Serviz Acquired By Porch

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Sherman Oaks-based Serviz , the on-demand home services company founded by serial entrepreneurs Zorik Gordon and Michael Kline, has been acquired by Porch , another online marketplace for home services. Porch said the acquisition will help it expand its end-to-end home services solutions. Serviz had helped connect consumers with professionals offering up services such as appliance repair, plumbing, electric, handyman, and carpet cleaning.

SERVIZ Expands To San Diego

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Sherman Oaks-based home services marketplace SERVIZ , the startup led by former ReachLocal founder Zorik Gordon, said Thursday that it has expanded its services to San Diego. SERVIZ helps homeowners book home services on-demand, including finding plumbers, handymen, and other home service providers. The app provides upfront, all-inclusive prices, charging between $45 and $60 an hour for home services.

Payscout Buys Paywire

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Sherman Oak-based Payscout , a provider of payment processing services, said on Thursday that it has acquired cloud and mobile software developer Paywire. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Paywire develops software which integrates payment processing with third party systems, web sites, hardware, SAP systems, and processors. payscout is led by CEO and co-founder Cleveeland Brown.

Razor Share Launches Scooter Rentals Across LA

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Just when you thought you couldn't trip over yet another scooter on your way out of the office, another, on-demand scooter rental service-- Razor Share , has launched in Los Angeles. The new, smartphone-driven electric scooter rental service is launching in Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks, and West Los Angeles, joining a very long list of scooter rental firms--including Bird, Lime, Lyft, and Uber--who are attempting to gain an upper hand on "last-mile" transportation in the region.

SERVIZ Gets Giant New Competitor: Amazon.com

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Sherman Oaks-based SERVIZ , the home services marketplace founded by former ReachLocal head Zorik Gordon, has a giant new competitor as of this morning: Amazon.com. According to Amazon.com, it has launched a brand new service called Amazon Home Services , which will offer up access to home service providers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, along with other areas. serviz amazon home services marketplace plumbing handyman

Vetted Finds $3.47M For In-Home, On-Demand Pet Care In LA

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Venice, California-based Vetted , a new startup offering up on-demand, veterinary services at your home, has raised $3.47M in seed funding, the company disclosed this week. The company--which is currently headquartered at Amplify LA--currently only offers up its services in Los Angeles. The company lets users in its service area schedule exams, vaccinations, and other treatments at their home between 8am and 8pm.

HubHaus $1.4M To Match Professionals With Shared Housing In LA

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The company currently offers up its service only in San Francisco and Los Angeles. HubHaus--which shows locations right now in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Glendale, and Pasadena--matches up applicants for its houses with others with similar professions and personal interests. HubHaus , a startup which operates an online marketplace which lets people find shared housing with people with similar professional and other interests, has raised $1.4M

Serviz Raises $12.5M More

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Sherman Oaks-based Serviz , the on-demand handyman service led by former ReachLocal head Zorik Gordon, announced today that it has raised $12.5M The company helps connect homeowners with handymen and other home services, such as plumbers, electricians, and others. house electrical plumbing uber handyman expansion services home serviz

ChoicePunch Takes On Life Decisions

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A new, Los Angeles startup hopes its service will help users simplify life choices, by asking other users to comment on different questions. ChoicePunch , founded by Hamid Saify, recently launched its services, letting users post their own questions and answers to such questions like "What's the safest car?", and "What should I buy my sister for her birthday"? The company said it is bootstrapped and currently in beta.

Advertise.com Expands Into Email

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Sherman Oaks-based Advertise.com , the search marketing provider headed by Daniel Yomtobian, said Tuesday that it has expanded into email marketing. Advertise.com says it is also providing its services to email list owners and list managers looking to earn revenue from click throughs to advertisements. The firm said it has launched a new Email Content Network offering, which will connect advertisers ads with email updates to consumers.

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SERVIZ, Backed by $10.7M From Groupon, Takes On Holiday Lighting Installs

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Sherman Oaks-based SERVIZ , a new, on-demand home services startup led by ReachLocal founder Zorik Gordon, said Wednesday that it is connecting consumers with holiday lighting installation services--and also revealed a funding round from Groupon. SERVIZ lets consumers book home services via both its online website and an iPhone app, and is initially offering its service in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange County.

Gorilla Nation Targets Kids, Tweens, Teens

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Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation Media , the division of Evolve Media which provides advertising representation services to websites, said this morning that it has launched a new kids, tweens, and teens vertical. Among the first sites in the vertical is Sherman Oaks-based SodaHead , the discussion and polling site co-founded by former MySpace exec Jason Feffer.

Santa Monica Tech Community Grows, As Another Tech Law Firm Sets Up Shop

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Patent Suit Spawned By NTI Group Buy Settled

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A patent lawsuit against educational software provider Blackboard , which was spawned by the acquisition of Sherman Oaks-based NTI Group last year, has been settled, according to Texas-based TechRadium. TechRadium said the move would allow each company to continue to provide mass notification technology and services to clients.

Kazaa Sold To Altrinsic

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Sherman Oaks-based Brilliant Digital Entertainment , operator of the Kazaa peer-to-peer digital music service, has sold its Kazaa peer to peer network and brand, according to New York-based Altrinsic. Altrinsic said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kazaa's assets from Brilliant Digital Entertainment Thursday afternoon.

Advertise.com Extends Into CPA Ads

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Sherman Oaks-based Advertise.com , the search engine marketing firm run by Dan Yomtobian, disclosed today that the firm is extending its offerings into the cost-per-action (CPA) category. The firm said that the new CPA services are an extension beyond its current cost-per-click (CPC) offerings.

ABCSearch Renames Itself Advertise.com

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Sherman Oaks-based ABCSearch , a provider of pay-per-click advertising, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Advertise.com , and will rebrand all of its offerings under a new, Advertise.com, Inc. ABCSearch was founded by Daniel Yomtobian, and operates a pay-per-click advertising network, contextual targeting services, banner advertising, and other Internet advertising products.

Stacking Up Southern California's Cheap/Free 4G Wireless Providers

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A number of services have emerged in Southern California in the last few months, offering up free, or very inexpensive, 4G wireless connections. We've stacked up three of the services below for comparison.

Deja Vu In Twitter Patent Filing

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The patent lawsuit filed Wednesday,/a> against popular micro-blogging site Twitter by a Texas company, TechRadium , has echoes of a lawsuit spawned by the acquisition of Sherman Oaks-based NTI Group last year. TechRadium is accusing Twitter of violating three patents related to instant messaging and notification, related to TechRadium's emergency notification services.

Five Startups Revolutionizing Music, In Southern California

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Music Prodigy is in Sherman Oaks. Earbits has created a service which lets you browse through over 200 stations of streaming audio, advertising free.

Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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Interview with Dan Yomtobian, Scour

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Dan Yomtobian is CEO and founder of Sherman Oaks-based Scour (www.scour.com), a meta-search engine which adds social features such as voting and comments to Internet search. The way we can combat that, is by constantly adding new features and services, which give users more reasons to stick with us. We're going to add value-added services, points, and giveaway type programs. Dan Yomtobian: Our growth really is in client services.

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