Monday, April 23, 2012
Fast Pitch - April 24th, Los Angeles

The 7th Annual Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Competition
April 24, 2012
04:00 PM
Korn Hall at UCLA Anderson School of Management

Now in its seventh year, the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch event has come
to symbolize true entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.

The participating companies represent a wide variety of business models,
original thinking and, at times, disruptive discoveries that go on to
change entire industries. Finding these companies and helping them reach
the next level is at the heart of Tech Coast Angels’ mission.

Register today!

Newegg Names CFO
City of Industry-based electronics e-commerce retailer Newegg said Monday that it has named Harry Amsden as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Amsden joins the firm from the Tribune Company, where he was Senior Vice President of Financial Operations. Amsden also has served in a variety of other positions for the Tribune Company, the Orlando Sentinel, and Arthur Andersen. Privately held Newegg is one of the largest online e-commerce retailers in the electronics segment.

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Fisker Automotive Expands In Middle East
Anaheim-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive said Monday afternoon that it has signed a deal with a Middle Eastern automotive distributor, boosting sits efforts in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Fisker said it has signed an exclusive agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group to distribute its vehicles through key retailers operated by the group. Al-Futtaim also distributes Lexus, Volvo, Jeep, Toyota, Hino, Dodge, Honda, and Chrysler cars in the region. The two said that Fisker will begin (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

BetterWorks Adds Group, Administrative Features
Santa Monica-based BetterWorks rolled out a new set of features Monday for its service, which is used by employers to manage fringe benefit programs for their employees. The startup said Monday that it has added a new way to organize employees on BetterWorks by group, including by department, interest, titles, or more; provided better roles and permissions to administrators; and also added new tools to help manage charges on corporate accounts. BetterWorks, which is headed by Paige Craig, is bac (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Viddy Adds Celebrities To Investor Roster
Venice-based Viddy, the developer of a mobile app used to share videos over social networks, has added a number of celebrities to its list of investors. The firm--which just raised a $6M venture round in February--apparently has added celebrities Will Smith, Jeff Kearl of Roc Nation, Josh James of Omniture, Biz Stone of Twitter, Brian Lee of ShoeDazzle, Shakira, skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, among others. Viddy is headed by JJ Aguhob and Brett O'Brien. The firm's mobihle app runs on the iPhone. Viddy (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 (More)(Full story)

RealD Passes 20,000 3D Screens
Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, reported this morning that it has surpassed 20,000 3D-equipped screens worldwide. The firm said it is now the "most widely used" 3D cinema technology provider. RealD said it had approximately 20,200 screens installed as of its quarter ended March 23rd.

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Ticketmaster Looks To Seattle For Engineering Talent
Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster, the online ticketing service which is owned by Live Nation Entertainment, is looking north to boost its engineering talent, saying this morning that it has opened up a new software development center in Seattle. The firm, which provides tickets for live events, said it is tapping former Amazon and Microsoft veteran Cameron Etezadi and former Amazon and Expedia vet Werner Koepf to head up a new team in the city.

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

BetterWorks Recruiting Effort: A LEGO Contest?
How do you find the best and brightest engineers and web developers? Santa Monica-based BetterWorks, the developer of software and services to help companies manage their fringe benefits for employees, has an interesting one: have those software developers compete to build the best, LEGO
creations. BetterWorks said it would hold a Silicon Beach LEGO Challenge--open to only 60 software and web developers--to compete for prizes. Companies have been known to run programming and software competiti (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Stocktwits Launches Heatmaps
San Diego-based StockTwits, the investment and stock trading micromessaging service, rolled out a new feature this morning called Stocktwits Signals. The new feature creates a visual "heat map" of what users are talking about, allowing users to see what industries and stocks are seeing the most activity and interest and allowing users to click through to specific stocks they might be interested in following. StockTwits is led by Howard Lindzon, who is also known as an active angel investors.

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Novatel Wireless Deploys In Puerto Rico
San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, the manufacturer of wireless modems and broadband wireless data cards and products, said this morning that it has launched two of its products with a Puerto Rico carrier. The firm said it has launched its 4G LTE MiFi 4510 hotspot and Ovation MC 551 USB modem on the network of Open Mobile, a telecommunications company serving Puerto Rico. Shipment volumes and financial impact of the win were not disclosed. Open Mobile is a provider of prepaid wireless services in (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

ReVision Optics Names Board Member
Lake Forest-based Revision Optics, which is developing implantable micro-lens technology for treating presbyopia, said today that it has named a new board member. The firm said it has added Stephen Slade, M.D., FACS, to its board. Slade is at the Slade & Baker Vision Center, and is Chief Editor of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. The firm said that Slade is a pioneer in the LASIK vision surgery area, having performed th efirst LASIK procedure in the U.S. ReVision is venture backed by Domai (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

CareFusion Divests Neurodiagnostics Business
San Diego-based CareFusion said this morning that it is selling its neurodiagnostics business to Natus Medical Incorporate, in a deal worth approximately $58M. CareFusion said its is selling off its CareFusion Nicolet business, in a cash deal, to simplify and focus its operations. Nicolet is based in Madison, Wisconsin, and had sales of approximately $95M in 2011. The business employs 400. CareFusion is a manufacturer of infusion pumps, ventilation and respiratory products, dispensing products, (More info...)

posted on Monday, April 23, 2012(Full story)

Reliable Colocation and Dedicated Servers in LA: Colocation America
Colocation America's line of internet related services includes dedicated server hosting and colocation with a high level of redundancy. We operate through 22 data centers around the United States, located in five major cities: Los Angeles – San Francisco – Chicago – New York – New Jersey.

Among the benefits of choosing Colocation America are:

100% uptime guarantee and premium bandwidth (over 55% peered)
24/7 security and support, remote boots and remote hands
100 & 1000 Mbps customer access ports
Cisco carrier routing system for core networks
Uninterruptible power supply and generator backup
Flexible dedicated server packages
Microsoft and Cisco certified engineers
2(N+1) redundant facilities with redundant climate control systems
PCI, SAS 70 Type II and HIPPA compliant

For more information visit:

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

Fetch Recruiting, Inc.
Fetch Recruiting, Inc. (
Technical Recruiting for LA based Startups and High-Growth Companies

Why Choose Integrated HR Outsourcing?
Whitepaper: Why They Chose Integrated HR Outsourcing: A Look at Three Small Companies from TriNet

Picking through the white noise about outsourcing can be time consuming and tedious. And while you’re busy doing all that research, your company’s payroll and benefits problems aren’t going anywhere. You need to outsource—but you’re not clear on the alternatives available to you. If you’re in this position, this paper is written for you. It provides you a research tool for smaller companies by describing the reasons why three companies, all under 100 employees, decided to outsource their human resources to an HR service provider. It presents a picture of what other companies have done when faced with the challenge of wading through a crowded vendor landscape, evaluating their alternatives, and making a final decision.

Download now at

Sponsored By


Recent Interviews

Browse Issues