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Video Interview: Brand Caso, Meshcandy

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Our interview todays is with Brand Caso , the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Meshcandy (meshcandy.com) developing mesh devices specifically for the health care industry, used for automate the measuring information at health care sites. READ MORE>>.

Amazon Maisel Day Goes Wrong In Santa Monica

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A promotion by Amazon went awry in Santa Monica on Thursday, after the Santa Monica Police had to shut down a promotion at a local Chevron for causing major traffic woes. As part of the promotion, Amazon had offered up 1959 pricing on gasoline (30 cents a gallon) to Amazon Prime members. The promotion had included deals that featured 1959 prices for food, movie tickets, hotel tickets, and other purchases to promote the original Amazon Prime series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

Video Interview: Jeff Cohn, Syndicated Maps

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Jeff Cohn , the founder and CEO of Syndicated Maps (www.syndicatedmaps.com) previously helped start up the Tech Coast Angels' efforts and company screenings in Los Angeles.

Video Interview: Aaron Ross, Predictable Revenue

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Video Interview: Dr. Masaru Rao and Brynley Lee, Basilard Biotech

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Our video interview today is with Dr. Masaru Rao and Brynley Lee, who are in the midst of forming Basilard Biotech , a spinout of UC Riverside.

SimpliPhi Power Dangles Further Discounts For Energy Storage Batteries

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Oxnard-based SimpliPhi Power , a developer of lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery technology, said this morning that it is offering up steep discounts on its 3.8 KWh, 48V batteries, as part of its effort to cater to both Californians preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), as well as globally for other climate change-related events, including wildfires, extreme heat, and hurricanes.

Video Interview: Andy Wilson, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

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For our video interview this morning, we have Andy Wilson, the Executive Director of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation (www.alliancesocal.org), a new nonprofit which is trying to bring together Southern California's technology industry, universities, and others in the local ecosystem. READ MORE>>.

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Adesso Expands Line Of KODAK Peripherals

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Walnut, California-based Adesso , which manufactures computer peripherals, says it is rolling out a line of products with the KODAK brand on it, including new education and office peripherals for the PC and Mac platforms.

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Within Rolls Out New Augmented Reality Story

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Los Angeles-based Within , a venture-backed startup which is developing augmented reality software, said this week that it has relased another, augmented reality title on its app, Wonderscope.

GroundMetrics Gets $7.5M More In Funding

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San Diego-based GroundMetrics , a startup that develops electromagnetic oil and gas surveying technology, has raised nearly $7.5M in a funding round, with a target of $8.45M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. According to the filing, approximately $6.9M of the funding was related to conversion of debt into shares of capital stock. Details on the funding have not yet been announced.

CUDDLY Connects With Funding For Software For Animal Rescue Groups

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Seal Beach-based CUDDLY , a developer of software and technology to help non-profit, animal rescue organizations, announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has received an investment from an angel investor. CUDDLY said the investment came from Greg Kidd, the co-founder and CEO of globaliD, and founding partner of investment firm Hard Yaka. Size of the investment was not announced.

Video Interview: Jenny Wang, Jeni Vision

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Our video interview today is with Jenny Wang, Ph.D. , the co-founder and CEO of Jeni Vision (www.jenivision.com), a venture funded startup spun out of UC Irvine, which is developing treatments for a number of opthalmic conditions. Jeni Vision has so far raised $7M in its Series A funding.

Video Interview With Alex Canter, Ordermark

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Los Angeles-based Ordermark (www.ordermark.com)announced this morning that it has raised $18M in a Series B funding round from Foundry Group, TenOneTen Ventures, Vertical Venture Partners, Mucker Capital, Act One Ventures, and Nosara Capital.

Video Interview: Brainleap's Software To Help Treat ADHD and Autism

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Welcome to socaltech interviews, where we talk to the startup entrepreneurs, investors, and others in Southern California's technology industry.

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Cinq Music Collects $40M More

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Los Angeles-based Cinq Music , a music startup which provides technology driven music distribution, record label, and rights management, has raised $40M in a Series C funding, the company said on Tuesday. The funding came from GoDigital Media Group, a media and technology investment firm focused on intellectual property rights management. According to GoDigital, the new funding will go to purchase music rights, both masters and publishing, and to further expand internationally.

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Singularity 6 Takes $16.5M In Series A

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Los Angeles-based Singularity 6 , a developer of online games, has raised $16.5M in a Series A funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and also included seed investor LVP as well as FunPlus Ventures. Andrew Chen, a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join the company's board of directors as part of the investment. According to Singularity 6, it is looking to deliver a "more meaningful" online game experience.

Activision Blizzard Names Entertainment Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has turned to a veteran of the entertainment industry to head up its marketing efforts, saying on Thursday that it has named David Messinger, a veteran of CAA, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Messinger previously spent more than 15 years at sports and entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), most recentl as co-head of CAA Marketing.

Virgin Galactic Shows Off Swanky Lounge For Space Tourists

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Virgin Galactic , the Richard Branson-backed startup which is working on a space tourism venture which hopes to launch well heeled tourists into space, showed off a new, swanky lounge, which it said that its "Future Astronauts" will be able depart and return from space. The "Gaia Lounge" at its "Gateway to Space" is at Virgin Galactic's new hangar at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

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Vuori Picks Up $45M For Athletic Brand

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Carlsbad-based Vuori , an athletic clothing brand, has raised $45M in a funding round, the company said this week. The funding came from Norwest Venture Partners. The company offers up athletic clothing for both men and women, including board shorts, pants, T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and other products. Vuori was founded by Joe Kudla. The company said the funding was a "growth equity" round. READ MORE>>. vuori athletic venture capital clothing consumer clothes

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TeleSign Expands Into Mobile Messaging

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Los Angeles-based TeleSign , which has been focused on authentication and second factor authentication services for major website and mobile applications, is expanding into mobile messaging services. According to TeleSign is has expanded into Rich Communication Services (RCS) Messaging, by launching an application programming interface (API) which lets businesses send SMS and voice messages to their customers. Telesign said the new TeleSign RCS API is available for free to its beta customers.

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SuperMoney Reaches $2 Billion In Loan Requests

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Santa Ana-based SuperMoney , a startup which lets users evaluate loans and financial services, has just reached $2 billion in loan requests, according to the company. SuperMoney, led by founder and CEO Miron Lulic, says it just reached $2 billion in loan requests through its multi-lender marketplace. SuperMoney's online site provides content about everything from mortgages to credit cards, to debt and refinancing.

Interview with Vanessa Dawson, The Vinetta Project

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The Vinetta Project (www.vinettaproject.com), a group which is focused on helping to accelerate the growth of female-led startups, announced a few weeks ago that it is working with P&G Ventures, the internal "startup studio" of Procter and Gamble on an effort to help female-led companies in Los Angeles. We caught up with Vanessa Dawson , the CEO of The Vinetta Project, to learn more about the group and what it's doing with P&G Ventures. What is The Vinetta Project?

How Rolebot Wants To Eliminate The Resume, With Shane Bernstein

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Anyone who hires anyone, or has ever looked for a jobs knows how important a resume is. However, in the technical arena--as a programmer, developer, or software engineer--it's hard to tell from a resume how good you really are. Plus, it's often difficult to find that technical talent, which might not be looking for a job. That's where Los Angeles-based Rolebot (www.rolebot.net) comes in.

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Video Interview: Len Lanzi, LAVA on How To Get Your Startup Funded

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Len Lanzi is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) (www.lava.org), which helps startup entrepreneurs get their companies funded.

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RepairSmith Launches In LA, Backed By Funding From Daimler AG

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Los Angeles-based RepairSmith , which offers mobile automotive maintenance and repair services, has launched its services in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the company said on Wednesday. The startup is backed by Daimler AG, and offers up online pricing of services, online scheduling, and servicing of a vehicle at a customer's home, work, or at a shop. Size of the investment by Daimler AG was not announced, although RepairSmith called the the backing a "major investment commitment".

Cornerstone Wins University of North Carolina

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Santa Monica-based talent management and learning software developer Cornerstone OnDemand reported this morning that it has been selected by the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, to provide its tools to 47,000 employees. According to Cornerstone OnDemand, its product will provide the tools for those employees to develop new skills, become more engaged at work and recruit employees who are the best fit for their organization. Financial impact of the win was not announced.

Procore Adds 3D Model Support

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Carpinteria-based Procore Technologies , which develops construction management software, has added a new, 3D modeling product-- Procore BIM --which lets teams access 3D models at construction job sites. According to Procore, the new product provides access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Apple iOS devices, including iPads and iPhones. Pricing on the new software was not announced.

Smart Thermostats Popular With Younger Generations, Says Report

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A new report, from J.D. Power , says that "younger generations" are "cozying up" to smart thermostats, the devices which automatically adjust a home's temperature based on when people are in or out of a home, usually saving energy and money. According to J.D.

Ingram Micro Launches Startup Competition

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Irvine-based Ingram Micro , a distributor of technology products and provider of cloud and other related services, has launched a new competition aimed at startups, thec ompany said this morning. According to Ingram Micro, its new Comet Competition is aimed at early stage, independent software vendors (ISVs), which will award $5M in money and funding to a total of 60 ISVs, through a series of 16 competitions, which it will conduct internationally.

Interview with David Wood, Eventene

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For our interview this morning, we talked with David Wood , the Founder and CEO of Eventene (www.eventene.com), an early stage startup, bootstrapped startup developing event management software. David--a veteran of Microsoft, having been the lead developer of Microsoft Exchange--tells us why he started his company. What does Eventene do? David Wood: We make event planning software for social organizations.

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Report: Ring Now Working With Over 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

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Santa Monica-based Ring --the doorbell and security camera maker which is now owned by Amazon --has now partnered up with at least 200 law enforcement agencies, giving those departments the ability to see where Ring cameras are installed in a neighborhood, and allowing the police to directly contact camera owners for requests for footage, according to a report.

Report: Security Researchers Can Expose A Grindr User's Exact Location

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Security researchers reported over the weekend that they are able to triangulate the exact location of users on Grindr , as well as three other mobile dating apps, all by just knowing a username. According to research posted by Pen Test Partners (PTP), it is able to spoof latitude and longitude of locations thorough the mobile apps of those phones, and calculate the exact location of a specific person using the app using triangulation.

MedAnswers Gets $5M In Seed Funding For Fertility Info

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Los Angeles-based MedAnswers , a startup which runs FertilityAnswers , an app and website which provides a resource to help match people to fertility services, as well as access to clinically and scientifically validated fertility information, has raised $5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Special Situations' Life Sciences Innovation (LSI) Fund, managed by David Sable, and also included Viking Capital.

March Capital Leads $51M Funding In Uniphore's AI Software

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Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital is the lead investor in a $51M, Series C funding round for Uniphore , which also included Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures), Sistema Asia, CXO Fund, ITP, Iron Pillar, Patni Family, and others. Uniphore is a developer of conversational artificial intelligence software, which is being used in call centers, and helps provide automated customer service for companies.

Perceptyx Finds Funding For Employee Analytics

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Temecula-based Perceptyx , a developer of employee analytics and survey software, has raised a round of strategic funding from TCV,according to the company. Size of the investment round was not announced. According to Perceptyx, the "significant" investment will go through product innovation, and positioning of the company. Nasari Ansari, General Partner at TCV, and Dave Eichler, Vice President of TCV also have joined the company's board.