Angel Investing Loses Altitude, Avalon’s Levandov Talks About His Digital Investments, TechAmerica AeA Investor Conference Opens Today, & More San Diego BizTech News

11/8/10Follow @bvbigelow

It was a relatively quiet week for BizTech news in San Diego. Get caught up on all you need to know here.

—Executives from several San Diego semiconductor companies are scheduled to make investor presentations today at the TechAmerica AeA Financial Classic, which continues through tomorrow at the downtown Manchester Grand Hyatt. Local presenting companies include Carlsbad, CA-based MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL), San Diego-based Cohu (NASDAQ: [[COHU]]), and Entropic Communications (NASDAQ: ENTR of San Diego. The AeA investor conference, which is observing its 40th year, features microcap technology companies.

—I profiled ShowUhow, a three-year-old San Diego startup that produces and hosts host online video instruction guides for corporate customers that sell consumer products that require assembly. ShowUhow raised $3 million in August from Syncom Venture Partners of Silver Springs, MD.

—Call it “angel investor fatigue.” A new report from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire showed a 6.5 percent nationwide decrease in angel investments during the first half of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. The study noted that only 26 percent of the 25,200 angel investments counted were classified as seed or startup stage deals, continuing a two-year downward trend.

—Xconomy’s Bob Buderi sat down with Avalon Ventures’ lone East Coast partner, Rich Levandov, who works just blocks from Xconomy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Levandov led Avalon’s investment in Zynga, the San Francisco game developer—and the deal has been so successful that similar digital investments could be the leitmotif of the ninth fund that Avalon has been raising.

—A demonstration of the beta version of a new social medial product developed by Mountain View, CA-based LinkedIn is one of the highlights expected Wednesday during the all-day SuperMath analytics conference at the Del Mar Marriott. The annual conference organized by the San Diego Software Industry Council was previously known as the San Diego Forum on Analytics.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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