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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: It brings together events and content for Los Angeles. Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: It brings together events and content for Los Angeles. Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in.

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Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space

Xconomy

Among other things, they get an opportunity to pitch to investors and industry representatives at Plug and Play’s quarterly “expo” event.

Vator Makes A Splash In LA!

Tech Zulu Event

Vator is bringing its popular Splash event to LA. The inaugural Splash LA event will be held on the evening of May 26, 2011, at The Highlands Hollywood. The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship. If have a company and are interested in being part of this event there is still time for you to enter the competition. Not ready to submit your company or just want to take part of this event?

Meet The VC

SoCal Tech Calendar

Join us for an informative (and informal) discussion with Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures. This event is for entrepreneurs only. Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to ask many questions and get answers from one of Southern California's most experienced venture investors. Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- Meet The VC. OCTANe. Dave will describe his firm's investment philosphy, investment process, and the current state of VC fundraising and investment.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

SoCal CTO

Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

socalTECH

RotoHog said that the 2009 AVP Fantasy Challenge will launch in mid-March, with prizes for both short-term contest and full seasons; AVP will cross promote the fantasy game at events, online, and in its broadcasts. RotoHog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Big Stage Opens API

socalTECH

Icarus Studios is a provider of white-label, massively multiplayer online games and virtual worlds; The Venue Network is a developer of yet-to-be-launched software for conducting virtual events. Big Stage is backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Venture, and the Tech Coast Angels. Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which is developing 3D avatar technology, said today that it has opened up its proprietary 3-D facial modeling system to third parties.

Vator Splash LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

On the evening of May 26, Vator will be holding its inaugural Vator Splash LA event at The Highlands Hollywood. Also onstage will be Neal Hansch (Rustic Canyon), Yair Landau (MK Capital), Dana Settle (Greycroft), David Travers (Rustic Canyon), David Carlick (Rho Capital Partners), Brian Garrett (Crosscut Ventures), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Jeff Lee (Mission Ventures), Samit Varma (Anthem Venture Partners), and Larry Marcus (Walden Venture Capital) and more.

RotoHog Partners With Hi5

socalTECH

hi5 said the game is currently available on the site, and will be feature on the website during the 2010 FIFA World Cup event, which starts on Friday. Rotohog is headed by Kelly Perdew, and backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M

socalTECH

A quick analysis by socalTECH of our tracking of venture capital deals in Southern California finds that there was around $879M in venture funding activity here in Q3. The biggest are for venture activity in the quarter was Biopharmaceuticals, which was $299.13M of the quarterly total. PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association, and VentureOne will release their quarterly nationwide results of venture activity later this month.

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

socalTECH

A recent analysis by socalTECH, of our detailed tracking of venture capital investment activity in Southern California, finds that there was around $932M in funding raised in the area in Q2, a rise from roughly $700M in Q1. Other active investors were Prospect Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, In-Q-Tel, American River Ventures, Saints Capital, and Mission Ventures, all with two investments each.

Venture Totals Drop In Southern California For Quarter

socalTECH

A study of the venture capital deal flow in Southern California conducted by socalTECH shows that venture capital deals dropped for Q3, to around $720M in deals, in a market dominated by clean technology firms. The numbers, which were drawn from venture deals tracked and reported in socalTECH's proprietary venture capital database, found that there was $719.7M in venture capital deals in the third quarter, down dramatically from $1.2B

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

socalTECH

The conference, held at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, featured pitches by eight different companies vying for the attention--and pocketbooks--of venture capitalists. Magnify360 was voted the best investment opportunity by both venture capitalist audience members and panelists.

This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

Both Sides of the Table

This episode of This Week in Venture Capital featured Michael Montgomery, president of Montgomery & Co. The Montgomery Conference : one of the top technology events of the annual calendar in the United States and held every March. Venture Financing.

Interview with Adam Lieber, Webtide

socalTECH

Adam also had a stint at Mission Ventures, and ran worldwide sales for open source middleware at IBM. On top of that, we build components that can be included in applications, such as Cometd a messaging service, which we've done reference implementations for, we do AJAX push, to do live events across the Internet, and provides reliable, face communications to large numbers of people across the world.

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