Bixel Exchange Tech Update - Feb. 24, 2016

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Hello friend --

We're happy to share several workshops we've cooked up for startups this March. See our events calendar to keep current.

Disrupting the disruptors with Los Angeles Councilman Bob Blumenfield
Regulation and incentives are just a few of the things proposed in response to the new hybrid market model of the shared economy. Join us March 15 as we talk with Councilman Bob Blumenfield about the government’s role in building and managing this. Blumenfield is chair of the City of Los Angeles’ Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. RSVP today for this FREE Innovation & Technology Council conversation!

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas visits 
The department’s senior administrative and policy manager visited us at the Chamber to share insight into the department’s operations, which include response procedures to the department’s 450,000 annual calls, philosophy of change -- adopted shortly after Terrazas took office in 2014 -- as well and how the department collaborates with other agencies and organizations such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and uses software tools like UC San Diego’s WIFIRE, NFORS and UAVs (aka drones) to deploy tech solutions that rapidly decrease response times in the City of Angels. Thanks to all those who participated!

Finance 101 for your startup
Do income statements or balance sheets send you running for the hills? Fear not. On March 3, come get a (FREE) basic understanding of accounting and finance that’s critical for entrepreneurs, and learn the fundamentals of building a financial model from the ground up, with Bixel advisor Mackenzie Chambers, founder and managing director of financial services firm Square Root Financial. Sign up today!

Think fast, win big at AppJam 
AppJam 2016, Cal State Northridge’s mobile app competition where students compete to solve real-life problems for the campus or community, will commence March 3 through March 30. Winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to win startup consulting services with yours truly! Know a CSUN student that may be interested? Pass it on! AppJam is part of CSUN’s first Spring of Innovation, where current CSUN students can learn how to launch a startup, receive mentorship and submit a mobile app prototype. See their video.

Win $10K in free export credits from UPS
Our friends at UPS want to help local businesses connect with the world. Enter the UPS X-PORT Challenge, in which businesses submit an online application to share who they are and why their product has global appeal. The top 15 applicants will be invited to a “Pitch Off” on May 12 in San Jose to demonstrate to a panel of judges from businesses, nonprofits and investors that specialize in global commerce. Apply today!

Grid110 now accepting applications
Downtown Los Angeles-based fashion tech accelerator Grid110 is now accepting applications for its summer 2016 cycle! RSVP to attend the open house/info session/ask-us-anything-happy hour event the evening of March 3.

Until we sync again,


Upcoming Events

LA Law Library Business Series: Going to Market: Sales and Marketing Techniques and Strategies. Co-presented with Bixel Exchange
March 1 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Getting the most out of your sales and marketing dollar is an undervalued aspect of running a business. In this class, learn how to develop an effective marketing strategy to reach the most profitable volume of sales for your business. RSVP today!

  Bixel Startup Financing Workshop: Entrepreneurial Finance 101
March 3 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This workshop provides basic understanding of accounting and finance that is critical for entrepreneurs. You will gain an overview of the key financial statements, financial modeling and financing alternatives, and have the chance to work on a basic financial model in Excel. RSVP today!

ITC: Disrupting the disruptors
March 15 | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Join us March 15 as we talk with Councilman Bob Blumenfield about the government’s role in building and managing the shared economy. Blumenfield is chair of the City of Los Angeles’ Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. RSVP today.

  Hall of Fame Films
Application deadline: Feb. 2
Competition: March 1 - 15
Showcase and awards: 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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