Friday, October 1, 2010
Break Media Scores With
Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video site run by Keith Richman, has scored a win with, the firm said Friday. According to the two, they have launched a new, channel on Break, which will feature content that is concurrently available on Financial details of the partnership between the two companies were not announced. The two companies said the content includes NFL game highlights, current news, inside access videos, information for fantasy football players, an (More info...)

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Predixion Software Adds $3M
According to a report today from VentureWire, Aliso Viejo-based Predixion Software has added $3M to the firm's Series A funding round, from Palomar Ventures. Predixion is developing data mining and analytics software, and is headed by Simon Arkell, formerly of Triton Pacific Capital Partners and Gramercy Ventures. Predixion's board includes Bob Holmen of Miramar Venture Partners and Jim Schraith of DFJ Frontier, as well as former DatAllegro CEO Stuart Frost.

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Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant
Gevo, the Caltech spinoff developing biofuels processing technology, said last week that it has completed its acquisition of a biofuels plant in Luverne, Minnesota. The plant--which currently is producing ethanol--will be converted to product isobutanol using Gevo's technology. Gevo's technology is based on research developed out of Caltech, although the firm is now located in Colorado. Gevo is one of the SoCal-linked firms currently in IPO registration. Gevo was co-founded by Dr. Frances Arnold (More info...)

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Santa Barbara-based, an online training platform site headed by former Chief Marketing Officer Donna Wells, said this week that it has officially launched its online trianing platform. The firm says it is targeting small businesses, and offers a way to help those businesses provide employee training. Mindflash says its site allows users to create online training courses using PowerPoint, Word, PDF, and videos, add quizzes, and automate tasks like grading and sending out em (More info...)

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Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav
For today's profile, we decided to talk with Taher Scherzay, Founder of FavRav (, a Los Angeles-based firm which has created a Facebook application to help small businesses find customers through social media, and also allow consumers to better tap the referral network of their friends. Taher tells us about his journey from Silicon Valley to Southern California, the inspiration behind the site, and where he hopes to take the business next.

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Amonix Wins Cal Poly Pomona
Seal Beach-based Amonix, a developer of photovoltaic energy systems, has scored a win at Cal Poly Pomona University. According to Cal Poly Pomona, it has installed a concentrated photovoltaic energy system from Amonix at its Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. The school said it will be using two, Amonix CPV systems to generate 210,000 kw hours of clean energy annually. The system is expected to save the university $30,000 a year in reduced energy purchases. Cal Poly Pomona is apparently repla (More info...)

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