Friday, June 1, 2012
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:

Gobbler Links With Cloud Storage Firm Box
Los Angeles-based Gobbler, the online, cloud-based backup and collaboration startup headed by Chris Kantrowitz, said this week that it has tied together its platform with online storage provider Box. The company said that they will link Box's content sharing tools with Gobbler's infrastructure, to specifically address the needs of media creators. Gobbler's software is aimed at media creators, letting them store, collaborate, and share their projects via cloud-based storage. The two firms said th (More info...)

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

LeisureLink Makes Trio of Hires
Pasadena-based LeisureLink, the venture-backed provider of a vacation rental marketing system and operator of online booking travel site, has made a trio of new hires this week. The company said it has named Tom Lamb as President of the firm, Alex Hansen as CFO, and Adam Michaelson as Chief Marketing Officer. Lamb was previously at American Discovery, and also was co-founder and COO of local startup Done Right! He also headed up corporate development at Overture Services. Hansen (More info...)

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Hulu In Video Deal With New York Times
Los Angeles-based video streaming and entertainment site Hulu has just inked a deal with the New York Times, to feature videos produced for the paper, according to a report today. The report, from the Nieman Journalism Lab, says that videos produced for will be available alongside the rest of Hulu's content. Hulu has similar deals with the Wall Street Journal, along with a number of news networks. Financial details of the content licensing deal were not announced.

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Interview with Michael Wong, MergeLocal
Are users willing to check into local businesses with another, mobile check-in product? That's what Los Angeles-based MergeLocal ( is looking to find out, by offering up points which can be converted to real cash, when users check into local businesses. We caught up with co-founder Michael Wong, who told us about how the company is looking to change the model for local check-ins, and also help businesses with getting the word out about their services.

What is MergeLocal?

(More info...)

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Givit Launches On Windows 8 Release Preview
San Diego-based Givit, the video management and sharing service run by Greg Kostello, said this week that it has released on Windows 8 Release Preview via the Windows Store. According to Givit, its app allows users to record, upload, store, share and view video via the new Windows operating system. Windows 8 Release Preview was released to users for download yesterday. Givit--formerly known as Vmix--is venture backed by ATA Ventures and JK&B Ventures.

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Activision Blizzard Settles Infinity Ward Lawsuits
The various legal disputes over Activision's Call of Duty and Modern Warfare titles appears to have been put to bed, according to a statement by Activision Blizzard late Thursday. In a terse statement, Activision Blizzard said that all parties to the litigation related to Infinity Ward have reached a settlement over the matter. Terms of the settlement are confidential. Activison had been locked in a legal battle with Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former founders of Infinity Ward, along with (More info...)

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

BlackLine Systems In Strategic Alliance With Deloitte
Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems, the developer of financial close software headed by Therese Tucker, has formalized a strategic business alliance with auditing firm Deloitte, According to BlackLine, the alliance calls for Deloitte's finance transformation practice to help large organizations automate their account reconciliation and financial close processes using BlackLine's applications. Financial details of the strategic alliance were not disclosed. BlackLine has been working with Deloitt (More info...)

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Row 44 Selected By Icelandair
Westlake Village-based Row 44, the provider of in-flight WiFi and entertainment systems, reported yesterday that it has been selected by Icelandair, to provide its services on Icelandair's fleet. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Row 44 said it will begin equipping Icelandair's fleet with its high speed WiFi starting this year. Row 44 said the win came due to its ability to operate over both land and water, which was particularly important for Icelandair's transatlantic routes.

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Mindspeed Names VP
Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies said Thursday that it has named Kevin Trosian as its new Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations. Trosian joins the company from Power-One, where he also had been responsible for business development and investor relations. Trosian also has previously served at Tower 12 Consulting, Wedbush Morgan Securities, and Banc of America Securities.

posted on Friday, June 1, 2012(Full story)

Vator Splash LA - June 7th - Special Discount
The popular Vator Splash start-up event comes to LA

What do Peter Thiel, Mark Pincus (Zynga), Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Tim Westergren (Pandora), Dick Costolo(Twitter) have in common? They've all spoken at Vator Splash, sharing their advice on what it takes to build a start-up. Vator Splash is the only event dedicated to helping entrepreneurs learn from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs so you can learn from their mistakes and be energized by their determination and will to succeed. It is an event that inspires.

On the evening of June 7, Vator will be holding its second-annual Vator Splash LA event at The Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. This upcoming Splash will showcase 10 up-and-coming tech startups (who competed out over well over 100), prominent VCs and angels, and two leading LA-based high-tech entrepreneurs to keynote that have either exited or are queued up to go IPO.

Use "socal" for a 15% discount, when you register here:

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

Trinet White Paper: Options for handling your HR functions
HR is a necessity when you have employees. And what could be better than taking a set of duties – which although a necessity, are not a core competence – off your plate? According to a Small Business Association study, the average small business owner spends 25%+ of the time handling employee-related paperwork.

This average increases to a staggering 35-45% if the tasks include recruitment, hiring, and training of new employees. After all, you have no interest in processing payroll twice a month, negotiating benefits with insurance carriers, or worrying about how to comply with a litany of government regulations. You entered into business to build a lasting legacy, deliver great products or services, and generate revenue doing what you do best. So why NOT outsource HR? Read this paper to learn more.

Read more at:

Advertisement - Internet Access, Web Hosting, Network Services
We put the "Service" back into Internet Service Provider.

Application Developer Privacy Summit + Happy Hour
Enjoy free food, drinks and discussion with SoCal developers and top privacy experts June 5 and 6 in LA, Fountain City and San Diego. Why? Policymakers in the State Capitol and on Capitol Hill are deciding how to protect – and who’s responsible for – user and consumer privacy, and developers are squarely in the crosshairs. Learn what’s at stake for your applications and your business, and don’t be left out of the conversation.

No cost for developers but registration required to secure your space.
Los Angeles: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-9:30pm, Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Fountain Valley: Wednesday, June 6, 12:00-2:00pm, MEDL Mobile

San Diego: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30-9:30pm, Co-Merge

Leading the discussions: Richard Qiu, Vice President of Business Development, TRUSTe; Josh Hartwell, CEO, Mobile Deluxe; Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum; Andrew Maltin, CEO, MEDL Mobile; Tim Sparapani, Senior Advisor for Policy and Law, Application Developers Alliance; Jake Ward, VP of Communications, Application Developers Alliance. Sponsored by the Application Developers Alliance and TRUSTe with CBS Interactive, MEDL Mobile, Mobile Deluxe, Parapxl, Design3, Co-Merge and Startup Weekend San Diego. Registration required, free to developers.

Sponsored By


Recent Interviews

Browse Issues