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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.

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>>.

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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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -- Santa Monica Shakers and Stirrers. Networking event. See [link] (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.

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.

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.

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>>.

How to Build a Great Technology Team – Startups Uncensored #16

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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.

How to Become an Entrepreneur Superhero – Startups Uncensored #18

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This month’s event will be held at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica by the 3rd street promenade. Santa Monica, CA 90401-1418.

How to Raise Venture Capital – Startups Uncensored #17

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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.

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>>.

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

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Call of Duty Black Ops Sales Hit $650M

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Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing has updated sales figures for its latest blockbuster release, Call of Duty: Black Ops , saying that the title has now grossed more than $650M in worldwide sell through in the last five days. Call of Duty: Black Ops was developed by Santa Monica studio Treyarch. 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

Building an Online Brand - Startups Uncensored #13

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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.

Geodelic Confirms Verizon Relationship

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Verizon has been an investor in the firm since June, and Geodelic has been developing applications with Verizon over the last year. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Alec Shankman, Gotcast

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The firm is venture and angel backed, and was co-founded by Wil Schroter, who is involved with a number of other startups here, including Affordit.

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Event Details: When: Wednesday,  Sept 22nd, 2010 - 5:00 p.m. Where: Wokcano, 1413 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA. Want to Sponsor?

Clearstone Gets Another Win With Ankeena

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures appears to be on an exit roll this month, with the acquisition Thursday of Ankeena Networks , a supplier of software for content delivery networks. Clearstone's Sumant Mandal sits on Ankeena's board of directors.

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.

Cornerstone OnDemand Files For IPO

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In what looks to be a banner year for IPO filings for Southern California, Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand filed for an IPO this morning, saying that it is looking to raise up to $115M in an IPO. The firm has not yet specified an exchange it plans to list on. The IPO is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co.,

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.

Rubicon Project: $100M+ In Revenues This Year, Profitability In Q4

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Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm founded by Frank Addante, is on track to do $100M in revenues this year and will reach profitability in Q4, according to a blog post by Addante Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE>>.

GotCast Launches Casting For Mercedes-Benz

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Deadline in the casting is December 23rd. READ MORE>>.

Startup Nights Brings Co-working to Late Night

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Located just a few blocks from 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, this co-working space has evolved into the central meeting place for the Los Angeles startup scene. If you’re an LA entrepreneur and have not been to Coloft yet, you’re seriously missing out. Visit TechZulu for full story.

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

Interview with Mickie Rosen, Tecca

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Last week, Santa Monica-based Tecca (www.tecca.com) launched a consumer electronics, consumer information service, backed by Fuse Capital and Best Buy.

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>>.

Business.com To Shut Down

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North Carolina-based Dex One , the current owner of Santa Monica-based Business.com , said this week that it is shutting down Business.com, and realigning those operations, merging them into its current business. The firm did not say how the shutdown will affect the Santa Monica operations of Business.com. 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>>.

LIVESTRONG.COM Challenges Users To Quit Smoking via iPhone App

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Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM , the online health and fitness site joint venture of Demand Media and Lance Armstrong, said this week that it has launched a new, iPhone application geared at helping users quick smoking. The proceeds of the application sales go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. READ MORE>>.

Activision, Jeep Tie On Call Of Duty Black Ops Wrangler

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Although creating films and cross licensing videogame titles is not new to the videogame industry, it looks as if Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing and automotive maker Jeep have taken the trend of taking videogames into other product areas to a new area today: a new, Call of Duty: Black Ops-themed Jeep Wrangler. READ MORE>>.

Google Adsense for Websites - Startups Uncensored #14

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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.

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>>.

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.