Tue.Mar 20, 2012

7 Tools of Entrepreneurial Awesomeness


As part of the UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Emmy Award winner Seth Epstein and current Founder and CEO of SocialStay , described seven practical, hands-on techniques entrepreneurs can use to enhance their overall awesomeness.

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Gridtest Systems Gets Seeded


Los Angeles-based Gridtest Systems , a developer of measurement tools for the electric vehicle (EV) market, said this morning that it has raised a seed round of funding from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. Gridtest Systems develops testing tools aimed at the R&D labs of major EV charging system manufacturers and product suppliers.

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Deep analytics become more relevant in daily life

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By Greg Sikes If you have watched TV in the last two years, or walked through an airport, you have likely seen an IBM Smarter Planet advertisement. At the core of this message is the idea that the world is becoming more Instrumented, Interconnected, and Intelligent. Just take a look around your house, or at [.]. Guest Article analytics IBM technology

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Mogreet Targets Hispanic Market


Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of a mobile video marketing product which is headed by James Citron, said yesterday that it has been targeting the Hispanic market with its services, and now counts a number of large customers in that category. The firm said Entravision Communications and impreMedia, two large Hispanic media firms, as customers of the company.

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Sonos Rolls New Mac, PC Apps


Santa Barbara-based Sonos , the developer of easy to use, wireless, whole-house music systems, said this morning that it has updated its controller apps for the Mac and PC. The software--which is a free upgrade to all of its current customers--includes new features to let users control music from a "mini controller" app, a way to control volume across rooms with a single volume control; expanded language support; and better Android support.

FindTheBest Takes On Car Classifieds


Looking to take on the classifieds market, FindTheBest , the online comparisons site run by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said today that it has launched a new "cars for sale" tool.

MyPetHabit.com Acquired By Coupaw


Los Angeles-based MyPetHabit.com , an online, daily deals site focused on pet care items, has been acquired by New York-based Coupaw.com , Coupaw said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Both sites are modeled after popular daily deals sites like LivingSocial and Groupon, but are specifically focused on pet owners. READ MORE>>. mypethabit coupaw merger acquisition daily deals internet advertising

Dog Vacay Announces Funding Round


Santa Monica-based Dog Vacay , the online person-to-person marketplace for dog boarding, has formally announced new investors in the firm, who are joining in its $1M seed funding round. The company--which had already disclosed the investment round in an interview with socalTECH earlier this month--said investors in the seed funding were First Round Capital , Ben Ling , Brian Lee , Ted Rheingold , Tom McInerney, Dennis Phelps , Thomas Ryan , Quest Venture Partners and Baroda Ventures.

WD Ships Portable 2TB Hard Drive


Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital said today that it has shipped a 2TB, portable hard drive, which it says is the first portable drive with that amount of capacity. The new drive, part of its My Passport line of portable hard drives, is aimed at consumers. The firm now offers portable hard drives ranging from 500GB to 2TB. The new drive uses a USB 3.0 interface, and costs $249.99. READ MORE>>. western digital hard drive portable passport


Cornerstone OnDemand Adds Volunteer Management


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of software-as-a-service for human resources and talent management, announced a new product today, to help both companies and nonprofits to manage volunteers. The firm said its new Cornerstone Volunteer Management solution will be integrated into its learning, performance, and talent management software suite.

Broadcom Set To Acquired Broadlight, Says Report


Irvine-based Broadcom is getting set to announced a $200M acquisition of Israeli communications chip developer Broadlight , according to multiple reports this morning. Broadlight is based in Herzliya, Israel, and develops fiber optic communications chips.

Aggregage Inks Vertical Site Deal With Sales Group


Los Angeles-based Aggregage , the online content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has announced a deal with professional society The Sales Association , to run a targeted vertical site called SalesProCentral aimed at sales and business development professionals. Aggregage has developed software which automatically aggregates and curate content from bloggers and sites, creating content relevant to different verticals.

Active Network Powers San Diego Parks and Recreation


Active Network , the San Diego provider of software-as-a-service for recreation and registration management, said today that it has partnered with its hometown, the City of San Diego, to help the city manage its park and recreation assets. Active Network said the city is automating everything from facility reservations, park permitting, payment processing, and e-commerce with its products, replacing a paper based system. Financial impact of the win was not announced.