Monday, May 7, 2012
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.

Verdezyne Raises $10.6M More
Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, which is developing biotechnology used for biofuels production and chemicals manufacturing, has raised $10.6M in a new, debt funding round, according to a filing from the firm last week. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. The filing indicates that Monitor Ventures, OVP Venture Partners, BP Alternative Energy Ltd., and DSM Venturing B.V. all continue to hold seats on the company's board of directors. Other investors in Verdezyne are the
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Flipswap Acquired By eRecyclingCorps
Torrance-based Flipswap, which operates a consumer electronics buyback program, has been acquired by Texas-based eRecyclingCorps, the firms said today. Financial term sof the acquisition were not disclosed. eReclycpingCorps said that it has also acquired FlipSwap's interest in interest in Flipswap Services, LLC. Flipswap was venture backed by NGEN Partners and RRE Ventures.

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Machinima On Verge Of Investment From Google, Says Report
Los Angeles-based content developer Machinima is on the verge of an investment deal with Google, according to a report published Monday by AllthingsD. Size and details of the funding have yet to be announced, but according to the report is expected to close within a month and be worth around $30M, valuing Machinima at around $190M post-funding. Machinima consistently ranks among the top providers of content on Google's YouTube, and has been one of the companies spearheading YouTube's push into (More info...)

posted on Monday, May 7, 2012(Full story) Launches on Google Chrome
Do you ever wonder which presidential candidate you most agree with on issues? Los Angeles-based iSideWith's service--which just launched on the Google Chrome store and is also available online--helps users figure that out, by answering a short series of questions on your economic, social, and other political views. The service uses your answers to help people compare their views with the 2012 presidential candidates, and explains why and how their views agree or disagree with the candidates. T (More info...)

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Ixia to Acquire Anue Systems For $145M
Calabasas-based network testing equipment provider Ixia said Monday morning that it has agreed to buy Anue Systems, a developer of network monitoring and test products, in a deal worth $145M in cash. Ixia said that Anue had 2011 revenues of $40.5M, with revenues of $47.6M in the twelve months ended March 31, 2012. Ixia said the acquisition will help it become a "leading player" in the network visibility market. Ixia was advised by Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and Bryan Cave LLP in the deal; Anue was (More info...)

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Celladon Gets $53M In Funding
San Diego-based Celladon, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing a genetically targeted enzyme replacement therapy which helps in the treatment of late-stage, heart failure, has raised $53M in a second close of a funding round, the firm said today. The round came from new investors MPM Capital and LSP Life Sciences, along with Pfizer Venture Investors, Lundbeckfond Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, Hambrecht and Quist Capital Management, GBS Venture Partners, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, J (More info...)

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Mobile Roadie Powers San Diego Zoo Safari Park App
Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of a mobile app development platform being used by brands, celebrities, companies, and others to easily create their mobile apps, is powering a new app today from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The app is the second app using Mobile Roadie's platform for the zoo. Mobile Roadie also powers the official app for the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park App is free, and available both on iTunes and Android, and allows users to explore the diffe (More info...)

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Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America
If you're a photographer or artist, what's the easiest way to display, print, frame, and sell your photos or artwork to

customers? You could handle all the details of printing, framing things, collecting payments, dealing with shipping, and

more--or you can go online and use Fine Art America (, a Santa Monica company which is doing

all of that for more than a 100,000 members. Fine Art America handles all of the details of fulfilling sales for images

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Row 44 Deploys In Russia
Westlake Village-based in-flight wireless and broadband provider Row 44 reports that it has scored a win in Russia, with private airline Transaero Airlines. Financial terms of the win were not disclosed. Row 44 said that Transaero will be deploying its broadband entertainment platform for broadband Internet access, e-commerce, video on demand, and more on its routes within Russia, and between Russian and North America, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Row 44 is backed by (More info...)

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Topanga Technologies Launches Plasma Lighting Product
Canoga Park-based Topanga Technologies, the venture backed provider of solid state lighting products, said Friday that it has launched a new plasma light source product Friday. The company said the new solid state lighting product is aimed at street, area, architectural, and industrial lighting applications. The firm said the new products are aimed at replacing 750 to 1000 watt HID sources, and save 40 to 50 percent in energy. The firm's 400 watt APL400 has 22,000 lumen output, and its APL250 ha (More info...)

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SRS Upgrades Audio Processing Accessory
Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, which develops surround sound and audio enhancement technology, said this morning that it has upgraded its SRS iWOW Universal audio accessory, which allows users of any audio device to gain access to its surround sound and audio processing technology. SRS said its device, which plugs into any standard 3.5mm headphone jack, allows nearly any consumer electronic device to gain access to its audio processing technology, which is used to enhance music, videos, video games, (More info...)

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Novatel Wireless Launches New Wireless Module
San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced a new wireless module this morning, aimed at the remote asset monitoring market. The firm, which develops wireless modems used to provide data connectivity over cell phone networks, said its new telemetry solutions are aimed at industrial automation, vending machines, oil & gas pipelines and energy and smart grid applications. Novatel's new SA-G+ device runs on CDMA2000 1X networks. Pricing of the new module was not disclosed. Novatel is best known for (More info...)

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SDVG 10th Annual Venture Summit – June 6, 2012
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

Over 75 VCs, 25 Cool Companies and 2 Fantastic Speakers!

San Diego Venture Group presents its 10th Annual Venture Summit on June 6. This year featuring two fantastic keynote presentations: David Duncan, author of “The Experimental Man” and Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners. Join us as well for our panel with leading institutional L.P.s on the future of the small venture fund.

25 of San Diego’s Coolest Companies will be on display for you to meet. Come join the best networking event in Southern California. 75 VCs have already signed up to attend. Last year we sold out so don’t delay!

More information and registration here:

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).

Register today at:

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.

Register today!

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.

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