Thu.Nov 08, 2012

Indianapolis is the “It Place” to Start a Startup?

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Being an entrepreneur is about, “The journey through the ‘NO’ to get to the YES’ ” said by Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of CircleUp , on a panel at the Connections Conference in Indianapolis.

Munchery Takes On Pop-Up Pantry, Plans LA Expansion

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A Silicon Valley startup is looking to take on Pop Up Pantry in its home market of Los Angeles, saying today that it has raised a funding round which will go towards expanding in Los Angeles, as well as Seattle and New York City. Munchery , which features new menus from local chefs, and delivers those to users for between $10 and $15 a meal, with the user finishing off those meals at home or work in a microwave or oven. Munchery said it raised $4M in a Series A from e.ventures for the effort.

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Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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Hulu Launches Kids Section, Hulu Kids

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Hulu , the online television and video streaming service based here in Los Angeles, has just rolled out a new section entirely devoted to children's shows, the company announced this morning. Hulu said its new Hulu Kids section showcases the kids shows available on the site, including such titles as Thomas & Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, Caillou, Arthur, Dinosaur Train, and more. The titles include shows form Nickelodeon, PBS, and Lionsgate.

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Row 44 Acquired In $430M Deal

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Los Angeles-based Row 44 , the developer of in-flight wireless access and entertainment systems, has been acquired in a deal worth approximately $430M, according to Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., Global Eagle said that it will acquired Row 44, along with Advanced Inflight Alliance AG , a German developer of entertainment and connectivity products for the airline industry.

VIRURL Launches New Ad Widget

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Santa Monica-based VIRURL , which is headed by Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, said today that it has launched a new widget aimed at web publishers. The firm said its new "Slideout" widget helps provide unobtrusive advertising to help publishers monetize site visitors. VIRURL said its widget lets users click on a "recommended content" link which links users to extra, sponsored content that might be relevant to the content on a page.

TVC Capital Backs Wellness Software Firm

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San Diego's TVC Capital has made another investment in a growing software firm, this time in Washington State. Limeade , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to manage employee wellness programs, said today that it has raised $5M in a funding round from TVC, which it will use for innovation and servicing its customers. Steven Hammerslag of TVC has joined Limeade's board of directors. Limeade's software-as-a-service is used by employers to run health and wellness programs.

MiFi Liberate To Ship November 16th

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The new, mobile hotspot product from Novatel Wireless, the MiFi Liberate , is shipping on November 16th, according to AT&T. AT&T said it will begin offering up its new AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate for $49.99 with a two year agreement.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Includes Live YouTube Streaming

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Players of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II title being released next week by Activision Blizzard will be able to stream their games directly to YouTube , according to Activision.

Vessix Vascular Acquired By Boston Scientific For $425M

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Laguna Hills-based Vessix Vascular , a deveveloper of percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) balloon catheter technology being targeted at treating hypertension, has been acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation , the two said this morning.

Boingo Expands Network In Brazil

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Boingo , the Wi-Fi network operator, said today that it has inked a deal with a Brazilian Wi-Fi provider to extend its network in that country.

Silicon Beach Fest Fall Kicks Off Friday

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The second Silicon Beach Fest , the celebration of all things Silicon Beach, kicks off tomorrow, for a full day of speakers and startup itches.

How Go Trexx is Making Travel More Rewarding, with Samantha Lurey

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How do you make travel a more rewarding experience--particularly if you're traveling with kids?

Latest LA Hackathon Centers Around Pets

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In the last year, Los Angeles has become a favorite location for conducting "hackathons"--those challenges which encourage developers to create new applications and products around different themes. The latest? A hackathon focused on pets. The Petcentric Hackathon , which is being held on the Amplify campus in Venice, said Thursday that it will offer up a top prize of $3,000 to the top team which comes up with the top ideas and products that help people engage with their pets.

Causecast Ties With White House Effort Around Inspiring Girls In STEM

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Causecast , the corporate philanthropy firm headed by Ryan Scott, said this week that it has partnered with the White House campaign to inspire girls in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Causecast said that it is one of a number of private sector organizations working in the Equal Futures Partnership, organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Launches Co-Working, Pre-Accelerator Program

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One of the major tech focused, legal firms in Los Angeles, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP , announced today that it has launched a new co-working and "pre-accelerator" program, which will offer up access to legal services, reviews of business plans, office space, and more to companies looking to enter one of the local accelerators.

Qualcomm Labs Unveils First Incubator Companies

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Qualcomm Labs , the incubator subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies , has announced the first set of companies funded through its new QualcommLabs@EvoNexus program today, saying that it has funded three companies with a round of seed funding. Qualcomm Labs said that Arynga , FatSkunk , and Breadcrumbs all have joined the EvoNexus incubator, and with Arynga and FatSkunk receiving $250,000 each from Qualcomm, and Breadcrumbs receiving $50,000.

Auspex Pharmaceuticals Raises $25M For Phase 3 Trials

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San Diego-based Auspex Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has raised $25M in a funding round, a Series D financing for the company. The round was led by Panorama Capital, and also included Thomas, McNerney & Partners, CMEA Capital, and Sloan Biotech Fund. The firm said the funding will go towards a Phase 3 clinical trail of its lead compound. The firm is working on a treatment for movement disorder (Chorea) due to Huntington's Disease, Tourette syndrome and tardive dyskinesia.

Genoa Pharmaceuticals Finds $1.2M

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San Diego-based biotechnology company Genoa Pharma announced this morning that it has raised $1.2M in a finacing round, to help advance its treatments for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Source of the seed funding was not announced. IPF is a fatal lung disease which the company says affects approximately 200,000 Americans and 135,000 Europeans. Genoa Pharmaceuticals was founded by Mark SUrber, Ph.D., who has formerly served at Mpex and Aires Pharmaceuticals.

NuORDER Nabs $3M For Fashion E-Commerce

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NuORDER , a developer of e-commerce software for fashion brands and retailers, has scored a round of funding led by GRP Partners, the company said this morning. The Los Angeles software provider said the $3M, Series A financing round was led by GRP Partners, and also included Greycroft Partners, Aileen Lee, David Tisch, Creative Artists Agency, Brian Spaly, Mortimer Singer and Rachel Zoe Inc.

Transonic Combustion Takes $32M For Fuel Injection Technology

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Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion , which is developing high efficiency, fuel injection systems for internal combustion engines, said today that it has raised $32M in a Series D funding round. The firm said the round will go towards expanding development of its product and meeting customer commitments. Transonic Combusion is venture backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon and Saints Capital. The firm has now raised around $53.5M in funding for its efforts. READ MORE>>.