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.

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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.

Punchcard Links With Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

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Pasadena-based Punchcard , the startup headed by Andy Steuer which is developing mobile applications to enable local businesses to run punchcard-based loyalty programs, said today that it has linked with the Pasadena CHamber of COmmerce to enable local Pasadena businesses to use its service. The company has been initially ramping its program in its hometown of Pasadena, where it has a lengthy list of local restaurants and retailers using its loyalty app.

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. The bulk of the company's workforce is in San Francisco, although the company's Chief Customer Officer, Kendra Gratteri, is located here in Los Angeles.

Three LA Companies Selected For Commerce.Innovated Accelerator

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Three, Los Angeles area companies have been selected for a accelerator being run by Silicon Valley Bank and Mastercard, the companies announced this morning. SVB and Mastercard said it selected six startups for its Commerce.Innovated virtual accelerator, which is aimed at helping commerce, payments and fintech startups grow their businesses, including Santa Monica's Domuso , Santa Monica-based Earny , and Burbank-based Papaya.

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.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. Of course this can be done and of course I am a big proponent of the rise of startup centers across the country as the Internet has moved from the “infrastructure phase” to the “application phase” dominated by the three C’s: content, communications and commerce. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

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.

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

Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups

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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. What''s the story behind the company?

Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator

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What you might not realize is that the adorable droid was the brain child of Sphero, a robotics and digital technology company and an alumni to the Disney Accelerator program. Brit + Co is a digital media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit.

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.

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company Scores $27M

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Online, eco-family products company The Honest Company , started by celebrity Jessica Alba and Los Angeles e-commerce master Brian Lee, said late Friday that it has raised $27M in funding.

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

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The company, which operates a network of online markets for outsourcing biomedical research services and supplies, has raised $24 million in a new round of venture funding.

Chirpify Hires LA Music Executive For Twitter Commerce

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The Portland startup said it has hired Rory Felton as its new Vice President of Business Development-Music for the company. Felton has co-founded his own record company, served as an executive producer, created a joint publishing venture with BMG Music Publishing, and produced a long list of music videos, the firm said. 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.

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Jet Launches Amid High Expectations

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In the months and days leading up to its debut, Jet CEO and founder Marc Lore tried again and again to downplay the notion that his company would compete head-to-head with Amazon.

TrackStreet Takes $2M For E-Commerce Monitoring

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Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet , a developer of software to help manufacturers monitor their channel and e-commerce sites--and in particular, minimum-advertising-price (MAP) policies--has raised $2M in seed funding, the company said Wednesday. According to the company, the new funds go towards further development of its artificial intelligence technology, and to extend its platform and for market efforts.

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.

Disney Accelerator Names New Class Of Companies

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The Walt Disney Company has launched its fourth year of running its own accelerator program, the Disney Accelerator , saying on Tuesday afternoon that it has named eleven companies to its new class.

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. In a recent interview, Certona CEO Meyar Sheik said the company has taken a measured approach since he founded Certona in 2004 with CTO Geoffrey Hueter. We’ve been fairly capital-efficient in this fast-growth e-commerce space,” Sheik said. “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. as part of that company''s Warner Media Camp accelerator.

EY Names 6 Startup Leaders as San Diego Entrepreneurs of the Year

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The winners were selected from a field of 17 finalists who represented 15 local companies that collectively employ over 2,700 people and have combined revenue of more than $1 billion. The company has provided about $1.4

What Amazon Hopes to Achieve with Prime Day

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Trying to turn a company birthday into a brand-new shopping holiday is an innovative tactic; if it succeeds, Prime Day could have a lasting impact on the summer shopping season.

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UK Company Boohoo To Acquire Nasty Gal For $20M

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Los Angeles-based fashion brand and e-commerce provider Nasty Gal is being acquired by UK fashion brand Boohoo.com plc , Boohoo said it a financial filing today, inn a deal worth $20M. It's unclear if that proposal includes Nasty Gal's current e-commerce business. Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy in November, after failing to find additional funding for the once highflying e-commerce company.

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Clearance.co Generates $2.1 Million In Revenue

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Silicon Beach has been known in part for fostering and revolutionizing high revenue generating e-commerce startups. These companies focus on bringing the best selection and new experiences to customers. e-commerce

Founder Advice: The Pursuit of Perfection Has Limits

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This is especially true if you are in e-commerce. Tips & How To’s dogs early-stage company ecommerce Entrepreneur Founder Interview Pets TipsPutting unrealistic pressure on yourself to perform and excel could be limiting you to progress and succeed.

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CPO Commerce Acquired By United Stationers

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Pasadena-based CPO Commerce , an e-commerce company focused on tools, equipment, outdoor and yard equipment, and other related products, has been acquired by United Stationers. United Stationers said the move would help bolster its e-commerce expertise. CPO Commerce had $78M in fiscal 2013 year sales, according to United Stationers. commerce united stationers merger acquisition ecommerce tools equipment outdoors home

Hello Music Upgrades Social Commerce Service

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Los Angeles-based Hello Music , the social commerce marketplace run by Rick Camino, has updated its site, with a brand new design and features. Hello Music is a portfolio company of Elevator Labs. hello music musician social ecommerce commerce

Provide Commerce Buys Mobile Gifting Firm Sincerely

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San Diego-based Provide Commerce , the company which owns such brands as ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Gifts.com, and other e-commerce sites, announced this morning that it has purchase mobile gifting startup Sincerely, Inc. As part of the acquisition, Provide Commerce said that Sincerely''s founders, Matt Brezina and Bryan Kennedy, will continue with the firm to bring new products to market.

The Honest Company Raises Series E Funding

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the natural home products brand, said late Thursday that it has closed on a Series E financing round. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, along with others. per share, a significant decrease from the company's prior valuation of $45.75. it will use the funding to shift from e-commerce to become "omni-channel" and to support its global expansion plans.