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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Driving User Engagement With FEM's Video Recommendations

    Can software algorithms help drive more user engagement and video views for publishers? According to Los Angeles-based FEM (, video recommendations can make a significant difference in how long a user spends on a website or app. Rachel Payne, the CEO and one of the co-founders of FEM, is a veteran of Google, and is taking her experience there and applying it into the video recommendations and engagement area. We caught up with Rachel recently to hear more about the company....Continue →

  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    The First socalTECH 50: Where Are They Now?

    Last year, we compiled our first list of the socalTECH 50: our attempt to pick fifty people here in Southern California's technology industry who represent some of the best of what the region has to offer, and which we though people ought to keep an eye on. We're doing that again this year, with the thought to highlight some of the people (not companies) here who are worth watching, wherever they are and whatever they are doing....Continue →

  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Heard Takes On Social Sharing, Networking

    Santa Monica-based Heard, a startup developing social sharing and networking software for iOS, Android, and the desktop said this week that it has launched a brand new "social exchange" software product aimed at letting people share and exchange content online. The company was co-founded by Dave Vronay (CEO) and Ruben Kleinman (CTO), who previously spent time at Netflix developing that company's movie classification and matching system....Continue →

  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Colorescience Gets $15M

    Carslbad-based Colorescience, a developer of premium makeup, suncare, and skincare products, said this week that it has raised $15M in a funding round. The Series B funding was led by Longwood Fund, and also included the company's existing investors. The company said $7.5M of that round came from its existing investors, whic include Hale BioPharma Ventures, Split Rock Partners, Merritt Capital Corporation, HealthCare Ventures, Montreux, Domain Associates, and others....Continue →

  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Cynvenio Biosystems Scores Insurance Reimbursement Win

    Westlake Village-based Cynvenio Biosystems said this week that it has scored a big win for its genomic testing products, with the company's ClearID Breast Cancer test now reimburseable under most health insurance plans. Cynvenio said its cancer therapy blood test is being accepted by Aetna, UnitedHealth Group, Cigna, Assurant, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and others....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Gem Gets $2M For Bitcoin API

    Venice, California-based Bitcoin startup Gem has raised $2M, to make Bitcoin easier to use for developers, the company said this week. According to Gem, the seed funding came was led by First Round Capital and Tekton Ventures and also included RRE Ventures, MESA+, Amplify.LA, Birchmere Labs, Idealab, ECEG, Partners, Baroda Ventures, Wavemaker Labs, Bitcoin Shop, Inc., Crypto Currency Partners, QED Associates, and Angel investor James Joaquin. Gem is led by Micah Winkelspecht....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Metacloud VC On Cisco Acquisition: "Epic Exit"

    According to one of Pasadena-based Metacloud's venture capital backers, the acquisition of the cloud services provider by Cisco on Wednesday was an "epic exit". The statement came from Jason Lemkin, a venture capitalist at Storm Ventures. No terms of the deal have been announced, however, Metacloud had only raised around $25.0M in funding, from such investors as AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners, Pelion Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and Storm Ventures....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    BeLinked Mashes Up LinkedIn, Tinder For Dating

    What would happen if you mashed up the business centric world of LinkedIn, with the hot-dating action of Tinder? You'd get BeLinked, a new Los Angeles-based service which uses LinkedIn's social graph to help connect you with dates. BeLinked, which is led by Max Fischer, said this week that it has launched a new iOS app which helps match people through LinkedIn, using that site's extensive professional networking emphasis to better match potential dates....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Shuttlerock Raises $2.35M, Sets Up Shop In LA

    Shuttlerock, a New Zealand-based developer of marketing software which helps companies embed social media generated by their fans into their websites, has raised $2.35M in a Series A funding, and opened up its US headquarters in Los Angeles. ShuttleRock also said that it has named former ValueClick CEO James R. Zarley as its chairman of its board. The funding came from such investors as Japanese digital advertising agency Opt, ICE Angels, and angels Gary McCormick and Yoshihiro Kawamura....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Docupace Gets Majority Investment

    Los Angeles-based Docupace Technologies, a provider of electronic processing technology aimed at the financial institutional and wealth management industry, said today that it has raised a round of funding from RCS Capital Corporation. The new investment gives RCS Capital a majority stake in Docupace. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Docupace develops electronic document management software for managing the operations of broker-dealers....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Rio SEO Raises New Funding, Takes Independent Path

    San Diego-based Rio SEO, the local search software development arm of Covario, said Wednesday that it has raised a new round of funding to take the company independent. The new funding comes after the rest of Covario was sold to Dentsu Aegis Network. According to Rio SEO, it has raised additional funding from FTV Capital, Dubilier & Co., Voyager Capital, and Stratim Capital, to allow it to pursue further development and sales of its technology platform....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Covario Acquired By Dentsu Aegis Network

    San Diego-based Covario, the search and content marketing agency, is being acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network, the companies said late Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to the two, Covario has over 140 professionals offering up paid and organic search, social media, and content marketing services to brands and direct marketing clients. As part of the deal, Covario's SEO software arm--Rio SEO--will become an independent company....Continue →

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