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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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Let me explain. One obvious example is the OSI model in which we have seven layers ranging from the physical layer at the bottom of the stack (e.g.

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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley.

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010


Continuing my series of posts that I’ve been collecting that live at the intersection of Startups and being a Startup CTO : Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March here are the top posts from May 2010. MongoDB at Etsy - Code as Craft , May 19, 2010 Hi! You could just outspend. It is to out friend. Solution.

De-risk Your Startup By Doing It Again: The Joy Of Getting The Band Back Together


Alma mater, CallWave: 2005 IPO. His response, “When hell freezes over.” The story is familiar. free weekly Infochachkie articles! The Upside.

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Is WebEx “Dead Man Walking?”

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billion (plus an earn out that could have totalled $4 billion but didn’t in the end) in 2005 before selling 65% of the company in 2009 for $1.9

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort


Google did not say how it expects to apply the technology, but did say it hired at least two of the engineers from winning teams of DARPA's Grand Challenge, including the technical team leader from Carnegie Mellon University on the 2007 Urban Challenge winning team, and the software lead for Stanford's team in the 2005 Grand Challenge.

Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav


One of the previous companies I worked on we sold to Microsoft in 2005, and I then spent some time at Microsoft to get that company integrated. Taher tells us about his journey from Silicon Valley to Southern California, the inspiration behind the site, and where he hopes to take the business next. What's the idea behind FavRav? Thanks!

The Convergence of Social Media & Traditional Radio

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As I prepare for my role as emcee in June for  Convergence 2010 , I began to look back at how I got involved in radio. Why not? Tell no one!

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

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And there is relationship between debating and blogging. Let me explain. But I can also measure it in retweets, facebook shares and comments.

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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RockYou (US) was founded in Redwood City in November 2005 by Lance Tokuda and Jia Shen. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital.  Trazzler.

The @TWTFelipe Story – A Tale of US Visa Policy Gone Awry (#startupvisa)

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Friedman again in this weekend’s (Apr 3, 2010) NYTimes: “Between 1980 and 2005, virtually all net new jobs created in the U.S.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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Criteo was founded in 2005 in France; now based in Palo Alto, CA. We just had our sixth episode of #TWiVC and I felt this one was the best.


Tech Coast Angels See 42x Return At MindBody


TCA said its members first invested in MindBody in 2005, and saw a 42x return at IPO on their investment. Although TCA members saw an excellent return on investment in MindBody, the 42x return still does not trump the 100x return the TCA's members scored in their investment in another portfolio company, Green Dot, back in 2010.

Does the Size of a VC Fund Matter?

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– That’s a tough question that as of 2010 is a hard to know for certain. What is a VC fund? Why does vintage matter to you?

United Sample Becomes uSamp


Dusig and Lavin started United Sample in 2008, a few years after selling goZing to Greenfield Online in 2005. READ MORE>>.

Will Cyber Monday Make Black Friday Obsolete?

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In 2010, sales surpassed $1 billion for the first time and Cyber Monday total spending continues to rise. The Argument Against Black Friday.

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uSamp Reports Growth


Lavin and Dusig's last firm, goZing, was successfully sold to Greenfield Online in 2005. READ MORE>>.

EA Mobile Targets Amazon's Kindle


EA Mobile came out of EA's acquisition of Los Angeles based Jamdat in 2005. No details on which titles would first appear on the Kindle.

DexCom Board Member Departs


Lucas is Founding Managing Member at RWI Group, which was an investor in DexCom before the firm's IPO in 2005. San Diego-based DexCom , a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems, said Monday afternoon that Donald A. Lucas has resigned from the firm's board of directors.

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Buys Idun Pharmaceuticals


Idun has been acquired by Pfizer in 2005. who also was CEO of Idun Pharmaceuticals when it was acquired by Pfizer in 2005. San Diego-based Conatus Pharmaceuticals said Friday that it has acquired the Idun Pharmaceuticals subsidiary of Pfizer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The company is headed by Steven J. Mento, Ph.D.,

Amgen Names New CFO


According to Amgen, Peacock joins from Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG, where he was CFO and Administrative Officer since 2005, and also has served at McKinsey and COmpany and Price Waterhouse. Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen announced this morning that it has appointed Jonathan M. Peacock as Chief Financial Officer. Sharer. READ MORE>>.

NovaStor Shifts To Agoura


by Mike Andrews; the firm was acquired by Swiss firm Mount10 in 2005. Backup software developer NovaStor has shifted its U.S. headquarters from Simi Valley to Agoura Hills, the firm announced this morning. The firm said it outgrew its original location, and came along with new ownership and a 20 percent increase in its staff. READ MORE>>.

Connexity, Headed by FastClick's Dave Gross, Gets Seed Funding


Gross started and headed up FastClick, taking it to an IPO in 2005, and eventually selling the firm to ValueClick. Camarillo-based Connexity , a new Internet advertising firm headed by former Fastclick CEO Dave Gross, said today that it has raised a seed funding round. Amount of the round was not announced. READ MORE>>.

SAIL Venture Partners Boosts Ice Energy


SAIL focuses all of its investments on clean energy related companies, and first invested in Ice Energy back in 2005. Costa Mesa-based clean technology investor SAIL Venture Partners has boosted a maker of energy storage technology, as part of a big round for Ice Energy.

Occam Expands Win At Ohio Telephone Firm


Wabash has been using Occam since 2005. Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks , a developer of broadband equipment for the telecom industry, reported this morning that it has expanded its deployment of equipment with Ohio telecom firm Wabash Mutual Telephone. Financial details of the additional deployment was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011


Compared with 2010, the report found an increase of 296 percent over exits in 2010, when $2.6 The report also tallied six companies having IPOs, the most since 2005; those firms included RealD, Cornerstone OnDemand, Demand Media, ReachLocal and Inphi Corp. A new report released today tallies up $7.7

WD Shuffles COO, CFO


Taking his place as CFO, the company said Nickl has been the firm's VP of Finance since October of 2005. Lake Forest-based hard drive maker Western Digital announced Tuesday that it has named Tim Leyden as Chief Operating Officer of the firm, and Wolfgang Nickl named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the company.

HireRight Acquires UK Firm


Powerchex provides pre-empoyment screening to companies in the UK, and was founded in 2005. Irvine-based HireRight , a provider of on-demand employment screening and drug screening services, announced today that it has acquired Powerchex Limited , a pre-employment screening firm based in the United Kingdom. READ MORE>>.

DexCom Names COO, CTO


Valdes was most recently the firm's Senior Vice President of Operations, and joined the firm in November of 2005. San Diego-based DexCom , a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems, said today that it has named Steven R. Pacelli as its Chief Operating Officer, and Jorge Valdes as Chief Technology Officer.

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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Every second, a copy of MS Office 2010 is sold, and a large number of those go towards corporate use. came out in 1985. Hires Content VP


Ninness was formerly's Director of COntent from 2005 to 2007, and has also served at Microsoft and Extensis. Carpinteria-based , which operates an online training and education site for computer skills, announced Thurday that it has added Michael Ninness as the firm's Vice President of Content.

Surfware Gets Patent


Surfware co-founder Alan Diehl and Robert (Pat) Patterson are named as inventors on the patent, which the firm file back in April of 2005. Camarillo-based Surfware , a developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, said this week that it has received a patent on its technology. The firm said it was recently awarded U.S.

LowerMyBills' Coffin Joins Venture Firm


Split Rock was an investor in LowerMyBills, which Coffin sold to Experian in 2005 for $380M. Matt Coffin , the founder of Los Angeles-based LowerMyBills and an active angel investor in Southern California, has joined venture capital firm Split Rock Partners as a Venture Advisor, the venture firm said this week.

ValueClick Sells Web Clients Business


ValueClick acquired its Web Clients business in 2005 for approximately $141M. Westlake Village-based web advertising firm ValueClick said late Monday that it has divested its Web Clients promotional lead generation business. According to the firm, the deal was worth $45M, in the form of a five year note with an interest rate of five percent.

MaestroDev Names President


Damarillo sold Gluecode in 2005 to IBM. Manhattan Beach-based MaestroDev , the developer of private cloud computing software, has officially named Doug Dennington as the firm's new President. Dennington has been heading MaestroDev since at least September, when the firm emerged from stealth mode. READ MORE>>.

Morphlabs Raises $5.5M


Damarillo is best known for founding Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005, and has since been starting up firms whose basis is open source software. El Segundo-based Morphlabs , the latest startup of Winston Damarillo, is announcing today that it has raised $5.5M in a Series B financing round. and AO Capital Partners Ltd. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Jerry Fitch, Teridian Semiconductor


Jerry Fitch: The business management team at Golden Gate Capital bought Teridian in 2005. Thanks for the time. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

Interview with Kevin O'Connor,


billion in 2005, and finally sold again to Google in 2007 for $3.1 billion. What's FindTheBest all about? How'd you decide to start FindTheBest?

Interview with Quinn Curtis, BrightCloud


Quinn Curtis: We were around since 2005, we were incorporated and funded in 2006. Quinn, thanks for the time. How big was the team in San Diego?

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Hydra Signs Meteor Games


Glendale-based Neopets was sold to MTV in 2005 for $160M. Beverly Hills-based CPA advertising network operator Hydra announced today that it has signed an exclusive deal with Hollywood-based Meteor Games , to help the social gaming firm sign up new players, and to also extend out its ad inventory. READ MORE>>.