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

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

InfoChachkie

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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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.

World of Warcraft Hacked By Players

socalTECH

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.

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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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.

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.

Separate “Chairman from “CEO.”

Berkonomics

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.

Three Southern California Firms Get EETimes Focus

socalTECH

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.

MacTech Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

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

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.

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.

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

socalTECH

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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BSA Finance Group Meeting

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 18, 2012 -- BSA Finance Group Meeting. Bio Science Alliance. SEC HOT TOPICS AND OTHER KEY ACCOUNTING ISSUES AFFECTING LIFE SCIENCE COMPANIES. The SEC and FASB continue to hammer revenue recognition, IP accounting and other issues near and dear to Life Science companies. Our speakers will discuss the latest developments. Email pmeyer@cynvenio.com.

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ZunguZ Facebook Payment Application | Interview With The Founder Robert Sussman

Tech Zulu Event

Facebook just hit 1 billion active users globally and that was great but a new social payment application is set to make Facebook users across the world get more from their connections and even allowing companies to sell or receive payments from their pages.

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SpaceX Resupply Mission Launches Successfully

socalTECH

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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Phillipine Angels Look To Follow Tech Coast Angels Model

socalTECH

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.

Hulu Adds Nickelodeon Titles To Hulu Plus

socalTECH

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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Atari Ties With Zynga On New Game

socalTECH

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.

Ceres Chief Scientific Officer Takes Advisory Role

socalTECH

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.

CityGrid Slashes Staff

socalTECH

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.

Enervee Ranks Appliance, Electronics On Energy Use

socalTECH

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".

SpaceX Dragon Hatch Opens Ahead Of Schedule

socalTECH

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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Digiboo Adds Android Support, TV Content

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

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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SGN Launches Effort Supporting Ocean Conservation

socalTECH

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.

uSamp Expands In Europe

socalTECH

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.

Insights and Opinions: Co-Marketing or Joint Venture?

socalTECH

As part of our Insights and Opinions section on our site, we regularly feature advice from entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and many others on a variety of topics of interest to high tech companies.

Boingo Inks Wi-fi Sponsorship Deal With Microsoft

socalTECH

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.