Thu.Mar 01, 2012

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard


Last week, Pasadena-based Punchcard ( launched its mobile apps, which help local retailers provide rewards to loyal customers. The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer.

Jumping into the App Game | Making Apps The Market Wants!

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Apps are quickly becoming a ubiquitous part of life. From the phone in your pocket to the television hanging on your wall, apps have penetrated technology and they aren’t going anywhere. Smart technology doesn’t work without clever software to make it useful. But where do you start?

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Five Startup Tips From The Beatles


Article first published as Five Business Tips From The Beatles on Technorati. This part one of a two part series; you can access part two HERE. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair


Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox , a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup--which is headed by Rachael McLean and Megan Westerby--is looking to create an online site which helps independent filmmakers shape their projects, and collaborate with users to create films. The startup said it is looking to provide a total of $2.5M in financing to five films this year.

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Shea Ventures Backs SolarCity


Shea Ventures , the venture capital arm of Orange County homebuilder Shea Homes , has boosted its solar installation partner SolarCity , as part of an $81M equity investment in SolarCity. According to SolarCity, the big funding round was led by The round was led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk and Valor Equity Partners, and also included Nicholas J. Pritzker, partner at Tao Ventures and senior development advisor for Hyatt Hotels Corp., in addition to Shea Ventures.

OpenX Adopts New IAB Ad Units


Los Angeles-based OpenX , the developer of ad serving software and an ad marketplace, said it is adopting the new advertising units from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The firm said its product, OpenX Enterprise, will support the new IAB Rising Stars" Ad Units, the six new ad units which were recently approved by the IAB. The six new units are the first approved by the IAB since 2003.

Insights and Opinions: Building a Team to WIN!


Today, for our community-contributed article in our Insights and Opinions section, we have Building a Team to WIN! from Rubicon Project CRO Nick Hulse. Nick talks aout the best way to build a customer facing team. Rubicon Project is based in Santa Monica.

QLogic Completes Sale Of InfiniBand Assets To Intel


Aliso Viejo-based QLogic , the manufacturer of networking adapters, switches, and ASICS for the storage networking market, said last night that it has completed its sale of its InfiniBand product lines and assets to Intel Corporation. The deal was worth $125M in cash.'s Andrew Breitbart Dies


Conservative commentator, and Internet publishing startup founder Andrew Breitbart has died, according to, his publishing company, after dying unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning. Brietbart, who was well known for his politics and political blogging, apparently died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this morning.

j2 Global Buys Australian Voice Services Firm


Continuing its flurry of international acquisitions, Los Angeles-based J2 Global reports today that it has acquired Zintel Communications , and Australian cloud voice services provider. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. j2 Global said the acquisition will bring its skilled employees and a local office in Australia. j2 Global, which is run by Hemi Zucker, has been on an aggressive acquisition roll lately, acquiring a number of international cloud services firms. Launches Marketplace For Dog Boarding


Ever wish there was a better place than that huge, impersonal kennel for your dog to stay on vacation? Well, Los Angeles-based Dog Vacay , a new person-to-person marketplace startup, is looking to help connect pet owners with other dog owners and pet sitters, who are willing to watch their pets when their owners are on vacation.