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Report: Los Angeles Ranks Sixth In Active Startup Ecosystems

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A new report this week from the Startup Genome Project has ranked Los Angeles as number six in a list of the world's most active startup ecosystems. The report, which used data from the Startup Genome's benchmarking tool to rank startup performance, found that Silicon Valley topped the list, followed by New York City, London, Toronto, and Tel Aviv.

These Companies Rock! Music+Tech+Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast presents: These Companies Rock! Music+Tech+Entrepreneurship= Success. On Wednesday, April 18, the MIT Central Coast Enterprise Forum will feature a panel of entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses around their passion for music and technology. Rock on!

H.Bloom, Backed By Brian Lee, Gets More Funding

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Lee was an existing angel investor in the company. READ MORE>>.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2012

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Interview with Neel Grover, Buy.com

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It's been almost two years since Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com was acquired by Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten. How has life under Rakuten been? Thanks!

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Mention Mobile Gets More Funding From Mark Cuban

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Size of the new investment in the company was not announced. Mention Mobile said the new investment will go to develop new titles from the company.

Boingo Wireless Powers WiFi At U.S. Cellular Field

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless is heading to the U.S. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Tioga Pharmaceuticals Gets $10M

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San Diego-based Tioga Pharmaceuticals , a developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating irritable bowel syndrome, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, which also included Genesys Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.

PayDragon Takes On Mobile Payments

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Looking to make it easier to pay for local items using their mobile phone, Los Angeles-based PayDragon said today that it has launched its mobile purchasing app in Los Angeles. The new service also revealed that it has scored backing from Y Combinator, SV Angel, Start Fund and Rustic Canyon Partners for its efforts. READ MORE>>.

SkuRun Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based SkuRun , a startup developer of mobile software used to manage sales, marketing, and other collateral, said Thursday that it has raised a seed round of funding. Size of the round was not announced. The firm said the funding was led by Luke Weil, along with other private investors. SkuRun is led by Ralph Acosta. READ MORE>>.

Spokeo Names Chief Strategy Officer

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Pasadena-based Spokeo , an online people search engine, said today that it has named Emanuel Pleitez as its Chief Strategy Officer. Pleitez joins the firm from McKinsey & Company, and also has served as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker and the President¬Ěs Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) under President Barack Obama.

Factual Releases Chinese Places Dataset

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Los Angeles-based data startup Factual expanded its database of business locations in a big way this week, saying that it has added the entire country of China to its cloud-based data service. Factual said it has released China Places, which covers the mainland of the People's Republic of China, with over 9.5 million records. READ MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Partners With Analytics Provider

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of cloud-based, HR and talent management software, reported today that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Visier , a provider of cloud-based analytics and planning software. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.