Sat.Jul 02, 2011 - Fri.Jul 08, 2011

Advice For Emerging Entrepreneurs (And Anyone Else With A Boss)


"By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day." " Robert Frost, American Poet. My entrepreneurial students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, often ask my advice regarding their career choices.

Interview with Bryan Hertz, VoxOx


With the proliferation of social networks, communications clients and VoIP phone services, users often find they need to use multiple ways--Twitter, Facebook, phone, FAX, and more--to communicate with their contacts.

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Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

Tech Zulu Event

Its Time! Its Time! The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship.

Reflections of America this July 4th

Both Sides of the Table

July 4th. The funniest experience I ever had on July 4th (US Independence Day) was in 1999. That was the year I spent July 4th in Tokyo, where I was living for 6 months. I had been living in Europe since the start of 1995, most recently in London.

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Version 0.9. What Do You Think?

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I’m excited to announce that we silently launched our new website last week. Like a startup we took a very “version 0.9” approach. What I would love to do with this post is tell you our goals and solicit reactions for what you like and what you don’t like.

San Diego Padres High Tech Night

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, July 14, 2011 -- San Diego Padres High Tech Night. Feel the strength of San Diego's Tech Community when we pack PETCO Park! Highlights the rivalry between the "Silicon Beach" Padres and the "Silicon Valley" Giants. Email

CapLinked Trumpets Growth


Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the online platform for managing fundraising and investor updates started by Eric M. Jackson and Christopher Grey, reports today that it has seen major growth this year. The firm said it has grown the platform's users by over 2,000 percent, year-to-date, taking user accounts from only 2,000 at the beginning of the year, to over 55,000 accounts today.

Docstoc Sharpens Focus On Small Businesses


Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online document sharing site headed by Jason Nazar, said Tuesday that it is rebranding the service to focus on small business owners and operators. The firm--which started as a place to share professional documents--said it is looking to become the "premier" online resource for small business owners. Nazar said that the firm is now profitable, and has been doubling its revenue, year-over-year, for the past three years.

Job Fairs Back, As SoCal Technology Firms Ramp Hiring


In a sign that demand for employees from Southern California technology firms is on the rise, two, separate announcements Wednesday from local companies indicates that hiring demand at local companies is up, and companies are again scrambling to fill positions. In an announcement Wednesday, Westlake Village-based online advertising firm ValueClick said that it is planning to hire over 100 new employees, as it plans to increase its workforce by over 10 percent.

Citrix GoToMeeting Heads To Android


A new, Android app version of GoToMeeting , the online meeting service developed by Citrix Systems ' Santa Barbara-based online service division, will be preloaded on Motorola DROID 3 phones, Citrix announced Thursday. The deal is the first availability of GoToMeeting as an Android app. According to Citrix, both Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver will be pre-loaded on the Android-based, DROID 3 from Motorola, which is available through Verizon Wireless.

Broke Girl's Guide Gets Funding


Santa Monica-based Broke Girl's Guide , a startup focusing in on daily deals and information for women, has scored a small debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The firm--started by Erin Bunch, Michelle Vick, and Rita Ravindra--notably lists former MySpace SVP International Marketing and MySpace Music SVP Jamie Kantrowitz as an advisor. Broke Girl's Guide runs a daily deal newsletter with offers, online promos, and sales information.

Guide 30 Launches New Android Game


Los Angeles- and London-based , the mobile and social games developer, said this week that it has launched a new Android game called Miner Speed. The game is already available on Facebook, King's own game portal, and Apple iOS.

Groupon Now Hits The OC


Daily deals giant Groupon said Thursday that it has expanded its real-time, deal venture, Groupon Now, into Orange County. Groupon Now is Groupon's effort to allow real-time deals via a mobile app, on things like restaurants and retail stores.

EdeniQ Links With German Firm


Visalia-based EdeniQ , a developer of biofuels technology and a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels , said Wednesday that it has linked with German firm IKA Works on supplying biomass mixing and milling technology for the biofuels and biochemical markets.

OpenX Expands In EMEA


Pasadena-based OpenX , which develops Internet advertising server software and related services, said this morning that it has made a major, European expansion. According to the firm, it has appointed Vincent Pelillo as Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pelillo was previously at Orange-France Telecom Group, heading up that firm's ad exchange efforts. The company said it is making a "major expansion" into the European market. READ MORE>>.

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US Renewables Backs Biofuels Firm


Los Angeles-based private equity investor US Renewables Group is the lead investor in a biofuels and renewable chemicals firm. According to Colorado-based OPX Biotechnologies , US Renewables led a $36.5M, Series C first close in the company, which also included DBL Investors, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures , Altira Group and X/SEED Capital. As part of the funding, USRG managing director Jonathan Koch has joined the company's board.

Namesake Releases iPhone App


Los Angeles-based Namesake , the real time conversation and discussion site headed by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, said Tuesday afternoon that it has released its iPhone application. The app-- available for free in the Apple App store--allows users to participate in real-time conversations on the iPhone, iPod touc, and iPad. Namesake's web site allows users to discuss topics of interest, follow other users, interact, and more.

YouMail Ups Funding To $12.5M


Irvine-based YouMail , the provider of third party voicemail and other cloud-based communications services run by Alex Quilici , disclosed this morning that it has upped its total funding to $12.5M. The funding came from VantagePoint Capital Partners, Siemer Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. YouMail said it will use the new funding to roll out more mobile applications and services, expand its platform, and accelerate growth of its services.

ParAccel Finds New Funding, From


San Diego- and Campbell-based ParAccel , the developer of data warehouse and big data analytics software, reported this morning that it has scored a new round of funding, which includes as the lead investor. Financial terms of the new funding was not disclosed. ParAccel said the round also included prior investors Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Bay Partners, Walden International, Tao Venture Capital Partners and Silicon Valley Bank. ParAccel's CEO and Chairman is Chuck Berger.

Microsemi Buys ASIC Advantage


Irvine-based Microsemi , the provider of analog and RF semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has acquired ASIC Advantage , a fabless semiconductor firm developing radiation hardened and high-voltage integrated circuits for the aerospace, automotive, communications, industrial and medical markets. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ASIC Advantage was based in Sunnyvale. READ MORE>>. microsemi asic advantage merger acquisition semiconductor

Hulu Approaching 1M Hulu Plus Subscribers


Los Angeles-based Hulu , the online video streaming site headed by Jason Kilar, released some detailed subscriber numbers Wednesday, as the firm continued to be. According to the firm, it is approaching 1 million paying subscribers to its Hulu Plus service, expecting that it will cross the 1M number before the end of the summer. The firm reported 875,000 paid Hulu Plus subscribers as of June 2011, up from less than 250,000 six months ago, in December of 2010.

Kingston Dangles Prizes For Game Designers


Fountain Valley-based Kingston Digital , the developer of flash memory, is courting game designers today, with a contest which promises to award $1,500 for a game incorporating its portable storage products for the Apple iPhone. Kingston said it is holding a contest which asks game designers to include its Wi-Drive portable, Wi-Fi storage device for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, in their games.

Gaikai Signs Capcom


Los Angeles-based Gaikai said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Capcom Entertainment , to stream Capcom's games online. Gaikai--which develops videogame streaming technology--said the deal will allow Capcom to reach a broader audience. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. READ MORE>>. game video streaming videogame capcom gaikai

StockTwits Adds Social News Rankings


San Diego-based StockTwits , the stock-oriented, social messaging site run by Howard Lindzon, said this morning that it has launched a new, social news ranking feature on the service. The firm said it now allows users to see finance news headlines, ranked by social popularity, based on the number of views of those posts, as well as comments, shares, retweets, and likes. The new feature is available on news stories listed by ticker symbol. READ MORE>>.

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Hulu Plus Hits LG HDTVs


Los Angeles-based Hulu said this morning that it has started rolling out its Hulu Plus subscription service on LG LCD TVs. Hulu said the support is for selected LG LCD TVs, with additional LG devices available in coming weeks. Hulu provides online video streaming services of popular television and cable shows, as well as movies and other content. READ MORE>>. hulu hdtv plus video streaming subscription

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Boingo Expands In Italy


Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , the Wi-Fi network operator, said Thursday that it has added two new airports to its network, this time in Italy. Boingo said it has launched its managed Wi-Fi service in Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN) airports in Milan, Italy.

LA's Technology, VC, and Entertainment Industry Meet Royalty


The Los Angeles technology industry appears to have landed as the first stop of Prince William and new bride Catherine in Los Angeles today, as the two are scheduled to present at the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit in Beverly Hills. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge apparently are serving on a panel at the conference, at their very first stop in the Los Angeles area. Prince William and Catherine are making a whirlwind stop in Los Angeles over the weekend.

ResMed Buys Irish Firm


San Diego-based ResMed , a developer of medical equipment for treating sleep disorders, said today that it has acquired Irish medical technology firm BiancaMed Ltd. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BiancaMed is a developer of devices to monitor sleep and breathing. BiancaMed 's investors included ePlanet Ventures and Resmed itself. resmed biancamed merger acquisition lifescience medical device sleep disorder