Mission Ventures Re-Ups On Alpine Data

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San Diego-based venture capital investor Mission Ventures has re-upped its investment in San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs , a developer of Hadoop software for the big data market. Alpine Data Labs said Friday that it has raised $16M in a Series B funding, which came from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH. Greenplum was acquired by EMC in 2010.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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I spotted my fellow VC Leo Spiegel (from Mission Ventures) who had spoken previously to the same group and asked about his experiences. Most people suck at presenting to big groups.

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MaxLinear Cashes Out Venture Capital Investors

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In an unusual move, Carlsbad-based MaxLinear said today that it has reached a private deal to repurchase a significant number of its shares from its venture capital investors. The publicly held firm said it will repurchase 1.65M shares of its own stock, including 1,152,338 shares of its Class C common stock from Mission Ventures, and 500,000 shares of Class B common stock from US Venture Partners. maxlinear venture capital mission ventures usvp cashout semiconductor

Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space

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Bielas, a longtime San Diego resident who founded RSI ID Technologies, a San Diego area maker of inexpensive radio-frequency identity tags and RF readers, said he started to invest in technology startups after selling the business (which merged with Sirit in 2008) to Federal Signal in 2010. “I

Slacker Adds iPhone iOS 4 Support

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Slacker provides a customized music streaming service, and is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Nirvanix Adds Nasuni

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Nirvanix is backed by Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, and the European Founders Fund.

Slacker Links With The Source

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Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Slacker Ships On Palm webOS

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Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Slacker Gets $2.0M In Debt Funding

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San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized Internet radio service backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, has raised $2.0M Tags: slacker personal internet radio service venture capital

Slacker Expands Radio Service To Canada

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San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized Internet radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, reported Thursday that it has expanded its service into Canada.

KidZui Gets $4M

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The round was led by new investor Mission Ventures, and also included prior backers First Round Capital, Emergence Capital Partners and Maveron. Tags: kidzui browser venture capital San Diego-based Kidzui , which develops a kid-friendly web browsers, has raised $4M in a funding, according to reports.

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

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Feffer was previously an executive at MySpace, and SodaHead is backed by MDV Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Mission Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

LeisureLink Plans Vacation Pricing Report

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LeisureLink is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, Group RCI, and Mission Ventures.

Active Storage Rolls Upgraded iPhone App

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Torrance-based Active Storage , a venture-backed developer of RAID products for Apple computers, said this week that it has released an upgraded iPhone application, which allows its customers to monitor its products directly from their phone.

Nirvanix Ties With CommVault

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Nirvanix is backed by Intel Capital, Valhalla Partners, Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, and the European Founders Fund.

Slacker Radio Links With ABC News

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San Diego-based Slacker , the online personalized radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, said Thursday that it is adding ABC News to its Slacker personal radio service.

Mobile /Wireless Technologies

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 -- Mobile /Wireless Technologies. The focus of this panel is to explore Ventures in Mobile/Wireless technologies  how a deal is accomplished and how the company is valued, funded, executed, branded, and brings consumers into focus.

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

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The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partnes, and Windward Ventures. Tags: nirvanix venture capital executive storage data cloud

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. Investments were slightly down from Q2 of 2010, when the region saw $856M in funding. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $7.5M Venture Partners , Domain Associates , and New Enterprise Associates , all with three investments each.

Rotohog Becomes FastPoint Games

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The firm counts Us Magazine, Bloomberg Sports, Sports Illustrated, NASCAR, The Los Angeles Times, hi5, LG, and the NBA, as customers.Fastpoint Games is venture backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. Los Angeles-based Rotohog , the online games developer headed by Kelly Perdew, has renamed itself FastPoint Games , according to the firm.

Active Storage Names CFO

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Torrance-based Active Storage , the RAID storage firm founded by ex-Apple executives, and backed by Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, and Valhalla Partners, said Wednesday that it has hired on a CFO. The firm said it has hired Jane Wike as its CFO. Wike had previously served as CFO of Apriso Corporation, and also served at Arroyo Optics, Cybermedia, Crescenda Wireless, and ISOCOR. Wike had already been serving as Interim CFO for the company since this spring.

RotoHog Partners With Hi5

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog is in a partnership with social networking site Hi5 , Hi5 announced last night, and is using RotoHog to power a new fantasy sports game called 2010 World Futbol Challenge. hi5 said that the game is the first-ever, fantasy sports game to published on the site, and that the game will allow its users an opportunity to play along with their favorite countries during the South African, 2010 World Cup.

Four of Southern California's Cloud Computing Startups

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Here are a number of Southern California startups who are making waves in the cloud computing, as mined from our subscription venture capital database. Funding: Mission Ventures [ Profile ]. Funding: $42.5M, Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, Tenaya Capital [ Profile ].

MaxLinear Prices IPO

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MaxLinear was venture backed by USVP, Battery Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital, and others. Carlsbad-based RF semiconductor maker MaxLinear priced its IPO Tuesday evening, saying that it will offer 6,444,100 shares of its Class A common stock at $14.00 per share. The pricing was above the initial pricing range given by the firm earlier this month of $11 to $13 per share. MaxLinear said the firm's shares will begin trading on the NYSE today as MXL.

Nexiant Adds Board Member

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The firm is backed by Argentum Group, Forrest Binkley & Brown, Innocal, Inverness Capital Partners, Mission Ventures, and Omnicell. Lake Forest-based Nexiant , a developer of materials management software tools, announced this morning that it has named Michael Aghajanian to its board. Aghajanian was most recently CEO of supply chain firm PRTM, and also was founder of The Performance Measurement Group. Nexiant said that Aghajanian has over 25 years of experience in the field.

MaxLinear Gets CableLabs Certification

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MaxLinear is one of the Southern California companies in the midst of an IPO effort, hoping to list on the NYSE; the firm is venture backed by USVP, Battery Ventures, Mission Ventures, and UMC Capital. Carlsbad-based MaxLinear , a developer of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal circuits for the communications market, said today that it has certified the performance of its MxL241SF MPEG tuner with industry group CableLabs.

MaxLinear Sets IPO Range

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MaxLinear is venture backed by USVP, Battery Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital, and others. Carlsbad-based MaxLinear , a developer of radio frequency analog and mixed signal semiconductors, set its pricing range on its IPO Friday, saying that it will offer 5.43 million shares of its stock at between $11 and $13 per share. The firm is looking to trade on the NYSE as MXL.

Active Storage Rolls Out 32TB Mac Storage Product

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Torrance-based Active Storage , a venture backed developer of storage products for the Apple market, announced a new, 32TB RAID product this morning. Active Storage is headed by ex-Apple executives, and is venture backed by Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, and Valhalla Partners.

Ortiva Wireless Raises $8M

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The round was led by Intel Capital, and also included current investors Comcast Interactive Capital, Artiman Ventures, and Mission Ventures. Tags: transcoding video mobile intel capital venture wireless ortiva La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless , a developer of mobile video optimization technology, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it has raised $8M in its Series C funding.

KidZui Revs Kids Browser

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The firm, which is backed by Mission Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, First Round Capital, Maveron, and the Scholastic Corporation, said the new K2 browser is faster and simpler to use. San Diego-based KidZui , the web browser startup aiming at the children's market, said Wendesday that it has upgraded its software, launching KidZui K2.

Ortiva Wireless Finds $8.0M More

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The funding included prior investors Artiman Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Comcast Interactive Capital. Tags: ortiva wireless venture capital convertible video streaming software mobile telecom La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless , a developer of wireless software used for handling video streaming over mobile networks, has raised $8.0M out of a $10.0M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm.

RotoHog Unveils Four New Games

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The company is backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. Los Angeles-based RotoHog , the developer of online fantasy sports and entertainment games, said last night that it has launched four new partner games.

And Then There Were Three: RealD Hits Markets Today

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Investors who have benefited from the recent IPOs include VantagePoint Venture Partners, Rho Ventures, and Galleon Group, who were investors in ReachLocal; USVP, Battery Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital with MaxLinear; and Shamrock Capital, which backed RealD. With the IPO of Los Angeles-based RealD , which starts trading this morning on the NYSE as RLD, Southern California now has three successful IPOs on record.