Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

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Now the three men are finally ready to take the covers off of the labor of love they’ve been working on and launch Forge Platform , a new toolkit for distributed applications.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4

Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

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12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov.

Forge Platform Finds $1M For Ethereum SDK

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Santa Monica-based Forge Platform , which is developing software development kits used for Ethereum, has raised $1M in a seed funding, the company disclosed on Wednesday. forge platform ethereum venture capital blockchain snapchat shift manifestpartnersThe funding came from Manta Ray Ventures and Upfront Ventures. The company was founded by Chris Lorenz, Geoffrey Anderson, and James Borow.

LunaDNA Health Data Platform to Merge with Genetic Alliance Database

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Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

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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. ownzones media management platform over

DataScience Debuts New Data Analysis Platform

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Los Angeles-based DataScience , the data analytics software developer led by Ian Swanson, has rolled out its data analysis platform, the DataScience Cloud. DataScience said its platform supports connect any time of data source to data sciences sources, including databases, distributed filesystems, software-as-a-services; includes visualization tools and data browsers; connections to an API; and more. datascience data analysis software platform tools

Jobot Launches New Recruiting Platform

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According to the company, its platform "makes for faster, more affordable hiring" and includes such features as scouring the web for "ready to run" talent and those likely to soon be on the market, and works "with or without the aid of real-life recruiters." The startup claims to use artificial intelligence software as part of its platform.

TiTAN Platform Launches Into US Market

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TiTAN Platform , a Chinese developer of "smart home" devices, says it has officially launched its U.S. TiTAN says its product provide a "highly-encrypted" content platform which lets content owners upload and provide their content to consumers through a secure marketplace, all tied into a "smart home" device in the living room. titan platform smarthome smart home contentproduct line, and set up its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.

AdGreetz Rolls Out Automated, Personalized Ad Marketing Platform

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Los Angeles-based AdGreetz , which develops personzlied advertising technology, announced a new product this morning, and automated and integrated marketing platform it calls AdChef. AAcording to the company, the new software allows companies to produce, upload and deploy millions of unique creative versions of ads to the most popular digital media platforms and demand side platforms, in real time.

StartEngine Launches Crowdfunding Platform

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Los Angeles-based StartEngine , which was launched back in 2013 as a startup incubator, has pivoted its model, and has become an online equity crowdfunding platform called StartEngine Crowdfunding. According to the company, it will allow individuals to invest in private companies, and in particular, is looking to help connect aspiring, Millenial investors with what it says are the "progressive companies of tomorrow".

Bird Introduces City Management Platform, New Hires

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announced its new platform to help cities manage the influx of their scooters. Called GovTech, the platform was announced Aug. Santa Monica e-scooter operator Bird Rides Inc. 29, the day before Santa Monica announce the companies chosen to participate in its city-wide shared mobility pilot program. Bird was among the four companies chosen for the program

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?

LunaPBC Gets $4.6M For Genomic Health Platform

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Are you willing to share your DNA with researchers, if only they'd pay you something for that data? San Diego-based LunaPBC , which operates the online LunaDNA genomic and health data community, has raised $4.6M in a funding round, according to the company. The funding included ARCH Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, F-Prime Capital, Illumina Ventures, and Osage University Partners. According to LunaPBC, it has now raised a total of $7.6M.

Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Hiring Platform Workpop

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acquired Santa Monica hiring platform Workpop Inc. Santa Monica-based human resources management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.

Immersv Launches Virtual Reality Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based Immersv is launching a brand new, ad platform aimed at virtual reality content, the company is announcing today. The startup--backed by Foundation Capital, Technicolor Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, CAA Ventures, All Mobile Ventures, 137Ventures, Gigi Levy, and others--says its platform is aimed at helping consumers discovery great virtual reality apps and entertainment, and also to help VR developers to monetize and distribute their content.

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

Qualcomm Announces Connected Car Platform

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has announced a new, reference platform, which it says is designed to help automotive manufacturers build their own, connected cars. According to Qualcomm, its new Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform is aimed at accelerating the adoption of advanced connectivity into connected cars, and includes the integration of wireless technology such as 3G/4G LTS, GNSS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other protocols with other features, and more.

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.

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.

iRise Updates Platform

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El Segundo-based iRise , which develops enterprise software visualization tools used for prototyping and specifying corporate applications, said today that it has released a new version of its platform.

Smart Audio – A Lucrative Platform… If You Figure Out How To Leverage It

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Neither Google nor Amazon offer ads on their platforms. Entrepreneurs who utilize a user-centric, thoughtful approach will ultimately gain the greatest benefit from smart audio platforms. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Cloudera, Hortonworks Plan To Merge As $5.2B Cloud Data Platform

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The goal of the combined entity is to provide a leading data platform. Cloudera and Hortonworks, two large, publicly traded companies that compete to offer Web-based data storage and analytics, announced plans today to merge into a combined entity they value at $5.2 billion. Share prices for the two Silicon Valley companies spiked in after-hours trading following the announcement Wednesday that both their boards approved the all-stock deal.

Leadbolt Rolls Out New Mobile Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based Leadbolt , the developer of mobile app discovery and monetization tools lead by Dale Carr, said Thursday that it has rolled out what it says is its next generation, mobile ad platform. leadbolt mobile platform discovery monetization According to Leadbolt, it has re-engineered the product from the ground up, providing better design, making it easier to use, adding a new developer portal, and other features.

CallFire Launches New Platform

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Santa Monica-based text and voice API provider CallFire has launched a new platform, saying that it now has over 200,000 users using its platform. CallFire offers up a cloud-based platform to create voice-based applications, including interactive voice response (IVR) apps, business text messaging applications, voice broadcasting, and more.

ReachLocal Launches Deal Platform

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the online marketing and advertising firm headed by Zorik Gordon, said Thursday afternoon that it has launched ReachDeals, a daily deals syndication platform. ReachDeals is a relaunch of the deal commerce software platform it acquired when it acquired DealOn, a daily deals publisher, in February. ReachLocal said the platform will make it easier for publishers to integrate local deals into their own websites.

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.

Education Software Startup GoGuardian Launches AI Platform

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a platform that uses artificial intelligence to enhance students’ behaviors online, according to a statement El Segundo-based education software startup GoGuardian has launched Admin 2.0,

Broadcom Debuts New LTE Platform

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Irvine-based semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom has launched a new, LTE smartphone platform, which it says is targeted at the sub-$300 smartphone market.

AdtoApp Gets $6M For Programmatic Ad Platform For Publishers

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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. The funding came from Run Capital.

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Google, of course, is interested in bringing these workloads to its cloud and it has made a concerted effort to bring the Hollywood studios to its Cloud Platform.

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Triton Digital Launches New Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based audio advertising technology developer ,a href="[link] Digital said today that it has rolled out a new, "supply side platform" (SSP) aimed at the online audio market. The company said its new platform connects to demand-side platform providers such as The Trade Desk, AppNexus, RTBiQ, AudioTrade and StrikeAd, and others and helps to simplify the management of programmatic audio advertising inventory.

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.

InvolveSoft Gets $2.5M For Employee Volunteering Platform

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InvolveSoft has created a platform which helps employees contribute to the community, by helping them find volunteer events, with a focus on a company streamline corporate engagement, team activities, volunteering, leadership & training, and diversity & inclusion. Santa Monica-based InvolveSoft , which develops software to help companies encourage their employees to volunteer for events and help contribute to their local communities, has raised $2.5M