Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Do You REALLY Need to be in the Bay Area?

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Southern California's startup community has come a long way, but has it
fully emerged from the Bay Area's shadow? Although companies, such as
Cornerstone OnDemand, Snapchat and Maker Studios, grab headlines, the
engine of this community is comprised of hundreds of entrepreneurs
quietly building products and services that soon will disrupt established
industries. A vibrant community of mentors, investors, accelerators and
events has emerged to support these entrepreneurs and their companies.
Yet, the allure of the Bay Area still beckons companies to move north.

In this very unique program, we will bring together local and SF-based
entrepreneurs to discuss the resources in their startup communities that
made a difference in building their companies. Attendees will have the
opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the speakers and ask questions
about how to build a successful company in Southern California.

Register to attend today!

Sponsored by: Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP, the Caltech Alumni Association, Caltech Office of Technology Transfer, Caltech Industrial Relations Center, and Materia.

Hulu Plans Full Slate Of New Original Series
Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has a full slate of new original series planned for this year, saying today it has plans to launch a number of new series and has renewed a number of series to bolster its original content. According to Hulu, it is launching "Deadbeat," "East Los High" Season Two and "The Hotwives of Orlando" on the site in 2014, and has also renewed "The Awesomes," "Moone Boy," "Behind the Mask," "Quick Draw" and others on the service. "Deadbeat" is being co-prod (More info...)

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LegalZoom Officially Drops IPO Bid
Glendale-based LegalZoom has officially dropped its IPO bid, saying in a regulatory filing that it has withdrawn its S-1 filing for an IPO, which had originally been filed in May of 2012. LegalZoom said the move came because it does not intend to pursue the contemplated public offering at this time. The filing was expected, after the announcement this week that it had sold $200M in equity to private equity firm Permira. That secondary stock transaction went to buy out earlier investors in the co (More info...)

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SweetLabs Goes Full Circle, Adds Android Device Support
In what looks to be a full circle, San Diego-based SweetLabs said it is bringing its app recommendation and discovery platform, Pokki, to Android and other operating systems. The startup, which is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and O’Reilly AlphaTech, said it will provide context-aware app recommendations on both Windows and Android devices. Pokki was originally launched as a way to provide a mobile app-like experience on the desktop. SweetLabs said Pokki's (More info...)

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Auspex Pharmaceuticals Raises $35M
La Jolla-based Auspex Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm aiming at treating hyperkinetic movement disorders, announced this morning that it has raised $35M in two separate financings. According to the company, it raised $20M in a Series E equity financing, and also raised $15M in a four year, venture loan. The equity funding was led by Deerfield Management Company, along with its existing investors, which include Thomas, McNerney and Partners, CMEA Capital, Panorama Capital, BioMed Ventu (More info...)

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StockTwits Raises New Funding, Swaps CEO
San Diego-based stock tip messaging service Stocktwits said last week that it has raised a new round of funding, and named a new CEO. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $10M. As part of the funding, founder and CEO Howard Lindzon said that he has named a replacement, John Melloy, and will become Chairman of the company. Melloy was previously at Bloomberg, and was the Executive Producer of CNBC's Fast Money. Stocktwits operates an online, micro-messaging service focused o (More info...)

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Kite Pharma Names CFO
Los Angeles-based biotechnology developer Kite Pharma said today that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. According to Kite Pharma, it has named Cynthia M. Butitta as its new EVP and CFO. Buttita was most recently at NextWave Pharmaceuticals, where she had been Senior Vice President and CFO, and whe she had been involved in that company's $700M acquisition by Pfizer. She also has served at Telik through its IPO, and Connetics. Kite Pharma is developing treatments for cancer.

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EDF Renewable Energy Sells Wind Project Stake To Japanese Investor
San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said Tuesday that it has linked up with Japanese company Marubeni Corporation, on its Shiloh IV Wind Project in Texas. According to the two, Marubeni will acquire a 90 percent interest in the 102.5 MW wind project, which will help EDF free up funds for future projects. EDF said it will continue to provide operations and maintenance services for the project, and will retain a 10 percent stake in the project. Financial details of the (More info...)

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Everbridge Wins Florida County
Glendale-based Everbridge, the provider of emergency notification and communications services, reported a win with Nassau County, Florida yesterday. Everbridge said that Nassau County, which has more than 75,000 residents, is using the company's services for automatic weather alerts and emergency notifications. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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Esri Targets Microsoft Dynamics Users With Update
Redland-based mapping and GIS software developer Esri has launched a new product, aimed at Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. According to Esri, it has released an enhanced location platform, Esri Maps for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which helps retailers analyze their stores, supply chain, and more. The company said the improved tools lets users author their own maps, share data via online maps, and more.

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Levine Leichtman Buys Polyform Products
Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said this week that it has acquired Polyform Products Company. Polyform is a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of polymer clay products--used by hobbyists and artists, and sold through such retailers as Michaels, Wal-Mart, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and others. Levine Leichtman operates the Levine Leichtman Capital Partners SBIC Fund, L.P., a $225 million private equity fund.

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New from Stanford University Press: The Evolution of San Diego's Innovation Economy
New from Stanford University Press

Invention and Reinvention
The Evolution of San Diego's Innovation Economy
Mary Walshok and Abraham Shragge

In Invention and Reinvention, authors Mary Walshok and Abraham Shragge
chronicle San Diego's transformation from a small West Coast
settlement to a booming military metropolis and then to a successful
innovation hub. This instructive story of a second-tier city that
transformed its core economic identity can serve as a rich case and a
model for similar regions. Chronicling over a century of adaptation,
this book offers a lively and penetrating tale of how one city
reinvented itself to meet the demands of today's economy, lighting the
way for others.

"A wonderfully engaging book for anyone interested in trying to
realize the social and economic benefits of basic research."
—Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus, University of California and
Director, National Science Foundation 1977–1980

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