3D Printing Redux: How Idealab's New Matter Wants To Bring 3D To The Masses

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We spoke with CEO Steve Schell on how Idealab believes its past experience with starting up a 3D printing company--and some new ideas on how to create a marketplace of 3D designs--are the key to making the leap from hobbyist to the mass market. Steve Schell: The company is just over a year old, and was founded at Idealab, by Bill Gross, last January. You''re in an interesting position, in that Idealab had a 3D printing company--a long, long time ago.

GoPollGo, With Idealab Backing, Launches Twitter Polling Service

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Pasadena-based Idealab has made another investment in a Twitter-related service, in GoPollGo , which said today that it has launched an online polling service based on Twitter. The firm said it recently closed a seed funding from Idealab. gopollgo venture capital idealab twitter polling micro message survey startup

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Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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We have been holding off on this announcement for quite a bit and now we can officially announce Bill Gross of Idealab as our SuperDemo presenter. Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Need A Job? Come To Idealab Job Fair!

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That’s right folks Idealab is hosting a job fair at their offices for 10 of their startups companies. For those that may be unfamiliar with Idealab, it was founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Bill Gross, Idealab provides a broad range of operational support to its companies, allowing the company management teams to focus on getting to market quickly and cost effectively and to take advantage of the serial start-up experience of the Idealab team. Where: Idealab.

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 said that the service is aimed at SaaS and Web 2.0 The new product is specifically aimed at providers of subscription services.

X1 Loses Competitor: Google

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Google's service shuts down on September 14th. google technologies desktop search idealab

Idealab's GoPollGo Acquired By Yahoo

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Pasadena-based Idealab has sold another one of its companies to Yahoo today: GoPollGo , a Twitter polling service which let Twitter users collect feedback from their friends and followers. gopollgo idealab merger acquisition yahoo twitter feedback polling

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I

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Most accelerators, but not all, offer up physical space, but they're more geared around mentoring and a formal program for helping companies to define their business, prototype and develop the first version of their service, and create a pitch and get funding.

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Guidance Software Snags j2 Global, Idealab Vet

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Harris also has served at Idealab, Adapt Technologies, Yahoo''s Overture Services Division, FileNET, and Stac Software. guidance software executive idealab j2global michael harris marketing Pasadena-based Guidance Software said this morning that it has named Michael Harris as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Harris joins the company from j2 Global, where he had been Vice President, Products.

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My best friend was at IdeaLab at that time, working on the GoTo.com project, and he approached me to join their team. We helped create jobs on a small scale, and provided services that were useful to a large number of people.

Idealab Backs Top10

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Pasadena-based Idealab , the startup incubator run by Bill Gross, has made another external investment in a company, funding London-based Top10. Top10 operates a service which allows users to create their own "best of" lists in a social way. Top10 said today that it raised $3.5M, in a round led by Accel Partners, which also included Idealab, Founder Collective, Forward Venture Partners, and Shakil Khan. idealab listing findthebest ranker capital venture top10

Idealab Launches Feedback.com

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Pasadena-based Idealab 's newest company, Feedback.com , said today that it has launched an effort to help the gulf cleanup effort. As part of that service launch, the firm will donate 10 cents to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's new Oil Spill Fund every time a user provides feedback on any business, person, event, product or topic on the site until July 23rd, up to a maximum donation of $50,000. Tags: feedback idealab brand business management service ecommerce

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

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Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. The startup--which is backed by Idealab--said the effort will help Pasadena area merchants increase revenues and help communicate and reward customers of their businesses.

UberMedia Planning Twitter Competitor, Says Report

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It looks like executives at Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Twitter client application provider started by Idealab's Bill Gross, may finally be fed up with the firm's constant battles with Twitter. According to reports, it is planning to launch its own, competing microblogging service. ubermedia twitter client software idealab twidroid twidroyd

X1 Discovery Deploys In Amazon Cloud

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Pasadena-based X1 Discovery , the enterprise, e-discovery spinout of X1, announced this morning that its X1 Rapid Discovery product is now available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Provider program. Amazon said the use of AWS will allow its software to be installed and operated in an AWS customer's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environment. Both firms are backed by Idealab.

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard

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The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer. I headed up product development to build out their portal services. Is this part of Idealab's new ventures group, or how did you connect with them? Andy Steuer: It's actually out of Idealab proper.

HypeMarks Gets $350K

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Los Angeles-based HypeMarks , the developer of a service which helps users find new places to explore on the web, has raised $350,000 in a funding round, socalTECH has learned. According to Tim Sae Koo, the firm's founder, the funding came from Idealab, with Allen Morgan of Idealab joining the company's board. HypeMarks said it is expecting to launch its services to the public on July 9th. idealab networking discovery social capital venture hypemarks

Punchcard | Rewarding Loyal and Providing Incentives

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We were recently introduced to Punchcard , a great new startup company that’s supported by prominent incubator (also based out of Pasadena), Idealab. Android Apps & Software Featured iOS iPhone customer satisfaction idealab incentives Marketing punchcard rewards programs

UberMedia Buys Mixx

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UberMedia was, until Friday, known as PostUp, and headed by Idealab's Bill Gross. The acquisition looks to be a part of a shift from a provider of Twitter-based ad services to one focused more on software applications for posting and reading Twitter and other social media content. ubermedia mixx social content merger acquisition twitter networking idealab

SoCal Investors To Benefit, As Pandora Bumps IPO Estimates

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Pandora Media , the online personalized radio station service based out of Oakland, has bumped its estimated IPO pricing range this morning, and upped the number of shares it is planning to offer in its IPO. kraft ubermedia idealab gotcher peter topspin nyse exit acquisition merger radio internet personalized pandora

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Interview with John Delacruz, Foodme

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Pasadena-based Foodme (www.foodme.com) is one of the first, external startups funded out of Idealab's New Venture Group, and is looking to help connect restaurants with customers using a CPA model. What do people find is the most useful part of your service?

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet. Thousands of organizations have turned to TriNet for human resources, benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation, and strategic human capital services. The time has finally arrived!

eSolar Ties With Flextronics

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Burbank-based eSolar , the developer of solar thermal power plant technology, said Monday that it has selected Flextronics to provide design services for its heliostats and solar collector systems. eSolar is the solar thermal technology developer backed by ACME Group, Google, Idealab, NRG, Oak Investment Partners, and the The Quercus Trust of California. manufacturing power cleantech clean thermal solar flextronics esolar idealab

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans. Additionally, the site allows lawyers to market their legal services by sharing expert advice and engaging in discussion. Xavor invest through our dependable consulting services.

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers. New models for improving the search experience are at the core of several companies currently growing inside of Idealab. Idealab also continues to partner with leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors to provide the resources to maximize the potential of these companies. The brand promise is to service curiosity and to help provide a sense of belonging in one of America’s iconic cities.

YP Launches New Organic SEO Service

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Los Angeles-based YP , which offers up online directories and services to help businesses get their companies online, has lauched a new offering, called ypWebsite Pro. 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.

UberMedia Updates Twidroyd

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Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Twitter client firm run by Bill Gross, said Wednesday that it has updated its Twidroyd client, which allows users to post and read tweets on the Twitter micro-messaging service. UberMedia is an Idealab company, and now owns Twitter clients on iPhone, Blackberry, and Android platforms, including UberTwitter, Echofon, Twidroyd, Mixx, and, reportedly, TweetDeck, although that deal has not been confirmed yet.

Spotlight: LA Tech Winter | Recap, Videos, and Thank You!

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With a scale-able platform ready to expand to different industries (utilities and maintenance services, etc.) To close off the evening we had an especially inspirational super demo from Idealab’s Bill Gross.

X1 Discovery Hits The Cloud

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Pasadena-based X1 Discovery , the electronic discovery offshoot of X1 and Idealab, reported Tuesday that it has launched a fully cloud-deployable version of its software. The firm said the new X1 Rapid Discovery search product can be deployed anywhere in the cloud "within minutes", including deploying through Amazon Web Services. x1discovery discovery idealab cloud saas software electronic ediscovery legal

PostUp Buys Echofon

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Pasadena-based PostUp , the Twitter advertising startup out of Idealab, said today that it has acquired Echofon , the developer of a number of Twitter applications. PostUp CEO Bill Gross--who also runs Idealab itself--said in a statement that the buy will complement its existing Twitter app, Twidroyd, which runs on Android phones. postup echofon twitter client software merger acquisition idealab

Idealab's EI Solutions Gets Solar Win In Santa Barbara

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EI Solutions, the solar integration startup backed by Pasadena-based Idealab, has scored a win in the City of Santa Barbara. According to Tioga Energy, a renewable energy services provider, and EI Solutions, the two are building and funding a 384 kW DC solar electric system for Santa Barbara. EI Solutions is based in the Bay Area with sales offices in Pasadena, and is one of a number of energy related companies out of Idealab.

Twidroyd, UberSocial Back online

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Two of the applications developed by Pasadena-based UberMedia , the Twitter client applications firm headed by Idealab's Bill Gross, are back online, according to Twitter. On Friday, Twitter had declared war on UberMedia and suspended a number of UberMedia's applications for unspecified, violations of its terms of service. ubersocial gross bill idealab software client tweet twitter twidroyd twidroid ubermedia

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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