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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

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For several years, the phrase "Los Angeles Venture Capitalist" had almost become an oxymoron. READ MORE>>.

Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software. Other investors, aside form Anthem and DFJ Frontier, were RPM Ventures, Tim Draper, and Square 1 Bank. openid software management identity frontier capital venture ventures anthem janrainREAD MORE>>.

Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week

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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. capital venture acquisition merger plixi ventures anthemREAD MORE>>.

Scopely Dangles Chance At Trip For Zynga Recruits

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In a twitter posting, Scopely said it is looking for developers from Zynga''s New York and Los Angeles offices to join the videogame developer. Scopely, which is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), develops mobile games. READ MORE>>.

CARD.com Raises $3M For Prepaid Debit Cards

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Los Angeles continues to be a hotbed for new, finance-related startups this morning, as Santa Monica-based CARD.com announced it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The Series A funding was led by QED Investors, and also included Resolute Ventures, Anthem Ventures, and angels such as Adam Press and Greg Steiner (BeachMint, eHarmony).

Surf Air Expands To Santa Barbara

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The new flights make Santa Barbara as close to San Francisco as it is to Los Angeles, and could help bolster the area''s high tech companies. SurfAir said it will connect Santa Barbara with nonstop service to Silicon Valley, with the first flight leaving this morning at 8:15 a.m. READ MORE>>.

Surf Air Takes Flight, Starts All-You-Can-Fly Shuttles To Silicon Valley

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The service arguably makes Silicon Valley closer for those in Los Angeles, timewise, than even a drive between Los Angeles and Orange County during rush hour, in part by reducing the long time spent at airline terminals before a flight. READ MORE>>. carlos burbank airport muckerlab airline subscription surf surfair

Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec

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Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team. Scopely is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). READ MORE>>.

Scopely: Out With The Bacon, In With The Cash

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The new offer from Scopely comes a couple of years after the firm's last, recruitment push, which offered not just cash, but cash wrapped in bacon.

Cocodot Gets $4.25M More

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Los Angeles-based Cocodot , the online invitations service run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has raised $4.25M out of an ongoing $6.0M The firm has previously received funding from Anthem Ventures, Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. READ MORE>>.

Scopely Snags Zynga Vet

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Scopely , the Los Angeles-based gaming startup headed by Eytan Elbaz, has snagged yet another Zynga veteran for the firm, the firm said Friday morning. Scopely said it has hired on Andy Kleinman, former Zynga GM, as its Chief Business Officer. He's also been involved with Vostu.com and Three Melons (acquired by Playdom). READ MORE>>.

Scopely Raises $8.5M

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It looks like all that bacon paid off. Scopely said it is developing mobile and social applications, including the Buddies franchise of multiplayer games. READ MORE>>. scopely venture capital social videogame video game content elbaz buddies

FileTrek Raises $10M

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Los Angeles-based FileTrek , a developer of cloud-based, enterprise, file sharing and tracking software, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds. READ MORE>>.

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

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That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles. Challenge #3 – There Needs to Be More Institutional Capital in Los Angeles.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Society is at its most dense in rich urban environments where society and technology can inspire each other on a daily basis.”. I’m sure there’s a lot of truth to that. I see it first hand in Los Angeles where given the growth of YouTube networks the worlds of art & technology are colliding. Palo Alto is home to Stanford.

SurfAir's Subscription Airline Flights Now Targeted By End of 2012

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Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the startup airline which is looking to remake air travel with its unlimited, subscription-based air flights between Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and a few other select locations, told its supporters today that it is now readjusting its timeline for launch, and anticipates flying by the end of 2012.

BeachMint Launches Jewelry Site, JewelMint

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Los Angeles-based BeachMint , the stealth e-commerce startup headed by former MySpace exec Josh Berman and backed by Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and others, has rolled out a new, fashion e-commerce site, JewelMint. JewelMint will feature personalized profiles, and connections into Facebook and Twitter.

Surf Air Raises $2.6M

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Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the startup airline headed by Wade Eyerly looking to create a subscription-based, all-you-can-fly airline between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, has raised around $2.6M, part of an ongoing funding round worth $7.0M, according to a recent regulatory filing by the company. READ MORE>>.

Panna Gets Funding From LA Investors For iPad Cooking Magazine

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Anthem and Launchpad LA are in Los Angeles. Caruso, Ken Siskind, Jay Livingston, Dan Rose, Aaron Schiff and David Levy.

BuzzMedia Becomes SpinMedia

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Los Angeles-based online entertainment, music, and advertising firm BuzzMedia is no more: it's just rebranded itself SpinMedia. The firm is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, Interscope, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group. READ MORE>>.

VideoAmp Raises $2.2M For Video Advertising Platform

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Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , which operates a programmatic video advertising platform, said this morning that it has raised $2.2M in a funding round, from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners and ZenShin Capital. READ MORE>>. videoamp video advertising venture capital ross mccray

FileTrek Debuts iPad Tool

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Los Angeles-based FileTrek , the developer of software which helps teams to track changes and updates in their projects, data, and documents, said Tuesday that it has released a new iPad application. The new app is free. FileTrek is headed by Dale Quayle, a serial entrepreneur whose last firm, Integrien, was sold to VMware in 2010.

Scopely Signs Five Independent Mobile Game Studios

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Los Angeles-based Scopely , the mobile monetization service headed by Walter Driver, has signed on five mobile games developers today, saying it has added Double Fine Productions, Big Cave Games, High Line Games, Rocket Jump Games, and Zupcat Games to its new Developer Network. READ MORE>>.

Four Sites To Add Adventure To Your Summer Travel Plans

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AdventureLink is backed by Allegis Capital, Anthem Ventures, and the Mailroom Fund, and is run by adventurer Jeff Dossett. Kijubi [ Profile ].

BeachMint Merges With Conde Nast's Lucky

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Los Angeles-based e-commerce website operator Beachmint is merging with Lucky , the shopping and fashion publication title owned by Conde Nast , creating a new company called The Lucky Group , the companies said Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new company will be headed by Beachmint''s Josh Berman.

Interview with Dale Quayle, FileTrek

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It looks like there is some story behind how you ended up at FileTrek and the company ended up in Los Angeles--the firm was in Canada?

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Surf Air Gets Funding Round

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The startup--which is developing a subscription-based, all-you-can-fly airline which connects Palo Alto and Los Angeles--did not announce the size of the round, which is rumored to be somewhere in the range of $14M. READ MORE>>. surf commuter travel airplane startup muckerlab airline funding capital venture surfair

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest.

Viewdle Gets $10M

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Viewdle , the developer of cross platform, facial recognition technology backed by Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures, has scored another round of funding, worth $10M, according to Viewdle. The new round comes from Best Buy, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Qualcomm, in addition to Anthem Ventures, which was the original investor in the company.

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

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Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV --which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame , another local YouTube network operator. According to AwesomenessTV, it will pay $15M in cash, including repayment of outstanding debt, for Big Frame, which will go to help bolster AwesomenessTV''s talent roster, executives, and talent managers.

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

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AdventureLink is venture funded by Anthem Venture Partners, The Mailroom Fund, and Allegis Capital. Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!,

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

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The analysis was based on tracking of venture capital, angel, and private equity deals by socalTECH.com, which maintains its own proprietary database of local and national venture capital deals and dealmakers. billion in the area in Q2, up slightly from around $1.4 billion invested in Q1, and up from $1.0 billion in Q2 of last year.

AdventureLink Buys Competitor, Get Investment

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AdventureLink is also venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners and The Mail Room Fund. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

FileTrek In European Distribution Deal

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Los Angeles-based FileTrek , the cloud-based file sharing, collaboration, and revision tracking software firm headed by Dale Quale, said today that it has linked with a European firm in a distribution deal. The firm said the partnership with Empowered Technology will help it meet demand and increasing opportunities in Europe.

AdventureLink Gains Funding

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The funding came from Anthem Venture Partners and The Mail Room Fund. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

ThisNext Gets New Funding

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Los Angeles-based social shopping site ThisNext announced this morning that it has raised a new round of funding, and inked a partnership with online advertising firm Federated Media. Clearstone Venture Partners and Anthem Venture Partners also participated. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Calacanis: First Angels In New Angel Group

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Jason Calacanis , CEO of Santa Monica-based Internet search site Mahalo , has signed on several angels for his new angel group, the Open Angel Forum - Los Angeles. Coffin is the founder of LowerMyBills, Dayton is the founder of Earthlink, and Woodward is a venture capitalist at Anthem Venture Partners.

Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! Buzz Media is venture backed by Focus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Magazine. Magazine is a celebrity news magazine and website.