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  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Amazon Takes On Local Service Referrals In LA is in a bid to take a share of the Los Angeles market for local referrals for handymen and service providers, as Los Angeles continues to be a major launch market for on-demand, services marketplaces. According to the WSJ, has already started connecting its users with plumbers, electricians, stereo installers, and others in Los Angeles, after they purchase specific items from the e-commerce site....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Jukin Gets Big Win With Fox

    Can a digital media startup compete in the big leagues, and move a YouTube brand to prime time? It looks like at least one local startup--Jukin Media--has made the leap to prime time, after selling a primetime TV show called the World's Funniest Fails to Fox. Fox announced it had picked up the World's Funniest Fails from Jukin as part of its new season earlier this week. The new series debuts of Friday, January 16th. Financial details of the win by Jukin have not been announced....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Digital Family Reunion 2014: Don't Miss This Year's Biggest Holiday Event!

    Southern California has had a banner year this year, with a huge number of successful exits, fundings, and more. It's the season to celebrate the technology and media industry's success here with the Digital Family Reunion on December 10th at the Skirball Cultural Center....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Newegg Dangles Black Friday Deals At LA Location

    Los Angeles-based online electronics retailer Newegg has kicked off its holiday promotions, saying that it will be offering up a number of "Black Friday" deals--including special set of deals available only in person at its City of Industry-based "Hybrid Center". Newegg said it is inviting Los Angeles area customers to visit its center between 10a and 4pm for coffee, cake, and special deals that are available only in person....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Kofax Wins $775,000 Contract

    Irvine-based document management software provider Kofax reports this morning that it has scored a big, $775,000 contract win, to automate the accounts payable operations for a U.S.-based, multinational conglomerate. Name of the customer was not disclosed. Kofax said the contract covers multiple ERP systems. Kofax said the sale is split between $330,000 in software licenses and $445,000 in professional services and maintenance.Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    OneRoof Energy Backer Pulls Funding

    San Diego-based OneRoof Energy reported Monday that one of the backers of the company, Hanwha Holdings (USA) Inc., said it will not provide additional debt funding to the company. Reason for the pullback was not announced. OneRoof said that Hanwha Holdings will not provide its additional portion of a $16.7M working capital line of credit, which had been announced October 3rd....Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    codeSpark Launches Game That Teaches Coding To Kids

    Looking for a way to help kids better learn how to code software? Pasadena-based codeSpark has rolled out a new game which it says is aimed at helping kids learn about coding. The startup rolled out a new game called The Foos, which it says is aimed at helping kids to learn about coding for the first time. The startup---led by Grant Hosford--said its game revolves around a "whimsical virtual world" involving programming cute characters. The new game runs on iOS, Android, and the Web....Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    Sony Pictures Corporate Network Shut Down By Hacker

    Operations over at Culver City-based Sony Pictures have apparently been completely shut down by a hacker, who apparently hacked into and disabled the company's corporate network. According to reports, a hacker is apparently holding the company's data hostage, giving the company a deadline of 11pm tonight to meet unspecified demands. Sony Pictures employees are apparently unable to access their corporate email or any computers....Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    ZIRX Expands To LA

    On demand valet parking service ZIRX said today that it has expanded into the Los Angeles area, and will begin offering up its on-demand, valet parking downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The startup has previously been offering up its on-demand, valet service in San Francisco and Seattle. ZIRX charges a flat $15 for its service, which uses crowd sourced "Agents" who have been vetted and trained by the company. The company says those agents deliver cars to secure, managed garages....Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

    Santa Barbara-based venture capital investor Rincon Ventures is one of the leads on an investment in rental management software developer Rentlytics, on a new $4M funding round for the company. San Francisco-based Rentlytics disclosed today that the new funding was led by Trinity Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners. The company also counts Cue Ball and Daher Capital as investors.Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    Hush Nears $200K In Crowdfunding Campaign

    San Diego-based Hush has nearly doubled its original, $100,000 goal on its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, with over $196,000 in commitments--and growing--for its smart earplug project. Hush is developing smart earplugs which are controlled by a smartphone app, allowing users to specify which alarms can be heard through the earplugs. The company has doubled its fundraising in less than a week....Continue →

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    Honk: Disrupting Roadside Assistance's 800 Pound Gorillas

    Stuck on the side of a road, and need some help? Traditionally, you either had to be a member of a membership service for roadside help--or you had to pay an arm and a leg for a tow. Enter HONK (, a new startup which is looking to bring fast, easy, and affordable roadside assistance via mobile phone--without the need for a membership....Continue →

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