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

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With over 15,000 square-feet of space, the facility has room for dozens of startup teams, and already houses Industry, a Web-based professional networking and job market for the hospitality industry, and the San Diego office of OurCrowd, the Israeli crowdfunding platform.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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He just pounded out design and code for a few weeks and got Plancast up on the web and users adopting his product right away. In Los Angeles we are at a disadvantage because the founder(s) often have no experience in building consumer web applications.

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

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

LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. LeisureLink provides online travel booking software used by vacation rental and specialty lodging operators, and is venture backed by Mission Ventures and Clearstone Venture Partners.

LeisureLink Ties With Groupize.com

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online system for connecting vacation rental properties with travel agents and web booking, has linked with a new automated group hotel booking engine, Groupize.com , the two said this morning. LeisureLink is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, and Wyndham Worldwide, and is headed by Erik Hovanec.

Slacker Ties Into T-Mobile

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Previously, customers had to go to T-Mobile or Slacker's web site to download the application. The firm is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds.

SodaHead.com Trumpets User Wins

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Sodahead.com, which operates a web site where users can ask and answer questions, share opinions, and network with other users, said that it has now recorded more than 5 million votes and 8 million comments on the site. SodaHead is venture backed by Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Mission Ventures, the Tech Coast Angels, and angel investor Ron Conway, and has raised $12.7M in venture funding since its launch in September of 2007.

Webtide Acquired By Intalio

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Webtide was self-funded, and was headed by Adam Lieber, who has previously been at Gluecode and Mission Ventures. Jetty is very widely used in web servers and software applications, including HP OpenView, Zimbra, Hadoop, Google AppEngine, Oracle WebLogic, and other enterprise software.

KidZui Revs Kids Browser

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San Diego-based KidZui , the web browser startup aiming at the children's market, said Wendesday that it has upgraded its software, launching KidZui K2. The firm, which is backed by Mission Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, First Round Capital, Maveron, and the Scholastic Corporation, said the new K2 browser is faster and simpler to use.

RotoHog Launches Game With US Weekly

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The firm said it is launching a "Celebrity Fantasy League" game on US Weekly's web site. RotoHog is powering fantasy sports and other games for such partners as Disney/ABC, BA.com, NASCAR.com, LG Electronics, and others; the firm is venture backed by Allen & Co, Mission Ventures, DFJ Dragon and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

VMIX Adds Reseller

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The firm said that South Carolina-based Fuel Interactive has been using the firm's video players and widgets, as part of the creation of 30 tourism-related web sites based in that state. The firm is backed by JK&B Capital, ATA Ventures, Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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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 Wins Sporting News

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According to RotoHog, it will build free and paid online fantasy games for football, basketball, hockey, golf and motor sports for Sporting News, to be featured on the publication's web site. RotoHog is headed by Kelly Perdew, and is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

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The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partnes, and Windward Ventures. Nirvanix operates a cloud-based storage service, which offers up data storage via a web-based API.

SodaHead Partners With Technorati

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Los Angeles-based Sodahead , the online question and answer site backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, said Monday that it has tied together in a strategic partnership with Technorati. SodaHead operates a web site which combines a way for users to ask and answer questions about different topics with social networking and community features.

RotoHog Teams On Volleyball Fantasy Game

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According to RotoHog, it will operate a fantasy game for the tour, which will be available through AVP's web site. RotoHog is venture backed by Allen & Co, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures and Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. Los Angeles-based RotoHog , which operates online sports fantasy games, said today that the firm is in a partnership with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour on a new fantasy game.

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

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Encino-based SodaHead.com , the venture backed, online questions-and-answers site, has swizzled its web site, saying this week that it has redesigned its site to make it easier for its users to find topics. SodaHead.com is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm raised $8.4M

Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D avatar technology, said today that it has partnered with video game company GGL Global Gaming, to provide free game content on its web site. The firm is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm's technology is a result of CIA-funded research efforts at USC.

Big Stage Opens API

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According to the firm, it will make its technology available via a program called PortableYou, to enable third parties to integrate the technology into video games, virtual worlds, web sites, mobile applications, and more. Big Stage is backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Venture, and the Tech Coast Angels.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.

Nirvanix Hires Three With Enterprise Focus

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , a venture-backed provider of storage-as-a-service, announced Tuesday that the firm has bolstered its staff with three storage experts focused on the enterprise and IT business.

VMIX Shuffles Staff, Rolls Out New Player

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San Diego-based VMIX, a provider of video publishing tools for web publishers, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff and delivered a new version of its VMIX Player. VMIX is now focused on media management tools for web publishers; originally, the firm was focused on a consumer tool for allowing users to create video slideshows. The company is venture backed by ATA Ventures, Enterprise Partners, JK&B Capital, and Mission Ventures.

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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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.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Venture backers : Oak Investment Partners, Spectrum Equity, W Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co., Venture backers : Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, Rincon Venture Partners. Venture backers : Mohr Davidow Ventures, Mission Ventures, Tech Coast Angels, Ron Conway.

Interview with Adam Lieber, Webtide

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Adam also had a stint at Mission Ventures, and ran worldwide sales for open source middleware at IBM. We caught up with Webtide to learn more about the firm's open source web server software, Jetty. Adam Lieber: We make a web server called Jetty, which is our centerpiece, and after twelve or thirteen years of hard work is an overnight success.

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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We saw that the company was starting to have some potential to take venture capital, and got a little more involved, recognizing the need to step up management. The board asked me to jump in, and I did, working with Ted Alexander and Jim Armstrong, of Mission Ventures and Clearstone Ventures, respectively. Eric Hovanec: Web developers, operations folks, and we have openings in sales and account management.