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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014

    Southern California's biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels, said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The group said the investments make 2014 its largest ever since 1997 in terms of deals funded and amount raised....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Nativo Taps NBCUniversal Vet As Exec

    Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo has tapped a NBCUniversal veteran as its new Vice President of Product Development, the company said today. Nativo said that Carlos Sapene previously was VP of Digital and New Media at NBCUniversal, and worked on such properties as E! Online, Style Network, and Bravo. Nativo said Sapene will help the company to expand its offerings. Nativo is venture backed by Greycroft Partners, and Signia Venture Partners....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Seriously Launches Best Fiends Onto Amazon

    Santa Monica- and Helskini-based mobile games and entertainment startup Seriously said this morning that it has launched its popular Best Fiends mobile game onto the Amazon Appstore. The game already is available for iOS and Android. Seriously said that it currently has one million, daily active players using the game. Seriously's Amazon title runs on Amazon's Fire tablets and Fire Phone, as well as other Android devices....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Uber Used In Drug Deal In Thousand Oaks

    The Ventura County Sheriff's department reported this morning that it arrested two suspects in Thousand Oaks, who were using Uber to help conduct deals. According to the Sheriff's Department, Cody Jens (24) of Agoura Hills, and Luke Karasiuk (22) of Thousand Oaks were arrested after local police made a vehicle code enforcement stop on an Uber driver on Wednesday morning....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Tagg, Fitbit For Dogs, Acquired By Whistle

    San Diego-based Tagg, the maker of a GPS-based pet tracker (ala Fitbit for Dogs), has been acquired by San Francisco-based Whistle. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Tagg was founded in 2010 as a subsidiary of Qualcomm, and offered up a system to help pet owners track a pet's location using GPS plus monitor your pet's fitness activities, all through smartphone apps....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Why Seriously Thinks Mobile Games Are Key To Hollywood's Future

    In the mobile age, what is the key to connecting and engaging with users, and where does Hollywood's creative content fit into the mix? According to LA mobile game maker Seriously (, mobile games are the best way to engage with the mobile generation....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Takehollywood Links With Mobli

    Los Angeles-based Takehollywood, a new startup offering up online short form videos around different topics about acting, said Wednesday that it has linked with Venice-based Mobli, the developer of a social sharing app. The two said the move will help offer up Takehollywood's content library to Mobli's users. Takehollywood offers up a large library of videos where actors, acting coaches, agents, casting directors, directors, and producers provide their advice on a wide range of areas....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Gem Bolsters Security Partnerships

    Venice, California-based Bitcoin security developer Gem said Wednesday that it has bolstered its security partnerships, via a link with companies Thales e-Security, CryptoSigma, and Bitmo. Gem, which is led by Micah Winkelspecht, said the link adds support for custom Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to offer up military-grade protection of encryption keys. Financial details of the partnerships were not disclosed....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 Looks To Connect With Mobile Commerce Firms

    Santa Ana-based, a startup developing multi-factor, mobile authentication and payment technology, said today that it has launched a new Strategic Alliance program to help enable mobile e-commerce payments. The startup, led by Jack Bicer, said it is aiming at telecoms, financial institutions, social media, smartphone manufacturers, healthcare, and large systems integrators. The company said its product helps enable secure, mobile payments on iOS and Android....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Payoff Adds Arianna Huffington To Board

    Costa Mesa-based Payoff, the consumer financial services firm led by Scott Saunders, said Wednesday that it has added Arianna Huffington to its board of directors. Payoff said that Huffington joins Mohamed El-Erian (Former CEO, Pimco), Joe Saunders (Former CEO, Visa), Sean Park (Founder & Chairman, Anthemis Group), Jim Lane (Former Partner, Goldman Sachs), and Scott Saunders (Founder & CEO, Payoff) on the company's board....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Shasta's Flynn Gets Promotion After String Of Silicon Beach Investments

    Venture capital investment firm Shasta Ventures said Wednesday that it has promoted Sean Flynn--who has been key to that firm's many investments in Southern California--to Managing Director. Flynn sits on the boards of Los Angeles-based startups TigerText and ZEFR, was involved in Shasta Ventures' investment in Dollar Shave Club, and also has backed Whisper, along with Brian Lee's flower startup, H. Bloom....Continue →

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Disney Opens Apps For Second Startup Accelerator Class

    The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it is running another, startup accelerator class, as part of the Disney Accelerator program in Burbank, and is now accepting applications for a class of another, ten startups for the program. The accelerator--which is being run by the Walt Disney Company by Techstars--said the next program begins July 6th, and runs through October 6th. Disney said that participants in this class will be offered up to $120,000 in investment capital, and access to mentors....Continue →

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