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.

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.

DataScience Debuts New Data Analysis Platform


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

LunaPBC Gets $4.6M For Genomic Health Platform


LunaPBC said that its service is aimed at helping pharmaceutical, insurance, and healthcare IT companies gain better access to genomic and health data, for the discovery of new therapies and "a deeper understanding of patient outcomes." 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.

ValueClick Launches New Platform Offering


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.

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?

CallFire Launches New Platform


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. The company said it customers have now run more than 200 million campaigns using its service.

Framework Benchmarks


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.

FreedomPop Debuts White Label Wireless Brand Platform


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. Want to start your very own wireless brand, without having to actually operate your own network?

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

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Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

SendUs Debuts Crowdsourced Video Platform


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.

uSamp Rolls Out New API, Platform


Los Angeles-based online survey and sampling services and technology provider uSamp said Wednesday that it has rolled out a new, fully open Application programming interface (API). The new API is part of its new SampleCORE platform, which it says helps automate sampling for its customers.

Google Cloud’s LA region goes online

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The new region is launching with all the core Google Cloud compute services, like App Engine, Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine, as well as all of Google’s standard database and file storage tools, including the recently launched NAS-like Cloud Filestore service.

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GroundLink Car Service Platform Tackles Its Biggest Obstacle Yet: Los Angeles Traffic

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The service basically puts all the control in the hands of the customer. You’ve heard of GroundLink before. They offer ground transportation with up-front before-you-ride pricing throughout the U.S., and like Uber, you can book everything from your phone.

Roambi Debuts New Cloud Platform


Roambi , the developer of business data visualization apps, has debuted a new cloud-based platform, the company said this morning. The San Diego firm said that its new Roambi Business lets companies load their data onto a cloud-based platform to serve up data visualization via its apps. The new cloud-based platform is hosted on Amazon Web Services, and lets any kind of company upload their data to the cloud.

Glad I Know Searches People Search Service


Manhattan Beach-based Glad I Know said this morning that it has launched a new, person search platform, which provides consumers with access to what it says is a comprehensive database of information available on any person in the U.S. According to Glad I Know, it offers up access to hundreds of millions of records on nearly any adult in the United States. The new company was founded by founder and CEO Jeff Briggs. The company offers up its information for $9.99

Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions

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million to bring to market a service that basically hits pause on the execution of a contract so it can be arbitrated in the event that something goes wrong. The company’s technology works as a middleware including an SDK and a contract notification and monitoring service.

Heartbeat Signs Up 3,000 For Influencer Marketing Platform


Venice-based Heartbeat , a social influencer marketing startup which rewards women for sharing information on brands on Instagram, says it has signed up over 3,000 women in Los Angeles as "Ambassadors" for it service. Heartbeat says brands using its platform include Amazon, Goop, Sony Music, Netflix, Warner Bros.,

Spot Runner Launches Media Platform


Los Angeles-based Spot Runner , a developer of services which help advertisers buy TV advertising, announced today that it has launched its Malibu Media Platform, which the firm says will help improve the process of buying and selling television advertising. Tags: spotrunner media platform advertising television

Messaging Platforms

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 -- Messaging Platforms. Each audience wants to hear what is important to them, yet the company, product and service message must be unified and consistent across national and often global markets. A unified message platform defines what an organization is, what it does, what it stands for, why it matters and where it is going. SDSIC.

Mogreet Launches MMS Ad Platform


The firm said its new AdStitch mobile advertising service ads pre-roll and post-roll adds to MMS videos, which allows companies to combine advertisements with MMS video messages. Mogreet said that it already has customer using the service, including Oakland television station KTVU, owned by Cox Media Group, which is using the service to add advertising to viewers who have opted to receive daily video MMS news from the station.

CallFire Launches Their New Cv3 Platform & New Look

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CallFire creates simple text and voice platforms for businesses to use to reach their customers. CallFire’s growth has been tremendous: surpassing the 200,000 user mark, reaching the 200 million campaign mark for executing calls and texts campaigns, and a 100% growth in the past 12 months.

Choosing Internet Platforms


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, His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. application services (security, integration), etc.

Mission Debuts Managed Services, Cloud Consulting After Merger


The company--led by longtime cloud and hosting services veteran Simon Anderson--offers up managed services and consulting for cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The company said its core customers are in the media and entertainment, mobile gaming, digital media, education, consumer goods, marketing, ecommerce, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) verticals.

Bird Lets You Become Your Own Scooter Entrepreneur With Bird Platform


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.

PromoJam 2.0 | The Social Promotion Management Platform

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The Social Promotion Management Platform is for businesses of all types – small, medium and enterprise. Even with its simplicity, quality is not sacrificed as the platform produces professional, graphical campaigns at low-cost points.

Netflix To Shut Down Service On Wii


Netflix , the streaming movie and television service which has significant operations in the Los Angeles area, told its users over the weekend that it will be shutting down access to its service from Nintendo's venerable Wii gaming console. According to Netflix, it is shutting down its services ahead of Nintendo's announced closing of the Wii Shop Channel on Nintendo Wii in 2019. Netflix said that services on the console will only be available until January 31, 2019.

FreedomPop To Power New Service For Prudential


Los Angeles-based mobile communications provider FreedomPop said on Tuesday morning that it has partnered with financial services giant Prudential , to help power a new service that Prudential will up-sell to its existing customers. FreedomPop recently launched a white label version of its service, which lets companies create their own, mobile brands. freedompop white label wireless brand telecom phone telephone prudential financial services

Plankk Launches New Streaming Fitness Service


Los Angeles-based Plankk , a developer of custom apps for the fitness and exercise industry, said it has launched a brand new, live- and on-demand streaming service for fitness enthusiasts. According to Plankk, its new service, Plankk Studio , let users access both live and on-demand workout videos from a large roster of fitness influencers. The new service costs $14.99 The service is available on iOS, Android and the web, with other platforms on the company's roadmap.

How Businesses Can Find Scalable Ethernet Services in Southern California

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Companies can no longer rely on standard network solutions, they need scalable infrastructure and business internet service that can meet rapidly escalating needs. Many are turning to Ethernet services to solve their local area network (LAN) needs. Look for an MPLS Ethernet Platform.

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Metacloud Launches Private Cloud Service


Pasadena-based Metacloud , the venture-backed provider of OpenStack-based cloud services has launched its own private cloud service, the company said this morning. According to Metacloud, its new Metacloud Hosted Private Cloud service will provide private cloud services to companies, giving them access to an OpenStack-based cloud platform and expert support. metacloud private cloud service enterprise

TheWaveVR Raises $2.5M For VR Live Music Platform


The startup, led by Adam Arrigo, is developing a VR platform which lets users join an immersive live music environment, interacting with both the musician and other fans in a virtual space. Arrigo says it is initially aiming its service at DJs, letting them mix tunes and modify the virtual environment while fans interact as avatars within the VR environment. Los Angeles- and Austin-based TheWaveVR announced this morning that it has raised $2.5M

Disney Debuts Cloud Movie Service


Burbank-based Walt Disney Studios has launched a new, cloud movie service this morning, called Disney Movies Anywhere. According to Walt Disney, the new service--available via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the web--allows users to purchase and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel. Disney said its new service will feature over 400 digital titles. disney cloud movie service itunes apple ipod iphone mobile download streaming hollywood content film

Brighter: More Than 75,000 Dentists Now On Platform


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.

Esri Supplies Microsoft With GIS Service


Redland-based GIS software developer Esri said on Monday that it has been selected by Microsoft , to offer up its GIS services for Microsoft Power BI and Microsoft Azure. Esri said its ArcGIS platform will be integrated into Microsoft's Power BI (Business Intelligence), a set of business analytics tools. Esri will also offer up its ArcGIS Pro desktop application via Microsoft Azure. Financial details of the collaboration deal were not announced. READ MORE>>.