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10 Apps & Tools for Maximizing Personal Efficiency

Frank Addante

Sanebox (Email Organization) : Service that uses algorithms to organize your email into what’s important and what’s not. I was skeptical and had a lot of issues with giving up control of my inbox, but I’m hooked now. It works amazing well. Tips: Trust it.

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Startup Thought Leaders With The Most Authentic Twitter Followers


This article previously appeared in Forbes. Not surprisingly, the most influential startup bloggers are those with the largest number of Twitter followers.

TZ Tech Crawl | Hollywood Edition

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The Tech Crawl is back and in full swing heading to the Hollywood Tech Scene! This time around we are partnering up with Silicon Beach Fest to make it that much more awesome!

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CHNL – Social Network For All | Interview With John Wander, Co-founder & CEO

Tech Zulu Event

Inspired by the vast amounts of data from videos, photos, music, websites and blogs shared by the many friends and people they follow online and seeing how much time it takes to check all the content across many platforms, friends set out to come up with a solution and CHNL was born.

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LED Lighting Manufacturer Sets Up Shop In Anaheim


A Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, Lunera Lighting has set up shop in Anaheim, and will manufacture its products there.

How Tradesy Makes Selling Women's Clothing Simple, with Tracy DiNunzio


If you're a woman with unwanted--but fashionable--clothing in your closet, which you wish you could sell, what's the easiest way to sell it?

Karlin Ventures Takes Aim At Los Angeles Startup Investments


Los Angeles has a new, well funded, investment firm in town, with big plans for local investments: Karlin Ventures. According to TX Zhou, who is heading up efforts for the investment firm, the venture capital firm is an arm of private investment firm Karlin Asset Management, the private family office of Gary Karlin Michelson, and is looking to help bolster sources of local capital for startups.

DeveloperAuction Targets Los Angeles With Job Auctions


DeveloperAuction , a Bay Area startup which is looking to let employers bid for engineers on an auction basis, has expanded into Los Angeles, beyond an initial launch in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Boston. The startup is looking to take advantage of the demand for developers by getting startups to "bid" on engineering talent.

Independa Gets $1M In Angel Funding


San Diego-based Independa , the provider of technology which helps to connect and remotely monitor seniors, to help them live independently longer, has raised $1M in an angel funding round. The funding was first publicly disclosed in a regulatory filing last week.

Western Digital Generating Nearly $1 Billion In Cash Every Quarter


How big is Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital ? Apparently, very big. The firm announced its results yesterday, saying that it is generated $936M in cash from operations during its September quarter, based on $4.0 billion in revenues. For comparison, all of the venture capital investment into Southern California last quarter was less than the amount of cash generated by Western Digital from its operations--a mere $694M.

TX Zhuo Talks About LA's Newest Venture Fund, Karlin Ventures


One of the biggest complaints that local entrepreneurs have with Los Angeles has been a dearth of local sources of venture capital.

TigerText Hits 250 Healthcare Customers


Santa Monica-based text messaging provider TigerText reported Thursday that it now has more than 250 healthcare facilities using its HIPAA compliant messaging platform. The firm, which provides secure text messaging for enterprise customers, says it more than doubled its customers in the last three months due to demand from the healthcare industry. TigerText's text messaging services are encrypted and HIPAA compliant. The company is venture backed by Easton Capital and New Science Ventures.

FatCloud Accelerates.NET Application Development, Backed by Elevator Labs


FatCloud , a new startup developing a.NET-focused, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) development platform, said today that it has launched it services, helping developers to deliver their.NET applications. The firm--which is backed by Elevator Labs--said it helps provide scale-out processing, data management, and availability/redundancy for.NET applications, using a cluster/grid of servers to help scale those apps.

Insights and Opinions: Founder Restricted Stock 101


With our Insights and Opinions section on socalTECH, we're trying to help the startup and high tech community, including including hints, tips, and other education on the world of high tech startups.

iRise Adds iPhone 5, Windows 8, Android Tablet Support


El Segundo-based iRise , which develops software for prototyping enterprise applications, has extended its platform today by adding support for the iPhone 5, Windows 8, and Android Tablets.

Slacker Streams Halloween Sounds


Looking for that perfect soundtrack for your homemade haunted house? Tired of those cheesy Halloween mix CDs? Need some spooky music for your Halloween party? San Diego-based Slacker has the solution for Halloween enthusiasts: stream those sounds from its streaming audio service.

Brand Affinity Technologies Buys Printroom's Fan Photography Business


Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies , the latest startup from the Steelberg brothers, said Thursday that it has acquired the fan photography business of Printroom. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Printroom's Fan Photography business provides photo keepsakes -- photos on the field, sports team photo mouse pads, and more -- for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA sports teams, and other customers.

International Rectifier Gets $100M In Credit Facility


El Segundo-based integrated circuit maker International Rectifier said this morning that it has raised $100M in four year, senior unsecured credit facility. The funding came from a group of lenders led by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, along with JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Bank of the West. The company said the facility will go towards working capital, acquisition, stock repurchases, and other general corporate use.

Report: Cool Planet Seeking $100M For Biofuel Plant


What's behind that report this morning by Cool Planet Energy Systems and progress on its ability to produce $1.50 per gallon gasoline from biofuels? According to a report from GigaOm this morning, an effort to raise $100M to build out its first biofuels facility. CEO Howard Janzen told the publication that the firm hopes to start delivering its fuel from its facility in 2014. Cool Planet Energy is backed by Electric, Google Ventures, BP, ConocoPhillips, NRG and Constellation Energy. READ MORE>>.

Novatel Wireless Files Second Lawsuit Against ZTE


San Diego-based wireless modem manufacturer Novatel Wireless said today that it has filed an additional patent infringement suite against Chinese networking equipment firm ZTE. Novatel said that ZTE has infringed on a wireless patent related to its MiFi family of mobile hotspots and wireless data modems. Novatel Wireless said it filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. READ MORE>>. novatel wireless lawsuit legal china patent mifi modem

Friday Tech Video Roundup for Southern California


Some of the higlights from this week from socalTECH's video , section, where we're currently highlighting community videos from and about local startups: Image Metrics Mojo Masks iPhone App.

GameSalad Supports Windows 8 Apps


Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , which develops software which helps people create iOS, Android, and web games, said Friday that its software now supports Windows 8 application development. The startup--which has been supporting Windows development since May--said its latest version, 0.10.0

NantHealth Gets Funding From Verizon


Los Angeles-based NanHealth , the subsidiary of NantWorks, the incubator of LA billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, has scored an investment from Verizon Investments , the investment arm of Verizon Communications. Size of the funding was not disclosed.

SGN Names Yguado President


Los Angeles-based game developer > SGN announced this morning that it has named Josh Yguado as President of the company. Yguado is one of the co-founders of SGN, and was previously in charge of game development at the firm.

Insights and Opinions: Can you just tell little business lies?


In our Insights and Opinions section this afternoon, we share an article from Dave Berkus , author and angel investor--who just released his book, BASIC BERKONOMICS --who asks: is it ever okay to tell a little business lie? He's not in right now." "I I am going to the doctor at that time." "I

Image Metrics Debuts iPhone App


Fisker Announces Aftermarket Relationships


Anaheim-based electric vehicle developer Fisker Automotive announced today that it has signed a number of deals with aftermarket partners, which will give its owners ways to personalize, "maximize", and protect their Karma sedans.