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William H. Pickering Lecture at AIAA Space 2009

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 -- William H. Pickering Lecture at AIAA Space 2009. William H. Pickering Lecture honors the International Year of Astronomy and the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions. The lecture is named for former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director William H.

Angel Funding Advice

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Most Venture Capital “A&# rounds (as of 2009) seem to start around $3 million pre-money and may go as high as $5-6 million pre-money if you’ve made a lot more progress or for some other reason the deal is “hot&#. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC. How: 1. Jarl Mohn says he hates seeing PowerPoint.  I get that.

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Central Desktop Sees Growth, Boosts Hires In 2009

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Pasadena-based software-as-a-service developer Central Desktop reported today that the firm had 44 percent, year-over-year growth, and boosted its staff by 50 percent in 2009, as a result of demand for the firm's online project collaboration tools. The firm said its customers now include such companies as Netflix, U.S. READ MORE>>.

Java Subversion

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Monday, January 26, 2009 -- Pasadena Java User's Group. Topic: subversion. See [link] (more

LA County Technology Week

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Shameless Self-Promotion Alert]…The last program of the day is the annual Pasadena Angels program on the state of Angel and Venture Capital in Southern California. Tags: Fundraising General Ben Kuo Joe Platnick LA County Tech Week Pasadena Angels SocalTECH.com.

Why Saying “No” is Hard for Angels

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In an earlier post I mentioned that 1-1.5% of all applications submitted to the Pasadena Angels get funded. Tags: Fundraising General Bill Burnham Business Week Joe Platnick Pasadena Angels A few years ago, Joe Torre (when still managing the Yankees) wrote an article for Business Week ( Joe Torre on Winning ) that’s well worth reading.

NPA LA Holiday Mixer

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Monday, December 14, 2009 -- Network Professional Association LA Chapter Holiday Mixer @ Mijare's Mexican Restaurant, 145 Palmetto Dr Pasadena CA 91105. IT Professionals to discuss re-org. and potential of LA Chapter. See [link] (more

Startup Challenges and Failures

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LeisureLink Raises $3.5M

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online marketplace and service for vacation rental booking, has raised $3.5M in a funding round.

Another Big Exit For Local Angels With Mindbody?

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Local angel investors--including the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels --might just have another big hit on their hands, with the news today that San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody has filed for an IPO. mindbody angel investors tech coast pasadena frontera siemerREAD MORE>>.

LeisureLink Signs Travel Site

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LeisureLink said that PerfectFamilyVacations will feature more than 1000 of the firm's properties on its site. READ MORE>>.

X1 Takes On eDiscovery

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X1 said it has built a solution, based on its X1 enterprise search technology and professional services, called X1 eDiscovery Search Suite.

LeisureLink Wins Casino

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According to the firm, the Reno casino will distribute its resort rooms through LeisureLink's ABetterStay.com network. READ MORE>>.

Teresis Adds To Board

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Teresis is angel backed by the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Gains Distributor

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Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. GTP Travel Group automated group booking of travel, including hotels and buses. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Claims Customer Success

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According to LeisureLink, Kees is using the firm's booking system on a network of web sites for 22 resorts that it manages. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Further Expands Distribution Partners

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Financial details on the deals were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Signs Vast.com

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink is reporting today that it has partnered with vertical search provider Vast.com. READ MORE>>.

X1 Technologies Finds Asian Distributor

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X1 said that Shepard will represent the firm's Enterprise Search Solutions in Singapore and elsewhere in South Asia. The firm is backed by Idealab.

LeisureLink Ties With Kayak, NexTag

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Details of the partnerships were not disclosed by the company. READ MORE>>.

XCast Labs Signs Two Customers

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XCast is venture backed by Siemer and Associates, Frontera Capital and the Pasadena Angels. Bryer Communications and Florida Cable as customers.

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>>.

Fisker Automotive Gains Dealers

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The dealers include locations nationwide, and include dealers in San Diego, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Orange County. READ MOR

LeisureLink Gets $6.2M

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink has closed on $6.2M in a first tranche of additional funding for the travel firm, the company disclosed today.

X1 Gains Third Patent

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , a developer of enterprise and PC search software, has scored a new patent from the U.S. The U.S. READ MORE>>.

MyShape Launches Fashion Guide

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Pasadena-based MyShape , the venture backed, online clothing retailer focused on matching women to clothing based on body shape and measurements, said today it has launched a new feature focused on providing fashion advice. READ MORE>>.

X1 Eyes eDiscovery Market

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The firm said the new product is focused on information management and identification for the eDiscovery market. The new software starts at $20,000.

XCast Labs Adds Videomail Support For Blackberry

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The service is part of the company's software-as-a-service, IP-PBX and related offerings. READ MORE>>.

DoE Selects Two SoCal Firms For Solar Program

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The two local firms are International Solar Electric Technology , which is based in Chatsworth, and TiSol , which is based in Pasadena. The U.S.

X1 Technologies Gains New Funding, CEO

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Size of the new investment round in the firm was not disclosed by the company. X1 did not say if prior investor U.S. READ MORE>>.

X1 Technologies Updates Software

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Among the updates is a new release of its X1 Profesisonal Client software, and a new versino of its connector to the Symantec Enterprise Vault product.

MyShape Picks Up $10.5M

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Pasadena-based MyShape , the personalized fashion retailer run by Louise Wannier, has raised $10.5M in a new round of equity funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Wednesday. The filing says the fundraising is part of a nearly $12.1M round. READ MORE>>.

Teledyne Powers NASA Moon Mapping Effort

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The Moon Mineralogy Mapper was built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. READ MORE>>.

eSolar Names New CEO

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Pasadena-based eSolar , a developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has appointed John Van Scoter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Van Scoter was most recently at Texas Instruments Alternative Energy Strategy, and has a 25-year career at Texas Instruments. READ MORE>>.

eSolar Adds Former First Solar COO To Board

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the Idealab startup developing solar thermal power plant technology, said today that it has added George (Chip) A. Hambro, the retired Chief Operating Officer of First Solar, to its board of directors. Hambro was at First Solar for eight years, through its IPO. Hambro has also served at Goodrich Aerospace and ITT.

MyShape Promotes VP

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Pasadena-based myShape , a venture-funded e-commerce site focused on personalized fashions for women, said this week that it has promoted Louise Tobia to Senior Vice President, Merchandising. The firm said that Tobia previously served at Robinson-May/Meier & Frank, and has over 25 years of experience. READ MORE>>.

Central Desktop Links To Authentication Service

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Pasadena-based Central Desktop has linked its software-as-a-service, project management tools to Internet identity services provider TriCipher, the firm announced today. Central Desktop said the link with TriCipher's myOneLogin allows users to gain additional authentication and protection against password attacks. READ MORE>>.

JPL Technology Gets New Life In Micron Spinoff

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Aptina Imaging, which is based in San Jose, is based on technology developed at JPL by Pasadena-based Photobit , which was acquired by Micron in November of 2001.

Zubican Acquired By Inuvo

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Zubican was backed by $1.3M in seed funding from the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels. Los Angeles-based Zubican , an online business-to-business marketplace, has been acquired by Inuvo, a Florida-based provider of performance-based online marketing services, Inuvo announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Central Desktop Goes Live With Zoho

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Pasadena-based Central Desktop , the developer of online project management software headed by Isaac Garcia, has gone live with the firm's new integration with Zoho Spreadsheets tool. The firm said the spreadsheet support went live this week. Central Desktop had announced the move in early October. READ MORE>>.