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  • LALAWAG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Watch the Obama Inauguration Online
    Some of us Angelenos are going to have to get up early tomorrow, yes before noon even. Three hours behind (and typically fifth-teen minutes late), puts the  Obama Inauguration  starting at 8:30am our time. Those of you rolling into work just now,  forget about your email and watch this embed instead. Photo by Sean Bonner ).
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Java Subversion
    Monday, January 26, 2009 -- Pasadena Java User's Group. Topic: subversion. See [link] (more
  • TRACTION MATTERS...  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Obama mobile phone in Kenya - for real!
    As some of you may know, I love emerging markets mobile.  Its one of the most exciting technology opportunities out there.  I’m been fortunate to do some work in the Middle East and Africa with Mobile-XL.  While working with them, I met one of the founders of Mi-Fone.  So without further ado, I introduce to you - The Obama Phone!  .
  • BENJAMIN KUO'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Take our industry survey
    We’re in the midst of putting together an industry survey, to collect some data about the Southern California high tech community’s thoughts about the industry and economy.  The survey is a  collaboration with The David James Agency. hope you’ll help socalTech.com get a pulse on the local technology by participating in the survey.  The
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Sony Online Entertainment Buys Game Studio
    San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced Monday that it has acquired PoxNora, an online collectible strategy game, and other assets, from Octopi LLC. Octopi is based in Tucson, Arizona. Financial terms of the deal, which closed Friday, were not announced. READ MORE>>.
  • BENJAMIN KUO'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] SoCal Venture Capital Stalls
    Southern California’s venture capital investment activity appears to have stalled, according to Q4 numbers released  over the weekend by Dow Jones VentureSource.  The report found that Southern California’s venture capital totals slipped for the first time since 2003, down more than 18 percent for the year.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] RoyaltyShare Launches Digital Asset Management Offering
    San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, which provides digital royalty tracking to independent music labels, said Monday that it has expanded its offerings to digital asset management. The new service will allow those labels to organize, store, and manage their digital music files, images, and metadata. READ MORE>>.
  • LALAWAG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Introducing: The New Power Girls
    Attention Los Angeles, are you bored of various Non-Societies and San Fran tech bed jumpers? Me too. Well no more,  it seems we have our own group of dynamic woman right here in Los Angeles. Unlike your usual suspects, these ladies actually take care of business. While the those other girls flip their hair, they flip companies.  . Jackie Peters.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] SoCal Venture Totals Slip, But IT Shines
    Tags: california jones 2009 venturesource southern venture capital investment
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] AWR Acquires Simulation Software Firm
    El Segundo-based AWR, a developer of electronic design automation software, has acquired a Wisconsin firm developing RF and microwave simulation software, the company disclosed this morning. AWR said it has acquired Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc. STAAR), which is based in Mequon, Wisconsin. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Xirrus Gets Win At Music Publisher
    Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, a developer of Wi-Fi networking hardware, said today that the firm has scored a win at a Beverly Hills music publisher. Xirrus said that Concord Music Group (CMG) has installed the firms 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi arrays at their corporate offices. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. READ MORE>>. wifi wireless xirrus
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] MySpace Partners On Web Reality Show, Launches Presidential Pledge Effort
    MySpace said today that it has launched a new web reality show with reality entertainment producer Endemol, and separately, has launched a promotion along with Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media linked to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. MySpace users will select the bride's dress, rings, and wedding location through a voting system.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] Woodland Hills Firm Leads Circuit City Closure Efforts
    A Woodland Hills-based liquidation firm is behind the closure of Circuit City's 567 stores, and will lead a group of firms who are operating "goiong out of business" sales at the retailer. Circuit City said Friday that it would close all of its stores across the country, and started liquidation sales this weekend. Great American Group said that $1.8
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] SoCal Code Camp
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 -- SoCal Code Camp. Rock and Roll Code Camp. Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community. See [link] (mor
  • SO CAL TECH GROUP  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] Upcoming 8 by 8 dinner with Brian Garrett, Crosscut Ventures
    We are pleased to announce that Brian Garret of Crosscut Ventures will be our guest at the next 8 by 8 dinner.  Crosscut is part of a new generation of venture funds, specializing in earlier stage opportunities and smaller deal sizes.  e are looking for six smart LA technologists to join us. When: Wednesday, February 11, 8pm. Image attribution.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009
    [2009] SoCal Code Camp
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 -- SoCal Code Camp. Rock and Roll Code Camp. Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community.
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] VCs Hit the Brakes
    Alana Semuels writes for the Los Angeles Times today, " Venture capitalists apply the brakes " regarding the steep decline in fourth quarter investment in Southern California. Venture funding to the region's businesses fell 20% to $3.2 billion.
  • SO CAL TECH GROUP  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Startonomics is coming to UCLA
    When : Friday February 6, 2009. Build it and they will come, right? Everybody is going to love this, won’t they? It is really about the core technology — that’s where our value is. Or is it? While fundamental, these are the hard questions, and many web and technology businesses tend to put them on the backburner.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Happy Hour At The Edison
    Friday, January 23, 2009 -- Happy Hour At The Edison. SoCal AMA. Business networking event. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Go Green Expo
    Friday, January 23, 2009 -- Go Green Expo. Business-to-Business Expo for green business products. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
    [2009] Navigating The Legal Minefield
    Friday, January 23, 2009 -- Navigating The Legal Minefield: How To Keep Your Company Safe In 2009. Jeff Kramer of Troy and Gould will review the most important new employment laws and employment cases for the coming year, and discuss the implications of these legal developments for California employers. Affairs. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Getting MandA and Financing Transactions Done
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- OUTLOOK 2009: Getting MandA and Financing Deals Done in a Tight Credit Market. Discussion on the outlook for mergers and acquisition and other financing deals in 2009. Gold Coast Business Forum. Panel includes Michael Carr, American Capital; Nick Desai, Focal Point; and Benjamin Kuo, socalTECH.com.
  • THE COMPLEX SYSTEM  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Hey Jeff, Where Ya Been?
    Well it’s just been too much time since my last post. What can I say, life and business are good. There has been much change of course, and I’m loving it. In October I decided to take a new role
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Mindspeed Loses Board Member To Obama
    Newport Beach-based Mindspeed, a manufacturer of networking semiconductors, said Friday afternoon that Donald H. Gips has resigned from the company's board of directors. Gips leaves following his appointment by President-elect Obama to the position of White House Director of Presidential Personnel. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Hike The Geek
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 -- Hike The Geek. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] The Age of Virtualization
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- The Age of Virtualization: Enabling 3D artists to succeed on the web. San Diego SIGGRAPH. The popularization of the 3D art form, made possible by the entertainment industry, has spawned a new generation of artists. Web3D).Join See [link] (more
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] WebVisible Taps Search Engine Expert As Marketing Head
    Irvine-based WebVisible , which helps local advertisers place online ads, said Thursday that it has named Kevin M. Ryan as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Ryan joins the firm from Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies, where he was global content director, and a well known commenter on the search engine industry. READ MORE>>.
  • LALAWAG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Cinespace Is Over Capacity
    Notoriously over crowded local hot spot Cinespace gave a bunch of geeks the fail whale last night. It seems the venue booked both the Hollywood Web TV Meetup , and rap concert on the same night. This resulted in an interesting mashup of Twittering geeks moshing with LA hip-hop-artti. View The Rest of the Photos.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Recent Insights & Opinions: Web traffic, trouble in Venture Capital, and more
    Visitors to our web site are most likely familiar with our Insights and Opinions section, where we share advice, opinions, insights, and more from our readers. The latest contributions: Docstoc's Jason Nazar gives a primer on The 7 Ways to Get Traffic On The Web. Mixergy's Andrew Warner --who organizes the Lunch 2.0
  • BENJAMIN KUO'S BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Weekly Roundup: More layoffs, MySpace Music deals, but venture deals continue
    Oversee.net said it will lay off 18 percent of its staff, as the firm sees a “Very difficult economic environment&# in 2009. Here’s our weekly roundup of recent Southern California technology news: More music moves at MySpace , with a new deal to distribute music from independents. in a new funding round.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Cymer Lays Off 100, Makes Across The Board Pay Cuts
    San Diego-based Cymer, a developer of light sources used for semiconductor manufacturing, said late Thursday that the firm has laid off 100 people, or 10 percent of its personnel. The firm said that the move was because business conditions in the firm's industry have "further deteriorated" and demand has dropped for its products. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] AWR Gets Win With Anritsu
    El Segundo-based AWR, a developer of electronic design automation (EDA) software for high-frequency circuit designs, said late Thursday that it has scored a win with Anritsu Company, a developer of test and measurement products. According to AWR, Anritsu will include AWR's software as part of a new microwave test and measurement devices.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] The Conversion Forum
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- The Conversion Forum: Proven methods for increasing your site's registrations, leads, sales and other conversions. Mixergy. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] ASP-Operationalizing WellPoint Business Strategies with the Balanced Scorecard
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- ASP-Operationalizing WellPoint Business Strategies with the Balanced Scorecard. This case study will showcase how the organization identified 11 strategic measures and used the balanced scorecard as a vehicle for operationalizing its strategies. Our speaker, Ferdinand Tesoro, Ph.D. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] How to Win the Funding Game
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- "How to Win the Funding Game" TCVN. While entrepreneurs spend countless hours defining their market and their customers, they tend not to develop deep expertise when it comes to raising capital. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] SoCalBio Networking Forum
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- SoCalBio Networking Forum. Getting the Best Valuation in the Current Financial Environment. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] What You Need To Know About Upcoming Legislation
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- What You Need To Know About Upcoming Legislation. Number of bills introduced.many can negatively impact your business.How current Legislation can impact Tech Companies. As part of our Dinner for Decision Makers Series.join your LA Council and other colleagues in your local AeA community. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] LAVA Venture Awards Dinner
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- LAVA Venture Awards Dinner. See [link].
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Getting MandA and Financing Transactions Done
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- "Outlook 2009: Getting MandA and Financing Transactions Done in a Tight Credit Market" GCBF. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Allergan
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- OCAMA. Speaker: Leslie Bryant, Corporate Communications, Allergan. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] How to Fund Your Business When Venture Capital Has Said No
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- How to Fund Your Business When Venture Capital Has Said No. TCOSC. Capital - CASH -- is a key ingredient for any business. Especially for entrepreneurial and fast-growing technology companies. Without it, you can't make payroll, develop the next upgrade, or market your product. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Time to Buy or Time To Hide?
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- Time to Buy or Time To Hide? Keynote by Ramin Taloui, Executive VP - PIMCO. Panelists include Samuel Tang, Founding Partner - Montauk TriGuard; Jim Armstrong, Managing Director - Clearstone Ventures; and Randy Lunn, Managing Director Emeritus - Palomar Ventures. See [link] (more
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] LeadPoint Takes Aim At Struggling Homeowners
    Looking to make lemonade out of lemons, Los Angeles-based Internet leads firm LeadPoint said late Thursday that it has launched a new product to generate leads from homeowners looking for loan modifications. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Oversee Cuts 18 Percent
    The firm said it made the moves, because it expects a "very difficult economic environment" in 2009. Los Angeles-based Oversee.net is not immune to the stormy economy, and told socalTECH Thursday that is cutting 18 percent of the firm's workforce, or a total of 38 people, including some managers. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] LINC BizDev - Lunch Networking
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- LINC BizDev - Lunch Networking for Business Development Representatives. Increase your referrals and introductions by networking with bizdev people from interactive companies. See [link] (more
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] MySpace Music Inks Deals With Independents
    Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday that the firm has inked deals with several independent music providers, to distribute their music through MySpace Music. the firm said it has inked agreements with Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, and RoyaltyShare, which will result in adding "several hundred thousand" songs to its catalog.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] MetaDolce Technologies Takes On Semantic Search
    Woodland Hills-based MetaDolce Technologies, a developer software for web search, said Thursday that it has launched a new product which will allow web sites to accept "natural language" queries for visitors. Interestingly enough, the firm apparently does not use its own software its own corporate web site.
  • LALAWAG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] LA Gets Dugg, Hammered, Screwed
    We hit up Diggnation live at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood last night. It certainly was an interesting intersection of all walks of Internet life. There really was so much converging of rumors and back stories, I think I’ll just give a few hints (a la Page 6 style) and let the photo mastery of @wmmarc do the rest of the talking.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Harman International Shuts New York Offices
    Harman International, a manufacturer of audio and entertainment products including Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and other products, said Wednesday afternoon that it is shutting down its Woodbury, New York offices and consolidating them into its Northridge location. Harman said that a limited number of its employees will be offered relocation.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] TriZetto Gets Customer Win
    Newport Beach-based The TriZetto Group, which develops health care information systems, said today that it has signed a five-year contract to equip Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) with its application hosting services and systems. Financial terms of the win were not disclosed.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Interview with Josh Stomel, ResumeBucket
    Our startup interview this morning is with Josh Stomel , founder of ResumeBucket (www.resumebucket.com), a new web site that is focused on helping people share their resumes with the world. Stomel--who is bootstrapping the startup from his recruiting firm, NeoHire--explained the site to us. What's the idea behind the site? It works. Thanks!
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Marketing 101
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- TechBiz Connection: Marketing 101. Sustainable, organic growth in a company;s revenues requires excellence in the creation and successful introduction of products and services that provide customer value. What is its role in the product creation / innovation process? See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] Buiding the Bionic Human
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- "Buiding the Bionic Human: Implantable Devices and Cyber Prosthetics" MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast.Speaker: Ahmed Enany, President and CEO - Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) Southern California's Life Science Industry Trade Association; Matthew Tirrell, PhD, Richard A.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] PCNLA
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- PCNLA Meeting. Angel investment group. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [2009] BIOCOM January Breakfast Meeting
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- State of the Capital Markets. BIOCOM. See [link].
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] 2009 Predictions
    Today's show brings Bill, Dave and Houston Angel John Filla together to stare into the crystal ball and make those 2009 predictions. Can't get enough Bill Payne? Or maybe it seems like a year has gone by since you last heard from Dave Berkus? What to listen for : Since it's a new year it's time to brush up on terms. What's worse than P2P?
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Google Slashes Recruiters, Engineering Offices
    Search engine giant Google made two dramatic announcements Wednesday afternoon, saying that it will lay off around 100 recruiters at the firm, as it slows its hiring, and will cut three of its remote engineering offices. The move comes after it had already cut contracts with external vendors and recruiters to save costs.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Anthem Ventures North, Funds Avatar Firm
    Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures is the lead investor in an avatar-focused, social networking site called Meez. Meez, which is based in San Francisco, said today that it has raised a financing round from Anthem. Anthem's Brian Mesic has been added to the firm's board as part of the funding.
  • BENJAMIN KUO'S BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Economy vs. Startup Hype
    For anyone who’s been in this business for awhile, there’s a clear correlation of the economy and bubbles to the behavior of startups, so I got a great kick out of this graph (posted over at SEOmoz ) — graphing out “ The Density of Pro Startup Blog Posts in Various Economic Climates&#.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Slacker Releases iPhone App
    San Diego-based digital music service Slacker released a new, iPhone version of the firm's Internet radio service this morning through Apple's App Store this morning, making the firm's Internet radio service available through the iPhone and iPod touch. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] United Sample Raises $3M
    Los Angeles-based United Sample, which operates online survey and sampling services for the market research industry, announced today that it has raised $3M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included prior investor DFJ Frontier. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Boingo Wireless Expands In China
    Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless is expanding in China, the firm said yesterday, as it closed a deal with China Telecom to add 10,905 hotspots in Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, and Shanghai to its network. Financial details of the expansion were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Panache Gets Win At MTV
    Los Angeles-based video advertising technology provider Panache is reporting today that it has signed on MTV as a customer. According to Panache, MTV will use the company's platform across MTV Networks web sites, including MTV.com, VH1.com, Nick.com and CMT.com. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] Dramatic Results Through Positioning and Vivid Messaging
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 -- "Communications Are Strategic: Dramatic Results Through Positioning and Vivid Messaging" AccessEN. Presented by Phil Ressler ? President and CEO, Big Stage. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
    [2009] LA G33k D1nner
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 -- LA G33k D1nner. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] UCSB Economic Forecast
    Thursday, January 15, 2009 -- UCSB Economic Forecast Project. California and United States Economic Outlook Seminar. Email events@ucsb-efp.com.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] EQAL Inks Deal With CBS On Online Show
    Los Angeles-based EQAL, the online production firm behind lonelygirl15, said today that the firm has teamed up with CBS for an online site tied into a new, 13-episode series called Harper's Island. According to CBS and EQAL, they will launch Harper's Globe , an online site which will be complementary to the television storyline.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Language Weaver Boosts Commercial Efforts
    Los Angeles-based Language Weaver, which develops automated language translation software, is boosting its commercial efforts, saying today that it increased its commercial revenues by over 70 percent last year. Language Weaver's language translation software is based on research spun out of the University of Southern California. READ MORE>>.
  • LALAWAG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Free Hosting for Life From MediaTemple and Twiistup
    Deadline to enter is 12p PST on Jan 12, 2009. As part of their sponsorship of Twiistup 5 , local hosting company MediaTemple is offering a free lifetime hosting account. We use MediaTemple here at lala and love it, so much so that we don’t publish the various reports we hear about MT’s employee “extracurricular activities&#.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] mobileStorm Hires CFO
    Los Angeles-based mobileStorm, a provider of email and mobile marketing services, has hired on a new Chief Financial Officer, the firm revealed this morning. The firm said that it has appointed Doug Schiller to the role. mobileStorm said that Schiller will report to CEO Jared Reitzin. mobileStorm is venture backed by eonBusiness. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Autobytel Names VP
    Irvine-based Autobytel announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring Zane Rathwick as the firm's Vice President Development for IT. Rathwick joins the firm from Local.com and Kelley Blue Book, and has previously served as Senior Director at Autobytel. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Nirvanix Shuffles CEOs
    San Diego-based Nirvanix, which operates an online, storage-as-a-service which competes against Amazon's S3 storage service, has shuffled its CEOs, the firm said today, replacing CEO Patrick Harr with Jim Zierick. Nirvanix said that Harr is leaving to "pursue a new opportunity." The firm said that Zierick remains on the board of directors of Aspyra.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] ToutVirtual Rolls Out Virtualization Management Upgrade
    Carlsbad-based ToutVirtual , which develops software for managing virtual computing products, announced today that the firm has upgraded its VirtualIQ Pro product. The firm's software is used by system administrators to manage virtual servers from VMware, Xen, Microsoft, and others. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] MakeItWork: First Profitable Quarter, Ramping
    Tough times? Privately held, Santa Barbara-based Make It Work , a provider of in-home computer and electronics help, has just inked its first profitable quarter, and is positioning to be ready for any change in the economic headwinds. Greenspan said the moves helped the firm lower its cost of acquisition of new customers. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] Quest Software Buys MonoSphere
    Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, which develops systems management software and related tools, said this morning that it has acquired the technology assets of MonoSphere, a developer of storage capacity management software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site
    Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day. READ MORE>>.
  • LALAWAG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009
    [2009] CES Closing Curtain
    Please tell me CES is finally fucking over. It must be, since Sarah “Twice Your Probably Over Self Promoting&#  Lacy has given us the rockstar photo tour. For those that didn’t make it out to Vegas this year, sure you already sat through the drunk tweets, why not a few drunken photos as well. Look out for special guests Brian Solis , MC.
  • LALAWAG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] 2008 Crunchies Party Report
    In the midst of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show — and more importantly, the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo — TechCrunch decided to host the Crunchies. If brevity was the soul of wit last year , this year the continuing encapsulating keyword is: meh. Close of the ceremony at the grand Herbst Theatre. Drinking and faux gambling?
  • LALAWAG  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2008
    [2009] 2009 Predictions from lalaland
    Time to gaze into our crystal iPhone and see what 2009 holds in store for Los Angeles. Francisco Dao will be kicked out of at least 1 event for being too loud and or dressing inappropriately. . We get kicked out of even more events for various shennagians. Most of you continue to attend too many mixers and twitups. Have your own?
  • LALAWAG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009
    [2009] News Years Resolutions from lalaland
    International man of mystery Paige Craig was out of town this new years. Mission classified. His prime Venice Beach apartment left to the good care of Mike Prasad. Once the keys and proper access codes were passed, I imagine it took Mike all of a few minutes to lay the plan for something. In this case, a New Years Eve bash with a few local geeks.
  • LALAWAG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2009
    [2009] Tonight: Social Media Club LA
    Update: Here are some pictures from last night: Photos. by: (CC) Wmmarc, [link] and on Flickr. Hover over the top of the slide show for options, hover over the bottom to see thumbnails. Don’t miss the latest meeting for Social Media Club LA at Blankspaces. Tonight they focus on Social Media in the film industry. link]. Jessica Mae Stover.
  • LALAWAG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
    [2009] Twiistup 5: Get the Future for Nothing and Your Drinks For Free
    Twiistup 5  founder  Mike Macadaan  recently invited a few of us to his Santa Monica apartment. The occasion (other than greatly extending our lunch breaks) was a preview of what to expect at the much anticipated Twiistup event. TechZulu has an interview and more info to follow, for now there’s really just 4 things you need to know: . Robots.
  • LALAWAG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [2009] Exits: Jonathan Harris Says Aloha to Mahalo
    Neurotictrepenuer Johanthan Harris is leaving Tesla powered startup Mahalo. Citing irreconcilable bulldogs, he leaves behind a great legacy on Colorado Blvd. Part of the original pool house group, he ends his role as Director of Sarcasm some time in the next 2 weeks. . It seems that all communications must now be presented in the form of a question.
  • LALAWAG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Startonomics Comes to LA
    Hotrentrepenuer Debbie Landa and Deal Maker Media are bringing Startonomics  to Los Angeles. This time around they’ve assembled their best speaker lineup ever , I can say this with great confidence (and no modesty) because I’m one of the speakers. The event takes place Feb. at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Jason Nazar.
  • LALAWAG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Diggnation Invasion: Kevin Rose Fangirl Plans for Wednesday
    Digg maniacs and Kevin Rose groupies, mark your calendars: Knitting Factory Hollywood is hosting the LA Digg Meetup and Live Diggnation on Wednesday, Jan. While it only seems natural for Digg to gravitate towards a Los Angeles meetup, there may be an ulterior motive for traveling down south. just another day in the life. Right, Kevin?
  • JASON NAZAR'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
    [2009] VC Outlook 2009 - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles - GIVING AWAY A FREE TICKET
    VC Outlook 2009: If You Need Funding You’re Fuc%ed ( or are you ) - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles. My dear friend Debbie Landa, supreme queen of DealMaker Media is hosting another kick ass event in Los Angeles, and… I’M GIVING AWAY A TICKET TO THE EVENT (keep reading below). DECEMBER 2, 2008.
  • JASON NAZAR'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008
    [2009] Los Angeles Speaking Series #3: “Mistakes People Make Before Starting a New Business”
    As planned, I’ll be hosting monthly presentations/conversations each month throughout 2009 on different topics for entrepreneurs. These events are put on in conjunction with our friends at DealMaker Media.   TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE. The event is free and will hold about 140 folks, both previous events sold out. Cost: FREE.
  • OC VC  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Always Be Selling
    Given the every-increading need for start-ups to break-even sooner than planed, I thought I’d pass on some words of wisdom about selling and having the right sales strategy.  A good friend of mine (and former software sales exec and VC), Miles Mahoney, recently posted an article on the VC Journal online and has given me [.].
  • SO CAL TECH GROUP  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008
    [2009] Goodbye 2008, hello 2009
    Thanks to everyone who showed up to the pair of events last week — it is always great to meet more UCLA folks for Tech Group meetups. In addition, the Dealmaker VC Outlook event was really informative, and in case you missed it you should check out the event’s videos online. If you want to be a part of it be sure to sign up!
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Conexant: 300 Million DSL Ports
    Newport Beach-based Conexant, a manufacturer of communications semiconductors, revealed this morning that the firm has surpassed 300 million DSL port shipments. The firm said that the shipment totals are cumulative, starting from its first DSL chipset in 1989; the company claims it was the first to develop a DSL chipset. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Illumina Signs University Customer
    San Diego-based Illumina, a developer of life science analysis tools, said Monday that the firm's products have been selected by Duke University Medical Center. According to Illumina, researchers at the school will use its Genome Analyzer to study resistance to HIV infection about individuals, who have been exposed but remain uninfected.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Fallbrook Technologies Shifts Into $25.4M
    San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, which is developing transmission technology for the automotive industry and human-powered devices, has raised $25.4M in a venture capital round. The new funding will go continue commercialization of Fallbrook's continuous variable planetary transmission technology.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Ablation Frontiers Acquired By Medtronic
    Carlsbad-based Ablation Frontiers, a venture-backed provider of products for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, has been acquired by Medtronic for $225M. According to Medtronic, it will pay $225M plus additional, unspecified contingent payments depending on meeting certain milestones. Ablation Frontiers will become AF Solutions. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Smart Action Looks To Add Artificial Intelligence To Phone Calls
    Playa del Rey-based The Smart Action Company is looking to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to the interactive voice response market, and has released a new producted focused on internative voice response, or IVR. The firm is a subsidiary of AdaptiveAI, Inc. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Transmodus Tapped For Payment System
    Oxnard-based transmodus, a provider of check management software, said last week that the firm has been tapped for a payment system for Heartland Payment Systems, a provider of credit, debit, and prepaid card processing. Transmodus said that its SOA-oriented software will be used by Heartland as part of a check management system.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] SocialVibe Gains $9M
    Los Angeles-based SocialVibe said today that it has raised $8M in a Series B funding, for the firm's social media and brand charity site. According to the firm, the funding was led by JAFCO Ventures, and also included Series A investor Redpoint Ventures. JAFCO's Joe Horowitz joins the firm's board along with the funding. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] AeroVironment Gets Win At Nestle For Electric Vehicles
    Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment, which develops electric charging systems used for electric vehicles, said Monday that it has installed more than 200 of its PosiCharge fast charge systems at Nestle facilities in North America. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Oberthur Technologies Moves Los Angeles Manufacturing
    Oberthur Technologies, which develops smart identification cards, said late last week that it will move manufacturing from its Los Angeles operations to a facility in Exton, PA. Number of employees affected by the move was not disclosed. Oberthur's smart cards are used for the digital TV, mobile, payment, and identification markets.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] X PRIZE Foundation Looks To Attract Major Auto Firms
    The X PRIZE Foundation is targeting large, established auto manufacturers with a new division in its Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, the firm said Monday afternoon, in an attempt to spur fuel efficient vehicles. or E.U. per year since 2005. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009
    [2009] New Media Interchange Media Walk
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 -- New Media Interchange Media Walk. New Media Interchange is hosting a Media Walk! Bring your still cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, microphones, Flip videos et al and let?s spend some time creating and talking New Media. See [link] (more
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