Tuesday, December 2, 2014
USC MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Info Session
Master of Science, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Information Session @ USC

Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
USC, University Park campus, Los Angeles, CA

Learn more about the USC Marshall MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI) at an info session on Thursday, December 4, 6:30-7:30 pm. The MSEI prepares you for opportunities in corporate venturing, technology commercialization and more. With full- and part-time options, the program gives you the flexibility you need. Register now.

More information: http://www.marshall.usc.edu/msei/information

El Loco Finds $2.3M For Mobile App Translations
Walnut-based El Loco, which provides localization services for mobile app developers, has raised $2.3M in a seed funding, the company disclosed today. The funding came from angel investors. El Loco says it helps app developers via software which helps extract strings into a usable format, auto-translates phrases, lets developers preview translations visually within the app, and re-integrate all those translated strings back into the application.

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Is North Korea Behind Sony Pictures Hack?
Is the massive hack against Sony Pictures a result of North Korean hacking? A number of reports suggest that the country might be behind the hacking of Sony Pictures last week, which completely took down Sony's corporate network--and apparently also has been linked to the release of a number of current and as-yet-to-be-released films to file sharing sites. The reports speculate that North Korea officials may have been irked by the upcoming release of the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview, where (More info...)

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SendGrid Gets $20M More For Email Delivery
SendGrid, the developer of email delivery platform used heavily by app developers, has raised $20M more in a Series C, venture funding round, the company said this morning. The company--which has significant operations in Orange County--said the Bain Capital Ventures, along with Bessemer Venture Partners and Foundry Group. SendGrid has a big operation in Orange, with a focus on engineering and software. The company's main headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.

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Avanir Pharmaceuticals Acquired For $3.5 Billion
Aliso Viejo-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Japanese company Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., in a deal worth approximately $3.5 billion. Avanir--which is publicly held--said that Otsuka has agreed to pay $17.00 per share in cash for the company. The deal is subject to the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Avanir Pharmaceuticals said it was advised by Centerview Partners LLC and Latham (More info...)

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SpaceX's Newest High Tech Job: Farmer?
In what might be the strangest position available at Elon Musk's pioneering space rocket firm, SpaceX has posted a job for a farmer on its job page--a strange mix of the high tech world of space travel and farming. According to the position, SpaceX is seeking a farmer with a minimum of 10 years of row crop farming experience in central Texas, where it currently has operations in McGregor. Agriculture.com speculates the position has to do with tax exempt status for agriculture in that state, as m (More info...)

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Ingram Micro Buys Company In Turkey
Santa Ana-based computer products distributor Ingram Micro is extending its footprint in Turkey, saying that it has acquired Armada, which it says is the largest value-add technology distributor in that country. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Ingram Micro said Armada has 2013 sales of over $280M. Ingram Micro said the buy will enhance its access and reach into Turkey's fast growing technology industry.

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Western Digital Adds Board Member
Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. (WDC) said Monday that it has named a new member to its board of directors, adding Martin Cole to the body. Cole had previously been at Accenture, where he had served for 34 years. Cole was most recently CEO of Accenture's Technology Group. He also sits on the board of Cloudera. WD said it now has nine people on its board of directors. Western Digital is a manufacturer of hard disk drives and other storage products.

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Procore Names Chief Marketing Officer
Carpinteria-based Procore Technologies, which develops cloud-based software for the construction industry, has named Matthew Reid as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Reid previously served at Impact Radius, and also served at Citrix Onlne, Gehry Technologies, Eucalyptus Systems, and Shunra Software. Procore said Reid will head up all corporate and product marketing for the company. Procore develops construction management software used to manage large construction projects. The company is ventur (More info...)

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lynda.com Gets Award For Electric Vehicle Efforts
Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, which offers up an online learning and education site, has been awarded by the Department of Energy for its sustainability initiatives around plug in vehicles, the company said this week. lynda.com said the award comes as the number of EV drivers at the company has grown by more than 500 percent in the last two years, and was due to its installation of on-site plug-in-electric vehicle chargers at its Carpinteria headquarters, San Francisco offices, and other efforts. (More info...)

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Stradling, Attorneys At Law (http://www.sycr.com)

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth (“Stradling”) is a premier business law
firm with over 125 attorneys and 10 offices in the western US. The offices are: Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco - SOMA, San Francisco - Financial District, Sacramento, Reno, Denver, Seattle. The Firm’s corporate, litigation and public law practices are well known for their expertise and depth. Stradling's clients include emerging and high growth public and private companies as well as private equity funds, venture capital groups and their respective portfolio companies. Widely recognized for its expertise, responsiveness and outstanding client service, the Firm's size, structure, and culture allow it to provide the highest quality representation while maintaining the responsiveness and relationships commonly associated with smaller firms.

Honor the socalTECH 50 On December 10th!
Join us on December 10th to help honor this year's socalTECH 50--and also
join the technology and digital industry's best holiday party of the year,
the Digital Family Reunion!

The SoCal tech scene continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. This
year, LA-based start-ups focused on branded content, apps, and big data,
and together raised more capital than any other city in the world after
Silicon Valley.

The demand for human capital continues to grow with more educational, job
force development and industry events supporting the expansion. There’s
plenty of reasons to celebrate the SoCal region. Please join us at the
Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10!

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UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
Part of the UK government’s commercial arm, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) helps American companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK's dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europe's best place from which to succeed in global business. We also help UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. Our team in the United States works to promote UK-US trade and investment through our offices at the British Embassy in Washington as well as the British Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

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Key Information Systems
Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo) is a leading regional systems
integrator, with world-class compute, storage and networking solutions
and professional services for the most advanced software-defined data
centers. These competencies are tightly complimented by a full suite of
data center capabilities including private and hybrid cloud offerings,
connectivity services, colocation facilities and managed services.

To learn more about Key Information Systems, Inc. or KeyCloud, visit
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We are a commercial insurance broker working with startup and early
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advise regarding employee benefit structures to assist in employee
recruiting and retention. Coverage placements include D&O, Property,
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