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Materia Gets NIH Funding Grant
Pasadena-based Materia, the developer of olefin metathesis catalyst technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, said this week that it has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH), Phase II funding grant. Amoumt of the grant was not disclosed. The firm said that the grant will go towards the continued development of functional polymers for use in organic synthesis, and is a joint effort between the company and Professor Paul Hanson of the University of Kansas. Materia i (More info...)

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Qualcomm Re-Ups Investment In Mobile Management Firm Visage
San Diego-based Qualcomm has renewed its investment in Visage, as part of a Series C funding for the enterprise mobility management software provider. According to Visage, the round was led by Motorola Solutions, and also included Palisades Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and Worldview Technology Partners. Qualcomm was the lead on the February 2010 round for Visage, whose software is used to manage the security and mobile policy for enterprise customers.

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SoCal Venture Capitalists Shut Out Of Midas List
Forbes Magazine has just published its annual Midas List, its annual ranking of the top 100 venture capitalists, and -- despite a record number of IPOs and exits last year from southern California technology companies -- Southern California's venture capital community was shut out of the list entirely. Although the list did not contain any Southern California venture investors, at least two names in the list were boosted into the top 100 by their roles in funding Southern California companies. A (More info...)

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YouTube Announces New Shows From Maker Studios, Machinima
Online video site YouTube said yesterday that it has launched a new set of original shows and channels, including two from Southern California's entertainment talent pool. YouTube said it has launched a new channel around Tribeca Enterprises, the firm behind the Tribeca Film Festival, which will be powered by Maker Studios, and also will launch a Halo-themed live action series from Los Angeles-based Machinima, called "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn". The Tribeca/Maker channel is called the "Picture S (More info...)

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NetPlenish Launches, Lands $1.9M
Ventura-based NetPlenish, the mobile shopping service startup headed by Dave Compton, said today that it has launched with $1.9M in a seed funding round, and has started offering up its service to automatically replenish everyday items for users from e-commerce sites.The funding came from 500 Startups, the investment fun of Dave McClure, Gold Hill Capital, BHV Capital, TEEC Angel Fund, Ludlow Ventures, as well as others. NetPlenish designs iPhone and Android apps which help consumers automatical (More info...)

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Boingo To Deploy In New York's Subway System
Los Angeles-based Boingo, which operates a network of Wi-Fi internet access hotspots worldwide, has inked another deal to manage and operate Wi-Fi services. This time, the company said it has reached an agreement with Transit Wireless to manage the Wi-Fi services within the New York City Subway System. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Boingo said the deal will eventually allow the more than 1.6 billion annual subway riders of the New York City Transit Authority to connect to th (More info...)

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Topspin Partners With TuneCore
Los Angeles-based Topspin, the developer of music marketing software and services for artists, which is led by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, has linked with music and video distribution company TuneCore, the firm said today. Topspin said the two are in technical integration which will auto-deliver music from Topspin to Tunecore, or from TuneCore to Topspin, without a new upload. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. Topspin's suite of marketing software helps musicians mar (More info...)

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Gaikai Partners On Gaming Tablet
Los Angeles-based cloud gaming service provider Gaikai is in a deal to take its technology to a "gaming tablet" the firm said today, and has signed a partnership with firm Wikipad. According to the firms, they will offer an attachable, console-quality gamepad control, which integrates Gaikai's cliento into the tablet. Gaikai develops game streaming technology which allows videogame users to run complex video games directly from the cloud, without requiring bulky installations or downloads. Finan (More info...)

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Nirvanix Gets $25M In Series C
San Diego-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix announced this morning that it has raised over $25M in a Series C funding round, which it says will go to "significantly expand" its engineering organization. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, and also included Valhalla Partners, Intel Capital, Mission Ventures and Windward Ventures, all existing investors in the company. Nirvanix said it has now raised $70M in total capital. Nirvanix operates an online, cloud-based storage service which it off (More info...)

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VC IN THE OC 2012 - May 15th
OCTANe will host the largest gathering of VCs in Orange
County this year on May 15, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Over
45 VCs and investors will attend and participate in discussions focused on incubators, M&A, private investors, and much more.

John Balen of Caanan Partners, which recently closed a $600 million fund,
will give the VC Keynote with a “View from the Valley”
and top investment trends. Ted Schilowitz of RED Digital Cinema – the
maker of ultra high-resolution digital movie cameras used in virtually all major motion pictures – will deliver the OC Innovation keynote.

Attendees will also have access to six panel discussions, VC Speed-
dating, 14 investment presentations, a showcase of 100 innovative OC
companies, and top-tier networking with Southern California executives.

Green Business BASE CAMP - May 31 to June 3rd, Los Angeles
Green Business BASE CAMP provides you with expertise in entrepreneurial
skill-building, industry-specific tools, strategic networking, expert
coaching and access to the most successful people in the green and
cleantech business.

Do you know entrepreneurs who could benefit from the BASE CAMP experience?

Picture this: 100 entrepreneurs will be surrounded for four enriching days by peers they respect, industry experts they admire, and investors they will want to impress. In addition to gaining critical tools, knowledge and personal advice, BASE CAMP attendees will walk away with the confidence they need to succeed and a clear sense of where to go next.

Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author will kick off the inaugural workshop activities with words of wisdom and inspiration. Paul is THE godfather of sustainable business (but you probably know that).

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Trinet: Supporting startup growth with the new recruiting ecosystem
The recruiting ecosystem is changing, led by professional social networks like LinkedIn and Viadeo and social media apps like Jobvite and BranchOut.

This report examines how the new ecosystem creates a streamlined, scientific and democratic approach to the recruiting process, and in turn, changes the way startups and growing businesses find and retain their employees.

Download this report to learn about success stories and recommendations on how to take full advantage of innovative technology to help your efforts to attract and retain top talent.

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

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Technical Recruiting for LA based Startups and High-Growth Companies

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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PwC Shaking the MoneyTree - May 24th
LAVA hosts PwC's Shaking the MoneyTree

Thursday May 24, 2011
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Please join LAVA, PwC and a distinguished panel of industry experts and local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q1 2012 PwC/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson Reuters.

The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PwC and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Reuters, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide.

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