Friday, September 16, 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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MobileCause Powers Fundraiser For Texas Fire Victims
Los Angeles-based MobileCause, the provider of mobile fundraising and CRM tools for the nonprofit sector, said this week that it is powering a mobile fundraising effort by the United Way of Texas. MobileCause said its services are being used to raise funds for the victims of the wildfires in Central Texas. MobileCause said that mobile users can text "WILDFIRE" to 85944 to donate $10 to the United Way of Texas Wildfire Relief fund, which is added to a donor's mobile bill. MobileCause helps nonpro (More info...)

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GameSalad Improves Support Tools
Los Angeles-based and Austin-based GameSalad, which develops software to easily create iPhone and other iOS platform games, announced earlier this week that it has improved its overall communications and support tools for its users. GameSalad explained that it has launched a new "GameSalad Cookbook" which will help users better use its GameSalad Creator software, searching for questions and answers on the software. GameSalad also has improved its contact forms and customer support and bug handli (More info...)

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TCA's Sudek Talks Angel Networks
Earlier this week, the Tech Coast Angels, the largest and most active organized angel group in Southern California, announced a new effort to create an angel group network, which will share and syndicate deals between groups--current the TCA, Golden Seeds, and Band of Angels. We spoke with the TCA's Richard Sudek, who is chairing the committee to syndicate deals at the group, to learn more about the effort.

Why band together for an angel network?

Richard Sudek: We've seen the landscape of (More info...)

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TrueCar Names CMO
Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the publisher of real-time automotive pricing information headed by Scott Painter, said yesterday afternoon that it has appointed Todd Daum as Chief Marketing Officer. Daum joins TrueCar from, where he was Chief Operating Officer. was sold to Hertz in 2009. Daum has also served at Overture Services/Yahoo, and also was at American Express. TrueCar offers up both new and used car pricing data, based on actual car dealership sales, to both consu (More info...)

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LA Looks To Prove It's A Social Media Mecca
Los Angeles is looking to prove it is a center of the social media universe next week, with a roster of events for Social Media Week Los Angeles. According to local event organizers, the Los Angeles Social Media Week events--75 in all--are expected to have well more than the 4,000 who participated last year. The week long list of events includes parties, celebrity social media personalities, conferences and panels, and a keynote by Robert Tercek.

Social Media Week is being run concurrently a (More info...)

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Irvine-based, which operatea a network of local business directory and marketing sites, said today that it has named Bob Iguchi as Vice President of Operations at the company. Iguchi most recently ran his own high tech sales and service consulting firm, serving clients Intruvert Networks, Senforce Technologies, and Brightmail Technologies. said Iguchi has previously also served at Cisco Systems and Software Publishing Corporation.

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MeFeedia Updates Android App
Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, said Thursday that it has updated its Android app. According to the firm, it has improved thumbnails and layout on the software, expanded the number of devices it supports, as well as increased the amount of content in categories. The firm also recently updated its iPhone application with similar features.

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5 Ways To Manage The Rising Costs Of Benefits by TriNet
A robust benefits package can be the difference between a talented superstar choosing to work with you versus a larger, more established competitor. But with the cost of benefits rising each year, providing a benefits package that helps you attract, retain and motivate talented people gets harder all the time. With knowledge and planning, you can create a win-win situation for yourself and your employees. You can use benefits to meet the needs of your workforce and successfully compete for top talent. As a business owner, itís important to be aware of the ways you can manage costs and attract top hires. In this paper read about: 1. Finding a benefits package thatís tailored for your specific industry 2. Encouraging consumerism among your employees to help save money 3. Taking advantage of technology to keep a lid on administrative costs 4. Promoting health and wellness programs to help prevent heavy benefits usage 5. Preparing for the impact and opportunities of health care reform.

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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.

ē Randy Churchill, Director, Emerging Company Services, PwC

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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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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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