Friday, May 17, 2013
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.

Vator is href="">now taking
applications to find promising startups (must have not
raised more than $2M in financing). It's free to enter. Even if you're
not raising funds, it's a great stage to get exposure and access to an
incredibly high-profile group of investors and entrepreneurs. There's
also $25k-plus in prizes and sit-down meetings with top VCs.

Register today!

Friday Tech Video Roundup For May 17, 2013
What's the latest batch of videos coming out of Silicon Beach's startups? Here are some of the highlights from this week from socalTECH's video section, where we're currently featuring community videos from and about local startups: What is Privlo's private mortgage marketplace about?

Privlo video explains how the company is launching its own private mortgage marketplace.
Splash's social sharing app

Santa Monica startup Splash has a new iPhone app, centered around following photos w (More info...)

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Insights and Opinions: The Important Financial Items Entrepreneurs Should Track
For our Insights and Opinions section today, we're sharing a primer on finances from David Ehrenberg, of Early Growth Financial Services, who gives entrepreneurs a rundown of some of the most important financial items to track.

Whether you're managing your own startup finances, or have an outside firm taking care of this for you, there are many financial items that entrepreneurs should closely track. Here are some of the key ones I recommend all early-stage startups keep a close eye on:

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Report: DirecTV Considering Bid For Hulu
The latest company considering a bid for Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is El Segundo-based DirecTV, according to reports Friday afternoon. A report from Reuters says DirecTV is just one of a number of companies considering a bid for Hulu. The report cited a "source familiar with the situation."

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Privlo Raises $2.1M For Private Mortgage Marketplace

In some what-did-our-spam filter eat-recently funding news, Santa Monica-based Privlo recently raised $2.1M in a seed funding round, for its online marketplace for private mortgage loans. Privlo, which was founded by Michael Slavin, said the new funding came from QED Ventures. According to Privlo said the new funding will go to expand on its recently pilot of its platform, which helps match up private lenders and mortgage borrowers. Slavin was previously a developer of real estate in the Los A (More info...)

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Siemer Ventures Backs Ringadoc
Los Angeles venture investor Siemer Ventures is one of the investors in a new seed funding round for medical answering service Ringadoc, which announced $700,000 in a seed funding today. The funding included Siemer Ventures, Telegraph Hill Group, as well as angels. The firm has previously raised funding from FF Angel, Ryan Howard of Practice Fusion, Sharon Knight of One Medical Group, and others. Ringadoc's system helps doctors manage incoming patient phone calls.

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VIRURL Debuts Native Advertising Product
Santa Monica-based startup VIRURL said Thursday that it has launched its technology, which automatically publishes sponsored content into blogs. According to the firm, its product allows bloggers to insert sponsored posts that match a blogger's audience on a cost-per-click basis. The firm was founded by Merrill Brown (formerly of and Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, Jr. VIRURL is part of the move towards the somewhat controversial idea "native advertising", where sponsored content appears as pa (More info...)

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Mindspeed Adds Board Member
Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Mindspeed Technologies has added a new director to its board, the company said Thursday afternoon. Mindspeed said Farid Adib, the Senior Vice President of Product Development & Operations at Sprint Nextel, has joined its board, as well as its governance and board composition committee. Mindspeed said Adib's experience with a broad range of next generation communications and network technologies would help the firm, as it continues to evaluate strategic (More info...)

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Mad Catz Loses CFO
San Diego-based gaming and computer accessory maker Mad Catz Interactive reported late Thursday that its CFO, Allyson Evans, is resigning. Mad Catz said that it has launched a new search for a CFO. Mad Catz said Evans is leaving to spend more time with her family, but will remain in her position until the firm finds a new CFO. Mad Catz is behind the Mad Gatz gaming accessories, Tritton, and Saitek brands.

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TigerText Links With Mobile Device Security Firm
Santa Monica-based healthcare messaging provider TigerText has linked up with a provider of mobile security, AirWatch, the firms said this week. According to the companies, the move will allow healthcare customers to secure both their mobile platforms and their text and email communications. Financial arrangements between the companies were not announced. The two said their combined solutions has been chosen by the Community Hospice of Texas. Both companies provide software for ensuring HIPAA co (More info...)

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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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CLEARSTONE VENTURES: Venture Capital for Technology Innovators
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Safire Partners Executive Search
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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.

See all the details and register today:

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