San Diego BizTech Roundup: Independa, Zui.com, Bandsintown, and More

4/30/12Follow @bvbigelow

It was a light week for tech news in San Diego. Our roundup today is short and sweet.

—Fueled by strong growth over the past nine months, San Diego’s Zui.com introduced “Facetube,” a social network intended to empower pre-teens to share age-appropriate content. The company that began in 2008 as KidZui also re-branded itself earlier this year due to the popularity of its Zui.com search engine. More than 2 million unique visitors visited Zui.com in March.

Bandsintown, the San Diego-based app developer with the No. 1 free concert tracking application on Facebook and the iPhone, said it has branched out to Android devices with a free app that can now be downloaded from the Android Marketplace. Bandsintown, acquired by New York’s Cellfish in September, enables music fans to track their favorite artists’ shows and helps groups promote their music and sell concert tickets.

Independa, a San Diego startup combining health IT and wireless health technology to help enhance independent living for older adults, said it raised an additional $750,000 beyond the $1.6 million in seed-round venture funding disclosed seven months ago. CEO Kian Saneii said the company plans to use the funding to expand sales, support, and engineering operations, as well as marketing efforts aimed at broadening its customer base. The company said its additional funding came from Miramar Venture Partners, City Hill Ventures, and other investors.

— San Diego’s Fallbrook Technologies said it has demonstrated performance gains and potential fuel-saving benefits of a variable speed supercharger drive that incorporates its continuously variable transmission technology. The cleantech company said its independent analysis shows that that vehicle manufacturers could move to smaller and more-efficient engines with no loss in performance or drivability by using a supercharger equipped with its “NuVinci” technology.

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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