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

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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.

Three LA Companies Selected For Commerce.Innovated Accelerator

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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. silicon valley bank commerce innovation accelerator startup incubator mastercard fintech financial software saas

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Amazon Santa Monica Shindig Likely To Revolve Around New Kindle Fire, Touch

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The big announcement party that e-commerce giant Amazon.com has set for Santa Monica airport's Barker Hanger looks to be all about the Amazon Kindle Fire, and Amazon Kindle Touch, as the firm bragged this morning that it had "sold out" of its Kindle Fire. touch fire kindle announcement monica santa amazon

Ouya Wins $10M From Alibaba, Eyes China

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Santa Monica-based game console developer Ouya has just scored $10M in an investment round from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba , as part of an effort to take the company''s technology to China, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

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Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. to launch in the last few weeks, and the second, e-commerce via subscription firm from Science.

Los Angeles Fast 500 Winners Announced

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The Los Angeles winners of the Deloitte Fast 500 ranking of fastest growing companies was announced last night at an event at Santa Monica's Shutters on the Beach, with 26 companies recognized in the overall 2011 Technology Fast 500, and three "Technology Rising Stars" recognized in the Los Angeles area.

Dollar Shave Club Gets $12.0M More

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Santa Monica-based Dollar Shave Club , the company that hit the scene with a viral launch video for its subscription razor e-commerce business, has $12.0M more in the bank, the company disclosed Tuesday. The firm''s Series B funding round came from Venrock, Comcast Ventures, New World Ventures and Battery Ventures. Dollar Shave Club most recently expanded its line of products into the flushable wipe business, and apparently is planning further product expansion.

White House Targets Tech Training, Jobs In LA With TechHire

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The consortium is led by Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, and Pasadena Community College, and also includes partnerships with the, Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce''s Bixel-Exchange, Amazon Web Services, and JP Morgan Chase.

Honest, Founded by Jessica Alba, Takes On Baby Products

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The love affair between Los Angeles startups combining e-commerce and celebrity continues unbated today, as a new, Santa Monica-based startup headed by actress Jessica Alba --and backed by Brian Lee , the founder of LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle--unveiled itself to the world.

HomeMint, with Justin Timberlake, Takes On Home Fashion

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Santa Monica-based BeachMint , the social commerce firm headed by Josh Berman, has launched yet another celebrity e-commerce site--this time, HomeMint.com , a home fashions site launched in conjunction with Justin Timberlake and interior designer Estee Stanley.

ThisNext.com Partners With Lucky Magazine

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Santa Monica-based ThisNext , the social shopping and content site run by Matt Edelman, has scored a partnership with Lucky Magazine. The new e-commerce site is aimed at helping women decide what to buy by tapping ThisNext's social shopping features and guides. According to ThisNext, the two have created a co-branded shopping site, which was launched Friday.

Group buying site FamilyFinds launches with $5.75 million investment

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One such company, Santa Monica, Calif-based FamilyFinds, launched this week with $5.75 Investment News Retail & Consumers Startup Video Business.com Cyber Monday dailyd deal discount Disney Internet Group Doug Hirsch e-commerce Elizabeth Hurchalla Facebook familyfinds groupon Jake Winebaum Julie Taylor livingsocial Los Angeles lowermybills.com matt coffin Momlogic Pasadena RHD Interactive Santa Monica Split Rock Partners Terry McGovern Westwood Yahoo Entertainment

LAUNCH Conference Prize Money Hits $151K

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Venture51 is an inestor in Los Angeles-based EcoMom, the online eco-friendly e-commerce site run by Jody Sherman, Zaarly, the mobile marketplace startup which spawned out of LA Startup Weekend, along with companies such as Getaround, LaunchRock, and Tout. Mahalo is based in Santa Monica.

ShoeDazzle Expands Into Apparel

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Santa Monica-based ShoeDazzle , the online, subscription commerce startup founded by LegalZoom's Brian Lee, Kim Kardashian, RObert Shapiro, and MJ Eng, is making a major expansion today, saying that it is launching a new apparel collection to its offerings. The company was one of the first, subscription e-commerce firms to emerge in the region, an industry which has now spawned dozens of new startups.

EdgeCast Application Delivery Network Enters GA

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Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the operator of a content delivery network (CDN), said today that it has entered into general availability of its new Application Delivery Network service. EdgeCast says the service is targeted at customized information portals, e-commerce applications, social media services who aren't able to cache their content at the edge.

Capturing The Entrepreneurial Energy At StartEngine's Demo Day

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It was standing room only at StartEngine 's Demo Day Wednesday afternoon, held at Santa Monica's Cross Campus , as the startup accelerator launched eight of its latest startups into the world, after a 90 day process of mentoring, honing their business model, and heads down development.

Building an E-commerce Business - Startups Uncensored #11

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This month’s “Startups Uncensored” will be on “Building an E-commerce Business”. It will be an open and frank town-hall conversation talking about the strategies, tactics, and challenges of building and growing online properties through E-commerce. Santa Monica, CA 90401.

ShoeDazzle Tops 13 Million Members

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Santa Monica-based online apparel company ShoeDazzle reported Monday morning that it added one million new members last month, bringing its total members to more than 13 million. The fashion and e-commerce site also said it had a "record number" of item sales in July.

JewelMint Launches Online Series, National TV Ad Campaign

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Santa Monica-based JewelMint , the jewelry service run by former MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said Thursday that it is launching an online "fashion film" series featuring Kate Bosworth , along with a national television commercial campaign. The site was the first of BeachMint's site to combine e-commerce with fashion; the company also runs BeautyMint.com with Jessica Simpson and Nerida Joy, and ShoeMint.com with Rachel Bilson and stylist Nicole Chavez.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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A move to more urban environments (SF over SV, Cambridge over Waltham, London over Thames Valley, Santa Monica / Venice, Flatiron and so forth) as basically young people want to live where young people want to live. And in commerce we have NastyGal, DailyLook, JustFab and many others.

How TaskUs Is Powering LA's Technology Startup Boom

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It''s all over the map, from content moderation for applications like Whisper and Tinder, to photo retouching for e-commerce websites. We''d gone to high school together in Santa Monica, and we were both very entrepreneurial in high school.

HomeMint, With Justin Timberlake, Opens Doors

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HomeMint , the fifth celebrity-driven, fashion e-commerce site to launch out of Santa Monica-based BeachMint , launched this week with celebrity Justin Timberlake , offering up home goods and accessories.

BeachMint Gets $23.5M

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Santa MOnica-based BeachMint , the celebrity e-commerce site started by former MySpace founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said Friday afternoon that it has raised $23.5M in a new funding round. The round was led by Scale Venture Partners and Lightbank. Prior investors New Enterprise Associates, Trinity Ventures, and Anthem Ventures also participated in the new financing round. Lightbank is the venture capital firm of Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.

Savings.com: The California Internet Tax Law and Unintended Consequences

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As part of that, Amazon.com, Overstock.com, and a large number of e-commerce retailers have cut off their California affiliates, saying that they will immediately stop paying them for referrals due to the move. If we had to pick up and move everything from Santa Monica to Nevada, we'd certainly want to make sure they didn't go make this a law too in twelve months. Last night, Gov.

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GoCoin Gets $1.5M For BitCoin Payments

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Santa Monica-based GoCoin , the Bitcoin payments startup led by Steve Beauregard, has scored $1.5M GoCoin has around 7,000 square feet on the 3rd Street Promenade, and is developing a platform to allow merchants to accept Bitcoin and other digital currency payments on their e-commerce sites. in a Series A financing, the company said today. The funding was led by the Bitcoin Shop, Inc., as well as Owen Van Natta, the former COO of Facebook.

Digitzs: Taking On The Pain Of Payment Processing

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Enter Santa Monica's Digitzs (www.digitzs.com), , which has an all star set of advisors and investors, including Kevin Harrington (the original "Shark" on Shark Tank), and which is developing technology to help those platforms take payments.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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24 7pm at Coloft in Santa Monica. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. We have a line up of amazing speakers who will share their insights and forecast for startup trends in 2012.

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Silicon Beach Fest takes place June 19-22, 2013 in Santa Monica. Key Events include: June 14-16: Hackathon presented by AT&T will gather a few hundred developers, coaches, and business professionals who will create startup pitches at ROC Santa Monica.

BeachMint Announces BeautyMint With Jessica Simpson

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Santa Monica-based BeachMint , the celebrity and social e-commerce company run by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said last night that it has launched the next in its line of celebrity-focused businesses, BeautyMint. BeautyMint is the third in a series of celebrity e-commerce sites launched by BeachMint; the company's other two brands are StyleMint (with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and JewelMint (with Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter).

Tapiture Taps Into Successful Social eCommerce And Secures $2.25M In Seed Funding

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Santa-Monica based Tapiture has grown in traffic by 300%, monetized from year one and raised $2.25 We are able to correlate the connection between commerce and content through our technology. Apps & Software eCommerce Interest boards Pinterest Social Commerce Tapiture

Interview with Wade Eyerly, SurfAir

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One of the most original, subscription startups to come out of Southern California's tech accelerator boom emerged last week, looking to disrupt not just another retail sector or e-commerce category, but something else entirely: the airline industry.

A Cocktail of LA Tech | Tech Cocktail Winter Mixer

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South, a solid Santa Monica bar and grill was bustling earlier this Tuesday courtesy of the good people at Tech Cocktail and their winter technology mixer. Social Annex – A social commerce platform that integrates into your business website to socialize everyday ecommerce actions.

GoCoin Adds Email, SMS Billing

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Santa Monica-based GoCoin , the Bitcoin payment software developer headed by Steve Beauregard, said last week that it has added a new feature which lets merchants bill customers via email and SMS. GoCoin''s software and services help e-commerce vendors accept BitCoin for payment, and plug into e-commerce shopping cards like Magento, WooCommerce, Prestashop, and many others.

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

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We're really focused on those three things, and doing it here in Los Angeles, here in Santa Monica on Second Street. We'll also be looking at the content and commerce space, the interaction between content and commerce.

CampaignEQ Launches Affiliate Tracking Tool

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Santa Monica-based CampaignEQ , the developer of marketing tracking tools, said today that it has launched a new product for affiliate and customer referral tracking for e-commerce providers Shopify, Magento, Big Commerce, and Business Catalyst.

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BeachMint Plans Live Shopping Event

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BeachMint , the e-commerce firm led by Josh Berman, said this morning that it is holding a live shopping and broadcast event today for Cyber Monday. The Santa Monica company--which runs a large portfolio of celebrity-themed, social shopping sites--said it is partnering with Ustream, Who What Wear, and StyleList for the event.

The Honest Company Launches Designer Products

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Santa Monica-based e-commerce startup The Honest Company --whose co-founders include subscription e-commerce entrepreneur Brian Lee and celebrity Jessica Alba--said today that it has launched a new line of designer, limited edition products.

EdgeCast Courts ECommerce Companies With Dedicated CDN Service

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In a move to attract e-commerce companies to its content delivery network, Santa Monica-based EdgeCast announced today that it has launched a new, PCI-compliant product specifically aimed at online retailers. EdgeCast said its new, Commerce Acceleration Network, EdgeCast Transact , is specifically designed for e-commerce sites, and is a separate network based on its existing CDN technology.