February 1, 2013 |
Silicon Beach is mourning the death of entrepreneur and Ecomom co-founder Jody Sherman this week. Sherman, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. Since his death Monday, several L.A. tech bloggers, friends and venture capitalists have taken to Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs to share memories of Sherman, who co-founded Ecomom in Santa Monica in 2009. The company, which sells eco-friendly and healthful products for children, mothers and the home, moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. The messages also emphasized the need for a more open dialogue about the pressures of creating a start-up and running a business, with entrepreneurs and others calling on the tech community to open up and offer support to colleagues who may be suffering from depression.
January 5, 2014 |
A number of forces will combine to drive global consumer spending on technology down 1% in 2014, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Assn. The projected decline was released Sunday as part of a press day at the International Consumer Electronics Show. CEA hosts CES, and each year offers up a series of reports that examine market trends and offers an outlook for the global consumer electronics market. The picture painted in the latest report is not a pretty one for the industry, according to Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis for the CEA. CES 2014: Follow out full coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show Overall, Koenig said he expected global consumer spending on tech to decline by 1% in 2014, down from about 3% growth in 2013.
June 22, 2013 |
The world of tech is known for its ingenious inventions, but sometimes, it's flops are even more memorable. From Google to Twitter to Microsoft, every major player in the tech industry has at one point or another also invented and released a gadget so bad that they will never be able to live it down. Take Apple for example. The company gave us the iPod, iPhone and the iPad, but do you remember the Apple Newton? That 90s device was supposed to function like a personal digital assistant that could recognize users' handwriting.
July 8, 2012 |
Calabasas technology company Ixia will expand its headquarters after signing a new lease worth about $26 million. Ixia, which provides wireless network tests, agreed to expand its offices to 110,000 square feet from 83,000 square feet in a 10-year deal at Corporate Center Calabasas, said David Binswanger, executive vice president of landlord Lincoln Property Co. The lease renewal and expansion were welcome because the economic downturn hit...
December 11, 2011 |
The Los Angeles tech scene has buzz, glitzy backers and even a catchy nickname: Silicon Beach. Tech boosters are stumping for a Silicon Valley contender down south, and conference halls and bars are brimming with entrepreneurs looking to join a growing community that includes a huge new Google campus in Venice and a wave of Internet start-ups. "We've been investing in this area since 1999, and we've never seen a level of activity higher than it is today," said venture capitalist Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon Partners in Santa Monica.
June 5, 2012 |
Tech start-ups and accelerator programs have been popping up all over Los Angeles and Santa Monica recently, and now there's a map for that. On the newly launched Represent.LA map, more than 300 technology-related companies have been plotted online, including 257 start-ups, 22 accelerators and incubators, and 34 investors. Click on the icons and a short description of each firm appears. Viewers can submit the names of companies they think should be added to the map. The map was created by three techies, including Alex Benzer, founder of SocialEngine, who said their hope is to connect and promote the local tech start-up community.