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The End of the Mexican Road

Both Sides of the Table

Negotiations. We all think we’re good at them. Most people aren’t that good. ” In some situations this is the right answer. Only $20.

What’s Your Tribal Role At Your Startup?


Note: This is Part V in the Startup Team Building series. Read Part I HERE , Part II HERE , Part III HERE and Part IV HERE. Hunter. Fast and furious.

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Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science


Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. The new effort emerged this week, revealing that it is backed by Science, Inc. , a month. READ MORE>>.

Women 2.0 Conference 2012 | For The Men Who Missed It

Tech Zulu Event

Just like the sky scraping investment banks of Wall Street, the technology industry tends to be a sausage party. So when I heard about Women 2.0

How Twitter Can Improve Your Management (in 140 Characters or Less)

Frank Addante

Communication has been streamlined to short messages. Your management should be too. I’m a big fan of short, concise, summarized communication. Twitter’s revolution of 140-character messages inspired me to create a similar management reporting format that I have found to be very effective. Read the rest on Founder Lessons inc

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Console Hardware: Past, Present and Future

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, February 23, 2012 -- Console Hardware: Past, Present and Future. An overview of console hardware from the last generation (PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube), this generation (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) and looking forward to what the next generation may hold. Email for more information.


Incubators, Accelerators, and New Choices for Entrepreneurs

Steve Reich

Wild times in Southern California—VC firms contracting and incubators/accelerators exploding! But no one is talking about the tradeoffs (yet).

Myspace Racks Up Registrations


Beverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. Myspace says it is now adding around 40,000 new registrations a day, driven by its music player. The new music player was launched in December. READ MORE>>.

The Vita Hill Social Club: A New Way to Game

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The swanky little boutique suite on Santa Monica’s Main Street greeted me in a way that I hadn’t expected.

Emerging Trends in Medical Device Design

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 -- Emerging Trends in Medical Device Design. SoCalBio Networking Forum in Orange County. See [link] (more

The Secret to Success with Angel Investors

Steve Reich

LeisureLink, Inc., was launched with nearly $2mm in Angel funding from the Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels. How did we do it? We had an advocate in each Angel group who aggressively lead the effort. It’s critical to identify a lead investor who is truly excited about your company. How do you find that Angel partner?

Broadcom Completes Buy of NetLogic Microsystems


The acquisition--which had originally been announced in September--was worth $3.7 billion. READ MORE>>.

Give Your Valentine Good Vibrations with LELO #SFW

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Yes folks, I’m going there. But don’t worry; this is safe for work. But that assumption would be false. Why, you ask? Waterproof.

UCI Entrepreneurship: Judy Greenspon, NPI Services

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, February 23, 2012 -- Judy Greenspon, President, NPI Services, Inc. Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public.

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part III


In an attempt to help people navigate the landscape of accelerators and incubators, we've come up with a (hopefully) comprehensive list of Southern.

Competition Dangles $200K To Students With Clean Technology Ideas


A new competition--part of the Startup America effort launched by the Obama Administration, and spearheaded locally by Caltech, USC, and UCLA--said today that it is looking to award $200,000 in prize money to university students with clean energy business ideas. The deadline to apply is February 28th. READ MORE>>.

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Borrego Solar Finds $47 Million For Solar Energy Projects


The new fund comes from U.S> The fund will go to fund Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). READ MORE>>.

OpenX Hits Profitability, Nears $100M In Annual Revenues


Los Angeles-based OpenX , the developer of online advertising serving software, reported today that it has achieved its first full quarter of profitability, and is has exceeded an annual run rate of $100M. OpenX develops online ad serving software, which is used by web publishers to display web advertising. READ MORE>>.

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Tenrox Acquired By Silverback Enterprise Group


Glendale-based Tenrox , the developer of cloud-based, enterprise project management software, has been acquired by Texas-based Silverback Enterprise Group , Silverback said Thursday, as part of a rollup of a number of project management firms by Silverback. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. billion PPM software industry.

Eucalyptus Launches Bay Area Test Lab


Santa Barbara-based cloud computing software firm Eucalyptus has opened up a new, cloud testing lab in the Bay Area, the firm said today. The developer of cloud management and computing software said the new lab will be based at the CoreSite Bay Area data center. READ MORE>>. eucalyptus area test cloud computing open source

Tech Coast Angels Fuels $45M In Deals In 2011


Those totals bring the total to $119M in direct investments since 1997 by the group, and a total of over $1.4 READ MORE>>.

Huawei Sets $6 Billion In OEM Deals with Qualcomm, Broadcom, Avago


Chinese telecom giant Huawei said Friday, in an announcement timed with the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles, that it is awarding $6 billion in Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) contracts to three California companies. READ MORE>>. equipment telecom jinping politics investment chinese china huawei

FlexEnergy Names President and COO


Irvine-based FlexEnergy , a developer of gas turbine equipment from producing green energy, has named Jay Mitchell as President and Chief Operating Officer. The firm's equipment uses methane, normally generated as a waste gas, to instead power a gas turbine for producing electricity. READ MORE>>.

Docstoc Hits 80,000 Paying Subscribers, 20M Members


Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online small business documents sharing and download site headed by Jason Nazar, said Tuesday that it has now hit more than 80,000 paying subscribers to the service, and over 20 million members. per month. READ MORE>>. docstoc business small documents download subscription premium

Nimble Updates Contact Management Software


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of a software-as-a-service, contact management service which is headed by former Goldmine founder Jon Ferrara, said this morning that it has debuted a new version of its service. The firm said that Nimble 2.0 focuses on social discovery, improved usability, and better privacy and marketing integration.

KFx Medical Gets Patent


Carlsbad-based KFX Medical , which is developing bone implant products for the orthopedic surgery market, reported today that it has received a third patent. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,109,969, covers its knotless double row soft tissue bone repair method. The patent was filed on September 26, 2011, and names Michael L. Green, Joseph C.

OWL Biomedical Raises $3.0M


Santa Barbara-based OWL Biomedical , a developer of microchip-based disposable cell sorting technology for the biomedical industry, has raised $3.0M, part of an ongoing funding with a target of $16.8M, according to regulatory filings. OWL is a biotech firm which is a spinout of MEMS foundry Innovative Micro Technology. READ MORE>>.

Amplify Partners With Cloud Provider Joyent


Amplify , the startup accelerator program being run by Paul Bricault in Venice Beach, has tied with a cloud computing provider, Joyent , the two said this morning. The two said they are in a partnership, where Joyent will provide free cloud computing resources and marketing services to Amplify's portfolio companies. READ MORE>>.

The Backplane Snags Investors


The Backplane , a developer of online community software, which is best known for its work creating Lady Gaga's #Little Monsters website, said Thursday that it has raised $4.5M in a funding round. The firm is headed by Matt Michelsen, who is based in San Diego, and also includes Troy Carter--Lady Gaga's agent--who is based in Los Angeles.

ReachLocal Revenues Grow On International Strength


Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services to small and medium sized businesses, reported strong growth in its international revenues, in addition to continued revenue growth at the company. ReachLocal reported a revenue growth of 24 percent--to $99.8M in Q4--with 56 percent growth in international markets.

Parchment Finds $6M


Parchment , the startup which operates Docufide, a service to help transfer high school transcripts to colleges and universities, said Monday that it has raised $6M in funding. READ MORE>>. parchment docufide college university transcript high school education venture capital blackboard

Alelo Lands Ambassador Bremer For Board


Los Angeles-based Alelo , the USC spinout which is applying gaming technology to help teach languages and cultures to both the military and civilians, said last week that it has added Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III , to its board. Alelo, which is led by Dr. W. Alelo's products are being used to teach culturally sensitive language skills to the U.S.

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Amazon Ramping Content Efforts In LA


Technology's big names appear to be rushing to tap into the wealth of talent and creativity in Los Angeles, with the latest firm being online e-commerce giant According to reports today, Amazon is looking to ramp its efforts in Los Angeles to develop original programming through its Amazon Studios initiatives. READ MORE>>.

Meet us at StartEngine Wednesday


Interested in getting into one of the local startup accelerators? We're helping Los Angeles-based StartEngine screen possible startups this Wednesday at their offices all day. If you'd like to be considered to pitch us at StartEngine, submit your application on their site today. They'll let you know Tuesday if you've got a slot in the pitch lineup.