Upload Plans VR/AR Coworking Space In Marina Del Rey

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The company said its new site, based in Marina Del Rey, will open on April 13th. upload coworking space marina angeles augmented virtual reality contentUpload Inc. , a Bay Area company focused on virtual and augmented reality training and coworking, said on Thursday that it plans on opening up a new Los Angeles area education and coworking space, specifically focused on the VR and AR community.

The Bouqs Shows Off New Digs In Marina Del Rey

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Marina Del Rey-based online flower delivery provider The Bouqs Company has expanded into fancy new digs in Marina Del Rey, saying that it has now reached a total of 60 employees. According to the company, co-founded by John Tabis and Juan Pablo Montufar, the new headquarters includes a lounge with a wine fridge and Kegerator, a kitchen, outdoor patio, and a "flower studio and creative workshop".

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Belgium Telecom Company BICS to Buy TeleSign for $230 Million.

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of Marina del Rey, a developer of user authentication software, announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to be acquired for $230 million in cash by telecommunications company BICS of Belgium TeleSign Corp.

TeleSign Acquisition By BICS Closes, Deal Value Rises To $335M

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Marina del Rey-based phone verification and user authentication service TeleSign is now officially part of BICS , after the official close of the acquisition, BICS said today. The deal was originally announced in April. BICS said it paid $230M, however, March Capital Partners, one of the investors in TeleSign, said that as a result of additional cash and earn out the deal now has a total valuation of $335M.

Deloitte Announces Local Fast 500 Winners

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San Diego's Optimer Pharmaceuticals was number 15, at 18798% growth; Marina Del Rey-based TeleSign ranked 23 at 7534% growth; followed by FastSpring in Santa Barbara, with a 6742% growth rate.

Evercar Plans LA Expansion For EV Rentals For Uber, Lyft Drivers

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According to Evercar, it currently has 43 vehicles in the Los Angeles area, including Downtown, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Inglewood, and Marina del Rey.

Six Degree Games Gets $4.0M

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Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games , the developer of online virtual worlds, recently raised $4.0M in new funding, according to regulatory and other sources. Details on the fundraising round--which closed in Q2--have not been announced.

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus

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textPlus, which is based in Marina Del Rey, develops a combination of mobile apps and related services which allow users to text each other for free. textPlus , the maker of the popular texting application by the same name, said today that it has raised $18M in a new funding round, led by The Raine Group. Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding.

Six Degree Games Raises $4.0M

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Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games , the developer of online virtual worlds for children, has raised another $4.0M in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm late Friday.

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July 13th @ Upload LA in Marina Del Rey. Thursday, July 13, 2017 -- VR Happy Hour. Refreshments, VR demos, and exhibits included. See [link] (more

Fuhu Tops Deloitte Fast 500 List

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El Segundo-based Fuhu , the manufacturer of the popular children''s Nabi tablet PC, ranked number 2 nationally in the annual Deloitte Fast 500 list, one of fifty four companies--or over 10 percent--from Southern California. The list ranks companies by five year revenue growth. According to the list, Fuhu had a growth rate of 67627% over five years.

Los Angeles Fast 500 Winners Announced

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The next highest ranked firm was Marina Del Rey-based TeleSign , the security and authentication provider headed by serial entrepreneur Steve Jillings , which was ranked number 15 nationally at 15,558% revenue growth.

Guardian Circle Taps Your Social Network For Help In A Crisis

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Marina Del Rey-based Guardian Circle says it has the app for you--a new app which lets you connect with your own personal network of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others, who can get you out of a bind. Just having one of those days, when you need some help--ie your car broke down, you can't get to daycare to pick up your child, you've got a medical emergency?

Cooking.com Powers Good Bite

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Marina Del Rey-based Cooking.com , which operates its own and other online stores for cooking-focused brands and companies, reported today that it will be managing and building a new, online kitchenware store for recipe video web site Good Bite.

Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500

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18798% San Diego Pedro Lichtinger 22 Phone Power 7642% Winnetka Ari Ramezani 23 TeleSign Corporation Software 7534% Marina del Rey Steve Jillings 26 FastSpring 6742% Santa Barbara Dan Engel 30 Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Instacart Expands In Los Angeles

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The company said it now covers Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Sawtelle, West LA, Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart has expanded in Los Angeles, saying recently that it is now covering downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, and will deliver groceries from Ralphs and Costco.

textPlus Launches Android App In Canada

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Marina Del Rey-based free text messaging app developer textPlus , said yesterday that it has launched its app on Android, in Canada, offering up free texting for users of mobile phones in that country. The firm, which is venture backed by Matrix Partners, GRP Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said its textPlus Free Text and Calls for Android app now will offer free texting plus calls in Canada, including offering phone calls without any long distance fees.

GOGII Raises $15M

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Marina del Rey-based GOGII , the social messaging firm headed by former JAMDAT founders Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a third round of funding. The funding was led by GRP Partners and Mark Suster, and also included Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Matrix Partners.

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Reflections on 2016: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

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Kevin Winston: Digital LA's biggest news of 2016 was celebrating our fifth annual Silicon Beach Fest, with more than 2,000 attendees at the Marina del Rey Hotel. This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem.

Southern California Companies Have Healthy Showing In Deloitte Fast 500

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Southern California had a healthy showing in the latest ranking of the fastest growing companies from Deloitte''s Technology Fast 500 , which was announced last night. Of those 500, there were at least 60 Southern California companies in the rankings.

Cooking.com Gets $13.5M

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Marina del Rey-based Cooking.com has raised $13.5M in a debt and preferred equity round of funding, according to investment firm BIA Digital Partners II, LP. BIA said that the round also included primary equity backer Azure Capital Partners. The funding will go towards growth of the company's flagship site, as well as build out of its e-commerce and enterprise products. Damien Dovi of BIA joins the company's board as an observer.

Naki Laundry Debuts In Santa Monica With Tech Friendly Laundry Service

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Naki''s new coverage area includes Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina Del Rey, and themonthly subscription service will be priced by-the-bag (starting at $19.99). In the latest services-meets-smartphone service to launch in the Los Angeles area, a new startup, Naki Laundry , said today that it has launched its service in Santa Monica, letting the tech set use their smartphone or the web to get their laundry cleaned.

TeleSign Names EMEA Head

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Marina del Rey-based TeleSign , which provides phone authentication and verification services, said Thursday that it as added Craig Whitney as its Vice President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). TeleSign--which is headed by former Vantage Media CEO Steve Jillings--said it also would open up a new European headquarters in London. Whitney has previously served at iPass, Axway, and Tumbleweed.

textPlus Offers Up Free Calls to The Philippines

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Marina Del Rey-based mobile texting and messaging app textPlus said Thursday that it is doing its part to help out its customers with friends and families in the Philippines. According to the mobile app developer, it will let users of its app dial any mobile or landline number in the Philippines for free to check in on family and friends.

Shareability Names MomentFeed's Reed As Exec

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Marina Del Rey-based Shareability , a startup which focuses on creating viral content, said this week that Rob Reed, the founder and former CEO of MomentFeed, has joined the company as Partner and Chief Revenue Officer. The company said Reed will oversee Sales and Marketing for the company. Shareability said Reed joined the company because "online video is the next big wave of marketing disruption and innovation". READ MORE>>.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability. The site--which counts both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball Advanced Media as partners--offers an online site focused on interacting with friends, playing games, and chatting with other sports fans.

Carbonics Launches First Product

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Marina Del Rey-based Carbonics said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, a carbon-on-silicon wafer aimed at helping advanced radio frequency (RF) semiconductor development.

Guidance Names New Marketing VP

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Marina Del Rey-based Guidance , which helps brands and retailers build online websites and apps, said Monday that it has named Jeff Hererra as its new Vice President of Marketing and Channel Development. Hererra was previously Head of Partner Marketing at Magento. He also has served at Visa. Guidance says it has helped such brands as Foot Locker, Johnny Was, Relax the Back, TOMS Shoes to create their websites and apps. READ MORE>>. guidance marketing site retailer executive

Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign

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Steve is now in charge of Marina Del Rey-based TeleSign (www.telesign.com), which has quietly become a huge force in providing authentication services to nearly every major Internet service out there.

TrendShift Buys Health Data Intelligence

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Marina Del Rey-based TrendShift , a developer of population health management software for the healthcare industry, has acquired the assets of Health Data Intelligence. Health Data Intelligence was a developer of software-as-a-service, offering up healthcare analytics and population health management to employers, benefit advisors, medical managers and payers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Health Data Intelligence (HDI) was based in Columbus, Ohio.

OnBoat.co Launches Boat Charter Marketplace

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Marina Del Rey-based OnBoat.co says it has launched a new, online boat charter marketplace, aimed at connecting users with boat charters. According to OnBoat.co, it is offering up access to boat rentals in San Francisco, San Diego, Newport Beach, Miami, Cancun, with plans to expand to Hawaii, Australia, and elsewhere. The marketplace appears to currently feature mostly professional charter operators--with pre-set tour plans and captains, although OnBoat.co

Belkin Opens First Bricks-and-Mortar Store, At LAX

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Marina Del Rey-based consumer electronics accessory maker Belkin says it has opened up its first ever, bricks-and-mortar store, located a LAX Airport in Terminal 6. Belkin said the new store--being run in conjunction with airport concessionaire Huddson Group--will offer up its tablet and smartphone accessories, including chargers, cables, screen protectors, and more.

Thrive Market Picks Up $111M In New Funding

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Marina Del Rey-based, online healthy foods grover Thrive Market has raised $111M in a new, venture funding round, the company disclosed this morning. The new funding was led by Invus Group, and also included Greycroft Partners, E-Ventures and Crosscut Ventures. Thrive Market, which is led by Nick Green and Gunnar Lovelace, recently passed up $100M in revenues, and has been seeing a huge expansion in its customer base.