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Mission Ventures' Lee Departs For Stealth Startup

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Jeff Lee , a senior associate at San Diego- and Los Angeles-based Mission Ventures , has quietly left the firm to head up a newly founded, stealth startup, according to Lee's LinkedIn profiles and bounced emails to his Mission Ventures address. mission ventures jeffrey associate startup executive

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. It brings together events and content for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. It brings together events and content for Los Angeles.

Swagbucks Buys Sodahead

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Los Angeles-based prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , said this morning that it has acquired Sodahead , the online polling and discussion platform founded by Jason Feffer. Prodege is venture backed by Technology Crossover Ventures. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Ties With Software Firm

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LeisureLink said that InnQuest's system is used in more than 4,500 properties in more than 90 countries. READ MORE>>.

FastPoint Games Shuts Down

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Los Angeles-bsaed Fastpoint Games , the online fantasy game development shop headed by Kelly Perdew, has shut down, according to a notice on the firm's site. Fastpoint had been venture backed by Mission Ventures and DFJ Dragon Fund, Allen & Co. The company was originally known as Rotohog. READ MORE>>.

Image Metrics Buys Big Stage

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Big Stage, which was once known as Clone, was venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels. Santa Monica-based Image Metrics , a developer of facial animation technology, announced Thursday morning that it has acquired Big Stage , the developer of avatar creation software.

Fastpoint Games Acquired By Weplay

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Santa Monica-based Fastpoint Games , the developer of virtual fantasy sports games which was headed by Kelly Perdew, has been sold to Los Angeles-based WePlay , Weplay announced Monday. Fastpoint Games was venture backed by Allen & Co., Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capital investors invested $21.8

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles. Challenge #3 – There Needs to Be More Institutional Capital in Los Angeles.

After Long Road, Greenplum (Metapa) Acquired By EMC

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The acquisition is the end of a long road for Greenplum--originally based in Sherman Oaks--and its investors, which includes San Diego's Mission Ventures. Greenplum , a software firm developing database clustering software used for the data warehousing business, has been acquired by EMC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LeisureLink Raises $3.5M

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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. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

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

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For our insights and opinions section today, we're featuring a recent podcast by Frank Peters, of the Frank Peters Show , and an angel investor. What's going on in venture capital in San Diego? And how will the changing venture economy affect angel investors? Listen. More Insights and Opinions on socalTECH.com.

Rotohog Becomes FastPoint Games

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Los Angeles-based Rotohog , the online games developer headed by Kelly Perdew, has renamed itself FastPoint Games , according to the firm. According to Perdew, FastPoint has repositioned itself as a company focused on building live, data-driven, multi-platform games for clients to engage, reward and monetize their audience. READ MORE>>.

Access 360 Media Raises $12M More

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Access 360 Media , a New York-based digital advertising firm with operations in Los Angeles, said Wednesday that it has raised $12M more in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Columbia Capital, and also included prior investor Mission Ventures. 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>>.

SodaHead.com Trumpets User Wins

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Los Angeles-based online social question and answer site Sodahead.com said today that the firm has reached more than 1 million registered users at the site. Sodahead.com was co-founded by Jason Feffer, who was VP of Operations at MySpace. READ MORE

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

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Feffer was previously an executive at MySpace, and SodaHead is backed by MDV Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Mission Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3

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Venture capital investments in Southern California in Q3 totaled to $464.18M, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA Money Tree Report this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion invested in 780 venture capital deals for Q3. Nationwide, there was $4.8 billion invested in the region.

Big Stage Entertainment Raises $2.7M

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment is announcing this morning that it has raised an additional $2.7M in a Series B funding for the firm. According to the company, the funding came from Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Tags: capital venture entertainment stage READ MORE>>.

Rotohog Gets $2M More

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Los Angeles-based Rotohog , a developer of online fantasy sports games, has raised $2.0M in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. RotoHog has previously raised funding from Allen & Company, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures, and SCP Worldwide. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Signs Destination Rewards

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The company is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, the Pasadena Angels, the Tech Coast Angels, and others. Pasadena-based LeisureLink has signed on a loyalty and incentive company, Destination Rewards, as part of its travel services, the firm said earlier this week. READ MORE

Rotohog Raises $2M

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Los Angeles-based Rotohog , which develops fantasy sports games for sports leagues and others, has raised $2M in an inside round led by Mission Ventures and DFJ DragonFund. Tags: sports rotohog venture capital fantasy Rotohog powers fantasy sports for the NBA, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, and others. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Hires VP

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Big Stage Entertainment is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels and based on technology spun out of the University of Southern California. Big Stage said that Barry joins the firm from SK Telecom, where he was Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy.

Webtide Acquired By Intalio

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Los Angeles-based Webtide , which develops the popular Jetty Application Server for the Java programming language, has been acquired by Intalio.

RotoHog Unveils Four New Games

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , the developer of online fantasy sports and entertainment games, said last night that it has launched four new partner games. The company is backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. All of the games are based on RotoHog's SCP platform. READ MORE>>.

And Then There Were Three: RealD Hits Markets Today

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With the IPO of Los Angeles-based RealD , which starts trading this morning on the NYSE as RLD, Southern California now has three successful IPOs on record. RealD said last night that it had priced its IPO at $16.00, and is selling 12.5M shares of its common stock.

Rotohog Wins Baseball, World Cup Deals

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , the online fantasy sports software firm headed by Kelly Perdew, has scored a number of recent deals, the firm told its supporters recently in an email. Rotohog is backed by Mission Ventures and DFJ DragonFund. Financial details of those deals was not announced by the company. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Launches Game With US Weekly

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , the online fantasy game developer run by Kelly Perdew , said this week that it is in a strategic partnership with US Weekly. The firm said it is launching a "Celebrity Fantasy League" game on US Weekly's web site. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Targets Content Creators

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops avatar creation technology for turning photos into animated, 3-D likenesses, said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new effort targeted training content creators on the firm's products. Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels.

SodaHead Partners With Technorati

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Los Angeles-based Sodahead , the online question and answer site backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, said Monday that it has tied together in a strategic partnership with Technorati. Financial details of the partnership were ot disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Hits The iPhone

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , a venture-backed startup developing 3D animation technology used to create avatars, said this morning that the firm has created a new application which works on the Apple iPhone. Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels.

Big Stage Adds Animated Avatars Into Skype

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Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and Tech Coast Angels, and is based on technology developed at the University of Southern California. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Licenses Technology To Virtual World

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Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D, avatar creation technology, has signed on a virtual world as a licensee of its technology. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Wins Sporting News

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , which develops fantasy sports games, announced Monday that the firm has signed on Sporting news, to create fantasy games for the brand. RotoHog is headed by Kelly Perdew, and is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

RotoHog, RazorGator Partner

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , a developer of fantasy sports games, disclosed this morning that it has signed an exclusive partnership with RazorGator. RazorGator is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. 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>>.

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , which operates online sports fantasy games, said today that the firm is in a partnership with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour on a new fantasy game. RotoHog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. READ MORE>>.

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

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Encino-based SodaHead.com , the venture backed, online questions-and-answers site, has swizzled its web site, saying this week that it has redesigned its site to make it easier for its users to find topics. READ MORE>>.