Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011


With the exception of the week of Thanksgiving, I published two entries every week during 2011. I published 21-Skype interviews during 2011. Although it is difficult to directly track the impact of these sites, the expanded exposure from these sites has certainly augmented my overall traffic. Top Ten infoChachkie Entries Of 2011. The following entries generated the most page views during 2011. Surprisingly, not all of these entries were published in 2011. Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site


Los Angeles-based , the online social fundraising site run by Alon Goren, said Tuesday that it is powering a new site focused on fitness fundraising for charity. The firm said it is launching , an online site focused on creating personal fitness fundraisers for charity. The firm said it is linking with fitness site RunKeeper on the site, to provide automatic monitoring of user's fitness goals by followers and donors.

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Google Lets Users Block Sites


Search engine giant Google , in what might be a preview of a way for users to help filter out low quality web results, said Thursday that it has begun allowing user to block results from sites they do not want to see. Google--which said it is not yet using the data in search results, but will be looking at the data from the program--said the blocked sites will be linked to a user's Google account. Those recent changes have been aimed at sites like Santa Monica-based

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A Look At Useful Sites for Entrepreneurs

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Sites 109 Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site


Los Angeles-based , the developer of crowdfunding software, has inked a deal to power an Israeli crowdfunding site, JCrowd. The new site allows anyone to create a project and solicit donations from friends and others. has been licensing out its product as a white-label platform to others, in addition to running its own crowdfunding site. investedin social fundraising site crowdfunding israel jcrowd jewish

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Hulu: Nearly Half A Billion In Revenues in 2011


Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is set to earn half a billion dollars in revenue this year, according to an update from CEO Jason Kilar posted last night on its company blog.

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FindTheBest Partners With Electronics Review Site


Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the online product comparison site headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said Thursday that it has partnered with an online consumer electronics products review and technology news site, eCoustics.

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PC Mall Opens Daily Deals Site


The firm had said in May that it would be converting OnSale into an online daily deals site. PC Mall said the new site is rolling out a beta in Chicago, Los Angels, and Seattle, offering off discounts on national brands, local restaurants, spa and salon services, and more.

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PriceGrabber Launches Local Deals Site


Los Angeles-based PriceGrabber , the online comparison shopping site now owned by Experian, said today that it has officially launched a new, daily deal site at PriceGrabber said it is aggregating over 20 group buying sites--including Groupon and LivingSocial--on the site. PriceGrabber's local deal site allows users to browse and find daily deals from over 160 metropolitan areas, the firm said, and is aimed at reducing the "daily deal deluge".

Sites 166 Powers Israeli Crowdfunding Site


Los Angeles-based , the crowd funding software firm headed by Alon Goren, has partnered with a site focused on Jewish and Israeli causes. and said they would launch a site for JCrowd in April, which will help provide Jewishh-themed projects with a way to manage online fundraising. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. JCrowd is based in Israel. READ MORE>>. investedin alon goren israel jewish jcrowd

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Disney Shutters Parenting Blog Site, Babble


Burbank-based Disney has shut down parent blog site Babble , according to the site, which did not say why it was shutting down. Disney had owned Babble since 2011. The site had originally been founded in 2006 by Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, covering topics around parenting and raising children. Disney had paid $40M for Babble in 2011, one of a number of parenting sites acquired in the era by Disney Interactive. Buys Group Buying Site iTwango


Irvine-based , which operates a network of local search sites, said today that it has acquired iTwango LLC , a developer of a technology platform for the group buying and daily deals space.

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Active Launches Hyperlocal Activity Site


San Diego-based , the operator of online sports and community activity registration sites, said this morning that it has expanded into the hyperlocal information market, with the launch of a new, local Bay Area activity guide. Active said the new, hyperlocal Bay Area site provides information on sporting events, fitness activities, and other things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as discounts on gear and activities through its Schwaggle program.

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Gaikai Powers Game Site


Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". Gaikai said that "The Escapist" will use its platform to stream demos of games like Electronic Arts Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 to game players, with other major video game publishers making their titles available through the site.

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uSamp Launches Self-Serve Survey Site


Encino-based uSamp , which operates online polling and surveying services for businesses, said today that it has launched a new product aimed at self-service surveys. The firm said its new SurveyBuilder platform allows anyone to create their own panels, via a self-service interface.

Sites 169 Launches Brain Fitness Site


The site--whose games were designed by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell--offers up online games which have been vetted by scientists to help reduce the risk of early memory loss. Los Angeles-based , a new startup offering up brain fitness games, has launched today, aiming at healthy people looking to help their memory, concentration, and focus.

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TrueCar Updates Used Car Valuation Site


Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the car pricing and information site, said Monday that it has updated its ClearBook used car valuation site. ClearBook was originally launched in February. TrueCar said the updated, ClearBook 2.0

Demand Media, Tyra Banks Announce Fashion Site TypeF


Los Angeles-based online publisher Demand Media and celebrity Tyra Banks said Tuesday that they have officially named the new fashion and beauty site the two are working on together, as TypeF.

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Aggregage Launches Two New Sites


Los Angeles-based Aggregage , the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital , a new site focused on leadership and management, and Working Smarter Daily. Aggregage aggregates the posts of multiple blog owners into a single, topic-specific site, which is then sponsored by companies.

Sites 130 Launches Redesign Of Site


Santa Monica-based , the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the site, told socalTECH that the changes came after the firm began analyzing how men and women were using the site, extensively profiling how the two groups were using the content and tools on the site.

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Miva Merchant Buys Instructional Video Site


Miva Merchant said it acquired the site from founder and owner Chuck Lasker. The company said Lasker will continue creating videos for the tutorial site. San Diego-basd Miva Merchant , the provider of e-commerce software, said this morning that it has acquired , a website featuring videos about Miva's own e-commerce software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. tutorial video acquisition merger software ecommerce merchant miva

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BeachMint Partners With Olsen Twins On New Site


According to Dualstar Entertainment Group, the Olsen's lifestyle and brand company, they have partnered with BeachMint to launch StyleMint , an online apparel site. The new site will include exclusive apparel, trend reports, videos, and other information. BeachMint is the latest startup of MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, which already runs, another celebrity ecommerce site with actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter.

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CapLinked Revamps Site With New Features


Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked said this week that it has made some major updates to the site, overhauling and improving the online service for managing investment activity for companies and deal tracking for investors. The firm said that new features include social sign in using logins from Facebook, Twitter, or Google; better search capabilities; a "radar" feature to help users see all their deals, companies, and contacts in one place; easier document uploads; and more.

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Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls


Sweety High , a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social game platform to allow girls between 8 and 16 to "express themselves fearlessly".

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FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site


Los Angeles-based , 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. Mamaloot was started by two mothers, Bo Johnson and Lindsay Cohen, who met while working at Orbitz. FamilyFinds said the acquisition gives it a head start in Chicago. The firm faces formidable competition in Chicago, which is the home of daily deals phenomenon Groupon.

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Avalon Funds Internet Comedy Site Cheezburger


San Diego-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures has boosted an Internet web site publisher known for its humorous, captioned pictures of cats and use of Internet memes, Cheezburger. Cheezburger runs comedy sites I Can Has Cheezburger? which features "LOLcats", funny pictures of cats with humorous captions, and FAIL Blog , a site which highlights "fails".

Avalon 140 Expands Daily Deals Site Schwaggle Nationwide


San Diego-based announced this morning that it is taking its new daily deals site, Schwaggle , nationwide. Active offers its Schwaggle deals via email, Facebook, and through the site. The Schwaggle site initially launched in the Bay Area with discounts to events such as the Bay to Breakers and Marin County Half Marathon.

Sites 136 Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding

socalTECH offers up an online site where people can search for and read reviews on products, including electronics, automotive products, beauty, and more. The site allows users to vote up and down products, follow questions and users, awarding and ranking questions and users by their votes. Santa Monica-based , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions.

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site


Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. Mertado also has a deal with th Press Enterprise, the newspaper publisher for Riverside and San Bernardino County, where the Press Enterprise will develop a co-branded social shopping site with Mertado.

Pixoto Raises Seed Funding For Photo Site


Kiefer was the founder of Torrance-based Pictage, an online photo site which helps wedding photographers and other professionals market their photos. Pixoto , a new startup focused on sharing and voting on photographic images which is headed by former Pictage founder Jason Kiefer, has just scored a seed funding worth $360,000, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The firm's founders are Jason Kiefer, Justin Kifer, and Scott Murphy.

AudioMicro Launches New Stock Content Sites


Sherman Oaks-based , the stock audio site run by Ryan Born, debuted four new content sites Thursday at the Launch Conference. Born showed off ChooseTattoos , ImageCollect , InfographicStock , and Cartoonsy at the conference. ChooseTattoos sells stock tattoo designs; ImageCollect celebrity images; InfographicStock includes infographics; and Cartoonsy various cartoon images. READ MORE>>. audiomicro choosetattoos stock images imagecollect cartoon cartoonsy

AppleTree Gets $300K For Family Tree Site


Manhattan Beach-based AppleTree , which operates an online site for creating and sharing family trees, has raised $300,000 in funding. According to a regulatory filing, the funding came in late December. No details on the funding have been announced by the company.'s board include Klaus Schauser, the founder of GoToMyPC; the firm's CEO is headed by Scott Mueller. competes against such firms as, MyFamily, GeneTree, and READ MORE>>. Launches Personal Finance Site, Backed By $3.5M


Los Angeles-based , a new startup led by Scott Saunders, said Tuesday that it has officially launched its free, social finance site.'s web site centers around sharing dreams and saving goals with others, and earning special badges for reaching steps along the way to those goals. The firm said it is backed with $3.5M

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Lumeo Launches Pro Video Learning Site


The new site allows users to watch videos and learn from professionals, via short video tutorials. The site's first set of educational videos comes from surf photographer Art Brewer. Membership to the site is free, with an advertising-free premium level also available. Santa Monica-based Lumeo , a new startup aimed at helping members learn how to shoot professional videos, said today that it has launched its service.

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