Seismic Names Chief Product Officer

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San Diego-based sales enablement and marketing software developer Seismic said this week that it has named a new Chief Product Officer. Seismic said it has named Krish Mantipragada as its new Chief Product Officer, joining the company from Medallia, where he also was Chief Product Officer and an Executive Vice President. seismic chief product officer executive sales enablement cloud saas marketing

Darkstore launches FastAF app for same-day product delivery

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FastAF is built on top of Darkstore, which already has relationships with a number of brands that store their products in Darkstores for same-day delivery. ” FastAF features items like masks, hand sanitizer and soap, but also sneakers, sunglasses and other products.

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Klio Studio Aims At Production Management

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Hollywood-based Klio Studio , a new startup founded by a former US Navy officer-turned talk show host and film producer, has launched its software on Microsoft Azure, saying it has created a new, cloud-based production management solution, purpose built for film, television, and commercial productions. Klio Studio said that its cloud-based software is particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, because it allows staff to work remotely on multiple productions at once.

Create a great product – the three-step dance method

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Can you create a product in a vacuum? Creating a new product in a relative vacuum is an exercise in complete trust that you know what’s best for the customer, perhaps even without interaction with such a customer.

LA-based Replicated adds former GitLab head of product as its chief product officer

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Replicated , the Los Angeles-based company pitching monitoring and management services for Kubernetes-based applications, has managed to bring on the former head of product of the $2.75 billion-valued programming giant GitLab as its new chief product officer. . “When I was able to get close to the product, team, and customers, I knew this was something that I wanted to be a part of.

Can you build a company, not just a product?

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And rarely do we see a plan for a single product that is not part of a larger vision and remain interested long enough to ask for more information. The famously popular iPad throw-away app, “Draw It,” might at first seem an exception, until you dig deeper to find a dense plan around a series of social engagement products planned to follow. Can you extend your product into a planned series? The post Can you build a company, not just a product?

Cornerstone Names New Chief Product Officer

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand said on Wednesday that it has named Ajay Awatramani as its new Chief Product Officer. Awatramani has previously served at such companies as Adobe, Marketo, Oracle, and Siebel, and was most recently Head of Product and GTM at Adobe; he had joined Adobe after the company acquired Marketo in 2018. Cornerstone said that Awatramani will lead its product strategy, management, and design.

Klio Studio Launches Cloud Production Management Software

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Hollywood-based Klio Studio , a new startup, said this week that it has launched a new, cloud-based production management solution aimed at the film, television, and commercial production market. The company--led by Adrienne Lunson--said it has developed a system to handle such aspects of production as development, fundraising, pre-production, production, post-production and even release.

Invoca Releases Updated Product

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According to the company, its summer 2020 product release includes simplified and automated call tracking for multi-location businesses, expanded technology integrations, and other features. Santa Barbara-based Invoca , which develops call tracking and analytics tools, says it has released a new version of its software.

OpenX Launches New Product

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Los Angeles-based OpenX said this week that it has launched a new product, Apollo, which it says helps publishers maximize their programmatic revenue. The company said the new tool integrates with the open source Prebid offering, allowing such features as configuration management and a/b testing capabilities. Pricing on the new tool was not announced. OpenX develops software for online publishers, helping them to manage online advertising on their properties. READ MORE>>.

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Inseego Names Product Management VP

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San Diego-based 5G device maker Inseego said this morning that it has named Adam Gould as Senior Vice President, Product Management, IoT & Mobile solutions. Inseego said that Gould will lead the company's efforts on 5G and its IIoT product line. inseego product management executive quantalrf adam gouldGould was most recently CEO of QuantalRF, a developer of low-power, high sensitivity RF technology.

Wrapbook Finds $3.6M For Film, Production Payroll Management

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According to Wrapbook, its software platform handles the labor-intensive process of onboarding, paying and insuring film and production crews. The company said it is targeting TV, film, commercial production, and live event producers with its software. capital venture hollywood entertainment cloud saas software management payroll production film wrapbook

Evite Appoints Head Of Product

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Los Angeles-based online invitations service Evite announced this morning that it has named Yun Woo as its new Head of Product, to oversee development of the company's product. Woo was most recently Head of Product at Whalerock Industries, where Evite said he had been leading the product team that launched the Kardashian/Jenner family native apps and sites across iOS and Android. evite executive head product

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10 Key Business Plan Elements Not In A Product Spec

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For the rest of us, we need a business plan, as well as a product plan. Some of you may be convinced that your product specification communicates the product message even better than a business plan, so why be redundant? Let me assure you that a business plan and product plan are two different things (I have personally written several of both). Professional investors and even customers invest in people, rather than just a product.

LiveXLive Names Head of Product

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West Hollywood-based a href="[link] , which provides a number of live streaming and other products focused on live entertainment--and also runs Slacker Radio--has named Tad Ro as Head of Product. LiveXLive said Ro will lead product management and expand its product offerings. He was most recently Director of Product Management at Verizon Digital Media Services. livexlive exeutive product

Former Tinder VP Launches Startup Accelerator, Product Club

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who is based in Los Angeles--has launched a brand new startup accelerator called Product Club , which is aiming itself at accelerating a small class of product-focused startups. product club startup accelerator chapterone venture capital tinderA former Tinder VP, Jeff Morris, Jr.--who The new accelerator said it will invest $100K in three companies, taking 5 percent equity, and run its accelerator entirely remote.

Digital Map Products Acquired By LightBox

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products , a developer of mapping and location tools used by enterprise and government customers, has been acquired by LightBox , a provider of real estate information products. Digital Map Products was owned by private equity investor Silversmith Capital Partners, and had over 160 employees. Silversmith acquired Digital Map Products in a recapitalization deal in August of 2016.

7 Ways To Maximize Team Motivation And Productivity

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There are many ways to add levity to a tough challenge, and engaging the team occasionally in some fun activities will work wonders for your team’s productivity and motivation. Investors have long agreed that you invest in the team, more than the product. I believe that increasing your team’s motivation will be more effective than providing new and advanced tools for increasing productivity. Other sources see the potential as high as doubling productivity through motivation.

Digital Map Products Names New Board Member

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products , which provides map-based, real estate applications, said this week that it has named a new member to its board of directors. According to Digital Map Products, it has appointed Dave Cozzens to its board, to help guide the company around strategic growth and positioning. Digital Map Products is backed by private equity investor Silversmith Capital Partners. digital products real estate mapping location

Esportz Entertainment Eyes Esports Production, Content

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esportz entertainment production content videogame streamingIrvine-based Esports Entertainment announced this morning that it plans to start covering e-sports news, and offer up live and pre-recorded, streaming content for the esports industry, with a plan to open up what it calls a "Southern California Esports Broadcast Center".

Products I Love to Use

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I’m not trying to say my picks are great and other products aren’t and I’ll certainly forget some. But this is just a reflection midway in June 2015 of the some of the products I love, enjoy or use frequently, and am not an investor in. They even have a “you’re buying this product on Amazon, why not donate one to a classroom” feature kind of like Tom’s Shoes pioneered.

6 Ways To Make You An Entrepreneur Before The Product

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In fact, some totally avoid it, assuming their product or solution will speak for itself later. Be proactive in defining your personal and business identity early with positive content, well before your product debuts, highlighting your current vision, accomplishments, and personal image: Establish a personal brand online as an influencer and leader. A positive personal brand will give your product instant credibility. entrepreneur personal brand product

Honest Co. To Reformulate Products

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Los Angeles-based eco-friendly products company The Hoenst Company says it is reformulating its products, to remove the use of sodium laurel sulfate , an ingredient that the company had pledged to avoid, but had managed to be used in a number of its products. s products in a investigative report earlier this year. honest company jessica alba friendly products sodium laurel sulfate

Tinder Names New Chief Product Offier

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Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has named a new Chief Product Officer, the company announced today, saying that it has appointed Ravi Mehta to the position. Mehta was most precently Product Director for Youth Engagement at Facebook, where he was involved in the launch of short-form video app Lasso, Facebook Polls, and M&A. Tinder's last Chief Product Officer, Brian Norgard, left the company in November saying he'd like to get back to working on startups.

SHO Products Raises $3.6M For Cannabis Accessories

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Los Angeles-based SHO Products , which is a manufacturer and distributor of products for the growing cannabis (legal marijuana) market, said today that it has raised $3.6M SHO Products is led co-founders Samuel Jurist (CEO) and Vincent D'Accolti (COO). products cannabis accessory venture capital angel investment tenenbaum

How Snapchat Could Increase Team Production

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Being intentionally productive is something we all strive for, but often fail to achieve. Routine work is the worst enemy of productivity. And while we tend to embrace new and new apps to improve our productivity, we end up wasting even more time as those tools don’t work well together or require constant re-logins and switching screens. Happy teams are productive teams. Read more about building a productive team at TechCo.

5 Tips To Keep Your Startup Productive, Not Just Busy

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Remember the concept of minimum viable product (MVP), which is designed to test viability and interest before you burn through too much of your energy and resources. I find that many of the most passionate and committed entrepreneurs are also perfectionists, and they often hurt their own case by being unduly focused on detailed product plans, long presentations, and covering every possible contingency. business productivity results too busy

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ZEFR Names Product Head

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Venice, California-based ZEFR , the content monetization and protection provider, said this morning that it has named Tom Furukawa as its new Head of Product. ZEFR said that Furukawa had most recently founded his own mobile ad company, and has 15 years of experience in the product management and technology development area. zefr product management monetization

ZipRecruiter Expands Product Suite

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Santa Monica-based hiring software developer ZipRecruiter , which is led by Ian Siegel, has expanded its product suite, with a new onboarding software for new employees. ZipRecruiter said its new product, ZipHire, helps manage electronic offer letters, employment agreements, and other new hire paperwork. Pricing on the new product was not announced. ziprecruiter product employee recruiting software onboarding

Digital Map Products Gets $36.3M

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of cloud-based mapping products used by businesses and government for mapping and land use applications, has raised $36.3M Digital Map Products was founded by Jim Skurzynski and Geoff Wade, who will continue to lead the company. Silversmith said it was advised by Choat Hall & Stewart int he deal; Digital Map Products was advised by both Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Pagemill Partners.

CapLinked Launches New Product

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of secure document sharing software led by Eric Jackson, said this morning that it has released a new set of Information Security (InfoSec) tools, aimed at helping companies to protect information they are sharing with external parties. The company said the new software, which is based on software application programming interface (API), let enterprises develop their own, custom software to manage and track access to files send to external parties.

5 Modern Ways To Make Your Product Uniquely Memorable

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Every entrepreneur believes that their product or service is memorable, and that every customer will quickly see the advantage over competitors. Yet true product differentiation in the eye of the customer is rarely achieved. Here are a few of their conclusions relative to product differentiation, supplemented by my own recommendations from recent experience and other experts: Work on perceptions, as well as reality.

Tinder's Chief Product Officer Back To Startups

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Brian Norgard, who was Chief Product Officer at Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder , has left the company, and will be starting up a new company, Norgard said today. tinder chief product officer brian norgard executive startupNorgard had been founder of messaging startup Chill, the maker of Tappy, which was acquired by Tinder in 2014. Norgard has been a longtime Los Angeles startup entrepreneur. READ MORE>>.

HireRight Names Marketing, Product VP

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Irvine-based HireRight , which provides global employment background checks, drug and health screening, and electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify services, said Monday that it has named Kathleen Delaney as its Vice President of Marketing and Product. hireright marketing product employment background check screening kathleen delaney executive drug health

Shopatron Launches Product Locator Tool

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops software which helps manufacturers direct online orders to local retailers, said it has launched a new product aimed at product search. Shopatron said its new product, Local Product Search, helps customers find products from brands, offering up real time, local product inventory to those customers. The company says its new tool instead directly points consumers at available inventory of product.

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Phyn Expands Water Monitoring Products

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Torrance-based Phyn , the Belkin spinoff which develops very advanced hardware used to monitor the usage of water in the home, has expanded its portfolio of products, the company said over the weekend at CES. According to the company, it has added two new products to its XL series of products, the Phyxl XL 1.5"

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RFaxis Ramps Chip Production

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Irvine-based semiconductor developer RFaxis reports this morning that it has ramped up production of a new chip, focused on the Zigbee and Internet of Things (IoT) market. The company said it is ramping production of its RFX1010 Braodband CMOS RFeIC, which is a CMOS RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC) which is used in 802.11ah and ZigBee designs. rfaxis chip production rfeic front zigbee cmos

Cie Digital Labs Names Product Development VP

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Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs has named Tegdeep Kondal as its new VP of Product Development, according to the company. Kondal previously as Director of Product Management at OpenX, and also had served at Amazon, Radialpoint, Verint Video Solutions Inc., Cie Digital Labs said Kondal will be reposnisble for product strategy and development. digital labs product development tegdeep kondal

Customer-Centric Strategies Win Over Product-Centric

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Is your marketing focus product-centric or customer-centric ? If you only sell products, it’s time to realize that times have changed. With a wealth of products now available, customers look for the most memorable experience , not just the best product. These days, a fun shopping experience, or no-question returns, often tips the scales over extra product features or a lower price.

Conversion Logic Names Product Head

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Los Angeles-based Conversion Logic , the marketing attribution technology startup backed by Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, TenOneTen, Founder Collective and Raptor Ventures, said today that it has named Dan Cox as Head of Product. Cox was most recently Senior Director of Product Management at MarketShare, and also served at Mediaphormedia and on the board of the Django Software Foundation.

Bridg Names Chief Product Officer

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Los Angeles-based Bridg said Tuesday that it has named Mike Horowitz as the company's Chief Product Officer. Bridg said Horowitz will be responsible for defining and implementing Bridg's short-term and long-term product strategy, roadmap and vision. bridg mike horowitz chief product officer executiveHorowitz previously served at Ticketmaster / Live Nation, managed producta at Google, and also advised such startups as Applied Semantics, Fetch Technologies, and Abot Labs.

Grab Green Products Raises $2.5M

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Camarillo-based Grab Green , a developer of eco-friendly products, said last week that it has raised $2.5M The company (whose corporate name is MaddieBrit Products, but goes by its brand name of Grab Green), said the funding will go to "significantly expand" marketing and worldwide sales. Grab Green says its household products are healthier, eco-responsible, highly effective, and non-toxic. grab green products venture capital friendly household goods consumer

The Shed is a startup out of Virginia trying to revive the rental-for-everything business

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“We don’t buy product,” said Perrone. “We take delivery of all the products and rent them out in the local marketplaces where we do business.”