Social Rewards Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based Social Rewards , the operator of social, loyalty, and affiliate marketing services headed by Joseph Morin, has scored some angel funding, socalTECH has learned.

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. Editor's note: socalTECH was a sponsor of this event.).

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Interview with Brian Norgard, Namesake

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But, I'd like to extend a personal invite to socalTECH readers, because I've been reading the blog forever, and if they click on this link they can access Namesake directly.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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In LA we have SoCalTech , for which I am grateful. This article originally ran on TechCrunch. I’m in Seattle this week. People keep asking me if I’ve “seen anything interesting.&# Of course I have.

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Livestrong.com Launches Redesign Of Site

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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. Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com , 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.

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BitTorrent Starts Distributing Novel

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Disclaimer: Jones--also an investment banker by day--has previously contributed to socalTECH's Insights and Opinions section as an author).

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Report: WebVisible Shuts Down

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Former WebVisible employees had been telling socalTECH over the last few months that the firm was looking for a buyer. The company has not yet confirmed the shutdown, however, founder and CEO Kristen Mangers had left the firm in January in 2011. Irvine-based online advertising firm WebVisible has shut down, according to a report Wednesday. WebVisible had raised over $37M in venture capital, from such investors as Adams Street Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures.

CapLinked Raises $525K From PayPal Mafia

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I'm really thrilled to have such a great gorup of investors and excited about building out the product, to help entrepreneurs and investors," Jackson told socalTECH, continuing, "Our success will be measured by helping lots of companies get funded, so they can create jobs and build big businesses."

RealPractice Adds Website, Lead Management Tools

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Ransom took the reigns last year, and has been focusing the firm on providing services solo and small law practices--as he described in an interview with socalTECH last year, to create a LegalZoom focused on law practitioners. Santa Ana-based RealPractice , the developer of technology and marketing services for law firms that is headed by Carey Ransom, said this week that it has launched new website building and lead management tools for its customers.

Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort

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Disclaimer: socalTECH has also contributed content to the new section.) Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. In a new section on Docstoc's web site, the firm has been sharing dozens of video segments featureing business tips and advice from entrepreneurs from Southern California's technology community.

Docufide Becomes Parchment

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The name change plans had been uncovered by socalTECH in February. Docufide , which provides a service to transmit educational credentials and high school transcripts to colleges and universities, announced Thursday that it has renamed itself Parchment, Inc. The firm has operations in Los Angeles but recently moved its headquarters to Arizona after a $4.5M funding round. Docufide recently hired Matthew Pittinsky, the founder of educational software firm Blackboard, as its new CEO.

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OpenX Gets $20M From SAP, Others

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The round had been uncovered earlier by socalTECH. Los Angeles-based OpenX Technologies , the developer of online advertising serving software, announced this morning that it has raised $20M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by SAP Ventures, and also included new investors AOL Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors Accel Partners, Index Ventures and DAG Ventures.

Vokle Gets Funding

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The investment had been uncovered by socalTECH in January, but had not officially been announced as a TCA deal. Santa Monica-based Vokle has scored an investment round from the Tech Coast Angels, the angel group formally announced Monday. Amount of the investment was not disclosed, however, a recent regulatory filing indicates that Vokle had recently raised $542,000 out of $1.0M in an ongoing funding round.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today. The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President of Sales. Beyer joins the company from SocialVibe, where he also served as VP of Sales. He has also served at SocialMedia.com, Business.com, Advertising.com, and Petersen Publishing, publisher of Motor Trend and Teen magazines.

Freebinar Looks To Fill Webcasting Hole Left By DimDim

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Freebinar told socalTECH today that it is looking to help users of Dimdim, which was just acquired by Salesforce.com and stopped allowing new user signups this week. Huntington Beach-based Freebinar , a provider of free, web conferencing services, is looking to fill the new hole left by free web conferencing service Dimdim , with its own ad-supported service.

Savings.com Launching Daily Deals Aggregator

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Bendele told socalTECH in January that the firm was working on better personalization of offers for users, and trying to address the issue of "deal overload" due to a proliferation of daily deals sites. Los Angeles-based Savings.com , the online coupon site run by Loren Bendele, said today at a presentation at the Launch conference that it is launching a closed beta of its daily deals aggregation service.

Interview with Andrew Humphries, UK's Tech City

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On the invitation of UK Trade and Investment, socalTECH Contributing Editor Travis Oberlander has traveled this week to London for us, to compare and contrast the efforts in the UK to establish their own technology center with our own efforts in Southern California.).

MarketShare Gets $32M From Elevation

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A portion of the funding was uncovered by socalTECH earlier this month. Los Angeles-based MarketShare , the provider of marketing analytics software headed by Wes Nichols and Jon Vein, announced today that it has raised $32M in a follow on investment from private equity firm Elevation Partners. According to MarketShare, the investment will go to support its organic growth, strategic acquisitions, Asia-Pacific and EMEA expansion, plus its products.

Mavenlink Confirms $3.9M Fundraising

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socalTECH had first uncovered the funding in September. Irvine-based Mavenlink , a developer of software tools for managing projects with clients, contracts, and consultants, has raised $3.9M in funding from Quest Software and Madden Capital Partners, according to the firm today. Mavelink, which is headed by Ray Grainger, develops tools used for tracking projects and documents, managing online invoices, time and expense tracking, and more.

Southern Californian, US Entrepreneurs Visit 10 Downing Street

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Editor's note: Travis Oberlander, Contributing Editor to socalTECH, is traveling in London today following a group of Southern California startups, to learn more about the UK's outreach to the technology industry) READ MORE>>.

ScoreBig Confirms Funding Round

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The funding had originally been uncovered by socalTECH via a regulatory filing yesterday. Los Angeles-based ScoreBig , a members-only ticketing site, has confirmed its recent $14M funding, saying the Series B funding was led by U.S. Venture Partners. ScoreBig said the $14M, first close also included prior investor Bain Capital Ventures, and brings its total raised to $22.5M. ScoreBig was founded by Adam Kanner, formerly of the National Basketball Association.

BlackLine Planning Big Hiring Boost

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The firm told socalTECH that about 40 of those hires are expected to work at the firm's new Woodland Hills office, which is being announced today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. BlackLine Systems , the developer of financial close software headed by Therese Tucker, is planning a big hiring boost this, expecting to hire more than 50 more employees this year on top of an existing 75 people working at the company.

Momentum Ventures Winding Down, Says Report

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According to Andy Wilson, Managing Director and Founder of the firm, in an interview with socalTECH, the move actually had happened gradually over the last year, as the various principals at the firms became more involved and interested in running portfolio companies. Los Angeles-based Momentum Ventures , the venture acceleration and funding firm, is no longer making investments and is winding down, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Social Media Advanced Skills Huddle

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- S.M.A.S.H. socalTECH readers get $100 off using code socaltechsmash. Social Media Advanced Skills Huddle). SMASH is an interactive conference designed to help you make better decisions about deploying social media for marketing, public relations and corporate communications. See [link] (more

How Does Tech Work in LA ?? And What Does It Mean To The Office Market?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 -- How Does Tech Work in LA  And What Does It Mean To The Office Market? Jim Jacobsen, Managing Principal of Industry Partners, will moderate the panel which will feature Austin Beutner, Civic Leader; Benjamin Kuo, Founder, Editor and Publisher of SOCALTECH, LLC; Jerome Chang, Architect and Founder of BLANKSPACES; Jerry Porter, Founding Principal, CresaPartners; and Jeff Joerling, Business Development Manager with Turnstone, A Steelcase Company.

Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 -- Venture Capital in Southern California: Catching Up and Going Beyond. Matthew DeBord, DeBord Report business and economy blogger for KPCC will moderate a panel of guests featuring Benjamin Kuo, Founder and Publisher, socalTECH as well as representatives from Rustic Canyon and Idealab. Northern California gets all the attention when it comes to venture capital investment.

Content, Commerce, and Cosmetics: A Look At IPSY's Subscription Business

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socaltech is a sponsor of next week's Recurring Revenue Conference on Tuesday at the Skirball Center, where Weiss will be speaking on a panel. It was cofounded by Michele phan in November of 2011.

DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- DIGIDAY:MOBILE: Publishers, Agency Executives and Brand Marketers are set to come together and discuss one of the hottest markets in digital content and advertising: Mobile. Plus, the event offers VIP networking opportunities which are designed to land you great deals and contacts for 2011 and beyond. 100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH.

DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 -- DIGIDAY:ON MEDIA: February 23, 2011: Where THE digital media moguls caucus on the business of buying and planning and advertising across digital platforms. 100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH.

Siemer Ventures Targets New Fund

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Editor's note: Siemer & Associates is a sponsor of socalTECH.) Los Angeles-based Siemer & Associates , an investment banking firm, appears to be raising a $30M, second fund, Siemer Ventures II, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. The fund's managers are listed as David Siemer and Eric Manlunas. Siemer & Associates earlier fund has invested in such firms as YouMail, XCAST, and Ranker. The firm declined to comment on the new fund.

DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS: The event will bring together the leading executives from top mobile agencies, blue-chip brands, mobile app developers, mobile advertising networks, and content owners to discuss the explosive Mobile "app-vertising" market. 100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH.

SPONSOR POST: Find jobs at socalTECH.com

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socalTECH is the best location for finding high tech savvy executives, marketers, engineers, and others. Looking for a high tech job in Southern California? Despite the economy, Southern California's high tech job outlook is better than it has ever been, with hundreds of open positions and many companies eagerly seeking high tech talent. Some positions posted to the site recently: Sr. Linux System Engineer , Santa Monica, Adconion Media Group.

Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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