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10 Startup Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Superheroes


As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , recently shared ten lessons that emerging entrepreneurs can learn from superheroes.

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


In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. However, with the proliferation of incubators, the difficulty in figuring out.

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Amplify’s Guide to Crafting a Pitch Deck | Entrepreneur Resources

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As we turn our ideas for the future into the latest startups and companies of today, there’s always a need for resources to help guide one through the process of it all.

Is it the jockey or the horse?


Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

Optimizing Websites, Social Media and Mobile Devices: Risk and Reward in the Wild West of Technology

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- Optimizing Websites, Social Media and Mobile Devices: Risk and Reward in the Wild West of Technology. CONNECT. ebsites are becoming more interactive and mobile applications are impacting brand awareness and sales. Do you wonder how to best utilize your mobile applications to improve your business and brand? Should you use a mobile app for your business? If so, how can you use mobile apps for your business?

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UCI Entrepreneurship: Henry Samueli, Broadcom

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- Henry Samueli, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Corporation. Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public. This series is part of a course on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, but enrollment is not necessary to attend these guest speaker lectures Email for details.

New Incubator/Coworking Space Emerges In Glendale


A new startup incubator and coworking space in the Los Angeles area-- Voivoda Labs --said this week that it is looking to looking to vet new startups in the area to join its newly built incubator in Glendale. Voivoda Labs--headed by Val Babajov, the former CEO of WebMessenger--said it is looking to vet around 15 startups via a pitch event later this month, to help secure investment for the winner.

Cheers App Launches | Adding Cheers to your Day [Exclusive Video With Farhad Mohit]

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We all have things to cheer for in life. Most times we celebrate to milestone events or showing our affection for people in our lives. But there’s so many things in life that make us happy. The Beach , Chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreos (yes these really do exist).

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Start-up Step 1: Build A Culture Plan

Frank Addante

The formula for a great company is not a business model, or financial projection. I used to think that company culture happened naturally. After starting and building five companies, I've learned that great culture doesn't just happen—you need to make it happen. In general, a company's most expensive asset is its people. So it surprises me that so many companies fail to develop a. culture inc

Overcoming Startup Company Challenges

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Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- SoCalBio Women, Work and Wisdom (W3) Mixer in Los Angeles. Elena Medo of Neolac (Murrrieta) and Shenda Baker of Synedgen (Claremont) will speak about "Overcoming Startup Company Challenges". See [link] (more

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms


In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc., a new technology studio aimed at building new businesses in Los Angeles.

Viddy Announces Series A Raise | Mobile Social Video App

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Remember that feeling the first time you got an iPhone? You were all excited and happy to have the coolest technical gadget to date. Then you got Instagram. And you could share pictures with the world with filters making them look like they were from just about any camera ever made.

SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches


Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies , the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, has set the schedule for two upcoming satellite launches, the company announced this morning.

Fisker Automotive Chops Staff


Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , the maker of electric vehicles, is cutting staff in both Delaware and California, after a setback in receiving cash from the U.S Department of Energy.

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USC Project Uses Tweets To Predict Oscars


Can you use Twitter to predict who is going to win the Academy Awards? That's the idea behind a project being run by the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab. IBM , and the Los Angeles Times.

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OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology


What do you get when you mix the desert around Mojave, two months in a Van Nuys warehouse, an MIT engineer, and a band which has risen to prominence as a YouTube phenomenon? Not a tech startup, but one of the more intriguing ads debuted during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Cornerstone OnDemand Promotes Three


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of software-as-a-service for talent management, learning, and human resources management, said today that it has promoted three of its executives. THe firm said it has promoted Vincent Belliveau to Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, promoted Kirsten Maas Helvey to Senior Vice President of Consulting Services, and promoted Dave Carter to Senior Vice President of Sales.

Guidance Software Acquires CaseCentral


Pasadena-based Guidance Software , which develops digital forensics and e-discovery software, said Tuesday afternoon that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CaseCentral , a developer of electronic discovery software. Guidance Software said it will pay $17.1M for CaseCentral, with up to $33M in earn out. The deal is split between $8.3M in cash and $8.3M in Guidance Software common stock.

Viddy Sees $6M


Venice, California-based Viddy , a developer of social video sharing applications for mobile phones, has raised $6M in a new funding round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, and also included Qualcomm and Greycroft Ventures. Viddy is headed by Brett O'Brien, best known for co-founding Xdrive.

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine


Southern California has had its share of new startup accelerators launch in the last few months, however, few people here have actually experienced an accelerator firsthand.

LAUNCH Conference Prize Money Hits $151K


The prize money for Jason Calacanis' LAUNCH Festival technology conference has hit $151,000, after early stage venture investor Venture51 agreed to invest $51,000 in the winner of the conference's "Best in Show" award. Calacanis--who is the CEO of local startup Mahalo, and also host of This Week In Startups--has been promoting his LAUNCH conference since a widely publicized fallout with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington over their jointly produced TechCrunch50.

MomentFeed Partners With Location3 Media


Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the startup which is developing software to provide analytics on such things as check-ins and customer interaction at retail locations, said this week that it has partnered with digital marketing firm Location3 Media. According to MomentFeed, Location3 Media will be providing a layer of services on top of its platform for its clients.

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Ceres Delays IPO


Thousand Oaks-based Ceres has delayed its IPO, after lowering its IPO pricing estimates this week. According to industry reports , Ceres is delaying the offering until next week. Ceres had initially planned to price its IPO on Thursday. READ MORE>>.

FamilyFinds Takes Page From Pinterest, Launches myFINDS


Santa Monica-based FamilyFinds , the daily deal service backed by Matt Coffin, the founder of, looks to have taken an inspiration from the popularity of Pinterest , with its own sharing and commenting service. FamilyFinds told its users Thursday that it has launched myFINDS! ,

Concerro Acquired By Francisco Partners


San Diego-based Concerro , the developer of workforce management and scheduling software-as-a-service, has been acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Boingo Signs Two Shopping Center Deals


Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , the operator of a network of worldwide Wi-Fi access points, signed two big deals with shopping center operators this morning.

Cynvenio Spins Out BioMolded Products


Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems , the developer of molecular diagnostics systems for cancer, has spun out a new subsidiary, BioMolded Products , focused on blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries this week. According to BioMolded Products, it has opened up a new product design and manufacturing facility, which will manufacture medical-grade, blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011


A new report released today tallies up $7.7 billion in IT exits in 2011, the highest since 2000, for Southern California IT firms. The report--compiled by Ocean Road Partners--included both venture-backed and self-financed information technology companies. According to the report, the biggest exit during 2011 was for Greent Dot , which provided liquidity of $2 billion for its pre-IPO investors, the highest of any exit since 2000.

OVGuide Buys Live Matrix


Los Angeles-based OVGuide , the online video guide site backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has acquired Live Matrix , a provider of an online guide to live events on the web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. As part of the deal, OVGuide said it has appointed Sanjay Reddy, co-founder and CEO of Live Matrix, as its new CEO. Reddy replaces Peter Lee, who was serving as CEO of OVGuide.

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Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product


Soraa , the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa, which was started in Goleta, said its Soraa LED MR16 lamp is intended as a replacement for traditional, halogen MR16 bulbs. The new lamp uses Gallium Nitride substrate technology to provide halogen-equivalent brightness, without a requirement for fans, and which the firm says will have a payback within months.

Report: Rapportive, Backed By Calacanis, Acquired By LinkedIn


Angel investor Jason Calacanis looks to have scored an exit in his portfolio, according to reports today from AllThingsD. According to those reports, San Francisco-based Rapportive , a developer of plug-ins which overlay social networking information on your Gmail account, has been acquired by LinkedIn. The report put the acquisition in the "low teens" of millions of dollars.

Superconductor Technologies Spins Off Subsidiary


Superconductor Technologies , the developer of superconducting materials which was, until recently, located in Santa Barbara, said earlier this week that it has spun off a subsidiary working on its Reconfigurable Resonance (RcR) technology. The company--which moved its corporate headquarters in December to Texas--said the spinoff comes as a result of a product development agreement with a un-named, mobile communications product firm. The spinoff-- Resonant Inc. --is

Goodreads Connects To Facebook Timeline


Los Angeles-based book community website Goodreads has connected the service to Facebook Timeline, Facebook's new feature which lets users look back what they were doing at any time. According to Goodreads, users can now get information about what books they've read each month and year through Facebook timeline, as well as statistics like how many books you read, how many pages read, and other tracking. Goodreads said the new Timeline support can is available immediately.

Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World


Farhad Mohit , the founder of and Shopzilla , has launched a new startup, which is--quite literally--looking to spread cheer throughout the world. Mohit has launched Cheers , an iPhone and iPad app which the firm says helps "people express love and appreciation" for anything.