Thursday, December 15, 2011
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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NanoH2O Raises $14.8M
El Segundo-based NanoH2O, the UCLA spinout which is developing reverse osmosis membranes for water desalination, has raised $14.87M as part of an ongoing, $30.6M fundraising effort, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. No details of the funding have been announced by the company yet. NanoH2O is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Rusheen Capital Partners, and PCG Energy and Technology Fund.

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Mobile Roadie, San Diego Zoo Launch App
Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Mobile Roadie and the San Diego Zoo said Thursday that they have launched a new, official app for the zoo. The two said the new San Diego Zoo mobile app allows visitors to plan a trip, learn more about animals, see what events are happening, and even buy tickets through the app. Both iPhone and Android versions of the app area available. Mobile Roadie is a developer of a wide range of mobile apps, ranging from celebrities, newspapers, brands, artists, and m (More info...)

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Factual Adds Restaurant Dataset
Los Angeles-based Factual, the data startup heavily backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and other big name venture investors, said this morning that it has launched a new, restaurant dataset. The firm--whose open datasets are used to power location based services and other web services--said the dataset includes over 55 million entries, providing information such as hours, cuisine, meal types, and more on those locations. The firm said that the data also includes two new countries, Ch (More info...)

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Yowza Gets Angel Funding For Mobile Coupons
Woodland Hills-based Yowza, the developer of a mobile coupon application for both the iPhone and Android, disclosed today that it has closed on a Series A funding round. The round came from the Tech Coast Angels and the Pasadena Angels. The firm did not detail exact timing or size of the round. Yowza's application provides location-based mobile coupons and offers for national retailers. The firm's CEO is David Teichner, who has previously served at Channel M, Genco Advertising and PlayNetwork. Y (More info...)

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SpaceX: Build Your Own Falcon 9 Rocket
Fans of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, have been riding high this week, with the approval of its NASA launch mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for February. Plus, the firm has also just been tapped by new space startup Stratolaunch--backed by Microsoft billionaire Paul G. Allen--to help power that company's own space efforts. However, what might make fans of the company the happiest, is the firm said today that anyone can now build their own, (More info...)

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Boingo Extends In Rome
Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless is continuing to build out its network of airport Wi-Fi access points, saying this morning that it has linked a deal to add its services to two airports in Rome. Boingo said that it will provide its managed Wi-Fi at the Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, through a deal with Aeroporti di Roma (ADR). Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Boingo said the deal comes on top of two, existing airport Wi-Fi locations in Italy. Boingo provides unified access to (More info...)

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Yowie Adds Group Chat Service
Santa Monica-based Yowie, the online live chat service which has been providing live online chats with celebrities, is announcing this morning that it has expanded its platform to host group video chats for consumers. The site said it will allow friends, family, co-workers, and others to connect in video chats. Yowie had previously only been providing live video chats with celebrities. The service explained that it is looking to compete directly against Skype, Google Hangouts, and Tiny Chat with (More info...)

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Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne
Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. BigChampagne provides media metrics about entertainment and online audiences. LiveNation said that it will incorporate the technology from BigChampagne across its businesses, to power social discovery, product personalization, and other features. BigChampagne was based in Beverly Hills, and was foun (More info...)

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FindTheBest Partners With
In an extension of the site's syndication strategy, Santa Barbara-based startup FindTheBest said yesterday that it has partnered with to power a college comparisons engine for the site. FindTheBest--the startup headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor--said it has built a custom comparison of colleges and universities for GreatCollegeAdvice. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. The deal is just one of several that FindTheBest has inked recent (More info...)

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SpectraFluidics Lands $1.3M From TSA
Santa Barbara-based SpectraFluidics, the developer of chemical detection and analysis technology, reported yesterday that it has been awarded a $1.3 million contract from the Transportation Security Administration. The firm said the contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will go towards developing and validating a vapor detection system for detecting homemade explosives. SpectraFluidics' technology is used to detect trace vapor chemicals. The company is headed by Phil Strong.

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Fisker Automotive Sets Marketing, Sales Head
Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, announced yesterday that it has named Richard Beattie as Chief Commercial Officer. The automaker said that Beattie will be responsible for the firm's global marketing, sales, and customer service divisions. Beattie was previously EVP of Marketing and Sales for Jaguar North America, and also had served at Lincoln Mercury, Ford, and Mazda.

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Central Desktop Names Smialowicz COO
Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the online project management and cloud-based collaboration software provider, is announcing today that it has tapped Mark Smialowicz as its new Chief Operating Officer. Smialowicz joins the firm from Integrien, where he was COO and CFO. Smialowicz has also served at RampRate, McLeodUSA, and Devise Associates. Integrien was acquired by VMware last year for over $100M. Central Desktop is headed by Isaac Garcia, and provides its software-as-a-service to companies lo (More info...)

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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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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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