Wednesday, October 3, 2007
VentureNet - Costa Mesa - October 5th
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Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Now in its twelfth year, VentureNet has become the premier capital conference in the region, and a must-attend event. VentureNet brings together the best and brightest technology companies and venture capitalists from San Diego to Santa Barbara...and all points in-between for potential funding.

Past versions of the event has seen tremendous success, with a high rate of people actually receiving funding due to the event. Presenting companies from the past ten VentureNet conferences have gone on to raise over $100 million in venture funding. The conference also attracts senior executives from the most influential professional services firms in Southern California. In short, the event is a gathering of the "who's who" from the region's technology industry.

BoingBoing Launches Video Site
Blog site Boing Boing, Federated Media Publishing, and DECA said today that Boing Boing is launching Boing Boing TV, a new daily video site which will feature short three-to-five minute long snippets along the lines of the popular Boing Boing blog web site. Boing Boing TV is partnering with DECA, the newly funded digital entertainment studio located in Santa Monica, in the venture. DECA recently raised $5M in funding from Mayfield, General Catalyst, and Atomico Investments. The new Boing Boing T (More info...)

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Interview with Warren Chao, My Damn Channel
There has been a lot of funding and interest lately in content-focused startups developing professionally produced content for the Web. Among the companies who have recently raised capital in this space is My Damn Channel (, which is operating out of Los Angeles and New York. To try to get a better understanding of how My Damn Channel is approaching the online content industry, we spoke with Warren Chao, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of the firm. Warren came from T (More info...)

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Websense Completes SurfControl Acquisition
San Diego-based Websense said today that it has closed its $400M acquisition of Surfcontrol plc, a provider of security software. WebSense had announced the acquisition in April, and had been waiting for regulatory approval for the deal. WebSense said that it will continue to support SurfControl's web filtering products through 2011, and will continue investments in development of SurfControl's email and web filtering software. WebSense funded the acquisition through cash on hand plus a $210M lo (More info...)

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Staccato Signs Japanese Distributor
San Diego-based wireless semiconductor manufacturer Staccato Communications has signed on a Japanese distributor for the firm's products. Staccato hahs signed up Hakuto, as Japanese distributor of its Ripcord CMOS ultrawideband chips. Staccato said that Hakuto will represent the firm throughout Japan. Staccato is a developer of ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chips used for wireless networking. The firm is venture backed by Intel, Allegis Capital, Bay Partners, Charles River, and Interwest.

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SEMDirector Appoints Sales VP
San Diego-based SEMDirector, which develops search engine optimization and search marketing products, said today that it has named Brett Powell as Senior Vice President of Sales at the firm. SEMDirector also promoted Matt McGee to Regional Vice President of its western region. SEMDirector, whose products are used by marketers for SEO and for optimizing pay-per-click advertising, said that Powell joins the firm from MarketTools Inc, and has also served at Vizu,, Brainplay, Coral Syste (More info...)

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International Rectifier's Lidow Resigns
El Segundo-based International Rectifier reported late yesterday that it has lost its CEO, Alex Lidow. The firm said that Lidow has resigned as both its CEO and a director of the firm; no reason for the resignation was given. However, Lidow has been on leave since August due to issues with sales bookings at its foreign subsidiaries, uncovered in an audit earlier this year. Don Dancer continues as IR's acting CEO; the firm also says it has engaged Korn/Ferry for a replacement for Lidow.

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Forbes MEET II - Beverly Hills - October 24-25
Forbes MEET II
Turmoil & Transitions: Building the Next Digital Revolution
Oct. 24-25, 2007
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Meet the drivers of the next digital revolution for an intensive look at how to succeed in a rapidly evolving world where both new and old-line businesses compete for a foothold. Get ready to engage in a truly powerhouse forum as you join forces with Forbes editors and today’s A-list players.

Headlining this executive-only forum is a unique lineup of media moguls and news-making visionaries. Speakers include: InterActive Corp.’s Barry Diller, Disney’s Robert Iger, MGM’s Harry Sloan, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, Yucaipa Companies’ Ron Burkle; plus CEOs and leading execs from YouTube, Move Networks, 2929 Entertainment, Fox Mobile Entertainment, Glam Media, 24/7 Real Media, Inc., United Talent Agency, Cisco, BitTorrent, Zelnick Media, Sony Pictures Digital, Nokia, Google, Yahoo! and more.

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