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  • Friday, February 12, 2016

    Insights: Five Customer-Focused Trends for Companies in 2016

    Our Insights and Opinions section features contributed article from our readers, about topics of interest to others. Today's contribution comes from Jaspar Weir, co-founder of Santa Monica-based TaskUs:

    Customers know what they want. They know when they want it – now – and they know how they want it – as close to free as possible. Most importantly, however, they want the overall experience to be as simple and intuitive as current technology will allow. Or, they’ll buy from someone else....Continue →

  • Friday, February 12, 2016

    Virgin Atlantic Launches Entrepreneurship Series In LA

    Virgin Atlantic is kicking off a series of events for entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, on February 18th, featuring founder Sir Richard Branson. The event--which features Mayor Eric Garcetti, Miguel McKelvey of WeWork, Cassey Ho of Blogilates, and Sean Rad of Tinder--is focused on encouraging the next generation of leaders through the event. Virgin Atlantic said it will be highlighting such startups as Heal, HopSkipDrive, and FocusMotion pat the event....Continue →

  • Friday, February 12, 2016

    Zadara Adds Systems Integrator

    Irvine-based Zadara Storage, a provider of storage-as-a-service for the enterprise market, said this week that its services are now available from Lightstream, a systems integrator focused on the enterprise market. Lightstream is basd in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lightstream will offer up Zadara's storage-as-a-service directly to customers. Zadara's product offers up both file and block-based storage to customers.Continue →

  • Friday, February 12, 2016

    RippleNami Names New CEO, CFO

    San Diego-based RippleNami, a developer of map-based data visualization software, said this week that it has named Jaye Connolly-LaBelle President and Chief Executive Officer and Kendra Berger Chief Financial Officer. Connolly-LaBelle has been President and COO of the company since March of 2015, and previously served at PathCentral, A-Life Medical, and InsightHealth Corp. Berger was most recently at NTN Buzztime, and also served at Nventa Biopharmaceuticals Corp. and other companies....Continue →

  • Friday, February 12, 2016

    ScoreBig Ties With JetBlue

    Los Angeles-based live event marketplace ScoreBig has linked up to JetBlue, and its airline loyalty program, TrueBlue, the company said Thursday. ScoreBig said the deal allows its members to receive TrueBlue points when they purchase sports, music, family, and theater tickets from the site, at a rate of 20 points for every dollar. ScoreBig already offers up similar, loyalty and points with United Airlines, Southwest, Virgin America and others....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Hulu Gains Streaming Rights To 12 Monkeys, Battlestar Galactica

    Santa Monica-based streaming television provider Hulu said Thursday that it has locked down the exclusive streaming rights to Syfy's 12 MONKEY, in a deal with NBCUniversal, in addition to gaining rights to Battlestar Galactica and Saved by the Bell, and adds more episodes from Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends and Barney. Financial details of the deal were not announced....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    .XYZ Hits 2 Million Registrations

    Los Angeles-based domain name registrar XYZ says it has just passed 2,000,000 registrations on its domain extension, just over a year after reaching the 1M registrations mark in June of 2015. The company, led by startup veteran Daniel Negari, said that over 700,000 of its registrations so far have been in China. The company said some of the highlights of the new domains include, the robot delivery firm founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, Crowding....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Larry Ellison To Keynote USC Commencement

    Larry Ellison, the founder and Chairman of Oracle, has been named the speaker for the University of Southern California commencement, the school said on Thursday. The commencement will be held on May 13th. Ellison founded Oracle in 1977, and was CEO until 2014, when he shifted to Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Scopely's Eytan Eybaz Launches New Publishing Firm, Render Media

    Eytan Elbaz, the co-founder of gaming developer Scopely, and one of the founders of Applied Semantics, which is now Google AdSense, said he has launched a new company in Los Angeles called Render Media. Elbaz said the new company was launched with Vic Belongoff, and will focus on digital media publishing. The new company will own existing news sites Opposing Views and America News, as well as food publishing site Food Please and a video site called Watch This....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Study: More Americans Using Online Dating Apps, Sites

    A new study, released today by the Pew Research Center, says that more American adults are using online dating sites or mobile apps than ever before. The study, which did not track exactly what mobile apps and sites users have been flocking to, said that 18- to 24-year olds has increase nearly threefold, with usage by 55- to 64-year-old users doubling since 2013. The study said 15% of adults have used online dating sites or apps; with 9% having used dating apps....Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Viant, Owner of Specific Media and MySpace, Acquired By Time Inc.

    Irvine-based Viant, the parent company of Specific Media and Myspace, has been acquired by publisher Time Inc., the companies said this morning. Financial details of the asset deal were not announced. Time said the buy will help it participate in the performance advertising segment. Viant, which is led by Tim Vanderhook, was founded in 1999 as Specific Media, and acquired Myspace back in 2011.Continue →

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Noramay Cadena, Make In LA: Accelerating Hardware Startups

    One of the big advantages of starting up a new company in the region in recent years has been a large number of startup accelerators, who have been driving a lot of the new startups in the area. One of those accelerators—focused exclusively on hardware—is Make In LA ( We caught up with co-founder and General Manager Noramay Cadena to learn more about the accelerator....Continue →

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