Mon.Mar 26, 2012

Fandango Breaks Record With The Hunger Games Ticket Sales


Los Angeles-based Fandango said today that this weekend's release of The Hunger Games, the movie based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, broke its sales records, with 22 percent of domestic opening weekend ticket sales being made through its system.

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Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M


Online, eco-family products company The Honest Company , started by celebrity Jessica Alba and Los Angeles e-commerce master Brian Lee, said late Friday that it has raised $27M in funding. The funding was led by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).

How to Integrate a Company You Acquire: 6 Steps

Frank Addante

Merging a business into your own is like rebuilding a plane while in flight. Here’s how to keep flying. Acquiring other companies can be a great strategy to grow your company. It can help expand your product, team, market share, revenue, or geographic presence.

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Writers Boot Camp Business Breakfast

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 -- Writers Boot Camp Business Breakfast. Milana Vayntrub, Actor-Director-Writer and Co-Creator: Live Prude Girls YouTube Channel and "Let's Talk About Something More Interesting". Join us as we welcome Writers Boot Camp alumnus and YouTube sensation Milana Vayntrub to our Business Breakfast stage. An interview with Ms. Vayntrub (pictured right), director and co-star of the popular L.T.A.S.M.I. web series, will no doubt be an adventure for moderator and audience alike.

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Fisker Automotive Upgrades Warranty Due To A123 Battery Issue


Responding to the news that high voltage battery supplier A123 Systems has found a manufacturing issue with its battery cells, Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said today that it has enhanced its warranty and will provide complete battery replacement to owners of its 2012 Fisker Karma.

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LifeCrowd Expands, Launches Out Of MuckerLab


Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd , the social activity discovery site headed by Bong Koh, said Friday that it has expanded into three new regions, and launched officially out of Los Angeles accelerator MucherLab. The startup said it has launched into San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego, in addition to Los Angeles, and is also now part of the MuckerLab accelerator. LifeCrowd operates an online site which makes it easier for users to find group activities, such as classes and activities.

Interview with Aigerim Duiseneyeva and Shana Zheng, TripTrotting


Have you ever traveled to a foreign country, and wish you had a local friend who could show you around? Tired of packaged tours where you really don't get to experience the local culture? That's what TripTrotting ( is hoping to fix.

MacMall Launches Retail Store In Chicago


El Segundo-based MacMall , the online and catalog retailer of Apple computers and software, is expanding its retail stores, saying that it has opened up a new retail store in Chicago. The catalog retailer--which is a subsidiary of PC Mall, Inc.--said said the store is its first in the Chicago area. The firm also runs three stores in Southern California. PC Mall did not say if the new store is a start of a national expansion of its retail efforts, or if it has further retail plans.

Morphlabs Takes On Solid State Storage


Manhattan Beach-based MorphLabs is rolling out a new piece of cloud software today, focused on solid state drive (SSD) storage. The software startup--the latest run by WInston Damarillo--said its new mCLoud Data center Unit (DCU) software is an end-to-end, SSD cloud platform for data centers, service providers, and enterprise customers. The new solid state storage product is based on technology from computer maker Dell, and its Dell PowerEdge C portfolio.

enXco Buys Texas Wind Project


San Diego-based enXco , a developer of renewable energy projects which is backed by EDF Energies Nouvelles, said this morning that it has acquired a wind power project from Element Power US. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. enxCo and Element said that enXco purchase the Bobcat Bluff Wind Project, located in Archer County, Texas, which includes 14,000 acres, and is expected to deploy up to 150 megawatts of capacity.

Verenium Gains $37M From Asset Sale


San Diego-based Verenium Corporation , a firm developing industrial biotechnology, said today that it as sold off its oilseed processing business to DSM Food Specialties B.V. , a unit of Royal DSM, for $37M. The deal also included licensing of certain enzymes for use in the food and beverage market, and access to gene libraries being developed by Verenium.

Row 44 Installs 250th Plane


Westlake Village-based Row44 , the developer of in-flight, broadband entertainment and Wi-Fi access devices, reported today that it has installed its 250th plane for its commercial airline partners. Row44 develops a Wi-Fi access system which uses satellite access to provide connectivity to users. Row 44 said its systems have been installed for commercial airlines in North America, Europe, and Africa. The firm's customers include Southwest Airlines and Norwegian Air. READ MORE>>.