• XCONOMY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
    [2009] Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology
    Ostendo began selling its CRVD 43-inch computer display monitor in 2009 , saying at the time that it was the world’s first curved desktop computer monitor for playing computer games, editing video, conducting training simulations, and other uses. million of a new financing round intended to bring in $62.8 It’s unclear, though, if the $41.8
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
    [2009] Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology
    Ford Blakely, who was previously a business and financial consultant with LECG, founded Zingle in 2009 with a stand-alone device for restaurants, coffee shops, and other service businesses that enabled customers to use mobile text messaging for their take-out orders. Happy #TBT from our fearless Founder & CEO @fordblakely !
  • XCONOMY  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
    [2009] The Pan-Cancer Screen: Still Early for Prime Time
    Yet in 2009, data from a large trial demonstrated that men who were screened had the same or higher risk of death as men who were not screened. Imagine you could go to your doctor once a year for a blood test that would detect nearly every common type of cancer at an early stage. The PSA test represents a cautionary tale for these companies.
  • XCONOMY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
    [2009] As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics
    — 5D Robotics , founded in 2009 in Carlsbad, CA, (about 30 miles north of San Diego), has developed a device that integrates GPS, inertial guidance, optical positioning, and other technologies. Until then, new FAA rules adopted last month require a certified operator to remotely fly small, unmanned aircraft (weighing 55 pounds or less).
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
    [2009] Telogis Acquired By Verizon
    The company appears to have raised around $160M in funding since it first was found in 2009. Aliso Viejo-based Telogis , which develops connected vehicle software, has been acquired by Verizon , Verizon announced on Tuesday afternoon, saying it would. become part of Verizon Telematics. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.
  • BUILT IN LOS ANGELES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
    [2009] Stand Out in the Crowd, Meet C-Suite Marketers with DMA’s HOT ZONE
    In 2009, Terry Kawaja’s original LUMAscape highlighted less than 100 display-advertising companies. Blog Thumbnail: I’ve lost count. The number of innovative startups that dot the landscape between marketer, agency, publisher and consumer has grown exponentially in the last decade. read more
  • BUILT IN LOS ANGELES  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
    [2009] Stand Out in the Crowd, Meet C-Suite Marketers with DMA’s HOT ZONE
    In 2009, Terry Kawaja’s original LUMAscape highlighted less than 100 display-advertising companies. Blog Thumbnail: I’ve lost count. The number of innovative startups that dot the landscape between marketer, agency, publisher and consumer has grown exponentially in the last decade. read more
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
    [2009] SmartDrive Wins LA Metro
    Metro's bus fleet since 2009. San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems , which develops video-based, fleet- driver-safety systems, reported today that it has been selected by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) for rollout on both its bus and rail fleets. SmartDrive has been piloting its offering on L.A.
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016
    [2009] Drone On: 3D Robotics Filing Reveals $45M Financing Plan
    CEO Chris Anderson, the author and former Wired magazine editor who co-founded 3D Robotics in 2009, did not respond to an e-mail query about the financing yesterday afternoon. After a painful restructuring earlier this year, Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics appears to be raising additional capital.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
    [2009] Penske Media Names COO
    Grobar was previously Executive Vice President of the company, and has been at the company since 2009, and before that, spent 13 years at The Walt Disney Company. He also previously served at Unisys Corporation. READ MORE>>. penske media corporation variety deadline publishing publisher
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
    [2009] An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You
    Invoca had grown steadily and consistently since 2009 and by 2015 SaaS companies with scale had become hot – trading at a median of 7.3x $30 million. That’s how much Invoca raised and we’re announcing it today. But the story started more than 6 months ago. We started planning our fund raising as much as 14 months ago.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
    [2009] Forbes Midas List Skips SoCal, Again
    The last time Forbes has placed a Southern California venture capitalist on the Midas List appears to have been in 2009, when Jim Gauer of Palomar Ventures made the list. READ MORE>>. forbes midas list southern california venture capital finance finaicl
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016
    [2009] Report: IPO Activity In Significant Slowdown
    billion in Q1 of 2016--the weakest first quarter of the year since 2009. A new report, issued Monday, says that IPO activity has slowed significantly in Q1, with a 39 percent drop in volume and 70 percent decline in total capital raised versus Q1 of last year. The report found 167 deals raised only $12.1 Photo courtesy Michael Theis @ Flickr.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
    [2009] Four SoCal Startups That Thrived Despite--or Because Of--Economic Downturns
    Perry Wallack, the CFO of Cornerstone OnDemand, recently talked at the Recurring Revenue Conference, describing how the company was looking for funding in the worst possible market--after the downturn in 2008--and struggled trying to find an investor, finally raising a round in March of 2009. billion. >. Let us know! READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
    [2009] Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks
    Stick with it the same way you “didn’t get” Twitter in 2007 when you signed up but by 2009 you were using it effortlessly. As the human ear ages it loses its ability to hear high-pitched sound frequencies (above 15-16 kHz) through a condition known as presbycusis that starts at 18 years old. That’s the point. Fear not.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
    [2009] How Tuition.IO Is Helping To Tame Student Debt, One Employee At A Time
    Brendon McQueen: I graduated from Columbia in 2009, and was a first generation college graduate. Once upon a time, one of the best benefits that employers could offer up an employee was a company contribution to their retirement plan. We spoke with Brendon McQueen , founder and CEO of Tuition.IO, to hear more about the company. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
    [2009] Flying With A Wounded Wing: Why Twitter Still Has More Than A Chance
    In 2009, when the platform was just under three years old, Nielsen put out a report stating that Twitter had grown 1,382% year-over-year. My agency, VaynerMedia , used it heavily as a community management tool in 2009 and 2010. Dear Twitter, I have always loved you and I always will. What Twitter looked like soon after launch in 2006.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
    [2009] What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued
    As you can see below, investments have skyrocketed – up 300% since 2009. In 2009 many deals got done at $4-5 million pre and in the past few years some of these deals have gotten done at $10-12 million pre (or higher). What is the True Sentiment of VCs? There is reason for despondency. The Motive for Speaking Up. Mostly, no.
  • TECHEMPOWER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
    [2009] Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application
    Todd Hoff’s comprehensive 2009 blog entry on the costs of latency in web applications is still relevant today. “It was running fine.” ” In our performance consulting work, we often hear variations of the following: “Our web application was running fine with a few hundred users. So, why does this happen? High throughput.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
    [2009] Glaukos Starts Commercial Sales Of New Device In Canada
    Glaukos has been selling a prior version of the device in Canada since 2009. Laguna-based opthalmic device maker Glaukos said today that it has begun direct sales and commercial launch in Canada of its newiStent inject Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent devices. READ MORE>>. glaukos istent glaucoma treatment medical devices canada international
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015
    [2009] What Role Will Big Data Play in Crime Prevention?
    In conjunction with the United States military, Harvard researchers analyzed nearly a million soldiers who served between 2004 and 2009. As the old adage goes, hindsight is always 20/20. It’s only after a crime occurs that family members, friends, and law enforcement officials recognize the “signs” of a delinquent’s impending lawbreaking.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
    [2009] Shoes Of Prey Raises $15M, Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica
    The company was founded by Michael Fox, Mike Knapp and Jodie Fox in Sydney in 2009. Shoes Of Prey , a fashion startup which allows women to custom order shoes to their specifications, has raised $15M in a Series B funding, and set up shop in Santa Monica, according to the company. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
    [2009] Cornerstone OnDemand Extends Alliance With ADP
    The two have been working together since 2009 to make Cornerstone's larger, enterprise targeted offerings, available to ADP's larger customers. The two said they will make Cornerstone's learning and performance management solution for small businesses, Cornerstone Growth Edition, available to ADP's clients in early 2016. READ MORE>>.
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015
    [2009] VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round
    Too Early – Twilio secured a $1M seed round during the first half of 2009, nearly one year after we met with Jeff. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. There are a number of reasons why Rincon Venture Partners passed on Twilio’s Seed Round. In retrospect, our decision was both perfectly rational and completely lame.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015
    [2009] Fuze, Once Known As CallWave, Acquired By ThinkingPhones
    Callwave was founded in 1998, had its IPO back in 2004, but moved to San Francisco in 2009. Fuze , the latest incarnation of onetime high flying telephony service Callwave, has been acquired by ThinkingPhones > , the two companies announced this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015
    [2009] REACH NeXT Alumni Gets Into 500 Startups! | Batch 15 Announced
    Joel worked with Steve Jobs on special projects at Apple and invented the cheapest prosthetic knee on the market, one of the top 50 inventions of 2009 as ranked by Time magazine. 500 Startups officially announced their Batch 15. Congrats to the Melissa Hanna and the rest of the Mahmee team! Applications for Batch 16 here. links. years. miles!),
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015
    [2009] Mojix Names New CEO
    Doles was most recently Director of Connexive, which he had co-founded in 2009, and also had served as President and CEO of WhereNet, along with time at Zebra Technologies, PeopleSoft, Red Pepper Software, and Ernst & Young. READ MORE>>. mojix rfid executive embedded sensors hardware doles ramin sadr
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015
    [2009] Secure Technology Company Sold To Benchmark Electronics For $230M
    Vance Street Capital had acquired Secure in October of 2009. Santa Ana-based Secure Technology Company , a developer of ruggedized computers for the military and other markets, has been sold to Benchmark Electronics in a deal worth $230M in cash. Secure Technolgoy Company was owned by private equity investor Vance Street Capital. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
    [2009] Infinitely Virtual Aims At Healthcare Market
    Infintely Virtual says it is in the midst of preparing for an audit, specifically to verify its ability to provider HIPAA hosting, and to verify that it meets Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [2009] IBM’s Watson Analyzes Kanye West’s VMA Speech for Character Defects
    The 38-year-old rapper and record producer is famous for marrying Kim Kardashian and for taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift as she was accepting the 2009 MTV VMA for Best Female Video. Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs. Everyone has an opinion, but only IBM’s cognitive computer Watson has a Personality Insights analyzer.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [2009] IBM’s Watson Analyzes Kanye West’s VMA Speech for Character Defects
    The 38-year-old rapper and record producer is famous for marrying Kim Kardashian and for taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift as she was accepting the 2009 MTV VMA for Best Female Video. Kanye West and Taylor Swift at VMAs. Everyone has an opinion, but only IBM’s cognitive computer Watson has a Personality Insights analyzer. Openness.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
    [2009] Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing
    These are all normal things but in this big run since 2009 we’ve all gotten used to nearly 100% follow-on financing rates, valuations only moving up, deals clearly the convertible note caps and low mortality rates. For anybody whose only been an entrepreneur (or VC) since 2009 it would be easy to think we’re not correlated.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015
    [2009] BERKONOMICS CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION
    Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five continents by an audience that is 45% female. September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS , the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors. General
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
    [2009] Chrome River: Building An Enterprise Software Leader In LA, with Dave Terry
    We formed the company in 2007, came out with our first product in late 2008, and began selling in earnest in 2009. In 2009, we immediately approached the law firm market because we knew it so well, and because we had lots of relationships from over the years. What does Chrome River's software do? Dave Terry: We've been very fortune.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015
    [2009] Page Howe: Why Everyone In LA Ought To Have a.LA Domain
    Page Howe: I've been a fan of the domain since 2008 and 2009, having grown up in LA, lived here, and seen the story here through the good and the bad. I was at the Forum the night of the LA riots, and I've seen LA through earthquakes and everything. I see now with the new mayor, that LA has really come together. domain name. names.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] Jetpack Gives a Boost to Mobile and Rich Media Advertising
    Jetpack was founded in 2009 by digital media veterans Marc Brown, Chris Tragos and Kevin Woolery. Advertising technology is hot with the rise of mobile, evidenced in part by Verizon’s merger with AOL  valued at $4.4 billion, and on a much smaller scale, Undertone’s recent acquisition of mobile ad provider Sparkflow.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] How Do You Know if You Have the Right CEO to Run Your Business Until the End?
    When we first funded the company in 2009 we knew there was a big opportunity to help businesses automate marketing through phone channels. Many people don’t know that I actually became Chairman of my first company and relinquishing the CEO role before the company was sold. In other words, Why now? Phones. HR Leadership Startup Lessons
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
    [2009] More Great News for #LATech – Crosscut Ventures Raises $75 Million Fund
    This includes GumGum where they led the seed round and it was only the second VC deal I had ever done in 2009. Crosscut Ventures  has just announced their 3rd fund and clocking in at $75 million , which will be focused heavily on Los Angeles – FTW. LA has grown up a lot over the past 5 years. This is not your dad’s LA.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
    [2009] Do Less. More.
    And with the crash of Sept 2009 – March 2009 the market cleared out created an open field in which to invest, go slowly, learn and let companies mature before they felt the need to be “hyped.” We are experiencing a frenetic time. For entrepreneurs there’s too much money sloshing around. One What is one to do?
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015
    [2009] UCLA Anderson Gets $11M For New Technology Center
    Easton, who helped establish the Easton Technology Leadership Program at UCLA in 2009, has a background in engineering from UCLA. UCLA's Anderson School of Business has launched a new research center, called the Easton Technology Management Center , thanks to an $11M gift from James L. Easton, the CEO of Easton Sports. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [2009] What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?
    This was until about 2009 because most the investments in companies came from one, maybe two, sources. Over the years I’ve written extensively about the downsides of convertible notes for startups such as here , here and here. It’s worth reading his post to understand the problem. I can boil it down to how this tension plays out.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [2009] TechZulu #TechCrawl | Hollywood Edition
    Grindr, which first launched in 2009, has exploded into the largest and most popular all-male location-based social network out there. TZ Tech Crawl is back this month and heading to Hollywood! Come take a tour of some of the hottest LA Tech companies and Co-Working spaces filled with Startups & Entrepreneurs located in Hollywood!
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [2009] Another Big Exit For Local Angels With Mindbody?
    Local angels--whose biggest exit so far in recent years was the IPO of Green Dot back in 2010--were the first backers of MindBody, having first received funding from Frontera Capital, the Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels back in 2009. READ MORE>>. mindbody angel investors tech coast pasadena frontera siemer
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [2009] Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup
    When the US government announced the 2009 Cash For Clunkers stimulus plan, it promised dealers they would receive payment “within 10-days.” A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The US Postal Service pulled off another debacle with the Maya Angelou stamp. Their task was simple. Combine a photo of Ms. Middle Ground.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
    [2009] Here is The Best Data You’ll Find on the LA Tech Market
    As an active investor in the Los Angeles technology market we’re always seeking to better understand the data and trends of why our market has grown so rapidly since 2009. We look for pockets of excellence where we may have skills that aren’t native in other markets or where our home town may have some unique skills or talents.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
    [2009] Seven Lakes Technologies Raises $20M
    The company was founded in 2009, and is led by Shiva Rajagopalan. Westlake Village-based Seven Lakes Technologies , a developer of enterprise software for the oil and gas industry, raised $20M in a Series A funding round earlier this year. The funding came from Carrick Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
    [2009] Angel Group Gives Luis Villalobos Award
    The ACA''s award is named after Tech Coast Angels founder Luis Villalobos, who passed away in 2009. The Angel Capital Association , a national association for angel investors, said Wednesday that it has awarded the Luis Villalobos Award to a company, for being the most innovative angel backed company from its members. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015
    [2009] Semtech Sells Off Defense, Microwave Business
    Semtech had originally planned to divest and shut down its defense and microwave communications business, which it had acquired as part of its buy of Sierra Monolithics in 2009. Semtech said it sold its business to Jariet Technologies , in exchange for a minority equity interest in the new company. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015
    [2009] Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire
    This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. reached out after the event to learn more.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
    [2009] Cohu Names Board Member
    Funke was most recently an senior executive at Multitest GmbH, having been that company''s CEO from 2001 until 2009. Poway-based Cohu , which develops semiconductor test tools and systems, said yesterday that t has named Karl H. Funke to its board of directors. Funke had been at Multitest GmbH since 1994. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
    [2009] Taking My Hat Off to @Shervin and His Hyperloop Ambitions
    ” I first met Shervin (does he need a last name?) in 2009. Yes, I still used a Blackberry in 2009. *. Shervin Pishevar. Not this one. I’m going to write a pure admiration piece. A “hats off” (see what I did there?) story about big bets and equally grand huevos. And also a “thank you.” loved the idea.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015
    [2009] New Matter Gets $6.5M For 3D Printing
    Interestingly enough, New Matter--whose chairman is Idealab''s Bill Gross--is the second time around on a 3D printing startup for Idealab, which was before its time with personal 3D printer company Desktop Factory, which it started bringing to market in 2007, but eventually sold to 3D Systems in 2009, well before the current 3D printing craze.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [2009] Guidance Software Promotes VP
    McManamy has been Senior Counsel and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software since 2009. Pasadena-based Guidance Software , the developer off e-discovery and forensic software, said this morning that it has named Chad McManamy as its new Vice President of E-Discovery and Assistant General Counsel. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [2009] Tinder Buys Chill, The Maker Of Tappy
    back in 2009. Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has acquired Chill , the maker of Tappy, a Snapchat-like instant messaging service which revolves around photo sharing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the buy, Tappy will shut down. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
    [2009] Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund
    Our 3rd fund began investing in March 2009 (raised in 2008) and our 4th fund started in April 2012 so this fund will naturally begin investing around March / April 2015. We raised $280 million. If you want to understand how the VC industry is changing there is a great primer in the link. Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund? Banks. 6.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [2009] What Future for Accelerators?
    It was 2009 and it was terribly difficult to get any financing (if you can remember a time like that!) Accelerators have had quite a good run the past 5+ years. Not just Y Combinator and TechStars but a host of other accelerators across the country. My good friend Adam Lilling and I started Launchpad more than 5 years ago  . And Jamie hers.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [2009] Amazon Takes On Local Service Referrals In LA
    Local handyman referral services have been a perennial favorite for startups in Los Angeles, with services as Done Right (acquired by Tree.com in 2009), and Insider Pages (acquired by Citysearch in 2007, now part of Citygrid). READ MORE>>. amazon local service referral citygrid serviz handybook pathjoy
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
    [2009] Savings.com Pinpoints Holiday Deal Days, Rolls Pricing Tool
    million deals during the 2009 to 2013 period. Looking for a deal this year on holiday gifts? Los Angeles-based Savings.com said Tuesday that it has pinpointed the best days to buy products, based on data from the last four years gathered on its site from 25,000 retailers, and for monitoring more than 1.5 READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
    [2009] Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
    Allen Hurff: From 1997 to 2009, you could never really find a group of people in Southern California you could meet with at a cafe in the industry, but if you went to San Francisco, you could go someplace like 21st Amendment near South Park, and sit in a room with eight people and create a future protocol of the Internet. Thanks! READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [2009] When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?
    first met Nick Halstead in 2009 when he was running a company called Tweetmeme (the predecessor to DataSift) who had invented the Retweet button and actually helped Twitter develop its early API. remain as childishly giddy at Nick’s vision as I did in our conference hangout we had in 2009. So why did Larry need to return?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [2009] What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?
    Marc Andreessen kicked off another great debate on Twitter last night , one that I’ve been talking about incessantly in private circles for the past 2-3 years – what actually IS the definition of a seed vs. A-round. This is something I think entrepreneurs don’t totally understand and it’s worthwhile they do. Nobody cares.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
    [2009] Shopping for a Change | Shopping for Fair Trade Goods
    Stacey Horowitz, Founder of SFAC, started the non-profit business from a trip to Peru in 2009. The internet connects us to billions of products online. Online merchandise range from being silly to creative design to daily items. Since its 2010 launch, SFAC tripled their sales and growth. The business model SFAC uses is simple. charities.
  • DARADICTION  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014
    [2009] Nanu Nanu to Robin Williams, Bill Griffin, & Ashley Taylor too.
    The year prior, in 2009, my friend Ashley Taylor died of asphyxiation in her bedroom in the San Fernando Valley. Hearing the news about Robin Wililams' death this past week hit me like a dump truck. It felt like losing a family member. Robin's energy was so raw and full of life. This is Bill sometime in the 80's.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
    [2009] Ice Energy Names President
    The company--which develops a product which uses the creation of ice to cut power consumption and usage during peak electricity usage times--said Hopkins has been at Ice Energy since 2009. Los Angeles-based energy storage technology developer Ice Energy has named a new president, saying that it has appointed Mike Hopkins to the role.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] Microsemi Buys Mingoa
    Mingoa was founded in 2009, and had been targeting such areas as enterprise carrier Ethernet, mobile/small cell backhaul, and data centers with its technology. Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa , a developer of semiconductor IP focused on accelerated, real-time Ethernet. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] The Changing Structure of the VC Industry
    The “big boom” in startup financing started around March 2009?—?more There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been. The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. We are in a bubble (with so many private $1bn+ valuations).
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [2009] Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful
    Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. And importantly we’ve had revenue. It has been a good run. ROI studies were published.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
    [2009] Aerie Pharmaceuticals Adds Mazzo To Board
    Mazzo is currently Operating Partner at Versant Ventures, and also headed up AMO after its acquisition by Abbott Laboratires in 2009, when it was renamed Abbott Medical Optics. Newport Beach-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that former Advanced Medical Optics founder James Mazzo has joined the company''s board of directors. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
    [2009] CardiAQ Sues Neovasc
    The two apparently had been partnered in a development project back in 2009, where Neovasc had been offering support services to CardiAQ; CardiAQ now claims that Neovasc used that to develop its own, mitral valve program. READ MORE>>. legal lawsuit surgery valve heart neovasc cardiaq
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
    [2009] Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate
    We first met five years ago through serendipity as I described in this 2009 blog post and elaborated on again in more detail 2010. In my Twitter bio is says that I’m “ looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs ,” which almost sounds like I was just looking for a cliché soundbite to describe myself. It wears you down.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
    [2009] AssetAvenue Hires Early Indiegogo Employee
    According to AssetAvenue, it has hired Adam Chapnick, who was the first employee out of the Indiegogo crowdfunding site back in 2009. Los Angeles-based AssetAvenue , the real estate crowdfunding site led by David Manshoory, has snagged the first employee out of Indiegogo. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    [2009] 2U Raises $120M In IPO
    2U was previously known as 2tor, and first raised funding back in 2009 , when Redpoint was a very active Los Angeles area investment firm. 2U , an online education company which has significant operations in Los Angeles, has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, debuting Friday morning as TWOU. Redpoint Ventures owned 23.2
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
    [2009] How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day
    As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago. spent my first year developing proprietary deal flow and learning the business and then the Sept 2008 / Lehman Bros collapse / financial meltdown happened.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [2009] MRV Communications Upgrades To NASDAQ Global Market
    MRV has been on the OTC markets since a delisting way back in 2009, when it was one of dozens and dozens of firms caught up in the SEC''s investigations over stock option price granting practices in the industry. According to MRV Communications, it has been approved to list on the NASDAQ Global Market under its existing ticker symbol, MRVC.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
    [2009] An Afternoon with Rap Genius | Mahbod Moghadam (Co-Founder)
    Beginning with hip hop in 2009, they’ve since included different genre verticals into their model with rock, poetry, news, even bible. This article wasn’t actually from a single interview, but the result of a couple of conversations with a co-founder of Rap Genius , the wildly profiled lyrics annotation site. It’s no secret.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014
    [2009] MindBody Raises $50M
    Mindbody first raised funding back in 2009, when it gained backing from the Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, and other local angels. In one of the largest rounds for a Central Coast company in recent years--and the largest venture investment in San Luis Obispo ever--cloud software maker MindBody has raised $50M in a funding round.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [2009] Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong
    source: Harris Interactive IM Shopping Poll (August 2009)). If you follow the tech media you would be subject to a lot of narrative biases that are completely off base – and this includes the value of email and phone calls. TL;DR. Calls are changing but not dying. Much more data in the full post. There are  2.9 billion email accounts.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. Father.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
    [2009] ScoreBig.com Names Goldberg CEO
    Goldberg was previously Chief Strategy Officer for the company, and has been an advisory board member for the company since it was founded in 2009. Goldberg was previously the CEO of Youbet.com, and also was EVP of Global Music Services at Ticketmaster. ScoreBig is venture backed by Bain Capital Ventures, U.S. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2013
    [2009] Disney Taps Square's Dorsey For Board
    Dorsey was co-founder of Twitter, and also co-founded mobile payment service Square in 2009. In a move to add some Silicon Valley cred to the company''s board, Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has added Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square Inc., as a member of its board of directors, Disney said this week. READ MORE>>.
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013
    [2009] This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won
    in 2008 and 2009, we had at that point righted many of the wrongs in the venture capital industry, but that didn''t mean that entrepreneurship was all of a sudden healthy. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Taming The Prison Guards.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
    [2009] Hulu Names New CFO
    Hulu said that Paul had been involved in Disney''s original investment in Hulu back in 2009. Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu announced late Friday that it has named Elaine Paul as its new CFO. Paul replaces Tom Fuelling, who had been at Hulu since 2007. The new appointment comes on the heels of a new CEO at the company.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
    [2009] How Deka Sounds Is Using 3D Printing For Your Next Bluetooth Headset
    took some time off with my family, and in 2009 and 2010 came up with this idea for the Bluetooth. One of the startups to come out of that 3D printing revolution is Deka Sounds (www.dekasounds.com), which is based in Orange County. What is Deka Sounds? Erik Adams: Deka makes a fashionable, customizable, personalized Bluetooth headset.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [2009] Qualcomm Appoints Former Ambassador To China To Board
    Randt had been ambassador to China from 2001 to 2009. San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has elected the former Ambassador to the People''s Republic of China to its board of directors. Qualcomm said it would tap Randt''s experience to help it further expand its footprint in China''s wireless ecosystem. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
    [2009] Vance Street Capital Acquires Lark Engineering
    Vance Street Capital said it will add Lark Engineering to Secure Communication Systems , the Santa Ana-based rugged computer and information systems provider it acquired in 2009. Financial details of the buy were not announced. Sutherland & Associates. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
    [2009] Tony Hsieh is the Seller of Dreams | Enter the Downtown Project
    Digital Royalty : Since 2009, Digital Royalty has given businesses and media personalities groundbreaking social media strategies to engage fans and generate tangible traction. Silicon Valley may still be the capital of technology with a mix of new (Google, Facebook) and old (Apple, HP) sprinkling the landscape.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
    [2009] Proven | Founder Interview with Pablo Fuentes. Job Markets, & The Future of Mobile
    Pablo Fuentes:  It first started in 2009 when I was in business school originally.  Job seeking is one of the toughest headaches people face.  Employers also have a hard time looking for viable candidates for their company.  Pablo Fuentes wants to take those headaches away with the Proven apps.  What led you to make Proven? That was rough. 
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
    [2009] MySpace Designer's Next Project: The Cord Taco
    Mike Macadaan , the designer behind MySpace''s redesign in 2009 , has a new project: a Kickstarter effort to fund the design of a line of electronics accessories to organize your pile of electronic charging and accessory cords. Macadaan is currently Chief Creative Officer at Los Angeles technology studio and incubator Science, Inc.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
    [2009] Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner
    As more consumers were skipping commercials the idea of authentically integrating brands into media seemed obvious to me and ended up informing a lot of my investments in 2009 and 2010. Thank you. This is a big news day at Upfront Ventures. He first came to see me in 2008 when we was raising money for his 1st startup – NextMedium.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
    [2009] Nomadix Settles Patent Suit Against Aruba Networks
    The company has been involved in a number of patent cases since 2009. Agoura Hills-based wired and wireless gateway developer Nomadix said today that it has settled a patent infringement case it had filed against Aruba Networks. Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed. Nomadix is a subsidiary of DOCOMO interTouch. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
    [2009] ReachLocal Loses CEO, Founder
    The company, originally backed by VantagePoint, had its IPO back in 2009. In a huge shift, Zorik Gordon , the CEO and founder of Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , has resigned, the company said this morning, and the company has launched a search for a new CEO. ReachLocal did not say what Gordon intends to do now. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
    [2009] Attract A MILLION New Customers Overnight with YouTube Marketing – Literally
    Years before Hello Flo’s “The Camp Gyno” video existed, in 2009, Orabrush, a tongue cleaner company, was setting the precedent for what would be how to make a million dollars in ecommerce sales utilizing YouTube marketing. Tonight, in my Facebook feed, ( thanks to Micah Baldwin ), I came across the Hello Flo video. YESTERDAY. link].
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
    [2009] Sapphire Energy Pays Off Government Loans
    Sapphire Energy had been awarded $54.5M in a loan guarantee in December of 2009, to help build an algae-to-crude oil commercial demonstration facility in Columbus, N.M. Department of Agriculture. Sapphire said that plant is now producing renewable crude oil on a continued basis. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013
    [2009] How to Solve the Biggest Frustration Marketers Have With Social
    awe.sm (I have been an investor since 2009) has always provided these data through an API to allow developers to have social analytics embedded in their products or for internal use in their organization to drive more effective campaigns. Clicks are also a simple measure that you can get from basic link tracking packages. End of story.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [2009] Versant Ventures Names Mazzo Operating Partner
    Mazzo headed up Advanced Medical Optics when it was sold to Abbott Labs in 2009, for $2.8 Newport Beach-based venture capital investor Versant Ventures has named former Advanced Medical Optics CEO Jim Mazzo as an Operating Partner. billion. READ MORE>>. versant ventures mazzo operating partner technology executive venture capital
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
    [2009] Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster
    Be an intern”  And by the way, this is 2009.  You remember what 2009 was like, right? One of my favorite events last year was attending Startup Grind where I got to interview Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. Last month they turned the tables on me. Here is the link to the video interview. Sorry. 
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
    [2009] EcoATM Acquired For $350M By Coinstar
    EcoATM had only launched its automated kiosks in 2010, and was a winner of the San Diego Venture Group''s Pitchfest in 2009. San Diego-based startup EcoATM , the developer of automated kiosks used for recycling cell phones and other electronics, has been acquired by newly renamed Coinstar (now known as Outerwall). READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
    [2009] Timing Is Everything With MakerBot Buy
    Instead of a giant exit, the Idealab-backed startup shut its doors and sold its assets in 2009. Makerbot wasn''t founded until 2009. MakerBot was developing low cost, 3-D printers for hobbyists to create their own, 3D printed objects--precisely the market that Desktop Factory had been pursuing. READ MORE>>.
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