Tuesday, April 26, 2005
TECH COAST ANGELS Fast Pitch Competition
Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Competition.

Attend the unique entrepreneur competition and networking
event of the year. Monday May 9th, 2005 at 6 PM at the Irvine
Hyatt Regency (Jamboree at Route 405). Network with hundreds
of investors and entrepreneurs. Enjoy a sumptuous walk-around
dinner. Watch the finalists in the competition present their
one-minute fast pitch for investor interest (their elevator
pitch) to a panel of expert judges, who give immediate
feedback. The Fast Pitch dinner and competition is open to
all entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals and
others interested in entrepreneurship for a fee of $65, $95
after April 30. For details and links to registration see

The Harvard Business School Entrepreneurs Conference is the
all-day event at the same location, and Fast Pitch is the
evening event. There is a special discount for attending both
events. For Entrepreneurs Conference details see

Early Stage Deals Gain, VC Investment Totals Drop
An Ernst & Young/VentureOne report shows that seed stage venture deals increased last quarter, despite an overall funding drop of 16%. The report showed that nationwide, there were 474 deals that raised $4.6B in funds, a drop of 9% in deal flow. The largest investment area was in communications startups, according to the report, with new financing centered around connectivity and wireless solutions. 32% of venture capital rounds were seed and first round deals this qurater, up from 30% the f (More info...)

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Stamps.com PhotoStamps Are Back
Los Angeles-based Stamps.com has scored a win with the U.S. Postal Service, saying this morning that the U.S. Postal Service has approved the company's request to continue selling personalized postage over the Internet. The company's immensely popular PhotoStamps service allows users to upload their own digital photos and convert them into legal U.S. postage. Stamps.com said that the Postal Service has approved a year long market test beginning on May 17th, and is immediately accepting preorders (More info...)

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Clearstone Raises $200M VC Fund
Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners announced this morning that it has raised a new, $200M venture capital fund focused on the Internet, information management, wireless communications, enhanced business collaboration, and management of enterprise operations. The venture fund is Clearstone's third, and includes investments from universities, pension funds, and institutional investors, and including CalPERS. The new fund brings the total raised by the firm to over $650M. Clearstone has (More info...)

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Experclick Taps Into Contextual Targeting
Santa Barbara-based Experclick is tapping into a new content analysis engine from Crystal Semantics for its advertising network, according to the two companies. Experclick will use Crystal Semantic's technology to better target ads for its banner ad network. Crystal Semantics is a UK-based firm providing technology for automatic analysis of content on a page. The technology analyzes pages for relevance, and returns the context and category of a search term to the advertising server. Experclick t (More info...)

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Citrix, Covad Partner on Remote Desktop Service
Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online announced Monday that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Covad Communications. Citrix said that Covad will offer its remote desktop access service, enabling small- and medium-sized business customers with the ability to connect anywhere from the Internet to their desktop office computers. The deal follows other broadband and ISP deals with AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint PCS, Verizon, and others.

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Fastclick Names Pleasants To Board
Santa Barbara-based Fastclick has named Ticketmaster CEO John Pleasants to its board of directors. Pleasants has been President and CEO of Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, PepsiCo, and Hygiene Industries. The online advertising firm provides ad-delivery technology and services for the internet advetising industry.

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Investment Capital Conference, April 27, Los Angeles
Investment Capital Conference
April 27, 2005
The prime meeting of capital providers and capital seekers

The Investment Capital Conference delivers in one day everything and
everyone executives from early-stage to middle-market companies need to
know to finance the growth of their companies successfully. Includes The
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