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Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Silicon Beach Fest takes place June 19-22, 2013 in Santa Monica. Thursday Night Fashion Party at Santa Monica Place.

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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GRP Partners Raises New $200M Fund, Becomes Upfront Ventures

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor GRP Partners announced this morning that it has raised a fourth fund, worth $200M, and also renamed the firm Upfront Ventures. GRP has been quite active in the local technology industry, having founded accelerator LaunchpadLA. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Fest Kicks Off Today

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Overall, the event organizers say there are 150 speakers participating in over 30 panels. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

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The conference also said it has added some "pre-events" from June 14-18th, which stretch the conference out to more than a week. READ MORE>>.

GumGum Adds $7M

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Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising firm led by Ophir Tanz, has finally disclosed its funding round. The firm has raised $7M in funding from New Enterprise Associates, GRP Partners, and First Round Capital. It's unclear if prior investor Crosscut Ventures participated in this funding.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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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. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. will do my best to keep this up to date.

Launchpad LA Starts Accepting Fall 2013 Applications

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Launchpad LA offers up a $100,000 investment, free office space in Santa Monica, mentoring and access to resources, and much more to companies. Launchpad LA , one of the more high profile startup accelerators in Los Angeles, has opened up applications for its next class. READ MORE>>.

Gravity Debuts Content Personalization API

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Gravity is backed by GRP Partners, Redpoint Ventures and August Capital, having most recently raise d$10.6M in a Series B funding round in October.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today. Gumgum recently raised $7M in a funding from New Enterprise Associates, GRP Partners, and First Round Capital. READ MORE>>.

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.

GoodRx Gets Funding, Launches Drug Comparison Site

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Santa Monica-based GoodRx , a new startup backed by Founders Fund, GRP Partners, Highland Capital, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Dawn Lepore (drugstore.com), and Mike Ovitz, has launched its services, saying that it will allow users to compare pricing from pharmacies nationwide via its service and iPhone app. READ MORE>>.

TrueCar Raises $200M, Acquires Firm

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the automotive pricing website headed by Scott Painter, said this morning that it has raised $200M in new debt and equity financing, plus acquired a company. TrueCar said the financng round included USAA, Capricorn Investment Group and GRP Partners, all existing investors in the firm.

Pose Lands $3M For Mobile Style and Shopping

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Santa Monica-based Pose , a developer of mobile apps for shopping discovery, announced Friday morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. The round came from GRP Partners, True Ventures, and Mousse Partners. GRP's investment in the firm was led by Mark Suster. READ MORE>>.

Launchpad LA Adds Funding, Office Space For Startups

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the business acceleration program headed up by Mark Suster of GRP Partners, said today that it has expanded the program, and added $50,000 in funding for startups in the program, plus actual physical office space. The acceleration progrma has set up space in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

Pose Finds $1.6M

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Santa Monica-based Pose , a developer of mobile, social shopping applications, said last week that it has raised $1.6M in a funding round.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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Michael Pfau (Santa Barbara … Reicker Pfau). They scooped up none other than David Hernand who will join the practice as managing partner. Also coming from DLA Piper is another partner – Christopher Shoff. And a fourth partner – Jennifer Massey – will join from an entertainment background.

Burstly Opens Skyrocket To All App Developers

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Santa Monica-based app testing and anlytics developer Burstly has opened up access to its mobile monetization platform, extending access to its SkyRocket product via a self-serve offering. Burstly is led by Evan Rifkin, and is backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, and SoftBank. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA

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Sam Teller: Launchpad is an accelerator in Santa Monica. We were founded in 2009 by Mark Suster from GRP Partners. Thanks!

LaunchpadLA Adds Gobbler's Kantrowitz To Team

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Launchpad LA , the startup accelerator based in Santa Monica, is bolstering its team today, saying it has added Jamie Kantrowitz as an additional partner at the accelerator. Katrowitz was previously co-founder at Gobbler, and also served as VP of Marketing at MySpace. READ MORE>>.

A Conversation with Ben Satterfield, Burstly

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Burstly is headed by Evan Rifkin, and backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, SoftBank Capital, and Founder Collective.

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Gradient X Exits Beta

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Gradient X''s clients include Western Union, Jeep, Audi, Toyota, Motorola, HTC, and Microsoft, among others. READ MORE>>.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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live in the city of Santa Monica. Scott Painter , founder of CarsDirect has created TrueCar (backed by GRP Partners).

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Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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Santa Monica Patch:   Silicon Beach Fest Kicks off in Santa Monica, Venice (VIDEO). Tons of info and tons of fun!”

YieldMetrics Becomes Adomic

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Santa Monica-based online advertising firm YieldMetrics has renamed itself Adomic , as part of a rebranding effort, the firm said today. The startup, which is backed by Upfront Ventures (which also just went through a renaming effort, from GRP Partners), did not say exactly why it decided to rename itself. READ MORE>>.

Mark Suster: New, $200M Fund, and GRP's New Name, Upfront Ventures

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All of our partners are based here. GRP stood for Global Retail Partners. Tell us about the new fund? Thanks! READ MORE>>.

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. Here’s how to do it.

Clearstone I Tops CalPERS Fund Performance

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Venture Partners currently tops the list for the best performing fund within CalPERS private equity funds, according to recently released figures from CalPERS. According to the numbers, Clearstone Venture Partners 1-B, which was raised in 1999, has returned CalPERS so far 154.7

TrueCar Backed By Another Investor

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Another investor has surfaced in the latest funding round for Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online automotive pricing and research firm headed by Scott Painter. Major investors in the funding were USAA, Capricorn Investment Group and GRP Partners. Keating said it contributed $3M in the funding round. READ MORE>>.

Fresh Dish Launches Dinner Delivery Service, Backed by Science

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The latest startup out of Santa Monica-based technology incubator Science, Inc. Don't know what to make for dinner? Fresh Dish , launched this morning, saying that it will solve that problem, by providing meal delivery service to families every week. The new service is aimed at helping consumers prepare fresh, healthy meals at home.

Zag Round Totals $37.4M

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Santa Monica-based Zag has finally revealed the total invested in its latest, strategic round of funding, saying Thursday that it raised $37.4M.

Zag Raises $11.1M More

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The firm has previously raised funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners.

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First Annual Second Internet Conference

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The Second Internet Conference will be held in Santa Monica, California, on September 7th, 2011. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 -- First Annual Second Internet Conference. Wedbush. Email privateshares@wedbush.com for more information.

Teleflip Assets Sold, Says Creditor

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Santa Monica-based Teleflip, which operated a service which allowed users to send and receive email using text messages, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer, according to creditor Hercules Technology Growth Capital. HTGC said that the firm received $650,000 from the sale of Teleflip, which the firm said occurred this month.

Zag Links With USAA, Mercedes-Benz On Promotion

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Zag is backed by USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Zag: "Strongest Sales So far This Year"

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The firm did not say what drove the growth, and did not provide any financial details on its sales or profitability. READ MORE>>.

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Zag: 50,000 Cars Sold

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Zag has received funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

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Zag Powers AAA Service

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Zag is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, USAA, GRP Partners, Arcturus Capital, Callaway Cars and the Skoll Fund.

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Zag Raises Funding

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Zag has previously received funding from Anthem Ventures, Arcturus Capital, Capital One, Capricorn Management, GRP Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels.

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