Thursday, October 4, 2007
VentureNet - Costa Mesa - October 5th
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October 5th
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.

Verimatrix Raises $5M
San Diego-based Verimatrix, a provider of content security and watermarking tools, said Thursday that it has raised $5M in additional capital. The round came from Mission Ventures, an existing investor in the firm. Verimatrix develops digital rights management and watermarking software which it sells to cable and pay television operators.

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Carbine Studios Unveils Gaming Efforts
Computer gaming publisher NCsoft Corporation announced this morning that it has unveiled a new Orange County studio, based in Aliso Viejo, California. The new game studio, Carbine Studios, is made up of seventeen employees from Blizzard Entertainment, who were formerly working on the massively multiplayer game World of Warcraft. NCsoft said that the new team, led by Kevin Beardslee, Tim Cain, and Jeremy Gaffney, are working on an undisclosed massively multiplayer game. Beardlee was the lead dev (More info...)

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OptionEase Ties Into Investment Bank
San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase said Wednesday that it has signed a strategic alliance with Westlake Securities, and investment bank based in Austin, Texas. OptionEase, which develops software-as-a-service for tracking stock options, said taht Westlake Securities will provide valuation services for 409A requirements in conjunction with OptionEase's web-based tools for managing equity compensation plans. OptionEase offers equity compensation compliance tools for FAS123(R) accounting regulati (More info...)

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Strix Partners With Video Surveillance Equipment Provider
Calabasas-based Strix Systems, a provider of wireless mesh networking hardware, said today that it has partnered with ICOP Digital, a digital surveillance hardware provider. The two said that they are in a co-marketing partnership and have integrated a video surveillance mobility solutions. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. Strix said that it has certified ICOP's wireless products, and that the video surveillance equipment is interoperable with Strix wireless mesh networking (More info...)

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Luxury Link Taps eBay For CEO
Los Angeles-based Luxury LInk, an online luxury travel website, said Wednesday that it has hired a new CEO, Drew Marich. Marich joins the firm from eBay, where he was general manager of Marich has also served at, McKinsey & Company, Del Monte, and Smith Barney. Current LuxuryLink CEO and founder James Kaplan has become chairman of the board of directors of the company. Luxury Link operates an online travel web site focused on auctioning and selling travel packages, and is ventu (More info...)

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CallWave Hires Sales VP, Opens Silicon Valley Offices
Santa Barbara-based CallWave said yesterday that it has hired Chris Arisian as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. the firm, which provides Internet-based communications services, said that Arisian joins the company from Exodus Communications, where he was a Senior Vice President. Arisian has also served as VP North American Services Sales at Oracle. Arisian is based in Silicon Valley, and will head up new offices the firm is opening in November there.

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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
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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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