Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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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THQ To Exit Kids Games, Focus On Core Gamers
Agoura Hills-based videogame developer THQ said Wednesday that it is exiting the kids' games business, and will instead focus on its "core" video game franchises. According to THQ, it is exiting its relationship with kids' licensed entertainment companies, although it will continue to sell certain previously released titles it the category. THQ did not say how the move will affect its employment. THQ explained that it will focus its resources on games for existing consoles and "new and emerging" (More info...)

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Honest, Founded by Jessica Alba, Takes On Baby Products
The love affair between Los Angeles startups combining e-commerce and celebrity continues unbated today, as a new, Santa Monica-based startup headed by actress Jessica Alba--and backed by Brian Lee, the founder of LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle--unveiled itself to the world. The Honest Company says that it will provide eco-friendly products such as diapers, bath and skin products, and household cleaning products to subscribers via a monthly subscription, following the popular model pioneered by ShoeDa (More info...)

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BeachMint Gets $35M More
Santa Monica-based BeachMint, the e-commerce firm founded by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, has raised $35M in another round of funding, the firm said Wednesday, led by Accel Partners, and also including Goldman Sachs, New World Ventures, Millennium Technology Value Partners, and NALA, along with its existing investors. BeachMint runs celebrity focused, e-commerce sites such as JewelMint (with Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter), (Jessica Simpson and Nerida Joy), StyleMint (M (More info...)

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KidZui Becomes
San Diego-based KidZui, the developer of kids-friendly Internet browsers and online portal for kids, said today that it has officially renaming the company's name to The shift comes as the company has focused on creating a search engine and portal specifically aimed at kids, rather than its earlier browser efforts. says it now is seeing around 2.2 million monthly uniques. The company launched in August, directing kids to parent-and-teacher reviewed games, videos, and oth (More info...)

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Green Dot Buys eCommLink
Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid debit cards headed by Steve Streit, said Tuesday that it has acquired prepaid processing firm eCommLink, for $2.5M. Greent Dot said the asset deal included certain processing and hardware assets of eCommLink, which handles transaction processing for prepaid cards. The company explained the deal will allow it to bring in key elements of transaction processing in-house, as part of a strategy for vertical integration. Green Dot said that approximate (More info...)

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StockTwits Powers S&P Capital IQ
San Diego-based StockTwits, the finance and stock-focused micro-messaging service headed by Howard Lindzon, reported that S&P Capital IQ, a provider of market research and financial information, is using its StockTwits Pro service. The StockTwits Pro service allows analysts at the firm to provide a profile and links to their messages, and also handles disclosure requirements. StockTwits said that S&P Capital IQ has been using the new service as part of a beta. S&P Capital IQ's various analysts a (More info...)

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Ceres Sets IPO Pricing Range
Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds to supply the bioenergy and biofuels feedstock business, has set its initial pricing range for its IPO, according to a filing from the company this morning. Ceres said it now expects its IPO to price at between $21.00 and $23.00 per share, raising up to $132.25M for the company. Ceres has applied to list on the NASDAQ Global Market as CERE. The firm's IPO is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays Capital, Piper Jaffray, Raymond Jame (More info...)

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Interview with Braden Richter, LuxeYard
How do you leverage your years of experience manufacturing and designing furniture for stores like Ikea and Crate & Barrel into the online world, and harness the interest of consumers to purchase their furniture online? That's what Braden Richter, the CEO of Los Angeles-based LuxeYard ( is looking to do with the new startup, which combines the world of home furnishings with the concept of flash sales.

How did you end up at LuxeYard?

Braden Richter: I've been on the manufa (More info...)

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Factual Releases PHP Driver
Los Angeles-based Factual, the developer of application programming interfaces to a giant, database of places and other data used for location based applications, said this week that it has launched an official PHP driver for its API. The firm said the API wraps its Read, Crosswalk, Resolve, and Schema APIs, simplifying access ot its database of 55 million global places. Factual's collection of data is being used, among other things, for pulling up information about businesses and nearby locatio (More info...)

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Illumina Gets $5.7B Hostile Bid From Roche
San Diego-based Illumina, the maker of genetic analyis equipment and tools for the life sciences industry, said late Tuesday evening that it has received an unsolicited, acquisition proposal from Roche. Roche offered to acquire Illumina for $44.50 per share in cash, or roughly $5.7 billion. Illumina said it has retailed Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as financial advisors, and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP as legal advisor to review the proposal.

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KFx Medical Gets Patent
Carlsbad-based KFx Medical said Tuesday that it has scored a U.S. Patent, covering its knotless double row rotator cuff repair technology, which is used in its line of implant products. U.S. Patent No. 8,100,942 was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday, to inventors Michael L. Green, Joseph C. Tauro, and Bart Bojanowski. The patent is a continuation of a series of patents originally filed by KFx Medical back in 2004. KFx Medical was represented in the patent filing by Knobbe, (More info...)

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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.

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Siemer & Associates
Siemer & Associates LLC is the global merchant bank serving the digital
media, software and technology industry.

DOMAINfest Conference in Santa Monica - Feb 1
PITCHfest Contest at DOMAINfest Conference in Santa Monica on Feb 1.

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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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