Social Networking Startup MeWe Raises $4.5 Million

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Culver City-based social networking startup Sgrouples Inc., doing business as MeWe, announced it raised $4.5 million in a venture round, bringing its total funding to $15 million since launching in 2012

Valence Launches To Help Black Professionals With Social Networking

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In a move to help make Black professionals easier to connect, Los Angeles-based Valence said on Thursday that it has launched a new, social networking service, with backing from investments from Upfront Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Accel. valence black professional social networking venture capital upfront ventures kobie fuller startup diversity

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PeeqSee Launches Social Networking App

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Los Angeles-based PeeqSee , a new startup developing social networking and media apps, has launched an app which lets users create interactive, visual posts. peeqsee social networking media sharing androidThe startup--founded by Vacit Arat--lets users posts photos with an interactive component, which unveil additional information when users click on objects in those photos.

Social Network Adds Funding

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TECH: Startup MeWe sees 30 million users by year end

PASHpost Aims At Focused Social Networking

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A new, Los Angeles-based startup, PASHpost , said today that it has lauched a new service called PASHGroups , a social destination which aggregates posts from such sites as Craigslist, Google+, Reddit, and YouTube, and sorts content from those sites into a single, interest-focused community. pashpost social networking startup

Pray.com Finds $14M For Social Networking For Religious Communities

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Westlake Village-based Pray.com , which develops social networking applications for religious communities, has raised $14M in a Series A funding, the company said this week. faith religion investment startup hub101 capital venture religious networking social prayThe funding was led by TPG Growth, and also included Science Inc. and Greylock Partners.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. Isn’t social networking amazing?

LA Kings Launch Social Networking App

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The LA Kings have launched a new, social networking app -- powered by LA-based startup Vixlet --which is aimed at connecting fans of the hockey team with each other, the team said Monday. kings vixlet social networking sports mobile hockey androidAccording to the LA Kings and AEG, the new app-- LA Kings Fans , runs on iOS or Android , and lets users view official content from the team, connect with other fans, see photos and videos from the Kings, and more.

Valence Connects With $2.5M For Black Social Networking

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Los Angeles-based Valence , which is developing a social network specifically for black professionals, has raised $2.5M The company says it is creating a database and network of black professionals. network talent jobs capital venture upfront diversity minority black networking social valencein funding, the company said this week.

Twitter Networks are Different than Social Networks

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They “don’t care what people ate for lunch.&# They’re fine on their existing social networks, which these days mostly means they’re happy with Facebook. And as a result Twitter Networks are currently different in my mind than many other social networks.

Jammcard Launches Social Network For Musicians

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Los Angeles-based Jammcard said this morning that it has launched a new, social networking site specifically for professional and amateur musicians. The startup, which is led by Elmo Lovano, said it provides a platform where artists can present or share their repertoire and abilities, and network with others in the business. jammcard social networking music musican industry business

Stage 32 Targets Film, TV, Theater With Social Network

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Does the entertainment industry need its own social networking site? Los Angeles-based Stage 32 thinks so--and so far, has 325,000 members for its online social networking site, which it says ties together film, television, and theater creatives. stage32 social networking hollywood content film theater television artist

weeSPIN Finds Funding For Social Networking App

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Los Angeles-based weeSPIN announced late Tuesday that it has raised a seed investment round for its music-focused, social networking app. weesping social networking music mobile venture capital angel soundcloud spotify weeSPIN is led by Darius Fong, and offers up an app with a collaborative playlist and connects to streaming music services like Soundcloud and Spotify.

Virgin America Taps LA Startup For In-Flight Social Network

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Virgin America said this morning that it has launched a brand new, in-flight social network, based on a mobile app from Los Angeles startup Here on Biz. According to Virgin America, it has launched an in-flight social network which is aimed at helping to connect fellow business travelers on its flights, via the free Here On Biz app. virgin america angeles inflight social networking twitter business hereonbiz travel traveler

Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

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and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company.

How to Connect on Social Networks

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I wrote recently about etiquette when you meet people at conferences or events so now that I have this done I feel I need to say some words about connecting on social networks. Let’s start with a discussion of existing social networks and then how to approach people on them.

Social Networking

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Manal Richa Social networking is not about technology or what you had for lunch. While creating a major shift in messaging and communication, social networking is literarily changing the way we look at the world. It is about building a global network while having access to instant information and exposing your message to viral growth. Keep in mind though that social networking is a two-way street.

Maverick Gets $2.7M For Social Network for Girls

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Los Angeles-based Maverick , a new startup launching a social network for girls, has raised $2.7M According to Maverick, its new social network is aimed at providing new opportunities for girls and young women to "exercise and share their creative powers" and connect with the "next generation" of leaders, innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs. smartphone capital venture inspiration female girl networking network social maverick

Bombd Sets Up Shop In Venice, Aims At Social Networking

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Bombd , a startup which develops a social networking and messaging app revolving around sharing instant photos with others, has set up shop in Venice Beach. Bombd's social networking app lets users send a request to their friends for a 7-second countdown to a picture, which is sent to the requester, and which only lasts for three hours. Bombd's social networking app works on both iOS and Android.

Communly Takes On Social Networking Around Interests, Not Friends

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Is there room in the world for another social networking site? The startup is aiming at the frustration that many users have over the current, social networking sites like Facebook, which revolve around existing connections, rather than on meeting new people around interests. communly social networking network interest community group startup

AtomicMe Connects Social Networking, Revenue Sharing

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A new, Los Angeles startup, AtomicMe , said this week that it is looking to tie together social networking activity with the interests users are passionate about--by sharing advertising revenues with those users. atomicme advertising social networking sharing revenue

Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features

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Zui.com , the kid's website focused on providing screened content and information to kids, is expanding its services today, saying that it has launched "Facetube", which combines the best social sharing aspects of Facebook with the channels of YouTube. The new, curated environment allows kids to socialize around age-appropriate content, and is aimed at providing a more appropriate environment for kids to socialize in, instead of Facebook.

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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Social Networks: Past, Present & Future. I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). Social Networking in Web 1.0.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. I could go on and on, but in closing, my experience in using social media/networking has been short but remarkably fruitful.

LiveOffice Adds Social Networking Support

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Torrance-based LiveOffice , the provider of email archiving, compliance, and backup services, said yesterday that it has linked with SocialWare , a provider of software for connecting companies to social networking sites. According to the two firms, the link will allow users of LiveOffice's AdvisorMail software to pre-review and route social networking updates through a company's compliance workflow.

Which Social Networks are for Entrepreneurs?

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Social networking is indeed the new business networking. Every social network, including MySpace, claims to be a mecca for business people to network and sell products. Here is the big gorilla of social networks, now exceeding 500 million members worldwide.

Social Networking

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- "Social Networking: How it Can Add Value to Your Organization" MIT of the Central Coast Enterprise Forum. Social networking is the fastest growing activity on Web 2.0. Whereas it was once used predominantly by individuals using applications such as Facebook and MySpace, social networking has found its way into the commercial sector.

Relativity Media Sells Stake To Singaporean Social Networking Company YuuZoo

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YuuZoo is an online operator of social media, e-commerce, and gaming properties, and says it has the ability to reach more than 4 billion consumers. relativity media yuuzoo social gaming content hollywood merger acquisition venture capitalBeverly Hills-based movie studio Relativity Media --which is behind such titles as Limitless, Masterminds, and Immortals--scored a big investment from Singaporean Internet company YuuZoo , the two companies said this morning.

Social Networking Entreprenuerial Opportunities

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Last Saturday, I was a panelist at the CalTech - Social Networks event. My main points were: Social Everywhere - I work with a lot of different shapes and sizes of companies and it's interesting how each one has opportunities to leverage its users to form different kinds of communities, create connections, encourage contribution, etc. It is almost universal that there are opportunities around social networking.

Web Hackers Targeting Social Networking Sites

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Carlsbad-based Breach Security , a developer of Internet security software, has released the results of a security report, saying that nineteen percent of all online attacks in 2009 so far have been based on social networking sites. The firm said it found that 19% of security incidents between January 1st and July 31st were targeted at social networking sites, displacing government and law enforcement sites, which were number one in 2008.

Social Networking and Business Value

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Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Individuals use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo as career-advancing tools, even more useful in a down economy. Can social networking be a money-maker for companies?

Calacanis Backs Mobile Social Networking Service

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Jason Calacanis , the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based Mahalo , is one of the angel investors in a mobile social networking service, Gowalla , the company said today. Tags: jason calacanis angel investment venture capital social networking gowalla

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). What are the big trends that will drive the next phase of social networks?

Social Networks Don’t Automate Personal Contacts

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Social networking can help, but a large list of online friends and followers is no substitute for a smaller list of personal and ongoing business relationships. Many of my younger friends use various social networks on a daily basis and think that they will thereby avoid this problem.

Social Networks Make Resumes Obsolete

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In reality, it doesn’t matter whether you are preparing an online profile for your favorite social network, or a written resume (Curriculum Vitae) in the old-fashioned sense, you need to make certain that it helps your case rather than hurts it.

Two San Diego Sites Rank Tops In Rising Social Networking Interest

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A report issued this week by Experian Marketing Services has identified two, San Diego niche social networking sites as being among the fastest growing sites between July of 2011 and July of 2012. Experian said that--in an analysis to find the next Instagram or Pinterest--it conducated an international study of web sites to find the fastest growing niche social networking. social networking analysis pinterest experian skillwho stocktwits ranking

MyLife Takes On Unified Social Network Management

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Los Angeles-based MyLife.com , the online people search service headed by Jeff Tinsley, is launching a new service today aimed at helping users manage their multiple social networks. The firm said its new Personal Relationship Manager (PRM) service will help members handle multiple social networks, with both personal and work contacts, synchronizing information between LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Silicon Beach Report April 27: K-Swiss Teams With Immortals, $2.7M for Girls’ Social Network, WME Expands Podcast Portfolio

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K-Swiss will introduce an esports shoe in a partnership with esports group Immortals; a new social network for girls founded by former Disney execs gets $2.7M in seed funding; and WME expands its podcast portfolio

Build the Right Social Network Resume for Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, it doesn’t matter whether you are preparing an online profile for your favorite social network, or a written resume (Curriculum Vitae) in the old-fashioned sense, you need to make certain that it helps your case rather than hurts it.

Stockr Raises $1.5M For Social Networking Site For Investors

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Stockr , the social networking service aimed at financial investors based in Los Angeles, has raised $1.5M discussion networking social financial trading stock stockrin a seed funding round, the firm said yesterday. The company said the round came from Personal Capital, The Doyle Investment Group, and Adam Townsend.

Maintaining Contacts is Not Social Networking

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Gemassmer We all intuitively believe in maintaining personal and business contacts, but most of us don’t do well in this area, despite the advent of social networking. I have also joined these networks, but personally find them to be somewhat superficial and overly trendy.

Detecting Contagious Outbreaks Through Social Networking

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 -- Detecting Contagious Outbreaks Through Social Networking. It is known that individuals near the center of a social network are likely to be infected sooner during the course of an outbreak than those at the periphery. CONNECT. Current methods for the detection of contagious outbreaks give contemporaneous information about the course of an epidemic at best.

LA gets a big SaaS exit as Fastly nabs the Culver City-based Signal Sciences for $775M

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Los Angeles was always more than a one-industry town, even when it comes to technology startups, as media and entertainment (and social networking) were always the big draws in Tinseltown.