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

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Plug and Play San Diego has formed a partnership with Downtown Works, a new co-working space in downtown San Diego, which will give the local Plug and Play program a place to call home.

Mission Ventures Backs Ex-Greenplum Execs

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San Diego-based venture capital firm Mission Ventures has backed a team from former portfolio firm Greenplum , in a new venture round. According to San Mateo-based Alpine Data Labs , it has scored $7.5M in a Series A funding from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sumitomo Corporate Equity Asia. Mission's investment in Alpine Data was led by Leo Spiegel.

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Mission Ventures' Lee Departs For Stealth Startup

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Jeff Lee , a senior associate at San Diego- and Los Angeles-based Mission Ventures , has quietly left the firm to head up a newly founded, stealth startup, according to Lee's LinkedIn profiles and bounced emails to his Mission Ventures address. Lee was helping to provide Mission Ventures with coverage of the Los Angeles area. Lee was involved in Mission's investments in SodaHead, Access 360 Media, and Active Storage, among other companies.

Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures On Exits

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Last month, San Diego-based venture capital firm Mission Ventures (www.missionventures.com) sold its portfolio firm, Carlsbad-based 3E , just the latest in a string of exits for the firm, which also included an IPO in Maxlinear earlier in the year.

ID Analytics Acquired By LifeLock

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San Diego-based ID Analytics , the developer of risk and identification management services, which is venture backed by Canaan Partners, Investor Growth Capital, Mission Ventures, and Trinity Ventures, has been acquired by LifeLock , the firms said today.

Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features

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Zui.com, which is based in San Diego and headed by Cliff Boro, said the new featuers allow users to create their own avatars, "like" and "favorite" features, ability to make friends with others, and to share content with others.

KidZui Catches $2M, Launches New Service

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San Diego-based KidZui , the developer of a kid-friendly Internet browser, said this week that it has raised another $2M in funding, and launched a new effort called ZUI.com. The firm said the funding included Mission Ventures, Maveron, and Emergence Capital. kidzui internet search children friendly safety parents venture capital

Transaction Wireless Acquired By First Data

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San Diego-based Transaction Wireless , the digital gift card startup backed by Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures, has been acquired by First Data , First Data said this week. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. First Data said the buy will help it offer up a fully integrated, comprehensive physical and digital gift card program.

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

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San Diego-based KidZui , the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M The new funding comes from existing investors Mission Ventures and Costella Kirsch. kidzui venture capital original video hollywood content kids

Slacker Powers AOL Internet Radio Service

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San Diego-based music streaming service Slacker has inked a major deal with AOL , to power a new online Internet radio service. AOL said today that it is relaunching AOL Radio in a partnership with Slacker, which will offer both free and premium Internet radio to users.

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. in funding, and San Diego $198.18M in investments. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $7.5M Venture Partners , Domain Associates , and New Enterprise Associates , all with three investments each.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. The third biggest investment was for San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies , a maker of transmission systems for the electric vehicle industry, which raised nearly $39.2M

Slacker Integrates With Bing Bar

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San Diego-based streaming radio and music service Slacker has linked its service with MIcrosoft's Bing Bar , the company said Tuesday. Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Nirvanix Gets $25M In Series C

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San Diego-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix announced this morning that it has raised over $25M in a Series C funding round, which it says will go to "significantly expand" its engineering organization. The round was led by Khosla Ventures , and also included Valhalla Partners , Intel Capital , Mission Ventures and Windward Ventures, all existing investors in the company. khosla saas storage cloud capital venture nirvanix

Zui Acquired By Saban Brands

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San Diego-based Zui , the kids friendly Internet portal which runs KidZui, has been acquired by Saban Brands , Saban said this morning. As a part of the acquisition, Saban said it will establish a new physical presence in San Diego, and add 12 employees to its organization.

KidZui Gets $4M

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San Diego-based Kidzui , which develops a kid-friendly web browsers, has raised $4M in a funding, according to reports. The round was led by new investor Mission Ventures, and also included prior backers First Round Capital, Emergence Capital Partners and Maveron. Tags: kidzui browser venture capital

Nirvanix Gains $5M

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , a provider of Internet-based storage services, has raised $5M out of a $6M venture capital funding round, according to a regulatory filing. Tags: nirvanix storage venture capital

Report: Slacker Gets $5M Bridge

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San Diego-based Slacker , which operates an Internet radio service, along with selling a music player linked to it service, has reportedly scored a $5M bridge financing round, according to industry publication VentureWire. Tags: personal radio slacker venture capital

After Long Road, Greenplum (Metapa) Acquired By EMC

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The acquisition is the end of a long road for Greenplum--originally based in Sherman Oaks--and its investors, which includes San Diego's Mission Ventures. The firm, which first appeared in Los Angeles in 2001 as Metapa, was backed by such firms as Dawntreader, EDF Ventures, Hudson Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Mission Ventures, SAP Ventures, Sierra Ventures, and Sun Microsystems.

Slacker Adds iPhone iOS 4 Support

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San Diego-based personalized music firm Slacker said Wednesday that it has added support for iOS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch. According to the firm, its Slcaker Radio application now supports multitasking for listening to music in the background, and is available for free.

Nirvanix Adds Nasuni

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San Diego-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix has added a new customer of the firm's storage service, Nasuni , a Massachusetts startup providing virtual file server software.

Slacker Links With The Source

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San Diego-based personalized Internet radio service Slacker announced yesterday that it has linked with The Source Magazine, to launch an online, Hip-Hop radio station.

Transaction Wireless Scores $2.25M

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San Diego-based Transaction Wireless announced this morning that it has raised $2.25M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures. Leo Spiegel of Mission Ventures and Marc Averitt of Okapi Ventures have joined the firm's board as part of the funding. According to the firm, it is developing mobile infrastructure for relationship marketing, including mobile POS and mobile gift cards.

Slacker Ships On Palm webOS

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San Diego-based Slacker , which operates a personalized Internet radio service, said Thursday that it has shipped a version of the firm's application for the Palm webOS.

Slacker Gets $2.0M In Debt Funding

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San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized Internet radio service backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, has raised $2.0M

Slacker Expands Radio Service To Canada

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San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized Internet radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, reported Thursday that it has expanded its service into Canada.

VMIX Gets Win With Scion

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San Diego-based VMIX , a provider of software for managing online video, said this morning that the firm has signed on automotive brand Scion. VMIX is venture backed by JK&B Capital and ATA Ventures, Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. VMIX said that Scion will launch a new web site, www.ScionAV.com , using the firm's media management and delivery tools.

Slacker Integrates With Twitter

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San Diego-based Internet radio service Slacker has integrated its service with micro-blogging service Twitter, the firm said this morning. The firm is backed by Rho Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Mission Ventures.

Report: Slacker Loses CEO

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San Diego-based music startup Slacker has apparently lost its CEO, according to a report from VentureWire. Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

Slacker Raises $9.6M

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San Diego-based online music provider Slacker has raised $9.6M According to the filing, Mark Leschly of Rho Ventures joins the firm's board, which also includes representatives from Centennial Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Mission Ventures, all prior investors in the firm.

Nirvanix Confirms Funding Round

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San Diego-based Nirvanix confirmed today that the firm has raised $5M in a new venture funding round. According to the firm, the new round came from original investors Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partners, and Windward Ventures.

Slacker Adds Lyrics

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San Diego-based Slacker , a venture-backed, personalized online radio service, told its users this morning that it has launched a new feature which adds complete lyrics to the firm's services.

Slacker Releases iPhone App

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San Diego-based digital music service Slacker released a new, iPhone version of the firm's Internet radio service this morning through Apple's App Store this morning, making the firm's Internet radio service available through the iPhone and iPod touch.