Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

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Now the three men are finally ready to take the covers off of the labor of love they’ve been working on and launch Forge Platform , a new toolkit for distributed applications.

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.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

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I read the declarations by industry analysts on Twitter that this was “proof that you can’t build a business on somebody else’s platform” and perhaps DataSift should have known better. We, and our customers, know that there won’t be one data feed to rule them all.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Skimlinks has proven effective for thousands of publishers (including, for a time, Pinterest), because its frictionless, self-serve platform automatically generates revenue from previously existing online content. Founded in 2007, GumGum has become the largest in-image ad platform.

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CallFire Launches New Platform

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Santa Monica-based text and voice API provider CallFire has launched a new platform, saying that it now has over 200,000 users using its platform. CallFire offers up a cloud-based platform to create voice-based applications, including interactive voice response (IVR) apps, business text messaging applications, voice broadcasting, and more. The company said it customers have now run more than 200 million campaigns using its service.

CallFire Debuts New Platform

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CallFire , the provider of text messaging and voice applications APIs which is run by Dinesh Ravishanker, has launched a new platform, the company said Tuesday. The firm said it has created a "next-generation" platform, bulit from the ground up, which includes such new features as allowing customers to interact with businesses using SMS and text messages; new call tracking and analytics tools; opti-in voice broadcasting; and interactive voice response (IVR) capabilities.

FreedomPop Debuts White Label Wireless Brand Platform

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Los Angeles-based FreedomPop said on Tuesday that it has launched a new platform, which lets any telecom, cable company, or enterprise create its own, wireless brand. According to FreedomPop, the new platform lets customers create their own, mobile brand in only eight weeks. The company said it is already being used by four, major enterprise customers, including Virgin Mobile, Turk Telecom, Cyta and Dish Mexico.

MomentFeed Adds New Customer Tracking Tools

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Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the developer of mobile customer analytics tools, says that it has launched a new, online-to-offline customer journey tracking tool in the latest version of its platform. makes it easier for its multi-location brand customers to track "online-to-offline journeys" and calculate the ROI of their mobile marketing efforts. momentfeed customer tracking location mobile analytics brands

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Sightly Launches Video Ad Platform

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San Diego-based Sightly , which develops video advertising technology, said Thurday that it has launched a new platform aimed at delivering personalized, video ads from local businesses to prospective customers. Sightly said its video ad platform provides micro-target audiences in hyper-local areas for advertisers.

Signal Sciences Signs Healthcare Platform Developer Castlight Health

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Culver City-based Signal Sciences , which develops web security tools for DevOps and web applications, has signed up healthcare platform developer Castlight Health , the two said this week. According to the companies, Castlight Health is using Signal Sciences for its digital health platform, for tighter control of its web security. Castlight Health joins Signal Sciences' growing customer list, which also includes Under Armour, Etsy, Adobe, Datadog, and WeWork.

ZestFinance Rolls Out Millennial Underwriting Platform

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Los Angeles-based ZestFinance , the fintech startup led by Douglas Merrill, said on Tuesday that it has rolled out a new platform aimed to help lenders better underwrite loans to millennials and others with a limited credit history. The company said its new Zest Automated Machine Learning (ZAML) Platform uses machine learning to use non-traditional credit union to reduce risk of credit decisions.

uSamp Rolls Out New API, Platform

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The new API is part of its new SampleCORE platform, which it says helps automate sampling for its customers.

Yardi Wins Customer In Vancouver

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Santa Barbara-based real estate management software developer Yardi reports a customer win in Vancouver, British Columbia, saying that it has signed up Wesgroup Properties to its web-based property management and accounting platform. The financial impact of the win was not announced. Yardi said Wesgroup Properties is using its Yardi Voyager 7S software, and was already a Yardi client. Wesgroup Properties manages more than 2.2

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Yardi Wins Australian Customer

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Yardi said DeMartini Fletcher has selected its Yardi Voyager 7S as its new property management and accounting platform. Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi reported a win late Monday afternoon in Australia, with Australian property investor DeMartini Fletcher. Financial details of the win was not announced. READ MORE>>. yardi australia property management software international

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LogicMonitor Migrates Citrix GoToAssist Customers

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Santa Barbara-based infrastructure performance monitoring software developer LogicMonitor announced this morning that it has been named the "preferred" IT performance monitoring platform by Citrix, which is decommissioning its GoToAssist Monitoring product. LogicMonitor said the move will help it offer its platform to former Citrix GoToAssist customers.

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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.

OpenX Wins Canadian Customer

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Los Angeles-based OpenX said Tuesday that it has signed a Canadian telecommunications and media company, Quebecor , has a customer. OpenX said Quebecor Media is using its Ad Server technology platform, to manage and monetize its digital advertising inventory. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Quebecor's properties include Canoe.ca, Elle Canada, and Elle Quebec. READ MORE>>. openx canada advertising server technology

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Fan Appz Launches Personal Marketing Platform To Help Brands Convert Fans Into Loyal Customers

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That’s how social can help build customer lifetime value.”. Unlike first-generation social media solutions that focus on building awareness at the top of the funnel, Fan Appz’ Personalized Marketing Platform helps brands close the sale. Platform For Speed & Scalability.

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. WebVisible said the changes are being rolled out to its customers over the next 90 days.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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If you sell a product direct to a customer – in person or on the phone – you need to understand what their pain points are and position your product benefits against those pain points. Customers seldom like to buy unless they perceive they have options.

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Mogreet Launches MMS Ad Platform

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Mogreet said that it already has customer using the service, including Oakland television station KTVU, owned by Cox Media Group, which is using the service to add advertising to viewers who have opted to receive daily video MMS news from the station. Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the mobile marketing and mobile video technology firm headed by James Citron, has launched a new product today, aimed at providing monetization of MMS messages.

Vonjour: Turning Your Phone Into A Customer Support Center

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Daniel Tawfik: Vonjour is a cloud-based phone system for enhanced, customer support service. They can manage all of their customer contacts, create customer profiles, and be able to message their customer through SMS and web-based push notification.

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Signal Sciences Signs Up New Customer

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Culver City-based Signal Sciences , the web defense software developer led by Andrew Peterson, said on Thurday that it has signed up a new customer, One Medical. According to Signal Sciences, One Medical will use its Web Protection Platform (WPP) for threat protection and security for its cloud applications. Financial details of the customer win were not announced.

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.

Esri Wins Customer In Michigan

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Esri said that data is used for more than 60 statewide mapping datasets built on its ArcGIS platform. Esri's ArcGIS platform is widely used in the government and corporate sector for geographical information systems applications.

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Bird Lets You Become Your Own Scooter Entrepreneur With Bird Platform

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According to Bird, it has created the Bird Platform , which lets people apply to run their own fleet of Bird scooters. Bird said it will create a customized website for those entrepreneurs, and provide "everything you need to manage your fleet of e-scooters". Users of the new Bird Platform will pay Bird a 20 percent commission on all rides on their fleet of Bird scooters.

Armorway Picks Up $2.5M For AI Platform

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Armorway, which is led by Zareh Baghdasarian, said the funding will go towards expanding its customer base, for continued product development, and expansion of its R&D team. Los Angeles-based Armorway , which develops data analytics software which uses artificial intelligence (AI) for cybersecurity response, has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round.

A Conversation With Appetize's Kevin Anderson On Getting Customer Service Right

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As part of the lead in to the conference, and as a part of our sponsor relationship with the conference, we're running a series of interviews with speakers from the conference about their experience in the area of recurring revenues, customer service, and similar topics. What has been the biggest lesson you've learned in retaining and keeping customers? Whether that's our help desk, our account managers, or even the sales guys, to a certain degree, we put the customer first.We

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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.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers. Skimlinks has proven effective for thousands of publishers (including, for a time, Pinterest), because its frictionless, self-serve platform automatically generates revenue from previously existing online content. The functionality and reach of Coull’s platform has already won over a number of big brand advertisers, including Puma, Sears, Unilever and American Express. Founded in 2007, GumGum has become the largest in-image ad platform.

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OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Powers Groupon

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The firm said that the new platform is being used by customers such as Groupon, Orange-France Telecom Group, and Excite Japan. Pasadena-based OpenX , the Internet ad server developer, said today that it has launched a new version of its OpenX Enterprise software. OpenX said the updated software includes such features as real-time ad bidding, more control by publishers over ad quality and pricing, new APIs, and other features. OpenX is headed by Tim Cadogan. READ MORE>>.

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TigerText Hits 250 Healthcare Customers

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Santa Monica-based text messaging provider TigerText reported Thursday that it now has more than 250 healthcare facilities using its HIPAA compliant messaging platform. The firm, which provides secure text messaging for enterprise customers, says it more than doubled its customers in the last three months due to demand from the healthcare industry.

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Qtee: “We’re the Nike ID of the Fashion World”

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However one of the often underestimated, or potentially overlooked, trends is the customization and personalization options we get because of tech. In fact, I wrote about a company recently that lets you design, choose, and print customized vinyl decals for your car – it’s super cool.

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ISBX Takes On Cross-Platform Mobile Development

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Los Angeles-based ISBX , a new startup software developer, said this week that it has launched a new, cross-platform mobile development product. The firm said its software, Avenue Mobile, allows developers to create applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android and Symbian.

LeisureLink Claims Customer Success

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which develops software and services for specialty lodging suppliers, said today that one of its customers, Kees Vacation Rentals, has seen an increase in the firm's bookings by 38%, from using the firm's platform.

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