• SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] Microsemi Buys Mingoa
    Mingoa was founded in 2009, and had been targeting such areas as enterprise carrier Ethernet, mobile/small cell backhaul, and data centers with its technology. 'Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa , a developer of semiconductor IP focused on accelerated, real-time Ethernet. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [2009] The Changing Structure of the VC Industry
    The “big boom” in startup financing started around March 2009?—?more 'There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been. The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. We are in a bubble (with so many private $1bn+ valuations).
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [2009] Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful
    'Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. And importantly we’ve had revenue. It has been a good run. ROI studies were published.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
    [2009] Aerie Pharmaceuticals Adds Mazzo To Board
    Mazzo is currently Operating Partner at Versant Ventures, and also headed up AMO after its acquisition by Abbott Laboratires in 2009, when it was renamed Abbott Medical Optics. 'Newport Beach-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that former Advanced Medical Optics founder James Mazzo has joined the company''s board of directors.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
    [2009] CardiAQ Sues Neovasc
    The two apparently had been partnered in a development project back in 2009, where Neovasc had been offering support services to CardiAQ; CardiAQ now claims that Neovasc used that to develop its own, mitral valve program. READ MORE>>. legal lawsuit surgery valve heart neovasc cardiaq
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
    [2009] Why Your Startup is More Likely to Succeed if You’re Authentic and Passionate
    We first met five years ago through serendipity as I described in this 2009 blog post and elaborated on again in more detail 2010. 'In my Twitter bio is says that I’m “ looking to invest in passionate entrepreneurs ,” which almost sounds like I was just looking for a cliché soundbite to describe myself. It wears you down.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
    [2009] AssetAvenue Hires Early Indiegogo Employee
    According to AssetAvenue, it has hired Adam Chapnick, who was the first employee out of the Indiegogo crowdfunding site back in 2009. 'Los Angeles-based AssetAvenue , the real estate crowdfunding site led by David Manshoory, has snagged the first employee out of Indiegogo. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    [2009] 2U Raises $120M In IPO
    2U was previously known as 2tor, and first raised funding back in 2009 , when Redpoint was a very active Los Angeles area investment firm. '2U , an online education company which has significant operations in Los Angeles, has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, debuting Friday morning as TWOU. Redpoint Ventures owned 23.2
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
    [2009] How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day
    As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. 'I become a venture capitalist in September 2007 – exactly 6.5 years ago. That company was Invoca, which just announced a $20 million fund raise led by Accel. years ago. Lemons ripen early, great companies take time.”
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [2009] MRV Communications Upgrades To NASDAQ Global Market
    MRV has been on the OTC markets since a delisting way back in 2009, when it was one of dozens and dozens of firms caught up in the SEC''s investigations over stock option price granting practices in the industry. According to MRV Communications, it has been approved to list on the NASDAQ Global Market under its existing ticker symbol, MRVC.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
    [2009] An Afternoon with Rap Genius | Mahbod Moghadam (Co-Founder)
    Beginning with hip hop in 2009, they’ve since included different genre verticals into their model with rock, poetry, news, even bible. 'This article wasn’t actually from a single interview, but the result of a couple of conversations with a co-founder of Rap Genius , the wildly profiled lyrics annotation site. ” The Team.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014
    [2009] MindBody Raises $50M
    Mindbody first raised funding back in 2009, when it gained backing from the Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, and other local angels. 'In one of the largest rounds for a Central Coast company in recent years--and the largest venture investment in San Luis Obispo ever--cloud software maker MindBody has raised $50M in a funding round.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    [2009] Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong
    source: Harris Interactive IM Shopping Poll (August 2009)). 'If you follow the tech media you would be subject to a lot of narrative biases that are completely off base – and this includes the value of email and phone calls. TL;DR. Calls are changing but not dying. Much more data in the full post. THE FULL STORY. There are  2.9 Sales.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. 'It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. So I waited.
  • ERIC GREENSPAN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    [2009] How I got a Countrywide Loan Modification from BofA
    On Sept 2nd, 2009, 13 months after it began, I received a FedEx on my front door step. 'It was 2008. My home had peaked at value and my business was slowing. My mortgage payment was $14,400/month. of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. So I waited.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
    [2009] ScoreBig.com Names Goldberg CEO
    Goldberg was previously Chief Strategy Officer for the company, and has been an advisory board member for the company since it was founded in 2009. Goldberg was previously the CEO of Youbet.com, and also was EVP of Global Music Services at Ticketmaster. ScoreBig is venture backed by Bain Capital Ventures, U.S. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2013
    [2009] Disney Taps Square's Dorsey For Board
    Dorsey was co-founder of Twitter, and also co-founded mobile payment service Square in 2009. 'In a move to add some Silicon Valley cred to the company''s board, Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has added Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square Inc., as a member of its board of directors, Disney said this week. READ MORE>>.
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013
    [2009] This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won
    in 2008 and 2009, we had at that point righted many of the wrongs in the venture capital industry, but that didn''t mean that entrepreneurship was all of a sudden healthy. 'A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Taming The Prison Guards.
  • THE VISION  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [2009] What Is The Best Bitcoin Wallet or Exchange Service?
    The system has existed since January 3rd, 2009 and is used in every Country in the World. 'Where is the Best Places to Buy & Trade Bit Coins? What Wallets and Exchanges Are Certified? How Are Merchant and Bitcoin Owners Vetted? Bitcoin is the World''s first decentralized digital monetary system and "bitcoins" are the currency units used.
  • ESTRATEGY PARTNERS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [2009] What Is The Best Bitcoin Wallet or Exchange Service?
    The system has existed since January 3rd, 2009 and is used in every Country in the World. 'Where is the Best Places to Buy & Trade Bit Coins? What Wallets and Exchanges Are Certified? How Are Merchant and Bitcoin Owners Vetted? Bitcoin is the World''s first decentralized digital monetary system and "bitcoins" are the currency units used.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
    [2009] Hulu Names New CFO
    Hulu said that Paul had been involved in Disney''s original investment in Hulu back in 2009. 'Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu announced late Friday that it has named Elaine Paul as its new CFO. Paul replaces Tom Fuelling, who had been at Hulu since 2007. The new appointment comes on the heels of a new CEO at the company.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
    [2009] How Deka Sounds Is Using 3D Printing For Your Next Bluetooth Headset
    took some time off with my family, and in 2009 and 2010 came up with this idea for the Bluetooth. One of the startups to come out of that 3D printing revolution is Deka Sounds (www.dekasounds.com), which is based in Orange County. What is Deka Sounds? Erik Adams: Deka makes a fashionable, customizable, personalized Bluetooth headset.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [2009] Qualcomm Appoints Former Ambassador To China To Board
    Randt had been ambassador to China from 2001 to 2009. 'San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has elected the former Ambassador to the People''s Republic of China to its board of directors. Qualcomm said it would tap Randt''s experience to help it further expand its footprint in China''s wireless ecosystem. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
    [2009] Vance Street Capital Acquires Lark Engineering
    Vance Street Capital said it will add Lark Engineering to Secure Communication Systems , the Santa Ana-based rugged computer and information systems provider it acquired in 2009. Financial details of the buy were not announced. Sutherland & Associates. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
    [2009] Tony Hsieh is the Seller of Dreams | Enter the Downtown Project
    Digital Royalty : Since 2009, Digital Royalty has given businesses and media personalities groundbreaking social media strategies to engage fans and generate tangible traction. 'Silicon Valley may still be the capital of technology with a mix of new (Google, Facebook) and old (Apple, HP) sprinkling the landscape.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
    [2009] Proven | Founder Interview with Pablo Fuentes. Job Markets, & The Future of Mobile
    Pablo Fuentes:  It first started in 2009 when I was in business school originally.  'Job seeking is one of the toughest headaches people face.  Employers also have a hard time looking for viable candidates for their company.  Pablo Fuentes wants to take those headaches away with the Proven apps.  What led you to make Proven? That was rough. 
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
    [2009] MySpace Designer's Next Project: The Cord Taco
    'Mike Macadaan , the designer behind MySpace''s redesign in 2009 , has a new project: a Kickstarter effort to fund the design of a line of electronics accessories to organize your pile of electronic charging and accessory cords. Macadaan is currently Chief Creative Officer at Los Angeles technology studio and incubator Science, Inc.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
    [2009] Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner
    As more consumers were skipping commercials the idea of authentically integrating brands into media seemed obvious to me and ended up informing a lot of my investments in 2009 and 2010. 'Today is a day I’ve waited patiently for for 5 years but more earnestly for more than 1 year. Thank you. This is a big news day at Upfront Ventures.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
    [2009] Nomadix Settles Patent Suit Against Aruba Networks
    The company has been involved in a number of patent cases since 2009. 'Agoura Hills-based wired and wireless gateway developer Nomadix said today that it has settled a patent infringement case it had filed against Aruba Networks. Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed. Nomadix is a subsidiary of DOCOMO interTouch. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
    [2009] ReachLocal Loses CEO, Founder
    The company, originally backed by VantagePoint, had its IPO back in 2009. 'In a huge shift, Zorik Gordon , the CEO and founder of Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , has resigned, the company said this morning, and the company has launched a search for a new CEO. ReachLocal did not say what Gordon intends to do now. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
    [2009] Attract A MILLION New Customers Overnight with YouTube Marketing – Literally
    Years before Hello Flo’s “The Camp Gyno” video existed, in 2009, Orabrush, a tongue cleaner company, was setting the precedent for what would be how to make a million dollars in ecommerce sales utilizing YouTube marketing. 'Tonight, in my Facebook feed, ( thanks to Micah Baldwin ), I came across the Hello Flo video. YESTERDAY. link].
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
    [2009] Sapphire Energy Pays Off Government Loans
    in a loan guarantee in December of 2009, to help build an algae-to-crude oil commercial demonstration facility in Columbus, N.M. Department of Agriculture. Sapphire Energy had been awarded $54.5M Sapphire said that plant is now producing renewable crude oil on a continued basis. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013
    [2009] How to Solve the Biggest Frustration Marketers Have With Social
    awe.sm (I have been an investor since 2009) has always provided these data through an API to allow developers to have social analytics embedded in their products or for internal use in their organization to drive more effective campaigns. Clicks are also a simple measure that you can get from basic link tracking packages. End of story.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [2009] Versant Ventures Names Mazzo Operating Partner
    Mazzo headed up Advanced Medical Optics when it was sold to Abbott Labs in 2009, for $2.8 'Newport Beach-based venture capital investor Versant Ventures has named former Advanced Medical Optics CEO Jim Mazzo as an Operating Partner. billion. READ MORE>>. versant ventures mazzo operating partner technology executive venture capital
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
    [2009] Startup Grind Turns the Tables on Mark Suster
    Be an intern”  And by the way, this is 2009.  You remember what 2009 was like, right? 'One of my favorite events last year was attending Startup Grind where I got to interview Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. Last month they turned the tables on me. Here is the link to the video interview. was 14. 
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013
    [2009] Basil Peters, Early Exits
    Welcome to a rebroadcast from April 2009 with author and angel investor Basil Peters. 'Basil Peters. It was a breakout year for Basil; his book, Early Exits , was about to turn angel investing on its head. Show #227 Stream , flash player or iTunes.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
    [2009] EcoATM Acquired For $350M By Coinstar
    EcoATM had only launched its automated kiosks in 2010, and was a winner of the San Diego Venture Group''s Pitchfest in 2009. 'San Diego-based startup EcoATM , the developer of automated kiosks used for recycling cell phones and other electronics, has been acquired by newly renamed Coinstar (now known as Outerwall). in funding to date.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
    [2009] Timing Is Everything With MakerBot Buy
    Instead of a giant exit, the Idealab-backed startup shut its doors and sold its assets in 2009. Makerbot wasn''t founded until 2009. MakerBot was developing low cost, 3-D printers for hobbyists to create their own, 3D printed objects--precisely the market that Desktop Factory had been pursuing. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013
    [2009] As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb
    By 2009 had reduced to around $15 billion in capital from LPs. But I became a VC in 2007 and wrote my first check in 2009 – 4.5 'By now you will likely have read Andy Dunn’s scathing post about Venture Capitalists in which he decries the industry’s masses. read Andy’s post with a knowing smile on my face. Dying.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013
    [2009] LifeProof Acquired By Otterbox
    LifeProof was founded in 2009. 'San Diego-based electronics protective case and accessory maker LifeProof (TreeFrog Development Inc.) has been acquired by protective case maker Otterbox , the two companies announced late Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not announced by the companies. READ MORE>>.
  • STUBBS ALDERSTON  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
    [2009] Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Encourages You to Attend: 2013 EA Conference at UCLA Anderson – May 10th, 2013
    He also was named the Southern California Technology Association’s CEO of the Year in 2009. In August 2009, Jason and his business partner Mike Szymczak launched OrigAudio, which is now recognized worldwide. 'Bill Gross, Adam Miller and Jason Lucash headline. Bill Gross. CEO & Chairman Idealab. Adam Miller. Jason Lucash.
  • FRANK ADDANTE'S FOUNDERBLOG  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
    [2009] Two Models for Digital Advertising Sales – Enterprise Software and the Travel Industry
    De Telegraaf, a Dutch daily morning newspaper, has been using RTB to buy and sell its ad inventory since 2009. 'Selling enterprise software is completely different than selling digital ads. Unlike digital advertising, the primary goal in enterprise software is to get someone else to sell your product. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? link].
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
    [2009] Science's Mike Macadaan: What I Learned From Redesigning MySpace
    Macadaan shared what he learned from his experience redesigning MySpace in 2009 , and how that's helping to shape what he's doing--along with the rest of the team at LA technology incubator/studio Science Inc. Before MySpace had Justin Timberlake, there was Mike Macadaan. READ MORE>>. science mike macadaan myspace scienceinc startup
  • FROM THE VENTURE TRENCHES  |  MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
    [2009] Earned Media: What is it & how can it benefit or harm your brand?
    In 2009, two rogue employees filmed themselves spitting on pies and sticking cheese up their nose before placing it on the doughy pizzas. Earned Media has evolved into a constant, real time stream of word of mouth thanks to Social Media. However, they do require a constant vigil, particularly in regards to earned media. Power Out?
  • FROM THE VENTURE TRENCHES  |  MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
    [2009] Earned Media: What is it & how can it benefit or harm your brand?
    In 2009, two rogue employees filmed themselves spitting on pies and sticking cheese up their nose before placing it on the doughy pizzas. Earned Media has evolved into a constant, real time stream of word of mouth thanks to Social Media. However, they do require a constant vigil, particularly in regards to earned media. Power Out?
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
    [2009] Illumina Wins Favorable Ruling In Patent Suit
    Life Technologies sued Illumina over the patents in 2009. The life sciences and sequencing market seems to be a hotbed of patent lawsuits; Illumina is also engaged in another patent lawsuit fight with Complete Genomics, and also had sued Affymetrix in 2009. Illumina said that a judge in the U.S. Patent Nos. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013
    [2009] Nomadix Settles With AT&T
    over its patents back in 2009. Agoura Hills-based wireless gateway developer Nomadix reported Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with Wayport, Inc., Superclick, Inc., and Superclick Networks, Inc., affiliates of AT&T Corp., over a patent infringement case. Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed. Superclick, Inc.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013
    [2009] JMI Equity Re-Ups On AppNeta
    JMI Equity has been an investor in AppNeta since at least 2009. San Diego-based private equity investor JMI Equity has put more capital into AppNeta , a Boston-based provider of cloud-based, IT performance management software. READ MORE>>. software management performance cloud capital venture private equity appneta
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
    [2009] How Nils Forsblom Is Reinventing Himself In Mobile With TenFarms
    In 2009, I got my green card and decided to move back here. Nils Forsblom is not new to the startup world -- in fact, his last startup, Fruugo, raised an astounding $48M in funding, and became one of the most heralded-- and controversial --startups in Finland. What are TenFarms and PhotoPoll? Nils Forsblom: TenFarms is a mobile app developer.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013
    [2009] EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Tops 225 Employees
    The privately held firm did not disclose its revenues, however, the firm has previously been reported to have had revenues of between $50-100M in revenues in 2011, and $15-20M in revenues in 2009. The firm provides edge network services to help deliver content from such customers as Twitter, Pinterest, Sony, and Hulu to end users.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    [2009] Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute
    Zachary Cancio (CTO, co-founder) Duke ECE/CS 2009. Launched in beta July last year in Oakland, San Francisco,  Dealflicks  is a price line for movie tickets and gives movie tickets and concessions for up to 60% off to help theaters get butts in their seats. They then decided to do something about it. Tell us more about yourself ? 3rd Startup.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013
    [2009] Ixia Targets LTE Testing
    The firm has been offering up LTE testing tools for awhile, since it acquired LTE testing equipment firm Catapult Communications in 2009. Calabasas-based network testing equipment developer Ixia said today that it is targeting the LTE testing market, with its Ixia IxLoad product. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
    [2009] Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups
    Launchpad LA was founded by prominent VC Mark Suster of GRP Partners in 2009, and invests in each company that is accepted into the program. From 2009 to 2011, Launchpad LA accepted 23 companies of which 19 received outside funding of around $80 million in aggregate, and 9 have been acquired to-date exceeding $60 million in proceeds.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
    [2009] Former Madison Square Garden President Scott O’Neil Joins ScoreBig Advisory Board
    The 2009 founded will  be better placed to help customers pick their own price on seats from the floor to the rafters, always pay less than box office price, and never pay any fees and as well  help its partners move unsold ticket inventory, protects their brand and as well make sales. 20 Year Experience With Top Sports Outfits.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
    [2009] LaunchpadLA Application Deadline Nears, As Class Graduates
    The group says that so far, from 2009 to 2011, it accepted 23 companies, of which 19 received funding worth a total of $80M; the accelerator said that the nine companies acquired exceeds $60M in proceeds. Interested in getting some help in getting your startup off the ground and funded? READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
    [2009] Nomadix Debuts New Wi-Fi Hotspot
    The announcement is one of the first major product announcements from the firm after years of patent battles; the company had been embroiled in lawsuits and patent licensing battles with such companies as Hewlett Packard, Wayport, iBAHN, Lodgenet, and a slew of other companies since 2009. The firm--which is now owned by DOCOMO interTouch.--said
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013
    [2009] Webfest Taps Kim Kardashian For Keynote
    Webfest (formerly known as DomainFest) has managed some fairly high level speakers at its events over the years, including Tony Hsieh of Zappos in 2010; Apple Founder Steve Wozniak in 2009; Bob Parsons of GoDaddy in 2011; and Biz Stone of Twitter in 2012. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013
    [2009] Lynda.com's Growth Trajectory: Revenues Doubled In Last 3 Years
    2009, $37M. The massive, $103M funding round for Carpinteria-based Lynda.com might have been a surprise for some, except perhaps readers of this publication, who over the years have gotten a glimpse of the growth rate of the company in recent years. Oct 2010, $50M - 140 employees. May 2012, $70M. January 2013, $100M - 400 employees.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013
    [2009] Convertro Lands $5M For Ad Targeting
    Convertro raised $5M in a Series A in 2009. Convetro , the online advertising targeting and optimization technology developer headed by serial entrepreneur Jeff Zwelling, has raised $5M in a Series B funding round, the company said this morning. The firm is based in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
    [2009] GameFly Wins Ruling Against Postal Service
    GameFly had filed suit in 2009 saying that the preferential treatment by the USPS to Netflix and Blockbuster was unfair to the company, resulting in high breakage rates and other issues. Los Angeles-based games-by-mail service Gamefly scored a victory today in a dispute with the U.S. Postal Service, after a U.S. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013
    [2009] The Honest Company Partners With Zulily
    Zulily is a fast growing, daily deals site based in Seattle specifically aimed at mothers, babies, and kids; the firm went from starting up in 2009 to over 600 employees in 2012, and was valued at over $1 billion in its latest funding round in November of last year. Financia link between the companies were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
    [2009] How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison
    took a little bit of time off, then started working on Frequency in the middle of 2009. Just before the holidays, we caught up with Blair Harrison , founder of Frequency (www.frequency.com), a personal video service which lets consumers watch video from the Internet on any of their devices. What is Frequency? We touch on all three. Thanks!
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012
    [2009] In 2013, Foursquare Wants To Know You More
    Foursquare has been growing and now has nearly 30,000,000 active users since its launch in 2009. Foursquare wants to know you more in 2013 beginning January 28. At the moment, Foursquare rarely shows a users full name or just their first name and last initial (“John Smith” vs. “John S.”). These according to some users is confusing.
  • SOCAL CTO  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012
    [2009] Document Your MVP for a Developer
    Minimum Viable Product: a guide , Lessons Learned, Eric Ries, August 3, 2009 10 examples of minimum viable products Minimum Viable Product revisited – the MVP Curve? I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. Founder : Ummm.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
    [2009] EvoNexus Opens Up New Applications For Incubator
    CommNexus, which is led by Rory Moore, said that it has admitted 39 companies since 2009 to the incubator, with five new companies admitted to the last cycle of the program. EvoNexus , the San Diego-based startup incubator, has opened up application for its next program, with a deadline of January 23rd. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
    [2009] Race 4 My Place Brings $200,000 Mortgage Payoff To Social Gaming
    So in 2009, he created a skill game similar to the board game “Memory” aimed at helping people sell their homes. Social games players have been playing for just bragging rights for a few years now. Sure, tending to a harvest or building up a city can be fun but why not play for real world rewards. Mike was Founder/CEO of U.S.
  • STUBBS ALDERSTON  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012
    [2009] Post-2012 Tax Considerations
    The Bush tax cuts also gradually reduced the estate tax over 2002 to 2009, leading to its repeal in 2010. Michael Shaff, Of Counsel with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP discusses the Bush tax cuts and the post-2012 scheduled changes. The Bush tax cuts. Bush were extended through 2012 as part of the Tax Act of 2010. Payroll tax cut.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012
    [2009] Venture Backed Restaurant,The Melt, Expands Into LA
    The Melt's Kaplan sold his last company, which developed the Flip video camera, to Cisco back in 2009, which shut down the entire product line in 2011. How often do you run into a top tier, Silicon Valley-backed grilled cheese sandwich shop in LA? READ MORE>>. themelt venture capital grilled cheese angeles restaurant retail
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
    [2009] Nomadix, HP Settle Patent Suit
    Nomadix had filed its original patent suit against HP in 2009, and had also named Wayport, Inc., Agoura Hills-based Nomadix said today that it has settled a patent infringement case it had filed against HP , covering the Nomadix patent portfolio. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment, Inc.,
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
    [2009] Local Corporation Gets Patent
    Montemer as inventor; the patent was originally filed way back in August of 2009, and was a continuation of a patent application originally filed in May of 2003. Irvine-based Local Corporation , the operator of online local advertising websites, said today that it has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
    [2009] How Sendgrid Makes Sure Those App Emails Go Through, With Jim Franklin
    Sendgrid started in Summer of 2009 at TechStars in Boulder, and we've now grown dramatically to 100 employees and 60,000 customers. If you're an application developer, sending emails through your application can be a chore. How do you offload all those headaches? What is Sendgrid? Jim Franklin: Sendgrid is a cloud-based email service. Thanks!
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
    [2009] Tradesy Takes the Hassle Out of Clothing Resale For Every Woman
    Launched today Tradesy , a new website and mobile app hopes to unlock the hidden value of clothing resale. Tradesy is a peer-to-peer marketplace where women buy and sell new and gently used apparel and accessories. Tradesy’s mission is help women get more of the fashion that makes them look and feel great, while spending less. How It Works. Variety.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012
    [2009] Journey Platform To Build Data Gathering Mobile Apps | Co-founder Interview Conrad Hofmeyr
    While Journey has launched now in mid-2012, it is the result of technology that we have been building and deploying in production since 2009, when Embark Mobile was founded. Embark Mobile has been building and delivering mobile implementations to businesses since 2009. Why the name? How does it work? Who is your target user?
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012
    [2009] Recycled Bride Wants You To Save On Your Big Day | Wed Without Tears
    The firm says nearly 20% of all brides now shop for or sell a gently used wedding dress online, compared with just 6% in 2009 and they firmly believe Recycled Bride is helping make the sales even more possible. Recycled Bride was founded in 2009 in Santa Monica, CA. TechZulu caught up with Recycled Bride and here is what we found!
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
    [2009] Carpooling Wants You To Share Your Car, Meet New Friends & Get Paid For It!
    In 2009, after their first round of investment, they launched internationally. Founded  in 2001 by 3 German MBA students, Carpooling connects people in over 40 countries and is available in  English ,  French ,  German ,  Greek ,  Italian ,  Polish  and  Spanish. Reminds you of a road trip you recently had with your friends? Any user stats?
  • ASK THE ANGELS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
    [2009] 3-D Image Firm Gets Flattened
    The filing also marked an extraordinary fall for a company that once had a market capitalization of more than $700 million, its hyped shares rising some 6,000 percent in mere months in 2009. The issues we’re working through are minor,” said Janes in a November 2009 appearance. From the Los Angeles Business Journal. By   ALFRED LEE.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
    [2009] Is Ken Goldman New Yahoo CFO Its Messiah?
    22 replacing CFO Tim Morse, once acting CEO, hired in 2009 by then CEO Carol Bartz. Yahoo! Hired in Ken Goldman as its new chief financial officer (CFO), in a bid to redeem the  internet pioneer’s fading glory in a sector it once reigned. Ken Goldman begins work on Oct. Goldman will be responsible for  Yahoo!’s future.”.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
    [2009] Qualcomm QPrize Winner Gets New Funding
    Capillary was one of Qualcom's 2009 finalists for the QPrize; the firm is now based in Singapore, with offices in Palo Alto. One of the companies recognized in Qualcomm's QPrize annual business plan competition has scored a series A funding, four years after being named a finalist in the Qualcomm effort. in a Series A venture financing round.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
    [2009] Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?
    It’s been high tide since 2009 so an entire batch of entrepreneurs don’t know what low tide even looks like. I think I’ve read Paul Graham’s post on “ Startup = Growth ” three or four times now. And of course on Twitter I’ve seen the Tweets, ReTweets and superlatives on what a great post it is. Check.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
    [2009] Material Mix Monetizes the Trade of Recyclables
    In 2009, Allison received a BS in Biology from San Diego State University  with a bias in environmental policy and ecology, and a certification under NAUI as a Dive Master and CSU underwater researcher. Most of us think junk is bad and we have been brought up thinking the only way to dispose of junk is to trash it. Recycling Waste Platform.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
    [2009] Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?
    Since 2009 I have been counseling people to offer discounts to the first angel investors. If you were on Twitter on Saturday you might have noticed a lively discussion with Dave McClure, Fred Wilson, Chris Dixon and myself. And a few others. Luckily there are tools like Storify – so you can actually see a synopsis here. why buy me?
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
    [2009] Ceres Names Former Undersecretary of Energy To Board
    Department of Energy from May 2009 until November 2011, and prior to that was Chief Scientist at BP focused on renewable energy. Thousand Oaks-based Ceres , the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels market, announced yesterday that it has added former BP Chief Scientist and Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Steven E. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [2009] CityGrid Buys Pay-Per-Phone Advertising Technology Firm
    Felix provides pay-per-action phone advertising to local businesses, and has been working with CityGrid since 2009. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to CityGrid, Felix will operate as another independent business under CityGrid, reporting to CityGrid CEO Jason Finger. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [2009] StockTwits Integrates With Chartly
    Chartly, originally a developer of publicly accessible stock charting tools, had been acquired by StockTwits in 2009. San Diego-based StockTwits , the online, stock-focused micro messaging startup, said Friday that it has integrated its service with social charting service Chartly. StockTwits is led by Howard Lindzon. READ MORE>>.
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012
    [2009] Barcelona’s Albert Colomer i Espinet
    We met again in Moscow in April; we’ve known each other since the EBAN 2009 Congress in Madrid. Albert Colomer i Espinet. Albert’s on the EBAN Board , and as you can imagine, for good reason, but I never knew the story about the man. Show #381 Stream , flash player or iTunes.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    [2009] Donuts Inc. Tops Generic TLD List
    The company is headed by former Demand Media President and Chief Strategy Officer Paul Stahura, who headed up Demand Media's domain registration business, eNom, until 2009. Donuts Inc. The infographic , released via ReadWriteWeb, shows, visually, how Donuts Inc. Donuts Inc. has raised $100M for its efforts. Donuts Inc. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    [2009] Report: Tech Layoffs At Highest Level In Three Years
    The number of cuts is apparently the largest, midyear total since 2009. You may not see it here in Southern California's high tech sector--which has been booming, due to a surge of startup and accelerator activity--but apparently, the technology sector has seen its highest level of layoffs in three years, according to a report today.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [2009] CallFire Bootstraps 50,000 Signups and Hires Former NetZero CEO
    He joined WebVisible, a leading provider of local online marketing software and services, as chief operating officer in 2009 and was elevated to CEO in 2010. CallFire powers voice and text messaging applications that enable businesses, government agencies and grassroots organizations to instantly and affordably communicate with key audiences.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012
    [2009] CallWave Lives On As FuzeBox Finds Funding
    Callwave, which started in 1998, gained venture funding, went public in an IPO in 2004, went private, and then switched its business model to online meeting and collaboration software, renamed itself to FuzeBox back in 2009 and moving its headquarters to San Francisco. READ MORE>>.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
    [2009] Insteegram: Tech Meets Fashion | Interview with Founder Ed Park
    Ed Park was one of the first 100k users of Instagram back in early 2009. Insteegram is a startup that allows you to create amazing and unique t-shirts using your own Instagram photos. It uses Instagram’s API and prints on American Apparel t-shirts. Based in Los Angeles, California, Insteegram currently ships worldwide. It finally hit me.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012
    [2009] Google Cleaning Out Their Closets
    Some may not remember Google Video, the service stopped taking uploads in May 2009 but still has hosted content and a number of users. Google has from late last year embarked on an in-house cleaning project. The giant search engine is set to end less used products or combining a number of them into more resourceful ones.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012
    [2009] Broadcom, Emulex Reach Patent Deal: Emulex to Pay $58M
    The two Orange County semiconductor firms have been trading patent lawsuits since 2009. Costa Mesa-based Emulex , the developer of high speed networking technology for the server and storage market, and Irvine-based Broadcom said Thursday afternoon that they have reached a partial settlement and worldwide patent license agreement.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
    [2009] Interview with Matthew Goldman, Wallaby
    was there for three years, from 2006 to 2009, in product management and working with retailers launching programs. Do you have a wallet full of rewards credit cards, but don't have any idea how to best earn enough points to take advantage of those rewards? We spoke with founder Matthew Goldman about the startup. What is Wallaby? Thanks!
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
    [2009] Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA
    We were founded in 2009 by Mark Suster from GRP Partners. There is a large menu of startup accelerators in the Los Angeles, but one of more established efforts in the area is LaunchpadLA ([link] The effort actually started as an informal mentoring program, but has grown and expanded to follow the accelerator model. That's very important.
  • N.SPUTNIK  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
    [2009] How Might Copyright Threaten Free Speech? Let’s Count the Many Ways
    But according to my research on Opencongress.org from 2009 to 2010 , companies in the Online Computer Services sector gave $466,926 to Congress members while the Entertainment Industry/Broadcast & Motion Pictures sector gave $524,243. Newhoff disagrees with both assertions, and so do I. And it’s on the web!” 103 of SOPA.
  • STUBBS ALDERSTON  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012
    [2009] Last Chance to Register! LAVA Investment Capital Conference – June 13, 2012
    CEO of the Year in 2009. On Wednesday, June 13th , The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will host its 21st Annual Investment Capital Conference at the Skirball Cultural Center. Conference Details: Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Skirball Cultural Center. 00PM – 8:30 PM. Two Exciting & Dynamic Panel Discussions. Startup Panel.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012
    [2009] Demand Media Alum Gets $100M For Domain Registrar
    He continued to serve at Demand Media until 2009. A brand new, domain registration startup headed by a set of ex- Demand Media executives, has just raised an astounding $100M for its efforts. Donuts Inc. Donuts Inc. says it is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, and also has operations in Los Angeles and elsewhere. READ MORE>>.
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
    [2009] Dan Mothersill, Past-NACO President
    It was as we prepared for a panel in Madrid at EBAN’s Annual Congress in 2009, Dan proposed we stand instead of sit in big comfy chairs. Dan Mothersill. Daniel Mothersill died on May 12th, 2012. Before NACO the organization was known as NAO and Dan was its President. One particular memory of Dan keeps coming to mind.
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
    [2009] Renewing, Reluctantly
    don’t know how to describe the overwhelming demand for this 2009 interview — some days there are 100-200 of you looking for this link, so here it is. Here’s Charlie’s email: “For some time I have been struggling with whether to renew my TCA membership for 2009.” We have a number of those. Charlie.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
    [2009] Audiolife Acquired By Alliance Entertainment
    Audiolife was founded in 2009. Van Nuys-based Audiolife , the startup which provided product fulfillment for the music industry and artists, has been acquired by Florida firm Alliance Entertainment. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
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