Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

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Los Angeles-based OWNZONES Media Network , a provider of technology for the motion pictures, television, and digital content market, said on Monday that it has launched a new product for delivering content over "over the top" (OTT) market. The company said its new product, Zypline, helps media owners deliver video to OTT platforms, automating and simplifying the process of distributing content to Roku, Hulu, Verizon, Comcast, LeEco and other OTT platforms.

TiTAN Platform Launches Into US Market

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TiTAN Platform , a Chinese developer of "smart home" devices, says it has officially launched its U.S. TiTAN says its product provide a "highly-encrypted" content platform which lets content owners upload and provide their content to consumers through a secure marketplace, all tied into a "smart home" device in the living room. titan platform smarthome smart home content

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

Immersv Launches Virtual Reality Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based Immersv is launching a brand new, ad platform aimed at virtual reality content, the company is announcing today. The startup--backed by Foundation Capital, Technicolor Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, CAA Ventures, All Mobile Ventures, 137Ventures, Gigi Levy, and others--says its platform is aimed at helping consumers discovery great virtual reality apps and entertainment, and also to help VR developers to monetize and distribute their content.

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Google, of course, is interested in bringing these workloads to its cloud and it has made a concerted effort to bring the Hollywood studios to its Cloud Platform.

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Framework Benchmarks

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Authors Note: Were using the word "framework" loosely to refer to platforms, micro-frameworks, and full-stack frameworks. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2. With the content type set to application/json.

Stem Snags $8M For Creative Payments Platform

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Los Angeles-based Stem , which is developing a platform to simplify payments for musicians and other content creators, announced Wednesday morning that it has raised $8M in a Series A funding. Stem says it has created a financial platform that unifies and manages contracts, distribution, payments and data for artists and creators.

PublishThis Enhances Content Curation Tool

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PublishThis , the Los Angeles startup headed by Matt Kumin, has enhanced the firm's online, content marketing and curation management tool. The firm said the latest version of its platform is aimed at brands, retailers, media companies, and trade associations, to help them scale their content efforts across digital channels. The software helps those companies publish their own data on their websites, by surfacing fresh content to help engage consumers.

Naritiv Raises $3M For Snapchat Content

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Los Angeles-based Naritiv , a new startup developing a network of content creators for Snapchat, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The startup--founded by Dan Altmann and Eric Posen--says it is enabling the creation of mobile-first content for Snapchat and other social network platforms. naritiv venture capital snapchat content creation hollywood social media network

Zugara Launches World’s 1st AR Ecommerce Platform Module

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PrestaShop is one of the fastest growing ecommerce platforms in the world (with over 127,000 stores and counting), and the launch of “WSS For PrestaShop” marks the first time any ecommerce platform has offered an augmented reality (AR) module to its e-tailers.

Pluto TV Adds New Content Partners

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Los Angeles-based Pluto TV , which is developing an online Internet TV platform aimed at curating live TV entertainment for Internet users, said Wednesday afternoon that it has signed up a roster of over 20 new content partners fro the service. Pluto's service aggregates content from all of its content providers into themed "channels", which users can tune into and watch on connected TVs and devices, mobile devices, and the web.

WebVisible Enhances Ad Platform

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Irvine-based WebVisible , the provider of local online marketing software for small and medium sized businesses, said Wednesday that it has enhanced its technology platform, adding new mobile optimized landing pages, use of Amazon Cloud Front for video, and expanded listings in business directories. Cloud Front is Amazon's content delivery network (CDN) offering.

CallFire Launches Their New Cv3 Platform & New Look

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CallFire creates simple text and voice platforms for businesses to use to reach their customers. CallFire’s growth has been tremendous: surpassing the 200,000 user mark, reaching the 200 million campaign mark for executing calls and texts campaigns, and a 100% growth in the past 12 months.

GoPro, USC Film School In Major Content Partnership

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Action camera maker GoPro said late Thursday that it has partnered with the University of Southern California , and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, to bolster its content efforts--and maybe help the company recruit talented students to work for the company. GoPro announced the deal with USC as part of its new community effort, which it is calling the GoPro Awards, which allows users to share their photos, clips, and more for inclusion in GoPro's content efforts.

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DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

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Lisa Hennessy: The short one liner answer, is it''s a robust, digital platform that broadcasts once-of-a-lifetime job openings and experience, which everyone can apply for. Lisa Hennessy: It''s much more than a website, it''s really a platform.

Choosing Internet Platforms

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The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? However, these platforms could be interesting for prototype and pilot solutions. The other conclusion was that you need to have a migration path from the platform. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, Salesforce.com His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. VRM - his company - goal is to provide a Level 4 platform.

KidZui Launches Advertising Platform

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San Diego-based KidZui said this week that it has launched a new advertising platform focused on family-friendly brands. The firm said its new platform, KidClicks, allows brands to reach kids through the KidZui browser. The advertising on KidClicks includes age- and gender-filtered content, must meet editorial standards, and includes ability to link to videos or other websites.

Rubicon Project Launches Mobile Video Ad Platform Out Of Beta

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Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace and technology provider Rubicon Project is launching its mobile, video advertising platform out of beta, the company said today. According to Rubicon, its Mobile Video Platform (MVP) is now reaching more than one billion unique connected mobile devices globally.

Pivotshare Raises $1M For Content Monetization

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Irvine-based Pivotshare , a new startup offering up a service to help content creators publish and monetize their video or audio via subscription or pay-per-view, said today that it has raised $1M in a Series A funding. pivotshare content video monetization hosting audio

PromoJam 2.0 | The Social Promotion Management Platform

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The Social Promotion Management Platform is for businesses of all types – small, medium and enterprise. Even with its simplicity, quality is not sacrificed as the platform produces professional, graphical campaigns at low-cost points.

Content ID | Independent Music Rights

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Smaller and independent musicians, labels, and publishers would have to look elsewhere to monetize their content from YouTube. Recently, AdRev’s services are now available to smaller, indie musicians, publishers, and labels through a self-service platform called Content ID.

Four Advertising Platforms You Really Should Try

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Native Ads offers a great way to get native advertising – i.e. adverts that fit seamlessly with your website content. The team at Native Ads hope that they can help all websites remove ‘disruptive display ads’ with its innovative platform. Adverts eh, where to find them?

Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

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Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations. yekra venture capital funding digital entertainment content

State of Content | Los Angeles

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State of Content is an unrivaled opportunity to connect and collaborate with today’s leading influencers, executives, and entrepreneurs in the new establishment of advertising, marketing & technology. TALK NYC Heads to SOHO House, Bringing Madison Avenue to West Hollywood on June 13, 2012.

GraphEffect Revs Facebook Ad Management Platform

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Santa Monica-based GraphEffect , the developer of social marketing software which helps advertiser manage their advertising on Facebook, said this morning that it has launched a significant update to its platform. software includes features to help brands identify "engaging and valuable content" on Facebook, turning that content into paid ads; tools to help determine how to make ads more viral; and a feature for recommending target audiences and creative version of ads.

Hulu Plus Adds Content From WWE

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Fans of the WWE have a new way to get content from the entertainment company--known for its professional wrestling personalities and contests--via Hulu Plus , the premium service of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu. The WWE said that it is in an exclusive, multi-year agreement to bring its content to Hulu Plus, offering unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, to all of the WWE's TV programming.

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How Epoxy Is Helping Content Creators Make Their Video More Social

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Are you a content creator for the web? Los Angeles-based Epoxy (www.epoxy.tv) launched yesterday to help content creators do just that. and why social is so important in today''s content world. How did you guys figure out what was needed for content creators?

Disney, Google Ink New Advertising Deal

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Google said that Disney will use Google as its core ad technology platform, where Google will power the advertising for all of Disney's properties, including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, including live streaming, direct-to-consumer content, mobile apps, and live events. disney google advertising platform serving waltdisney content streaming video

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

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The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational startup", focused on providing courses on the iPad, iPhone, and Android, in addition to YouTube, the web, and Apple's iBook platform. mahalo educational content mobile apps smartphone jason calacanisRemember Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital?

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When Intent And Content Align, Online Ads Suck A Whole Lot Less

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Fast-forward two years – DataPop has not just radically transformed search; its creative optimization platform is now matching all modalities of online ads to consumers’ intent. Any platform that makes ads suck less is welcomed by both Internet users and online marketers alike.

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. It depends a little bit upon who the content creator is, and who the audience is.

#Mixcord is a discovery platform designed to help you uncover apps content creators are using. #MuckerCon [Flickr]

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Jukin Media In Content Partnership With Japanese MCN On New Site

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Culver City-based Jukin Media , which licenses and distributes viral, user-generated content for the TV, web, and other platforms, has inked a new content deal with Japanese MCN UUUM , the two announced this morning. jukin media content youtube youtuber japan international uuum viral video

Digital LA - Design Goes Cross-Platform

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Monday, October 25, 2010 -- Digital LA - Design Goes Cross-Platform. Join us for our panel discussion on designing GUI across multiple platforms: web, phone apps, iPad, etc. We'll discuss success factors in ensuring your content design, graphics and user interface both looks good across platform, and takes advantage of platform-specific features.