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Worst Networking Call Ever


I just got off the phone with someone who wanted my help getting networked into the Santa Barbara business community. Little did I know when the call began, that it would end up being the worst networking call in which I have ever partaken. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for. free weekly Infochachkie articles! A Little Research Goes a Long Way. Fortunately, the call was brief. However, in the fifteen minutes that we chatted, the caller made the following mistakes: Why?

Rovio Wants To Rival Disney, As It Heads Towards IPO


Rovio , the Finnish maker of the popular Angry Birds games, is talking up an initial public offering saying that it is looking to rival Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. as a media company.

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Female Founders and CEOs | Talia Goldstein of Three Day Rule

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Everyone needs a date at some point, why not get it right the first time (or three). We all have our types of attractions and it’s a difficult dating world out there. The women at Three Day Rule have set out to change that for all of us.

The trend is your friend.


Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field with products from other companies that have revenues flowing.

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Is success a goal or a byproduct?


Look this up sometime in your browser: “Success is a byproduct, not a goal.” You will find it attributed to tens of originators.

Jacob Greenspan and David Schaeman perform at TEDxAmericanRiviera 11/11/11

Eric Greenspan

My son Jacob (14) and his pal David Schaeman (15) perform at TEDxAmericanRiviera 11/11/11. Needless to say, I’m very, very proud of this. But don’t take my word for it, listen to these boys play, they are phenomenal. Eric Greenspan


SpaceX: Build Your Own Falcon 9 Rocket


Fans of Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, have been riding high this week, with the approval of its NASA launch mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for February.

A Cocktail of LA Tech | Tech Cocktail Winter Mixer

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“Would you like a free drink ticket?” ” Said the smiling girl at the check-in table. South, a solid Santa Monica bar and grill was bustling earlier this Tuesday courtesy of the good people at Tech Cocktail and their winter technology mixer.

Navigating the Ups and Downs on the Road to Startup Success

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Monday, December 19, 2011 -- Navigating the Ups and Downs on the Road to Startup Success. Tech Coast Angels. Join Barbara and Rajeev Madhavan, CEO of Magma, as he shares his compelling story about the highs and lows of building a successful Startup. There's lots of wisdom here, so start crafting your questions now! See [link] (more

CapLinked Tops $12 Billion In Deals Hosted


Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked , the developer of a service to help companies manage their fundraising activities and investors, has tallied up its deals for the last few months, saying Friday that it has now topped over $12 billion in deals hosted on the service. The firm said that, as of November it had $12 billion in deals being managed through the service, up from $4 billion in June.

Hello Music Launches iPhone App


Los Angeles-based Hello Music , a startup providing a deal marketplace for musicians, said Friday that it has launched a new, iPhone app. The company said the app provides musicians access to instruments, gear, and services.

Insights and Opinions: Idealab and the Bill Gross Legacy


For today's Insights and Opinions section, we thought we'd share a recent article penned by Clearstone Ventures' William Quigley. In all of the recent rush to create internet accelerators in the region, William talks about, Bill Gross, the person behind the "original" tech incubator, Idealab.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Tops $1 Billion In Sales


Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing said this morning that its new title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , has just topped $1 billion in sales. Activision Publishing, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, said it took only 16 days for the company to hit the milestone.

Online Spending Tops $1.1 Billion On Monday


Shoppers are continuing to flock in droves to online stores, spending over $1.1 billion in sales Monday, according to the latest ecommerce numbers from comScore. comScore said that shoppers spent $1.13 billion on Monday, the third heaviest day of spending this holiday spending. The rate of online shopping was a 19 percent increase from last year, and was only behind Cyber Monday ($1.25 billion in sales) and Monday of last week December 5th ($1.17 billion) in sales this year.

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Qualcomm Backs Femtocell Firm Ip.access


San Diego-based Qualcomm has made another investment in femtocell and picocell technology developer ip.access , as part of a new round of funding. According to ip.access, it raised $15M from investors Amadeus Capital Partners, Cisco, Intel Capital, Qualcomm, Rothschild & Cie Gestion, Scottish Equity Partners and TE Connectivity. Ip.access is using Qualcomm's technology, including its Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipsets and femtocell patents.

Mobile Roadie, San Diego Zoo Launch App


Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Mobile Roadie and the San Diego Zoo said Thursday that they have launched a new, official app for the zoo.

NanoH2O Raises $14.8M


El Segundo-based NanoH2O , the UCLA spinout which is developing reverse osmosis membranes for water desalination, has raised $14.87M as part of an ongoing, $30.6M fundraising effort, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. No details of the funding have been announced by the company yet.

Boingo Extends In Rome


Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless is continuing to build out its network of airport Wi-Fi access points, saying this morning that it has linked a deal to add its services to two airports in Rome.

Broadcom Raises Outlook


In a sign of the strength, Irvine-based Broadcom said Wednesday morning that it is raising its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011. The firm raised its forecast to about $1.8 billion, above analyst averages.

Outcast Links With ECOtality On Advertising Network


Santa Monica-based out of home advertising network operator Outcast and electric vehicle charging station company ECOtality said this morning that the two have teamed to launch a digital ad network tied to ECOtality's EV charging stations.

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Of Israeli Startup


Irvine-based Broadcom is in the process of buying Israeli network processor firm Broadlight , in a deal worth between $230M and $340M, according to Israel papers. The two apparently have signed a letter of intent for the acquisition.

Legend3D Scores $19M


San Diego-based Legend3d , a developer of 2D to 3D movie conversion technology, has raised $19M in a Series E funding round. The firm said the round was led by Northwater Capital Management, and also included prior investors PAR Investment Partners and Augustus Ventures.

THQ Chops 30


Agoura Hills-based THQ , the developer of videogames, has cut 30 of its staff, due to poor performance of its uDraw tablet for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3. The cuts were due to "weaker than expected" sales of the gaming accessory. READ MORE>>. videogame games layoff employment jobs

Zynga IPO Rewards SoCal Investors


Despite a cool reception for the IPO of social games maker Zynga Friday, the IPO of the company still rewards a couple of Southern California investors. Among the biggest winners of the IPO of Zynga is San Diego-based Avalon Ventures , which owned 32,169,401 shares of Zynga before the IPO, a stake which was worth $321M based on Zynga's opening price this morning. Zynga looks to be among the most visible exits from that firm's portfolio yet.

Hulu Launches Spanish Language Programming


Los Angeles-based Hulu reported this morning that it has launched its Spanish language programming service, "Hulu Latino", offering up Spanish language programs from Univision, Azteca America, Butaca, Caracol Televisin, Comarex, Estrella TV, Imagina US, Laguna Productions, Maya Entertainment, RCTV, Todobebe Inc, and Venevision. Hulu had announced its deal with Univision in October; the remainder of the providers are all new.

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textPlus Expands To Phone Calls


Los Angeles-based Gogii , the free text messaging app developer behind textPlus which is headed by former JAMDAT Mobile founder Scott Lahman, is moving into the world of free Wi-Fi calling. The firm has just released TextPlus Free Calls , which allows free phone calls from the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Android devices, to any other TextPlus member.

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Hulu Uniques Rise To 34.5M Viewers


Los Angeles-based Hulu , the online video streaming service, appears to be steadily growing its online audience, based on the latest numbers from comScore. comScore released its latest Video Metrix report Thursday, showing that Hulu had 34.5 million unique viewers in November. That's up from 31.9M in October, and 29.2M in September. Hulu said that the new data shows a unique audience growth of 23 percent year over year for the streaming video site.

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Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne


Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. BigChampagne provides media metrics about entertainment and online audiences. LiveNation said that it will incorporate the technology from BigChampagne across its businesses, to power social discovery, product personalization, and other features.