• XCONOMY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
    [2009] SoftBank-led $114M Round Puts Qualcomm’s Brain Corp. on New Path
    founded in 2009 as a Qualcomm-incubated startup to develop software and computer systems that emulate the human brain, seems to have found a new path forward. San Diego’s Brain Corp., SoftBank’s new Vision Fund has led a $114 million investment to advance the company’s artificial intelligence technology. Qualcomm Ventures, which previously invested about $11 million in Brain Corp., was the only other investor in the Series C funding round.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017
    [2009] I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family
    Having just gotten back from my first proper 2-week vacation (as opposed to extended family gathering) since 2009 I can tell you it was truly life fulfilling. This is the single longest true vacation I have taken since 2009 and I can’t tell you how excited I am to recharge the batteries and crush my kids at Hearts. Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.”
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
    [2009] How PointPredictive Is Using Machine Learning To Uncover Fraud, With Tim Grace
    Tim Grace , who co-founded San Diego-based PointPredictive with Frank McKenna and Joe Jackson, is a startup veteran, who sold BasePoint Analytics to CoreLogic in 2009, and is a former executive from HNC Software. We sold that to CoreLogic in 2009, and that company now has roughly a 60 percent market share of mortgage applications.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
    [2009] Miva Gets Growth Capital Injection
    Miva will be led by new CEO Rick Wilson, who took over from former CEO Russ Carroll in April; Wilson had been President and COO sine 2009. San Diego-based Miva , the developer of e-commerce shopping cart software, has received a growth capital funding from private equity investor Bison Capital Partners, the companies said this week. Size of the minority investment was not announced. Miva said that the investment is the first time in its history that it has accepted growth capital funding.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017
    [2009] Chris Hollod On Investing With Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle
    I tragically lost my mom to cancer, my girlfriend (who I was living with at the time) and I broke up, and then my team and I were laid-off when the market crashed in 2009. Until I was fortunate enough to secure a job with Ron Burkle at the end of 2009. Coincidentally, that was the exact same time in 2009 when I moved out, when Ashton Kutcher started first investing.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
    [2009] How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement
    Bryan Cheung: In 2009, we switch to a subscription model. Diamond Bar-based LifeRay (www.liferay.com) is a company that not too many people have heard of, but which is used to run the websites for such well known organizations like Toyota, T-Mobile, Coach, Fujitsu, Allianz, and Sesame Street. And, even more impressively, it's now seeing more than $100M in annual revenues--without ever having taken any institutional or venture capital.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    [2009] Machinima Names New GM As Gutstein Leaves
    since 2009, and previously also had served at Electronics Arts, InfoSpace, and Mattel. Burbank-based Machinima said last week that it has named Russell Arons , Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of Machinima owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, as General Manager, to take over from current CEO Chad Gutstein, who the company said is leaving to "pursue entrepreneurial projects." Gutstein has been CEO of Machinima since 2014.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
    [2009] Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020
    Chang Xu for her tireless effort in helping me prepare and analyze the data) If you met with LPs to raise a fund in 2009–2012 the most common refrain was, “We have too many managers and too many dollars in venture. Every year Upfront Ventures surveys Limited Partners (LPs) who are the main source of capital that invests in VC funds and thus the main source of capital that goes to startups to get an early-warning sense of the year ahead, leaving aside any Black Swans.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016
    [2009] Reflections on 2016: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund
    In 2009, Lawrence formed the Lawrence C Ng Family Foundation, a grant-making organization that is dedicated to supporting non-profits whose mission is to create brighter futures for underprivileged youths through education, mentorship and career guidance. This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016
    [2009] Activision Blizzard Expands Veteran Hiring Support Through In Game Purchase
    Activision Blizzard said the endowment--which is a nonprofit founded in 2009 by CEO Bobby Kotick--so far has funded over 29,000 job placements of veterans. Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard said this week that it is expanding efforts to help veterans find high quality careers, by launching a new, in-game purchase in its popular Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare videogame. According to Activision Blizzard, its new Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.)
  • XCONOMY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016
    [2009] Sluggish Year for IPOs, But Signs Abound of Post-Election Surge
    IPO activity at a sluggish pace—so sluggish, in fact, that this year could end with the fewest IPOs and the lowest level of capital raised since 2009, according to PitchBook data for the first nine months of 2016. Uncertainty surrounding this year’s presidential election has kept U.S.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
    [2009] Interview with Cody Simms, Techstars LA
    That worked well enough, we did another class in 2008 with another 10 companies, and in 2009 we expanded to Boston. This morning, Techstars (www.techstars.org), the startup accelerator which has had great success in spreading its approach to helping to get startups to the next stage of their life�usually, funding�announced it has opened up its third accelerator in Los Angeles, Techstars LA.
  • XCONOMY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016
    [2009] Ex-Celgene Dealmaker Tom Daniel Charts a New Course Advising Biotechs
    Daniel looks to the 2009 Agios deal, a wide-ranging collaboration that included a $130 million upfront payment —a significant amount considering Agios was years away from its first clinical trials—as the bellwether deal from his tenure.
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
    [2009] Brain Corp.’s First Product is a Brain for Floor-Scrubbing Machines
    began life in 2009 with a lofty goal of reverse-engineering the human brain. San Diego’s Brain Corp. has a vision for developing the kind of technology that could some day be used to operate self-driving cars. Before getting out on the open road, however, the company wants to show its self-driving system can clean up a mess in aisle 3 at Jimbo’s. As an independent startup backed by the corporate venture arm of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ), Brain Corp.
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
    [2009] Tech Giants’ Partnership To Explore Ethics, Societal Impacts of AI
    We find that discussion of AI has increased sharply since 2009, and that these discussions have been consistently more optimistic than pessimistic. Horvitz says 2009 was an important year in the advancement of machine learning technologies.
  • XCONOMY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
    [2009] Tealium Adds $35M to Expand Technology, Sharpen Customer Focus
    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. Tealium, a San-Diego startup that provides online advertising tag management and marketing services for enterprise customers, has raised $35 million in a growth financing deal intended to expand its technology and market reach.
  • XCONOMY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
    [2009] UC San Diego Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien Dies at 64
    In 2009, Tsien and Kevin Kinsella of Avalon Ventures founded San Diego’s Avelas Biosciences to develop fluorescent proteins that change color in the presence of cancer cells. 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.
  • XCONOMY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016
    [2009] Todd Hylton Adds Neural Tech Expertise to UCSD Robotics Institute
    a Qualcomm-backed startup founded in 2009 to develop computer systems and software based on algorithms that emulate the “spiking neuron” processes of the human brain. UC San Diego has named Todd Hylton, a veteran tech industry manager and expert in neural-based processing technology, as executive director of its new Contextual Robotics Institute. Hylton was previously the executive vice president of strategy and research at Brain Corp.,
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
    [2009] Twistory Entertainment Being Sold In Asset Sale
    Twistory Entertainment was founded in 2009, and had developed Ouch! Santa Monica-based Twistory Entertainment Studios , which had been a mobile game development and graphic novel design company, is being sold in an asset sale, according to auction company CMA Auctions. CMA said that Twistory's assets--including all of its intellectual property and equipment--is being sold through an assignee for the benefit of creditors (or "ABC") sale on Monday, August 29th.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
    [2009] InTouch Health Adds Telemedicine Services, Acquires AcuteCare
    AcuteCare Telemedicine was based in Atlanta, Georgia, and was founded in 2009. Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health announced this morning that it is expanding into the tele-physician services market, and has acquired AcuteCare Telemedicine. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. InTouch Health said the acquisition will help it extend its offerings. READ MORE>>. lifescience healthcare physician acquisition merger health intouch services telemedicine acutecare
  • XCONOMY  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016
    [2009] Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent
    San Diego’s Avelas Biosciences , founded in 2009 to advance a fluorescing biologic agent intended to help surgeons differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue, has completed a $20 million Series C round of venture funding. Pharmstandard International, the Luxembourg-based investment arm of the Russian pharmaceutical giant Pharmstandard (and a first-time investor in Avelas), led the round.
  • TECH.CO  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016
    [2009] Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World Release Party & Book Signing [ LOS ANGELES ]
    The first process-based guide by Michael Fox and Miles Kemp introduced interactive architecture in 2009, and the past few years have seen its prototypical potential unleashed, manifest in the eighteen inventive projects featured in this book. Join for the unveiling of an exciting new addition to the field of architecture and technology: Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World, on Saturday, August 13 at 5:00 PM at the Neutra VDL house.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016
    [2009] Cubic Wins $33M Contract From Miami Transit
    Cubic had been the contractor for Miami-Dade's original EASY Card System install in 2009. San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems , one of the business units of Cubic Corporation, said yesterday that it has been awarded a $33M contract from the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW).
  • XCONOMY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
    [2009] Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology
    Ostendo began selling its CRVD 43-inch computer display monitor in 2009 , saying at the time that it was the world’s first curved desktop computer monitor for playing computer games, editing video, conducting training simulations, and other uses. Ostendo Technologies, a Carlsbad, CA-based company founded in 2005 to advance curved screens and other innovative display technologies, has raised $41.8 million of a new financing round intended to bring in $62.8
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
    [2009] Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology
    Ford Blakely, who was previously a business and financial consultant with LECG, founded Zingle in 2009 with a stand-alone device for restaurants, coffee shops, and other service businesses that enabled customers to use mobile text messaging for their take-out orders.
  • XCONOMY  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
    [2009] The Pan-Cancer Screen: Still Early for Prime Time
    Yet in 2009, data from a large trial demonstrated that men who were screened had the same or higher risk of death as men who were not screened. Imagine you could go to your doctor once a year for a blood test that would detect nearly every common type of cancer at an early stage. If you had a positive result, some further testing could pinpoint the cancer so you could have it treated before it spread.
  • XCONOMY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
    [2009] As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics
    — 5D Robotics , founded in 2009 in Carlsbad, CA, (about 30 miles north of San Diego), has developed a device that integrates GPS, inertial guidance, optical positioning, and other technologies. As the Federal Aviation Administration sets new rules for commercial operations of unmanned aircraft, legions of new startups are using drones to perform all kinds of tasks—from aerial inspections to mapping, imaging, and analysis.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
    [2009] Telogis Acquired By Verizon
    The company appears to have raised around $160M in funding since it first was found in 2009. Aliso Viejo-based Telogis , which develops connected vehicle software, has been acquired by Verizon , Verizon announced on Tuesday afternoon, saying it would. become part of Verizon Telematics. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Verizon said the buy would bring a "world-class" software platform and new distribution relationships to its telematics efforts.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
    [2009] SmartDrive Wins LA Metro
    Metro's bus fleet since 2009. San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems , which develops video-based, fleet- driver-safety systems, reported today that it has been selected by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) for rollout on both its bus and rail fleets. Financial details of the win were not announced, however, SmartDrive said it will roll out across the LA Metro's entire entire fleet of 2,350 buses and 315 rail cars.
  • XCONOMY  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016
    [2009] Drone On: 3D Robotics Filing Reveals $45M Financing Plan
    CEO Chris Anderson, the author and former Wired magazine editor who co-founded 3D Robotics in 2009, did not respond to an e-mail query about the financing yesterday afternoon. After a painful restructuring earlier this year, Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics appears to be raising additional capital. The high-profile drone startup, which raised $50 million in venture funding early last year in a Series C funding round led by San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ), has raised almost $26.7
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
    [2009] Penske Media Names COO
    Grobar was previously Executive Vice President of the company, and has been at the company since 2009, and before that, spent 13 years at The Walt Disney Company. Los Angeles-based Penske Media Corporation , which owns such media brands as Variety, WWD, Deadline, Indiewire, and other online and offline publications, says it has named George Grobar as its new Chief Operating Officer.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
    [2009] An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You
    Invoca had grown steadily and consistently since 2009 and by 2015 SaaS companies with scale had become hot – trading at a median of 7.3x $30 million. That’s how much Invoca raised and we’re announcing it today. It is an heroic accomplishment in a brutal fund-raising market in which only market leaders can bring in that sort of money. But the story started more than 6 months ago. And the narrative may tell you something about your own journey one day.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
    [2009] Forbes Midas List Skips SoCal, Again
    The last time Forbes has placed a Southern California venture capitalist on the Midas List appears to have been in 2009, when Jim Gauer of Palomar Ventures made the list.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016
    [2009] Report: IPO Activity In Significant Slowdown
    billion in Q1 of 2016--the weakest first quarter of the year since 2009. A new report, issued Monday, says that IPO activity has slowed significantly in Q1, with a 39 percent drop in volume and 70 percent decline in total capital raised versus Q1 of last year. The report, from Ernst & Young, said that companies are likely exploring other options or waiting for confidence to return for their IPOs. The report found 167 deals raised only $12.1
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
    [2009] Four SoCal Startups That Thrived Despite--or Because Of--Economic Downturns
    Perry Wallack, the CFO of Cornerstone OnDemand, recently talked at the Recurring Revenue Conference, describing how the company was looking for funding in the worst possible market--after the downturn in 2008--and struggled trying to find an investor, finally raising a round in March of 2009.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
    [2009] Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks
    Stick with it the same way you “didn’t get” Twitter in 2007 when you signed up but by 2009 you were using it effortlessly. As the human ear ages it loses its ability to hear high-pitched sound frequencies (above 15-16 kHz) through a condition known as presbycusis that starts at 18 years old.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
    [2009] How Tuition.IO Is Helping To Tame Student Debt, One Employee At A Time
    Brendon McQueen: I graduated from Columbia in 2009, and was a first generation college graduate. Once upon a time, one of the best benefits that employers could offer up an employee was a company contribution to their retirement plan. However, for an entire generation of employees�particularly, those coming out of school now�saving for retirement is completely overshadowed by the far more pressing, crushing burden of student debt.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
    [2009] Flying With A Wounded Wing: Why Twitter Still Has More Than A Chance
    In 2009, when the platform was just under three years old, Nielsen put out a report stating that Twitter had grown 1,382% year-over-year. My agency, VaynerMedia , used it heavily as a community management tool in 2009 and 2010. Dear Twitter, I have always loved you and I always will. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but think how excited I am about our future. Everyone is saying #RIPTwitter , but I still believe in you.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
    [2009] What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued
    As you can see below, investments have skyrocketed – up 300% since 2009. In 2009 many deals got done at $4-5 million pre and in the past few years some of these deals have gotten done at $10-12 million pre (or higher). There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling.
  • TECHEMPOWER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
    [2009] Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application
    Todd Hoff’s comprehensive 2009 blog entry on the costs of latency in web applications is still relevant today. “It was running fine.” ” In our performance consulting work, we often hear variations of the following: “Our web application was running fine with a few hundred users. Now when we run a promotion with our new partner and get a thousand users coming in at one time, it grinds to a halt.”.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
    [2009] Glaukos Starts Commercial Sales Of New Device In Canada
    Glaukos has been selling a prior version of the device in Canada since 2009. Laguna-based opthalmic device maker Glaukos said today that it has begun direct sales and commercial launch in Canada of its newiStent inject Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent devices. The devices, which are used to treat glaucoma, had already been approved by Health Canada.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015
    [2009] What Role Will Big Data Play in Crime Prevention?
    In conjunction with the United States military, Harvard researchers analyzed nearly a million soldiers who served between 2004 and 2009. As the old adage goes, hindsight is always 20/20. It’s only after a crime occurs that family members, friends, and law enforcement officials recognize the “signs” of a delinquent’s impending lawbreaking. Police departments and other law enforcement agencies are frequently reacting to crimes. Now, thanks to Big Data analysis , they can be proactive.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
    [2009] Shoes Of Prey Raises $15M, Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica
    The company was founded by Michael Fox, Mike Knapp and Jodie Fox in Sydney in 2009. Shoes Of Prey , a fashion startup which allows women to custom order shoes to their specifications, has raised $15M in a Series B funding, and set up shop in Santa Monica, according to the company. The startup--which was started in Australia--said the funding came from Blue Sky Capital, Greycroft Partners, Nordstrom, and Khosla Ventures.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
    [2009] Cornerstone OnDemand Extends Alliance With ADP
    The two have been working together since 2009 to make Cornerstone's larger, enterprise targeted offerings, available to ADP's larger customers. Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the provider of cloud-based talent management software for the enterprise, and human resources management outsourcer ADP , said today that they have expanded an existing strategic alliance between the companies to target small businesses.
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015
    [2009] VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round
    Too Early – Twilio secured a $1M seed round during the first half of 2009, nearly one year after we met with Jeff. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. There are a number of reasons why Rincon Venture Partners passed on Twilio’s Seed Round. In retrospect, our decision was both perfectly rational and completely lame. VC's love to talk about their successes. However, they seldom acknowledge their mistakes.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015
    [2009] Fuze, Once Known As CallWave, Acquired By ThinkingPhones
    Callwave was founded in 1998, had its IPO back in 2004, but moved to San Francisco in 2009. Fuze , the latest incarnation of onetime high flying telephony service Callwave, has been acquired by ThinkingPhones > , the two companies announced this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Fuze, which still had offices in Santa Barbara, offered up cloud-based teleconferencing services.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015
    [2009] REACH NeXT Alumni Gets Into 500 Startups! | Batch 15 Announced
    Joel worked with Steve Jobs on special projects at Apple and invented the cheapest prosthetic knee on the market, one of the top 50 inventions of 2009 as ranked by Time magazine. 500 Startups officially announced their Batch 15. Among them is one of our very own REACH NeXT alumni Mahmee ! We were stoked when we partnered with 500 startup for REACH NeXT and now are over the moon that they selected one of our winners. Congrats to the Melissa Hanna and the rest of the Mahmee team!
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015
    [2009] Mojix Names New CEO
    Doles was most recently Director of Connexive, which he had co-founded in 2009, and also had served as President and CEO of WhereNet, along with time at Zebra Technologies, PeopleSoft, Red Pepper Software, and Ernst & Young. Los Angeles-based RFID technology developer Mojix said this morning that it has named Dan Doles as its new President and CEO, replacing longtime founder and CEO Dr. Ramin Sadr.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015
    [2009] Secure Technology Company Sold To Benchmark Electronics For $230M
    Vance Street Capital had acquired Secure in October of 2009. Santa Ana-based Secure Technology Company , a developer of ruggedized computers for the military and other markets, has been sold to Benchmark Electronics in a deal worth $230M in cash. Secure Technolgoy Company was owned by private equity investor Vance Street Capital. Secure Technology's computers and other electronics are sold into the highly regulated industrial, aerospace and defense markets.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
    [2009] Infinitely Virtual Aims At Healthcare Market
    Infintely Virtual says it is in the midst of preparing for an audit, specifically to verify its ability to provider HIPAA hosting, and to verify that it meets Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Los Angeles-based cloud hosting and software provider Infinitely Virtual said today that it is looking to expand its services, with a move into HIPAA compliant hosting.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [2009] IBM’s Watson Analyzes Kanye West’s VMA Speech for Character Defects
    The 38-year-old rapper and record producer is famous for marrying Kim Kardashian and for taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift as she was accepting the 2009 MTV VMA for Best Female Video. Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs. Who is Kanye West really? A man who every year has come to upstage most acts at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with some crazy rant. Everyone has an opinion, but only IBM’s cognitive computer Watson has a Personality Insights analyzer.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [2009] IBM’s Watson Analyzes Kanye West’s VMA Speech for Character Defects
    The 38-year-old rapper and record producer is famous for marrying Kim Kardashian and for taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift as she was accepting the 2009 MTV VMA for Best Female Video. Kanye West and Taylor Swift at VMAs. Who is Kanye West really? A man who every year has come to upstage most acts at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with some crazy rant. Everyone has an opinion, but only IBM’s cognitive computer Watson has a Personality Insights analyzer.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
    [2009] Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing
    These are all normal things but in this big run since 2009 we’ve all gotten used to nearly 100% follow-on financing rates, valuations only moving up, deals clearly the convertible note caps and low mortality rates. For anybody whose only been an entrepreneur (or VC) since 2009 it would be easy to think we’re not correlated.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015
    [2009] BERKONOMICS CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION
    Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five continents by an audience that is 45% female. September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS , the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors. One third of its readers are aged 25-34.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
    [2009] Chrome River: Building An Enterprise Software Leader In LA, with Dave Terry
    We formed the company in 2007, came out with our first product in late 2008, and began selling in earnest in 2009. In 2009, we immediately approached the law firm market because we knew it so well, and because we had lots of relationships from over the years.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015
    [2009] Page Howe: Why Everyone In LA Ought To Have a.LA Domain
    Page Howe: I've been a fan of the domain since 2008 and 2009, having grown up in LA, lived here, and seen the story here through the good and the bad. Between 2004 and 2009, things were driven by Google's search engine algorithms. We recently ran into Page Howe , the Chief Engagement Officer for the.LA (www.la) domain name extension, who sat down with us and told us about why he's out making the rounds with community groups and events, promoting the use of.LA as a domain extension.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] Jetpack Gives a Boost to Mobile and Rich Media Advertising
    Jetpack was founded in 2009 by digital media veterans Marc Brown, Chris Tragos and Kevin Woolery. Advertising technology is hot with the rise of mobile, evidenced in part by Verizon’s merger with AOL valued at $4.4 billion, and on a much smaller scale, Undertone’s recent acquisition of mobile ad provider Sparkflow. Until recently, three legacy providers (Sizmek, PointRoll and Google’s DoubleClick) have dominated the rich media market.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] How Do You Know if You Have the Right CEO to Run Your Business Until the End?
    When we first funded the company in 2009 we knew there was a big opportunity to help businesses automate marketing through phone channels. Many people don’t know that I actually became Chairman of my first company and relinquishing the CEO role before the company was sold.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
    [2009] More Great News for #LATech – Crosscut Ventures Raises $75 Million Fund
    This includes GumGum where they led the seed round and it was only the second VC deal I had ever done in 2009. Crosscut Ventures has just announced their 3rd fund and clocking in at $75 million , which will be focused heavily on Los Angeles – FTW. A seed fund this size (and with increasing numbers of venture funds being raised by LA-based VC’s) has overcome a decade-long resistance and belief that you could only build great tech companies in Silicon Valley.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
    [2009] Do Less. More.
    And with the crash of Sept 2009 – March 2009 the market cleared out created an open field in which to invest, go slowly, learn and let companies mature before they felt the need to be “hyped.” We are experiencing a frenetic time. I rarely talk to any startup entrepreneur or VC who doesn’t feel it and somehow long for simpler times despite the benefits we all enjoy from increased enthusiasm for our sector.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015
    [2009] UCLA Anderson Gets $11M For New Technology Center
    Easton, who helped establish the Easton Technology Leadership Program at UCLA in 2009, has a background in engineering from UCLA. UCLA's Anderson School of Business has launched a new research center, called the Easton Technology Management Center , thanks to an $11M gift from James L. Easton, the CEO of Easton Sports.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [2009] What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?
    This was until about 2009 because most the investments in companies came from one, maybe two, sources. Over the years I’ve written extensively about the downsides of convertible notes for startups such as here , here and here. The truth is that I’ve been warning about convertible notes since 2010 it was first declared that “convertible notes have won.”
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [2009] TechZulu #TechCrawl | Hollywood Edition
    Grindr, which first launched in 2009, has exploded into the largest and most popular all-male location-based social network out there. TZ Tech Crawl is back this month and heading to Hollywood! Come take a tour of some of the hottest LA Tech companies and Co-Working spaces filled with Startups & Entrepreneurs located in Hollywood! Starting Point. Swing by Grindr to pickup your name tags. The first wave of crawlers will begin promptly at 6pm.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [2009] Another Big Exit For Local Angels With Mindbody?
    Local angels--whose biggest exit so far in recent years was the IPO of Green Dot back in 2010--were the first backers of MindBody, having first received funding from Frontera Capital, the Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels back in 2009. Local angel investors--including the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels --might just have another big hit on their hands, with the news today that San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody has filed for an IPO.
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [2009] Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup
    When the US government announced the 2009 Cash For Clunkers stimulus plan, it promised dealers they would receive payment “within 10-days.” A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The US Postal Service pulled off another debacle with the Maya Angelou stamp. Their task was simple. Combine a photo of Ms. Angelou with one of her more memorable verses. Instead, the coupled her image with text written by Joan Walsh Anglund. <break <break here> Twice Isn’t Charming.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
    [2009] Here is The Best Data You’ll Find on the LA Tech Market
    As an active investor in the Los Angeles technology market we’re always seeking to better understand the data and trends of why our market has grown so rapidly since 2009. We look for pockets of excellence where we may have skills that aren’t native in other markets or where our home town may have some unique skills or talents. Everybody now knows that LA produced SnapChat, Tinder and Maker Studios.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
    [2009] Seven Lakes Technologies Raises $20M
    The company was founded in 2009, and is led by Shiva Rajagopalan. Westlake Village-based Seven Lakes Technologies , a developer of enterprise software for the oil and gas industry, raised $20M in a Series A funding round earlier this year. The funding came from Carrick Capital Partners. Seven Lakes Technologies developers enterprise workflow and analytics software for the oil and gas exploration and production industries.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
    [2009] Angel Group Gives Luis Villalobos Award
    The ACA''s award is named after Tech Coast Angels founder Luis Villalobos, who passed away in 2009. The Angel Capital Association , a national association for angel investors, said Wednesday that it has awarded the Luis Villalobos Award to a company, for being the most innovative angel backed company from its members.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015
    [2009] Semtech Sells Off Defense, Microwave Business
    Semtech had originally planned to divest and shut down its defense and microwave communications business, which it had acquired as part of its buy of Sierra Monolithics in 2009. Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech said late Tuesday that it has completed a divestiture of its defense and microwave communications infrastructure business. Semtech said it sold its business to Jariet Technologies , in exchange for a minority equity interest in the new company.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015
    [2009] Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire
    This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. I reached out after the event to learn more. We started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
    [2009] Cohu Names Board Member
    Funke was most recently an senior executive at Multitest GmbH, having been that company''s CEO from 2001 until 2009. Poway-based Cohu , which develops semiconductor test tools and systems, said yesterday that t has named Karl H. Funke to its board of directors. Funke had been at Multitest GmbH since 1994. READ MORE>>. cohu board member semiconductor test executive multitest karl hunke
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
    [2009] Taking My Hat Off to @Shervin and His Hyperloop Ambitions
    in 2009. Yes, I still used a Blackberry in 2009. *. Shervin Pishevar. Many of the articles I’ve read about him over the last several years have a listing of his biggest successes – mostly Uber – and a tinge of cynicism about his close connections with celebrities or self promotion. Not this one. I’m going to write a pure admiration piece. A “hats off” (see what I did there?) story about big bets and equally grand huevos.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015
    [2009] New Matter Gets $6.5M For 3D Printing
    Interestingly enough, New Matter--whose chairman is Idealab''s Bill Gross--is the second time around on a 3D printing startup for Idealab, which was before its time with personal 3D printer company Desktop Factory, which it started bringing to market in 2007, but eventually sold to 3D Systems in 2009, well before the current 3D printing craze. Pasadena-based New Matter , which is developing consumer focused, 3D printers, said today that it has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding round.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [2009] Guidance Software Promotes VP
    McManamy has been Senior Counsel and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software since 2009. Pasadena-based Guidance Software , the developer off e-discovery and forensic software, said this morning that it has named Chad McManamy as its new Vice President of E-Discovery and Assistant General Counsel. The company said McManamy''s new role has him leading the company''s e-discovery marketing and sales efforts. READ MORE>>. guidance software forensics ediscovery executive president
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [2009] Tinder Buys Chill, The Maker Of Tappy
    back in 2009. Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has acquired Chill , the maker of Tappy, a Snapchat-like instant messaging service which revolves around photo sharing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the buy, Tappy will shut down. Chill was founded by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, and was venture backed by William Morris Endeavor (WME), Kleiner, 500 Startups, Redpoint Ventures, Crunchfund, Science Media, Troy Carter and Atlas Venture.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
    [2009] Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund
    Our 3rd fund began investing in March 2009 (raised in 2008) and our 4th fund started in April 2012 so this fund will naturally begin investing around March / April 2015. We believe the investors who committed to our 2009 and 2012 will end up very pleased because we really like the portfolio of companies we have invested in across these two funds.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [2009] What Future for Accelerators?
    It was 2009 and it was terribly difficult to get any financing (if you can remember a time like that!) Accelerators have had quite a good run the past 5+ years. Not just Y Combinator and TechStars but a host of other accelerators across the country. I have been involved with a high profile one in Los Angeles – Launchpad LA – and we’ve decided to make a shift so I thought this was a good time for reflection.
  • SOCALTECH  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [2009] Amazon Takes On Local Service Referrals In LA
    Local handyman referral services have been a perennial favorite for startups in Los Angeles, with services as Done Right (acquired by Tree.com in 2009), and Insider Pages (acquired by Citysearch in 2007, now part of Citygrid). Amazon.com is in a bid to take a share of the Los Angeles market for local referrals for handymen and service providers, as Los Angeles continues to be a major launch market for on-demand, services marketplaces.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
    [2009] Savings.com Pinpoints Holiday Deal Days, Rolls Pricing Tool
    million deals during the 2009 to 2013 period. Looking for a deal this year on holiday gifts? Los Angeles-based Savings.com said Tuesday that it has pinpointed the best days to buy products, based on data from the last four years gathered on its site from 25,000 retailers, and for monitoring more than 1.5
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
    [2009] Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
    Allen Hurff: From 1997 to 2009, you could never really find a group of people in Southern California you could meet with at a cafe in the industry, but if you went to San Francisco, you could go someplace like 21st Amendment near South Park, and sit in a room with eight people and create a future protocol of the Internet. Back in 2009, everyone had an opinion on how I should pitch people.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [2009] When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?
    I first met Nick Halstead in 2009 when he was running a company called Tweetmeme (the predecessor to DataSift) who had invented the Retweet button and actually helped Twitter develop its early API. I remain as childishly giddy at Nick’s vision as I did in our conference hangout we had in 2009.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [2009] What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?
    I have come to realize that since the great tech boom started in 2009 and given the massive increase in first-time angels, first-time seed funds, first-time accelerators … there market is just filled with well-intentioned terrible advice. Marc Andreessen kicked off another great debate on Twitter last night , one that I’ve been talking about incessantly in private circles for the past 2-3 years – what actually IS the definition of a seed vs. A-round.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
    [2009] Shopping for a Change | Shopping for Fair Trade Goods
    Stacey Horowitz, Founder of SFAC, started the non-profit business from a trip to Peru in 2009. The internet connects us to billions of products online. Online merchandise range from being silly to creative design to daily items. Fair trade is becoming more common, but many of the sites that offer those goods follow a for-profit business model and only a handful follow the non-profit road.
  • DARADICTION  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014
    [2009] Nanu Nanu to Robin Williams, Bill Griffin, & Ashley Taylor too.
    The year prior, in 2009, my friend Ashley Taylor died of asphyxiation in her bedroom in the San Fernando Valley. Hearing the news about Robin Wililams' death this past week hit me like a dump truck. It felt like losing a family member. I grew up watching "Mork & Mindy" and remember as a kid being so amused by his "nanu nanu's", and inspired by other characters that he played over the years like Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society, and Good Will Hunting.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
    [2009] Ice Energy Names President
    The company--which develops a product which uses the creation of ice to cut power consumption and usage during peak electricity usage times--said Hopkins has been at Ice Energy since 2009. Los Angeles-based energy storage technology developer Ice Energy has named a new president, saying that it has appointed Mike Hopkins to the role.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] Microsemi Buys Mingoa
    Mingoa was founded in 2009, and had been targeting such areas as enterprise carrier Ethernet, mobile/small cell backhaul, and data centers with its technology. Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa , a developer of semiconductor IP focused on accelerated, real-time Ethernet. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Microsemi, it will use the buy to enhance its capabilities in the Carrier Ethernet area.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] The Changing Structure of the VC Industry
    The “big boom” in startup financing started around March 2009?—?more There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been. The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like).
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [2009] Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful
    Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate incubators. And importantly we’ve had revenue.
  • SOCALTECH  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
    [2009] Aerie Pharmaceuticals Adds Mazzo To Board
    Mazzo is currently Operating Partner at Versant Ventures, and also headed up AMO after its acquisition by Abbott Laboratires in 2009, when it was renamed Abbott Medical Optics. Newport Beach-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that former Advanced Medical Optics founder James Mazzo has joined the company''s board of directors.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
    [2009] CardiAQ Sues Neovasc
    The two apparently had been partnered in a development project back in 2009, where Neovasc had been offering support services to CardiAQ; CardiAQ now claims that Neovasc used that to develop its own, mitral valve program. Irvine-based medical device manufacturer CardiAQ Valve Technologies , which develops mitral valves used for heart surgery, has sued Neovasc , claiming fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
    [2009] Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate
    We first met five years ago through serendipity as I described in this 2009 blog post and elaborated on again in more detail 2010. In my Twitter bio is says that I’m “ looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs ,” which almost sounds like I was just looking for a cliché soundbite to describe myself. Yet along with “authenticity” they are two of the key attributes I look for when I meet with companies I may consider funding one day.
  • SOCALTECH  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
    [2009] AssetAvenue Hires Early Indiegogo Employee
    According to AssetAvenue, it has hired Adam Chapnick, who was the first employee out of the Indiegogo crowdfunding site back in 2009. Los Angeles-based AssetAvenue , the real estate crowdfunding site led by David Manshoory, has snagged the first employee out of Indiegogo. Chapnick will serve as Chief Strategy Officer for AssetAvenue, which operates an online crowdfunding site to find investors for commercial and other real estate deals. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    [2009] 2U Raises $120M In IPO
    2U was previously known as 2tor, and first raised funding back in 2009 , when Redpoint was a very active Los Angeles area investment firm. 2U , an online education company which has significant operations in Los Angeles, has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, debuting Friday morning as TWOU.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
    [2009] How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day
    As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago. I spent my first year developing proprietary deal flow and learning the business and then the Sept 2008 / Lehman Bros collapse / financial meltdown happened. That company was Invoca, which just announced a $20 million fund raise led by Accel.
  • SOCALTECH  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [2009] MRV Communications Upgrades To NASDAQ Global Market
    MRV has been on the OTC markets since a delisting way back in 2009, when it was one of dozens and dozens of firms caught up in the SEC''s investigations over stock option price granting practices in the industry. Chatsworth-based optical networking hardware provider MRV Communications said this morning that it is upgrading its stock listing from the over-the-counter market, to the NASDAQ Global Market.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT   |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
    [2009] An Afternoon with Rap Genius | Mahbod Moghadam (Co-Founder)
    Beginning with hip hop in 2009, they’ve since included different genre verticals into their model with rock, poetry, news, even bible. This article wasn’t actually from a single interview, but the result of a couple of conversations with a co-founder of Rap Genius , the wildly profiled lyrics annotation site. Originally, I played around with some upworthy titles including: Keeping it Real with the Homies of Rap Genius.
  • SOCALTECH  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014
    [2009] MindBody Raises $50M
    Mindbody first raised funding back in 2009, when it gained backing from the Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, and other local angels. In one of the largest rounds for a Central Coast company in recent years--and the largest venture investment in San Luis Obispo ever--cloud software maker MindBody has raised $50M in a funding round.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [2009] Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong
    source: Harris Interactive IM Shopping Poll (August 2009)). If you follow the tech media you would be subject to a lot of narrative biases that are completely off base – and this includes the value of email and phone calls. TL;DR. Tech news keeps proclaiming “phone calls are dead,” which is useful except that the data suggests the exact opposite. Calls are changing but not dying.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. 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. Now that’s the crazy part.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. 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. Now that’s the crazy part.
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