Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Q3 Venture Totals Dominated By Healthcare
The Q3 Venture totals showing investments in the Southern California area totaled $401.0M last quarter, with 12 deals in July, 17 deals in August, and 11 deals in September. The most active venture firm this quarter was Enterprise Partners, with 3 deals, followed by 2 deals each for Chicago Growth Patners, Clarity Partners, Charitable Leadership Foundation, Kieretsu Forum, Redpoint Ventures, Sanderling BioMedical, Tech Coast Angels, and Western States Investment Group. The biggest deal was Amp' (More info...)

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August Search Engine Market Numbers Stable
comScore has reported its August 2005 numbers for search engine market share, showing that search engine share of the U.S. audience have remained mostly unchanged from last year. The comScore qSearch numbers compared August 2005 and August 2004 audience reach numbers for the major search engines, showing that Google commanded 37.3% of searchers in August 2005, up from 36.1% last year. Yahoo had a slight slip, dropping from 30.6% of searchers to 29.7%. Microsoft showed a slight gain, from 14.4% t (More info...)

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Airsis Raises Series A
San Diego-based Airsis has closed a $1M Series A venture round from the Tech Coast Angels. The round is the company's first institutional investment round. The Tech Coast Angels' co-investment partner the Serpahim Fund also participated. The firm said that it would use the funding to grow its sales force, implement marketing programs, and develop new products. Airsis is developing remote asset management solutions that allow customers to track and monitor their assets via satellite and wireless (More info...)

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Apacheta Finds $2M From Palisades Ventures
San Diego-based Apacheta announced yesterday that it has raised $2M in funding from Palisades Ventures. The Series B funding will be used to support the company's growth and expansion. The company is a provider of supply chain management systems for mobile delivery and sales firms. The company's wireless handheld solutions allow companies to track deliveries and eliminate paper in the delivery process. The firm is headed by John Major, former VP at Qualcomm, Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless, (More info...)

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Caltech Gets Nanosystems Funding
Pasadena-based Caltech is reporting that it has received $3.6M from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop the Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center at the school. The awards is expecfted to continue for give years and total $18M. The center will use nanotechnology and microfluidics-based chips as part of an effort to develop and validate tools for the early detection of cancer. The school said that the team will include investigators from Caltech, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in (More info...)

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PriceGrabber.com Moves Into Cell Phone Comparison Shopping
Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site PriceGrabber.com said this morning that it has launched a new comparison shopping engine for cell phones, plans, and accessories. The firm said that it now offers shoppers the ability to find and compare cell phones from multiple carriers and resellers. The search engine gives the ability to search by minutes, monthly cost, or available phones. The search engine also said it is working with online wireless phone and plan provider InPhonic to search for (More info...)

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