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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.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

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

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In Los Angeles we are at a disadvantage because the founder(s) often have no experience in building consumer web applications. link]. link].

KidZui Gets $4M

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San Diego-based Kidzui , which develops a kid-friendly web browsers, has raised $4M in a funding, according to reports. The round was led by new investor Mission Ventures, and also included prior backers First Round Capital, Emergence Capital Partners and Maveron. Tags: kidzui browser venture capital

Slacker Expands Radio Service To Canada

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Slacker said that it has expanded its service to Canada through its web site, along with free applications for BlackBerry and Android phones.

VMIX Gets Win With Scion

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VMIX said that Scion will launch a new web site, www.ScionAV.com , using the firm's media management and delivery tools. VMIX is venture backed by JK&B Capital and ATA Ventures, Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. 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.

LeisureLink Ties With Groupize.com

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online system for connecting vacation rental properties with travel agents and web booking, has linked with a new automated group hotel booking engine, Groupize.com , the two said this morning. and Canada. Details of the partnership between the two companies was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Slacker Ties Into T-Mobile

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Previously, customers had to go to T-Mobile or Slacker's web site to download the application. READ MORE>>.

SodaHead.com Trumpets User Wins

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Sodahead.com, which operates a web site where users can ask and answer questions, share opinions, and network with other users, said that it has now recorded more than 5 million votes and 8 million comments on the site. Sodahead.com was co-founded by Jason Feffer, who was VP of Operations at MySpace. READ MORE

Webtide Acquired By Intalio

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Webtide was self-funded, and was headed by Adam Lieber, who has previously been at Gluecode and Mission Ventures. READ MORE>>.

KidZui Revs Kids Browser

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San Diego-based KidZui , the web browser startup aiming at the children's market, said Wendesday that it has upgraded its software, launching KidZui K2. The firm, which is backed by Mission Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, First Round Capital, Maveron, and the Scholastic Corporation, said the new K2 browser is faster and simpler to use.

RotoHog Launches Game With US Weekly

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The firm said it is launching a "Celebrity Fantasy League" game on US Weekly's web site. RotoHog is powering fantasy sports and other games for such partners as Disney/ABC, BA.com, NASCAR.com, LG Electronics, and others; the firm is venture backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

VMIX Adds Reseller

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The firm said that South Carolina-based Fuel Interactive has been using the firm's video players and widgets, as part of the creation of 30 tourism-related web sites based in that state. The firm is backed by JK&B Capital, ATA Ventures, Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Wins Sporting News

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According to RotoHog, it will build free and paid online fantasy games for football, basketball, hockey, golf and motor sports for Sporting News, to be featured on the publication's web site. RotoHog is headed by Kelly Perdew, and is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

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The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partnes, and Windward Ventures.

SodaHead Partners With Technorati

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Los Angeles-based Sodahead , the online question and answer site backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, said Monday that it has tied together in a strategic partnership with Technorati. Financial details of the partnership were ot disclosed. READ MORE>>.

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

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According to RotoHog, it will operate a fantasy game for the tour, which will be available through AVP's web site. RotoHog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

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Encino-based SodaHead.com , the venture backed, online questions-and-answers site, has swizzled its web site, saying this week that it has redesigned its site to make it easier for its users to find topics. READ MORE>>.

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. According to Big Stage, the deal will allow users on the site to insert the firm's 3D avatars into game photos and videos. READ MORE

Big Stage Opens API

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According to the firm, it will make its technology available via a program called PortableYou, to enable third parties to integrate the technology into video games, virtual worlds, web sites, mobile applications, and more. Big Stage is backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Venture, and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE

Nirvanix Hires Three With Enterprise Focus

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Nirvanix is backed by Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, and the European Founders Fund.

VMIX Shuffles Staff, Rolls Out New Player

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San Diego-based VMIX, a provider of video publishing tools for web publishers, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff and delivered a new version of its VMIX Player. The company is venture backed by ATA Ventures, Enterprise Partners, JK&B Capital, and Mission Ventures. READ MORE

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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The "best of show" prize went to Magnify360, which develops software for optimizing content and web sites for specific users. READ MORE

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Venture backers : Oak Investment Partners, Spectrum Equity, W Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co., Venture backers : Austin Ventures.

Interview with Adam Lieber, Webtide

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Adam also had a stint at Mission Ventures, and ran worldwide sales for open source middleware at IBM. We caught up with Webtide to learn more about the firm's open source web server software, Jetty. One of the firm's co-founders, Adam Lieber , is now the founder and CEO of Webtide (www.webtide.com), which is also based here.

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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We saw that the company was starting to have some potential to take venture capital, and got a little more involved, recognizing the need to step up management. The board asked me to jump in, and I did, working with Ted Alexander and Jim Armstrong, of Mission Ventures and Clearstone Ventures, respectively.