Southern California Tech Central

The Technology Council of Southern California and TechEmpower are happy to announce the launch of:
This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal.  The goal is to create a place where it’s easy to find current and highly relevant content.  And perhaps to stimulate new connections.

You can get a sense of the power of the site by visiting the site and clicking a keyword on the left.  For example, if you click on Startup, you find:

=> The most recent posts, announcements and web pages on the top of the page that relate to Startups.
=> The best (according to social signals across the network) content below that such as:
=> The keywords on the left are ordered according to their relationship to the current term.  So you can see that

are all considered highly relevant to the term “startup”.

As the site runs, it will get better at finding great content.

You can find Featured participants listed on the right hand side of each page.  When you choose one of them such as Cliff Allen on Marketing, you will see the keywords are now based on what Cliff discusses more than other bloggers.  You can see that he talks about: Marketing, Metrics, Customer and Social Media more than most.  Lower on the page, you can find the best posts from Cliff based on social signals with the top spot belonging to his 9 Marketing Trends for 2009.
There is an impressive network of people who are bringing this content together.

All of this technology comes from Tony Karrer.  If you have ideas on how to improve the site or want to do something similar, I know that Tony would like to hear about it.

Panel: Digital Content Distribution’s Brave New World

“Digital Content Distribution’s Brave New World: Trends & Issues” was our topic last Thursday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica.

The first in what we hope is a series of digital media-related events for the Technology Council, this program focused on trends and opportunities in digital content distribution.

Turn-out was stronger than expected for this new topic area, with some attendees driving from Southern Orange County to get a taste of Hollywood’s business expertise.

After a networking happy hour mixer and dinner, we had an all-star panel that represented several different facets of the Los Angeles media and technology commmunity. Panelists included:

Moderator: Scott Fox, Author of Internet Riches

With all that expertise it was a challenge for me as moderator to keep the discussion to only an hour.  The attendees were interested to hear the panelists’ perspectives, and to share their own, on the many challenges facing the film, TV, and music industries in the digital age.

Thanks to all who attended, our sponsors Sheppard Mullin and Singer Lewak, Catrina Luedtke for producing the event, and to Richard Neff for helping me plan and host the evening.

September SCribe Is Here

Check out the latest edition of the SCribe Newsletter.  Catch up on the latest news, see our upcoming event schedule, or visit the Websites of the sponsors that make this all possible.

VentureNet tickets will sell out soon – so don’t wait to secure your seats! www.VentureNet.org

Here are quick links to the feature articles in this issue:

You can also see past SCribe articles in our archive at http://www.tcosc.org/news.archives.html

Have any ideas for articles?  We’re working on our editorial calendar for 2009 – feel free to pitch story ideas to scribe at tcosc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Off The Press – August SCribe Newsletter

Check out the newly released August edition of the SCribe Newsletter.  Catch up on the latest news, see our upcoming event schedule, or visit the Website of the sponsors that make this all possible.

Top articles include:

You can also see past SCribe articles in our archive at http://www.tcosc.org/news.archives.html.

Tell us what you think.  Were these articles valuable?  Do you agree or disagree?  Or want to pitch an article idea? Just give us your .02 or .03 cents.  We’d love to hear from you.

On Hollywood Conference

This week found Tony Perkins and his team from Always-On in town.  The occasion was the their third annual “On Hollywood” conference, which the Technology Council was pleased to co-promote.

This year On Hollywood took place June 10-11 at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood, CA.

The OnHollywood conference web site sums up the event as: “…where cutting-edge technology CEOs from the back streets of Silicon Valley meet the Hollywood digital entertainment and media elite. This two day executive event features high-level debates on which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities, content strategies and monetization schemes in the video, music, gaming, search, and mobile industries. Our editors will also honor the OnHollywood 100 Top Private Companies and feature the Best of Broadband “BOB” Awards. Fifty of the top CEOs from the OnHollywood 100 will pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in our “CEO Showcase.””

The constant evolution of the media business here in Southern California is of great interest to our membership, so Tech Council representatives were pleased to attend as co-promoters of this event.

Here are few photos.

One of the many informative panel discussions:

Scott Fox (TCOSC), Tony Perkins of Always On, Quincy Jones III (Panel Speaker):Scott Fox, Tony Perkins, Quincy Jones III

 

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