Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Healthcare Venture Capital Investing in 2013 - March 20th
Healthcare Venture Capital Investing in 2013. What are the key take-aways entrepreneurs learned in the past year? Ventura BioCenter, Entrepreneur’s Business Seminar Series.

Brett Maver of Silicon Valley Bank will discuss:
• What were the hot investment sub-industries targeted by Healthcare VCs?
• What areas fell out of favor?
• How have deal terms changed for the better/worse?

Thursday, March 20th, 2013
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ventura BioCenter Incubator
1176 Tourmaline Drive, Newbury Park

Sponsored by TechCXO.

Register at: http://LALifeScience.TechCXO.com

Sonos Launches New Android App
Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the growing developer of whole home audio streaming hardware, said Tuesday that it has released a brand new, Android application. According to Sonos, the new app includes a new design and simplified interface, as well as a new, universal search feature to help users look up music not only on their own devices, but on Pandora, Spotify, and other services. Sonos said the new app will be followed later this year by updated apps on iOS, the Mac and PC, with the iOS version (More info...)

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uSamp Shuffles Executives
Los Angeles-based polling and sampling technology and services provider uSamp is shuffling its executives today, saying that it has named Ted Bouzakis as the company's new Executive Vice President of Sales, replacing George Llorens. In addition, the company said that it has added Elisabeth Mischel as Vice President of the company's Instant.ly product line. Bouzakis has been at uSamp since February of 2012, and previously served at EMC, ADP, and Greenfield Online. Mischel was previously at Nielse (More info...)

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Convertro Taps UCLA Anderson Professor For Research Effort
Santa Monica-based online advertising attribution technology provider Convertro--which is led by serial entrepreneur Jeff Zwelling--said today that it has added UCLA Anderson School professor Sanjog Misra as the chair of a new research committee for the company. According to Convertro, Misra will help the company with its algorithm, to make it the "most accurate and predictive" in the market. Convertro said Dr. Misra is an expert in the marketing science field, for his research using structural (More info...)

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Sonos Snags Former Xbox Chief
Santa Barbara-based whole home audio systems maker Sonos has snagged a high profile executive to head up its product efforts, and has hired away former Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten. According to Microsoft and its Xbox team, Whitten is leaving the company to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos. Whitten had been with Microsoft's Xbox team since 2000. Microsoft said that Whitten played a "pivotal role" in building its Xbox business over the last 14 years. Sonos recently revealed that i (More info...)

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BitVore Finds $4.5M For Big Data Software
Irvine-based Bitvore, a startup developing big data and intelligence-gathering software which pulls information from both public and private data sources for businesses, said this morning that it has closed a $4.5M, Series A funding round. The funding was led by serial entreprenur Yuri Pikover, as well as $1M from crowdfunding. Bitvore, led by Jeff Curie, said that it has developed a
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CorTechs Labs Snags Series B
San Diego-based CorTechs Labs, a developer of medical software, said this morning that it has raised a Series B funding round. Size of the funding round was not disclosed, however, a regulatory filing indicates the round was worth $1.2M. CorTechs Labs said the funding was led by Genting Berhad, via its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, Dragasac Limited. CorTech Labs develops healthcare software which uses MRI scans to help quantify brain atrophy and diagnose brain disorders. The company said th (More info...)

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RadPad Raises $1M More For Rental App
Los Angeles-based RadPad, which develops a mobile app which helps connect renters and landlords, announced this morning that it has raised $1M in additional capital, from Deep Fork Capital, Post Investments, Michael Huffington, and Brian Lee (BAM Ventures & Honest Co.), along with others. According to RadPad, its app--which it bills "Craiglist meets Instagram"--has gathered 40 percent of Los Angeles millenials as users of the app. The company did not say how it arrived at that number. RadPad's m (More info...)

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LawKick Updates Legal Marketplace
Los Angeles-based LawKick, the online, legal services marketplace founded by Michael Chasin and Aaron George, has launched an updated version of the service, according to the company's founders. LawKick's online site lets people answer a few questions about their legal issue, receive custom price quotes from lawyers, and helps them find the best fit for which lawyer to hire. Both Chasin and George were former law students.

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DTS Signs Deal With Chinese Smartphone Maker
Calabasas-based DTS, which develops surround sound and other audio technology, reported a win Monday with Chinese smartphone brand Vivo. According to DTS, Vivo will begin delivering streaming content in DTS-HD, via digital content service partner Xunlei. Financial impact of the deal was not announced. DTS provides the software for decoding the streaming audio from Xunlei.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Santa Monica Office
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced the expansion of its Santa Monica office at 1453 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. This office is located on the corner of Third Street Promenade and Broadway Boulevard. The growth of the Firm and its Preccelerator Program has provided the opportunity for this expansion. The new office opening makes an inspiring statement about the support and involvement that Stubbs Alderton will continue to contribute to the Silicon Beach marketplace. - See more at: http://stubbsalderton.com/2014/02/stubbs-alderton-markiles-llp-announces-expansion-of-santa-monica-office/#sthash.rnx9hD8o.dpuf

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