Swagbucks Buys Sodahead
JULY 31, 2014
Los Angeles-based prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , said this morning that it has acquired Sodahead , the online polling and discussion platform founded by Jason Feffer. Prodege is venture backed by Technology Crossover Ventures. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
LeisureLink Ties With Software Firm
MARCH 29, 2011
LeisureLink said that InnQuest's system is used in more than 4,500 properties in more than 90 countries. READ MORE>>.
Image Metrics Buys Big Stage
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
Big Stage, which was once known as Clone, was venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Image Metrics said it would merge Big Stag's avatar creation platform into its existing, real-time video animation technology.
SodaHead Upgrades Polling Software For WordPress
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Los Angeles-based SodaHead , the developer of online polling services and software, has just launched a major upgrade to the company''s polling software for WordPress. The company is backed by Mohr Davidow, Mission Ventures, The Tech Coast Angels, Ron Conway, and others. READ MORE>>.
SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2
JULY 19, 2011
Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. Los Angeles had $222.5M in funding, and San Diego $198.18M in investments. raised for the quarter.
Big Stage Hires VP
FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Big Stage Entertainment is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels and based on technology spun out of the University of Southern California. Barry has also served at Brilliant Digital, Warner Bros., and Intel Corp. READ MORE>>.
SodaHead.com Trumpets User Wins
NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Los Angeles-based online social question and answer site Sodahead.com said today that the firm has reached more than 1 million registered users at the site. Sodahead.com was co-founded by Jason Feffer, who was VP of Operations at MySpace. READ MORE
LeisureLink Signs Destination Rewards
SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
The company is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, the Pasadena Angels, the Tech Coast Angels, and others. Pasadena-based LeisureLink has signed on a loyalty and incentive company, Destination Rewards, as part of its travel services, the firm said earlier this week.
Big Stage Adds Animated Avatars Into Skype
JUNE 25, 2009
Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and Tech Coast Angels, and is based on technology developed at the University of Southern California. READ MORE>>.
Big Stage Targets Content Creators
JUNE 24, 2009
Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops avatar creation technology for turning photos into animated, 3-D likenesses, said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new effort targeted training content creators on the firm's products. Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels.
Big Stage Licenses Technology To Virtual World
JUNE 9, 2009
Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , which develops 3D, avatar creation technology, has signed on a virtual world as a licensee of its technology. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
SodaHead Partners With Technorati
APRIL 20, 2009
Los Angeles-based Sodahead , the online question and answer site backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, said Monday that it has tied together in a strategic partnership with Technorati. Financial details of the partnership were ot disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Big Stage Hits The iPhone
MARCH 16, 2009
Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment , a venture-backed startup developing 3D animation technology used to create avatars, said this morning that the firm has created a new application which works on the Apple iPhone. Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels.
SodaHead.com Swizzles Site
FEBRUARY 11, 2009
Encino-based SodaHead.com , the venture backed, online questions-and-answers site, has swizzled its web site, saying this week that it has redesigned its site to make it easier for its users to find topics. READ MORE>>.
Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming
DECEMBER 11, 2008
The firm is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm's technology is a result of CIA-funded research efforts at USC. According to Big Stage, the deal will allow users on the site to insert the firm's 3D avatars into game photos and videos. READ MORE
Big Stage Opens API
DECEMBER 10, 2008
Big Stage is backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Venture, and the Tech Coast Angels. Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which is developing 3D avatar technology, said today that it has opened up its proprietary 3-D facial modeling system to third parties. READ MORE
Big Stage Emerges From Beta
NOVEMBER 5, 2008
Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the venture-backed startup which is developing photo-realistic avatar technology, has exited its beta and officially launched its site. The firm had launched a beta of its site in August. READ MORE
Big Stage Partners With A-Team Producer
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm's technology is based on research developed at the University of Southern California and for the CIA. Cannell Productions, the firm behind "The A-Team" and "The Greatest American Hero." READ MORE
Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009
FEBRUARY 4, 2009
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.
Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M
OCTOBER 1, 2009
A quick analysis by socalTECH of our tracking of venture capital deals in Southern California finds that there was around $879M in venture funding activity here in Q3. The biggest are for venture activity in the quarter was Biopharmaceuticals, which was $299.13M of the quarterly total. last week.
SodaHead Connects With Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo
JULY 7, 2009
Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com , an online site focused on a combination of news discussion and questions and answers, announced today that the firm has connected the site to Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo. The firm formerly was focused on providing a service where users could ask, answer, and discuss questions on any topic. READ MORE>>.
Big Stage Adds New Content From GGL Global Gaming
APRIL 21, 2009
Big Stage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the startup which uses photos to create animated, 3-D facial avatars of users, has added new content from a game from GGL Global Gaming. READ MORE>>.
Big Stage Partners With VIDiGREET
NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment, a USC spinoff developing avatar technology, announced a new effort to provide its technology to third parties. The firm said that it has signed on fellow Los Angeles startup VIDiGREET as its first client. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List
JANUARY 20, 2009
I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.
Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2
JULY 9, 2009
A recent analysis by socalTECH, of our detailed tracking of venture capital investment activity in Southern California, finds that there was around $932M in funding raised in the area in Q2, a rise from roughly $700M in Q1. Tags: venture capital investment southern california 2009
Venture Totals Drop In Southern California For Quarter
OCTOBER 1, 2008
A study of the venture capital deal flow in Southern California conducted by socalTECH shows that venture capital deals dropped for Q3, to around $720M in deals, in a market dominated by clean technology firms. invested in Q3 of 2007, and down slightly from venture numbers in Q2, when there was approximately $966M in venture deals.
Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
Magnify360 was voted the best investment opportunity by both venture capitalist audience members and panelists. READ MORE
Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3
OCTOBER 14, 2010
Venture capital investments in Southern California in Q3 totaled to $464.18M, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA Money Tree Report this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion invested in 780 venture capital deals for Q3. Nationwide, there was $4.8 billion invested in the region.
MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
socalTECH has mined our proprietary database of startups and other tech companies to find some of the firms spawned by former MySpace executives.