Sandler Partners Buys X4 Solutions

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Hermosa Beach-based Sandler Partners , a distributor and provider of communications, telecom, and cloud IT services, has acquired X4 Solutions , a MIdwestern "master agency" in the telecom and cloud services area. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Sandler Partners said the combined company will genearate $65M in revenues this year. Sandler Partners is led by founder Alan Sandler. READ MORE>>.

FinalPrice Raises $4M For Membership Driven Travel App

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Hermosa Beach-based FinalPrice has raised $4M in funding for a new travel startup, which offers up membership-based travel booking for flights, hotels, and car rentals. The funding came from Sistema VC and Almaz Capital. As part of the funding Pavel Bogdanov of Almaz joins the company' s board. FinalPrice was founded by Peter Kutis, who previously founded Russian travel sites Onetwotrip and AnyDayAnyWay.

HYFN Acquired By LIN TV

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Hermosa Beach-based digital agency HYFN has been sold to public firm LIN TV , which owns a number of television stations as well as mobile products, the firms said Thursday. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. HYFN was founded in 2000, and was part of Facebook''s Preferred Marketing Developer Program. HYFN was advised by Angeles Capital Group''s Peter Cowen and Andrew Williamson in the deal. READ MORE>>.

HomeExchange.com Partners With TripAdvisor

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Hermosa Beach-based HomeExchange , which operates an online marketplace for home exchanges, said today that it has partnered with TripAdvisor , to help offer up certified reviews on its site. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. HomeExchange.com said the move will let its members access TripAdvisor''s ratings and reviews directly from its website.

Precipice Labs Launches Photo Sharing App SDK

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Hermosa Beach-based Precipice Labs , a new startup developing mobile apps, has announced a new platform and SDK which helps mobile app developers add photo sharing to any mobile app. According to the startup, its new Ostetso platform is designed to help developers add their own, photo sharing social network with only a few lines of code. The platform handles everything from the photo gallery within the app to all the back-end database and image storage.

RewardTag Helps Users Recover Lost Devices

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A Hermosa Beach startup, RewardTag is looking to solve that problem, by letting users reward people who return those lost devices to the owner. If you've ever lost a cell phone, camera, or other electronic device, you know how hard it is to find it again--and how low the odds are of actually having a stranger find it and return it to you.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

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Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

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Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, October 15, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

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Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, September 17, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

Flywheel Expands Into Los Angeles, Ramps Up Taxi vs. Rideshare Battle

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Flywheel develops a mobile app which lets users hail local taxi companies, track locations, and pay with their smartphone, and says it has launched its service across Los Angeles, starting with Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, San Fernando Valley, and Pasadena. The fight between Los Angeles taxicab drivers and services like Lyft and Uber haas just gotten even more interesting, as mobile app developer Flywheel said it has launched in Los Angeles.

Staff Ranker: Helping Hospitality Businesses Better Manage Workers

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However, Redondo Beach-based StaffRanker (www.staffranker.com) has rolled out a system to help those companies better manage what is a notoriously difficult segment of the labor market, which has a lot of turnover and which just doesn''t match existing, corporate performance management systems.

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Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Jeb Spencer: When we first met Accordent, they were doing less than $1M in revenue, and were located a block from the beach in Hermosa Beach, but we were amazed at the number of customers they already had acquired.