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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.

FastPoint Games Shuts Down

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Fastpoint had been venture backed by Mission Ventures and DFJ Dragon Fund, Allen & Co. and SCP Worldwide, and last raised funding in 2009, raising a total of $10M in funding. According to the site, the firm is "winding down" all of its Fastpoint Games branded fantasy sports games over the next 45 days. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

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A recent analysis by socalTECH, of our detailed tracking of venture capital investment activity in Southern California, finds that there was around $932M in funding raised in the area in Q2, a rise from roughly $700M in Q1. Tags: venture capital investment southern california 2009

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.

VC Invest $587M In SoCal In Q4, But National Investments Drop 37 Percent In 2009

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The latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters, were released this morning, finding that there was $587.8M According to PwC/NVCA, investments in 2009 were at the lowest level since 1997, with only $17.7

Report: Slacker Gets $5M Bridge

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Meet The VC

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- Meet The VC. Join us for an informative (and informal) discussion with Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures. Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to ask many questions and get answers from one of Southern California's most experienced venture investors. OCTANe. This event is for entrepreneurs only.

Slacker Integrates With Twitter

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The firm is backed by Rho Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Report: Slacker Loses CEO

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Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

ProQuo Shuts Down

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La Jolla-based ProQuo , a venture-backed startup helping consumers manage and reduce junk mail, has quietly shut down, according to reports. ProQuo was venture backed by Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and had raised around $15M in funding. The shutdown was first noted by Xconomy. READ MORE>>.

Slacker Raises $9.6M

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LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. READ MORE>>.

Nirvanix Confirms Funding Round

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San Diego-based Nirvanix confirmed today that the firm has raised $5M in a new venture funding round. READ MORE>>.

Slacker Adds Lyrics

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The company is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

LeisureLink Gets $6.2M

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Tags: travel booking venture lodging leisurelink capital

Slacker Releases iPhone App

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The firm is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Slacker Ties Into T-Mobile

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The firm is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Slacker Brings Round To $12.1M

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Obamanomics: What it means for Venture Capital

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 -- Obamanomics: What it means for Venture Capital. Featured speakers include four of the nation's top public policy experts in the venture community: Mark Heesen, Washington, D.C.-based See [link] (more

Webtide Acquired By Intalio

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Webtide was self-funded, and was headed by Adam Lieber, who has previously been at Gluecode and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Mochila Raises $1.0M

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Mochila is venture backed by Charles River Ventures, Greenspun Corporation, Jerry Colonna of JPMorgan Partners, Mission Ventures, and A.H. Tags: capital venture marketplace content online mochila Carlsbad-based Mochila , which operates an online content marketplace for publishers, has raised $1.0M in an ongoing $2.0M

One Recovery Raises $1.49M

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One Recovery is headed by David Metzler, formerly a venture capitalist at Mission Ventures and investment banker at CIBC World Markets. Tags: recovery onerecovery addiction treatment healthcare lifescience venture capital According to the filing, the funding comes as part of an ongoing, $2.5M fundraising effort.

Nirvanix Names New Engineering VP

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Nirvanix is a privately held company backed by more than $23 million in venture funding. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Signs Fox Sports On Latin American Deal

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , a developer of fantasy sports games, has inked a deal with Fox Sports on a Spanish-language, fantasy sports game focused on the 2009 Major League Baseball season. Rotohog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.

Nirvanix Ties With Ocarina

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Nirvanix is backed by Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, and the European Founders Fund.

VMIX Gets Win With Scion

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VMIX is venture backed by JK&B Capital and ATA Ventures, Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners. San Diego-based VMIX , a provider of software for managing online video, said this morning that the firm has signed on automotive brand Scion. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Slacker Ships BlackBerry App

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The firm is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

San Diego ?? The Great, Good, Bad and the Ugly.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- San Diego  The Great, Good, Bad and the Ugly. Panelists will Include: Ted Alexander, Managing Partner, Mission Ventures; Russ Mann, CEO and Cofounder of Covario; Allen Drennan, Founder, WireRed; and Peter Dresslar, CEO, Torrey Path. SDSIC Entrepreneur's Forum. See [link] (more

Nirvanix Shuffles CEOs

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Nirvanix is venture backed by European Founders Fund, Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partners, and Windward Ventures.

Insights and Opinions: What's going on in venture capital in San Diego?

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What's going on in venture capital in San Diego? And how will the changing venture economy affect angel investors? Mission Ventures' Dave Ryan talks with Frank Peters, and offers advice for angel investors. Listen. More Insights and Opinions on socalTECH.com.

Transaction Wireless Gets $2M More

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The funding came from its existing investors, Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures. Tags: transaction wireless venture capital mobile gift card marketing The company said the new funds will go towards ongoing technology and customer deployment and sales and marketing. READ MORE>>.

Active Storage Gets Funding From Intel, Others

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said the funding was led by Intel Capital, and also included Mission Ventures and Valhalla Partners. Tags: macintosh raid apple capital venture data storage active Torrance-based Active Storage a developer of RAID products for Apple computers, has raised a Series A funding round, the firm said Tuesday afternoon.

RotoHog Wins Sporting News

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RotoHog said it will begin providing the games, starting with football, in late summer 2009. RotoHog is headed by Kelly Perdew, and is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. Financial terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Confirms Fundraising

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , developer of online fantasy sports games headed by Kelly Perdew, has confirmed that the firm's recently $2M funding came from Mission Ventures. In an open letter to customers earlier this week, Perdew said the funding from Mission will help the company grow as a brand. READ MORE>>.

VMIX Confirms $2M Raise

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The funding came from the company's existing investors, Enteprise Partners, Mission Ventures, JK&B Capital, and ATA Ventures. Tags: hosting video online capital venture vmix The funding had first been reported by this publication Tuesday. VMIX said the new round brings the company's total raised to $23.5M.

RotoHog, RazorGator Partner

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According to the firm, the deal covers the 2009 Baseball season, and will give RotoHog's Fantasy baseball players access to RazorGator's ticketing services. RazorGator is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. READ MORE>>.

VMIX Raises $2.0M More

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The filing shows representatives from JK&B Capital, Mission Ventures, ATA Ventures, and Enterprise Partners--all prior investors in the firm--remain on the board of directors. Tags: vmix saas video hosting venture capital Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. READ MORE>>.

Rotohog Gets $2M More

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RotoHog has previously raised funding from Allen & Company, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures, and SCP Worldwide. Tags: rotohog venture capital online fantasy sports software According to the filing, the round target is $2.62M. No details on the funding have been released by the firm. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

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RotoHog said that the 2009 AVP Fantasy Challenge will launch in mid-March, with prizes for both short-term contest and full seasons; AVP will cross promote the fantasy game at events, online, and in its broadcasts. RotoHog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Nirvanix Hires Three With Enterprise Focus

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Nirvanix is backed by Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, and the European Founders Fund.