Thursday, September 8, 2011
Shaking the MoneyTree - Sept. 22 - Santa Monica
LAVA hosts PwC's Shaking the MoneyTree

Date: September 22, 2011
Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1063

The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Reuters, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide.

• Randy Churchill, Director, Emerging Company Services, PwC

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Amgen Backs Therapeutic Antibody Firm
Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen has backed a developer of therapeutic antibodies, via its venture capital arm, Amgen Ventures. According to Seattle-based Theraclone Sciences, Amgen Ventures was one of the investors in a $10.6M, Series B extension round for the company. Theraclone is developing therapeutic antibodies for treating infectious disease and cancer. Other investors in the round were ARCH Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, MPM Capital,
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SOS Online Backup Gets $3M
Los Angeles-based SOS Online Backup, a developer of cloud-based online backup and data protection services, said Thursday afternoon that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. The round came from Splashpoind Investors. The firm said the funding brings its total raised since launch to $10M. SOS Online Backup was founded by Ken Shaw, and first launched its services in 2006. The firm said the funding will go towards future product offerings.

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Gaikai Boosted By Intel
Los Angeles-based Gaikai, the streaming game service run by David Perry, is one of seven software companies which Intel announced it had made investments in today, for a total of $24M invested by the company. Intel said it invested in DynamicOps, a provider of enterprise cloud automation software; Enlighted, a provider of building management software; Guavus, a developer of real-time analytics tools; IP Commerce, a developer of platform-as-a-service software; Swrve New Media, a social games and (More info...)

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Slacker Links With Automotive Music Service
San Diego-based Slacker, the personalized Internet radio service, has inked a deal with an automotive audio device from electronics firm HARMAN, the two firms announced Thursday. The two said that Aha by HARMAN and Slacker are in a partnership, which will bring Slacker's personal radio and on-demand music services into cars. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed, however, the two said that Aha listeners will get access to Slacker's songs on demand and radio stations starting th (More info...)

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Bizzy Connects With Foursquare
Bizzy, the social recommendations site owned by Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, reported today that it has connected its mobile apps directly with the popular Foursquare check in service. Bizzy said it has updated both its iPhone and Android apps, so that foursquare accounts are now directly linked to Bizzy accounts. Bizzy said that when users check into a venue with Foursquare, it will send a push notification to let users comment on how much they liked those venues, with options to add a phot (More info...)

posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011(Full story) Rolls Used Car Search Tool
Santa Monica-based looks to be busy updating its service this week, with yet another feature. The firm said today that it has added a new, used car inventory search tool, which will help car buyers shop for and compared used vehicles in their local areas. The firm said the new used car search tool is similar to its existing, new car inventory search tools. The new tool allows users to find vehicles based on make, model, mileage, model year, and price. Edmunds just announced earlier t (More info...)

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Morphlabs Partners With Asian Data Center Providers
Manhattan Beach-based Morphlabs, the developer of cloud infrastructure equipment and software headed by Winston Damarillo, said Thursday that it has linked with data center, hosting, and service providers Globe Telecom, Pratesis and Exist Global. All three serve the Southeast Asian market. According to Morphlabs, all of the firms are using its mCloud Data Center Unit (DCU) to provide dynamic infrastructure to their market. Morphlabs appliance helps ISPs implement cloud datacenter services, tying (More info...)

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Echoecho Raises $750K
Santa Monica- and London-based Echoecho, which is developing a service to provide location information to your friends via a mobile application, announced today that it has raised $750,000 in a seed funding round. The round came from Google Ventures and PROfounders. The firm, which is headed by Nick Bicanic, said that the new funding will go towards product development, hiring, and scaling of operations. The firm said its applications are aimed at helping friends, family members, and colleagues (More info...)

posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 (More)(Full story) Teams With Best Buy
San Diego-based, the online fitness and sports site run by Active Network, said today that it has inked a deal with Best Buy, to offer up fitness plans at Best Buy's Chicago area stores. According to Active, it will provide Couch-to-5K Trainer plans with purchases from any item from Best Buy's health and fitness product line, including purchases of pedometers, heart rate monitors, treadmills, and other fitness products. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Acti (More info...)

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BeachMint Announces BeautyMint With Jessica Simpson
Santa Monica-based BeachMint, the celebrity and social e-commerce company run by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said last night that it has launched the next in its line of celebrity-focused businesses, BeautyMint. BeautyMint is focused on personalized skincare, and is being run in conjunction with Jessica Simpson and Beverly Hills skincare expert Nerida Joy. BeachMint said that it will launch BeautyMint in October. The company said BeautyMint will provide a personalized, monthly skincare syste (More info...)

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RealD Wins Another Chinese Deal
Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D theater projection technology, has signed another Chinese theater chain, the company reported today. RealD said it has signed an agreement with SHIMAO Cinema Investment Company Limited, to install its technology in 100 cinema screens in China. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. RealD said SHIMAO has the option to increase the number of its installations, to up to 500 screens. RealD said it now has 400 screens in China installed with its tec (More info...)

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An Executive’s Guide to Cutting HR Costs
An Executive’s Guide to Cutting HR Costs from TriNet

Entrepreneurial execs know that they need to follow the rules, but they may not realize what decisions may lead to the two vital components that keep HR costs lower: 1. Increasing productivity 2. Minimizing human capital expenses The following paper will focus on minimizing human capital expenses in four areas: 1. Hiring the right person for the right seat on the right bus 2. Improving performance with motivational yet balanced total compensation 3. Complying with the law 4. Offering competitive benefits, communicated effectively

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CheckAlt Payment Solutions
CheckAlt Payment Solutions is a payment processing company providing Check21 services allowing businesses nationwide to utilize its eCheck and patented Remote Desktop Capture (RDC) systems to improve their top and bottom lines. The CheckAlt eCheck is the "email a check" solution that allows businesses from merchants and property managers to universities and non-profits to maximize cash flow and accounting accuracy.

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Siemer & Associates Publishes Q2 2011 Exit Report - Download Today
Siemer & Associates, the merchant bank serving the digital media, software, and technology industry, has published its Q2 2011 Exit Report.

The report provides an in-depth review of M&A activity and public company
valuation metrics in the digital media and software industries during the second quarter of 2011.

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Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth: Winner of the ACG NY Champions Award
The M&A Advisor and ACG New York has awarded Stradling Yocca Carlson &
Rauth, along with Marlin & Associates, for Strategic Acquisition of
the Year, in the sale of iSuppli Corporation to IHS, Inc.

An independent body of experts, who represent a cross-section of the
middle market industry, judged the finalists' deals, deal makers and

"The ACG New York Champion's Awards winners represent the best of M&A
in the New York area in 2011, and Stradling earned these honors by
distinguishing themselves in a group of very impressive finalists,"
said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of the M&A Advisor. "Despite the continued
challenging economic conditions, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth has
demonstrated that perseverance and performance lead to success in this

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