LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MuckerLab, a privately funded startup accelerator focused on incubation-stage Internet software, services and media ventures in the Los Angeles market, today announced Erik Rannala, MuckerLab Co-Founder, will be a speaker during Variety's Venture Capital & New Media Summit on Wednesday, June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A. The summit will explore how the investment community is driving technology innovation critical for the growth of the evolving entertainment industry and will also feature top investors, business and studio leaders and start-up founders.
Rannala will join confirmed speakers Mike Jones, Founder, Science and Former CEO, MySpace; Taylor McPartland, Co-Founder and President, FilmBreak; Aber Whitcomb, CTO, SGN; and, Josh Brooks, CEO and Founder, Postcards on the Run, to co-present "The Burgeoning L.A. Venture Capital and Start-Up Landscape." The presentation will take place during the Summit, from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). The speakers will address how technology plays a major role in how the media industry evolves. They also will discuss who the major players are in L.A., and who is having success at creating new businesses. In addition, the panel will discuss what makes the L.A. VC scene different from better-known hubs in Silicon Valley and New York, as well as what sort of innovative digital media products are coming out of L.A.
Founded in October 2011, privately funded MuckerLab recruits Internet software, services, and media entrepreneurs through an open, but selective, application process, similar to the models employed by Y-Combinator. MuckerLab's 12-week program provides early-stage startups with up to $21K in funding, office space, access to world-class mentors, and hands-on product, and marketing, legal and fundraising support. At the end of the program, companies present their businesses to potential investors at a Demo Day event.
Last July 2011, Variety's Venture Capital & New Media Summit featured speakers including, Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Vice Chair of the Board of Viacom; CBS/President of National Amusements, Shari Redstone; Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig; and, Sony's Chief Digital Strategy Officer Mitch Singer. Special guests were the Royal Couple Prince William and Kate who made the VC event their first stop on their inaugural visit together to the United States.
MuckerLab is a privately funded startup accelerator focused on incubation-stage Internet software, services and media ventures in the Los Angeles market. Based on a mentorship-driven model, MuckerLab provides entrepreneurs with funding, puts them through a structured, three-month-long program and gives them access to a deep network of top-tier mentors and advisors. MuckerLab works side-by-side with Southern California's best technology entrepreneurs to enable them to build, launch, and finance their exceptional businesses, while helping to cultivate a more vibrant technology ecosystem in Los Angeles. For more information, go to http://www.muckerlab.com.