LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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Every startup selected and entering into the program will be awarded $50,000 in VC funding, mentoring, and free office space in Santa Monica area within walking distance of the Third Street Promenade.

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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Every startup selected and entering into the program will be awarded $50,000 in VC funding, mentoring, and free office space in Santa Monica area within walking distance of the Third Street Promenade.

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Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Mark Suster of GRP Partners and Launchpad was confirmed to keynote along with Nely Galan of Galan Entertainment, the first Latina president of Telemundo. Silicon Beach Fest takes place June 19-22, 2013 in Santa Monica. Thursday Night Fashion Party at Santa Monica Place.

GRP Partners Raises New $200M Fund, Becomes Upfront Ventures

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor GRP Partners announced this morning that it has raised a fourth fund, worth $200M, and also renamed the firm Upfront Ventures. The 17-year old firm, which also said it will open up a brand new home at the center of Silicon Beach, signing a 10-year lease for a space on 7th Street in Santa Monica. GRP has been quite active in the local technology industry, having founded accelerator LaunchpadLA.

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

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Santa Monica startup, Gravity --headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also included Redpoint Ventures and August Capital.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today. Gumgum recently raised $7M in a funding from New Enterprise Associates, GRP Partners, and First Round Capital. The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President of Sales. Beyer joins the company from SocialVibe, where he also served as VP of Sales.

Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

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Silicon Beach--the self-appointed name that has been used to describe many parts of Southern California''s tech community, but which has seemed to have centered itself over Santa Monica and surrounding towns--has no shortage of events and conferences.

Gravity Debuts Content Personalization API

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Santa Monica-based Gravity , the developer of real-time personalization software headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur, is making a big push today with the launch of a new set of free APIs for publishers.

Launchpad LA Starts Accepting Fall 2013 Applications

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Launchpad LA offers up a $100,000 investment, free office space in Santa Monica, mentoring and access to resources, and much more to companies. The accelerator is one of the earliest in Los Angeles, having originally started as a mentoring group headed by blogger and venture investor Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners). Launchpad LA , one of the more high profile startup accelerators in Los Angeles, has opened up applications for its next class.

GoodRx Gets Funding, Launches Drug Comparison Site

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Santa Monica-based GoodRx , a new startup backed by Founders Fund, GRP Partners, Highland Capital, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Dawn Lepore (drugstore.com), and Mike Ovitz, has launched its services, saying that it will allow users to compare pricing from pharmacies nationwide via its service and iPhone app.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Pose Lands $3M For Mobile Style and Shopping

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Santa Monica-based Pose , a developer of mobile apps for shopping discovery, announced Friday morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. The round came from GRP Partners, True Ventures, and Mousse Partners. GRP's investment in the firm was led by Mark Suster. Pose develops both iPhone and Android apps which lets people share their style and shopping efforts with friends and followers.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

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I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. Second, we are announcing officially that we are moving our offices from Century City to Santa Monica.

Launchpad LA Adds Funding, Office Space For Startups

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the business acceleration program headed up by Mark Suster of GRP Partners, said today that it has expanded the program, and added $50,000 in funding for startups in the program, plus actual physical office space. The acceleration progrma has set up space in Santa Monica.

TrueCar Raises $200M, Acquires Firm

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the automotive pricing website headed by Scott Painter, said this morning that it has raised $200M in new debt and equity financing, plus acquired a company. TrueCar said the financng round included USAA, Capricorn Investment Group and GRP Partners, all existing investors in the firm. Other invetors in the round include GR Match, LLC (affiliated with Guthy-Renker, LLC), McCombs Family Partners, DealerTrack Holdings, GSV Capital Corp.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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To give visibility to these companies to: Sources of funding (angels / VCs), business development partners, mentors who have themselves built successful companies, the press and potential employees to hire.

Pose Finds $1.6M

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Santa Monica-based Pose , a developer of mobile, social shopping applications, said last week that it has raised $1.6M The funding came from GRP Partners, True Ventures, and Founder Collective, along with angel investors Dave Morin and Shawn Fanning.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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Michael Pfau (Santa Barbara … Reicker Pfau). They scooped up none other than David Hernand who will join the practice as managing partner. Also coming from DLA Piper is another partner – Christopher Shoff. And a fourth partner – Jennifer Massey – will join from an entertainment background. I wrote a blog post on how to work with lawyers at a startup nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It was very widely read.

Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA

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Sam Teller: Launchpad is an accelerator in Santa Monica. We were founded in 2009 by Mark Suster from GRP Partners. Last year, I joined up with Mark, and we raised a small fund and opened up an office in Santa Monica, one block from the beach.

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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TechCrunch, Forbes, PandoDaily, and other national and local media covered the fest, centered in Santa Monica and Venice at venues with views of the beach on picture-perfect sunny days. Santa Monica Patch: Silicon Beach Fest Kicks off in Santa Monica, Venice (VIDEO).

A Conversation with Ben Satterfield, Burstly

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Burstly is headed by Evan Rifkin, and backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, SoftBank Capital, and Founder Collective. Burstly is located in Santa Monica.

LaunchpadLA Adds Gobbler's Kantrowitz To Team

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Launchpad LA , the startup accelerator based in Santa Monica, is bolstering its team today, saying it has added Jamie Kantrowitz as an additional partner at the accelerator. The accelerator was founded by Mark Suster of GRP Partners, and recently graduated a class; the firm recently closed its applications for the next class, which starts in March.

Gradient X Exits Beta

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TrueCar Backed By Another Investor

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Another investor has surfaced in the latest funding round for Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online automotive pricing and research firm headed by Scott Painter. Major investors in the funding were USAA, Capricorn Investment Group and GRP Partners. According to Colorado-based Keating Capital, it participated in a $50M, common stock financing round in TrueCar which closed on September 26th.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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The VC partner, somebody I greatly respect said, “Yeah, we like Gil and what they’re doing. I live in the city of Santa Monica. Scott Painter , founder of CarsDirect has created TrueCar (backed by GRP Partners).

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Zag Round Totals $37.4M

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Santa Monica-based Zag has finally revealed the total invested in its latest, strategic round of funding, saying Thursday that it raised $37.4M. The round came from USAA, and included Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners.

YieldMetrics Becomes Adomic

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Santa Monica-based online advertising firm YieldMetrics has renamed itself Adomic , as part of a rebranding effort, the firm said today. The startup, which is backed by Upfront Ventures (which also just went through a renaming effort, from GRP Partners), did not say exactly why it decided to rename itself.

Burstly Opens Skyrocket To All App Developers

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Santa Monica-based app testing and anlytics developer Burstly has opened up access to its mobile monetization platform, extending access to its SkyRocket product via a self-serve offering. Burstly is led by Evan Rifkin, and is backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, and SoftBank.

Mark Suster: New, $200M Fund, and GRP's New Name, Upfront Ventures

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However, one, longtime local fund-- GRP Partners --appears to have found the right formula for venture success, and has just raised a brand new, $200 million fund. All of our partners are based here. GRP stood for Global Retail Partners.

Zag Raises $11.1M More

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Santa Monica-based Zag , the online auto buying software firm headed by Scott Painter, has raised $11.1M The firm has previously raised funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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When I drill down on that term, you can see why with posts like: Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Lops A Third Of Company THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office Citrix Cuts 10 Percent; Santa Barbara Hit And it's also interesting to see what geographies are being associated with "Layoffs" more often than others: Layoffs Woodland Hills Layoffs San Diego Layoffs Santa Monica Layoffs Los Angeles I guess this is a sign of the times.

Teleflip Assets Sold, Says Creditor

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Santa Monica-based Teleflip, which operated a service which allowed users to send and receive email using text messages, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer, according to creditor Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Teleflip was venture backed by GRP Partners, and apparently went out of business sometime in August after failing to find additional capital.

First Annual Second Internet Conference

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The Second Internet Conference will be held in Santa Monica, California, on September 7th, 2011. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 -- First Annual Second Internet Conference. Wedbush. The one-day event will bring together individual and institutional investors alongside social media executives to learn the current social media landscape, and meet one-on-one with leading industry professionals.