Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Key Information Systems
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data center capabilities including private and hybrid cloud offerings,
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Gimbal: Can Location Data Improve Your Health?
Can knowing where you are during the day help you become healthier? That's the idea behind a new project being run by San Diego-based Gimbal, the Qualcomm spinoff, in an effort with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab. The two said this week that they've started a new research project which is using a person's location to help improve human health, by cleverly timed messages based on what a person is doing and where they are. The two said the project uses information on a (More info...)

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Communly Takes On Social Networking Around Interests, Not Friends
Is there room in the world for another social networking site? Los Angeles-based Communly thinks so, and recently has launched a new site aiming to help connect users not based on who their friends are, but instead by a users' interests. The new startup, which says it is backed by angel investors, was founded by Alaxic Smith, Taj Stansberry, Brandon Curran, and John Strong. The startup is aiming at the frustration that many users have over the current, social networking sites like Facebook, whic (More info...)

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Tillster Wins Pizza Hut, KFC International
Los Angeles-based online restaurant ordering systems developer Tillster, which is led by Perse Faily, reported today that it has scored a win with Pizza Hut and KFC. Tillster reported that it has been selected as a "preferred partner" for Pizza Hut and KFC's global franchisees, a link which makes Tillster's restaurant ordering system a reference for ordering applications. Tillster's software is being used to save things like customer preferences for pizza, past orders, and more, which they can u (More info...)

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Cohu Sells Electronics Products Division
Poway-based Cohu said this morning that it has agreed to sell its Electronics Division, CohuHD, to Texas company Costar Technologies. Cohu said Costar will pay $9.5M in cash plus up to $0.5M in earn out for CohuHD, which will remain in Poway. CohuHD develops camera products used in surveillance, traffic monitoring, security, and military applications. The companies said the division had sales of $15.7M in 2013.

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How Nix Hydra's Egg Baby Cracked The Code For Female Gamers

How do you get young, female consumers interested in playing your computer games? In what has mostly been a male dominated industry, there have been few games which really cater to the young, female demographic. However, Egg Baby--the title from newly funded Nix Hydra ( to have cracked the code for how to get new, young, female consumers to become game players. The company just raised a $5M funding round for its efforts, from Foundry Group and a number of angels. We sat (More info...)

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Science Inc. Backed Juice Cleanse Maker Urban Remedy Raises $5M
One of Santa Monica-based startup accelerator and studio Science Inc.'s more unusual portfolio companies--organic juice cleanse maker Urban Remedy--has just raised $5M in a new funding, the company said today. Urban Remedy said it raised a $5M, Series A funding, which came from Venture51. Urban Remedy is based in Marin County, in San Rafael. Urban Remedy has added former Jamba Juice and POM Wonderful exec Paul Coletta as CEO along with the funding; the company was founded by Neka Pasquale and al (More info...)

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EvoNexus Launches Incubator Effort With Cisco
Startup entrepreneurs in San Diego have yet more resources at the EvoNexus startup incubator, after EvoNexus and Cisco said that they will be launching a new, joint incubation program called CiscoEIR@EvoNexus. According to the two, the new program is aimed at helping promote further technology development in the San Diego Area, by connecting early stage, business-to-business startups with Cisco and its partners. The two said that Cisco will help provide financial support, use of co-working space (More info...)

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Rubicon Project Wins Comcast
Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, which operates an online, real-time advertising exchange, has scored a win with Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division fo Comcast Cable. According to the companies, Rubicon is powering a new, private advertising exchange for Comcast Spotlight, which will allow advertising buyers to purchase advertising across Comcast's websites, including and Financial impact of the deal were not disclosed. The two said that Comcast Spotli (More info...)

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Boingo Wireless In Wi-Fi Hotspot Deal WIth Time Warner
Los Angeles-based wireless hotspot operator Boingo Wireless and Time Warner are in a new, Wi-Fi access deal, which will give TWC Internet customers access to 100 Boingo locations, and give Boingo customers access to around 35,000 Wi-Fi hotspots operated by Time Warner, the two said yesterday. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The companies said the bilateral, roaming access across the two networks will specifically give Time Warner Cable customers free Wi-Fi across major airports (More info...)

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Ambit Biosciences Shuffles Board
San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals company Ambit Biosciences has shuffled its board this morning, saying it has added Jeffrey S. Hatfield as a member of its board of directors, as current board member Steven Elms resigns. Hatfield is the CEO and is on the baord of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, and also has served at Bristol-Myers Squibb. The company did not say why Elms resigned, but said Hatfield is a direct replacement for Elms in that position. Ambit is focused on oncology, autoimmune and inflammato (More info...)

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Los Angeles Venture Association 30th Anniversary - July 15th
Come celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Venture Association!

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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:

TechCXO - New Los Angeles Office To Serve Technology Companies
TechCXO, a leading provider of C-Suite-level strategic and functional
consulting services for technology companies, has announced it is opening
a new office to serve Greater Los Angeles, including greater Santa
Barbara and Ventura Counties.

The firm has tapped veteran operational and financial expert Paul Meyer
to be the managing partner for TechCXO’s efforts here.Paul Meyer is an
experienced finance executive with a 25-year track record in senior
finance roles at start-up and Fortune 500 technology companies in
Southern California. For the past six years, he has run a successful CFO
consulting practice, focused on early stage to mid-market technology
companies in the greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas. Most
recently, he has been the CFO of Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc., an early
stage medical device company. He was also Interim General Manager of
their plastic consumables manufacturing business, BioMolded Products LLC.

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