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Emotional Intelligence Technology To Light Up Santa Monica at 2015 Twilight Concert Series At The Pier

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Light Emotion Data) to the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series. Truly a sight to see, TrueCar brings L.E.D. L.E.D. The TrueCar L.E.D.

Zaniac Launches After School, Minecraft Programs In Santa Monica

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Zaniac , the operator of an after-school, education program which uses Minecraft and robotics to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to kids, said this week that it has opened up a location in Santa Monica--the first in a major expansion into Los Angeles. Can playing Minecraft help your kids learn STEM techniques?

TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach

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We''re happy to report that we''ve found quite a bunch of those here in our backyard in Santa Monica. But, what do they do from there?

Santa Monica’s Cornerstone OnDemand Launches New Products

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Cornerstone View. Cornerstone Planning. Users can easily create, manage and execute accurate headcount plans through a simple and intuitive design.

Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities

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Santa Monica-based Triptrotting , which helps match travelers with like-minded locals, is expanding this morning, saying that it has added a new "Social Activities" feature to help users find activities by location, date, time, and price. Triptrotting said it now has expanded to over 2,000 cities worldwide. READ MORE>>.

General Assembly To Open New Location In Irvine

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General Assembly , the provider of technical skills training, which has an active campus in Santa Monica, says it is will be opening up a new location in Irvine. The expansion is part of a global expansion for General Assembly, which is expanding to a total of 25 campuses, up from its current 12 locations. READ MORE>>.

Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500

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The full list follows: 13 EdgeCast Networks 21406% Santa Monica Alex Kazerani 15 Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 6225% San Diego Kevin C.

Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach

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But it was the low-key, creative beach vibe of Venice and Santa Monica that spurred a spate of start-ups to seek offices and homes.

BetterWorks Shutting Down On May 31st

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In what is a huge blow to Silicon Beach, Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the software-and-technology-meets-employee-perks startup run by Paige Craig, told its users today that it is sunsetting its site on May 31st. BetterWorks--and Paige Craig--have been one of the companies driving the growth in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach.

Startup Surge in Los Angeles

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That seemed to be the mood running through the cloud at the more-than-sellout crowd at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica Thursday at the first LA Demo Day. Certainly it feels like there's been a recent surge in Startup activity here in Los Angeles and as well nationally. At the event, the enthusiasm for startups was palpable.

Siemer Ventures Backs Japanese Mobile Video Firm

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Siemer Ventures is one of the backers of a new, Japanese mobile video entertainment startup, Breaker.

Los Angeles Startup Events

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I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. Of course, given the size of this list and having kids, I really can't attend a lot of these.

ParkMe Raises Another Round From Angeleno Group To Fuel Its Expansion Internationally

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and Europe and recently released its real-time on-street parking solution for drivers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica and Austin.

Lifecrowd Finds $5M From Groupon Founders, Others

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Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd , the social activities website headed by Bong Koh , has raised $5M in a initial funding round, the company is announcing today. events discovery activity lightbank groupon capital venture lifecrowdAs part of the funding, a representative from Lightbank will take a seat on LifeCrowd's board.

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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at the Dethrone Base Camp in Santa Monica. to 10 p.m. There will be FREE food and drinks provided. YouTube, Microsoft and SyFy. Amplify.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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Move our offices to Santa Monica so we could be closer to the early-stage companies being created in LA. Earnestly. keynoted. Or die.

GonnaBe Helps Users Plan Social Events, Activities

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GonnaBe was one of the companies launched out of LA's StartEngine accelerator, and is now in Santa Monica. If you're a mobile user, what's the best way to help plan out your busy weekend and social life? The firm said it has already partnered with such brands as Anheuser-Busch and Ticketmaster/LiveNation to help users find events.

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>>.

Livestrong.com Claims Traffic Record

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Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM , the fitness and healthy living site run by Demand Media , said this morning that it has seen a "momentous activity spike" in usage of the site. Livestrong.com said it had over 12 million unique visitors in January 2011, an all-time traffic high for the site. READ MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Buys New Zealand Firm

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of human resources and talent management software-as-a-service, said today that it has agreed to acquire Auckland, New Zealand-based Sonar Limited (Sonar6). Sonar6 develops cloud-based, talent management software focused on small businesses. READ MORE>>.

LA Group Launches Effort To Promote Technology Corridor In Los Angeles

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The group also said it plans to launch a new program called the Edge.LA READ MORE>>.

LA's Technology Ecosystem Expands, As Silicon Valley Law Firm Sets Up Shop

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We'd normally skip service provider news but felt this worthy of mention despite the conflicts.). READ MORE>>. technology startup legal firm cooley

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management

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Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach: The Android App

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However, until now, there hasn't been a mobile app to go with the name. READ MORE>>. silicon beach android free siliconbeach startup hightech

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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But across Santa Monica & Venice we increasingly have smaller but important versions like Cross Campus, Amplify, Mucker Labs, Science and so forth.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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It started around a year ago, as I was driving back from Santa Monica from an event. What is Innovate Pasadena? We were at ground zero.

FamilyFinds Takes Page From Pinterest, Launches myFINDS

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FamilyFinds said the new service is ideal for planning family vacations, sharing outdoor activities, or creating collection of recipes.

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

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We'll head back to the beach on the first week of summer for a week-long Silicon Beach Fest in Santa Monica June 2013. READ MORE>>.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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These days it’s Santa Monica and Venice. They want nightly restaurants, bars, dance clubs, karaoke, or whatever other late night activities are available to those with fewer encumbrances. Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. And Facebook.

Palomar Ventures Backs Damballa

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Palomar Ventures has re-upped its investment in a security software firm Damballa , which is based in Atlanta, as part of a new $12M funding round for that company. Palomar's Jim Gauer sites on the board of Damballa. palomar ventures damballa botnet security software venture capital

Paige Craig Backs Klout In New Round

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Craig, in addition to being an active angel investor, is starting up his own, stealthy B2B startup in Santa Monica. Los Angeles angel investor Paige Craig is part of a new round of funding for Internet web influence tracker Klout. Klout is based in San Francisco. paige craig angel investment venture capital klout

Engrade Raises $3M For Classroom Management Tools

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Santa Monica-based Engrade , a developer of online classroom management tools, said today that it has raised $3M in a funding round. Engrade's online software is used for tracking grades and other classroom activities and communications. Matthew Greenfield of Rethink Education joins the company's board with the funding.

Amazon Gives Nod To Five Series

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Those in Silicon Beach will be happy to hear that Betas, the comedy set in the land of Silicon Valley startups (but whose pilot was actually filmed in the center of Santa Monica''s startup activity) will also go into a full season of production. Amazon Studios. READ MORE>>.

ResumeBucket Hits Milestone

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Santa Monica-based ResumeBucket says today that it has hit a milestone of 1 million communications between employers and job seekers on the site, and now has over 600,000 users in its database. The firm said it is approaching 5,000 active companies using its site for finding talent. READ MORE>>.

Instacart Expands In Los Angeles

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The company has been active in Los Angeles since April 3rd. The company said it now covers Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Sawtelle, West LA, Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Leads Cleantech Funding Activity

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Santa Monica-based SolarReserve was among the top deals in that segment, with $140M invested in a second round funding. Southern California even beat Silicon Valley in terms of clean tech activity, with the $363.5M billion in fundings. According to Ernst & Young, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, the record $1.6B

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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Office space will be free and is in Santa Monica, walking distance to the Third Street Promenade. History. For the past 2.5 Report Card.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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24 7pm at Coloft in Santa Monica. We Mike is actively involved with early-stage start-ups as an investor, advisor and board member.

MamaBear Dangles Free Premium Services For Mother's Day

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Santa Monica-based MamaBear >, the developer of a mobile app which helps mothers keep track of and manage their families, said it will offer up a free premium services to users who sign up for the service during May. All of those firms are offering similar, premium memberships to new users with varying terms. READ MORE>>.