Monthly Archives: December 2014
Dec 31 2014
City of Pasadena Christmas Tree Drop Off Recycling Curbside Pickup 2014/2015
 

Remember to Recycle Your Christmas Tree-Make it a Holiday Tradition!

2014/2015 CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION & RECYCLING

Make sure recycling your Christmas tree is a part of your holiday traditions.  Recycling you tree is good for the environment and provides and important source of mulch that the City uses and gives away for free throughout the year. The following information will help make it easy for your to recycle your Christmas Tree. For more information, please contact the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.

DROP OFF DATES & LOCATIONS

OPEN: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

December 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015

  • Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., Parking lot on Millicent Way

Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Parking lot on Morton Street

PLEASE REMOVE ALL STANDS, ORNAMENTS AND LIGHTS

CURBSIDE PICKUP DATES

January 2 – 17, 2015

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Dec 30 2014
City of Pasadena Former Employee Danny Wooten Allegedly Bilked City for over $6 million #pasadena
 

City of Pasadena Former Employees Allegedly Embezzled Over $6 million From City

Update 1/2/15: Special Meeting to be held.

MONDAY, JAN. 5th @ 5PM – Notice of Special Single Item Agenda Meeting regarding the Underground Utilities Program Audit

Several city employees involved in scheme, including six placed on “administrative leave” according to City Manager Michael Beck, who he refused to identify. Why?  I would imagine that this scheme ran deeper and as Councilman Torneck said City Hall has a “long-standing culture of complacency”.

This complacency in the city is unacceptable, all departments need extensive audits.  All city residents and tax payers should be demanding a full accounting of all departments, especially those with the larger budgets like Public Works and Water and Power.

City of Pasadena Officials have published KPMG’s full audit as of Tuesday on the city’s website.

Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck held a press conference announcing the arrest of a former city employee for allegedly bilking the city out of $6.4 million.  So far 3 have been arrested and four are on administrative leave, the identity of those on administrative leave has not been disclosed.

The City of Pasadena is providing a variety of documents and information to help keep the public informed about the arrest of a former City employee regarding the theft of public funds and steps that the City has-and will-take. The following links to documents are being provided.  As more information becomes available, additional postings to this webpage will occur.

Watch some short video clips from the press conference held Dec 30, 2014.

Danny R Wooten, served as “pastor” at Newco – New Covenant Christian Fellowship Center, you can see several “sermons” conducted by Mr Wooten.

Sunday Service Clip: What Kinda of Church We Got Going On?
Message: When You Pour, Make Mine A Double
Pastor Danny R. Wooten

Video on Facebook

Topic: What God has for me is for me and what God has for you is for you
Speaker: Pastor Danny R. Wooten

Video on Facebook

City of Pasadena’s Official News Release

City Manager’s Letter to Employees

Letter to City from District Attorney’s Office

KPMG Audit Report

LA District Attorney’s Press Release

Those charged and arrested thus far:

Danny R. Wooten, 51

dannywooten-image1Danny R Wooten with New Covenant Christian Fellowship Center – Est 2007

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Tyrone Collins, 55

and Melody Jenkins, 46

Danny Wooten was a Management Analyst IV in the city’s Public Works department and earned $131,621.87 in 2013 according to www.transparentcalifornia.com.  Wooten worked for the city for 12 years with the suspected criminal activity spanning over 10 years, between 2004 and March 2014

This from City of Pasadena Council Person

Margaret McAustin – District 2

City Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

Dear District Two Residents:

This is a sad day in Pasadena’s history. Today a former City employee was arrested for allegedly embezzling $6,432,810.98 over a period of eleven years from you and me, the residents of Pasadena.

I want to give you some background about this theft, and make you aware of a Special Meeting the City Council will be holding to discuss the issue and respond to the public.

Like many frauds and embezzlements, this was uncovered through a routine inquiry. Last May, the Municipal Services Committee was looking into the Underground Utility  Program  which is funded through a special tax (UUT), and places overhead utilities underground throughout the City. (The work on Hill Avenue is being funded by this program.) The Committee learned it would take around 150 years to place all the utilities underground and the Committee was evaluating whether this program should continue, or could perhaps be brought to a close at a logical point, and the UUT tax discontinued. It was through that discussion that a “Miscellaneous” account with a high balance was brought into question, and as staff investigated to respond to the Committee’s inquiries, the fraud was discovered.

Subsequently, the City Manager engaged KPMG, a company that specializes in forensic accounting. After investigating, KPMG determined an employee, Danny Wooten, had prepared and provided as many as 296 fraudulent invoices to the City on behalf of four entities with which he was affiliated and received checks totaling over $6.4 million in payment of those invoices. Mr. Wooten, who had already been terminated by the City for an unrelated matter, was arrested today and will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. While investigators do not believe others were involved, four employees have been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

The reported prepared by KPMG lays out very clearly how this embezzlement occurred and what Red Flags should have drawn attention to the embezzlement. That report will be put on the City’s Web page for every resident in Pasadena to examine. It is the City’s intent to put all information about this scandal out to the public as soon as possible. In addition, the City Council will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 solely on this issue.

I want to restore your trust in our Municipal Government. I will answer every question you have, and make every piece of information I have on the matter available to you. For more information you may go to www.cityofpasadena.net/invoiceinvestigation. You are always welcome to contact me directly on my cell phone 626 808 6158 or via the City Council Office number, 626 744-4742.

Margaret McAustin

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Dec 29 2014
Pasadena 5th Annual District 1 Mix & Mingle – Jan 7, 2015
 

*Keep In Touch*
Sign up for the District 1 Email Blast at this link: http://bit.ly/1nGipv8  OR Text Keyword: DISTRICT1 to 22828 and follow the prompts. If you receive this email direct vs. forwarded from another person, you are already on the list. Click on the UNSUBSCRIBE link at the end of this email if you no longer wish to receive notices.

Happy Holidays from the City of Pasadena! Overnight parking (2 am – 6 am) will not be enforced from the morning of December 23rd through the morning of January 3rd. During this time you will not need a permit to park overnight on City streets. No refunds will be issued for permits purchased during this period.

 

OUT OF TOWN GUESTS?

Point them to the VISIT PASADENA & TofR websites for information on everything Pasadena. (click on the links for more info)
CITY MANAGER WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS

http://cityofpasadena.net/CityManager/CM_Newsletters/

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Dec 29 2014
The Waterfront Market San Pedro Harbor – Certified Farmers Market
 

The Waterfront Market – Certified Farmers Market

Year round:  Open Saturdays From 9:00am. to 2:00pm.

 Location:  Downtown San Pedro at the newly renovated Waterfront right next to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

 Farm Fresh Produce and delicious prepared and prepackaged food vendors.

Every Saturday 8am-2pm San Pedro Harbor – Starting November 8, 2014

Brought to you by Enriched Farms

 

Enriched Farms Inc. 

3836 Via Dolce

Marina del Rey, CA  90292

enrichedfarms@gmail.com

Tel: 818-699-6204
Fax: 818-874-3057 

www.enrichedfarms.com

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Dec 29 2014
The Science of Healthy Eating @caltech study – Healthy vs Tasty
 

More info: http://www.caltech.edu/news/cake-or-c…

Caltech neuroeconomists have found that your ability to exercise self-control when deciding what to eat may depend upon just how quickly your brain factors healthfulness into a decision,

  Dietary Self-Control Is Related to the Speed With Which Attributes of Healthfulness and Tastiness Are Processed  link

The Psychological Science study, “Dietary Self-Control Is Related to the Speed with Which Health and Taste Attributes Are Processed,” was authored by Sullivan and Rangel along with Caltech postdoctoral scholar Cendri Hutcherson and former Caltech postdoctoral scholar and visiting associate Alison Harris, who is now an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Their work was funded by the National Science Foundation. – See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/cake-or-carrots-timing-may-decide-what-youll-nosh-45077#sthash.0cOK1T9D.dpuf


(Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Marketing and Communications)

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Dec 24 2014
Pasadena Rose Parade Floats Sneak Preview 2015 – Pasadena PAL Special Float Viewing Preview
 

The Pasadena Police Department invites the community to join us this Friday December 26th., at 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., for a sneak preview of several of the 2015 Rose Parade Floats. Phoenix Decorating Company at 835 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, is graciously hosting this special event. Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner!!! All proceeds directly benefit the Pasadena Police Activities League (non-profit) Hope to see you there.

Pasadena PAL Special Float Viewing Preview!

The Pasadena Police Department invites the community to join us this Friday December 26th., at 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., for a sneak preview of several of the 2015 Rose Parade Floats. Phoenix Decorating Company at 835 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, is graciously hosting this special event. Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner!!! All proceeds directly benefit the Pasadena Police Activities League (non-profit) Hope to see you there!

Address/Location
Pasadena Police Department – CA
207 North Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101



Lt. Vasken Gourdikian
Communtiy Services
vgourdikian@cityofpasadena.net
626-744-6485

– See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/5324637/#sthash.t4WSfSFI.dpuf

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Dec 24 2014
Movie The Interview Released by Sony YouTube, Google, at 10am PST, #theinterview
 

“The Interview” Sony movie available today at 1pm PST through YouTube/GooglePlay $6 rent/$15 to own

Looks like it will be available on: youtube, xbox, and google play. $5.99 rental and $14.99 to own. Interesting it is NOT available on PSN.

www.seetheinterview.com

The Interview

Watch here on YouTube:

 

 

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Dec 23 2014
A4C All4Cellular Flash Sale and Specials – Apple Lightning to USB Cable – White $6.95 @All4Cellular
 

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Dec 17 2014
Now open: Avanti Italian Bistro & Bar #avantipasadena
 

Avanti Restaurant & Bar
187 N. Sierra Madre Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 817-9180

Now open: Avanti Italian Bistro & Bar @ 187 N Sierra Madre Blvd in Pasadena. (626) 817-9180

It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally open! #avanti #avantipasadena #cometryusout #italian #bar #restaurant #LA #pasadena

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Dec 16 2014
Dimples Karaoke Bar in Burbank Closing After 30+ Years @TalariaBurbank
 

Reports are that the famous karaoke bar Dimples is set to close in mid January to make room for a large development that will reportedly include a Whole Foods Market. the Talaria Project is set to begin construction soon, on the vacant lot across from NBC and Clear Channel.

Sustainable and aspirational. Eco-friendly and energy efficient. Live, stay, work, walk, bike. Talaria at Burbank.

Talaria at Burbank is a premium residential rental community to be built in the heart of the Burbank Media District, across the street from NBC, Clear Channel and Warner Brothers, and a short distance from The Walt Disney Company and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. The project is being proposed as the first LEED-certified green residential community in the City of Burbank. Talaria’s exclusive retail tenant is a Whole Foods Market open to all.

Talaria at Burbank is an eco-friendly, LEED-certified premium residential rental community to be built in the heart of the Burbank Media District!

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Photo: We're CLOSING sooner than we thought. Come make a few last memories at Dimples!

 

Follow Dimples on facebook to stay updated on developments, and some possible specials in the coming month before the closing.
Dimples Facebook

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Dec 14 2014
Meet & Greet Author Jerry James Stone! @jerryjamesstone
 

Meet author and blogger Jerry James Stone! Taste his festive holiday cocktails and recipes from his new book, Holidazed!

Whole Foods Market Pasadena

Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Pasadena, CA

About Jerry James Stone: Jerry James Stone is the founder of Cooking Stoned. Founded in 2012, Cooking Stoned focuses on simple gourmet vegetarian and vegan recipes imagined by Jerry James Stone. The food blog can be found on YouTube, as well as at Whole Foods Market’s Dark Rye, Mother Nature Network on KOED’s Bay Area Bites.

Books will be available for purchase & signing by Jerry!

BLOG: http://cookingstoned.tv/blog/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jerryjamesstone
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jerryjamesstone
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/jerryjamesstone

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Dec 11 2014
Del Frisco’s Grille Pasadena Opening December 20, 2014 @SouthLakeAvenue @DFGrille #626food
 

From the South Lake Business Association we received news

Del Frisco’s Grille | 55 S. Lake Avenue | 626-765-9913

Sneak peak of our new Pasadena location, opening in December in the South Lake District! Take a look at this rendering of the cozy covered patio.
Photo: Sneak peak of our new Pasadena location, opening in December in the South Lake District! Take a look at this rendering of the cozy covered patio.

Del Frisco’s Grille is modern, inviting, stylish and fun. Taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, Del Frisco’s Grille draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. The energetic bar, a destination in itself, creates a buzz throughout the restaurant and sets the stage for an amazing night out. There are now more than 40 Del Frisco’s Grilles across the country, with Pasadena being the third in Southern California.

Photo: We're hiring in Pasadena! Join our amazing team at the Grille and see the benefits first-hand. Apply online at jobs.dfrg.com.

Del Frisco’s Grille is set to open their South Lake District location on December 20, 2014, and will then be open Monday- Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 10pm.

For more information, please visit Del Frisco’s Grille.

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Dec 11 2014
Apple iPod Classic Models Selling for as much as $90,000
 

If you own an Apple iPod Classic which Apple discontinued back in September of 2013, you could be in for a surprise. The value of these has skyrocketed recently.

On ebay a Vintage-Apple-iPod-classic-1st-Generation-5-GB-FIRST-IPOD-EVER you can see a limited edition UK U2 engraved iPod Classic which sold for $90,000.

Will we see others like this, perhaps, but event the standard editions are selling for between $500 and $4,000. Even on Amazon you can see the prices of new iPod Classic Editions starting at $4,000 new sealed.

First generation iPods, sealed selling for $20,000.

Not sure why all the interest…. there is something about a lawsuit against Apple, but how could these iPods being sold for these prices have anything to do with the lawsuit, perhaps if you own one you have a case?

Brand Apple
Model iPod classic 4th Generation U2 Special Edition (20 GB)
MPN M9787B/A, M9787LL/A, M9787X/A
UPC 718908885741

 

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Dec 10 2014
Pasadena Rose Parade Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – December 23, 2014 thru January 3, 2015
 

Pasadena Rose Parade Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium

Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – Pasadena 2014 Christmas Holiday New Year’s Holiday 2015

Please note: Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – 2 am to 6 am, from December 23, 2014 thru January 3, 2015. Vehicles legally parked on the street during the aforementioned hours and dates will not receive a citation for overnight parking. Overnight parking citations will resume being issued the morning of January 4, at 2 am.                   

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Dec 9 2014
Veggie Grill Pasadena Grand Opening Dec 13, 2014 @VeggieGrill
 

Veggie Grill Pasadena is slated to open December 13, 2014 at 11am. The first 50 people in line will receive a $50 Veggie Grill gift card.

200 S. Lake will officially be the site of Veggie Grill Pasadena. As reported here last year.

Co-Founder Kevin Boylan

Here’s an image from the inside of VeggieGrill Pasadena, during a special pre-opening event

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This was the tweet sent out earlier today.

 

South Lake Ave Pasadena is packing in the new restaurant offerings, with Del Frisco Grill opening in the coming weeks and other eateries on their way, those looking for dining options South Lake have much to look forward to.

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Dec 9 2014
Google YouTube Most Popular Videos for 2014
 

Google has released the most popular videos on YouTube for 2014 and views is not the only factor in ranking the top 10 videos on YouTube for 2014.

10 most popular YouTube videos of 2014

Some of the most popular videos of 2014.

Google released its list of the most popular videos of the year. Using a proprietary algorithm that looked at total views a video, audience engagement, watch time, likes, shares and audience retention .

Here are the 10 most popular YouTube videos of 2014.

 

 

Mutant Giant Spider Dog

More than 113 million views, a dog dressed as a giant spider .

 

Nike Football: Winner Stays
Featuring soccer stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, Wayne Rooney,
More than 98 million views.

First Kiss

The 94 million 20 strangers kiss for the first time,

 

Suor Christina Scuccia on The Voice of Italy

It’s not every day that you see a nun rocking a reality singing competition, but Sister Cristina Scuccia, an Italian Ursuline nun, sure does. She was the winner of The Voice of Italy this year — and thanks to the 66 million views of her YouTube clip, as well as commenters who go wild for her, she’s rocking YouTube as well.

 

iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test
More than 59 million views,
Bend an iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Bars & Melody — Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Act
Bars & Melody perform an anti-bullying song — “Britain’s Got Talent’s” host, the notoriously blunt and tough Simon Cowell.

 


Budweiser’s “Puppy Love”
Aired during the Super Bowl

 


Devil Baby Attack
vomiting Devil Baby in a stroller and then let loose on the streets of New York.

 

https://www:youtube:com/embed/0MW9Nrg_kZU
Goku vs. Superman
Rap Battles of History series
40 million+ views,
Superman and Goku taking hilarious digs at one another.

 

https://www:youtube:com/embed/b1XGPvbWn0A
10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman
A woman walks the streets of New York City, 100+ instances of verbal harassment, troubling video.

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Dec 5 2014
You’re Invited! Pressed Juicery Grand Opening Party at The Americana at Brand
 

PRESSED JUICERY GRAND OPENING PARTY

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 06
11am – 3pm

Stop by to celebrate the grand opening of Pressed Juicery at The Americana at Brand on Saturday, December 6!

Free $25 gift cards to the first 50 people

Free juice from 11 AM-3 PM

Free Freeze (healthy, vegan soft-serve)

Free giveaways (Sephora, Equinox and more!)

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Dec 5 2014
HotDogCollars.com : NFL Gear Custom Dog Collars ID Collars Holiday Collars Squeaky Toys @hotdogcollars
 

Amazing Pet Products

HotDogCollars.com offers thousands of unique, fun, and popular pet items and gifts, including the ultra popular line of Licensed NFL, MLB, and NCAA pet products.

 

The Early Dog Catches The Deal!

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HotDogCollars.com most popular lines include:

NFL Gear

Custom Dog Collars

ID Collars

Holiday Collars

Squeaky Toys

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Dec 5 2014
Public Fruit Tree Adoption in Pasadena- December 18th
 

Public Fruit Tree Adoption in Pasadena- December 18th

December 18th in Old Pasadena at One Colorado

We’re giving away the gift that keeps on giving – a citrus tree compliments of Fallen Fruit and One Colorado! The artist collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns & Austin Young) invites the public to adopt a citrus tree and plant it in a public space or alongside private property to create new kinds of community based on generosity and sharing. It makes you feel good, it’s good for the planet, it’s free and it saves Santa a trip.

Each participant is asked to sign an adoption form promising to care for the tree—initiating a relationship with it. We ask recipients to plant them in public space or along the borders of private property near sidewalks where the fruits will be shared and enjoyed by the community. There will be over 50 citrus trees carefully selected for event. One tree per family. Fruit trees should be planted immediately with the understanding that they require extra water and care for three years. Fallen Fruit will provide planting instructions and caretaking tips.

RSVP to info @ fallenfruit.org by 12/17. Trees are first-come, first-served; RSVPs are given priority 6p – 7p; open to the public 7p – 8p.
Location:
One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, California
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Dec 5 2014
Breathe Local, Think Global – December 6, 2014 at Pasadena Convention Center
 

Breathe Local, Think Global.

DEC 6TH, 2014 @PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER

Together with Pasadena City Manager’s Office, PlusYoou is excited to invite you to the 3rd annual SoCal Innovation Forum (SIF) on December 6, 2014 at Pasadena Convention Center. Themed “Breathe Local, Think Global“, SIF aims at bridging Chinese capital with innovative startups in a global context, and facilitating cooperations between entrepreneurs, investors and incubators from both the U.S and China.


WHAT TO EXPECT

 6 TOPICS PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Panel discussions on topics of big data, healthcare, gaming and entertainment

 10 TOP-NOTCH STARTUP TEAMS

Two demo sessions with 10 top-notch startup teams from SoCal

 50+ INVESTORS FROM TOP CHINESE ENTREPRENEURIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Over 50 investors from top chinese entrepreneurial organizations such as Great Wall Club and Feimalv will be attending

 600+ ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS AND PROFESSIONALS

Networking opportunity with more than 600 entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from southern california, silicon valley and China

 EXPERIENCE EFFECTIVE NETWORKING POWERED BY BIG DATA TECHNIQUE

Applying big data technique, your interests and needs will be collected through Eventbrite, and your seat on the event day will be arranged accordingly. Get ready to dive in conversations with your seating neighbors and build connections!

 SPECIAL GIFTS SPONSORED BY STAR STARTUPS

Startups such as Bezalel, Mypetmyart, Acton, Gesso, etc. will bring their most popular products to share with the audience and pay back to the community.

 


 

SCHEDULE

 

09:00-9:20 am    Opening Remarks

09:20-9:40 am    Keynote Speech

9:50-11:00 am    Panel #1: Breathe Local, Think Global

11:10-12:10 pm  Startup Demo Session I

12:10-01:40 pm  Lunch + Legal Workshop

01:40-02:20 pm  Panel #2: Women 2.0: Lean in Startup Community

02:30-03:20 pm  Panel #3: Distruptive changes in healthcare  (Room A)

Panel #4: What’s the next big thing in gaming (Room B)

03:30-04:20 pm  Panel #5: Hollywood Going Digital  (Room A)

Panel #6: How to make the most out of Big Data (Room B)

04:30-05:30 pm  Startup Demo Session II

 


SPEAKERS & VIPs

More than 100 industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors from China and the U.S. share insights on startup ecosystem and investment opportunities in both countries. Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote

HANS TUNG

Hans is the Managing Partner of GGV Capital. He focuses on mobile Internet, cross border ecommerce, online education, and gaming industry investments. Hans was the early investor of XiaMi and involved in Hugo Barra, the former Head of Android Product Management at Google to the team. He also led investment of Forgame (HKSE: 0484), Wish, Curse, FlightCar, Totspot, Mafengwo Travel, Vancl.com, eHi Car Rental, Domob Mobile, 51fanli etc. Hans was one of six venture capitalists from China named to the 2014 Forbes Midas List. He was also recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China.

 

“Breathe Local, Think Global”

ANDY WILSON

Andy is the founder/CEO of Rexter.com, an industry leader in professional relationship management (PRM); Founder/Co-chairman of Innovate Pasadena, aiming to advance the East LA innovation hub; Founder of Momentum Capital, leading more than a half dozen SoCal tech startups. As a seasoned senior executive in the software and technology fields, Andy served as SVP of Yahoo!, Overture, Bowne & Co, Williams Lea, etc.

 

BIN ZHAO

Chairman of technology committee of YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) since 2013 and CTO of YY Inc. from 2008 to 2013. Bin founded NeoTasks, LLC in 2004 and served as its Chairman and CTO until 2008. He has over 20 years of experience in technology development and management. He served as the senior consultant at Tencent, senior engineer at WebEx Communications Inc.

 

DAVID CARTER

Co-founder and CEO of Zuma Ventures, a LA-based venture studio. David is also the co-founder and strategic advisor of Amplify. David is a serial entrepreneur and has invested and mentored numerous companies. He served as founder, President & CEO of Vertical Technologies (acquired by Zebra (NASDAQ, ZBRA)), Thoughtstar (acquired by iManage (NASDAQ, IMAN)) and S5 Wireless. In addition, David served as an EIR for Wasatch Venture Fund now Epic Ventures. Forbes named David as one of the “12 Entrepreneurs that are Changing LA Forever” as part of Amplify.

 

PHIL HUI-BON-HOA

Serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience taking business from startup to success story. Phil is the cofounder and CEO of Kaleo Software which builds Enterprise Knowledge Network. Phil was the co-founder, investor and CEO of Jetalon Solutions (acquired by Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG)), the investor and CEO of Neogent (acquired by Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: ORCL)), Head of M&A of IFILM (acquired by Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)), cofounder and COO of StudioXchange (acquired by IFILM), cofounder and CEO of Fourth Tier (acquired by Keane).

 

JENNIFER ZHANG (Moderator)

Jennifer is the co-founder and COO of PlusYoou, an LA-based non-profit devoted to bridging Chinese capital with the startup community in Southern California. Jennifer is a columnist at Chinese Entrepreneur Magazine and contributor to TechCrunch(China), Sina.com, 36Kr and other major tech publications in China. Prior to Plusyoou, Jennifer gained extensive entrepreneurial and marketing experience in education and mobile technology through her work at a number of incubators and startups in both U.S. and China. Jennifer holds a B.A. of film study at Zhejiang University and a M.A. of public policy at the University of Southern California.

 

Woman 2.0: Lean In Startup Community

ALYSE KILLEEN

Early stage investor at Clearstone Venture Partners. Alyse is the cofounder and co-chair of the Women in Venture group. She is a mentor at Plug and Play Tech Center, in Fintech and Bitcoin Accelerator track. Prior to working in venture capital, Alyse conducted research in the field of Health Psychology and managed operations for e-commerce startups.

 

JANELLE WANG

Designer turned Entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of ACTON, a company focusing on developing smallest and lightest smart transportation. Its product, RocketSkates, won 6 world-level awards, sold over 40 countries, and featured in VOGUE, FastCompany, CNN, Fox News and other mainstream media. Janelle is an innovation leader with over 10 years of brand building, strategic product development and design thinking from P&G to Startups.

 

SOPHIA VIKLUND

Founder and Head of Strategic Relations of backCODE. Sophia is a serial entrepreneur in diverse industries as technology, gaming, education and architecture. She is the leading organizer and board member of Innovate Pasadena, organizer of Startup Weekend Pasadena, organizer of Girl’s Geek Dinner in LA, and advisor to The LOFT Institute program. Forbes Magazine named her a Female Founder to Watch in 2012 and 2013.

 

JING ZHOU

Reporter-turned-entrepreneur, founder of Elemoon, a fashion wearable startup that was featured by ABC News, CNBC, International NYTimes and numerous media as “the best new invention for September” (MSN) and “fashion-forward accessory of the week” (Creators Project). Prior to Elemoon, Jing built and sold a mobile ad company. She co-founded the China Chapter of Girls in Tech and spoke at the UN about how to build an ecosystem that supports female innovation.

 

SUE XU (Moderator)

 

Sue is the partner at zPark Capital, an early stage investment firm. She is the founding scientist of GlycoMira and also involved in other Ph.D laboratory spinoffs, including Carbylan BioSurgery, Sentrx Animal Care, and Glycosan BioSystem, and Hair regenerative medicine. She has published over 20 journal articles and invented 3 issued US patents. Sue was also in Innovation Farm Team at Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing and received Post Doc from Stanford University.

Disruptive Changes In Healthcare

GERALD LOEB

CEO of SynTouch LLC, a biotech company was designated a Technology Pioneer for 2014 by the World Economic Forum. Gerald is the Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Medical Device Development Facility at University of Southern California. He published over 250 journal articles, invented 58 issued US patents including the Biochip RFID capsules now commonly implanted in pets.

 

RICHARD KOFFLER

CEO of Greenwings Biomedical, an incubator of biomedical ventures. Richard has over 25 years of experience as a C-level executive successfully launching and nurturing technology ventures. He is the executive committee member of the Tech Coast Angels, past president of Los Angeles Venture Association and Technology Council of Southern California. He is on the advisory boards of the California Emerging Technology Fund, the Center for Technology Commercialization at the University of Southern California, and the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Northridge.

 

ANANTH NATARAJAN

Founder of Infinite Biomedical Technologies. He was cited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review magazine as one of the top 100 Innovators and Leaders in Technology in the world under 35 years of age and by the Red Herring magazine as one of “5 Technology Innovators Changing the World.” He is a member of the California Club, the Caltech Associates, the Economic Round Table, the Huntington Society of Fellows, the Huntington Art Collectors Council, and the Pasadena Angels.

NIMA BANAI

Head of Special Projects at Misfit Wearables, a company develops wearable products with sensor technology for the health and fitness industry and has raised over 20 Million funding. Nima is the co-founder and CEO of FluxBand, a portfolio company of Plug & Play Tech Center. Previously, he worked in area of medical grade robotics, spinal implant design, etc.

 

ERIN FLYNN (Moderator)

Principal at Ackrell Capital, LLC. Erin is an early-stage startup advisor with over 12 years of experience in business and corporate development for internet brands. She was the president of Hakansson & Co, an advisory firm that helps digital media companies. She also worked in CondéNet and conducted M&A and corporate development for Concierge.com, Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wired.com and Reddit.com.

 

What’s The Next Big Thing In Gaming

MICHAEL ZHANG

Was president (Overseas) of ZQGame Inc. (300052: Shenzhen), in charge of global strategies, M&A, game publishing, licensing and operation. Michael is a serial entrepreneur in online/mobile gaming, E-commerce and social media business with 18 years of working experience.  He co-founded Ray Flame Entertainment Inc in 2008. Previously, he served as the General Manager of THS International Inc., the world largest MMORPG virtual currency provider.

 

TIAN MU

CEO/Cofounder of Naked Sky Entertainment Inc., in charge of production of all projects and fundraising. One of its games, RoboBlitz, has received numerous accolades, including Finalist for the 2007 Independent Games Festival Competition, “Best Digital Download” Game of the Year in the “2006 Year in Review” by Play magazine, Top 10 Recommended Games for Children and Teens in 2006 by MediaWise.

 

TOM SLOPER

Game producer and designer for over 30 years, having designed and produced games for most major console platforms, and games for PC, Mac, Internet, and IPTV. His credits include Shanghai mah jong, Mechwarrior, Alien vs. Predator, Blast Chamber, Sargon V, Top Gun DS, and Star Trek DAC. Tom is a Professor at University of Southern California, and has worked for Sega, Atari, Activision, and Yahoo.

 

TODD RICHMOND

Director of Advanced Prototype Development at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). Todd is a jack of many trades, master of some, and theorist/practitioner of both digital and analog arts. He is an expert in counter-IED Training System, Geographic Gaming Scenery, and the application of new media to traditional learning and teaching environments.

 

ZIKUN FAN (Moderator)

Associate Producer at Riot Games focusing on international markets. His efforts include bringing League of Legends to players in China and South East Asia markets with local partners, streamlining game operations and building development teams internationally. As a gamer working in the industry, Zikun is passionate about new technology that can bring audiences an entertaining experience.

 

Hollywood going digital

SW SUN

Executive Vice President at Le Vision Pictures USA. He is a Film & TV writer/producer represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA). His film credits include The Borrowed City (for Zhang Yimou), Untitled Period Heist, Detective B, etc., and TV credits include Dreams of the Gold Mountain, Goodbye, I Love You, Camphor Tree, etc. Previously, he worked at several media companies include SiAn Media, Relativity Media, Enlight Pictures, etc.

 

REX WONG

Over 25 years of experience in Internet, media, gaming, and software. Co-founder of Applied Semantics (the creators of AdSense), acquired by Google for $102MM. Rex is the former CEO, DAVE Networks/DAVE.TV (acquired 2008), cofounder of China Genetics/WonderMilk/HuaXia Dairy, founder of 8sianMedia. He is also the Managing Partner of SpotIdeas Venture Fund.

 

STEPHEN Y. MA

Partner of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer and McRae LLP. Stephen is a specialist in security and entertainment law. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Southern California. He currently serves on the Entertainment Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Korean-American Bar Association.

 

RICHARD S. MARARSCHI

Product visionary, management, and information technology strategy executive with an extensive track record of building and managing digital media and analytics based services. Richard is the Global Leader for Big Data & Advanced Analytics at IBM. He was the associate partner at IBM Global Business Services, VP of Product Management at Ascent Media Group, Director of Product Management at Yahoo!, and Director of New Products and Strategic Marketing at Sony.

 

PEIYU LI (Moderator)

Peggie is a media entertainment professional of over 7 years, having worked at world class entertainment companies including Nielsen, The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Fox Networks Group. Currently, she holds the position of Manager of Audience Development at Dreamworks Animation SKG focusing on transforming digital marketing and content development for its multichannel network AwesomenessTV on Youtube. She is also an entrepreneur having created a prototype for a next-gen news aggregation platform called Spicypluck.com which was recognized as the top 35 projects at the 2013 Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum. (WeChat ID: iLipeiyu)

 

How to make the most out of Big Data

LINGYUN GU

Entrepreneur In Residence and Investment advisor at IDG/Accel Capital Partners. Lingyun is the Founder/CEO of Equinox Decisions Inc., a startup focusing on serving financial institutions using big data driven methods. He was the cofounder and Chief Risk Officer at Turbo Financial Group, a high tech rooted financial service firm. Previously, he served as Machine Learning Expert at ZestFinance, and Quantitative Strategist at Translucent Capital.

 

BRIAN DOLAN

Mathematical entrepreneur, founder and principal of Qurius, Inc, the owner of Nadrudin Consulting. Prioer to Qurius, Brian founded Discovix, a mathematical products company integrating human and artificial intelligences data sets. He has experienced in technology and big data for more than 20 years. He served as the director of research analytics of Fox Audience Network and Director of Data & Analytics of Fox Interactive Media for 4 year and was the senior data analyst of Yahoo and EMC.

 

DMITRI WILLIAMS

CEO, Sensei, and Co-Founder of Ninja Metrics, Inc. Dmitri is a 15-year veteran of games and community research, and a world-recognized leader in the science of online metrics and analysis. The author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on gamer psychology and large-scale data analysis, Dmitri’s work has been featured on CNN, Fox, the Economist, the New York Times, and most major news outlets. Previously, he have been a tenured professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

CHEN LI

Founderof SRCH2, a company with solutions to support efficient data management for enterprises.  Dr. Li’s main expertise is in data management, including data integration, search, and big data. He is also a professor of Computer Science at UC Irvine and received prestigious awards such as NSF CAREER and SIGMOD 10-year-best-paper award.  He is a co-PC chair of VLDB 2015.  He received PhD from InfoLab from Stanford, where several companies including Google started.  He also received MS and BS from Tsinghua University.

 

MICHELLE CRAMES (Moderator)

 

Entrepreneur In Residence for Science, Inc, in addition to investing with several large Private Equity funds. Michelle was the founder & CEO of SkuLoop, a software-as-a-service company which was sold to Revionics, the leading provider of end-to-end merchandise solutions. She also founded mobile service GIIV, and Lean Forward Media LLC. She was named as the Forbes Future Capitalist of the year in 2004.

 

VIP(Updating)

Larry Li,founding partner of zPark Venture LLC

Duyu,Director of business development@Huawei Enterprise USA Inc

Ron Posner,CEO@ eChinaCash

Terence Yang,Partner@Yang Venture

Alysee Kileen, investor@March Capital Partners

John Zhang, Co-Founder@ Auctus Global Capital Group

Dev Bhatia,CEO@SRCH2

Vivy Chao,Partner@Yang Venture

Sammy Jiang,partner@Highland Venture

Na Zhang,Manager@AV Venture

John Zhang,CEO@J-Star Corporation

Wenqing Gan,Senior Manager@Mattel

Gracye Chen, Business Development@GoodRX

Wei Liu,Executive Director@Legend Star

Sue Xu,Partner@zPark Venture

Roy Kong,Founder@ US-China Association of High-level Professionals, Partner@zPark Venture

Shawn Chen,Founder & CEO@Sias International University

Tiemin Zhao,Partner@IPV Capital

Hanxiong Lai,Partner@Blue Angel Fund

Peng Wang,Assistant President@Talkweb(SZ.002261)

Qimei Luo,Senior Manager@Letv

Bibige Suode,Director of marketing@Agora

Jing Huang,Cofounder@XIU

Jie Dan,CEO@Yanjiyou Bookstore

Zheng Yi,Cofounder@baihe.com, former Venture Partner@Lightspeed Venture Partner

Nikhil R. Jain,CEO@Oben, former CEO@OnGreen

Dingjian Zhang,Founder@Mypetmyart, CCTV Top 10 Marketing Experts in China (2005)

Jing Wang, Investment Director@Great Wall Club, Chief Investment Director@Great Wall Club, Chief Editor@GMIC

Zansong Yang, CEO@Fei Ma Lv

Na Li, Oversea Director@China Unicom

Jason He,VP@ China Enterprise Council

Jing Shi,President@CAST-SD, CEO@Learning Genie

Paul Orlando, Venture Partner@ Incubator of USC Lioyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Co-founder @AcceleratorHK

Eric Duyshart,Economic Development Manager@City of Pasadena

Miaomiao He, Business Development Officer@North American Representative Office of Shenzhen

Wendy Hua, Oversea Director@Zhejiang Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech city

 

 

 


PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Legal Sponsor

POLSINELLI LLP

Gold Sponsor

       Novaland

Silver Sponsors

Euro America Financial City; JianGong Real Estate, HUAWEI

Enthusiastic Supporters

       ICBC; Hanhai Studio; Peacock Plan

Strategic Partners

Pasadena Convention Center; Innovate Pasadena; TEEC; UCAHP, zPark Venture; Can Do International Inc.; Innov8 America; GWC; China Southern Airline; Fei Ma Lv

Media Supporters

TechCrunch China; China Daily; US China Press; Sing Tao Daily; Taiwan Daily; ICN

Invited Investors

IDG Ventures; Tech Coast Angels; Highland Capital Partners; PreAngel; Pasadena Angels;Light House Capital Management; Legend Star; Lightspeed Venture Partners; Nextplay Ventures

 

                     


 

                               DEMO TEAMS

Slevz, a high quality 3D Profile of the real you that is tailor-made for use in Virtual Reality Experiences;

Vntana, letting artists play multiple venues at once;

5 Million Shoppers, an app that gives Chinese shoppers full access to real time shopping information, and provides them convenient transportation;

Nvestly, makes it easy to find top investors, view their real portfolios and get notified when someone they follow makes a trade;

Surkus, a mobile platform that allows people who run local hot spots and events to “cast” their perfect crowd;

FocusMotion, the complete solution that makes it easy to track and analyze movements with wearables;

Simple Thrill, one of the best music causal game creators with 16 million + players , partnership with Universal Music and Song/ATV;

Srch2, rebuilt search from the ground up in C++, and delivered the fastest, most advanced, most efficient search engine in the world;

Bezalel, the next generation portable charger empowers your phone at anytime, anywhere and most important, all wirelessly;

Modulates, video commerce platform lets you harness the power of Word-of-Mouth marketing with our publishers;

TrepScore, an information management platform that converts highly fragmented data into actionable insights and alerts for both entrepreneurs and investors;

PlusYoou is an LA-based nonprofit organization, which is committed to bridging entrepreneurship resources between U.S. and China. Since 2011, PlusYoou has organized 30+ entrepreneurial events and helped SoCal startups raise over $5 million angel investment. PlusYoou launched its +U Project in June 2014, the first nonprofit incubator program in the Chinese community of Southern California.

 

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