Sat.May 16, 2009 - Fri.May 22, 2009

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Outsourcing Web Development & Businesses - Startups Uncensored #7

Jason Nazar

We are joined this month by James Siminoff , founder/CEO of PhoneTag and Aaron Hawkey co-founder and CTO of Cramster.  00pm on, Reception. Cost: FREE.

San Diego Gas and Electric Partners With Google PowerMeter

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Google said that its widgets are only available to a limited group of partners, but will roll out more widely later this year with other partners.

Twitter Revenue from Tools

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Just read this article - Twitter sees tools, not ads, for revenue That could be really bad news. Part of the appeal of twitter is that it's a fairly open platform and that there are a lot of people building tools that live on top of the platform. In fairness, I often go back and forth on Twitter. Curious any thoughts.

Navigating the Challenges of Effective Outsourcing – Startup Uncensored #7

Alon Schwartz

Do’s and don’ts of outsourcing. Top mistakes people do when outsourcing. What can and should you outsource? Architecture? Support? Content creation?

Collections on Docstoc

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Just released a KILLER new feature today on Docstoc where we feature Collections of documents around different topics. 

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Websense Links With Riverbed

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San Diego-based web security firm Websense has tied with WAN acceleration firm Riverbed Technologies , the two said Thursday. According to the companies, they will offer Websense's web security products combined with WAN optimization products from Riverbed. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Brian Nilles, Evolver

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Last week, Aliso Viejo-based Darwin Dimensions rolled out Evolver (www.evolver.com), an online tool for creating highly detailed avatars. Tell us about the company and how started? Brian Nilles: In December, I left Vicon as Chief Executive Officer after being there for ten years. make a bad guy, make a pretty girl, etc.--all billion in 2009. Thanks!

ValueClick, Specific Media Rise In Ad Network Rankings

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Two local online advertising businesses--Westlake Village-based ValueClick , and Irvine-based Specific Media --are showing growth in the latest comScore ranking of advertising networks. The two are just behind Google, which had 164.5M uniques for April.

WD Sells Factory

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Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. reported today that it has agreed to sell the assets of its media substrate manufacturing facility in Sarawak, Malaysia to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. According to WD, the sale is part of an effort by the firm to "realign its cost structure" to match softer demand for its products.

Quartics Raises $13.3M

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fundraising, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. Details on the new funding have not yet been released by the firm. READ MORE>>.

Ripple Bolsters Board With Media Execs

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El Segundo-based out-of-home advertising firm Ripple TV said today that it has added two media executives to the firm's board of directors.

OCTANe Finds New President and CEO

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According to OCTANe, it has named Matthew Jenusaitis as the next president and CEO of the group. and Baxter Healthcare. READ MORE>>.

Loop'd Network Gains $800K

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San Diego-based Loop'd Network , an online site focused on action sports, announced this morning that it has raised $800,000 in additional funding.

Newegg Sues Kohl's Over Trademark

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Nirvanix Names New Engineering VP

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San Diego-based cloud storage services provider Nirvanix reported Tuesday that it has hired Chris Russell as vice president of engineering.

Bid4Spots Extends Into Cable TV

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Bid4Spots said that it will launch an online auction on Thursdays, to allow cable systems to compete for advertising. READ MORE>>.

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Abraxis Names VP

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Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience , a biotech firm focused on treatments for cancer, said Friday that it has hired on Marty J. Duvall as the firm's Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and International Commercial Operations. Duvall joins the firm from MOrphotek, and has also previously served at MGI PHARMA and Sanofi-Aventis.

ISWest Partners With Local Technology Provider

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Agoura Hills-based web hosting and colocation provider ISWest reported this week that it has linked with Third Wave Technology Services, a provider of technology services in the Los Angeles area. According to the two firms, ISWest has deployed several colocation projects for Third Wave's clients in its data centers.

FastSoft Updates Product Line

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Pasadena-based FastSoft , the Caltech spinout developing Internet acceleration devices, disclosed earlier this week that it has rolled out a new product. The firm said its new E Series EX accelerator now supports 10Gbps throughput, and accelerates TCP traffic 2 to 5 times. Pricing on the new product was not released. READ MORE>>.

TCVN: Early Capital Sources

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- TCVN: Early Capital Sources. Raising money is a must for start-ups and the growth of their businesses. We will also explore a dozen other funding sources that may be the best way to launch or fund your business. See [link] (more

Shaking the MoneyTree

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- LAVA hosts PricewaterhouseCoopers' Shaking the MoneyTree. Please join LAVA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and a distinguished panel of industry experts and local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q1 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson Reuters.

Bio-Aesthetic Medicine

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- Bio-Aesthetic Medicine. SoCalBio Networking Forum. This forum will focus on bio-aesthetics. See [link] (more

Bootstrapping

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- Bootstrapping: Making More Progress with Less. During past periods of significant downturn San Diego companies found ways of trimming back their activities, creating a new focus and sense of managed urgency. At the same time, they needed to find creative ways of bringing in capital to keep their companies alive.

Study: Angel Investments Drop In 2008

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The Angel Capital Association reported this week that investing activity by angel investments groups dropped by nine percent between 2008 and 2007, and 40 percent of angel groups expect overall investment to decrease again this year. Individual group totals were not broken out.

DocStoc Releases Collections

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Santa Monica-based DocStoc , the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, just released a new feature Thursday afternoon, DocStoc Collections , which allows users to create their own groupings of documents by topic. DocStoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE>>.

Roadtwip Returns

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 -- Roadtwip Returns. What if Jack Kerouac had a smart phone, Twitter, a mac book, and a video camera? This month for MOTM our very own Kurt Daradics will be sharing his sense of the emerging future after a roadtrip gone twitter across America. See [link] (more

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Novatel Wireless Adds Retired General to Board

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San Diego-based Novatel Wireless reported Wednesday that it has appointed retired U.S. Army Gen. John D. Wakelin to its board of directors, effective Monday. At SAIC, Novatel said, Wakelin oversaw various programs in large-scale computing, telecommunications systems and complex enterprise software systems for the public and private sectors.

Quest Taps Ingram Micro For Distribution

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said Thursday that it has signed on fellow Orange County firm Ingram Micro as a distributor. According to Quest, the relationship wil make it easier for its partners to purchase its software, and also increase its presence in the reseller channel. The distribution deal covers both North and Latin America.

Breach Security Gets $2.0M In Convertible Debt

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Carlsbad-based security software firm Breach Security has raised $2.0M more in a convertible debt financing, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. No details on the funding have been released. Breach has previously raised venture funding from Enterprise Partners, RBA No. 5, and Evergreen Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

NeoMend Finds $2.7M

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Irvine-based NeoMend , which is developing wound healing products, disclosed this week via a regulatory filing that it has raised $2.7M out of a $3.5M funding round for the company, consisting of a convertible note along with warrants convertible to preferred stock.

Aragon Pharmaceuticals Gets $8M

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La Jolla-based Aragon Pharmaceuticals reported Wednesday that it has raised $8M in a Series A financing. The firm, which is focused on small molecule therapeutics for treating hormone-resistant cancers, said that the financing was led by The Column Group and OrbiMed Advisors. The company said it is initially focused on prostate and breast cancer.

SEO in Your Social Media Strategy

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 -- SEO in Your Social Media Strategy. Discover how to leverage Social Media to boost your search engine rankings at this months SMCLA panel on SEO in your social media strategy: Links and Other Tactics. As an added bonus, learn about Social Media ROI from Forrester Research. See [link] (more

From Camera to YouTube

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 -- From Camera to Youtube. New Media Interchange. From Camera to YouTube" will walk you through the process of creating a New Media project from initial recording to final placement on YouTube (or other video sharing site). Bring your most pressing questions. See [link] (more