Thursday, May 2, 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.

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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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NationBuilder Rolls Out New Theme For Creative Pros
NationBuilder, the online provider of tools to help build out political campaigns, nonprofits, government, and business, is looking to make the company's tools more attractive to the creative set, saying this week that it has rolled out a new theme called "IndiePro". The theme, according to the company, is aimed at musicians, filmmakers, artists, bloggers , and others looking to show off their creative work. The new theme is part of a move by NationBuilder--kicked off earlier this year--to expan (More info...)

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MediaPass Gets Win in Alabama
MediaPass, which develops online paywall software for newspapers and other publications, has scored another win today, saying that it has added Consolidated Publishing of Alabama as a customer. MediaPass said that Consolidated is using the MediaPass software for four of its online newspapers. MediaPass is helping publishers as paywalls on content have increasingly become more popular. In the case of Consolidated Publishing, the publisher's online newspapers are charging $3 per week for access to (More info...)

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WemoLab Launches Tablet App Around Ocean Education
Venice-based WemoLab--which has been developing entertainment products around an oceanic theme--announced today that it has launched its first, mobile product, a new interactive tablet app. The firm said its app, SuperFugu, let kids take a "field trip" around the world's ocean. The app is free, and runs on the iPad. WemoLab, which is led by Neville Spiteri, has been developing an extensive, educational platform focused on teaching kids about the oceans. The firm's co-founders include technology (More info...)

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Ambit Biosciences Sets Estimated IPO Range
San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has set the estimated range for its IPO, saying in a filing today that it is expecting to offer 4,645,000 shares of its stock at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share. The firm has applied to list on the NASDAQ Global Market as AMBI. Ambit is backed by Apposite Healthcare Fund, Forward Ventures, GIMV, GrowthWorks, MedImmune Ventures, OrbiMed, Perseus-Soros Biopharmaceutical Fund, Roche, and others. The firm filed its initial paperwork for the IPO in February. The (More info...)

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there's still a shortage of local, venture capital. In particular, funding for companies developing deep technology--software and cloud, as opposed to content and media--seems to be lacking. However, the newest venture capital fund in the area TenOneTen Ventures (, headed up by David Waxman and Gil Elbaz, is hoping to change that, by focusing its efforts on technology-focu (More info...)

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Fan Appz Ties Into Twitter
Santa Monica-based social media marketing startup Fan Appz has tied its customer feedback and social media marketing product into Twitter, to better allow brands to interact with their fans and followers, the firm has announced. The startup, which is led by Jon Siegal, said that its new Twitter features allow brands to take polls, create hashtag games, give users rewards, and more, to help them collect customer and prospect feedback. Fan Appz is developing social media software to help brands co (More info...)

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BYD To Open Manufacturing Facilities In Lancaster
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD said yesterday, along with the City of Lancaster, that BYD is opening up two new manufacturing facilities in the city. BYD, which makes rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles, said it will open up an electric bus manufacturing facility and battery manufacturing facility in the city in the coming months. The company said the facilities will be the first in the United States for the company. BYD set up its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles back in 201 (More info...)

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Hyper-Therm HTC Acquired By Rolls-Royce
Huntington Beach-based Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites (Hyper-Therm HTC), a producer of composite materials, has been acquired by Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce announced yesterday. Financail terms of the buy were not disclosed. Rolls-Royce said that Hyper-Therm HTC will become a wholly ownd subsidiary, and continue to be based in Huntington Beach. Hyper-Therm HTC's composites are being used in the aerospace industry, including use in gas turbine engines. Rolls-Royce is a major manufacturer of (More info...)

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VC in the OC - May 22 - Hyatt Regency Irvine
One of the largest investor and entrepreneur gathering in Southern California. This year's advanced registrations are ahead of 2012's record attendee pace. Don't miss it.

Keynotes from Vinny Smith (sold Quest Software to Dell for $2.4B), Mark Suster (GRP Partners), and Brendan Iribe (CEO, Oculus VR. One of Southern California' hottest startups).

Investment presentations from 16 Series A to Series D tech, life science, and cleantech companies.

All entrepreneurs in attendance can participate in VC/Investor Speed Dating.

Learn from and engage with the discussion panels on Crowdfunding, Private Equity, Big Data, and Medical Devices.

Showcase displays from over 80 startups.

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