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AirXpanders Completes Enrollment in XPAND US Pivotal Trial - AirXpanders Inc., a company developing novel technology for women who require tissue expansion for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, today announced that it has completed… Full

Apr. 14, 2015

Expanded DNA alphabet wins Science award - Production of an expanded DNA alphabet in a reproducing life form is the science breakthrough of the year, according to an online vote held by Science magazine. Full

Jan. 9, 2015

irXpanders Announces First Commercial Sale of AeroForm® in Australia - The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved AeroForm, a needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expansion system, in November 2013. Following three open-labeled,… Full

Dec. 8, 2014
Stray Boots

App Vs. Human: Tour Guide Edition - ’m a big fan of tour guides, particularly when traveling with kids. Children listen better when another adult is speaking, and I consistently learn something that I didn’t… Full

Jul. 30, 2014

Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million - Apple is close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources. Full

Jul. 29, 2014

Crossbar debuts patented 1TnR RRAM technology for long-term memory density scalability - Start-up company Crossbar Inc. announced that it has demonstrated pre-production 1MB arrays using its patented “1TnR” (1 Transistor driving n Resistive memory cells)… Full

Jun. 30, 2014

Flash storage faces challenge from Crossbar's RRAM - The hunt for memory technology to replace NAND flash storage within the next 10 years is under way, and startup Crossbar is planning to bringing its version of RRAM (resistive… Full

Jun. 30, 2014

Chegg Agrees to Acquire a Leading Online Tutoring Network, InstaEDU - SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, The Student Hub, today announced that it has agreed to acquire InstaEDU, a leading on-demand tutoring marketplace, for… Full

Jun. 3, 2014

Interim Results of AirXpanders' Multi-Centered Randomized Controlled Trial Demonstrate Faster, Needle-Free Alternative to Saline Tissue Expanders - PALO ALTO, Calif., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AirXpanders Inc., a company developing novel technology for women who require tissue expansion for breast reconstruction following… Full

Apr. 15, 2014

CROSSBAR CLOSES SERIES C FUNDING OF $25M; OVERSUBSCRIBED ROUND VALIDATES COMPANY'S READINESS TO SCALE - SANTA CLARA, Calif, March 31, 2014 – Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series… Full

Mar. 31, 2014

26 amazing startups you need to watch in 2014 - You might be forgiven for thinking 2013 was a year of redundant, me-too startups flailing around trying to come up with the best way to gamify wage slavery, deliver butt wipes… Full

Dec. 31, 2013

Dieting in the Digital Age - For most of his life, Rickey Glover was overweight. Glover, who is 6’1, weighed about 280 pounds in high school; in college, he was even heavier. Over the years, he tried… Full

Oct. 4, 2013
Proximal Data

Proximal Data signs distribution deal with Commtech - Commtech has inked a deal with Proximal Data to distribute AutoCache, a server-side caching solution. Full

Sep. 24, 2013

Bay Area Company’s Chip Promises Big Leaps In Storage, Battery Life - A tech company based in the Bay Area is on the verge of introducing a chip that could solve the biggest problems of today’s gadgets. Full

Sep. 20, 2013

Urjanet Takes the Pain Out of Gathering Utility Data - Urjanet’s business model proves C&I customers don’t like dealing with their utility either. Full

Sep. 17, 2013

Crossbar says it will kill the $60B flash memory market with Resistive RAM, which stores a terabyte on a chip - Crossbar announced today a new kind of memory chip that can replace flash memory, one of the fundamental building blocks of digital electronics, in a number of of applications. Full

Aug. 5, 2013

Startup-PR Matchmaker AirPR Opens To The Public, As Data Begins To Reveal How To Fix A Broken Model - For pretty much as long as anyone can remember, a relationship triangle, or a “love triangle” if you will, has taken shape between companies and the PR firms that… Full

Jun. 18, 2013

AirPR launches its curated PR marketplace to play matchmaker between startups and agencies - Today after a one year period of closed beta, AirPR opened its pubic relations marketplace to the world, and expanded its industry verticals to include lifestyle, and consumer… Full

Jun. 12, 2013

OLD MEETS NEW AS MADEFIRE EXPANDS MOTION BOOK LINE - Madefire launched the Motion Book to be a digital first reading experience and quickly reached numerous milestones, including landing on The App Store’s Best of 2012 list.… Full

Jun. 5, 2013
Mirna Therapeutics

Mirna Therapeutics Announces New Chief Medical Officer - Mirna Therapeutics, an Austin-based biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of miRNA therapeutics, has announced Sinil Kim, M.D. as the company’s… Full

Jun. 5, 2013
Stray Boots

Let’s Play: Making Travel a Game - IT WAS A SUNDAY AFTERNOON in SoHo and while most New Yorkers were having brunch, Makeda Peters and her boyfriend were on a street corner craning their necks at a seven-story art… Full

May. 31, 2013
Mirna Therapeutics

Mirna Therapeutics is First to Advance MicroRNA into the Clinic for Cancer - Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering microRNA (miRNA) replacement therapies for cancer, announced today that it has initiated a Phase 1 clinical study… Full

May. 13, 2013

How Big Data Is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers - WHEN the e-mail came out of the blue last summer, offering a shot as a programmer at a San Francisco start-up, Jade Dominguez, 26, was living off credit card debt in a rental… Full

Apr. 27, 2013

OGL Partners With Operation Homefront To Support Wounded Warriors And Their Families - MOGL, the leading restaurant loyalty program, today announced that it has partnered with Operation Homefront - California, a field office of the national nonprofit organization… Full

Apr. 2, 2013
edo interactive

edo Interactive partners with publicly traded payment processor - Nashville founded card-linked offers provider edo Interactive has joined up with publicly traded Global Payments to launch a new pilot program it was announced today. The program… Full

Mar. 27, 2013

PowerInbox Makes Games Work Inside Email, Launches Contest for Developers - PowerInbox today launched the Games in Email contest for game developers who integrate their software, which allows games to work inside email. Full

Mar. 22, 2013
RQx Pharmaceuticals

RQx Pharmaceuticals and Genentech Enter Drug Discovery Collaboration to Develop Novel Drug Compounds - RQx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a drug discovery collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), for… Full

Feb. 12, 2013
Virsto Software

VMware to Acquire Virsto - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto® Software, a… Full

Feb. 11, 2013

Is Jon Carder from Mars? The Contrarian Views of Mogl’s Founding CEO - The Mogl headquarters in San Diego is designed around two long tables with dozens of workstations, where staffers manage different aspects of the company’s business—a… Full

Feb. 7, 2013

Fundly Launches Promotion For Thon Fundraisers - Fundly, a platform that powers national and global social fundraising campaigns for organizations like Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity and Children's Miracle Network,… Full

Jan. 24, 2013
Mirna Therapeutics

Mirna Therapeutics Presents Preclinical Data on Lead Product Candidate MRX34 at Keystone Conference - Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering microRNA (miRNA) replacement therapies for cancer, announced that new preclinical data from its lead product candidate… Full

Jan. 23, 2013

Bunchball Gamification Bounces into Salesforce - Salesforce is one of the biggest cloud computing service providers on the Web, offering everything from customer relationship management (CRM) to help desk software for businesses… Full

Jan. 21, 2013

MOGL Goes on a Mission to Fight Hunger - MOGL, a locally based restaurant loyalty service, recently announced that the company donated 200,000 meals through their Meal for a Meal Program to Feeding America. Full

Dec. 21, 2012

Bunchball Shows Off The ‘Rock Stars’ Of Gamification - Bunchball rolled out what it called the “rock stars” of gamification on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. Gamification is a service that Bunchball offers to clients… Full

Dec. 10, 2012

AirPR opens its startup/PR match-up service to VC and angel portfolios, lets them skip a 1,300-long queue. - PR is a contentious issue in the tech media. Whether that’s really justified or not, there’s no denying that just like any other industry, there are good PR reps and… Full

Dec. 4, 2012
RQx Pharmaceuticals

With New Antibiotic in Hand, RQx Pharmaceuticals Looks for Partner - The genesis of San Diego’s RQx Pharmaceuticals began in 2010, with a chance encounter by two strangers at Zumbar Coffee & Tea in Sorrento Valley. Full

Nov. 30, 2012

Interactive Email Platform Providers PowerInbox And ActivePath Join Forces, Raise $10 Million Series A For New, Combined Company - PowerInbox, an email platform company which offers interactive email apps for consumers and marketers, has raised a $10 million Series A round jointly led by Atlas Venture, Longworth… Full

Nov. 27, 2012

Bunchball’s CEO: Enterprise Gamification Grows - What would you do if you had to explain the value proposition of your industry every time you went to work? Full

Nov. 19, 2012

MOGL Wins ‘Best Food App’ of 2012 by Food & Beverage Magazine - MOGL, the engaging and seamless restaurant loyalty platform that eliminates the need for coupons, punch cards, mobile payments and QR codes, today announced that that it was named… Full

Nov. 14, 2012
Mirna Therapeutics

Mirna Therapeutics receives $34.5M financing - Biopharmaceutical company Mirna Therapeutics Inc. has completed a $34.5 million Series C round of financing. Full

Oct. 24, 2012
Virsto Software

Virsto Named Finalist of 2012 Storage Virtualization & Cloud Awards - Virsto Software, an innovative provider of VM-centric storage hypervisor software, today announced that its Virsto for vSphere product has been named a finalist for the 2012 Storage… Full

Oct. 4, 2012

NumberFire Gets Scientific About Fantasy Football Picks - Football season is upon us and that means many of you are making your fantasy football picks. While ESPN, Yahoo and others provide data and statistics on players to help you make… Full

Sep. 9, 2012

Getaround Raises $13.9M Series A Led By Menlo Ventures, Launches Getaway For Managed Car Rentals - Peer-to-peer car sharing service — and former TechCrunch Disrupt winner — Getaround just raised $13.9 million in new funding to expand into new markets and improve… Full

Aug. 2, 2012

Why Gamification Can’t Be Stopped - From recycling, to personal health, to corporate culture, gamification is seeping into all aspects of everyday life. The practice of applying game mechanics to non-game contexts… Full

Apr. 7, 2012
Aldea Pharmaceuticals

Aldea Pharmaceuticals, Inc, based in Palo Alto, CA, raises $1.3M - Aldea Pharmaceuticals, Inc reported today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it had raised $1.3M in new funding. Companies file this special form with… Full

Feb. 16, 2012
edo interactive

EDO Interactive Taps New VP of Brands and Marketing Development - Interactive marketing services company EDO Interactive has hired Sears Holding Corp. and PepsiCo veteran Jeffrey Fagel as its new VP of brands and marketing development, effective… Full

Jan. 10, 2012

Meet San Diego’s Newest Restaurant Mogul - A local entrepreneur nabs $2.4 million for a new online restaurant loyalty venture Full

Oct. 1, 2011

PowerInbox Runs Facebook, Twitter & Groupon Inside Email - PowerInbox lets email users run applications inside Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or Outlook. The startup, which launches Tuesday, is also announcing that it raised $1.1 million… Full

Aug. 16, 2011
edo interactive

EDO Interactive Announces $20 Million Investment Co-Led by Baird Venture Partners and VantagePoint Capital Partners - Funding to accelerate market deployment of hyper-targeted digital deals and incentives (Prewards®) by financial institutions and digital publishers. Full

Aug. 2, 2011
edo interactive

Edo Interactive Culls $8.5M for Payment Cards with Digital Rewards - Edo Interactive — a Nashville, Tenn.-based digital marketing company that provides payment cards with direct marketing opportunities — announced today that it has… Full

Aug. 17, 2009

Bunchball Gamifies Tweets With Its New Nitro Connector for Twitter - Bunchball's Gamification Engine Adds a Built-In Link to Twitter; Now Companies Can Motivate Users to Post Tweets That Support Brands and Campaigns. Full

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