Thursday, February 9, 2012
TriNet: Top 5 HR Compliance Concerns for Small Business
As the economic horizon continues to shift and belts tighten, small and medium sized companies who typically have between 10 to 500 employees and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may wind up being so focused on core business issues that they overlook one of their most potentially serious and costly issues human resource compliance.

Unlike their large-company counterparts, they lack the time and resources to build infrastructure and processes that are beyond core business objectives. But if entrepreneurs and smaller business owners are focused solely on growth and product, how do they know what issues to look for in order to protect the company? This is a must-read paper that discusses the top 5 HR compliance issues they may face.

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FamilyFinds Takes Page From Pinterest, Launches myFINDS
Santa Monica-based FamilyFinds, the daily deal service backed by Matt Coffin, the founder of, looks to have taken inspiration from the popularity of Pinterest, with its own sharing and commenting service. FamilyFinds told its users Thursday that it has launched myFINDS!, a new service which will help users "track of and share great ideas you find online". The service allows users to make lists of items and things you find on any website, sharing those and allowing for comments a (More info...)

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The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I
In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. However, with the proliferation of incubators, the difficulty in figuring out which programs are--and aren't--worth looking at has become very difficult, if not impossible, for startup entrepreneurs. In an attempt to help people navigate the landscape of accelerators and incubators, we've put together a (hopeful (More info...)

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New Incubator/Coworking Space Emerges In Glendale
A new startup incubator and coworking space in the Los Angeles area--Voivoda Labs--said this week that it is looking to looking to vet new startups in the area to join its newly built incubator in Glendale. Voivoda Labs--headed by Val Babajov, the former CEO of WebMessenger--said it is looking to vet around 15 startups via a pitch event later this month, to help secure investment for the winner. Voivoda says that Babajov has ties to the Band of Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Keirets (More info...)

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Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World
Farhad Mohit, the founder of and Shopzilla, has launched a new startup, which is--quite literally--looking to spread cheer throughout the world. Mohit has launched Cheers, an iPhone and iPad app which the firm says helps "people express love and appreciation" for anything. According to Cheers, the service allows anyone to snap a picture, add some workd, and share appreciation for anything to anyone. Mohit sold Shopzilla in 2005 for $569M. Cheers calls itself the "Like Button" for the (More info...)

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Qualcomm Backs Mobile Healthcare Firm
San Diego-based Qualcomm has backed a developer of remote, healthcare monitoring devices. According to AirStrip Technologies, a developer of medical devices which can be used to remotely monitor the heart EKGs, blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs of patients, the investment came as part of a strategic investment. The funding was via the Qualcomm Life Fund, which invests in emerging technologies and business models that further accelerate the wireless market. Qualcomm Life Fund is (More info...)

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MeUndies, Backed by Science Inc., Launches Apparel Brand
In the second startup backed by Science, Inc. to launch this week, Los Angeles-based said today that it is launching a line of high-end, comfortable underwear for men and women. The new startup, like many other e-commerce startups emerging across Los Angeles, has combined a subscription service with a high-end, apparel brand. According to, users can sign up for a membership to the site, and are see fashionable underwear--either for men, or women--delivered every month, (More info...)

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HipGeo Ties With Vagabondish
Los Angeles-based HipGeo, the developer of location-aware mobile apps that allow users to log their travels, is announcing today that it has partnered with Vagabondish, a news website focused on offbeat travel news and advice. HipGeo said that users can download HipGeo, enter a special code, and blog to their Vagabondish blog to win various prizes. The tie allows users to upload their pictures using HipGeo to a pool to share with other Vagabondish users. Financial details of the partnership were (More info...)

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Boingo Signs Two Shopping Center Deals
Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the operator of a network of worldwide Wi-Fi access points, signed two big deals with shopping center operators this morning. Boingo said that it has signed shopping center operator Westfield, to manage and sponsor Wi-Fi at 17 Westfield shopping centers, and, separately, that it will be managing and operating Wi-Fi networks at three malls for mall operator Cafaro. No financial details were released for either deal. Boingo said that the Westfield deal will provi (More info...)

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Concerro Acquired By Francisco Partners
San Diego-based Concerro, the developer of workforce management and scheduling software-as-a-service, has been acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Francisco Partners, the acquisition came via its portfolio firm API Healthcare. Concerro develops software-as-a-service used to manage healthcare staffing and scheduling. Concerro was venture backed by Aperture Venture Partners, Carrot Capital LLC, and Himalaya Capital. The fi (More info...)

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SolarReserve Claims Major Milestone
Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the developer of utility-scale, solar power plants, claimed today that it has met a major construction milestone at its Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant. The firm said it has completed the 540-foot, solar power tower for the project, which is located near Tonopah, Nevada. The solar thermal plant is expected to have a capacity of 110 megawatts. SolarReserve said the plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2013. SolarReserve's project there is using molt (More info...)

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Santa Monica-based, the online automotive information site, said this morning that it has launched a new iPad application. According to the firm, the free app provides information about new and used cars, pricing information, car reviews, as well as inventory of new cars at local dealerships. said the new application is being sponsored by Lexus.

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