Idealab Ramps Job Hiring

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In an unusual move for an otherwise dismal job market, Pasadena-based Idealab is joining the ranks of local companies doing aggressive recruiting of technology talent, saying today that it is running a technology job fair next week for its companies. According to Idealab, it will pitch its various businesses to potential employees at an event on Wednesday, October 12th, in hopes of hiring staff for its startups.

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.

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Idealab Backs Clean Power Technology Firm

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Pasadena-based Idealab announced today that it has invested in a developer of clean energy generation technology. The firm has invested in Cool Energy , a Boulder, Colorado based developer of Stirling engine technology, used to convert heat energy into power. Cool Energy's technology takes waste heat from industrial processes and other sources, and efficiently converts it into electrical power.

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.

Report: Idealab's Energy Innovations Up For Sale

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Pasadena-based Energy Innovations , the Idealab startup working on concentrating photovoltaic solar systems, is looking for a buyer, according to a report Friday. GreenTechMedia, an industry publication covering the green technology and solar industry, reports that Energy Innovations is in the midst of being acquired by a strategic investor. Energy Innovations is backed by both Idealab and Mohr Davidow Ventures.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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Alex Maleki , Member of New Venture Group at Idealab. Alex is a member of the New Venture Group at Idealab, headed by Allen Morgan. Alex previously helped lead the Proto Group at Idealab, working to determine the feasibility of new business ideas.

OpenX Names Idealab's McPherson As Chief Legal Officer

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has appointed Douglas McPherson, the former General Counsel of Idealab, as its new Chief Legal Officer. McPherson had been General Counsel and VP of Corporate Development at Idealab for more than ten years; he also has served at Chief Legal Officer at Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and CitySearch, and also had served at Heller Ehrman LLP, among other positions.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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David Carter and Allen Hurff are two startup veterans, who believe they have a new formula to help create early stage, technology companies, through their new "startup studio", Zuma Ventures (www.zumavc.com).

X1 Technologies Names Exec

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the Idealab startup developing desktop search software, announced this morning that it has named John Patzakis as President of eDiscovery. technologies executive idealab desktop search software ediscovery

The Design Accelerator Launches Incubator At Idealab

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A new, startup incubator-created by the Art Center College of Design and the California Insitute of Technology --said this morning that it has launched a brand new, design-focused incubator, housed at Idealab. According to The Design Accelerator , it will help startups by selecting promising early stage, design-driven technology companies from the Art Center and Caltech communities for an intensive three-month program. >.

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 technologies desktop search idealab

Four Local Firms Make Technology Review List

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The MIT Technology Review has published its 50 most innovative companies for this year, including at least four Southern California technology firms. Those firms joined such companies as Groupon, Zynga, Facebook, and others in the highlight of innovative technology firms. technology review spacex esolar life technologies synthetic genomics innovation

X1 Technologies Goes Mobile

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the developer of email and desktop search software, said Thursday that it has rolled out a new, mobile version of its product. X1 is one of firms that is part of Idealab.

Two Local Firms Make WSJ Clean Technology List

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The Wall Street Journal, at a conference in Santa Barbara this week, named its list of "Top 10" clean technology firms, naming two local companies to the list of firms with the "greatest potential to succeed." According to the WSJ, Burbank-based eSolar , the solar thermal power firm spun out of Idealab, and San Diego-based renewable algae fuels firm Sapphire Energy were among the top companies. clean technology cleantech esolar idealab sapphire energy conference award

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

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In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. incubator accelerator guide ampify launchpad upstart startengine idealab

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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.

Interview with Nikhil Jain, ObEN

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That's the idea behind the technology being developed by Pasadena-based ObEN (www.oben.me), which is led by co-founde rand CEO Nikhil Jain. Nikhil told us a bit about the startup,which was spawned out of Idealab, and recently raised a round of funding from CrestValue Capital, Cybernaut Westlake Partners, Leaguer Venture Investment Co., Gordon Cheng (Cameron Pace Group China), and Idealab. Nikhil Jain: My co-founder and I met at Idealab.

Idealab Job Fair

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 -- Idealab Job Fair. Come explore a variety of tech opportunities and network with some of LA's top startups at the offices of Idealab, the Pasadena-based technology incubator. See [link] (more

Aptera Considering Production Move Out Of State

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Aptera is backed by Idealab, Google, Esenjay Investments, The Simons Family, and The Beall Family Trust. aptera electric vehicle cleantech clean technology manufacturing jobs idealab

X1 Discovery Takes On Social Media Discovery

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Sharpening its focus on the electronic discovery market, Pasadena-based X1 , the enterprise search tools provider backed by Idealab, has split out a new company called X1 Discovery , headed by John Patzakis, the former President of eDiscovery at X1. Leveraging the technology of X1, X1 Discovery said it provides a platform to collect, authenticate, search, review, and produce electronically stored information from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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

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For those who still might be wondering what Spotlight: LA Tech is all about, It’s a screening room for new technology homegrown in our region. 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. To explore how new technologies impact society.

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard

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The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer. It's like an old world punchcard, taken to the current 21st century technology. Is this part of Idealab's new ventures group, or how did you connect with them?

PostUp Buys UberTwitter, Becomes UberMedia

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Pasadena-based PostUp , the Internet advertising firm spawned out of Idealab, said Friday afternoon that it has acquired UberTwitter , developer of a Twitter client that runs on the BlackBerry Platform. UberMedia is headed by Idealab's Bill Gross; Jon Kraft, who was most recently at BigStage entertainment, was a co-founder of Pandora, and has been very active locally with the Technology Council of SOuthern California, is now Chief Operating Officer of the firm.

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California. We’re looking for companies with new technology to demonstrate (or better yet, those with upcoming launches they wish to promote among savvy peers). Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers.

Evolution Robotics Acquired By iRobot

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Pasadena-based Evolution Robotics , the Idealab robotics technology firm headed by Paolo Pirjanian, has been acquired by iRobot. Evolution Robotics was backed by Idealab, and also had raised funding from CMEA Ventures, The Quercus Trust of California, and Vodafone. evolution robotics irobot merger acquisition idealab robot floor cleaningiRobot said that it will pay $74M for Evolution Robotics, which is best known for its Mind automatic floor cleaning robots.

X1 Technologies Rolls iPad App

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the provider of email, desktop, and electronic discovery software, said Thursday that it has launched a mobile app which works with the iPad and iPad 2. X1 is backed by Idealab. technologies search email discovery software ipad mobile iphone ipod

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RayTracker Acquisition Worth $44.8M, Says Report

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A report today from Greentech Media says that Pasadena-based Idealab 's sale of portfolio firm RayTracker was worth $44.8M. Idealab, Quercus Trust, and Phoenix Fire had invested $3.5M in funding in RayTracker a developer of solar tracking technology. RayTracker was a spinout of Idealab's Energy Innovations. raytracker idealab merger acquisition solar tracking power energyinnovations energy clean cleantech

Aptera Shuts Down

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Aptera had been attempting to gain funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, after initially failing to be qualify in 2008 for the program due to having three, not four wheels.

Innovate Pasadena Seeks To Focus Pasadena's Innovation, Tech Efforts

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For all of the activity in Silicon Beach which seems to be crystallizing in Santa Monica, there are many other parts of Los Angeles which have a long history of involvement in the technology industry. One of those areas is Pasadena, home to Idealab, Caltech, and a large number of technology companies, big and small. materia caltech idealab group economic startup pasadena innovate

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

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join us in proving there’s more than one place in California to create great technology. The firm has a strategy-based approach with a strong focus on technology and high-quality content. Co-Founded by Jesse Bouman and Gaia Dempsey, the company serves technology startups and companies with a focus on sustainability. Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers. To explore how new technologies impact society.

eSolar Gets Investment From GE Energy

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Pasadena-based eSolar , the developer of solar thermal power generation plants backed by Idealab, has scored a strategic investment from GE Energy , GE said Monday. According to GE, the deal also calls for GE to license and incorporate eSolar's technology into its own solar thermal power plant offerings. GE said it will also deploy eSolar's technology to customer worldwide. esolar solar energy power cleantech clean idealab thermal general electric

RayTracker Acquired By First Solar

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Pasadena-based RayTracker , a developer of solar tracking technology which is backed by Idealab, has been acquired by solar power module giant First Solar. RayTracker was venture backed by Idealab, The Quercus Trust and Phoenix Fire IV, LLC. RayTracker was a spinout of Energy Innovations, the Idealab portfolio company which develops solar concentrators. idealab clean cleantech energy photovoltaic acquisition merger firstsolar raytracker solar first

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