• SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015
    [2009] Page Howe: Why Everyone In LA Ought To Have a.LA Domain
    Page Howe: I've been a fan of the domain since 2008 and 2009, having grown up in LA, lived here, and seen the story here through the good and the bad. I was at the Forum the night of the LA riots, and I've seen LA through earthquakes and everything. I see now with the new mayor, that LA has really come together. domain name. names.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] Jetpack Gives a Boost to Mobile and Rich Media Advertising
    Jetpack was founded in 2009 by digital media veterans Marc Brown, Chris Tragos and Kevin Woolery. Advertising technology is hot with the rise of mobile, evidenced in part by Verizon’s merger with AOL  valued at $4.4 billion, and on a much smaller scale, Undertone’s recent acquisition of mobile ad provider Sparkflow.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
    [2009] How Do You Know if You Have the Right CEO to Run Your Business Until the End?
    When we first funded the company in 2009 we knew there was a big opportunity to help businesses automate marketing through phone channels. Many people don’t know that I actually became Chairman of my first company and relinquishing the CEO role before the company was sold. In other words, Why now? Phones. HR Leadership Startup Lessons
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
    [2009] More Great News for #LATech – Crosscut Ventures Raises $75 Million Fund
    This includes GumGum where they led the seed round and it was only the second VC deal I had ever done in 2009. Crosscut Ventures  has just announced their 3rd fund and clocking in at $75 million , which will be focused heavily on Los Angeles – FTW. LA has grown up a lot over the past 5 years. This is not your dad’s LA.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
    [2009] Do Less. More.
    And with the crash of Sept 2009 – March 2009 the market cleared out created an open field in which to invest, go slowly, learn and let companies mature before they felt the need to be “hyped.” We are experiencing a frenetic time. For entrepreneurs there’s too much money sloshing around. One What is one to do?
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015
    [2009] UCLA Anderson Gets $11M For New Technology Center
    Easton, who helped establish the Easton Technology Leadership Program at UCLA in 2009, has a background in engineering from UCLA. UCLA's Anderson School of Business has launched a new research center, called the Easton Technology Management Center , thanks to an $11M gift from James L. Easton, the CEO of Easton Sports. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [2009] What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?
    This was until about 2009 because most the investments in companies came from one, maybe two, sources. Over the years I’ve written extensively about the downsides of convertible notes for startups such as here , here and here. It’s worth reading his post to understand the problem. I can boil it down to how this tension plays out.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
    [2009] TechZulu #TechCrawl | Hollywood Edition
    Grindr, which first launched in 2009, has exploded into the largest and most popular all-male location-based social network out there. TZ Tech Crawl is back this month and heading to Hollywood! Come take a tour of some of the hottest LA Tech companies and Co-Working spaces filled with Startups & Entrepreneurs located in Hollywood!
  • STUBBS ALDERSTON  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
    [2009] SAM Encourages you to Attend: Opus Connect’s VC Chapter: “Building for an Exit” – May 26, 2015
    Mr. Aghili has served as a senior fellow for UCLA Anderson School of Management’s entrepreneurship center since 2009. VC Chapter: Building for an Exit. Thursday, May 28, 2015. 00-10:00am. Venue:  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. 1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300. Santa Monica, CA 90401. Kevin received his J.D. India and China.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [2009] Another Big Exit For Local Angels With Mindbody?
    Local angels--whose biggest exit so far in recent years was the IPO of Green Dot back in 2010--were the first backers of MindBody, having first received funding from Frontera Capital, the Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels back in 2009. READ MORE>>. mindbody angel investors tech coast pasadena frontera siemer
  • INFOCHACHKIE  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [2009] Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup
    When the US government announced the 2009 Cash For Clunkers stimulus plan, it promised dealers they would receive payment “within 10-days.” A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The US Postal Service pulled off another debacle with the Maya Angelou stamp. Their task was simple. Combine a photo of Ms. Middle Ground.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
    [2009] Here is The Best Data You’ll Find on the LA Tech Market
    As an active investor in the Los Angeles technology market we’re always seeking to better understand the data and trends of why our market has grown so rapidly since 2009. We look for pockets of excellence where we may have skills that aren’t native in other markets or where our home town may have some unique skills or talents.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
    [2009] Seven Lakes Technologies Raises $20M
    The company was founded in 2009, and is led by Shiva Rajagopalan. Westlake Village-based Seven Lakes Technologies , a developer of enterprise software for the oil and gas industry, raised $20M in a Series A funding round earlier this year. The funding came from Carrick Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
    [2009] Angel Group Gives Luis Villalobos Award
    The ACA''s award is named after Tech Coast Angels founder Luis Villalobos, who passed away in 2009. The Angel Capital Association , a national association for angel investors, said Wednesday that it has awarded the Luis Villalobos Award to a company, for being the most innovative angel backed company from its members. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015
    [2009] Semtech Sells Off Defense, Microwave Business
    Semtech had originally planned to divest and shut down its defense and microwave communications business, which it had acquired as part of its buy of Sierra Monolithics in 2009. Semtech said it sold its business to Jariet Technologies , in exchange for a minority equity interest in the new company. READ MORE>>.
  • STUBBS ALDERSTON  |  MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
    [2009] SAM Encourages you to Attend: Creative Community Roundtable – “The Work of the Creative Community in a Digital Age”
    The goal is to extend the reach of the artist and their work, using new distribution channels, new technology and other emerging resources, to place timeless art into a modern context.”.  He was the producer of the recent Broadway hit, “An Evening with Janis”, and in 2009 The Doors Theatrical documentary “When You’re Strange”. 30pm-8:00pm.  .
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015
    [2009] Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire
    This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. reached out after the event to learn more.
  • LA TECH RISE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
    [2009] Bootstrapped Jetpack brings ad-tech innovations to the publishing long tail
    Quietly bootstrapped in Santa Monica since 2009, their startup Jetpack has been creating rich media products for publishers with a focus on customization, responsiveness, and consumer engagement, helping publishers generate more revenue from their content.
  • LA TECH RISE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
    [2009] Bootstrapped Jetpack brings ad-tech innovations to the publishing long tail
    Quietly bootstrapped in Santa Monica since 2009, their startup Jetpack has been creating rich media products for publishers with a focus on customization, responsiveness, and consumer engagement, helping publishers generate more revenue from their content.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
    [2009] Cohu Names Board Member
    Funke was most recently an senior executive at Multitest GmbH, having been that company''s CEO from 2001 until 2009. Poway-based Cohu , which develops semiconductor test tools and systems, said yesterday that t has named Karl H. Funke to its board of directors. Funke had been at Multitest GmbH since 1994. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
    [2009] Taking My Hat Off to @Shervin and His Hyperloop Ambitions
    ” I first met Shervin (does he need a last name?) in 2009. Yes, I still used a Blackberry in 2009. *. Shervin Pishevar. Not this one. I’m going to write a pure admiration piece. A “hats off” (see what I did there?) story about big bets and equally grand huevos. And also a “thank you.” loved the idea.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015
    [2009] New Matter Gets $6.5M For 3D Printing
    Interestingly enough, New Matter--whose chairman is Idealab''s Bill Gross--is the second time around on a 3D printing startup for Idealab, which was before its time with personal 3D printer company Desktop Factory, which it started bringing to market in 2007, but eventually sold to 3D Systems in 2009, well before the current 3D printing craze.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [2009] Guidance Software Promotes VP
    McManamy has been Senior Counsel and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software since 2009. Pasadena-based Guidance Software , the developer off e-discovery and forensic software, said this morning that it has named Chad McManamy as its new Vice President of E-Discovery and Assistant General Counsel. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [2009] Tinder Buys Chill, The Maker Of Tappy
    back in 2009. Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has acquired Chill , the maker of Tappy, a Snapchat-like instant messaging service which revolves around photo sharing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the buy, Tappy will shut down. READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
    [2009] Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund
    Our 3rd fund began investing in March 2009 (raised in 2008) and our 4th fund started in April 2012 so this fund will naturally begin investing around March / April 2015. We raised $280 million. If you want to understand how the VC industry is changing there is a great primer in the link. Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund? Banks. 6.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [2009] What Future for Accelerators?
    It was 2009 and it was terribly difficult to get any financing (if you can remember a time like that!) Accelerators have had quite a good run the past 5+ years. Not just Y Combinator and TechStars but a host of other accelerators across the country. My good friend Adam Lilling and I started Launchpad more than 5 years ago  . And Jamie hers.
  • THE VISION  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [2009] Next Stop S&P 1,600
    1,600 is only a 38% retracement from the 2009 lows. You can thank the phony Fed for their moronic stimulus QE program that has create more asset bubbles. Its taken a long time to burst but it looks like it took oil crashing and the strong dollar to do it. You can also thank the high yield chasing hedge funds as well.
  • THE VISION  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [2009] Next Stop is Dow Jones 13,000
    13,000 is only a 38% retracement from the 2009 lows. You can thank the phony Fed for their moronic stimulus QE program that has create more asset bubbles. Its taken a long time to burst but it looks like it took oil crashing and the strong dollar to do it. Federal Reserve Government Hedge Funds Investing
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    [2009] Amazon Takes On Local Service Referrals In LA
    Local handyman referral services have been a perennial favorite for startups in Los Angeles, with services as Done Right (acquired by Tree.com in 2009), and Insider Pages (acquired by Citysearch in 2007, now part of Citygrid). READ MORE>>. amazon local service referral citygrid serviz handybook pathjoy
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
    [2009] Savings.com Pinpoints Holiday Deal Days, Rolls Pricing Tool
    million deals during the 2009 to 2013 period. Looking for a deal this year on holiday gifts? Los Angeles-based Savings.com said Tuesday that it has pinpointed the best days to buy products, based on data from the last four years gathered on its site from 25,000 retailers, and for monitoring more than 1.5 READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
    [2009] Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
    Allen Hurff: From 1997 to 2009, you could never really find a group of people in Southern California you could meet with at a cafe in the industry, but if you went to San Francisco, you could go someplace like 21st Amendment near South Park, and sit in a room with eight people and create a future protocol of the Internet. Thanks! READ MORE>>.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [2009] When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?
    first met Nick Halstead in 2009 when he was running a company called Tweetmeme (the predecessor to DataSift) who had invented the Retweet button and actually helped Twitter develop its early API. remain as childishly giddy at Nick’s vision as I did in our conference hangout we had in 2009. So why did Larry need to return?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [2009] What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?
    Marc Andreessen kicked off another great debate on Twitter last night , one that I’ve been talking about incessantly in private circles for the past 2-3 years – what actually IS the definition of a seed vs. A-round. This is something I think entrepreneurs don’t totally understand and it’s worthwhile they do. Nobody cares.
  • TECH ZULU EVENT CALENDAR  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
    [2009] Shopping for a Change | Shopping for Fair Trade Goods
    Stacey Horowitz, Founder of SFAC, started the non-profit business from a trip to Peru in 2009. The internet connects us to billions of products online. Online merchandise range from being silly to creative design to daily items. Since its 2010 launch, SFAC tripled their sales and growth. The business model SFAC uses is simple. charities.
  • DARADICTION  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014
    [2009] Nanu Nanu to Robin Williams, Bill Griffin, & Ashley Taylor too.
    The year prior, in 2009, my friend Ashley Taylor died of asphyxiation in her bedroom in the San Fernando Valley. Hearing the news about Robin Wililams' death this past week hit me like a dump truck. It felt like losing a family member. Robin's energy was so raw and full of life. This is Bill sometime in the 80's.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
    [2009] Ice Energy Names President
    The company--which develops a product which uses the creation of ice to cut power consumption and usage during peak electricity usage times--said Hopkins has been at Ice Energy since 2009. Los Angeles-based energy storage technology developer Ice Energy has named a new president, saying that it has appointed Mike Hopkins to the role.
  • 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. READ MORE>>.
  • 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. spent my first year developing proprietary deal flow and learning the business and then the Sept 2008 / Lehman Bros collapse / financial meltdown happened.
  • 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. It’s no secret.
  • 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. There are  2.9 billion email accounts.
  • 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. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month.
  • 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. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month.
  • 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. I of course paid only the negative amortization amount of $8,000 per month tacking the difference back on to the principal each month. Father.
  • 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. Thank you. This is a big news day at Upfront Ventures. He first came to see me in 2008 when we was raising money for his 1st startup – NextMedium.
  • 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
    Sapphire Energy had been awarded $54.5M 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 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. Sorry. 
  • 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. Show #227 Stream , flash player or iTunes. Startup Stories in Angel Investing Angel Investing Interview/podcast Best Practices Canada Seattle
  • 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). READ MORE>>.
  • 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. UCB Economics 2010 summa cum laude.
  • 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.
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