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August 18th,2017

Interview with Marcus Filipovich, Ocular Data Systems

Last week, Pasadena-based Ocular Data Systems (www.oculardatasystems.com) announced a funding round from the Pasadena Angels, for its camera-based systems used by law enforcement to capture evidence in drunk or drugged driving cases. We t...

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August 14th,2017

PartySlate Raises $3M For Event Showcase Site

Los Angeles-based PartySlate, a new startup which lets event planners showcase venues, parties, and events they have hosted, has raised $3M in a funding round. The funding came from Jump Investors, Wavemaker Partners, and Halogen Ventures. ...

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August 8th,2017

Faraday Future Loses Another Exec

Los Angeles-based electric car startup Faraday Future has lost another executive, the company's Vice President of Human Resources, according to a report on Tuesday afternoon. Alan Cherry apparently announced his departure at an "all hands" ...

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August 7th,2017

HBO Hackers Leak Executive Emails

The hack over at HBO--which already has seen an early release of four upcoming Game of Thrones episodes--appears to be getting worse, as those hackers have released a month's worth of an executive's emails to The Hollywood Reporter and othe...

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August 7th,2017

AppFolio Swizzles CEO

Santa Barbara-based software developer AppFolio announced on Monday afternoon that it has named Jason Randall as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as new member of the company's board. Randall is replacing Pre...

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August 4th,2017

Plex Pharmaceutials Acquired By Collidion

San Diego-based Plex Pharmaceuticals (previously known as CalAsia Pharmaceuticals), a developer of treatments for Parkinson's disease, glioblastoma, and cataracts, announced this week that it is in a definitive agreement where Collidion has...

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August 2nd,2017

March Capital Leads $10M Investment In Branch Messenger

Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners, along with another local investor, Crosscut Ventures, have both made investments in a new Techstars company, Branch Messenger, Branch announced this morning. Minneapolis-based Branch Messenger, whi...

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July 31st,2017

NXT Robotics Names CEO

San Diego-based autonomous robot developer NXT Robotics Corporation said last week that it has named Darin Andersen as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Andersen is the chairman and founder of industry group CyberTech, and previously h...

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July 19th,2017

TetraVue Names New CEO, Chairman

Vista, California-baed TetraVue, a venture backed startup developing 4D LIDAR technology aimed at the autonomous vehicle market, has named Dr. Hal Zarem as Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Bruce McWilliams as Chairman of its board. Zarem wa...

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July 12th,2017

ViaSat Adds Former Airbnb Exec As New Board Member

Carlsbad-based broadband satellite services provider ViaSat announced this morning that it has appointed former Airbnb executive Varsha Rao to its board of directors, bringing its board size to nine members. Rao is the former Head of Global...

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July 10th,2017

ChiroTouch Gets Private Equity Investment

San Diego-based ChiroTouch, a developer of electronic health records and practice management software for the chiropractic market, has raised a round of private equity funding. The funding came from Waud Capital Partners. Size of the fundin...

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July 10th,2017

How PointPredictive Is Using Machine Learning To Uncover Fraud, With Tim Grace

There's been a revolution in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the last few years, by both startups and large companies, to help in a large number of areas. Tim Grace, who co-founded San Diego-based PointPredictiv...

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July 6th,2017

Digital Domain Expands In China, Taps Tech Veterans For Posts

Los Angeles-based visual effects company Digital Domain said on Wednesday that it is expanding in China, and has opened up new studio in Beijing. The company said it has named Frank Ming Wei--former President of YouKu.com--as Executive Dire...

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July 5th,2017

Resonant Names New Board Member

Goleta-based Resonant, which develops radio frequency filter technology, said on Wednesday that they have named Jean Rankin as a board member. Rankin previously was Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for LSI Corporation...

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June 22nd,2017

No, Santa Barbara Did Not Have A Massive 6.8 Earthquake On Wednesday

In more proof you shouldn't believe everything you read on Twitter, the US Geological Survey accidentally sent out an alert for a 6.8 earthquake, centered off the coast of California on Wednesday. The alert--which was erroneously repeated a...

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June 21st,2017

Cast & Crew Taps PayPal Exec As Chief Technology Officer

Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, which provides technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry, has snagged a PayPal executive to serve as its new Chief Technology Officer. The c...

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June 16th,2017

Cylance Names Sales, Product Execs

Irvine-based antivirus software developer Cylance said on Thursday that it has named two new executives at the firm, to help it with global growth. Cylance said it has named Rahul Kashyap as Chief Product Officer and John Giacomini as Execu...

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June 15th,2017

HelloTech Powers New Service For Altice

Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the startup providing in-home, technical support and related services, is powering a new in-home installation and service offering from broadband communications and video service provider Altice, the two said th...

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June 7th,2017

YP Launches New Organic SEO Service

Los Angeles-based YP, which offers up online directories and services to help businesses get their companies online, has lauched a new offering, called ypWebsite Pro. According to YP, the new product will help local businesses earn top rank...

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May 30th,2017

Inseego Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Inseego, the company formerly known as Novatel Wireless, said this morning that it has added Jeffrey M. Tuder as a new, independent director at the company. Tuder is an investment executive and previously has served at such ...

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May 26th,2017

The Rogue Initiative Raises Series A Funding

Hollywood-based The Rogue Initiative, a new virtual reality content and production studio, said it has raised a Series A funding round. The company did not say how much was raised, only that it was a "seven figure" amount. The funding came ...

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May 17th,2017

Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR

Ted Dhanik is co-founder and CEO of West Hollywood-based engage: BDR (www.engagebdr.com), which recently just launched an influencer marketing platform aimed at Instagram.users. Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing...

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May 16th,2017

NantKwest Names Pediatric VP

Culver City-based cancer immunotherapy developer NantKwest announced this morning that it has named Dr. Leonard Sender as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. NantKwest said the move s...

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May 10th,2017

NantHealth Names Chief Medical Officer

Culver City-based NantHealth announced this morning that it has named Sandeep (Bobby) Reddy, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Reddy has been at NantHealth since December of 2016, when he joined as Senior Executive Director of Medic...

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May 8th,2017

Science37: Using Technology To Enable Remote, Clinical Trials, with Belinda Tan

The world of clinical trials, required to gain regulatory approval for new pharmaceuticals, has always been difficult, with such challenges as finding patients willing to travel to participate in trials, patients willing to carve out the ...

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May 4th,2017

MomentFeed Enhances Paid Media Management Tools

Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, which develops software used by multi-location brands to manage consumer experience interacting with their locations, has enhanced its Paid Media Manager software. According to MomentFeed, it has added a new n...

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May 3rd,2017

Alteryx Adds To Board

Irvine-based data analytics software developer Alteryx said on Tuesday afternoon that it has added Eileen Schloss to its board of directors. Schloss was most recently Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Real Estate for Medidata ...

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April 27th,2017

ChromaCode Finds $12M For Molecular Diagnostics Efforts

Carlsbad-based ChromaCode, a developer of molecular diagnostics technology, announced on Thursday that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and also included Domain Associat...

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April 24th,2017

Ozobot Boosts Executive Team

Redondo Beach-based Ozobot, which develops educational robotics products, says that it has named Joby Otero as its Chief Product Officer, and Kim Salzer as Chief Marketing Officer. Otero was most recently Chief Creative Officer at Anki, and...

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April 4th,2017

PetCo Buys Pet Advice Website, PetCoach

San Diego-based pet supply retailer PetCo said on Monday that it has acquired the operator of a pet advice website and app, PetCoach. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. PetCoach's website helped pet owners get answers ...

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April 4th,2017

TrueCar Nominates Former Honda, Ford Executive To Board

Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Monday that it has nominated former American Honda Motor Company EVP John Mendel to its board of directors. Mendel will stand for election on May 18th, and will replace Abhishek Agrawal. Mendel recently retir...

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April 3rd,2017

Independa Hires Away VP From WebMD

San Diego-based Independa, which is creating technology used to help seniors live longer independently at home, has named former WebMD executive Jennifer Willey as its Chief Business Officer. Independa said that Willey was previously Senior...

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April 3rd,2017

aTyr Pharma Expands Board

San Diego-based aTyr Pharma announced this morning that it is expanding its board of directors, adding independent director Jeffrey S. Hatfield to its board. Hatfield was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Vitae Pharmace...

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March 30th,2017

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Names New Chief Commercial Officer

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer ACADIA Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has named Michael J. Yang as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Yang replaces former Chief Commercial O...

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March 29th,2017

Qualcomm Sets New CTO

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced today that it Dr. James H. Thompson, the company's Executive Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has been named its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Current CTO Matt Grob, who also...

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March 28th,2017

SteelHouse Hires New CTO, CMO

Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse is in major executive expansion mode, saying late Monday that it has named Boris Bronshteyn as its Chief Technology Officer, and David U. Simon as its Chief Marketing Officer. It a...

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March 23rd,2017

SPACES Expands Advisory Board

Playa Vista-based virtual reality content developer SPACES announced on Wednesday that it has added Ian Richter, the former EVP of franchise and emerging platform development at Legendary Entertainment, and Joe Garlington, formerly of Walt ...

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March 15th,2017

Digital Domain Names North American CEO

Playa Vista-based visual effects and virtual reality content developer Digital Domain has named Amit Chopra as CEO for North America. Chopra was already Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the company. Digital Domain said the ...

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March 9th,2017

Interview With Paul Myer, Veracity: Why The Industrial Internet Needs Security

In an age where topics like Russian hacking, CIA hacking tools and the stability of the power grid and industrial networks has suddenly become important, there are only a few companies tackling industrial network security directly. One of...

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March 7th,2017

Two Bit Circus Hires Amusement Park Executive

Los Angeles-based TwoBit Circus has hired on a veteran of the amusement park business to lead its new efforts in creating its own micro-amusement park business. According to Two Bit Circus, it has hired Kimberly Schaefer to lead the busines...

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February 27th,2017

Rubicon Project Snags OpenX Exec As Product Management VP

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced on Monday that it has named former OpenX executive Khoi Nguyen as its new Vice President, Product Management For Video. Nguyen was most recently GM/Sr. Director of Product Management for Video, OT...

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February 22nd,2017

Jam City, TinyCo Team On Futurama Game

Los Angeles-based JamCity, and mobile games developer TinyCo said this morning that they are launching a new, mobile game based on the popular Futurama TV series. The new game features new content from Futura's creator and Executive Produce...

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February 15th,2017

Fika Ventures Launches New, $40M Seed Fund In LA

Fika Ventures, a new startup venture fund led by venture capitalists Tx Zhuo, Eva Ho, and Arteen Arabshahi, has officially launched this morning, saying that it is investing in startups focused on data, related AI-enabled technologies, and ...

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February 14th,2017

Cylance Names New President and COO

Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance announced this morning that it has named Daniel Doimo as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. Doimo will report to CEO Stuart McClure. Doimo was previously Executive Vice Pres...

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February 8th,2017

The HomeFinder Group, Led By RealtyTrac Vet, Acquires HomeFinder.com

Irvine-based The HomeFinder Group, led by RealtyTrac veteran Michael Sawtell, has acquired HomeFinder.com. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Newly formed The HomeFinder Group (THG) says it will focus on lead quality and...

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February 6th,2017

Amgen Names Former Walmart CFO As New Board Member

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen announced last week that it has appointed Charles M. Holley Jr. to its board of directors. Holly said the appointment brings its board size to 15 directors, 14 of whom are independent. Holley is the former Executiv...

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February 2nd,2017

Blizzard Entertainment Employees Affected By Trump Immigration Ban

Mike Morhaime, CEO of Irvine-basd Blizzard Entertainment, called the Presidential executive order from this weekend an "incredible sharp contrast" from the company's values, in an email leaked to VentureBeat, saying that the company "strive...

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January 30th,2017

Illumina Names Board Member

San Diego-based Illumina said it has named Caroline Dorsa to its board of directors, the company said last week. Dorsa was most recently was Executive Vice President and CFO at Public Service Enterprise Group, and served at Merck & Co., as ...

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January 18th,2017

ServiceNow Buys DxContinuum

ServiceNow, the developer of cloud-based, enterprise software for service management which has a big office San Diego, announced this morning that it has acquired ...

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January 17th,2017

GumGum Names Sports Division Head

Santa Monica-based GumGum, which is developing computer vision software applied to online advertising and media, said today that it has named Ryan Mosher as its new Executive Director of GumGum Sports. GumGum Sports focuses on sports sponso...

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January 5th,2017

Neurelis Raises Series B Funding For Epilepsy Treatment

San Diego-based Neurelis, a developer of a drug treatment for epilepsy, has raised a Series B round of funding, the company said this morning. Size of that funding was not announced. The funding was led by HBM Healthcare Investments, and al...

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January 3rd,2017

Clearlake Capital Acquires LANDESK

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group L.P. announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire LANDESK, a developer of IT management software, from private equity investor Thoma Bravo. Financial details of the ...

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December 30th,2016

Reflections on 2016: Scott Alderton, Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles LLP

All this holiday season, we have been sharing the reflections on 2016 from the Southern California's technology ecosystem. Here, we have the thoughts of Scott Alderton of Stubbs, Alderton, and Markiles LLP (stubbsalderton.com). Stubbs, Ald...

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December 30th,2016

Faraday Future Leadership In Turmoil

Los Angeles-based electric vehicle developer Faraday Future--which already has been in turmoil--apparently is seeing even more, on reports that another executive at the company has left, following the departure last week of the company's Ch...

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December 30th,2016

Reflections on 2016: Grant Hosford, codeSpark

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. Today's contribution is from Grant Hosford, the CEO and co-founder of codeSpark (www.codespark.com), the company behind the...

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December 30th,2016

Reflections on 2016: Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. Today's contribution is from Stephen Stokols, founder and CEO of FreedomPop (www.freedompop.com), which offers up free, mob...

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December 22nd,2016

Reflections on 2016: Cody Simms, Techstars

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on the year from Southern California's technology community. Today, we have Cody Simms, Executive Director of Techstars (www.techstars.org), which has been very active this year in...

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December 22nd,2016

CalAmp CFO To Retire

Irvine-based CalAmp said on Wednesday that its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Rick Vitelle, will be retiring from the company. CalAmp said Vitelle will remain on the job until a new CFO Is found....

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December 15th,2016

ZEFR Hires Two For Executive Team

Venice, California-based ZEFR, which develops software to identify, filter, and organize content for brands and content owners on YouTube and other online video sites, said today that it has hired two new executives to its senior team. The ...

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December 13th,2016

Tongal Ramps Up Hiring

Santa Monica-based Tongal, the crowdsourced, marketing and advertising content firm led by Rob Salvatore, has been ramping up hiring, saying today that it has added a significant number of people this month--including three executives to it...

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December 8th,2016

Honest Company Signs On To White House Effort On Equal Pay

Los Angeles-based Honest Company is one of 44 companies who are backing an effort this week by the current White House, to bolster equal pay efforts in the United States. The Honest Company joined such companies as Adobe, AT&T, Autodesk, eB...

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December 6th,2016

OpenX Names CFO, Chief People Officer

Los Angeles-based programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX announced this morning that it has made two major executive hires, to support growth at the company. OpenX said it has named Eric W. Muhlheim as its new Chief Financial O...

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December 5th,2016

Atom Tickets Adds Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Tyler Perry To Advisory Board

Santa Monica-based mobile movie ticketing app developer Atom Tickets announced today that it has added Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Tyler Perry to a brand new, advisory board for the company. The company said the three--along with mem...

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December 1st,2016

CrowdStrike Names New Sales, Operations Executive

Irvine-based endpoint protection software developer CrowdStrike said today that it has appointed Michael Carpenter as President of Global Sales and Field Operations. Carpenter joins the company from Tanium, where he was President Global Sal...

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November 28th,2016

California Lutheran University Names Executive- and Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Thousand Oaks-based California Lutheran University and its School of Management said on Monday that it has named both an Executive-In-Residence and Entrepreneur-In-Residence to the school. The school said Primo Custodio, most recently VP fo...

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November 18th,2016

Silicon Valley Bank Opens Startup Outlook Survey

Silicon Valley Bank, which provides banking services, loans, and other financial products to many startups in Southern California, has opened up its annual Startup Outlook Survey, according to the company this week. The survey quizzes compa...

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November 2nd,2016

Woven Digital Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based digital media and content provider Woven Digital announced on Tuesday that it has named Benjamin Blank as its new CEO. Blank was previously Chief Creative Officer at the company. Previous CEO Colin Digiaro becomes Executiv...

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October 28th,2016

KYTHERA, Amgen Vet Takes Helm At UNITY Biotechnology After $116M Funding

A local, Ventura County biotechnology executive, Keith Leonard, has taken the helm of UNITY Biotechnology, a heavily backed San Francisco biotech startup focused on curing diseases of aging, as a result of a big $116M funding round at the c...

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October 26th,2016

Interview with Cody Simms, Techstars LA

This morning, Techstars (www.techstars.org), the startup accelerator which has had great success in spreading its approach to helping to get startups to the next stage of their life—usually, funding—announced it has opened up its third ac...

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October 26th,2016

Techstars Launches New Accelerator In LA, Techstars LA

Startup accelerator operator Techstars announced today that it is opening up yet another accelerator in Los Angeles--its third--called Techstars LA. The new startup accelerator, which will be horizontally focused on all types of companies, ...

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October 26th,2016

CrowdStrike Names Two Executives

Irvine-based cybersecurity product developer CrowdStrike, the cloud-based endpoint security firm led by George Kurtz, has made two major executive appointments this morning. CrowdStrike said it has named Jerry Dixon as Chief Information Sec...

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October 24th,2016

Stellar Biotechnologies Names VP

Los Angeles-based Stellar Biotechnologies, a developer of an immune stimulating protein for the therapeutic market, has named Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Baxter was most recently Senior Sc...

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October 18th,2016

Comcast Ventures Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica

Comcast Ventures, the venture capital arm of Comcast Corporation, announced this morning that it has opened up an office in Santa Monica, and hired on Dinesh Moorjani as Managing Director in the new office. Moorjani was previously Executive...

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October 18th,2016

Enevate Names CFO

Irvine-based Enevate, which is developing advanced Lithium-ion batteries, said this morning that it has named Sameer V. Rao as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rao was previously at MaxLinear, serving as an executive in the finance area, an...

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October 17th,2016

HelloTech Names New President

Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the on-demand, tech support company co-founded by Richard Wolpert, announced this morning that it has named Ted Hong as President of the company. Hong was previously co-founder of Dropoff, an Austin, Texas start...

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October 11th,2016

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

What's the difference between pitching your startup on television, versus pitching your startup in real life? And how do you best take advantage of a TV audience to promote your startup? We caught up with Steve Seigel, the executive produ...

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October 10th,2016

Qualcomm Adds HP Executive To Board

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has added longtime Hewlett Packard executive Ann M. Livermore to its board of directors. Livermore has spent nearly 30 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, and ran HP's Enterprise Business. Sh...

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October 7th,2016

Lionsgate Taps OUYA Founder Uhrman As Streaming Media GM

Santa Monica-based entertainment studio Lionsgate said on Thursday that it has named Julie Uhrman to the position of Executive Vice President & General Manager of Lionsgate Over-The-Top (OTT) Ventures, the company's streaming media service....

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October 6th,2016

TigerText Names Two Healthcare Vets To Exec Team

Santa Monica-based TigerText has hired on two new healthcare veterans to its executive team, the company said this week. According to TigerText, it has named Kirk Paul Kirkman as President of Client Organization, heading up sales and custom...

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September 29th,2016

Velocify Names Trio Of New Executives

Los Angeles-based Velocify, which develops software to help companies better manage their sales process, is in a growth spurt, with the hire of three new executives--all veterans of the tech industry from the LA area. Velocify says it has n...

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September 22nd,2016

Urban Airship Taps SoCal Tech Vets For Key Roles

Urban Airship, a startup which develops mobile analytics and engagement software, said today that it has named two executives--both of whom have had prominent roles at Santa Barbara area technology companies. The company--based in Portland-...

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September 9th,2016

TaskUs Boosts Executive Staff With Trio Of Hires, Now Has 5300 Employees

Santa Monica-based TaskUs, the fast growing provider of outsourced customer experience and back end services for online companies, said it has hired three new executives on Thursday, to help it with its growth efforts. TaskUs said it has na...

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August 24th,2016

REC Solar Taps Energy Industry Vet As CEO

San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar, the commercial solar and energy developer, said it has named Matt Walz as its CEO. Walz is a prior executive at Duke Energy, where he was for 12 years. Walz had already been on REC Solar's board of directors...

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August 23rd,2016

RealtyMogul Names Two Executives

Los Angeles-based online real estate investing marketplace RealtyMogul.com says it has named two executive, naming Sameer Shamsuddin as Chief Technology Officer and Niall Weintraub as Vice President of Marketing. Shamsuddin was previously a...

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August 17th,2016

QLogic Now Part Of Cavium

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking products developer QLogic is now officially part of Cavium, Cavium said on Tuesday, after the $1.36 billion acquisition of QLogic completed. The two companies had announced the deal in June. QLogic was a...

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August 15th,2016

Arena Pharmaceuticals Names Business Head

San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has named Vincent Aurentz as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer. The developer of small molecule drugs, with potential treatments for ulcerative c...

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August 11th,2016

OpenMail Gobbles Up Infospace

Venice, California-based OpenMail has completed its deal to acquire online search engine site Infospace, from owner Blucora. The deal, which was announced in July, was worth $45M in cash. OpenMail is led by former Demand Media executive Chu...

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August 1st,2016

Sorrento Therapeutics Names New Board Member

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Sorrento Therapeutics announced this morning that it has named Dr. Yue Alexander Wu to its board of directors. Wu is co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of...

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July 26th,2016

Vizio Acquired By Chinese TV Maker LeEco For $2 Billion

Irvine-based Vizio, which makes HDTV and other electronics products, is in a deal to be acquired by Chinese television maker LeEco, the two said late Monday, in a deal worth $2 billion. According to the two companies, LeEco will pay $2 bill...

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July 25th,2016

Comparably Opens Up Salary Data

Santa Monica-based Comparably, the salary comparison and pay startup led by startup veteran Jason Nazar, has launched a new product, which lets CEOs and other executives access its full data set of salary and equity data. Comparably said it...

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July 19th,2016

Hyperloop One Countersues BamBrogan For $250M

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, the high flying startup which has been working on high speed, tube-based transportation systems first envisioned by Elon Musk, has countersued former founder and executive Brogan BamBrogan, for launching a "...

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July 14th,2016

How Nestigator Is Making Real Estate Shopping a Shared Experience

Despite years and years of online real estate being a part of the real estate equation, shopping for a house is still not what it could be—or so says startup veteran and Nestigator (www.nestigator.com) founder Jerry Slavonia. Slavonia told ...

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July 13th,2016

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Ups Series A To $46M

Westlake Village-based Sienna Biopharmaceuticals has had a second close on its Series A funding, bringing the total raised in the round to $46M, the company said on Tuesday. The funding was led by ARCH Venture Partners and Partner Fund Mana...

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July 12th,2016

HyperLoop One Co-founder Seeks Restraining Order From Fellow Executive

Brogan BamBrogan, the co-founder of high profile transportation technology developer HyperLoop One, has requested a temporary restraining order against Chief Legal Officer Afshin Pishevar, and has another lawsuit pending against the company...

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July 11th,2016

Ingenu Names EVP, CFO

San Diego-based Ingenu, a developer of machine-to-machine communications technology, said today that it has named Dan Halvorson as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Halvorson has previously served as CFO of Novat...

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July 7th,2016

Western Digital Shuffles CFO

Irvine-based Western Digital said late Thursday that it is shuffling its CFO, with current CFO Olivier Leonetti leaving the company, and Mark Long taking over as Executive Vice President, Finance. Western Digital said the move comes as a re...

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July 1st,2016

Cylance Adds Citi Ventures To $100M Series D

Irvine-based Cylance said on Thursday that it has added strategic investor Citi Ventures, to the list of its investors in its recently announced, $100M Series D funding. Citi joins Insight Venture Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunit...

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June 21st,2016

Mobile Roadie Names New CEO, CTO

Mobile Roadie, the mobile app creation and marketing software developer--which was recently acquired by Intellectsoft--said it has named Gino Padua as its new Chief Executive Officer, and Vova Soroka as its new Chief Technology Officer. Pad...

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June 21st,2016

Hyperloop One Inks Partnership With Moscow On Russian Transport System

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, one of the local companies which is looking to bring Elon Musk's idea of high speed transportation to reality, reported today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city of Moscow, t...

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June 20th,2016

Amgen Names Operations VP

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said Friday that it has named Esteban Santos as its new Executive Vice President, Operations. Santos has been at Amgen since 2007, and has been serving as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, since 2013. The compa...

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June 14th,2016

Hulu VR Adds Oculus Rift Support

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has added support for the Oculus Rift, the company said today, and also rolled out a new virtual reality space based on the Syfy title 12 Monkeys. Hulu said it now has more than 30 pieces of...

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June 13th,2016

Exactly Expands To Silicon Beach, Backed By $4.6M

A new, mobile app startup, Exactly--which is about to launch a mobile messaging and networking app aimed at Millenials--said it has set up shop in Silicon Beach, backed by $4.6M in funding. The company said the expansion comes due to the hi...

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June 6th,2016

Acuant Buys AssureTec

Los Angeles-based Acuant, a developer of identity management and identity verification technology, said this morning that it has acquired AssureTec Technologies, a provider of identity, document authentication, and data capture products. Fi...

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June 3rd,2016

YP Links With Groupon

Los Angeles-based local search site YP said Thursday that it has linked up with Groupon, to integrate Groupon's local deals into its discovery site and mobile apps. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. YP said the move is part ...

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June 2nd,2016

Accurate Background Snags Box.com VP

Irvine-based Accurate Background, a developer of automated, workforce screening tools, said that it has hired on former Box.com executive Scott Hebert as Chief Revenue Officer. Hebert was most recently VP of Industry Vertical Sales at Box.c...

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June 2nd,2016

Carrick Capital Partners Taps Accenture Vet As Operating Partner

Newport Beach- and San Francisco-based investment firm Carrick Capital Partners has named Mike Salvino as Operating Partner at the company, according to the company. Salvino was most recently Group Chief Executive of Accenture Operations, o...

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May 25th,2016

Penske Media Names COO

Los Angeles-based Penske Media Corporation, which owns such media brands as Variety, WWD, Deadline, Indiewire, and other online and offline publications, says it has named George Grobar as its new Chief Operating Officer. Grobar was previou...

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May 24th,2016

Nestigator Rolls Out New Tool For Real Estate Agents

Los Angeles-based Nestigator.com, an online, collaborative home search site which allows real estate agents, home seekers, and other collaborate to help find homes, has rolled out a new marketing tool for real estate agents. Nestigator--led...

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May 24th,2016

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners, the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its ...

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May 23rd,2016

HelloTech Merges With Geekatoo

Los Angeles-based in-home tech support startup HelloTech, which is led by Richard Wolpert, said this morning that it has merged with Geekatoo, a fellow in-home tech support company. The new company will be known as HelloTech, and continue t...

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May 11th,2016

Aira Expands Board Of Directors

San Diego-based Aira, the startup which is developing assistive technology for the blind, has named venture investor Scott Minick as its Executive Chairman, the company said Tuesday. Minick is currently Venture Partner at ARCH Venture Partn...

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May 10th,2016

Hyperloop One Raises $80M, Inks Infrastructure Partnerships

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One--formerly, Hyperloop Technologies--said late Monday that it has raised $80M in a Series B financing round, and inked a list of infrastructure partners. The company, which also said it is conducting its first,...

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April 29th,2016

Honor Expands Senior Care Marketplace To LA

Honor, a startup that operates a marketplace for senior home care professionals and is backed by Marc Andreessen, said it has expanded to Los Angeles and Orange County, and rounded up a local executive to head up its expansion efforts here....

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April 28th,2016

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Gets $34M For Aesthetic Medicine Products

Westlake Village-based Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, a new aesthetics and medical dermatology startup, said Thursday that it has raised $34M in a Series A financing round. The funding was led by ARCH Venture Partners, and also included Altitud...

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April 28th,2016

HelloTech Expands Tech Support Service To San Diego

Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the on-demand, in-home technical services company founded by serial entrepreneur and tech investor Richard Wolpert, said it is expanding into San Diego, and has begun offering up its services in the city. The co...

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April 26th,2016

SpaceX Veterans Announce New Satellite Launch Firm, Vector Space Systems

A new, microsatellite launch firm--founded by veterans of SpaceX--said today that it has raised more than $1M to launch the startup. Vector Space Systems led by former SpaceX executive Jim Cantrell, said it raised $1M in an angel funding to...

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April 25th,2016

Patch of Land Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based online real estate marketplace Patch of Land said today that it has named Paul Deitch as ts new CEO. Deitch was previously Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management. The company said that its co-founder and former CE...

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April 22nd,2016

Champion Technology Names Execs For Cybersecurity Startup

Santa Monica-based Champion Technology Company, a developer of cybersecurity software, has named Jess Richter as Chief Revenue Officer, and David Aucsmith and Michael Kluse both as as Senior Advisors. Richter was most recently VP Strategic ...

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April 19th,2016

Biocom Opens LA Office

Life sciences industry organization Biocom, which has been helping to represent Southern Califronia's life science industry for more than 20 years, says it has set up a Los Angeles office, to better help promote the success of LA in the lif...

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April 18th,2016

CrowdStrike Exec Gets White House Appointment

Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer CrowdStrike said that Steven Chabinsky, its General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, has been appointed by the President to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Chabinsky joins 11 ...

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April 15th,2016

Nativo Snags Google Vet As VP of Product

Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo said this week that it has named Eugene Cherny, a former Google executive, as its new Vice President of Product. Nativo said that Cherny was previously manger of Google's True...

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April 12th,2016

XPRIZE Foundation Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based ...

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April 6th,2016

Sorrento Therapeutics Names New CFO

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics said today that it has named Kevin M. Herde as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Herde was previously Vice President of Global Blood Screening and Alliance Management for Ho...

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April 4th,2016

AeroVironment CEO Conver To Retire, Nawabi To Take Helm

Simi Valley-based Aerovironment, which both develops unmanned aerial vehicles as well as electric vehicle charging stations, said Monday morning that it has set Wahid Nawabi as its new Chief Executive Officer. Nawabi takes over from CEO Tim...

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April 1st,2016

TrueCar Names SVP Dealer Sales

Santa Monica-based TrueCar has named a new executive to head up dealer sales, saying on Thursday that it has named Jim Menard as its new Senir Vice President of Dealer Sales. Menard was previously President and GM of the U.S. subsidiary of ...

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March 30th,2016

LA Dodgers Accelerator Opens Apps For New Class

The LA Dodgers Sports and Entertainment Accelerator has opened up applications for a new class of startups, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA Venture said they plan to run another startup accelerator class. According to the LA Dodgers and...

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March 24th,2016

Forbes Midas List Skips SoCal, Again

In what has been a familiar refrain, the annual Midas List ranking by Forbes Magazine of the most influential venture capitalists has completely skipped Southern California's venture capital community, although it did credit the position ...

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March 24th,2016

Blossom Launches New Smart Watering Controller

Irvine-based Internet-of-Things device developer Blossom, the smart sprinkler developer led by Manrique Brenes, has rolled out a brand new, smart watering controller this week called the Blossom 8. The startup said its new, smart watering c...

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March 22nd,2016

Tinder Bolsters Executive Ranks

Los Angeles-based mobile dating app developer Tinder announced a major addition of executives to the company, saying it has named Ferrell McDonald as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria Zhang as VP of Engineering, Derek Callow as VP Internationa...

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March 8th,2016

Illumina's Flatley Becomes Executive Chairman

San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said late Monday that Jay Flatley, the company's Chairman and CEO, is shifting to the board as Executive Chairman, with President Francis deSouza becoming both President and CEO. Flatle...

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March 7th,2016

J.J. Abrams To Produce Documentary On Google Lunar XPRIZE

Culver City-based XPRIZE has a signed up J.J. Abrams, the producer of Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens, to document the efforts behind the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Google said last week that Moon Shot, the new documentary of the teams ...

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March 3rd,2016

Mave Finds Seed Funding For Personal Concierge Startup

Santa Monica-based Mave has raised seed funding, for a yet-to-be-launched personal concierge startup, according to Fortune this morning. The new startup was founded by Emily White, a former executive of Snapchat and Instagram. Details on th...

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March 2nd,2016

Millennium Space Systems Names Marketing Head

El Segundo-based Millennium Space Systems, which helps to manufacture and produce satellites, said today that it has named Robert (Bob) Newberry as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Newberry is recently retired from ...

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March 1st,2016

Snapchat Taps Former Facebook Exec For Ad Efforts

Venice, California-based Snapchat has hired on Facebook executive Sriram Krishnan, who had headed up Facebook's ad network for the last few years, according to a report on Monday. Krishnan ran Facebook's Audience Network, its effort to sell...

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February 19th,2016

TrueCar Names Dealer Service, Sales Lead

Santa Monica-based online auto pricing and sales site TrueCar said it is l‌ooking to improve services to dealers and strengthen relationships with its dealers, through the appointment of a new executive. TrueCar said it has named Bria...

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February 18th,2016

Ingram Micro Acquired For $6 Billion

Irvine-based computer products distributor Ingram Micro has agreed to be acquired by Chinese electronics company Tianjin Tianhai, in a deal worth approximately $6.0 billion, the company said late Wednesday evening. According to Ingram Micro...

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February 12th,2016

RippleNami Names New CEO, CFO

San Diego-based RippleNami, a developer of map-based data visualization software, said this week that it has named Jaye Connolly-LaBelle President and Chief Executive Officer and Kendra Berger Chief Financial Officer. Connolly-LaBelle has b...

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February 11th,2016

Larry Ellison To Keynote USC Commencement

Larry Ellison, the founder and Chairman of Oracle, has been named the speaker for the University of Southern California commencement, the school said on Thursday. The commencement will be held on May 13th. Ellison founded Oracle in 1977, an...

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February 2nd,2016

Susa Ventures Seeks $50M For Second Fund

Susa Ventures, an early stage investment firm which has an office in Los Angeles, is looking to raised a $50M, second fund, Susa Venture II, according to a recent regulatory filing. Details on the fundraising effort have not been announced ...

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January 29th,2016

Kareo Names Chief Sales Officer

Irvine-based Kareo has named Drew Hamilton as its new Chief Sales Officer, the company said this week, to help scale the company's sales organization. Hamilton was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager of TeleTrac. Kare...

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January 28th,2016

eKomi Expands Board After Investment From Goldman Sachs

Los Angeles- and Berlin-based eKomi, a developer of software to solicit ratings and reviews from e-commerce customers, has added Anastassia Lauterbach to its board of directors. Lauterbach has served on the boards of Dun & Bradstreet, Kaspe...

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January 26th,2016

Qualcomm Ventures Loses Top Executive

Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital arm of San Diego-based Qualcomm, has left the company and joined Microsoft. Nagraj Kashyap, who has headed up Qualcomm's venture efforts for the last 12 years, apparently is leaving for a similar role ...

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January 22nd,2016

Akana Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based Akana, the developer of API management software, said Thursday that it has named Mark Tapling as its new Chief Executive Officer. Tapling was most recently CEO of PacketVideo, and also had been CEO of SDL plc Language Tech...

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January 13th,2016

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Adds Board Member

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer ACADIA Pharmaceuticals said earlier this week that it has added a new member to its board of directors. ACADIA said it appointed Jim Daly, the former Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial...

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January 8th,2016

JenaValve Technology Names VP

Irvine-based heart valve developer JenaValve said Thursday that it has named a new executive, appointing Janet M. Fauls as the company's new Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Fauls was most recently Vice President of Global Regulatory ...

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December 23rd,2015

What I Learned In 2015: Lief Morin, KeyInfo

Editor's note: Over the holidays we publish contributions from some of the movers and shakers in the community, with their reflections on the past year and their thoughts on the upcoming year. We'll be publishing these between now and the...

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December 18th,2015

How ZendyHealth Is Adding Price Transparency To Healthcare

Anyone who has visited the doctor or a hospital knows that what you will pay—whether yourself or through insurance—is a complete and total mystery. Is there a way to use technology to help make it more clear what medical procedures cost, an...

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December 14th,2015

codeSpark:Teaching Kids Software Coding Without Words

Why teach your kids how to code, and what's the benefit of learning computer programming concepts--even before you've learned to read? It turns out, there are lots of benefits to learning the logical thinking behind software coding, accor...

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December 7th,2015

VolJet: Creating An Online Booking System For Private Jet Charters

The idea of creating a technology enabled marketplace is one of the biggest trends among startups today. However, how does that work for something like the highly fragmented, negotiation heavy business of charter jets? Los Angeles-based V...

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December 3rd,2015

Hollar Picks Up $17.5M For Bargain Gifts Site

Santa Monica-based Hollar, a startup which offers up a wide range of low cost, bargain priced gifts, has raised $17.5M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing. The funding came from Index Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, ...

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November 20th,2015

Kyriba Names Supply Chain VP

San Diego-based Kyriba, which develops software used for treasury management, said it has named Eric Riddle as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Finance. Riddle was most recently at IQNavigator, and also served at Prime Revenue, as w...

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November 18th,2015

WellCaster Sets Up Shop In LA, Hires Jay Goss As President

WellCaster, a developer of enterprise wellness apps, has set up its operations in Los Angeles, and hired LA technology veteran Jay Goss as President of the company. The company--which originally started in New York--develops mobile apps spe...

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November 5th,2015

Beyond Meat Bolsters Board With McDonald's Vet

El Segundo-based Beyond Meat, a startup which is developing plant-based, protein alternatives to meat, said Thursday that it has named Don Thompson, the former CEO of McDonald's, to its board. McDonald had served as CEO and President of MCD...

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October 19th,2015

Sorrento Therapeutics Names COO

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics said today that it has named Dr. Jeffrey Su as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Su was previously Chief Scientific and Development Officer at Cytovance Biologics, and also s...

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October 16th,2015

Cie Digital Labs Acquired By Tech Entrepreneur Anderee Berengian

Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs (CDL), which is both a provider of interactive development and technology startup "studio" efforts, said that technology investor Anderee Berengian has acquired a majority stake in the company. Size of the deal...

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October 9th,2015

Interview with Michael Abrams, the Disney Accelerator

Earlier this week, the Disney Accelerator held the demo day for its second class. The Disney Accelerator takes ten, startup companies, and pairs them with mentors from The Walt Disney Company and elsewhere, to provide technical assistance, ...

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October 8th,2015

Hixme Raises $10.4M For Health Insurance Efforts

Agoura-based Hixme Insurance Solutions, which is developing a platform to help employers with managing health insurance, disclosed Wednesday that it has raised $10.4M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield &...

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October 7th,2015

Teledyne Names New COO

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne said today that it has named Al Pichelli as its Chief Operating Officer. Pichelli was already at Teledyne, serving as Executive Vice President, and had headed up its Instrumentation and Aerospace and Defense Ele...

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September 30th,2015

CraveOnline Relaunches Website

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said today that it is relaunching its flagship site, CraveOnline.com, with a complete design overhaul and a "significant shift" in editorial direction. Evolve Media said its relaunched site is aimed at 25-34 y...

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September 22nd,2015

Demand Media Acquires LEAFtv

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is bolstering its efforts to reach out towards millennial women, and has acquired LEAFtv. Demand Media also said it has hired Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, the founders of LEAFtv, and will expand the LEAFtv...

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September 16th,2015

HelloTech Gets $12.5M

Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the in-home, IT and technology help service founded by tech veteran Richard Wolpert, has raised $12.5M in a new funding round. The funding was led by Madrona Venture Group, and also included Upfront Ventures, Cr...

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September 14th,2015

Google Poaches TrueCar's President For Self-Driving Car Project

Google said over the weekend that it has hired on John Krafcik, most recently President of Santa Monica-based TrueCar, as CEO of its self driving car project. Krafcik had been President of TrueCar since April of 2014. According to TrueCar, ...

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September 10th,2015

Interview with Alexander Israel, Co-founder of ParkMe

Santa Monica-based parking data and mobile app developer ParkMe (www.parkme.com) was just acquired this morning by traffic and telematics giant Inrix. We caught up with co-founder and COO Alexander Israel late yesterday, ahead of the announ...

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September 10th,2015

ParkMe Acquired By INRIX

Santa Monica-based parking information provider ParkMe, which was founded by Sam Friedman and Alexander Israel, has been acquired by traffic information provider INRIX, the two announced this morning. Financial details of the acquisition we...

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September 3rd,2015

OticPharma To Open US Headquarters In Irvine

OticPharma, a pharmaceuticals company which is developing therapies for treating ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders, said today that it has set up a new U.S. headquarters in Irvine. The company, which has major operations in Israel, says...

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September 2nd,2015

TeleSign Launches New Verification API Product

Los Angeles-based TeleSign, the provider of two-factor, mobile authentication services and software, said today that it has launched a new product, called TeleSign Smart Verify. The new product provides an API to help with end-user verifica...

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September 1st,2015

Beats Music's Ian Rogers Heads To LVMH

Ian Rogers, the former CEO of Beats Music and longtime Southern California startup executive, has been named Chief Digital Officer at luxury brand ...

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September 1st,2015

ID Analytics Names New CEO

San Diego-based ID Analytics said yesterday that it has named Scott Carter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Carter has been ID Analytics' Chief Operating Officer since September of last year, having previously served at Experian, Fair Is...

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August 26th,2015

Evolve Media Snags Say Media Executive

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the online publishing and media firm behind CraveOnline and TotallyHer, said Tuesday that it has named Jennifer Catto as its new SVP of Integrated Media. Catto was most recently Vice President and Head of Br...

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August 21st,2015

Ranker Creates New Video Division, Adds To Team

Los Angeles-based crowdsourced ranking site Ranker announced Friday that it has opened up a new video division, Ranker Video, as well as added a few key hires at the company. According to Ranker, it has named Inger Lund Carter--formerly Yah...

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August 21st,2015

QLogic Swaps Out CEO

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking products maker QLogic is in a major, executive shakeup this morning, saying that its CEO, Prasad Rampalli, has resigned. According to QLogic, it has named Christine King as Executive Chairman, and Jean H...

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August 20th,2015

Dun & Bradstreet, Pepperdine Link on Entrepreneurship Effort

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet said this morning that they are launching a new partnership to bolster entrepreneurship and the emerging business community. According to the two, Grazia...

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August 18th,2015

GumGum Names Sales VP

Santa Monica-based GumGum, which operates an online digital advertising platform aimed at visual content, said Tuesday that it has named John Weisgerber as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Weisgerber was most recently at Hearst Corp....

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August 18th,2015

LogicMonitor Launches New Dashboard Product

Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor, which develops performance monitoring products for IT infrastructure, said today that it has launched a new dashboard product. The company said its new, Executive Dashboard product helps CIOs and CTOs with ...

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August 17th,2015

Quality Systems Parts Way With CTO

Irvine-based healthcare information systems developer Quality Systems, Inc. said this morning that its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Steve Puckett, has resigned from the company, by "mutual agreement" with the compa...

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August 13th,2015

Tinder Loses New CEO

Los Angeles-based mobile dating app developer Tinder said late Wednesday that its brand new CEO, Christopher Payne, is leaving the company, and that it will reappoint Tinder founder Sean Rad as CEO. Greg Platt, Chairman of The Match Group--...

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August 10th,2015

Interview with Tony Farwell, GovX

Our interview this morning is with serial entrepreneur Tony Farwell, the Executive Chairman and co-founder of GovX (www.govx.com), a San Diego-based online marketplace aimed at current members of the military, veterans, and government emp...

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August 10th,2015

United Online Names EVP, General Counsel

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Friday that it has named Mark Harrington as the company's new Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Harrington was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary...

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August 7th,2015

TrueCar's Painter To Step Down As CEO

Scott Painter, the CEO of Los Angeles-based auto purchasing service TrueCar, said Thursday that he will be stepping down as CEO of the company by the end of the year. Painter will remain as Chairman of the board, and will continue as CEO as...

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August 6th,2015

Pluto TV Names Spotify's Parks As Chairman

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, the Internet television service startup backed by USVP, Sky, United Talent Agency, Terry Semel, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures, Luminari Capital, said Wednesday that it has named Ken Parks as Execut...

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August 4th,2015

Local ID Boosts Executive Ranks

Los Angeles-based Local ID has named two new executives, the company said today, as it uses its recent seed funding to boost its executive ranks. Local ID said it has named Mahesh Angadi as Chief Product Officer and Franklyn Farace as its C...

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July 20th,2015

Sorrento Therapeutics Loses VP

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics announced late Friday that its Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, George Uy, is leaving the company. Sorrento said that Uy is leaving the company to become CEO of a startup. Sorrento...

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July 15th,2015

TrueCar Names HR Chief, Plans Recruiting Boost

Santa Monica-based TrueCar has named a new Chief Human Resources Officer, in an effort to bolster recruiting at the firm. TrueCar said it has named Don Robertson as Executive Vice President, People and Chief Human Resource Officer, as part ...

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July 6th,2015

RealtyMogul.com Bolsters Executive Staff

Los Angeles-based online real estate investing marketplace RealtyMogul.com said today that it has added two new executives to its staff. According to the company, it hass added Michael Sanchez and Charles H. Kim, CFA, to the company's Comme...

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June 29th,2015

Ixia Expands Board

Calabasas-based Ixia, which provides network and application performance testing hardware and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded its board of directors. The company said that Ilan Daskal, who is the Executive Vice President and CFO...

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June 29th,2015

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Bolsters Board

Irvine-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named two new members of its board of directors. The company--which is developing treatments for glaucoma--said it has added Julie McHugh and Michael M. du Toit to its board. McHugh...

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June 18th,2015

Teledyne Names New Board Member

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has added Bob Malone, the Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Sonora Bancshares, to its board of directors. Malone was previously Executive V...

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June 15th,2015

Ixia Finds New Chief Marketing Officer

Calabasas-based network testing equipment and software developer Ixia has appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer today, saying that it has named Marie Hattar to the position. Hattar was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Check Point Sof...

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June 5th,2015

Jun Group Expands In Orange County, Los Angeles

New York-based mobile ad platform developer Jun Group is expanding in both Orange County and Los Angeles, saying it is looking to tap into a hotbed of engineering talent in Orange County. The company, which focuses on native, brand-safe vid...

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June 2nd,2015

Instantly Names New VP

Los Angeles-based Instantly, which develops automated sampling and market research tools, said Tuesday that it has named Jim Collins as its Executive Vice President of Instantly Audiences. Collins was most recently CEO of Sycamore Canyon St...

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May 27th,2015

SpaceX Gets Air Force Certification

Los Angeles-based SpaceX has crossed a major hurdle in its efforts to provide launch services to the U.S. Department of Defense, and has been certified by the U.S. Air Force to carry out National Security space missions, according to the US...

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May 22nd,2015

Demand Media Shuffles Execs

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has had another shuffle in its executive ranks, saying late Thursday that it has named Brian Pike, currently its Chief Technology Officer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Demand Media sai...

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May 20th,2015

Qualstar Names President

Westlake Village-based data storage and power supply manufacturer Qualstar> has promoted Daniel K. Jan, the company's Executive Vice President, to the role of President, the company said late Tuesday. Jan has been EVP of the company since A...

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May 12th,2015

Vadio Finds $7.5M, Taps Sony's Landau As Chairman

Vadio, the music video streaming technology developer led by Bryce Clemmer, said today that it has raised $7.5M in a Series A funding round, and tapped former Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment executive Yair Landau as its Chairman and COO...

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May 7th,2015

EdgeWave Names Former Kaspersky Exec To Board

San Diego-based cybersecurity software developer EdgeWave has named a former Kaspersky executive to the board, the company said Wednesday. EdgeWave said it has named Steve Orenberg, most recently the President of Kaspersky Labs, to the posi...

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May 5th,2015

Vroozi Names Executive

Los Angeles-based Vroozi, a developer of cloud-based procurement software, said this morning that it has named Michael Jud as the company's Senior Director of Product Evangelist. Jud as previously at SAP, and also served at i2i, and has 15 ...

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April 27th,2015

Autobytel Names EVP

Irvine-based Autobytel said Monday that it has named William Ferriolo as the company's new Executive Vice President, Consumer Acquisition. Ferriolo has been at Autobytel since 2010, when he became Vice President of the company's Cyber Ventu...

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March 25th,2015

Ingram Micro Names HR VP

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro said Tuesday that it has named Scott D. Sherman as the company's new Executive Vice President, Human Resources. Sherman was previously at Allergan, and also had served at Medtronic and Exxon. Sherman replaces Ly...

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March 23rd,2015

AllSay Looks To Combine News, Opinion, Action

Los Angeles-based AllSay, a new startup which is developing personalized news and opinion sharing apps, said today that it has launched a beta of its new app and service, which both helps provided personalized news items to users--as well a...

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March 20th,2015

Rexter Named Part Of Microsoft Accelerator Class

Altadena-based Rexter, the developer of real time contact and relationship management software led by technology veteran Andy Wilson, has been named one of the fourteen companies in the upcoming Microsoft Digital Work Accelerator. Rexter's ...

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March 4th,2015

Numecent Taps Broadcom Exec As New CEO

Irvine-based Numecent, which develops a cloud-based service to help deliver applications over the web, said it has named former Broadcom executive Tom Lagatta as its new CEO. Lagatta was previously Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sale...

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March 3rd,2015

Oculus Hires High Profile Google Executive

Irvine-based >Oculus, the virtual reality google maker now owned by Facebook, has hired away high profile Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, according to a report. Jepsen ran the Display Division of Google X, and also had been co-founder and...

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March 2nd,2015

ReachLocal Names Two Executives

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Monday that it has named two new executives, hiring Paras Maniar as the company's new Chief Strategy Officer, and Megan Opp as the company's new Chief People Officer. Maniar was most recently a venture c...

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February 25th,2015

GoDaddy Selects NYSE For IPO Effort

GoDaddy, the parent of Los Angeles-based website hosting service MediaTemple, said in a regulatory filing late Tuesday that is has selected the NYSE for its IPO. GoDaddy said that it hopes to trade under the ticker symbol GDDY. GoDaddy file...

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February 24th,2015

Semitrex Aims At Power Efficiency

A new, Laguna Beach-based startup, Semitrex, said today that it has launched a new set of systems-on-a-chip aimed at helping to improve the power efficiency of circuits. According to the startup, it has launched a new family of chips which ...

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February 23rd,2015

Surf Air Hits 1200 Members

Santa Monica-based membership-based airline Surf Air is telling potential customers that it recently reached 1200 members for its service, which allows members to take all-you-can-fly trips between the Los Angeles, Bay Area, Santa Barbara, ...

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February 18th,2015

Cohu Names Board Member

Poway-based Cohu, which develops semiconductor test tools and systems, said yesterday that t has named Karl H. Funke to its board of directors. Funke was most recently an senior executive at Multitest GmbH, having been that company's CEO fr...

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February 10th,2015

Former SurfAir Founder Eyerly Surfaces With New Air Travel Startup

Wade Eyerly, the founder of LA's SurfAir, is taking the membership-based flight model to the East Coast, and has booted up a new startup called Beacon. Eyerly--who has apparently relocated to Boston--co-founded Beacon with Cory Cozzens a...

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February 9th,2015

Payoff Adds ING Direct Founder To Board

Costa Mesa-based Payoff, the consumer finance product provider led by Scott Saunders, has snagged another high profile finance executive to the board. Payoff said this morning that Arkadi Kuhlmann--who founded ING Direct--has joined the com...

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February 6th,2015

AeroVironment Names Interim CFO

Monrovia-based unmanned vehicle maker AeroVironment said late Thursday that it has swapped its CFO, and named Teresa Covington as Interim Chief Financial Officer, as its current CFO, Jikum Kim, has left the company. AeroVironment said Kim l...

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January 29th,2015

Seriously Launches Best Fiends Onto Amazon

Santa Monica- and Helskini-based mobile games and entertainment startup Seriously said this morning that it has launched its popular Best Fiends mobile game onto the Amazon Appstore. The game already is available for iOS and Android. Seriou...

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January 27th,2015

Lynda.com Snags New Enterprise GM From Salesforce.com

Carpinteria-based lynda.com, the online learning and education company backed by Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, TPG Capital and Meritech Capital Partners, has bolstered its executive staff in the enterprise area, saying this morning that ...

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January 13th,2015

Nasty Gal's Amoruso Steps Down From CEO Post

Sophia Amoruso, the CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based Nasty Gal, has stepped down from the CEO post at the fashion e-commerce firm, but will remain as Executive Chairman at the company, Nasty Gal said Monday. Amoruso is being replaced by...

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December 15th,2014

MRV Swizzles CEO

Chatsworth-based MRV>, the developer of packet and optical networking components, said this morning that it has named Mark J. Bonney as the company's new President and CEO. Bonney previously served as the company's Executive Vice President ...

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December 1st,2014

SOA Software's Medrano Gets Award

Los Angeles-based SOA Software, which develops software used for API management within corporations, said that Executive Vice President Robert Medrano has scored an award. The company said Medrano was named one of the top 100 influential Hi...

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November 24th,2014

Tinder Employees Launching Competitor, Bumble

A group of former Tinder employees--including former marketing executive Whitney Wolfe--are apparently getting set to launch a direct competitor to the dating app, called Bumble. According to Bumble's Facebook page, it is just about set to ...

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November 20th,2014

Flywheel Picks Up $12M, And A New CEO

Mobile on-demand taxi app developer Flywheel, which has been attempting to leverage the existing taxi and transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles to go head-to-head against Uber, said Thursday that it has raised $12.0M in a Series C fu...

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November 20th,2014

FreeConferenceCall.com Names VP

Long Beach-based free conference calling provider FreeConferenceCall.com has named a new VP, saying recently that it has named Robert Wise as the company's new Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Wise had most recently been a...

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November 14th,2014

Samsung Looks To Hollywood For Mobile Revenues, Says Report

Samsung Electronics is kicking off an effort to make short form, mobile video the center of a new revenue model, according to report, in a new effort headed by John Pleasants. Pleasants--who has served at Walt Disney managing its mobile and...

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November 10th,2014

Elon Musk Eyes New Satellite Venture

Elon Musk, the technology mogul behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is gearing up to develop a new startup, to launch its own constellation of satellites to deliver Internet access. According to the WSJ, the Musk is working with the founder of ...

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October 21st,2014

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 ne...

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October 16th,2014

FreedomVoice Bolsters Executive Team

Encinitas-based cloud communications service provider FreedomVoice said Wednesday that it has named three new people to its executive team. The company--which provides its systems to small and mid-sized businesses--said it added Cedar Colem...

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October 13th,2014

eSurface Names New President, CFO

Carlsbad-based eSurface Technologies, which develops technology for applying conductive materials to surfaces, said this morning that it has named Michael G. Corrigan as the company's President and CFO. Corrigan replaces Dave Benson in the ...

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October 10th,2014

Insights: Attracting Tech Talent to SoCal: It's Not as Hard as You Think

Think it's tough to attract talent from the Bay Area to Southern California? For our Insights and Opinions section, executive recruiter Eric Larson gives some hints on tips on how he attracts candidates to relocate here to Southern Californ...

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October 9th,2014

President Obama Stresses Jobs, Education In First Silicon Beach Visit

In the first time that President Barack Obama has paid a special visit to the epicenter of Southern California's high tech industry, the President spoke for over an hour to an audience of entrepreneurs at Cross Campus, the Santa Monica cowo...

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September 30th,2014

Conversant Names New Executive

Westlake Village-based Conversant, the online advertising firm which is in the midst of being acquired by Alliance Data, said Tuesday that it has named Jim Rund as its new Chief Revenue Officer for its media business. Rund--who will be base...

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September 25th,2014

FAA Gives Nod To Hollywood For Drone Use

Hollywood is helping to pave the way for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, thanks to a FAA ruling Thursday letting the film and television industry use drones in their filming efforts. According to the FAA, it will allow six aeria...

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September 25th,2014

AssetAvenue Bolsters Executive Team

Los Angeles-based online, commercial real estate peer to peer lending site AssetAvenue has named a new executive, saying that Eddie Prosser has joined the company as its Senior Vice President of Real Estate Investments. Prosser was most rec...

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September 22nd,2014

CurbStand Raises $3M For Valet Parking App

Los Angeles-based CurbStand, a startup which develops an iOS app to help users find and pay for valet parking, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said this morning. The startup--led by Serge Gojkovich--said the funding came from...

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September 16th,2014

Workpop Raises $7.9M To Connect Job Seekers, Employers

Los Angele-sbased Workpop, a new startup founded by former Zynga executive Reed Shaffner and Viddy Co-Founder Chris Ovitz said this morning that it has raised $7.9M in a funding round. The startup is creating an online marketplace and commu...

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September 9th,2014

Demand Media Names New Content Marketing Executive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is building out its executive team today, saying that it has named Scott Lehr as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Solutions. Lehr was previously at NewsCred, a developer of content...

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September 9th,2014

Tinder Settles With Former Exec Over Sexual Harassment Charges

Los Angeles-based Tinder and parent company IAC have settled a lawsuit brought by former executive Whitney Wolfe, alleging sexual harassment and moves by the company to strip her of the title of "co-founder" of the mobile dating app develop...

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September 4th,2014

BuyAutoParts.com Names CFO

San Diego-based auto parts e-commerce provider BuyAutoParts.com has named a new CFO, saying that it has appointed former JC Penney and Amazon executive Chris Struempler to the position. Struembler was most recently Senior Finance Director f...

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September 2nd,2014

Novatel Wireless Names New CFO

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced this morning that it has appointed Michael Newman as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Newman was most recently at Websense, most recently serving as CFO, but ...

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August 26th,2014

Swagbucks Taps Shopzilla's Weinrot As COO

El Segundo-based Prodege, the parent company of Swagbucks, has named a new COO, naming former ShopZilla executive David Weinrot to the new position. Weinrot was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Divisional President for Shopzilla/Bizra...

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August 25th,2014

MRV Names New CFO

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, the developer of optical networking hardware, said today that it has named Mark J. Bonney as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bonney has been a director of the company ...

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August 18th,2014

Allergan Swaps CFO

Irvine-based Allergan said this morning that it has swapped its CFO, naming Jim Hindman as its new Executive Vice President, Finance and Business Development and Chief Financial Officer. Hindman replaces Jeff Edwards, who Allergan said has ...

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August 18th,2014

Insights: Do you really want to be the first to market?

In our Insights and Opinions section this morning, Dave Berkus, an angel investor and private equity investor, asks startup--do you really want to be first to market? Over the years, as I managed my several computer companies as CEO or...

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August 15th,2014

Conversant Hires Former Bing Shopping Executive

Westlake Village-based Conversant, the online advertising and marketing technology company which was until recently known as ValueClick, has hired on the former head of Bing Shopping as a VP. Conversant said this week it has named Raju Malh...

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August 7th,2014

socalTECH Jobs: Job Highlights for August 7th, 2014

Has it been a really, really, really long week at your current company? Does Friday seem like it's still a week away? Maybe it's time for a change! Check out our online Job Board for something new and exciting! Some recent jobs: VP...

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August 5th,2014

FlikMedia Goes Public Via Reverse Merger

Santa Monica-based mobile dating app developer Flikdate has gone public, via a reverse merger into a shell company called CrossBox, according to the firms today. According to FlikMedia, the company has acquired Flikdate through a merger tra...

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July 24th,2014

RealD Names General Counsel

Los Angeles-based 3D technology developer RealD said Wednesday afternoon that it has named Vivian Yang as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. According to RealD, Yang will head up both the company's Legal and Human Resources depar...

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July 23rd,2014

Teledyne Bolsters Board

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, software, aerospace, defense, and other products company, said today that it has named Jane C. Sherburne to the company's board of directors. Sherburne is the former Se...

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July 22nd,2014

United Online Names New Board Member

Woodland Hills-based United Online said late Monday that it has added a new member to its board of directors. The company said it named Andrew Miller, current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of molecular diagnostics com...

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July 3rd,2014

The Myth of Creation: Tinder's Startup Story Made Up?

It's been a bad week over at Los Angeles-based Tinder, as one of the mobile dating/hookup app's co-founders, Justin Mateen, was sued by former executive Whitney Wolfe over sexual harassment--and for cutting her out of the list of founders a...

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July 1st,2014

Tinder Co-founder Sued For Sexual Harassment, Suspended

One of the co-founders of Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder, Justin Mateen, has been sued by a former executive for sexual harassment, and has been suspended. In a lawsuit filed Monday in the Superior Court of the State of Calif...

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June 25th,2014

Former Hulu Head Kilar's New Company, Vessel, Gets Funding

Vessel, a new startup founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom, has raised a round of funding from Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bezos Expeditions. Benchmark's Bill Gurley and Greylock's David Sze have both joi...

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June 18th,2014

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team

Los Angeles-based viral video entertainment network Jukin Media is continuing to build out its executive team, saying today that it has named Jerry Boonstra as its new Chief Technology Officer, and Theresa Tran as its new Head of Product. T...

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June 16th,2014

Novatel Wireless Shuffles Executives

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless announced a major, executive shakeup late Friday, saying that it has named Alex Mashinsky Interim Chief Executive Officer, and has launched a search for a new CEO. According to the company, it's current CEO,...

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June 13th,2014

Invoca Hits 100 Employees, Adds Execs

Santa Barbara-based Invoca, the developer of cloud-based, call marketing and click-to-call technology which is backed by Accel Partners, Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners, said it has hit 100 employees, and also expanded its exec...

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June 11th,2014

Qualcomm's Jacobs Sees The Light With New Investment

Qualcomm's Executive Chairman, Paul Jacobs, is one of the major investors in stealthy digital photography startup Light, which revealed last night that it has raised a $9.7M funding round for its efforts to re-invent photography. The compan...

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June 10th,2014

Local Corporation Adds Local Startup Veterans As Board Members

Irvine-based Local Corporation, which offers up local advertising technology, has added two veterans of the local startup industry--David M. Hughes and John M. Payne--as new board members. Hughes is CEO of The Search Agency, and Payne is cu...

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June 10th,2014

QLogic Chairman HK Desai Passes Away Suddenly

ALiso Viejo-based storage networking equipment maker QLogic Corp.'s Executive Chairman--and former CEO--HK Desai, has passed away, the company said Monday. According to QLogic, Desai died Sunday night after a sudden cardiac arrest. He was 6...

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June 6th,2014

EVTripPlanner Offers Up Guide To EV Road Trips

Are you an electric vehicle owner? Are the kids out of school, and are you ready to head out on the road this summer? EVTripPlanner aims to help users figure out where to go, how and where to keep their car charged, and how much energy it w...

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June 3rd,2014

Airwolf 3D Names Former Toshiba America Exec As President

Costa Mesa-based 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D said this morning that it has tapped an experienced executive from Toshiba America Business Solutions as its new President. According to Airwolf 3D, it has hired Mark Mathews--former Presi...

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June 2nd,2014

Kite Pharma Names New R&D Head

Santa Monica-based biopharmaceuticals firm Kite Pharma, which is developing products for the treatment of cancer, said today that it has named David D. Chang, M.D., Ph.D., as its new Executive Vice President, Research and Development, and C...

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May 30th,2014

reqallable's Software Lets Google Glass Users Read, Handle Email Automatically

reQall, the developer of smart applications for Google Glass--founded by former Apple executive Rao Machiraju--has released reqallable, its application for Google Glass which automatically handles email and text messages for users. The star...

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May 28th,2014

OpenX Names Chief Customer Officer

Los Angeles-based online and mobile advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named Tish Whitcraft as the company's new Chief Customer Officer. Whitcraft was most recently Chief Customer Officer at Tagged, and...

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May 23rd,2014

Malauzai Software Gets $6.5M More For Banking Apps

Malauzai Software, a developer mobile banking apps for community financial institutions which has a number of its top executives located in Los Angeles, said this week that it has raised $6.5M in a Series C funding ronud. The funding came f...

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May 21st,2014

Novatel Wireless Loses CFO

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless said late Tuesday that it has lost its CFO, Kenneth Leddon. According to Novatel Wireless, Leddon is leaving the firm to become CFO of another, un-named company. The maker of wireless modules said it is enga...

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May 20th,2014

Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

Venice, California-basd Epoxy--which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round. The startup, which is fu...

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May 15th,2014

United Online Names New CFO

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday that it has named Edward Zinser as the company's new Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Zinser was most recently EVP and CFO of THQ, and also had served as EVP and CFO of ...

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May 8th,2014

Local Corporation Names New CEO

Irvine-based Local Corporation said late Wednesday that it has named Fred Thiel as its new Chief Executive Officer. Thiel had been Chairman of Local's board of directors. In addition, Local said that its current President and Chief Operatio...

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April 18th,2014

T+ink Adds New Board Members

Los Angeles-based T-ink, the developer of conductive ink products led by Gary Winnick, said Thursday that it has added two new board members. The company said it has added John C. Cushman II, the co-chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, to its b...

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April 17th,2014

ZEFR Names New VPs

Venice-based ZEFR said Thursday that it has named a new set of VPs. According to the company, it has named Rick Song as its new Global Head of Media Solutions Sales, and named Michael Saperstein as Head of Media Sales (East, Central, Canada...

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April 2nd,2014

ReachLocal Names New CEO

Wooland Hills-based ReachLocal said this morning that it has named Sharon Rowlands as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the company's board of directors. Rowlands was most recently CEO of Altegrity, and also ...

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March 31st,2014

Decoding Signal From Noise For Wall Street, With Bitvore

In today's electronic world, there is an immense number of data sources creating millions of data points that companies are hoping to make sense of. That data--if you could just find the right piece--could be useful in a number of areas, pa...

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March 27th,2014

RuiYi Raises $15M For Monoclonal Antibody Research

La Jolla-based RuiYi, a company developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series B financing. The funding came from 5AM Ventures, Versant Ventures, Apposite Capital, SR One, Merck Serono Ventures,...

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March 18th,2014

uSamp Shuffles Executives

Los Angeles-based polling and sampling technology and services provider uSamp is shuffling its executives today, saying that it has named Ted Bouzakis as the company's new Executive Vice President of Sales, replacing George Llorens. In addi...

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March 18th,2014

Sonos Snags Former Xbox Chief

Santa Barbara-based whole home audio systems maker Sonos has snagged a high profile executive to head up its product efforts, and has hired away former Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten. According to Microsoft and its Xbox team, Whitt...

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March 12th,2014

TAPP Scores Funding From Eric Schmidt For Subscription Video

Los Angeles-based TAPP, a new startup co-founded by Jeff Gaspin, the former Chairman of NBC Universal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN/U.S., said this morning that it has scored funding from a number of high profile invest...

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March 7th,2014

Disney Accelerator In Major Outreach

Disney's new startup accelerator--the Disney Accelerator--is in a major promotional and outreach push, saying that it will be launching a tour of Austin, Boston, New York, Palo Alto, London, and San Francisco to raise visibility for the pro...

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March 7th,2014

Semtech Snags General Counsel From United Online

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech announced this morning that it has named Charles B. Ammann as its new Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Ammann was most recently EVP, ...

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February 28th,2014

Surf Air Swaps CEO

Los Angeles-based Surf Air, the startup which has been pioneering a membership-drive, all-you-can-fly airline providing a link between Southern California and Silicon Valley, as well as a number of other locations, told its members this wee...

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February 27th,2014

Montgomery Reboots With Oasis Conference

Over the years, one of the go-to conferences in the region for technology executives was the exclusive, invite-only Montgomery Conference -- an annual, private investment pitch conference run by investment banking firm Montgomery & Co. The ...

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February 20th,2014

United Online Revenues Slip

Woodland Hills-based United Online reported its quarterly results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday, reporting that its revenues were $62.6M--a decrease of five percent from a year ago. The company--which recently split out its FTD operat...

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February 19th,2014

OpenX Names Fuelling CFO

Los Angeles-based OpenX appears to be continuing to bolster its executive ranks--and a possible IPO bid--with the naming of Tom Fuelling, the former CFO of Hulu, as its Chief Financial Officer this morning. According to OpenX, it has appoin...

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February 11th,2014

Google Executive Chairman Buys House In LA, Says Report

In the latest Silicon Valley mogul to buy a house in Los Angeles, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly purchased a $22 million house in Los Angeles in the Holmby Hills. The report--from the New York Post--says that Schmidt bought the...

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February 10th,2014

Hulu Sets Sales VP

Los Angeles-based Hulu said today that it has named a new Senior Vice President of Sales. According to Hulu, it has named Peter Naylor--who was previously Executive Vice President of Ad Sales for NBC News Digital--to the position. Naylor al...

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February 6th,2014

Airpush Snags Google Veteran As Chief Revenue Officer

Airpush, the mobile advertising firm headed by Asher Delug, is significantly bolstering its executive ranks, saying this week that it has added Matt Shaw, former Global Head of Mobile Display at Google, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Acc...

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February 5th,2014

Swagbucks Hits $50M In Revenues, Expands Executive Team

Los Angeles-based Prodege, the company which runs the Swagbucks rewards site, reported today that the firm passed $50M in revenue in 2013, is profitable, and has expanded its executive team to include a new Executive Chairman, Chuck Davis, ...

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February 4th,2014

CallFire Names Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based voice and text-platform provider CallFire is bolstering its executive ranks today with a new hire, saying that it has named Barbara Palmer as the company's new Chief Revenue Officer. Palmer joins the company from The Sear...

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February 4th,2014

textPlus Names Machinima's Nanea Reeves As President

Marina del Rey-based mobile app developer textPlus, which develops apps that provides free texting and phone service, said late Tuesday morning that it has named Nanea Reeves as President of the company. Reeves is a veteran of JAMDAT, and j...

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February 3rd,2014

Sorrento Therapeutics Names New Board Member

San Diego-based clinical oncology firm Sorrento Therapeutics said today that it has named a new board director. Sorrento Therapeutics said it named Daniel Levitt, the current Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CytRx, to i...

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January 31st,2014

BlueCava Gets $13M For Ad Technology

Irvine-based BlueCava, a developer of a cross-screen advertising platform, said Thursday that it has raised $13M in a new funding round. According to the company, the second round of funding came from S3 Ventures, Performance Edge Partners ...

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January 22nd,2014

Lynda.com Bolsters Executive Team

Carpinteria-based online education company lynda.com announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive team with four new hires. According to the site--which offers up online, video-based training courses on a wide range of softwar...

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January 17th,2014

FutureLogic Shuffles Executive Team

Glendale-based FutureLogic, the manufacturer of thermal ticket printing and other products, reported it has shuffled its senior leadership team Thursday. The company said that Eric Meyerhofer has replaced Miles Arone, who remains on the com...

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January 17th,2014

Kite Pharma Names Regulatory VP

Los Angeles-based Kite Pharma announced this morning that it has named a new VP. The biotechnology company--which is developing treatments for cancer--said it has named Rizwana F. Sproule, Ph.D. as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Sproul...

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January 16th,2014

Maker Studios Taps AOL Vet As New International President

Los Angeles- based Maker Studios said Thursday that it has hired Rene Rechtman, a former AOL executive, as its new President of international operations. As part of the appointment, Maker also said that Rechtman has made an investment in th...

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January 10th,2014

Amgen Loses CFO

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said late Thursday that its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan M. Peacock, is leaving the company. According to Amgen, Peacock is leaving to pursue "broader career opportun...

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January 8th,2014

StockTwits Raises New Funding, Swaps CEO

San Diego-based stock tip messaging service Stocktwits said last week that it has raised a new round of funding, and named a new CEO. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $10M. As part of the funding, founder and CEO ...

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January 6th,2014

United Online Sets New EVP, General Counsel

Woodland Hills-based United Online, which runs the Classmates, StayFriends, MyPoints, NetZero, and Juno services, said late Friday that it has named Gale Shulman as its new Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Shulman had most rece...

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January 3rd,2014

ScoreBig.com Names Goldberg CEO

Los Angeles-based online live entertainment marketplace ScoreBig.com has promoted David Goldberg to CEO, and shifted co-founder and CEO Adam Kanner to the role of executive Chairman, the company said Thursday afternoon. Goldberg was previou...

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December 13th,2013

Qualcomm Names Mollenkopf CEO

San Diego-based wireless giant Qualcomm said this morning that it has named Steve Mollenkopf its new CEO. Mollenkopf had been President of the company, and will retain that role in addition to the new CEO title. Current CEO Dr. Paul E. Jaco...

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December 13th,2013

Donuts Adds 14 Domain Extensions At GoDaddy

Donuts, the global top level domain (gTLD) registrar which has operations and connections to Los Angeles, has rolled out fourteen of its domain extensions via GoDaddy. According to GoDaddy Thursday, it has begun accepting pre-registration o...

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December 12th,2013

Interview with Simon Anderson, DreamHost

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based web hosting and cloud computing provider DreamHost (www.dreamhost.com) raised a big, $30M funding round for the company--the first in the company's long history. The company- now has around $50M in r...

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December 11th,2013

Rubicon Project Bolsters Team With Four VP Hires

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project has named three new VPs this morning, saying it has named Anthony "Tony" Katsur, Mari Kim Novak, Ryan Polley and Shekhar Yadav as new VPs at the company. Katsur has been named Senior Vice President, Busines...

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December 9th,2013

QLogic Names New CEO

Aliso Viejo-based server and storage networking equipment maker QLogic said this morning that it has named Prasad Rampalli as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Rampalli was most recently Senior Vice President, Cross Business Un...

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November 21st,2013

Report: Qualcomm Lays Off Hundreds

A report this morning says that San Diego-based Qualcomm has laid off hundreds of employees, as part of an across-the-baord shakeup. The report--from GigaOm--cited a number of sources in reporting the moves, and said the move also included ...

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November 18th,2013

ACTIVE Network Names New CEO, Completes Go Private Deal

San Diego-based Active Network has appointed a new CEO, and now is officially owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, the companies said Friday. Active Network said it has named Darko Dejanovic as its new Chief Executive Officer...

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November 12th,2013

Emulex Launches Cost Cutting, Stock Buyback Effort

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Monday that it is launching a cost cutting effort, a $200M stock buyback, and that Executive Chairman Jim McCluney will exit the company's board in February. According to Emulex, it expects to save $30M in annua...

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November 6th,2013

ReachLocal Swizzles Execs, Loses Co-Founder

The executive turmoil over at Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal continues, as the company said yesterday that President and co-founder Nathan Hanks has resigned as an officer and director of the company. Reasons for the resignation was not gi...

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November 5th,2013

Demand Media Names Domain Spinoff, Appoints Execs

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has come up with a name for its domain name services group, which it is in the midst of spinning off into an independent company. Demand Media said the new company will be named Righ...

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October 29th,2013

Rubicon Project Grows Executive Team

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the digital advertising startup which helps publishers automate ad placements on their websites via a real-time, trading platform, has expanded its management team, saying that it has named four new execut...

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October 29th,2013

Convertro Names Two VPs

Santa Monica-based Convertro, the developer of marketing analytics software headed by startup veteran Jeff Zwelling, has bolstered its executive talent base today, announcing the hiring of two new VPs. Convertro said that it has named Paul ...

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October 29th,2013

OneRoof Energy Names CFO

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the provider of solar leasing and installation services, said this morning that it has named Dan Halvorson as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Halvorson had previously b...

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October 25th,2013

Ixia CEO Steps Down Over Fabricated Resume

Calabasas-based network testing equipment and software developer Ixia said late Thursday that the firm's CEO, Vic Alston, has resigned, after the company's audit committee determined that Alston had mis-stated his academic credentials. Acco...

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October 17th,2013

Hulu Officially Names CEO

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu said Thursday that it has named Mike Hopkins as its new CEO. Hopkins, who was formerly an executive at Fox, has been expected to be named to the position for a few weeks. Hopkins was formerly...

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October 16th,2013

Enabling The Internet Of Things, With Greenwave Reality

What do you get when you combine a team with a deep roster of executive talent from such companies as Cisco, Apple, and Nokia, and apply that to the world of "Internet of Things"--connecting your entire home to the cloud? You get Greenwave ...

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October 16th,2013

Nativo Snags Yahoo VP As New Executive

Los Angeles-based native advertising provider Nativo said Tuesday that it has named Jay Freedman, a former VP at Yahoo, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. According to Nativo, Freedman was most recently in charge of Yahoo's Technology and Te...

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October 15th,2013

Demand Media's Rosenblatt Resigns

In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said late Monday that founder, Chairman, and CEO Richard Rosenblatt has resigned from the company. Demand Media said that it has appointed Shawn Colo as interim President and interim CEO, ...

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October 10th,2013

GreenWave Reality Raises $19M

GreenWave Reality, a startup developing a platform to help manage the "Internet of Things"--and which is headed by former Cisco executive Greg Memo--said this morning that it has raised $19M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by...

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October 8th,2013

CapLinked Adds Advisor From Deal Room Business

CapLinked, the developer of the cloud-based, deal room and business transactions service, said Tuesday that it has added a new advisor from virtual data room provider IntraLinks. CapLinked said that it has named Dave Curran as an advisor to...

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October 7th,2013

Lastline Names Two Executives

Security software developer Lastline announced this morning that it has named two new executives, to bolster its leadership team. The Santa Barbara-based company--which is backed by Redpoint Ventures and e.ventures--said it has named Thomas...

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October 3rd,2013

United Online Shuffles Staff For FTD Spinoff; Goldston To Leave

Woodland Hils-based United Online has sorted out its management structure, in preparation for its spinoff of FTD coming up next month. According to United Online, Francis Lobo will become President and CEO of United Online, and also will jo...

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October 3rd,2013

ClosingCorp Names New CEO

La Jolla-based ClosingCorp, which provides residential real estate closing cost data, said today that it has tapped a CoreLogic vet as its new CEO. According to the company, Brian Benson, who was most recently Vice President of Sales at Cor...

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September 26th,2013

EdgeCast Snags Former eHarmony Exec As New CFO, Expands In Europe

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said this morning that it has added a new CFO, plus has added a new office in London. According to EdgeCast, it has named John Powers as its new CFO, and has appointed f...

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September 25th,2013

DFJ Frontier Names New Venture Partner

Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm DFJ Frontier is bolstering its ranks, and has snagged an entertainment and media veteran as a new Venture Partner at the company. According to DFJ Frontier, it has added Bruce Long has previ...

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September 24th,2013

Former Qualcomm Exec Faces Charges In Insider Trading Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former executive at San Diego's Qualcomm, with trading stock in the company ahead of major announcements, via a secret offshore brokerage account. According to the SEC, Jing Wang, the for...

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September 23rd,2013

OpenX Taps Former Spot Runner, Overture Exec As President

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named former SpotRunner executive John Gentry as its President. Gentry was President of Spot Runner, and also served as Chief Revenue Officer ...

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September 19th,2013

Peeking Into Your Neighbor's Remodel, With Porch's Founders

Earlier this week, a new startup, Porch (www.porch.com), launched its service to let people get a look at their neighbor's home improvement projects -- complete with before and after photos, costs, and details on contractors and more. Co-...

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September 9th,2013

AeroVironment Gets $36.7M Army Contract

Monrovia-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker AeroVironment said Monday that it has received a $36.7M order, for its Switchblade tactical missile systems. AeroVironment said the order came from the United States Army Close Combat Weapons Sys...

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August 27th,2013

TrueCar Sets Investor Relations VP

Santa Monica-based car buying information provider TrueCar has bolstered its executive staff, saying Monday that it has added Alison Sternberg as its new Vice President of Investor Relations and Administration. Sternberg joins the company ...

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August 21st,2013

Surf Air Links Up With Snack, Beverage Companies

Flying between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and have the nibbles? Los Angeles-based all-you-can-fly, membership-based airline Surf Air said today that it has linked up with a number of snack and beverage brands, as part of its service, a...

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August 16th,2013

TouchCommerce Hires Sales, Marketing VPs

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce has expanded out its executive team, saying this week that it has appointed George Skaff as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Olivier Maire as Vice President of EMEA. Skaff was most recently the Chief ...

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August 16th,2013

How Luxury Link Is Growing Its Travel Marketplace, With Scott Morrow

Scott Morrow is an Internet and startup veteran, having run such companies as Oversee.net and ThisNext, and headed up product marketing for IAC/Citysearch. He's now transforming Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), a local luxury vacation tr...

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August 16th,2013

Pathway Genomics Names New Executive

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics announced Thursday that it has appointed Karl Odquist as Executive Director of Managed Care. The company, which provides genetic testing services, said Odquist will head up managed care contracting, reimburs...

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August 13th,2013

Wittlebee's Percival Surfaces At Topix

Sean Percival, the founder of Wittlebee and former MySpace, Tsavo Media, Docstoc, and Mahalo executive, has surfaced at hyperlocal news site Topix as VP of Marketing. Percival, who had been very visible in the Los Angeles technology scene, ...

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August 12th,2013

Boingo Wireless Bolsters Board

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the provider of Wi-Fi networking services, announced this morning that it has appointed Mike Finely to its board of directors. Finley is senior vice president of Global Business Development at Qualcomm. Ac...

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July 31st,2013

Rubicon Project In Huge Executive Growth Push

In what might easily be the most number of executives announced at once in Southern California, Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace The Rubicon Project announced ten new executives across engineering, data, administrative and...

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July 31st,2013

ZestFinance Raises $20M

Los Angeles-based ZestFinance, a developer of "big data" based software tools for credit scoring and underwriting, has raised $20M in a financing round, led by Peter Thiel. The round also includes Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partner...

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July 31st,2013

Zadara Storage Raises $3M From Toshiba

Irvine-based Zadara Storage, which develops cloud connected, block and file-based storage devices for the enterprise, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said today. Zadara said the funding came from Toshiba America Electronics C...

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July 30th,2013

Cie Games Names VPs

Long Beach-based Cie Games, which publishes the Car Town mobile and social games, has named two new executives this morning. The company said it has named Matt Nutt as Vice President of Business Development and Operations, and Chong Ahn as ...

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July 25th,2013

ScoreBig Bolsters Exec Team To Accelerate Growth

Los Angeles-based online ticket marketplace ScoreBig.com is bolstering its executive team today, saying it has named two new VPs to help drive growth at the company. According to ScoreBig, it has named David Marcus as Senior Vice President,...

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July 22nd,2013

ForwardMetrics Gets $1M In Seed Funding

Encinitas-based ForwardMetrics has just taken $1M in a seed funding round, to help companies better conduct their strategic planning. The startup said that the new funding round brings its total raised to $1.75M. ForwardMetrics, which is he...

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July 22nd,2013

Burstly Snags Rovio Exec Responsible For Angry Birds Advertising

Santa Monica-based mobile app monetization and testing developer Burstly has snagged away an executive from high profile mobile games maker Rovio. According to Burstly, Jarkko Rajamaki has joined the company as its new Vice President of Bus...

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July 22nd,2013

Kurion Names New Chairman

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed developer of nuclear waste management technology, said today that it has named Stephen (Steve) Piccolo as its new Executive Chairman. According to the firm, Piccolo was most recently EVP for the URS G...

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July 12th,2013

Auction.com Names Rick Sharga EVP

Online real estate marketplace Auction.com has appointed a new Executive Vice President, the firm said yesterday, and has appointed Rick Sharga to the position. Sharga was most recently at Carrington Mortgage Holdings, and also had served a...

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July 10th,2013

Surf Air Expands To Santa Barbara

In what could help Santa Barbara further increase its influence in the high tech world, Surf Air, the subscription-membership based, all-you-can-fly airline headed by Wade Eyerly, said today that it has added Santa Barbara to its daily sche...

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July 9th,2013

Fullscreen Launches New Product

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Fullscreen, which was created by former YouTube executive George Strompolos, has launched a brand new product today, aimed at providing analytics and other information to video creators. The company said it...

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July 2nd,2013

OpenX Names Two VPs

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer OpenX, which is backed by Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures, and Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, said this morning that it has hired two executives, one from Hewlett-Pack...

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June 26th,2013

DriveCam Names New Board Member

San Diego-based driver monitoring systems developer DriveCam announced this morning that it has named a new member to its board of directors. The firm said that Thomas Darcy has joined its board, and has been appointed Audit Committee chair...

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June 25th,2013

Roambi Debuts New Cloud Platform

Roambi, the developer of business data visualization apps, has debuted a new cloud-based platform, the company said this morning. The San Diego firm said that its new Roambi Business lets companies load their data onto a cloud-based plat...

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June 20th,2013

Kurion Names New CEO

Irvine-based nuclear waste remediation technology developer Kurion has named a new CEO. Kurion said this morning that it has appointed William "Bill" Gallo as its CEO, with current CEO Ralph DiSibio remaining as Executive Chairman. Gallo ha...

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June 19th,2013

A Conversation with Ben Satterfield, Burstly

Ben Satterfield is the co-founder of TestFlight, an immensely popular piece of software for iOS (and now Android) which lets developers distribute beta copies of their apps to their users. TestFlight recently joined forces with Burstly (w...

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June 14th,2013

Greenwings Biomedical Launches Incubator

A new, Los Angeles startup incubator, Greenwings Biomedical, announced its launch Friday, saying that it will be the first incubator of biomedical ventures in Los Angeles. The new startup, headed by startup veteran Richard Koffler, said it ...

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June 14th,2013

Teledyne Promotes Execs

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, digital imaging, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineering systems provider, said this week that it has made a number of executive promotions. The firm said th...

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June 12th,2013

Surf Air Takes Flight, Starts All-You-Can-Fly Shuttles To Silicon Valley

For venture capital investors and entrepreneurs, used to making the commute between Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley, the distance--and time--between the two technology centers has just dropped, thanks to the launch of Surf Air, an all-you-...

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June 10th,2013

DriveCam Names Technology Vet As New CFO

San Diego-based DriveCam, the firm which develops hardware and services to help monitor fleet driving, said today that it has named Paul J. Pucino as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Pucino is a veteran CFO at t...

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June 7th,2013

Corent Adds Advisor

Aliso Viejo-based Corent Technology, which develops software that makes it easy for companies to convert their legacy applications into software-as-a-service, has added a new advisor, the firm said this week. Corent said it has added Mario ...

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June 3rd,2013

Zynga's Loss, SGN's Gain

The announcement Monday that Zynga is cutting 18 percent of its workforce is throwing a lot of talent onto the market, to the benefit of the company's competitors. One of those companies, Los Angeles-based SGN, is already benefiting from ...

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June 3rd,2013

Acacia Names VP From Energy Industry

Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation announced this morning that it has named an energy industry executive as a Senior Vice President at the company. Acacia said it named Charlotte Rutherford to the position...

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May 29th,2013

SnapMD Adds Green Dot Investor To Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based telemedicine startup SnapMD, which is looking to allow doctors and other healthcare providers to help patients via the web, has tapped a local investor for its advisory board. SnapMD said that Brian C. Smith was a founding...

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May 28th,2013

Twitter Ramps Music Efforts--and Jobs--In LA

It looks like Twitter is ramping efforts in Los Angeles, and is seeking a new Head of Music Partnership to lead a team based here to work with musicians, labs, radio stations, and digital music portals. According to a job posting by Twitter...

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May 24th,2013

Demand Media Names Dossett Chief Revenue Officer

Santa Monica-based Demand Media saw a big switchup in its executive staff Thursday, as the company said that Joanne Bradford, the firm's Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, has stepped down to pursue another opportunity. Bradford has been re...

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May 21st,2013

GumGum Snags Media Exec For Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based GumGum has snagged a media agency network executive as an advisor, the firm is announcing today, for its in-image advertising platform. GumGum said it has appointed Carl Fremont, the Global Chief Digital Officer at MEC, wh...

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May 16th,2013

Sony Wins Rights To Rovio's Angry Bird Film

Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the new, Angry Bird film from Rovio, Sony announced Wednesday. According to Sony, the 3D film is due to debut worldwide on July 1, 2016. Fi...

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May 15th,2013

ScoreBig.com Wins United MileagePlus

Online live entertainment ticket marketplace ScoreBig.com has signed on a big new partner this morning, United MileagePlus. Los Angeles-based ScoreBig.com, which is headed by ticketing industry vet Adam Kanner, said that it is the exclusi...

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May 15th,2013

MediaShift Snags Clear Channel Media Vet As CFO

Newport Beach-based digital advertising firm MediaShift has snagged the former CFO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, as its CFO, according to the company. MediaShift, which provides digital advertising for private Wi-Fi networking ...

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May 2nd,2013

BYD To Open Manufacturing Facilities In Lancaster

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD said yesterday, along with the City of Lancaster, that BYD is opening up two new manufacturing facilities in the city. BYD, which makes rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles, said it will ope...

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May 1st,2013

ACTIVE Network Loses CEO, Chairman

In a big leadership executive shuffle over at San Diego-based ACTIVE Network, the company announced today that its current CEO, Matthew Landa, has resigned, as has its Executive Chairman and Chairman of the board, David Alberga. Reason for ...

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March 27th,2013

Broadcom Names New Worldwide Sales VP

Irvine-based semiconductor developer Broadcom has appointed a new, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, the firm said Tuesday. Broadcom said it has promoted Michael Hurlston into the position, replacing Thomas Lagatta, who the firm ...

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March 12th,2013

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

What is it about the content delivery network market which has enabled Santa Monica-based EdgeCast to go from startup to over $100M in revenues in only a few, short years? The company--which is in the business of operating a content deliver...

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March 6th,2013

Specific Media Taps Entertainment Exec As New CFO

Irvine-based Specific Media, the online advertising firm which now owns Myspace, said late Tuesday that it has named entertainment industry executive Larry Madden as its Chief Financial Officer. Madden was most recently CFO of SFX Entertain...

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February 15th,2013

A Glimpse Into the Future of Tech at USC

How do you get technology developed by researchers deep within a university, and make that visible to to the public? GLIMPSE, a digital technology showcase featuring cutting-edge research from across the university, was held at The Universi...

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February 14th,2013

How Roambi Is Making Mobile Work For The Enterprise, with Quinton Alsbury

Mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad have completely revolutionized how consumers interact with the online world in the past few years. However, mobile devices have not only revolutionized the world of the consumer--they've also made i...

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February 14th,2013

RealD Names Minard Hamilton As EVP

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD said this morning that it has named Minard Hamilton--the former CEO of Six Degree Games--as Executive Vice President, Mobile and Consumer. RealD said that Hamilton will be res...

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February 13th,2013

Cylance, Headed by Foundstone Vet, Secures $15M

Cylance, a new security startup based in Irvine, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a funding round. The round came from Khosla Ventures and Fairhaven Capital. Cylance is headed by Stuart McClure, a former McAfee executive, and bo...

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February 7th,2013

Gradient X Snags Exec From OpenX

Gradient X, the online mobile marketing and advertising technology developer backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Founder Collective, Double M Capital, Baroda Ventures, Siemer Ventures, and others, has snapped...

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January 29th,2013

Rubicon Project: LA's Next IPO?

Rubicon Project, the online advertising technology firm headed by serial entrepreneur Frank Addante, looks like it may just be the next Southern California company to file for an IPO, based on a number of executive appointments made Tuesday...

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January 16th,2013

Lynda.com Inks Massive, $103M Funding Round

Lynda.com, the online video education provider which has been one of the region's most successful, bootstrapped companies--is no longer bootstrapped, after inking a massive, $103M growth equity round. Lynda.com said today that it has raised...

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January 11th,2013

USC's CTM Hires Cisco Vet

The USC Marshall Institute for Communication Technology Management--which focuses on research in technology, communications and media--said this week that it has hired on a Cisco veteran to head up its strategy, research, and industry relat...

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January 8th,2013

Auction.com Snags CFO From SuccessFactors

Auction.com, the online real estate marketplace based in Irvine, said this morning that it has appointed Bruce Felt, the former CFO of SuccessFactors, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Felt was CFO of SuccessFactors w...

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January 4th,2013

Baboo Sets Sights On Digital Marketing

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Baboo is looking to help brands and marketers in the entertainment space reach consumers, and recently launched an alpha of its services. The startup, headed by Drake Sutton-Shearer, is offering up media co...

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January 2nd,2013

Kurion Shuffles Execs

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed developer of nuclear waste management technology, said this morning that it has shuffled its executive team. Ralph DiSibio, the company's Chairman of the board, becomes Executive Chairman and CEO. For...

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December 18th,2012

CraveOnline Names Executive Editor

Los Angeles-based online male-focused publisher CraveOnline Media, which is a unit of Evolve Media, said today that it has named Jason Kobely as Executive Editor. Kobely previously served as News Director at KNSI Radio in St. Cloud, MN, and...

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December 14th,2012

Postcard On The Run Powers PopChips Promotion

Postcard On The Run, the developer of a mobile app which lets users take photos and send them as real, physical postcards to their friends and family, is powering a new promotion from snack brand popchips. The two said Thursday that they wi...

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December 11th,2012

Cool Planet Energy Systems Snags CFO From Vonage

Camarillo-based biofuels firm Cool Planet Energy Systems has named a new CFO, the company announced today. The firm said it has named Barry L. Rowan as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joining from Vonage Corporation, w...

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December 10th,2012

The Story Behind ScoreBig's Live Entertainment Tickets, with Adam Kanner

Every consumer out there who goes to live sports, music, and other events is used to the drill: pay lots of money to a ticketing site, pay lots of extra fees, or have to hassle with a shady ticket broker, or pay extra to get a seat to the e...

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December 5th,2012

ValueClick Shuffles CEO

Online advertising firm ValueClick said late Wednesday that it has named John Giuliani as its new President and CEO, replacing former CEO James R. Zarley. Zarley becomes Executive Chairman of ValueClick's board of directors. No reason for t...

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November 26th,2012

Tealium Taps Startup Vet Lunsford As New CEO

San Diego-based software developer Tealium, which develops software used to manage Internet "tags" for web developers, said today that it has named Jeff Lunsford as its new CEO. Lunsford, who was already on the company's board, was previous...

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November 20th,2012

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief

The latest, Silicon Valley venture capital investor trying to get into the Los Angeles technology market, Lowercase Capital, has decided to tap a former Creative Artist Agency executive to head up its efforts here. Lowercase Capital disclos...

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November 19th,2012

Luxury Link Taps Morrow As CEO

Los Angeles-based Luxury Link Travel Group, the firm which runs Luxury Link, Family Getaway, and Vacationist, has tapped former Oversee.net CEO Scott Morrow as its new CEO. The firm said that Morrow also joined the company's board. Morrow w...

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November 15th,2012

Curating The Web Using PublishThis, with Matt Kumin

If you're a web publisher, or even a brand developing your own outreach to customers through a newsletter or microsite, how do you efficiently gather and curate all of the news and information out there? Right now, it's a manual process--un...

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November 15th,2012

Artisan Park Launches Marketplace For Art, Handcrafts

A new, Los Angeles startup, Artisan Park, is hoping to help connect artists with customers, by launching an online, name-your-own-price marketplace for art and handcrafted wares. The firm, whose team includes a former SharesPost executive, ...

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November 14th,2012

TheBouqs Looks To Upset Flower Delivery

A new, Los Angeles startup, TheBouqs.com, headed by a former ShoeDazzle executive, has just launched, hoping to upset the often confusing (and expensive) online flower delivery market. The startup has launched a service which delivers flowe...

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November 9th,2012

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which popped up consistently in an informal (and highly non-scientific poll) of a number of readers, executive re...

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November 5th,2012

Regulus Gets $80.9M In Financing Efforts

La Jolla-based biopharmaceuticals firm Regulus Therapeutics, which is developing microRNA-based biopharmaceuticals aimed at oncology, fibrosis, hepatitis C and metabolic diseases, said it has raised $80.9M in total proceeds from its IPO, a ...

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October 30th,2012

BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires

Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN. The firm said the expansion of i...

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October 26th,2012

LED Lighting Manufacturer Sets Up Shop In Anaheim

A Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, Lunera Lighting has set up shop in Anaheim, and will manufacture its products there. Lunera said this week it has opened up a new manufacturing and design facility in Anaheim, wh...

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October 9th,2012

uSamp Expands In Europe

Los Angeles-based uSamp, the provider of market research services and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded in Europe, hiring a new EVP to head up its operations in the region. The firm said it has named George Llorens as Executive Vi...

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October 2nd,2012

Insights and Opinions: Forget Politics, Just Shut Up And Sell

It's election season, so we thought that for today's Insights and Opinions section, we thought we'd share the advice of John Greathouse, of Rincon Venture Partners, with his piece, Shutup and Sell: Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Discuss Religion...

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October 1st,2012

Fandango Names Yanover President

Fandango, the online and mobile movie ticketing provider based in Los Angeles, has hired former Disney Online executive Paul Yanover as President, the company said today. Yanover was formerly xecutive vice-president and managing director of...

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September 27th,2012

Oversee.net Ramps Mobile Efforts, Names Mobile GM

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the online marketing and domain monetization company, is bolstering its focus on mobile apps today, saying that it has hired a new General Manager of Mobile Solutions. The company said it hired Min L. Chan in ...

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September 25th,2012

Quality Systems Names Morefield COO

Irvine-based Quality Systems, the developer of practice management, electronic health record, and other software for medical and dental groups and small hospitals, has named Daniel J. Morefield as its Executive Vice President and Chief Oper...

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September 21st,2012

SGN Snags VP From Zynga

Los Angeles-based SGN said today that it has snagged a Zynga executive to head up product development for the company. SGN, which develops cross platform social and mobile games, said it has hired Brian Kahrs as its Vice President of Produc...

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September 20th,2012

ValueClick Sells Search123

Westlake Village-based ValueClick has divested Search213, the company's European, self-service, paid search business, the company said today. According to ValueClick, it sold Search123 to its former executive in charge of European operation...

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September 18th,2012

Microsoft Details LA Production Studio Efforts

Technology giant Microsoft has detailed its new Los Angeles production studio, officially announcing that it has created a new production studio headed by former CBS Network Television Entertainment president Nancy Tellem. Microsoft said th...

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September 18th,2012

Microsoft Spins Up New Entertainment Studio In Hollywood

Microsoft is the latest big name, technology company which sees its future being defined in Hollywood, and is reportedly hiring a former CBS television executive to head up original video content development efforts here. According to a rep...

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September 18th,2012

Insights and Opinions: Should you follow the advice of your board?

Entrepreneurs often defer to their board of directors in decisions. The question is: should they? In our Insights and Opinions section today, we share the advice of investor Dave Berkus on the topic of: Do you always follow the advice of yo...

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September 5th,2012

Acacia Research Appoints President

Newport Beach-based patent storehouse Acacia Research said today that it has named Matthew Vella as President of the firm. Vella has been at Acacia Research Group since 2006, and has been serving as Executive Vice President since October of...

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August 30th,2012

Fliptu Bolsters Artists, Celebrities

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the social media promotion startup headed by Jeremy Gocke, says it has started to line up a significant number of artists, bands, celebrities, and lifestyle brands for its service today. The service--which is still...

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August 22nd,2012

Report: Fisker Automotive Delays Surf

It looks like Anaheim-based electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive is buckling down and trying to smooth out the rough ride it has had launching the Karma sedan, and has decided to "back burner" efforts on the Surf, the wagon version o...

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August 16th,2012

Contour Energy Systems Names New CEO

Azusa-based battery technology firm Contour Energy Systems announced this morning that it has named Louis E. Lupo as the company's new President and CEO. Lupo joins from T3 Technology, and also has served at EaglePicher Technologies, Honeyw...

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August 15th,2012

SheKnows Launches Parenting Website, AllParenting

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's publishing site owned by Atomic Online/Evolve Media Corp., said today that it has launched a new site, AllParenting.com. The new site is focused on parents, and specifically mothers, with conte...

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August 14th,2012

Fisker Sets New CEO, Seeking Investment

Anaheim-based electric automotive car maker Fisker Automotive has set a new CEO, saying that it has named Tony Posawatz as its new Chief Executive Officer. Posawatz comes to the electric vehicle maker via General Motors, where he was head o...

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August 7th,2012

Telcentris Names New Business Development Head

San Diego-based Telcentris, the developer of cloud-based communications and voice services, said this morning that it has named Pertti Johansson as its Executive Vice President, overseeing Global Business Development. Johansson was previous...

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August 7th,2012

Inktank Bolsters Exec Team

Los Angeles-based Inktank, the developer of the open source, distributed storage software Ceph, is expanding its executive tem today, saying that it has hired James Duncan as its new CTO, Russell Kojima as VP Professional Services, and Debb...

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July 24th,2012

Chirpify Hires LA Music Executive For Twitter Commerce

If you want to get into the music business, there's no better place than Los Angeles--including if you're a technology startup, apparently. Chirpify, a venture backed startup developing a way for users to transact and pay for merchandise ov...

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July 23rd,2012

THQ Names Production VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ announced this morning that it has named Ron Moravek as its new Executive Vice President, Production. Moravek is the former co-founder and COO of Relic Entertainment, which he sold to THQ in 2004. He also served at El...

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July 17th,2012

Oversee.net Names CTO

Los Angeles-based online marketing and domain firm Oversee.net has named Gene Chuang as its new Chief Technology Officer, the company said today. Chuang was most recently Director of Engineering at online college textbook firm Chegg. He als...

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July 16th,2012

USC Stevens' Krisztina Holly Departs

The founding Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Krisztina Holly, is leaving the center to pursue other interests, USC said late Friday. According to the university, Holly decided to leave USC this month to pursue o...

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July 12th,2012

DreamHost Gets $288K For Employment Training

Los Angeles-based hosting provider Dreamhost has tapped into an interesting source of funding to help provide training to its employees: a grant from the State of California. The hosting provider said it has received $288,200 from the state...

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July 2nd,2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CFO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive said Monday that it has named a new CFO. The electric automobile maker said that it has appointed Jim Yost to the position, reporting to CEO Tom LaSorda. Yost was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief...

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June 28th,2012

MaintenanceNet Adds Technology VP, Expands HQ

Carlsbad-based software-as-a-service provider MaintenanceNet has expanded both its executive team and headquarters, this firm said today. The company, which is led by Scott Herron, said it has named Curt Baldwin as its new Vice President of...

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June 25th,2012

TrueCar Adds Auto Exec To Board

Santa Monica-based TrueCar said Monday that it has named an automotive industry executive to its board. The firm said that Tom Gibson, the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Asbury Automotive Group, has joined the firm's board. Gibson a...

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June 18th,2012

Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief

It looks like Ross Levinsohn is building out his team to help out at troubled web portal and media firm Yahoo. The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media...

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June 6th,2012

Surf Air Gets Funding Round

Santa Monica-based Surf Air, the new startup out of the MuckerLab accelerator which is headed by Wade Eyerly, has announced its funding round, saying today that it has scored a key round of funding from Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, actor J...

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June 6th,2012

OneRoof Energy Names Strategy VP

San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, which provides solar leases and financing, announced today that it has named Dale A. Vander Woude as its new Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Vander Woude was previously at Citigroup Global Mar...

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May 25th,2012

Sonos Snags Ex-RIM Sales Chief

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the user-friendly developer of whole-home music and sound systems, has apparently snagged a new, high profile sales chief--the former Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Research In Motion, the maker of th...

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May 23rd,2012

Fundable Takes On Crowdfunding For Startups

A new startup, headed by entrepreneur Wil Schroter, has launched this week, looking to make it easier for startups to raise funding. Santa Monica- and Columbus, Ohio-based Fundable said that it is looking to provide a crowdfunding platform ...

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May 21st,2012

Adconion Taps Sullivan As CTO

Online advertising network Adconion is tapping a Los Angeles technology vet as its Global Chief Technology Officer, the company said Monday. Adconion said that it has appointed Scott Sullivan to the CTO position, recruiting him away from Ev...

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May 17th,2012

HireRight Takes On Resume Padding Executives

Here's a new product that the board over at Yahoo might have wished they could have used, before the huge flap over once-CEO Scott Thompson's resume: HireRight, the Irvine provider of employment screening software-as-a-service, said it has ...

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May 15th,2012

Amazon Explains Studio Process, In Video

Are you wondering how Amazon Studios--Amazon.com's production studio--figured out whether or not it wants to make a movie from a script? In typical Hollywood fashion, it has explained it--with a YouTube video. Amazon has tapped Hollywood v...

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May 14th,2012

SpotlightTMS Signs Denver Broncos

Calabasas-based SpotlightTMS, the developer of software-as-a-service used by executive suite holders at sporting venues with managing their tickets, is continuing to expand its partner list, saying today that it has linked with the Denver B...

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May 10th,2012

Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project is significantly boosting its executive ranks today, saying that it has named a new CTO, General Counsel, and SVP of Product Management to the firm. The company said it has tapped Br...

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May 10th,2012

Interview with Gary Beer, StarCast Auditions

How do you help aspiring actors and actresses break into the film industry? Gary Beer is a longtime film industry insider, having been Managing Director of the Sundance Film Festival from its beginnings until 1999 , and founder documentar...

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April 30th,2012

Insights: In Sales or Marketing? Throw Out The Laundry List!

In our Insights and Opinions section, we like to feature advice, opinions, and other information which might be of use to our readers. For today's contribution, we have Scott Thompson, an executive recruiter and avid blogger, who gives a li...

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April 19th,2012

DinnerDate.com Launches Group Dating Service In San Diego

Are you single, but really hate setting up those one-on-one dates? Wish there were a more relaxed way to meet people? That's the idea behind DinnerDate.com, a new service which looks to connect singles with others in informal, group dinner ...

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April 10th,2012

Verve Wireless Snags Former comScore Technology Chief

San Diego-based Verve Wireless, which develops mobile publishing and advertising tools, reported today that it has hired Chris Nicotra, the former Chief Technology Officer of comScore, as its new Executive Vice President of Product and Tech...

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April 10th,2012

Interview with Wade Eyerly, SurfAir

One of the most original, subscription startups to come out of Southern California's tech accelerator boom emerged last week, looking to disrupt not just another retail sector or e-commerce category, but something else entirely: the airline...

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April 9th,2012

Optimer Pharmaceuticals In Executive Turmoil

Publicly held San Diego firm Optimer Pharmaceuticals, a developer of biopharmaceutical products, appears to be in the midst of a major executive overhaul. According to the firm this morning, its board has removed Dr. Michael Chang as Chairm...

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April 9th,2012

FlexEnergy Names CEO

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a developer of gas turbines and other energy equipment, said Friday that it has named Jay Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mitchell was most recently the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mit...

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April 6th,2012

USC Entertainment Technology Center Names CEO

The University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center, which is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said this week that it has named a new CEO. The center--which promotes and runs projects between the entertainment a...

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April 5th,2012

Surf Air Launches Startup Airline Out Of Muckerlab

Tired of being herded like cattle on your regular trip between Los Angeles and Palo Alto? Los Angeles-based Surf Air just launched today, emerging out of the MuckerLab accelerator, saying that it is looking to turn the airline industry on i...

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April 3rd,2012

Interview with Michael Witz, Mob Science

What does it take to take a social gaming firm to the next level? For San Diego-based Mob Science (www.mobscience.com), an injection of cash, some key advisors--and a deal with Zynga. Last week, the firm announced a funding round and a coup...

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March 27th,2012

Mogreet Ramps Sales, Marketing Team

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the provider of video-based, mobile marketing services, is in the midst of and expansion, including the hiring of two executives to its sales and marketing team. The company, which is headed by James Citron, said ...

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March 23rd,2012

LuxeYard Names Tony Winders EVP

Los Angeles-based LuxeYard, the flash sales site headed by Braden Richter, said Friday morning that it has named Tony Winders as its Executive Vice President of Revenue. Winders was most recently VP of Marketing at ValueClick Media, and als...

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March 22nd,2012

Interview with Michael Dubin, Dollar Shave Club

Earlier this month, Los Angeles startup Dollar Shave Club (www.dollarshaveclub.com) made a huge splash with its launch of a subscription, monthly delivery service for razor blades. The company also made quite an impression with its viral vi...

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March 21st,2012

Interview with Paul Bricault, Amplify

If you're looking get your startup off the ground in Los Angeles, it always helps to have help from folks with connections to the venture and angel community. One of the accelerators which recently set up shop in town which does is Ampli...

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March 19th,2012

TrueCar Names Industry Relations Head

Santa Monica-based TrueCar reported today that it has named Pat Watson as its new Vice President, Industry Relations. Watson was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Associ...

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March 15th,2012

Live Nation Sets Up Venture Investment Fund

Los Angeles-based ticketing and concert management firm Live Nation is getting into the early stage investment business, announcing Wednesday that it has established the LN Labs Fund, which will invest in early stage technologies and entrep...

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March 13th,2012

Autobytel Sees Growth, Profits In 2012

Online automotive information and purchasing site Autobytel looks to have finally turned a corner, saying today that it is expecting to achieve "meaningful growth" in both its revenue and profitability in 2012. The firm, reported a profit i...

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March 8th,2012

MomentFeed Snags Facebook Vet

Location-based analytics software firm MomentFeed, which is based in Santa Monica, has turned to a former Facebook executive for advice, the firm said today. According to the startup, it has added former Facebook sales director Rob Lissner ...

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March 1st,2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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March 1st,2012

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard

Last week, Pasadena-based Punchcard (www.punchcard.com) launched its mobile apps, which help local retailers provide rewards to loyal customers. The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer. We caught up wit...

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February 28th,2012

Fisker Automotive Names New CEO

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive is in a management shuffle, saying today that it has named Tom LaSorda as its new CEO and Vice Chairman, with former CEO and founder Henrik Fisker becoming Executive Chairman of the company. LaSorda just join...

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February 22nd,2012

SocialVibe Names Tappin As New CEO

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, which provides online, social advertising to brands, said today that it has named Todd Tapping as its Chief Executive Officer. Tappin was previously COO and CFO at the company. Tappin has previously served as C...

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February 21st,2012

SpotlightTMS Snags Toronto Maple Leafs

Calabasas-based SpotlightTMS, the provider of software-as-a-service for managing luxury and executive suites for professional sports and entertainment venues, reported today that it has been selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs. SpotlightTMS...

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February 15th,2012

Quest Software Loses CEO

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said Tuesday afternoon that CEO and President Doug Garn has stepped down. Vinny Smith, previously Executive Chairman of Quest, returns as CEO. Quest said that Garn is stepping down due to "pressing health is...

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February 13th,2012

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee, a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. The ne...

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February 13th,2012

Interview with Kevin Hell, EvoNexus

A couple of weeks ago, twelve companies moved into the new downtown San Diego, EvoNexus incubator--which is run by CommNexus. Running that effort is Kevin Hell, the founder of DivX, who we caught up with to learn more about EvoNexus and how...

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February 7th,2012

Applied Proteomics Raises $22.5M

San Diego-based Applied Proteomics, which is developing personalized medicine applications, said today that it has raised $22.5M in a Series B funding, and moved its headquarters to San Diego. The funding came from Domain Associates, Vulcan...

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February 3rd,2012

Activision Blizzard Names Strategy, HR Head

Santa Monica-based Activision said this week that it has named Humam Sakhnini as its Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. Sakhnini had been serving as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. According to the c...

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January 30th,2012

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Paidcontent.org. Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Ste...

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January 24th,2012

BUZZMEDIA Hires Music VP

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the pop culture and music blog publisher which runs such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, Buzznet, and Idolator, announced today that it has hired Bill Jensen as Vice President/General Manager of Music. The company ...

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January 24th,2012

Active Network Sets Global Sales Exec

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of a number of sports related registration and sports events management websites, said yesterday that it has named Kevin Biggs as its Executive Vice President of Global Technology Sales. Biggs jo...

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January 3rd,2012

Channel Technologies Group Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Santa Barbara-based Channel Technologies Group, a manufacturer and supplier of piezo-electric ceramics, transducers along with systems and services, has been acquired by private equity firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Financial terms of the...

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December 20th,2011

Central Desktop Adds Engineering VP

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, the provider of cloud-based collaboration software, is growing out its executive ranks again today, saying it has hired Dhruba Kalita as its new Vice President of Engineering. Kalita was most recenlty Founder...

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December 19th,2011

EnVerv Gets $12M For Smart Grid Chips

EnVerv, a developer of semiconductors used for the smart grid metering industry which has offices in San Diego, said this morning that it has raised $12M in a round of funding. The funding was led by Benchmark Capital, and also included pri...

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December 19th,2011

Interview with Cliff Boro, KidZui

Last week, San Diego-based Kidzui --the kid's website and kid-friendly browser developer, announced another round of funding, and also launched Zui Studios, a new effort to create original content for the portal. We thought it would be inte...

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December 14th,2011

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

San Diego-based KidZui, the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in new funding, and will start creating its own, original video content. The...

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November 22nd,2011

Man Guilty In Murder of Angel Investor

In the end of a sad saga for the startup investment community in Southern California, a San Diego man has been convicted in the murder of a Tech Coast Angels member last year. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Kent Thomas Keigwin ha...

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November 21st,2011

Atari Names EVP

Atari has bolstered its executive team in the US, saying that it has hired Gui Karyo as its new Executive Vice President Development and Operations last week. Atari said that Karyo has previously served at Mindspark Interactive Networks, Ma...

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November 18th,2011

Southern Californian, US Entrepreneurs Visit 10 Downing Street

Dressed in suits with questions and passports in hand, a delegation of over 15 US entrepreneurs and investors--including a number from Southern California--entered the seat of the British government at 10 Downing Street Thursday. 10 Downing...

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November 14th,2011

InTouch Health Names CFO

Santa Barbara-based InTouch Technologies, which develops telemedicine products, said this morning that it has named Stephen L. Wilson as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wilson was most recently Executive Vice President...

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November 9th,2011

Mavenlink Confirms $3.9M Fundraising

Irvine-based Mavenlink, a developer of software tools for managing projects with clients, contracts, and consultants, has raised $3.9M in funding from Quest Software and Madden Capital Partners, according to the firm today. Mavelink, which ...

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November 7th,2011

BlackLine Names CTO

Los Angeles-based BlackLine, which develops financial balance sheet and account reconciliation software-as-a-service, continued to expand out its executive team, saying today that it has named Justin Newton as its Chief Technology Officer.N...

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October 25th,2011

Solarflare Appoints Finance VP

Irvine-based Solarflare, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking adapters, said Tuesday that it has expanded its executive ranks with a new Vice President of Finance. The firm said that Mary Jane Abalos will serve in the position, hea...

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October 24th,2011

Awarepoint Expands With Four Execs

San Diego-based Awarepoint, which develops systems for tracking equipment and patients in hospitals, reported today that it has hired four new executives onto its management team. The firm said it has named Merrie Wallace as Executive Vice ...

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October 19th,2011

RealD Names Operations VP

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said today that it has named Leo Bannon as its Executive Vice President, Global Operations. Bannon was most recently at Arisawa Manufacturing Co., and had previously ...

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October 6th,2011

Xfire Raises $4M More

Los Angeles-based Xfire, the online community and chat service for gamers, announced Thursday that it has raised $4M in a new funding round. The firm said the round was led by Intel Capital, and also included Tomorrow Ventures, William Quig...

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October 3rd,2011

Awareness Technologies Boosts Channel Sales Team

Los Angeles-based Awareness Technologies, a developer of security software aimed at preventing internal data leaks, said today that it has bolstered its channel sales effort with two executive hires. The firm said it has appointed Dean Galb...

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September 30th,2011

Mavenlink Raises $3.4M

Irvine-based Mavenlink, which provides software-as-a-service tools for online project management, file sharing, invoicing software, expense tracking, and other business functions for users, has raised $3.4M out of an ongoing $3.9M funding r...

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September 20th,2011

MediaTrust Names Cohn CEO

Los Angeles-based MediaTrust, the operator of a performance-based marketing and online advertising exchange, said this morning that it has named Keith Cohn as its new Chief Executive Officer. Cohn was most recently President and member of t...

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September 9th,2011

Zynx Health Appoints Two VPs

Los Angeles-based Zynx Health, the developer of clinical decision support software, said this week that it has named two VPs. The firm said Bill O'Connor, MD has been named Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Marketing, a...

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September 8th,2011

BeachMint Announces BeautyMint With Jessica Simpson

Santa Monica-based BeachMint, the celebrity and social e-commerce company run by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said last night that it has launched the next in its line of celebrity-focused businesses, BeautyMint. BeautyMint is focused on...

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September 7th,2011

ProfitLine Names Sales VP

San Diego-based ProfitLine, which provides outsourced telecom expense management services, said today that it has bolstered its sales execs, hiring Kip Quackenbush as Executive Vice President of Global Sales. Quackenbush joins from Red Cond...

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August 25th,2011

SAIL Portfolio Firm Makes Acquisition

A portfolio company of Irvine-based venture capital firm SAIL Venture Partners, SNTech, has made an acquisition, SNTech announced earlier this week. SNTech--which has quietly been backed by SAIL since at least 2009--said it acquired the $23...

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August 18th,2011

Atari Boosts Team in Los Angeles

Atari, the interactive entertainment and licensing firm which owns the rights to the various Atari games developed over the years, said this week that it has bolstered its executive staff in Los Angeles. The firm said it has named Robert Ma...

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August 16th,2011

Sonos Adds Board Member, Sees $250M In Revenues This Year

Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the maker of the user-friendly, multi-room music systems, has named former Microsoft Xbox executive Robbie Bach to its board, and is set to hit $250M in revenues this year. Bach was most recently President of Micr...

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August 11th,2011

eHarmony Taps Zynga Vet As New CEO

Santa Monica-based eHarmony, the online dating and matchmaking site, announced this morning that it has named Jeremy Verba as its new Chief Executive Officer. Verba joins the firm from Zynga, where he was founding General Manager of that fi...

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August 5th,2011

D&B Credibility Builds Executive Powerhouse in Malibu

On a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Internet veteran Jeff Stibel has quietly been assembling a powerhouse team of executives, gathered from his experience building companies like Web.com and United Online. His newest firm...

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August 4th,2011

SkinIt Rounds Out Exec Team After Private Equity Deal

San Diego-based SkinIt, the maker of protective "skins" for electronic devices, said today that it has expanded its leadership team. The firm--which is backed by ABS Capital Partners, said that Laura Christine is its EVP Consumer Group; Je...

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July 26th,2011

Emulex Says Folino To Transition To Board

Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of storage and server networking hardware, said Tuesday that it Paul Folino, the firm's executive Chairman, will depart an active role at the company on November 29th, as part of a transition plan. Fol...

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July 22nd,2011

CoreLogic Adds Folino To Board

Paul Folino, the executive chairman of Emulex, has just joined the board of directors of Santa Ana-based CoreLogic. CoreLogic announced the appointment Thursday. Folino also sits on the board of Microsemi, in additinon to his role at Emulex...

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July 20th,2011

Interview with Jennifer Sargent, HitFix

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based HitFix (www.hitfix.com) an online news site focused on entertainment, announced it had raised $2M in a funding round. The firm's CEO and co-founder, Jennifer Sargent, has an interesting background, mos...

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July 12th,2011

Qualcomm Names CTO

San Diego-based Qualcomm has named a new CTO today, saying that it has appointed Matt Grob as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Grob has been at Qualcomm since 1991, and was previously leading corporate R&D and managing...

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June 23rd,2011

Emulex Adds Board Member

Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of storage networking hardware, said this morning that it has named Nersi Nazari to its board of directors. Nazari is Executive Chairman of Vigilo Networks, Inc., and was founder of investment firm Pac...

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June 21st,2011

Local.com Names Product VP

Irvine-based Local.com announced this morning that it has expanded its executive staff, hiring Mark Wallin as its new Vice President, Product Development. Wallin joins the company from Sanger Ventures, and also previously served at Jacent T...

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June 15th,2011

King.com Snags VP From Bebo

Los Angeles-based social and casual games firm King.com said today that it has bolstered its executive team, adding Mark Charkin as Executive Vice President of Global Business Development and Ad Sales. Charkin is based in King.com's London ...

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June 15th,2011

Interview with Eric Frankel, StarGreetz

Last week, Los Angeles-based StarGreetz (www.stargreetz.com) debuted its celebrity-powered, personalized message service to the public, allowing both brands and artists to send highly personalized messages to their fans. We caught up with C...

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May 31st,2011

Local.com Boosts Management Team

Irvine-based Local.com has bolstered its executive ranks this morning, saying that it has named Rob Luskey as Vice President of Business Development, and Steven Dong as Vice President of Finance. Laskey was most recently Local.com's Senior ...

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May 19th,2011

Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Engineering VP

West Hollywood-based Geni, the online family tree and family history service, said Thursday that it has promoted a number of employees, including naming two executives. Geni said it has named Justin Balthrop as its Chief Technology Officer,...

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May 18th,2011

Demand Media Names Investor Relations Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired on an investor relations head, the company announced today. Demand Media said it has appointed Julie MacMedan as its Vice President, Investor Relations, reporting to CFO Charles Hilliard. MacMedan j...

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May 17th,2011

Active Storage Names New CEO

Torrance-based Active Storage, which develops storage devices aimed at the Mac and broadcast media market, said today that it has named Steve Rizzone as its Chief Executive Officer. The firm said that Rizzone succeeds Alex Grossman, who wil...

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May 17th,2011

AwarePoint Names VPs

San Diego-based AwarePoint said Monday that it has named two executives. The firm said it has named Ralph Keiser as Executive Vice President of Sales, and Jaime Ojeda as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Keiser...

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May 12th,2011

Disney's Playdom Pays $3M In FTC Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that online virtual world site Playdom, Inc., which is now owned by Disney, has agreed to pay $3M to settle charges that the firm violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. The FTC sai...

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May 12th,2011

Idealab Adds Lin As EIR

Pasadena-based Idealab is adding Harry Lin, the past CEO and President of Taaz, as an Executive In Residence. Lin said the move came to allow him to be closer to his family, due to the long commute from LA to San Diego. Lin has also been CE...

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May 11th,2011

Momentum Ventures Winding Down, Says Report

Los Angeles-based Momentum Ventures, the venture acceleration and funding firm, is no longer making investments and is winding down, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. According to Andy Wilson, Managing Director and Founder...

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May 9th,2011

PURE Bioscience Names VP

San Diego-based PURE Bioscience, a developer of antimicrobial compounds, announced today that it has named tom Myers as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Myers has previously served at Idaho Milk Products, and also served at We...

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May 5th,2011

FindTheBest Snags Google, DoubleClick Vet As President

Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest.com, the online comparison site headed by DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, has turned to a Google and DoubleClick vet to serve as President. The firm said that Rabin Yaghoubi, who previously launched and l...

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May 3rd,2011

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

Los Angeles-based Leads360, the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Nick Hedges and President and Chief Executive Officer. Hedges has been at Leads360 since 2008. According to the firm, Hedges replaces ...

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May 2nd,2011

Life Technologies Adds Board Member

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies, the developer of life sciences analysis equipment, said last week that it has named Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz to its board of directors. Pescovitz is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health S...

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April 27th,2011

Service-now.com Names Slootman CEO

San Diego-based Service-now.com, a provider of It management software-as-a-service, said Tuesday that it has named Frank Slootman as CEO. Founder Fred Luddy becomes Chief Product Officer. Slootman was the CEO of Data Domain, having taken th...

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April 19th,2011

Goldstar Adds Coffin, Moriarty, Harris As Advisors

Los Angeles-based Goldstar, the half price ticketing and event promotion service, has tapped Matt Coffin, Sean Moriarty, and Neil Patrick Harris as advisors, the company said Tuesday. Coffin is the former founder of LowerMyBills.com, and is...

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April 19th,2011

Mindspeed Loses CFO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it Chief Financial officer, Bret W. Johnsen, has resigned. According to the firm, Kristen M. Schmidt, currently Executive Director, Finance, has been...

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April 7th,2011

SDVG Taps Windward's Titus As Full Time President

The San Diego Venture Group said this week that it has tapped David Titus, co-founder of venture capital firm Windward Ventures, as full time President of the organization. According to the SDVG, Titus will lead the group in a "new level of...

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April 5th,2011

Jirbo Names CEO

Santa Monica-based Jirbo, a developer of mobile applications for the iPhone, said this morning that it has named Will Kassoy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Kassoy was most recently at Activision Blizzard, where he had served in a numbe...

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April 5th,2011

Moriarty Joins Triton Media Group Board

Sean Moriarty, formerly the CEO of Ticketmaster, and currently Entrepreneur in Residence for venture capital firm Mayfield Fund, has joined the board of Los Angeles-based Triton Media Group. Triton is a provider of digital services and tool...

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March 22nd,2011

RingRevenue Sees Traction In Financial Services

Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue, the pay-per-call technology provider, says today that it has been seeing gains in the financial services industry with its platform. RingRevenue, which is headed by Jason Spievak, said it has seeing traction...

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March 3rd,2011

Two Local Firms Make WSJ Clean Technology List

The Wall Street Journal, at a conference in Santa Barbara this week, named its list of "Top 10" clean technology firms, naming two local companies to the list of firms with the "greatest potential to succeed." According to the WSJ, Burbank-...

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February 16th,2011

Specific Media Bolsters Advisory Board

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates an Internet advertising network, announced today that it has added three new members to its advisory board. The firm said it has added Larry Goodman, Bill Burke, and Ed McCarrick as advisors to it...

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February 14th,2011

Specific Media Snags Two From Fox Audience Network

Irvine-based Internet advertising network operator Specific Media is continuing to bolster its executive staff, saying today that it has named Fabrizio Blanco as its Chief Technology Officer, and Jason Knapp as Executive Vice President of P...

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February 11th,2011

Google To Ramp Hiring In Southern California, Too

Search engine giant Google says that its hiring surge this year will affect its Southern California offices, despite a lack of an increase in its listed positions on its jobs pages for its Santa Monica and Irvine locations. According to a c...

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February 9th,2011

Inherited Health In Deal With HealthCentral

Los Angeles-based Inherited Health, the online genetic information site run by Lee Essner, has inked a deal with HealthCentral, the firms are announcing today. According to the firm, the deal calls for HealthCentral to gain access to Inheri...

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February 9th,2011

Docufide Raises $4.5M, Taps Blackboard Founder As CEO

Los Angeles-based Docufide, which develops educational software and services used to transfer high school transcripts to colleges, said today that it has raised $4.5M in a funding round, and also appointed Blackboard founder Matthew Pittins...

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February 8th,2011

AccessEN Adds WebVisible's Kirsten Mangers

Costa Mesa-based Access Executive Network (AccessEN), the business networking and corporate advocacy group, said yesterday that WebVisible founder Kirsten Mangers has joined the group's board of directors. AccessEN runs monthly events which...

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January 25th,2011

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

Los Angeles-based cloud-based game streaming service Gaikai has bolstered its executive staff, saying today that it has named Robert Stevenson as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment, and Tim Wilson as Executive Vice President...

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January 25th,2011

CODA Expands Board

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive said late last night that it has added two new board members to the firm. According to CODA, James P. McGinnis and Lord John Browne have both joined the company's board of directors. McGinnis is Managing D...

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January 21st,2011

CODA Holdings Names New CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles and Lithium-ion power battery systems, said Friday afternoon that it has named Philip Murtaugh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Murtaugh was previously Chairman and Chi...

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January 21st,2011

SRS Labs Names Exec

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound, audio, and voice technology, said this week that it has named John Kellogg as the firm's Executive Director of Corporate Strategy. Kellogg was most recently General Manager of Content...

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January 18th,2011

Fonality Leaves Los Angeles, Heads to Texas

In a loss to the Los Angeles technology industry, Voice over IP software developer Fonality has relocated its headquarters to Texas, the firm said today. According to Fonality, it has moved its headquarters to Plano, Texas from Los Angeles....

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January 17th,2011

OCTANe Names New Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based OCTANe, the industry group which is looking to help spur new companies and innovation in Orange County, said this morning that it has named a new Chairman. According to the group, Robert E. Grant, CEO and President of Baus...

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January 17th,2011

Leap Wireless Names VP

San Diego-based Leap Wireless International, which operates the Cricket mobile phone service, said today that it has named Bob Young as the company's new Executive Vice President Field Operations. Young was most recently at MetroPCS Communi...

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January 10th,2011

Conexant Acquired By SMSC

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant Systems is in a deal to be acquired by New York-based SMSC. The deal is worth approximately $284M in both stock and cash. According to SMSC, the deal will help it create a stronger analog/mixe...

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December 27th,2010

EcoMom Ups Funding To $2.0M

Los Angeles-based EcoMom, the online e-commerce site selling green products for mothers headed by Jody Sherman, has upped its Series A funding to $2.0M in funding, according to reports. The additional funding reportedly came from Facebook e...

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December 16th,2010

CampusExplorer Gets $5M

Santa Monica-based Campus Explorer, which provides an online resource on universities, colleges, student loans, housing, and more to students, has raised $5M in a Series C funding round, according to a source near the firm. The funding came...

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December 10th,2010

Vitesse Execs Charged With Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that it has filed civil fraud charges against four former senior executives of Camarillo-based Vitesse, over their role in backdating stock options and inflating revenues from shipments of ...

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December 10th,2010

Vitesse Finalizes Settlement With SEC

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said of Friday that it has finalized a settlement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), over the SEC's investigations into the firm's historical stock options practices and ac...

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December 10th,2010

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December 6th,2010

BeyondTrust Names Zierick As VP

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a developer of access control and security software, said this morning that it has named Jim Zierick as its Executive Vice President of Product Operations. Zierick was most recently CEO of cloud storage provider ...

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November 23rd,2010

Rubicon Serves Up A Trillion Display Ads

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, the online ad network optimization firm, told its customers today that it has just optimized its one trillionth display ad. In a coincidence, Rubicon Project founder and executive Frank Addante said in hi...

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November 16th,2010

BeneChill Finds $600K

San Diego-based BeneChill, a firm developing medical devices for treatment of cerebral ischemia, has raised $600,000 as part of $1.2M in debt funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. Source of the new funding was not...

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November 10th,2010

Predixion Taps Microsoft Exec For Advisory Board

Aliso Viejo-based Predixion Software, the provider of cloud predictive analytics run by Simon Arkell, said this morning that it has added a former Microsoft executive as an advisor. Predixion said it has added former Microsoft executive and...

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November 10th,2010

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

San Diego-based Nirvanix, the provider of cloud storage services, said today that it has raised another $10M in a funding, and appointed a new CEO. The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission V...

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November 8th,2010

Coda Automotive Loses CEO

Santa Monica-based CODA Holdings, the parent firm of electric car company CODA Automotive, said late Friday that its CEO, Kevin Czinger, has resigned. According to CODA, it has named Steven "Mac" Heller as the company's Interim Chief Execut...

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November 4th,2010

Kinetic Traction Systems, With VC Backing, Takes On Mass Transit Energy Storage

Chatsworth-based Kinetic Traction Systems, a new startup headed by former Pentadyne Power COO Richard Newark, said today that it has launched the firm, and is looking to apply flywheel energy storage to the mass transit and rail market. The...

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November 3rd,2010

WebVisible Names Execs

Irvine-based WebVisible, the provider of local search advertising services for small businesses, said this morning that it has named Geoff Stevens as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of GLobal Business Development, and Natal...

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October 29th,2010

Sea Launch Exits Chapter 11, Acquired By Russian Firm

Long Beach-based Sea Launch Company, the aerospace firm which offers up an ocean-based space launch platform for rockets, said today that it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is now majority owned by a Russian company, Energia Ove...

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October 27th,2010

Yahoo Confirms Ross Levinsohn Hire

Internet portal Yahoo confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it has hired Ross Levinsohn, former head of Fox Interactive Media, and current venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, as its new Executive Vice President of Americas. According to Yahoo,...

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October 21st,2010

Qlogic Names New CEO, As Desai Shifts To Executive Chairman

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the manufacturer of storage area networking equipment, said Thursday afternoon that long time CEO HK Desai is shifting to Executive Chairman, as part of a planned transition. QLogic said that it is naming Simon Bid...

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October 13th,2010

TouchCommerce Expands Exec Team

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce, a provider of online sales and sales conversion products and services, said today that it has appointed three in a major executive expansion. According to TouchCommerce, it has named Tony Rodriguez as its C...

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October 8th,2010

DivX Acquisition Completes

Sonic Solutions, the Novato-based developer of multimedia editing software, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of San Diego-based DivX, the developer of video encoding and decoding software. The acquisition, which had o...

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October 5th,2010

NOZA Acquired By Blackbaud

Santa Barbara-based NOZA, a developer of a searchable database of philanthropic data, has been acquired by Blackbaud, a South Carolina based provider of software to nonprofits. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Blackbau...

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October 1st,2010

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September 30th,2010

ReachLocal Names New CTO, Sales Head

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which provides online marketing products for small- and medium-sized businesses, reported today that it has named Jeff Hagins as Chief Technology Officer, and promoted Steven Power, former Australia CEO, to ...

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September 29th,2010

SRS Labs Names VP

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound technology, said today that it has named Chuck Cortright as the firm's new Vice President of New Business development. Cortright has previously served at DivX, where he was Executive V...

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September 23rd,2010

Specific Media Promotes Schulz

Irvine-based Specific Media, a provider of contextual, online advertising services, announced today that it has promoted Jon Schluz to Executive Vice President. Schulz was most recently SVP Global Category development for the firm, and had ...

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September 20th,2010

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

Encino-based SodaHead, the social news and question and answer site headed by Jason Feffer, told its users today that it is launching a major redesign this week. According to the site, it is improving the look and feel of its site, adding p...

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September 20th,2010

Qualcomm Promotes Mollenkopf To EVP, Group Resident

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced today that it has named Steve Mollenkopf as EVP and Group President. According to Qualcomm, the promotion of Mollenkompf recognizes his expansion of executive oversight to cover Qualcomm CDMA Technologies,...

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September 17th,2010

Demand Media Sweetens Executive Pot

Ahead of its IPO, Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online domain name and media publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, updated its IPO filings Thursday, saying that it has granted $30.8M in additional, stock-based compensation t...

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September 16th,2010

Autobytel Forms Acquisition Subsidiary

Irvine-based Autobytel, which provides automotive marketing and information services, appears to be in the midst of some acquisition-related activity, according to regulatory filings filed by the firm today. According to filings with the SE...

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September 13th,2010

QLogic Adds Two To Board

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking equipment provider Qlogic said Monday afternoon that it has appointed two new board members. The firm said it has added Bill Zeitler and Scott Mercer to the board, increasing its number of directors to e...

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September 13th,2010

Interview with Carey Ransom, RealPractice

For today's interview, we thought it would be worth visiting with Carey Ransom, CEO of Irvine-based RealPractice (www.realpractice.com), a firm which develops legal-based software products. We have spoken with the firm in the past, and the ...

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September 9th,2010

LA Times Vets Launch Ebyline, Gain Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based Ebyline said today that it has launched a new online marketplace targeted at news publishers and professional journalists, which helps publishers manage freelance writers. The firm said it is backed by un-named Los Angeles...

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September 7th,2010

Interview with Zac Brandenberg, Meteor Games

A few weeks ago, Beverly Hills-based Meteor Games, the latest startup from the founders of NeoPets, announced that it had hired Zac Brandenberg as its CEO. Brandenberg was most recently head of Hydra, and we thought we'd both get some ins...

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August 31st,2010

MySpace Names Bizdev Exec

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that it has named Tom Cox as the firms' Senior vice President of Business Development. The firm said that Cox joins from Stratique Partners, an executive level consulting firm...

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August 30th,2010

CODA Automotive Names CFO

Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive, the developer of electric vehicles, said today that it has named Mark Jamieson as its Chief Financial Officer. According to CODA, Mark was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial office...

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August 27th,2010

Finistere Ventures Targets New Fund

San Diego-based venture capital firm Finistere Ventures, which is focused on early stage medical devices and biotechnology investments, is in the midst of raising a new fund, Finistere Ventures II, according to VentureWire this week. No oth...

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August 19th,2010

Mindspeed Names Board Member

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has added Robert J. Conrad to the firm's board of directors. Conrad is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fairchild Semiconductor's Mobile...

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August 16th,2010

NewEgg Loses CEO

City of Industry-based Newegg, the online retailer of electronics, computer, and other items, said Monday afternoon that CEO and Director Tally Liu has departed the firm. The firm said that Foudner and Chairman Fred Chang resumes his role a...

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August 13th,2010

Former MySpace Head Van Natta Shows Up At Zynga

Owen Van Natta, the former CEO of MySpace, has turned up as Executive Vice President of Business Operations at social gaming maker Zynga, according to multiple sources. Van Natta left Los Angeles-based MySpace in February, leaving the opera...

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August 13th,2010

Mark Tapling On Language Weaver's Next Chapter

Last month, Los Angeles-based Language Weaver (www.languageweaver.com), the developer of machine translation software, was acquired by SDL, a publicly held, UK-based firm in the language translation business. Having followed the firm since...

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August 11th,2010

Guidance Names EVP

Marina Del rey-based Guidance, a developer of e-commerce websites for online retailers, said Tuesday that it has appointed Mike Hill as Executive Vice President. Hill replaces Anna Kennedy, who the firm said will be transitioning to a new r...

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August 3rd,2010

RealPractice Gets New Funding, Execs

Irvine-based RealPractice, a developer of software used by law firms to manage their practices, said today that it has raised a new round of funding and appointed a new executive team. The firm said it has raised a new round of funding from...

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August 2nd,2010

MyShape Names New CEO, Shuffles Executives

Los Angeles-based MyShape, which develops a personalized shopping site for women's apparel, said today that it has named Mercedes De Luca as CEO of the firm. The company also said that it has added De Luca to the board. De Luca was most rec...

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July 27th,2010

Disney Acquires Playdom

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said today that it has acquired social gaming firm Playdom, in a deal worth $563.2M, plus earn-out of up to $200M. Playdom develops games such as Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola. Disney s...

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July 23rd,2010

Buy.com Acquisition By Japanese Firm Completes

The acquisition of Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com by Japanese ecommerce firm Rakuten has completed, according to Rakuten. The firm, which said it would pay $250M for Buy.com in May, said the all-cash deal closed as of July 1st. The firm said Buy...

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July 19th,2010

On Assignment Buys Sharpstream

Calabasas-based On Assignment, the publicly held professionals staffing provider for the life sciences industry, said today that it has acquired Sharpstream, a provider of search services for the executive and middle manager segment of the ...

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July 16th,2010

eEye Shifts HQ To Phoenix

Irvine-based eEye, a provider of Internet security software and services, said this week that it has shifted its headquarters to Phoenix, Arizona, along with the hiring of a new executive team. According to eEye, it has opened a new "key lo...

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July 13th,2010

Interview with Mehdi Daoudi, CatchPoint Systems

Mehdi Daoudi is CEO of CatchPoint Systems (www.catchpoint.com), a new Los Angeles startup focused on the web site and web application monitoring industry. Daoudi was previously an executive at DoubleClick. Daoudi spoke to us about how his e...

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July 12th,2010

Ace Metrix Names Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates an online service which measured the effectiveness of television advertising, has snagged a new executive from comScore, INc. According to the firm, it has named Jack Flanagan as Chief Revenue Of...

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July 8th,2010

Titan Gaming Taps Pierce, McCurdy For Board

Los Angeles-based Titan Gaming, the online gaming technology firm backed by the who's who of Southern California's angel investors, said today that it has added EA's Keith McCurdy and Affinity Media's Brock Pierce to its board, as well as a...

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July 7th,2010

DTS Promotes Towne to COO

Calabasas-based DTS, which develops surround sound and other sound processing technology for the entertainment industry, said today that it has promoted Brian Towne to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Towne was most rec...

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July 6th,2010

After Long Road, Greenplum (Metapa) Acquired By EMC

Greenplum, a software firm developing database clustering software used for the data warehousing business, has been acquired by EMC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is the end of a long road for Greenplum--o...

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July 2nd,2010

Newest Tech Mogul in Town: Microsoft's Paul Allen

The newest technology mogul in Los Angeles this week appears to be Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The report says that Allen has purchased beachfront property in Malibu, which was listed...

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July 2nd,2010

Illumina Names VP

San Diego-based Illumina announced this morning that it has named Nicholas J. Naclerio, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at the firm. Naclerio was the co-founder and executive chairman of Quanterix, and also has served...

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June 30th,2010

Move Networks Confirms It Is Looking For A Buyer, Lays Off Staff

Irvine-based Move Networks, the streaming video technology firm, confirmed Wednesday evening that it is looking for "strategic alternatives", including a possible sale of the firm. The firm released a statement after widespread rumors of it...

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June 30th,2010

Catchpoint: Amazon Down For 3 Hours

Los Angeles-based Catchpoint, a new web monitoring service headed by former DoubleClick executive Mehdi Daoudi, reports that yesterday's downtime of e-commerce site Amazon.com lasted for three hours. The firm--which provides uptime monitori...

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June 30th,2010

Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome

Last week, Los Angeles-based Stroome (www.stroome.com), a new startup originally spawned out of a project at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, won $200,000 in the 2010 Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge is a contest ...

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June 28th,2010

Inphi Names Engineering VP

High speed semiconductor firm Inphi Corp. is continuing to bolster its executive ranks ahead of an IPO, saying today that it has hired Lawrence Tse as its Vice President of Engineering for New Business Initiatives. According to Inphi, Tse j...

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June 11th,2010

Microsemi Appoints Marketing, Sales VP

Irvine-based Microsemi announced Thursday that it has appointed Russell Garcia as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Garcia was most recently CEO of Wispry, and also has served at u-Nav Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, and...

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June 10th,2010

Autobytel Names New EVP

Irvine-based Autobytel, which operates an online automotive site providing consumer leads to auto dealers, announced yesterday that it has named Jim Helberg as its new Executive Vice President, Product, Marketing, and Analytics. Helberg joi...

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June 10th,2010

THQ Names Good As EVP

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ announced today that it has promoted Martin Good to Executive Vice President, Kids, Family, Casual Games, and Global Online Services. Good has been at THQ for ten years, and was most recently Senior Vi...

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June 9th,2010

Soraa Names Former Intel CMO As President, CEO

Goleta-based Soraa, the Khosla-backed startup started by LED pioneer Shuji Nakamura and other professors at UCSB, announced today that it has named Eric Kim as the firm's President and CEO. Kim was most recently intel's Chief Marketing Offi...

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May 27th,2010

Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather

For this morning's interview, we have an interview with Kieve Huffman, the co-founder of Dather (www.dather.com), a new Los Angeles startup which has created a tool which helps to aggregate social networking web sites and media. Kieve has p...

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May 25th,2010

Transonic Combustion Adds GM's Lutz To Board

Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion, the fuel injection technology firm backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon, and Saints Capital, said Monday that it has added former General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz to the company's b...

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May 20th,2010

VMIX Names Burns As CEO

San Diego-based VMIX, which provides online video management and publishing tools, announced this morning that it has appointed Patrick J. Burns as President and Chief Executive Officer. VMIX said that Burns has over 20 years of experience ...

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May 7th,2010

Report: Demand Media Snags Another Yahoo Vet

A report Friday afternoon from the WSJ's Kara Swisher says that Santa Monica-based Demand Media has snagged yet another Yahoo executive, this time, Yahoo VP of Brand Packaging Erika Nardini. The move comes shortly after Demand hired former ...

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May 7th,2010

Interview with Marc Friedmann, SciVee

For this morning's interview, we spoke with Marc Friedmann, the experience executive who is now CEO of Solana Beach-based SciVee (www.scivee.tv). Marc was previously CEO of Syntricity, and was founding CEO at Prisa Networks (acquired by E...

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May 6th,2010

Integrien Names Sales VP

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of performance analytics software for the enterprise, reported today that it has hired Phil Rugani as Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Operations. Rugani joins the firm from Jupiter Management ...

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May 5th,2010

BUZZMEDIA Further Boosts Sales Team

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the parent company of Buzznet, Celebuzz, Stereogum, and a network of other sites, is in the midst of expansion, saying this week that it has hired on four new additions to the firm's advertising team. According to...

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April 30th,2010

Interview with Curtis Staker and William Goldbach, Confident Technologies

Last week, San Diego-based Confident Technologies (www.confidenttechnologies.com) announced that it had acquired the assets of Vidoop, and created a company focused on security and authentication of users. The firm is headed by Curtis Stake...

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April 27th,2010

Bccthis Adds Gmail Support

Los Angeles-based Bccthis, a developer of messaging software which helps users add more information to their group emails, said Monday that it has added support from Gmail to its product. According to the firm, it has added Gmail support vi...

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April 27th,2010

Amgen Names President, COO

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen announced this morning that it has named Robert A. Bradway as the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer. Bradway has been at Amgen since 2006, and was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financi...

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April 20th,2010

Contour Energy Expands Board

Azusa-based Contour Energy, the developer of advanced battery technology backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, announced today that it has named automotive executive Francois Castaing to its board ...

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April 19th,2010

Kyocera International Names CFO

San Diego-based Kyocera International, the North American headquarters for Kyocera Corporation, said today that it has named William J. Edwards as Executive Vice Presidents and Chief Financial Officer. Edwards was most recently VP and Treas...

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April 13th,2010

WebVisible Taps Rosen As Chief Revenue Officer

Irvine-based WebVisible, which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, announced today that it has hired Jon Rosen as its Chief Revenue Officer. Rosen joins the firm from AOL Search, where he was Executive Director...

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April 9th,2010

ValueClick CEO Vadnais Retires

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said Friday that CEO Tom A. Vadnais is retiring from the firm, and also resigning as a board member. Vadnais is being replaced by James R. Zarley, who was most recently executive Chairman at the firm. Vadna...

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April 9th,2010

BakBone Loses CEO

San Diego-based BakBone Software, a developer of data backup software, said late Thursday that its President and CEO, James R. Johnson, has left the firm, and resigned from the company's board. Reason for the transition was not given. BakBo...

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April 5th,2010

Rubicon Hires Two Execs

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is expanding its executive team today, saying that it has hired Ben Trenda as VP of U.S. Demand, and Eric Matza as Director of Product Marketing. Trenda was most recently VP Global Partnerships at AOL, and ...

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April 1st,2010

Amonix Hits $104.4M In Funding Efforts

Torrance-based Amonix, a developer of concentrated photovoltaic power generation systems for the utility industry, has hit $104.4M in an equity fundraising effort, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The filing indicates...

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March 26th,2010

Telogis Names Sales VP

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis announced late Thursday that it has named Susan Heystee as its Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales. The firm, which develops fleet management, route planning, and related software, said Heystee joins from N...

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March 25th,2010

Genomatica Raises $15M

San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of chemical processes based on bio-manufacturing, has raised $15M in a Series C funding round, the firm announced today. According to the firm, the new funding was led by TPG Biotech, and also include...

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March 23rd,2010

RingRevenue Names EVP Sales

Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue, the pay-per-call advertising firm headed by Jason Spievak, announced today that it has named Monty Hudson as the firm's Executive Vice President of Sales. Hudson joins the firm from AudienceScience, where he...

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March 12th,2010

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March 11th,2010

USC Taps Techie Nikias As President

The University of Southern California is tapping C. L. Max Nikias, currently Executive Vice President and Provost of the school--and former Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering--as a replacement for outgoing President Steven B. Sam...

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March 10th,2010

Interview with Robin Richards, Internships.com

One of the more successful serial entrepreneurs here in Southern California has been Robin D. Richards, who most recently sold The NTI Group to Blackboard, and previously also was CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA, the founding president and...

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March 9th,2010

Panache Grabs VP From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Panache said today that it has named Cheryl Kellond as its new Executive Vice President. Panache said that Kellond joins the firm from Yahoo, where she was Vice President of Advertiser Product Marke...

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March 8th,2010

Testronic Labs Targets Casual, Social Gaming

Burbank-based Testronic Labs, a provider of provider of quality assurance services for the video game, home entertainment, and other industries, has launched a new division specifically focused on casual and social games. According to an ex...

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March 4th,2010

Insights and Opinions: Twitter has Jumped the Shark

For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have this opinion piece by Scott Fox, author of Internet Riches, the best-selling guide to starting a business online, and also e-Riches 2.0: Next Generation Online Marketing Strategies, a new...

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March 4th,2010

Maverick Angels Eyes Utah For New Chapters

Maverick Angels, the angel investment group headed here by John Dilts, told its members today that it is launching two new chapters in the state of Utah. The group said its will open a chapter in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah, to be headed...

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March 2nd,2010

Perfect Market Gets $6.0M

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, a provider of software which enables monetization of long tail content of publishers such as newspapers, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on ...

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March 1st,2010

Perfect Market Names Chief Strategy Officer

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is backed by Idealab, said this morning that it has hired on Robertson Barrett as Chief Strategy Officer at the company. Barrett joins from Tribune Interactive, where he was Executive Vice President head...

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March 1st,2010

Internships.com Launches Site For Students

Los Angeles-based Internships.com said this morning that it has launched a new web site focused on helping college students to connect with internship opportunities. The firm--the newest venture headed by Robin D. Richards, the former CEO o...

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February 23rd,2010

DTS Backs USC Entertainment Technology Center

Los Angeles-based DTS, which develops surround sound technology, said today that it has signed on as an Executive Sponsor of USC's Entertainment Technology Center, an effort at the school to link entertainment, technology, and consumer elec...

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February 18th,2010

Interview with Dave Compton, NetPlenish.com

We recently ran into Dave Compton, Chairman and CEO of Ventura-based NetPlenish.com (www.netplenish.com), a early stage startup working on a service which will automatically re-order items for consumers. Dave gave us an overview of the serv...

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February 9th,2010

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February 4th,2010

Thunderhead Claims Growth, Adds Execs

Irvine-based Thunderhead, a developer of software for managing communications with customers, said Thursday that it saw 30 percent, year on year growth in its revenues in 2009. The privately held firm did not disclose financials or any deta...

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February 1st,2010

SpeedTax Names Marketing VP

Laguna Hills-based SpeedTax, a developer of software-as-a-service for sales tax management, announced this morning that it has named David Lahey as the firm's Executive Vice President, Sales and marketing. Lahey was most recently at Sage, w...

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January 28th,2010

Abraxis Plans Spinoff, Names Execs

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience confirmed this morning that it is still planning on a spinoff of its Abraxis Health division this year, and has named a number of executives as part of the effort. According to Abraxis, it has named Bruc...

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January 28th,2010

Broadcom Snags Networking GM From Cisco

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Wednesday that it has named Rajiv Ramaswami as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the firm's Enterprise Networking Group. Ramaswami joins Broadcom from Cisco Systems, where he was VP and General ...

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January 18th,2010

AirHop Adds LaForge As Advisor

San Diego-based AirHop Communications, a developer of wireless infrastructure software, announced this morning that it has added Perry LaForge to the firm's advisory board. LaForge is founder and executive director of the CDMA Development G...

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January 7th,2010

Interview with Kevin Strong, FutureDash

To kick off our first interview for the year, we've got an interview with Kevin Strong, the CEO of Laguna Beach-based FutureDash (www.futuredash.com), a developer of technology for the home energy monitoring market. Kevin was previously an ...

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January 5th,2010

DEMO Skips SoCal, Heads North

DEMO, the technology company launch conference which has traditionally been held in Palm Springs or the San Diego area, is moving its conference to the San Francisco Bay Area, new executive producer Matt Marshall announced today. According ...

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December 16th,2009

eSolar Names New CEO

Pasadena-based eSolar, a developer of concentrating solar thermal power technology, said today that it has appointed John Van Scoter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Van Scoter was most recently at Texas Instruments Alternative Energy St...

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December 15th,2009

MyShape's Wannier Shifts To Executive Chairman

Glendale-based MyShape, the personalized online shopping site for women's apparel, said Tuesday that CEO Louise Wannier has become Executive Chairman of the Board, and that it has appointed Mercedes De Luca as President. De Luca was previou...

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December 11th,2009

FastSpring Trumpets Growth

December 11th,2009

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December 10th,2009

Interview with Nikhil Jain, Clean Green Guy

One of the industries which has seen a lot of activity lately in Southern California is clean technology, with a large amount of investment activity and new company formation. We recently ran into Nikhil Jain, CEO of Clean Green Guy (www.cl...

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December 7th,2009

Xencor Names Chairman

Monrovia-based Xencor, a developer of biotherapeutics, said today that it has named Bruce Carter, Ph.D., most recently the Chief Executive Officer of ZymoGenetics, as Chairman of the firm's board of directors. Carter has also served as Corp...

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December 1st,2009

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Dear readers: We've got offers for two different event -- a discount to tomorrow's Digital Family Reunion, and a chance to win a ticket to digiday:APPS next week. Read more below for details. It's time again to come together for the h...

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December 1st,2009

Pathway Genomics Adds Executive

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics has added Sidney Stolz as Chief Growth Officer, the firm said this morning. According to Pathway Genomics, Stoltz joins the firm from Healthcare Solutions, where he was Executive Vice President. Stolz has al...

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November 19th,2009

Digiboo Gets Funding For Digital Film Rental Venture

Los Angeles-based Digiboo, a new startup focused on allowing consumers to rent films on flash drives, at retail kiosks, has scored funding from Revelations Entertainment, the production firm owned by actor Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary. ...

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November 18th,2009

UNX Gets Funding, Names CEO

Los Angeles-based UNX, a provider of technology for the electronic trading and institutional investing market, has scored a round of strategic funding and named a CEO, the firm said Tuesday. The funding came from Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Ve...

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November 17th,2009

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A quick message on a very busy funding day, to thanks to all of our sponsors, who make our coverage of Southern California's technology industry possible: Sponsors Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com). Backing Southern...

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November 17th,2009

Interview with Harry Lin, Lottay

This morning, Los Angeles-based Lottay (www.lottay.com) launched its online gifting site, announced its funding by DFJ Frontier, and also the appointment of former Evite GM Harry Lin as CEO. We spoke with Harry yesterday about the company. ...

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November 17th,2009

Lottay Raises Funding, Appoints CEO

Los Angeles-based Lottay, an online gifting web site, is announcing this morning that it has raised $475,000 in a funding round, and appointed former Evite.com and ABC.com executive Harry Lin as its CEO. The funding round was led by DFJ Fro...

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November 10th,2009

Tanner EDA Names Sales VP, In Strategic Alliance

Monrovia-based Tanner EDA, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal electronic design automation software, reported Monday evening that it has appointed a new Sales VP, and separately, that it is in a strategic alliance with a MEMS supplier. I...

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October 30th,2009

Spooky thought: Where would we be without our supporters?

As we go into Halloween this weekend, we want to thank all of our sponsors, advertisers, and members, who make it possible for us to exist. Without all of you, we wouldn't be able to keep you updated on Southern California's high tech news ...

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October 30th,2009

Abraxis Founder Pledges $100M To Reopoen MLK Jr. Hospital

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire founder of Abraxis Bioscience, has committed $100M in underwriting guarantees to reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. hospital (MLK), his foundation announced this week. According to the Chan Soon-Shiong Famil...

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October 29th,2009

SkinIt Snags Au As CTO

San Diego-based Skinit, a developer of personalized "skins" for electronic items, reports today that it has hired on Stanford Au, former SVP of technology at Shutterfly, as its Chief Technology Officer. Au was behind Shutterfly's Photobook ...

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October 20th,2009

Zumbox Hires Publishing Executive

Westlake Village-based Zumbox, which is developing a system to deliver postal mail electronically using street addresses, said today that it has hired Peter O. Price as head of its media division. Price has served at Time Inc., Publisher of...

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October 16th,2009

CaseStack Taps FedEx Vet For Board

Santa Monica-based CaseStack, which provides outsource logistics and supply chain services to consumer packaged goods companies, announced Friday that it has added Tucker Taylor--a former Federal Express executive--to its board. CaseStack s...

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October 14th,2009

Interview with Nick Warnock, Atiz

There's been a lot of attention lately given to Google's efforts to digitize books for libraries, as well controversy over the firm's licensing efforts with publishers. It turns out, one of the companies supplying book scanning devices for ...

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September 29th,2009

Interview with Zareh Baghdasarian, 15desks

Zareh Baghdasarian is the CEO of 15desks (www.15desks.com), a new startup focused on the education market. Baghdasarian was co-founder of Monterey Networks, which was sold to Cisco Systems back in 1999, has been an active angel investor in ...

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September 25th,2009

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Once again, we'd like to thanks to all of the sponsors and advertisers, who allow us to keep you updated on Southern California's high tech news and companies. They include: Sponsors Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com)....

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September 25th,2009

United Sample Staffs Up

Encino-based United Sample, a provider of online sampling services for the market research industry, has staffed up with a number of executive hires. According to the firm, it has named Robyn Tas as Senior Vice President of Business Develop...

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September 24th,2009

SAIC Moves HQ To Virginia

Defense integrator SAIC, which has been based in San Diego, said today that it has officially relocated its corporate headquarters to McLean, Virginia. The firm said the move relocates its corporate executive leadership team closer to its f...

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September 16th,2009

Activision Blizzard Names Public Policy Head, Legal Chief

Santa Monica-based game maker Activision Blizzard reported Wednesday afternoon that the firm has appointed George L. Rose as Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, and has also named Christopher B. Walther as its Chief Le...

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September 9th,2009

THQ Names Legal VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ, a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and video games, announced Monday that it has appointed Edward L. Kaufman as Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secreta...

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September 1st,2009

Metabasis Therapeutics Loses CEO

San Diego-based Metabasis Therapeutics reported this morning that the firm's President, CEO, and Chief Scientific Officer, Mark Erion, is leaving the firm. According to Metabasis, Erion is leaving the firm for Merck, to become Vice Presiden...

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August 25th,2009

Insights and Opinions: It's Not the Economy, Stupid

Today's Insights & Opinions piece comes from Krisztina Holly, the vice-provost for innovation and executive director of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation at the University of Southern California, and Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of ...

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August 24th,2009

Interview with John Hanna, FunnelSource

One of the startup areas where we've been seeing renewed activity in the last few months is in the enterprise software space--specifically, in software-as-a-service applications targeted at corporate customers. One of the local firms attack...

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August 20th,2009

Integrien Expands Advisory Board

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT performance analysis tools, said Thursday that it has added a new advisor, Ian Dodd, to its technology advisory board. The firm said that Ian Dodd heads Global Operations & Enterprise Automation for...

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August 20th,2009

Interview with Sherry Gunther, Masher Media

Last Week, Calabasas-based Masher Media announced it had received a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels to fund its development of MyMiniPeeps (www.myminipeeps.com), a virtual world for children. We spoke with Sherry Gunther, ...

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August 17th,2009

BlackLine Systems Hires EVP

Calabasas-based BlackLine Systems, which develops financial close software for companies, is expanding, saying today that it has hired on Greg Pond as an Executive Vice President at the firm. Pond has served at SunGard Data Systems, and sta...

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August 12th,2009

OptionEase Names Ops VP

San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase, a developer of software-as-a-service for tracking stock option grants, as well as for fair market value accounting and compliance, announced today that it has named Kevin J. Liebl as Executive VP of Ope...

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August 12th,2009

Interview with Michael Barton, Startup Exchange

One of the continuing problems in the startup and venture market today is the issue of exit opportunities for companies, and in particular the problem of liquidity for founders. One company, Startup Exchange (www.startupexchange.com) is tak...

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August 7th,2009

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August 5th,2009

NanoH2O Gains $5M

Los Angeles-based NanoH2O, a UCLA spinout commercializing water filtering and desalination technology, has raised $5M in a equity funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Wednesday. Details on the funding have not yet been re...

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August 4th,2009

Sorenson Media Holds Slice Of IPO Pie

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a provider of Internet video codecs and related software and services, is a potential beneficiary of an Internet IPO, that of Provo, Utah-based Ancestry.com. Sorenson--which maintains much of its operations i...

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August 4th,2009

Sorenson Media Adds SDK

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a developer of video encoding software and related services, is looking to enable third party developers, by releasing a new software development kit (SDK). The firm said today that its new SDK will allow dev...

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July 31st,2009

Yammer Bails On Los Angeles, Heading To Silicon Valley

West Hollywood-based Yammer, the corporate microblogging site inspired by Twitter, is moving from the Los Angeles area to Silicon Valley, according to founder David Sacks. According to Sacks, the entire firm--including its engineering team ...

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July 28th,2009

Websense Names New CFO, Sales VP

San Diego-based WebSense, a developer of email and web security products, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has appointed Arthur S. Locke as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and appointed Didier Guibal as its Executi...

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July 28th,2009

Coda Automotive Raises $24M

Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive, the electrical vehicle firm developing hybrid and electric vehicles, has racked up $24M in a Series B investment round from a number of high profile investors, the firm said today. Coda said the funding r...

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July 28th,2009

Central Desktop Adds Greathouse To Board

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, which operates an online team project management service, said today that it has added John Greathouse to the firm's board of directors. Greathouse is a venture partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a faculty m...

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July 24th,2009

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July 16th,2009

Insights and Opinions: Top 10 Board Meetings Do's And Don'ts For CEOs

This morning's Insights & Opinions piece comes from Jim Armstrong, Managing Director at Clearstone Venture Partners. Jim is very active helping Southern California's aspiring entrepreneurs, and has been instrumental in helping to promote th...

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July 15th,2009

BakBone Names Sales VP

San Diego-based data storage and backup software provider BakBone Software reported this morning that it has hired Roy Hogsed as senior vice president of worldwide sales. BakBone described Hogsed as a software industry veteran with more tha...

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July 14th,2009

Sorrento Therapeutics Goes Public In Reverse Merger

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics, a privately held firm which says it is developing proprietary platform technology for the generation of fully human monoclonal antibodies, announced Tuesday that it has merged with publicly traded Quik...

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July 10th,2009

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July 1st,2009

TrueCar Taps Edmunds.com For VP

Santa Monica-based TrueCar announced today that it has snagged an executive from Edmunds.com for its new Vice President of Product Management. TrueCar said that Damon Cleckler has joined the firm in the position, after serving as executive ...

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June 26th,2009

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June 19th,2009

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Thanks to all of the sponsors and advertisers, who allow us to keep you updated on Southern California's high tech news and companies. They include: Sponsors Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com). Backing Southern Calif...

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June 18th,2009

Insights and Opinions: How To Save MySpace

For our Insights and Opinions section this afternoon, Docstoc's Jason Nazar makes a proposal on how to save MySpace. He says: I wouldn't bet against MySpace. They attract over 70 million people a month (just in the US), and by most a...

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June 16th,2009

Accelrys Names New CEO

San Diego-based life sciences and scientific software developer Accelrys reported Monday that Scipio "Max" Carnecchia has joined the company as chief executive officer and president, effective immediately. Carnecchia has also been appointed...

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June 15th,2009

Vitesse Wins $22.5M From KPMG

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor announced this morning that the firm has won $22.5M in a lawsuit filed against auditing firm KPMG. Vitesse--which has been struggling for the past few years to resolve issues related to back-dated sto...

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June 10th,2009

CallWave: Private Again

CallWave, once one of Southern California's heralded technology successing, is going private and voluntarily delisting its stock, putting an end to the public era of the firm's existence. CallWave--which moved its executive team and headqua...

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June 10th,2009

OptionEase Ties With Consulting Firm

San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase, a developer of software-as-a-service for tracking stock option accounting, has tied with a Los Angeles-based management consulting firm, the firms said this week. According to OptionEase and Avant Advis...

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June 9th,2009

NxTV Shuffles Exec Team

Los Angeles-based NXTV, a provider of video on demand and IPTV systems for the hotel and lodging industry, disclosed Monday that the firm has named a new executive team. According to the firm, it has named Francis Najafi, founder and CEO of...

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June 8th,2009

Interview Eric Sikola, ExpenseBay

Eric Sikola is CEO of ExpenseBay (www.expensebay.com), a Los Angeles-based, online, software-as-a-service startup which has created an online application which uses Web 2.0 technology to make submitting expense reports extremely easy. The f...

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June 5th,2009

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June 4th,2009

DIRECTV Loses CEO To News Corp.

El Segundo-based satellite entertainment firm DIRECTV has lost its President and CEO, Chase Carey, to News Corporation, the firm said Wednesday, as Carey returned to News Corp. to work for Rupert Murdoch. Carey had joined DIRECTV in 2003 fr...

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May 29th,2009

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based AdventureLink, a venture funded online adventure travel booking site, said Friday that it has appointed Jeff Dossett as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Vice Pres...

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May 28th,2009

Hydra Hires New Executive

Beverly Hills-based Hydra, which operates a cost-per-action advertising network, reported Thursday that it has named Rachel Corcoran as the firm's Director of Compliance. Hydra said that Corcoran was most recently at Experian, managing comp...

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May 28th,2009

Sorenson Media Snags Another Former Sightspeed Exec

San Diego- and Salt Lake City-basd Sorenson Media, a developer of video encoding software, said Wednesday that it has hired on former SightSpeed exec Eric Quanstrom as its Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. Quanstrom joins the firm s...

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May 26th,2009

THQ Loses Publishing VP

Agoura Hills-based THQ reported late Tuesday that the firm's Executive Vice President of Publishing, Scott Guthrie, has resigned. The firm said that Guthrie--who was responsible for the firm's North American sales, distribution, and marketi...

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May 26th,2009

Insights & Opinions: CERN's Collaborative Management Model

For our insights and opinion section today, Krisztina Holly, vice-provost for innovation and executive director of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, talks about the leadership model at CERN, and discusses how that can be applied to ...

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May 26th,2009

X1 Technologies Gains New Funding, CEO

Pasadena-based X1 Technologies, a developer of desktop search software, announced today that the firm has raised new funding from backer Idealab, plus made a few executive changes. Size of the new investment round in the firm was not disclo...

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May 22nd,2009

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May 21st,2009

Novatel Wireless Adds Retired General to Board

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless reported Wednesday that it has appointed retired U.S. Army Gen. John D. Wakelin to its board of directors, effective Monday. The wireless broadband technology firm described Wakelin as an experienced profess...

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May 21st,2009

Interview with Brian Nilles, Evolver

Last week, Aliso Viejo-based Darwin Dimensions rolled out Evolver (www.evolver.com), an online tool for creating highly detailed avatars. Brian Nilles, the firm's CEO, is no stranger to the 3D animation and computer graphics market, having ...

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May 20th,2009

OCTANe Finds New President and CEO

Orange County's nonprofit effort to support the technology industry, OCTANe, announced this morning that it has located a replacement for outgoing president and CEO, Gary Augusta. According to OCTANe, it has named Matthew Jenusaitis as the ...

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May 19th,2009

Nirvanix Names New Engineering VP

San Diego-based cloud storage services provider Nirvanix reported Tuesday that it has hired Chris Russell as vice president of engineering. Nirvanix described Russell as a longtime technology executive with more than 20 years of hands-on ex...

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May 14th,2009

Terralliance Technologies Gains New Funding

Newport Beach-based Terralliance Technologies, which uses aircraft remote sensing for national resources mapping, said Thursday afternoon that it has gained new funding for the firm. The company did not disclose financial terms, or investor...

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May 8th,2009

Verifi Names CEO

Verifi, a provider of transaction risk management services for merchants, reported this week that it has promoted Jennifer Schulz to chief executive officer. The Beverly Hills-based company said Schulz, who came aboard in April 2008 as chie...

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May 5th,2009

Teresis Adds To Board

Santa Ana-based Teresis Media Management revealed Tuesday that the firm has tapped B. J. Hawkins, President and CEO of technology services firm OFS, for its board of directors. Teresis provides workflow and digital asset management software...

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May 4th,2009

Emulex Rejects Broadcom Acquisition

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said this morning that it has rejected the unsolicited takeover attempt from Irvine-based Broadcom, saying the proposal "significantly undervalues" Emulex. Emulex Executive Chairman Paul Folino said the proposal was ...

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April 30th,2009

Day Software Bolsters Board

Newport Beach-based Day Software, a developer of content management software, said this week that it has nominated Barry Bycoff and David Arnott to the firm's board of directors. Bycoff is currently Executive Chairman at Progress Software, ...

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April 24th,2009

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April 15th,2009

Epicor Names New CFO

Irvine-based Epicor Software has named a new CFO, the firm said this morning. According to Epicor, it has appointed Michael Pietrini as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Pietrini has been at...

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April 7th,2009

Solarflare Communications Hires VP

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon, said today that it has hired on Mike Smith as the firm's Vice President of Product Marketing. Smith joins the firm from Emulex, where he was the company's E...

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April 3rd,2009

Teridian Hires VP, GM

Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor Corp. reported Thursday that it has hired Jay Cormier as vice president and general manager of its Networking & Secure Access business unit. The integrated circuit manufacturer said Cormier will oversee n...

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March 27th,2009

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March 27th,2009

Interview with Peter Csathy, Sorenson Media

Today's interview is with Peter Csathy, President and CEO of Sorenson Media (www.sorensonmedia.com), which recently relocated its executive offices to San Diego. Csathy told us about the firm's move of its exec offices from Salt Lake City, ...

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March 20th,2009

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March 20th,2009

Emergent Adds Two to Executive Staff

Emergent Game Technologies reported Thursday that it has added two executives to its management team. The Calabasas-based publisher of video game development tools said it has appointed Amanda Cinfio director of business development and Tim...

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March 19th,2009

Cortex Pharmaceuticals Lops Half Of Workers

Irvine-based Cortex Pharmaceuticals, a developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating psychiatric disorders, neurological diseases and brain-mediated breathing disorders, said Thursday that it has cut half of its staff as part of a restructur...

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March 18th,2009

MSC.Software Expands Board

Santa Ana-based MSC.Software, a developer of simulation software for product development, announced Tuesday that it has added Masood Jabbar to the firm's board. Jabbar was previously on the firm's board. Jabbar was previously an executive a...

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March 4th,2009

SpaceX Hires Bizdev VP

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the space launch vehicle startup funded by PayPal founder Elon Musk, said Wednesday afternoon that it has hired on a new Vice President of Business Development. According to SpaceX, it has appointed Rob Peckham, form...

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February 25th,2009

Xifin Hires CFO, Marketing VP

San Diego-based XIFIN, a publisher of hosted revenue cycle management software for diagnostic laboratories, reported Tuesday that it has added two members to its executive staff. The company said it has hired Steve Zaniboni as chief financi...

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February 25th,2009

CallWave Sells Fax Business To j2

CallWave, a provider of internet and voice messaging services, said today that it has sold its virtual fax subscriber base and related intellectual property to Los Angeles-based j2 Global Communications for $12M. Callwave--which started in ...

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February 24th,2009

Gumiyo Adds Customer

Woodland Hills-based Gumiyo, which develops tools for enabling mobile web sites, has scored a new customer. According to accounting and advisory firm CNM LLP, it has partnered with Gumiyo to deliver collateral, advertisements, business card...

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February 19th,2009

SOMARK Innovations Sets Up Shop In San Diego

SOMARK Innovations, a firm which is developing chipless, RFID tattoo technology used for animal identification, is setting up shop in San Diego, the firm disclosed earlier this month. The company--which also landed a venture capital round f...

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February 17th,2009

Report: Ingram Micro Lops 8 Percent

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro, an electronics distributor, has reportedly laid off about 8 percent of the firm's North American workforce, or 300 employees, according to a report from ChannelWeb. ChannelWeb quoted an executive at Ingram, who...

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February 12th,2009

Insights: 7 Tips to Help Jobless Americans Persevere

For our Insights & Opinions section today, John McKee, a Los Angeles resident and former executive at DirecTV, and currently an author and business coach, gives seven tips to the currently unemployed on how to persevere through - and even...

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February 12th,2009

Intelligent Beauty Names Executive

El Segundo-based Intelligent Beauty, a venture-backed provider of online marketing and ecommerce technology, said recently that it has named Dan Williams as the firm's new President of ecommerce site DermStore. Intelligent Beauty said that ...

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February 12th,2009

Syntricity Names CEO

Syntricity Inc., a publisher of yield management software for the semiconductor industry, reported Wednesday that it has promoted Steven Griffith to president and chief executive officer. Griffith, the San Diego-based company noted, had pre...

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February 5th,2009

Alelo Gains Army Contract

Los Angeles-based Alelo, the USC spinout which is developing language learning systems based on video games, disclosed this week that the firm has been selected as a prime contractor by the U.S. Army. Alelo said that it was selected by the ...

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January 29th,2009

TranZfinity Expands Board

Carlsbad-based TranZfinity, a developer of secure payment products, said Wednesday that it has added a VeriFone executive to its board of directors. The firm said that Bud Waller, current Executive Vice President at VeriFone, has joined the...

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January 28th,2009

DEX Snags Logistics Experts From UPS, Solectron

Camarillo-based DEX, a provider of supply chain services to the high tech industry, said Wednesday that it has bolstered its executive ranks. The firm said that it has hired on two new executives from UPS and Solectron. Dex announced that i...

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January 26th,2009

Sequenom Hires Chief Medical Officer

San Diego-based Sequenom Inc. reported this morning that it has hired Dr. Allan T. Bombard, M.D., as chief medical officer. In this newly created role, Sequenom explained, Bombard will oversee its clinical and medical affairs, including cli...

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January 23rd,2009

OCTANe's Augusta To Leave

Orange County's effort to boost startup and high tech companies, OCTANe, is losing its President and CEO, Gary Augusta, and has retained an executive search firm to find a replacement, the group said Thursday. In a letter to OCTANe's mailin...

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January 13th,2009

Autobytel Names VP

Irvine-based Autobytel announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring Zane Rathwick as the firm's Vice President Development for IT. Rathwick joins the firm from Local.com and Kelley Blue Book, and has previously s...

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January 8th,2009

SEO, Inc. Hires Executive

Carlsbad-based Search Engine Optimization Inc, a provider of search engine marketing services, announced this morning that it has hired on Edward Andrews as the firm's Chief Development Officer. Search Engine Optmization said that Andrews j...

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January 6th,2009

ParAccel Doubles Staff, Expands Offices

San Diego-based ParAccel, which develops database appliances used to accelerate database queries, said today that it has doubled its workforce over the past year, and has moved into new offices. The firm--which is backed by Bay Partners, En...

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December 17th,2008

Western Digital Axes 2,500

Lake Forest-based Western Digital announced this morning that it is cutting 2,500 employees, or five percent of the firm's workforce, as it sees softer demand for the firm's hard disk drives. According to the firm, demand for its products i...

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December 16th,2008

Dexcom Hires Executive

San Diego-based DexCom has appointed a new Chief Administrative Officer, the firm disclosed this morning, saying it had hired Steven R. Pacelli. The firm, which designs glucose monitoring systems for the healthcare industry, said that Pacel...

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December 15th,2008

My Damn Channel Bolsters Advertising Experience

Los Angeles- and New York-based My Damn Channel, a producer of online, original video, has bolstered its executive ranks, hiring on a new Vice President of Advertising Strategy & Partnerships for the firm. The company said that Sahaila Suhi...

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December 11th,2008

Hirsch Electronics In Merger

Santa Ana-based Hirsch Electronics Corp., a developer of access card readers and systems, is merging with German firm SCM Microsystems, Inc., the firms said today. According to the companies, the two will merge into a single firm, SCM Micro...

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December 9th,2008

LRN Hires Two Execs

Los Angeles-based LRN, which provides corporate ethics learning tools to the business market, has added two new executives, the firm said today. The firm said that it has hired on Alister Christopher and David Greenberg to the firm's execut...

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December 4th,2008

Broadcom Fires VP After Resume Flap

Irvine-based Broadcom has fired a Vice President at the firm, after a shareholder activist raised questions about the executive's college degree. According to a SEC filing by Broadcom Wednesday, the employment of Vahid Manian, the firm's Se...

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December 2nd,2008

Inphi Taps Makimoto To Advisory Board

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a manufacturer of high speed analog semiconductors, said this morning that it has appointed Dr. Tsugio Makimoto as an advisor for the company. Makimoto is based in Japan, and was most recently an ex...

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December 2nd,2008

Quest Software Settles With SEC

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, a developer of system management software, said today that it has reached an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission into the firm's stock option practices. According to Quest, it has agreed t...

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December 2nd,2008

Hydra Hires Finance VP

Los Angeles-based Hydra, an affiliate advertising network, said Monday that it has appointed Gary Gooperman as the firm's Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Hydra said that Cooperman joins the firm from Helio, where Coo...

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December 1st,2008

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Ventures

In what looks to be a challenging funding climate for entrepreneurs, we thought it would be interesting to talk to one fund which is still making investments--Saban Ventures (www.saban.com)--a new, digital media focused venture capital fund...

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December 1st,2008

Symark Names New CEO

Agoura Hills-based software provider Symark International has hired on a new CEO, the firm said today. Symark said that John Mutch has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the firm, joining from strategic investment firm MV Advisors...

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November 21st,2008

United Online Makes Executive Moves

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Friday that it has promoted Robert J. Taragan to President of the firm's Communications segment, and named Matthew J. Wisk as President of the firm's online loyalty business, MyPoints.com. Taragan has...

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November 20th,2008

Interview with Jerome Chang, BlankSpaces

One of the recent trends in the technology industry here in Los Angeles is the use of "coworking" spaces--flexible workspaces where companies can rent open office space. BLANKSPACES (www.blankspaces.com) -- which is on Wilshire Blvd.--is th...

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November 10th,2008

Quartics Snags AMD Exec As CEO

Irvine-based Quartics, which is developing semiconductors for media processing, said Monday that it has named former AMD Executive Vice President Mario Rivas as the firm's new CEO. Quartics, which was started by former AST Founder Safi Qure...

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October 28th,2008

Yammer Adds Groups Functionality

Los Angeles-based Yammer, the corporate focused instant messaging service spun out of Geni.com, said today that the firm is updating its service and adding a new groups feature. According to Yammer, its new Groups feature allows messages an...

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October 27th,2008

Guidance Solutions Gets Win

Marina Del Rey-based Guidance Solutions said Monday that the firm has signed on Caltech's Industrial Relations Center as a customer. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. Guidance, which provides services for building ecommerce we...

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October 24th,2008

Leap Wireless Adds Two to Senior Management Team

Leap Wireless International Inc. reported this week that it has strengthened its executive staff with the addition of two senior vice presidents. The San Diego-based provider of discount wireless voice and data communications services said ...

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October 15th,2008

Abraxis BioScience Names Ops VP

Los Angeles-based Abrais BioScience said this week that it has hired on Edward C. Geehr, M.D. as Executive Vice President of Operations. The biotechnology firm said that Dr. Geehr will be responsible for the commercial, manufacturing and ma...

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October 14th,2008

Demand Media Hires Ad Sales Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired a new executive to head up the firm's advertising sales, the firm disclosed Tuesday. Demand Media has appointed George Stewart as the company's Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, heading...

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October 14th,2008

Zag Makes Exec Hires, Promotions

Santa Monica-based Zag, a venture-backed developer of online car buying software, said this morning that it has made a number of hires and a promotion. Zag said it has promoted Bernie Brenner to Executive Vice President in charge of the f...

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October 10th,2008

Quest Software Promotes Garn to CEO

Quest Software Inc., a publisher of enterprise systems management applications, reported Thursday that its board of directors has promoted Doug Garn to chief executive officer. Garn, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company said, also joins th...

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October 10th,2008

CoreValve Expands Board

CoreValve Inc., a designer and manufacturer of artificial replacement components for the human heart, reported earlier this week that it has appointed Frank Fischer to its board of directors. The Irvine, Calif.-based company described Fisch...

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September 26th,2008

Interview with DialPlus

We recently ran into Dialplus (www.dialplus.net), a company which is developing mobile applications which pull up social networking profiles from Facebook or other sites when you make a phone call to a friend. The company's mobile applicat...

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September 25th,2008

Callwave Moves HQ To San Francisco

Callwave, a provider of Internet messaging and voice messaging services, has quietly moved its headquarters to San Francisco from its birthplace in Santa Barbara. A spokesperson for the firm said that the company still maintains operations ...

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September 24th,2008

VMIX Shuffles Staff, Rolls Out New Player

San Diego-based VMIX, a provider of video publishing tools for web publishers, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff and delivered a new version of its VMIX Player. According to the firm, the moves come as it goes into a...

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September 19th,2008

Sofinnova Ventures Hires EIR In San Diego

Venture capital firm Sofinnova Ventures has hired on an Executive-in-Residence based in San Diego, the firm said Thursday. Sofinnova, which invests in early stage life sciences and IT firms, said it has appointed Lars Ekman, M.D., Ph.D. to ...

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September 17th,2008

Interview with Michael Kantor, Orgoo

There are a lot of users, with lots of different email and instant messaging accounts, who are finding that there are too many ways to communicate with their friends and associates. Los Angeles-based Orgoo (www.orgoo.com) is looking to solv...

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September 9th,2008

Spot Runner Loses High Profile VP, Hires Two

Los Angeles-based online advertising startup Spot Runner has lost a high profile vice president, Joanne Bradford, to Yahoo!, just months after announcing Bradford's hire as the firm's Executive Vice President of National Marketing Services....

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September 4th,2008

Qualcomm Names New Enterprise Exec

San Diego-based Qualcomm has hired on a new executive for the firm's Qualcomm Enterprise Services division, the company said Tuesday. Qualcomm said that it has appointed Robert Walton as Senior Vice President and Division President of the u...

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August 21st,2008

Interview with Feyzi Fatehi, Corent Technology

We frequently meet entrepreneurs and companies who are looking at developing their own software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, and at the same time hear about the lack of tools and expertise to work on those SaaS offerings. Aliso Viejo-base...

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August 19th,2008

Interview with Olivier Chaine, Magnify360

Last week, Los Angeles-based Magnify360 (www.magnify360.com) raised $2.5M in a venture funding round. We spoke with Olivier Chaine, the firm's CEO and Founder, along with investor Mark Sugarman of MHS Capital, about the company and what it'...

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August 14th,2008

ThisNext Names Morrow CEO

Los Angeles-based ThisNext said Thursday morning that it has promoted Scott Morrow to CEO of the firm. Morrow, who has been President of ThisNext since September of 2007, has also served at IAC/Citysearch and CNET. ThisNext co-founder and C...

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August 14th,2008

Interview with Brent Reinke, Gold Coast Bio Center

Last week, the organizers behind the Gold Coast Bio Center, a life sciences incubator forming along the 101 technology corridor, held a meeting to talk about the group's efforts to tap into the wealth of experience in the area in the biotec...

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August 5th,2008

Interview with Minard Hamilton, Six Degree Games

Today, Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games (www.sixdegreegames.com) announced their Series A funding from Prism VentureWorks and Clearstone Ventures. Minard Hamilton, the firm's CEO, founded the company with fellow JAMDAT Mobile executive...

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August 4th,2008

Qualcomm COO Leaves For Motorola

San Diego-based Qualcomm has lost executive Sanjay Jha, the firm's COO, to Motorola. Motorola said today that it has hired on Jha as its Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola's Mobile Devices Busines...

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August 4th,2008

Interview with Kelly Perdew, RotoHog.com

Kelly Perdew is the chief executive officer of RotoHog.com (www.rotohog.com), which provides online fantasy sports platforms with a twist. RotoHog's branded and white-label offerings combine traditional scoring systems with a novel, stock m...

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July 30th,2008

Newegg Names New CEO

City of Industry-based Newegg, an online electronics retailer, said today that the firm has shuffled its executive staff in a major change. According to the firm, Tally Liu, current President of the firm, has been promoted to Chairman and C...

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July 30th,2008

Nirvanix Hires Executive To Focus On Entertainment

San Diego-based Nirvanix said Wednesday that it has hired on Ezra Davidson as its new Managing Director of Media Entertainment Services, focused on the entertainment industry. Nirvanix, which provides storage-as-a-service for Internet and o...

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July 21st,2008

Island Data Moves North

Island Data, a firm developing business intelligence software, said today that it has relocated its sales, marketing, and executive headquarters from Carlsbad to San Francisco, in conjunction with the appointment of a new CEO. Island Data s...

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July 15th,2008

Favrille Cuts Most Employees, Looks To Sell Assets

San Diego-based Favrille, a firm that was developing targeted immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases of the immune system, quietly announced last week that it has laid off 132 of its 144 employees, including six of i...

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July 15th,2008

Ripple Hires New CEO

El Segundo-based Ripple, which operates a network of out-of-home information screens and a related advertising network, said today that John McMenamin has been appointed the company's new Chief Executive Officer. McMenamin was most recently...

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July 11th,2008

SpaceX Installs Murphy as Marketing, Communications VP

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., a developer of manned and unmanned launch vehicles for space exploration, reported Thursday that it has hired Diane Murphy as vice president of marketing and communications. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based ...

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July 10th,2008

DivX Tabs Rodli as Sales, Marketing EVP

San Diego-based digital media firm DivX Inc. reported Thursday that it has hired Eric Rodli as executive vice president of sales and marketing. DivX said Rodli will report directly to Kevin Hall, the company’s chief executive officer. Prior...

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July 7th,2008

CliniComp Hires COO

San Diego-based CliniComp, a provider of clinical documentation systems for the healthcare industry, announced this morning that it has hired Alan Portela as its Chief Executive Officer. Portela joins the firm from Global Care Quest, and ha...

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July 2nd,2008

Linspire Acquired By Xandros

San Diego-based Linspire, developer of the Linspire and Freespire Linux operating systems, has been acquired by Xandros, a developer of Linux management products. Xandros announced the acquisition this morning, but did not disclose financia...

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June 20th,2008

RazorGator Grabs GM From Orbitz

Los Angeles-based online ticketing marketplace operator RazorGator Interactive, said Thursday that it has further expanded its executive ranks by adding Seth Brody as the firm's Executive Vice President and General Manager. Brody joins Razo...

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June 18th,2008

RazorGator Snags VP From Yahoo

Los Angeles-based RazorGator, a provider of an online secondary ticket sale marketplace, said Tuesday afternoon that the firm has hired on a former Yahoo executive as VP of Business Development for the firm. RazorGator said it has hired Sco...

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June 17th,2008

M2 Technology Partners Gets Investment From Accel-KKR, Targets Software Firms

Laguna Hills-based M2 Technology Partners, LLC, a new investment firm focused on the software and services business, said Tuesday that it has launched with sponsorship from technology focused private equity firm Accel-KKR. The new firm is h...

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June 11th,2008

CalAmp Swizzles Management Team

Oxnard-based CalAmp, a provider of hardware for the wireless communications market, said today that it has consolidated two of its divisions and made a number of executive changes. The firm said it is consolidating its Wireless DataCom Divi...

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June 11th,2008

Ticketmaster Appoints Expedia's Regan As CFO

West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster announced Tuesday that it has appointed a new CFO, snagging Brian Regan as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from Expedia. Ticketmaster said that Regan was most recently Senior Vice P...

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June 9th,2008

Uber Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Uber.com, the new startup headed by former Friendster CEO Scott Sassa, said this morning that it has expanded its board. The firm said it has added Josh Freeman, Ted Meisel, and Michael Wolf to its board of directors. Free...

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June 3rd,2008

Rubicon Project Adds CNET's Mohn To Board

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising optimization startup Rubicon Project announced today that it has added CNET Chairman Jarl Mohn to the company's board of directors. The firm, which provides optimization of online advertising for web p...

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May 28th,2008

Abraxis BioScience Names CFO

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience said today that it has named David O'Toole as the firm's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. O'Toole joins the firm from Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was a Partner in the firm's Stra...

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May 27th,2008

Symark Promotes Farber To CEO

Agoura Hills-based Symark International, a developer of systems access management software, announced today that it has appointed Bob Farber as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. The firm was previously Chief Operating Officer at the compa...

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May 21st,2008

William Morris, Amp'd Founder Launch Digital Media Agency

The Wiliam Morris Agency and Peter Adderton, former founder of spectacular MVNO flameout Amp'd Mobile, said this morning that they have created a new company called Agency 3.0. According to WMA, the new firm will help clients design, implem...

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May 20th,2008

Fanprice.com Launches Ticket Exchange

Fanprice.com, a new startup focused on helping fans exchange tickets, said that it has launched its services today. The firm said that it will allow fans to set the price they want to pay for tickets to sporting events, concerts, theater, a...

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May 20th,2008

Epicor Loses CFO, Shuffles Execs

Irvine-based enterprise software developer Epicor Software said today that it has lost its EVP and CFO, Michael Piraino. According to Epicor, Piraino has resigned, effective immediately, and the firm has initiated a search for a permanent C...

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May 14th,2008

Interview with Allison Kingsley, BushLeague.TV

Today, BushLeague.TV (www.bushleague.tv), is launching its online site video and web site for "dudes." The site is backed by DECA, an online entertainment studio which is venture funded by Mayfield, General Catalyst, and Atomico. The new si...

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May 14th,2008

DECA Launches BushLeague.TV

Santa Monica-based DECA, a venture funded entertainment studio, said today that it has launched BushLeague.tv, a new web site focused on creating original video and blog posts for guys. According to the firm, the site will offer irreverant ...

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May 12th,2008

Emulex Hires COO

Costa Mesa-based Emulex has hired a new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the company announced Monday. The firm, which develops storage networking products, said that Jeff Benck will oversee the firm's engineering, mark...

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May 8th,2008

MusicIP Adds Board Member, Sales VP

Monrovia-based MusicIP, a provider of music discovery software and related products, said Wednesday that it has tapped Microsoft for a new board member, and also appointed a new VP of Sales. the firm said that former Microsoft corporate VP ...

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May 7th,2008

Internet Brands Bumps Rosenblum to CTO

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands Inc., an operator of several community and e-commerce Web sites, reported Tuesday that it has promoted Joseph Rosenblum to chief technology officer, effective immediately. Internet Brands said Rosenblum has...

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May 1st,2008

Champion Gaming Series Appoints Execs

Los Angeles-based Championship Gaming Series, an online professional video gaming league which is backed by DIRECTV, said this week that it has appointed Rachael McLean as the firm's Vice President of Digital Media, and Jim Downs as Directo...

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April 30th,2008

Interview with Brian Donahoo, AppFolio

Brian Donahoo is the CEO of AppFolio (www.appfolio.com), a Santa Barbara-based firm which recently closed $22M in funding for its software-as-a-service offerings. The firm's founders and executive team are formerly from ExpertCity (now Citr...

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April 29th,2008

Appfolio Raises $22M

Santa Barbara-based AppFolio has raised $22M in a Series B funding for the new software-as-a-service firm, initially focused on property management software, socalTECH has learned. The company's CEO, Brian Donahoo, said that the round was l...

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April 29th,2008

OptionEase Hires Exec

San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase, a provider of software-as-a-service tools for accounting for stock options, said yesterday that it has hired on Pam Washburn as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Washburn joins the firm ...

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April 16th,2008

Conexant Names New CEO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor manufacturer Conexant said late Tuesday that the firm has appointed D. Scott Mercer as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. Mercer replaces Daniel Artusi, who had served as both president and CEO. According ...

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April 15th,2008

Spot Runner Hires Interpublic's Rosenthal

Los Angeles-based advertising technology firm Spot Runner has snagged Mark Rosenthal, fomer chairman and CEO of Interpublic Media, as the firm's new President of Media Platforms and Vice Chairman, the firm said Tuesday. Spot Runner said tha...

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April 9th,2008

REApplications Acquired By LoopNet

San Diego-based REApplications, a developer of software for managing commercial real estate brokerage operations, has been acquired by LoopNet, a San Francisco-based operator of a commercial real estate marketplace. LoopNet said it paid $9....

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April 4th,2008

International Rectifier Names EVP, COO

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, which develops power management ICs, said Thursday afternoon that it has appointed a new Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Michael Barrow. Barrow joins the firm from Amkor, wher...

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April 3rd,2008

Leads360 Adds Ojdana To Board

Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of lead acquisition management software, said Wednesday that it has added former Experian Interactive executive Ed Ojdana to its board of directors. Ojdana was formerly Group President at Experian, an...

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March 20th,2008

CraveOnline Hires Execs

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline.com, an online web site targeting the men's market, said Thursday morning that it has appointed two new executives. CraveOnline said that it has appointed Derek Rudd as the firm's VP of Consumer Ad Sales, and V...

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March 19th,2008

NetSeer Hires Yahoo VP, Discloses Funding

Los Angeles-based NetSeer, a venture backed startup focused on the search and ad targeting market, has snagged Yahoo's Executive VP of Global Sales as its new President and CEO. NetSeer also revealed that it has received venture backing fro...

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March 13th,2008

Spot Runner Nabs VP From Microsoft

Los Angeles-based Spot Runner has snagged a VP from Microsoft, saying Thursday that it has hired on Joanne Bradford as the firm's Executive Vice President of National Marketing Serviecs. Bradford was most recently corporate VP and Chief Med...

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March 7th,2008

International Rectifier Names EVP, Adds to Board

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a provider of analog, digital, and mixed signal integrated circuits, said Thursday that it has appointed Donald Dancer as the firm's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Dancer...

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March 6th,2008

WebMessenger Hires New Execs

Los Angeles-based WebMessenger said this morning that it has bolstered its executive team. The firm said that it has promoted Joe Naylor to President, added Dan Coole as VP of Sales and Marketing, and appointed Amir Hudda to its board of di...

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March 4th,2008

BidShift Names VP

San Diego-based BidShift, which develops software-as-a-service for managing healthcare staffing, said Monday that it has appointed Michael Saddik as Executive Vice President. Saddik joins BidShift from Covad Communications, where he was Vic...

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February 29th,2008

Helio Continues To Bleed Cash

Earthlink, which along with SK Telecom is backing Los Angeles-based MVNO Helio, released the financial results of Helio Thursday as part of it quarterly earning report. According to a filing with the SEC, Helio had a net loss of $326.5M for...

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February 26th,2008

MySpace Launches Another Web Series

Los Angeles-based MySpace said today that it has launched another, original web show called "Special Delivery." The social networking web site said that the non-scripted, hidden-camera reality show will be produced in association with Avalo...

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February 21st,2008

Occam Networks Loses CFO

Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks said late Wednesday that the firm's CFO, Christopher B. Farrell, is resigning. Occam did not give a reason for Farrell's departure. According to Occam, Farrell will resign as the firm's CFO on or about May...

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February 19th,2008

Epicor Names New CEO

Irvine-based Epicor Software, which develops enterprise software for the enterprise resource planning and supply chain management sector, said Tuesday that Thomas Kelly has been named the firm's President and CEO. Kelly succeeds George Klau...

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February 15th,2008

QLogic Names New Board Director

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic said Thursday afternoon that it has named Kathryn Braun Lewis to its board of directors. Lewis has previously been an executive at Western Digital, most recently President and COO of Western Digital's Personal Stora...

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February 13th,2008

X PRIZE Foundation Taps Venture Capitalist For Life Sciences Head

Santa Monica-based nonprofit The X PRIZE Foundation said this morning that it has appointed Bard J. Geesaman as the group's Executive Director, Life Sciences. The X Prize Foundation -- which is best known for its successful efforts to send ...

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February 6th,2008

Imagine Communications Names CFO

San Diego-based digital video processing semiconductor firm Imagine Communications said today that it has named Terry Kinninger as Chief Financial Officer. Kinninger joins the firm from R2 Technology, where he was CFO and Executive VP of Bu...

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February 4th,2008

THQ Adds CFO

Agoura Hills-based computer game publisher THQ said today that it has appointed a new CFO. THQ said that Colin Slade has become Executive Vice President and CFO of the firm, joining the company from Tektronix, where he was Senior Vice Presi...

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February 4th,2008

Peregrine Semi Adds To Board

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor said today that the firm has appointed Jeffrey Belk to the firm's board of directors. Belk previously served at Qualcomm, where he was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, among a number of other ...

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January 30th,2008

TVC Capital Buys Back Del Mar DataTrac

San Diego-based private equity firm TVC Capital said Wednesday that it has acquired Del Mar DataTrac from FiServ. Financial terms were not disclosed. Del Mar DataTrac provides back-office, lending software for automating the residential mor...

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January 30th,2008

DataDirect Networks Hires Sales VP

Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks said today that it has hired Scott Genereux as the firm's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Genereux joins the firm from Hitachi Data Systems, where he was Executive Vice President and General Ma...

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January 24th,2008

MySpace Names Berman EVP

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Thursday that it has named Jeff Berman as the firm's Executive Vice President of Marketing and Content. Berman has been at MySpace since 2006, and was most recently General Manager o...

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January 18th,2008

Pentadyne Names CFO

Chatsworth-based Pentadyne Power, which develops flywheel energy storage systems, said earlier this week that it has appointed Mark Campion as Executive Vice President and CFO. Campion was most recently CFO of PolyFuel, a Silicon Valley fir...

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January 3rd,2008

ValueClick Names Yovanno COO

Westlake Village-based Internet advertising firm ValueClick said today that it has promoted David Yovanno to Chief Operating officer of the firm's U.S. Media operations. Yovanno has been at the firm since 2000, and was most recently the com...

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December 19th,2007

Interview with Russell Stern, Solarflare

Russell Stern is the President and CEO of Solarflare Communications (www.solarflare.com), a venture backed firm developing 10G Ethernet network interface cards and silicon. The firm is one of the only firms with 10GBASE-T PHY technology--wh...

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December 14th,2007

K2 Network Adds Metacafe CEO To Board

Irvine-based K2 Network, a company which develops massively multiplayer, online role playing games, said this week that it has added Erick Hachenburg to its board of directors. Hachenburg is CEO of online video sharing site Metacafe. Hachen...

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December 11th,2007

ID Analytics Adds Executive

San Diego-based ID Analytics said this morning that it has added Peter J. Hopfensperger as Chief Customer Officer. Hopfensperger joins the firm from Equifax, and has also served as an executive at Experian. Hopfensperger has also served at ...

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December 3rd,2007

Arrowhead Research Names CEO, Looks To Buy Nanotech Firm

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research said this morning that it has appointed a new President and CEO, Dr. Christopher Anzalone, in conjunction with a deal to buy Benet Group LLC. Benet Group LLC is a private equity firm focused on nanotechnolo...

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November 30th,2007

Viewsonic Reorganizes After Poor Results

Walnut-based display maker Viewsonic said late yesterday that it has reorganized the firm, making a number of executive changes and dropping the firm's President of ViewSonic Americas. The moves came after the company reported poor financia...

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November 30th,2007

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Adds CFO, Looks To More Funding

Calabasas-based Kythera Biopharmaceuticals said Thursday that it has named John W. Smither as CFO of the firm, as part of a move towards another funding round. The company, formerly known as Aestherx, said that Smither will be responsible f...

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November 6th,2007

Integrien Hires VP

Irvine-based Integrien said today that it has hired Dale Quayle as Executive Vice President, Sales and Field Operations at the firm. According to Integrien, Quayle was most recently senior vice president at Jonathan Engineered Solutions, an...

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November 2nd,2007

Move.com Expands Team, Hires MacWrite Creator

Westlake Village-based Move.com said Thursday afternoon that it has expanded its team with two new key hires, including one of the original employees of Apple Computer who created MacWrite. Move.com said it has appointed Justin Miller Senio...

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October 17th,2007

Vitesse Loses Board Member

Embattled, Camarillo-based chip firm Vitesse Semiconductor said late Wednesday afternoon that Alex Daly has resigned from the firm's board of directors. The company, which has been under pressure from investors to remove Daly, said that it ...

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October 12th,2007

Interview with Kim Kovacs, OptionEase

The world of software has seen a rapid shift towards software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the last few years, which has turned traditional software buying models upside down. San Juan Capistrano-based OptionEase (www.optionease.com) has combine...

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October 10th,2007

Interview with Daniel Scalisi, MyLifeBrand

Seattle-based MyLifeBrand (www.mylifebrand.com) is focused on providing a service for connecting social networking sites--as well as a way to create private label social networking communities for companies. The firm is currently in the mid...

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October 8th,2007

News Corp Appoints Legal Head For Mobile Division

News Corp's Beverly Hills-based mobile entertainment unit, Jamba, said this morning that it it has appointed Jamie Samson as Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the firm. Jamba said that Samson joins from Fox Licensin...

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October 4th,2007

Carbine Studios Unveils Gaming Efforts

Computer gaming publisher NCsoft Corporation announced this morning that it has unveiled a new Orange County studio, based in Aliso Viejo, California. The new game studio, Carbine Studios, is made up of seventeen employees from Blizzard Ent...

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October 2nd,2007

ThisNext Hires President

Los Angeles-based ThisNext, which provides online content around social shopping, said Monday evening that it has hired Scott Morrow as President and a board member at the firm. Morrow was most recently an executive at IAC/CitySearch, and a...

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October 2nd,2007

Printronix Acquired For $108M In Private Equity Deal

Irvine-based Printronix, a manufacturer of printing products for the supply chain industry, said today that it has been acquired by private equity firm Vector Capital in a $108M deal. Printronix said that its stockholders will receive $16.0...

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October 1st,2007

Qualcomm Hires General Counsel From Apple

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Friday that it has hired Donald J. Rosenberg as the firm's Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Rosenberg joined the firm from Apple, where he held the same position. Rosenberg ha...

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September 14th,2007

United Online Hires CFO From ValueClick

Woodland Hills-based United Online, the Internet Service Provider that operates the NetZero and Juno Internet access services, said Thursday afternoon that it has appointed Scott H. Ray as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial office...

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September 12th,2007

SEMDirector Hires International VP

San Diego-based SEMDirector has expanded its executive staff, saying this morning that it has hired Anthony Risicato to head up the firm's international business. Riscato joins the firm from Innovation Interactive, and has also served at Do...

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September 6th,2007

3Tera Loses Founder, Shuffles Execs

Aliso Viejo-based 3Tera, a developer of grid computing and utility computing applications, said Wednesday that founder Vladimir Miloushev, has died of a brain aneurysm. As a result, the firm has shuffled its executive staff, saying that Bar...

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August 27th,2007

THQ Loses VP, Names New Execs

Agoura Hills-based interactive game publisher THQ said Monday afternoon that it has named two new executives. The firm said that Scott Guthrie has been promoted to Executive Vice President in charges of sales, distribution, and marketing to...

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August 23rd,2007

Interview with Keri DeWitt, Teresis Media Management

In our ongoing profiles of local, high tech companies, we thought it would be interesting to catch up with Keri DeWitt, President and CEO of Teresis Media Management (www.teresis.com). Teresis is angel funded by the Pasadena Angels and Tech...

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August 22nd,2007

mobileStorm Hires Sales and Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based mobileStorm, a provider of email marketing and other services, said Tuesday that it has named a new Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The firm has tapped Ric Hattabaugh to the position. Hattabaugh was most r...

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August 21st,2007

Southland Micro Systems Acquired By StakTek

Irvine-based Southland Micro Systems, a provider of memory products, has been acquired by Texas-based Staktek Holdings, Staktek said Tuesday. Staktek said it will pay $18M in cash plus assume $5M in debt to purchase Southland, in a deal whi...

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August 21st,2007

AeroVironment's MacCready Retires

AeroVironment, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and electric energy components, announced yesterday that its board of directors has unanimously elected Tim Conver as its next chairman. Conver, who has served on AeroVironment's board sinc...

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August 13th,2007

Interview with Justin Cooper, Passenger

Last week, Los Angeles-based Passenger (www.thinkpassenger.com) raised $8.3M in a funding round from Steamboat Ventures, Shelter Capital Partners and StarVest Partners. We spoke with Justin Cooper, the firm's chief innovation and marketing ...

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August 13th,2007

Qualcomm Loses General Counsel

San Diego-based wireless firm QUALCOMM said today that its general counsel, Lou Lupin, has resigned his position as executive vice president and general counsel, and has been replaced by Carol Lam, the firm's senior vice president and legal...

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August 8th,2007

Transpera Hires VP

Santa Monica-based Transpera, a venture backed mobile video firm, said today that it has named Nick Glassman as Vice President of Product Development. Glassman joins the firm from MediaFLO, where he was Executive Producer of the company's l...

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August 1st,2007

Buzznet Adds Execs

Hollywood-based Buzznet, the music-focused social networking web site, said this morning that it has added two new executives. Buzznet has added John Glascott as Executive Vice President of Sales, and Elizabeth Osder as Senior Vice Presiden...

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July 30th,2007

ThisNext Expands Board

Los Angeles-based ThisNext, the venture funded shopping discovery and recommendations site, said Monday morning that it has appointed Rob Goldman to the firm's board of directors. Goldman was most recently at Shopping.com, where he served a...

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July 30th,2007

j2 Global Adds Directors

Los Angeles-based J2 Global Communications announced today that it has added two new board members. j2 said that it has appointed William Brian Kretzmer and Stephen Ross to its board of directors. Kretzmer is an investor, and was most recen...

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July 27th,2007

Ingram Micro President Plans Transition

Santa Ana-based technology distributor Ingram Micro said Thursday afternoon that Kevin M. Murai, the firm's President and Chief Operating Officer, is planning to resign from the company at the end of the year. Ingram Micro said that Murai p...

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July 26th,2007

Buzznet Taps Goldman For CEO

Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online networking web site funded by Anthem Ventures and Redpoint Ventures, is announcing today that it has hired a new chief executive officer. The firm has hired Tyler Goldman, who was most recently acting pres...

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July 10th,2007

GloNav Expands Management Team

Newport Beach-based GloNav has expanded its executive team, saying yesterday that it has hired Paul Hansen, Ph.D. as the firm's new Vice President of Customer Design and Support. Hansen joins from CSR plc, and also was at Cambridge Position...

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July 2nd,2007

International Rectifier Loses CFO, VP

El Segundo-based International Rectifier has lost two executives saying today that the company's board of directors has fired Michael P. McGee, the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The company also said that R...

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June 28th,2007

Vitesse Completes Restructuring Engagement

Camarillo-based semiconductor manufacturer Vitesse Semiconductor, said Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its engagement of Alvarez & Marshal LLC. In conjunction with the completed engagement, Shawn Hassel, the firm's Chief Restructu...

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June 22nd,2007

Endeavors Names Bondar CEO

Irvine-based Endeavors Technologies, a developer of software for the thin client computing market, said earlier this week that it has named Peter Bondar as CEO of the firm. Bondar has been at Endeavors since September of 2006 as a business ...

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June 15th,2007

Shopzilla Names Marketing Exec

Los Angeles-based Shopzilla, an online comparison shopping search site, announced earlier this week that it has named Rysa Pitner as Chief Marketing Officer. Pitner joins the firm from Synapse Group, a whollyowned subsidiary of Time, Inc., ...

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June 11th,2007

Interview with Joel Portice, COO and Co-founder, Enclarity

One interesting aspect of Southern California's technology industry is its diversity of companies, and the number of startups across the wide industries here. While digital media and Hollywood gets a lot of the attention, a less often seen ...

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June 5th,2007

Interneer Scores $2M

Los Angeles-based Interneer has scored $2M in a venture investment from GroundWork Equity, the firm said Tuesday morning. The firm, which develops technology that allows companies to configure web-based applications, also named Michael Edel...

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June 1st,2007

DivX Expands Exec Team

San Diego-based DivX has expanded its executive team, saying this week that Pamela Thompson Johnston has joined the company as Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. Johnston was most recently at Yahoo!, where she was Regional Vice ...

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May 31st,2007

Vadnais Replaces Zarley At ValueClick

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said Thursday morning that its board of directors has elected Tom A. Vadnais as the company's CEO, replacing James Zarley, the firm's chief executive since 1999. Zarley will become executive chairman of th...

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May 15th,2007

WiSpry Names New CEO

Irvine-based WiSpry, which is developing semiconductors for the wireless industry, said today that it has named Russell Garcia as President and CEO. Garcia replaces Jeffrey Hilbert, who will remain on the firm's board and will also serve as...

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May 4th,2007

V-Enable Hires CEO

San Diego-based V-ENABLE, a firm developing mobile voice search products for the wireless market, said earlier this week that it has named a new CEO. V-ENABLE has appointed Emerick Woods, former president and CEO of Aligo, as Chief Executiv...

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April 27th,2007

YouMail Names CTO

YouMail, a Tech Coast Angels funded startup focused on customized voice mail services, has appointed a CTO for the firm. YouMail has hired Mike Rudolph as Chief Technology Officer of the company, according to executive search firm BridgeGat...

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April 24th,2007

MSC.Software Names Exec

Santa Ana-based MSC.Software has named a new executive, saying Monday that it has appointed Toru Kawaguchi as president of the firm's wholly owned Japanese subsidiary. Kawaguchi joins the firm from think3 KK, and has more than 28 years of e...

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April 20th,2007

Overland Cuts Staff, Executives

San Diego-based Overland announced this morning that it is cutting its employee workforce by 14 percent, in a restructuring of the firm. Overland has laid off 54 employees, as the company looks to return to profitability. The firm said that...

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April 3rd,2007

Slacker Adds XM Co-Founder

San Diego-based Internet radio service Slacker said today that it has added one of the co-founders of XM Satellite Radio as an executive. The venture funded, online and satellite music service said that Lon Levin, co-founder of XM Satellite...

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March 19th,2007

Interview with Jason Feffer, Founder, SodaHead

Jason Feffer is CEO and Founder of SodaHead (www.sodahead.com), an Encino-based startup in the social answers space. SodaHead is funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels and other angels, including Ron Conway. Notably, Feff...

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March 19th,2007

Accruent Names Marketing VP

Santa Monica-based Accruent has named a new Vice President of Marketing. The firm said today that Peter West has joined the firm in the position. West has served as an executive at such companies as ASK, Avalon Software, Platinum Software, ...

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March 16th,2007

Coradiant Taps Hedayati For Executive

San Diego-based Coradiant has added Ali Hedayati as vice president of business development, the company reported Thursday. Hedayati has served as entrepreneur-in-residence for Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, CEO of Kalon Semiconductor,...

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March 2nd,2007

Gateway Appoints Board Member

Irvine-based Gateway appointed a new board member this week, saying that Dave Russell of Avalon Energy will join the company's board of directors. Russell is executive vice president of Avalon Capital Group, which is owned by Ted Waitt, co-...

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February 2nd,2007

Capstone Turbine Names VP

Chatsworth-based Capstone Turbine has named a new Executive Vice President of Sales, James Crouse, the firm said Thursday. Crouse joins Capstone from Navitas Consulting, and has also served at Valley Power Systems, Stewart & Stevenson, and ...

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January 29th,2007

Interview with Frank Peters, Chairman, Tech Coast Angels

The Tech Coast Angels (www.techcoastangels.com) is the largest angel investment group in Southern California, and the largest organized angel group nationwide. The group is known for providing mentoring, advice, and investing in up-and-comi...

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January 17th,2007

X PRIZE Foundation Names President

Los Angeles-based X PRIZE Foundation, the nonprofit group behind the Ansari X Prize and several other prizes for developments in space, medicine, and fuel-efficient vehicles, said today it has named Tom Vander Ark as President. Vander Ark w...

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January 12th,2007

Microsemi Forms New Mixed Signal Group, Appoints EVP

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said this week that it has formed a new High Performance Analog Mixed Signal Group. The group will incorporate Microsemi's existing high performance anal...

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January 5th,2007

NovaCardia Appoints CFO

San Diego-based NovaCardia has appointed a new executive, saying Thursday that it has added John E. Crawford as Chief Financial Officer for the firm. Crawford was most recently CFO at Cabrellis Pharmaceuticals, and has also served at COnfor...

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January 3rd,2007

MatchActivity Raises Angel Round

Los Angeles-based MatchActivity has received a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels, according to CEO Yoni Avital. MatchActivity, which operates an online dating service centered around activities, said that the round follows f...

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January 2nd,2007

RF Magic Adds Marketing VP

San Diego-based RF Magic, a designer of semiconductors for the broadband radio frequency market, said today that it has appointed Angelo Stephano Senior Vice President of Marketing. Stephano has previously served in senior marketing and exe...

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December 21st,2006

WebSidestory Shuffles Management Team

San Diego-based WebSideStory has shuffled its executive staff, saying that it is consolidating the leadership and operation of its WebSideStory and Visual Sciences divisions. The new executive staff is headed by CEO Jim MacIntyre, who was f...

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December 5th,2006

Interview with Jerry Neal, RF Micro Devices

Yesterday, RF Micro Devices announced a deal to sell the firm's Bluetooth assets and division in San Diego to Qualcomm. We spoke with Jerry Neal, Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Strategic Development and Marketing at RF Micro Dev...

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December 4th,2006

Interview with Andy Wilson, Momentum Venture Partners

Los Angeles-based Momentum Venture Partners has recently launched a new early-stage venture fund, with a different twist. The firm has been working with early-stage companies that been struggling to secure first-round venture funding, but h...

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December 1st,2006

Twistbox Expands In UK

Los Angeles-based Twistbox, a publisher of mobile content, said this week that it has established a new office in London, and hired former Warner Bros Entertainment executive Justin Richardson as head of the firm's European Sales and Market...

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November 22nd,2006

WD Hires New VP

Lake Forest-based Western Digital said today that it has hired Jim Morris to serve as Vice President and General Manager of the company's Notebook Storage business unit. Morris will manage the firm's 2.5-inch form factor hard drive business...

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November 17th,2006

Triage Medical Names CEO

Irvine-based Triage Medical, a medical device product in the area of orthopedic products for treatment of spine conditions, said this week that it has named a new CEO. Walter A. Cuevas has joined the firm as Chief Executive Officer. Cuevas ...

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November 15th,2006

MindTouch Appoints CEO

San Diego-based MindTouch, a provider of business-focused wiki tools, said today that it has appointed Kenneth Liu as Chief Executive Officer. Liu has previously served at IPivot and a number of startups. The firm said that Liu specifically...

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November 13th,2006

Interview with Beau Laskey, EDF Ventures

Beau Laskey is a General Partner at EDF Ventures (www.edfvc.com), a venture firm that just opened an office in San Diego. Michigan-based EDF has backed companies in the area including Intralase, Therox, and Zyray Wireless. We spoke with Bea...

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November 13th,2006

Fonality Adds VP

Los Angeles-based Fonality has appointed a new executive, saying today that it has added Arnold Waldstein as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Waldstein has served at Creative Labs, Atari, and other firms, and accoridng to Fonality has mo...

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November 8th,2006

eHarmony Names CEO

Pasadena-based eHarmony said today that Gregory Waldorf has been appointed CEO of the company. Waldorf has been serving as acting CEO since March, and also served on the company's board of directors. According to the firm, Waldorf was selec...

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October 30th,2006

Interview with Russ Mann, CEO of SEMDirector

Russ Mann is CEO of San Diego-based SEMDirector (www.semdirector.com), which provides search marketing automation software for Fortune 500 firms. Russ was most recently at Peregrine Systems, where he helped to sell the firm to Hewlett Pack...

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October 27th,2006

Study: High Tech CEOS Gets Healthy Pay Increase

A study released Thursday by Ernst & Young, J. Robert Scott Executive Search, and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP reports that 2006 cash compensation for CEOs in the IT and Life Sciences industries showed a significant pay increas...

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October 20th,2006

MyShape Appoints CFO

Pasadena-based myShape, an angel-backed, online women's fashion retailer, said this week that it has appointed a new CFO. myShape has appointed Joe Deckop, former CFO of Victoria's Secret, to the position. Deckop has also served as COO of W...

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October 12th,2006

LeisureLink Adds VP

Pasadena-based LeisureLink, which is developing an online vacation rental service, said today that it has named a new executive. LeisureLink has hired Steve Reich as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Reich has served at Digital ...

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October 11th,2006

CoDa Therapeutics Receives $10M

San Diego-based CoDa Therapeutics has received $10M in Series A financing, the firm reported this morning. Funding came from Domain Associates. CoDa Therapeutics is developing wound care treatments. CoDa said that it also anticipates the cl...

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October 5th,2006

Oversee.net Names CFO

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net has appointed a new CFO, saying that it has appointed Robert F. Chrone to the position. Chrone joins the firm from FrontBridge Technologies, where he was CFO and Executive Vice President of Operations. Chrone w...

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September 27th,2006

Interview with Scott Farrell, Founder of Kevo

A venture capitalist reader recently turned us on to a new company with a new angle on the social networking and user-generated content space, Thousand Oaks-based Kevo (www.kevo.com). Kevo is developing an online, wiki-based consumer servic...

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September 26th,2006

Interview with Seth Alsbury, Founder of Panjea

II recently bumped into Seth Alsbury, Founder of Panjea (www.panjea.com), an online social network. Panjea has gotten some attention for its service, particularly the company's music and video content. There are quite a few companies in the...

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September 14th,2006

Emulex Expands In Bangalore

Costa Mesa-based Emulex is making an expansion of the firm in India, according to industry publication EE Times. The firm is reportedly investing over $10M to grow the firm's design center in Bangalore, part of the company's recent acquisit...

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September 8th,2006

Gateway Names New CEO

Irvine-based Gateway has appointed a new CEO, saying last night that it has appointed J. Edward Coleman as chief executive officer of the firm. Coleman replaces interim CEO Rick Snyder, who will remain Chairman of the board. Snyder had been...

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September 1st,2006

Wavestream Names VP

San Dimas-based Wavestream, a manufacturer of power amplifiers for the communications market, has appointed a new Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology. Wavestream said this week that Francis S. Auricchio,Jr. will take the ...

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August 28th,2006

Interview with Ray Doustdar, TeamDating

This morning, our interview is with Ray Doustar, Co-founder of TeamDating (www.teamdating.com), a startup based in Mission Viejo, which is developing a service centered around online dating. Ray's been up at some of the Bay Area technology ...

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August 24th,2006

Interview with Bryan Biniak, Managing Director of Provenance Ventures

Provenance Ventures (www.provenanceventures.com) is a new, Los Angeles-based venture capital firm that just raised a $10M fund for investing in what it calls socially forward ventures. We spoke with the founder and Managing Director of Prov...

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August 15th,2006

Imagine Communications Appoints CEO

San Diego-based Imagine Communications has appointed a new president and CEO. The firm announced yesterday that it has appointed Jamie Howard to the positions. Howard was most recently COO of BigBand Networks, and was a founding executive a...

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August 4th,2006

ValueClick Names CEO Europe

Westlake Village-based ValueClick has promoted Carl White, its existing COO in Europe, to the position of chief executive officer of ValueClick Europe. White has been at ValueClick since 2001, and has also served at BBC Worldwide. White wil...

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August 3rd,2006

Leap Wireless Names CFO

San Diego-based Leap Wireless has named a new CFO. Leap has appointed Amin I. Khalifa as Executive Vice President and CFO. Current acting CFO Dean Luvisa will become VP Finance for the firm. Khalifa joins Leap from Apria Healthcare Group, w...

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July 31st,2006

Interview with Brett Butler, CEO of Axiom Microdevices

Axiom Microdevices (www.axiom-micro.com) is an Irvine-based semiconductor firm that is developing power amplifier technology for the cell phone industry, based on inexpensive CMOS process technology. The company's technology promises to e...

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July 21st,2006

Interview with Tommy McGloin, DoctorsDirect.com

Tommy McGloin is founder of DoctorsDirect.com (www.doctorsdirect.com), a startup that is developing a service that connects patients to doctors. Tommy is former SVP and GM of MapQuest, and was also head of AOL Moviefone and Digital City. I ...

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July 21st,2006

SyncVoice Bolsters Executive Team

Costa Mesa-based SyncVoice has added three new executives to the firm, saying this week that it has added Mike Ortega as Senior Vice President of Sales, Kaveh Mahjoob as Vice President of Engineering, and Carolyn Lewis as Director of Produc...

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July 14th,2006

Autobytel Names Switchboard.com Founder As Executive

Irvine-based Autobytel is continuing its management shakeup, saying yesterday that it has appointed Mark Canon, founder of Switchboard.com and former AOL Search VP of Strategy and Development, to the position of Chief Product Officer. Canon...

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June 29th,2006

Autobytel Taps AOL For Two Executives

Irvine-based Autobytel, a provider of online automotive marketing and auto-buying services, has named two executives from AOL to head up its web operations. The firm said this week that it has added Jon Rosen, fomer head of strategy and bus...

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June 14th,2006

BridgeCo Raises $23M

Los Angeles-based BridgeCo has raised a Series D funding, bringing in a total of $23M from Advent Venture Partners and Wellington Partners, along with existing investors. The firm is developing digital home networking silicon used for conne...

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June 13th,2006

Peregrine Semi Adds COO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor has hired a new President and COO. Peregrine said that it has added Craig H. Ensley to the executive team. Ensley was most recently at Cirrus Logic. Ensley has also served at Crystal Semiconductor and...

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June 9th,2006

Revver Adds Media Expert

Los Angeles-based video distribution and tagging web site Revver has hooked into the media industry with the hire of a new head of media partnerships. Revver has hired David Tenzer, an executive from the Creative Artists Agency, as head of ...

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June 8th,2006

Sony Exec: Music Industry Is Losing The Battle Against Piracy

A Sony executive in charge of the company's technology strategy believes that the music industry is not making headway against music pirates, despite the industry's extensive efforts to halt piracy. In a heated debate at the Digital Media S...

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June 7th,2006

Interview with Jon Kraft, Technology Council of Southern California

My interview this morning is with Jon Kraft, Chairman of the Technology Council of Southern California (www.tcosc.org), until recently called the Software Council of Southern California. Jon's also President of Auryn, a local startup in the...

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June 6th,2006

DATAllegro Adds CFO

Aliso Viejo-based DATAllegro has added a new member to its executive team, saying today that it has added Richard Little as CFO. Little has served at Teradata, Quotron Systems, and has also served at KPMG. DATAllegro is developing data ware...

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May 16th,2006

Walt Disney Internet Names EVP

North Hollywood-based Walt Disney Internet Group said yesterday that it has named a new executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online. The company said that it has named Paul Yanover to the position. Yanover was most recen...

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May 12th,2006

Apani Promotes Executive

Brea-based Apani Networks has appointed Dean Norman as the company's Vice President of Sales for North America. Norman has been at the firm since last year, and previously served at Dell and NativeMinds, a startup that was acquired by Verit...

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May 3rd,2006

LeadPoint Hires VP

Los Angeles-based LeadPoint, which is developing an online market for buying and selling leads, has hired away an executive from Autobytel to lead its efforts in the auto category. The firm said yesterday that it has hired Stephen Lind as V...

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April 21st,2006

Citysearch Appoints VP

West Hollywood-based Citysearch, which is owned by IAC/Interactive, said this week that it has appointed a new Executive Vice President of Product and Marketing. Citysearch said that it has named Scott Morrow to the position. Morrow was mos...

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April 17th,2006

Interchange Adds VP Engineering

Irvine-based Interchange, which operates Local.com, has named another executive this morning, saying that it has hired Lee Siegfried as vice president of Engineering. Siegfried was most recently COO at Future Trade, and has also served at D...

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March 31st,2006

MGM Launches New Media Division

Los Angeles-based Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios has opened up a new division focused on New Media, the studio said yesterday. The new MGM New Media division will be headed by Douglas A. Lee, who has served as a consultant for Comcast, Court T...

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March 17th,2006

Interview with Stephanie Yanchinski, Pasadena Entretec

Stephanie Yanchinski is the executive director of the Pasadena Entretec (www.pasadenaentretec.com), an industry association that is focused on the high tech industry in Los Angeles. I spoke with Stephanie ahead of the group's upcoming annua...

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March 13th,2006

Interview with Mark Goodstein, X PRIZE Foundation

My interview this morning is with Mark Goodstein, who recently joined the X PRIZE Foundation. The X PRIZE foundation (www.xprizefoundation.com) is the organization behind the Ansari X PRIZE, the $10M award that was given for putting a ve...

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March 10th,2006

Real D Adds Executive

Los Angeles-based REAL D, a provider of digital cinema products, said that it has added Matthew Cowan as Chief Scientific Officer. Cowan is chair of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers (SMPTE) working group on Stereoscopic D...

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March 9th,2006

USC Appoints Head of Commercialization Institute

The University of Southern California has named a new director to head the new, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. The university said today that Krisztina Holly, the former executive ...

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March 7th,2006

X Prize Foundation Hires Goodstein

The X Prize Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the Ansari X Prize, the competition that put the first commercial vehicle in space, hashired Idealab's Mark Goodstein as an Executive Director. The foundation said that Goodstein wi...

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February 27th,2006

Interview with Chris Lyman, CEO of Fonality

My interview this morning is with Chris Lyman, CEO of Fonality (www.fonality.com), a firm that is developing a low cost, PC-based PBX platform. The firm recent raised a round of venture funding, so I thought I'd catch up with the company an...

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February 27th,2006

Iomega Shuffles Executives

San Diego-based Iomega has shuffled its executive lineup, following an earlier resignation this month by its CEO. The firm said Friday that it has named Jonathan S. Huberman as Vice Chairman and CEO, and named Thomas D. Kampfer as President...

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February 23rd,2006

Network LIVE Adds Grosky As VP

Los Angeles-based Network LIVE, the live content provider that is a joint venture between AOL, XM Satellite Radio, and AEG said Wednesday that it has appointed Aaron Grosky as VP of Music. Grosky is the founder of Shift, Inc. and was most r...

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February 10th,2006

Interview with Andrew Betz, Venture Capital Investment Challenge

Interview with Andrew Betz, Venture Capital Investment Challenge ---- Today, I've got a slightly different interview, with Andrew Betz, a student at the USC Marshall School of Business who is helping to organize the Western Regional of ...

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January 25th,2006

ProfitLine Appoints VP

San Diego-based ProfitLine has appointed a new executive. The firm said that it has appointed Andreas Schenck as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Schenck has served at Nobel LLC, Digiquant.Intec, and LHS Group. ProfitLine provi...

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January 23rd,2006

Gemstar-TV Guide Forms New Development Group

Los Angeles-based Gemstar-TV Guide is forming a new group to focus on creating products across multiple media platforms. The firm reports that its new cross-platform Product Development and Technology group will enhance its existing product...

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January 20th,2006

Del Mar Promotes Execs

San Diego-based Del Mar Database, a provider of software for the mortgage lending industry, said this week that it has promoted two of its executives to new positions. Both executives were previously at the firm. Rob Katz has been appointe...

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January 13th,2006

Interview with John Melideo, CEO of Jambo

John Melideo is CEO of Agoura-based Jambo, a startup that is creating pay-per-call technology. The local search market appears to be the next frontier in the evolution of search engines, and Jambo is one of many startups that are looking to...

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January 13th,2006

Network LIVE Adds VP

Los Angeles-based Network LIVE, the joint venture between America Online, XM Satellite Radio, and AEG, has added a new vice president to its executive team. Michael Goldfine has joined the firm as Vice President of Production and Programmin...

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January 11th,2006

Websense Snaps Up McAfee Exec

San Diego-based Websense, a provider of web filtering and employee Internet management software, has snagged a long time McAfee executive as its new President and CEO. The firm said yesterday that it has hired Gene Hodges, formerly presiden...

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January 2nd,2006

8e6 Names Board Member

Orange-based 8e6 Technologies last week said that it named Mahendra Vora to the company's board of directors. Vora is founder and executive chairman of Intelliseek, and has also served at Unisys and SecureIT. Intelliseek is a provider of s...

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December 14th,2005

SOA Software Adds VPs

Santa Monica-based SOA Software, a provider of Web Services management tools, said today that it has added two new vice presidents to its executive staff. The company has added Jeff Drake as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, a...

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December 7th,2005

Network LIVE Expands In UK

Los Angeles-based Network LIVE, a digital programming joint venture of America Online, XM Satellite Radio, and AEG, said that they have added two executives and opened an office in the UK. The firm said that it has added Any Brilliant as Ex...

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December 1st,2005

Neven Vision Names CEO

Santa Monica-based Neven Vision has named a new CEO, the company said Wednesday. Alex Cory will serve as its CEO, having most recently served as an advisor to early stage businesses. Cory also was executive vice president at Overture Servic...

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November 28th,2005

Interview with Jeffrey Martin, President and CEO of Yulex

Jeffrey Martin is the President and CEO of Carlsbad-based Yulex (www.yulex.com), a material science company developing a replacement for latex. The company is also interesting because of its beginnings as a technology transfer from research...

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November 23rd,2005

AMCC Moves Headquarters To Sunnyvale

San Diego-based Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) said yesterday that it has moved its corporate headquarters from San Diego to Silicon Valley. The company said that its headquarters has moved to its existing Sunnyvale offices, and ...

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November 15th,2005

LA Private Equity Firms Buy Enterasys

Leading router, switching, and security hardware provider Enterasys is going private in a $386M deal from two Los Angeles area private equity firms. Andover Massachusetts-based Enterasys Networks said yesterday that it has agreed to be purc...

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November 4th,2005

PE Firm Spends $300M On Game Companies

A Menlo Park-based private equity firm has made investments in two independent game developers, Edmonton Canada-based BioWare and Los Angeles-based Pandemic Studios, in a deal that makes the private equity firm the majority owner of the two...

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September 16th,2005

Continuous Computing Expands Executive Team

San Diego-based Continuous Computing said this week that it has appointed a slew of new executives to the company. The developer of software and components for the Voice over IP and telecom market said that it has appointed Bill Dow as VP o...

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September 16th,2005

Sequia Communications Adds Marketing VP

San Diego-based Sequoia Communications has added a new Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. The developer of RF semiconductors said that it has hired Charlie Wilcoxson to the company's executive staff, and will head the com...

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August 24th,2005

Kintera Expands VPs

San Diego-based nonprofit software provider Kintera said yesterday that it has named S. Kelly Herrick as VP of Education. Herrick joins from salesforce.com, where he was Director of Global Learning Services. Herrick also served as Senior Di...

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August 19th,2005

Interlink Names Execs

Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics said yesterday that it has appointed Charles C. Best as CFO and Paul D. Meyer as Executive Vice President. The developer of signature pads and other electronic devices said that Best has served as CFO f...

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July 13th,2005

XM, AOL Create Joint Venture

XM Satellite Radio, America Online, and Staples Center owner AEG said yesterday that the three companies are creating a Los Angeles-based joint venture to focus on multi-platform digital entertainment. The new company, Network Live, will fo...

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July 13th,2005

Capstone Turbine Appoints CFO

Chatsworth-based Capstone Turbine has appointed a new Executive Vice President and CFO. The manufacturer of microturbine energy systems said that Walter "Chuck" McBride was appointed CFO and replaced Karen Clark, who resigned to pursue othe...

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July 11th,2005

Interview with Kelly Perdew, Winner of The Apprentice

Kelly Perdew is the winner of "The Apprentice 2," and was recently promoted to Executive Vice President in the Trump Organization. He's also a longtime reader of the socalTECH newsletter. Kelly was the President of local company eteamz.com ...

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June 24th,2005

Mavent Promotes Executive

Irvine-based Mavent has promoted Ryder Smith from VP Government Relations to Senior Vice President of Operations. The provider of automated compliance solutions for the financial services industry said that Smith will oversee deployment of ...

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June 22nd,2005

SK-EarthLink Names Execs, Headquarters

Los Angeles-based SK-Earthlink, the wireless joint venture of SK Telecom and Earthlink, said today that it has named it executive team and placed its headquarters here in Westwood. The joint venture is developing wireless services for Earth...

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June 3rd,2005

Autobytel Appoints New CFO

Irvine-based Autobytel announced this week that Michael Schmidt has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Schmidt has been at Autobytel since April 2004 as SVP Finance. Schmidt previously served as CFO of Auto...

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June 2nd,2005

Roaming Messenger Upgrades Software

Santa Barbara-based Roaming Messenger said this week that it has released version 2.0 of its mobile application software. The company's software allows companies to develop applications based on mobile platforms, and is targeted at enterpri...

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May 20th,2005

Waitt Retires From Gateway

Ted Waitt, founder of Irvine-based Gateway Computer, has retired from the company's board of directors. Waitt, who founded Gateway twenty years ago. Waitt said he was retiring to focus on a number of business and philanthropic interests. Wa...

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May 6th,2005

Interview with Ed Ojdana and Matt Coffin, Experian Interactive

Experian acquired Santa Monica-based LowerMyBills.com Wednesday in a deal worth $330M. LowerMyBills.com provides price comparison and tools for consumers, and generates mortgage and other loan application leads for lenders. I spoke with Ed ...

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May 6th,2005

Kintera Expands Executive Team

San Diego-based Kintera, a provider of online software for managing nonprofit and government operations, said this week that it has added three new executives to its team. Kintera has added Andrew Pan as VP Information Technology, Steve Joh...

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May 3rd,2005

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over Ad Software

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer this week sued Los Angeles-based Intermix Media alleging that the firm installed intrusive ad software and spyware. The lawsuit, filed in New York, claims that Intermix installed ad-delivery programs ...

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April 29th,2005

Homestore's Wolff, Tafeen Charged by SEC

Westlake Village-based Homestore's ex-CEO Stuart Wolff and former executive Peter Tafeen have been charged in civil and criminal charges in the latest chapter of Homestore's 2001 online advertising revenue scandal. The two were named in an ...

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April 22nd,2005

Vitesse Appoints CFO

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said Thursday that it has appointed Yatin Mody as its CFO. Mody has been at Vitesse since 1992 and has served at Deloitte & Touche. The firm also named Eugene Hovanec as Executive Vice President respons...

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April 13th,2005

Integrian Expands Executive Team

Pasadena-based Integrien has expanded its executive team, and appointed Sam Balloch as VP of Operations and Kevin Strehlo as VP of Marketing. Balooch was most recently CEO of Xceedium, and has served at Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, T...

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April 8th,2005

Tekelec Relocates Headquarters, Abandons Southland

Calabasas-based Tekelec announced today that it is moving its headquarters from Calabasas to Morrisville, NC. In conjunction with the move, the company said that it was naming a number of Morrisville-based executives to its executive staff,...

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March 29th,2005

Sequoia Communications Names Board Member

San Diego-based RF semiconductor company Sequoia Communications has appointed a new board member. Dennis Roberson, currently vice provost for new initiatives and executive director of the Institute of Business and Interprofessional Studies ...

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March 28th,2005

Interview with Dennis Clerke, CEO of Alignent

Dennis Clerke is the CEO of Irvine-based Alignent Software (www.alignent.com), a company that recently raised $6M in funding. I caught up with Dennis to hear more about the company and its funding, and to better understand how companies are...

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March 22nd,2005

Intermix Names CFO

Los Angeles-based Intermix Media said this morning that it has hired Lisa Terrill, former VP of Finance and Corporate Controller of Ticketmaster, as CFO and Executive Vice President. Terrill has also previously served at LA Gear and PWC/Art...

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March 16th,2005

FarStone Signs Deal With Intel

Irvine-based storage software provider Farstone Technology announced that it has signed a deal with Intel Corp. to bundle Farstone's RestoreIT, VirtualDrive, and GameDrive software utilities on selected Intel Desktop motherboards. Farstone'...

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March 9th,2005

Netifice Raises $55M

Costa Mesa-based Netifice Communications said yesterday that it has raised $55M and acquired the Managed SSL VPN Business from Aventail. The provider of IP Virtual private Network solutions raised this round of funding from Columbia Capital...

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March 8th,2005

Qualcomm Founder Steps Down From CEO Post

Dr. Irwin Jacobs, one of San Diego-based Qualcomm's original founders, said today that he is stepping down as CEO of the company. Jacobs will be stepping down in July, however will remain Chairman of the company's board. Dr. Paul Jacobs wil...

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February 14th,2005

Interview with Chuck Ciarlo, CEO of Left Bank Solutions

My interview today is with Chuck Ciarlo, CEO of Left Bank Solutions, a company focusing on call center optimization. The company is in the midst of looking for funding, and I thought it would be interesting to hear the company's pitch. B...

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February 11th,2005

USC Names Electronic Arts Founder To Faculty Chair

The University of Southern California has named Bing Gordon, Chief Creative Officer, Executive Vice President, and Founder of Electronic Arts to the Electronic Arts Endowed Faculty Chair at the USC School of Cinema-Television. The head of t...

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January 28th,2005

Vendare Appoints VPs

Sherman Oaks-based Vendare Group this week said that it has appointed David Burcham as Executive Vice President of Operations, and Michael V. Downs as SVP Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. Burcham served at Toytime.com, ACT-1, ...

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January 28th,2005

Movielink Promotes VPs

Los Angeles-based MovieLink has made two corporate promotions this week, saying that it has promoted Peter Sheil to Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Tyler Goldman to Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Development...

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January 26th,2005

Genetronics Acquires Gene Therapy Firm

San Diego-based Genetronics, a developer of oncology and other therapies, announced that it is acquiring Oslo-based Inovio AS, a company developing gene delivery technology. Inovio's electroporation gene therapy and DNA vaccine use will be ...

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December 23rd,2004

eCOST.com Appoints CFO

Torrance-based eCOST.com announced that it has appointed Elizabeth S.C.S. Murray as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Murray joins the company from Digital Insight, where she was also EVP and CFO. She has also served at...

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December 17th,2004

Kyocera Wireless Names Exec

San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. announced that it has named James Kelly as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Kelly is the company's VP of Engineering. Kyocera Wireless develops CDMA wireless devices and accessorie...

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December 9th,2004

Networks In Motion Appoints CEO

Irvine-based Networks In Motion announced that it has hired Doug Antone as President and CEO of the mobile workforce management and location-based services company. Antone joins from DispenseSource. Antone has previously served as an execut...

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December 1st,2004

DivXNetworks Adds Execs

San Diego-based DivXNetworks announced this morning that it has added a new CFO and COO to its executive team. John Tanner has joined as CFO, and Kevin Hell has been added as COO for the video compression company. Tanner was most recently C...

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November 4th,2004

CallWave Adds Board Members

Santa Barbara-based CallWave announced this morning that it has appointed Jeffrey Henley and Michael Noling to its board of directors. Henley is Chairman of database giant Oracle, and served as Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and EVP. Noli...

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August 25th,2004

PivX Appoints Rangan To Board

Newport Beach-based PivX Solutions (www.pivx.com) has appointed Ashwin Rangan, CIO and Senior Vice President of Conexant Systems, to its board. PivX is a provider of host-based intrusion prevention software for the Windows enterprise secur...

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June 2nd,2004

ViewSonic Shuffles Executives

Walnut-based ViewSonic (www.viewsonic.com) has shuffled its executive staff in a company-wide restructuring. ViewSonic has named Christopher Franey president of ViewSonic Americas; Jeff Volpe vice president of marketing for VSA; and Mel Tay...

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June 2nd,2004

Boingo Expands Executive Team

Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless (www.boingo.com) announced that Jon Irwin has joined the company as SVP of Operations, to help manage the company's day to day network activities. Irwin was most recently at Infonet, and was previously res...

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May 24th,2004

PivX Expands Executive Team

Newport Beach-based PivX Solutions (www.pivx.com) announced that it has added Luis Curet as VP of Sales. Curet joins from Rainbow Technologies, and also has served at Software Technologies. Rainbow provides computer security products and re...

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May 21st,2004

ValueClick Suit Withdrawn

Westlake Village-based ValueClick (www.valueclick.com) announced that a lawsuit brought by a former employee has been withdrawn. The company had by sued by a former executive of ValueClick's subsidiary BeFree, Joseph Lorenc, who had claimed...

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May 19th,2004

Client Dynamics Names CEO

Irvine-based Client Dynamics has named David Lee as CEO. Lee was the company's president. Client Dynamics develops software for managing sales relationships. Lee has also been an executive at Compuware, NetManage, Island Data, and Zkey.com....

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May 11th,2004

DTS Adds Director

Agoura Hills-based DTS has named Ronald Stone to its board. Stone has been a top executive at Pioneer Electronics for 28 years....

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May 10th,2004

Interview: Stephanie Yanchinski, Pasadena Entretec

Stephanie Yanchinski is the executive director of Pasadena Entretec, an organization focused on helping entrepreneurs in the Pasadena area. BK: What's the purpose behind Entretec, and how long have you been active in the area? SY: Pasade...

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May 10th,2004

CaminoSoft Appoints CEO

Westlake Village-based CaminoSoft (www.caminosoft.com) has appointed Michael Skelton as CEO. Skelton was most recently an executive management consultant, and was CEO of Menta Software and TracePoint Technologies. The company also said that...

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February 23rd,2004

Interview: George Kurtz, Foundstone

George Kurtz is chief executive officer and co-founder of Mission Viejo-based Foundstone (www.foundstone.com), a venture-backed firm in the security software and services space. I thought it would be great to get an update on what the compa...

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January 16th,2004

Interview: Lee Shaeffer, Software Council of Southern California

As most of my regular readers know, I try to include interviews with local entrepreneurs, executives, and other influential people in the Southern California high tech community on a regular basis. Today, I thought it would be interesting t...

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January 16th,2004

Interview with Lee Shaeffer, Software Council of Southern California

As most of my regular readers know, I try to include interviews with local entrepreneurs, executives, and other influential people in the Southern California high tech community on a regular basis. Today, I thought it would be interesting t...

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January 8th,2004

Executive Software Upgrades Undelete Software

Burbank-based Executive Software (www.execsoft.com) has upgraded its Undelete software for Windows software. The company's software helps recover data which has been accidentally deleted. ...

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September 22nd,2003

Interview with Tony Giraudo, President of TelASIC

Tony Giraudo is president and CEO of TelASIC (www.telasic.com), a spinoff which is introducing a major new chipset Monday. BK: Tell me a bit about TelASIC, and your products--what are you introducing Monday? TG: We are introduc...

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August 6th,2003

Interview with Roberta Parker, EdenTree Technologies

As most of you know, I try to regularly interview up and coming companies, investors, and others in the community to get a perspective on the market. I'm interested in highlighting new companies and what they are doing. My interview toda...

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March 23rd,2003

Interview with Bruce Brown, Chairman and CEO of Strix Systems

Bruce Brown is Chairman & CEO of Westlake Village-based Strix Systems (www.strixsystems.com), a venture-backed company that recently launched its wireless LAN system. BK: What does Strix Systems do, and how do you fit into the wirele...

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January 22nd,2003

Interview with Romeo Elias, CTO of Interneer

In these lean times, it's pretty difficult to find startups of any kind. However, if you look hard enough, some companies are still hard at work building their businesses. To get a perspective on how at least one of those companies is do...

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October 25th,2000

Interview with Russell Stern, CEO of Escrow.com

I recently talked with Russell Stern, CEO of Santa Ana-based Escrow.com and got his perspective on the company and its ecommerce transaction management and escrow services. BK: What is the company all about? RS: Escrow.com's busines...

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July 16th,1999

Interview with Sunil Mehrotra, founder of KnowledgeLinks

Sunil Mehrotra is the CEO of KnowledgeLink (http://www.knowledgelinks.com), a Westlake Village based, VC-backed e-commerce provider in the consumer audio space. He was formerly executive VP at Harman International and before that General...

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