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Social Rewards Gets Seeded

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Kelly Perdew, CEO of FastPoint Games, also lists himself as a new investor in the company. Social Rewards was founded by Joseph Morin and Mike Uesugi.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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In LA we have SoCalTech , for which I am grateful. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.  I’m in Seattle this week. Patron Companies.

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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.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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But I thought I’d take some more time here to expand on what I think are the challenges, and opportunities, of starting a tech company in LA.

Interview with Brian Norgard, Namesake

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First off, what is Namesake all about? Brian Norgard: Namesake is a conversation community. It allows you to act like a real human on the Internet.

BitTorrent Starts Distributing Novel

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Disclaimer: Jones--also an investment banker by day--has previously contributed to socalTECH's Insights and Opinions section as an author).

Report: WebVisible Shuts Down

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Former WebVisible employees had been telling socalTECH over the last few months that the firm was looking for a buyer. The company has not yet confirmed the shutdown, however, founder and CEO Kristen Mangers had left the firm in January in 2011. READ MORE>>. webvisible shutdown jobs employment online advertising

CapLinked Raises $525K From PayPal Mafia

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I'm really thrilled to have such a great gorup of investors and excited about building out the product, to help entrepreneurs and investors," Jackson told socalTECH, continuing, "Our success will be measured by helping lots of companies get funded, so they can create jobs and build big businesses." CapLinked, which is headed by Eric M.

RealPractice Adds Website, Lead Management Tools

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Ransom took the reigns last year, and has been focusing the firm on providing services solo and small law practices--as he described in an interview with socalTECH last year, to create a LegalZoom focused on law practitioners. RealPractice's new version was launched in beta in November. READ MORE>>.

Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort

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Disclaimer: socalTECH has also contributed content to the new section.) Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. READ MORE>>. video production content advice business small docstoc

Docufide Becomes Parchment

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The name change plans had been uncovered by socalTECH in February. Docufide , which provides a service to transmit educational credentials and high school transcripts to colleges and universities, announced Thursday that it has renamed itself Parchment, Inc. funding round. The firm is venture backed by Novak Biddle Venture Partners.

OpenX Gets $20M From SAP, Others

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The round had been uncovered earlier by socalTECH. Los Angeles-based OpenX Technologies , the developer of online advertising serving software, announced this morning that it has raised $20M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by SAP Ventures, and also included new investors AOL Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc.,

Vokle Gets Funding

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The investment had been uncovered by socalTECH in January, but had not officially been announced as a TCA deal. Santa Monica-based Vokle has scored an investment round from the Tech Coast Angels, the angel group formally announced Monday. The TCA's Raymond Chan sits on Vokle's board. READ MORE>>.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today. The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President of Sales. Beyer joins the company from SocialVibe, where he also served as VP of Sales. READ MORE>>.

Freebinar Looks To Fill Webcasting Hole Left By DimDim

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Freebinar told socalTECH today that it is looking to help users of Dimdim, which was just acquired by Salesforce.com and stopped allowing new user signups this week. Bolstering Freebinar's efforts is new funding from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Savings.com Launching Daily Deals Aggregator

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Bendele told socalTECH in January that the firm was working on better personalization of offers for users, and trying to address the issue of "deal overload" due to a proliferation of daily deals sites. The firm is looking to include daily deals from such sites as Groupon, LivingSocial, and others onto a single page. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Andrew Humphries, UK's Tech City

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This week, entrepreneurs from all around the world have converged upon East London to attend the Tech City Entrepreneurs Festival. READ MORE>>.

MarketShare Gets $32M From Elevation

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portion of the funding was uncovered by socalTECH earlier this month. Los Angeles-based MarketShare , the provider of marketing analytics software headed by Wes Nichols and Jon Vein, announced today that it has raised $32M in a follow on investment from private equity firm Elevation Partners. Elevation Partners is the $1.9 READ MORE>>.

Mavenlink Confirms $3.9M Fundraising

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socalTECH had first uncovered the funding in September. Irvine-based Mavenlink , a developer of software tools for managing projects with clients, contracts, and consultants, has raised $3.9M in funding from Quest Software and Madden Capital Partners, according to the firm today. READ MORE>>.

Southern Californian, US Entrepreneurs Visit 10 Downing Street

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10 Downing Street is the equivalent of the White House here in the United States. have not seen this before and that is the uniqueness.

ScoreBig Confirms Funding Round

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The funding had originally been uncovered by socalTECH via a regulatory filing yesterday. Los Angeles-based ScoreBig , a members-only ticketing site, has confirmed its recent $14M funding, saying the Series B funding was led by U.S. Venture Partners. ScoreBig was founded by Adam Kanner, formerly of the National Basketball Association.

BlackLine Planning Big Hiring Boost

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The firm told socalTECH that about 40 of those hires are expected to work at the firm's new Woodland Hills office, which is being announced today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. BlackLine was previously located up the street in Calabasas. Therese Tucker is the former CTO of SunGard Treasury Systems. READ MORE>>.

Momentum Ventures Winding Down, Says Report

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According to Andy Wilson, Managing Director and Founder of the firm, in an interview with socalTECH, the move actually had happened gradually over the last year, as the various principals at the firms became more involved and interested in running portfolio companies. READ MORE>>. momentum venture management partners ichange

Social Media Advanced Skills Huddle

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- S.M.A.S.H. socalTECH readers get $100 off using code socaltechsmash. Social Media Advanced Skills Huddle). SMASH is an interactive conference designed to help you make better decisions about deploying social media for marketing, public relations and corporate communications. See [link] (more

Content, Commerce, and Cosmetics: A Look At IPSY's Subscription Business

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socaltech is a sponsor of next week's Recurring Revenue Conference on Tuesday at the Skirball Center, where Weiss will be speaking on a panel.

Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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2011 Holiday. Your guide for the best gadget gifts of 2011. socaltech socalctoStartups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Venture.

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How Does Tech Work in LA ?? And What Does It Mean To The Office Market?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 -- How Does Tech Work in LA  And What Does It Mean To The Office Market? LACRA welcomes prominent technology experts from various fields who will address the most important issues pertinent to our commercial real estate industry. Email lacra@lacra.org.

Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 -- Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond. Matthew DeBord, DeBord Report business and economy blogger for KPCC will moderate a panel of guests featuring Benjamin Kuo, Founder and Publisher, socalTECH as well as representatives from Rustic Canyon and Idealab. See [link] (more

DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- DIGIDAY:MOBILE: Publishers, Agency Executives and Brand Marketers are set to come together and discuss one of the hottest markets in digital content and advertising: Mobile. Plus, the event offers VIP networking opportunities which are designed to land you great deals and contacts for 2011 and beyond.

DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 -- DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA: February 23, 2011: Where THE digital media moguls caucus on the business of buying and planning and advertising across digital platforms. 100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH. Join us for this one of a kind meeting of the digital media moguls in Los Angeles.

Siemer Ventures Targets New Fund

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Editor's note: Siemer & Associates is a sponsor of socalTECH.) Los Angeles-based Siemer & Associates , an investment banking firm, appears to be raising a $30M, second fund, Siemer Ventures II, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. The fund's managers are listed as David Siemer and Eric Manlunas. READ MORE>>.

DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS: The event will bring together the leading executives from top mobile agencies, blue-chip brands, mobile app developers, mobile advertising networks, and content owners to discuss the explosive Mobile "app-vertising" market. 100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH.

SPONSOR POST: Find jobs at socalTECH.com

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socalTECH is the best location for finding high tech savvy executives, marketers, engineers, and others. Looking for a high tech job in Southern California? Despite the economy, Southern California's high tech job outlook is better than it has ever been, with hundreds of open positions and many companies eagerly seeking high tech talent.

Carving An Internet Niche With FamousBirthdays.com

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We realized afer 2011 that we were spreading ourselves thin by trying to make five to ten websites great. What is FamousBirthdays.com? Thanks!

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Miller was even honored as an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2011. In 2011, Business Insider ranked Legal Zoom No.

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5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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billion for its endowment in 2011 alone. socaltech socalctoVentureBeat | News About Tech, Money and Innovation. Whats Hot Menu. Apple.

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RapidEngage Acquired By QuestionPro

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RapidEngage was founded by Daniel Marashlian, Sean Callahan, and Rodney Rumford, who also founded photo sharing app Plixi (TweetPhoto), which had been acquired by Lockerz in 2011. Co-founder Sean Callahan was one of the 2013 socalTECH 50. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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2012, compared with the same period in 2011. And in August 2011, Facebook began leasing about 13,000 square feet in Playa Vista. Twitter.

Hydra Looks Up, With Funding In Hand, Legal Troubles Behind

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Beverly Hills-based Hydra Media , the cost-per-action (CPA) advertising network, has new funding in hand and legal issues behind it, and is now looking upmarket, the firm told socalTECH in an interview Thursday. According to Wylie, the buyout of Hydra by Hydra Group also puts the firm's legal battles behind it. READ MORE>>.