Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder

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A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV.

This Student Talked His Way Into Google Through Courageous Networking

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Andrew Fuller (left) and Jonas Bolduan I encourage my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurial students to err […]. The post This Student Talked His Way Into Google Through Courageous Networking appeared first on John Greathouse

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FindTheBest Snags Google, DoubleClick Vet As President

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Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest.com , the online comparison site headed by DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor , has turned to a Google and DoubleClick vet to serve as President. findthebest doubleclick executive google search engine comparison rabin yaghoubi

Google Funds LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara Researchers

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Search engine giant Google announced Tuesday that the firm is funding a number of University research projects, including a group of researchers at UC San Diego, a researcher at UC Santa Barbara, and a researcher in Los Angeles. Google said that the firm is awarding a total of $5.7M as part of its Google Focused Research Awards, to help fund research in ares of study that are of key interest to the company.

Transphorm Gets $20M For Energy Technology

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Goleta-based Transphorm , a developer of energy efficiency and power conversion technology, emerged from stealth today, saying it has just closed a $20M, Series C funding led by Google Ventures. The firm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, said it has now raised over $38M in funding from Google, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Foundation Capital, and Lux Capital for its technology. transphorm energy clean cleantech materials power conversion grid venture capital google

Google Taps UCSB Team For Quantum Processors

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Internet giant Google said late Tuesday that it has tapped a research team from UC Santa Barbara , to help build new, new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. those processors are being applied to design of artificial intelligence at Google. Google said that John Martinis and his team at UC Santa Barbara is helping in the hardware initiative with the company. ucsb google quantum computing physics research

Sonos Connects With Google Play

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Sonos , the maker of the whole home audio streaming systems, has connected up its systems with Google Play Music , the music service run by Google, the companies announced this morning. According to Sonos, it now lets users directly stream to Sonos from within the Google Play Music app on their Android device, or directly from the Sonos app. Sonos is based in Santa Barbara.

FastSpring Launches Subscription Management Service

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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 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.

An Enchanting Conversation With Guy Kawasaki

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I even plan to use it in my upcoming UC Santa Barbara Entrepreneurial Selling class. When I wrote Enchantment, I knew that the social media would be wrong – if I were to write either of the books today, I would have a whole section on Google+.

Entrepreneur Hack: This Remote Team Of 12 Generated $100M

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He then joined Picasa and was instrumental in its acquisition by Google. Dan shared his entrepreneurial insights with my UC Santa Barbara students, including the manner in which he built a virtual organization. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes.

D2 Technologies Buys Webia Technologies

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Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies , which develops embedded IP communications software, reports today that it has acquired Webia Technologies , a developer of products for the Google Android OS platform.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

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range of software products, and which has offices in Calabasas and Santa Barbara. RightScale is one of a number of enterprise software and open source companies to emerge in the area, and is based in Santa Barbara. Google.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

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Yesterday, I met with @LisaBraithwaite, a local Santa Barbaran. Tags: Eric Greenspan 140conf Google Voice jeff pulver santa barbara social media tech news Twitter

PureClick: Google's Display Network Doesn't Perform As Promised

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Google''s display advertising network, Google Display Network, doesn''t perform as promised, according to Santa Barbara-based PureClick. The startup said this morning that its advertisers have been finding that the majority of placement in Google''s display network are "irrelevant to their products and services"--as it announced its own product to help advertisers narrow down the most relevant AdSense publishers for their marketing efforts.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

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Seth Epstein, Founder and CEO SocialStay , former Founder and CEO of FUEL (acquired by Razorfish) and Emmy Award winner for his work on the X-Games, recently spoke at UC Santa Barbara as part of the Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Startup Lessons From Stephen King: Results Vs. Activities

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We took a similar shared-success approach with our employees, many of whom were my former students at UC Santa Barbara. A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Long before author Stephen King sold over 350 million books, he was a budding entrepreneur.

Happy Anniversary Make It Work – 8 Years Today!

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From TweetDeck to Yammer, WordPress to Twitter, Google Adwords to Yahoo Search, Facebook to LinkedIn, throw in a little AllTop, MyYahoo, Outlook, Powerpoint, Quicken (had to pay some bills)…my head is spinning.

Tranphorm Raises $25M

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The company is venture backed by Google, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Foundation Capital, and Lux Capital. Transphorm is headed by Professor Umesh Mishra, from the University of California, Santa Barbara Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Engineering and Sciences.

RingRevenue Powering Google Pay-per-Call Trial

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Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue , the provider of pay-per-call technology headed by Jason Spievak, apparently is powering a trial by Google in its Google Affiliate Network. In news leaked out by Affiliate New Review, apparently Google is using RingRevenue on a trial of paying commissions for phone-based traffic. No details on the arrangement between RingRevenue and Google have been announced by the firms.

23 Million Views – Startup Content Goes Mainstream

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Who would have thought academic videos recorded at a state university would generate nearly 23 million views? Certainly not I when I took over the program three years ago.

Transphorm Gets $25M From Soros

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Santa Barbara-based Transphorm , a developer of high efficiency, power conversion technology, confirmed today that it has raised $25M in a Series D funding round. Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Foundation Capital and Lux Capital also participated in the funding. The firm said the round was led by Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd., a private investment fund managed by Soros Fund Management.

Transphorm Unveils Products

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Goleta-based Transphorm , the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. Transphorm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, just announced $20M in a Series C funding led by Google Ventures last month. The firm is backed by Google , Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers , Foundation Capital , and Lux Capital , and has raised over $38M in funding.

American Entrepreneurs – Be Happy You Are Not In Spain

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After studying at UC Santa Barbara''s entrepreneurial program , he returned to Spain, excited to start a venture and make a positive impact on his homeland. Even Google News decided to close in Spain due, to a new law designed to protect legacy businesses.

FindTheBest Takes On Car Classifieds

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The Santa Barbara startup said the entry into the classified market allows users to shop for cars by type, make, model, year, mileage, and color.

Happy Anniversary Make It Work – 8 Years Today!

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From TweetDeck to Yammer, WordPress to Twitter, Google Adwords to Yahoo Search, Facebook to LinkedIn, throw in a little AllTop, MyYahoo, Outlook, Powerpoint, Quicken (had to pay some bills)…my head is spinning. Tags: Daily Diary eric david greenspan make it work loan modification sonos Twitter tweetdeck technology computer tech news santa barbara mini cooper

SoCal Sees Summertime Surge In Exits

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Irvine-based Vizio was sold for $2 billion to Chinese television maker LeEco; Santa Monica-based Dollar Shave Club was sold to Unilever for $1 billion; San Diego-based Nervana Systems sold for $350M to Intel; Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce sold to Nuance for $215M; Santa Barbara-based Aurrion sold to Juniper Networks, for $165M, and West Hollywood-based Orbitera sold to Google for $100M.

Interview: Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale

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Messenger : Thorsten von Eicken , RightScale’s Co-Founder and CTO, Chief Architect at Citrix Online (formerly Expertcity) and Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and UC Santa Barbara. None of us were recruited to Santa Barbara by RightScale. ”.

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UCSB Ties With Google, Intel, Others On Terabit Networking Effort

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The University of California, Santa Barbara said Wednesday that it has launched a new research center, focused on developing next generation, terabit-speed networks. UCSB said the new Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) has partnered with Google, Verizon, Intel, Agilent Technologies and Rockwell Collins on the research effort, and will focus on developing a technology to enable 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber network by 2025, and 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020.

Do your kids Google Poo?

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I guess just knowing we were doing the seminar was enough as she went home and checked her son’s Google search history. At first, she thought she was safe because she had found that he had Googled the word “poo.&#

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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We typically do not ask entrepreneurs to visit our offices in Santa Barbara, but Jeff wanted to meet with Kevin, an investor in our Fund who helped us vet opportunities and occasionally invested alongside of us. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Do your kids Google Poo? (part 2)

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After 20+ Poogling seminars in Socal, we were approached by a concerned parent and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation to do a Poogling Seminar (teaching parents about child Internet safety) city-wide. I had no idea that the Superintendent of the Santa Barbara Public Schools Brian Sarvis and Salud Carbajal, First District Supervisor would jump in with both feet as well. Ever have a game changing day?

Citrix Links Podio Into Cloud Storage

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The Santa Barbara, online division of Citrix has tied in its work collaboration sofwtare Citrix Podio , into cloud storage service YouSendit , bringing the firm's service to a chunk of the cloud storage services market. According to Citrix, Podio--used for secure content sharing, signatures, and access--is now integrated with ShareFile, SugarSync, Microsoft SkyDrive, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Google Docs and YouSendIt.

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Commission Junction Co-Founder Lex Sisney Applies A Scientific Approach To Analyzing Your Business

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As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, serial entrepreneur, CEO Coach and Author Lex Sisney shared a preview of his newly released book, Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business. This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE.