Friday, December 2, 2011
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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Aptera Shuts Down
Carlsbad-based Aptera, the developer of a three wheeled, electric vehicle, has shut down. According to multiple sources, the firm is dissolving the company, after failing to find federal matching funds for its efforts. Aptera had been attempting to gain funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, after initially failing to be qualify in 2008 for the program due to having three, not four wheels. Aptera had been backed by Esenjay Investme (More info...)

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TrueCar Backs Women Auto Racers
Santa Monica-based TrueCar, which provides automotive pricing information and powers automotive buying programs with its software and systems, said Friday that it is in an extensive, multi-year commitment to support female race car drivers. The firm said it is launching a "Women Empowered" initiative to back five female auto racing drivers, including Shea Holbrook (Pirelli World Challenge), Ashley Freiberg (Star Mazda Series), Shannon McIntosh (USF2000), Verena Mei (Rally America), and Emilee To (More info...)

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Tech Coast Angels Invests In Teenage Design Community
The Tech Coast Angels, the largest organized angel investment group in Southern California, has made an investment in Define My Style, an online community focused on teenagers, to the tune of $140,000. Other investors in the $600,000 seed stage funding round were CincyTech and Queen City Angels, according to Define My Style. The investment is probably one of the farthest flung for the Tech Coast Angels, geographically. Define My Style is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. CincyTech's portion of the fund (More info...)

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WD: Flooding To Cost $225M to $274M In Quarter
Irvine-based Western Digital, the maker of computer hard disk drives, gave an update on its operations late Thursday evening, saying that flooding in Thailand will cost the firm between $225M and $275M in the December quarter. WD said those costs are exclusive of any insurance recovery. WD has been severely impacted by the flooding in Thailand, some of the worst in history. WD said it now expects revenues of at least $1.8 billion in the quarter. WD also said that it has re-strated production in (More info...)

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Jacobs Engineering Acquires IT Services Firm
Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group said this morning that it has acquired an Australian information technology services firm, Unique World. Unique World is based in Sydney, Australia. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Jacobs said the buy expands its capabilities in Australia to include IT services.

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SteelHouse Raises $6.3M In Series B
Los Angeles-based StellHouse, a developer of e-commerce software, said this morning that it has raised $6.3M in a Series B funding round. The round came from Greycroft Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, Lighthouse Venture Group, Baroda Ventures, and angel investor Ron Conway. SteelHouse had raised the initial part of the Series B in September.

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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.

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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
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