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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? 

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.

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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>>.

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

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.

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>>.

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

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.

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.

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>>.

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.

Boingo Extends VPN Support To Windows, Mac

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The new feature helps users protect themselves from possible security issues when using wireless networks. READ MORE>>.

Tech Coast Angels Top Angel Group Investments In First Half

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Those deals included investments in such firms as. Garden Organics, SignNow, AnyMeeting, Nanoogo and mSIGNIA. READ MORE>>.

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.

Hurricane Sandy Provides More Woes For Fisker Automotive

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It looks like Hurricane Sandy didn't limit its damage to the East Coast. photo of the destroyed cars was posted by Jalopnik. READ MORE>>.

Fisker Automotive Offers Up Parking Lot For Hurricane Recovery

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Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive has a factory in Delaware--a former plant for GM--working on its future electric vehicles. READ MORE>>.

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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>>.

Boingo Wins Dallas Love Field

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Boingo Wireless , the Wi-Fi hotspot network operator, has scored a win at the Dallas Love Field airport, the company said today. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

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.

LA’s Chewse Joins 500 Startups | A Better Marketplace For Us To Easily Order Great Food

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500 Startups fifth accelerator batch is a selection of international startups with 15 percent of the total originating outside the U.S.

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?

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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?

Miro Technologies Acquired By Boeing

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Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Miro becomes part of Boeing's Defense, Space & Security arm. READ MORE>>.

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.

SpaceX Dragon Returns Successfully From ISS

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

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>>.

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?