Monday, May 18, 2015
KeyInfo, Wilcon:Fiber Ring Connectivity For LA and Ventura County
Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo), a leading cloud and infrastructure provider offering integrated solutions to enterprises, has announced the launch of its dedicated fiber ring built in partnership with Wilcon, the premier West Coast provider of private fiber optic networks. The KeyInfo fiber ring brings high-speed, private connectivity to businesses in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Because of its characteristic high security, fiber is an ideal choice for industries with highly regulated or sensitive data requirements. Organizations in the healthcare, financial, retail and government verticals can depend on Wilcon’s absolute physical layer security to protect the data in transit.

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Mucker Capital Starts Fundraising On New Fund, Mucker III
Santa Monica-based Mucker Capital, the seed stage investment fund led by Erik Rannala and William Hsu, has just booted up fundraising efforts for the group's third venture capital fund, Mucker III, L.P. The fundraising effort was first disclosed in a regulatory filing by the firm. Mucker Capital has recently started targeting pre-seed and seed-stage investments in local companies, of between $1M and $3M, as it has more broadly looked to support the growth of the startup industry in Los Angeles. (More info...)

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Los Angeles-based live event ticket marketplace said Monday that it has linked up with Southwest Airlines. said it has partnered with Southwest's Rapid Rewards program to let members of Southwest's frequent flyer program earn points, whenever they purchase tickets through ScoreBig offers up discounts to NBA, NFL,MLB, NHL, NCAA, concerts, family, and theater tickets, helping venues maximize the number of tickets sold to those events.

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SpaceX Promotes Travel To Mars With Retro Posters
Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial spaceship and rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is promoting travel to Mars with three, retro-style travel posters. SpaceX--which released the posters on Flickr over the weekend--released the posters under the caption "Adventure awaits! Explore Mars’ ultimate vacation destinations". The posters are reminiscent of the vintage, National Park posters created by the WPA back in the 1930's in response to the Great Depression. Musk has said the ultimate goal f (More info...)

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Kurion Gets Win In Oklahoma
Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste remediation technology developer Kurion reported a win this morning in Oklahoma, as part of the decommissioning of a nuclear fuel fabrication facility. Financial impact of the win was not announced. Kurion said the win came from he Environmental Properties Management which is the Trustee for the Cimarron Environmental Response Trust, which owns the site, along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (D (More info...)

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AssetAvenue Names Chief Investment Officer
Los Angeles-based online, commercial real estate loan marketplace AssetAvenue announced this morning that it has named Varun Pathria as the company's new Chief Investment Officer. Pathria joins the company from Colony Capital, where he was Senior Vice President. Pathria had been at Colony --which specializes in real estate investments--for eleven years. AssetAvenue is led by David Manshoory, and is venture backed by DCM Ventures, NetEase and Matrix Partners.

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Infinitely Virtual Takes On Business File Sharing
Los Angeles-based cloud service provider Infinitely Virtual has expanded its set of cloud offerings this morning, saying it has expanded its cloud file sharing service aimed at businesses. The company said it has expanded its InfiniteVault file sharing solution specifically for business users, allowing those users to securely share files on all of their devices and PCs. The companys said the expansion includes guest accounts for customers or vendors; file and folder locking; and other features. (More info...)

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Cinedigm Plans New Board Structure
Los Angeles-based digital content distribution provider Cinedigm says this morning that it is in an effort to expand and reconfigure its board of directors, and is looking to add from two to four new directors and a new Chairman. The company says it has engaged search firm Korn Ferry in the effort. Cinedigm said the company is specifically looking for board members from the areas of television, over-the-top television, social media, marketing, entertainment, capital markets, and related areas. T (More info...)

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RealD Pulls In Viewers For Mad Max: Fury Road
Los Angeles-based 3D film projection technology provider RealD reported over the weekend that its screens delivered approximately 41 percent of the domestic, opening weekend gross of the new film, Mad Max: Fury Road. The company said that approximately $18M came from its 3D auditoriums. RealD says it is now the world's most widely used 3D cinema technology, with 26,500 screens.

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Pitching Your Financial Vision to Investors (and More) - May 21st
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