Tuesday, May 28, 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
here: http://vatorsplashla2013.eventbrite.com/

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="http://vator.tv/competition/vator-splash-la-may-2013">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!

BitAngels Raises $6.7M For Bitcoin Investments
A new, angel investment group, BitAngels, said this morning that it has raised $6.7M in funding to invest in Bitcoin startups--and also has launched three, physical locations to help incubate companies in the sector. The angel investment group--co-founded by Michael Terpin, a well known figure in the Los Angeles technology community--said it has more than 60 angels helping to support the effort. Bitcoin is the electronic currency which has caught fire in the last few months, an alternative curre (More info...)

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Twitter Ramps Music Efforts--and Jobs--In LA
It looks like Twitter is ramping efforts in Los Angeles, and is seeking a new Head of Music Partnership to lead a team based here to work with musicians, labs, radio stations, and digital music portals. According to a job posting by Twitter, the company is seeking someone to help it make Twitter valuable to the talent as well as to the operations and strategy of music labels, digital music services and events. The job posting--first highlighted by VentureBeat--is among a number in Los Angeles, (More info...)

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Helping Consumers Name Their Own Price For Products, With Greentoe
In real life, you can just about bargain a price for anything you want to buy--a car, a house, even that new stereo from your local electronics store. But, online, that's not the case. To bring that ability to name your own price on products, Los Angeles-based Greentoe (www.greentoe.com) recently launched, allowing consumers to name their own price to retailers of everything from electronics to baby products. We caught up with CEO and Co-founder Joe Marrapodi to hear more.

What is Greentoe?
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uSamp Launches Updated Mobile Polling App
Encino-based uSamp, the provider of technology and survey and polling services, announced this morning that it has launched an updated version of its iPhone app, iPoll. The mobile app allows mobile users to answer questions on their phone and receive cash payments for answering various questions and surveys while on the go. uSamp said its app is focused on "missions" and are targeted to a user's location, such as visiting a certain business and answering questions about their experience. uSamp s (More info...)

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Cymer/ASML Acquisition Gets Korean Approval
The acquisition of San Diego-based semiconductor lithography equipment developer Cymer by ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the firms said over the weekend. The two said that the Korean Fair Trade Commission has approved the merger between the two firms. The two have been getting a wide range of international clearances on the deal, and now expect to close the transaction between the end of May and early June. Cymer's laser light sources are used in semiconductor lithography, the proce (More info...)

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Hulu Entertaining At Least Five Bidders, Says Report
Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is entertaining offers from at least five different bidders, according to a report over the weekend, including one that values Hulu at between $600M to $800M. According to a report from AllThingsD, Yahoo made the $600M to $800M bid for Hulu, depending on the licensing terms for the content acquired with the site. In addition, other bidders include Time Warner Cable; DirecTV; The Chernin Group; and a bids from private equity firms KKR, Guggenheim Digita (More info...)

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Broadcom Wins Chinese Cell Phone Manufacturer
Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom has scored a design win with Chinese cell phone maker K-Touch, the company reported this morning. According to Broadcom, K-Touch has selected its Android smartphone platform for its new Android smartphone. Expected shipment volumes and financial impact were not announced. Broadcom develops a 3G HSPA+ platform used for the smartphone market. The companies said that K-Touch's new W68 phone is available for sale in China now.

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WD Aims At Big Data Customers
Irvine-based disk drive maker is hoping to attract "Big Data" customers, announcing today that it has launched a line of disk drives specifically for scale-out datacenter deployment. The hard drive developers said its new WD Se line of hard drives have been validated in a Hadoop environment, and also is being aimed at large-scale replication, mid-sized network attached storage (NAS) deployment, and backup/archiving. The new drives have a capacity of up to 4TB, and start at $159.99 for the 2TB mo (More info...)

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EnGenius Debuts Four Wireless Routers
Costa Mesa-based wireless networking equipment developer EnGenius has shipped four, Wireless-N routers, the company announced this morning. The company said the new routers are aimed at both use in the home as well as on the go, and include such features as a USB port for media sharing; an Internet cloud storage feature called EnShare; long range capability; QoS features; and VPN support. The new EnGenius ESR900, ESR600, ESR350, and ESR300 routers started shipping today.

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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:

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Managing Partner, Todd Gitlin at tg@safire.la. We can also always be a
friendly source for investor introductions and general market /
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