Monday, November 9, 2009
LAVA: Meet the VC's - November 17th
What do you think a technology or life science entrepreneur would give to
spend two hours with more than 30 venture capitalists? An arm? A leg? A
first-born child?

How about $70?

That's all it will take for those in the know. On November 17, 2009 the
Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will host its First Annual "Meet the
VCs" interactive networking roundtable at which more than 30 venture
capitalists will travel from up and down California to talk with local entrepreneurs about deal flow and the types of investments they're looking to fund.

Where: ICON Aircraft
12511 Beatrice St
Los Angeles, CA 90066

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4pm -8pm
What: Networking, Cocktails, VC Speed dating
Who: Entrepreneurs, Startups, Venture Capitalists

Limited to first 250 people. Must apply to attend.

See Targets Online Family Trees
A new, online family tree site has surfaced in Southern California,, based in Manhattan Beach, which apparently has the involvement of former GoToMyPC founder Klaus Schauser. According to AppleTree's web site, it is a publicly viewable, openly editable and global family tree, which allows friends and relatives to collaborate to help fill out their family tree. Schauser, an active angel investor, is listed as a board member of the firm in regulatory filings. The firm would be the se (More info...)

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EdgeCast Links With Cloud Hosting Provider
Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery network services, said Monday that it has linked with cloud infrastructure hosting service GoGrid, to deliver a new offering called GoGrid CDN. The firm said the new offering allows organizations to provision cloud computing infrastructure along with content delivery services. The firms said that GoGrid is offering the new service immediately from its hosting site. Financial details of the deal between the firms was not disclose (More info...)

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Advanced Bionics Acquired By Sonova
Valencia-based Advanced Bionics, a manufacturer of cochlear implants, said Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Sonova Holdings AG. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Advanced Bionics, the deal helps Sonova Group strategically expand into the area of cochlear implants.Advanced Bionics was advised by UBS Investment Bank and O'Melveny & Myers in the deal.

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Emulex Sues Broadcom
The faceoff between Emulex and Broadcom is heating up today, as Costa Mesa-based Emulex, a maker of storage area networking hardware, said Monday afternoon that it has filed a lawsuit against Irvein-based Broadcom. Emulex said the suit alleges that Broadcom has acted in an anticompetitive manner in violation of federal antitrust laws, as well as made defamatory statements and engaged in acts of unfair competition in violation of seven separate statutes. Emulex said it is looking for damages, att (More info...)

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Zumbox Signs Mother Earth News
Westlake Village-based Zumbox, a startup developing a service to help companies sent electronic notices based on physical, postal addresses, reported today that it has signed on Mother Earth News as a customer. Zumbox said that Ogden Publications, parent of Mother Earth News, is giving its subscribers the ability to get renweal notices and to renew their subscriptions through Zumbox. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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SnapNames Scandal Gets First Lawsuit
The first class action lawsuit against SnapNames, the domain name auction firm owned by Los Angeles-based, was filed today in Florida, in the Miami-Date County Circuit Court, according to law firm Cueto Law Group, P.L. According to the law firm, it is filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of lead Plaintiff Carlos A. Cueto and others who participated in online auctions for domain names. The lawsuit alleges that a former vice president at secretly bid on domain name auc (More info...)

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PaxVax Gets $2M For Oral Flu Vaccines
San Diego-based PaxVax, a firm working on orally-administered flu vaccines, has raised $2.0M out of a $6.0M funding round, according to a filing last week. Investors in the new round include Ignition Partners. According to Paxvax, its oral tablets can be stored and distributed at room temperature, and can be produced in large quantities and at low expense compared to traditional flu vaccines. The firm is headed by Kenneth Kelley, who has previously been at IntraBiotics, Integrated Genetics, K2 B (More info...)

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Crazy Egg Updates Service
La Mirada-based Crazy Egg, which develops a web analytics and visualization tool for tracking web site visitors clicks, has released version 2.0 of the web site. The firm switched over to its updated software over the weekend, telling its users via Twitter that older, Crazy Egg 1.0 reports will stop tracking data on November 15th. Crazy Egg provides web designers with input on what elements users are clicking on through visual "heat maps".

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BQE Software Buys Orange Loft
Torrance-based BQE Software, a developer of business management software, announced this morning that it has acquired Orange Loft LLC, which develops ArchiOffice and EngineerOffice, software used by architects and engineers to manage their businesses. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to BQE, it has acquired all of Orange Loft's assets, including Archioffice and EngineerOffice and Orange Loft's other intellectual property. Orange Loft's employees will join BQE Software alo (More info...)

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D2 Boosts Android Effort
Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies, a developer of embedded IP communications and VoIP software, said today that it is linking into an effort to push Google Android as a platform for embedded IP and voice-over-IP. The firm said it has joined the Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF), which helps further adoption of Google's Android platform for use in applications beyond mobile phones. The group includes such firms as ARM, KDDI, Japan Laboratories, Alpine Electronics, and Fujitsu Software.

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RealD: 50 Percent of Disney's Christmas Carol
Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie technology used by movie theaters to project 3D movies, said over the weekend that it delivered 50 percent of the $31M, opening weekend gross for Disney's A Christmas Carol. The firm said it brought nearly $16M of the total box office for the Disney opening. The firm said it now has over 9,000 screens under contract, with 4,000 screens installed in 48 countries. RealD's products are used with digital projectors in theaters to project new 3D movies (More info...)

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Trius Therapeutics Files For IPO
San Diego-based Trius Therapeutics has filed for an IPO, saying Friday that it is looking to raise $86.25M in an offering on the Nasdaq Global Market. According to the firm's filing, it has applied to trade under the symbol TSRX. The IPO is being underwritten by Credit Suisse, Piper Jaffray, Canaccord Adams, and JMP Securities. Trius Therapeutics is a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on developing new antibiotics, with a lead compound focused on treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aur (More info...)

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Smith Micro Updates StuffIt, Adds File Transfer Service
Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software said today that it has released StuffIt Deluxe 2010 for Windows, the latest release of its file compression software. Smith Micro said that the new release includes a new, file transfer service for helping users send very large files, called StuffIt Connect, as well as a related email application called StuffIt SmartSend. The newly updates software also includes better compression of PNG, TIFF, and other image files, as well as better compression of WAV au (More info...)

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Occam Networks Wins North Dakota Customer
Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks, a supplier of broadband communications equipment for the telecom industry, announced today that it has signed Polar Communications, a provider of voice, high speed data, and video services in North Dakota and portions of Minnesota. Occam said that Polar will deploy a FTTH network using its products. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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