Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena


One of those high profile neighborhoods here is Pasadena, home of Idealab, Caltech, OpenX, and many other high tech companies and institutions. We caught up with Andy Wilson , who is behind the effort, to hear about why he thinks Pasadena needs its own technology identity.

NASA Launches Space App Hackathon In Pasadena


NASA is behind an event coming up in Pasadena on April 11, the International Space Apps Challenge , saying it is looking for participants in a "mass-collaboration" hackathon to develop apps both related to life on earth an in space. The challenge--which is run in 130 cities around the world--is being organized locally by Joe Brisbois, and is being held at the new Cross Campus Pasadena location. nasa space hackathon crosscampus pasadena software exploration

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Pasadena Tech Happy Hour

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -- Pasadena Tech Happy Hour. We are working to build a collaborative and engaged tech community in Pasadena to be inclusive of people who may not have easy access to more established tech hotspots.

Catching Up With Mike Giardello, President of Innovate Pasadena


Pasadena has a long history as a center of the technology and innovation world�all the way back to first American experiments with rocket launches in 1936�Southern California's first foray into the rocket business (sorry, SpaceX)--through the Internet boom with Idealab, to today. We caught up with Mike Giardello , President of Innovate Pasadena, to chat about what's going on in Pasadena today. Why did you focus on getting co-working spaces to Pasadena first?

MRV Gets Win In Pasadena


Chatsworth-based optical networking products firm MRV Communications reported a win with the City of Pasadena, saying that the city will be using the company''s products to build a high-capacity, optical network. MRV develops optical networking components and equipment. communications pasadena optical networking hardware network comm

Guru Releases Development Kit For Wireless Power


Pasadena-based Guru , a venture backed startup developing wireless power distribution technology, said this morning that it has released a development kit for its technology, which will allow potential partners to trial its millimeter-wave wireless power products. The startup--which is funded by Kairos Ventures and Bold Capital Partners--said its new evaluation and developer kit allows users to test, evaluate, and create proof-of-concept designs using its technology.

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce


Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. The startup--which is backed by Idealab--said the effort will help Pasadena area merchants increase revenues and help communicate and reward customers of their businesses.

Pasadena Angels Back Scientific Equipment Startup


The Pasadena Angels have backed developer of protein analysis equipment for the drug discovery and research market, investing $475,000 in a Series B for Wasatch Microfluidics , the group said this week. Wasatch Biofluidics is developing printing technology to deposit biomolecules on biosensor surfaces. The investment by the Pasadena Angels was led by Dr. Kevin Scanlon.

GM’s Self-Driving Unit Acquires Pasadena Tech Company

L.A. Business Journal

announced on Monday that GM Cruise, its self-driving car subsidiary, had acquired Strobe, a Pasadena startup developing a technology that uses lasers to measure distances to other objects General Motors Co.

Flippy The Robot Takes Over Burger Flipping At Pasadena Restaurant


It looks like those days might be at an end, as a local startup, Miso Robotics , and hamburger chain CaliBurger have unveiled a new robot, "Flippy", which uses artificial intelligence to grill burgers in Pasadena. Remember those days of flipping hamburgers as your first job in high school?

Makucell Names Pasadena Angels' Scanlon To Board


Makucell , a life sciences company developing anti-aging skin products, said this morning that it has appointed Kevin J. Scanlon is Chairman of the Pasadena Angels and also an active member of the Tech Coast Angels. makucell pasadena angels executive lifescience aestheticScanlon, Ph.D., to its board of advisors. Makucell did not say if it received an investment from either group as part of the appointment.

Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer


Pasadena-based venture capital investment firm Thin Line Capital , a new venture capital firm led by venture veteran Aaron Fyke, has made its first investment, in a developer of solar technology. According to Thin Line Capital, it has made an ivnestment in Sistine Solar , which is developing technology which allows solar panels to blend in visually with roofs--using a special thin film coated with "ultra-durable" graphics and patterns.

Green Dot Opens Development Center In Shanghai


Pasadena-based Green Dot , the provider of prepaid Mastercard and mobile banking services, said today that it has opened up a new office in Shanghai, China, which will provide engineering and software development resources to the company. Green Dot said the new software development center will help bolster its "follow the sun" strategy which will allow it to have technology work done on its products around the clock.

NASA JPL, Chevron Tie On Technology Development


The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory , based in Pasadena, and Chevron Corporation said this week that the two are in a new partnership, to develop a range of advanced technologies for harsh environments, including both on Earth and in space. nasa chevron technology development advanced

Arrowhead Buys RNAi Research and Development Assets From Novartis


Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research said this morning that it has acquired the entire RNAI research and development portfolio and associated assets of Novartis. arrowhead research lifescience merger acquisition rnai novartis drug development biotech According to Arrowhead, the deal was worth $35M, made up of a $7M cash payment, $3M in cash later, and $25M in Arrowhead common stock, to be paid within 30 days.

Ready Set Food Finds $2.2M In Pre-Seed Round


Los Angeles-based Ready Set Food , a startup developing a system which introduces babies to peanut, egg, and milk--potential allergens--has raised $2.2M The funding came from Amplify.LA, Wavemaker 360, PLG Ventures, Adam Miller, David Rogier, the Pasadena Angels, and John Burry. According to the startup, the new funding will help it advance its mission to save 200,000 children from developing a food allergy.

Deep 6 AI Raises $17 Million Series A

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena medical software developer Deep 6 AI raised a $17 million Series A

Rexter Named Part Of Microsoft Accelerator Class


Altadena-based Rexter , the developer of real time contact and relationship management software led by technology veteran Andy Wilson, has been named one of the fourteen companies in the upcoming Microsoft Digital Work Accelerator. he has also been extensively involved in Innovate Pasadena, which is helping to bring together the Pasadena technology and design ecosystem.

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Ocular Data Systems Raises Funding


Pasadena-based Ocular Data Systems , a startup that develops a high resolution camera which is used by law enforcement to document signs of drug and alcohol impairment and other issues with drivers, has raised a round of investment from the Pasadena Angels. angels pasadena capital venture legal enforcement impairment alcohol drug handheld camera resolution high systems data ocular

Software Firm X1 Making Big Moves

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena-based software developer X1 Discovery Inc. is closing out 2019 with a series of big changes

TherMark Acquired By Ferro


Irvine-based laser marketing technology developer TherMark Holdings has been acquired by Cleveland-based Ferro Corporation , in a deal worth $5.5M, the two said late Wednesday afternoon. TherMark develops laser marking technology used to permanently fuse marking materials to metals, ceramics, glass, and other surfaces. TherMark was backed by the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels, and had announced a total of around $2.55M in funding since 2006.

Ondax Raises $2M More


Monrovia-based Ondax , a developer of optical filters and laser sources based on research out of the California Institute of Technology, has raised $2M in a Series E investment. The Pasadena Angels said the funding will go towards expanding and growing Ondax's optic solutions.

Motiv Rolls Out Robotic Space Arms

L.A. Business Journal

a Pasadena-based space motion control and robotics company, has developed a modular robotic arm system that can perform on-orbit assembly and satellite servicing tasks Motiv Space Systems Inc.,

Ondax Names Belz To Board


Monrovia-based Ondax , which develops laser products and holographic gratings used in defense, industrial, medical diagnostics, analytical instrumentation, and consumer electronics markets, has added Andrea Belz to its board, the firm said Monday.

Rockoco Gets $1.5M For Super-Polishing Diamonds


Pasadena-based Rockoco , a spinout of Caltech, has raised $1.5M in a funding round, according to lead investor the Pasadena Angels. Rockoco is developing technology which increases the polish of natural diamonds, beyond previously achievable levels. Rockoco has developed technology--based on etching diffraction gratings, and using standard semiconductor technology--which increases the "fire" of polished diamonds.

UberMedia Names VP


Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Idealab-backed developer of mobile and desktop messaging and social media apps, is announcing this morning that it has hired Ken Rudman as its Vice President of Developer Relations. Rudman joins the company from AT&T Interactive, where he was Director of the Developer Program and Platform. UberMedia develops a suite of Twitter messaging apps such as UberSocial and Echofon. software development developer executive ubermedia

The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

Steve Reich

As a Pasadena Angel, I wanted to be shocked, but I wasn’t. But as a community, we have to figure out how Angels can effectively participate in the development of accelerator-based companies. I’m personally aware of several TCA and Pasadena Angels members who are actively investing, and then sponsoring companies at their respective groups.

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Buyer Locks Up Cybersecurity Firm for $240M

L.A. Business Journal

Waterloo, Ontario-based OpenText, a content management system developer, is set to acquire forensic security firm Guidance Software Inc. of Pasadena for $240 million in cash

MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 12, 2007 MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point The NY Times did a piece today on MyShape, a start-up in Pasadena - Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit. ► January (5) Los Angeles Web Developer Startup CTO or Developer When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Goo.

Jacobs Buys FMHC Corporation


Pasadena-based engineering company Jacobs Engineering Group has acquired a provider of wireless communications site development, design, networking, construction, and other related services, the company said this morning. jacobs fmhc merger acquisition wireless telecommuncations tower site development

SeqOnce Biosciences Finds $1M In Seed Funding


Pasadena-based SeqOnce Biosciences , which is developing next generation sequencing technology, has raised $1M in a seed funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Pasadena-based Mount Wilson Ventures (MWV), a new venture capital investment fund led by longtime Pasadena biotechnology veteran Mike Giardello, Ph.D.

DoubleBeam Wins Hawaiian Grocer


Pasadena-based mobile payments and commerce technology provider DoubleBeam has scored a win with Hawaiian grocery store chain Foodland. development mobile shopping grocer store grocery hawaii doublebeam

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

TechCrunch LA

Kitchen United just opened a 12,000 square foot facility in Pasadena for just that purpose — and has plans to open more locations in West Los Angeles; Jersey City, N.J.;

Report: New Technology Offers Potential For Better Energy Storage


Grist says gravity energy storage --including systems being developed by Pasadena-based Energy Vault --have the potential to revolutionize storage systems for renewable energy. Energy Vault recently raised $110M in funding for global deployment of its technology, an is a spinout of Pasadena's Idealab.

UberMedia Launches iOS Advertising Tool


UberMedia , the Pasadena-based startup developing third party, Twitter clients and other mobile apps, said yesterday that it has launched a new mobile ad campaign product called Appvertise. The Idealab startup said the app lets developers create and run rich media, mobile banner ads to drive traffic to their app's download page and increase download for their iOS application. Developers use their iTunes account to pay for the CPC ads.

Miso Robotics Boots Up Crowdfunding Campaign, Seeks $30M


Pasadena-based Miso Robotics , which is developing robots for the quick serve restaurant industry, says it has launched a new Series C crowdfunding campaign, where it hopes to raise a total of $30M in funding. The company said it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop robots to complete "mundane tasks" in the kitchen. The company's first robot "Flippy" is installed at the Pasadena CaliBurger.

QLess Courts Retailers With Line Management Software


Pasadena-based QLess , which develops software to help manage lines and appointments, is courting retailers as they look to how to best adapt to the COVID-19 era. The company said its software eliminates the need for physical lineups, enabling mobile or home waiting for retailers. The company says it enables virtual check-ins through a dedicated online portal with real-time SMS updates about wait times and placements in line. The company is led by CEO Kevin Grauman.

Miso Robotics Partners With PathSpot Technologies


Pasadena-based robotics developer Miso Robotics says it is partnering with PathSpot Technologies , a developer of technology which scans the hands of employees to make sure they are free of contaminants. According to Miso Robotics, the partnership will allow it to offer PathSpot's hand scanning device for optional integration into its Flippy autonomous kitchen assistant.

X1 Discovery Names New CEO


Pasadena-based X1 Discovery , which develops e-discovery and search software for the legal industry, has named Craig Carpenter as its new CEO, according to the company. X1 Discovery is one of the companies out of Pasadena's Idealab startup incubator, and shares its headquarters with Idealab. X1 had originally started as a developer of desktop search software, but in recent years has focused on providing its tools to the legal industry for electronic discovery.

OpenX Reports More Than $170 Million in 2017 Revenue

L.A. Business Journal

OpenX, a Pasadena-based programmatic advertising technology company, announced $172 million in 2017 revenue in a March 13 report. In addition, OpenX invested $50 million into research and development this past year The company has grown for 10 consecutive years and has been profitable for four straight, according to a company statement.

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Miso Robotics Picks Up $10M More


Pasadena-based Miso Robotics , the robot developer which is developing robots for assisting in commercial kitchens, has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. Miso Robotics is best known for its robot, "Flippy", which has taken over flipping burgers at one of CaliBurger's locations, in Pasadena.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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Atlas Powered has raised $700k from Tech Coast Angels, Maverick Angels, Pasadena Angels, Angel Capital Entrepreneur Fund, LaunchpadLA, and Clark Landry. Over 500 startups applied last quarter to Launchpad LA’s accelerator, but only eight were chosen.

UberMedia Acquires Cintric


Pasadena-based UberMedia , a provider of mobile location data to businesses, said this morning that it has acquired Cintric , a provider of location and analytics software for mobile app publishers. Cintric develops a mobile SDK which is used to measure locaiton information for mobile app users. Cintric is also based in Pasadena and was venture backed by E.W.