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Swagbucks Buys Sodahead

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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

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LeisureLink said that InnQuest's system is used in more than 4,500 properties in more than 90 countries. READ MORE>>.

SodaHead Upgrades Polling Software For WordPress

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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>>.

Image Metrics Buys Big Stage

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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 Launching Major Redesign

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Feffer was previously an executive at MySpace, and SodaHead is backed by MDV Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Mission Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

SodaHead.com Trumpets User Wins

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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

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

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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>>.

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.

Big Stage Entertainment Raises $2.7M

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Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment is announcing this morning that it has raised an additional $2.7M in a Series B funding for the firm. According to the company, the funding came from Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3

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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.

Big Stage Hires VP

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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>>.

LeisureLink Signs Destination Rewards

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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.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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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.

Big Stage Adds Animated Avatars Into Skype

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming

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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

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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

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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

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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

Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M

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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.

Big Stage Adds New Content From GGL Global Gaming

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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

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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.

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

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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

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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

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Magnify360 was voted the best investment opportunity by both venture capitalist audience members and panelists. READ MORE

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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socalTECH has mined our proprietary database of startups and other tech companies to find some of the firms spawned by former MySpace executives.