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Honest Company Cuts 80 Employees

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Los Angeles-based Honest Company , the online provider of eco-friendly baby, personal care, and other household goods led by Brian Lee and co-founded by Jessica Alba, has quietly let go of 80 employees --or nearly 14% of the company--in what the company has billed as a "growth positioning". The report was first detailed by WWD.

Productivity in Your Pocket

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In 2012, along with Paper, several innovative productivity apps launched including Wunderlist, Notability, Haiku Deck, and many more.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M. Goldman Sachs served as placement agent in the funding, according to the company.

Digital Map Products Gets $36.3M

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of cloud-based mapping products used by businesses and government for mapping and land use applications, has raised $36.3M in a strategic growth funding. Digital Map Products was founded by Jim Skurzynski and Geoff Wade, who will continue to lead the company.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

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Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which. OpenX.

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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Product Hunt. It seems out of nowhere it has become the go to website for startup companies to launch their new products or businesses.

VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo

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The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo. Note: I invest almost exclusively in b-to-b software companies.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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So I ask you – if you’re being reactive to somebody else’s emails are you really being as productive in your company as you could be?

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Spreeify Launches New Mobile Ad Product

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Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the developer of display ad technology which is led by Ruben Dua, has rolled out a new product aimed at the mobile market.

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Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period

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Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. Period. Don''t believe the hype. Want to surf?

Pelican Products Buys UK Company

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Torrance-based Pelican Products , which is best known for its protective cases and flashlights and other lighting systems, said late Monday that it has acquired UK-based Cool Logistics , a developer of temperature controlled packaging products. Pelican Products is owned by private equity firm Behrman Capital. READ MORE>>.

Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops software which helps manufacturers direct online orders to local retailers, said it has launched a new product aimed at product search. The company says its new tool instead directly points consumers at available inventory of product. READ MORE>>.

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CraveOnline Sets Up Its Own Production Studio

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The company said it has opened up a new, 4,000 square foot studio at its Los Angeles headquarters specifically to create original video. The company said the studio includes a green screen, "numerous" sets, and state-of-the-art equipment. CraveOnline said it has a new production team of 10 people behind the studio. READ MORE>>.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

YP Rolls Out New Search Advertising Product

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Los Angeles-based b> YP , the provider of business search and local marketing services, said today that it has launched a brand new product. YP said it has launched ypSearch , a new product aimed at small business owners, which both provides search ads on YP''s properties, as well as on major search engines. READ MORE>>.

Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?

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recurring entrepreneurial challenge is to determine the optimal price of a new product, especially absent a directly competitive alternative.

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company

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Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. READ MORE>>.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. ” I highly recommend reading it. Let’s set up a framework. Here’s

AnyMeeting Debuts New Web Conferencing Product

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AnyMeeting , the developer of web and video conferencing software aimed at the small business market, said today that it has launched a new, web conferencing product called AnyMeeting Company Pro. The company said those plans start at $480 per year for three employees, and up to $7,200 per year for up to 50 employees.

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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The problem is you don't yet have product/market fit, and until you do, you don't really know what to build. Far from it. They are very early.

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M

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According to The Honest Company, the funding will go towards accelerating growth and developing its products and brand. READ MORE>>.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes a Difference

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The law of large numbers, platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets can be deceiving. This is why I loved Brad Feld’s recent post about the “ illusion of product / market fit.” Are our users addicted to our product? Success for many is ephemeral.

No Doubt About It: You Need Video Ads for Your Company

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And while independent freelancers offer alternatives, it’s still a bit too expensive and time consuming for startup companies.

Build a company – not just a product.

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She stated that she had rejected the investment being discussed, because in her mind the entire company was “just a button, on a feature, in an app.”  Email readers, continue here.]  Far too many companies have been created around a button on a feature, and not upon a solution to a need in answer to a void in the market. 

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Google Enters Financial Products Comparisons Market

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Search engine giant Google has made its entree into an area long dominated by Southern California technology startups: financial products and leads generation. The new service puts Google into the same space as such local companies as LeadPoint , LowerMyBills , Oversee's Low.com , and others. READ MORE>>.

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10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. Basically, everything is free. Thomas J.

Ixia Rolls Out New Network Security Product

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Calabasas-based Ixia said this morning that it is expanding out its lineup of products for the cybersecurity market, with a new product called ThreatARMOR. Ixia said the new product lists at $19,995 plus $2,995 for a subscription to application and threat intelligence data. READ MORE>>.

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Spireon Launches New GPS Vehicle Tracking Product For Subprime Market

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Irvine-based Spireon , a developer of telematics products for vehicle and fleet tracking, said late last week that it has launched a new GPS vehicle tracking system, specificdally aimed at the subprime auto financing market. READ MORE>>. spireon buyherepayhere vehicle credit reposession auto finance financing telematics tracking

Rent.com Snags Product Head From ReachLocal

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Santa Monica-based Rent.com , which is now part of eBay, has hired on a new Head of Product. According to recruiting firm NeoHire, Amanda McConnell has been hired as Head of Product for Rent.com, joining the company from ReachLocal, where she was Director of User Experience and Product Management. READ MORE>>.

Cynvenio Spins Out BioMolded Products

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Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems , the developer of molecular diagnostics systems for cancer, has spun out a new subsidiary, BioMolded Products , focused on blow molded plastic parts for the biopharmaceutical and life science industries this week. plastic manufacturing medical lifescience cynvenio products biomolded

Building Products for Mass Adoption

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They use products because the products solve a need they have. Launch a product, iterate, fail fast. Blah, blah, blah. Bollocks.

RealPractice Launches Marketing Automation Product

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The company said the new software is aimed at all types of small businesses, and helps local businesses to respond faster to customer inquiries, track online and offline advertising, and reply more effectively to calls, emails, and social media inquiries. RealPractice is headed by Carey Ransom. READ MORE>>.

Kofax Launches New Product

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Irvine-based Kofax , the developer of business process management and document capture software, reported this morning that it has launched a new product. The company said the new product connects into its existing platform. Pricing on the new product was not announced. READ MORE>>. kofax document capture software

Anametrix Names Product Management VP

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San Diego-based real-time marketing analytics software developer Anametrix said Wednesday that it has named Barry Parshall as its new SVP of Product Management. Parshall was most recently at iJento, where he also served at SVP of Product Management. Parshall will head up product strategy for the company. READ MORE>>.

Return on Productivity (ROP) – How Do You Measure the Success of Your Company Culture?

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At Rubicon Project, we manage culture just like a product. The Return on Productivity metrics will be directly tied to business value (e.g.

Fan Appz Launches Social Media Marketing Product

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Los Angeles-based Fan Appz , which is headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has launched a new social media marketing product. Fan Appz said it differs from other, social media marketing products because it is focused on helping brands close a sale. and also served at IBM and other companies. READ MORE>>.

NantHealth Launches Molecular Testing, Decision Support Product

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Culver City-based NantHealth has launched a new product, which provides molecular testing and decision support solutions for cancer patients. The company said its new product provides oncologists with a detailed, molecaulr profile of a patient's cancer to help shape treatment strategies. READ MORE>>.

Citrix Moves Closer To Split Of GoTo Product Line

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Citrix Systems is moving closer to a spinout of its GoTo product line this week, saying that it has named Kevin Parker, co-founder and senior operating principal at Bridge Growth Partners as Chairman of a soon-to-be-formed company specifically encompassing the Citrix "GoTo" product line. READ MORE>>.

Triton Digital Rolls Out Podcast Product

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Los Angeles-based audio advertising provider Triton Digital has rolled out a new product specifically aimed at podcasting proviers, the company said Tuesday. According to Triton, its new Tap Podcast product is a version of its advertising platform, which specifically helps podcast publishers insert ads into their audio stream.

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