Friday, September 21, 2012
OCtane Strategic Growth Conferences
Please join us September 27 to hear Ray Bingham, CEO of Cadence from ’99-’04. Now currently a Managing Director at growth equity firm General Atlantic, Ray will be the keynote presenter at this special OCTANE event.

Whether you are acquiring another company, being acquired, or are considering M&A as part of your overall exit strategy, Ray will discuss his perspectives on how best to manage and/or leverage it. Specific points to be discussed include:

· Is this a good time to consider acquisitions
· Key factors in positioning to achieve highest value in M&A situations
· 5 common pitfalls of bad acquisitions

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012 and Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth – 660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600 – Newport Beach, CA 92660

If you are a CEO, CFO, or entrepreneur, you will not want to miss this chance to hear and network with one of Silicon Valley’s most successful leaders. Register now, space is limited!

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Rodedog: 11 Year Old's App Wins 20K To Stop Texting While Driving
Remember that hackathon held a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles by AT&T to spur interesting ideas in apps to stop texting while driving? The winner was an 11 year old, Victoria Walker, who just won $20,000 for RodeDog, an app which uses a dog's bark to remind people not to text while driving. The app was created by Walker and David Grau, of interactive agency WLDG. The two were part of a crowd of around 120 people at the event, which was one of a number of hackathon events in the Los Angeles a (More info...)

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SpaceX Gets Launch Date For First ISS Supply Run
SpaceX, the privately held, Southern California developer of spacecraft and rockets, said Friday that NASA and the firm have announced October 7th, 2012, as the target launch date for its first resupply mission to the International Space Station. According to SpaceX, the launch of its Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft will be 8:34 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral. The launch comes after the huge success of the first docking of the SpaceX Dragon with the ISS in May; NASA now has SpaceX set for 12 missio (More info...)

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Apple's iPhone 5 Powered By Broadcom, Qualcomm, Skyworks Chips
The teardown of Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 5, by iFixit shows that three Southern California companies are shipping an awful lot of chips today as people scramble to get their hands on the device. The teardown by iFixit shows multiple chips from Skyworks, Qualcomm, and Broadcom in the iPhone 5, including a set of wireless power amplifiers from Skyworks, power management and modem chips from Qualcomm, and touchscreen controller from Broadcom. The combination of chips from the trio of South (More info...)

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MobileCause Partners With Sage
Los Angeles-based mobile fundraising application developer MobileCause has partnered with Sage, to provide its mobile fundraising platform to Sage's nonprofit customers. Sage announced the agreement today, saying that MobileCause will be integrated with its Sage Millennium and other products. Financial details of the link were not disclosed. MobileCause, which is headed by Doug Plank, is backed by un-named venture and angel investors. Sage runs its North American operations out of Irvine. Mobil (More info...)

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GraphEffect Ties Into Facebook Partner Program
Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has become an official partner of Facebook, the firm said this week. The company said it has become a Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) by Facebook, which it says is the "highest distinction" offered by Facebook to its marketing partners. GraphEffect develops marketing analytics tools which tap into the world of social networking and media. GraphEffect is venture backed by Lerer Ventures, Thrive Capital, Founder Collective, Rincon Venture Partners, Cros (More info...)

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How Planana Is Connecting Events To Sponsors, With Anna Sergeeva
What is the biggest issue that local event organizers--health and family fairs, sports events, and so on--have? Los Angeles-based Planana ( found out it's getting sponsors for their events. Anna Sergeeva is co-founder of the company, and tells us how the firm pivoted from its former life as trueRSVP, focused on event RSVPs, into instead helping event organizers round up sponsors.

What is Planana?

Anna Sergeeva: What Planana does, is it connects sponsors to events, where it' (More info...)

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SGN Snags VP From Zynga
Los Angeles-based SGN said today that it has snagged a Zynga executive to head up product development for the company. SGN, which develops cross platform social and mobile games, said it has hired Brian Kahrs as its Vice President of Product. Kahrs was most recently heading up Treasure Isle and Farmville Express development at Zynga, serving as a Product Manager. He also served at Sony Pictures. SGN's titles include Fluff Friends Rescue, Jewels of the Amazon, Bingo Blingo, Skies of Glory, and Mi (More info...)

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How You Can Catch A Glimpse Of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Today
If you're in the Los Angeles area, NASA is flying the Space Shuttle Endeavour into LAX today, after doing a flyover of the state. NASA said it will be flying the orbitor on top of its modified 747 aircraft today, starting around 8:15 a.m. out of Edwards Air Force Base. The shuttle will then fly to Northern California, and then eventually circle back towards the Los Angeles area around 11:30 a.m. According to NASA, the Space Shuttle will be passing over such regional landmarks as the California S (More info...)

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Zebit Names Legal VP
San Diego-based Zebit, a venture backed developer of big data and analytics software, said this week that it has named Joshua Clorfeine as Vice President, Legal and Administration. Clorfeine was most recently at SAIC, where he served as Vice President for Legal and Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Legal. He also has served at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles. Zebit is backed by Global Analytics Holdings, and is developing an analytics platform aimed at underwriting to th (More info...)

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