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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.

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>>.

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>>.

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>>.

PeerStreet, Co-founded By Google Exec, Launches Real Estate Loan Marketplace

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The company says that Crosby is the founder of Google Analytics; he had been a co-founder of Urchin Software in San Diego, which eventually became Google Analytics after its acquisition in April of 2005. The company said it already has funded more than $35M in real estate loans, across 78 properties, during its pre-launch phase. 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

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>>.

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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It is, of course, a very recent phenomenon. began asking around who the likely investors were for such a market. But not many others. Startup Lessons

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.

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>>.

HQ.0 | Inside Stickam.com

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Created in 2005, Stickam is the pioneer of the live interactive video streaming space. In the final installment of the never before seen HQ.0 episodes we present local Southern California company Stickam.com. Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment Business Culture HQ.0 New Media Social News Video Live streaming Stickam

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.

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>>.

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>>.

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

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.

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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>>.

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>>.

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.

Microsoft Buys Telesign Competitor

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Jillings sold one of his last companies, FrontBridge, to Microsoft back in 2005. Microsoft has just acquired PhoneFactor , a competitor of Los Angeles-based, two-factor authentication provider TeleSign. READ MORE>>. microsoft phonefactor telesign factor security multifactor authentication login

Sonos Hits One Million Rooms

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Sonos started shipping its systems in 2005. Santa Barbara-based Sonos , the maker of user-friendly, wireless music systems, reports this morning that it has now deployed its systems into more than one million rooms. READ MORE>>. sonos internet streaming music wireless electronics

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.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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BuzzFeed. Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate.

Move Redeems Stock For Elevation

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Elevation Partners took its initial stake in Move Networks in November of 2005. Move, Inc. , the operator of real estate sites Move.com and Realtor.com, said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to redeem $70M in Series B preferred stock owned by Elevation Partners. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

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They started in January of 2005. To learn more, we caught up with Steve. For those folks, can you describe what TeleSign does?

Study: $48 Billion In Value Created Over 15 Years In SoCal IT VC-Backed Firms

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Among the highest acquisition values were MySpace ($580M in 2005), Shopzilla ($560M in 2005), Rent.com ($430M in 2004), Lowermybills ($330M in 2005) and Sandpiper Networks ($630M in 1999). Funk then focused the analysis on the 731 documented exits for the period 1995-2009.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011

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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 billion in IT exits in 2011, the highest since 2000, for Southern California IT firms. billion in liquidity was generated in the sector.

FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon

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The investment is the first, outside investment in the company since it was founded in 2005. FastSpring , the fast growing Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services provider headed by Dan Engel, said today it has scored a funding round from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. Size of the funding round was not disclosed.

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.

Network Hardware Resale Expands Offices

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The company said the office lease is the largest one of the year for the area, and the largest industrial lease since 2005. Santa Barbara-based Network Hardware Resale , which sells used and new networking equipment, said Wednesday that it has doubled the size of its corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara.

Brighter.com Dangles Free Braces In FamilyFinds Promo

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Coffin sold his last company, LowerMyBills, in 2005 for $330M; Winebaum sold Business.com for $345M in 2007. READ MORE>>.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper

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started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005. Where do you fit into the mobile ad market? It certainly has challenges.

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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.

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.