Sat.Oct 27, 2012 - Fri.Nov 02, 2012

How Enervee Is Making Shopping For Products Energy Smart, with Matthias Kurwig


Are you someone who'd like to save money, energy, and maybe the environment while shopping for your new television, appliance, or other electronic product? If so, how do you figure out what the better choice is when you're making those purchase decisions?

StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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The Spiridellis brother-founder team behind the popular JibJab eCard line featuring personalization Starring You®, (think Elf Yourself )—have grown up and now have children of their own.

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Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

Steve Reich

Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next? Do potential investors’ eyes glaze over when you get beyond the quick, punchy one liner and try to REALLY describe your company? Successful fundraisers tell a complete, engaging story and close the deal. Last week, the WSJ ran a great article (add link) on the value of college humanities courses, and used comments from a successful entrepreneur to make their case.

Discount your projections. Make surprises positive.


Lots of people do or will depend upon your leadership in driving growth, stability, and profitability. There will always be times when salespersons or associates provide you with projections for future sales that reflect their inherent optimism.

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Enhancing User Engagement for Faster Growth

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 -- Enhancing User Engagement for Faster Growth. Coloft. ve developed your product and you?re re ready for growth, or so you think. Growth preparation is one of the most important steps at any startup and failing to properly prep for it can have devastating effects. In this class Sean Ellis, the man behind marketing efforts at Dropbox, LogMeIn, Lookout and Xobni, will explain how you can experience faster growth through enhanced user engagement.

Disney Buys Lucasfilm


Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. , the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximately half in cash and 40M in shares. Lucasfilm owns the rights to Star Wars. According to George Lucas, the move came as it was time to "pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."

Mix and Mingle | LA Startups Shows Some Bite

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If you weren’t able to make it out to Wokcano to mix and mingle with the hottest startups this week, you missed out. Not to worry because we’ll recap the night with some information on the demos from these up and coming companies located in LA. Want to connect with dog lovers around you?

BeachFront Media Adds Windows 8 Support


Burbank-based Beachfront Media , the firm which operates the MeFeedia video discovery site, has upgraded its tools and platform to support Windows 8. The firm said it now supports Windows 8 App creation, deployment, and management via its Beachfront Builder tool. Beachfront Builder is a tool which lets video producers, TV networks, and others create their own custom video applications; the tool is based on Beachfront Builder's work in creating the MeFeedia.

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Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series


Amazon Studios , the content production arm of, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjamin Roy, the writers behind the web series The Grawlix. Amazon has been in the process of optioning different content projects, which it intends to turn into original content for its streaming video service.

Unusual Perk For SoCal Technology Firm: Unlimited, Paid Vacation


In what might be one of the more unusual perks for a Southern California high tech company, LRN , a developer of enterprise compliance and ethics software, has an unlimited, paid vacation policy. The firm's policy recently came to light in a WSJ article. The firm--which looks to be recruiting Java Developers, project managers, and UX/UI designers in its LA location--apparently lets employees take off as much time as they feel like they need, as one of the perks for working for the company.

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Friday Tech Video Roundup for Southern California for November 2, 2012


Some of the highlights from this week from socalTECH's video section , where we're currently featuring community videos from and about local startups:  Perfect Market's Gangnam Style Halloween.

Lowercase Capital Boots Up New LA Investment Fund


Another, Silicon Valley investor-- Chris Sacca --has his eyes on investments in Los Angeles, saying that his super angel fund, Lowercase Capital , has just hired a full time director in Los Angeles to make investments in local startups. The news came at a PandoDaily event Thursday evening.

NewEgg Kicks Off Early Holiday Shopping Season


Red 5 Studios Lands $15M More


Aliso Viejo-based videogame developer Red 5 Studios has just raised $15M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. Gets $830K More In Seed Funding

socalTECH , the developer of a web-based platform for crowdfunding which is part of AmplifyLA, is announcing today that it has raised $830,000 more in a seed funding round. The round was led by Kamran Pourzanjani, the founder of PriceGrabber who is now head of Bestcovery.

The Resumator Gets $2.1M From Rincon


Rincon Venture Partners , the Santa Barbara-based venture capital fund run by Jim Andelman , John Greathouse , and Brian Kelly , has led the investment in a developer of social recruiting software tools for companies, The Resumator. According to Resumator, the Series B round was led by Birchmere Ventures , Rincon Venture Partners and, and also included Innovation Works and ff Venture Capital.

Stacking Up Southern California's Cheap/Free 4G Wireless Providers


A number of services have emerged in Southern California in the last few months, offering up free, or very inexpensive, 4G wireless connections.

Boingo Extends VPN Support To Windows, Mac


Boingo Wireless , the Wi-Fi network operator, said Friday that it has added virtual private network (VPN) support to the Mac and Windows version of its Wi-Finder app. The new feature helps users protect themselves from possible security issues when using wireless networks.

Tech Coast Angels Top Angel Group Investments In First Half


The Tech Coast Angels was the most active group in the first half of the year, in terms of investments, the group said Friday, citing a the HALO Report from Silicon Valley Bank, Angel Resource Institute and CB Insights.

Club W Doubles Down On Accelerators With Investment From 500Startups


Club W , the personalized wine subscription service at AmplifyLA, has doubled down with accelerators, and is part of a new class of startups announced by 500Startups earlier this week.

Hurricane Sandy Provides More Woes For Fisker Automotive


It looks like Hurricane Sandy didn't limit its damage to the East Coast.

Fisker Automotive Offers Up Parking Lot For Hurricane Recovery


Hurricane Sandy may have kicked the auto firm while it was down, but Fisker Automotive is fighting back by offering up the parking lot of its Wilmington, Delaware automotive plant as a headquarters location for utility crews looking to reconnect power on the East coast.


MINDBODY Raises $35M


San Luis Obispo-based MINDBODY has raised a big, $35M venture capital round this morning, led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), along with Catalyst Investors (Catalyst) and Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP).

Boingo Wins Dallas Love Field


Boingo Wireless , the Wi-Fi hotspot network operator, has scored a win at the Dallas Love Field airport, the company said today. The Los Angeles company said that it will will install, manage and operate neutral host Wi-Fi and DAS networks for the airport as part of a modernization initiative.

GRP Partners Hits $148.6M In New Fund, GRP IV


GRP Partners , the venture capital firm managed by Steven Dietz, Brian McLoughlin, Yves Sisteron, and Mark Suster, seems to be making good progress on its newest fund, GRP IV, according to a regulatory filing from the firm filed Wednesday. The regulatory filing indicates GRP has raised $148.6M

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland


If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result. Burbank-based Walt Disney bought LucasFilm , the company started by George Lucas and which owns Star Wars, for $4.05 billion Tuesday). READ MORE>>.

Accelerator To Exit In 14 Months, With Eli Portnoy of ThinkNear


There's been a sudden surge in accelerator in Southern California, looking to help get startups off the ground and funded. But, do they really help?

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Insights and Opinions: Storytelling and Startup Fundraising


You've got your elevator pitch, but how much are you really engaging potential investors? For our Insights and Opinions section this morning, Steve Reich tells why it's as important to tell the whole story of your startup to close the deal with investors.