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Adconian Expands Space In Santa Monica

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Adconian , which operates an Internet advertising network, has moved into new 40,000 square foot offices in Santa Monica, the firm said this week.

BusinessWeek: Santa Monica, Irvine Top Cities For Startups

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An article in this month's BusinessWeek names Santa Monica number three, and Irvine number four, on its list of top 10 cities for startups. The article cites Santa Monica's density of technology and digital media companies, and Irvine's workforce, University of California campus, and office parks in its rankings.

CoFoundersLab Matches Entrepreneurs Scientifically

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They have partnered with Cross Campus to bring education and offline matchmaking events to Santa Monica quarterly. The D.C.-based

Santa Monica Hot Spot

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Thursday, January 28, 2010 -- Grow Your Network in 2010 at a Santa Monica Hot Spot. What better way to turn up the temperature on your career or business then to attend our first mixer of 2010? This sizzling event is appropriately being held at the red hot WOKCANO in Santa Monica. SoCal AMA.

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Santa Monica Shakers and Stirrers

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 -- Santa Monica Shakers and Stirrers. Networking event. See [link] (more

eHarmony Heads To Santa Monica

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Pasadena-based online dating site eHarmony is moving its headquarters from Pasadena to Santa Monica, according to reports from local community papers. eHarmony is reported to be moving to a space in the Yahoo! Center, taking with it 250 employees to the new location. No date for the move was given. READ MORE>>.

Druva Raises Funding, Heads to Santa Monica

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Druva Software , a developer of continuous data protection and disaster recovery products, announced today that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round, and will be setting up its corporate headquarters in Santa Monica. According to Druva, the funding came from Sequoia Capital and the Indian Angel Network (IAN). READ MORE>>.

YuMe Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica

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Redwood City-based YuMe , a Bay Area provider of video advertising technology, announced today that it has set up shop in Santa Monica with a new sales office.

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Underground Elephant Opens Office in Santa Monica, Makes Hires

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San Diego-based Underground Elephant , a startup focused on the CPA-based, performance based advertising market, said today that it has opened up an office in Santa Monica. The firm said it is looking to tap the talent in the Los Angeles are in the affiliate ad network industry. Underground Elephant is headed by Jason Kulpa.

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

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Bootstrapping Your Business – Startups Uncensored #19

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This month’s event will be held at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica by the 3rd street promenade. The event is free and is followed by a reception and mixer at the Docstoc Offices in Santa Monica by the 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica, CA 90401-1418. TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE. Cost: FREE.

Demand Media Ups Article Count To 3 Million

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing, saying it now has around 3 million articles in the firm's library of content. Demand Media has applied to list on the NYSE as DMD, but has not yet set an offering range or pricing on its IPO. READ MORE>>.

Call of Duty Black Ops Hits $1B in Sales

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Santa Monica-based Activision disclosed yesterday that Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed over $1 billion in sales worldwide. Activision said, according to its internal estimates, its sell through of the title since November 9, it has racked up over $1 billion in sales. READ MORE>>.

Cornerstone On Demand Updates S-1

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone On Demand , which recently filed for an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market as CSOD, has updated its IPO filings documents with the SEC. The revenues are up from the first nine months of 2009, when the firm had $21.2M in revenues. Cornerstone OnDemand filed for an IPO in September. READ MORE>>.

Group buying site FamilyFinds launches with $5.75 million investment

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One such company, Santa Monica, Calif-based FamilyFinds, launched this week with $5.75 in funding from Split Rock Partners. Groupon ushered in the new era of group buying, and now hyper local and vertical deal sites are the name of the game. Visit TechZulu for full story.

How to Persuade People – Startups Uncensored #15

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The event is free and is followed by a reception and mixer at the Docstoc Offices in Santa Monica by the 3rd Street Promenade.

Report: SEC Probes Private Shares Trading

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According to the WSJ, the SEC is looking at trading of private shares of companies--done through such sites as Santa Monica-based SharesPost and New York's SecondMarket --specifically looking at funds which are buying up shares of popular companies like Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and LinkedIn. private shares sharespost secondmarket

Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is inching closer to its IPO debut, saying in an updated S-1 this morning that it plans to offer 7.5 million shares of its common stock in its IPO. The firm, which has not yet set a pricing range, has applied to list on the NYSE as DMD. READ MORE>>.

Westside “Hatches” New Coworking Studio

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Since opening last month, they have hosted tech and entertainment events by Wilhelmina Models, LA Tech HH, TechZulu, and Maker Square.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort

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Search engine giant Google said over the weekend that the firm has been developing technology for self driving cars, driving automated cars across California, including Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

CampusExplorer Gets $5M

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Santa Monica-based Campus Explorer , which provides an online resource on universities, colleges, student loans, housing, and more to students, has raised $5M in a Series C funding round, according to a source near the firm. The funding came from Vicente Capital Partners, OCA Venture Partners, and Origin Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Fast 500 Winners Announced

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The Los Angeles winners of the Deloitte Fast 500 ranking of fastest growing companies was announced last night at an event at Santa Monica's Shutters on the Beach, with 26 companies recognized in the overall 2011 Technology Fast 500, and three "Technology Rising Stars" recognized in the Los Angeles area.

Tecca, Backed By Best Buy, Launches Personal Electronics Shopping Service

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Santa Monica-based Tecca said today that it has launched a new, personal electronics shopping and information service with the backing of Best Buy Co. and Fuse Capital. Tecca's chairman is Ross Levinsohn, and the firm is headed by Mickie Rosen, who also is a partner at Fuse Capital. READ MORE>>.

Google Ramps Hiring In Irvine

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Google is also making a big push to hire at its Santa Monica location. READ MORE>>.

Gil Elbaz On Factual's New Warchest

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The firm is headed by Gil Elbaz , who is known for co-founding Applied Semantics, the firm which invented Google's AdSense product. READ MORE>>.

Activision Blizzard Snags New CFO From Microsoft

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said this morning that it has hired a new CFO. Durkin takes over for interim CFO Thomas Tippl, who has held the position--in addition to Chief Operating Officer--since 2010. The firm said that Dennis Durkin has been named Chief Financial Officer, and will report to CEO Bobby Kotick.

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount

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Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. EdgeCast said it added more than a thousand customers in 2011, including such sites as DailyMotion, Imgur, and posterous.

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware

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Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cetas was incubated in Clearstone's Palo Alto offices by Sudhakar Muddu, a Ph.D. from UCLA.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 -- Digital LA - Santa Monica Place Cocktails @ Xino. See [link] (more

SharesPost Rolls Out Private Company Index

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Santa Monica-based SharesPost , the marketplace for private companies headed by Greg Brogger, has cooked up a new index of private companies, the firm said today. The firm said the SharesPost Index will reflect real-time, market input into the value of those firms. SharePost said the index will be available for free to its members.

Report: Demand Media Targets Critical Blog

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, is targeting a blog which has been posting internal documents and criticism of the company. The site appears to have been created by an unhappy, freelance contributor to Demand Media in May of 2010. READ MORE>>.

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

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Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. Wittlebee is the third company from Science inc. READ MORE>>.

EdgeCast Trumpets Customer Gains

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Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Friday that it now has more than 2000 customers, or more than double the number of customers from the previous year, as of the close of 2010. The firm said those customers include AdColony, Dreamstime, SlashGear, StreamCity, and Tumblr. READ MORE>>.

Venture Firms Invest Around $1.6 Billion In Q2 2010 In SoCal

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Among the bigger deals included in the total were $38.4M for Torrance-based Amonix , $27.75M for Westlake Village-based Row 44 , $31.0M for Los Angeles-based Hautelook , as well as various investments in Irvine-based Fisker Automotive and Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive. billion in the area in Q2, up slightly from around $1.4

Livefyre, Backed by Paige Craig, Scores More Funding

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LiveFyre had been seeded by Paige Craig , Zelkova Ventures , Travis Kalanick , and Jarl Mohn back in July of 2010. Paige Craig is now heading up Santa Monica-based BetterWorks. LiveFyre said it raised $4.5M in a Series B round, led by Greycroft Partners and also including Cue Ball, HillsVen Group, and ff Venture Capital.

I Want My CIC! … The Benefits for Startups to Be Co-Located

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Docstoc Hits 80,000 Paying Subscribers, 20M Members

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online small business documents sharing and download site headed by Jason Nazar, said Tuesday that it has now hit more than 80,000 paying subscribers to the service, and over 20 million members. READ MORE>>. docstoc business small documents download subscription premium

ContentNext Up For Sale

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ContentNext--which had been founded by Rafat Ali in Santa Monica, and eventually sold in July of 2008 to Guardian News and Media--publishes paidContent, mocoNews.net, paidContent:UK, and contentSutra.com. ContentNext founder Rafat Ali left the firm in May of 2010. Names of potential buyers were not discussed. million pageviews.

Demand Media Revenues Up In Q1

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported its results Thursday, saying that it had a net loss of $5.6 Revenues were up 48 percent compared to the $53.6M in revenues the firm reported in Q1 of 2010. million on revenues of $79.5M. Demand also mentioned strong direct brand advertising sales helped its results. READ MORE>>.

Digital Entertainment: Advertising, Distribution and the Consumer

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 -- Digital Entertainment: Advertising, Distribution and the Consumer. Santa Monica College and The City of Santa Monica bring together business leaders for an insightful discussion on Digital Entertainment. See [link] (more