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How Enervee Is Making Shopping For Products Energy Smart, with Matthias Kurwig

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If so, how do you figure out what the better choice is when you're making those purchase decisions? What is Enervee? Where did the idea come from?

StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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Children that have iPads, and a need for great content to interact with on those iPads that meet the tough standards of Gregg and Evan Spiridellis.

Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

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Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next?  Do potential investors’ eyes glaze over when you get beyond the quick, punchy one liner and try to REALLY describe your company?  Successful fundraisers tell a complete, engaging story and close the deal. Malauzai is an example of a company that tells its’ story well.  The bigger story? 

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Discount your projections. Make surprises positive.

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Lots of people do or will depend upon your leadership in driving growth, stability, and profitability. Email readers, continue here.] 

Arborbridge Helps International Students With Test Prep

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Hoping to help foreign students better prepare themselves to get into U.S. colleges, a new, Santa Monica startup, ArborBridge , has recently begun to ramp up its online tutoring service for the standardized SAT and ACT tests. READ MORE>>. arborbridge international test prep testing standardized college university admissions

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm

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Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. , the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximately half in cash and 40M in shares. Lucasfilm owns the rights to Star Wars. READ MORE>>.

Mix and Mingle | LA Startups Shows Some Bite

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If you weren’t able to make it out to Wokcano to mix and mingle with the hottest startups this week, you missed out.

Decoding The Science Behind The Laughs, With Daniel Altman of Laffster

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One of the major growth areas along Silicon Beach has been in the whole area of creating content for digital platforms. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

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Unusual Perk For SoCal Technology Firm: Unlimited, Paid Vacation

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In what might be one of the more unusual perks for a Southern California high tech company, LRN , a developer of enterprise compliance and ethics software, has an unlimited, paid vacation policy. The firm's policy recently came to light in a WSJ article. READ MORE>>. legal compliance software enterprise vacation benefits employee recruiting

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Social Media Breakfast Los Angeles | More Then Just Breakfast

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It’s oh so quiet on the early morning streets of Beverly Hills. Come eat, network and learn — all before the work day starts.

Accelerator To Exit In 14 Months, With Eli Portnoy of ThinkNear

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There's been a sudden surge in accelerator in Southern California, looking to help get startups off the ground and funded. But, do they really help?

Lowercase Capital Boots Up New LA Investment Fund

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The news came at a PandoDaily event Thursday evening. Sacca did not say how large of a fund he is dedicating to Los Angeles investments. READ MORE>>.

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

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If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result.

Friday Tech Video Roundup for Southern California for November 2, 2012

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Pitch video for Chewse. Laffster's Mock The Vote Demo. Video demo of Laffster's Mock The Vote political news app. Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland.

Red 5 Studios Lands $15M More

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Aliso Viejo-based videogame developer Red 5 Studios has just raised $15M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company.

BeachFront Media Adds Windows 8 Support

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Burbank-based Beachfront Media , the firm which operates the MeFeedia video discovery site, has upgraded its tools and platform to support Windows 8. The firm said it now supports Windows 8 App creation, deployment, and management via its Beachfront Builder tool. BeachFront is headed by Frank Sinton. READ MORE>>.

Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series

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Amazon Studios , the content production arm of Amazon.com, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjamin Roy, the writers behind the web series The Grawlix. READ MORE>>.

NewEgg Kicks Off Early Holiday Shopping Season

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NewEgg also launched sales on November 1st last year. READ MORE>>. newegg sales holiday black friday november christmas ecommerce

The Resumator Gets $2.1M From Rincon

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Rincon Venture Partners , the Santa Barbara-based venture capital fund run by Jim Andelman , John Greathouse , and Brian Kelly , has led the investment in a developer of social recruiting software tools for companies, The Resumator. Resumator develops social media recruiting tools, which helps startups find and recruit employees. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

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You've got your elevator pitch, but how much are you really engaging potential investors? Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next?

This Halloween Share Photos With Tapshare & Earn Equity

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Co-founders Myke Armstrong and Jacob Fatoorechi have today launched Tapshare, an app to allow one share their photos instantly and earn equity as well.

Chewse Joins 500 Startups

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Silicon valley startup incubator program 500 Startups announced its latest batch of startups Wednesday, with a surprise: a local, Santa Monica firm among the fifth batch of companies being backed by the accelerator. Chewse was founded by Tracy Lawrence and Jeff Schenck. Schenck was formerly at Adly. READ MORE>>.

NantWorks' Firm Tensorcom Ships Wireless Chip

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Tensorcom , one of the companies which is part of NantWorks, the technology development firm owned by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has demonstrated a ultra low power, high speed multi-gigabit wireless chip. The chip, which is aimed at mobile devices, transmits data at 2.5 READ MORE>>.

MINDBODY Raises $35M

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As part of the funding, MINDBODY said that Norm Fogelsong of IVP has joined the company's board of directors. READ MORE>>.

Invested.in Gets $830K More In Seed Funding

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Invested.in , the developer of a web-based platform for crowdfunding which is part of AmplifyLA, is announcing today that it has raised $830,000 more in a seed funding round. The round was led by Kamran Pourzanjani, the founder of PriceGrabber who is now head of Bestcovery. Invested.in, which is based in Los Angeles, is headed by Alon Goren.

Silicon Beach Fest is Back!

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Who ever said you can only have a beach fest in the summer? This is an event you will not want to miss! Interested in applying to an accelerator?

Nanoogo Gets Funding To Spur Creativity In Kids

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Nanoogo , an online service focused on helping encourage creativity in kids, has scored a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels, according to a report today from the group. Size and timing of the round was not announced. The firm was one of a number, previously unannounced investments by the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Science Inc.'s New TripleThread Brings Work Style To Men

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The latest startup out of Los Angeles-based startup studio/incubator Science, Inc. launched today, aiming initially at providing men with work-appropriate clothes delivered monthly. The service is the first from TripleThread, which is aiming its service at brick and mortar retailers looking to offer services to consumers at home. READ MORE>>.

DogVacay Launches Pack Leader Program

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DogVacay , the online peer-to-peer marketplace which lets people find and offer up pet sitting services, is recruiting its pet sitters to help market the service with a new program. DogVacay is venture funded by Science Inc., Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Quest Venture Partners, Baroda Ventures, and a number of angels. READ MORE>>.

Adhesive Games Gets $18M For Massively Multiplayer Game

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Adhesive Games , the Alhambra-based, independent game publishing studio which is part of Meteor Entertainment has just scored a big, $18M funding round from Rustic Canyon Partners , Chinese game publisher KongZhong, and others to help bring its first title to market, Hawken. Adhesive and Meteor are looking to launch Hawken in December. READ MORE>>.

Stacking Up Southern California's Cheap/Free 4G Wireless Providers

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A number of services have emerged in Southern California in the last few months, offering up free, or very inexpensive, 4G wireless connections.

Club W Doubles Down On Accelerators With Investment From 500Startups

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500Startups said that ClubW--founded by Xander Oxman, Mark Lynn, Geoff McFarlane--was selected as part of its fifth class of accelerator companies.

GRP Partners Hits $148.6M In New Fund, GRP IV

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The regulatory filing indicates GRP has raised $148.6M in committments for the $200M fund, which is still open to investors. READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Dragon Returns Successfully From ISS

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully touched down at 12:22 p.m. READ MORE>>.