Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Learn To Be A Business Rockstar- First Steps In Starting A Business
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Report: Hulu Hires Guggenheim Partners To Sell Company
A report Wednesday afternoon says that Los Angeles-based streaming media site Hulu has hired investment banking firm Guggenheim Partners, to advise the firm on a sale. The report from Reuters, citing three sources with knowledge of the matter, said there's an ongoing auction process for Hulu. Guggenheim is the same firm that attempted to sell Hulu in 2011. Guggenheim is the same firm which recently hired Ross Levinsohn to head up its Guggenheim Digital Media unit, and which is potentially a bidd (More info...)

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Music Mastermind Nabs $11.3M As It Launches Music Creation App
Calabasas-based Music Mastermind, the interactive entertainment firm headed by Matt Serletic, has raised $11.3M, as it has inked a deal with mobile games publisher Chillingo to publish a new music creation game called Zya. Music Mastermind said the funding came from Intel Capital and Liberty Global. Music Mastermind's new Zya music creation game allows users to create songs, mash up hits, and create what the firm says is "studio-quality" music. Chillingo is a unit of Electronic Arts (EA).

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X1 Discovery Extends Channel Efforts
Pasadena-based X1 Discovery, the Idealab-backed developer of enterprise search and electronic discovery software, said Wednesday that it has added Ingram Micro as a distributor. X1 said that its products are now available through DistiNow, part of Ingram Micro's Advanced Computing Division. X1's software is ued by enterprises for electronic discovery and enterprise search; the software index and searches a wide range of data within companies, including PowerPoint files, webmail, Microsoft Exchan (More info...)

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Fullscreen Taps CAA Vet As Exec
Culver City-based independent YouTube network Fullscreen has tapped a CAA veteran as its new Head of Talent, the firm said today. Fullscreen--which is led by former Googler George Strompolos--said it has named Larry Shapiro to the new position. Shapiro will manage Fullscreen's talent department. Former Head of Talent Sami Kreigstein moves to VP of Talent Integration. Shapiro was previously at agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Fullscreen said Shapiro established the CAA's video game dep (More info...)

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Los Angeles-based has launched another, consumer facing website--this one aimed at airport parking. The firm said today that its website,, allows consumers to find and compare rates on airport parking, see consumer reviews, and book reservations and gain discounted rates on those airport parking spots. The site is one of the latest online consumer travel businesses started by, which also runs sites such as (airline tickets). The new site is (More info...)

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Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Targets Publishers With Directory Technology
Los Angeles-based Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the online business credit company headed by serial tech entrepreneur Jeff Stibel, is looking to make its technology avialable to traditional publishers looking to go online, the firm said last week. The company said it has launched the Credibility Review Business Marketplace, technology which can be used by publishers to launch and publish their own, online directories.

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Bitium Raises $2.4M
Venice Beach-based Bitium, a new startup out of LA's Amplify accelerator, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in a seed funding round. The new startup--founded by Scott Kriz and Erik Gustavson--said the funding was led by Mike Hirshland of Resolute VC, and also included Alex Bard (, Michael Lazerow (Buddy Media), Hank Vigil (Microsoft), Rob Glaser (RealNetworks), Hiten Shah (KISSmetrics), Sean Ellis (Qualaroo), Double M Partners, Social Leverage, and Karlin Ventures.

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j2 Global Buys Dutch Backup Service Firm
j2 Global, the operator of both a cloud services business and online publishing business, has made another acquisition, this time of Netherlands-based online backup provider Backup Connect BV. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to j2, the move will expand its online backup business to five countries on three continents.

j2 said it now provides online backup in the US, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and The Netherlands, all with local infrastructure, sales teams, and support. (More info...)

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Novatel Wireless Debuts Software Enhancements For MiFi
Novatel Wireless, the maker of the popular MiFi wireless hotspot devices, said today that it has launched a brand new software enhancement to its technology platform, which adds power management to the platform. The San Diego company said the new enhancements will let users on the devices stay connected longer, and also helps optimize download of data via a new content delivery optimization feature. The firm did not say when it expects those features to appear in its retail products.

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Xencor Licenses Technology To Australian Firm
Monrovia, California-based biotherapeutics technology developer Xencor said Tuesday that it has licensed its Xtend technology to an Australian firm. Xencor and CSL Limited said they are in a technology license agreement, which will provide CSL access ot its technology, for use with CSL's monoclonal antibodies. Financial details of the license were not disclosed, however, the companies said that Xencor will receive an upfront payment plus preclinical, clinical, regulatory and sales milestone paym (More info...)

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iRise Launches Loyalty Program
El Segundo-based enterprise visualization software developer iRise is looking to its most loyal users to spread the word about the company's software, which is used for prototyping and visualizing enterprise apps, by giving those users free, lifetime, personal access to the company's software. According to iRise, the new iRise for Life program will give certified iRise users lifetime, personal access to its tools, as well as "test-drive" licenses for their employer. The company said that users c (More info...)

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TechCXO - New Los Angeles Office To Serve Technology Companies
TechCXO, a leading provider of C-Suite-level strategic and functional
consulting services for technology companies, has announced it is opening
a new office to serve Greater Los Angeles, including greater Santa
Barbara and Ventura Counties.

The firm has tapped veteran operational and financial expert Paul Meyer
to be the managing partner for TechCXO’s efforts here.Paul Meyer is an
experienced finance executive with a 25-year track record in senior
finance roles at start-up and Fortune 500 technology companies in
Southern California. For the past six years, he has run a successful CFO
consulting practice, focused on early stage to mid-market technology
companies in the greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas. Most
recently, he has been the CFO of Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc., an early
stage medical device company. He was also Interim General Manager of
their plastic consumables manufacturing business, BioMolded Products LLC.

To learn more about TechCXO and Paul Meyer, go to:

The Fundamentals of an Investor Pitch - SAM Precellerator - April 23rd
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April 23, 2013
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Splash LA - May 30th - Hollywood Roosevelt
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also $25k-plus in prizes and sit-down meetings with top VCs.

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