E-Commerce Firm Black Rifle Coffee Has Expansion in Its Sights

Xconomy

There wasn’t a lot that Evan Hafer could control on his half-dozen deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Green Beret and CIA contractor. But the one thing he could do something about was the terrible coffee. “I I started roasting my own coffee and taking it with me overseas,” he says. “I

Float Selected For E-commerce Accelerator, Commerce.Innovated

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Los Angeles-based mobile credit startup Float , which is developing an iOS app to provide credit to consumers, has been selected as part of the commerce-focused startup accelerator Commerce.Innovated.

Infographic: Social Media Spurring E-Commerce Activity

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A new study of social media activity and e-commerce, compiled from Los Angeles social tools developer Social Annex , shows that social media is--not surprisingly--playing a far bigger role in online shopping this year.

Content, Commerce, and Cosmetics: A Look At IPSY's Subscription Business

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Los Angeles�as the center of the entertainment industry�has begun to adopt a new role as the center of online video in recent years�and has also with the e-commerce industry and expertise here from the technology industry.

inVia Robotics Launches Robotics System Aimed At E-Commerce Warehouses

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A new, Los Angeles startup, inVia Robotics , said today that it has launched a brand new robotics system, specifically aimed at fulfillment and material handling operations of e-commerce providers and warehouses. According to inVia, it has created a system which integrates with warehouse management system and enterprise resource planning systems, and automatically navigates across a warehouse to local, find, and move items.

What Might the 2015 Holiday Season Hold for E-Commerce Retailers?

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That includes e-commerce retailers, which continue to claim a growing slice of overall retail sales. Any discussion of the 2015 e-commerce holiday season has to focus first on consumers; they’re always the most important factor in the equation.

U.S Dept. of Commerce Grants $500,000 to Cal State L.A. For Bioscience Bootcamp.

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Department of Commerce granted nearly $500,000 to California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund the creation of a bootcamp for bioscientists in the region The U.S.

eddi | Security in Community Based E-Commerce

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eddi , a new social listing site, seeks to change the way community-based e-commerce works by implementing strong security and a complete social experience. It’s really aiming to go after the community-based e-commerce platform.

Avametric Raises $10.5M To Combine Hollywood VFX With E-Commerce

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In a crossover between the worlds of Hollywood special effects and e-commerce, a new startup, Avametric , said it is looking to fuse "Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Fashion" by using the software behind visual effects rendering to render clothing and accessories on computer models of consumers.

Holiday E-Commerce Spending Hits Record $46.5 Billion

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Holiday spending via desktop e-commerce hit yet another record this holiday season, reaching $46.5 retail e-commerce spending hit $46.5 billion, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by comScore. According to comScore, U.S.

E-Commerce Spendings Grows 13 Percent In Q3, Says Report

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The latest numbers out of comScore , which measures e-commerce spending and Internet traffic, find that U.S. retail e-commerce spending rose 13 percent, year-over-year, to $36.3 E-commerce spending has been rising since Q4 of 2009, after stalling out over issues with the economy in 2008 and early 2009. E-commerce firms are eagerly awaiting Q4, which has traditionally been the biggest e-commerce quarter due to the holidays; last year, consumers spent $43.4

Tealium Links Into IBM Commerce

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Los Angeles-based NantBiosciences , one of the group of companies created by billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, has raised $100M in San Diego-based Tealium , the developer of enterprise "tag" management software led by Jeff Lunsford, said today that it has connected its software into IBM Commerce. Tealium said the link allows users of IBM's e-commerce tools to more quickly launch personalized marketing campaigns and provide more relevant customer experiences.

Demand Media Buys E-Commerce Marketplace Society6 For $94M

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has acquired Society6 , an online e-commerce marketplace centered around artists, the company announced Monday afternoon, as part of an effort to expand its content and media platform. According to Demand Media, it paid $94M for Society6, including $75M in cash and approximately $19M in its common stock. Demand Media said that Society6 had revenues of approximately $15M for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, with $4M in oerating income.

Fans.lu Powers E-Commerce Store For Stan Lee Title

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Fans.lu , the Los Angeles- and Detroit-based startup providing e-commerce stores for brands, said this week that it has launched a new e-commerce store for the videogame Verticus, in partnership with Los Angeles mobile entertainment publisher Moonshark.

PayDragon Takes On Frictionless Mobile E-Commerce

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Hamilton Chan, head of PayDragon , has what might be considered a enormously ambitious goal: totally frictionless, mobile e-commerce.

NetDNA Launches CDN Service For E-commerce Sites

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Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA is targeting e-commerce site owners this morning with a new product, the company said. The firm said its new CloudCache.com content delivery network service is aimed at e-commerce site owners, and offers up to 200 gigabytes of bandwidth for prices starting at $12.00

Enrou: Combining Causes and Commerce To Help Improve The World

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We spoke with Ann Wang , co-founder of Enrou, to learn more about how the company wants to help tie together the world of e-commerce and worthy causes to help improve the world. They were doing great work, but they had no e-commerce or marketing team to get them out there.

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TabJuice Takes On Facebook E-Commerce

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San Diego-based TabJuice , a new startup aimed at social e-commerce, said today it has launched a new, Facebook e-commerce application. The firm said its application allows businesses to create their own storefronts within a Facebook page. The firm is backed by J. Christopher Capital, and headed by Dylan Whitman, who also heads up CheapSally.com and digital marketing agency Flank Digital. READ MORE>>. tabjuice facebook ecommerce social startup media storefront

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SteelHouse Gets Funding, Launches E-Commerce Technology Firm

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Los Angeles-based SteelHouse , a developer of e-commerce technology based on consumer behavior, said Wednesday that it has scored a round of funding and launched its "behavioral commerce technology" to boost e-commerce conversion. The firm said it has more than 100 e-commerce companies using its technology, which gives different shoppers different offers based on their shopping personalities and buying behavior.

L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters

E-Commerce Innovations in the Mix at Consumer Tech Conference

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Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) is expected to unveil its first augmented-reality glasses to pair with Alexa, its digital assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas this week. Alexa is now mobile.

E-Commerce Firm Dearduck Uses A.I. in the Hunt for the Perfect Gift

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Retailers are not only wasting so much money targeting us with bad data, consumers get frustrated,” says Katy Aucoin, founder and CEO of Dearduck, a Houston e-commerce data startup. Houston —Knowledge is power, but too much of a good thing can render data meaningless.

Chirpify Hires LA Music Executive For Twitter Commerce

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If you want to get into the music business, there's no better place than Los Angeles--including if you're a technology startup, apparently. Chirpify , a venture backed startup developing a way for users to transact and pay for merchandise over Twitter, said today that it has turned to an LA native to head up its business development efforts in the music area. The Portland startup said it has hired Rory Felton as its new Vice President of Business Development-Music for the company.

Scientist.com Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D

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San Diego’s Scientist.com set out in 2006 to disrupt part of the pharmaceutical business by providing an Amazon-like approach to the business of hiring contract research organizations (CROs).

Five Things to Consider Before You Launch Your Fashion Brand Online

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However, the right e-commerce technology and marketing is necessary to get your brand the exposure it needs to be seen. All of the e-commerce setup and marketing have already been done. The online market is a great place to launch a new fashion brand.

Jet Launches Amid High Expectations

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As Amazon continues to dominate the increasingly crowded e-commerce space, a growing number of brick-and-mortar retailers are offering to match its online prices in their stores.

UTD’s Guengerich on the Promise and Peril of Tech Innovation in 2017

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Guengerich moved to North Texas in 2017 after years in the Austin tech community, where he co-founded Appconomy, a China-focused e-commerce startup, among other initiatives. A series of events this year—from the Equifax data breach to the foreign use of social media to influence the U.S. presidential election—has prompted some to question the utopian promise of innovation, especially when it comes to Web companies and cybersecurity.

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Shopatron Powers Sabian e-Commerce Efforts

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , the developer of e-commerce software and storefronts, reported today that it is powering a new, e-commerce site for cymbal manufacturer Sabian. Shopatron said that its software is being used to provide online sales for the manufacturer, where orders placed on Sabian's site will be transferred and fulfilled by a local Sabian dealer. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

Lumi Lands $9M For Custom Packaging For E-Commerce Brands

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The company helps manage manufacturing of custom boxes and other packaging for e-commerce and other brands, using a network of suppliers. Los Angeles-based Lumi , which provides the fancy, custom packaging you might see from MeUndies or FabFitFun, has raised $9M in a Series A funding, the company said on Wednesday. According to Lumi, the funding round was led by Spark Capital, Forerunner Ventures, and Homebrew. Lumi was founded by Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango.

Opportunity Abounds as Washington Builds the Modern Electricity Grid

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In a dry grassland set amid some of the region’s preeminent energy research, production, and training facilities, you can see the future of the electricity grid, and Washington state companies and workers are playing a major role in shaping it.

Why Sidevision Is Tying Content, E-Commerce Together, with Justin Wu

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Los Angeles-based Sidevision (www.sidevision.com) has developed a set of tools--aimed at content creators, multi-channel networks (MCNs), and others--to help connect online videos with e-commerce. How do you make online video more interactive--and profitable?

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With $30M Infusion, Certona Aims for Bigger Share of Digital Retail

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After raising $30 million, San Diego-based Certona said it is moving to accelerate its product development, expand its sales and marketing team, and improve its client services as an e-commerce technology vendor. We’ve been fairly capital-efficient in this fast-growth e-commerce space,” Sheik said. “It Salesforce added another digital commerce giant earlier this year with the acquisition of Burlington, MA-based Demandware in a deal valued at roughly $2.8

Uncovet, Backed by Science, Launches E-Commerce Service

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Uncovet joins such sites as Wittlebee, DollarShaveClub, and MeUndies on the e-commerce side of Science Inc's portfolio. A new startup, Uncovet , headed by Heather Lipner and backed by Mike Jones' Science studio/incubator, has launched today, saying that it will provide curate, ec-ommerce focused around fashion and the home. Uncovet says its site helps map a shopper's "style graph", and provide discounts and tailored shopping recommendations to users.