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Twiistup 007

January 13, 2010 17:07 ET

Twiistup Speakers and Showoff Companies Announced

Entrepreneurs, Investors and Analysts to Converge January 27th and 28th for L.A.'s Signature Tech Industry Event

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Twiistup -- Southern California's seminal high tech industry conference and emerging company showcase -- has announced the lineup of speakers and "Showoff" companies for Twiistup 007, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 27th and 28th at the Skirball Center in West Los Angeles.

The event will examine and celebrate an industry that is thriving in Los Angeles despite the slumping economy. Over the past few years, the L.A. region has quietly surpassed Silicon Valley in the number of high-wage jobs in tech fields ranging from digital media to alternative fuel vehicles.

During that same period, Twiistup has evolved as a conference increasingly well known for challenging the status quo and letting tech industry professionals express themselves via distinctive theme parties. With its "Casino Royale" theme, Twiistup 007's post-conference party on January 28th will be no exception.

But before it's time to party, the focus of the conference will be on innovation and investment.

Twiistup 007 speakers include:

-- Peter Guber, Chairman & CEO of Mandalay Entertainment
-- Richard Rosenblatt, Chairman & CEO of Demand Media
-- Paul Graham, Founder of Y-Combinator
-- Om Malik, Founder of Giga Omni Media
-- Lisa Stone, Co-Founder and CEO of BlogHer
-- Robert Scoble, Tech Industry Author and Evangelist
-- Dave McClure, Founders Fund and FF Angel LLC
-- Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup
-- Brian Solis, Principal of FutureWorks
-- Alex Quilici, Co-founder of; CEO of YouMail
-- Rick Heitzman, Managing Director of FirstMark Capital
-- Bambi Francisco, Founder & CEO of
-- Leila Chirayath Janah, Founder & CEO of Samasource

The "Showoff" component of Twiistup 007 will feature 10 promising start-up companies that will present their technologies and business strategies to an audience of investors, analysts and other industry leaders from across Southern California and around the world.

More than 100 start-ups competed to be among the 10 Twiistup 007 Showoffs. A team of judges graded the entrants based on technology, business model, competitive environment, management team and other key criteria.

The following 10 companies earned selection as Twiistup 007 Showoffs:

Collecta (
San Francisco, CA

Geodelic (
Santa Monica, CA

Lunch. (
El Segundo, CA (
Santa Monica, CA

Nsyght (
Isleworth, Middlesex, United Kingdom

NutshellMail (
Atherton, CA

Qlipso (
Jerusalem, Israel

Ranker (
Hollywood, CA

Rippol (
San Diego, CA

YourVersion (
Palo Alto, CA

"Twiistup is where conventional ideas about the tech industry get challenged and the most promising start-up companies get the exposure they need to succeed," said Twiistup Producer Francisco Dao.

For more information, connect with Twiistup 007 at and on Twitter and Facebook.

About Twiistup

More than a conference, Twiistup is the Los Angeles region's seminal technology EVENT that brings together professionals from the worlds of technology, media and entertainment. It combines a showcase for innovation, a platform for thought leaders and an audience of entrepreneurs, media and investors -- all wrapped in a unique, stylized environment that rivals a Hollywood production. At each Twiistup, 10 Internet/Digital Media startups are selected to present, followed by sessions from an eclectic group of business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. As L.A.'s flagship technology gathering, Twiistup draws its audience from across the country and around the world.

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