Sat.Jan 28, 2012 - Fri.Feb 03, 2012

Web Second, Mobile First

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson wrote two posts in 2010 that were very influential with the startup community. The titles were: Mobile First, Web Second. Mobile First, Web Second (continued). If you’re in the minority that never read them – you should.

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Nine Startup Tips From Michael Dell

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Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series. Other installments include: Jeff Bezos , Steve Jobs , Richard Branson , Walt Disney and Mark Zuckerberg. Degree? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Degrees. "As

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Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Facebook’s S1 filing to go public, some people took pause today to reflect on what the IPO could mean for the social networking giant.

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CitySourced Heads To Hawaii

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Los Angeles-based CitySourced , the developer of mobile software used to help citizens to communicate with cities and local government, has rolled out in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Interview with Jonathan LaCour, Playzon

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How do you come up with a compelling, mobile videogame title?

Why L.A.'s Start-up Scene Beats All Others

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(my first article of a weekly column that I'm writing for Inc Magazine) A five-time entrepreneur makes the case for launching a company in Silicon Beach. He's not the only fan. Los Angeles is the capital of small business in the United States, according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa, at a reception earlier this month for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists. inc.com los angeles inc

Chat with Yellow Thunder Media CEO and YouTube guru Tony Chen

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Monday, February 6, 2012 -- Chat with Yellow Thunder Media CEO and YouTube guru Tony Chen. Tech Coast Angels. ony is the CEO of Yellow Thunder Media, a digital media agency specializing in video seeding and optimization on the YouTube platform to guarantee targeted, organic views and make videos go viral. See [link] (more

American Immigration: The Invisible Wall to Innovation

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A look around technology industry, perhaps the heart of the global revolution, shows a happily working international community all pushing for the common goal of innovation.

Fisker Debuts In Canada

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Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive , the heavily backed, electric vehicle manufacturer, said today that it has entered into the Canadian market. The firm said the firm's EV is now available in Canada, via a partnership with a number of retailers in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.

SAIL Venture Partners Extends To Canada

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Costa Mesa-based SAIL Capital Partners , the clean technology investor, said today that it has created a joint venture in Canada, to invest in early stage cleantech companies. SAIL said that the move comes as part of a joint venture with a Canadian subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp.

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount

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Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. The privately held firm--which did not disclose actual revenue numbers--said the growth came as a result of its strategy of offering both direct sales and white-labeled CDN services.

Hulu Plans Super Bowl Push

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Los Angeles-based Hulu said Tuesday that it is planning a big push of its Hulu Plus subscription service, with a Super Bowl XLVI advertising campaign. The new campaign--a spin on its 2009 Alec Baldwin ad--features actor Will Arnett and the Hollywood sign, plus the hashtag "mushymush".

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JustEnough Gets Customer

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Newport Beach-based JustEnough Software , a developer of a cloud-based app for managing customer demand and inventory planning, said this morning that it has been selected by a retailer. According to the company, Journelle is using its products for forecasting customer demand, planning inventory, and optimizing purchasing. Financial impact of the customer win was not disclosed. JustEnough's software is being used along with NetSuite's SuiteCloud software.

Machinima, Lionsgate Renew Deal

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Machinima , the online video entertainment firm focused on gamers, and studio Lionsgate , said today the two have renewed a deal around Machinima's zombie comedy series "Bite Me." The firms, both of which are located in Los Angeles, said the second season of the series will run on both Machinima's online YouTube network, as well as via Lionsgate's FEARnet premium cable network. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Leads360 Gets $15M For Sales Lead Software

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of leads management software headed by Nick Hedges, said this morning that it has raised $15M in new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital, and also included Rustic Canyon Partners. According to the company, the new funding will go towards product offerings, strategic partnerships, and awareness of its platform. Leads360's software is used for managing and tracking sales leads. READ MORE>>.

Steamboat Ventures Cuts US Investment Efforts

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In yet more attrition from Southern California's venture capital ranks, Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, looks to have sharply pulled back on its U.S. investment efforts. According to the firm's website, it has trimmed its list of Managing Directors in the U.S. to just one person, Scott Hillboe. Steamboat no longer lists Managing Directors Dan Beldy and Beau Laskey, and the two apparently left the firm sometime last year.

Platinum Equity Sells Portfolio Firm Canvas Systems

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Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has sold one of its portfolio companies, Canvas Systems , a supplier of refurbished IT hardware and services. Canvas Systems was sold to electronics distributor Avnet. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Platinum Equity had acquired Canvas Systems in April of 2009. READ MORE>>. canvas systems merger acquisition platinum equity private

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Babysitting Service UrbanSitter

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is backing the developer of a service which uses parents' social graphs to help connect them with babysitters. According to San Francisco-based UrbanSitter , it has raised $1.75M in a round, which was led by First Round Capital and also included Rustic Canyon Partners, Menlo Ventures, and angels. Rustic Canyon's Neil Hansch was involved in the deal, and will join the company's board along with Rob Hayes of First Round.

Guidance Software Expands Cloud Support

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Pasadena-based Guidance Software , which develops digital forensics software and tools, said today that it has expanded its cloud-based data collection support. The company said its updated software now has additional ability to collect stored information from cloud-based data services, and a new way to search evidence collected from previous cases by the software. Guidance Software's products are used to manage electronic discovery of email and other corporate data. READ MORE>>.

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Paidcontent.org. Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Steven Kydd apparently are all leaving Demand Media for "other opportunities." Fitzgibbon, Perez, and Kydd were among those who took Demand Media from inception through its IPO. READ MORE>>. demand media executive content publishing publisher

Fandango To Debut Super Bowl Ad

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Los Angeles-based Fandango is getting a spot in its first SuperBowl ad this weekend, the firm said Friday, as part of a promotion for Universal Pictures' new action movie, Battleship. Fandango said that the SuperBowl advertisment will feature a tag which links viewers to its mobile apps.

Cocodot Shifts Into Jewelry, Gifts

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations startup headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has made a subtle shift into the e-commerce sector in recent days, adding jewelry, chocolates, gifts, and more to the site.

SocialNightlife.com | An App for Venues

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Everyone enjoys a good evening out on the town now and then. As we’re out we all like to indulge in our social media accounts with sharing updates, media, and check-ins. But while we’re doing all that, what are the nightlife venues we’re at doing on their side?

CallSource Sells Multifamily Division To Former Homestore Exec

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Westlake Village-based CallSource , which develops leads management software, has sold off one of its divisions, CallSource Multifamily, to an entrepreneur who was previously a Vice President at Homestore.com. According to Mike Mueller, who is now an investor in Scottsdale, Arizona, he has acquired the CallSource Multifamily division of CallSource, and moved its operations to Arizona.

Shopatron Signs Bosch Appliances

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , the provider of e-commerce software for brands, reported Tuesday that it has signed a partnership with appliance firm Bosch Home Appliances. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Shopatron said it is providing Bosch with a new home appliances website, where shoppers can browse appliances such as ranges, cooktops, hoods, dishwashers, refrigerators and washer/dryer combinations.

Central Desktop Claims Growth In Staff, Customers

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Los Angeles-based CEntral Desktop , the developer of online project and collaboration software which is headed by Isaac Garcia, claimed yesterday that it has seen growth in both its employees and customers last year. The company said it grew its staff by 43 percent in 2011, and increased its enterprise customer base by 41 percent. The company did not disclose any employment numbers or actual finances.

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InTouch Health Gains $6M From iRobot

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Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health , a developer of remote presence technology and robotics for the healthcare market, has scored a $6M investment from iRobot. iRobot said the investment gives it a minority position in InTouch, and is an expansion of a joint development and licensing agreement between the two companies. The two are working on combining iRobot's platforms with healthcare applications. InTouch's robots are used to allow physicians to remotely work with patients. READ MORE>>.

GraphEffect Taps Social Media Experts For Advisory Board

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Santa Monica-based GraphEffect , which develops social marketing software, is tapping a bank of experts in the social media industry for its advisory board, the company announced today. GraphEffect said it has added Paul Ollinger, J.B. Kropp and Hari Menon to the advisory board. Ollinger was an earlier employee at Facebook, and also served at Launch.com and Yahoo. Kropp is at Twitter in Strategic Partnerships, and also served at Virtrue, The Brandery, ShareThis, and Sharkle.com.

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