Emotional Intelligence Technology To Light Up Santa Monica at 2015 Twilight Concert Series At The Pier
Tech Zulu Event
JULY 28, 2015
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
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
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
APRIL 8, 2014
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?
Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities
MAY 16, 2012
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>>.
Santa Monica’s Cornerstone OnDemand Launches New Products
MAY 12, 2016
Cornerstone View. Cornerstone Planning. Users can easily create, manage and execute accurate headcount plans through a simple and intuitive design.
Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital
JULY 15, 2013
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana ranked further down on the list, at number 16, at $13.1M in deals and 1.8 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.
LifeCrowd Expands, Launches Out Of MuckerLab
MARCH 26, 2012
Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd , the social activity discovery site headed by Bong Koh, said Friday that it has expanded into three new regions, and launched officially out of Los Angeles accelerator MucherLab. The idea behind the site is to help users connect with others, find activities to do with friends, and meet new people.
Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
The full list follows: 13 EdgeCast Networks 21406% Santa Monica Alex Kazerani 15 Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 6225% San Diego Kevin C.
BetterWorks Shutting Down On May 31st
MAY 23, 2012
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.
Siemer Ventures Backs Japanese Mobile Video Firm
JANUARY 2, 2014
Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Siemer Ventures is one of the backers of a new, Japanese mobile video entertainment startup, Breaker.
Lifecrowd Finds $5M From Groupon Founders, Others
APRIL 19, 2012
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.
GonnaBe Helps Users Plan Social Events, Activities
MARCH 15, 2013
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.
Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach
Tech Zulu Event
JUNE 10, 2014
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.
Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
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
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
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
MARCH 8, 2012
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
DECEMBER 12, 2012
The group also said it plans to launch a new program called the Edge.LA READ MORE>>.
Startup Surge in Los Angeles
MAY 14, 2012
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.
LA's Technology Ecosystem Expands, As Silicon Valley Law Firm Sets Up Shop
JULY 24, 2012
We'd normally skip service provider news but felt this worthy of mention despite the conflicts.). READ MORE>>. technology startup legal firm cooley
Los Angeles Startup Events
MAY 22, 2012
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.
Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management
MARCH 30, 2012
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
AUGUST 8, 2012
However, until now, there hasn't been a mobile app to go with the name. READ MORE>>. silicon beach android free siliconbeach startup hightech
ParkMe Raises Another Round From Angeleno Group To Fuel Its Expansion Internationally
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 23, 2013
and Europe and recently released its real-time on-street parking solution for drivers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica and Austin.
Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena
JULY 16, 2013
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
FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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
DECEMBER 27, 2012
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>>.
Palomar Ventures Backs Damballa
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
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
JANUARY 10, 2011
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
MAY 4, 2012
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.
ResumeBucket Hits Milestone
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
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>>.
Amazon Gives Nod To Five Series
MAY 29, 2013
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>>.
Instacart Expands In Los Angeles
MAY 1, 2014
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
OCTOBER 30, 2008
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
MamaBear Dangles Free Premium Services For Mother's Day
MAY 7, 2015
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>>.
JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair
MARCH 1, 2012
Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox , a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. The startup said it is looking to provide a total of $2.5M in financing to five films this year. READ MORE>>.
Venture Capitalists Invest $493.2M In Southern California In Q1
APRIL 14, 2011
invested in Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive. The most active investors for Q1 in Southern California were DFJ. Investments were down from $625.4M invested in Q1 of 2010. The largest investment was $111.92M invested in Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , followed by $76.4M billion in 736 deals in the first quarter vs. $5.6
MomentFeed Gets Investment From Digital Marketing Firm
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the provider of analytics software for tracking location-based check-in and other activity from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Gowalla, said Monday that it has scored an investment from Rockfish Brand Ventures , the venture capital arm of Rockfish Interactive. READ MORE>>.
2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 12, 2015
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.
Innovate Pasadena Seeks To Focus Pasadena's Innovation, Tech Efforts
JUNE 26, 2013
For all of the activity in Silicon Beach which seems to be crystallizing in Santa Monica, there are many other parts of Los Angeles which have a long history of involvement in the technology industry. One of those areas is Pasadena, home to Idealab, Caltech, and a large number of technology companies, big and small. READ MORE>>.
Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week
JANUARY 27, 2011
Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. READ MORE>>. capital venture acquisition merger plixi ventures anthem