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San Diego’s KnuEdge, Stealthy Since 2005, Unveils Neural Tech

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KnuEdge says its software makes the security of human voice-based biometrics possible in noisy, real-world environments.

Wpromote Buys Standing Dog For Digital Marketing Efforts

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Standing Dog was founded in 2005, and was based in Texas. El Segundo-based digital marketing company Wpromote said on Tuesday that it has acquired online marketing agency Standing Dog , which provides search engine marketing, SEO, social media and paid media services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Verizon Digital Media Acquires Volicon

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Volicon was based in Massachusetts, and had been founded in 2005. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Verizon Digital Media Services, which is now part of AOL, said it will use the acquisition to help it bolster its servies in the area of broadcast and online video. READ MORE>>.

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Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

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Privately held Synthetic Genomics was founded in 2005 by the human genome pioneer J. coli as a host organism. Scientists have used E.

SOA Software Becomes Akana

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The name change is actually the second for the company, which changed its name to SOA Software in March of 2005 from its original name, Digital Evolution. Los Angeles-based SOA Software said this morning that it has renamed the company to Akana , as it has broadened its software base. READ MORE>>.

American Industrial Systems Sells Majority Stake To Foxconn

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AIS was founded in 2005. Irvine-based American Industrial Systems , a provider of engineering services and products for the Interet-of-Things, oil and gas, industrial automation, and other markets, has sold a 60 percent stake of the company to Ennoconn. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Shopzilla Sold To Symphony Technology Group

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Scripps bought Shopzilla in 2005 for $525M. Los Angeles-based Shopzilla , the online comparison shopping site owned by Scripps Networks Interactive , has been sold to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group. The firms said that Symphony Technology Group would continue and accelerate the growth of Shopzilla. READ MORE>>.

Lenovo Purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion

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In 2005, Lenovo first burst onto the scene by acquiring IBM’s PC line, namely the brand recognition of the Thinkpad line. billion.

Connexity Gets $2M In Credit Line

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Gross was the co-founder of Fastclick, which he took IPO in 2005, and was eventually sold to ValueClick. Ventura-based Connexity , a developer of Internet advertising and targeting technology, announced today that it has secured $2M in a debt financing. The financing came from Silicon Valley Bank. READ MORE>>.

FamilyFinds Launches DailyFinds Email

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Matt Coffin sold his last firm, LowerMyBills.com, to Experian back in 2005 for over $330M. READ MORE>>.

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Local.com Names New COO

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Sawtell was SVP and GM of the firm's Sales and Advertiser Services business unit, and also has been President and COO from 2000 to 2005.

Google Shuts Urchin, Other Services

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Internet giant Google said Friday that it will be shutting down web analytics service Urchin , the onetime San Diego startup which had been acquired by Google in April of 2005. Urchin was founded by Paul Muret and Scott Crosby in 1995. READ MORE>>. urchin google shutdown picnik

How to Avoid a Common Product Mistake Many Teams Make

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We built our product at Koral in 2005 with this design philosophy in mind. learned the hard way. The earliest user testing proved disastrous.

Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy

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Harrison previously founded FasTV, and headed up iFILM, which he sold to Viacom back in 2005. Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency , which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. READ MORE>>.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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Well, it had to happen.  But a lot of time has passed since then. Today, for me, that hurdle number is $20 million. The Method should allow for this.

Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size.

Idealab Boosts Team

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Steuer was most recently CEO of MerchEngines, which he founded in 2005; he also has served at MusicNet (acquired by Real Networks), CNET (acquired by CBS), Infoseek (acquired by Disney), Xoom.com (acquired by NBC), and ZeroDegrees (acquired by IAC). He also was an investor in angel fund Andojo. READ MORE>>.

Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World

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Mohit sold Shopzilla in 2005 for $569M. Cheers calls itself the "Like Button" for the world around you. Cheers is based in Los Angeles.

Local Corporation Names Sawtell President

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Sawtell is a Local.com vet, having been president and COO of the firm between 2000 and 2005. Sawtell has been COO since May. READ MORE>>.

BAE Systems Sells Ceramics Facilities In Vista

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Those facilities had been acquired by BAE Systems in June of 2005, through its acquisition of United Defense, Inc. BAE Systems has sold its advanced ceramics facilities in Vista, California, to ceramics manufacturer CoorsTek , the firms said Thursday. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Snapchat Message Linked To Teen Murder

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Most notably, MySpace faced several high profile cases in 2005 and 2006 where predators had used the service to find underage victims. According to reports, Matthew Joseph Fischer, 16, was angry over a message sent by Lucas Cavanaugh, 17. The issue of crime linked to new Internet and mobile services is not a new one for local companies.

Steve Blank Discusses The Origin And Future Of The Lean Startup Movement

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He is credited with pioneering the Lean Startup Movement in 2005 via the publication of his bestselling, Four Steps To The Epiphany.

Beware of Ballers on a Budget

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still drive the same car I bought for cash in 2005. The other day I was at a Mercedes dealership. As many air bags as possible. Always on stage.

Kerri Pollard Discloses Commission Junction’s Secret Weapon: Humble Confidence And A Healthy Dose Of Passionate Conviction

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Over the course of 2004 and 2005, we actually merged Be Free and Commission Junction together. . When I look back on my own career.

Tech Coast Angels See 42x Return At MindBody

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TCA said its members first invested in MindBody in 2005, and saw a 42x return at IPO on their investment. The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California's biggest angel investment group, said Tuesday that it has seen a successful exit in MindBody , the developer of cloud-based business management software for the wellness industry. READ MORE>>.

Why I’ve Shifted More Attention to Facebook

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signed up for Facebook before many – in 2005 – when I first moved back to the US. I’ve been spending a lot more time on Facebook as a blogger than I ever did. So I thought it was worth explaining why. If you want to follow me on Facebook I’m here. So if you’re reading this on Facebook (or on my blog!)

TCVN names new Chairman and President

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Irvine-based Tech Coast Venture Network has named Ciaran Foley Chairman of the Board, replacing Bart Greenberg, who has been Chairman since August. Kevin McDonald is the new TCVN President, a position Foley held for the past year and Greenberg held before that. Foley has founded or been an equity partner in several companies. Kevin B. in Irvine.

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FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site

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FamilyFinds.com is focusing in on deals on services and experiences for families, and is the latest venture for Matt Coffin, who sold his last firm, LowerMyBills.com, to Experian back in 2005 for over $330M. Mamaloot was started by two mothers, Bo Johnson and Lindsay Cohen, who met while working at Orbitz. READ MORE>>.

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KnuEdge, Backed By $100M, Launches Voice Recognition Software

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Goldin became head of NASA in 1992, and started KnuEdge in 2005; he also spent 25 years at TRW, and had started his career at NASA in 1962. The company said its technology can recognize a human voice, even in extremely noisy environments, and even in a room full of people talking nearby. READ MORE>>.

SRS Labs Names Accounting Head

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Oppegard was previously Corporate Controller at the company, and has been at the firm since 2005. Santa Ana-based SRS Labs , the developer of surround sound and other audio technology, said this morning that it has named Maria Oppegard its Chief Accounting Officer. READ MORE>>. labs executive accounting

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

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Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Before weighing in on the subject I would point out one thing that should be obvious to many of you – the iPhone was originally launched in 2007 in an exclusive partnership with AT&T and this was vital to both Apple and AT&T and was a hard negotiation throughout 2005 and 2006. Excite, MSN and eventually Google. ” 3.

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TeleSign Gets Patent

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The patent was originally filed in October of 2005. Los Angeles-based TeleSign , the provider of phone-based authentication and verification services which is headed by former FrontBridge and Vantage Media CEO Steve Jillings, said today that it has scored a U.S. Patent. According to the firm, it was awarded U.S. READ MORE>>.

Google Follows MP3tunes With Music Locker Service

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MP3Tunes--one of the many companies founded by Michael Robertson, who was founder of MP3.com--has been around since 2005. Mountain View-based Google has followed the lead of San Diego-based MP3tunes , and debuted its own "music locker" service today at its Google I/O developer conference. READ MORE>>.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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There was a meme that started going around LPs around 2005 that “I’m not sure LA is really its own venture market” and some LPs actually believed that. In this post I advocate taking a harder stand on where your product or solution differentiates in the market – even if it means you lose some deals as a result.

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TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2013 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Thursday Jan. 24 7pm at  The ROC  in Santa Monica.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software

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MindTouch, which was founded by Steve Bjorg and Aaron Fulkerson back in 2005, said the funding will go to increase its integration with software such as Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle, and grow its marketing, business development, sales, and engineering teams. The funding came from PeakSpan Capital, along with SK Ventures and SAP SE.

Will Cyber Monday Make Black Friday Obsolete?

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Black Friday is an important holiday for retailers who see huge numbers of consumers shopping for the holiday season. The Argument for Black Friday.

Riding Moonshot, FDA Will Revamp Its Cancer Practice. To What End?

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But to what end? The goals of the FDA’s new Oncology Center of Excellence remain vague, as does its structure.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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But that’s harder to build in 2016 than it was in say 2005. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. In our industry we applaud the efforts for entrepreneurs to have tried and we know that today’s failure can bring the experience for tomorrow’s success. ” when often that’s a stupid comment.