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DFJ Frontier, Anthem Venture Into Portland Firm

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Two Los Angeles-based venture firms, DFJ Frontier and Anthem Venture Partners , have invested in a Portland software firm developing online identification and single-sign in software. Tags: software janrain portland capital venture ventures anthem frontier

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

Anthem Ventures North, Funds Avatar Firm

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures is the lead investor in an avatar-focused, social networking site called Meez. Meez, which is based in San Francisco, said today that it has raised a financing round from Anthem. Anthem's Brian Mesic has been added to the firm's board as part of the funding.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 -- Meet the VC: Anthem Venture Partners. OCTANe. Meet the VC brings entrepreneurs and VCs together. See [link] (more

Wavestream Raises $7M

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Names of new investors in the firm were not disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised funding from companies such as Anthem Ventures, Digital Power Capital, Oak Investment Partners, Titan Corp., The filing listed Anthem Ventures' William Woodward as a current member of the firm's board.

Zag Links With USAA, Mercedes-Benz On Promotion

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Zag is backed by USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Zag: "Strongest Sales So far This Year"

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The firm did not say what drove the growth, and did not provide any financial details on its sales or profitability. READ MORE>>.

Zag: 50,000 Cars Sold

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Zag has received funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. over MSRP on their autos.

Zag Powers AAA Service

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Zag is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, USAA, GRP Partners, Arcturus Capital, Callaway Cars and the Skoll Fund. READ MORE>>.

AdventureLink Gains Funding

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The funding came from Anthem Venture Partners and The Mail Room Fund. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Zag Raises Funding

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Zag has previously received funding from Anthem Ventures, Arcturus Capital, Capital One, Capricorn Management, GRP Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels.

Zag Raises $32.4M

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spokesperson for Zag told socalTECH that a round had closed, but would not confirm the investors or details of the round. READ MORE>>.

Solarflare Promotes Engineering VP

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The firm has received funding from Oak Investment Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, Acacia Capital, Intel Capital, and Miramar Venture Partners. Irvine-based Solarflare said late Friday that it has named a new, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Danny Shamlou. READ MORE>>.

Axiom Microdevices Acquired By Skyworks

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Venture Partners, Tallwood Venture Capital, Anthem Venture Partners, and VentureTech Alliance. Irvine-based Axiom Microdevices , a venture backed developer of CMOS power amplifiers for mobile phones, has been acquired by Masachusetts-based Skyworks Solutions. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Intercasting Acquired By Good Technology

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Intercasting was backed by Venrock, Avalon, and Masthead; its flagship software is ANTHEM, which connected mobile users to social networking sites like MySpace, and was sold by telecom carriers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Solarflare Communications Hires VP

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Solarflare is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Acacia Capital, Anthem Venture Partners, and others. Irvine-based Solarflare Communications , which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon, said today that it has hired on Mike Smith as the firm's Vice President of Product Marketing. Smith has also served at Adaptec and Western Digital.

Calacanis: First Angels In New Angel Group

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Coffin is the founder of LowerMyBills, Dayton is the founder of Earthlink, and Woodward is a venture capitalist at Anthem Venture Partners. Jason Calacanis , CEO of Santa Monica-based Internet search site Mahalo , has signed on several angels for his new angel group, the Open Angel Forum - Los Angeles.

TrueCar Links Into Auto Websites

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TrueCar is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Global Retail Partners, and Capricorn. Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the automotive pricing spinout of Zag Automotive, disclosed Wednesday that the firm has inked distribution deals with five automotive websites. Financial details of the distribution deals were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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TrueCar Taps Edmunds.com For VP

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TrueCar is a car pricing site which was spun out of automotive software firm Zag; the firm is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Global Retail Partners, and Capricorn. Santa Monica-based TrueCar announced today that it has snagged an executive from Edmunds.com for its new Vice President of Product Management. READ MORE>>.

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TrueCar Officially Launches Car Pricing Site

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TrueCar is venture backed by Zag, Anthem Venture Partners, Global Retail Partners, Capricorn, Capital One Auto Finance, and Arcturus Capital. Santa Monica-based TrueCar has officially launched its new car pricing site today, saying that it is now providing consumers with details on the prices paid for people on cars in their area.

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Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Buzz Media is venture backed by Focus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! Magazine. Magazine is a celebrity news magazine and website. READ MORE

Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

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According to the company, the funding round was led by Focus Ventures, and also included Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. The firm said the funding will go towards "continued growth of its portfolio."Buzz Based on prior funding announcements, the firm has now raised at least $44.5M.

Buzznet Puts Focus On Celebrities

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Celebuzz is one of a number of sites owned by Buzznet, which is venture backed by Interscope, Universal Music Group, Anthem Ventures, NEA, and Redpoint Ventures. The firm rolled out a "zoom" feature that allows users on the site to magnify celebrity photos on the site. The feature is available on the firm's more recent celebrity photos.

Southern California Venture Totals Drop in Q4

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PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released their 2008 Q4 MoneyTree Report this evening, reporting that $28.3

Interview with Kelly Tompkins, AdventureLink

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The round came from Anthem Venture Partners and the Mail Room Fund. Last week, Altadena-based AdventureLink (www.adventurelink.com) announced that it raised a Series A funding round, for the firm's adventure travel reservation network. We caught up with Kelly Tompkins, the firm's founder and CEO, to hear more about the firm.

Zag Raises $11.1M More

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The firm has previously raised funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Self-reported 60mm daily unique as of Dec 2009, games played by 250mm people a month (AppData). Are “strategic investors&# (e.g. Zynga.

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This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Founded in 2009 in Los Angeles by Michelle Crames. Here’s this week’s outline: INTRO to FARB NIVI. Farb is the founder & CEO of Grockit.com.