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BUSINESS
January 22, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their biggest show of force to date, 400 members of Los Angeles' high-tech community turned out for the inaugural meeting of Zone Club, a group that aims to help Southern California become another Silicon Valley. But some of the sentiments expressed at the event, held Wednesday night at Ciudad restaurant in downtown L.A. and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, underscored the amount of work it will take to achieve that goal.
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BUSINESS
October 16, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the deserted, weed-covered lots of Los Angeles' urban core, Tim Draper sees fertile ground for a thriving high-tech community. And Silicon Valley venture capitalist's vision for a high-technology center is as broad as the 19-square-mile area--from South-Central to East L.A. to Dodger Stadium--that he's targeting. In this unlikely area, Draper is leading an effort to invest at least $25 million of federal funds--and perhaps an equal amount of private capital--in high-tech start-ups.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Blogger Colleen Caldwell rants and riffs about whatever strikes her fancy -- a run-in with her child's school principal, the rising price of Girl Scout thin mints, an upcoming movie that caught her eye. "Has anyone out there read a book called 'The Ultimate Gift'? I just heard that a movie is being made of the book (which sold 4 million copies)," she wrote in a recent post on her site, Simple Kind of Life. The 30-year-old software analyst from Brooksville, Fla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget those venture capitalists and billionaire tycoons hosting lavish fund-raisers from La Jolla to Manhattan. The single biggest donor to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis' campaign fortune now happens to be Gov. Davis' campaign fortune itself. A fund-raising snowball, Davis' treasury is so big it's gaining heft just by rolling forward.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2003 | Anthony Effinger, Bloomberg News
Joel Boblit started buying and selling action figures on EBay in 1997. This year, he expects to sell $3 million worth of G.I. Joes, Transformers and Zoids. That's good news for EBay Inc., right? Wrong. Boblit is on the front line in the coming clash between two Internet titans that are winning customers and making money on the Net. Boblit uses EBay, the world's biggest Internet auction site, only for clearing out inventory from his online store.
NEWS
September 28, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And you don't mess around with Jim. --Singer Jim Croce, 1972 * School voucher strategists are messin' with Gov. Gray Davis. Going right at him. Hard jabs to the gut. It's an eye-opening tactic. You'd call it awfully risky, attacking a highly popular governor. Except that the voucher folks probably figure they have little to lose, given the polls.
NEWS
September 25, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
Edward "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak came to mind last week when I read that the school voucher campaign was dangling big prizes to lure volunteer help. The Times reported that the Proposition 38 effort--financed largely by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper--is offering bounties to people who recruit the most supporters. The rewards include 38 iMac computers, five $2,000 shopping sprees at Macy's, and the grand prize: a Hawaii vacation for four. Total value of all these inducements: $73,200.
NEWS
January 21, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
The new governor made a comment the other day that was practically stunning in its simplicity and absence of spin. It was right to the point, profound. In essence, it was this: Californians have limited patience. They'll allow their elected representatives in Sacramento another two or three years to fix the schools. If the politicians fail, the voters will handle it themselves. And Democratic pols and their patron teachers unions may hate the result: private school vouchers. Gov.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2004 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
When he played keyboards for the hard-rocking group Baton Rouge, David Cremin and his big-haired bandmates reached the charts with the song "Walks Like a Woman." That was in 1989. "I lived a dream," Cremin said, recalling three tours and an MTV appearance before the band fired him over a clash in direction. Now 44, Cremin is a Santa Barbara-based venture capitalist helping a far-flung mix of Californians pursue dreams of their own, but he sounds as stoked as a budding rocker.
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