 a day, 365 days a year – bringing UC’s total portfolio to more than 11,500 inventions; entered into 427 new IP licensing agreements providing industry access to UC inventions; and launched 71 new startup companies.

UCLA ranked highest among the UC campuses in number of startups launched, and other technology transfer metrics featured in the FY 13 report.

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8 LA Co-working Spaces You Need to Check Out

Knowing where the best co-working spaces are is key to anyone looking for information, resources and colleagues to grow their business.

From BuiltinLA:

“The core of any entrepreneurial tech ecosystem is filled with co-working spaces. This is where tech events are hosted, where entrepreneurs meet and where young companies spend their early days grinding away. These spaces represent the communal life of startup culture. Knowing where the best coworking spaces are is key to anyone looking for information, resources and colleagues to grow their business. Here are some of Los Angeles’ must know co-working spaces…”

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How much is Los Angeles Tech Booming? Funding up 163% and Deals Up 180%

$4.71B has been invested across 1081 tech deals in the last five years into LA’s tech scene.

From CB Insights:

“Los Angeles’ tech industry has grown into its own over the past five years. Total funding to Los Angeles tech companies has nearly tripled, early stage funding has grown, and the mobile & telecom sector has quadrupled in funding share.

This analysis provides an in-depth look at the financing and exit landscape to tech companies in the Los Angeles region as well as the investors and companies fueling the LA tech startup ecosystem. If interested in more LA data, you may also want the previously issued Los Angeles Venture Capital Almanac and our research brief on LA’s largest VC-backed exits…”

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UCLA School of Law Establishes Student Entrepreneurship Competition

The competition, which includes a $100,000 prize, is the first of its kind sponsored by a top American law school.

From UCLA:

UCLA School of Law has established the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs (“LMI-Sandler Prize”), an entrepreneurship competition designed to recognize student innovation and leadership and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures. The competition, which includes a $100,000 prize, is the first of its kind sponsored by a top American law school. It was established through gifts totaling more than $500,000 from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation and the Richard and Ellen Sandler Family Foundation.

“The LMI-Sandler Prize is a completely new way to reward law student achievement and promote the entrepreneurial ambitions of UCLA Law students and recent graduates,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “The competition will provide students with an opportunity to put the principles of entrepreneurship into practice and to use their law school education as a path to careers marked by fresh perspectives and bold initiatives…”

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#SBF Reveals What’s Next On The L.A. Tech Horizon

Silicon Beach Fest was a rousing four-day phenomenon.

From Neon Tommy:

“With 300-plus speakers and more than 2,000 industry professionals in attendance, Silicon Beach Fest welcomed the brightest minds in the L.A. tech scene to discuss new ideas, introduce disruptive technologies and share a glimpse into our collective, connected future. The third-annual, four-day event took place throughout various locations in Santa Monica, attracting not only developers and techies, but Hollywood executives, startup CEOs, city officials and everyone in between.

At a panel on digital video content, YouTube celebrities shared their experiences and successes in the ecosystem of the online video world where megolith multi-channel networks (MCNs) and independents battle for eyeballs, analytics, audiences and ad dollars…”

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SBF Speakers [web]
Silicon Beach Fest: Catching Up With Kevin Winston [web]

The Sprawling, Booming LA Tech Scene Is Having a Moment

LA is and always has been a city that creates mass-market products. We’re closer to culture than Silicon Valley, so we’re crushing it in social mobile. Web 2.0 might have been there. Web 3.0 is here. -Mike Jones, Science

“From Santa Monica’s manicured pool houses to the new downtown e-commerce warehouses, from a bland glass office park in Irvine to a grand old frat house in West Adams, Los Angeles tech is having a moment.

So why are there still so many surfboards?

There they were, six of them propped behind the coding crew at Internet personalization company Gravity in Santa Monica. At the front desk of Cooley, the favorite law firm of LA startups like Snapchat, a surfboard adorned the corporate logo. One leaned against the pool house at secret-sharing site Whisper. At Oculus VR, a virtual-reality headset company in Irvine, there was a small sandbox in the conference room, complete with chaise and parasols.

“You saw our beach?” said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, winking before settling into the conference room to talk about how he sold his company to Facebook for $2 billion a few weeks before. “It’s fun, right?”

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The Battle over “Silicon Beach” [web]

Cross Campus opens shop in Old Pasadena

We’ve been hearing from a lot of folks that there is a real need for collaborative workspace here in Pasadena. Many of our westside members will be excited that we’re adding an eastside component to our network.

From Pasadena Star-News:

“A new center for business innovation and collaboration is about to land in Pasadena and the venture already has an impressive pedigree.

Cross Campus, a collaborative, on-demand work space and business event venue in Santa Monica, announced this week that it will be opening a second campus at 87 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena.

The new location is expected to open in the fall and will include nearly 16,000 square feet housed in three different floors…”

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Cross Campus [web]