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Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company in.

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Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software. Anthem Ventures , represented by Samit Varma , and DFJ Frontier, represented by David Cremin , are two of the investors in Portland-based JanRain , whose software is used to allow websites to use existing online accounts such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo to sign up for other web services or even corporate applications.

Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

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For several years, the phrase "Los Angeles Venture Capitalist" had almost become an oxymoron. investment investor capital venture angeles

Ankona Capital Joins New Pack Of LA Venture Investors

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A new, venture capital firm, founded by Jon Bauch and Brian Mesic, has emerged in Los Angeles, called Ankona Capital. Bauch and Mesic--who were previously at Anthem Venture Partners--apparently are aiming at early growth capital investment in software companies. ankona capital angeles venture investment fund early stage seed anthem anthemvpjon bauch brian mesic

CARD.com Raises $3M For Prepaid Debit Cards

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Los Angeles continues to be a hotbed for new, finance-related startups this morning, as Santa Monica-based CARD.com announced it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The Series A funding was led by QED Investors, and also included Resolute Ventures, Anthem Ventures, and angels such as Adam Press and Greg Steiner (BeachMint, eHarmony).

Scopely Dangles Chance At Trip For Zynga Recruits

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In a twitter posting, Scopely said it is looking for developers from Zynga''s New York and Los Angeles offices to join the videogame developer. Scopely, which is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), develops mobile games. scopely videogame angeles jobs Ever wanted to see one of the seven wonders of the world?

Tinder Hooks Up With Spotify For Profile Music

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The Los Angeles dating app developer has launched a new feature , which lets Tinder users include tracks from Spotify on their profiles. According to Tinder, the new "Anthem" feature lets you include tracks on their profile, and swipe to see who shares your taste in music, and if you have your Spotify account connected, can show you the artists you have in common with other people. Looking for another way to connect with that special someone on Tinder ?

Surf Air Expands To Santa Barbara

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The new flights make Santa Barbara as close to San Francisco as it is to Los Angeles, and could help bolster the area''s high tech companies. Venture backed Surf Air has received funding from Velos Partners, Base Ventures, Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, Structure Capital, actor Jared Leto, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Gilad and Eytan Elbaz, Rick Caruso, Jeffrey Stibel and Jonathan Schreiber.

Surf Air Takes Flight, Starts All-You-Can-Fly Shuttles To Silicon Valley

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The service arguably makes Silicon Valley closer for those in Los Angeles, timewise, than even a drive between Los Angeles and Orange County during rush hour, in part by reducing the long time spent at airline terminals before a flight. Surf Air is venture backed by Velos Partners, Base Ventures, Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, actor Jared Leto, Mike Walsh, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Gilad and Eytan Elbaz, Rick Caruso, and Jeffrey Stibel.

Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec

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Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team. Scopely is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Scopely said Reed will head up the company''s product team. Scopely, which is headed by Walter Driver, has recently turned its attention to signing up third party developers.

Cocodot Gets $4.25M More

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Los Angeles-based Cocodot , the online invitations service run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has raised $4.25M out of an ongoing $6.0M The firm has previously received funding from Anthem Ventures, Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Representatives from both Anthem and Rincon continue to serve on the firm's board of directors.

FileTrek Raises $10M

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Los Angeles-based FileTrek , a developer of cloud-based, enterprise, file sharing and tracking software, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds. FileTrek's board includes William Woodward, Managing Director at Anthem Venture partners.

Viewdle Being Acquired By Google, Says Report

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Viewdle , a developer of computer vision technology which is venture backed by Anthem Ventures and Qualcomm, among others, is in the midst of an acquisition by Google , according to reports today. Viewdle, which was originally backed by Santa Monica based venture firm Anthem Venture Partners, was originally founded in Kiev, and now has operations sprinkled around the globe. reality augmented vision computer anthem google acquisition merger viewdle

Scopely Raises $8.5M

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Los Angeles-based Scopely , the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz , Eytan Elbaz , Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M in a new, seed financing round, from Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as angels. It looks like all that bacon paid off.

Scopely: Out With The Bacon, In With The Cash

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Scopely , the Los Angeles developer of game monetization services, told its supporters today that it will pay $5,000 in cash to anyone who refers job candidates that result in a hire for the company.

SurfAir's Subscription Airline Flights Now Targeted By End of 2012

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Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the startup airline which is looking to remake air travel with its unlimited, subscription-based air flights between Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and a few other select locations, told its supporters today that it is now readjusting its timeline for launch, and anticipates flying by the end of 2012.

Scopely Snags Zynga Vet

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Scopely , the Los Angeles-based gaming startup headed by Eytan Elbaz, has snagged yet another Zynga veteran for the firm, the firm said Friday morning. The firm is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as a long list of local and Silicon Valley angels.

FileTrek Debuts iPad Tool

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Los Angeles-based FileTrek , the developer of software which helps teams to track changes and updates in their projects, data, and documents, said Tuesday that it has released a new iPad application. FileTrek is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds, and also has operations in Ottawa, Canada.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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I see it first hand in Los Angeles where given the growth of YouTube networks the worlds of art & technology are colliding. In LA the VC shift is clearly to Santa Monica / Venice, home of Rustic Canyon, Greycroft, Anthem and just about every incubator (Amplify, Launchpad, Mucker, Science). Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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I asked the panelists ( David Travers , Brian Norgard , Fouad ElNaggar , & Demian Sellfors ) about the specific challenges that we face down here in Los Angeles as opposed to Silicon Valley. That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles.

Interview with Dale Quayle, FileTrek

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To address that, Los Angeles-based FileTrek (www.filetrek.com) announced a funding round for its cloud-based software for sharing enterprise and business files yesterday. One of the investors, Anthem Ventures, is here in Los Angeles, which is how I got involved.

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Surf Air Gets Funding Round

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Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the new startup out of the MuckerLab accelerator which is headed by Wade Eyerly, has announced its funding round, saying today that it has scored a key round of funding from Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, actor Jared Leto, Mike Walsh, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Gilad and Eytan Elbaz, Rick Caruso, and Jeffrey Stibel.

Panna Gets Funding From LA Investors For iPad Cooking Magazine

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A number of Los Angeles investors are behind a first round of funding today for Panna , a developer of a video cooking magazine for the iPad and iPhone. Anthem and Launchpad LA are in Los Angeles.

Surf Air Acquires Rise, Backed By New Funding

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Los Angeles-based membership-based airline Surf Air said Wednesday morning that it has acquired RISE , a Texas-based membership airline. Surf Air said it raised an undisclosed amount of new funding from IVP, Anthem, Velos Partners, Plus Capital, Eduardo Savarin, Dermot Desmond, Alexandre De Rothschild, Rick Caruso and various other fund and individual investors.

VideoAmp Raises $2.2M For Video Advertising Platform

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in a funding round, from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners and ZenShin Capital. The company says it already has more than 20 engineers in its Los Angeles offices. Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , which operates a programmatic video advertising platform, said this morning that it has raised $2.2M

Viewdle Gets $10M

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Viewdle , the developer of cross platform, facial recognition technology backed by Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures, has scored another round of funding, worth $10M, according to Viewdle. The new round comes from Best Buy, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Qualcomm, in addition to Anthem Ventures, which was the original investor in the company. Viewdle has some amount of its operations in Los Angeles, including finance and business development.

BuzzMedia Becomes SpinMedia

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Los Angeles-based online entertainment, music, and advertising firm BuzzMedia is no more: it's just rebranded itself SpinMedia. The firm is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, Interscope, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group.

Scopely Signs Five Independent Mobile Game Studios

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Los Angeles-based Scopely , the mobile monetization service headed by Walter Driver, has signed on five mobile games developers today, saying it has added Double Fine Productions, Big Cave Games, High Line Games, Rocket Jump Games, and Zupcat Games to its new Developer Network. Scopely is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as angels.

BeachMint Merges With Conde Nast's Lucky

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Los Angeles-based e-commerce website operator Beachmint is merging with Lucky , the shopping and fashion publication title owned by Conde Nast , creating a new company called The Lucky Group , the companies said Monday. BeachMint had been venture backed by Accel Partners, Anthem Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Lightbank, Millennium Technology Value Partners, New Enterprise Associates, New World Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Stanford University, and Trinity Ventures.

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo

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Los Angeles-based AdventureLink , a venture funded online adventure travel booking site, said Friday that it has appointed Jeff Dossett as the firm's Chief Executive Officer. AdventureLink is venture funded by Anthem Venture Partners, The Mailroom Fund, and Allegis Capital.

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

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Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV --which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame , another local YouTube network operator. Big Frame had been venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Frontier, LaunchPad LA, New World Ventures, The Media Farm and Social Starts, and angels Diego Berdakin, Dave Goldberg, Peter Gotcher, Clark Landry, Adam Lilling and Dan Murray.

AdventureLink Buys Competitor, Get Investment

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Los Angeles-based AdventureLink , the new adventure travel booking site run by Kelly Tompkins, announced this morning that it has acquired a competitor, Adventure Central. AdventureLink is also venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners and The Mail Room Fund.