Emotional Intelligence Technology To Light Up Santa Monica at 2015 Twilight Concert Series At The Pier
Tech Zulu Event
JULY 28, 2015
Light Emotion Data) to the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series. “We’re aiming to achieve something that’s never been done before, and as a Santa Monica-based technology company, we felt there was no better place to debut this than in our own backyard.”
Zaniac Launches After School, Minecraft Programs In Santa Monica
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Zaniac , the operator of an after-school, education program which uses Minecraft and robotics to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to kids, said this week that it has opened up a location in Santa Monica--the first in a major expansion into Los Angeles. The company's learning centers are geared towards the K-8 crowd, and feature computer programming, Minecraft, Lego Robotics, and other tech-heavy activities for children.
TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach
APRIL 8, 2014
There seems to a perpetual shortage of local venture capital investors in the region, despite the huge growth in startup activity here, particularly along Silicon Beach. We''re happy to report that we''ve found quite a bunch of those here in our backyard in Santa Monica.
Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities
MAY 16, 2012
Santa Monica-based Triptrotting , which helps match travelers with like-minded locals, is expanding this morning, saying that it has added a new "Social Activities" feature to help users find activities by location, date, time, and price.
Santa Monica’s Cornerstone OnDemand Launches New Products
MAY 12, 2016
Santa Monica-based talent management software firm Cornerstone OnDemand announced the launch of its suite of people analytics products at its annual Convergence Conference.
Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital
JULY 15, 2013
A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.
LifeCrowd Expands, Launches Out Of MuckerLab
MARCH 26, 2012
Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd , the social activity discovery site headed by Bong Koh, said Friday that it has expanded into three new regions, and launched officially out of Los Angeles accelerator MucherLab. LifeCrowd operates an online site which makes it easier for users to find group activities, such as classes and activities. The idea behind the site is to help users connect with others, find activities to do with friends, and meet new people.
Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
The full list follows: 13 EdgeCast Networks 21406% Santa Monica Alex Kazerani 15 Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 46 Local Splash 3034% Santa Ana Steve Yeich 60 Lpath, Inc. 588% Santa Monica Adam Miller 164 Healthcare Data Solutions 560% Irvine Tim Slevin 172 LeisureLink, Inc.
BetterWorks Shutting Down On May 31st
MAY 23, 2012
In what is a huge blow to Silicon Beach, Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the software-and-technology-meets-employee-perks startup run by Paige Craig, told its users today that it is sunsetting its site on May 31st. According to an email from Craig, the company decided to close down the BettterWorks perk platform, and will not longer be active after next Thursday. BetterWorks--and Paige Craig--have been one of the companies driving the growth in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach.
Siemer Ventures Backs Japanese Mobile Video Firm
JANUARY 2, 2014
Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Siemer Ventures is one of the backers of a new, Japanese mobile video entertainment startup, Breaker. Siemer Ventures has been an active investor in overseas companies, and even has its own, Singapore-based startup incubator , WaveMaker Labs.
Lifecrowd Finds $5M From Groupon Founders, Others
APRIL 19, 2012
Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd , the social activities website headed by Bong Koh , has raised $5M in a initial funding round, the company is announcing today. The startup, which offers up a website which helps consumers find fun activities in their local area, said the funding came from Lightbank , the venture arm of the founders of Groupon , as well as Bullpen Capital , Baroda Ventures , and Prism VentureWorks, as well as local venture accelerator MuckerLab.
Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach
Tech Zulu Event
JUNE 10, 2014
The real estate impact of this activity can probably be traced to the 2011 arrival of Google in the Frank Gehry-designed “binoculars” building on Main Street in Santa Monica. The predominantly resale neighborhoods of Venice and Santa Monica also feel the tech boom.
Startup Surge in Los Angeles
MAY 14, 2012
That seemed to be the mood running through the cloud at the more-than-sellout crowd at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica Thursday at the first LA Demo Day. Certainly it feels like there's been a recent surge in Startup activity here in Los Angeles and as well nationally. Ben Kuo just posted on SoCalTech: Are the good times for startups back?
Los Angeles Startup Events
MAY 22, 2012
I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.
GonnaBe Helps Users Plan Social Events, Activities
MARCH 15, 2013
GonnaBe was one of the companies launched out of LA's StartEngine accelerator, and is now in Santa Monica. If you're a mobile user, what's the best way to help plan out your busy weekend and social life? Los Angeles-based GonnaBe , the startup headed by Hank Leber, rolled out its platform this week, releasing a new iPhone application which the startup says acts as the "crystal ball for your social life.".
ParkMe Raises Another Round From Angeleno Group To Fuel Its Expansion Internationally
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 23, 2013
and Europe and recently released its real-time on-street parking solution for drivers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica and Austin. Apart from expanding, ParkMe will use the new funds to build a technology team, add more business development activities and marketing initiatives.
Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
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. Last week, Science revealed it was backing another, subscription e-commerce effort, MeUndies, in addition to backing another startup--Eventup--run by Tony Adam, another active Los Angeles technology figure.
Livestrong.com Claims Traffic Record
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM , the fitness and healthy living site run by Demand Media , said this morning that it has seen a "momentous activity spike" in usage of the site. Livestrong.com said it had over 12 million unique visitors in January 2011, an all-time traffic high for the site. Livestrong said the numbers place it as the largest, single website in the United States in the health category, according to comScore.
Cornerstone OnDemand Buys New Zealand Firm
MARCH 8, 2012
Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of human resources and talent management software-as-a-service, said today that it has agreed to acquire Auckland, New Zealand-based Sonar Limited (Sonar6). Cornerstone OnDemand said it would pay $13M in cash, and $1M in equity for Sonar6, in addition to hiring certain employees from the company. Sonar6 develops cloud-based, talent management software focused on small businesses.
LA Group Launches Effort To Promote Technology Corridor In Los Angeles
DECEMBER 12, 2012
The Los Angeles Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry (LAMCII) has been meeting since March, to help identify the top issues facing growth companies in the region, and to propose activity to spur additional entrepreneurial activity and innovation, according to the group.
LA's Technology Ecosystem Expands, As Silicon Valley Law Firm Sets Up Shop
JULY 24, 2012
In a sign that the Los Angeles technology and startup world is starting to be taken more seriously by Silicon Valley, one of Silicon Valley's more prominent law firms has set up shop in Santa Monica.
Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management
MARCH 30, 2012
Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. The firm's site helps people find local classes, events, outings, and activities.
Silicon Beach: The Android App
AUGUST 8, 2012
There's been a lot of press about the name "Silicon Beach"--the name the local community has taken up to describe the high tech renaissance happening in Santa Monica and surrounding cities in Los Angeles.
2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 12, 2015
at the Dethrone Base Camp in Santa Monica. The experience is tailored to each company — no mandatory schedule or recycled calendar of activities. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2015 Startup and Entrepreneur Forecast taking place Thursday, January 29 from 7 p.m.
Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena
JULY 16, 2013
It started around a year ago, as I was driving back from Santa Monica from an event. I thought, it''s great what is going on in Santa Monica, but it''s very hard to be part of the same community, given how far apart the cities are.
FamilyFinds Takes Page From Pinterest, Launches myFINDS
FEBRUARY 9, 2012
Santa Monica-based FamilyFinds , the daily deal service backed by Matt Coffin, the founder of LowerMyBills.com, looks to have taken an inspiration from the popularity of Pinterest , with its own sharing and commenting service.
What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA
DECEMBER 27, 2012
The biggest news for Digital LA this year has been creating and spearheading Silicon Beach Fest, LA's first startup entertainment community festival in Santa Monica and Venice in June, 2012.
Palomar Ventures Backs Damballa
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Palomar Ventures has re-upped its investment in a security software firm Damballa , which is based in Atlanta, as part of a new $12M funding round for that company. Damballa makes security software used by ISPs, telcos, and enterprise customers, which disrupts botnets, fraud, and criminal activity and malware.
Paige Craig Backs Klout In New Round
JANUARY 10, 2011
Craig, in addition to being an active angel investor, is starting up his own, stealthy B2B startup in Santa Monica. Los Angeles angel investor Paige Craig is part of a new round of funding for Internet web influence tracker Klout. Klout said today that it had raised $8.5M in a funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins' sFund, which also included Greycroft Partners, as well as prior investors Paige Craig, ff Asset Management, Tom McInerney, Bobby Yazdani and Howard Lindzon.
Engrade Raises $3M For Classroom Management Tools
MAY 4, 2012
Santa Monica-based Engrade , a developer of online classroom management tools, said today that it has raised $3M in a funding round. Engrade's online software is used for tracking grades and other classroom activities and communications. The round was led by Rethink Education, and also included NewSchools Venture Fund, Greg Gunn, Zac Zeitlin, and Richard Chino.
ResumeBucket Hits Milestone
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Santa Monica-based ResumeBucket says today that it has hit a milestone of 1 million communications between employers and job seekers on the site, and now has over 600,000 users in its database. The firm said it is approaching 5,000 active companies using its site for finding talent. ResumeBucket operates an online site for employees, which allows them to post their resume; the firm is headed by Ted Hekman, and was co-founded by Josh Stomel.
Amazon Gives Nod To Five Series
MAY 29, 2013
Those in Silicon Beach will be happy to hear that Betas, the comedy set in the land of Silicon Valley startups (but whose pilot was actually filmed in the center of Santa Monica''s startup activity) will also go into a full season of production. Amazon Studios. the SoCal effort by Internet giant Amazon.com to develop and produce its own, original content, said this morning that it has given the green light to five series.
How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 10, 2016
Move our offices to Santa Monica so we could be closer to the early-stage companies being created in LA. He’s proved much more efficient that I ever was at tracking the activities of the community.
Southern California Leads Cleantech Funding Activity
OCTOBER 30, 2008
Santa Monica-based SolarReserve was among the top deals in that segment, with $140M invested in a second round funding. Southern California even beat Silicon Valley in terms of clean tech activity, with the $363.5M Ernst & Young LLP released an analysis of clean technology fundings for Q3, finding that there were $363.5M in clean technology investments in Southern California for the quarter, a significant chunk of an overall $1.6 billion in fundings.
Instacart Expands In Los Angeles
MAY 1, 2014
The company has been active in Los Angeles since April 3rd. The company said it now covers Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Sawtelle, West LA, Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart has expanded in Los Angeles, saying recently that it is now covering downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, and will deliver groceries from Ralphs and Costco.
JuntoBox Names Forest Whitaker Co-Chair
MARCH 1, 2012
Santa Monica-based startup JuntoBox , a new startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, said today that it has named actor, producer, and director Forest Whitaker as its co-chair. Whitaker is prominently featured in the introduction to the site, and the company said that he will play an active role in selecting, producing and marketing the films chosen on the site, with assistance from his production firm, Significant Productions.
Venture Capitalists Invest $493.2M In Southern California In Q1
APRIL 14, 2011
invested in Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive. The most active investors for Q1 in Southern California were DFJ. Other active investors in Southern California firms were Montreux Equity Partners , Avalon Ventures , Alloy Ventures , Aberdare Ventures , Adams Street Partners LLC , RiverVest Venture Partners , Miramar Venture Partners , Google Ventures , Angeleno Group, LLC , Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers , and Versant Ventures.
MamaBear Dangles Free Premium Services For Mother's Day
MAY 7, 2015
Santa Monica-based MamaBear >, the developer of a mobile app which helps mothers keep track of and manage their families, said it will offer up a free premium services to users who sign up for the service during May. MamaBear develops an app to help parents monitor social media activity, location, reputation management, and cyber alerts involving threats towards their children.
MomentFeed Gets Investment From Digital Marketing Firm
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the provider of analytics software for tracking location-based check-in and other activity from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Gowalla, said Monday that it has scored an investment from Rockfish Brand Ventures , the venture capital arm of Rockfish Interactive.
Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week
JANUARY 27, 2011
Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. Anthem is one of the more active local investors, and has recently backed BeachMint, CocoDot, and TrueCar, among other firms.