Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

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“So all of that work in California has really demonstrated the power of our platform — and that has really set us up to scale, and the funding round is going to enable us to take this to a lot more cities and regions and users.”

Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

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Los Angeles-based OWNZONES Media Network , a provider of technology for the motion pictures, television, and digital content market, said on Monday that it has launched a new product for delivering content over "over the top" (OTT) market. The company said its new product, Zypline, helps media owners deliver video to OTT platforms, automating and simplifying the process of distributing content to Roku, Hulu, Verizon, Comcast, LeEco and other OTT platforms.

Spreeify Launches Social Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the social marketing software startup led by Ruben Dua, announced this morning that it has launched a new, social advertising platform it is calling SocialActive. socialactive spreeify social networking advertising html5

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

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I read the declarations by industry analysts on Twitter that this was “proof that you can’t build a business on somebody else’s platform” and perhaps DataSift should have known better. The post Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

Effective Networking Starts With Empathy

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We asked him about building relationships and advice for founders needing to expand their network. What is one practical tip you’d give a young entrepreneur who is just setting out to build a professional network? There is no better network builder than providing value.

SGN Launches Cross-Platform Development Tool

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Los Angeles-based social and mobile game development firm, SGN , said today that it has launched a new tool called MasterKey, which it says can be used to develop cross-platform titles. gaming development tool cross platform videogame software mobile android social facebook

ValueClick Launches New Platform Offering

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Westlake Village-based ValueClick said this morning that it has launched a new Platform Services offering within its ValueClick Media division. As part of the new platform, the firm said it has named Nancy Hall as Vice President, Platform Services, the lead the new offering.

Framework Benchmarks

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Authors Note: Were using the word "framework" loosely to refer to platforms, micro-frameworks, and full-stack frameworks. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2. About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact.

AdtoApp Gets $6M For Programmatic Ad Platform For Publishers

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The company says its tools help publishers double their effective CPM (eCPM), by predicting who is going to bid on their ads and selecting the highest paying advertisement, rather than ad network, for an ad placement. adtoapp programmatic platform publishing mobile advertising venture capital ecpm software advertiser publisherLos Angeles-based AdtoApp , a developer of programmatic ad tools for publishers, has raised $6M in a funding round, according to the company.

Frameworks Round 2

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Repeating its performance from last week, the Netty platform holds a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2. Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous.

FreedomPop Debuts White Label Wireless Brand Platform

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Want to start your very own wireless brand, without having to actually operate your own network? Los Angeles-based FreedomPop said on Tuesday that it has launched a new platform, which lets any telecom, cable company, or enterprise create its own, wireless brand. According to FreedomPop, the new platform lets customers create their own, mobile brand in only eight weeks.

SendUs Debuts Crowdsourced Video Platform

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A new, Los Angeles startup, SendUs , launched its services to help brands manage user-generated video content this morning, saying that its platform helps companies leverage that user-generated content and turn it into videos for companies. According to SendUs, brands and companies can use its video platform to request specific videos from their audiences, and promote that through social networks.

Bird Lets You Become Your Own Scooter Entrepreneur With Bird Platform

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Santa Monica-based on-demand, scooter rental service Bird said on Tuesday it has launched a new program, which will let anyone build and operate their own Bird e-scooter network. According to Bird, it has created the Bird Platform , which lets people apply to run their own fleet of Bird scooters. Users of the new Bird Platform will pay Bird a 20 percent commission on all rides on their fleet of Bird scooters.

Rutkowski Gets New Platform on KFWB

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Ken Rutkowski , the well connected Los Angeles founder of networking group METal International and KenRadio , has a new platform for his musings on technology and media, on a new show on KFWB.

OpenX Debuts New Ad Quality Platform

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer OpenX said today that it has launched a "next generation" traffic quality monitoring platform, which it is using to help eliminate fraud in programmatic advertising. OpenX said its new platform detects and blocks suspicious activity in its network using big--data analysis, and also ties into human review.

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DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

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Lisa Hennessy: The short one liner answer, is it''s a robust, digital platform that broadcasts once-of-a-lifetime job openings and experience, which everyone can apply for. Lisa Hennessy: I come from a network television background, and my two business partners are from a digital background.

WebVisible Enhances Ad Platform

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Irvine-based WebVisible , the provider of local online marketing software for small and medium sized businesses, said Wednesday that it has enhanced its technology platform, adding new mobile optimized landing pages, use of Amazon Cloud Front for video, and expanded listings in business directories. Cloud Front is Amazon's content delivery network (CDN) offering.

KidZui Launches Advertising Platform

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San Diego-based KidZui said this week that it has launched a new advertising platform focused on family-friendly brands. The firm said its new platform, KidClicks, allows brands to reach kids through the KidZui browser. kidzui advertising children kids browser software networkAs part of the launch, the firm said it has hired Bryan Mullen as Chief Revenue Officer. Mullen joins the firm from The Nickelodeon Kids & Family Group, where he was VP Sales and Marketing.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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Companies such as Undertone Networks or SeeWhy (run by my friend Charles Nicolls who’s a BI expert formerly from Business Objects) offer these products to websites. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

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Choosing Internet Platforms

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The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? However, these platforms could be interesting for prototype and pilot solutions. The other conclusion was that you need to have a migration path from the platform. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, Salesforce.com His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. VRM - his company - goal is to provide a Level 4 platform.

OWNZONES Media Network Names Chief Security Officer

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Beverly Hills-based OWNZONES Media Network , a technology and entertainment company which provides products for the motion picture, television and digital content creation industries, says it has named Rob Hopps as Chief Security Officer (CSO), and Senior Vice President, Platform Operations. ownzones media network technology entertainment digital security officer

Boingo Trumpets Mobile Platform Coverage

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , which operates a global network of Wi-Fi access points, said Wednesday that the firm now has applications for the "most popular" mobile marketplaces.

Phunware Gets $26.25M For Mobile App Platform

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The funding was led by the Firsthand Technology Value Fund, and also included Fraser McCombs Ventures, Maxima Ventures, Wild Basin Investment and the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), as well as new strategic investors Cisco and WWE. Phunware , a developer of mobile advertising, application, analytics, and other tools for brands which has operations in both Newport Beach and San Diego, said this week that it has raised $26.25M in a Series E funding.

Four Advertising Platforms You Really Should Try

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The team at Native Ads hope that they can help all websites remove ‘disruptive display ads’ with its innovative platform. The platform bridges the gap between live streaming channels and website owners to provide a useful and effective advertising experience for online audiences.

ISBX Takes On Cross-Platform Mobile Development

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Los Angeles-based ISBX , a new startup software developer, said this week that it has launched a new, cross-platform mobile development product. The firm said its software, Avenue Mobile, allows developers to create applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android and Symbian.

Brighter: More Than 75,000 Dentists Now On Platform

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Brighter said that dentists who are in health insurance networks are using the service to highlight their strengths to new patients and take advantage of its "Brighter Score", which rates dental providers based on pricing, patient satisfaction, and other factors. Santa Monica-based Brighter , the dental healthcare company led by startup veteran Jake Winebaum, said this morning that it now has almost 75,000 dentists on its marketplace.

OpenSocial and Facebook as Platforms

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We finally are starting to hear what Google's anticipated alternative to Facebook as a platform. I've talked about this issue in: Facebook Platform and Facebook as a Learning Platform. As I'm looking at the design of several applications that are either new or extensions of existing sites/applications, I find myself wanting to leverage the knowledge of social connections that exist across the network of different applications (e.g.,

Astute Networks Gets $12M

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San Diego-based Astute Networks , a developer of a flash-based iSCSI networking device used in the data center market, said this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding round. Astute Networks said its products "significantly accelerate" virtual machines and application performance on major virtualization platforms, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat RHEV.

Rubicon Project Launches New Technology Platform

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Los Angeles-based The Rubicon Project , which operates a service to optimize the selection of ads on web sites, said today that it has debuted a new technology platform is it calling REVV for Publishers. The new software expands Rubicon's product from optimizing remnant ad network impressions, and into the domain of managing direct and in-house advertising.

Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

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Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations. Los Angeles-based Yektra announced this morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round.

Zenlayer Gets $10M For Software Defined Networking

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Diamond Bar-based Zenlayer , a provider of software defined network and services, announced on Wednesday that it has raised $10M in a Series A funding round. Zenlayer, which is led by CEO and founder Joe Zhu, said the funding will to towards accelerating development of its platform and expanding its base of data centers, and in particular, towards hiring. datacenter sdwan international china capital venture networking defined software zenlayer

MySpace Launches New Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based MySpace said Monday that it has opened a beta of a new self-serve, advertising platform is it calling MySpace MyAds. According to the social networking site, the new ad platform is targeted at individuals and small businesses, and allows them to target and create banner ads to specific MySpace audiences.

Jammcard Launches Social Network For Musicians

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Los Angeles-based Jammcard said this morning that it has launched a new, social networking site specifically for professional and amateur musicians. The startup, which is led by Elmo Lovano, said it provides a platform where artists can present or share their repertoire and abilities, and network with others in the business. jammcard social networking music musican industry business

Network Optix Snags $750K In Seed Funding

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Burbank-based Network Optix , a startup developing video transport, management, and display technology, said this morning that it has raised $750,000 in a seed funding. Network Optix said it is building an enterprise video platform for transporting HD digital video in an enterprise.