Study: Angel Investments Drop In 2008


The Angel Capital Association reported this week that investing activity by angel investments groups dropped by nine percent between 2008 and 2007, and 40 percent of angel groups expect overall investment to decrease again this year. The group, which released its ACA Angel Group Confidence Report this week, also found that the average group investment per deal was $276,918 in 2008, with total invested by groups in 2008 averaging at $1.77M.

Lean-Agile: Case Studies from and Profitline

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Friday, September 26, 2008 -- "Lean-Agile: Case Studies from and Profitline" SDSIC. More companies are adopting revolutionary new processes known collectively as Lean (reduce waste, improve quality, and time-to-market) and Agile (Scrum, XP) methodologies to develop and deliver the software their customers want, when they want it. But so far most of these initiatives have been driven by technical teams based on technical benefits.

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Value and Meetups - SEO / SEM


The meeting had a decent case study and some pretty good discussion around the room of different tools that you might consider using. I went to a meetup yesterday that was on the topic of Internet Marketing / SEO / SEM. Then the organizer went into a 20 minute sales pitch around his new training/coaching offering. It felt like a bad time share presentation.

LAVA Holiday Party

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 -- LAVA Holiday Party and PwC "Shaking the MoneyTree". Please join LAVA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and a distinguished panel of industry experts and local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q3 2008. The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide.

Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 -- Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization. Join us for a panel presentation and discussion of real-world case studies about the organizational change in roles and responsibilities that occurred at two of San Diego’s premier companies on the way to becoming more lean and agile. SDSIC. Adopting Lean-Agile software philosophies and development methodologies involves requires that internal organizations and roles change.

3rd Annual Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa

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Friday, November 7, 2008 -- 3rd Annual Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa. This one-day event will include sessions among top researchers from the consortium (UCSD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Burnham Institute for Medical Research and the Scripps Research Insitute) along with several biotechnology companies from the region.

Essentials of Company Formation

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 -- So you want to start a company. Favorito will present a business case study on QuantumSphere, and you'll get to hear first-hand from Maloney about starting and growing a company. Essentials of Company Formation. OCTANe. If you've ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, this program is for you. Learn what it takes to start your own business.


Interview with Dr. Ramin Sadr, Mojix


We did market studies, talked to customers, and launched a prototype in 2006, launching the company in 2008.

Interview with Eric Bjorndahl,


Eric Bjorndahl: My personal experience, is I studied in Rome in my senior year in college.

Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent


Avelas licensed its core technology from the UC San Diego lab of Roger Tsien, who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein. The Phase 1b study also determined a preferred dose for the next stage in the study.

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RFID Hands on Workshop

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 -- RFID Hands on Workshop. Industrially relevant RFID case studies and their results will also be presented. WINMEC. Faculty and researchers from UCLA-WINMEC RFID Lab who have been working on RFID for several years, will address these and other issues that arise in the process of using RFID for the enterprise.

Sensory Medical Finds $2.5M


According to Sensory Medical, the funding will go towards launching an FDA clinical study on its devices for treatment of RLS. San Clemente-based Sensory Medical, a medical device firm focused on Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), said Wednesday that it has raised $2.5M in a Series A funding. The round came from Salt Creek Medical Device Development. Jim Voelker of Salt Creek, and Chairman and CEO of InfoSpace, will join the firm's board of directors as part of the funding

How To Snag Lunch With A High-Profile Entrepreneur


Benedikt Scholz is an exceptional student whom I had the pleasure of instructing when he recently studied at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008, Adam simultaneously founded three ventures while working a day job. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

KidZui Adds Social Networking, Homework Help


In addition, KidZui rolled out a homework help tool which allows kids to find information about subjects they are studying at school. San Diego-based KidZui, a venture-backed startup which develops a kid-safe Internet browser, said Monday that it has added new social networking features and homework help to the firm's suite of services.

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Pasadena-based Cramster ( recently announced $3M in a large angel round for the firm's online study communities. Cramster is looking to create online study groups, to help high school and college students study math, science, and other topics. Aaron Hawkey: Cramster is an online study community, built around students and educational subjects. What we're trying to emulate is the face-to-face study group.

Venture Investors Gain Confidence


A new study released last night finds that Silicon Valley venture capitalists have gained significant confidence from last quarter. The index has been rising more or less steadily since a low in Q4 of 2008. The study speculated that the reason for the increased confidence from VCs included improving financial markets for IPOs and strategic exits; improvement in the broader economy; and optimism in such area as cloud, social, and mobile companies.

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Venture Totals Drop In Southern California For Quarter


A study of the venture capital deal flow in Southern California conducted by socalTECH shows that venture capital deals dropped for Q3, to around $720M in deals, in a market dominated by clean technology firms. The numbers, which were drawn from venture deals tracked and reported in socalTECH's proprietary venture capital database, found that there was $719.7M in venture capital deals in the third quarter, down dramatically from $1.2B

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round


There were no unicorns in sight on April 14th, 2008 when Kevin O'Connor, my Partner Jim Andelman and I met Twilio's Founder and CEO, Jeff Lawson. A true Internet Pioneer, by 2008, Kevin had already founded or co-founded two Unicorns in his own right, DoubleClick (sold to Google $3.1

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UC San Diego Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien Dies at 64


Roger Tsien, a UC San Diego scientist who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for research that led to the development of fluorescent proteins used to illuminate tissue and track biological processes, has died, according to a statement from the university.

Corporate Social Responsibility

AeA Los Angeles Council

Our discussion included case study examples to answer the following questions: What are the different roles of innovation? I was invited to speak to an elite Los Angeles group of high powered CMOs (Chief Marketing Officers) about innovation and corporate social responsibility. Does being ethical pay? When do consumers reward a socially responsible company? When does a great CSR initiative go bad? Start-ups, SMEs, NGOs, Transnationals -- when to collaborate & when to walk away?

Greening the Workplace with TELEWORK

AeA Los Angeles Council

A study by the Telework Coaltion surveyed 13 organizations that collectively had more than 77,000 teleworkers. Check this out: We could save 1.35-billion gallons of fuel and $4.5-billion dollars (at the current price of $3.33) if everyone with the potential to telework did so just 1.6 days a week. The Environmental Protection Agency calculates that the saved fuel would prevent 26 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from being released in the atmosphere.

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AeA Los Angeles Council

Environmental Protection Agency to study trends in data-center energy use. While different decision makers want different rewards, they still want their green to turn to gold. The CEO: Since the main role of the CEO is to set strategy & vision, it’s hard not to consider aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) when setting the direction of a firm. CSR has begun to shape the culture of firms across the country.


Green Jobs Growth Surges In California, Says Report


The report, based on data from January 2008 to 2009, found the Los Angeles Area had 23 percent of green employment in the state, and 22 percent of green businesses. The report also found that San Diego, along with the Bay Area, led in green job growth over the study period, with San Diego's green jobs growing by seven percent compared with eight percent growth in the Bay Area.

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

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Around 2001 Jonah was studying at MIT Media Lab and began running experiments in viral stories in an era before smart phones (2007) and before social networks took off (2004–2007) and before YouTube (2005). BuzzFeed.

Render Media: Creating A Digital Publisher In The Social Age


We came together in 2008, to focus on digital content. There are lots of studies that show that friends who show each other content, are five times more likely to engage with the brand they have been introduced to, compared with a brand that was not recommended by friends.

The Future of Couponing | How Social-Local-Mobile has Changed the Game

Tech Zulu Event

The rise of couponing in late 2008 coincided with the recession of the late 2000s;” this factor combined with an increased consumer interest in mobile technology and devices led to an unprecedented decline in print media. A study conducted by Rice University’s Jesse H.

NeuroVigil Gets Funding


NeuroVigil's technology is based on research from the Salk Instutute for Biological Studies. NeuroVigil has previously raised seed funding from DFJ Frontier, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Zone Ventures, which invested $250K in the firm when it won the 2008 DFJ Venture Challenge. La Jolla-based NeuroVigil , a firm developing non-invasive wireless brain recording technology and advanced computational analysis techniques, has raised a first round of funding, the firm said this week.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games


I studied cognitive science, the study of the brain, as an undergraduate. An example of that is we have built in daily tips, which we have put together after going through 17,000 medical studies on what to do to reduce early memory loss.

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The Most Important Political Show on TV

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The guests included Robin Wright (a leading expert on Iran), Vali Nasr (Dean of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) and Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institute.

Why I’m Standing Today with My African American Friends, Family & Colleagues

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I remember how proud I felt for our country in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. “It stops today.” ” I spent the entire day yesterday in a deposition so I was offline from the world around me – a rare day of no email, no social media and even no news.

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Congrats To All The Winners and Thanks To Our Speakers at #REACHNeXT!

Tech Zulu Event

Co-founded DigiSynd, which was acquired by Disney in 2008. Early 20s: Studied EE and went to business school at age 23. We did it folks! The 1st annual REACH NeXT event was a great success!

Interview with Michael Witz, Mob Science


Michael Witz: We've been building smaller, lightweight games on the Facebook platform since early 2008. We're studying how Zynga has been successful, and I think a large part of that success has been their ability to take and analyze the structure and data that flows through their games.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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It’s true this was much bigger in the dot com era but I’ve studied the data and know that over the past decade these numbers are right. 2008 App ecosystem on iOS = $0.