First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Matt Crowley from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy is teaching another great First Time Entrepreneur Workshop with the LA Venture Association (LAVA) on Saturday September 24th in Encino. Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. He will be teaching about valuation, dilution, intellectual property rights, working with co-founders, and a variety of other topics that are critical for startup founders to master. See [link] (more

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First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Matt Crowley from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy is teaching another great workshop with the LA Venture Association (LAVA) on Saturday September 24th in Encino. Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. Join us for our next First Time Entrepreneur Workshop! He will be teaching about valuation, dilution, intellectual property rights, working with co-founders, and a variety of other topics that are critical for startup founders to master. See [link] (more

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uSamp Courts App Developers With SDK

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Encino-based uSamp , which develops online survey and sampling technology, is courting mobile app developers with a new software development kit. The firm said it is looking to help app developers to monetize their apps, by integrating the company''s mobile survey tools into their software. uSamp said integrating the SDK will help app developers add an additional revenue stream to their apps, and also learn more about their members. READ MORE>>. usamp mobile survey sample smartphone

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mPulse Mobile Gets $11M For Healthcare Engagement

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Encino-based mPulse Mobile has raised $11M in a Series B funding, for the company's mobile engagement software. According to mPulse Mobile, the funding was led by SJF Ventures, and also included HLM Venture Partners, EchoHealth Ventures, OCA Ventures, and Bonfire Ventures. mPulse has now raised over $25M in total. SJF Ventures' Cody Nystrom joins mPulse Mobile's board of directors with the funding.

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uSamp Hires CTO

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and paneling firm run by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, reported today that it has hired Steven Sobolevsky as the firm's Chief Technology Officer.

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Swagbucks Buys Sodahead

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According to Prodege, it will acquire all of SodaHead''s assets and staff from its Encino headquarters, and will move them to Swagbucks offices in El Segundo. Los Angeles-based prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , said this morning that it has acquired Sodahead , the online polling and discussion platform founded by Jason Feffer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO

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Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer. Trudel was most recently CTO of BeachMint, and also served at Ticketmaster as SVP of Software Engineering, in addition to serving at Taleo. According to uSamp, Trudel has 18 years of experience in the field. uSamp provides market research services and sampling, and is venture backed by DFJ Frontier, Greycroft Partners, OpenView Venture Partners, and Webtigo.

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uSamp Gets $15M More For Market Research Tools

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Encino-based sampling and online research firm uSamp announced this morning that it has raised $15M in a new round of funding. According to uSamp, the Series D round came from OpenView Venture Partners and DuPont Capital Management, and will go towards accelerating the development of the company''s Instant.ly platform. uSamp''s services and software is used by marketers for surveys, sampling, and market research. uSamp has now raised somewhere around $29.0M in funding. READ MORE>>.

uSamp Names New Exec

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Encino-based uSamp , the online provider of survey panels for the market research industry, said today that it has named Justin Wheeler as its Vice President and General Manager for SurveyBuilder. Wheeler has previously served at such firms as SpotRunner, Yahoo!, and Overture/GoTo.com. uSamp supplies panelists for online surveys and market research. The company is headed by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin. READ MORE>>. research market panel executive usamp

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uSamp Names Sales Strategy VP

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Encino-based > uSamp , the operator of an online survey panel network, announced this morning that it has named Joshua Pink as its new Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales Strategy & Global Development. Pink joins the company from Think Passenger, where he was VP of Business Development. uSamp's services are used by companies looking for market research and survey panels. The firm was founded by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, who previously founded goZing. READ MORE>>.

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uSamp Launches Updated Mobile Polling App

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of technology and survey and polling services, announced this morning that it has launched an updated version of its iPhone app, iPoll. The mobile app allows mobile users to answer questions on their phone and receive cash payments for answering various questions and surveys while on the go. uSamp said its app is focused on "missions" and are targeted to a user''s location, such as visiting a certain business and answering questions about their experience.

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uSamp Names New Insights, Strategy Head

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Encino-based survey and sampling technology developer uSamp announced this morning that it has expanded its Consumer Insights division through the hiring of a new Senior Director of Insights and Strategy. uSamp said it has hired Robert Clancy, a veteran of such companies as Diageo, JCPenney, Blockbuster and PepsiCo, to the position.

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uSamp Raises $6.0M

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Encino-based uSamp , the online panel and sampling firm founded by Matthew Dusig and Gregg Lavin, has raised $6.0M as part of a new funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. According to the filing, the funding is part of an ongoing, $7.0M fundraising effort by the company. Name of the new investors, and details of the funding, have not been announced yet by the company.

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uSamp Ties With GutCheck

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of technology and services for the online panel and surveying market, said that it has teamed with GutCheck , a provider of online qualitative research.

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uSamp To Support Red Cross

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and polling firm headed by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, announced this morning that it will be running a donation drive to help the American Red Cross support victims of the Japanese disaster.

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uSamp Buys AOL Unit

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and panel firm headed by Matt Dusig, has acquired AOL's DMS Insights unit, the firm said today. DMS Insights, also known as Digital Marketing Services, Inc., provides market research and online research services.

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Cyber-Rain Names Chief Revenue Officer

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed maker of a smart, Internet-connected sprinkler control system, has named Ben Jamison as its Chief Revenue Officer.

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uSamp, Kiplinger Tie On Market Research Panel

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Encino-based uSamp , the online surveying, sample, and panel firm headed by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, has scored a major win with Kiplinger, the firm revealed this morning.

Digital LA -Tech Rehab @ Citrusbyte

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Were teaming up with web development shop Citrusbyte for a FREE tech BBQ pool party for programmers, product managers, web developers, and friends at Citrusbytes web developer mansion in Encino. Saturday, June 27, 2009 -- Digital LA -Tech Rehab @ Citrusbyte. Summer's here! See [link] (more

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SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

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Encino-based SodaHead , the social news and question and answer site headed by Jason Feffer, told its users today that it is launching a major redesign this week.

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Cyber-Rain Extends Smart Irrigation Controllers

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, said over the weekend that it has extended its control systems with new features. The firm said its controllers--which automatically adjust watering schedules based on local weather information--now supports Blackberry mobile devices, odd-even water scheduling, GPS information, and more.

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uSamp Updates Market Research Service

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of online, web-based sampling and polling services, said today that it has enhanced its self service SampleMarket service. According to the firm, the enhanced service allows users to add multiple suppliers of survey respondents to their market research projects, including both SampleMarket-sourced panelists as well as external sources; new toools to remove duplicate, fake, and other low-quality respondents from research samples; and more.

uSamp Appoints Two Executives

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and panel firm headed by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, said today that it has named Chuck Miller as Chief Research Officer at the firm, and appointed Melanie Courtright as Vice President, Client Services.

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uSamp Names VP

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of survey and sampling technology and services, said Tuesday that it has named Leslie Warshaw as Vice President of Research Solutions. Warshaw joins the firm from Lightspeed Research and TNS, and also worked at Nielsen Company. uSamp provides a platform and network of survey respondants used by companies to gain insights into consumers and businesses. The firm is led by serial entrepreneurs Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin.

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Phorus Debuts New Wireless Home Audio Speaker

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Encino-based Phorus , the developer of wireless home audio speaker technology which is now owned by DTS, said it has launched a new product called the Phorus PS5. The new speaker lets users stream audio from their iOS, Android, and Windows PCs to multiple rooms over Wi-Fi. The company is promoting the new speaker line with a music video from the group Run River North.

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uSamp Launches Self-Serve Survey Site

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Encino-based uSamp , which operates online polling and surveying services for businesses, said today that it has launched a new product aimed at self-service surveys. The firm said its new SurveyBuilder platform allows anyone to create their own panels, via a self-service interface. The new product is aimed at small and midsize businesses, academia, and non-profits. The new service is aimed at market research or consumer research campaigns.

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Cyber Rain Gets EPA WaterSense Certification

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Encino-based Cyber Rain , the developer of Internet-connected, irrigation system controllers, said Thursday that it has earned an EPA WaterSense Certification. The company said that its products--which use weather data downloaded from the Internet to better control how much to water--which meets specifications for weather-based irrigation controllers developed by the EPA. Cyber Rain said that it is the first smart irrigation product to achieve full Watersense certification.

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uSamp Unveils Panel Management Offerings

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey firm started by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, announced today that it has rolled out a new set of online offerings focused on market researchers and brand managers.

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uSamp: 65 Percent of Companies Allow Working Remotely

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Encino -based uSamp , which provides technology to enable market research and survey panels, has tapped into its stable of survey respondents to figure out how many companies now allow employees to work remotely. The company said its new study finds that 65 percent of companies now allow employees to work remotely, versus 35 percent that do not.

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Cyber-Rain Gets EPA WaterSense Label

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, reported yesterday that it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label. The label indicates that it meets or exceeds certain criteria to use water more efficiently. Cyber-Rain develops an irrigation controller which automatically changes watering schedules depending on weather forecasts and information.

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Cyber-Rain Launching New Product

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, is launching a new product this week for remote management of those controllers.

Cyber-Rain Raises $1.6M More

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the developer of Internet-linked, automated sprinkler controllers, has raised $1.6M in a funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday. According to the filing, the new funding is part of an ongoing, $2.0M fundraising effort by the firm.

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uSamp Eyes Check-Ins For Mobile Surveys

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and panel firm, said Wednesday that it is moving into the mobile market, and is adding mobile surveying to its platform.

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uSamp Links With J.D. Power

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and market research firm headed by Matt Dusig and Gregg Levin, is powering a new online market research effort for Westlake Village-based J.D.

uSamp Reports Growth

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and survey firm run by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, reported over the weekend that it had revenue growth over over 167 percent.

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uSamp Expands With New Offices

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Encino-based uSamp , the venture backed online surveying and panel firm, said today that it has opened two new offices in an expansion. The firm said it has opened up a new office in Connecticut, and also started up operations in India to supplement its existing California operations.

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United Sample Expands Sales, Employees

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Encino-based United Sample is reporting today that it had a triple-digit sales increase over last year, and has now has 70 team members working at the firm. Actual financial details were not announced by the startup, but the company said it is seeing rapid growth in its online panels. United Sample provides online sampling services for the market research industry. The company also said it now has over 1 million active, registered survey panelists.

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uSamp Gets $10M In Series C

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Encino-based uSamp , the online market research and sampling firm founded by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding.

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uSamp Adds Gould, Moriarty To Board

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Encino-based uSamp , which provides technology and services for market research and surveying, said this morning that it has added Alan Gould and Sean Moriarty to its board of directors. Gould is a Venture Partner with Greycroft Partners, and Moriarty is the former President and CEO of Ticketmaster.

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uSamp Aims At B2B Market

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Encino-bsaed uSamp , which operates an online survey panel network used by companies to conduct market research, said Wednesday that it has launched a new service aimed at the business-to-business market. uSamp said its new service-- TheWhiteboard --provides a panel specifically aimed at business-to-business decision makers. uSamp explained that the new service recruits panelists with loyalty reward programs in the hotel, airline, and travel industry.

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uSamp Names CFO, Promotes VPs

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Encino-based uSamp , the online panel and survey firm headed by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, said today that it has named a new CFO and promoted two new execs.

Bid4Spots Claims Revenue Gains

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Encino-based Bid4Spots , which operates a number of online reverse auction marketplaces for radio and cable television advertising, claims today that the firm has been seeing a huge amount of growth this year.

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Bid4Spots Reports Progress On Cable TV Ads

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Encino-based Bid4Spots , the online radio and TV advertising firm headed by Dave Newmark, said this week that the firm has seen a 40 percent increase in ad revenues in its online marketplace for cable television advertising since its launch in May.

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