Quest Software Loses CEO


Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said Tuesday afternoon that CEO and President Doug Garn has stepped down. Smith had served as CEO of Quest from 1997 to 2008. Quest is a developer of IT management software for the enterprise. garn doug executive software questVinny Smith, previously Executive Chairman of Quest, returns as CEO. Quest said that Garn is stepping down due to "pressing health issues." Quest said that Smith will remain Chairman of the company.

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Chrome River: Building An Enterprise Software Leader In LA, with Dave Terry


A few weeks ago, Los Angeles-based enterprise expense reporting software maker Chrome River ( took a significant venture funding round--worth $100M--to help expand the company's growth in the enterprise software market. What does Chrome River's software do? It's software-as-a-service based, and we have organizations worldwide, from very small companies, to 100 employees and up, to Fortune 500 companies, across a wide variety of industries.

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How RxVantage's IT Software Aims To Automate A $20B Market


RxVantage (, based in Los Angeles, is looking to tackle that huge market with its medical scheduling software for pharmaceutical and medical sales reps and medical offices, and is venture backed by Slater Technology Fund and Javelin Venture Partners.

Day Software Hires Marketing Head


Newport Beach-based Day Software, a developer of content management software, said this week that it has appointed Kevin Cochrane as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Cochrane has also served at Interwoven, where he was the fourth employee, Day Software said.

Guidance Software Signs SEC


Pasadena-based Guidance Software, which makes software used for digital forensics, has signed on the Securies and Exchange Comission (SEC) for a renewal, the firm announced Monday. Guidance said that the SEC is using the firm's EnCase Enterprise and Encase Forensic software. Both software packages are used for searching and indexing digital information on computers and file servers, without affecting the contents of those servers.

Guidance Software Signs Verizon


Pasadena-based Guidance Software, a developer of digital forensics software, announced Monday that the firm's products have been selected by Verizon. According to Guidance, Verizon will use its EnCase eDiscovery software on a pay-per-use basis. Guidance Software develops software used for electronic discovery and forensics, particularly for extracting data from desktops, laptops, servers, and other PCs.

Guidance Software Signs Customer


Pasadena-based Guidance Software, which develops software used for computer forensics, announced Wednesday that it has signed on Koch Industries, Inc. According to Guidance, Koch will use the firm's EnCase eDiscovery software on a pay-per-use basis. Guidace Software's products are used for law enforcement, government, corporate and other computer investigations, for e-discovery, compliance auditing, and other computer investigations.

Guidance Software Gets Win


Marina Del Rey-based Guidance Solutions said Monday that the firm has signed on Caltech's Industrial Relations Center as a customer. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. Guidance, which provides services for building ecommerce web sites, said that Caltech's IRC. which provides an online catalog of executive education courses, used the firm for a web site overhaul. Guidance also provide services for such customers as Foot Locker, Relax the Back, and the Salvation Army. READ MORE

MSC Software In Play


Newport Beach-based CAD/CAM software maker MSC Software is reportedly in play, with current private equity owners Elliott Associates and Symphony Technology Group potentially selling the company to CVC Capital Partners, according to a report. MSC Software went private back in 2008. software merger acquisition rumor private equity elliott symphony technology

Pringo Upgrades Social Networking Software


Los Angeles-based Pringo, which develops white label social networking software for enterprises, said earlier this week that it has launched a beta of its latest version. According to Pringo, the new software adds a new intranet solution, as well as features to allows integration of blogs, bulletin boards, shopping carts, and other third party software into its platform. Pringo's software is used by companies to develop their own online communities.

Quest Software Buys NetPro Computing


Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software has acquired a Phoenix, Arizona-based software firm which develops Microsoft management tools. Quest is develops enterprise management software used for monitoring and managing IT systems. Quest said late last week that would pay approximately $78.7M in cash for NetPro Computing, whose products are used to manage Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server environments.

Kyriba Enhances Cash Management Software


San Diego-based Kyriba Corporation, a venture-backed provider of software-as-a-service used for treasury cash management, said this morning that the firm has rolled out an enhancement to its offerings. Accordng to the firm, its software now connects to SWIFT, which is a financial messaging network used by banks to exchange secure messages.

High Tower Software Shuts Down


Aliso Viejo-based High Tower Software, a venture-backed developer of security, compliance, and log management software, has shut down. A spokesperson at the firm told socalTECH that the shutdown occurred yesterday, and that the firm is now in the process of looking for buyers of its technology. High Tower was backed by Falcon Fund, Hallador Venture Fund, INROADS Capital Partners, J.F. Shea, Kinship Partners, Liberty Partners, Merrill Lynch Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

Quest Software Settles With SEC


Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, a developer of system management software, said today that it has reached an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission into the firm's stock option practices. According to Quest, it has agreed to settle with the SEC, without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC's compliant. Quest said that it will consent to the entry of a judgment enjoining future violations of certain provisions of the federal securities laws.

Sometrics Rolls Ad Optimization Software


Sometrics said the software creates custom traffic reports and allows publishers to target inventory based on user demographics and social interests. The software has been available in beta since the beginning of June. Los Angeles-based Sometrics said Monday that the firm has officially launched a new product, Social Ad Manager, which the firm says is designed to help developers and social networking sites optimize their advertising inventory.

Pragmatic Solutions Upgrades Game Software


Army's "America's Army" video game, said Thursday that the firm has rolled out a new software distribution system. Army, the new software uses peer-to-peer protocol for more efficient download of the software, a first-person "shooter" style game used as a recruiting tool for the U.S. Users who download the software will provide P2P access to updates for other users. The new software also includes single sign-in to the software and game server features.

Profitable and Sustainable Business Models for Software Companies

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 -- Profitable and Sustainable Business Models for Software Companies. Many companies understand how to creating a software product or service. Learn from our panel of experts how best to approach the problem and succeed in building a successful software business. Techbizconnection. However, building a profitable and sustainable business is more challenging.

ESET Ships Antivirus Software For Smartphones


San Diego-based ESET, a developer of antivirus software, has set its sight on the mobile market, and has begun shipping a new software product aimed at smart phone users. According to ESET, it has begun shipping a new software product to protect against malware and SMS threats for Windows Mobile devices, ESET Mobile Antivirus. ESET said the new software provides both malware scanning and spam protection for SMS messaging.

Murano Software Takes On Google Android


Agoura Hills-based Murano Software, a provider of outsourced software development, is branching out into Google Android application development. Murano Software maintains four offshore development centers in Russia. According to the firm, it has created G1MobileSoft, an offshore development company devoted solely to creating mobhile applications. The firm said it will create both iPhone and Android applications for its clients.

Guidance Software Hires New Marketing VP


Pasadena-based Guidance Software, a developer of digital forensics software, said Friday that it has hired on Grant Johnson as the firm's new Vice President of Marketing. Guidance Software said that Johnson will oversee corporate marketing, product marketing, marketing programs, demand generation, sales support, marketing communications, analyst and public relations, market research and online strategy

LeisureLink Offers New Travel Booking Software


Pasadena-based LeisureLink, which markets vacation lodging through online travel sites, said Wednesday that the firm has rolled out its own specialty lodging booking software for travel companies. The firm said that the software, which helps consumers find and book rentals, is now available for private labeling by its clients. The software was originally developed for, LeisureLink's online site for finding vacation rentals.

Quest Software Promotes Garn to CEO


Quest Software Inc., 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. Garn joined Quest in 1998 and has served as president since February 2005. Before that, the company noted, he was vice president of worldwide sales.

iQstor Bundles Software With Data Storage Products


Newbury Park-based iQstor Networks, a developer of storage area networking and data storage hardware, said this week that it has added a new software bundle to its products. iQstor said that it is now including a software bundle which provides features such as storage virtualization, SAN management, snapshots, replication, and other data protection with its iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage arrays.

Docstoc Ties Into Firefox Browser Software


Santa Monica-based Docstoc is tying into a Firefox browser extension, saying Wednesday that it has tied into MashLogic, which analyzes web pages and gives users more information about sites they are visiting. According to Docstoc, its documents will be used to provide another layer of information in the MashLogic browser extension. MashLogic's browser extension highlights keywords, and then presents related URLs when users click on those keywords.

SAIC Gets $300M Software Development Contract


According to the firm, it will provide software development services for developing applications for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), a provider of federal and government-guaranteed funding for students. San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a provider of engineering and other services, announced today that it has signed a $300M, five year contract with the U.S. Department of Education.

Boeing Buys San Diego Software Services Firm


Tapestry Solutions, a San Diego-based provider of services and software for tracking equipment and spare parts for the U.S. Department of Defense, has been acquired by The Boeing Company, Boeing said late last week. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Boeing said that the acquisition will accelerate the growth of the company's service and support business. Tapestry Solutions provides tools for logistics planning, used by the U.S. Army, other parts of the U.S.

Choosing Internet Platforms


Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. Now up: Craig Ogg Co-Founder Freshly Grated Software former VP of R&D, Have had to make choices about platforms many times. I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform?

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VentureNet Screening Committee Announced

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The VentureNet 2008 Selection/Screening Committee has been announced. We’re fortunate to have such a talented group that will ensure a very exciting software and IT capital conference this year. Wow, what a prestigous list of Southern California venture capitalists, angel investors, and conference sponsors! Jim Andelman, Rincon Venture Partners John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners. Uri Blackman, GIDEON Informatics. Jeff Carmody,

Tealium Adds $35M to Expand Technology, Sharpen Customer Focus


Tealium , founded in 2008, has raised close to $113 million since its inception, according to Crunchbase , although that number includes both debt and equity deals. Omniture acquired San Diego-based WebSideStory in 2008 (after the company had rebranded itself as Visual Sciences), and Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE ) acquired Omniture in 2009.

D2 Technologies Gets Design Win


Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies' embedded software has been selected by U4EA Technologies for a residential gateway product, D2 disclosed this morning. D2 said its vPort software is being used as part of U4EA's Horizon HG1100 Home Office Gateway, which shipped last month.

FatTail Names Product Management VP


Woodland Hills-based FatTail, a developer of software for online advertising management, said today that it has appointed Ali Bohra as Vice President of Product Management.

iRise Targets Ecommerce Sites


El Segundo-based iRise, a maker of software for prototyping web applications and software, is targeting ecommerce retailers with a new set of templates, the firm said Wednesday.

OpenCandy Raises $3.5M


San Diego-based OpenCandy , a new startup focused on software recommendations and downloads, said this morning that it has raised $3.5M OpenCandy said it is developing technology which allows developers to recommend other software products.