Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

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Udacity , a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.

After 33 Exits in 5 Years, WI Seeks “More and Bigger” Startup Deals

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When Propeller Health’s founders initially tried to raise funding for their new healthcare technology venture, many of the investors they spoke with were hesitant to take the risk. It was the early part of this decade, and Propeller was navigating the FDA’s regulatory process for medical devices. The company believed it had a chance to become one of the first to earn market clearance from the agency for a software product, says Propeller co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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million led by GRP Partners, with participation from Baroda Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), Daher Capital, Double M Capital, Karlin Ventures, Clark Landry, Andy Rankin, and Launchpad LA.

CapLinked Raise $1.6m Series A Round & Appoint Adam Sroka As VP Technology

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million in a new round of financing from Peter Thiel, FF Angel , Siemer Ventures , 500 Startups , Andrej Henkler (former Bertelsmann executive), and Alexsis de Raadt-St. LA based CapLinked , a cloud-based business transaction platform yesterday raised $1.6

Jukin Media On Track For $10M In Revenues

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Jukin is backed by Maker Studios, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), Launchpad LA, as well as local angel investors. Los Angeles-based Jukin Media , the viral clips licensing company led by Jon Skogmo, is on track for $10M in annual revenues, the company disclosed Monday.

StyleHaul Gets $6.5M More For YouTube Fashion Channel

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in a Series B funding led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, along with its prior investors. In the "recent fundings we've missed" category, Los Angeles-based YouTube network StyleHaul quietly raised $6.5M

Epoxy Gets $6.5M For Social Video Tools

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According to the company, the investment came from Upfront Ventures and Time Warner Investments, along with prior investors, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Advancit Capital, Greycroft Partners and Robert Downey Jr.''s Los Angeles-based Epoxy said this morning that it has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding round, for the company''s social-focused, video tools.

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Nativo Snags Google Vet As VP of Product

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Nativo is led by Justin Choi, and venture backed by Greycroft Partners, Signia Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investment, and e.ventures. Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo said this week that it has named Eugene Cherny, a former Google executive, as its new Vice President of Product. Nativo said that Cherny was previously manger of Google's TrueView In-display product, a native ad unit used on YouTube and Google.

YieldMetrics Harvests $1.7M For Ad Analytics

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in funding, which was led by GRP Partners, and also included Baroda Ventures , Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments , Daher Capital , Double M Capital , Karlin Ventures , Launchpad LA, as well as angels. Online advertising firm YieldMetrics said Thursday morning that it has raised $1.7M The firm's founders as Gabe Gottlieb and Tom Lorimor. YieldMetrics tool is aimed at publishers, advertisers, and advertising technology providers, to provide better analytics on advertisers. READ MORE>>.

StyleHaul Adds Another $6M

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Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Juvo Capital, RezVen Partners, Siemer Ventures, and Machinima''s Allen DeBevoise. Los Angeles-based fashion video producer StyleHaul , the YouTube network headed by Stephanie Horbaczewski, has raised another $6M in funding, the firm disclosed Tuesday. The funding came from RLG Group, a European media company. StyleHaul''s YouTube network focuses on celebrity, shopping, and fashion. The firm has previously raised funding from.

Jukin Media Raises $2.5M More

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Jukin Media finds and licenses viral, video content on the web, which it then provides to both online and traditional media sources; the company has previously raised funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Maker Studios, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), along with others. Los Angeles-based Jukin Media has just raised $2.5M more, according to a regulatory filing from the company, in the form of debt funding.

InvolveSoft Gets $2.5M For Employee Volunteering Platform

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The funding was led by Bonfire Ventures, and also included Greycroft, Bertelsmann, Launch Capital, CrowdSmart and Noname Ventures. Santa Monica-based InvolveSoft , which develops software to help companies encourage their employees to volunteer for events and help contribute to their local communities, has raised $2.5M in a funding round, the company said this morning.

Epoxy Inks Deals With Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, Others

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Epoxy is venture backed by Upfront Ventures, Time Warner Investments, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Advancit Capital, Greycroft Partners and Robert Downey Jr.''s Los Angeles-based Epoxy , the social engagement software develoled by Juan Bruce, announced a long list of partnerships this morning with YouTube MCNs. According to Epoxy, it has partnered with.

Jukin Media Gets Strategic Funding

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The company said the funding came from strategic investors, including Maker Studios, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), Launchpad LA, as well as angels, including Richard Wolpert and Brad Zions.

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Radish Raises $3M For Reading App

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The funding came from Greylock, Lowercase Capital, Softbank Next Media Innovation Fund, UTA, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Sherpa Capital, and also includes angels Amy Tan, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Charlie Songhurst, Nicolas Berggruen, Matt Humphrey, Duncan Clark, Jeremy Yap, and others. Los Angeles-based Radish which develops a service which provides short-form, serialized fiction via iOS and Android, has raised $3M in a seed funding round.

Upfront Ventures To Canada With Latest Video Funding In Vemba

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Vemba, which is based in Toronto but has offices in Los Angeles, said it raised $5M in a Series A funding, which was led by Upfront Ventures and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), along with the Enterprise Fund at the John S. Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures has made a new investment in the video distribution and content discovery area, with an investment in Canadian firm Vemba.

Pathmatics Gets $3M For Advertising Analytics Software

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The funding was led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), and also included Upfront Ventures, Karlin Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Double M Partners, Daher Capital, plus Wavemaker Partners and Manatt Venture Fund. Santa Monica-based Pathmatics , a startup developing analytics software for analyzing the programmatic advertising market, has raised $3M in a Series A funding.

StyleHaul Acquired By RTL Group For Up To $205M

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StyleHaul was venture backed by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Juvo Capital, RezVen Partners, WaveMaker Ventures (formerly Siemer Ventures), and Machinima''s Allen DeBevoise. Los Angeles-based Youtube network StyleHaul has been acuqired by European entertainment network RTL Group , in a deal that values the company at over $205M if earn out goals are met. RTL said it would acquire a controlling stake in StyleHaul for $107M plus up to $54M of earnout.

Emotive Communications Acquired By Zad Mobile

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Shaw Ventures and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI). Los Angeles-based Emotive Communications , a venture backed provider of ringtone and mobile music products, was acquired last week by Zad Mobile. Emotive was venture backed by Mayfield, D. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Emotive had raised over $13.95M in funding, and had itself acquired venture-backed Sennari Entertainment, a developer of loyalty programs for the mobile market, in 2008.

Panjo Raises $1.6M For Marketplace Software

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The funding also included Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Lerer Ventures and Mesa. Santa Monica-based Panjo , which develops online marketplaces for automotive, sports, and hobby enthusiasts, announced it has raised $1.6M in a funding round this morning, led by Spark Capital. Panjo, which was founded by Chad Billmyer, Juan Vasconez, and Tom Gerken, was part of the MuckerLab accelerator.

Nativo Raises $20M For Native Advertising

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The company's prior investors include Greycroft Partners, Signia Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investment, e.ventures, among others. Los Angeles-based Nativo the native advertising technology developer led by Justin Choi, said Tuesday morning that it has raised $20M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Advance Vixeid Partners (AVP), and also included RezVen Partners and the company's other existing investors.

Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

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The startup, which is funded by Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Downey Ventures, Advancit Capital and angels, said that it is aiming its tools at everyone from individual online video creators to studios, brands, and agencies. Venice, California-basd Epoxy --which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round.

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Arvato Digital Services Acquires Protexis

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Arvato is a division of Bertelsmann AG. Valencia-based Arvato Digital Services , a provider of supply chain, post production, replication, and software distribution services, said this morning it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Protexis, a provider of digital software distribution tools. Financial terms were not disclosed. Protexis provides digital distribution of software titles, and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Arvato has global operations, with U.S.

RoyaltyShare Extends Canadian Services

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The firm is venture backed by William Morris, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and Trident Capital. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare , a provider of digital royalty accounting for music publishers, said today that it has expanded its royalty services for Canadian music labels. The firm said it now can process mechanical royalties owed to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and Canadian based publishers.

Epoxy Tunes Into $2M to Enable YouTube, Video Publishing

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Other investors in the funding include Greycroft Partners , Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments , Advancit Capital, Allen DeBevoise, Ynon Kreiz , among others. One of the hottest sectors in Southern California's high tech world in the last couple of years has been video--namely, Internet video and content creation.

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Interview with Gabe Gottlieb, Pathmatics

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We spoke with Gabe to learn more about his company�which is backed by Bertelsmann and Upfront Ventures--and what it is working on. We're funded by Upfront Ventures, Bertelsmann, and others. Our interview today is with Gabe Gottlieb , Co-founder and CEO at Santa Monica-based advertising analytics firm Pathmatics (www.pathmatics.com). Tell us about your company? Gabe Gottlieb: We provide competitive and market intelligence for online advertising.

RoyaltyShare Plans New Digital Music Tracking Service

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RoyaltyShare is backed by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Trident Capital, and the William Morris Agency. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare said this morning it will be developing a new system for tracking limited downloads and interactive streaming. According to RoyaltyShare, it will be rolling out a platform which tracks and automates the tracking of music subscriptions and streaming, based on the recent agreement by the music industry on revenue sharing for streamed music.

RoyaltyShare Expands Service To The UK

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RoyaltyShare is backed by Trident Capital, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), and the William Morris Agency. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare , a developer of software-as-a-service for tracking online music royalties, said today that the firm has expanded its service to handle tracking of royalties in the UK. RoyaltyShare said that it now supports mechanical royalties managed by the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), used by UK record labels.

RoyaltyShare Launches Digital Asset Management Offering

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The firm, which is venture backed by Trident Capital, Bertelsmann Digital Media, and William Morris Agency, said that it will offer a low-cost service aimed at independent record labels through the service, which it is billing Digital Asset Storage and Management. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare, which provides digital royalty tracking to independent music labels, said Monday that it has expanded its offerings to digital asset management.

Emotive Gets $6.25M, Buys Sennari

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Shaw Ventures and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. Los Angeles-based Emotive Communications, which is developing ringtone-based, entertainment products for the mobile market, said today that it has scored $6.25M in a second round of venture financing. The round was led by The Mayfield Fund, and also included prior investors D. Emotive also said that it has acquired Sennari Entertainment, a provider of loyalty programs for the mobile market.

RoyaltyShare Signs Distribution Deals

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The firm is venture backed by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Trident Capital, and William Morris Agency. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare has signed a set of distribution deals for the firm's digital media management and royalty tracking software. According to RoyaltyShare, it has expanded support for distribution to mobile music services LiveWire Mobile, Moderati, SendMe Mobile, Thumbplay and Zed.

RoyaltyShare Inks Distribution Deals

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The firm is venture backed by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Trident Capital, and William Morris Agency. San Diego-based RoyaltyShare has inked a set of distribution deals for the firm's digital media management and royalty tracking software. According to RoyaltyShare, it has expanded support for distribution to mobile music services LiveWire Mobile, Moderati, SendMe Mobile, Thumbplay and Zed.

Interview with Jennifer Sargent, HitFix

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She also has served at DoubleClick, had a stint as an investment banker at JPMorgan, been a venture capitalist at Bertelsmann Ventures, and started with an Electrical Engineering degree before her MBA. That led me to a venture capital firm, Bertelsmann Ventures.