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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

Online Learning Firm With Links To USC Gets Funded

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A New York-based online learning firm with links to the University of Southern California has scored a round of funding, and added Redpoint's Greg Martin to its board, the firm said this morning. Redpoint's Martin is based in Los Angeles. Tags: 2tor online learning education venture capital redpoint greg martin executive

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SocialVibe Gains $9M

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According to the firm, the funding was led by JAFCO Ventures, and also included Series A investor Redpoint Ventures. Tags: jafco redpoint charity brand venture socialvibe capital internet Los Angeles-based SocialVibe said today that it has raised $8M in a Series B funding, for the firm's social media and brand charity site.

2U Raises $120M In IPO

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The company--which runs online degree programs for the University of Southern California (USC) and many other schools--had been backed by Redpoint Ventures, which funded the company out of its Los Angeles office. Those investments were led by former Redpoint VC Greg Martin. Redpoint Ventures owned 23.2 READ MORE>>.

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Clicker Acquired By CBS Interactive

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The acquisition is a quick one for Clicker, which only launched public access to its site in November of 2009. READ MORE>>.

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Clicker Raises $8M, Launches Video Search Engine

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The firm is headed by Jim Lanzone, former CEO of Ask.com. READ MORE>>.

Annual VC Breakfast

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 -- LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast. Moderated by Scott Alderton, Stubbs Alderton, and Markiles LLP; panelists include Greg Martin, Redpoint Ventures and others. Come meet LAVA's newest VC board member firms and their representative. Find out what they are looking to invest in. See [link] (more

Clicker Links With Boxee

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Clicker is venture backed by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Clicker.com To Launch Public Access

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Clicker.com is headed by Jim Lanzone, former CEO of Ask.com. The firm's site had not yet gone live as of the announcement. READ MORE>>.

LeadPoint Snags Sales Exec From LowerMyBills

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LeadPoint is venture backed by Redpoint Ventures, Breakwater Ventures, Estalea, European Founders Fund, and others. Los Angeles-based LeadPoint , a venture backed firm operating an online sales lead exchange, said today that it has hired Noah Staitman as Senior Director of Sales at the firm. Staitman joins LeadPoint from LowerMyBills.

WebVisible Ties Into PC Mall

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WebVisible helps businesses market their products online, and is venture backed by Sutter Hill Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Irvine-based WebVisible , which provides online marketing for local businesses, said Tuesday that the firm has partnered with catalog retailer PC Mall. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.

Topspin Media Adds VP

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The firm has received venture funding from Redpoint Ventures and The Foundry Group. Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the developer of music and band marketing software headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said over the weekend that it has added Andrew Mains as its new VP Artist Relations and Services. READ MORE>>.

LeadPoint Launches Ordering System

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The firm is venture backed by Breakwater Ventures, Estalea, European Founders Fund, Redpoint Ventures, and others. Los Angeles-based LeadPoint , a venture-backed firm which operates an online lead exchange, said today that it has launched a new, digital order system for the lead generation industry. READ MORE>>.

Impact Radius Finds More Funding

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Impact Radius is backed by Redpoint Ventures, and the firm's management team includes Per Petterson, co-founder of Commission Junction. No details on the funding have been announced by the company. The firm's web site indicates it is launching in January of next year. READ MORE>>.

SocialVibe Launches Halloween Charity Effort

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SocialVibe is backed by Redpoint Ventures and JAFCO Ventures. Los Angeles-based SocialVibe , which develops charity-focused, brand web sites and social media applications, said this morning that it has launched a new effort to help charities raise money on Halloween. READ MORE>>.

Topspin In Distribution Deal With INgrooves

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Topspin is venture backed by Redpoint Ventures and The Foundry Group. Topspin Media , the high profile, Santa Monica-based music startup headed by former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, has inked a deal with independent music promoter INgrooves. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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LeadPoint Makes Trio Of Hires

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Los Angeles-based LeadPoint , an online lead marketplace which is venture backed by Silicon Valley Bank Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, European Founders Fund, and others, said today that it has made three key hires. Anastasi was most recently COO of Rent.com; Zamanzadeh was most recently at Yahoo!; READ MORE>>.

Networks In Motion Acquired For $170M

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Networks In Motion was venture backed by Redpoint Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures, and last announced a Series C funding of $10M in early 2006. Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion , a developer of location-based, wireless navigation software, has been acquired for $170M. The deal is expected to close this month.

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WebVisible Taps Search Engine Expert As Marketing Head

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WebVisible is backed by Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures. Irvine-based WebVisible , which helps local advertisers place online ads, said Thursday that it has named Kevin M. Ryan as the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. Ryan is relocating New York to join WebVisibile. READ MORE>>.

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WebVisible: Business Is Thriving

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Irvine-based WebVisible , the local online advertising startup backed by Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures, says that it has "thrived," in the first half of the year, despite the current economy. The firm did not disclose actual financials to back up those numbers. READ MORE>>.

Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Buzz Media is venture backed by Focus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! Magazine. Magazine is a celebrity news magazine and website. READ MORE

Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

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According to the company, the funding round was led by Focus Ventures, and also included Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. The firm said the funding will go towards "continued growth of its portfolio."Buzz Based on prior funding announcements, the firm has now raised at least $44.5M.

Topspin Links With College On Online Music Courses

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Topspin is backed by the Foundry Group and Redpoint Ventures. Santa Monica-based Topspin Media , the online music startup of former Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers, said today that the firm has inked a deal with Berkleemusic.com, the online continuing education division of the Berklee College of Music, to partner on a set of online music courses.

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Venture Firm: We Missed That Networks In Motion Deal

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NIM, which was acquired last week for $170M, had been backed by venture firms Redpoint Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. OVP Venture Partners , a venture firm in Oregon and Washington, is highlighting its latest "missed deal" in Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion. READ MORE>>.

LeadPoint Launches Lead Filtering Tool

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LeadPoint is venture backed by Silicon Valley Bank Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. Los Angeles-based LeadPoint said today that the firm has launched a product which will help its customers filter out leads by a "quality score," which will help its lead buyers find the types of leads and quality that they are looking for. READ MORE>>.

Networks In Motion Gets Patent

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Networks In Motion is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion , which develops wireless navigation software, announced Tuesday that the firm has scored a new patent on its technology. According to the U.S. Sheha, Angie Sheha, and Stephen Petilli as inventors.

Buzznet Puts Focus On Celebrities

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Celebuzz is one of a number of sites owned by Buzznet, which is venture backed by Interscope, Universal Music Group, Anthem Ventures, NEA, and Redpoint Ventures. The firm rolled out a "zoom" feature that allows users on the site to magnify celebrity photos on the site. The feature is available on the firm's more recent celebrity photos.

LeadPoint Takes Aim At Struggling Homeowners

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Leadpoint sells leads into such areas as consumer lending, mortgages, education, and autos, and is venture backed by Redpoint Ventures, European Founders Fund, Estalea, and Breakwater Ventures, among others. READ MORE>>.

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Topspin Rolls Out Music Marketing Software, To Some

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The firm is backed by Redpoint Ventures and The Foundry Group, and its CEO is Ian Rogers, former GM of Yahoo Music. Venice, California-based Topspin , a developer of software focused on helping musicians market and distribute their work, launched an upgrade to its product Wednesday at the SXSW festival. READ MORE>>.

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