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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.

Building Value in a Company

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 [Editor’s Comment] In a previous post, we mentioned recently meeting Dr. Tom McKaskill (aka Dr. Exit) and were impressed with the vast knowledge and wisdom he’s shared over the years with entrepreneurs and startup companies around the world. Beginning with today’s post, we’d like to welcome Tom as a regular contributor. 

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

Accessing Government Funding for Research

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- "Accessing Government Funding for Research: Partnering for Success in Challenging Economic Times" Southern California Biomedical Council. Numerous U.S. government agencies provide funds, such as SBIR and STTR grants, to small biotech and medical device firms in support of their RandD and commercialization activities.

How to Pick a Partner

Alon Schwartz

Last night Jason Nazar, my partner and CEO of Docstoc hosted a session on 10 mistakes people make when starting a business. The event was greatly received and I believe was very helpful. In the Q&A session someone asked about how to split equity between partners. Having the right partner can greatly help at challenging times like equity splits.

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How to Pick a Partner

Alon Schwartz

Last night Jason Nazar, my partner and CEO of Docstoc hosted a session on 10 mistakes people make when starting a business. The event was greatly received and I believe was very helpful. In the Q&A session someone asked about how to split equity between partners. Having the right partner can greatly help at challenging times like equity splits.

Zag Raises Funding

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The spokesperson for Zag said that the firm is "not quite ready to make that announcement" and would not releas details until later. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

Overland Looks Toward Services, Creates Solutions Group

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San Diego-based Overland Storage is looking beyond hardware, and into services, saying Thursday that it has created a new Solution Engineering Group.

mEgo Raises $2.5M

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The angels involved in the new funding round were not disclosed. mEgo is the brainchild of co-CEOs Julia Johnston and Ariel McNichol. READ MORE>>.

NonStop Riot Gets Series B

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Hollywood-based NonStop Riot said Wednesday that the firm has raised a Series B funding round from North Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

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The gift accounts will cost $50, and allow recipients to gain access to the site's additional features. READ MORE>>.

Abraxis BioScience Names VP

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Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience announced this morning that it has named Lex H.T. READ MORE>>.

QLogic Targets Infiniband

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Aliso Viejo-based Qlogic said Tuesday that it is targeting the Infiniband market with a new channel program. READ MORE>>.

Nirvanix Taps Storage Veteran For Sales

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San Diego-based Nirvanix has hired on a storage veteran as VP of Sales, saying today that Joseph Lyons has joined the firm. READ MORE>>.

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Geni, Yammer Both Raise Funding

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The details of the Geni funding were first reported by PEHub; with details on Yammer's latest round reported on TechCrunch this morning. READ MORE>>.

Sony Online Entertainment Buys Game Studio

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Octopi is based in Tucson, Arizona. Financial terms of the deal, which closed Friday, were not announced. READ MORE>>.

AWR Acquires Simulation Software Firm

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AWR said it has acquired Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc. STAAR), which is based in Mequon, Wisconsin. READ MORE>>.

Active Network Buys ReserveAmerica

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San Diego-based Active Network, which operates a network of online sites focused on community and sports organizations, has acquired ReserveAmerica, a provider of campground reservations, owned by IAC. According to IAC and Active, IAC will sell 100% of its capital stock in ReserveAmerica Holdings, Ltd. to Active in exchange for approximately 3.5

OCTANe's Augusta To Leave

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Orange County's effort to boost startup and high tech companies, OCTANe, is losing its President and CEO, Gary Augusta, and has retained an executive search firm to find a replacement, the group said Thursday. Augusta will continue to serve as CEO until a new CEO is found.

SkinMedica Files Patent Lawsuit

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San Diego-based SkinMedica, which develops cosmeceuticals for the skin care market, said today that it has filed a patent and trade secret action against competitors Histogen,Inc., Histogen Aesthetics, LLC, and Dr. Gail Naughton, founder, President, and CEO of Histogen. Patents 6,372,494 and 7,118,746.

Autobytel Abandons Sale Efforts

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Irvine-based Autobytel said late Thursday that it is ending its "evaluation of strategic alternatives" and a possible sale of the firm. According to the firm, the firm has concluded that "shareholder value would not be maximixed by a sale of the company" in the current market. READ MORE

DOMAINfest Global

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- DOMAINfest Global. DOMAINfest offers an agenda designed for advanced and intermediate/beginner domain investors. Discussions will include finance, buildouts, corporate branding, regulatory environment and the aftermarket. See [link] (more

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Venture Capital Outlook 2009

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Venture Capital Outlook 2009. San Diego Venture Group. How will these shifts influence the venture capital landscape? What industries will be winners in the venture capital sweepstakes, and which will find the well dry? See [link] (more

Accessing SBIR/STTR Funding for Research

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- SoCalBio Workshop on Accessing SBIR/STTR Funding for Research. Attend this workshop to sharpen your grant-writing skills and learn how to tap various government funding opportunities from such sources as the NIH, NSF, DoD and Energy Department, to support your RandD efforts. See [link] (more

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link].

Qualcomm Snags Exec From Handango

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced Thursday afternoon that it has hired on Bill Stone as Senior Vice President and President of the firm's FLO TV unit. Stone was most recently CEO of mobile content developer Handango, and has also served at GTE Wireless, AirTouch Cellular, Vodafone, Verizon and Amp'd Mobile. Stone replaces Gina Lombardi.

Access 360, Endemol Partner On Series

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Los Angeles-based Access 360 and production company Endemol USA said Thursday that the two firms have partnered on a new series, which will run on Access 360's media network. Access 360, develops content for in-store, retail media displays for retailers such as f.y.e., READ MORE>>.

Jazz Semiconductor Expands In Korea

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Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor, which is now a subsidiary of Israeli firm Tower Semiconductor, announced Thursday that the firm is expanding its business presence and activity in Korea. According to the firm, it has appointed a new Korea Country Manager, Michael Song, to manage the firm's operations in the area.

CalAmp Links With Jasper Wireless

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Oxnard-based CalAmp, a developer of wireless products and services, said Thursday that it has linked with Jasper Wireless, a provider of services for the wireless market. According to CalAmp, the deal will expand the service area of its mobile asset tracking business across Europe and the Americas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Veoh Spins Browser Add-On

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San Diego- and Los Angeles- based video sharing site Veoh Networks is looking to have users continually view and find videos on the site in their web browser, saying today that it has rolled out a new web browser add-on. The firm's new software will also provide video recommendations based on the viewing behavior of other online video users.

KlickSports.com Debuts Sports Prediction Site

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Los Angeles-based KlickSports has quietly launched a new, online sports game focused on allowing sports fan to make predictions and interact with others. KlickSports--which has scored $1.2M in angel funding--uses technology to let fans make predictions on sports plays, and tracks those predictions as part of brand promotions. READ MORE>>.

Axikin Pharmaceuticals Gets $3M

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San Diego-based Axikin Pharmaceuticals, a new startup focused on small molecule therapeutics for respiratory and inflammatory disease, announced Thursday that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The company, which is a spinout of Actimis, said the funding was led by Sanderling Ventures, and also included Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners.

Digital LA - Digital Drinks

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 -- Digital LA - Digital Drinks. For our next Digital Drinks, we're heading to celeb oasis Coco de Ville, next to STK on LaCienega. Relax with drinks in the multi-colored lounge as we chat all things digital and entertainment, and Sundance stories. See [link] (more