Bixel Exchange Tech Update - Feb. 10, 2016

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We are grateful every day to work with all the amazing members of the L.A. tech community – from early-stage startups and schools, to partners large and small -- that make us proud to be part of a continually evolving and connected tech-scape. So find out what we’ve been up to … look out for a “look back” from us in your inbox soon!

tedlieu.pngLast call: Talk tech with LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas
When else will you have the opportunity to meet with the head of one of Los Angeles’ largest public service institutions? RSVP today for this FREE Innovation & Technology Council conversation on Tuesday, Feb. 16!
Rep. Ted Lieu named Internet Freedom Hero
When it comes to Internet privacy laws, there’s no bigger champion in L.A. than our hometown congressman, Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who made The Daily Dot’s list of 17 global leaders as an “Internet Freedom Hero.” Learn more about his work in Congress on behalf of the issue in the article here.
bstemphoto.pngCalling all young female filmmakers
In tandem with Women’s History Month, our friends at B~STEM Project Foundation -- a nonprofit that aims to foster young girls and women by giving them the opportunity to engage in business and technology-driven activities while also gaining an introduction into STEM-related fields – are seeking submissions for their Hall of Fame Films competition, open to female content creators age 14 and older. Sign-ups can be found here. Competition finalists will get to have their film screened March 31st at YouTube’s L.A. space!
… to startup development client Nate Kaplan, executive director of See Political, named “2016 Impact-Maker to Watch” by City Impact Lab.
ether2photo.pngSpotlight on… 
…Bixel startup development client Ether 2, whose invention was selected by an international jury that narrowed down hundreds of applicants from 58 countries down to just 25 for the IoT/M2M Innovation World Cup, held alongside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona! Ether 2 vows to “return telecommunications to the commons.” See below for an abridged talk with company co-founder Jonathan Gael.

Congrats on your advancement in the IoT/M2M! Tell us what it feels like to have made it this far in the competition, and the journey getting here.
“Well, we’ve had a longer runway than most startups, and with two attempts to swipe our IP along the way. So we’re elated to be in the World Cup for our inherently secure solution that fixes Ethernet’s flaws that put us on a quest for bandwidth with billions of people in the cold, on the other side of the digital divide.
“There have been many times that I thought we were dead in the water, but then [Spanish engineer Pere Tuset] demonstrated LPDQ, winning an IEEE award where he showed how to improve the popular ZigBee IoT standard to 98 percent success-connection rate or as we say, near perfect, as umpteen years of wires simulations had already proven. Add that to the 2015 patent, the renewal of our Illinois Institute of Technology agreement, and working with our first OEM partners with a newly designed IoT chip and cloud exchange […] So yes, it feels pretty great to focus on IoT because there truly is no standard for security or fundamental interoperability in any IoT device.
What sort of advice or mentorship have you culled from your advisor pairing?
“For a distributed company like Ether2, Bixel Exchange gives us a center of gravity and feeling of connectedness that comes with active involvement in L.A.’s startup ecosystem. In terms of our advisor, Jay Tsao, he has been instrumental in helping us package our investment opportunity.
Got any advice for other startup entrepreneurs?
“This can’t be overlooked. Build an advisory board that can help with tight issues. It might be the simplest piece of advice, like attaching the Word doc to your USPTO examiner that shaves 18 month from your award date!”

Until we sync again,

Upcoming Events

ITC: A conversation with LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas
Feb. 16 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us Feb. 16 and hear from Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas on the department's plan for implementing technological change and innovation in the nation's second-largest metropolis at the Chamber's February meeting of the Innovation & Technology Council. RSVP today!

  LA Law Library Business Series: From Seed Money to Serious Investment: Raising Money for Your Business. Co-presented with Bixel Exchange
Feb. 23 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Every business needs an initial investment to get off the ground, and established businesses often require investment in order to expand. Learn how to apply for and obtain small business loan, plus learn about other funding options like crowdfunding, private equity and more. RSVP today!

Startsup in the Sky
Feb. 18 | 6 - 9 p.m.

Startups in the Sky is an event series connecting the Silicon Beach community to the emerging tech ecosystem of Downtown L.A. at a high-rise “in the sky.” On Feb. 18, join more than 300 guests for conversation on the many intersections between art and technology. The event includes artist demonstrations and displays, as well as tech demos at the startup expo. Buy Tickets.

  Hall of Fame Films
March 31

In honor of Women’s History Month, B-STEM Project presents its Hall of Fame film competition, connecting female content creators and trailblazers with a cinematic twist. B-STEM will give storytellers an opportunity to make short content highlighting women leading technology and innovation across industry sectors. Learn more

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