Monday, August 6, 2012
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Atomkeep Acquired By Jobscience
Atomkeep, an online service to help users synchronize their social media profiles across a number of social networking sites, has been acquired by Jobscience, a developer of social relationship management software tools. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Atomkeep was founded in Los Angeles by Olexiy Prokhorenko and Olexandr Prokhorenko. According to Atomkeep, it will stop offering its service as part of the acquisition, and will be helping Jobscience to help advance individual onwer (More info...)

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Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups
At least six, Southern California companies -- Nimble, ParkMe, Quarterly, Beachmint, Chromatik, and Dollar Shave Club -- have been named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies list today, a healthy share of the publication's annual look at the best ideas, hottest industries, and innovators. Entrepreneur's list included the Southern California startups across a number of areas -- tech, apps, travel, geek chic, invention, retail, social media, and music/art. ParkMe operates an o (More info...)

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MomentFeed: Instagram, foursquare Help Boost Restaurant Chain
Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, the location analytics software developer which helps brands analyze how location-based app promotions are working on a location-by-location basis, said today that a promotion incorporating Instagram and foursqure seemed to help a local restaurant chain. The company said that, based on its measurements, a recent promotion by Barney's Beanery--where the chain handed out prizes to people who posted Instagram or foursquare photos at the restaurant--helped to increase (More info...)

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ShoeDazzle Tops 13 Million Members
Santa Monica-based online apparel company ShoeDazzle reported Monday morning that it added one million new members last month, bringing its total members to more than 13 million. The fashion and e-commerce site also said it had a "record number" of item sales in July. According to ShoeDazzle, the gains game because the firm switched from its earlier, subscription model, and is now able to serve an "enormous segment of women" looking to buy from the firm but who don't want to sign up for a monthl (More info...)

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Peregrine Semiconductor Expected To IPO Wednesday
San Diego-based RFIC maker Peregrine Semiconductor is looking to be the next, Southern California technology company to make it to the public markets, with an IPO on Wednesday, according to the NASDAQ's IPO calendar. Peregrine is looking to raised $83M in an IPO, which is currently estimated to price at between $14.00 and $16.00 a share. Peregrine is looking to trade on the NASDAQ as PSMI. Peregrine Semiconductor is venture backed by Morgenthaler Partners, Ridgewood Peregrine, Palisades Ventures (More info...)

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ReachLocal Names Chief Revenue Officer
Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said this morning that it has named Josh Claman as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Claman joins the company from Dell, where he was most recently Dell's Vice President and General Manager of the Public and Large Enterprise Business in the Americas. ReachLocal said that Claman has been at Dell for the past 10 years. ReachLocal provides a service which helps small and medium-sized businesses place Internet advertising, as well as reach out to customers online.

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Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

Santa Monica-based Demand Media ( has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years. The company went from a venture backed high tech startup to an IPO as a publicly traded firm, and over its time has battled the perception of being a "content farm", suffered through Google and its Panda update, and now has emerged as a major content partner for Google (More info...)

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NASA Curiosity Lands On Mars
NASA's Curiosity Rover, the car-sized, robotic explorer run out of Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has landed successfully on Mars, touching down on the Red Planet at 10:32 p.m. Sunday evening. The robotic space vehicle is now scheduled to begin a two-year mission to explore a giant crater on the planet. The rover was designed, developed, and assembled at JPL, which is a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The successful landing adds to an already resurging space (More info...)

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CrazyEgg Buys Hello Bar
Orange County-based heatmap software developer CrazyEgg has acquired Hello Bar, a developer of customizable, web toolbars which help encourage actions from web site visitors. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TechCrunch, the buy included only the Hello Bar product, and not its team. CrazyEgg, which is based in La Mirada, has quietly built a healthy following providing website analytics tools, centered around creating a visual "heat map" of how visitors are using and vis (More info...)

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Qualcomm Snags Marketing Chief Away From Intel
San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has named Anand Chandrasekher as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Chandrasekher joins the company from Intel, where he was Vice President, General Manager for that firm's Ultra Mobility Group, which manages Intel's Atom processor family. Qualcomm said Chandrasekher has spent nearly 25 years with Intel, including pioneering the company's Intel Centrino platforms.

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Teledyne Acquires PDM Neptec, Completes LeCroy Buy
Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, instrumentation, and aerospace products firm, said Friday that it has acquired PDM Neptec, a provider of underwater cables, fiber optic and electrical subsea connectors. Separately, the firm said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of scientific instruments firm LeCroy. In the PDM Neptec buy, Teledyne said that UK-based Neptec becomes Teledyne Impuse-PDM Ltd. No financials of that deal were announced. IN the L (More info...)

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Vitesse Sees Network Timing Wins
Camarillo-based semiconductor maker Vitesse said this morning that it has accumulated nine design wins for its new network timing components. The firm said that the nine customers include FibroLAN and Bridgewave Communications, along with others. The Vitesse VeriTime IEE1588v2 products are used for network timing in LTE networks, for wireless backhaul. Vitesse did not say how much the wins were worth for the company.

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MaxLinear Gets A Dozen Design Wins
Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits, reported today that it has scored more than a dozen wins in video gateway and set-top box designs for one of its products. The firm said that its Full-Spectrum Capture (FSCTM) digital cable front-end receivers has been incorporated into those designs across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Names of customers and shipment volumes were not announced by the company. The firm's chips are used in cable gateway (More info...)

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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
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