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Report: Los Angeles Ranks Sixth In Active Startup Ecosystems

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A new report this week from the Startup Genome Project has ranked Los Angeles as number six in a list of the world's most active startup ecosystems. The report, which used data from the Startup Genome's benchmarking tool to rank startup performance, found that Silicon Valley topped the list, followed by New York City, London, Toronto, and Tel Aviv. Los Angeles beat other startup hubs such as Seattle, Boston, and Mumbai in the rankings.

These Companies Rock! Music+Tech+Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast presents: These Companies Rock! Music+Tech+Entrepreneurship= Success. On Wednesday, April 18, the MIT Central Coast Enterprise Forum will feature a panel of entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses around their passion for music and technology.

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H.Bloom, Backed By Brian Lee, Gets More Funding

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New York-based online subscription flower delivery service H.Bloom , whose backers include Los Angeles entrepreneur Brian Lee , who founded ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom, has scored another round of funding, the firm said Thursday.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2012

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -- Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2012 will bring together over 150 solar experts to discuss the latest on utility scale solar, large-scale project updates on Solana, Mojave, Genesis, Ivanpah and Crescent Dunesfrom the project developers themselves, the value of thermal storage at all stages of implementation and the latest technological advances. See [link].

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Mention Mobile Gets More Funding From Mark Cuban

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Los Angeles-based mobile games developer Mention Mobile , a developer of social gaming applications, reported today that it has scored a second round of funding from Mark Cuban. Size of the new investment in the company was not announced.

Tioga Pharmaceuticals Gets $10M

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San Diego-based Tioga Pharmaceuticals , a developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating irritable bowel syndrome, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, which also included Genesys Capital Partners. Tioga said Thomas, NcNerney & Partners' Jason Brown takes a seat on its board with the funding.

PayDragon Takes On Mobile Payments

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Looking to make it easier to pay for local items using their mobile phone, Los Angeles-based PayDragon said today that it has launched its mobile purchasing app in Los Angeles.

Boingo Wireless Powers WiFi At U.S. Cellular Field

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless is heading to the U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, the company announced today, after signing a deal to manage and operate that field's public Wi-Fi service. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

SkuRun Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based SkuRun , a startup developer of mobile software used to manage sales, marketing, and other collateral, said Thursday that it has raised a seed round of funding. Size of the round was not announced. The firm said the funding was led by Luke Weil, along with other private investors. SkuRun is led by Ralph Acosta. READ MORE>>. software mobile investor angel capital venture skurun

Spokeo Names Chief Strategy Officer

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Pasadena-based Spokeo , an online people search engine, said today that it has named Emanuel Pleitez as its Chief Strategy Officer. Pleitez joins the firm from McKinsey & Company, and also has served as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker and the President¬Ěs Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) under President Barack Obama.

Factual Releases Chinese Places Dataset

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Los Angeles-based data startup Factual expanded its database of business locations in a big way this week, saying that it has added the entire country of China to its cloud-based data service. Factual said it has released China Places, which covers the mainland of the People's Republic of China, with over 9.5 million records. Factual supplies geocoded data which is being used by mobile apps providers and others to locate local businesses, based on a user's location.

Interview with Neel Grover, Buy.com

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It's been almost two years since Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com was acquired by Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten. How has that affected the company--both in culture, as well as a business?

Cornerstone OnDemand Partners With Analytics Provider

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of cloud-based, HR and talent management software, reported today that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Visier , a provider of cloud-based analytics and planning software. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Visier develops software which helps companies understand metrics such as employee turnover, retention, and employee productivity.