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Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer event is turning to be the best one yet! Excellent companies Making Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Possible.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall is garnering some excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night.

MuckerLab Unveils Second Graduating Class to Investors

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Okuno has been investing in Los Angeles startups for the past three years after selling his own company E-Z Data. Or maybe a goldmine.

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Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP and Bill became a software entrepreneur at Lotus Development. SuperDemo: Bill Gross.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gathering of friends and tech enthusiasts of all stripes. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies: Spotlight Companies. Bill received his B.S.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List


I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point.

EV Connect Gets Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging


Los Angeles-based EV Connect , a new startup which helps install, manage, and integrate electric vehicle charging stations for the commercial and government market, announced an initial round of funding this morning. The company said the new funding will go towards sales, marketing, and software development. READ MORE>>.

AnyMeeting Offers Free Accounts to SoCal Startups


Local startup AnyMeeting is looking to help fellow Southern California startups out, saying this morning that it will provide free, one-year accounts to its premium, ad-free service to any employee of companies within select Los Angeles area incubators and accelerators. READ MORE>>.

LendAmend Gets $750K


Los Angeles-based LendAmend , a developer of online software for managing the amendment of leveraged loans, has raised $750,000 in a Series A funding round. The round came from the Tech Coast Angels. angels coast tech investment angel loan leveraged online capital venture lendamend

Payvia, Mobile-XL Partner On Mobile Payments


Los Angeles-based Payvia , which is developing mobile payment technology, and Mobile-XL , which develops software for providing access to digital services to people in Africa and India, are in a partnership, the companies said this morning. Financial arrangements between the companies were not announced. and Trinity Ventures.

Mobile-XL Links With Oberthur Technologies


Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL , the international mobile information services firm backed by the Tech Coast Angels, said this week that it has linked a deal with Oberthur Technologies to include its XLBrowser Content Platform on Oberthur's line of SIM cards. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Greenwings Biomedical Launches Incubator


A new, Los Angeles startup incubator, Greenwings Biomedical , announced its launch Friday, saying that it will be the first incubator of biomedical ventures in Los Angeles. The new startup, headed by startup veteran Richard Koffler, said it will focus on biomedical devices and software. READ MORE>>.

Venture Capital Totals $603.2M In Southern California In Q3


Los Angeles received $260.0M in investment in Q3, followed by $201.8M in San Diego, and $141.4M The largest deals for Los Angeles were Coda Automotive in Santa Monica, which raised $40.375M, KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals in Calabasas, which raised $37.425M, and JustFabulous in El Segundo, which raised $33.1M. deals.

Atlas Powered Gets $700K


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How Google's Old Offices Are Becoming A Tech Hub, with ROC's Walter Grieves


Today, we just had a screening for the Tech Coast Angels, they're screening companies and having lunch here. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

Southern California Firms Get $587.0M In Venture Capital In Q2


Across the region, Los Angeles led in terms of dollars and deals, with $277.4M invested across 45 companies. invested. READ MORE>>.

Ninja Metrics Ties With Mobile Analytics Firm


Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics , the social analytics software developer led by Dmitri Williams, said this week that it has tied with mobile analytics company TUNE. Ninja Metrics'' backers include the Harvard Business School Angels and Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego


Seattle’s UP Global, now part of Techstars, oversees the operation of Startup Week and other programs for tech entrepreneurs across the U.S.

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Docufide Raises $4.5M, Taps Blackboard Founder As CEO


Los Angeles-based Docufide , which develops educational software and services used to transfer high school transcripts to colleges, said today that it has raised $4.5M in a funding round, and also appointed Blackboard founder Matthew Pittinsky as its CEO. Docufide said it will maintain its Los Angeles offices.

Decoding Signal From Noise For Wall Street, With Bitvore


Bitvore is based in Irvine, and is backed by serial entrepreneur Yuri Pikover, as well as other angels. It''s designed for business people.

Incubating LA's Biotech Future, With Richard Koffler, Greenwings Biomedical


Finally, I started a third project out of the USC Keck School of Medicine, using software to optimize drug dosages for individuals. Thanks!

Ninja Metrics Raises $2.8M For Predictive Analytics Software


Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics announced this morning that it has raised $2.8M in a funding round, to bring its social analytics engine for gaming companies to market. cloud research techtransfer university hbsa angel capital venture software analytics predictive metrics ninja The company is led by Dr. Dmitri Williams.

Language Weaver Upgrades Translation Software


Los Angeles-based Language Weaver announced Monday that the firm has released a new version of its automated translation software. Language Weaver is venture backed by Athenaeum Fund, In-Q-Tel, Palisades Ventures, Sulphur Creek Ventures, and Tech Coast Angels, and serves both government and commercial customers.

Southern California Tech Companies Raise $709.8M In Q3


Nationally, total venture capital investments totaled $7.8 billion, in 1005 deals. Image courtesy Bigstock. READ MORE>>.

Yowza Acquired By Spindle


Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. READ MORE>>. yowza mobile coupon deals merger acquisition wayne brady

Ninja Metrics Aims At $5M Round


Los Angeles-based game analytics software developer Ninja Metrics has raised $2.8M of an ongoing, $5M funding round, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing this week. The company's other backers include the Harvard Business School Angels and Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Yowza Acquired by Spindle

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Los Angeles-based  Yowza , the developer of a mobile coupon and deals app, which was backed by comedian Wayne Brady, the Tech Coast Angels, the Pasadena Angels, and others, has been acqurieed by mobile commerce software provider Spindle. Read the story. Tweet Tweet.

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Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat


When I was moving to Los Angeles from Paris, I was sorting through my stuff, and I made three bags of things. What exactly is KarmaGoat?

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Interview with Scot Richardson, Laughstub


For this morning's interview, we spoke with Scot Richardson , CEO of Los Angeles-based LaughStub (, which develops software which helps comedy clubs and others manage ticket sales, online marketing, and customer relationship management. Scot Richardson: We've done two rounds of funding, both angel rounds.

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Language Weaver Acquired For $42.5M


Los Angeles-based Language Weaver , the University of Southern California spinout which provides statistical machine translation software, has been acquired by UK-based SDL. According to SDL, it has signed an agreement to acquire Language Weaver for $42.5M in cash, in a deal which is expected to complete by July 28th.

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Mobile-XL Ties Into Orange Cameroon


Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL , an angel-backed developer of mobile phone applications, said today that it has linked with telecom carrier Orange in the country of Cameroon. According to Mobile-XL, Orange will offer the firm's XLBrowser software to customers starting in October. Mobile-XL is backed by the Tech Coast Angels.

Big Stage Hits The iPhone


Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , a venture-backed startup developing 3D animation technology used to create avatars, said this morning that the firm has created a new application which works on the Apple iPhone. Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gathering of friends and tech enthusiasts of all stripes. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. Join Us. Event Details.

SodaHead Connects With Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo


Los Angeles-based , an online site focused on a combination of news discussion and questions and answers, announced today that the firm has connected the site to Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo. Tags: sodahead twitter facebook yahoo software integration news READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: Response to 3 Things to Avoid When Fundraising in LA


For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have a response to yesterday's (very controversial) piece in this section from Ryan Born, expressing his opinion about his experiences raising money in Los Angeles. The response is from Tom Tierney , an angel investor from the Tech Coast Angels San Diego.

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3


invested; Los Angeles had $169.7M, and Orange County $63.1M in investments. The other large sector for investments was Software, with $54.8M in total funding for the quarter. Tags: venture capital southern california angeles orange county diego moneytree nvca Nationwide, there was $4.8 billion invested in the region.

Q3 Venture Investments For SoCal Total Around $1.0 Billion


Q3 has traditionally been a slower, venture funding quarter in Southern California, due to summer vacations and a slower work schedule for both high tech companies and venture firms during the summer months. Southern California venture totals for Q3 totaled around $1.0 billion invested in Q2.

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Ive personally been involved in the start-up world in Los Angeles for about 15 years, and have had the opportunity to work on many early-stage companies (e.g., Probably the biggest drawback of Los Angeles is the distance and traffic that makes networking more difficult. Marketing, Startups and Networking in Los Angeles.