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63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of By mario on May 2, 2012 in Features , grid. And you know, one of the communities that has some super remarkable entrepreneurs that doesn’t get enough credit is Los Angeles. Los Angeles. Los Angeles.

Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

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BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 comes to Los Angeles and its finally here. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. Tim Street – Topping Mashable’s list of Social Media VIPs in Los Angeles Tim Street is a Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, New Media Consultant and Web Video Branded Entertainment Pioneer. Starting November 3-5 (This week) BlogWorld kicks it off as will TechZulu.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. But lets face it, when you think of Los Angeles, Internet startups are not the first things that spring to mind.

Its BlogWorld Time! Los Angeles Get Ready!

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BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 comes to Los Angeles and its finally here. Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. Tim Street – Topping Mashable’s list of Social Media VIPs in Los Angeles Tim Street is a Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, New Media Consultant and Web Video Branded Entertainment Pioneer. Starting November 3-5 (This week) BlogWorld kicks it off as will TechZulu.

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

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This was 2005 when I had no exits under my belt, no blogs … nobody was looking. At GRP Partners we’re all in on Los Angeles having written about $35 million in early-stage venture capital investments in this market alone in the past six months. And I’m delighted to see a bold move by Cooley in getting behind Los Angeles as well. Los Angeles Startup Advice

SOA Software Becomes Akana

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Los Angeles-based SOA Software said this morning that it has renamed the company to Akana , as it has broadened its software base. The name change is actually the second for the company, which changed its name to SOA Software in March of 2005 from its original name, Digital Evolution.

PeerStreet, Co-founded By Google Exec, Launches Real Estate Loan Marketplace

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Los Angeles-based PeerStreet said this morning that it has launched a brand new, online real estate loan marketplace, which is aimed at accredited investors interested in real estate investments. The company says that Crosby is the founder of Google Analytics; he had been a co-founder of Urchin Software in San Diego, which eventually became Google Analytics after its acquisition in April of 2005.

Shopzilla Sold To Symphony Technology Group

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Los Angeles-based Shopzilla , the online comparison shopping site owned by Scripps Networks Interactive , has been sold to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group. Scripps bought Shopzilla in 2005 for $525M. Scripps said that Symphony will pay $165M to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Shopzilla, made up of $150M in cash plus $16M in deferred payments. The firms said that Symphony Technology Group would continue and accelerate the growth of Shopzilla.

FamilyFinds Launches DailyFinds Email

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Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds , the daily deal service headed by Matt Coffin, the founder of LowerMyBills.com, looks to running another experiment with the service this week, telling subscribers that it is launching a new product called DailyFinds.

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Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy

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Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency , which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. Harrison previously founded FasTV, and headed up iFILM, which he sold to Viacom back in 2005.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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https://medium.com/media/cc969482e7abf6b75d3c0958c8ee409d/href I moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and as a VC who had built his career as a programmer, database designer, program manager, CEO then VP Products at Salesforce, I wanted to build a portfolio of software investments. BuzzFeed.

Cheers Looks to Spread Love Around the World

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Mohit sold Shopzilla in 2005 for $569M. Cheers is based in Los Angeles. Farhad Mohit , the founder of BizRate.com and Shopzilla , has launched a new startup, which is--quite literally--looking to spread cheer throughout the world.

FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site

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Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds.com , the daily coupon and deals site run by Matt Coffin, said today that it has acquired Mamaloot , an online daily deal site located in Chicago. FamilyFinds.com is focusing in on deals on services and experiences for families, and is the latest venture for Matt Coffin, who sold his last firm, LowerMyBills.com, to Experian back in 2005 for over $330M.

How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement

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I think we've been willing to do things differently, partly because we're based in Diamond Bar, haven't been talking to venture capitalists, and generally being in Los Angeles and being counter-cultural. The people who started with us in 2005 and 2006 are still with us, and there is a lot of longevity in the company, and familiarity and teamwork that comes from working together for so long that you don't find at other companies.

TeleSign Gets Patent

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Los Angeles-based TeleSign , the provider of phone-based authentication and verification services which is headed by former FrontBridge and Vantage Media CEO Steve Jillings, said today that it has scored a U.S. The patent was originally filed in October of 2005. Patent. According to the firm, it was awarded U.S. Patent 7,945,034 for the technology behind its PhoneID verification technology.

Microsoft Buys Telesign Competitor

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Microsoft has just acquired PhoneFactor , a competitor of Los Angeles-based, two-factor authentication provider TeleSign. Jillings sold one of his last companies, FrontBridge, to Microsoft back in 2005. Microsoft said it is buying PhoneFactor, which provides phone-based multi-factor authentication, and will be integrating that technology with key Microsoft technologies like Active Directory, Windows Azure Active Directory and Office 365.

FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon

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FastSpring , the fast growing Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services provider headed by Dan Engel, said today it has scored a funding round from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. The investment is the first, outside investment in the company since it was founded in 2005.

Brighter.com Dangles Free Braces In FamilyFinds Promo

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In a unique offer from Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds.com , the family focused daily deals site, Santa Monica-based Brighter.com , the online dental care and referrals site, is dangling the chance for free braces --valued at up to $5,000--to consumers who enter a giveaway from the firms.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper

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One company which has been working on solving the Flash problem is Los Angeles-based Addroid (www.addroid.com). I started a company, Neoganda, in the digital advertising area in 2005.

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TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. Howard Marks is the founder and co-chair of StartEngine, Los Angeles’ largest startup accelerator, determined to make LA a top tech entrepreneurial city.

Cheers App Launches | Adding Cheers to your Day [Exclusive Video With Farhad Mohit]

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As the Los Angeles tech scene continues to grow, we “cheers” to another major launch. Mohit, who sold Shopzilla in 2005 for $569m, brought together an all-star team from Google and StumbleUpon, as Cheerful, inc., We all have things to cheer for in life.

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EcoSense Lighting Buys Journee Lighting

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Los Angeles-based LED lighting manufacturer EcoSense Lighting has acquired fellow LED lighting developer Journee , according to EcoSense. Journee was founded by Clayton Alexander in 2005. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Journee Lighting, which was based in Westlake Village, developed downlight and track lighting. EcoSense Lighting is led by Mark Reynoso. READ MORE>>. ecosense lighting journee fixture merger acquisition cleantech

Interview with Eli Portnoy, ThinkNear

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That was back in 2005, and the premise was that there were lots of sites to help job seekers and employers connect, but they didn't work for a segment of the population, such as dishwashers, busboys, and others who did not have access to the Internet.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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If a person from outside Los Angeles is a fan of the city, dig a little and you’ll probably find that they like it for the celebrities, Hollywood not LA. Well, they’re all wrong, and Los Angeles is about to prove it. Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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Although Los Angeles has become a hub for the high tech startup world, Surprisingly, one of the things which hasn't happened in the Los Angeles area is any huge, successful venture acceleration programs. And then, in 2003 I retired, and I became an angel investor.

Flipagram: Using Photos And Music To Create A Viral Machine, with Farhad Mohit

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Los Angeles-based Flipagram (www.flipagram.com) has created a potent and wildly viral mobile app, which combines photos, music, and video to create addictive, engaging mini slideshows of your life. Farhad Mohit: As you know, Bizrate spawned Shopzilla, which took us from 2000 to 2005.

Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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billion in 2005, and also currently represents Rdio, Beats Electronics, Riot Games, Ad.ly, Redpoint Ventures, and several other prominent private and publicly traded clients. Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. Deals. People. Products.

Student of Fortune Acquired By Chegg

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Los Angeles-based Student of Fortune , the online tutorial marketplace and homework help site headed by Sean McCleese, has been acquired by textbook marketplace site Chegg , Chegg said Friday. Student of Fortune was founded in 2005.

TrueCar's Painter To Step Down As CEO

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Scott Painter , the CEO of Los Angeles-based auto purchasing service TrueCar , said Thursday that he will be stepping down as CEO of the company by the end of the year. Painter has been CEO of the company since he founded TrueCar in 2005. Painter will remain as Chairman of the board, and will continue as CEO as the company searches for a new chief executive.

RealD Exec Departing Firm

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Los Angeles-based RealD , the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said Wednesday that Joe Peixoto, the company''s President, Worldwide Cinema, is retiring in March. Peixoto has been in the position since 2005, having previously been President and CEO of United Cinemas International. The company said it will not replace Peixoto. The company said Peixoto had been at RealD since its first launch with Disney''s Chicken Little. READ MORE>>.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort

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Search engine giant Google said over the weekend that the firm has been developing technology for self driving cars, driving automated cars across California, including Los Angeles and Santa Monica. According to Google, it has hired what it says were some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Grand Challenge, DARPA's robotic vehicle competition, and applied them to develop its own, automated cars.

Interview with Scott Lahman, GOGII

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Scott Lahman is co-founder of Los Angeles-based GOGII (www.gogii.com), the developer of group text messaging application textPlus. Around 2005, those of us at JAMDAT thought Apple would disrupt the application space, so we approached Apple.

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Former LA VC Gets Backing For Enterprise Alerting, Micro Apps Startup

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Fouad ElNaggar , a former venture capitalist who had been responsible for the Los Angeles office of Redpoint Ventures, has scored funding for a new startup, Sapho. ElNaggar was in Redpoint's LA offices from 2005 until 2011, and had stints on the boards of Machinima and Hark, among other companies. According to Sapho, it has raised $9.5M in a Series A funding, which was led by Alsop Louie Partners.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games

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Earlier this week, Los Angeles-based Anti-AgingGames (www.Anti-AgingGames.com), a new online game startup, announced a new service to help users improve their memory and concentration, as well as improve brain function.

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SOA Software: Profitable, Double Digit Growth

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Los Angeles-based SOA Software , the developer of software used by companies to manage the interface between their various enterprise software packages and APIs, said today that it had a profitable 2013 and double digit revenue growth. The last time the company actually discussed revenue numbers was back in 2005, when it had around $29.9M

Interview with Scott Saunders, Payoff.com

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The firm is backed by a notable list of angel investors, and based in Los Angeles. Scott Saunders: I spent nearly my entire career on the investment side, and in 2005 switched over to the entrepreneurial side of the world.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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When I saw what BuddyTV is working on and how long they’ve been the market (since 2005) I realized that this has huge potential to help disrupt the television market. Local Angel Community / Recycled Capital. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

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Interview with Jamie Siminoff, Unsubscribe.com

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To start off the year, we are publishing our first interview for the season with Jamie Siminoff , the CEO of Los Angeles-based Unsubscribe.com , an online service which helps you unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and email lists.

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee

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Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based Gamzee (www.gamzee.com), a new game company founded by Howard Marks, the co-founder of Activision and Acclaim Games, announced a seed round of funding.

EA Mobile Targets Amazon's Kindle

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Los Angeles-based EA Mobile , the mobile game publishing arm of Electronic Arts, has set its sights on a new platform for its mobile games: Amazon's Kindle. EA Mobile came out of EA's acquisition of Los Angeles based Jamdat in 2005.