Third Annual Timmy Awards Now Accepting Nominations for 2017’s Best in Tech

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Tech in Motion invites the tech community to choose the top IT employers in North America

(July 11, 2017) – Tech in Motion, one of North America’s largest tech event series, is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Timmy Awards. The Timmys recognize companies and managers that create the best places for technology professionals to work in 10 major cities, with past finalists such as Jet, Venmo, Facebook and Pandora. The awards program will accept submissions here today through August 14.

“While there are dozens of award ceremonies recognizing companies for technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to celebrate the employers and managers that make this growth possible,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “Since the Timmy Awards were created in 2015, over 400 finalists have been celebrated for creating work environments that enable innovation in the technology spheres of various industries.”

For companies or managers in the communities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County & San Diego and Toronto, the public can submit nominations for any of the four Timmy Award categories this year:

On August 21, Tech in Motion will announce the Timmy Award finalists for each region and kick off the voting period, which will officially be open to the public until September 8.  Winners will be selected through a combination of votes from the tech community and a panel of local judges. For a comprehensive description of the awards, nomination and voting process, please check out the Timmy Awards here.

Award winners will be announced at a live ceremony in each city during the month of September, with presentations from leaders in the tech community. The Timmy Awards Ceremony is a free event open to the public. To find out additional event details on the Timmy Awards nearest you, visit techinmotionevents.com.

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About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms  Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 85,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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The 2017 Timmy Awards: What to Expect

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Two years ago, Tech in Motion set out to recognize (and celebrate) the best employers for tech professionals in North America through the Timmy Awards. In 2016 alone, the Timmy’s saw more than 2,000 companies nominated and over 83,000 votes cast to name each city’s “Best Technology Manager,” “Best Tech Startup,” and “Best Tech Work Culture.” The Timmy Awards has featured national household names such as Dollar Shave Club, TripAdvisor, Instacart, and Venmo, as well as dozens of local heroes that make each community successful. In pursuit of the same level of success, this year, Tech in Motion is making a few changes to improve the entire award series from the nomination process all the way through to event night. To learn what these changes are, check out the 2017 Timmy Awards FAQ below!

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2017 TIMMY AWARDS FAQ
When will the 2017 Timmy Awards take place?

In the past, the Timmy Awards were spread throughout the year in 10 different regions. This year, the award ceremonies will all take place in the month of September, bringing together our cities in a unified effort to showcase the best employers for technical employees. Every one of the 10 cities will hold a Timmy Award ceremony within a few weeks of each other.

Who can attend? The Timmy Awards is still a free event that is open to the public, not only to attend, but also to submit nominations for. This award series is an amazing opportunity to gain exposure for any companies or individuals in the tech community, and in order to keep it in the local community, we want anyone who is invested in the future of tech in your city to attend, including tech professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, and founders.

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Which awards are presented?

Tech in Motion began with three award categories: Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Startup, and Best Tech Work Culture. This year, Tech in Motion decided to add an additional award category: the Best Tech Workplace for Diversity award. The goal of the original Timmy Awards categories was to recognize companies not just for their use or development of technology, but also for their investment in the people that make technology possible, which the new award category rewards.

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Below are the criteria by which each of the Timmy Awards winners are selected in each category:

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How will the nomination process run in 2017?

Nominations will be open from July 5th to August 14th for 10 regions (Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Orange County, LA, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco). Nominations will be open to the public to nominate a company or person that creates the best work environment for technology professionals to work in 1 or all 4 award categories. Additionally, as previous years, nominations will continue to be a two-part process. To be eligible as a finalist for any category, it is required to fill out and complete Part 1 and 2 of the nomination forms. However, we are now automating this process, which means that once you complete Part 1 of the nomination form and are eligible to become a nominee, you should receive an automated email within 24 hours prompting you to complete Part 2.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2017 Timmy Awards, as a sponsor, MC, venue host, etc., please contact your local Tech in Motion chapter.

Read about the 2016 Timmy Awards held in various regions by clicking the links below:

First Annual Los Angeles Timmy Awards Recognizes Region’s Best Tech Employers and Managers

Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2016) Tech in Motion officially announced the winners of its first annual Los Angeles Timmy Awards, honored at a ceremony held March 24 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Tech in Motion recognized “Silicon Beach’s” top employers for technology professionals during the award event, which also featured product demos from the “best of the best” in the Los Angeles tech community. Winners of LA’s Best Technology Work Culture, Best Technology Managers, and Best Tech Startups – listed below – were all crowned. Overall, there were more than 200 nominations submitted and a total of 9,156 votes counted from local Tech in Motion community members.

The 30 LA Timmy Award Finalists That You Need To Know.

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The First Annual 2016 Los Angeles Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Tech Startup – Dollar Shave Club (pictured above)
  • Best Technology Work Culture – Cater2.me (below left)
  • Best Technology Manager – Jen-Ban Ho, CTO of TicketManager (below right with First Runner Up Demetrius Harris, President at DragonFire Digital Media)

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“The Los Angeles tech community has grown tremendously over the past few years, and the timing was perfect to honor those who are building great places for technology professionals to work,” said Phill Perkins, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates. “With so many innovative companies, last night’s competition was intense. We look forward to building on the momentum and excitement by continuing to honor the best technology employers in Los Angeles for many years to come.”

See more photos of the LA Timmy Awards ceremony and winners here.

The Timmys are presented throughout the year in tech hub cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper, and Instacart. The next Timmy Awards ceremony will be held in Boston at Education First’s Headquarters on April 14. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information.

RSVP to attend the 2nd Annual Boston Timmy Awards on April 14th.

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LA Timmy Awards Hosts CJ Johnson and Ambar Januel of Januel + Johnson (above). 

About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates (pictured below at the event) in 2011, grew into an organization of over 61,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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The 30 LA Timmy Awards Finalists You Need To Meet

On March 24th, Tech in Motion: LA is proud to present their first annual Timmy Awards, which will be held at Cross Campus (929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, C.A.) The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. The winners are announced at a ceremony crowning the best (1) tech startups, (2) technology managers, and (3) technology work cultures. Here are LA’s 30 impressive local finalists (RSVP now to see them at the event):

LA’s Best Tech Startup

BrightenBrighten, founded in 2014, is a social app that lets you send compliments to your friends. It is the first social app to be based completely on positivity!

 

Shave ClubDollar Shave Club, founded in 2012, is a men’s grooming brand dedicated to helping men live smarter, more successful lives through high-quality personal care products, content and technology.

 

envi detailing on demandEnvi-Detailing on Demand, founded in 2015, is working to become the largest employer of deaf people in the USA and has created a patent pending process whereby employees clean and wax cars without using a drop of water.

 

Gum GumGum Gum, founded in 2007, is an advertising agency which delivers highly visible campaigns and rich insight to marketers by unlocking the value of connected images.

 

Hello SocietyHello Society, founded in 2012, utilizes Pinterest and social media influencers for seamlessly balanced, unique and compelling marketing campaigns.

Want to work for a startup? Check out these technology jobs from our job board.

naritivNaritiv, founded in 2014, is a creative advertising company that works with top influential ‘Snapchatters’, and then measures and tracks results in a custom-built dashboard.

 

RadPadRadPad, founded in 2013, is a rental marketplace that enables renters to find an apartment, apply and pay their rent entirely online.

 

RipMediaRipMedia, founded in 2007, has taken video production to the next level by developing interactive action within commercials and animations.

 

TisprTispr, founded in 2014, is the mobile marketplace for the freelance workforce. Tispr’s mission is to create a sustainable, reliable and safe ecosystem to instantly connect, collaborate and work.

 

Tuition.IOTuition.io, founded in 2012, has created the technology to enable global employers to offer student loan payments as an employee benefit.

Vote now for one of these Tech Startups to win a Timmy!

LA’s Best Technology Manager

Aaron Stibel, CTO at Dun & BradstreetAaron Stibel

“A Culture of Growth.”

Aaron is proud of the fact that one of his very first engineering hires was recently promoted to Engineering Director. In fact, all of their top positions (engineers, DevOps, PMO, Data, BI, and Infrastructure) have been promoted from within.

Dun & Bradstreet provides commercial data to businesses on credit history, business-to-business sales and marketing, counterparty risk exposure, supply chain management, lead scoring and social identity matching.

David EphraimDavid Ephraim, CEO at ATAK Interactive

“Let’s grow together.”

David sets aside half of his mornings to meet with his employees to learn and keep up with current digital trends in order to better offer the latest tech updates to their clients.

ATAK Interactive develops web-based tools for their customers utilizing open source code software, creating custom permissions and integrating independent pieces of software together where necessary.

Demetrius D HarrisDemitrius D. Harris, President at DragonFire Digital Media

“No idea is off the table.”

Demetrius empowers employees of DragonFire to be truly involved in shaping the company culture from the ground up, thanks to an active and open communication management style.

DragonFire takes pride in helping businesses optimize its mobile devices, social media and search engine presence.

Jen-BanJen-Ban Ho, CTO at TicketManager

“Learn and own your project.”

Jen-Ban Ho believes in collaboration and gives team members of all levels the opportunity to stretch and contribute at a higher level on their projects.

TicketManager is available on any connected device and enables companies to manage their sports, entertainment and special events tickets, and measure the impact on their business.

Lukas SilwkaLukas Sliwka, CTO at Grindr

“Cross-team pollination.”

Lukas promotes great engineering processes and giving everyone the chance to advance their careers either through specialization or cross-team pollination. The guild-meetings that he helped set up also do wonders helping team members get exposed to new areas and technology.

Grindr is the world’s leading mobile social network app exclusively for gay, bi and curious men.

Michael GeyerMichael Geyer, Director of Evangelism and Emerging Technology at Autodesk

“Hands on.”

Michael believes in getting his team the hands-on experience they need. His ritual team building task of choice: escape room challenges.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

Niall McSheffreyNiall McSheffrey, Managing Partner and Founder at Elementz Interactive

“Good to Great.”

Niall believes having the right people on the bus is more important than hiring for a specific job. If the person has a great skillset but doesn’t fit the position, they will encourage and help them to move into the right position.

Elementz Interactive is a Full Service Software Solutions Company Specializing in the Design and Development of Web, Cloud, Mobile and ERP Systems.

Phillippe LewickiPhillippe Lewicki, Captain at HTML Fusion

“Holocracy.”

Phillippe has instituted a system of government called Holacracy, which grants employees authority over their roles within the company. This provides flexibility to propose changes and suggestions to improve and grow.

HTML Fusion uses innovation and Virtual Reality to enhance the way people interact with machines to work, learn, play and socialize.

Ross McCrayRoss McCray, CEO at VideoAmp

“Integrity, Passion and Mastery.”

Ross started a program called InnoVamp that sponsors a two-week trip for high-performing employees to travel anywhere in the world with some colleagues to work on an innovative idea and then return and demo for the team. He has also put aside an educational budget for every employee towards learning and developing new skills and perspectives.

VideoAmp is the first company to be solely focused on enabling advertisers and content owners to transact across all screens seamlessly in a total video/advance TV market.

Shawn BullockShawn Bullock, Lead Technical Mentor at MakerSquare

“Sharing knowledge.”

Shawn’s dedication to the student experience at MakerSquare, coupled with his deep industry knowledge, allows him to put people directly in a position to gain an accelerated start in the tech industry.

MakerSquare is a three-month full-time career accelerator for software engineering. By teaching computer science fundamentals and modern web languages, it prepares students to join top flight engineering teams.

Vote for the Best Technology Manager here now!

LA’s Best Technology Work Culture

Anders Innovations

“Learning with the Community.”

Anders is dedicated to the craft of developing with Open Source technologies. To help the Open Source community learn together, the company holds many different events and meetups. The team at Anders Innovations regularly hosts and sponsors meetups and events around the world in many Open Source subjects including Python, Django and machine learning, and invite people of all technical backgrounds to come out and learn with them.

Anders Innovations is an enterprise web and app development company taking their customer e-desires and turning them into reality.

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Cater2.me

“Employee Beta Testing.”

Cater2.me hosts internal ‘lunch and learns’, does employee beta testing, and organizes tech updates biweekly, where the employees are able to see and learn firsthand updates that the company is putting forth. Additionally, all tech team members have open-door policies and make a point of letting the team know that they are there to help and teach as much as needed.

Cater2.me is an online catering platform that allows teams to customize their meals for one-off events or recurring calendar plans.

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ChowNow

“Strong Mentor System.”

ChowNow offers a mentorship program, where outside industry leaders are invited in to help mentor high-performing employees. In response, these industry mentors get some equity in the company to help keep them motivated and involved with ChowNow employees.

ChowNow is an online ordering platform that specializes in branded mobile apps and a suite of marketing services for restaurants.

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Cornerstone OnDemand

“A day dedicated to learning.”

Cornerstone OnDemand hosts Development Days every other month, in which all their employees take a day to learn and teach about anything they are interested in. They host sessions on a wide range of topics (things that are relevant to Cornerstone, and some that aren’t) and are available throughout the day. These can be technical (how to code in Python, Unit Testing, etc.), business related (how to understand earnings calls, competitor Intel, etc.), or fun (beer tasting, crafts, etc.).

Cornerstone OnDemand is the largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise learning company providing talent and performance management solutions.

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Cross Campus

“Multiple Work Zones.”

Cross Campus promotes technical creativity. Creativity and productivity require our brains to work in various modes of attention (focus work, multi-tasking work, mental rest, etc.). Any well-designed space needs to have multiple work zones that support these various modes.

Cross Campus is a collaborative workspace, meeting space, and large scale event space located in the heart of Santa Monica and Pasadena.

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Deloitte Digital

“Chasing Passion Projects.”

20% of billable time is given to teams to spend on a ‘Passion Project’. The teams collaborate in the studio to push ideas into innovation.

Deloitte Digital is a technical consultancy creating new and innovative experiences from Virtual Reality to Zero UI.

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Fishermen Labs

“Solving Problems.”

Fishermen Labs practices agile development. This process promotes technical creativity because it empowers engineers and designers to creatively solve the complex problems they face while building products and learn the best solutions to challenges as they build the product, and in the process enhance their ability to make the best decisions possible.

Fishermen Labs is a web & application development agency building cutting edge websites, mobile products, and e-commerce solutions.

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IRIS TV

“Empowering Creativity.”

IRIS.TV empowers its engineers to introduce and implement new features of their own design. Fostering this creativity and initiative has allowed the company to grow by leaps and bounds in 2015 with even more growth already taking place in 2016.

IRIS.TV develops web and mobile videos on its personalized programming platform that are adaptive and make recommendations backed by analytics.

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KeyInfo

“Creating the conversation.”

One of the most interesting aspects of KeyInfo’s technical learning development is its blog and content creation process. Everyone is a guest writer for the blog, and everyone (spanning multiple departments) contributes. Encouraging people from all different technical backgrounds to pick a relevant industry/company topic and give their unbiased two-cents creates a very colorful pallet of relevant content KeyInfo shares via online channels.

Key Information Systems (KeyInfo) is an IT system integrator utilizing a team of experienced and knowledgeable IT architects who implement and secure technology solutions that make their clients more competitive.

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Twenty20

“Let’s Experiment.”

Twenty20 allows anyone with a mobile phone to showcase and sell their photos. Every day they run multiple photo challenges as sparks of inspiration to go out and create. The end result is aspiring photographers out capturing life as it happens and being rewarded for that creativity both in social currency and real cash earnings.

Twenty20 is stock photography for the mobile age. They connect photographers, most of which shoot on their phones, with brands and agencies interested in licensing authentic, real-life photos for their own creative projects.

Vote now for the company you think has created the best workplace.

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The Timmy Awards ceremony will celebrate the local technology community and also recognize not only the winners, but the entire LA community for creating a business environment to thrive in. The event itself will be a great opportunity to network with finalists and other members of the tech community. RSVP to attend the Timmys in LA, and see how you can get involved with the event and Tech in Motion Los Angeles in general. 

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The Next Major Tech Convergence: Virtual, Augmented Reality

Written By Captain Philippe Lewicki of HTMLFusion

With so many developments in virtual reality this year, many of us are excited about a coming boom in 2016. I am too — but I am less focused on VR mobile apps or the endless cool hardware and gadgets appearing daily on my screen (though I admit to finding them very enticing.) I am most excited about what these advancements mean for us when everything comes together.

I believe we are on the verge of a major new technical convergence where augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will change our world as dramatically as the emergence of smartphones did.

Hear more about the Future of Virtual Reality from the CTO of Juant here.

Phillipe Lewicki talks at the Tech in Motion 50K Celebration in Los Angeles, above.

The last time we saw this happen was in 2007.  A well-timed merging of cellular technology, capacitive screens and UI design — mixed by the legendary Steve Jobs — set the stage for a world craving things like mobile apps and image sharing.

We love all this technology, but it stresses us out. These machines are here to increase our productivity, entertain us and improve our social connections; however, our laptops and phones are cumbersome and not designed for our human bodies. Relying heavily on these physical machines dampens our capacity to connect with others and discourages us from participating in activities where we move around.

This can be resolved. We are in the process of better integrating the machines in our lives. With this next major conflux, we will be connected to our devices in an intuitive way. These physical limitations will begin to disappear.

A combination of factors makes this possible. First, after enduring decades of false promises, we are finally seeing AI deliver results, thanks to new learning machines and neural network technologies. Programs like Siri and Google Now show how our voice can command actions on our screen, and the last few years have proven that they only get smarter.

Add to this the Internet of Things, which emphasizes how the Internet is beginning to transcend our phones and laptops to operate within our watches, glasses, audio speakers and thermostats. These devices are connected and responsive.

Integrate the concept of mixed realities and you can begin to see the possibilities.

In our weekly labs at HTML Fusion, we focus on how this future will look and feel. Our visit to Microsoft’s HoloLens Academy gave us a peek into what was possible. We continue to learn more and more about manipulating augmented reality spaces as we spend our weeks teaching machines to respond to our movements and desires.

We call this work the Holo UI. It is our platform for exploring how we control augmented reality, and it’s a small window into the converging future. You can consider it a seed.

This is a tool for a much more immersive experience. Our machines are integrating into our physical world, learning to interact with us naturally. Our cell phones, laptop, and desktop computers will slowly disappear and be replaced by more human-like interactions. We can still be productive and connected without staring at the screen.

Humans were designed to be moving, not stuck behind a screen and keyboard. This convergence will let us move again.

I am excited to work with my team, and a growing community of inspired entrepreneurs, to actively create this future and the way we use these machines — and make the impossible possible. This convergence is happening now, so the time has come for us to define how we will interact with technology, the Internet and each other. Now is our a chance to make this technology more human.

Follow HTML Fusion’s blog and @htmlfusion on Twitter for a weekly window into their latest tech discoveries.

You can also see innovative speakers in Virtual Reality and beyond at Tech in Motion Events across North America. Check out the event calendar.

team_philippeAbout the Author

Philippe Lewicki, Captain at HTMLFusion

HTMLFusion is a Culver City-based team of veteran developers working with mixed reality environments and creating successful businesses with entrepreneurs who have great ideas. Most recently, they were invited to the HoloLens Academy to share and explore their augmented reality work.

Their current project is a user-friendly virtual reality platform for real estate called OpenHouse VR.

Venice: the Economic Development of Tech and Culture

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“Los Angeles has been the center of technology and innovation, with the nexus of its signature aerospace and entertainment industries…”

“The high tech sector in LA is large and diverse, reaching across many industries…”

“Technology is the single most important ingredient for building and nurturing a thriving, prosperous, and growing economy…”

“High tech in LA employs more than 368,500 people in 2013, more than any other metro region in the nation.”

-Excerpts from The High Tech industry in LA: Its Employment and Economic Contribution in 2013 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

Interested in a tech job in LA or California? Find on on the job board.

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Hollywood, The Gold Rush, The Roaring 20’s, The Baby Boomers, and now Silicon Beach. What truly differentiates Venice from the central hub of LA? A combination of culture, innovation, forward-thinking ideas and a globalized economy has created an infrastructure fruitful to the diversity that inhabits the Los Angeles community. Technologists originating from around the world are flocking to Venice. Why?

The best kept secret in town… The Tech! If you aren’t familiar with the economic development of Los Angeles county, the city of Venice was founded by a good sir named Abbot Kinney. He came to the beaches of Southern California way back in the late 1800’s. Kinney saw the paradise as a huge investment opportunity. The city became known as the “Venice of America” because he created a beautiful beach-side resort complete with man-made canals, which you can see today.

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So what does Abbot Kinney, Epoxy, ZEFR, and inMarket have in common? They have all made Venice home. Along with its rich history, the city is known for it’s contemporary, creative and innovative SoCal beach culture. Both Abbot Kinney and these three startups have revolutionized the local economy while staying true to the local culture.

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Like Abbot Kinney, Tech in Motion LA has been inspired by Venice. This month, TechMix – a tech company crawl – along Abbot Kinney Boulevard will highlight the Venice Tech scene and demonstrate how Epoxy, ZEFR and inMarket have contributed to the local economic boom. In the span of a few years, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has transformed into one of the trendiest streets in America. Technology, fashion, food, entertainment, art and most importantly, soul. With some of the best tech startups, high-end boutiques, restaurants and bars, people can be spotted here any day or night out of the week, whether celebrities, techies, artists, hipsters, tourists or otherwise. 

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Join Tech in Motion LA on Thursday, August 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for The Abbot Kinney TechMix {Sponsored by WeWork}. The event will kick off at The Otheroom at 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA for check-in and then circle back for the after party, as well. Get all the details and RSVP on Meetup or Eventbrite.

Not from the Los Angeles area? Find a Tech in Motion event closer to you on our event list.

 

Finding Success on Product Hunt: From Bond’s Founder

Written by guest author Manan Rokani, founder of Bond 

To give you a little background about me, I grew up in India, moved to the US about 9 years back. I went to grad school in Chicago, lived there for about 5 years and then moved to California around 4 years back for work. I have lived in different places but everywhere I have gone, I have met amazing people and made really good friends. Also professionally, I’ve met some really smart people at every company I have worked at. But what I realized was that, as soon as I moved or switched jobs, I was not able to keep in touch with the people there. You know how it is sometimes, out of sight is out of mind.

It was my 30th birthday last year. I got lots of calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family. I felt guilty that I was no longer in touch with a lot of them; just because we don’t go to the same school or college any more, live in the same city or work at the same company any more. These were all the people that I was really close to at one point but then life happened, we went in different directions and got so consumed in our new lives that we just completely lost touch. I wanted to change that. I started looking for apps that would help me get better at keeping in touch with people but I could not find anything good. I put together a small team and we decided to build one ourselves. The result was Bond.

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We wanted to build something simple with a great user experience. I had the design and the flow in my head so I quickly built the mock-ups and our developers got to work. We got to mvp in 6 weeks, spent another 6 weeks polishing it up and pushed the product to the app store. I only invited a few friends, family and colleagues to help us test the app in beta. Because we were in the app store, we also started getting some organic traffic. I was also going to a lot of meetups here in LA trying to get the word out about the app. I was getting pretty good feedback from everyone who saw the app.

See the lineup of Tech in Motion meetups across the country and RSVP to attend here.

From the initial feedback we were getting, we knew that we had a decent product in hand. But we had to get it validated from a larger audience. We submitted the app to Product Hunt…(Note: Product Hunt is a curation of buzzworthy new products, every day. It started as an email list and evolved into a competitor of TechCrunch and other tech blogs with it’s ability to surface the latest mobile apps, websites, and tech products that everyone’s talking about.)

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We honestly weren’t expecting much. But to our surprise, we were trending as the #1 app on their website the following day. I didn’t realize what that would mean until we looked at our numbers. In the first two days alone we got more than:

  • 13,000 hits on our website
  • 2,000 app downloads
  • Tons of emails with a lot of good feedback, suggestions for features and requests for the Android app.

More importantly, these were founders and CEOs of some famous startups, product managers at some top product companies like Apple and Nike, designers, developers and some other tech influencers. These people build amazing products that we use every day- their feedback really mattered.

Soon, other tech websites and bloggers from different parts of the world started writing about us. ABC7 News did a piece on us too. Now the word is spreading.

Product Hunt gave us an amazing platform to put our product in front of the right audience and it really helped us validate our idea. But there’s a lot of people out there who obviously still don’t know about the app and we want to be able to reach them. So growth is our primary focus right now and at the same time we’re building more ways for people to bond with people in their networks. We’re really excited for everything that’s coming up.

To become a Tech in Motion demo company like Bond, contact the organizer in your city.

Keep in touch with people that matter to you by downloading the app. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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About the author:

Manan Rokani, Founder of Bond at www.getBond.co, is passionate about building Internet and mobile technology. With more than 7 years of experience working as a tech consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as an entrepreneur in the start-up environment, he has now founded multiple companies including Bond. Bond is a simple app that reminds you keep in touch with people. There are different ways to keep in touch with different people. The first version of the app had options to keep in touch with people through Call, Text and Facebook, and the new integrates with WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Emails. For each service, simply select the people you wish to keep in touch with and then how often you’d like to contact each one of them. Once set up, the app schedules regular reminders for you. When you get a reminder, just swipe the notification open and you get an option to contact that person right away, leaving no room for procrastination.

Download the iPhone app for free : https://appsto.re/us/ggTu1.i

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What You Should Know About Startup Incubators

Written by Chris Norris of EvoNexus

Startup incubators provide startups a faster, better chance of success through mentorship driven programs. In essence, that’s the allure of an incubator.

Incubators typically provide startups the key ingredients needs for success: office space, the best network of mentors and investors, networking events, collaboration with other like-minded entrepreneurs and a program that drives a startup to move fast. Incubators are often seen as the best place to launch a startup. It’s rich with benefits and allows the startup to focus on company and product development without having to worry about the hassle of things like leasing an office or getting an Internet connection set up. For most startups, creating and innovating sounds a lot more appealing than waiting four hours for the cable guy that may or may not show up.

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In addition to giving companies the freedom to focus on work, incubators give startups access to business networks and investor contacts they otherwise might not even know how to find. In exchange for all these great benefits, the startup typically gives up some form of equity to the incubator or pays a fee. Y-Combinator takes 7%, the 500 startups accelerator takes 5%, and there are some programs that take even more, as much as 50%!

For some entrepreneurs, this can be more than worth the benefit received in return.   Access to a network as strong as those offered from world-renowned programs like Y-Combinator or 500 startups can be tough to beat. However, there are several options out there that don’t require any equity or fees.  One such option is a local incubator in San Diego and Irvine that has proven an excellent accelerator or incubator program does not need to come with the stipulation of giving up anything in return.

Where EvoNexus differs from traditional incubators is that they offer startup companies all these benefits without requiring any equity or IP-related obligations from the company. In other words, entrepreneurs reap all the benefits of the incubator without having to sacrifice any shares or percentage of their company.

EvoNexus was formed by local San Diego entrepreneurs who wanted to inspire the talented people in San Diego to launch startups.  EvoNexus wants to move the needle in growing the San Diego economy.  Their mission is to build a sustainable community supported, technology business incubator to launch companies, raise capital and create outcomes.

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With 3 locations, over 83 admitted startups to date and 88% of those startups still active, it would appear the organization is succeeding.

EvoNexus is a fully pro-bono and community supported technology incubator that has a mentor driven program, hosts speaker and networking events, and workshops on a regular basis for the incubator’s aspiring entrepreneurs.

EvoNexus gives companies access to executive level contacts from large tech companies like Qualcomm, Sony, LG, Samsung, etc.  Additionally, EvoNexus has strategic funding partnerships with Qualcomm, Cisco, and Mitchell International.  Each respective company has a representative on the EvoNexus selection company and will consider investing seed funding into startups admitted that fit within their areas of interest.

The relationships EvoNexus has built over the years with these companies, as well as others, has resulted in eight companies being acquired and $573 million in total venture funding and acquisition outcomes by companies from the EvoNexus incubator.

Accelerators and incubators have become increasingly important to startups all across the country, especially in southern California. It’s why establishments like EvoNexus have been able to grow and thrive. As the region’s only fully pro bono tech incubator, EvoNexus is launching a third location in Irvine, hoping to replicate its success in San Diego by being a resource and a hub for startups.

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About the Author 

Chris Norris is the marketing coordinator at EvoNexus. Chris earned his B.A. in Communications and Economics from Southwestern University and his Masters in Global Business Management from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining EvoNexus, Chris was involved in the creation of startups and served in the United States Peace Corps. His hobbies include writing and playing sports.

How Secure Is Your Data?

Written By: Phyllis Zimbler Miller, Digital Media Marketer

At a security panel presentation during Tech in Motion LA’s November meetup, speakers Lou Rabon, Information Security Officer of Spokeo, Ron Lin, Ph.D., Co-founder and CTO of Card.com, and Micah Winkelspecht, Founder & CEO of Gem, discussed a range of issues surrounding privacy and security. The panel was moderated by Sasha Horne, LA-based TV personality and digital media entrepreneur.

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First order of business? The panel participants all agreed that the user is responsible for their own security, and it’s important to know what sites or tools you are using.

 

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Winkelspecht discussed SpiderOak – a cloud service that offers end-to-end encryption – as stored data should be encrypted at rest as well as encrypted while in transit.

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Besides the basics of not using a password such as “1234567” or the same password for all your accounts, Lin and Rabon recommended tools to help manage your passwords. Lin mentioned LastPass, which streamlines the browsing process while remembering yoru passwords, and Rabon mentioned KeePass, a free open source password manager.

Besides strong passwords, all the panel participants recommended enabling two-factor identification. Rabon acknowledged that security and convenience have an inverse curve.

Winkelspecht went even further by saying that changing consumer behavior is the hardest thing to change; technology is not the problem.

The main takeaway from this presentation? No matter how much a bank or company assures us that our data is safe, it is up to us to protect our own data.

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About the Author:

phyllisPhyllis Zimbler Miller is a social media strategist and influencer experienced in content development, social media channels, media marketing campaigns, email marketing campaigns, social media programs, online communities, media marketing strategy and social media platforms.A frequent guest writer, she also has extensive experience in brand strategy, product management, public relations, corporate communications, online research, newspaper editing and reporting, and traditional marketing. Check Phyllis out (or even hire her) on LinkedIn.

Leveling the Field by Leveling the Platform

What Is Opoli? Short answer: It’s a transportation app. Long answer: It’s a transportation app that aims to disrupt the ride-sharing business from the side of the consumer as well as the service-providers. When selecting a ride, Opoli provides customers with the ability to choose their price, their driver, and their vehicle on their own schedule. This allows for more control for both the drivers and riders. And Opoli says that makes their services up to 40% cheaper than other luxury transportation apps in the LA market.

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IMG_0028“The Opoli point of difference centers on commercially insured, professional drivers who offer a safer and better alternative,” said Opoli founder and CEO Rattan Joea in a story on VentureBeat. “Opoli riders can choose from town cars, SUVs, a Tesla or even a Bentley, depending on what they need and the occasion. Comparing our premium service to others, riders are appreciating Opoli’s professionalism, lower price within the black car market and the fact that all of our drivers are licensed for airport pick-ups, in style, of course.”

For riders, Opoli provides a real advantage when it comes to pricing. First, drivers bid for your ride and you see their bid in real time – and can choose which one you prefer. There’s no surprise or surge pricing, and riders will know the final fare before accepting the transaction. Riders can also make reservations, view driver ratings and choose their driver and vehicle, something other transportation apps do not allow.

So how is this disrupting the ride-sharing business on the other side? Leveling the platform? For a little background, services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar take a 20-30% cut of every fare, in addition to claiming the ability to set fare pricing. In contrast, Opoli charges drivers a monthly fee and allows a free market to set the price as the riders and drivers negotiate through the app.

“We’re trying to be a little more personal to the driver and understand their perspective,” CTO Bobby Gibson said in the Daily Breeze. “It’s not going to be me kicking you out. If you only have one star, nobody’s going to pick you.”

According to Opoli, however, their vision goes far beyond transportation. At the core of Opoli is a commitment to leveling the playing field for service providers. They aim to provide service providers the ability to compete against competitors of any size on the basis of service and quality, as opposed to economies of scale. By removing the barriers of entry into service industries, they strive to provide a channel in which consumers and providers can conduct business one-on-one without the need of a middle man.

For more information about Opoli or to download the app, visit www.opoli.com.

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