Friday, August 3, 2012
Safire Partners Executive Search
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software and clean technology across Southern California. Please visit
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CapLinked Revamps File Storage
CapLinked, which provides a cloud-based service that helps companies manage their fundraising process, said Friday that it has completely revamped its file storage services, and now allows its premium CapLinked Teams users to store any number of documents via its cloud storage service. The company, which is based in Manhattan Beach, said that its streamlined document storage services can be uploaded either via its drag-and-drop uploader or individually uploaded, and that those documents an be sh (More info...)

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SpaceX Selected By NASA To Deliver Astronauts To Space
Hawthorne-based SpaceX has gotten its wish: NASA wants it to send astronauts to space. SpaceX said Friday that it has won a $440M contract with NASA, to develop the successor to the Space Shuttle, to transport American astronauts to space. Delivering astronauts to NASA to space has long been a goal of SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, as it has been developing its spaceflight capabilities. SpaceX said that it plans to undertake its first, manned flight to space by 2015.
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Ventura County Area College Explores New Engineering Program
A local, Ventura County based college appears to be in the early stages of exploring starting an engineering program, to help local employers and employees. According to a survey sent out through a local professional engineering organization this morning, a local college is exploring whether it would be meaningful to the Ventura County community to start an engineering program to service the needs of employers in the area. Ventura County, despite a wealth of high tech companies, does not have a (More info...)

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Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports
One of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet? And, how do programs like YouTube's recent push to help fund original content channels on the site helping? We spoke with John Mudge, CEO of iBN Sports (, to learn more about the Lake Forest-based company's success in making content pay on the Internet, and how his company's relationship as one of YouTube's Premium Channels is helping with that e (More info...)

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Saban Brands Buys The Playforge
Los Angeles-based Saban Brands, which is owned by Saban Capital Group, the investment arm of media mogul Haim Saban, said Thursday that it has acquired The Playforge, a mobile games developer known for its title Zombie Farm. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The Playforge was based in San Mateo. According to Saban, the acquisition will provide it with a "solid footprint" in Silicon Valley. The Playforge has more than 25 employees. Saban said The Playforge will continue to release ga (More info...)

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SkuRun Links Deal With Paddle Board Firm SUP ATX
Los Angeles-based mobile software developer Skurun has inked a partnership deal with paddle board manufacturer SUP ATX, the companies said earlier this week. According to the two, SUP ATX will work with SkuRun to create a custom, B2B, mbile product for its sales representatives. Financial details of the win wer enot announced. SkuRun, which is headed by Ralph Acosta, develops mobile software which helps sales people present product documents, images, and videos to customers. The company had anno (More info...)

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The latest trend in tech: Ordering Food Online with Seamless
From individual meals and late-night group orders, to catered meetings and blowout parties, Seamless is the easiest way to feed the office. We link companies and their employees to hundreds of local food options, offer fast and convenient online ordering and provide just one invoice for all food orders.

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LAVA's Annual Venture Capital Panel - August 14th, Santa Monica
LAVA Special Event
LAVA's Annual Venture Capital Panel

Tuesday August 14, 2012
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make.

Moderator: Jon Funk, Founder, Ocean Road Partners

Confirmed Panelists

Jim Andelman, Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners
David Caseras, Principal, Vicente Capital Partners


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