Monday, June 17, 2013
OpenAirplane Targets Los Angeles With Airplane Rental Service

Tech-savvy users who like services like Zipcar, Uber, RelayRides, and Car2Go are used to being able to now rent and find cars by the hour or day in areas like Los Angeles. So it's no surprise that airplane pilots are getting their own version of those services, targeted at letting pilots rent airplanes by smartphone, tablet, or computer. OpenAirplane said Monday that it has launched in Los Angeles, letting pilots join and rent aircraft, and aircraft operators to list their aircraft, starting w (More info...)

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Oculus VR Gets $16M For Virtual Reality Gaming Headset

Irvine-based Oculus VR, a developer of a virtual reality headset for gaming enthusiasts, said Monday that it has raised $16M in nan investment round. The round includes Spark Capital and Matrix Partners. Oculus VR is headed by Brendan Iribe, the former Chief Product Officer at Gaikai; the firm's founder is Palmer Luckey, who got his start developing virtual reality systems at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in the Mixed Reality lab. The firm has previously raised around $2.4M (More info...)

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Esri Powers's Family Locator Service
Redlands-based Esri is continuing to make inroads into the Internet startup market, and has been tapped to power the family location services of uKnow said today that it is partnering with Esri to use that company's geographical information systems technology in a new, family locator service called uKnowLocate. Esri has been working to supply its mapping technology to a wide range of startups, expanding its market beyond its core business in the government and large business market. E (More info...)

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Fisker Automotive Burnt Through $1.4 Billion
Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the troubled electric car maker, has now burnt through $1.4 billion dollars in private and public funds, according to Reuters. The amount of capital invested in Fisker makes the company the highest profile flameout ever in Southern California's startup history, far surpassing the mere $375M in venture capital raised of of prior record holder Amp'd Mobile from back in 2007. Fisker Automotive is apparently taking bids from investors to acquire the firm, with at lea (More info...)

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Demand Media's Debuts To Power New gTLDs
Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced the launch of a new service,, which it says wil lhelp generic Top Level Domain registrants create new websites. Demand Media explained athat will help users create their own websites on the new gTLDs, offering up professional templates and online sites tied with the new gTLDs, such as .ARCHITECT, .DENTIST, .SOCIAL, and .FAN. The different templates will be tied to those different gTLDs. Demand Media said the new site will be worki (More info...)

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Fullscreen Gets Funding For YouTube Network
Fullscreen, the online entertainment video site headed by George Strompolos, announced this morning that it has raised a round of Series A funding. Size of the funding was not announced. The round came from The Chernin Group along with Comcast Ventures and WPP. According to FullScreen, the new funding will go towards domestic and intentional expansion, in the areas of technology, audience development and sales. Strompolos helped co-create the YouTube Partner Program. Fullscreen said its clients (More info...)

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Salka Finds Backing For Renewable Energy Effort
San Diego-based Salka Corp. said this morning that it has scored funding from a number of investors, to help invest in renewable energy projects. Salka said it will acquire, develop, and construct wind and solar projects throughout North America, with the backing of Wofi Capital, a Gulf-based family office. Salka said it is led by Jiddu Tapia, most recently head of North American wind development at global wind energy firm Gamesa Technology Corp. The firm did not say how much funding Wofi Capita (More info...)

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PathCentral Adds Penn Medicine
Irvine-based PathCentral said today that it has added Penn Medicine to its online information exchange and consultation forums. PathCentral said that Penn will participate in its PathCentral Pathology Network, which lets physicians upload case files and gain reviews from other pathologists. Financial impact of the win was not announced.

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Everbridge Signs Medical Center In Nevada
Glendale-based Everbridge, which supplies communications and mass notification products, said today that it has signed up a new customer. Everbridge said that Renown Regional Medical Center, which serves the Reno, Nevada area, has signed on as a customer of the firm, using Everbridge for communications across two hospitals, three emergency room centers, nine imaging centers and over 20 medical group urgent care centers. Financial impact of the win were not announced. Everbridge offers up emergen (More info...)

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Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Licenses IP
San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has licensed a set of intellectual property assets, from Buderer Drug Company. Financial details of the licensing deal were not announced. Imprimis said it is developing innovations based on technology from the compounding pharmacy operations of Buderer. Imprimis said it is in the process of filing for a patent on those new IP assets. The company did not say what segment of the market the new assets would target.

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SBIR Phase II Workshop - Los Angeles, June 20th, 2013
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TechCXO - Announcing New LA Partner
TechCXO, a leading provider of C-Suite-level strategic and functional
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Daniel Nannenga has over a decade of senior finance and operations experience in digital media, aerospace, technology, startups, and manufacturing. Most recently, Daniel served as the founder/principal of his own CFO Consulting Firm, Xceed Business Solutions (formerly South Bay Management Consultants, LLC) in Los Angeles where he managed all financial and operational activities of $5M-$50M venture-backed business in Telecommunications, Biotech, Aerospace, Healthcare, Digital, Design and much more. In addition, Daniel served as the VP of Finance/COO for the world-renowned talent agency, Gersh, where he was responsible for the overall accounting, finance, and operations including internal controls, cash flow management, strategic placement and planning and revenue maximization.

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Don't Miss Silicon Beach Fest - June 19-22
Welcome to Silicon Beach Fest, June 2013!

Silicon Beach Fest is LAís first festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more in Santa Monica on June 19-22, 2013. Head to the beach on the first weekend of summer to celebrate LA's digital innovators in tech, entertainment and startups!

Attendees and speakers include: Accelerator heads, start-ups, VCs, movie and music studio execs, agencies, fashion, content creators, artists, social media gurus, developers, designers, etc. from LA, Silicon Valley, OC, San Diego, New York, and international.

Silicon Beach Fest is created by Digital LA with 15 tracks organized by tech community leaders. Silicon Beach Fest panels take place primarily in Santa Monica at Cross Campus, ROC Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Place. Network at night parties on Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat night.

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