Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Meet The VCs - October 17th, Santa Monica
Calling all Startups! The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) invites you to our fourth annual Meet the VCs night. Here's your big opportunity to meet with more than 30 venture capitalists and major angel groups. During the course of two hours, you will get to meet each of them and learn about what they look for in potential startup investments. This event has sold out early each of the last three years. Please register early to avoid losing your seat. This event is designed to help investors and entrepreneurs engage with each other. Only 100 entrepreneurs will have access to this sessions, after having their applications approved. Learn more at:

DocStoc's Makes Business Licenses Easier, In LA
License123, the business licensing information site operated by, is looking to make it easier for businesses in the City of Los Angeles to apply for the city, county, and state permitting paperwork for various kinds of businesses. According to LA Councilmember Eric Garcetti, people can now visit his website and gain access to the service, where businesses can apply for the relevant businesses licenses for free in Los Angeles. License123 is the brainchild of Docstoc's Jason Nazar, who (More info...)

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Silicon Beach Popularity Drives Up Rent, Says Report
The popularity of setting up a startup on Silicon Beach is pushing up office rent on the Westside of Los Angeles, according to an article from Businessweek posted Tuesday. The article says that office space is getting more expensive in areas like Venice, due to the number of startups moving into the area, and the activity of companies like Google, accelerators like Amplify, startups like StackSocial, and others. Photo of Amplify's building in Venice, courtesy of Amplify.

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Amazon Studios Options Two Comedies
The option deals are coming fast and furious at Amazon Studios, the effort being run here in Los Angeles to develop content for Amazon Prime and other platforms. Amazon Studios said this week that it has optioned two new comedy series, including Support, centered around a band's life on the road, and The Face and The Heel, focused on the world of wrestling. Amazon has been optioning all kinds of projects lately, as it looks to fill a pipeline of possible content productions. Amazon set up shop i (More info...)

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Pokki: Bring Back My Windows Start Menu
Planning on upgrading to Windows 8, the newest operating system from Microsoft? Confused about where the Windows Start menu went?
San Diego startup Sweetlabs, the maker of the Pokki desktop applications environment for Windows, is looking to help confused Windows users by restoring the Start Menu functionality to the new Microsoft OS. SweetLabs said that its new Pokki for Windows 8 product--which is free--incorporates all of the core Start Menu functionality back into Windows 8, after Microsoft (More info...)

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Gridtest Debuts European Charging Support
Calabasas-based electric vehicle testing systems manufacturer Gridtest Systems has expanded its equipment to support european electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, the company said this week. The firm said its new European Electric Vehicle test system validates the functionality, safety, and interoperability of EV charging stations in the European market. Gridtest's systems are used to test and validate electric vehicle charging stations and their connections to electric vehicles. Gridtest say (More info...)

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Cymer Acquired By ASML For $2.5 Billion
San DIego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, has been acquired by ASML, a Netherlands-based provider of lithography systems. ASML said it will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cymer in a deal worth EUR 1.95 billion (2.55 billion US dollars). The deal is a mix of cash and stock. Cymer's products are used as a core part of the semiconductor device manufacturing process. ASML said that it has been collaborating with Cymer on pr (More info...)

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WiSpry Debuts Developers Kits For Smartphones, Tablets
Irvine-based chip maker WiSpry said Tuesday that it has shipped a new development/evaluation kit, aimed at developers of smartphones and tablets. The firm said its new Antenna Tuning Developers' Kit features a miniature size so that developer can evaluate its products in a true form-factor smartphone or tablet. WiSpry is a developer of tunable chips used for wireless antennas. The firm said the kit will help OEMs evaluate and streamline the process of integrating its antenna tuning capabilities (More info...)

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