Tue.Apr 24, 2012

Why A Prominent Startup Executive Wants You To Fail, Get Fired And Focus


Article first published as Why A Prominent Start-up Executive Wants You to Get Fired and Fail on Technorati. Kim Kovaks, Founder and CEO OptionEase , recently spoke to a class of emerging entrepreneurs at UC Santa Barbara.

Punchcard Links With Local Marketing Group


Pasadena-based Punchcard , the developer of mobile loyalty applications which is headed by Andy Steuer, said today that it has signed an agreement with KDA Group , a local marketing agency. Punchcard said the agreement authorizes the agency--one of the largest in the U.S.--to to sell, manage, and promote Punchcard's products. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. KDA helps its clients drive local leads for their brands.

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Diving Into Google Drive

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Google Drive is a cloud-service for files that offers 5GB of space to use however you wish right out of the gate for free. The first question that came to mind, personally, was “How do I get more if I need to?”

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Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features


Zui.com , the kid's website focused on providing screened content and information to kids, is expanding its services today, saying that it has launched "Facetube", which combines the best social sharing aspects of Facebook with the channels of YouTube.

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DataPop Raises $7M


Los Angeles-based DataPop , the developer of advertising targeting technology headed byJason Lehmbeck, has raised $7M in a Series B funding round, the firm said today. The funding was led by MK Capital, and also included prior investors Rincon Ventures, IA Ventures, Momentum Ventures, and Accelerator Ventures. Lehmbeck said that the new funding round will go towards expanding its L.A. offices and doubling its staff.

Milken Institute Global Conference

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Monday, April 30, 2012 -- Milken Institute Global Conference. Set for April 29 through May 2 in Los Angeles, the 2012 Global Conference will bring together the diverse worlds of business, finance, policy, education, health, energy and philanthropy to come up with fresh solutions to the globe's biggest challenges.

SocialAnnex Backed By Who's Who Of SoCal Angels


Los Angeles-based SocialAnnex , a startup helping online retailers to use social media to spur sales, has scored a round of funding from a who's who of Southern California technology angels, the firm said Tuesday. According to SocialAnnex, Kamran Pourzanjani of PriceGrabber.com, Brian S. Lee of Legalzoom.com and ShoeDazzle, Jody Mulkey of Shopzilla, and Lawrence Ng of Oversee.net have all invested in the site. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

Spotlight on Personalized Medicine in Southern California

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Monday, April 30, 2012 -- SoCalBio Networking Forum in the Inland Empire: Spotlight on Personalized Medicine in Southern California (Showcase and Expo). See [link] (more

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware


Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures has had another exit in its portfolio, this time with the acquisition of Cetas , a developer of cloud data analytics software, by VMware. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Interview with Lane Soelberg, WePlay


If you're a family with kids in sports, how do you share all those videos, photos, and other memories about your kids games? Where do you organize and share all the information about your team's games? Los Angeles-based WePlay (www.weplay.com) is hoping to be the site for all of that, and more.

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CODA Inks EV Development Deal With Great Wall Motors


Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings , the developer of electric vehicles and battery systems, announced today that it has inked a contract with Chinese automotive producer Great Wall Motors Company , to jointly develop an all-electric vehicle for the worldwide market. CODA did not detail financials behind the deal, but said that the two will co-develop a new vehicle designed for the North American, Chinese, and European markets.

Amgen Re-Ups On miRagen


Amgen Ventures , the venture capital arm of Thousand Oaks-based Amgen , has re-upped on an investment in a biopharmaceuticals developing microRNA-based treatments for cardiovascular and muscle disease.

Cornerstone OnDemand Expands Board


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of cloud-based talent and human resources management software, said today that it has added Steve Singh, CEO of Concur Technologies, to its board of directors. Concur is a provider of travel and expense management software for the enterprise market. Singh also has served at Symantec. Cornerstone OnDemand is headed by Adam Miller. READ MORE>>. concur executive software saas management talent ondemand cornerstone

NetDNA Launches SSL Product


Los Angeles content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said today that it has partnered with GlobalSign , a provider of online security products, to launch a new secure sockets layer (SSL) certification product. According to the two, the new offering provides one-stop, SSL certificates for NetDNA's content delivery network, based on a low monthly fee. The new service is aimed at providing SSL certificates for e-commerce users using NetDNA's CDN services. READ MORE>>.