Adconian Expands Space In Santa Monica

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Adconian , which operates an Internet advertising network, has moved into new 40,000 square foot offices in Santa Monica, the firm said this week. headquarters in Santa Monica, because of the number of technology firms in Southern California, and in particular, Santa Monica.

BusinessWeek: Santa Monica, Irvine Top Cities For Startups

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An article in this month's BusinessWeek names Santa Monica number three, and Irvine number four, on its list of top 10 cities for startups. The article cites Santa Monica's density of technology and digital media companies, and Irvine's workforce, University of California campus, and office parks in its rankings. Tags: businessweek santa monica irvine startup jobs

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CoFoundersLab Matches Entrepreneurs Scientifically

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They have partnered with Cross Campus to bring education and offline matchmaking events to Santa Monica quarterly. It all started with one Meetup in November 2010 in D.C. The biggest culprit to a startup failure is a dysfunctional founding team.

Santa Monica Hot Spot

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Thursday, January 28, 2010 -- Grow Your Network in 2010 at a Santa Monica Hot Spot. What better way to turn up the temperature on your career or business then to attend our first mixer of 2010? This sizzling event is appropriately being held at the red hot WOKCANO in Santa Monica. SoCal AMA. The economy is starting to heat up. The job market is beginning to thaw.

Santa Monica Shakers and Stirrers

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 -- Santa Monica Shakers and Stirrers. Networking event. See [link] (more

eHarmony Heads To Santa Monica

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Pasadena-based online dating site eHarmony is moving its headquarters from Pasadena to Santa Monica, according to reports from local community papers. eHarmony is reported to be moving to a space in the Yahoo! Center, taking with it 250 employees to the new location. No date for the move was given. eHarmony has been in its current Pasadena location on Walnut street for the last five years. READ MORE>>.

Druva Raises Funding, Heads to Santa Monica

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Druva Software , a developer of continuous data protection and disaster recovery products, announced today that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round, and will be setting up its corporate headquarters in Santa Monica. offices in Santa Clara, however, CEO and founder Jaspreet Singh said its offices are now in Santa Monica, where it plans to make its primary corporate office.

YuMe Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica

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Redwood City-based YuMe , a Bay Area provider of video advertising technology, announced today that it has set up shop in Santa Monica with a new sales office. The firm, which is backed by Accel Partners, BV Capital, DAG Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Menlo Ventures, said it has opened an office along Main Street, and has hired three new hires at the location.

Underground Elephant Opens Office in Santa Monica, Makes Hires

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San Diego-based Underground Elephant , a startup focused on the CPA-based, performance based advertising market, said today that it has opened up an office in Santa Monica. The firm said it is looking to tap the talent in the Los Angeles are in the affiliate ad network industry. As part of the new office, the firm said it has hired Jennifer Horwood, who the firm worked previously at another ad network, and Derek Chew, previously at Pricegrabber.com and Yahoo.

Demand Media Ups Article Count To 3 Million

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing, saying it now has around 3 million articles in the firm's library of content. Demand Media has applied to list on the NYSE as DMD, but has not yet set an offering range or pricing on its IPO. Demand Media filed for an IPO in August. Demand operates Livestrong.com, eHow.com, and other web properties. READ MORE>>. demand media merger acquisition

Call of Duty Black Ops Hits $1B in Sales

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Santa Monica-based Activision disclosed yesterday that Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed over $1 billion in sales worldwide. Activision said, according to its internal estimates, its sell through of the title since November 9, it has racked up over $1 billion in sales. The title had already broken sales records previously held by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Activision also said that over 600 million hours have been logged playing the game since launch.

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Cornerstone On Demand Updates S-1

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone On Demand , which recently filed for an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market as CSOD, has updated its IPO filings documents with the SEC. The firm's latest S-1 shows that the firm had revenues of $32.572M for the nine months ended September 30th, and had a net loss of $31.4M, due to an accounting charge of $24.0M due to the change in the fair value of its preferred stock warrant liabilities.

Report: SEC Probes Private Shares Trading

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According to the WSJ, the SEC is looking at trading of private shares of companies--done through such sites as Santa Monica-based SharesPost and New York's SecondMarket --specifically looking at funds which are buying up shares of popular companies like Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and LinkedIn. The Securities and Exchange Commission is in the midst of a probe of companies which allow the buying and selling of private company shares, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is inching closer to its IPO debut, saying in an updated S-1 this morning that it plans to offer 7.5 million shares of its common stock in its IPO. The firm, which has not yet set a pricing range, has applied to list on the NYSE as DMD. Demand said in the filing it plans to sell 4,500,000 shares of the stock in the offering, with selling stockholders selling an additional 3,000,000 shares.

Bootstrapping Your Business – Startups Uncensored #19

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This month’s event will be held at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica by the 3rd street promenade. The event is free and is followed by a reception and mixer at the Docstoc Offices in Santa Monica by the 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica, CA 90401-1418. This month’s Startups Uncensored will be on “Bootstrapping Your Business”.

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

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Historically we were near Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and throughout the 1990s and early 2000s this was fine since there was not strong locus in LA with some great deals in Pasadena, downtown, San Fernando Valley as well as on the Westside in Santa Monica.

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. Google said the cars have driven from Google's Mountain View campus to its Santa Monica office, on Hollywood Boulevard, and up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, among other areas, logging over 140,000 miles.

CampusExplorer Gets $5M

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Santa Monica-based Campus Explorer , which provides an online resource on universities, colleges, student loans, housing, and more to students, has raised $5M in a Series C funding round, according to a source near the firm. The funding came from Vicente Capital Partners, OCA Venture Partners, and Origin Ventures. Klaus Koch led the investment for Vicente Capital.

Tecca, Backed By Best Buy, Launches Personal Electronics Shopping Service

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Santa Monica-based Tecca said today that it has launched a new, personal electronics shopping and information service with the backing of Best Buy Co. and Fuse Capital. The firm, which did not disclose financial details of the investment, said the digital media fund established by Best Buy and Fuse Capital are backing its launch of a product information, pricing, and shopping mobile application.

Group buying site FamilyFinds launches with $5.75 million investment

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One such company, Santa Monica, Calif-based FamilyFinds, launched this week with $5.75 Investment News Retail & Consumers Startup Video Business.com Cyber Monday dailyd deal discount Disney Internet Group Doug Hirsch e-commerce Elizabeth Hurchalla Facebook familyfinds groupon Jake Winebaum Julie Taylor livingsocial Los Angeles lowermybills.com matt coffin Momlogic Pasadena RHD Interactive Santa Monica Split Rock Partners Terry McGovern Westwood Yahoo Entertainment

Los Angeles Fast 500 Winners Announced

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The Los Angeles winners of the Deloitte Fast 500 ranking of fastest growing companies was announced last night at an event at Santa Monica's Shutters on the Beach, with 26 companies recognized in the overall 2011 Technology Fast 500, and three "Technology Rising Stars" recognized in the Los Angeles area.

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How to Persuade People – Startups Uncensored #15

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The event is free and is followed by a reception and mixer at the Docstoc Offices in Santa Monica by the 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica Public Library (Auditorium) 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Google Ramps Hiring In Irvine

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The firm said it grew the Irvine locations by more than 20 percent in 2010, and that this will be the firm's hiring year ever including its Southern California locations. Google is also making a big push to hire at its Santa Monica location.

Gil Elbaz On Factual's New Warchest

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Last night, Santa Monica-based Factual (www.factual.com), the data provider and data tools firm, announced a big, $25M funding round from Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures.

Activision Blizzard Snags New CFO From Microsoft

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said this morning that it has hired a new CFO. Durkin takes over for interim CFO Thomas Tippl, who has held the position--in addition to Chief Operating Officer--since 2010. The firm said that Dennis Durkin has been named Chief Financial Officer, and will report to CEO Bobby Kotick.

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount

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Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. The privately held firm--which did not disclose actual revenue numbers--said the growth came as a result of its strategy of offering both direct sales and white-labeled CDN services.

SharesPost Rolls Out Private Company Index

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Santa Monica-based SharesPost , the marketplace for private companies headed by Greg Brogger, has cooked up a new index of private companies, the firm said today. SharesPost said its index will track the performance of "blue chip" venture backed, pre-IPO companies such as Facebook, Linden Lab, LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, Serious Materials, Twitter, and Zynga. The firm said the SharesPost Index will reflect real-time, market input into the value of those firms.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 -- Digital LA - Santa Monica Place Cocktails @ Xino. See [link] (more

Westside “Hatches” New Coworking Studio

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a few blocks shy of Santa Monica, is the Westside’s new coworking studio called Hatch. Nestled between a quiet residential neighborhood and industrial space on Centinela Blvd.

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures has had another exit in its portfolio, this time with the acquisition of Cetas , a developer of cloud data analytics software, by VMware.

Report: Demand Media Targets Critical Blog

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, is targeting a blog which has been posting internal documents and criticism of the company. The site appears to have been created by an unhappy, freelance contributor to Demand Media in May of 2010.

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

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Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. Percival shut Lalawag--run with wife Laurie Pervical--in 2010, in part because of the birth of Percival's baby and his work serving as VP of Online Marketing for MySpace under Jones.

Entravision Buys Headway

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Santa Monica-based Entravision , a media company which focuses on Latino audiences, announced on Thursday that it has acquired Headway , a provider of mobile, programmatic, data and performance digital marketing services and technology. Headway was based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and had 152 employees, and was founded in 2010.