Wednesday, November 30, 2011
PwC's Shaking the MoneyTree - Dec 1 - Santa Monica
Please join LAVA, PwC and a distinguished panel of industry experts and
local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q3 2011 PwC/National
Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson

Thursday December 1, 2011
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Moderator: Randy Churchill, Director, Emerging Company Services, PwC

Confirmed Panelists

Scott Lenet, Managing Director, DFJ Frontier
Albert Oaten, VP Market Development, AppFolio
Shahin Farshchi, Senior Associate, Lux Capital
John Babcock, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

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Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls
Sweety High, a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social game platform to allow girls between 8 and 16 to "express themselves fearlessly". The new startup's founders are Frank Simonetti and Veronica Zelle. Simonetti is a writer and producer, and Zelle a pop music video producer for Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin (More info...)

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Harbor MedTech Raises $600K For Wound Healing Technology
Orange County-based Harbor MedTech, a developer of wound healing technology, has raised $600,000 in a funding round from private investors, the firm disclosed today, to help the firm grow and further develop its products. Harbor MedTech is developing products to restart, support healing of difficult or chronic wound such as diabetic, venous and pressure ulcers as well as for hernia patches and orthopedic soft tissue repair. Harbor MedTech's technology was developed at Edwards Lifesciences, and t (More info...)

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eBioscience Acquired By Affymetrix
San Diego-based eBioscience, a developer of flow cytometry and immunoassay reagents for immunology and oncology research and diagnostics, is being acquired by Affymetrix, Affymetrix said Wednesday. Affymetrix said it is paying $330M in cash to acquire eBioscience, in a deal that is expected to close late in Q4 of 2011. eBioscience was founded in 1999. Affymetrix said that it expects 2011 sales from eBioScience to exceed $70M.

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Burstly Raises $5.5M More
Los Angeles-based Burstly, the mobile advertising startup headed by Evan Rifkin, has raised $5.5M in a Series B round, according to the company. The round came from GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, and SoftBank. Rifkin is the former founder of Tagworld. Burstly first opened up its service in October of last year; the firm raised $1.8M in March of 2010.

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YouMail In Distribution Deal With Regional Wireless Carrier
Irvine-based YouMail, the voicemail application provider headed y Alex Quilici, said today that it has inked a deal to provide its applications to subscribers of Viaero Wireless, a Colorado-based wireless carrier serving Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. YouMail said its Visual Voicemail Plus application will be available for free, and pre-loaded on the carrier's Android smartphones. Users will also be able to download iPhone and BlackBerry versions of the software. Financial details o fthe deal w (More info...)

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Local Angels Back
A number of Southern California angel investors, including Jody Mulkey, the CIO of Shopzilla, have backed, a new online marketplace for freelance writers. According to, it raised $700,000 in a seed financing round, which was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included Liveops founder Douglas Feirstein, Jody Mulkey, as well as other angels, including other Los Angeles area investors. allows online publishers to hire writers to develop blog posts and Twitter (More info...)

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Endeka Group Lands $4.2M In Venture Debt
San Diego-based Endeka Group, a provider of wireless Internet services, announced this morning that it has raised $4.2M in a venture debt round. The round came from Agility Ventures and Trinity Capital. According to the firm, the funding will go to support expansion of its wireless Internet services. Endeka Group provides wireless Internet systems for government and corporate customers.

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iStoryTime Launches Arthur Christmas Title
Santa Barbara-based iStoryTime, the mobile children's book line, said this morning that it has launched a new Arthur Christmas Movie Storybook for the iPhone and iPad. The new title--tied into the Aardman/Sony Pictures Animation movie--is the latest in a series of movie linked titles for iStoryTime, which has been producing both brand- and movie-linked children's titles as well as publishing iPhone and iPad children's titles from less well known authors. iStoryTime said the new app, available fo (More info...)

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Sonos Upgrades Software
Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the maker of the user-friendly, multi-room wireless music systems, has upgraded its product, saying it now supports Android tablets, Slacker Radio, new features on Spotify, in addition to a number of other improvements. Sonos said that its Sonos Controller for Android now runs on Android tablet, letting users control their music systems via such devices as the Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and others. The firm also said it now can stream Slacker Radio in the United (More info...)

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Verdezyne Opens Pilot Plant
Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, a developer of biotechnology used to produce renewable chemicals and fuels, announced today that it has opened its first pilot plant. The company said the plant will produce adipic acid, a key component of nylon. The new facility is also located in Carlsbad. Verdezyne's process is based on yeast fermentation, and uses plant-based feedstocks. The firm is venture backed by BP Alternative Energy Ventures, DSM Venturing B.V., OVP Venture Partners and Monitor Ventures.

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Local Corporation Signs New Hampshire Directory
Irvine-based Local Corporation, the online local directory publisher, said today that it is powering an online local business director for, covering the state of New Hampshire. said it is providing its private label directory platform, Local Connect, to the website. Financial details of the deal were not announced.'s product makes it easier for publishers to add local business listings to their websites.

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Commercial Microwave Technology Acquired By Florida Firm
Rancho Cordova-based Commercial Microwave Technology, a manufacturer of RF and microwave filters for the satellite and wireless industry, has been acquired by Orlando-based API Technologies Corp., API announced today. The deal was worth $8.2M in cash. Commercial Microwave Technology's products were used in public safety broads, wireless, and broadband communications services. API said that CMT had approximately annual revenues of $8M, and EBITDA of $2.5M.

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Citysearch Names VP, GM
West Hollywood-based Citysearch, the online city guide which is part of IAC, said that it has named Kimberly Salzer as its new Vice President and General Manager. Salzer was previously HEad of Marketing and Product for Linden Labs' Second Life. Szler has also served at Activision Blizzard, heading up brand management for Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and other titles, and also has been at Electronic Arts and The Clorox Company. Citysearch said that Salzer will be responsible for products and market (More info...)

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TriNet: Principles for Building an Effective Human Capital Plan
Almost every business leader will say that people are their most important
asset, but few do anything about it. If you are going to take this
principle seriously then human capital planning is crucial. The Human
Capital Plan is an important tool that organizations use to drive focused
actions that can ensure goal achievement and business success. It allows
organizations to assess, plan for, and respond proactively to its human
capital challenges and needs. It helps shape the organization by building
a plan to develop the workforce and practices needed to meet an
organizationís vision, mission, and goals. Read on to learn about 10 principles to follow in order to build an effective human capital plan for your organization.

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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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Digital Family Reunion Holiday Party - Dec 8 - Santa Monica
t's Time Again to Get Together for the Holidays!

On Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 11 pm, the Southern California technology and business communities will gather for Digital Family Reunion 2011 at Wokcano Restaurant in Santa Monica.

In association with some of the region's top trade associations and social networking groups, the fourth annual Digital Family Reunion promises to be the largest holiday party of the season and help weave our various communities of interest into the larger collective family of professionals working in and around the technology industry. DFR 2011 will cross pollinate leaders from all the major industry sectors such as media, entertainment, finance, publishing, venture funding, software, commerce, education, and many more.

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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.

Learn more about CheckAlt at their website,

Siemer & Associates Q3 Digital Media and Software M&A Activity Report
Siemer & Associates LLC, the global merchant bank serving the digital
media, software and technology industry, has completed its Q3 2011 Exit
Report focusing on M&A deal trends and public company valuation metrics
in the digital media and software industries.

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
third quarter quarter of 2011.

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