Amazon Eyes Alexa Team Hiring In Santa Barbara

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Amazon is in a major expansion in Santa Barbara, with plans to hire as many as 300 people in a new, three story downtown location, all working as part of the Amazon Alexa team. Amazon's new space, at 1001 State Street, is expected to draw workers from UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and other local universities, as well as from the region's existing supply of technology companies. amazon alexa hiring jobs employment santa barbara

Santa Barbara Investors Back Solvvy

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The Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB) is one of the backers this week in machine learning and artificial intelligence software developer Solvvy. in a seed funding round, which was led by True Ventures, and also included Pear Ventures (formerly Pejman Mar Ventures), Carnegie Mellon University, Signatures Capital, Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB) and angels, including Dan Rose and Hamid Barkhordar.

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Surf Air Expands To Santa Barbara

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In what could help Santa Barbara further increase its influence in the high tech world, Surf Air , the subscription-membership based, all-you-can-fly airline headed by Wade Eyerly, said today that it has added Santa Barbara to its daily schedule. SurfAir said it will connect Santa Barbara with nonstop service to Silicon Valley, with the first flight leaving this morning at 8:15 a.m.

UC Santa Barbara Sues Walmart, Target, Amazon Over Filament LED Patent

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In a major, patent lawsuit, the University of California, Santa Barbara has sued the five biggest retailers of filament "Edison-style" LED lighting, saying all of those bulbs violate patents held by UC Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara said it is seeking to establish licenses from each of those retailers, and a "reasonable royalty" from the defendants. UC Santa Barbara says it is being represented by Nixon Peabody LLP.

Sonos Chops Staff In Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara-based whole home music system maker Sonos told its users in a blog post Wednesday that it has let go of a number of employees , as a result of changes in the industry. sonos santa barbara jobs employment staff employees streaming music hardwareSonos did not say how many employees it is letting go, only that the "last few weeks have been tough" on the company. Sonos said it is now looking to increase its focus on paid streaming services and voice control.

Investment Group of Santa Barbara Backs Mindflash

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The Investment Group of Santa Barbara is the primary backer of a developer of online training software for corporations, which announced a funding round Thursday. during 2012 from the Investment Group of Santa Barbara. mindflash investment group venture capital santa barbara training online saas software

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. GoToMeeting, GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, and other related products are all run out of the Santa Barbara, Citrix Online business. citrix online santa barbara gotoassist gotomeeting expertcity merger acquisition private equity

Santa Barbara Gets Another $100M Plus Exit, At Aurrion

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Add another, high dollar exit for a young startup in Santa Barbara, adding to the region's growing list of successful technology exits: Aurrion. Aurrion is a spinout of UC Santa Barbara, and develops technology being used to make high speed optical networking in a more cost effective manner. The Santa Barbara region has had an outsized number of successful startup exits over the years, given the region's geography and population.

Redfin Takes Tech-Centric Real Estate To Santa Barbara

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Redfin , a tech-centric real estate brokerage firm based out of Seattle, said late last week that it has expanded into Santa Barbara and parts of Ventura County, bringing its website and mobile app into the Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. Redfin said it has hired a local agent to head up its efforts in Santa Barbara, where it is centering its expansion. redfin real estate santa barbara expansion technology

Startup Weekend Santa Barbara

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 -- Startup Weekend Santa Barbara. See [link].

Startup Weekend Santa Barbara

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Sunday, June 3, 2012 -- Startup Weekend Santa Barbara. See [link].

Startup Weekend Santa Barbara

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Friday, June 1, 2012 -- Startup Weekend Santa Barbara. See [link].

Fiesta Santa Barbara is For Amateurs Like Me

Eric Greenspan

Fiesta or Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara has been an annual festival in Santa Barbara and has been equally present for all of the 28 years I’ve been here. Fiesta celebrates the traditions of Santa Barbara, its people and where we came from (not me, but the original settlers) and the struggles and triumphs faced. We have other celebrations in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Investor Puts $4M Into Mindflash

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The Investment Group of Santa Barbara , a venture capital investment group based in Santa Barbara, has invested $4M in funding for a developer of a web-based cloud training software firm, Mindflash , Mindflash said today. The firm said that the Investment Group of Santa Barbara also led its prior $5M funding, which closed in December 2009. Mindflash was originally based in Santa Barbara, but moved to Palo Alto when the firm hired Wells as CEO.

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. The report, from The Atlantic , found that Santa Barbara-Santa-Maria-Goleta was number five in the nation in terms of venture capital activity per 100,000 people, with $59.1M San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.

Santa Barbara Takes Hard Line On Lime Scooters

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The City of Santa Barbara has taken a hard line on the first, on-demand scooter rental service to hit the city-- Lime --and has impounded every single scooter placed in the city on Friday by Lime. Lime, along with Santa Monica's Bird --have been launching their on-demand electric scooter rentals nationwide, using the same approach used by Uber and Lyft in their ride sharing services--without bothering to ask for permission from cities.

Guy Fieri Missed Some Great Santa Barbara Spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Eric Greenspan

Not too long ago, Guy did a show in my home town of Santa Barbara. Hey Guy, here’s where you should visit on your next trip to Santa Barbara: (reader note…remember it’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). The post Guy Fieri Missed Some Great Santa Barbara Spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives appeared first on Eric Greenspan. Food, Cooking, Eating diners dives drive-ins restaurants Santa Barbara

Guy Fieri Missed Some Great Santa Barbara Spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Eric Greenspan

Not too long ago, Guy did a show in my home town of Santa Barbara. Hey Guy, here’s where you should visit on your next trip to Santa Barbara: (reader note…remember it’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). The post Guy Fieri Missed Some Great Santa Barbara Spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives appeared first on Eric Greenspan. Food, Cooking, Eating diners dives drive-ins restaurants Santa Barbara

RightScale Expands In Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara-based RightScale , the developer of cloud computing software, is expanding its space in Santa Barbara, according to a report. The Pacific Coast Business Times reports that the firm is taking over 26,000 square feet on Gutierrez Street in Santa Barbara, as the firm has grown to over 150 employees worldwide. jobs expansion software computing cloud barbara santa rightscale

SpaceX Launch This Morning Might Rattle Windows In Santa Barbara, Ventura County

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which might rattle windows in Santa Barbara, Ventura County, and San Luis Obispo counties, according to officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The attempted landing is what is expected to rattle windows, with one or more sonic booms possible in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, as the Falcon 9's first stage goes through several engine burns on its way into landing. county ventura barbara santa base force vandenberg rocket aerospace launch falcon spacex

Video Ad Firm Sets Up Shop In Santa Barbara

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Coull , a video advertising firm based in the UK, said Friday that it is setting up a new office in Santa Barbara, as part of a link with performance marketing firm RevUpNet. RevUpNet is based in Santa Barbara. Coull said its new Santa Barbara office will initially have a team of seven. coull video advertising network revupnet santa barbara

IPO Slowdown? Not For This Market: Santa Barbara

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Amid hand wringing about an IPO slowdown in 2015, there's one shining region which had a banner IPO and acquisition year last year: Santa Barbara. In addition, Santa Barbara's AnsibleWorks was among the latest in enterprise IT software companies in the region to see an exit, and was sold to Red Hat in August for somewhere north of $100M. acquisition merger wallstreet barbara santa slowdown

Overcoming Santa Barbara's Tech Talent Bottleneck

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Santa Barbara, one of Southern California's technology centers, has a unique problem: how do you scale out your technology staff, despite intense competition from the firm's large number of technology companies, expensive cost-of-living, limited real estate, and a fairly long trek from the rest of the region for commuters? technology worker remote recruiting jobs barbara santa

Santa Barbara Loses Direct Flight To San Jose

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The last direct flight from Santa Barbara to Silicon Valley, on a route run by SkyWest Airlines, is being discontinued, according to reports. SkyWest Airlines has informed Santa Barbara Airport officials that it plans to discontinue direct flights to San Jose in June, due to lack of demand. The news was first reported by local Santa Barbara publication the Daily Sound. Tags: santa barbara jose flights

No, Santa Barbara Did Not Have A Massive 6.8 Earthquake On Wednesday

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earthquake which occurred in Santa Barbara in 1925. That quake destroyed most of downtown Santa Barbara, and severely damaged the Mission Santa Barbara. usgs error software twitter earthquake barbara santaIn more proof you shouldn't believe everything you read on Twitter, the US Geological Survey accidentally sent out an alert for a 6.8 earthquake, centered off the coast of California on Wednesday.

Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena. Angel screening event. Email jerry@maverickangels.com.

Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 -- Maverick Angels Santa Barbara Arena. Contact jerry@maverickangels.com for more information.

Women in Technology International Santa Barbara

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 -- Women in Technology International Launches Santa Barbara Network: Citrix Executive Elizabeth Cholawsky to Speak at Kickoff Event. s Santa Barbara kickoff event. Join local Citrix executive Elizabeth Cholawsky, VP/GM of the company?s s IT Support business line, at Women in Technology International?s Elizabeth will speak on the challenges today?s

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. The latest evidence of the city’s dynamic startup ecosystem is the recent announcement by Citrix to investment significant resources in the Santa Barbara Innovator’s Program.

Cisco Buys Santa Barbara Firm

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San Jose-based networking giant Cisco said today that it has acquired Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence, a Santa Barbara firm which develops software used for managing building infrastructure. According to Cisco, Richards-Zeta's middleware will be used as part of a solution for allowing customers to maximize operations and energy efficiencies, to create greater energy savings, and to reduce their carbon footprint. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Synergy Incubator in Santa Barbara

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The MIT event mentioned in my last post was held at the beautiful new Synergy Business Technology Center ( www.synergybtc.com ) in Santa Barbara. Michael Holliday, architect who conceived the incubator and designed the space has built one of the most inspired environments I have seen in a very long time. Take a look at these photos: Click to view slideshow. An incubator 2 blocks from the beach? Count me in. Incubators and Accelerators southern california technology incubators

Reflections On 2016: John Greathouse, Investor, Professor at UC Santa Barbara

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This contribution is from John Greathouse , a longtime venture capitalist and also a professor at UC Santa Barbara, who was instrumental in Computer Motion's initial public offering and the sale of GoToMeeting to Citrix. I am very excited with the prospects of the San Diego market, as it reminds me of Santa Barbara circa 2005. He is a Professor Of Practice at UC Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurial Sales.

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. Tags: citrix employment jobs online barbara santa

Google Funds LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara Researchers

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Search engine giant Google announced Tuesday that the firm is funding a number of University research projects, including a group of researchers at UC San Diego, a researcher at UC Santa Barbara, and a researcher in Los Angeles. Google said that the firm is awarding a total of $5.7M as part of its Google Focused Research Awards, to help fund research in ares of study that are of key interest to the company.

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). Today I met with Jason Spievak, CEO of Ring Revenue.

Santa Barbara Firm In $725M Deal To Revive Ford Factory

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A Santa Barbara-based firm Clairvoyant Energy , is behind a plan to revive an idled, Ford Motor Vehicle plant in Michigan, according to an announcement from Ford Thursday. According to Ford, it is selling its Wixom Assembly Plant to two firms--Xtreme Power, based in Texas, and Clairvoyant Energy, of Santa Barbara--to create a renewable energy manufacturing park.

Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

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Appropriately enough, ­­­we gathered in the about-to-open Synergy Business and Technology Center, Santa Barbara’s latest incubator. I joined a panel with Sam Teller, Managing Director of LaunchpadLA ( www.LaunchpadLA.la ) , Klaus Schauser CEO of Appfolio ( www.appfolio.com ) , and Michael Holliday, founder of the incubator and prominent architect in Santa Barbara, to talk about the pros and cons of the current incubator boom.

Winemaking in Santa Barbara County - A World of Entrepreneurs

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast Presents: Winemaking in Santa Barbara County - A World of Entrepreneurs. Just forty years ago, there were fewer than 200 acres of vineyards in Santa Barbara County. How will they impact our entrepreneurial business of wine in Santa Barbara County?

Apeel Sciences Snags Massive $250M Funding

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The company said that Viking Global Investors, Upfront Ventures, Tao Capital Partners and Rock Creek Group also participated, along with local Santa Barbara locals Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry. apeel sciences venture capital agriculture grocery fruit vegetable supply chain biotech santa barbara oprah winfrey katy perry

Idealab's EI Solutions Gets Solar Win In Santa Barbara

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EI Solutions, the solar integration startup backed by Pasadena-based Idealab, has scored a win in the City of Santa Barbara. According to Tioga Energy, a renewable energy services provider, and EI Solutions, the two are building and funding a 384 kW DC solar electric system for Santa Barbara. The firms said the system will be installed on roof space on the City of Santa Barbara's corporation yard at Garden and Laguna streets.

Santa Barbara Firm Claims China Stole Filtering Code

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Santa Barbara-based Solid Oak Software , a maker of PC Internet filtering technology, is claiming that the firm's software code is being used by the country as part of a new program to force PC makers to install filtering software on all new PCs shipped in the country. Tags: censoring filtering chinese stealing crime barbara santa

Technology Space: The Final Frontier for Growth of Companies in Santa Barbara?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast Presents: Technology Space - The Final Frontier for Growth of Companies in Santa Barbara? Have you ever come up against a wall when trying to find "technology space" in the Santa Barbara region? Are you thinking about starting a company and want to know about facilities in the area? Do you have out-of-the-box thoughts on how to resolve our technology space issue?

SpaceX Aims At 7:21pm Landing Sunday

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SpaceX said that residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo may hear a sonic boom during the landing. spacex landing falcon9 falcon rocket launch slc4e santa barbara aerospace vandenberg spaceHawthorne-based SpaceX confirmed late Friday afternoon that it plans to attempt the first, West Coast land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, shortly after 7:21pm.

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