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Nine Startup Tips From Michael Dell


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Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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” Who is Stephan Paternot, and why is his advice so relevant? Just ask anyone who rose and fell with the Internet bubble. Is Paternot jaded?

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CitySourced Heads To Hawaii


The app runs on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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American Immigration: The Invisible Wall to Innovation

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SAIL Venture Partners Extends To Canada


SAIL said that the move comes as part of a joint venture with a Canadian subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. READ MORE>>.

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount


Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. EdgeCast said it added more than a thousand customers in 2011, including such sites as DailyMotion, Imgur, and posterous. READ MORE>>.

Fisker Debuts In Canada


Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive , the heavily backed, electric vehicle manufacturer, said today that it has entered into the Canadian market.

Hulu Plans Super Bowl Push


Los Angeles-based Hulu said Tuesday that it is planning a big push of its Hulu Plus subscription service, with a Super Bowl XLVI advertising campaign.

Fandango To Debut Super Bowl Ad


Fandango said that the SuperBowl advertisment will feature a tag which links viewers to its mobile apps. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Gets $15M For Sales Lead Software


Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of leads management software headed by Nick Hedges, said this morning that it has raised $15M in new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital, and also included Rustic Canyon Partners. Leads360's software is used for managing and tracking sales leads. READ MORE>>.

JustEnough Gets Customer


Newport Beach-based JustEnough Software , a developer of a cloud-based app for managing customer demand and inventory planning, said this morning that it has been selected by a retailer. According to the company, Journelle is using its products for forecasting customer demand, planning inventory, and optimizing purchasing. READ MORE>>.

Machinima, Lionsgate Renew Deal


Machinima , the online video entertainment firm focused on gamers, and studio Lionsgate , said today the two have renewed a deal around Machinima's zombie comedy series "Bite Me." Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The companies said the first season of the series had 14 million views. READ MORE>>.

Steamboat Ventures Cuts US Investment Efforts


In yet more attrition from Southern California's venture capital ranks, Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, looks to have sharply pulled back on its U.S. investment efforts. According to the firm's website, it has trimmed its list of Managing Directors in the U.S. to just one person, Scott Hillboe.

Platinum Equity Sells Portfolio Firm Canvas Systems


Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has sold one of its portfolio companies, Canvas Systems , a supplier of refurbished IT hardware and services. Canvas Systems was sold to electronics distributor Avnet. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Platinum Equity had acquired Canvas Systems in April of 2009. READ MORE>>.

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Babysitting Service UrbanSitter


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is backing the developer of a service which uses parents' social graphs to help connect them with babysitters. Rustic Canyon's Neil Hansch was involved in the deal, and will join the company's board along with Rob Hayes of First Round. READ MORE>>.

Guidance Software Expands Cloud Support


Pasadena-based Guidance Software , which develops digital forensics software and tools, said today that it has expanded its cloud-based data collection support. Guidance Software's products are used to manage electronic discovery of email and other corporate data. READ MORE>>. guidance software legal discovery cloud search

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Steven Kydd apparently are all leaving Demand Media for "other opportunities." READ MORE>>.

Cocodot Shifts Into Jewelry, Gifts


It's unclear when the shift happened, although the company just began emailing users about its various products today. READ MORE>>.

StockTwits Ties With Investor Relations Web Developer


San Diego-based StockTwits , the online, finance-focused messaging service, said today that it has partnered with Q4 Web Systems , a developer of corporate websites and social media products for public companies. The two said that Q4 will integrate StockTwits products and services as part of its offering for public companies. READ MORE>>.

TigerText Pounces On $8.2M


Santa Monica-based TigerText , a startup providing secure mobile messaging services for healthcare companies, announced today that it has raised $8.2M in a second round of funding. The round was led by Easton Capital and New Science Ventures. Standard text-messaging does not meet privacy requirements for healthcare. READ MORE>>.

CallSource Sells Multifamily Division To Former Homestore Exec


Westlake Village-based CallSource , which develops leads management software, has sold off one of its divisions, CallSource Multifamily, to an entrepreneur who was previously a Vice President at Mueller had been EVP of's SpringStreet division, which was previously before being acquired by

Shopatron Signs Bosch Appliances


San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , the provider of e-commerce software for brands, reported Tuesday that it has signed a partnership with appliance firm Bosch Home Appliances. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Shopatron's software then connects consumers with a local retailer for delivery or pickup. READ MORE>>.

Central Desktop Claims Growth In Staff, Customers


Los Angeles-based CEntral Desktop , the developer of online project and collaboration software which is headed by Isaac Garcia, claimed yesterday that it has seen growth in both its employees and customers last year. The company said it grew its staff by 43 percent in 2011, and increased its enterprise customer base by 41 percent. READ MORE>>.

InTouch Health Gains $6M From iRobot


Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health , a developer of remote presence technology and robotics for the healthcare market, has scored a $6M investment from iRobot. iRobot said the investment gives it a minority position in InTouch, and is an expansion of a joint development and licensing agreement between the two companies. READ MORE>>.

GraphEffect Taps Social Media Experts For Advisory Board


Santa Monica-based GraphEffect , which develops social marketing software, is tapping a bank of experts in the social media industry for its advisory board, the company announced today. GraphEffect said it has added Paul Ollinger, J.B. Kropp and Hari Menon to the advisory board. READ MORE>>.

OpenX Names Enterprise GM


Los Angeles-based OpenX. the developer of online ad serving software, said today that it has named Eric Rosenthal as the firm's General Manager of its Enterprise business. Rosenthal was previously at AOL, serving as VP of National Sales. Presidio Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. READ MORE>>. advertising online executive openx

MomentFeed Partners With Foursquare


Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the location analytics and marketing software development firm headed by Rob Reed, said today that it has partnered with location check-in company Foursquare. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. MomentFeed's software is being used to manage, parse, and analyze location-based activity for companies.

Ceres Expected To Hit Market Feb 9th


Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , which develops specialized seeds for the biofuels industry, is planning to hit the market on February 9th, according to the NASDAQ IPO calendar. Ceres recently estimated its IPO pricing at between $21.00 and $23.00 per share. If successful, the offering will raise $132.25M for the company. READ MORE>>.

StyleHaul Raises $4.4M


Los Angeles-based StyleHaul , an online video network focused on fashion and beauty, said today that it has raised $4.4M in a Series A funding round.

TextPower Signs Electric Utility


TextPower was founded by Scott Goldman and Mark Nielsen. The Goldman Group. READ MORE>>. textpower messaging communications wireless