Tuesday, October 21, 2014
ENVISION 2014 - October 22-23 - Pasadena
ENVISION 2014 is the first annual summit hosted by INNOVATE PASADENA for the purpose of informing, inspiring and connecting the robust technology and design innovation community in Pasadena and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The conference will feature distinguished speakers-all prominent innovators in their fields-who will envision the future trends that will shape innovation over the next 20 years.

The summit begins on Wednesday, October 22 in the evening with a keynote address followed by a Kickoff Mixer. The program continues on Thursday with six speakers, a Startup Company Fast Pitch Contest, successful venture capitalists talking about the "The Changing Landscape of Funding your Start-up" and a closing cocktail reception. Full agenda is at: http://www.innovatepasadenasummit.org

Register today with promo code envision_socaltech for $50 off General registration!


Zuma Ventures Takes On Early Stage Startups
Two, Los Angeles area startup veterans--David Carter and Allen Hurff--launched a new "venture studio" Tuesday morning aimed at helping to create and incubate early stage startups. According to the two, they have launched Zuma Ventures, a new effort to help identify early-stage technologies with large market opportunities, and use those technologies to create new, independent companies. Carter was a co-founder/partner at Amplify.LA, and also was founder of Vertical Technologies, Thoughtstar, and (More info...)

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Sientra Sets Estimated IPO Range
Santa Barbara-based Sientra, a developer of aesthetic medicine products, said in an SEC filing last night that it now expects its IPO at between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. Sientra is looking to sell 5 million shares of its stock in an offering on the NASDAQ under the symbol SIEN. Sientra's IPO is being underwritten by Piper Jaffray, Stifel, Leerink Partners, and William Blair. Sientra is backed by Abingworth Bioventures, OrbiMed, Clarus Lifesciences, Private Equity Managers, TIAA, and others. (More info...)

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uSamp Names Marketing Chief
Los Angeles-based market research technology provider uSamp announced this morning that it has promoted Andy Jolls to the post of Chief Marketing Officer for the company. Jolls has been SVP of Global Marketing Communications for the firm since 2013, and previously served at Cooking.com, FICO, Move.com, Hewlett Packard, and Apple Computer. The company said that Jolls will oversee marketing of its various brands, and also oversee corporate marketing, demand generation and communications.

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Enplug: Bringing Social Media To A Display Near You

For the most part, the ubiquitous digital displays you now see in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and bars are all still one way, noninteractive devices. How about if you could make those displays interactive and social? Culver City-based Enplug (www.enplug.com) is looking to change those one way digital displays into social, interactive content. We spoke with CEO and co-founder Nanxi Liu about the company's software.

Talk about what your product is all about?

Nanxi Liu: Our g (More info...)

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Stamps.com Buys ShipWorks
El Segundo-based Stamps.com has acquired St. Louis-based ShipWorks, a developer of subscription-based e-commerce shipping software, the company announced Monday. Stamps.com said it paid approximately $22M in cash for ShipWorks. Stamps.com said that ShipWorks will operate as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of the company. ShipWorks develops shipping software, which is used by online sellers to manage shipping and sales on such marketplaces as eBay, Amazon, Yahoo, and elsewhere.

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Amgen To Help In Ebola Drug Production Efforts
In a bid to help speed up the availability of treatments for Ebola, Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said over the weekend that it is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help San Diego-based ZMapp figure out a way to produce its experimental drug treatment for treating Ebola. ZMapp ran out of its extremely limited supply of its drug in August. According to Amgen, it has told 12 to 14 staff members to help assist in the effort, using the same techniques that Amgen uses to produce its Enb (More info...)

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Safire Partners Executive Search
Safire Partners has completed 500+ retained executive searches since 2006 working with emerging businesses in Southern California. Please visit our website to see an updated list of our clients and searches completed at http://www.safirepartners.com/. We are always interested in meeting new candidates and potential clients, so feel free to email our Managing Partner, Todd Gitlin at tg@safire.la.

SAM Congratulates Beats Music and Beats Electronics
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP would like to congratulate long time client Beats Electronics and Beats Music in their acquisition by Apple, Inc.

In addition to acting as Beats' counsel since its formation in 2008 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, SAM was involved in the sale to Apple. Attorneys assisting in the acquisition transaction included Scott Galer, Gaurav Krishan and Mariam Tonya Karson.

For more information about our services, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

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Key Information Systems
Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo) is a leading regional systems
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