Wed.Oct 31, 2012

Arborbridge Helps International Students With Test Prep


Hoping to help foreign students better prepare themselves to get into U.S. colleges, a new, Santa Monica startup, ArborBridge , has recently begun to ramp up its online tutoring service for the standardized SAT and ACT tests. Arborbridge, founded by Tim Urban and Andrew Finn, connects those foreign students with one-on-one, live online SAT and ACT test preparation help from tutors.

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LA’s Chewse Joins 500 Startups | A Better Marketplace For Us To Easily Order Great Food

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LA-based company, Chewse has joined 500 Startups in Silicon Valley, making it the first starup from LA to join the prestigious accelerator program and seed fund.

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GRP Partners Hits $148.6M In New Fund, GRP IV


GRP Partners , the venture capital firm managed by Steven Dietz, Brian McLoughlin, Yves Sisteron, and Mark Suster, seems to be making good progress on its newest fund, GRP IV, according to a regulatory filing from the firm filed Wednesday. The regulatory filing indicates GRP has raised $148.6M

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland


If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result. Burbank-based Walt Disney bought LucasFilm , the company started by George Lucas and which owns Star Wars, for $4.05 billion Tuesday). READ MORE>>.

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Acacia Research Names New VP


Newport Beach-based Acacia Research , the patent licensing firm, said today that it has named David Witt as Vice President of Acacia Research Group LLC. Witt joins the firm from Texas Instruments, where the company said he was involved in architecture and development of TI's OMAP2, OMAP3, and OMAP4 application processors. Witt has also served at AMD, Analog Devices, VIA Technology and Motorola. Acacia Research acquires and aggressively licenses technology patents. READ MORE>>.

BuQu Tech Plans Line Of Charging Accessories


Camarillo-based BuQu Tech , which is a subsidiary of Battery-Biz, said today that it is planning a line of magnetic charging systems to make it easier to charge iOS and Android smartphones. BuQu Tech said its Magnetyze magnetic charging system will allow users to charge their smartphones and eliminate the need for multiple cords and cradles.

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NantWorks' Firm Tensorcom Ships Wireless Chip


Tensorcom , one of the companies which is part of NantWorks, the technology development firm owned by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has demonstrated a ultra low power, high speed multi-gigabit wireless chip. The chip, which is aimed at mobile devices, transmits data at 2.5 gigabits per second and only takes 100 miliwatts of power. Nantworks said the new chip is aimed at being used in mobile phones and tablets, and meets WiGig/IEEE 802.11ad requirements.

Greentoe Launches Ecommerce Marketplace

socalTECH , a new online e-commerce marketplace, wants to let consumers set their own pricing for electronics products. The Los Angeles tartup said it has launched a site which lets users set their own price on cameras, TV, home audio equipment, and other consumer electronics, letting them propose prices they will pay for those items and letting retailers big on those offers.

DogVacay Launches Pack Leader Program


DogVacay , the online peer-to-peer marketplace which lets people find and offer up pet sitting services, is recruiting its pet sitters to help market the service with a new program. The Los Angeles startup, which was founded by Aaron and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn, said its new Pack Leader program lets DogVacay hosts promote their services with their own URL and coupon code.

Thesan Pharmaceuticals Raises $16M


San Diego-based Thesan Pharmaceuticals said today that it has raised $16M in a Series A round, for the firm's developing of treatments for dermatological disorders. The firm said the funding was co-led by Novo Ventures and Novartis Venture Funds. Thesan is headed by Gordon Foulkes, and said it has licensed its products from the University of California, Irvine, out of the laboratory of Professor Daniele Piomelli, who is Louise Turner Arnold Chair of Neurosciences at UCI.


SendGrid Ties Into Azure Store


SendGrid , the provider of email infrastructure for application developers which has operations in Anaheim, said today that it has launched on the new Windows Azure Store. SendGrid said it would offer its email infrastructure management services through Microsoft's new store, which is aimed at application developers using Windows Azure, to help them connect into third party technology.