Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: LAEDC Includes 9 Sites in L.A. Region Bid for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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LAEDC includes 9 sites in L.A. region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, crypto venture firm Blockchain Capital raising $150 million for two funds, and Snap partners with Discovery, Eurosport for Olympics coverage

Spreeify.com Launches Social Shopping Site

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Spreeify.com , a brand new, Los Angeles startup, said last week that it has launched a brand new, social shopping site, centered around free giveaways and shopping deals. The firm said it has more than $1M of free giveaways available on the site.

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Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting

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When it comes to disrupting an industry, Raken founder and CEO Kyle Slager says it would be hard to find a sector that is more resistant to spending money on new technologies than the construction business.

GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site

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Santa Monica-based GumGum , the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Visionary. GumGum said it will publish original and curated content, a newsletter, awards and more focused on artificial intelligence and computer vision.

Attn: Gets $18.5M For News Site

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West Hollywood-based Attn: , a company which publishes an online news site focused on social topics like economic mobility, civil rights, education, criminal justice, and the environment, has raised $18.5M in a funding round, the company disclosed on Friday. According to the LABJ, the funding came from Evolution Media Partners, Marc Rowan, RTS Ventures, Paul Wachter, Main Street Advisors, Seacrest Global Group, Cash Warren and Ross Levinsohn.

Invested.in Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the developer of crowdfunding software, has inked a deal to power an Israeli crowdfunding site, JCrowd. The new site allows anyone to create a project and solicit donations from friends and others. has been licensing out its product as a white-label platform to others, in addition to running its own crowdfunding site. investedin social fundraising site crowdfunding israel jcrowd jewish

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LA Rolls Out Slick Open Data Mapping Site, GeoHub

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As part of the city's efforts to make more of its data accessible to citizens and others, the City of Los Angeles rolled out a new site, Los Angeles Geohub , powered by GIS technology from Esri. The new site allows citizens and others pull up a large library of open data, and browse that through a map interface.

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Hulu Refreshes Site, Focuses on More Vivid, Graphic Experience

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Hulu , the online video site, has made a major update to the site today, rolling out a more vivid, graphical interface which highlights scenes, TV shows, movies, and more on the service. Hulu also released a walkthrough of the changes in a video on its site.

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Science Inc. To Buy Social Bookmarking Site Delicious

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the startup studio and incubator run by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones, has acquired longtime social bookmarking site Delicious , the company disclosed this morning. Santa Monica-based Science, Inc. , Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Delicious was previously owned by Steven Chen and Chad Hurley, the founders of YouTube, who had acquired Delicious from Yahoo back in 2011 via their company, Avos Systems.

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A Look At Useful Sites for Entrepreneurs

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It presents some excellent sites for entrepreneurs and is well worth a look. General Resources Startup entrepreneurs links resources sites Wally Eater, one of our esteemed and longtime Executive Committee members, brought this Wall Street Journal article to my attention. link].

Livestrong.com Launches Redesign Of Site

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Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com , the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the site, told socalTECH that the changes came after the firm began analyzing how men and women were using the site, extensively profiling how the two groups were using the content and tools on the site.

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ACTIVE Network, LeftLaneSports.com Launch Private Sales Site

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San Diego-based ACTIVE Network , the online sports registration site, and LeftLaneSports.com , a members-only e-commerce site based in San Luis Obispo, said today that they have tied to launch a new, private sales website called ACTIVE GearUp. THe two said the site will offer deals on products from endurance and outdoor brands.

FundaGeek Launches Crowdfunding Site

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Gutierrez said that the site is patterned after existing crowdfunding sites, but is different due to its primary focus on technical innovation and scientific research. There area number of crowdfunding sites which focus on the arts and creative projects, as well as education. Crowdfunding sites allow project owners to list their project, details, budgets, and post documents, and track, dollar-by-dollar, contributions to those projects.

Active Launches Hyperlocal Activity Site

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San Diego-based Active.com , the operator of online sports and community activity registration sites, said this morning that it has expanded into the hyperlocal information market, with the launch of a new, local Bay Area activity guide. Active said the new, hyperlocal Active.com Bay Area site provides information on sporting events, fitness activities, and other things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as discounts on gear and activities through its Schwaggle program.

Invested.in Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the online social fundraising site run by Alon Goren, said Tuesday that it is powering a new site focused on fitness fundraising for charity. The firm said it is launching FitFunder.com , an online site focused on creating personal fitness fundraisers for charity. The firm said it is linking with fitness site RunKeeper on the site, to provide automatic monitoring of user's fitness goals by followers and donors.

Disney Launches New Baby Site

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According to Disney, the new site will provide a product showcase of Disney branded baby products, for expectant and new parents. Disney's new site also includes such features as a baby photo sharing service, and tips from other mothers. The company said the new site is being sponsored exclusively by Huggies. Glendale-based Walt Disney Company has launched a new, online destination aimed at expecting and new parents, DisneyBaby.com , the firm said Tuesday.

Hulu Opens Up Customer Service Site In Texas

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Los Angeles-based streaming television- and video-provider Hulu has selected San Antonio, Texas, as the site for a new customer service center, the company said on Thursday. Silicon Beach companies appear to be been using Texas as a convenient, low cost area for their customer service operations: this week, Santa Monica-based TaskUs also said it is opening up a customer support site in Texas, and Snapchat also has operations there.

At The Pool Redesigns Site, Rolls Out Groups For Organizations

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At The Pool , the Los Angeles-based social networking site focused on helping locals meet other locals, said Wednesday that it has launched a major, new site redesign, including adding the ability for local groups to create their own "pools".

Amazon.com Challenges SoCal's Automotive Sites With Amazon Vehicles

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Amazon said it has launched a brand new, online car research site which is called Amazon Vehicles , which lets users search for specifications, reviews, images, videos, and more about both new and "classic" cars. Nearly all of the most popular automotive research sites have been based in Southern California.

PC Mall Opens Daily Deals Site

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The firm had said in May that it would be converting OnSale into an online daily deals site. PC Mall said the new site is rolling out a beta in Chicago, Los Angels, and Seattle, offering off discounts on national brands, local restaurants, spa and salon services, and more.

Invested.in Powers Israeli Crowdfunding Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the crowd funding software firm headed by Alon Goren, has partnered with a site focused on Jewish and Israeli causes. and JCrowd.com said they would launch a site for JCrowd in April, which will help provide Jewishh-themed projects with a way to manage online fundraising. Invested.in Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. JCrowd is based in Israel. READ MORE>>. investedin alon goren israel jewish jcrowd

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Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site

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The new site was created by Baron Miller, Ian Kilpatrick, and Jason Eastwood. According to the site, its customer so far include frozen yogurt chain Golden Spoon, which posted a coupon from Couponler to its 37,000 fans on Facebook. The site is offering up its service for $29.95 Are you a small business looking to help drum up some business?

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?

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A dating site for puppets? An app to help exorcise possessed kids? For veterans of many a technology startup pitch event in Silicon Beach, it might not be all that far fetched, given some of the wild, wacky, and improbable startups making the rounds today looking for investors.

Aggregage Launches Two New Sites

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Los Angeles-based Aggregage , the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital , a new site focused on leadership and management, and Working Smarter Daily. Aggregage aggregates the posts of multiple blog owners into a single, topic-specific site, which is then sponsored by companies.

CapLinked Revamps Site With New Features

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Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked said this week that it has made some major updates to the site, overhauling and improving the online service for managing investment activity for companies and deal tracking for investors. The firm said that new features include social sign in using logins from Facebook, Twitter, or Google; better search capabilities; a "radar" feature to help users see all their deals, companies, and contacts in one place; easier document uploads; and more.

4 Essential Webpage Elements for Getting Site Visitors to Convert

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Much effort and study has been expended to determine how a web site can better convert its visitors to paying customers. Sites like ww1.novarad.net place their free demo button above the fold and make it as visible as possible. Site Speed .

Amplify Adds Wine Recommendations Site Club W To Accelerator

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Venice-based startup accelerator Amplify LA has added a new startup to its portfolio, personalized wine recommendation site Club W. Geoff McFarlane, one of the co-founders of Club W, said that the site is expected to ship somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 bottles of wine to consumers.

Site 1001 Expands In North Carolina

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According to Site 1001, it has opened up an "innovation office" as its East Coast technology hub, focused on smart building and Internet-of-Things (IoT) development. Site 1001 is led by Southern California technology veteran Cleve Adams. San Clemente, California- and Kansas City, Missouri-based Site1001 , a facilities maintenance and management software, said this week that it has opened up a new office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Break Media Analyzes Men With New Site

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Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media is delving into that question this morning with the launch of a new site, called Acumen , focused on pulling insights and analysis on the behavior and trends driven by men. Break said the new site is designed as a new tool for brand marketers, to help them gain "actionable intelligence" about the male demographic. Break Media also said it will be running an ongoing, R&D panel of several thousand men for its new site.

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

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Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. The new site also lets users create their own radio stations, share animated GIFs, and more.

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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The lessons learned by Divshot confirm that obtaining, and more importantly maintaining, visibility on the front page of a major social news site results from the congruence of three factors: audience, timing and engagement. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Anti-AgingGames.com Launches Brain Fitness Site

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The site--whose games were designed by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell--offers up online games which have been vetted by scientists to help reduce the risk of early memory loss. Los Angeles-based Anti-AgingGames.com , a new startup offering up brain fitness games, has launched today, aiming at healthy people looking to help their memory, concentration, and focus.

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Get.com Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding

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Get.com offers up an online site where people can search for and read reviews on products, including electronics, automotive products, beauty, and more. The site allows users to vote up and down products, follow questions and users, awarding and ranking questions and users by their votes. Santa Monica-based Get.com , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions.