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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.”

SOA Software Becomes Akana


Los Angeles-based SOA Software said this morning that it has renamed the company to Akana , as it has broadened its software base. According the company, which is led by Paul Gigg, the name change comes as the company has expanded beyond its roots in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services, and now addresses API management, cloud integration, DevOps, and other enterprise software areas. devops rename cloud enterprise software akana

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing.

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. knuedge voice recognition software startup nasa goldin neural processing parallelSan 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.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software


San Diego-based MindTouch , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to help companies create self-service, customer support sites, has raised $12M in a Series A funding. MindTouch, which was founded by Steve Bjorg and Aaron Fulkerson back in 2005, said the funding will go to increase its integration with software such as Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle, and grow its marketing, business development, sales, and engineering teams.

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.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper


I started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005. addroid matt cooper advertising flash browser software


TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement


Bryan Cheung: We're an enterprise software company. Bryan Cheung: Our two software architects had worked on this for four years, before starting the company. We would provide maintenance updates for the software, and we had integrators do the implementation. They're perfect fine upgrading to the latest version of the software, and applying fixes themselves. They loved to have a specific software version, and keep on using that version over many years.

Will Cyber Monday Make Black Friday Obsolete?

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Cyber Monday was officially termed in 2005 by the National Retail Federation after 77% of online retailers reported a surge in spending on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Advertising Apps & Software Business Gadgets Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table I moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and as a VC who had built his career as a programmer, database designer, program manager, CEO then VP Products at Salesforce, I wanted to build a portfolio of software investments. BuzzFeed.

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

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TVSync’s parent company Voible , has provided fingerprint protection technology to most major movie studios and TV networks since 2005.

Quest Software Promotes Garn to CEO


Quest Software Inc., Garn joined Quest in 1998 and has served as president since February 2005. a publisher of enterprise systems management applications, reported Thursday that its board of directors has promoted Doug Garn to chief executive officer. Garn, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based based company said, also joins the board as a director and will retain his preexisting role as president. Before that, the company noted, he was vice president of worldwide sales.

Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology


Ostendo Technologies, a Carlsbad, CA-based company founded in 2005 to advance curved screens and other innovative display technologies, has raised $41.8 According to the article, Ostendo’s QPI technology “fuses an image processor with a wafer containing micro light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, alongside software that helps the unit properly render images.”.

Tech Coast Angels See 42x Return At MindBody


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. TCA said its members first invested in MindBody in 2005, and saw a 42x return at IPO on their investment.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Before weighing in on the subject I would point out one thing that should be obvious to many of you – the iPhone was originally launched in 2007 in an exclusive partnership with AT&T and this was vital to both Apple and AT&T and was a hard negotiation throughout 2005 and 2006. If a company wanted to distribute software on a mobile device it need to sell via a “portal” (US term) or a “deck” (UK term) of a mobile carrier.

Beware of Ballers on a Budget

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I still drive the same car I bought for cash in 2005. Work on budgets, submit RFPs, answer customers support calls, work the bug-tracking software, and trying to meet the next sprint release schedule. The other day I was at a Mercedes dealership.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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It says that selling an airplane ticket for $500 and getting paid a $5 fees by the airlines (1% gross margin) is not the same thing as selling $500 of software that you built (>90% gross margin). Sam did all this analysis before even deciding to build V1 of his software and before we put serious money behind him launching. But that’s harder to build in 2016 than it was in say 2005. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail.

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Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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I built my first software company in the early days of SaaS and there were few models to go by. One thing I observed was that many customers wanted an “on premise” version of our software and were willing to pay extra money for it. ” There is no doubt in my mind we lost some customers this way but if they were only ever going to buy on-prem software then I’d rather know early.

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Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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Server-side software infrastructure – virtually all modern web applications rely on virtualization, scaling, load-balancing, and database technologies, among many others. In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets. Fiber is a genius long-term strategic play.

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


The study found that the greatest values for Southern California venture-backed firms were created by companies operating in Online Services (51%), followed by Communications and Networking (15%), Software (10%) and Semiconductors (9%). 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).

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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From 1997 through 2005, Robin was a marketing executive and general manager at PepsiCo. Tonight starting at 7:00pm PST we will be streaming and bringing you all the action live from Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Make sure to tune in! TechZulu & Gadget Review present REACH.

3D Printing Redux: How Idealab's New Matter Wants To Bring 3D To The Masses


I remember, telling my friends and family in 2005 that I was working on a 3D printer, and their eyes would glaze over. Just as importantly, the capability of 3D design software, and the capability of 3D printers to take 3D designs was getting better. 3D printing is all the rage in the maker and do-it-yourself hobbyist market, but how do you truly take 3D printing to the mass market?

Interview: Isaac Garcia of Central Desktop


Central Desktop was founded in 2005 to provide an easy-to-use, SaaS collaboration solution to the SMB market. If Microsoft, who built collaboration software, couldn’t do it, then how could a small to medium size company do it?

Former LA VC Gets Backing For Enterprise Alerting, Micro Apps Startup


Sapho develops software which helps pull together information across hundreds of enterprise apps, and presents them to employees as "micro apps". ElNaggar was in Redpoint's LA offices from 2005 until 2011, and had stints on the boards of Machinima and Hark, among other companies. redpoint elnaggar fouad capital venture employees software alerts enterprise sapho

Google Cleaning Out Their Closets

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According to Eichner, Google Mini has been an important part of Google’s Enterprise Search offering since its introduction in 2005 and was helpful however it will be discontinued on July 31, 2012. Another service, iGoogle launched in 2005 will be switched off on 1 st November 2013.


Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


I've also been involved in ValueLogic software. That was five or six years ago, 2005 or so.

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

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All we have to do is look at the data, though: Since its launch in 2005, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has sold 66 million copies worldwide. Microsoft donated over $504 million worth of software to 43,650 organizations worldwide in 2010.

NovaStor Shifts To Agoura


Backup software developer NovaStor has shifted its U.S. by Mike Andrews; the firm was acquired by Swiss firm Mount10 in 2005. Tags: novastor backup software data storage headquarters from Simi Valley to Agoura Hills, the firm announced this morning. The firm said it outgrew its original location, and came along with new ownership and a 20 percent increase in its staff. NovaStor is managed by here in the U.S.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort


Google did not say how it expects to apply the technology, but did say it hired at least two of the engineers from winning teams of DARPA's Grand Challenge, including the technical team leader from Carnegie Mellon University on the 2007 Urban Challenge winning team, and the software lead for Stanford's team in the 2005 Grand Challenge.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Adam Miller transformed his company into one of the world’s leading software-as-a-service companies, specifically in the HR world. Coffin sold in 2005 for 300 million and took that money into the Los Angeles startup sector. Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu.

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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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When I started my second company in 2005 we decided to do everything differently. Today Factual announced that it raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz & Index Ventures.

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Interview with Brett Crosby and Brew Johnson, PeerStreet


We sat down with Brett Crosby (who founded Urchin Software, the company which became Google Analytics) and Brew Johnson , the co-founders of the company, to learn more about the company and what it's working on.

MaestroDev Names President


Manhattan Beach-based MaestroDev , the developer of private cloud computing software, has officially named Doug Dennington as the firm's new President. Dennington was most recently Director, Open Source Sales at Progress Software and IONA Technologies, and was also a member of the founding team at Simula Labs, LogicBlaze, and Gluecode. Damarillo sold Gluecode in 2005 to IBM. Tags: maestrodev private cloud computing software saas executive president Rolls Out Web Widget


Pourzanjani was CEO of until its $485M purchase by Experian in 2005. Tags: bestcovery online experts review widget software comparison shopping Santa Monica-based , an online expert review and ranking site headed by former co-founder and CEO, Kamran Pourzanjani, said today that it has rolled out a new widget which will allow web publishers to display its content.

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee


I returned to the gaming industry in 2005, when I started Acclaim Games, which we then sold to Playdom. Howard Marks: In 2005, when I started Acclaim, I believed the future of games were free to play, online games.

Morphlabs Raises $5.5M


Damarillo is best known for founding Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005, and has since been starting up firms whose basis is open source software. Tags: morph labs morphlabs winston damarillo venture capital open source software El Segundo-based Morphlabs , the latest startup of Winston Damarillo, is announcing today that it has raised $5.5M in a Series B financing round.

Equity Compensation: A 6 Point Primer on Creative Service Fees

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Charlie eventually sold those shares for $26 million when he left the business in 2005, which meant he earned $4.3 There are many service providers such as software developers who will not work for equity unless an investment has been made by an institutional fund.

Smith Micro Gains Patent


Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software , reported Thursday that the firm has gained a new patent covering its compression technology. The patent was granted on March 10th, and was originally filed by the firm in January of 2005. Smith Micro said the technology covered by the patent allows its StuffIt software to reduce the size of difficult-to-compress JPEG files by up to 30 percent. Tags: smith micro software patent compression legal stuffit

Smith Micro Scores Compression Patent


Patent and Trademark office, for compression technology in its StuffIt software line. Smith Micro's StuffIt software is used to compress files on Macintosh, PC, and Linux computers. Smith Micro purchased Allume, the maker of StuffIt, in 2005; the software was originally developed by then-high school student Raymond Lau in 1987 for the Mac. Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro has received a patent from the U.S.