Monday, November 16, 2009
MOTM Orange County with Rhonda Rohrabacher
Don't miss this event! MOTM Goes to Orange County. Rhonda Rohrabacher from
Huntington Beach will be our guest speaker on November 17 at MOTM Orange County. Rhonda is the Director of Internet Strategy and Interaction Design for Congressman Rohrabacher (CA-46) and uses technology to shake things up in the political world and beyond. The topic for conversation will be how technology has changed the political landscape and how the lessons learned impact strategy, marketing, and communications in all industries. With the convergence of political data and ubiquitous crowd sourcing in the real time world we now live in it is critical to have engaging interactive design and a consistent communications strategy.

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Mobile Messenger Buys m-Qube
Los Angeles-based Mobile Messenger said Monday afternoon that it has acquired m-Qube, a mobile messaging aggregator, from parent firm Verisign. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Mobile Messenger said that as part of the deal, it is obtaining m-Qube's entire business delivering commercial messaging and premium mobile content to customers throughout North America, as well as carrier relationships. Mobile Messenger said it was m-Qube's largest client.

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Aptera Loses Founders
Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony, two of the founders of Carlsbad-based Aptera, have been ousted from the company, according to a report on today. Aptera, which is building lightweight, composite electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, is funded by Idealab and Google, among others. Wired said that Fambro and Anthony were ousted in a confrontation with the company's board, and come after recent layoffs at the firm. (Photo: Aptera's Typ-1 and co-founder Steve Fambro in better times).

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Mahalo Revs Site Design, Home Page
Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the online search site headed by Jason Calacanis, rolled out version 3.0 of the firm's web site. The new version of the site is looking to combine search, content, and Q&A. According to an email from Calacanis to his private email list, "Essentially what we're doing is making a bigger and better Wikipedia with a revenue-sharing model." Among other changes, the site's home page now features a prominent "ask any question" box, links to Mahalo Answers and How To pages, as (More info...)

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Fate Therapeutics Raises $30M
La Jolla-based Fate Therapeutics is reporting this morning that it has raised $30M in a Series B financing round. The firm, which develops stem cell therapies, said the funding was led by OVP Venture Partners, and included Astellas Venture Management, Genzyme Ventures, a undisclosed corporate investor, as well as prior investors ARCH Venture Partners, Polaris Venture Partners and Venrock. Carl Weissman of OVP joins the company's board with the funding. Fate Therapeutics' lead candidate is a smal (More info...)

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Brickfish Wins The Limited
San Diego-based social media marketing firm Brickfish has roped in fashion retailer The Limited, for a pet product launch, the company said today. Brickfish said that The Limited is launching a new line of pet sweaters, and will be using the firm to run a contest to engage pet owners. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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Citrix Online Adds Toll-Free Audio
Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online, which develops the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar online web conferencing products, announced this morning that it has added toll free audio to those services. The firm previously offered either voice-over-IP audio or toll-based call numbers for the web conferencing options. Pricing on the new offering was not disclosed. Citrix Online said the new, toll-free support comes from an effort with Citrix Online Audio, LLC, the firm's subsidiary providing higher quality (More info...)

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Boingo Wireless Expands Down Under
Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless has inked another roaming agreement for its wireless network, this time in Australia and New Zealand. Boingo said it is in a roaming agreement with Tomizone, which it describes as the largest Wi-Fi service provider in the Australasia region. The new deal adds 4,000 locations to Boingo's network, with an additional 12,000 hotspots becoming accessible in coming months. Tomizone operates more than 16,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia, China, India, New Zealand and se (More info...)

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eSolar Adds Former First Solar COO To Board
Pasadena-based eSolar, the Idealab startup developing solar thermal power plant technology, said today that it has added George (Chip) A. Hambro, the retired Chief Operating Officer of First Solar, to its board of directors. Hambro was at First Solar for eight years, through its IPO. Hambro has also served at Goodrich Aerospace and ITT. eSolar is developing technolog for solar thermal power, which are being applied to utility-scale solar power projects.

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Vitesse Announces Fibre Channel Chip
Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of high speed networking chips, announced this morning that its newest chip is targeted at the Fibre Channel storage hardware market. The firm said its VSC8238-02 clock and data recovery device is designed for migrating legacy Fibre Channel storage hardware to the latest, 8G standard on blade servers and host bus adapters. The chip enables hardware designers to upgrade existing systems without a complete redesign of boards for higher speeds. Vit (More info...)

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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.


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