Friday, April 12, 2013
Learn To Be A Business Rockstar- First Steps In Starting A Business
Business Rockstars Academy:
BUSINESS ROCKSTARS ACADEMY: Starting your own business and becoming an entrepreneur can be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences of your life. But you need to clearly understand what it takes and how to start.

If you succeed, it will change your life in these ways:
The Freedom to set your day / schedule
The potential to dramatically increase your income
A higher level of job security
The ability to leave a legacy & Contribute

In this 3 hour class you will learn what it takes to become an Entrepreneur and tools to get clear on your business idea!

Speakers include: Nolan Bushnell (Founder, Atari & Chucky Cheese); Steve Lehman (Premiere Radio Networks); Ken Rutkowski (Business Rockstars); Nanxi Liu (Enplug); Dave Ulmer (founder, Roxio); Josh Wenner.

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FieldLevel Launches Matching Algorithm For Sports Recruiting
Can a software algorithm help student athletes and coaches connect better? Los Angeles-based FieldLevel, which operates an online social network aimed at coaches and sports recruiting, said Friday that it has rolled out new technology its says allows coaches to more easily identify student athletes, making it easier for teams to attract better talent. FieldLevel--which is headed by Brenton Sullivan--says it takes over 51 data points to help match up athletes with colleges. The firm says its algo (More info...)

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Tumblr Expands In Los Angeles
Online photo blogging platform Tumblr is the latest, hot Internet startup to set up shot in Los Angeles, saying that it has opened up its first, official West Coast office in the city. The firm said Thursday that the primary function of its office will be sales and outreach, and that it initially has seve, full time employees in Los Angeles. The opening of the office was first spotted by Betabeat, which saw photos of the new office posted by Tumblr's head of sales. in a statement, Tumblr said th (More info...)

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Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013
There's been a lot of activity over the past two years in the Southern California accelerator/incubator market, with numerous groups (Amplify, EvoNexus, K5, LaunchpadLA, MediaCamp, Science, StartEngine, and many, many others) looking to help entrepreneurs start and fund their companies. But, how successful have they been? Although it might still be on the early side for an analysis, we've run our numbers again to figure out who's having the biggest success so far in the market, where entrepren (More info...)

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Hasbro, Netflix Team On Kids Programming
Beverly Hills-based Hasbro Studios, the content division of toy maker Hasbro, and streaming media provider Netflix said Thursday that the two are in an expanded, multi-year programming agreement. According to the two, they will add such new Hasbro Studio shows as My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Transformers Prime, Littlest Pet Shop and Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, available to Netflix members in the U.S. Financial details of the content deal were not disclosed.

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Punchcard Gets Award
Punchcard, the developer of mobile loyalty and rewards applications which is backed by Idealab, has won an award at an industry conference, the firm said this week. Punchcard said it won the Future Stars award at the BIA Kelsey Leading in Local conference in Boston a couple of weeks ago, after competing in a "Shark Tank" style demo session. Punchcard, which was founded by Andy Steuer, develops mobile applications which are used by local retailers to encourage repeat visits to their locations; th (More info...)

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EDF Renewable Services Signs Wind Farm Contract
San Diego-based EDF Renewable Services, a provider of third-party, operations and maintenance services for renewable energy facilities, reported a win this week with the Edom Hill Wind Farm in the San Gorgornio Pass. EDF Renewables said it will provider operations and maintenance services for Clipper wind turbine generators at the location. Size of the win was not disclosed. EDF said the wind farm generates 20MW of renewable energy, and is in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs.

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The Fundamentals of an Investor Pitch - SAM Precellerator - April 23rd
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

April 23, 2013
**Networking to follow!**

1. Learn what really interests investors
2. Learn how to get their attention and KEEP their attention
3. Proper use of PowerPoint as a tool to enhance your message
4. Techniques to make you a more credible presenter

Featuring Eli Eisenberg, Founder & CEO, Straightline Management

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Financing Trends For Life Science Companies - 4/18 - Newbury Park
Financing Trends For Life Science Companies. Who received funding in the last year and why?

The Bio Science Alliance CFO/Finance Interest Group
Presented by The BioScience Alliance and TechCXO

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
7:30am 9:00am
Ventura BioCenter Incubator

Brett Maver, Sr. Relationship Manager in the Life Science sector for Silicon Valley Bank will give us insight as to: Overall trends in venture capital investing in the Life Science industry; What key sectors are getting the most attention? How is the Bank reacting to and following these trends?

Register today!

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Visit the Emerging Company Zone, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, for access to the latest MoneyTree venture capital report; thought leadership articles, information on IPOs and more.

Splash LA - May 30th - Hollywood Roosevelt
Calling all entrepreneurs and investors: Vator Splash LA is being held on
the evening of May 30 at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt.

So save the date. Use "Socal15" on any of the tiers. You can register

What do Peter Thiel, Mark Pincus (Zynga), Aaron Levie (Box), Brian
Sharples (Home Away), 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 startup. 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.

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also $25k-plus in prizes and sit-down meetings with top VCs.

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