MyCrypto Picks Up $4M For Blockchain Tools

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Redondo Beach-based MyCrypto , a developer of open source tools for interacting with the blockchain, said today that it has raised $4M in a funding round. The funding came from Polychain Capital and crypto-exchange operator ShapeShift, along with Ausum Blockchain Fund LP and Boost VC Fund LP, plus others. MyCrypto's CEO is Taylor Monahan. READ MORE>>. mycrpto blockchain tools open source bitcoin cryptocurrency software venture capital

Ozobot Boosts Executive Team

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Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , which develops educational robotics products, says that it has named Joby Otero as its Chief Product Officer, and Kim Salzer as Chief Marketing Officer. Otero was most recently Chief Creative Officer at Anki, and Salzer was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Hyperloop One. Both also had served at Activision. Ozobot is backed by Tribeca Ventures, and recently raised $3M in a Series A funding.

Modnique Expands In Russia

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Redondo Beach-based Modnique , an online fashion retailer which runs flash sales events on apparel, handbags, kids, and other products, said Monday that it has launched a new site in Russia. The company said the Russian site offers up full Russian language capabilities, local payment options, and more. Modnique says its customer base is 55 percent outside of the United Sates. The company is led by Einas Gravrock. READ MORE>>.

OzoBot Raises $3M For Educational Robots

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Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , which develops educational robots used for teaching software coding, has raised $3M in a Series A funding round, the company said late Wednesday. The funding was led by Tribeca Venture Partners. Ozobot said the new funding goes towards product development of its products. Nader Hamda is the founder and CEO of Ozobot. Ozobot says its robot is now in 3,000 classrooms, and is being used to teach such subjects as art, English, history, science and more.

Ozobot Opens Preorders For Educational Robot

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Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , a developer of minature, educational robots, said this morning that it has begun pre-orders of its product. Ozobot is an interactive robotic device, which follows the paths of mazes, interacts with a user on paper, and connects with an Android phone. Ozobot said its robot is aimed at teaching kids about robots, and also teaches them basic and advanced programming skills, coding, robotic behavior, and deductive reasoning.

Loudvine Partners With Eventful

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Redondo Beach-based Loudvine , which operates an online service to help artists connect with their fans, told its users today that it has inked a partnership with event listings site Eventful. Loudvine said all of the events on its site will also be listed on Eventful. Details of the partnership between the firms was not disclosed. Loudvine helps music fans find live music in different cities around the country. READ MORE>>.

Edmunds.com Claims Electric Vehicle Travel Record

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According to Edmunds.com, its Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds and Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr drove the Tesla from Redondo Beach to New York City , in 67 hours and 21 minutes, which beats the previous record of 76 hours and 5 minutes. Santa Monica-based car shopping site Edmunds.com says that it has set a new, electric vehicle travel record using a 2013 Tesla Model S, driven by two of it staffers.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

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Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, December 17, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

SoCal Tech Calendar

Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

SoCal Tech Calendar

Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, October 15, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour

SoCal Tech Calendar

Join us for a very casual free networking group for technology entrepreneurs and executives who live and/or work in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes area. Thursday, September 17, 2009 -- South Bay Tech Group Happy Hour. Strengthen your "Starbucks network" close to home by getting to know neighbors who are involved in the technology and media industry in the South Bay.

TravBuddy Trumpets Travel Photo Numbers

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Redondo Beach-based TravBuddy , the online travel site founded by Eric and David Bjorndahl, said today that the firm has hit the 2 million photos mark on its web site. The site, which helps people find travel companions and research their travel plans, said those photos are organized by location and cover 20,000 unique travel destinations around the world. TravBuddy also offers hotel reviews, community forums, maps, games, and other travel-themed information. READ MORE>>.

iCONECT Hires Silver As CTO

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Redondo Beach-based iCONECT Development , a developer of litigation support software, said this morning that it has hired on former X1 Technologies Vice President Howard G. Silver as its Chief Technology Officer. According to iCONECT, Silver will spearhead new product development for the firm, which is used by corporations, law firms, and others for electronic discovery.

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Ninja Metrics Gains $750,000 To Decode Social Influence In Apps, Games

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Redondo Beach-based NinjaMetrics has just scored some funding for exactly that, in the first part of a Series A funding round, worth $750,000. How do you figure out which of your users matter most in your social applications and games, and help that to improve social interaction and engagement in your apps? The new funding comes from Yuri Pikover (Xylan, 5Square, Access360), along with the Tech Coast Angels' Ace Fund, along with other angels.

Semtech Buys Sierra Monolithics For $180M

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Sierra Monolithics has around 110 employees, and operations in both Irvine and Redondo Beach. Camarillo-based Semtech , a manufacturer of mixed signal and analog semiconductors, announced late Wednesday that it is acquiring Irvine-based Sierra Monolithics , in a deal worth $180M in cash. Semtech said it expects the transaction to be accretive to its GAAP earnings per share within twelve months, generating approximately $50M in revenue in calendar year 2009.

Total Immersion Powers Eco-Awareness Effort

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According to the company, it has linked with two environmental organizations to power a augmented reality kiosk at the SEA Lab in Redondo Beach. Los Angeles-based Total Immersion , a developer of augmented reality software which superimposes computer generated graphics onto live webcam video, said today that it is powering an eco-awareness program in Los Angeles.

TravBuddy.com Cheers Traffic, Claims Growth

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Redondo Beach-based TravBuddy is reporting that the firm saw over one million unique visitors in July, saying that it is seeing "record growth" despite the slowdown in the travel industry. The firm attributed its growth to a "passionate and dedicated" user base. TravBuddy operates an online travel and social networking site which allows people to both arrange for travel partners, as well as for travel planning and finding information about destinations.

Projecturf Takes On Project Management

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Redondo Beach-based Projecturf has launched a new, online project and collaboration software product, which the firm is targeting to small and medium sized businesses. According to the site, it provides task tracking software for managing initiatives and projects, and is targeted at users of Microsoft Project. The new site is the brainchild of Chuck Pearson, who also runs interactive agency Rareview.

Internap | Faith in LA Tech Brings the Green

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They’ve got so much faith in LA Tech that they have opened a facility that provides room for continual growth in Redondo Beach, right off the 405. Internap’s Redondo Beach facility isn’t just for server space however.

Staff Ranker: Helping Hospitality Businesses Better Manage Workers

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However, Redondo Beach-based StaffRanker (www.staffranker.com) has rolled out a system to help those companies better manage what is a notoriously difficult segment of the labor market, which has a lot of turnover and which just doesn''t match existing, corporate performance management systems.

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