Friday, September 9, 2011
Ventura Ventures Technology Center (V2TC) - Business Incubator
The Ventura Ventures Technology Center (V2TC) is a high-tech business incubator located in downtown Ventura, CA. V2TC offers a creative environment where high-tech start-ups and entrepreneurs can network, brainstorm, and grow their business. Work-spaces are affordable, flexible and scalable in order to allow companies the ability to manage their growth effectively and efficiently.

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UberMedia Extends Uber50 To Android
Pasadena-based UberMedia, the developer of Twitter client software, has extended its custom theme from artist 50 Cent to the Android platform, the company said Friday. UberMedia--which had launched a BlackBerry theme from 50 Cent in April and iPhone version in June--said its latest theme for its UberSocial app for Android now supports Uber50 for Android, a specially designed theme made by 50 Cent for fans. UberMedia said the theme has been downloaded more than 300,000 times by BlackBerry and iPh (More info...)

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Gumiyo Sees Surge From Hurricane Irene
Woodland Hills-based Gumiyo, the mobile publishing software firm led by Shuki Lehavi, reported this week that it saw a surge in mobile traffic due to Hurricane Irene. Gumiyo said its newspaper customers on the East Coast saw a bump of up to 300 percent in their mobile traffic due to the hurricane, as residents in the affected areas sought out information. The firm said it saw the biggest traffic on August 28th. Gumiyo develops software which helps publishers create mobile apps. The firm attribu (More info...)

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Interview with Yan Hui, AirHop
One of the largest areas of Southern California's technology base is in the wireless and communications market. To get an idea of what one startup in the industry is doing, we spoke to San Diego-based AirHop (, a developer of software being used for small-, pico-, and femto-cell networks. We spoke with Yan Hui, the firm's founder and CEO, to learn more about the company.

Thanks for the time today. First off, can you help us understand where Airhop fits into the 4G ne (More info...)

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CODA Opens 'Experience Center' in LA
Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles, said Thursday that it has opened up a new "Experience Center" at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. CODA said the new consumer store includes an "Electric Vehicle Bar", information about its technology, and a way to sign up for test drives, which will be run from the parking garage directly below the store. The new retail location is just down the street from Tesla Motors Los Angeles showroom on Santa Monica Boulevard. (More info...)

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Zynx Health Appoints Two VPs
Los Angeles-based Zynx Health, the developer of clinical decision support software, said this week that it has named two VPs. The firm said Bill O'Connor, MD has been named Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Marketing, and David Cerino has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. O'connor was previously at Allscripts, and also has served at McKesson Corporation. Cerino was previously at Microsoft, Orbitz, and Farelogix.

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AeroVironment Gains $16M Order
Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the maker of unmanned aircraft systems, said late Thursday that it has received a $16M order for its Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems. AeroVironment said the order comes from an existing contract with the U.S. Army, and will go towards logistics support for its systems. AeroVironment's Raven UAV is being used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition by the military.

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Car Town Maker Opens Tokyo Office
Long Beach-based Cie Games, the maker of the Facebook game Car Town, said this week that it hsa opened up a new office in Tokyo. The firm said its new office comes as it has expanded to Japan with a new, Japanese version of the Car Town Game. The new title is Car Town Japan, which has debuted on DeNA's mobile social network, Mobage. The firm said the title has been localized and translated to appeal to the Japanese mobile market. Cie Games says it is planning to also develop a version of its tit (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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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.

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