Cast & Crew Taps PayPal Exec As Chief Technology Officer

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Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services , which provides technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry, has snagged a PayPal executive to serve as its new Chief Technology Officer. The company said today that Andrew Patterson, who was previously Senior Director, Transaction Engineering at PayPal Holdings, has joined as Chief Technology Officer.

Tillster Names Betfair, Shopzilla Vet As Chief Technology Officer

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Los Angeles-based Tillster , the provider of restaurant and casual dining ordering systems which is the combination of EMN8 and Snapfinger, said today that it has named Phil Dixon as its new Chief Technology Officer. Dixon was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of European Internet company Betfair, and had previously been Vice President of Engineering at Shopzilla.com.

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Canoo takes the covers off of its debut electric vehicle

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Kranz, who initially came on board as the company’s chief technology officer, took over the day-to-day operations of Canoo after Stefan Krause, Canoo’s co-founder and chief executive, stepped away from the company in August for personal reasons, as The Verge previously reported. .

One Kings Lane Snags Chief Technology Officer From Zappos

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One Kings Lane , the online, home furnishings flash sales site which splits its operations between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, said today that it has snagged former Zappos.com CTO Arun Rajan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Rajan will be at the company''s San Francisco offices. kings lane onekingslane ecommerce venture capital home furnishing house executive zappos technology officer

Relativity, a new star in the space race, raises $140 million for its 3-D printed rockets

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Using its proprietary printing technology, Relativity says it can slash the time it takes to develop a rocket from design to launch by up to two years. Relativity Space chief technology officer Jordan Noone next to one of the company’s 3-D printers.

The brains behind one of marketing’s biggest hits are out to reshape the industry again… with direct mail

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Postie uses a combination of online data collection and an on-demand print and mail technology to give its customers turnaround times on print orders in as little as 24 hours and what the company boasts is the equivalent of online ad-targeting.

Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

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Backed initially by Los Angeles-based accelerator MuckerLab and betaworks latest livecamp program, the two founders see Culture Genesis as tapping into the twin trends of gaming and mobile technology adoption in young African American and Latinx communities.

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

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Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment. Despite billions of dollars in investment, and a sustained marketing push from some of the biggest names in the technology industry, virtual reality still doesn’t register with most regular consumers.

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. “Decades ago, at the peak of Japanese growth as a technology competitor on the global stage, the US government sought to break up IBM.

Inseego Names CTO

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San Diego-based Inseego , which develops wireless hotspots, asset tracking, fleet management, and other related wireless products, has named a new Chief Technology Officer, the company said on Tuesday. inseego miwi hotspot wireless picker executive chief technology officer

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GoodRx Names CTO

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Santa Monica-based GoodRx , a venture-backed startup which runs a prescription drug pricing marketplace, has named Jody Mulkey as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Mulkey is a veteran of Southern California's technology world, and was most recently Chief Product Officer at Aspiration, was CTO of Ticketmaster for five years, and also was at Shopzilla (now Connexity) for 14 years.

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AirMap Sets CTO

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Santa Monica-based AirMap , which is developing drone mapping and airspace management services for the unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) market, has named Daniel Rubio as the company's Chief Technology Officer. He also served at NEC Technologies, among other positions. airmap drone mapping airspace daniel rubio chief technology officer executive

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FastSpring Names New CTO

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Santa Barbara-based e-commerce software developer FastSpring announced late Tuesday that it has named Michael Smith as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. fastspring chief technology officer executive ecommerceSmith was most recently CTO of Verisk Analytics, and also had served at Interthinx and Strategic Analytics. FastSpring develops cloud-based e-commerce software used by software, cloud, and other online service companies. READ MORE>>.

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uSamp Hires CTO

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and paneling firm run by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, reported today that it has hired Steven Sobolevsky as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Sobolevsky was most recently VP at Technology at RazorGator Intractive.

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OpenX Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-base programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX has named a new Chief Technology Officer, according to the company. OpenX said it has named Michael Radovancevich as its new CTO, as well as shifting former Chief Legal Officer Douglas McPherson to become Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. OPenX is a developer of online adverting technology, which it uses to run its own programmatic advertising exchange.

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Adconion Taps Sullivan As CTO

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Online advertising network Adconion is tapping a Los Angeles technology vet as its Global Chief Technology Officer, the company said Monday. Sullivan also was previously CTO of Tribune Company's Innovations/Interactive Technologies group, CIO at Edmunds.com, and a VP at Yahoo/Oerture Services, in addition to serving in executive roles at HomeStore.com and QAD. adconion sullivan executive chief technology officer engineering everbridge

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Omnidya Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence software developer Omnidya announced this morning that it has named Akshay "Ed" Vachhani as its Chief Technology Officer. Vachhani previously had served as Executive Director of Data and Analytics at Morgan Stanley. Vachhani also previously served at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Omnidya says it is using artificial intelligence to develop an IoT product used for home and auto insurance. READ MORE>>.

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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.

Hyperloop One Settles Employee Lawsuit

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Hyperloop One has settled a breach of fiduciary lawsuit brought by its former chief technology officer and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan as well as three other employees

Top CTO Challenges for 2019

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The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019.

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Stamps.com Snags CTO From Mattel

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El Segundo-based online postage and shipping software developer Stamps.com said late Tuesday afternoon that it has named Jonathan Bourgoine as its new Chief Technology Officer. Bourgoine was most recently the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel and, before that, was SVP of Operations at Youbet.com.

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Mobilogix Expands Board

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Irvine-based Mobilogix , a developer of asset management and tracking products, said this morning that it has named Dr. Alfred Man Cheuk Ng, Chief Technology Officer of SUGA International Holdings Limited, to its board. SGUA International is a big manufacturer of electronics, including professional audio equiment, AV, smart cards, interactive education, Wi-Fi, and many othe rproducts. Ng has also worked at Nokia, Qualcomm, and IBM.

MANDT VR Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based MANDT VR , an augmented reality and virtual reality production company, said on Thursday that it has named Mike Dunn as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Mandt was most recently CIO at VER, and also had previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Time Warner, Hearst Interactive Media and TrueCar.

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eSUB Construction Software Names CTO

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San Diego-based eSUB Construction Software --fresh off a $12M funding round --says it has hired on a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), to help it development its platform.

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Econolite Names CTO

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Anaheim-based Econolite , a developer of connected vehicle and traffic management technology, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to Econolite, it has named Eric Raamot as Chief Technology Officer of the company, replacing retiring Senior VP and CTO Gary Duncan. Raamot was most recently VP of Engineering at the company.

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Sotera Wireless Names COO

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San Diego-based Sotera Wireless , which develops vital signs monitoring products for the healthcare industry, has named Younes Achkire, PhD, as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Achkire was most recently Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, and also was co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Zap Surgical Systems.

Pragma is a back-end toolkit for gaming companies, so game developers can focus on games

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It’s basically taking a page from the application development playbook where off-the-shelf toolkits can reduce by months the time it takes to get an app into the market, according to Pragma chief executive Eden Chen.

TigerConnect Names New CTO

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Santa Monica-based TigerConnect , which develops communications tools for the healthcare and other industries, said on Wednesday that it has named Tim Goodwin as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. Goodwin was most recently CTO at Vacasa, which provide online vacation rental management. Goodwin also served as CIO and Senior Vice President at Fiserv Digital Channels.

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Techstars Studio CTO, In Irvine, Aims To Help Entrepreneurs

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According to Techstars, it appointed Saldana Chief Technology Officer for Techstars Studio , which will help members of the the startup accelerator "rapidly envision, validate, and launch disruptive startups." Southern California startup founder Isaac Saldana --who co-founded SendGrid --is hoping to help other entrepreneurs create companies , after the $3 billion, all-stock acquisition of SendGrid by Twilio in October.

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BlackLine Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based BlackLine , which develops financial controls and automation software, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to BlackLine, it has named Peter Hirsch as its new CTO, to head up the technology direction of its cloud software platform.

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OpenX Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based OpenX has named a new CTO, saying this morning that it has appointed Paul Ryan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Ryan was previously CTO and founder of Zowdow, and also had served as CTO of Yellow Pages Group in Canada, Velocify and Overture. OpenX CEO Tim Cadogan said he has known Ryan for nearly two decades. OpenX operates an online advertising exchange and also is a provider of ad serving software. READ MORE>>.

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AutoGravity Names Engineering VP

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Bonifay was previously VP of Development for Product and Engineering at CDK Global, and also served as VP of Software Engineering at Bankruptcy Management Solutions (BMS), and Chief Technology Officer at Propero Software. Irvine-based AutoGravity , which provides smartphone-driven car financing tools, has named Jason Bonifay as its new Vice President of Engineering, the company said this morning.

Appetize Names New VPs

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According to Appetize, it has named Robbie Knutson-Ratto as Senior Vice President of Product, Alain Avakian as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and also named co-founder Jason Pratts as Chief Information Officer. Playa Vista-based Appetize , which develops cloud-based, point-of-sale (POS) software for enterprise customers such as stadiums and other venues, has named a trio of new executives, as it continues to grow its business.

Triton Digital Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the Oaktree Capital-backed provider of digital advertising services to the traditional and online radio market, said today that it has named Jean-Francois ("Jeff") Gadoury as its Chief Technology Officer. Gadoury has been Chief Technology Officer of the company''s streaming products for the last six years. Triton Digital said that Gadoury will lead the entire company''s technology strategy and vision.

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Spireon Names Hardware VP

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Suski has previously served at General Electric and United Technologies Corporation, serving as Chief Technology Officer at various divisions at the companies. Irvine-based telematics equipment developer Spireon announced this morning that it has named Ed Suski as its new Vice President of Hardware Engineering. He also has served at such companies as Acer, Gateway, eMachines, Packard Bell, Samsung and AST Computer. Suski reports to Spireon CTO Rick Gruenhagen.