The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

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I flew from San Diego (where I was visiting for Thanksgiving) to New York to persuade investors to stick with us. Except that after the acquisition Salesforce.com required that I commute more than an hour each way from Palo Alto to San Francisco.

Qualcomm Backs Biometrics Sensor Firm

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture capital arm of Qualcomm, is continuing to back biometric fingerprint sensor maker Validity in its latest funding round. Qualcomm has been an investor in Validity since before 2006. Validity is based in San Jose. Validity said Tuesday that it has received $12.6M

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DexCom Names COO, CTO

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San Diego-based DexCom , a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems, said today that it has named Steven R. Pacelli has been Chief Administrative Officer of the firm since December of 2008, and has been at the firm since April 2006. Pacelli as its Chief Operating Officer, and Jorge Valdes as Chief Technology Officer. He has also served at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Axcelerant, and Flashcom.

Enterprise Partners Portfolio Firm Heads Towards IPO

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One of the portfolio firms of San Diego venture capital firm Enterprise Partners is heading towards an IPO, according to a S-1 filing Friday. Enterprise has been an investor in Complete Genomics since 2006, when it was a Series A investor in the firm. According to Silicon Valley firm Complete Genomics , a provider of human genome sequencing services, it has filed for an $86.25M IPO on the Nasdaq as GNOM.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Discussion: Had a long chat about PicClick , a company founded by Ryan Sit in San Diego. Founded in January 2010 by Stephen Hood (ex-Delicious head of product), Dave Baggeroer (Stanford’s Institute of Design), and Josh Whiting (ex-senior engineer at Delicious and Craigslist).

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Interview with Albert Ko, DealPerk.com

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Albert Ko: I started at Cornell University in the Class of 2006, with a degree in material science engineering and a masters in management engineering. One of the types of startups we see most of nowadays, are private sale, limited time bargain, and local group buying startups.

Interview with Curtis Staker and William Goldbach, Confident Technologies

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Last week, San Diego-based Confident Technologies (www.confidenttechnologies.com) announced that it had acquired the assets of Vidoop, and created a company focused on security and authentication of users.

Interview with Marc Averitt and Sharon Stevenson, Okapi Ventures

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We actually went and calculated our returns, and lo and behold, according to Cambridge and Associates, we're in the top decile for the 2006 vintage of venture funds. We're starting to see some very innovative product ideas out of places like Caltech, USC, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and the like.

Decoding the Secret of iPhone Game Popularity, With William Volk, Playscreen

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William is in San Diego, and is a longtime gaming vet, having been at Activision in the days of The Manhole and Myst. In 2010, we sold the game assets and name PlayScreen, which we had acquired, and formed a new company with some solid financial and technology guys.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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Otis Chandler built Goodreads in 2006 because he believed in social networking and wanted to see what his friends were reading. Edo Cohen co-founded Flipswap, Inc in 2004 and SeeVolution in 2010. She just spoke at TED EX in San Diego. San Francisco.

Interview with Jim Carol, DonateGames.org

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That nightmare happened to Jim Carol , a serial entrepreneur who was co-founder and CEO of San Diego's PacketVideo , when his son was diagnosed with cancer. However, in 2006, my own son got cancer, and I was thrown into the sad state of affairs that goes into that.

Lindzon Gets Exit At Lifelock

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Prolific San Diego angel investor Howard Lindzon , who runs StockTwits , has scored a big exit at one of his portfolio companies, LifeLock , after the firm had its IPO this morning. Lindzon said it was an early angel investor in the company, and made his investment in 2006 at "well under a $10M valuation". Lindzon said he sold half his shares on SecondMarket in 2010.

Interview with Cliff Boro, KidZui

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Last week, San Diego-based Kidzui --the kid's website and kid-friendly browser developer, announced another round of funding, and also launched Zui Studios, a new effort to create original content for the portal.