San Diego’s KnuEdge, Stealthy Since 2005, Unveils Neural Tech


In a statement released yesterday, Goldin said the company founded in 2005 as Intellisis and now known as KnuEdge set out “to create technologies that will in essence alter how humans interact with machines, and enable next-generation computing capabilities.”

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Between 1999–2005 the costs went down by 90% and between 2005–2010 they went down a further 90%. million and my A Round in 2005 was only $500,000 (and that’s all I ever raised).

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Study: $48 Billion In Value Created Over 15 Years In SoCal IT VC-Backed Firms


Among the highest acquisition values were MySpace ($580M in 2005), Shopzilla ($560M in 2005), ($430M in 2004), Lowermybills ($330M in 2005) and Sandpiper Networks ($630M in 1999). A new study of the financial outcomes for Southern California venture-backed companies in the IT sector finds that approximately $48 billion in value has been created by those companies over the period 1995-2009.

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Verifi Acquired By Visa


Verifi had been led by CEO Matthew Katz, and was founded in 2005. Los Angeles-based Verifi , a developer of financial software tools used to reduce chargebacks for merchants, has been acquired by Visa , in order to boost Visa's tools for reducing chargebacks. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Verifi develops dispute resolution tools used to help buyers and sellers resolve disputes.

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Brad Brooks


After acquiring the company with Bain Capital from the Walt Disney Company in 2000, he helped grow the company from less than $10mm of revenues to over $80mm in 2005 when he took the company public on the London Stock Exchange at a $200mm valuation.

TeleSign Names Co-Founder To CEO Post


Disraeli co-founded TeleSign with Stacy Stubblefield and Darren Berkovitz in 2005. Los Angeles-based TeleSign , which develops customer identification products, including two factor authentication and other related products, has named co-founder Ryan Disraeli as its CEO, the company said on Thursday. TeleSign was acquired by BICS in 2017, and now has more than 300 employees.

Willdan Acquires Integral Analytics


Integral Analytics was based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was founded in 2005. Anaheim-based Willdan Group said on Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Integral Analytics , a developer of data analytics software for the utility industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Willdan said it expects the acquisition to add $10M in revenues in 2018. The company develops software used by utility managers to evaluate, plan, and dispatch electricity resources. READ MORE>>.

EcoSense Lighting Buys Journee Lighting


Journee was founded by Clayton Alexander in 2005. Los Angeles-based LED lighting manufacturer EcoSense Lighting has acquired fellow LED lighting developer Journee , according to EcoSense. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Journee Lighting, which was based in Westlake Village, developed downlight and track lighting. EcoSense Lighting is led by Mark Reynoso. READ MORE>>. ecosense lighting journee fixture merger acquisition cleantech

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


In 2005, Alan McCann created a graphic representation of the Method: Note that Allan changed the title of the risks from technology-execution-market-production to investment-marketing-execution-development. Well, it had to happen.

Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]


In a 2005 study , researchers examined the effects of things like flexible use of workspace on job productivity and team cohesion. Moving to a physical venue signals exciting times for a technology startup.

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Tech Coast Angels See 42x Return At MindBody


TCA said its members first invested in MindBody in 2005, and saw a 42x return at IPO on their investment. The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California's biggest angel investment group, said Tuesday that it has seen a successful exit in MindBody , the developer of cloud-based business management software for the wellness industry. MindBody had its IPO in May.

Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy


Harrison previously founded FasTV, and headed up iFILM, which he sold to Viacom back in 2005. Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency , which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. Financial details of the content licensing deal were not disclosed. Frequency aggregates and distributes video content to mobile and other devices.

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Report: XCOR's Customers Still Holding Out For Refunds


XCOR first received seed funding in 2005. In a cautionary tale for early adopters, there are still hundreds of customers hoping to get their money back from Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace , after the company went bankrupt, according to a story from the LA Times this weekend. According to the Times, those customers--who paid $100,000 for a ticket to space on a yet-to-be-qualified-or-completed spacecraft--are still hoping, somehow, to get some of that money back.

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Takeda Unites San Diego Operations At New ‘Biotech-Style’ R&D Center


In 2005, Japan’s big drug firm Takeda acquired a company in North America for the first time. That company was Syrrx, a private San Diego-based biotech that used X-ray crystallography to help determine the structures of disease-related molecules so drugs could be designed to target them.

FastSpring Acquired By Accel-KKR


FastSpring was founded in 2005, and is led by CEO Chris Lueck. Santa Barbara-based FastSpring , which develops e-commerce software for subscription-based software businesses, has been acquired by private equity investor Accel-KKR. According to FastSpring, Accel-KKR has made a majority equity investment in the firm, to provide capital and resources for its technology and go-to-market initiatives. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.

Inseego Names New CFO


Smith also was President of XiTron Tehnologies, and was SVP and Chief Finance and Accounting Officer for Applied Micro Circuits Corporation from 1999 to 2005, among other experience. San Diego-based Inseego , the developer of mobile broadband equipment and Internet-of-Things software, said this morning that it has named Stephen Smith as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Snapchat Sued Over Electronic Messaging Patents


Snap Inc), and cites a number of patents which were granted to Vaporstream in July of 2005 for Vaporstream's secure messaging products. Venice, California-based Snap, Inc. , the parent company of Snapchat , has been sued in a patent infringement suit, by a company called Vaporstream. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the Ninth Circuit of the California Central District Court (Vaporstream Inc v.

How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA

Eric Greenspan

When I bought house, this was a non-issue as the value had increased a tremendous percentage from when I bought back it in 2005. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month.

RealD Exec Departing Firm


Peixoto has been in the position since 2005, having previously been President and CEO of United Cinemas International. Los Angeles-based RealD , the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said Wednesday that Joe Peixoto, the company''s President, Worldwide Cinema, is retiring in March. The company said it will not replace Peixoto. The company said Peixoto had been at RealD since its first launch with Disney''s Chicken Little. READ MORE>>. reald movie executive president

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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Let me take you back just 10 years ago to 2005 in Silicon Valley where I returned after 11 years of living in Europe. But back in 2005 there were a few people who spotted the trend before others and one of the true pioneers was (and continues to be) Jeff Clavier who founded SoftTech VC.

SRS Labs Names Accounting Head


Oppegard was previously Corporate Controller at the company, and has been at the firm since 2005. Santa Ana-based SRS Labs , the developer of surround sound and other audio technology, said this morning that it has named Maria Oppegard its Chief Accounting Officer. READ MORE>>. labs executive accounting

KnuEdge, Backed By $100M, Launches Voice Recognition Software

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Goldin became head of NASA in 1992, and started KnuEdge in 2005; he also spent 25 years at TRW, and had started his career at NASA in 1962. San Diego-based KnuEdge , a startup which was founded by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin, said this morning that it has unveiled its voice recognition and authentication technology--which it has developed with $100M in funding.

SOA Software Becomes Akana


The name change is actually the second for the company, which changed its name to SOA Software in March of 2005 from its original name, Digital Evolution. Los Angeles-based SOA Software said this morning that it has renamed the company to Akana , as it has broadened its software base.

TrueCar's Painter To Step Down As CEO


Painter has been CEO of the company since he founded TrueCar in 2005. Scott Painter , the CEO of Los Angeles-based auto purchasing service TrueCar , said Thursday that he will be stepping down as CEO of the company by the end of the year. Painter will remain as Chairman of the board, and will continue as CEO as the company searches for a new chief executive.

Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree


Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.

Beats' Founders Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine In Court Over Headphone Design


Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the founders of Beats Electronics , the onetime Santa Monica headphone-and-music-service, are in the midst of a lqsuit--and likely, a jury decision--over a lawsuit which claims Dr. Dre and Iovine owes royalties to a businessman work worked with the company back in 2005 and 2006.

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TCVN names new Chairman and President

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Irvine-based Tech Coast Venture Network has named Ciaran Foley Chairman of the Board, replacing Bart Greenberg, who has been Chairman since August. Kevin McDonald is the new TCVN President, a position Foley held for the past year and Greenberg held before that. TCVN, a nonprofit technology group, was founded in 1984 to educate and assist entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in Orange County and to connect them with money, advice and other resources to help their businesses grow.

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XCOR Claims Progress On Space Vehicle


XCOR has been working on its vehicle since at least 2005. Mojave-based suborbital spacecraft developer XCOR Aerospace claims it is making progress in bringing the company''s spacecraft to market, saying it is moving towards its first flight. XCOR said it is making "rapid progress" towards final assembly of it spacecraft, and has attached what it says is a key part of its aircraft--the carry-through spar--to the rear-end of the Lynx fuselage.

Kurion Signs New Licensing Deal In Japan


Kurion said its technology has been used for the treatment of asbestos, PCBs, dioxins, and other persistent organic pollutants sicne 2005 in Japan. Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste remediation technology developer Kurion reported another win in Japan on Wednesday afternoon, saying that it has licensed its GeoMelt virtification technology with ISV Japan, Limited and Daiei Kankyo.

Logicube Names New CEO


Emrani has been at Logicube since 2005, and was most recently EVP and COO. Chatsworth-based Logicube , which develops hard drive duplication technology, announced this morning that it has named Farid Emrani as its new President and CEO. Emrani replaces Jack Schuster, the firm's Chairman, President, and CEO, who is retiring. Schuster will remain as Chairman. Emrani has previously served at Xerox Corporation, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems. READ MORE>>.

Kairos Venture Partners Raises $74.6M In New Fund


The firm's founder and Managing Partner is Jim Demetriades, an entrepreneur who founded SeeBeyond, took public, and which he sold to Sun Microsystems in 2005. Beverly Hills-based Kairos Venture Partners , a venture capital investment firm that specifically focuses on commercialization of scientific discoveries, has raised $74.6M as part of an ongoing fundraising effort for its second fund, Kairos Venture Partners II, LP. The funding was disclosed via a regulatory filing.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

In 2005, Facebook still showed a yearly net loss of $3.63 Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

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United Sample Becomes uSamp


Dusig and Lavin started United Sample in 2008, a few years after selling goZing to Greenfield Online in 2005. Encino-based United Sample , the online polling and sampling firm headed by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin , has renamed itself uSamp , the firm said Tuesday.

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Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

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30% of all real income growth in 2005–2015 was from Latinos (U.S. Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

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RealtyTrac Names Moyle As CEO


Moyle was most recently President and COO of the firm, and had previously served at (acquired by RealtyTrac in April) and SkiWest (sold to in 2005). Irvine-based RealtyTrac said late Tuesday that it had named Jamie Moyle as CEO of the company. The firm said that former CEO Brandon Moore will serve as a consultant to the company's board. RealtyTrac is a provider of online listings of real estate in the foreclosure process. READ MORE>>.