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  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] The Venture Capital Process
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- The Venture Capital Process. CONNECT. Raising money in today's environment is no easy task -- but it can be done if you focus on the right priorities and avoid common deal-killers. See [link] (more
  • LALAWAG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Wednesday Morning Tech Roundup
    In the first day of the Obama Administration, the tech world’s heart skips a beat. Although, the tiny fact that when George W Bush’s website first started, his website’s robot.txt file was equally as clean shouldn’t let you stop loving Obama though. Or, something. compared to 2007. Banner photo by Omar Omar ).
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Stickam.com Signs NATPE
    Los Angeles-based live streaming site Stickam.com announced this morning that the firm has been selected by the National Association of Television Program Executives' Market & Conference in Las Vegas. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. The firm said it will be the exclusive live streaming provider at the conference. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] EQAL Licenses Lonelygirl15 in Poland
    Los Angeles-based EQAL , the online entertainment firm behind lonelygirl15, announced Wednesday that the firm has signed a license agreement with a Polish production firm. EQAL said the deal will allow Agora and A2 Multimedia to create a new story based on the firm's lonelygirl15 "social shows." READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Epicor's Klaus Back As CEO, President
    Irvine-based Epicor Software said Tuesday that Chairman George Klaus has been reappointed as CEO and President of the firm. According to the software firm, Klaus will replace current CEO Thomas F. Kelly, who will be leaving the company to "pursue other interests." Kelly will also resign from the firm's board of directors. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions
    Los Angeles-based Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. According to the firm, it now allows users to view statistics on profiles, and has added the ability of users to give "Geni Pro" accounts as a gift to relatives. READ MORE>>.
  • BENJAMIN KUO'S BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] President Barack Obama’s call to entrepreneurs
    In President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech, one passage jumped out at me as speaking particularly to entrepreneurs (italics mine): In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Nanogen Looks For New Suitor
    San Diego-based Nanogen, a developer of molecular diagnostics products, said today that it has received permission to investigate alternatives to a previously announced merger with the Elitech Group. Nanogen had originally announced its merger with the Elitech Group, a French diagnostics company, in August of 2008.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Xirrus Deploys In Spain
    Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, a manufacturer of Wi-Fi networking hardware, has deployed its products in Spain, the firm disclosed this morning. Xirrus said that Schiller International University in MAdrid, Spain, has deployed its 802.11abg Wi-Fi arrays. Financial impact and size of the install was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Abraxis BioScience Names VP
    Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience announced this morning that it has named Lex H.T. Van der Ploeg, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Integrative Medicine and Translational Science at its new spinoff, Abraxis Health. Van der Ploeg joins the firm from Merck Research Laboratories, where he was Vice President, Basic Research and Site Head.
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Social Media and Gaming
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- Social Media and Gaming. Steve McClurg joins us from EA (Electronic Arts). Steve?s managing strat planning and biz dev for EA's brand new social gaming division. The recent success of SCRABBLE on Facebook has proven some serious viability for future gaming opportunities. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] SCVN Mixer
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- Southern California Venture Network (SCVN.org) Professional Mixer. The Southern California Venture Network invites you to come meet, mix and mingle with other entrepreneurial minded individuals at our monthly mixer. See [link] (more
  • SOCAL TECH CALENDAR  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Women's Networking Event
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- Savor the Success, a boutique social network and PR cooperative for female entrepreneurs, will host its first Orange County chapter event. See [link] (more
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Vegas Valley Angels
    According to Bill Payne: The Vegas Valley Angels are changing our operating mode in light of the current economic times. We will continue supporting portfolio companies and looking at deals syndicated by others but are not inviting local entrepreneurs to apply to us for funding. We intend, however, to return to our normal operations in 2010.
  • THE FRANK PETERS SHOW  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
    [2009] Matt Ridenour, Momentum Venture Management
    Got great technology? Shopping for venture capital, but need more than part-time mentoring? Meet Matt Ridenour, Momentum Venture Management 's Managing Director. He'll show up with the capital and stay to manage the company for the next 6 to 12 months. Matt's making his return visit to the show. Want more Matt? Listen to his earlier interview.
  • MOMENTUM BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Andy Wilson’s Interview with 4entrepreneur.net
    See Andy Wilson’s interview with Jay Maharjan of 4entrepreneur.net: “A Venture Capitalist’s Perspective&#. part 1 and part 2
  • JARED REITZIN  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
    [2009] Grow Your Business in 2009 – Five Tips for Success
    Outline your goals: How much do you want to gross in 2009? Tags: entrepreneur cash flow business goals Sales Communication 2009 goals Finances jared Reitzin Well folks, another year is quickly approaching us. Have you thought about your plans to grow your business? Here are five tips to help you expand significantly. 1. And/or….
  • SOCAL CTO  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List
    I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.
  • ESTRATEGY PARTNERS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] 99% of Angel Investors Don't Know What They Don't Know
    Angel investing in startups is probably the most challenging form of private equity there is. Having been involved with the Tech Coast Angels for the last 10 years I have seen 150+ companies funded and very few successes. One thing I have learned over that time is that about 90% of the investors in each company "didn't know what they didn't know".
  • ESTRATEGY PARTNERS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
    [2009] Media Optimization Firms Are Red Hot In Southern California in 2009
    Media optimization is starting to become a headline buzz word in 2009 as the recession drags into the near year. Optimization is one solution to cutting costs that will virtually guarantee a return on your advertising investment if executed properly.
  • ALON SCHWARTZ  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
    [2009] Wars and Start-ups
    I’m Israeli if you didn’t guess and usually very moderate in my political opinions. Without getting into specifics I would say that I’m usually trying to understand both sides of every argument even though I may not agree with one, or both sides. My reasoning is that there is something to be learned from each side, which does not require agreeing.
  • OCTANEOC  |  MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
    [2009] VC fundings down.tied to economic recession?
    Focus on capital efficiency and position for a stronger 2009. Was having pleasant cup of joe reading the paper (yes once in awhile I still like the "print dinosaur") when I read the article on slowing VC fundings in 1q 2008. Both PWC and E&Y do a great job covering the field. So is there a link? My 2 cents.a Thoughts?
  • OCTANEOC  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008
    [2009] Why we didn't cancel our Holiday Party.
    Taking a step back to spend a little time with friends to celebrate the fortune we STILL have is both warranted and healthy as we head into a challenging 2009. 1. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and beginning to the Holiday season. look forward to seeing our OCTANe "Family" for our Holiday Party on Dec 2 nd. The show must go on.
  • NITRO  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Feb 4th Nitro Event for Mentors/EIRs and Entrepeneurs
    Goal of the event. The goal of the event is to introduce entrepreneurs/researchers to experienced mentors, in a working session environment, so that both sides can see if there is mutual interest in continuing to work together.  The size of the event will be kept small, to focus on just one or two entrepeneurs/researchers at a time. mentors. Agenda.
  • REPUTATION AND THE WEB  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2009] Partnering with Hayden
    In addition to raising funds for Whaleman, we are also hosting a petition to stop commercial whaling that will be taken (by Hayden) to the June 2009 meeting of The International Whaling Commission.  Lots going on today at SocialVibe as we have just announced our partnership with Hayden Panettiere to raise funds for the Whaleman Foundation. 
  • REPUTATION AND THE WEB  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
    [2009] Avoiding the False Negatives
    Over the weekend I had the chance to listen to Jim Armstrong, of Clearstone Venture Partners, talk with Frank Peters on his angel / venture capital show.  You cannot afford to be looking the wrong way." Misfiring on an employee is manageable.  Yet, not hiring a superstar is far more painful.  Not closing the deal with the next Tier A network is not.
  • REPUTATION AND THE WEB  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [2009] Doing Well and Doing Good
    Edward Glaser's editorial in the NY TImes ( Can Businesses Do Well and Do Good? ) was certainly timely in light of our Series B funding announcement this morning.  Innovation and social impact are precisely what we are after at SocialVibe.  Our story is really just starting to be told.  Absolutely. 
  • N.SPUTNIK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [2009] An Evaluation of Web Strategy in the Musical Instrument Business
    They have a link to Worship Northwest 2009, a conference sponsored by many audio companies. Tags: marketing branding musical instuments NAMM 2009 web strategy New Marketing Social Web Crossposted at the Heavybag Media blog. Disclosure: a few of these companies are Heavybag Media clients, noted below.). SKB Cases: news and mailing list.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] QLogic Targets Infiniband
    Aliso Viejo-based Qlogic said Tuesday that it is targeting the Infiniband market with a new channel program. The maker of storage networking and related gear said that it has created a channel program aimed at the high performance computing (HPC) market, specifically aimed at HPC clusters build on the Infiniband standard. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Venture Capital Fundraising Drops
    Venture capital fundraising activity dropped significantly in Q4, according to a report released Monday by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The report, which tracks the fundraising activity of venture capital firms, found that there was $3.4 billion in the prior quarter, and down significantly from the $11.7
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Kofax Adds Customer In Switzerland
    Irvine-based Kofax, a developer of document capture and management software, said today that it has added the City of Lausanne, Switzerland, as a customer. Kofax said that the city has provided it with a major order for its Kofax Express scanning and archiving product. Financial terms of the order were not disclosed.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] FastSoft Names New CEO
    Pasadena-based FastSoft, which develops network acceleration technology, announced today that it has named J. Edward Synder as the firm's CEO. Snyder has been involved in seed funding and founding such companies as Netboost (acquired by Intel), Jibe Networks, and Proxinet (acquired by Puma Technologies). READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Nirvanix Taps Storage Veteran For Sales
    San Diego-based Nirvanix has hired on a storage veteran as VP of Sales, saying today that Joseph Lyons has joined the firm. Lyon joins the company from Brocade Communications, where he was Director of Services Sales for the Americas. The venture-backed firm competes against Amazon's S3 storage services. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Abraxis Bioscience Spins Out Personalized Medicine Firm
    Los Angeles-based Abraxis Biosciences disclosed this morning that the firm's board has approved a plan to create a new company, Abraxis Health, Inc., which will focus on biomarkers and personalized medicine. Abraxis Health will gain the drug discoveyr, pilot operations, and development operations of Abraxis BioScience.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Ortiva Wireless Gets Win At Vodafone
    La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless, a provider of products for managing and optimizing mobile video streams, has snagged Vodafone Portugal as a customer, the firm said today. Ortiva said that Vodafone Portugal will deploy its mobile Video Optimization Gateway product. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Qualcomm Buys AMD's Handheld Business
    San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired the remains of AMD's handheld business, including what the firm said were certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, intellectual property, and resources. Qualcomm said the deal is worth $65M in cash. The firm explained that the acquisition would strengthen its multimedia capabilities. READ MORE>>.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Metabasis Therapeutics Lops 43 Percent
    San Diego-based Metabasis Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals development firm, just announced this morning that it is cutting 38 employees, or approximately 43 percent of its employees as part of a corporate restructuring. The firm said it will take a charge of $1.4M for the restructuring for employee termination costs and severance.
  • SOCALTECH.COM - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGH TECH NEWS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [2009] Geni, Yammer Both Raise Funding
    West Hollywood-based Geni, and instant messaging spinout Yammer have both raised $5M in funding from the firms' existing backers, Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund, according to regulatory filings and reports. Requests for comment to the firm's management were not returned Monday. READ MORE>>.
  • 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.  Here is a little bit from the email they sent me. **. Kenyan consumers introduced to Mi-Obama Mobile Handset. What do you think? 
  • 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.  The total capacity is just eight people, ensuring a deep level of discussion. When: Wednesday, February 11, 8pm.
  • 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.
  • 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>>.
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