Wed.Feb 29, 2012

Silicon Beach Heads To SXSW


Los Angeles companies are looking to help get the word out next week about their companies--and the area--at SXSW , the annual technology and music festival held in Austin, Texas, a group of companies said Wednesday.

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It’s often referred to as Spring Break for Geeks, and for good reason. I’m talking, of course, about South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s annual film and music festival that in recent years added an interactive component.

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Nirvanix: Use Our Storage, Avoid Disk Drive Shortage


San Diego-based Nirvanix , the provider of cloud-based data storage services, is looking to address a shortage of disk drive storage on the market--by pointing enterprise users toward the firm's own, cloud-based storage services.

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This year’s South By South West conference in Austin, Texas, is days away. The excitement is buzzing around communities everywhere and the event invites are pouring in. However something special is happening this year.

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UCI Entrepreneurship: Sydney Edwards, Allergan

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- Sydney Edwards, Ph.D., Senior Director, Portfolio Management and Strategic Planning, Allergan. Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public. This series is part of a course on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, but enrollment is not necessary to attend these guest speaker lectures Email for details.


Websense Rolls Out New Mobile Security Product


San Diego-based security software developer Websense reported Wednesday that it has launched a new, mobile security product aimed at mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android. The firm said its Websense TRION Mobile Security product offers up data loss protection, prevents malicious app downloads, protects against malware and also offers mobile device management to users. Pricing on the new product was not announced. READ MORE>>. websense mobile security iphone android

Should you sell or is that a ??Sell Out???

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- Should you sell or is that a Sell Out? Acquisition lessons from both sides of the deal. Dealmaker LA. Last year companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook and Salesforce gobbled up a multitude of startups to strengthen their talent and technology strategies. However, just because theyve got money to burn doesnt mean you should consider selling. 75% of acquisitions fail due to timing, out clauses, and cultural fit.

Report: LegalZoom Nears IPO


Glendale-based LegalZoom , the online legal documents site which was co-founded by Brian Lee and lawyer Robert Shapiro, is reportedly about to file for its IPO, according to a report today. Reuters, citing sources close to the firm, said the filing is expected in coming weeks. According to industry sources, LegalZoom has been prepping its IPO since at least 2010; local industry insiders have predicting an IPO filing for the company since mid 2010.

A Gasoline Guy Comes Clean

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- A Gasoline Guy Comes Clean. Clean Technology Council. Mark Kanitra, President of Kanitra Marketing, will discuss Big Oils business agenda and share his industry insights and experiences developing America's largest gasoline market. Learn why he moved to the world of clean technology. He will highlight keys to success from his career and demonstrate how they can be applied to expand your business. See [link] (more

WD Divests 3.5-inch HDD Assets To Toshiba


Irvine-based Western Digital , the manufacturer of hard disk drives, reported this morning that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation , to divest certain assets for manufacturing and selling 3.5-inch hard drives. WD said the move comes to address the regulatory agencies approving and reviewing its planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Financial details of the sale were not announced.

Los Angeles Startup Ideation Bootcamp

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 -- The Startup Ideation Bootcamp provides expert advice with real-world practice. The evening begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to teach you the components of good and bad startup ideas. For example, is your market big enough, is there organic growth potential, and a clear path to profitability? Then, attendees can share their ideas with both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. See [link] (more

Yammer Dwarfs Parent Geni In Fundraising Round


In the case of the kid getting much (much) larger than its parent, Yammer , the one time spinout of Los Angeles-based genealogy and family tree website Geni , has now squarely out-raised venture capital than its parent firm, saying Wednesday that it has raised an $85M funding round. The round--rumored to be valued at $500M to $600M--brings Yammer's total raised to $142M.

StockTwits Updates iPhone App


San Diego-based micro messaging service StockTwits , which allows fans of the financial markets to exchange stock tips, interact with others, discuss companies, and more, said this week that it has updated its iPhone app. The firm said the app includes a number of filters of its streams, based on category, plus also allows users to track what is trending on the service in real time.