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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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.

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.

World of Warcraft Hacked By Players


World of Warcraft , the massively multiplayer online game run by Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, suffered an in-game hack which resulted in a mass (virtual) bloodbath, where thousand and thousands of players and characters were slaughtered over the weekend.

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.

UX Workshops by Celebrated Author & Usability Expert, Eric Reiss

Tech Zulu Event

“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.

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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.

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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.

FreeBike Project | Shifting Brands into Gear

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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The Los Angeles PHP Developers Group (LAPHP)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 11, 2012 -- Developing Applications with Apache Cassandra. LAPHP. Is my app a good fit for Apache Cassandra? Or is Cassandra a good fit for my app? These are the questions many developers are asking themselves taking the popularity of the new NoSQL database technologies out there on the market nowadays.

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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.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

Facebook. Twitter. WSJ Live. WSJ Live. MarketWatch. MarketWatch. Barrons. Barrons. AllThingsDigital. AllThingsDigital. Factiva. Factiva. BigCharts. Financial News. Professor Journal. SmartMoney. Student Journal. Virtual Stock Exchange. WSJ Classifieds. WSJ Classroom. WSJ Radio. WSJ Wine. SEARCH.

Blowing Up the World of Home Video Licensing

Tech Zulu Event

Jackass, TheDudesons , America’s Funniest Home Videos. Normal people get paid every day by TV networks wanting to get a hold of stunts, pranks and home videos that tickle your funny bone.

Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet

SoCal Tech Calendar

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.

How GridTest Is Helping To Build The Next Electric Car, With Neal Roche


The clean technology sector is infamous for taking a big toll on startups--requiring large investments, risky technology propositions, steep international competition, and fickle government policies.

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SpaceX Resupply Mission Launches Successfully


The launch of the first resupply mission by SpaceX went off without a hitch on Sunday night, lifting off at 8:35 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral. The launch is the first under a commercial resupply contract from NASA, where SpaceX will fly at least 12 missions to the ISS through 2016.

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Hulu Adds Nickelodeon Titles To Hulu Plus


A new deal by Los Angeles-based Hulu this morning will add content from Nickelodeon to Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus. The Nickelodeon deal brings titles such as "iCarly," "Big Time Rush," "VICTORiOUS," "How to Rock," "Supah Ninjas," "SpongeBob Squarepants," "Kung Fu Panda," "Penguins of Madagascar," "Winx Club," "Robot & Monster," "The Legend of Korra," "T.U.F.F. Puppy," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to Hulu for the first time.

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CityGrid Slashes Staff


In the latest cuts among Silicon Beach's high tech community, CityGrid , which runs Citysearch, Insider Pages, and Urbanspoon--has laid off a chunk of its staff, including a significant number of Los Angeles employees. Initial news of the cuts, which were made in the last couple of days, came through recruiters and others close to the company. Citygrid did not respond to emails for comment yesterday from socalTECH, however, TechCrunch is placing the size of the cuts at 15 percent of the company.

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.

SGN Launches Effort Supporting Ocean Conservation


Los Angeles-based game developer SGN , the mobile and social gaming firm headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, has kicked off an effort to help support ocean conservation via a relationship with EarthEcho International , a nonprofit headed by Phillippe Cousteau.

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.

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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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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".

uSamp Expands In Europe


Los Angeles-based uSamp , the provider of market research services and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded in Europe, hiring a new EVP to head up its operations in the region.

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.

Phillipine Angels Look To Follow Tech Coast Angels Model


A new, angel investment group based in the Phillipines is basing its effort on the model set by Southern California's Tech Coast Angels , according to a report today from Phillipine publication Sun.Star Cebu.

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.

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.

Moviepilot Sets Up Office In Venice, Hires Two Execs


Moviepilot , which operates an online movie discovery site, said last week that it has opened up an office on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, as part of its expansion into Los Angeles. The firm--which has been booting up operations in LA since May --said it has hired Amy Elkins as EVP Strategy and Advertising, and Amy Smith as Director of Advertising. Elkins joins the firm from MEC, where she had run interactive media campaigns for Paramount and Dreamworks.

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