Friday, October 14, 2011
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BrightSource Energy Targets New Solar Power Effort In Riverside
Solar thermal power developer BrightSource Energy said Friday that it has applied for certification of a new project in Riverside County with the California Energy Commission, to develop three 250 megawatt solar thermal power plants on land owned by the Metropolitan Water District. According to BrightSource Energy, the tower project is expected to product clean energy for 300,000 homes, creating over 2,500 jobs in the region. The new Rio Mesa project is BrightSource's third solar power project. (More info...)

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SpaceX Aims At Department Of Defense Launch Contracts
Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial rocket firm headed by technology mogul Elon Musk, said Friday that it is gearing up to compete for upcoming, Department of Defense launches, after the NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the U.S. Air Force issued new rules for certifying commercial launch vehicles for defense payloads. The three agencies said Friday that the new criteria for launch vehicles--outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Air Force and the two age (More info...)

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Virgin Galactic Lands Deal With NASA
Mojave-based Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight firm started by Richard Branson, said Friday that it has signed a deal with NASA to conduct research missions from its SpaceShipTwo vehicle. Virgin Galactic said that it has been selected by NASA, under the Flight Opportunities Program, to conduct research flights for NASA. The deal is worth up to $4.5M. The company explained that the contract will allow engineers, technologists, and scientific researchers to conduct cutting-edge experimen (More info...)

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Interview with Sam Rogoway, Near Networks
Do you remember those cheesy, late night local television commercials you used to watch (before you got Tivo?) Wondering how, as a small business, you can reach customers in the YouTube age? Well, Los Angeles based Near Networks ( is looking to both reach customers online, and avoid the tacky, lousy production of typical small business ads, with a new service. The company is employing a network of documentary filmmakers and high quality, Hollywood production capability here (More info...)

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Insights and Opinions: Everyone loves to leave a legacy
For our Insights and Opinions section this morning, we share a piece by Dave Berkus, an early stage investor and frequent commentator on the business of startups.

Be honest now. Have you ever thought of what legacy you'll leave behind? If you are an entrepreneur or CEO, surely you've thought of how you'll be remembered by your associates and stakeholders after you move on.

We've all heard the stories of tough SOB bosses that took advantage of employees, vendors, even stock holders. And (More info...)

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Hulu Aborts Sale Plans
The owners of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu have dropped plans to sell the business, according to a statement released by Hulu late Thursday evening. According to News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company, and Hulu's management team, the firm has decided to terminate the Hulu sale process. The firms--saying that Hulu "holds a unique and compelling strategic value" to the owners, and are looking forward to "working together to continue mapping out its path to even (More info...)

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Abgent Acquired By Chinese Firm
San Diego-based Abgent, a producer of biological research reagent products, has been acquired by Chinese firm Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc.. Wuxi PharmaTech announced the acquisition last night. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Wuxi PharmaTech said that Abgent is the worl'd largest manufacturers of antibody reagents for research use. Abgent was founded in 2001.

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Amgen Expands Board
Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said Thursday evening that it has added Robert A. Bradway, the firm's current President and Chief Operating Officer, to the company's board. According to Amgen, the addition of Bradway brings its total board members to 13. Bradway has been at Amgen since 2006, and previously also served at Morgan Stanley. Bradway has been President and COO of the firm since May of 2010.

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LA Techweek - Oct 17 thru 21st
Los Angeles County’s Technology Week
10th Annual Tech Symposium & Demos
at the Business Technology Center/Altadena
October 20, 2011 8 am – 3pm

Don't miss 7 packed hours of tech rock stars, funders & thought leadership + a cool lunch!

Keynote Speaker: Tom Sarnoff, NBC/Sarnoff Entertainment

Lean Start-up, Strategic Partnerships and Stronger Sales + Start-up Legal Challenges and Mine Fields + Entertainment Technology + Medical Device Technology One great price includes continental breakfast + lunch + networking: $85

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Trinet White Paper: Options for handling your HR functions
HR is a necessity when you have employees. And what could be better than taking a set of duties – which although a necessity, are not a core competence – off your plate? According to a Small Business Association study, the average small business owner spends 25%+ of the time handling employee-related paperwork.

This average increases to a staggering 35-45% if the tasks include recruitment, hiring, and training of new employees. After all, you have no interest in processing payroll twice a month, negotiating benefits with insurance carriers, or worrying about how to comply with a litany of government regulations. You entered into business to build a lasting legacy, deliver great products or services, and generate revenue doing what you do best. So why NOT outsource HR? Read this paper to learn more.

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Seminar for Government Contractors, San Diego, Wednesday October 26

Unanet Technologies is hosting a special afternoon event on October 26
for senior managers of Federal Government Contractors to hear
how other executives have enabled their businesses to thrive.

Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers at the
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, CA.

Guest Speakers include:
Brad Antle, CEO, Salient Federal Solutions
Paul Murphy, Senior Data Analyst with Bloomberg Government
Cindy Castillo, CEO, CSSI
Michele Griggs, Financial Integration Manager, Epsilon Systems Solutions

For more information and to register for this no cost event, visit:

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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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