FirstFridays at OIP-ISR | Speaker: Chris Rico, Dir. of Innovation, LAEDC


FirstFridays at OIP-ISR | Speaker: Chris Rico, Dir. of Innovation, LAEDC
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UCLA First Fridays Event:  September  02,  2016   Topic:  "What's Next for LA's Innovation Initiatives" Speaker:  Chris Rico, Director of Innovation for Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Bio:  In his role as Director of Innovation for the LAEDC, Chris Rico leads the continued development of an innovation program for LA County, where he will build broad external support and provide thought leadership and strategic direction for the mission of the Innovate LA program, as well as its goals and priorities. Chris manages the day-to-day operations, programs and initiatives of the Innovate LA Program, including LA Innovation Week, the Blackstone LaunchPad Program in support of Southern California’s entrepreneurial economy, and all of the external communications, marketing and social media for Innovate LA. Chris will also be charged with developing new initiatives and approaches within the Innovate LA Program to increase its relevance, impact and influence within the broader innovation economy and business and economic development communities.  Join us for coffee, bagels and networking the first Friday of the month. Space is limited. Please select the above "Register" button to RSVP.    ABOUT UCLA FirstFridays The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP-ISR) and the UCLA VC Fund co-host a monthly educational series and mixer called UCLA FirstFridays. The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 210, the Kinross Building. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurship at UCLA and to ask questions and network. We hope that you can join us!       EVENT ARCHIVE   –2016–    August 05 Topic:  "Understanding Your Customer Base" Speaker:  Mel Bulu-Taciroglu, NSF I-Corps Instructor; Economist, Lecturer, UCLA HSSEAS Bio: Mel Bulu-Taciroglu is a specialist in Finance and Economics education. She has been teaching various classes for the Technology Management Technical Breadth Program at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering since 2011. She is also active at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability where she recently developed a new course titled “Entrepreneurship and Finance for Environmental Scientists.” Bulu-Taciroglu continuously collaborates with active entrepreneurs, corporations, as well as non-profit organizations to deliver the most up-to-date information and real-life examples to her classes. She holds a B.S. from the Middle East Technical University in Economics, M.A. from Boston College in Economics, M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. (ABD) in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. __________________________________________________________   July – Canceled Due to the July 4th Holiday __________________________________________________________   June 03 Topic:  "Perfecting Your Startup Pitch" Speaker:  Barbara Seymour Giordano Bio: As an Executive Communications Coach specializing in speaker coaching, writing and directing, Barbara Seymour Giordano has advised Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs and TED presenters on the art of creating global talks that unite, influence and inspire audiences worldwide. In her career, Barbara has worked as an assignment editor with CNN and E! Entertainment Television as well as produced internal videos, global sales meetings and events for Amgen, Cisco Systems, and Nike to name a few. In front of the lens Barbara has been an on-camera national TV spokesperson for Lands’ End, Neiman Marcus, and TJX Corp. With an uncanny knack for turning highly complex subjects into stories that spark imagination across cultures, Barbara helps her presenters get to the WHY of the story – the meaningful gift that inspires audiences to action. __________________________________________________________    May 06 Topic:  "Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)" Speaker:  Mike Swords, VP Partnerships, LACI Bio: Prior to joining LACI, Michael Swords served as the Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Global Partnerships within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) at UCLA. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing large, multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes. He was also responsible for developing partnerships with government agencies, foundations, industry and non-profits, both here in the United States and abroad.   Mike has also served as the Board President for Cleantech Los Angeles (CLA) which, prior to merging with LACI, was a multi-institutional collaboration between UCLA, USC, Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRALA), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), Central City Association (CCA) and the Los Angeles Economic Development Council (LAEDC) to establish Los Angeles as the global leader in research, commercialization, and deployment of clean technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV), and the Executive Advisory Committee for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. __________________________________________________________   April  01 Topic:  "The Top 10 Employment Law Issues Impacting Technology Startups"  Presentation Description:  California’s employment laws are widely recognized as the most protective for employees and the most onerous for employers. Technology startups, despite their small sizes, are not immune from these laws, many of which carry the same force and effect regardless of the employer’s size. Attorneys from Littler, the world’s largest law firm dedicated solely to employment law, will provide an overview on the biggest employment law challenges facing startups and discuss steps which startups and emerging companies can take to comply with the law. They will cover key issues such as (i) whether your first hires can lawfully be classified as independent contractors, (ii) if you should pay your employees on a salary or hourly basis, and (iii) the extent to which you can hire unpaid interns. They will also be available to answer any questions you have during the presentation’s Q&A.  Speakers:  Kayvan Iradjpanah and Eugene Ryu, Littler   Bios:  Kayvan Iradjpanah – Kayvan Iradjpanah litigates and counsels employers on all aspects of employment law including wage and hour law, discrimination/harassment, independent contractor analysis, leaves and accommodations, and workers’ compensation. Although he represents many Fortune 500 companies in high stakes litigation, his advice and counsel practice centers on technology startups throughout California. Kayvan counts many startups, incubators, and accelerators as his clients. He is committed to providing them with the resources they need to establish a legally compliant framework.  Eugene Ryu: Eugene Ryu is a Shareholder located in Littler’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. His diverse clients include many emerging growth companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. He represents Companies in all aspects of employment law. __________________________________________________________   March  04 Topic:  "Connecting UCLA Startups with Alumni Resources"  Speaker:  Tom Kehler, CrowdSmart (UCLA Startup-in-a-Box member)    Bio:  CrowdSmart’s mission is to empower UCLA startups to connect and collaborate with the broader UCLA alumni community, and to enable alumni to find and propel promising Bruin startups to greater success. CrowdSmart’s software platform gives UCLA startups the tools they need to tap community-wide expertise, knowledge, best ideas and insights using proven collective intelligence and machine-learning technologies. CrowdSmart can help UCLA startups achieve market traction and product/market fit faster, and help alumni discover and provide promising startups with the critical resources they need to succeed. __________________________________________________________   February 05  Topic:  "UCLA Engineering and Entrepreneurship"  Speaker:  Bill Kisliuk, Director of Media Relations and Marketing, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science    Bio:  Bill Kisliuk leads a small group of communications professionals in promoting the work of UCLA Engineering faculty and students. In this role he works closely with faculty and students seeking to garner media attention and funding for their innovations and new research; with development officers promoting greater financial support of the school; with alumni; and with other UCLA units ranging from the Office of Media Relations to Government Affairs and the Office of Intellectual Property. Prior to joining UCLA Engineering in 2013, he worked as a news reporter and editor for publications in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C. __________________________________________________________   January 01 – Canceled due to the Holidays.   –2015–    December 01 Topic:  "Top 5 Early Stage Mistakes" Speaker:  Scott Iyama, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe  Bio:  A key focus of Mr. Iyama’s practice is the representation of life science and healthcare companies. Mr. Iyama represents companies founded by leading scientists and clinicians at UC San Francisco, Stanford University, Stanford Medical School and UC Davis, each of which is developing and commercializing novel technologies with the aim to enhance the delivery of healthcare. From formation, to financings, to strategic transactions, Mr. Iyama has represented such companies, which include AcroMetrix (sold to Life Technologies), Aridis Pharmaceuticals, Crossover Health, Laserscope (sold to AMS), LS9 (sold to Renewable Energy Group), Precise Light Surgical and SBR Health.  __________________________________________________________   November 06 Speaker:  Chris Rico, Director of Innovation for Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)  Bio:  In his role as Director of Innovation for the LAEDC, Chris Rico leads the continued development of an innovation program for LA County, where he will build broad external support and provide thought leadership and strategic direction for the mission of the Innovate LA program, as well as its goals and priorities. Chris manages the day-to-day operations, programs and initiatives of the Innovate LA Program, including LA Innovation Week, the Blackstone LaunchPad Program in support of Southern California’s entrepreneurial economy, and all of the external communications, marketing and social media for Innovate LA. Chris will also be charged with developing new initiatives and approaches within the Innovate LA Program to increase its relevance, impact and influence within the broader innovation economy and business and economic development communities.  __________________________________________________________   October 02 Topic:  "Market Research Techniques to Improve Product Acceptance." Speaker:  Jonathan Honiball, Sr. Director, Customer Research, Pacific Consulting Group  Bio:  Jonathan Honiball is Senior Director of Customer Research at Pacific Consulting Group (PCG), a customer research and consulting firm that helps organizations develop devices that achieve product adoption goals and design services that engender customer loyalty. He has nearly 20 years of market research experience covering a number of sectors, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and technology. Jonathan developed PCG’s in-house survey operations as a highly efficient, technology-based platform for sending out and collecting survey results, reducing the cycle time and cost of typical survey projects. In addition to research operations, he also leads the research and analysis teams at PCG.   __________________________________________________________   September 07 Topic:  "Raising Capital for the Startup – Legal, Structural & Financial Issues" Speaker:  Mark Greenberg, Partner, Blank Rome, LLP   __________________________________________________________   August 07 Topic:  "Protecting and Commercializing Copyrights at UCLA"  Speaker:  Kat Fibiger, Technology Transfer Office, Copyright, UCLA Bio:  Katherine Fibiger joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in July 2007 as a Licensing Officer. Ms. Fibiger is responsible for managing copyrightable works of authorship created at UCLA and assessing commercialization opportunities. Her responsibilities include handling UCLA copyright permissions requests, reviewing IP language, and negotiating licenses and managing their progress to ensure the licensed works of authorship can be commercialized or made available for the public good. In addition, Ms. Fibiger lectures on Intellectual Property topics including protection and commercialization of university intellectual property. Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Fibiger was a software developer and information technology consultant for 10 years. Ms. Fibiger obtained a bachelor’s degree in management from Babson College, a Master of Information Science from Boston University, and J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property from the UNH School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center). __________________________________________________________ July 03 Canceled due to the holiday weekend. __________________________________________________________   June 05 Topic:  "The Future of Technology Innovation in the City of Los Angeles" Speaker:  Peter Marx, Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles Bio:  LA's Mayor Garcetti appointed Peter Marx as the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation. Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company. __________________________________________________________   May 01 Topic:  VC Funds – Structure and Operations Speaker:  Timothy Spangler, UCLA School of Law Bio:  Timothy Spangler advises on the structuring and operation of a wide variety of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, film funds and funds of funds. He has experience forming and structuring funds in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland.  He also advises regularly on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. __________________________________________________________   April 03 Topic:  Blackstone Launchpad Program at UCLA  Speaker:  Deanna Evans, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, Startup UCLA Bio:  Deanna recently was the Manager of Startup UCLA overseeing the operations of the Summer Accelerator along with the entrepreneurship events during the academic year. Deanna’s tenure at UCLA and previously with Columbia College Chicago has provided her with a strong management perspective focused on implementing best practices and academic initiatives in higher education. With a bachelor’s in Psychology and a masters of science in School Counseling Leadership, Deanna’s student counseling background strengthens the Blackstone LaunchPad’s student coaching framework. As Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, Deanna is focused on creating student centered, co-curricular programming to help students see entrepreneurship as a viable career, thus enhancing the student academic experience and expanding career opportunities after graduation  __________________________________________________________   March 06 Topic:  NSF I-Corps Progam at UCLA Speaker:  Schaffer Grimm, ITA UCLA Bio:  Schaffer Grimm is a Business Strategist for the UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement. In this role he works with professors and UCLA based startups to provide guidance and strategy. He is also the Program Manager for UCLA’s involvement as part of the NSF I-Corps LA Regional Node. Prior to joining the UCLA in 2011, he worked at Northrop Grumman in the Aerospace Sector. There he was the Foundry Services Manager which entailed bringing in and working with commercial companies who accessed Northrop Grumman's advanced semiconductor processes. His responsibilities included leading business development ventures by collaborating with commercial partners. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  __________________________________________________________   February 06 Topic:  Campus-wide Entrepreneurial Activities at the Anderson School  Speaker:  George Abe, UCLA Anderson  Bio:  George Abe is a lecturer and Faculty Director of the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His teaching responsibilities include entrepreneurship, business plan development and field study program advisories. SMR is the field study program, required of all Executive MBA students.  He was Business Development Manager for the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, which is responsible for patent protection and commercialization of UCLA research. Previously, he was a venture partner with Palomar Ventures, a VC firm in Santa Monica, California. Before Palomar, he was a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems. Prior to that he was with Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN, now BT) where he designed Infonet's IP data service. From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the board of directors of Switchcore AB, a publicly traded fabless semiconductor designer in Sweden. He has also held board of director positions with various startup companies and not-for-profit organizations. He is the author of Residential Broadband, which presents an analysis of high-speed residential networking, published by Cisco Press.  __________________________________________________________ January 02 Canceled due to the Holidays __________________________________________________________     –2014–

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