Friday, May 18, 2012
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!

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SpaceX Set For Saturday Morning Launch
Hawthorne-based SpaceX is hoping to launch its historic mission to the International Space Station Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral. The launch--which will be the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the ISS--is set for 4:55a.m. EST Saturday, and will mark a huge milestone for SpaceX in its goal to deliver cargo, and eventually, astronauts, to space. SpaceX is headed by tech mogul Elon Musk, and although the firm has successfully demonstrated flights to space in the past, this will be th (More info...)

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PromoJam: Facebook IPO Celebrated In Drinks?
Planning on celebrating that Facebook IPO tonight? Los Angeles-based PromoJam just posted an amusing list of tech-themed mixed drinks to celebrate the occasion, which is now the biggest technology IPO on record, ever. PromoJam posted its list of tech-company themed drinks Friday in a tongue-in-cheek post, to help new Facebook stock owners to "drink away your jitters after you buy your inflated Facebook stock." Promojam's list of cocktails include the "Zuckerpunch" (3/4oz rum, 3/4 oz lemonade, 2 (More info...)

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Facebook IPO Hits Markets Today: Will It Spur SoCal IPO Activity?
As Mountain View-based social networking site Facebook hits the market today, in what is the largest tech initial public offering in history, one question is if it will spur what has, so far, been a lackluster IPO market for Southern California technology firms. Despite the huge interest in Facebook's IPO--the firm priced at $38.00 last night, at the very high range of an already raised $34.00 to $38.00 initial offering range--it has actually been a less active year for Southern California than (More info...)

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Factual Releases New Android SDK
Los Angeles-based location based data API provider Factual told its developers ysterday that it has officially annoucned the release of its official SDK for Android. The firm--which already supported Android through its Factual Java driver--said it has added exact dependencies needed to get the firm's APIs up and running on an Android device, provided a sample Android project, and other specific Android support hooks into the SDK. Factual provides location-based APIs which allow developers to pu (More info...)

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WD Names Two To Board
Irvine-based Western Digital, the maker of disk drives, said this morning that it has appointed two new members to its board of directors. WD said it has added Kensuke Oka and Masahiro Yamamura to the board, both of whom are being added as part of WD's acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Oka is President and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., and Yamamura is General Manager of the Semiconductor Business Division of Hitachi Ltd. WD announced its deal to buy Hitachi Global Storage in Ma (More info...)

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Groups Join To Promote Innovation, Entrepreneurship in Riverside County
A trio of local groups have teamed together to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Riverside County, and received approval Tuesday from the Riverside County Supervisors for the effort. The Riverside County Economic Development Agency, the Tri-Tech Business Development Center of Riverside Community College, and the Tech Coast Angels said they will form the Riverside County Innovation Alliance, which will help promote awarenesss of high tech businesses, mentor entrepreneurs, and help compan (More info...)

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