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


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

SOA Software Becomes Akana


Los Angeles-based SOA Software said this morning that it has renamed the company to Akana , as it has broadened its software base. 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. READ MORE>>.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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million in team costs to code, launch, manage, market & sell our software. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing. Rewind.

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. knuedge voice recognition software startup nasa goldin neural processing parallelREAD MORE>>.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software


San Diego-based MindTouch , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to help companies create self-service, customer support sites, has raised $12M in a Series A funding. MindTouch's software provides customer support search tools, product information, and more to end users. READ MORE>>.

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


started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005. addroid matt cooper advertising flash browser softwareThanks!


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

Quest Software Promotes Garn to CEO


Quest Software Inc., a publisher of enterprise systems management applications, reported Thursday that its board of directors has promoted Doug Garn to chief executive officer. Garn joined Quest in 1998 and has served as president since February 2005. Garn, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based READ MORE

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.

Will Cyber Monday Make Black Friday Obsolete?

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Advertising Apps & Software Business Gadgets Black Friday Cyber Monday DealsThe Argument Against Black Friday. billion sales record.

Tech Coast Angels See 42x Return At MindBody


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. TCA said its members first invested in MindBody in 2005, and saw a 42x return at IPO on their investment.

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

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An obvious vector for me would be software for the media industry. BuzzFeed. Others are skeptical, “Ha! Back then there were “email forwards.”

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

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TVSync’s parent company Voible , has provided fingerprint protection technology to most major movie studios and TV networks since 2005.

Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology


Ostendo Technologies, a Carlsbad, CA-based company founded in 2005 to advance curved screens and other innovative display technologies, has raised $41.8 million of a new financing round intended to bring in $62.8 million, according to a recent regulatory filing. It’s unclear, though, if the $41.8 Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

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.

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


The study found that the greatest values for Southern California venture-backed firms were created by companies operating in Online Services (51%), followed by Communications and Networking (15%), Software (10%) and Semiconductors (9%). Funk then focused the analysis on the 731 documented exits for the period 1995-2009.

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.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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It says that selling an airplane ticket for $500 and getting paid a $5 fees by the airlines (1% gross margin) is not the same thing as selling $500 of software that you built (>90% gross margin). Sam did all this analysis before even deciding to build V1 of his software and before we put serious money behind him launching. History.

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Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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built my first software company in the early days of SaaS and there were few models to go by. One thing I observed was that many customers wanted an “on premise” version of our software and were willing to pay extra money for it. recently wrote about the three rules of sales. 1. Why Buy Anything ? 2. Why Buy Me? 3. Us, too.

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Former LA VC Gets Backing For Enterprise Alerting, Micro Apps Startup


Sapho develops software which helps pull together information across hundreds of enterprise apps, and presents them to employees as "micro apps". ElNaggar was in Redpoint's LA offices from 2005 until 2011, and had stints on the boards of Machinima and Hark, among other companies. Sapho is in Silicon Valley. READ MORE>>.


Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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So they skipped over those steps of the value chain, and purchased Android in 2005 (launched in 2008) to backwards integrate to the OS layer.

3D Printing Redux: How Idealab's New Matter Wants To Bring 3D To The Masses


remember, telling my friends and family in 2005 that I was working on a 3D printer, and their eyes would glaze over. Just as importantly, the capability of 3D design software, and the capability of 3D printers to take 3D designs was getting better. Talk about what New Matter is working on? How far from shipping product are you? Thanks!

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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From 1997 through 2005, Robin was a marketing executive and general manager at PepsiCo.   Make sure to tune in! Time : 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


I've also been involved in ValueLogic software. That was five or six years ago, 2005 or so. What is Bruce Brown: Exactly.

Interview: Isaac Garcia of Central Desktop


Central Desktop was founded in 2005 to provide an easy-to-use, SaaS collaboration solution to the SMB market. For exact quotes, watch the video.

NovaStor Shifts To Agoura


Backup software developer NovaStor has shifted its U.S. by Mike Andrews; the firm was acquired by Swiss firm Mount10 in 2005. Tags: novastor backup software data storage headquarters from Simi Valley to Agoura Hills, the firm announced this morning. NovaStor is managed by here in the U.S. READ MORE>>.

Google Cleaning Out Their Closets

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Another service, iGoogle launched in 2005 will be switched off on 1 st November 2013. Another service facing the axe is Google Talk Chatback.


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 Brett Crosby and Brew Johnson, PeerStreet


Photo: Brew Johnson on left, Brett Crosby on right. Thanks for the time today, it's great to get a chance to talk with you about your company. Thanks!

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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All we have to do is look at the data, though: Since its launch in 2005, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has sold 66 million copies worldwide.

MaestroDev Names President


Manhattan Beach-based MaestroDev , the developer of private cloud computing software, has officially named Doug Dennington as the firm's new President. Dennington was most recently Director, Open Source Sales at Progress Software and IONA Technologies, and was also a member of the founding team at Simula Labs, LogicBlaze, and Gluecode. Rolls Out Web Widget


Pourzanjani was CEO of until its $485M purchase by Experian in 2005. Tags: bestcovery online experts review widget software comparison shopping The new widget ties its expert reviews alongside content from Pricegrabber, which recommends those products based on the expert's pick. READ MORE>>.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Adam Miller transformed his company into one of the world’s leading software-as-a-service companies, specifically in the HR world. Main menu.

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Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee


returned to the gaming industry in 2005, when I started Acclaim Games, which we then sold to Playdom. What is Gamzee all about? Thanks!

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. Tags: morph labs morphlabs winston damarillo venture capital open source software and AO Capital Partners Ltd. READ MORE>>.

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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Smith Micro Gains Patent


Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software , reported Thursday that the firm has gained a new patent covering its compression technology. The patent was granted on March 10th, and was originally filed by the firm in January of 2005. Tags: smith micro software patent compression legal stuffit Patent No. READ MORE>>.

Smith Micro Scores Compression Patent


Patent and Trademark office, for compression technology in its StuffIt software line. Smith Micro's StuffIt software is used to compress files on Macintosh, PC, and Linux computers. Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro has received a patent from the U.S. Stainbrook & Stainbrook, LLP. READ MORE

MaestroDev, Winston Damarillo's Latest Firm, Uncloaks At JavaOne


Manhattan Beach-based MaestroDev , a firm developing Java build, test, and release tools for the software development community, has uncloaked at the JavaOne conference, exposing the latest firm started by GlueCode founder Winston Damarillo. He's currently heading up Morphlabs , which shares the same address as MaestroDev. READ MORE>>. Hires Content VP


Ninness was formerly's Director of COntent from 2005 to 2007, and has also served at Microsoft and Extensis. offers instructional videos, online training, and other resources on learning software, including Adobe's suite of creative products.