Wednesday, January 29, 2014
OneRoof Energy Opens API
San Diego-based solar power installer OneRoof Energy--which is venture backed by Black Coral Capital, GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Hanwha International, MS Solar Holdings--said Wednesday that it has opened up access to an application programming interface (API) for its home energy management, automation, and solar solutions. OneRoof said that the APIs will allow service providers to integrate its residential solar into their businesses, helping them to design, sell, and manage solar electric s (More info...)

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Kurion Buys Engineering Firm, Triples Staff
Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste remediation technology developer Kurion, which is venture backed by Lux Capital, Firelake Capital Management and Acadia Woods Partners, said this morning that it has acquired Vista Engineering Technologies, an engineering, design and technology firm. Kurion said the deal triples the company's employees, and gives it ownership of Vista Engineering's entire technology, patent, and trade secrte portfolio. Financial details of the acquisition were not announc (More info...)

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XCOR Aerospace Raises $14.2M
Mojave-based commercial spaceflight developer XCOR Aerospace has raised $14.2M, part of an ongoing $20.0M funding round for the company, according to a regulatory filing from the company. The equity funding has not yet been announced by the company. XCOR has previously raised funding from Silicon Valley angels Esther Dyson, Pete Ricketts (co-owner of the Chicago Cubs), and Stephen Fleming (ATV Partners). XCOR is in the process of developing a sub-orbital launch vehicle aimed at space tourism, bu (More info...)

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NGEN Backs Urban Farming Company BrightFarms
Clean technology investor NGEN Partners, which is based in Santa Barbara, is one of the lead investors in a new funding round for urban farming company BrightFarms, which was announced Tuesday. According to BrightFarms, it has raised $4.9M in a Series B financing round, led by NGEN Partners, Emil Capital Partners, as well as others. BrightFarms is working on the concept of "urban farming"--by financing, building, and operating greenhouse farms in urban areas, it looks to cut down on the costs of (More info...)

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Demand Media Shifts Ad Strategy
Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the publisher of online content, said late Tuesday that it is changing its advertising strategy to exclusively focus on premium programmatic ads. The company said the move will result in the elimination of its premium display salesforce. Premium programmatic ads are typically a controlled set of inventory of advertising only made available to brands and advertisers by a publisher through its own private exchange; it's unclear what exactly the move means in Demand (More info...)

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PaeDae Ties Into appMobi
Los Angeles-based mobile advertising startup PaeDae announced this morning that it has tied into Intel's appMobi effort, which will allow Intel developers to integrate with its advertising platform. appMobi develops cross platform application development software for HTML5 and Javascript, and was acquired by Intel last year. PaeDae said the move will give it access to over 150,000 developers using appMobi's software. PaeDae said the move will significantly expand its reach. PaeDae is venture bac (More info...)

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TowerJazz Gets Multi-Million Dollar Win With Air Force
Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz reported this morning that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract with the United States Air Force, and its Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base (USAF/AFRL). TowerJazz said the five year, multi-million program will go towards improving its technology and manufacturing to support aerospace and defense customers, and specifically for a system for manufacturing Large Format Read Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC) (More info...)

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP Announces New Partner
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2014, Jonathan Friedman has been named Partner of the firm.


Jonathan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, including development-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market companies as well as angel investors, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Jonathanís practice focuses on venture capital and corporate finance, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate and business matters. Jonathan has represented corporations and other entities in a wide variety of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, apparel, medical devices, entertainment and high technology.

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