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.

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.

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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.

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.

Entrepreneur's Brilliant Companies List Pinpoint SoCal Startups

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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. What''s the story behind the company?

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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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.

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TechZulu will guide groups through some of the hottest tech companies in Santa Monica: Hawke Media, NeoHire, Zuma Ventures and others. It’s like a bar crawl but featuring tech companies instead of bars!

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

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.

Local Hardware Companies Out In Force At CES

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Who says that Southern California's high tech industry is all about Hollywood and e-commerce? The region's large stable of high tech hardware companies are out in force this week at CES, with San Diego-based Qualcomm leading the charge and the keynote; Irvine-based Broadcom announced a new chip aimed at UltraHD TV Home gateways, MoCA 2.0 The companies are just some of the many high tech manufacturers announcing or showing off their products in Las Vegas this week.

Edmunds.com Jumps On Daily Deal Bandwagon

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Edmunds is tapping Group Commerce Inc. The company is starting the program in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, and said it will be adding more markets later this summer. edmunds daily deals ecommerce automotive auto deal social commerceProving that you can apply the "daily deal" phenomenon to just about any transaction, Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com said today that it has launched its own, deal service it says was inspired by Groupon and LivingSocial.

Report: Honest Company Seeking CPG CEO

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Los Angeles-based e-commerce provider Honest Company , which sells organic baby and beauty products, is looking to replace CEO Brian Lee with a veteran of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, according to a report. Recode, citing insiders at The Honest Company, says board members have been talking to executives from consumer packaged goods companies to take a role at the company. honest company employment consumer product goods

Provide Commerce Buys Personal Creations

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San Diego-based Provide Commerce , the parent firm of ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Cherry Moon, and other ecommerce operations, announced this morning that it has acquired personalized gifts company Personalized Creations. Provide Commerce said the acquisition will help complement the firm's existing products, and also help it gain marketing and manufacturing capabilities in the personalized gifting space.

GovX Gets $11.5M For E-Commerce Efforts

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San Diego-based GovX , which operates an online, e-commerce site specifically serving active, reserve and veteran U.S. The company says it has now raised $21M in funding. Military, law enforcement, fire, emergency rescue, and government employees, has raised $11.5M in combined Series A and B funding. The funding was led by Alestra Ltd. annd Arbor Group, along with Star Avenue Capital, Seth Hamot (SPY Optic and Roark, Rearden & Hamot Capital Management), and Philip McConkey.