venturebeat science los angelesVentureBeat is headed to Southern California on February 23 as part of our ongoing quest to find the most promising companies to write about and to invite to participate at our next DEMO conference in April.

Mike Jones, Science

Above: Mike Jones, Science

If you’re working on the next big tech product, come meet me and Mike Jones and Peter Pham of Science, the new group in Los Angeles focused on building profitable new startups. We’ll be offering feedback to early-stage companies. We’ll offer free advice about your presentation style, your technology, your business model, or your go-to-market strategy.

Mike and Peter have impressive ties in LA and broad experience with startups and larger companies. Mike was most recently CEO of Myspace, where he managed the downsizing of that company and its sale to SpecificMedia. He also led Userplane from startup to acquisition by AOL and then started Tsavo Media, which was acquired by Cyberplex for $75M. Altogether, he’s invested in more than 30 companies.

Peter Pham, Science

Above: Peter Pham, Science

Peter has held a frenetic pace in the startup world. He was vice president of business development at Photobucket and helped that company get acquired for $300 million by Fox Interactive Media. He then moved on to BillShrink, where he was CEO, then co-founded Color in 2010.

At Science, Pham and Jones have joined others to help startups grow through hands-on help and funding — a model that can be best compared to that of Betaworks in New York.

If you’re interested in meeting with Mike, Peter, and me, please fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch with more details shortly.

This is just the latest stop in VentureBeat’s road trip to find coolest new products to launch at DEMO, the semi-annual tech conference we co-produce. I’ve been traveling the globe and meeting with as many entrepreneurs as possible along the way. This week, I’ll be in Boulder and Palo Alto, followed up by trips to Boston, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, and Singapore soon after.

DEMO has proven itself a great launch platform for startups, mid-level companies, and fully developed, publicly traded corporations over the past 20 years. We’ve also made plenty of refinements recently, including the start of our Scholarship Partner Program, which lets many early stage companies launch for free. Alumni include Palm, Salesforce, E-Trade, SuccessFactors (just sold to SAP for $3.4 billion), WebEx and VMWare, Sun (Java), and Adobe (Acrobat).

We’ll see you in LA in a couple of weeks!


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