Tesla Details Downey Plant

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High flying electric car vehicle firm Tesla Motors has submitted plans to the Department of Energy for a plant in Downey, at the site of the current Downey Studios, according to documents obtained by the Downey Patriot.

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Tesla Motors Bypasses Downey In Deal With Toyota

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In a loss for Southern California's burgeoning electric car industry, Tesla Motors said Thursday evening that it has selected not Downey or Long Beach, but instead, Silicon Valley city Fremont as the location of its manufacturing facility for its Model S sedans.

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Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

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Venice, California-basd Epoxy --which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round. The startup, which is funded by Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Downey Ventures, Advancit Capital and angels, said that it is aiming its tools at everyone from individual online video creators to studios, brands, and agencies.

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The Top 30 Celebrity Investors in Tech

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The tech world is filled with unique personalities, budding innovators, and a great deal of money. That’s why the tech world is the perfect place for celebrities to get their feet wet when it comes to investment opportunities.

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Epoxy Inks Deals With Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, Others

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Epoxy is venture backed by Upfront Ventures, Time Warner Investments, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Advancit Capital, Greycroft Partners and Robert Downey Jr.''s s Downey Ventures. Epoxy''s founders came out of Team Downey. marketing platform tools social hollywood content youtube downey team epoxy Los Angeles-based Epoxy , the social engagement software develoled by Juan Bruce, announced a long list of partnerships this morning with YouTube MCNs.

How Epoxy Is Helping Content Creators Make Their Video More Social

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We spoke with co-founders Juan Bruce and Jason Ahmad about Epoxy''s mission, its roots from projects at Team Downey, the production firm of Robert Downey Jr., One of our small clients there was Team Downey, the production firm of Robert Downey Jr.,

Maker Studios Lands $36M More For YouTube Content

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The investment was led by Time Warner Investments, and also included Greycroft Partners, Downey Ventures (Robert Downey, Jr.) Culver City-based Maker Studios , which develops YouTube channels and content, said today that it has raised $36M in a funding round.

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Pocketwatch Picks Up $6M For Kids Media Brand

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The funding was led by Third Wave Digital, and also included Les Moonves (CBS ), Jon Landau (Avatar & Titanic), United Talent Agency (UTA), Robert Downey Jr. Downey Ventures) and Chris Jacquemin (WME). Culver City-based Pocketwatch , a startup media brand focused on creating and acquiring content for kids, has raised $6M in a Series A funding round.

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Maker Studios Confirms Blip Buy

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Maker Studios is venture backed by Greycroft Partners, Downey Ventures, Time Warner, M+C, and others. Los Angeles-based YouTube network Maker Studios confirmed its acuqisition of Blip , the company announced Friday, two weeks after word leaked out about the acquisition.

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Maker Studios Raises $26M More

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According to the company, the new round was led by Time Warner Investments, along with Canal+, Astor, Singtel Innov8, Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, and Downey Ventures.

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Maker Studios Acquired By Disney For $500M

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Maker Studios was venture backed by Time Warner Investmentsh Canal+, Astor, Singtel Innov8, Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, and Downey Ventures, and had raised around $140M in venture funding.

Digital LA - Scrum with Jeff Sutherland

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He'll be joined by Scott Downey, RapidScrum.com. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 -- Digital LA - Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. Join our fourth one-on-one chat with Jeff Sutherland, often known as the Father of Scrum. Jeff will lead a discussion on using Scrum including techniques, use, educating others in ur company about scrum, etc. See [link] (more

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Loot Crate Names CTO

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Downey Ventures, M13, and SterlingVC. Los Angeles-based subscription box service Loot Crate said today that it has hired its first CTO, John Williams. Williams was most recently at TrueCar, where LootCrate said he created the unified data platform and technology strategy behind the company. Williams also has served at Preventsys, where he was Chief Technology Officer and co-founder.

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New Matter Donates 3D Printers To STEM Program

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Pasadena-based 3D printer manufacturer New Matter announced this morning that it is donating five of its MOD-t 3D printers to a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization program in Downey, called the Challenger Center.

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Loot Crate Raises $18.5M, Tops $100M In Sales

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Downey Ventures, M13, and SterlingVC. Los Angeles-based Loot Crate announced this morning that it has raised $18.5M in a Series A funding round, for the company's subscription, "fan boxes"--which feature custom, tailored mystery boxes delivered to fans from their favorite entertainment and pop culture brands, every month. The funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Breakwater Investment Management, Time Inc.,

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Connectifier Gets $6M For Recruiting Software

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According to Connectifier, the funding was led by True Ventures, and also included Galeo Ventures, Okapi Ventures, and angels, including Sean Ellis, Andrew Chen, Jonathan Downey, and James Hong. Orange County-based Connectifier , a sttup founded by ex-Googlers, and which is developing search-powered recruiting software, has raised $6M in a Series A.

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Connectifier Acquired By LinkedIn

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Connectifier's angel investors also included Sean Ellis, Andrew Chen, Jonathan Downey, and James Hong. Costa Mesa-based Connectifier , the artificial intelligence software developer led by John Jersin, has been acquired by LinkedIn , the companies said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Connectifier was developing automated software to help companies with their recruiting, and had raised around $12.0M

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LA CEOs

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s experience with Scrum, which began with training from with Master Scrum Trainer Scott Downey. Thursday, August 2, 2012 -- LA CEOs presents: Scrum for CEOs - How to Manage Teams in a 2.0 World. Does your development team need ?just just two more weeks? to deliver their work? Was that the same answer they gave two months ago? How does the Scrum process change team collaboration and accelerate development? Learn from one of our very own LA CEOs, Bill Sewell, about his team?s

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Airware Gets $10.7M From Google, Andreessen For Unmanned Drone Technology

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Airware is led by Jonathan Downey. Looking to build your own unmanned aerial vehicle? A new, Newport Beach-based startup, Airware , has raised $10.7M to develop all of the infrastructure for buildling your own, commercial drone, from Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. According to the company, its Series A financing will go towards expanding its team, meeting customer demand, and scaling for growth.

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How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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And while the press always likes to mention the other big media investors who participated in the investments (Time Warner, Canal+, Astro, Singtel, Elisabeth Murdoch, Robert Downey, Jr. I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago.

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Loot Crate Raises $18.5M to Get More Loot Into the Hands of Nerds

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Downey Ventures, M13, and Sterling.VC. This week the popular Los Angeles, CA-based ecommerce subscription company Loot Crate announced the successful close of a $18.5 million Series A fund. Loot Crate is monthly subscription that provides toys, accessories, swag and apparel based on pop culture, games, and other nerd related brands. They are considered a pioneer and one of the more successful offerings in the subscription space with more than 600,000 subscribers.

How You Can Catch A Glimpse Of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Today

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If you're in the Los Angeles area, NASA is flying the Space Shuttle Endeavour into LAX today, after doing a flyover of the state. NASA said it will be flying the orbitor on top of its modified 747 aircraft today, starting around 8:15 a.m. out of Edwards Air Force Base.

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LA TECH SUMMIT Celebrates Los Angeles’s Phenomenal Growth

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Davis talked about Loot Crate’s incredible trajectory, growing from shipping Avengers cologne as one of its first mystery box items to having none other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr, as an investor a mere four year later. Cornerstone on Demand brought together the area’s best & brightest for its fourth annual LA Tech Summit , once again hosted at the Fairmont. LA Tech has arrived. CornerstoneInc CEO @amiller29 #latechsummit pic.twitter.com/woEOuVKKzW.

Two Amazing Women Setting Out on Their Startup Journey

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Heck, I even had Robert Downey, Jr. Note: if you’re a parent please check out their website. Kara called me on a Tuesday. She was leaving IAC to start a company. “Tasha, clear some space on my calendar tomorrow. ” “I want you in my offices tomorrow, Kara.

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Epoxy Tunes Into $2M to Enable YouTube, Video Publishing

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Epoxy is led by Juan Bruce, the former Presiden tof Digital at Team Downey, who also has served at IDEO; the firm's other founders include Jason Ahmad (Proto), Peter Skirko (Adobe, mixpanel), and Brendan Wypich (YouTube). One of the hottest sectors in Southern California's high tech world in the last couple of years has been video--namely, Internet video and content creation.

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Scrum for CEOs

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s experience with Scrum, which began with training from with Master Scrum Trainer Scott Downey. Thursday, August 2, 2012 -- LA CEOs presents: Scrum for CEOs. LA CEOs, an education and support group for CEOs presents: Scrum for CEOs - How to Manage Teams in a 2.0 World. Does your development team need ?just just two more weeks? to deliver their work? Was that the same answer they gave two months ago? How does the Scrum process change team collaboration and accelerate development?

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Bootstrapping an Agile Team

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Please join LA Scrum Club and Rally Software for a special evening on Monday, February 9th with local Agile luminaries: Christophe Louvion, CTO of Gorilla Nation, Scott Downey, ScrumMaster at MySpace, and George Schlitz, Principal Coach at Big Visible Solutions.At Monday, February 9, 2009 -- "Bootstrapping an Agile Team" Scrum Club.

Los Angeles Lures Electric Vehicle Firm, Backed By Warren Buffett

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Southern California is fast becoming a hot location for the electric and alternative vehicle industry, with automakers Coda Automotive, Fisker Automotive, Aptera Motors, and V-Vehicle also all in the region, plus Silicon Valley's Tesla Automotive also planning a plant in the Downey area. Los Angeles has lured BYD , a Chinese alternative-energy auto maker, to the city, as Southern California seems to have become a magnet for electric and other alternative automotive firms.

Why Online Video Just Took One More Big Step to Legitimacy

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He initially started by becoming an investor in the company along with many of the good & great of our industry including Shari Redstone, Elisabeth Murdoch, Jon Miller & Robert Downey, Jr.

How Online Video Companies Can Increase Margin and Build Better Businesses

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The team from Epoxy spun out of Robert Downey Jr.’s In my last post I pointed out that many of the media commentators who have criticized the YouTube video network companies as not having strong businesses were mistaken.

Why Sidevision Is Tying Content, E-Commerce Together, with Justin Wu

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This year, after working with Team Downey, and several other accelerators, our idea became more developed. How do you make online video more interactive--and profitable?