Claremont Technology Group

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, February 22, 2010 -- Claremont Technology Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Local network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and digital media industry in and around Claremont.

Overcoming Startup Company Challenges

SoCal Tech Calendar

Elena Medo of Neolac (Murrrieta) and Shenda Baker of Synedgen (Claremont) will speak about "Overcoming Startup Company Challenges". Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- SoCalBio Women, Work and Wisdom (W3) Mixer in Los Angeles. See [link] (more

Prisyna Names Marketing Director

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Claremont-based oral health startup Prisyna , which recently raised $6M, has named Robert Riggs as its Director of Marketing. Riggs previously was at Blu Theory Solutions, and also served at Nobel Biocare North America, Oralogix Corporation, and ESPE America. Prisyna operates as a unit of Synedgen. The company said the hire comes as it launches an aggressive sales and marketing effort. READ MORE>>. prisyna marketing executive oral health startup

ecoATM Hits One Million Recycled Electronic Devices

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The firm was part of the EvoNexus incubator, and is venture backed by Claremont Creek Ventures, Coinstar, and Tao Venture Capital Partners. San Diego-based ecoATM , the startup led by Tom Tullie which develops kiosks for recycling used mobile phones, MP3 players, and tablets, reported yesterday that it has now recycled more than one million electronic devices. EcoATM develops self serve kiosks which pay users cash when they trade in their electronic devices.

Silicon Beach Software's Dark Castle Revived Online

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Silicon Beach's Jonathan Gay programmed Dark Castle while still in college at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, in a collaboration with game designer Mark Pierce. Dark Castle , the popular 1980's video game for the Macintosh developed by San Diego's Silicon Beach Software , has been revived--this time, on the web--as part of a trove of throwback Apple Mac software products released by the Internet Archive.

ecoATM Raises $14.4M

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The funding came from Coinstar and Claremont Creek, along with venture debt from Silicon Valley Bank. Randy Hawks of Claremont Creek, and Gary Cohen, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Redbox, join the firm's board as part of the funding. San Diego-based ecoATM , a startup which develops automated kiosks for evaluating and buying back consumer electronics, announced today that it has raised $14.4M

Sapphire Energy Names New CTO

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and Joy Rathmann Professor and Director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute at the Claremont Colleges. San Diego-based green technology firm Sapphire Energy , which is developing algae-to-crude oil production technology, has named Dr. Matthew Croughan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Sapphire has raised more than $300M in funding from such investors as Arrowpoint Partners and Monsanto. According to Sapphire, Croughan was most recently the George B.

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EcoATM Scores Recognition At DEMO

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ecoATM is headed by Tom Tullie, and is backed by Coinstar and Claremont Creek. San Diego's EcoATM , the developer of kiosk-based buyback of consumer electronics, has scored one of the top prizes at the DEMO conference in Palm Springs. The firm was named a DEMOgod winner, one of the top seven firms to pitch at the launch event. The firm is fresh off of a $14.4M fundraising it announced in February. READ MORE>>. ecoatm demo consumer electronics kiosk buyback conference launch

Prisyna Gets $6M For Oral Health Products

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Claremont-based Prisyna , a unit of Synedgen, said this morning that it has raised $6M in a growth equity investment, to help it advance its products. The funding came from Andrew Miller. Prisyna is developing a treatment called Moistagen, which it says relieves the symptoms of dry mouth, as well as treats oral mucositis due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

EcoATM Acquired For $350M By Coinstar

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The acquisition looks to be a great one for EcoATM''s investors, which also included Claremont Creek Ventures, Tao Venture Capital Partners, and Jens Molbak. San Diego-based startup EcoATM , the developer of automated kiosks used for recycling cell phones and other electronics, has been acquired by newly renamed Coinstar (now known as Outerwall). According to Outerwall, it will pay $350M in cash for EcoATM. Outerwall already owned 23 percent of ecoATM.

Genalyte Raises $11.8M

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The round came from Redmile Group, Claremont Creek Ventures, as well as earlier investors in the firm. San Diego-based Genalyte , a developer of life sciences equipment which uses silicon chips for protein and nucleic acid testing. said this morning that it has raised $11.8M in a Series B financing round. The company said the new funding will go towards commercialization of its platform, which it is targeting at autoimmune and immunoassay applications.

Scripted.com, Backed By LA Investors, Finds $9M More

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The company was founded by UCLA Andreson and USC Film School grads who had met as undergrads at Claremont McKenna. Scripted.com , which operates an online marketplace for professionally written content--which was originally backed by LA investors--has raised $9M more in a funding. The company--led by UCLA Anderson grad Sunil Rajaraman--had originally raised funding from such local LA investors as Jody Mulkey (Shopzilla), Paige Craig, Keith Richman, and actor/director/writer Edward Burns.

Building Robotics Backed By Navitas Capital

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The funding came from Claremont Creek Ventures, Google Ventures, Formation 8, Navitas Capital, Red Swan Ventures, and other angels. Building Robotics , a developer of software to manage heating and cooling in commercial buildings, has raised $1.4M in a seed funding, which included Navitas Capital, a venture firm with offices in Los Angeles.

Ripple Acquirer Raises Funds

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from DFJ and its existing backer Claremont Creek Ventures, which the firm said would go towards expansion of its network.

ecoATM Expands Recycling Kiosk Network

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EcoATM is led by Tom Tullie, and venture backed by Coinstar, PI Holdings, Moore Venture Partners, AKS Capital, Koh Boon Hwee, Claremont Creek Ventures and TAO Ventures. San Diego-based ecoATM , the startup which develops interactive kiosks which buy back used mobile phones and other electronics, said today that it has expanded its network of kiosks into Texas.

Wheelz Expands In Los Angeles

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According to Wheelz, it has added the Claremont Colleges, Loyola marymount, Caltech, and Occidental to its list of local schools, which already includes USC and UCLA. Peer-to-peer car sharing service Wheelz has expanded into the Los Angeles, saying that it has added four college campuses in Los Angeles to its list of local schools where it lets students share their cars with others.

Ripple TV Acquired By TargetCast

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in venture capital from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Trinity Ventures; TargetCast is venture backed by Claremont Creek Ventures. El Segundo-based Ripple has been acquired by TargetCast Networks, a San Ramon-based operator of a out-of-home digital advertising network.

Bikestation Gains Funding

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The firm operates facilities in Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Palo Alto, and Seattle, and says it is opening facilities in Washington, DC; Salt Lake City, Claremont, and Tempe, Arizona this year. Irvine-based Bikestation , a developer of facilities for bicycle commuting, has scored an investment from the Tech Coast Angels angel investment group, the TCA said this morning. According to the Orange County arm of the Tech Coast Angels, the investment was led by Raulee Marcus.

EcoATM Nabs $40M In Funding, Plans Major Expansion

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EcoATM's equity investors include Claremont Creek Ventures and Coinstar; the firm last announced funding back in May of last year, when it pulled in $17M in an equity funding. EcoATM , the developer of those automated machines which lets you cash in your used phones, has some big plans--and some big money--as it plans to expand out its network of machines nationwide.

First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

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in Management from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). As you all know TechZulu is a huge supporter of Startup Weekend, and when we had the chance to be part of the very first Orange County (my home town) Startup Weekend we jumped on board.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA

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Of course, there's a lot of concentration in LA along Siliocon Beach, but there are great things in Pasadena, Claremont, Downtown, and the Valley. Techstars (www.techstars.org) has a long history and record of success as a startup accelerator, with programs across the country and world--and recently opened up its third, Los Angeles program, Techstars LA. Techstars recently appointed Anna Barber as its Managing Director, so we thought we'd sit down and get to know Anna better.

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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There''s Caltech, the Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd, UCLA. Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital.

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A Chat With Jamie Montgomery On How LA's Tech Ecosystem Has Grown

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The universities are now more focused on the innovation economy, with schools like USC, UCLA, Caltech, the Claremont Colleges all bringing good people to LA. Next week is the Montgomery Summit (www.montgomerysummit.com), one of the longest running technology conferences held in Los Angeles. The conference is run by Jamie Montgomery , one of the local industry's pioneers in venture capital and investment.

Interview with Sunil Rajaraman, Scripped

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Zak and I went to Claremont McKenna together, and have been friends for a long, long time. We're always interested in how technology is influencing the business of Hollywood, and recently ran across Los Angeles-based Scripped. Scripped (www.scripped.com) is applying the world of Web 2.0 to the business of script writing, and is looking to combine a free online tool for writing scripts with matching those scripts with content producers.