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Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer


That''s true of many Southern California ad-tech companies. That''s why the IPO markets coming back is so critical. Thanks!

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SoCal VC's Scarce On Top VC List


This week's release of a list of their "Top 100" venture capitalists by AlwaysOn -- based roughly on number and dollar amount of successful M&A and IPO deals between October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009--seems to have skipped local Southern California venture capitalists, with only one Southern California VCs listed.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011


billion in IT exits in 2011, the highest since 2000, for Southern California IT firms. The report also tallied six companies having IPOs, the most since 2005; those firms included RealD, Cornerstone OnDemand, Demand Media, ReachLocal and Inphi Corp. angeles california southern exit acquisition merger exits capital venture

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


A new study of the financial outcomes for Southern California venture-backed companies in the IT sector finds that approximately $48 billion in value has been created by those companies over the period 1995-2009. Tags: results investment exit california southern acquisition merger capital venture

HQ.0 | Inside

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episodes we present local Southern California company 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 Visit TechZulu for full story. Arts & Entertainment Business Culture HQ.0

SoCal Venture Totals Slip, But IT Shines


Southern California's venture capital numbers for Q4 slipped, as did numbers nationally, according to numbers released over the weekend by Dow Jones VentureSource. According to the report, Southern California's venture capital totals slipped for the first time since 2003, down more than 18 percent annually, to $3.2

TCVN names new Chairman and President

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Along with a newly invigorated executive team, Mr. Greenberg as Chair Emeritus and our new President, Kevin McDonald, I plan to build upon the excellent foundation already in place and elevate TCVN to even greater prominence as a resource for entrepreneurs in Southern California.”. He is currently CEO of PitchMeTV. Kevin B. in Irvine.


Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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Either way, it’s natural that buyers “shop around” so expect it as a healthy part of the process. So we took a stand. We knew that all buyers would be concerned about security, privacy, back-ups, data protection and so forth. So our pitch went. And so on. Why Buy Anything ? 2. Why Buy Me? 3.

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TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. 24 7pm at  The ROC  in Santa Monica.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


So I got started in the tech and internet world very early stage. moved to Southern California in 1992, when Microsoft transferred me to here.

Yahoo 30 Dangles Free Braces In FamilyFinds Promo


The offer puts together two of Southern California's most watched is. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


How have you managed to get so many of them to use your services? They started in January of 2005. It's been unbelievable.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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first met Ethan in 2005. I was preparing to move back to the US from London after 11 years abroad. So there you have it. Nice sweep!

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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005. startup scene so hot. What makes L.A.

Interview with Scott Saunders,


Scott Saunders: I spent nearly my entire career on the investment side, and in 2005 switched over to the entrepreneurial side of the world.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. And so on. Not so much.

Tekelec Acquired By Oracle


Tekelec , a developer of telecommunications switching equipment which had its roots in Southern California, has been acquired by Oracle , Oracle announced this morning. Tekelec had started in Southern California back in 1978, and had been a onetime technology darling when it had its IPO back in 1986. READ MORE>>.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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Twelve years ago, Laura, a hairstylist from California, was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer. Our Best Interviews Via Email: Monthly.

It's Official: Ross Levinsohn Out At Yahoo


Ross Levinsohn , who has been heading up Yahoo as Interim CEO, is officially leaving the firm tomorrow, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo.

Yahoo Axes

socalTECH , an online service which was started in Los Angeles, and acquired by Yahoo in 2005, is shutting down, according to Yahoo in an announcement over the weekend. Deals, SMS alerts, Yahoo Kids, and more.''s founder posted a long diatribe on Yahoo''s shutdown of his creation Friday. READ MORE>>.

Is WebEx “Dead Man Walking?”

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So Skype was ubiquitous. “Huddle helps businesses connect, share and work better together. But then I saw something really nutty. Really?

News Corp. In Repeat With Sale To Local Tech Firm


spends hundreds of millions of dollars on a media property, runs it for about seven years, and then decides to unload that same property for a fraction of the price it paid to a Southern California technology--not media--company. acquired IGN in September of 2005, for $650M. Does this sound familiar? News Corp. MySpace?

LowerMyBills' Coffin Joins Venture Firm


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. Split Rock was an investor in LowerMyBills, which Coffin sold to Experian in 2005 for $380M.

Yahoo Employees Get Free Lunch, But Not In Santa Monica


The move--which doesn't apply to Yahoo's employees in Santa Monica or elsewhere in Southern California--looks to be the first attempt to shift the culture at Yahoo, which has been battling a lengthy death spiral after a series of CEOs. READ MORE>>. yahoo santa monica employees free lunch marissa meyer

Cheers Gains $2.5M To Spread Happiness, Joy


Mohit is one of the pioneers of the Southern California high tech industry, having founded Bizrate back in 1995, based on his thesis at Wharton.

ElephantDrive Targets Xdrive Users


Xdrive itself was actually a Southern California startup, and was acquired by AOL in 2005. Los Angeles-based ElephantDrive is targeting users of AOL's Xdrive service, the online data storage service that AOL said it is closing in January. READ MORE

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Interview with Peter Lee, Baroda Ventures


A few months ago, Peter Lee --a venture local capitalist who has served at firms such as Prism Ventures and Clearstone Ventures Partners--joined a relatively unknown venture firm here in Southern California, Baroda Ventures ( He made a lot of money from those deals, so in 1999 he set up Baroda Ventures.

Pasadena Angels Invest in a $475,000 Series B Investment in Wasatch Microfluidics

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Founded in 2000, the Pasadena Angels is a group of leading private investors that provides long-term intellectual and financial capital to help build successful companies throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Wasatch Microfluidics was founded in Salt Lake City, in 2005 by Josh Eckman, Bruce Gale and Jim Smith. 

DailyD Gets $5.0M


Coffin's last startup, LowerMyBills, was sold to Experian Interactive in 2005 for $330M plus earnout; he is also an active angel investor in Southern California, with stakes in ThisWeekIn,, Rubicon Project, Docstoc, and other prominent local Internet firms. Split Rock was the venture firm which backed LowerMyBills.

Internet Brands Brisco: Deal Will Allow More Focus On Long Term Growth


Los Angeles-based Internet Brands , which operates a suite of online, advertising driven websites across a wide range of verticals, said Monday that it would go private in a $640M, private equity deal, bucking the trend of Southern California companies filing to get to the public markets. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Brian Garrett, Crosscut Ventures


The fund--started by Brian Garrett and Rick Smith --has been focused on digital media investments, and so far has made investments in six companies.

Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav


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. All of our friends also were having kids, and so we started calling friends about their recommendations. What's the idea behind FavRav? How did you start the business?

Social Networking and Business Value


In 2005, Majid coauthored "Data Strategy" a book designed to help streamline information management within organizations. He is a former chairman of the Business Software Alliance, and currently is Chair of the LA Chapter of the Technology Council of Southern California. What are the risks and rewards? and Ph.D.

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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It was acquired by Experian in 2005 for $330M. It also was acquired by Experian in 2005. It filed for an IPO on August 6th. CoLoft !

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 Winston Damarillo, Morphlabs


One of Southern California's successful, serial entrepreneurs is Winston Damarillo , who founded Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005.

Off To SXSW, Our Schedule, And A Special Thanks

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The time has come for us to say goodbye SoCal (temporarily of course) and HELLO Austin!  We have a jammed packed schedule while we are out there and you will be able to follow along with this special SXSW calender below. huge thanks goes out to the Social Media ClubHouse (SMCH3) for helping put this all together. and AudioMicro.  .

Interview with John Nahm, PhoneVite


Those organizations have larger calling needs--maybe calling five hundred, or a thousand people--so they end up buying our premium service. So, that generates significant revenue for us. Dialpad was acquired by Yahoo in 2005, and became the voice engine for Yahoo's VoIP services. Explain what Phonevite is? It's 5 cents per call.

Interview with Curtis Staker and William Goldbach, Confident Technologies


But, even so, those passwords tend to have lots of similarities--they're easy passwords. But, it was important that was in Southern California.

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After that, Rob and I took a year or so to gain traction, and in 2005 we committed full time to the business. We were going through the traditional route of seeking venture capitalists both here in Southern California and flying to Sand Hill road. So, he called our office, then called me and sent us an email.