Sat.Mar 17, 2012 - Fri.Mar 23, 2012

Why You Should Think Twice Before You Send That Intro Email

Both Sides of the Table

Intros.They’re the lifeblood of networking – the currency of mavens. They are your route to angel money. Your entrée to sales meetings. We couldn’t live without them.

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7 Tools of Entrepreneurial Awesomeness


As part of the UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Emmy Award winner Seth Epstein and current Founder and CEO of SocialStay , described seven practical, hands-on techniques entrepreneurs can use to enhance their overall awesomeness.

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Caltech Scientists's Kickstarter Project: Nanoart


Here's an interesting Kickstarter project looking for some (crowd) funding: a Caltech scientist is looking to raise $50,000 to create "nanoart".

Grocery Coupon Network’s CMO Jeffrey Hudson | Interview

Tech Zulu Event

Recently we talked with Grocery Coupon Network about the future of couponing and the push towards mobile solutions. Now we bring in the Chief Marketing Officer, Jeffrey Hudson to talk about the new application Grocery Coupon Network engineered to allow the entire coupon printing process to happen from inside Facebook. Enhancing the user experience to be faster and easier so that a user never has to leave their Facebook page.

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Choosing Your Features | Making Apps the Market Wants

Tech Zulu Event

In our last article, I detailed the steps in trying to decide what sort of app you were looking to make. Once you’ve decided on an idea to move forward with, you’re ready to start deciphering the data you’ve compiled on the existing competition and choosing what to do with your own app.

Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

More than 150 MIT alums gathered Wednesday night for a discussion of incubators/accelerators. Appropriately enough, ­­­we gathered in the about-to-open Synergy Business and Technology Center, Santa Barbara’s latest incubator.

Uh Oh: The personal information in our database has been breached

Technology Council

By Richard E. Neff There is so much in the news about cyber-security. Much of the focus is on cyber war as a new and inevitable weapon, Stuxnet and the vulnerability of our national infrastructure. Some of the news is about use of computers to steal US technology and trade secrets, with culprits—if traceable—often located in China or [.]. Guest Article database security

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Hulu Plus Expands Device Support


Los Angeles-based Hulu is continuing to build out its list of supported devices for its subscription, Hulu Plus service, the firm said late Thursday. According to Hulu, its service is now available on Toshiba 2012 Blu-ray players, Sharp 2012 TVs and Best Buy's Dynex Blu-ray players. Users of all of those devices can now sign up for Hulu Plus directly from those players. The premium Hulu Plus subscription costs $7.99, and gives broader access to episodes of television shows to users. READ MORE>>.

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The Future is Happening in Real Time

Frank Addante

Here is a video of my keynote at the Rubicon Project Real Time Trading Summit 2012. I give an overview of the state of the online advertising industry and how a disproportionate amount of the ad spend is going to the Top 10 publishers. The comScore 500 publishers stand to level the playing field and get their fair share from the benefits of increased automation and easier access for buyer. The three main areas of automation that will propel Real Time Trading are: Enabling ad networks as bidders.

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 29, 2012 -- NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium. The NIAC examines early stage concepts that may lead to advanced and innovative space technologies critical for NASA to enable missions 10 to 100 years from today. Panel topics during the symposium include space debris elimination, fission fragment rocket engine propelled spacecraft, and the potential for ambient plasma wave propulsion systems. See [link] (more

iPad 3. Really? That’s it?

Alon Schwartz

Let me start by saying that I owned an iPad from the very beginning. I had the first iPad and currently have the iPad 2 and I love it! My wife loves it and my kids love it. The iPad is on a very short list of technologies that changed the world as well as changed us, and probably for the better.


Vantage Media Launches Into Educational Marketplace


El Segundo-based Vantage Media , the provider of performance-based marketing and advertising services, is expanding into the post-secondary school marketplace today, saying that it has launched a new offering called Vantage Media SchoolSelect.

gen-E Scores Private Equity Investment


San Clemente-based Gen-E , a developer of IT process automation software, said Monday that it has received a private equity investment from Solis Capital Partners. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

SpaceX Targets Astronaut Delivery


Not content to just deliver satellites to space, and to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, Hawthorn-based SpaceX said Friday that it is continuing to work on preparing its Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

Mogreet Targets Hispanic Market


Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of a mobile video marketing product which is headed by James Citron, said yesterday that it has been targeting the Hispanic market with its services, and now counts a number of large customers in that category. The firm said Entravision Communications and impreMedia, two large Hispanic media firms, as customers of the company.

Interview with Michael Dubin, Dollar Shave Club


Earlier this month, Los Angeles startup Dollar Shave Club ( made a huge splash with its launch of a subscription, monthly delivery service for razor blades.

Virgin Galactic Signs 500th Customer


Mojave-based Virgin Galactic , the commercial spaceflight firm backed by Sir Richard Branson, has signed its 500th customer: actor and angel investor Ashton Kutcher.

Factual Partners with EMC Greenplum


Los Angeles-based Factual has inked a partnership with EMC, as part of EMC's new Grenplus Chorus toolset for data scientist collaboration. According to Factual, its data is available through the Greenplum corus platfor, which will allow data scientists to use data from Factual as part of their own, existing data. Factual operates an online data service, targeted at application developers, to retrieve live data on business locations, restaurants, and other verticals.

Interview with Paul Bricault, Amplify


If you're looking get your startup off the ground in Los Angeles, it always helps to have help from folks with connections to the venture and angel community.

Fandango Wins Yahoo Movies Deal


Los Angeles-based Fandango announced htis morning that it has scored an exclusive deal with Yahoo , where it will be the exclusive ticket seller for Yahoo! Movies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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RTI Electronics Acquired By API Technologies


Anaheim-based RTI Electronics , a provider of passive electronic components, including thermistors, film capacitors, magnetic transformers and inductors, has been acquired in an asset deal, according to Orlando, Florida-based API Technologies. API Technologies said it paid $2.3M in cash for RTI's assets. RTI had revenues of approximately $4M in 2011. READ MORE>>. electronics technologies capacitor passive merger acquisition

FundaGeek Partners With Inventors' Group


Yucca Valley-based FundaGeek , an online, crowdfunding site headed by Dan Gutierrez, said this week that it has entered into a partnership with the United Inventors Association of America (UIA). According to FundaGeek, the group will use FundaGeek as a crowdfunding resource to help inventors with projects. The two firms also said they are working with home shopping channel QVC, as part of a new program called QVC Sprouts.

New Incubator, Frost Venture Partners, Targets Big Data


Adding another group to the growing list of Southern California startup accelerators and incubators: a new, Orange County incubator, Frost Venture Partners , looks to be gearing up to tackle the "big data" market. The new incubator, headed by Stuart Frost , the founder of DATAllegro , lists five startups in its portfolio of companies. The company describes itself as a "new kind of technology incubator" on its web site, and says it is focused on big data and cloud companies.

LuxeYard Names Tony Winders EVP


Los Angeles-based LuxeYard , the flash sales site headed by Braden Richter, said Friday morning that it has named Tony Winders as its Executive Vice President of Revenue. Winders was most recently VP of Marketing at ValueClick Media, and also had served at Search123. Tony also co-founded interactive Agency (iAgency). LuxeYard operates a members only flash sales site focused on luxury home furnishings, decor and fashion. READ MORE>>. luxeyard executive tony winders valueclick marketing revneue

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SodaHead Ties With Google Analytics


Los Angeles-based SodaHead , the online social discussion and voting site, is one of the launch partners for the new Google Analytics Social Media features, Google said this week. Google said that it is launching new, Social reports within Google Analytics which helps businesses understand traffic coming from social media sites, and how they related to conversions for advertisers.

Eucalyptus Inks Deal With Amazon


Santa Barbara-based Eucalpytus Systems , the developer of cloud software deployment tools, has inked a major deal today, with Amazon is tapping Eucalyptus to make it easier for enterprise customers to migrate their web applications between Amazon and their own IT environments. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Verve Wireless Raises $7.0M


Encinitas-based Verve Wireless , the developer of mobile publishing software used by newspapers and other local publishers to serve up mobile news and ads, has raised $7.0M as part of an ongoing, $10M funding round, according to a regulatory filing. The first funding in the round was received on February 28th, according to the filing. Source of the new funding has not yet been disclosed.

PromoJam Raises $1.2M


Los Angeles-based PromoJam , a developer of enterprise, social marketing tools, has raised $1.2M in a Series A investment, the firm said today. The round was led by Golden Seeds, and also included the Band of Angels. According to the company, the new round will go towards growing its social marketing software, plus expansion of sales and marketing. PromoJam was founded in 2008 by brother and sister Matt and Amanda MacNaughton.