X1 Loses Competitor: Google
SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
Google's service shuts down on September 14th. Google shut down a long list of projects late Friday. READ MORE>>.
Metacloud Snags Google Exec
JANUARY 22, 2014
Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations. Metacloud said Grey had been at Google for the last decade, and also has served at Yahoo!, READ MORE>>.
Google Invests $168M In Mojave Power Plant
APRIL 11, 2011
Search engine giant Google announced Monday afternoon that it is investing $168M in a plant in Mojave. Google said it has invested over $250M in the clean energy sector. Google is also an investor in Pasadena-based eSolar, another utility-scale solar energy firm, which was spun out of Idealab.
Aptera Shuts Down
DECEMBER 2, 2011
Aptera had been backed by Esenjay Investments, Google, Idealab, The Beall Family Trust, and The Simons Family. READ MORE>>.
Aptera Considering Production Move Out Of State
MAY 18, 2011
Aptera is backed by Idealab, Google, Esenjay Investments, The Simons Family, and The Beall Family Trust. READ MORE>>.
eSolar In Deal With Sanmina-SCI
MAY 14, 2012
The company is venture backed by NRG, Google, Oak Investment Partners, Quercus Trust, Acme, and Idealab, where the company was started. Burbank-based utility-scale, solar power developer eSolar is looking to electronics contract manufacturer Sanmina SCI to optimize its component design and manufacturing, the two announced Monday.
Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012
Tech Zulu Event
MARCH 5, 2012
We’d also like to thank the Startup Weekend Global Sponsors including Amazon, Twilio, Kloudmine, Open Tok (Talk Box), Sendgrid, Microsoft, and Google.
Triptrotting Raises $1M
MARCH 8, 2012
Pasadena-based Triptrotting , which operates an online service to help connect travelers with local hosts, has raised $1M in a Series A funding, the firm said this morning.The funding came from Google Ventures, Mark Suster, 500 Startups, WI Harper, Bill Gross of Idealab, Safa Raschtchy, and Eric Chen. READ MORE>>.
Aptera Raises $9.8M
MARCH 31, 2010
Tags: aptera motors venture capital equity google idealab automobile electric hybrid
Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:
Both Sides of the Table
MARCH 11, 2011
Google was clear that they WOULD NOT go into this business. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. IdeaLab. eToys.
eSolar Names Operations VP
MARCH 25, 2010
Pasadena-based eSolar , the developer of concentrating solar thermal power plants spun out of Idealab, said today that Gary J. eSolar is backed by ACME Group, Google, Idealab, NRG, and Oak Investment Partners. Tags: esolar executive operations thermal solar energy idealab google READ MORE>>.
Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities
MAY 16, 2012
Triptrotting's founders are Aigerim Shorman and Shana Zheng, and the company is backed by Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Idealab, WI Harper Group, Golden Seeds, Seraph Group, Safa Rashtchy and other angels. Triptrotting said it now has expanded to over 2,000 cities worldwide. The company is also part of the Launchpad LA accelerator.
eSolar Takes $20M More
APRIL 19, 2010
Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal technology developer backed by Idealab, Google, Quercus Trust, ACME Group, NRG Energy, and Oak Investment Partners, has raised $20M in an unannounced funding round, according to numbers from the latest quarterly venture capital report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Aptera Pushes Back Electric Car Production
JANUARY 7, 2009
Aptera raised $24M in a Series C investment from Google, Idealab, Esenjay Investments, The Simons Family, and The Beall Family Trust back in July.
eSolar Gets 2 Gigawatt Win In China
JANUARY 9, 2010
Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal power technology firm backed by Idealab and Google, said late Friday evening that it has inked a deal with China to build at least 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar thermal power plants in that country. The firm said groundbreaking on its first, 92 megawatts will occur this year. READ MORE>>.
Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup
Both Sides of the Table
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Sam & Adam will be joined by Josh Webb who I have worked closely with and who formerly worked at Idealab. History. For the past 2.5
eSolar Hires VP Engineering
SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
Pasadena-based eSolar, the Google-backed thermal solar energy startup, is announcing today that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering, Craig Tyner, Ph.D. eSolar is backed by more than $140M in funding, from Google, Idealab, and Oak Investment Partners. READ MORE
Aptera Loses Founders
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Aptera, which is building lightweight, composite electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, is funded by Idealab and Google, among others.
Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
However, the other pieces of what we do are a somewhat evolved model similar to the early days of what Bill Gross did at Idealab. Thanks!
eSolar Names New CEO
DECEMBER 16, 2009
eSolar is venture backed by Google, Idealab, and Oak Investment Partners. Tags: esolar executive solar energy thermal idealab Pasadena-based eSolar , a developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has appointed John Van Scoter as its new Chief Executive Officer. READ MORE>>.
PostUp Launches New Twidroyd
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Pasadena-based PostUp , the Twiiter advertising firm backed by Idealab, Index Ventures, betaworks, Revolution LLC, First Round Capital, Jason Calacanis and Jeff Jarvis, said Tuesday that it has launched a new version of its Twidroyd Twitter client for Android phones. PostUp is headed by Bill Gross, founder of Idealab. READ MORE>>.
Aptera: Still Waiting On Capital From DOE
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
The firm, in an update email, said that it's challenge today is "raising sufficient capital to compete in the modern automotive market." READ MORE>>.
Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 17, 2012
Home to the Internet’s first true “accelerator,” Idealab led by Bill Gross. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.
Factual Gains Funding, Names Investors
FEBRUARY 3, 2010
Applied Semantics was the original developer of Google AdSense technology, and was purchased for pre-IPO Google stock in 2003.
How Chippmunk Hopes To Use UX To Rise Above The Coupon Crowd
JANUARY 9, 2014
One of the biggest issues, is that consumers typically find coupons through a Google search query. What is Chippmunk? Why are you different?
Factual Partners With Newsweek
JUNE 14, 2010
Gil Elbaz, who was most recently at Google, was one of the founders of Applied Semantics, a Santa Monica firm which developed Google's AdSense product.
EI Solutions Acquired By Suntech
OCTOBER 2, 2008
Pasadena-based EI Solutions, the solar power integrator arm of Idealab-backed Energy Innovations, has been acquired by a Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings. EI Solutions was a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Innovations, which is backed by Idealab, MDV Mohr, Davidow Ventures, and Westlake Venture Partners.
Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Google quickly bought AdSense in 2003 and Elbaz’s AS team became Google Santa Monica. Bill Gross – Idealab. Main menu.
eSolar Gets Focus In Solar IPO Speculation
JUNE 24, 2010
Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal technology firm backed by Idealab, Google, and others, is being eyed as the next possible solar IPO in the pipe, according to GigaOm. eSolar is heavily backed by Idealab, Google, Oak Investment Partners, Quercus Trust, NRG Energy, and others. Citing the Next Up! READ MORE>>.
UberMedia In Deal With Shopping Mall Data Provider
JANUARY 12, 2016
Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Idealab-backed company which is now working on mobile location data, has linked up with shopping mall data provider Directory of Major Malls (DMM), and business intelligence consultanty B.I. UberMedia said the data will be available to retailers in formats for Tableau, Alteryx, ArcGIS and Google Earth.
Eight Tech Gadgets To Add To Your Gifts List
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
robotics startup spun out of Idealab--uses cleaning cloths to tidy up your hard floors. Sonos Play:3. Sonos is based in Santa Barbara. 2. WD TV.
The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
There are five prominent ones in town, Launchpad, Amplify, MuckerLab, StartEngine, and IdeaLab. Share on Google+. Main menu. Deals.
Triptrotting Adds Golden Seeds, Boosts Round To $1.5M
MAY 24, 2012
The firm, which announced the first close of its Series A in March, said co-investors include Google Ventures, Idealab, LaunchpadLA, 500 Startups, WI Harper Group and individual angels. Triptrotting was founded by Aigerim Shorman and Shana Zheng. The firm is part of the LaunchpadLA accelerator. READ MORE>>.
Aptera Center Of Automobile Debate
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. READ MORE>>.
March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund
MAY 25, 2016
Consumers and you and I have been trained by Google and Amazon on expectations. What is the investment focus for this fund? That's a sea change.
Factual Launches Geo-Coded Business Dataset
SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
Elbaz was founder of Applied Semantics, which was acquired by pre-IPO Google for its AdSense technology, which became Google AdSense.
SoCal Firms In X PRIZE Auto Contest
NOVEMBER 19, 2008
The prize, which is looking to award $10M to a team which develops a 100 MPG, super fuel-efficient vehicle, said that among the 22 teams which have registered for the prize are Idealab-backed Aptera Motors, based in Carlsbad, and Santa Ana-based Kinetix Motors. The X PRIZE competition will begin in 2009, with winners awarded in 2010
Reflections on 2016: Grant Hosford, codeSpark
DECEMBER 30, 2016
Grant Hosford: My favorite consumer tech trend is voice activated assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Grant was formerly an executive at eHarmony and Idealab and lives near Pasadena with his author wife and 3 kid coders. You can see all of our holiday reflections here. What's the biggest lesson you learned this year?
Start Me Up
Ask the Angels
AUGUST 29, 2012
Walk into the airy, open-plan offices of idealab, an incubator of early-stage technology companies in Old Pasadena, and you’re greeted by an energized buzz. Everywhere you turn in the office, Idealab’s 300 employees seem almost strangely content – and why shouldn’t they be? Pasadena,” says Gross, “has been a great boon to Idealab.”
Aptera Delays Vehicle
NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Aptera is venture backed by Google and Idealab. The firm said it will complete its first vehicle in 2010, not by the end of the year.