Emotional Intelligence Technology To Light Up Santa Monica at 2015 Twilight Concert Series At The Pier
Tech Zulu Event
JULY 28, 2015
Light Emotion Data) to the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series. This platform takes our web-based technology from the computer screen to the concert experience, as L.E.D. Truly a sight to see, TrueCar brings L.E.D. L.E.D.
Naki Laundry Debuts In Santa Monica With Tech Friendly Laundry Service
JUNE 10, 2013
In the latest services-meets-smartphone service to launch in the Los Angeles area, a new startup, Naki Laundry , said today that it has launched its service in Santa Monica, letting the tech set use their smartphone or the web to get their laundry cleaned. Naki lets users use the web or an app to request a laundry pickup, and gets your laundry done--clean and folded--either later the same day or the next morning.
GumGum Makes Images Profitable for Publishers
Tech Zulu Event
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Think about how many images are on the web. Perhaps one of the reasons it took 20 years for the commercial web to monetize images is because matching images with content is a very difficult. Millions, billions, trillions?
Amazon's Big Santa Monica Announcement: New Kindles
SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
That great big press party being held at the Santa Monica airport this morning by Amazon.com ? As part of all the new device announcements, Amazon also said it is dropping the price of its older Kindle to $69, which it is already selling on its web site. amazon santa monica kindle ereader hardware electronics barker hanger paperwhiteYes, it's a new set of Kindle devices. Amazon said its new Kindle Paperwhite 3G will cost $179, and ships October 1st.
Physitrack Names US Operations Chief, Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Physitrack , a developer of iOS and web apps for the musculoskeletal, neurological, paediatric and military rehabilitation areas, says it has set up its U.S. operations in Santa Monica, and named Michael Sloniewsky as General Manager of the US and Canada. Physitrack's apps are aimed at allowing therapists to build and track video-based rehabilitation, replacing the often confusing paper handouts used by physical therapists to describe exercises to patients.
General Assembly To Open New Location In Irvine
AUGUST 12, 2016
General Assembly , the provider of technical skills training, which has an active campus in Santa Monica, says it is will be opening up a new location in Irvine. General Assembly offers up courses on everything from software coding to web design and marketing. General Assembly said it has not yet finalized the precise location and opening date, but says it will start hosting events and short workshops throughout Irvine ahead of the new location.
Curating The Web Using PublishThis, with Matt Kumin
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
If you're a web publisher, or even a brand developing your own outreach to customers through a newsletter or microsite, how do you efficiently gather and curate all of the news and information out there? It's all about what is happening on the realtime web.
Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 30, 2012
Mobile Web America, Inc. Headquarted in Santa Monica, CA, CallFire is dedicated to providing high-availability systems, intuitive user interfaces, furious developer support, and unparalleled customer care in order to transform how companies do business. Early-stage companies in the web, mobile and ecommerce space are encouraged to apply for the program which completes four cycles per year, culminating in Demo Days that are attended by the region’s top angel investors and VCs.
BetterWorks Recruiting Effort: A LEGO Contest?
APRIL 23, 2012
How do you find the best and brightest engineers and web developers? Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the developer of software and services to help companies manage their fringe benefits for employees, has an interesting one: have those software developers compete to build the best, LEGO. BetterWorks said it would hold a Silicon Beach LEGO Challenge --open to only 60 software and web developers--to compete for prizes.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
OCTOBER 23, 2007
I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates. The EC2 is very similar to having a Linux box in a colocation facility.
BetterWorks Expands To San Francisco Bay Area
JUNE 23, 2011
Santa Monica-based BetterWorks said today that it has expanded its services into San Francisco and the Bay Area, and is planning on opening up in New York and Boston soon. The firm--headed by Paige Craig--helps provide employee benefits and perks using web-based software and technology. Craig's co-founders include Zao Yang, the creator of Farmville, and George Ishii, co-founder of Geni and Yammer. BetterWorks did not give a timetable for opening up in New York and Boston.
Report: eHarmony Hacked
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
A security researcher is reporting that Pasadena-based matchmaking site Santa Monica-based eHarmony is alerting users to change their passwords, after a reported breach of customer information. The breach follows a rash of similar security issues from other web-based service providers in the last few months.
CampaignEQ Aims At Better Mobile Marketing Attribution
JUNE 12, 2013
A new, Santa Monica startup, CampaignEQ , is hoping to help marketers better attribute increases in mobile customers and traffic to their marketing campaigns, with a new product. According to CampaignEQ--founded by former Beachmint execs William Belk and Dirk McGregor--its new cloud-based, web and mobile affiliate tracking platform is aimed at offering up better mobile attribution and optimization.
White House Targets Tech Training, Jobs In LA With TechHire
MARCH 10, 2015
The consortium is led by Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, and Pasadena Community College, and also includes partnerships with the, Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce''s Bixel-Exchange, Amazon Web Services, and JP Morgan Chase.
Los Angeles Startup Events
MAY 22, 2012
I recently posted about the Increase in Early-Stage Startup Activity in Los Angeles. In that post, I mentioned how one of the signals is the big increase in number of startup events and the number of attendees at those events. I realized that it has been a little while since I posted about the Los Angeles Startup Community and so needed to update my list of startup events that will be out of date almost before I finish publishing it.
Los Angeles Startup Community
MAY 17, 2011
Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica.
DealBird.com Takes On Group Buying
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Santa Monica-based DealBird.com , a new startup focused on group buying, has launched this week, among the slew of startups clamoring for attention at TechCrunch Disrupt. The firm, whose CEO is Chad Billmyer, said it is looking to help buyers and sellers in enthusiast web communities to start, mangae, and complete group buys.
Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America
MAY 7, 2012
more--or you can go online and use Fine Art America (www.fineartamerica.com), a Santa Monica company which is doing. photographer and live here in Santa Monica, you can take an image of the Santa Monica Pier. If someone loves your image of the Santa.
Edmunds.com Adds Live Chat Feature
APRIL 16, 2012
Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com , the online auto information web site, said this morning that it has enhanced its site, adding a new online chat feature on the site. Edmunds.com said the online chat allows participating dealers on the site to answer questions about inventory, pricing, and to gain other information about new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com said it is tapping Contact At Once! for the service. Financial details between the firms was not disclosed.
Bestcovery.com Rolls Out Web Widget
OCTOBER 15, 2009
Santa Monica-based Bestcovery.com , an online expert review and ranking site headed by former Pricegrabber.com co-founder and CEO, Kamran Pourzanjani, said today that it has rolled out a new widget which will allow web publishers to display its content.
Activision Blizzard, Web Wise Kids In Partnership
OCTOBER 8, 2010
Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision Blizzard and Santa Ana-based Web Wise Kids , a provider of Internet safety education, announced this morning that the two are in a new partnership. According to the two, they are working together to educate kids and parents on how to avoid inappropriate and unlawful online behavior. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization
OCTOBER 2, 2012
Santa Monica startup, Gravity --headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M in a Series B financing round for its personalization technology. The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also included Redpoint Ventures and August Capital.
No Google Autocompleter Openings In SoCal
APRIL 1, 2011
In one of its April Fool's jokes, search engine giant Google has posted a job position--and accompanying YouTube recruitment video --for a "Google Autocompleter", to predict what users are searching for on the web.
Google's AdSense, Developed In LA, Earned More than $7 Billion Last Year
JUNE 18, 2013
Google announced today that Google Adsense --which it acquired when it bought Santa Monica-based Applied Semantics back in 2003--just turned 10 years old, and now has more than 2 million publishers. AdSense was developed by Applied Semantics, and used software to determine the content and subject of a web page, and then matched those ads to a pool of advertisers; the software was known as Applied Semantics AdSense until Google acquired Applied Semantics on April 24, 2003.
Gravity Debuts Content Personalization API
FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Santa Monica-based Gravity , the developer of real-time personalization software headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur, is making a big push today with the launch of a new set of free APIs for publishers.
EdgeCast Targets Web Applications With New Service
DECEMBER 9, 2010
Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the content deliver network (CDN) provider, said today that it is targeting the performance of web applications with a new delivery service. The firm said its has announced a beta of a new, Application Delivery Network, which will help speed up availability of web applications. The firm claimed its service can help web apps run 200 to 400 percent faster.
Demand Media Names GM For typeF.com
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Santa Monica-based Demand Media has named Lisa Kraynak as head of the firm's new fashion web site, typeF.com , which it is launching with Tyra Banks. Kraynak was most recently SVP of Digital Media for NBC Unviersal, and also has served at Viacom, City of New York, Intuit and iVillage.com. According to Demand Media, Kraynak will lead the launch, operation, and ongoing development of the new site. Demand Media said last night that it would be launching typeF in March.
Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort
AUGUST 8, 2011
Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. In a new section on Docstoc's web site, the firm has been sharing dozens of video segments featureing business tips and advice from entrepreneurs from Southern California's technology community.
Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown
Tech Zulu Event
AUGUST 31, 2011
Friday evening, August 19th, rolled around and Startup Weekend LA was underway with attendees showing up at Coloft in Santa Monica around 6:00 pm and the classic Idealab keg there to quench everyone’s thirst. What a weekend!
Nimble Hits Google Chrome App Store
APRIL 3, 2012
Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, contact management software which is headed by Goldmine founder Jon Ferrara, has extended the distribution of it service this morning with a new Google Chrome web application. The startup, which makes it easier for professionals and small businesses to manage their contacts, said its new Google Chrome app helps extend the Chrome browser to link to its service.
Betterworks Raises $1.5M
JANUARY 27, 2011
Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , a stealth mode startup headed by well known angel investor Paige Craig, has raised around $1.5M BetterWorks looks to be scaling up dramatically; the firm currently has eight open positions listed on its web site for everything from engineers to marketing director. in a funding round. The funding actually occurred in late December, over the holidays.
Nimble Updates Contact Management Software
FEBRUARY 14, 2012
Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of a software-as-a-service, contact management service which is headed by former Goldmine founder Jon Ferrara, said this morning that it has debuted a new version of its service. Ferrara is looking to apply much of the knowledge he gained in making Goldmine one of the most popular, pre-web software packages for contact tracking, and applying that to the new, social web via a software-as-a-service offering.
Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture's software was used to turn web pages into an interactive, multimedia experience through a browser add-on; the firm said its technology is going to be used to enhance Google's Chrome browser.
Famous Birthdays Focuses On Finding Celebrity Facts
MAY 1, 2013
A Santa Monica startup, Famous Birthdays , looks to have carved out quite a niche in the area, with its online list of (you guessed it), famous birthdays. The startup--the brainchild of Evan Britton--has been ramping up its efforts recently, having just launched a brand new responsive web design which optimizes the site for mobile phones and tablets, in addition to desktop web browsers. What are the most searched for things on the Internet?
What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA
DECEMBER 27, 2012
Kevin Winston , is the organizer of Digital LA , the popular and widely attended networking organization for the Los Angeles startup, web, movie, music, marketing, and social media community.
EdgeCast Application Delivery Network Enters GA
APRIL 13, 2011
Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , the operator of a content delivery network (CDN), said today that it has entered into general availability of its new Application Delivery Network service. The new service is focused on serving up web applications and dynamic customers for its customers.
eHarmony In Advertising Push, As Warren Revamps Firm
MARCH 27, 2013
Santa Monica-based online matchmaking site eHarmony is planning a big advertising push, as the firm said it has revamped its management team under founder Dr. Neil Clark Warren. Many entrepreneurs cite the move towards mobile as opening up an opportunity over such older, web-centric sites as eHarmony. According to eHarmony, it is launching a brand new, marketing and television campaign which will feature Dr. Warren in what it says are "new, humorous situations."
Demand Media Ups Article Count To 3 Million
DECEMBER 21, 2010
Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing, saying it now has around 3 million articles in the firm's library of content. Demand operates Livestrong.com, eHow.com, and other web properties. Demand Media has applied to list on the NYSE as DMD, but has not yet set an offering range or pricing on its IPO. Demand Media filed for an IPO in August.
Paige Craig Backs Klout In New Round
JANUARY 10, 2011
Los Angeles angel investor Paige Craig is part of a new round of funding for Internet web influence tracker Klout. Craig, in addition to being an active angel investor, is starting up his own, stealthy B2B startup in Santa Monica. Klout said today that it had raised $8.5M in a funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins' sFund, which also included Greycroft Partners, as well as prior investors Paige Craig, ff Asset Management, Tom McInerney, Bobby Yazdani and Howard Lindzon.
New York Mobile Development Firm Attracted To Silicon Beach
MAY 15, 2012
Applico , which develops Android, iPhone, and mobile web software, said it specifically decided to open an L.A. this year, at its new offices in Santa Monica on Broadway. A New York-based provider of mobile consulting and development said Tuesday that it has opened up a new Los Angeles office, specifically to become part of the "Silicon Beach" startup scene in the area.