Sat.Oct 06, 2012 - Fri.Oct 12, 2012

What The Heck Does “Traction” Really Mean To A VC?


Nearly every entrepreneur has heard the refrain, "Get back to me when you have some traction,” while seeking funding. From an unsophisticated investor, this response might be a non-confrontational way of saying "No."

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Enervee Ranks Appliance, Electronics On Energy Use


How energy efficient is that new television you just bought for your house, and how can you be sure? A new, Santa Monica-based startup, Enervee , has recently rolled out a new tool to help people estimate how much energy their television--and soon, other appliances--are consuming. The startup said it is working on introducing what it calls a miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker for TVs, called the "Enervee Score".

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UX Workshops by Celebrated Author & Usability Expert, Eric Reiss

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“Great presentation. It was good to see someone else who actively thinks about the world from the user’s perspective.” ” -Testimonial from an attendee at the L.A. UX Meetup featuring Eric Reiss.

Why John Frankel Leaned in Early on Klout and Cornerstone OnDemand and What He Sees Next

Both Sides of the Table

It all started in 2010 with Klout. I wasn’t a believer. I had always liked and respected CEO Joe Fernandez but could never get my head around the fact that the Klout was putting up charts showing who influenced me and it didn’t map to the reality I knew in my head.

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SwingBySwing: Making Golf More Social

Steve Reich

There are days when I feel like we’ve gotten a bit carried away with social media. You get bombarded with Facebook requests–P&G wants me to “like” their consumer products, as if Tide is my best pal.

To Infinity And Beyond: Buzz Lightyear, T-Pain, Hot Chocolate And Technology

TechCrunch LA

I’m at the #BoxWorks conference in San Francisco this week, which is an odd place for me to be at first glance. Why odd? Because I don’t really get into or cover “enterprise” technology.

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content


In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it introduced last year. The company is reportedly also investing another $200M in its channel efforts, on top of the $100M effort it kicked off last year.

3M and Roku Launch First-of-Its-Kind Streaming Projector | The New Big Screen

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After its January launch of its player, a tiny wireless USB Roku plug in Streaming Stick™, Roku in partnership with 3M today, unveiled a first of its kind Streaming Projector running on the Roku Streaming Stick, changing big screen forever. Bringing Back Big-Screen.

Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 -- Access to Capital Conference for Small Businesses. DandB Credibility. This event, which will be held at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, is designed to help qualify businesses for credit and match them with a variety of lenders, including alternative and non-traditional crowdfunding sources.

Separate “Chairman from “CEO.”


More and more today, shareholder organizations recommend that the positions of chairman and president (or CEO) be split, so there are checks and balances at the board level in the leadership.

LA Clean Technology Corridor Gets Funding


The effort to establish a "clean technology corridor" in Los Angeles has received $2.1M in a grant, according to the LABJ , from the Commerce Department. The grant gives the City of Los Angeles more than $2.1M to construct and equip the La Kretz Innovation Campus downtown. The center will include offices, conference rooms, research laboratories, and more. Los Angeles has been trying to establish a "clean technology corridor" to attract companies in the industry to locate in parts of downtown.

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Recycled Bride Wants You To Save On Your Big Day | Wed Without Tears

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The team at Recycled Bride knows weddings are expensive, time-consuming to plan, and that’s the reason they want to make it easy to source great deals on pricey wedding items, and help you recover some of the money spent.

MacTech Conference

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 -- MacTech Conference. MacTech Conference is a 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple developers, IT Pros, and Enterprise.MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on programming / development, and the other on IT/Enterprise and consulting. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, as well as OS X and iOS. See [link] (more

Variety Acquired By Penske Media


The bible of entertainment industry news, Variety , has been acquired by Internet entrepreneur Jay Penske, via his firm, Penske Media , the companies said today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Penske Media owns such online publications as Deadline, HollywoodLife, BGR, and TVLine MovieLine, a number of which are major competitors to Variety. Penske acquired Variety from parent firm Reed Business Information, which is part of Reed Elsevier.

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ShopWiki Launches Barcode Scanning, Price Comparison App


ShopWiki , which operates an Internet shopping search engine, said this week that it has released a new, barcode scanning app for iOS. The site--which is owned by Los Angeles-based --said the barcode app lets users check online prices while shopping at brick and mortar retail stores. The app allows users to scan the UPC for a product, and then instantly see competitive pricing from online retailers.

Three Southern California Firms Get EETimes Focus


Semiconductor and electronics industry publication EETimes has identified three of Southern California's semiconductor startups among its annual list of sixty startups to watch in the industry. The magazine, in its list of startups worth watching , identified Efficient Power Conversion Corp.

SpaceX Dragon Docks Successfully With ISS


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has had another big milestone today, after NASA reported that the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning at 9:03 a.m. SpaceX launched its first, cargo carrying mission to the ISS Sunday evening.

Boingo Inks Wi-fi Sponsorship Deal With Microsoft


Looking for free Wi-Fi in New York City or San Francisco? A new deal between Boingo Wireless , the Los Angeles Wi-Fi hotspot operator, and Microsoft will provide free Boingo Wi-Fi at locations in New York an San Francisco, Boingo said today.

Convertro Launches New Product


Convertro , the new advertising analytics and optimization technology firm headed by Jeff Zwelling, has released a new product today, saying it has launched a product which helps figure out attribution of such things as Twitter streams, YouTube channels, Pinterest pins, and Facebook to sales, in addition to tracking of display advertising, paid search, and other online advertisements.

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FreeBike Project | Shifting Brands into Gear

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Copenhagen is world renowned for its biking culture and has officially become the first Bike City in the World. It’s not a surprise then that the founders of a company that provides a smart solution to university students to rent a bike for free, happen to be Danish.

Ceres Chief Scientific Officer Takes Advisory Role


Thousand Oaks-based energy crop developer Ceres , which develops agriculutural biotechnology for the renewable fuels market, said Tuesday that Richard Flavell, PhD., the firm's Chief Scientific Officer, has become Chief Scientific Advisor. Flavell remains on the company's board.

Digiboo Adds Android Support, TV Content


Los Angeles-based Digiboo , a developer of retail kiosks where users can purchase movies and other content for digital download, said today that it has added support for Android devices, and also included a new set of television series.

Google's PageSpeed Exits Beta


Google announced Wednesday that it has released its mod_pagespeed project--which automatically optimizes and speeds up web pages accesses for website owners using Apache--out of beta.

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Inktank Partners With Citrix


Inktank , the software developer behind the open source Ceph distributed storage project, said Thursday that it has partnered with Citrix Sytsems to provide support for Ceph as part of Citrix CloudPlatform. Citrix CloudPlatform is a software product, commercially supported by Citrix, used for cloud orchestration. The Citrix product is based on the open source Apache CloudStack software. Financial details of the link were not disclosed.

Elon Musk's SolarCity Files For IPO


It's been a big weekend for tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, after another successful launch Sunday from his commercial spaceflight firm, SpaceX--based in Hawthorne--and, it turns out, another IPO filing for Musk. SolarCity , a Bay Area provider of solar power financing, filed for an IPO Friday, saying that it is looking to raised $201.25M in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market as SCTY. It turns out that Musk owns 31.9 percent of SolarCity, which was founded by his cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive.

ResearchGate | Social Network For Researchers Only

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ResearchGate , the professional network for scientists and researchers, was founded by virologists Dr. Ijad Madisch and Sören Hofmayer, and IT specialist Horst Fickenscher.

Atari Ties With Zynga On New Game


Atari , the interactive entertainment and licensing firm which now owns rights to classic Atari games, and social games developer Zynga said Thursday that the two have launched a new game called Super Bunny Breakout.

SpaceX Dragon Hatch Opens Ahead Of Schedule


The first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station jumped ahead of schedule Wednesday afternoon, after the hatch to the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was opened a day ahead of schedule, after successful docking with the ISS earlier in the morning.