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Google Shuts Urchin, Other Services


Internet giant Google said Friday that it will be shutting down web analytics service Urchin , the onetime San Diego startup which had been acquired by Google in April of 2005. Urchin was founded by Paul Muret and Scott Crosby in 1995. READ MORE>>. urchin google shutdown picnik

Google Follows MP3tunes With Music Locker Service


Mountain View-based Google has followed the lead of San Diego-based MP3tunes , and debuted its own "music locker" service today at its Google I/O developer conference. The service is a direct competitor to MP3tunes, which offers its own, streaming "music locker" service. READ MORE>>.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software


San Diego-based MindTouch , a developer of software-as-a-service tools to help companies create self-service, customer support sites, has raised $12M in a Series A funding. mindtouch venture capital customer self service portal saasThe funding came from PeakSpan Capital, along with SK Ventures and SAP SE. READ MORE>>.

Equity Compensation: A 6 Point Primer on Creative Service Fees

From the Venture Trenches

Any service provider that is willing to bet the business they are working for is going to be worth considerably more in the future than it is today.

Verizon Digital Media Acquires Volicon


Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider Verizon Digital Media Services --which is better known to locals as the former operations of EdgeCast--said it has agreed to acquire Volicon , a provider of video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters. READ MORE>>.

FamilyFinds Launches DailyFinds Email


FamilyFinds looks to be playing with its model a bit, and also launched a Pinterest-like service called MyFinds in February. READ MORE>>.

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American Industrial Systems Sells Majority Stake To Foxconn


Irvine-based American Industrial Systems , a provider of engineering services and products for the Interet-of-Things, oil and gas, industrial automation, and other markets, has sold a 60 percent stake of the company to Ennoconn. AIS was founded in 2005. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. READ MORE>>. Names New COO


Sawtell was SVP and GM of the firm's Sales and Advertiser Services business unit, and also has been President and COO from 2000 to 2005.

Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy


Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency , which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. Harrison previously founded FasTV, and headed up iFILM, which he sold to Viacom back in 2005. READ MORE>>.

Snapchat Message Linked To Teen Murder


Venice-based instant messaging app developer Snapchat is at the center of a murder investigation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, after a teen allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend over a message sent via the service. The issue of crime linked to new Internet and mobile services is not a new one for local companies.

Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World


According to Cheers, the service allows anyone to snap a picture, add some workd, and share appreciation for anything to anyone. READ MORE>>.

Microsoft Buys Telesign Competitor


PhoneFactor provides similar services to TeleSign, using phone calls, texts, and other means of authenticating users, as a way of better securing logins into enterprise applications and other services. Jillings sold one of his last companies, FrontBridge, to Microsoft back in 2005. READ MORE>>.

eHarmony To Launch Same-Sex Matching Service


Pasadena-based online dating provider eHarmony said Wednesday afternoon that it will launch a same-sex matching service, called Compatible Partners, as a result of a lawsuit filed against the firm by the state of New Jersey. The firm had been sued by a New Jersey resident in 2005; the firm also faces a similar claim in California.

FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site

socalTECH is focusing in on deals on services and experiences for families, and is the latest venture for Matt Coffin, who sold his last firm,, to Experian back in 2005 for over $330M. Mamaloot was started by two mothers, Bo Johnson and Lindsay Cohen, who met while working at Orbitz. READ MORE>>.

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TeleSign Gets Patent


Los Angeles-based TeleSign , the provider of phone-based authentication and verification services which is headed by former FrontBridge and Vantage Media CEO Steve Jillings, said today that it has scored a U.S. The patent was originally filed in October of 2005. Patent. According to the firm, it was awarded U.S. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


Few people have heard of TeleSign, but odds are you have used some of the services the company provides in the last week--or even this morning.

How to Avoid a Common Product Mistake Many Teams Make

Both Sides of the Table

We built our product at Koral in 2005 with this design philosophy in mind. learned the hard way. The earliest user testing proved disastrous.

Study: $48 Billion In Value Created Over 15 Years In SoCal IT VC-Backed Firms


The study found that the greatest values for Southern California venture-backed firms were created by companies operating in Online Services (51%), followed by Communications and Networking (15%), Software (10%) and Semiconductors (9%). Funk then focused the analysis on the 731 documented exits for the period 1995-2009.

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FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon


FastSpring , the fast growing Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services provider headed by Dan Engel, said today it has scored a funding round from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. The investment is the first, outside investment in the company since it was founded in 2005. READ MORE>>.

MP3tunes Gets Win Over EMI


San Diego-based MP3tunes , the cloud music storage service run by Michael Robertson, has scored a win over EMI, according to Robertson. MP3tunes offers up an online service where users could upload their own, personal MP3 files, and then stream those files to their PC, smartphone, and other devices. Robertson launched MP3tunes in 2005.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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So when Sam Rosen came to me with the idea of disrupting storage with a product that is priced cheaper than existing incumbents and he could build a product that is a better service I was intrigued. But that’s harder to build in 2016 than it was in say 2005. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. History.

Beware of Ballers on a Budget

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still drive the same car I bought for cash in 2005. The other day I was at a Mercedes dealership. As many air bags as possible. Always on stage.

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab


Gregg Spiridellis: We were producing viral video hits in 2005. Gregg Spiridellis: Four years ago, we saw an opportunity to reinvent e-cards.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Before weighing in on the subject I would point out one thing that should be obvious to many of you – the iPhone was originally launched in 2007 in an exclusive partnership with AT&T and this was vital to both Apple and AT&T and was a hard negotiation throughout 2005 and 2006. Excite, MSN and eventually Google. ” 3.

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How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison


Blair Harrison: Frequency is an Internet video service. What is Frequency? We hope to be on every single platform, over time. Thanks!

3D Printing Redux: How Idealab's New Matter Wants To Bring 3D To The Masses


remember, telling my friends and family in 2005 that I was working on a 3D printer, and their eyes would glaze over. We''ve also included features like built-in-WiFi, which allows you to connect this with some great cloud services, like most technology today works. Talk about what New Matter is working on? Thanks! READ MORE>>.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals


Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit


Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005. jumped off, and at that point, I thought I'd retired.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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If you want that kind of service focus I think we’d be a better fit than your internal IT department.” There was a meme that started going around LPs around 2005 that “I’m not sure LA is really its own venture market” and some LPs actually believed that. recently wrote about the three rules of sales. 1.

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Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson


Tweet this quote]. I was a serviceable CFO at several of my startups. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. 10) Yes.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


So I've been in this environment either as a manager, service provider, consultant, mentor, and founder. What is more) READ MORE>>.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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What about financial services information? Let me explain. Storage. million in our A round. Hardware ate just over 10% of the round. Processing.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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first met Ethan in 2005. I was preparing to move back to the US from London after 11 years abroad. And we wanted a head of global marketing.

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Interview with Eli Portnoy, ThinkNear


You can sign up for our service in five minutes, and then we're doing everything for them. Thanks for the time today. How did that go?

Why A Cellular Carrier Did Not Buy Skype - Watching A Big Dumb Company Fail In Real Time


billion caused me to recall an awkward meeting I had in 2005 with a particularly clueless group of cellular executives. doubt it.

Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiradellis, JibJab


Gregg Spiradellis: We were producing viral video hits in 2005. Gregg Spiradellis: Four years ago, we saw an opportunity to reinvent e-cards.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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True that in particular has made interesting moves toward open-cloud services by purchasing Heroku and also launching

5 Reasons Why Businesses Still Love Microsoft

Tech Zulu Event

We’ve all become so used to having Microsoft in our lives that we’ve started to take their products and services for granted. came out in 1985.

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TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

Tech Zulu Event

TVSync’s parent company Voible , has provided fingerprint protection technology to most major movie studios and TV networks since 2005.