Monday, April 7, 2014
Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield
Who were the biggest winners in the successful IPO of Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project? Based on Rubicon's current price (around $19.24 per share in trading Monday), the biggest winner from the IPO last week was venture capital fund Clearstone Venture Partners, whose stake in Rubicon Project was worth around $121M today; other winners were News Corporation ($91.5M); Mayfield Fund ($79.29M); as well as Rubicon Project CEO and Founder Frank Addante, whose stake in Rubicon Project is now worth a (More info...)

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Sonos Connects To
Santa Barbara-based whole home audio system maker Sonos said today that it is is now streaming all of the games from, letting baseball fans listen to all of the game audio for every team, live via its audio system. According to Sonos, the service requires a subscription to's Gameday Audio service, which costs $19.99 a year, but will let users listen to every regular season and Postseason game live via its audio systems.

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NoteVault Gets Funding For Mobile Notetaking Apps
San Diego-based Notevault, a developer of mobile apps aimed at helping people in the engineering and construction industry tie photos and voice notes to projects, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The funding came from San Diego investor West Partners. NoteVault, which is led by Peter Lasensky, develops software which is used to generate commercial construction reports, using mobile phones and voice transcription to annotate projects, document engineering and construction, and more. T (More info...)

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Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

For several years, the phrase "Los Angeles Venture Capitalist" had almost become an oxymoron. Local investments funds have had issues raising their new funds, and venture investors had started to hunker down with their portfolios, waiting for some sign of a thaw in the exit environment. Now, it looks like that day has finally come, as the thaw has come to locally backed companies, with a rash of exits--many of them backed by local investors.

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Carpinteria-based online video education site said today that it has acquired Compilr, a developer of a software coding and development environment which lets people learn how to write, compile, and test code from their web browser. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to, it will use the acquisition to expand its programming learning tools. offers up online education across a wide range of areas, including creative software, business ski (More info...)

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OneRoof Energy Expands In Northeast
San Diego-based solar power lease provider OneRoof Energy said this morning that it has expanded into the Northeast, and has started offering residential solar leases in Massachusetts. OneRoof Energy said it is opening up new offices in Newton, close to downtown Boston, as part of the expansion. OneRoof Energy provides financing for the installation of solar panels on residences, working with local solar installers. The new move brings its total number of markets covered to four, as the company (More info...)

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MaxCDN Ties With Web Firewall Provider
Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN said this morning that it has integrated its platform with a website firewall provider, Sucuri. Financial details of the link were not announced. Sucuri develops the CloudProxy Website Firewall, which is designed to provide firewall and intrusion detection for websites, in addition to protectin gfrom distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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DTS Link With New DivX Release
Calabasas-based DTS, the provider of surround sound audio technology, and San Diego-based video encoding/decoding software provider DivX will be integrating their respective solutions together in a new DivX software release. The two said that DTS-HD audio encoding and decoding will be part of the DivX 10 software release, which lets users create and playback video with DTS-HD audio on Windows and Mac. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The two said that DTS-HD is specifically aime (More info...)

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ECJ Assists International Client with Facebook Agreement
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP (“ECJ”) acted as California counsel for Ascenta (UK) Limited in the March 2014 acquisition by Facebook’s Connectivity Lab of Ascenta's team and know-how responsible for the development of solar-powered drones. According to news reports, Facebook hopes to use high-altitude long-endurance air crafts to bring Internet service to the 5 billion people who currently lack it.

ECJ's partners Randy Leff and Ken Luer worked with Ascenta's London-based counsel, the law firm of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, and Alan Rajah of Lawrence Grant Chartered Accountants, with respect to U.S. intellectual property law and California legal issues related to the transaction.

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