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.
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.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Just about everything with a battery or cord is on display in the desert, including massive-screen TVs, wearable tech and window-washing robots. The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, and The Times has sent a gaggle of reporters to comb the convention center for what's next, best or a little offbeat. Tech reporter Andrea Chang and I chat about what we've seen so far in previews -- some of the hits, misses and a Microsoft head scratcher. Be sure to check our continuing coverage in live updates , on the Tech Now blog and follow us on Twitter . ALSO: CES 2013: Fisher-Price playing between virtual and real toys CES 2013: Drawing on creativity without touching your tablet CES 2013: Flower Power lets plants communicate their needs Follow Maltais on Twitter @mmaltaisLAT
March 23, 2012 |
Can you go for a day without your tech tools and toys? The third annual National Day of Unplugging starts at dusk today, so get in all your iPad gazing, mouse clicks, text taps and screen pinches before dusk. Organizers call the National Day of Unplugging "a respite from the relentless deluge of technology and information. " The intentional digital blackout goes from sundown Friday to sunset Saturday. Sound familiar? It's in line with the Jewish Sabbath . That's by design.
January 25, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- If you want to know how bad the tech backlash has gotten in this city, consider that the man who happens to run the city's largest technology company has now joined the chorus of those criticizing the industry. Marc Benioff, chief executive of Salesforce.com, is a native San Franciscan who has deep roots here. But after years of being a trailblazer for the industry in this city, he looks around and finds himself appalled by the scenes of luxury buses for techies clogging city streets, evictions soaring and a general indifference among his fellow techies to their impact on San Francisco.
March 27, 2013 |
I want to feel good for Nick D'Aloisio, I really do. It's not every day that a 17-year-old kid becomes a millionaire after spending off-hours while attending school writing code for a smartphone app. My petty jealousy aside, though, D'Aloisio's story got me thinking: Are there any other industries -- other than entertainment -- that would create opportunities like this? I can't think of any. First of all, there just aren't a lot of businesses that allow teenagers to participate, even on the periphery.