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Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space

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Among other things, they get an opportunity to pitch to investors and industry representatives at Plug and Play’s quarterly “expo” event.

Enevate Finds $30M For Battery Technology

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Irvine-based Enevate , which is developing Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology, said this morning that it has raised $30M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Infinite Potential Technologies, Tsing Capital and Mission Ventures along with Presidio Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Swagbucks Buys Sodahead

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Prodege is venture backed by Technology Crossover Ventures. Sodahead was venture backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. sodahead swagbucks merger acquisitoin exit polling opinion

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: will do my best to keep this up to date.

Active Storage Names Engineering VP

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Ramakrishnan was most recently at Promise Technology, and also has served at Cisco and IBM. Active Storage is backed by Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. READ MORE>>. engineering data apple raid executive storage active

Image Metrics Buys Big Stage

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Santa Monica-based Image Metrics , a developer of facial animation technology, announced Thursday morning that it has acquired Big Stage , the developer of avatar creation software. Image Metrics said it would merge Big Stag's avatar creation platform into its existing, real-time video animation technology. READ MORE>>.

Ortiva Wireless Acquired By Allot Communications

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Allot said it will integrate Ortiva's technology into its Allot Service Gateway product. Ortiva Wireless was venture backed by Artiman Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Comcast Interactive Capital, and others, and had raised somewhere north of $40M for its efforts. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Mobile /Wireless Technologies

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 -- Mobile /Wireless Technologies. The focus of this panel is to explore Ventures in Mobile/Wireless technologies  how a deal is accomplished and how the company is valued, funded, executed, branded, and brings consumers into focus. See [link] (more

Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology

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The round came from CEC Capital, Tsing Capital, and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The firm says its technology "dramatically" increase energy density over conventional battery technology. lithium cleantech capital venture battery enervate

Active Storage Adds Exec

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Lowe is the former managing director for Media & Broadcast Technology at NASCAR Media Group. Active Storage is led by ex-Apple executives, and backed by Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Lowe also previously was at Apple for nearly a decade. READ MORE>>. active storage executive data apple

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $7.5M raised for the quarter. billion invested across 814 deals.

Big Stage Licenses Technology To Virtual World

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D, avatar creation technology, has signed on a virtual world as a licensee of its technology. Big Stage said that photo-realistic, 3-D virtual universe Blue Mars 2150 has licensed its 3-D, facial modeling technology. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capital investors invested $21.8

Enevate Names CFO

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Enevate is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio Ventures/Sumitomo, and CEC Capital. Irvine-based Enevate , which is developing advanced Lithium-ion batteries, said this morning that it has named Sameer V. READ MORE>>.

Enevate Names CFO

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Irvine-based battery technology developer Enevate announced this morning that it has appointed John B. Kennedy was previously CFO at Sprocket Media and SolarBridge Technologies, and also has served at Primarion, ValueClick, and other companies. Kennedy as its new Chief Financial Officer. READ MORE>>.

Enevate Names Qualcomm Vet Altman To Advisory Board

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Enevate said that Altman had been at Qualcomm since 1989, and served as General Counsel, President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL), President of Qualcomm and Vice Chairman. Enevate is venture backed by Infinite Potential Technologies, Tsing Capital and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

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The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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But I thought I’d take some more time here to expand on what I think are the challenges, and opportunities, of starting a tech company in LA.

Local VCs Assess Wall Street, Technology Investment Climate

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How is the instability on Wall Street affecting local venture capitalists? According to some local Southern California venture investors, it absolutely is affecting how they are thinking about the investment environment. Plus, Babcock says the new money in investments will demand more process, and/or lower valuations.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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Talk us through how the person using your product is benefiting through your technology. Show some energy! You’re on stage! Rahul and Co.

Carbon Micro Battery Becomes Enovate

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Irvine-based Enovate Corporation , which is backed by Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said today that it has renamed itself from Carbon Micro Battery. Enovate is a spinout of the University of California, Irvine, and has raised $5.3M in venture financing from such firms as Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Transaction Wireless Scores $2.25M

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The funding came from Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures. Transaction Wireless said the funding will go towards sales and marketing expansion, technology development, and customer deployment. Leo Spiegel of Mission Ventures and Marc Averitt of Okapi Ventures have joined the firm's board as part of the funding.

LeisureLink Gets $9M In Series C

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The round came from current investors, including Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, and Wyndham Exchange & Rentals.

Big Stage Emerges From Beta

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the venture-backed startup which is developing photo-realistic avatar technology, has exited its beta and officially launched its site. The firm had launched a beta of its site in August. READ MORE

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

Nirvanix Powers Ooyala

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San Diego-based Nirvanix, a provider of storage-as-a-service, said Tuesday that the firm's technology is being used by video delivery firm Ooyala.

Nirvanix Steals Away Zynga CIO

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Debra Chrapaty, who formerly was CIO of Zynga, also served at Cisco as SVP of its Collaboration Software Group, in addition to working at Microsoft and E*TRADE Technologies. Nirvanix is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Intel Capital, Mission Ventures and Windward Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Transaction Wireless Gets $2M More

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The funding came from its existing investors, Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures. The company said the new funds will go towards ongoing technology and customer deployment and sales and marketing. Tags: transaction wireless venture capital mobile gift card marketing READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Hires VP

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which is developing technology for creating 3D avatars, said Tuesday that the firm has hired on Patrick Barry as the firm's Vice President of Content Alliances. Big Stage said that Barry joins the firm from SK Telecom, where he was Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy. and Intel Corp.

Nirvanix Names New Engineering VP

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Nirvanix described Russell as a longtime technology executive with more than 20 years of hands-on experience. READ MORE>>.

Ortiva Wireless Boosts Sales Efforts With New Hire

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La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless , which develops technology to stream video to mobile devices, reports today that it has hired on a new, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, James D. Ortiva is backed by Comcast, Artiman Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Avalon Ventures. Edson. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Entertainment Raises $2.7M

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According to the company, the funding came from Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Big Stage Entertainment develops technology which takes user photos and creates 3-D, facial avatars. Tags: capital venture entertainment stage READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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

Ortiva Wireless Adds Mobix

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Mobix deploys its services on O2, 3, and Vodacom; according to the firms, Mobix will incorporate Ortiva's technology into its products, to improve quality of service of its platform. Ortiva's venture backers are Artiman Ventures, Avalon Ventures, Comcast, and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Ortiva Wireless Raises $8M

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La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless , a developer of mobile video optimization technology, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it has raised $8M in its Series C funding. The round was led by Intel Capital, and also included current investors Comcast Interactive Capital, Artiman Ventures, and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

And Then There Were Three: RealD Hits Markets Today

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Still on tap for an IPO are Pasadena-based Green Dot , Pasadena-based Genmark Diagnostics , Westlake Village-based Inphi , San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies , Los Angeles-based GameFly , San Diego-based Trius Therapeutics , City of Industry-based NewEgg , and Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan. shares of its common stock.

Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D avatar technology, said today that it has partnered with video game company GGL Global Gaming, to provide free game content on its web site. Big Stage develops technology which converts digital photos of a person into a 3-D avatar. READ MORE

Big Stage Opens API

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which is developing 3D avatar technology, said today that it has opened up its proprietary 3-D facial modeling system to third parties. Big Stage is backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Venture, and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE

Networks In Motion Acquired For $170M

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According to TeleCommunications Systems, a developer of wireless text messaging and E9-1-1 technology, it is in a definitive merger agreement to acquire Networks In Motion in a combinatoin of cash, stock, and promissory notes. The deal is expected to close this month. READ MORE>>.

Big Stage Partners With A-Team Producer

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, whcih provides technology to create 3D avatars, said today that it has partnered with Stephen J. BigStage's technology will be used to insert users into video clips and photos. Cannell Productions, the firm behind "The A-Team" and "The Greatest American Hero." According to the firms, Stephen J.

San Diego ?? The Great, Good, Bad and the Ugly.

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James Adams will moderate our distinguished panel of San Diego technology leaders and put them on the spot to label San Diego "great, good, bad, or ugly" on more than 20 factors. Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- San Diego  The Great, Good, Bad and the Ugly. SDSIC Entrepreneur's Forum. Plus, we'll let the audience weigh in with their views.