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Intuit Chops 120 In Woodland Hills

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Financial software developer Intuit is cutting 120 employees in Woodland Hills, according to a state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, part of a larger cut involving locatoins in Illinois, Virginia, and Arizona. Intuit had sold much of its Woodland Hills operations, Intuit Financial Services, to private equity firm Thoma Bravo back in July of 2013.

Woodland Hills Firm Leads Circuit City Closure Efforts

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A Woodland Hills-based liquidation firm is behind the closure of Circuit City's 567 stores, and will lead a group of firms who are operating "goiong out of business" sales at the retailer. Woodland Hills-based Great American Group is part of a joint venture that also includes SB Capital Group, LLC, Tiger Capital Group, LLC, and Hudson Capital Partners, LLC to operate the going-out-of-business sales at Circuit City's stores.

BlackLine Soars In IPO Debut

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Woodland Hills-based BlackLine Software , the developer of accounting close software, soared in its IPO debut on Friday, and was trading up more than 45 percent in morning trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. BlackLine was trading around $24.79 at around 12:50PM EDT, up $7.79 from its IPO debut price of $17.00 per share. BlackLine had already priced at the high end of an upped IPO pricing range of between $16.00 to $17.00 per share. BlackLine is now trading as BL.

United Online Acquired By B. Riley For $170M

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Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday afternoon that it has agreed to be acquired by B. Riley Financial , in a deal worth $170M in cash, or $11.00 per share. According to a statement from interim CEO Jeff Goldston, the deal came after an "extensive process" to explore a "full range of strategic alternatives". The company said it will allow its only remaining operating business--its communications segment--to continue under B. Riley.

ReachLocal Trumpets Marketing Automation Customer List

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Woodland Hills-based online local online marketing provider ReachLocal is bragging today that it has signed up 1,000 clients for its new ReachEdge marketing automation product. ReachEdge helps small and medium sized businesses with their online marketing efforts, including managing their website, advertising, SEO, lead management, and tracking of customer acquisition efforts. The product had been launched in September of 2013.

ReachLocal Launches Retargeting For SMBs

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal is looking to make search retargeting -- the targeting of consumers based on their prior Internet history -- available to the SMB market this morning, with the launch of a new product. The firm said its new ReachRetargeting, display advertising product will help SMBs target local consumers who have recently search for that SMB's business keywords, as well as those who have recently visited their site. Cost of the new product was not announced.

ReachLocal Strengthens Ties To Google

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the online marketing firm which helps small and medium sized businesses place online ads, has strengthened its ties into Google AdWords today, saying it has been added to the Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner (PSP) Program.

ReachLocal Ties Into Google

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services to small and medium sized businesses, said Tuesday that it has become a global premier Google AdWords partner. The firm said the strategic partnership with Google will "accelerate the delivery" of Google's AdWords advertising to local businesses. Details of how the partnership works between the firms were not disclosed.

ReachLocal To Help Power Facebook Deal Test

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of Internet advertising services to small and medium sized businesses, said Wednesday afternoon that it will participate in Facebook's Deals test in San Diego. Facebook said this week that it would be testing out a Groupon-style deals in San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, and Austin this week. ReachLocal said it will use its existing presence in San Diego to source deals from local businesses for Facebook.

Nevolution Launches PC App Store

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Woodland Hills-based Nevolution is launching its PC-based, app store today, saying it is hoping to make it as easy to buy full fledged, PC software as it is to buy mobile applications.

ReachLocal Expands To New Zealand

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of online marketing services for small and medium sized businesses, said Wednesday that it has expanded into New Zealand, via a strategic alliance. ReachLocal said it has partnered with SureFire Search Ltd, to provide its online advertising products and services to the country. ReachLocal said it will train SureFire's dedicated sales force to sell its products and services. Business details of the alliance were not announced.

United Online Shuffles CEO, Again

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Woodland Hills-based United Online announced this morning that it has named Jeff Goldtsein as a new, interim CEO for the company, replacing Howard Phansteil. Phansteil--who had only been CEO since November 18th--has resigned, although he will continue as a director and Chairman of the Board for the company. Goldstein was the former President of PriceGrabber, which he had led from April 2013 until its sale to Connexity last June.

ReachLocal Tapped By UK Government

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services for small and medium sized businesses, announced this morning that it has been recognized by the British Government for its efforts in the UK. ReachLocal said it received the UKTI Business Innovation Award from UK Trade & Investment, as part of BritWeek. The two said that ReachLocal launched in the UK in 2008, and has offices in London, Manchester, and Birmingham.

ReachLocal Expands Into Germany

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said this week that it has expanded into Germany, and has opened up a new office in Berlin. The firm, which helps small and medium sized businesses place search and online advertising, said the new office will help serve German businesses. The new office will be managed by Sascha Kronberg. READ MORE>>. international germany expansion reachlocal

BlackLine Software Prices IPO

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Woodland Hills-based BlackLine Software , the developer of accounting and financial close software, has priced its IPO, saying late Thursday evening that it will sell 8,600,000 shares of its common stock at $17.00 per share. BlackLine will start trading Friday morning on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as BL. BlackLine priced at the high range of an already increased estimated IPO range, which was set to $16.00 to $17.00 earlier this week.

ReachLocal Appoints Chief Product Officer

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal has set a new, Chief Product Officer, the firm announced this morning. The provider of services to help small businesses place Internet advertising said it named Kris Barton to the position. Barton was previously at Nero, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Nero also had served at Microsoft, heading up product development for MSN.com and MSN Network, in addition to serving at Omniture and Novell.

ReachLocal Revenues Grow On International Strength

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services to small and medium sized businesses, reported strong growth in its international revenues, in addition to continued revenue growth at the company. ReachLocal reported a revenue growth of 24 percent--to $99.8M in Q4--with 56 percent growth in international markets. The publicly traded firm reports its results on Wednesday afternoon.

ReachLocal Names Two Executives

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Monday that it has named two new executives, hiring Paras Maniar as the company''s new Chief Strategy Officer, and Megan Opp as the company''s new Chief People Officer. Maniar was most recently a venture capitalist at WPSChallenger, managing that fund''s venture investments in North America; he also had been at EQAL (before the startup''s acquisition by Everyday Health), and served at McKinsey and Company.

Music Reports Inks Major Deal With Pandora

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Woodland Hills-based Music Reports , which provides music rights administration services to the music industry, has inked a big deal with streaming music service Pandora. According to Pandora, it has tapped Music Reports to manage the mechanical licensing and royalty administration for its upcoming interactive streaming service. Financial details of the deal were not announced by the company.

ReachLocal Targets Healthcare, Wellness Providers

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of online marketing services aimed at small and medium sized businesses, said late last night that it has launched a new, dedicated team aimed at healthcare and wellness providers. ReachLocal said its new team is aimed at helping those providers attract new patients, offering up tailored online marketing strategies for that segment.

ReachLocal Opens Office In Austria

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal is further expanding its European operations today, saying that it has opened up its first office in Austria. ReachLocal said the office brings its reach in Europe to seven European countries. Austria is the fourteenth country where ReachLocal has established a local presence.

ReachLocal Looks To Buy Back $20M In Shares

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the firm which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, said today that it has approved a $20M, share repurchase program. The publicly traded firm said that the effort reflects the "continued confidence" of its board and management in the strength of its business.

ReachLocal Opens Three New Offices

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of local online marketing services to small and medium sized businesses run by Zorik Gordon, said this morning that it continues to expand its presence with the opening of three new offices. ReachLocal said it has opened up direct local sales offices in Dusseldorf, Germany; Newcastle, Australia; and Columbus, Ohio. ReachLocal has an extensive local presence, which has been the keystone of the firm's business expansion.

ReachLocal Launches Deal Platform

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the online marketing and advertising firm headed by Zorik Gordon, said Thursday afternoon that it has launched ReachDeals, a daily deals syndication platform. ReachDeals is a relaunch of the deal commerce software platform it acquired when it acquired DealOn, a daily deals publisher, in February. ReachDeals sources deals from ReachLocal's sales team, and syndicates them to multiple online publishers.

ReachLocal Buys Daily Deals Firm DealOn.com

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Tuesday afternoon that it is acquiring New York-based DealOn.com , a provider of daily deals. ReachLocal said it would pay approximately $10M for DealOn Media LLC, which offers up local deals businesses in 18 markets across the U.S., a white labeled and co-branded deals platform, and an online exchange for trading deals with other deal sites. DealOn was founded in 2009.

Music Reports Signs Mobile Music Service

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Woodland Hills-based Music Reports , the developer of software used for managing music rights and royalties reporting, said this morning that it has signed a licensing and reporting agreement with Cricket Communications , the operator of the Muve Music digital music service.

ReachLocal Launches Trio Of Products, Targets Home Services

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said today that it has launched three, brand new services today, including a new website focused on the booking of home services. The new products are part of a push by the company to expand the services it offers to small and medium sized businesses, beyond its roots in helping those firms advertise their businesses online. According to ReachLocal, it has launched three new products, ReachSite , ReachConvert , and ReachCommerce.

Report: United Online Chops Staff At MemoryLane

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Woodland Hills-based United Online , has reportedly cut its staff at unit MemoryLane in Seattle, eleven months after transforming what was an online networking site into one focused on nostalgia. The report said an unspecified number of staff were cut across multiple functions at the company.

Music Reports In Expansion

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The firm said it expanded its Information Technology department by more than 20 percent, and has taken on an additional 10,000 square foot of office space in Woodland Hills to handle that expansion. Los Angeles-based Music Reports , the private equity-backed firm which provides music rights administrative services, said Friday that it has made a major expansion of its employees and offices.

ReachLocal Expands in Amsterdam

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of services to help small and medium sized businesses advertise online, said Thursday that it has opened up a new office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The firm said the new office will serve as its European headquarters. ReachLocal said it now has over 800 consultants in North America, Australia and Europe serving over 18,000 advertisers. The company efforts in Europe are headed by John Mazur.

ReachLocal Expands To 54 Offices

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , the provider of online advertising and marketing services to small and medium-sized businesses, said today that it has opened up several new local sales offices, bringing its total to 54 offices. The firm said the new offices are in Adelaide, Australia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; and Parsippany, N.J. ReachLocal, which is headed by Zorik Gordon, said the new offices is part of an expansion into new markets for the company.

ReachLocal Sees International Growth

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Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, released its results Tuesday afternoon, reporting a net loss of $4.6M on revenues of $98.6M. The firm saw an overall, 28 percent growth in its revenues from year to year, with particular growth in international markets. ReachLocal saw its international revenues grow 76%, from $13.4M in Q3 of 2010, to $23.56M in Q3 of this year. Domestically, direct local revenues were up 34%.

Yowza Gets Angel Funding For Mobile Coupons

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Woodland Hills-based Yowza , the developer of a mobile coupon application for both the iPhone and Android, disclosed today that it has closed on a Series A funding round.

Los Angeles Fast 500 Winners Announced

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Other highly ranked firms on the list were Santa Monica-based TrueCar , headed by Scott Painter and ranked at number 63, with 1,966% growth; Los Angeles-based CyberDefender , ranked at 98 with with 1,068% growth; and Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , ranked 101, with 1,038% revenue growth.

Bizzy Updates iPhone, Android Apps

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Bizzy , the personalized, local recommendations site owned by Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , said today that it has made some major updates to its iPhone and Android apps. According to the firm, it has added the ability to follow friends from Facebook and Twitter; view streams from friends; check out nearby activity; and more. Bizzy launched its site in June of last year, focusing in on the social aspects in November, and rolled out the iPhone app in December. READ MORE>>.

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

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Shuki Lehavi , TalusLabs(Woodland Hills, mobile apps). We''re proud to announce the Socaltech 50 , our list of the 50, up-and-coming people in Southern California''s technology ecosystem.

United Online Turns Down MemoryLane.com

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Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday afternoon that has launched a new business, MemoryLane.com , focused on nostalgic content, folding its Classmates Online business into the new website. United Online said that Classmates Online will become Memory Lane, Inc., and will focus on providing vintage magazines, historic newsreels, classic sports highlights, movie trailers, song samples and cover art, digitized high school yearbooks, and other nostalgic content via the site.

Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500

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1449% Beverly Hills Michael V. 449% Woodland Hills Zorik Gordon. Earlier this week, Deloitte released its latest list of the top 500 growing technology companies, in its 2012 Technology Fast 500. list.

CrowdGather Names Taher Scherzay As VP

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Woodland Hills-based CrowdGatehr , which operates a network of special interest message boards and forums, announced Thursday that it has named Taher Scherzay as Vice President of Technology. CrowdGather said Scherzay joins from Elexity Systems, where he was co-founder and CTO. Elexity was behind the DentalSenders.com patient communications systems which was acquired by Futuredontics. The firm also said that Scherzay has served at Alcatel-Lucent, Clarent, and Spirent Communications.

Bizzy Connects With Foursquare

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Bizzy , the social recommendations site owned by Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal , reported today that it has connected its mobile apps directly with the popular Foursquare check in service. Bizzy said it has updated both its iPhone and Android apps, so that foursquare accounts are now directly linked to Bizzy accounts.