Thursday, November 12, 2015
Startup Superhero Series - November 12th - James Citron
Startup Superhero Series with James Citron of Pledgeling and Networking Under the Stars. Please join CohnReznick LLP and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for a special invitation-only speaker session followed by an opportunity to network under the stars. What is a startup superhero? Join us as James Citron, CEO of Pledgeling, is interviewed by Matt Swider, US Mobile Editor for TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what it feels like to create a brand used by thousands of people. Email for an invite.

Panjo Picks Up $4.6M
Santa Monica-based Panjo, which operates an online marketplace for automotive and sport enthusiasts, said this morning that it has raised $4.6M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Spark Capital, along with The New York Times Company, Fabrice Grinda, Lerer Ventures, BDMI, BEENOS Partners, Mucker Capital and Mesa. Panjo was founded by Chad Billmyer, Juan Vasconez, and Tom Gerken. According to the company, it has now raised a total of $6.7M. Panjo said the new funds go to expand its (More info...)

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NextVR Gets $30.5M For Virtual Reality Broadcasting
Laguna Beach-based NextVR announced this morning that it has raised $30.5M in a Series A funding, to help extend its virtual reality broadcasting technology. The funding was led by Formation 8, and also included Time Warner Investments, Comcast Ventures, Peter Guber, RSE Ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company, and Dick Clark Productions. Brian Koo of Formation 8 will join the company's board with the funding, with Time Warner Investments' Scott Levine joining as an observer. NextVR is devel (More info...)

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TeleSign Partners With Swisscom
Los Angeles-based TeleSign, the provider of phone verification and mobile identity technology led by Steve Jillings, said Wednesday that it has partnered with Swisscom, the Switzerland-based telecom provider. According to the two, they will link to develop and deliver new identity services, to help improve online account security, verify financial and e-commerce transactions, and prevent fraud. Financial details of the partnership deal were not disclosed, and the two did not say exactly what ser (More info...)

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Semtech Deploys In Belgium, Luxembourg
Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor maker Semtech Corporation reports this morning that it has deployed its LoRA RF networking technology in Belgium and Luxembourg. Semtech said its LoRA network is being used for an Internet-of-Things network in the two countries, by Proximus, a large telecom operator. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Semtech said its networking technology is aimed initially at remote asset tracking and facility management, and also is being targe (More info...)

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Leading Venture Capital Attorneys Frank Grant and Ryan Azlein Join Stradling
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. ("Stradling") has announced that venture capital attorneys, Frank Grant, and Ryan Azlein, join the Firm as shareholders and will lead the expansion of its Venture Capital, Start-Ups and Emerging Companies practice groups. They will be based out of Stradling’s Santa Monica office.

Prior to joining Stradling, Mr. Grant spent 10 years in Silicon Valley and 8 years in the LA market, most recently as Senior Counsel at Perkins Coie, where he advised early stage companies, entrepreneurs and investors. He’s also held corporate development and senior counsel positions at Nortel Networks and Kennedy Commercial.

Mr. Azlein has practiced in the LA market for over 15 years, most recently as Partner with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and director of its Preccelerator Program. An active advisor to the Southern California emerging company and venture capital community, he is a regular speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Mr. Azlein will also spend time in Stradling's Santa Barbara office.

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