Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

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Six outstanding entrepreneurs have created this sweet flavor of success in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size.

Citrix Sale Effort To Impact Santa Barbara's Citrix Online

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An effort by Citrix Systems to sell itself to a buyer has a possibility of some major impact on Southern California, particularly at Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online. According to Reuters, Citrix is in the midst of a last-ditch attempt to sell the entire company as a whole, before selling off individual assets of the company--and in particular, its GoToMeeting and other GoTo products.

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Citrix Moves Closer To Split Of GoTo Product Line

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Citrix Systems is moving closer to a spinout of its GoTo product line this week, saying that it has named Kevin Parker, co-founder and senior operating principal at Bridge Growth Partners as Chairman of a soon-to-be-formed company specifically encompassing the Citrix "GoTo" product line. Those products--most of which are developed in Santa Barbara--will be split out from Citrix in late 2016, according to the company.

Citrix Cuts 10 Percent; Santa Barbara Hit

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Citrix Systems , a provider of enterprise infrastructure software based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said Wednesday that the firm is reducing its headcount by approximately 10 percent--and has laid off staff at the firm's Santa Barbara Unit, Citrix Online. According to sources, the firm has provided notice to people in its Santa Barbara office about the cuts. Citrix Online is responsible for the firm's GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, and GoToWebinar, along with products.

Soraa Scaling Up For Volume Production

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Goleta-based Soraa , the Khosla Ventures-backed developer of LED and laser-based lighting and projection display technology, appears to be heading for volume production on its products. manufacturing capacity for volume production. No details on production dates were given.

Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product

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Soraa , the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa is manufacturing its products in Fremont. Soraa, which was started in Goleta, said its Soraa LED MR16 lamp is intended as a replacement for traditional, halogen MR16 bulbs.

Santa Barbara: the home of the clicks (and the calls)

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Jason is another local Santa Barbara CEO and we had a great chat about Make It Work, Ring Revenue, Affiliate Marketing and life in SB. Santa Barbara born companies such as DoubleClick, ValueClick, Commission Junction and FastClick are all leaders in the space (the last three are all now owned by ValueClick who’s founder is a major investor in Make It Work). If you look over to the right, you will see some ads for various products.

Carpe Data Finds $6.6M

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Santa Barbara-based Carpe Data , a new startup developing predictive data software for the insurance industry, has raised $6.6M According to the company, the new funding will go towards sales and product development. in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG). Carpe Data is led by Max Drucker.

Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period

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Santa Barbara Dreaming. When my wife and I arrived in Santa Barbara in the early 1990''s, we did not know a single person. However, we knew we wanted to live in Santa Barbara and we were not willing to sacrifice our entrepreneurial dreams to live in paradise.

Citrix Sets January Date For GoTo Spinoff

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That business--headquartered in Santa Barbara--will become a separate subsidiary called GetGo , which will merge with a subsidairy of LogMeIn. Citrix develops GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, and other related products as part of that business, all of which were originally created by ExpertCity in Santa Barbara. Citrix hasn't provided updated numbers, but recently had around 600 employees in the Santa Barbara area working on its GoTo products.

Sonos Launches New Product

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Santa Barbara-based Sonos , the developer of wireless music systems, has launched a new product this morning, called the PLAY:3.

Soraa Deploys In UK Museum

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Soraa , the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) LED lighting technology, based on research out of UC Santa Barbara, has deployed its products at a museum in the United Kingdom. Soraa said its lighting systems are now being used at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, which the company says is the world's oldest public museum. Soraa's LED lighting systems are being used to replace what had been a halogen powered light generator system.

FindTheBest Partners With Lijit

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Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the online comparisons site headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Conner, has inked another distribution deal, this time with ad network and widget provider Lijit.

Aurrion Acquired by Juniper Networks

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Goleta-based Aurrion , a developer of networking semiconductor technology which was spun out of UC Santa Barbara, has been acquired by Juniper Networks , according to Juniper's blog. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Ice Energy Ties With Solar Panel Providers For Energy Bundle

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Santa Barbara-based Ice Energy , the developer of energy storage devices which use ice to offload electric grids of peak loads, said Wednesday that it has launched a new, bundled solution which combines both its energy storage and photovoltaic solar energy. According to the company, it has created a Solar + Ice bundle, which uses rooftop solar PV and its Ice Bear thermal energy storage products, to help utilities with their clean energy efforts.

CALIENT Technologies Raises $19.4M

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Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies , a developer of photonic switching equipment, said this morning that it has raised $19.4M Calient said its new funding will go towards expanding its products to the data center and cloud computing markets.

Balance Minimal Product Viability With Maximum Utility: Maximize Your Startup’s Value Proposition – MVP²

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In essence, the Beatles offered a product with a higher value proposition as compared to their American counterparts. Minimally Viable Product Does Not Mean Minimal Utility. MVP² = Minimally Viable Product With The Maximum Value Prop.

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars

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Instead, grab your surfboard and head to UC Santa Barbara. Although UCSB has room to grow with regard to the total number of VC-backed startups it generates, the Santa Barbara region fares well when its relative size is taken into account.

FindTheBest Partners With Electronics Review Site

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Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the online product comparison site headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said Thursday that it has partnered with an online consumer electronics products review and technology news site, eCoustics.

Inogen Secures $20M For Oxygen Therapy Devices

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Santa Barbara-based Inogen , a provider of oxygen therapy equipment and services, said Thursday that it has scored a $20M, equity funding round. Inogen is a developer of oxygen therapy products, including home oxygen generators, which are supplied to patients with pulmonary diseases such as COPD. The round was led by Novo A/S. Inogen, which is led by Raymond Huggenberger, said the new funds will go to support growth.

CALIENT Technologies Launches New Product

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Santa Barbara-based optical switching equipment maker CALIENT Technologies has launched a new, optical switching product into the market, called the CALIENT S320 Optical Circuit Switch. CALIENT said it has already begun customer trials of the product with government and commercial data center operators. Pricing on the new product was not announced.

RightScale Launches Hybrid, Private Cloud Management Software

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Santa Barbara-based RightScale , the cloud computing firm backed by Tenaya Capital, DAG Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and Presidio Ventures, said Tuesdya that it has launched a new product called RightScale myCloud. The firm said the new myCloud product provides a framework to allow organizations to test and develop private clouds, for free.

Talk Like An 8th Grader When Pitching Investors

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Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent’s recent Techtopia Issue. Select the real software product from this list. Open-architected, workforce-neutral, productivity assimilator. All of these “products” were created with a few clicks of a buzzword generator.

Yardi Launches New Senior Living Software

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi said this morning that it has released a new software product, called RentCafe Senior Living. The new software provides an online portal, which allows residents and other responsible parties to manage payments, review resident health and wellness information, communicate with care providers, and more. Pricing on the new software was not announced.

Citrix Online Acquires Podio

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The Santa Barbara-based online services arm of Citrix is expanding its suite of software, after Citrix said this morning that it is acquiring Podio , a developer of collaborative work software for business teams. Those products--GoToMeeting, GoToAssist, GoToWebinar, and other products--are all developed and managed out of Citrix Online Services in Santa Barbara.

Superconductor Technologies Spins Off Subsidiary

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Superconductor Technologies , the developer of superconducting materials which was, until recently, located in Santa Barbara, said earlier this week that it has spun off a subsidiary working on its Reconfigurable Resonance (RcR) technology. The company--which moved its corporate headquarters in December to Texas--said the spinoff comes as a result of a product development agreement with a un-named, mobile communications product firm.

Sonos Loses Chief Product Officer, Says Report

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Santa Barbara-based Sonos has lost its Chief Product Officer, Marc Whitten, according to reports this morning. Whitten--which had only been Chief Product Officer at the company for two years--had been in charge of the release of the PLAY:5 speaker and associated apps. Whitten had joined Sonos two years ago from Microsoft, where he had been Chief Product Officer and Corporate Vice President heading up that company's Xbox One efforts.

FindTheBest Takes On Smartphone Comparisons

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Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest --the online products comparison site headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Conner--said this week that it has launched a comprehensive smartphone comparison feature on the service.

Service Objects Takes On Email Validation

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If you''re a business with a big database of email contacts, Santa Barbara-based Service Objects has a new product for you. According to the company, it has launched a new email validation product, DOTS Email Validation 3, which helps companies identify fraudulent and invalid email addresses in their databases.

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Sonos Adds Amazon Prime Music Support

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Santa Barbara-based whole home, streaming music system maker Sonos has added support for Amazon Prime Music to its sytsems, letting users stream songs from Amazon's music service through its systems. Sonos said the company's products now also support Prime Stations, Amazon's theme-based music stations, and can also play from curated Prime Playlists.

RingRevenue Sees Traction In Financial Services

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Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue , the pay-per-call technology provider, says today that it has been seeing gains in the financial services industry with its platform. The firm said companies like Progrexion Marketing--which markets the credit repair product Lexington Law--has been seeing success with pay-per-call using its products.

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. The new product is specifically aimed at providers of subscription services.

LogicMonitor Launches New Dashboard Product

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Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor , which develops performance monitoring products for IT infrastructure, said today that it has launched a new dashboard product. The company said its new, Executive Dashboard product helps CIOs and CTOs with a dashbaord of the overall health and performance of their critical IT infrastructure. Pricing on the new product was not announced.

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