Game Developer Fiending for Growth

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Big jump in revenue for Venice-based Seriously

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Bombd Sets Up Shop In Venice, Aims At Social Networking

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Bombd , a startup which develops a social networking and messaging app revolving around sharing instant photos with others, has set up shop in Venice Beach. The startup--originally started in Australia--said its team and founders have moved to Venice Beach to scale the app in the U.S., and that it has begun hiring a team here.

Verified Expert Lawyer: Andrew Erskine

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Andrew Erskine has developed his legal career along with the rise of the tech startup scene in Los Angeles. Eric Eldon: Can you just tell me more about how you see a lawyer playing a role in developing a tech startup ecosystem? .

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Viddy Wants to Bring Developers to Silicon Beach | $10K and a Job Offer

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Yesterday Viddy, the social video sharing site announced the launch of their public API for developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways of sharing video. What developer wouldn’t want the chance to live in beautiful sunny Southern California.

TZ Tech Crawl Venice | So Nice We Are Doing It Twice

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We had such a great response from July’s TZ Tech Crawl Silicon Beach Santa Monica edition, that we decided to get another one in before the summer was out and this time focus around the Venice area. Where: Venice, CA (Silicon Beach!). View TZ Tech Crawl Venice in a larger map.

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Taylor Freeman of UploadVR on Building a Passionate Culture for Good

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Taylor returned home and dove into learning web development and design on his own. He ended up building a digital agency that did everything from custom apps and web development to branding and digital marketing.

Gem Takes On Bitcoin APIs

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Venice, California-based Gem said this week that it has launched a new, Bitcoin platform specifically aimed at developers. The startup--led by Micah Winkelspecht--said it is hoping to let developers use Bitcoin, but not require them to be expects in security or cryptography.

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Pandora Links Into New Snap Kit For Music Streaming

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Online music streaming service Pandora said it has become one of the first partners for Snap Kit , the new developer program run by Venice-based Snap > , the parent firm of Snapchat. pandora snap snapkit third party developer music streamingAccording to Pandora, it will launch with Snap as the music streaming launch partner for Snap Kit, allowing Pandora listeners to send their favorite songs to friends and family through a special "song card" within Snapchat.

Snapchat Sets Up Shop In Texas

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Venice, California-based Snapchat has set up an a new office in Texas, to help it recruit talent to help develop its software, according to a report Tuesday. snapchat texas software development expansion growthThe report says that Snapchat has opened up an output in Dallas, in part to tap into that area's local tech startup community and low cost of labor. Snapchat has not announced any details about the new office. READ MORE>>.

Report: Snap Acquires Drone Maker Ctrl Me Robotics

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Venice, California-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , recently acquired neighboring Venice-based drone technology developer Ctrl Me Robotics , according to reports over the weekend. The deal was reportely worth less than $1M. Ctrl Me Robotics was founded by Simon Saito Nielsen. READ MORE>>. snap drone ctrlmerobotics robot flight camera snapchat merger acquisition robotics

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Snapchat: 35 Employees, Great Place To Work

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Venice-based social networking app developer Snapchat looks to be on the prowl for employees, based on a new recruiting video released onto YouTube by the company Wednesday morning.

Hackathon Seeks Apps For Cats

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Are you a cat lover, and an iPad app developer? A new hackathon, being held at Amplify in Venice Beach later this month, is looking for you. hackathon cats pets meow software developer prize award amplify amplifyla

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Seriously Finds $18M For Mobile Games

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Venice, California- and Helsinki, Finland-based mobile game developer Seriously , the developer behind the title Best Fiends , has raised $18M in a venture funding round, the company said this morning. smartphone videogame software development content capital venture fiends best rovio game mobile seriously

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Mogreet Officially Launches Mobile API Service

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Venice-based Mogreet officially announced its new application programming interface (API) services this morning, saying it will provide APIs will let developers deliver MMS, SMS, video, in-app messaging, as well as access mobile user lookup services.

Viddy Rolls Out API, Dangles 10K And Trip To LA

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Los Angeles-based Viddy , the developer of mobile apps which allow users to share snippets of video with one another, said this week that it has rolled out its public API, and is offering $10,000 in cash and a trip to Silicon Beach for the best app built using the product.

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Snap's New VP Of Hardware Swapped Out, Again

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Venice, California-based Snap is continuing to see turnover in its hardware unit, SnapLab, and has lost its VP of Hardware Development in charge of its Spectacles sunglasses product, the third head of that unit in the past six months. Sahil Sharma, VP of Hardware Development at SnapLab, had only been there since July, when he took over from former Vice President of Hardware Mark Randall.

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$15k Purse Prize to Winner of Friskies Catastic Hackathon

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It is times like these that I wish I was a developer. This weekend March 23-24, Friskies Cat Food is hosting a “ Games for Cats Hackathon ” with a $15,000 dollar cash prize going to the developer who comes up with the winning app or cat game.

Report: Snapchat Files For IPO

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A report on Tuesday afternoon from Reuters says that Venice, California-based social communications and networking app developer Snapchat has filed its paperwork for its IPO. No terms or details on that IPO have been yet announced by the company, which has been rumored to be working on an IPO for months. READ MORE>>. snapchat merger acquisition exit social networking communications

Snap Inc. Files for IPO

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parent company and developer of messaging app Snapchat, has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of its stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to multiple press reports. The Venice-based company would likely initiate its IPO in March, an offering which would value the company between $20 billion and $25 billion, according to sources cited by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Snap Inc.,

Former Snap Engineering VP Launches New Startup, Liquidata

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Timothy Sehn , the former Senior VP of Engineering for Venice-based Snap , has launched a new, Santa Monica-based startup called Liquidata. The new startup says it is developing a "data as a service" offering. Sehn left Snap a year ago. Sehn was one of the executives who had a significant stake in Snap at the IPO, with Sehn's share of the company worth around $110M at the IPO. READ MORE>>. snap engineering liquidata startup

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The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

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They are no longer remarkable in Santa Monica or Venice or in many cities in America, Europe or South America. Last year at this time Bird was just planning its multi-city rollout having had tremendous success in Santa Monica & Venice. The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An

Report: Snap Buys Ad Tech Firm Flite

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Venice-based Snap , the parent firm of Snapchat, has acquired San Francisco-based ad technology developer Flite , according to reports this morning. According to recode, the acquisition is an "acquihire", and Snap is using the buy to help bring in new ad technology talent, rather than any software developed by Flite.

Snap Shuffles Execs

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Venice-based social media app developer Snap said late Monday that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief People Officer, in a shuffling of its executive staff. According to Snap, it has named Derek Andersen, the company's current Vice President of Finance, to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and also named Lara Sweet, currently interim CFO, as its Chief People Officer.

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Report: Snapchat Buys Cimagine Media

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Venice-based Snap, Inc. , Cimaging Media develops augmented reality technology. the parent company of Snapchat, has reportedly acquired Israeli startup Cimagine Media. The deal is reportedly worth between $30M and $40M. The acquisition was first reported by a local Israeli financial daily. Cimagine was founded in 2012. READ MORE>>. snapchat cimagine media israel israeli merger acquisition augmented reality

Snap Quietly Buys 3D Game Engine Startup

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Venice, California-based Snap , the parent firm of Snapchat , has quietly acquired a 3D gaming engine developer based in the UK, according to a report. According to the report, Snap acquired PlayCanvas, a developer of 3D game design software, last May. No details on the acquisition have been announced by either of the companies.

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Snapchat Retreats From Original Content

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Venice-based Snapchat has shut down its original content efforts, and laid off around 15 people who were working on the Snap Channel, according to Deadline. Snapchat had launched its original content efforts in January, to develop its own original content and music for the service. READ MORE>>. snapchat original content layoff hollywood snapchannel social

Snapchat Steals Away Engineering Director From Google

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Venice, California-based social media app developer Snapchat has made a significant, high visibility hire, saying this week that it has hired Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director from Google, as its new Vice President of Engineering.

Snap Rolls Out New AR Lens App, Lens Studio

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Venice, California-based Snap said on Thurday that it has rolled out a new tool, which lets designers create and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. The company said the tool is not just built for developers, but also creatives, students, and brands. The new tool, Lens Studio , allows users to build and launch immersive Lenses--such as your own dancing hot dog, or rainbow barfing unicorn--and publish them to Snapchat.

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Vyng Picks Up $4M For Video Ringtones

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Venice, California-based startup Vyng , which develops software which turns calls from friends into cute "video ringtones" that show up on your lock screen when a friend calls, has raised $4M in a funding round, the company said on Thursday. Vyng said it will use the funding to grow its global team, for partnership, and also for development of patents around its technology.

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Snap Cuts 120 Engineers, Citing Job Performance

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Venice, California-based social networking app developer Snap Inc. has laid off more than 120 engineers, according to reports based on internal emails being circulated from the company, saying it had cut its "lowest performing" engineers in recent job reviews. The layoffs represent around 10 percent of Snap's engineering team. Snap also cut employees in December.

Headspace Gets $34M For Meditation App

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Venice, California-based Headspace , the developer of a mobile app that helps people meditate, has raised $34M in a funding round, the company disclosed over the last few days. The funding came from The Chernin Group, and also included Advancit Capital, Allen & Co., Breyer Capital, Broadway Video Ventures, Deerfield Management, Freelands Ventures, and William Morris Endeavor, along with celebrities Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Jared Leto, and Ryan Seacrest.

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Gem, Expresscoin Partner On Secure Bitcoin Wallet

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Venice-based Gem and Santa Monica-based Expresscoin said this week that they are in a partnership, which will offer up GEM''s secure wallet API to Gem''s customers.

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OpenMail Buys Infospace From Blucora

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Venice, California-based OpenMail , a developer of data warehousing products used for marketing analytics and targeting, has acquired the Infospace business from owner Blucora. Blucora said that OpenMail is paying the company $45M in cash for Infospace. Blucora was advised by GCA Savvian Advisors in the sale. OpenMail is led by Chuck Ursini, former EVP, Platforms at Demand Media; Ursini also has served at Amazon, Morgan Stanley and UBS. READ MORE>>.

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ZEFR Launches New Product

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Venice, California-based ZEFR , which develops technology for helping movie studios, music labels, and others identify, claim, and manage content on YouTube, said today that it has launched a new product.

Snapchat Planning First Ads

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Venice, California-based messaging app developer Snapchat is planning to roll out its first advertising effort soon, according to CEO Evan Spiegel, who said this week at the Vanity Fair New Establishment summit. Spiegel disclosed the company''s plans in a conversation on stage with Michael Bloomberg and Katie Couric. The new ads apparently will first appear around the companies "Stories" product. READ MORE>>.