SOURCE: Siemer & Associates

Siemer & Associates

October 11, 2013 12:45 ET

Founders of Rising Tech Companies, Tech / Media Executives and Investors Gather for Two Days of Discussions, Presentations and Networking at the Siemer Silicon Beach Summit

Keynote by Bill Gross, Dave McClure & Mark Suster, WaveMaker Awards, and Finance & Industry Panels Highlight The 2013 Siemer Silicon Beach Summit

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 11, 2013) - The 2013 Siemer Silicon Beach Summit brought together over 500 technology and finance leaders from around the world and generated in-depth discussions on issues shaping the technology industry and innovative company presentations. Panels and roundtable discussions anchored by Lance Maerov (WPP), Michael Smith (AOL), Jessica Schell (NBC Universal), Chris Dewolfe (SGN), Josh Butler (Facebook), and Urs Cete (BDMI), among others, explored a variety of topics inherent to the global tech community ranging from content and monetization to marketing for early stage companies. 

"The 2013 Siemer Silicon Beach Summit exceeded, in every way, our two primary goals. First, we want to help bring our community together to build and deepen relationships that support this ecosystem; and second, we want to showcase to the world what Southern California has accomplished," said David Siemer, founder of Siemer & Associates LLC and co-founder of Siemer Ventures. "The Summit is designed to spotlight and reward the entrepreneurs who are creating innovative and disruptive companies and technologies."

The 2013 Summit opened with a fireside chat with keynote speakers Bill Gross, Dave McClure and Mark Suster. Moderated by David Siemer, the discussion examined the history of and future strategies for developing startups.

"This year's Siemer Summit truly showcased the talent and drive that fuel the thriving Silicon Beach tech industry," said Hale Boggs, chairman of Manatt Digital Media, founding sponsors of the Summit. "We are proud to have helped build this event into the leading Southern California gathering of global digital media and tech leaders. Southern California is the center of digital media, and events like this strengthen and grow this vibrant community. This is where things are happening."

The summit showcased a variety of promising startups from digital media, mobile, cloud, entertainment, advertising, and eCommerce. Presenting companies included: Blinkx, Zefr, Klout, DogVacay, Pulsepoint, RingRevenue, TubeMogul, Yes Video, and Full Screen. The Summit also served as a launch pad for new products and branding from companies such as, Circa, DailyLook, Get This, and MyTime.

The Summit concluded with the The Wavemaker Awards, emceed by Jesse Draper, the creator and host of "The Valley Girl Show". The awards honored exciting young companies with exceptional talent in the technology and media industries. Twenty of the nearly 40 nominated companies had the chance to demo their products in front of a panel of judges and their peers from the Summit. This year's notable judges included Mark Yi of Intel Capital, Andrew Cleland of Comcast Ventures, Sean Rad of Tinder, Manish Patel of Highland Capital, Brian McLoughlin of Upfront Ventures, Hale Boggs of Manatt Digital Media, Mark Fernandes of Sierra Ventures, and Vishnu Menon of Warburg Pincus, among others.

The winners from each of the categories are:
Silicon Beach Award: Mike Jones, Science
WaveMaker of the Year Award: Jeff Stibel, Dun & Bradstreet
Cowabunga Award - Cloud Services: Ringadoc
Hang Ten Award - Advertising and Marketing Services: Adomic
Impact Zone Award - Data & Analytics: Retention Science
Party Wave Award - Social Media, Content and Distribution: Circa
Sand Dollar Award - eCommerce and mCommerce: DailyLook
Switch Foot Award - Music & Premium Content: Songspace

The coveted Big Kahuna award, valued at $160,000 and given to the company with the most innovative platform most posed for growth, was awarded to Adomic for their innovative advertiser data and intelligence products.

Siemer Silicon Beach Summit thanks its sponsors: Manatt Digital Media, Grant Thornton LLP, SVB (Silicon Valley Bank), Social Radius, TriNet Group Inc, Shamrock Capital Advisors and PNC Business Credit.

About Siemer & Associates LLC, Siemer Ventures and WaveMaker Labs
Siemer & Associates LLC is a global boutique merchant bank dedicated to offering candid insight and guidance to digital media, software and Internet companies throughout their business life cycles. Composed of industry veterans who have worked both inside and out of technology enterprises, S&A has successfully completed more than 20 transactions that aggregated over $1 billion in sell-side mandates and surpassed $200 million in equity capital. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Singapore, London and Hong Kong, S&A offers exceptional corporate capital raising, financial advisory services and M&A, specializing in complex cross-border transactions.

Committed to expanding the international technology ecosystem, Siemer & Associates promotes innovative entrepreneurs through its relationship with early-stage investment firm, Siemer Ventures, and its incubator, WaveMaker Labs. One of the most active investment funds in Southern California, Siemer Ventures supports close to 80 active portfolio companies and makes an average of 20-30 new investments each year in digital media startups. Based in Singapore, WaveMaker Labs is an "approved technology incubator" under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) of the Singaporean government's National Research Foundation (NRF).  

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