Thursday, May 16, 2013
A Virtual Hangout with Brad Feld @ the ATI - May 24th
Don't miss it!

A Virtual Hangout with Brad Feld @ the ATI

WHERE: Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258
at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita 91355

Don't miss Brad Feld at the ATI on Friday, May 24th as he talks about startups, entrepreneurship, and what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Mr. Feld is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, co-founder of Foundry Group and TechStars, and a successful investor in such companies as FeedBurner (acq. by GOOG), NetGenesis (NTGX), and Zynga (ZNGA). Come at 2:30 to network with investors, start-ups, and our sponsors from Silicon Valley Bank. Be one of the first 100 to register and attend and receive a FREE copy of Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City!


SnapMD Looks To Connect Health Care Providers, Patients Via Tablet, Smartphone
What's the best way to connect physicians with their patients? A new, Glendale-based startup, SnapMD, is hoping to do that through a smart phone, tablet, or your home PC, via a new service. The firm has just raised $175,000 in a seed funding for its yet-to-be released platform. The firm's founders include Rustin Morse, David Skibinski (CEO), George Tierney (COO), and Doug Campbell (EVP Corporate Development), and said it is in the midst of efforts to raise additional funding to complete its plat (More info...)

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Melon Nears Fundraising Goal, Only Days After Crowdfunding Launch
It's official--Los Angeles-based brainwave-tapping startup Melon is within a couple of thousand dollars of hitting its $100,000 fundraising goal, to bring its combination headband-and mobile-phone app to market. According to the company's Kickstarter page, it has now raised $97,398 towards the $100,000 goal for the project--only three days after the project launched. Melon's founders, Arye Barnehama and Laura Michelle Berman, are hoping to tap into the interest in the "quantified self" movement, (More info...)

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StackSocial Signs Another Technology Publisher
Los Angeles-based technology deals provider StackSocial has stacked up another technology publisher in its pile of customers, saying today that it has added tech publisher StackSocial said it will provide apps, gadgates, and other tech-related products at a new store on the technology news site. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. offers up news, reviews, tips, and other information on iPhones. StackSocial--which is part of AmplifyLA--distribute (More info...)

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Report: eHarmony Eyes Job-Matching Service
It's not infrequently that we're pitched by a startup saying they are the 'eHarmony for X', referring to the Santa Monica-based online dating and relationship site's reputation. However, is the next 'eHarmony for Jobs' actually eHarmony itself? A report today says that the online dating site plans to launch its own, career service by the second half of the year. The Santa Monica-based company has been in a big push to update the company's image, attract more customers, and grow the company, unde (More info...)

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Active Life Scientific Snags $500K
Santa Barbara-based Active Life Scientific, a developer of life sciences research and diagnostics tools, said this morning that it has raised $500K in a Series A follow on investment. The funding came from members of the Tech Coast Angels. Active Life, which is headed by Davis Brimer, says its medical tools are being targeted at the growing problem of degenerating and stiffening tissues, which causes frailty. The Tech Coast Angel's Central Coast Network, led by Mike Panesis, led the deal.

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Melon's Goal To Connect Your Brain To Your Smartphone, And Help You Focus
Can a hardware device and your smartphone make it easier for you to optimize your productivity, and improve your concentration? A new, Los Angeles startup, Melon, thinks so, and just booted up an effort this week to raise funding for its brainwave-monitoring headband and smartphone app. We caught up with founders Arye Barnehama and Laura Michelle Berman earlier this week to hear more about what Melon is hoping to do with its brain-reading headband.

What is Melon?

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Sony Wins Rights To Rovio's Angry Bird Film
Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the new, Angry Bird film from Rovio, Sony announced Wednesday. According to Sony, the 3D film is due to debut worldwide on July 1, 2016. Financial details of the win were not announced. Sony said that it won over the bids of several major studios, who were seeking global film rights to the animated movie. Sony said that John Cohen (Despicable Me) will serve as producer and David Maisel (Iron Man) (More info...)

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Ambit Biosciences Prices IPO
San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has priced its IPO, saying that it is offering up 8,125,000 shares of its common stock at $8.00 per share. The company will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as AMBI. Ambit priced well below its estimated initial public offering range, which had been set at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share. Ambit is venture backed by Apposite Healthcare Fund, Forward Ventures, GIMV, GrowthWorks, MedImmune Ventures, OrbiMed, Perseus-Soros Biopharmaceutical Fund, (More info...)

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LogiCube Debuts New Product
Chatsworth-based Logicube, the developer of hard drive duplication and forensics technology, has debuted a new product, aimed at the digital forensics market. According to the firm, its new Forensic Falcon product allows users to image and verify hard drives at rates of 20GB/min, and is aimed at the government and private sector. Logicube said the devices supports SAS/SATA/USB/Firewire drive interfaces, with adapters to support IDE, eSATA, mSATA, microSATA and flash drives.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Brand Development & Content Protection Practice
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is proud to announce its continued expansion in Los Angeles and Santa Monica with a new Brand Development & Content Protection practice group, headed by Anthony M. Keats.

The new group will be centered in its Santa Monica office.

Mr. Keats will co-chair the firmís newly-created Brand Development & Content Protection practice group and significantly expand the firmís already robust intellectual property and consumer brands practice. Also joining the firm as a partner and co-chair of the practice is Konrad Gatien, a seasoned attorney with an established trademark registration and enforcement practice; as well as associate, Stephen C. McArthur; and paralegal, Traci Escamilla.

Keats corporate clients have included Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Seven for All Mankind, Kate Spade, Fendi, Frette, Versace, Balenciaga, New Line Cinema, Lucasfilm, Sony, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Universal, Viacom, Comedy Central, Dreamworks SKG, Playtone, Amblin, Nike, Major League Baseball Properties, World Cup í94 Organizing Committee, Stanley Black and Decker, Energizer Battery, and Gillette.

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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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Technology Fast 500 ó Call for nominations

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Deadline to submit: June 28, 2013

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