X1 Loses Competitor: Google

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the developer of desktop search software, has one less competitor: Google , as Google said Friday that it is shutting down its Google Desktop search software project. Google's service shuts down on September 14th.

Metacloud Snags Google Exec

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Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations. Metacloud said Grey had been at Google for the last decade, and also has served at Yahoo!, Earthlink, Digital Planey, USWeb, and Idealab. google executive openstack enterprise private cloud metacloud

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Google Invests $168M In Mojave Power Plant

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Search engine giant Google announced Monday afternoon that it is investing $168M in a plant in Mojave. Google said it has invested over $250M in the clean energy sector. Google is also an investor in Pasadena-based eSolar, another utility-scale solar energy firm, which was spun out of Idealab. google brightsource energy solar power clean cleantech esolar idealab

Aptera Shuts Down

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Aptera had been backed by Esenjay Investments, Google, Idealab, The Beall Family Trust, and The Simons Family. aptera motors shutdown idealab electric cleantech vehicleCarlsbad-based Aptera , the developer of a three wheeled, electric vehicle, has shut down.

FastSpring Launches Subscription Management Service

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Engel has some prior success in the Internet area, having been VP of Marketing at Picasa when it was acquired by Google, as well as being involved in GoToMyPC and Idealab. Santa Barbara-based FastSpring , the e-commerce and payment processing software firm headed by Dan Engel, said this week that it has launched a new online subscription management and payment service called SaaSy. Engel said that the service is aimed at SaaS and Web 2.0

Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012

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Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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Google was clear that they WOULD NOT go into this business. They were a juggernaut and Google was a small company. But obviously Google won the war. Mostly, Google just had way better organic results (“the loss leader&# ) so it was always preferred by consumers.

eSolar In Deal With Sanmina-SCI

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The company is venture backed by NRG, Google, Oak Investment Partners, Quercus Trust, Acme, and Idealab, where the company was started. Burbank-based utility-scale, solar power developer eSolar is looking to electronics contract manufacturer Sanmina SCI to optimize its component design and manufacturing, the two announced Monday.

Triptrotting Raises $1M

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Pasadena-based Triptrotting , which operates an online service to help connect travelers with local hosts, has raised $1M in a Series A funding, the firm said this morning.The funding came from Google Ventures, Mark Suster, 500 Startups, WI Harper, Bill Gross of Idealab, Safa Raschtchy, and Eric Chen.

Aptera Raises $9.8M

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Source of the new funding was not disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised funding from Esenjay Investments, Google, Idealab, The Beall Family Trust, and The Simons Family. Tags: aptera motors venture capital equity google idealab automobile electric hybrid

Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities

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Triptrotting's founders are Aigerim Shorman and Shana Zheng, and the company is backed by Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Idealab, WI Harper Group, Golden Seeds, Seraph Group, Safa Rashtchy and other angels. Santa Monica-based Triptrotting , which helps match travelers with like-minded locals, is expanding this morning, saying that it has added a new "Social Activities" feature to help users find activities by location, date, time, and price.

eSolar Names Operations VP

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the developer of concentrating solar thermal power plants spun out of Idealab, said today that Gary J. eSolar is backed by ACME Group, Google, Idealab, NRG, and Oak Investment Partners. Tags: esolar executive operations thermal solar energy idealab google Breton has been named Senior Vice President of Operations for the firm.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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Sam was also a member of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and inaugural new media team and previously worked for Google, Credit Suisse, The Colbert Report, and Senators John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

eSolar Takes $20M More

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal technology developer backed by Idealab, Google, Quercus Trust, ACME Group, NRG Energy, and Oak Investment Partners, has raised $20M in an unannounced funding round, according to numbers from the latest quarterly venture capital report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Tags: esolar venture capital energy solar cleantech google idealab

Aptera Pushes Back Electric Car Production

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Carlsbad-based Aptera, the electric car startup backed by Google and Idealab, is delaying delivery of the firm's vehicles to customers, according to a letter to customers. Tags: google green cleantech auto electric aptera automotive idealab

eSolar Gets 2 Gigawatt Win In China

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal power technology firm backed by Idealab and Google, said late Friday evening that it has inked a deal with China to build at least 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar thermal power plants in that country. Tags: esolar china power thermal energy idealab google solar plant electric electricity

Aptera Loses Founders

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Aptera, which is building lightweight, composite electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, is funded by Idealab and Google, among others. Tags: aptera motors automotive cleantech energy idealab steve fambro

eSolar Hires VP Engineering

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Pasadena-based eSolar, the Google-backed thermal solar energy startup, is announcing today that it has hired on a new Vice President of Engineering, Craig Tyner, Ph.D. eSolar is backed by more than $140M in funding, from Google, Idealab, and Oak Investment Partners. According to eSolar, Tyner joins the firm from Sandia National Laboratories, where he spent more than 30 years. According to eSolar, Tyner's career has been spend advancing and deploying solar thermal technology.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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The birthplace of sponsored search (Overture), semantic search (Applied Semantics which became Google AdSense), comparison shopping (ShopZilla, PriceGrabber) and many others. Home to the Internet’s first true “accelerator,” Idealab led by Bill Gross.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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However, the other pieces of what we do are a somewhat evolved model similar to the early days of what Bill Gross did at Idealab. You''d find one friend at Google, another at Facebook, you could sit together, iterate, and make it happen.

eSolar Names New CEO

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eSolar is venture backed by Google, Idealab, and Oak Investment Partners. Tags: esolar executive solar energy thermal idealab Pasadena-based eSolar , a developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has appointed John Van Scoter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Van Scoter was most recently at Texas Instruments Alternative Energy Strategy, and has a 25-year career at Texas Instruments.

PostUp Launches New Twidroyd

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Pasadena-based PostUp , the Twiiter advertising firm backed by Idealab, Index Ventures, betaworks, Revolution LLC, First Round Capital, Jason Calacanis and Jeff Jarvis, said Tuesday that it has launched a new version of its Twidroyd Twitter client for Android phones. According to POstUp, the latest version of Twidroyd 4, for phones based on Google's Android operating system, includes a new live preview of links within tweets, including showing links to web pages, photos, and videos.

Aptera: Still Waiting On Capital From DOE

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Vista-based Aptera Motors , the three wheeled electric vehicle firm backed by Idealab and Google, told its supporters today that it is still looking to score funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Google quickly bought AdSense in 2003 and Elbaz’s AS team became Google Santa Monica. Elbaz’ AdSense accounted for 28 percent of Google’s total revenue, or more than $2 billion. Bill Gross – Idealab. Since 1996, Gross has been running Idealab.

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Factual Gains Funding, Names Investors

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Santa Monica-based Factual , the new data focused startup run by Gil Elbaz , the co-founder of Applied Semantics , which invented Google's AdSense technology, is announcing the investors in the firm this evening. Tags: capital venture mashup data google semantics applied factual

How Chippmunk Hopes To Use UX To Rise Above The Coupon Crowd

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One of the biggest issues, is that consumers typically find coupons through a Google search query. They do a Google search, and they''re presented with thousands of sites in the search results.

EI Solutions Acquired By Suntech

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Pasadena-based EI Solutions, the solar power integrator arm of Idealab-backed Energy Innovations, has been acquired by a Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings. EI Solutions was a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Innovations, which is backed by Idealab, MDV Mohr, Davidow Ventures, and Westlake Venture Partners.

Factual Partners With Newsweek

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Los Angeles-based Factual , the open data startup headed by former Google engineering director Gil Elbaz, said this weekend it has partnered with Newsweek on a "America's Best Public High School" initiative. Applied Semantics was acquired for pre-IPO Google stock in April of 2003.

YP Launches New Organic SEO Service

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Startup technology veteran and Idealab alumni Stu MacFarlane, who is now Executive Vice President of Products and Marketing at YP said the new product helps local businesses connect with consumers by providing a strong SEO strategy. YP said the new product provides local businesses with a mobile responsive, content-rich website, supported by a full range of SEO services designed to improve rankings on Google and other search engines.

The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns

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eSolar Gets Focus In Solar IPO Speculation

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the solar thermal technology firm backed by Idealab, Google, and others, is being eyed as the next possible solar IPO in the pipe, according to GigaOm. eSolar is heavily backed by Idealab, Google, Oak Investment Partners, Quercus Trust, NRG Energy, and others. Interestingly enough, SharesPost itself has deep ties to Idealab, the backer of eSolar, as Greg Brogger was a VP at Idealab, and was the COO of CarsDirect.com, an Idealab firm.

UberMedia In Deal With Shopping Mall Data Provider

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Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Idealab-backed company which is now working on mobile location data, has linked up with shopping mall data provider Directory of Major Malls (DMM), and business intelligence consultanty B.I. UberMedia said the data will be available to retailers in formats for Tableau, Alteryx, ArcGIS and Google Earth.

Eight Tech Gadgets To Add To Your Gifts List

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robotics startup spun out of Idealab--uses cleaning cloths to tidy up your hard floors. features an interface powered by Google TV, and delivers both the web and streaming. It's that time of year again; food, shopping, holidays, and more shopping.

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