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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amazon Takes On Local Service Referrals In LA

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amazon.com 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, Amazon.com 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. The new service competes with such other services recently launched here including Handybook, SERVIZ, and Pathjoy, not to mention Angie's List and Craigslist. Local handyman referral services have been a perennial favorite for startups in Los Angeles, with services as Done Right (acquired by Tree.com in 2009), and Insider Pages (acquired by Citysearch in 2007, now part of Citygrid).

 
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Jukin Gets Big Win With Fox

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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. Fox said the one hour series is based on Jukin's FailArmy YouTube channel, and will include a panel of comedians will analyze the videos which have exploded across the internet, with the goal of awarding one with the ultimate "Fail of the Week."

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


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. Join us to honor the socalTECH 50, our list of the "ones to watch" in the local tech community, and network and drink, eat, and celebrate with the local technology and media community!


Last year, we had over 700 people at the Digital Family Reunion/1st annual socalTECH 50 event....

 
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Newegg Dangles Black Friday Deals At LA Location

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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. Newegg said it would reveal the special deals at Friday's event, saying the deals are "so outstanding" that they will not be revealed until customers are on site, although the company said a popular next generation video game console will be available for $299.99 and a 2TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $49.99.

 
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Kofax Wins $775,000 Contract

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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.

 
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OneRoof Energy Backer Pulls Funding

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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. However, the company said one of its other backers--Black Coral Capital--remains committed to the working capital line, and will also provide OneRoof Energy with $15M in capital via a secured, convertible promissory note. OneRoof energy provides traditional and lease financing, PPAs, solar system design and installation project management for the solar power market.

 
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Join us on December 10th to help honor this year's socalTECH 50--and also
join the technology and digital industry's best holiday party of the year,
the Digital Family Reunion!

The SoCal tech scene continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. This
year, LA-based start-ups focused on branded content, apps, and big data,
and together raised more capital than any other city in the world after
Silicon Valley.

The demand for human capital continues to grow with more educational, job
force development and industry events supporting the expansion. There’s
plenty of reasons to celebrate the SoCal region. Please join us at the
Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

codeSpark Launches Game That Teaches Coding To Kids

Monday, November 24, 2014

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.

 
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Sony Pictures Corporate Network Shut Down By Hacker

Monday, November 24, 2014

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.

 
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ZIRX Expands To LA

Monday, November 24, 2014

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. The company recruits its "agents" by providing a free iPhone, food, and free access to a city's transportation system.

 
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Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

Monday, November 24, 2014

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.

 
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Hush Nears $200K In Crowdfunding Campaign

Monday, November 24, 2014

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.

 
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Honk: Disrupting Roadside Assistance's 800 Pound Gorillas

Monday, November 24, 2014

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 (www.honkforhelp.com), a new startup which is looking to bring fast, easy, and affordable roadside assistance via mobile phone--without the need for a membership. We spoke with Corey Brundage, CEO of Honk, to tell us more about the service--and why it's looking to disrupt the "800 pound gorillas" currently dominating the roadside assistance market. HONK is backed by high visibility angels Paige Craig, Aaron Batalion (LivingSocial), Ben Huh (The Cheezburger Network), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Jillian Manus, Mike Walsh, and Structure Capital, along with Double M Capital, Venture51, Expansion, and Karlin Ventures.

Tell us a bit about what HONK is about?

Corey Brundage: Honk is an on-demand, roadside assistance service. We offer towing, jumpstarts, tire changes, fuel delivery, and lockout service--pretty much assistance for anything that could go wrong on the side of the road, and we do that within fifteen to 30 minutes, without the need for any membership.

There are a lot of very well established companies in this area, why go up against them?

Corey Brundage: It's really interesting. It's a huge market in the United States, a $10 billion market which is dominated by 114 dinosaurs. The folks that might come to mind are AAA and RoadAmerica....

 
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Savings.com Launches New Price Comparison App, PriceJump

Monday, November 24, 2014

Los Angeles-based deals and shopping site Savings.com has thrown itself into the comparison shopping market with a new mobile app called PriceJump, the company said this morning. The new app lets users scan bar codes and get pricing comparisons both from nearby stores, Amazon.com, and other online retailers. Savings.com claims users can save up to 70 percent on products by using the new app. The app scans UPC and EAN barcodes, searching on retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Sears, along with what the company says are another 5,000 online retailers.

 
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Tinder Employees Launching Competitor, Bumble

Monday, November 24, 2014

A group of former Tinder employees--including former marketing executive Whitney Wolfe--are apparently getting set to launch a direct competitor to the dating app, called Bumble. According to Bumble's Facebook page, it is just about set to launch in the App Store, and says it is "the easiest way to recover from all of your dating fumbles." Wolfe had previously been listed as a co-founder of Tinder, but then had a falling out with Tinder's other executives over alleged sexual harassment, which resulted in a lawsuit and settlement--and a wholesale shakeup in Tinder's executive suites.

 
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Honor the socalTECH 50 On December 10th!

Join us on December 10th to help honor this year's socalTECH 50--and also
join the technology and digital industry's best holiday party of the year,
the Digital Family Reunion!

The SoCal tech scene continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. This
year, LA-based start-ups focused on branded content, apps, and big data,
and together raised more capital than any other city in the world after
Silicon Valley.

The demand for human capital continues to grow with more educational, job
force development and industry events supporting the expansion. There’s
plenty of reasons to celebrate the SoCal region. Please join us at the
Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10!

Tickets are now available:

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Surf Air Expands To San Diego

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angeles-based all-you-can-fly subscription airline Surf Air made a major expansion this week, saying that it has begun flying out of the San Diego Area--or more specifically, the Tom McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad--earlier this week. The new flights give non stop access from Carlsbad to San Caros (SQL) in the Bay Area, and Santa Barbara (SBA). Surf Air said it will also start flying from Carlsbad to Hawthorne (HHR) on January 12th. The new Carlsbad location is actually convenient to both San Diego and Orange County.

 
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CurbStand Takes Valet Parking To The Trails

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a "that's so LA" moment, Los Angeles-based on-demand, valet parking app provider CurbStand is taking its valet parking service to the popular Runyon Canyon hiking trail in Hollywood, saying it will let users valet park their autos at the popular hiking/running trail this weekend. Curbstand said it will offer the parking for $5 on both Saturday (November 22nd) and Sunday (November 23rd) between 9am and 4pm, and also set up employees on the trail to strategically make sure hikers' cars are in the parking lot waiting for them when they're done with their hike. CurbStand also said it will be providing a free PowerBar and water to users. Runyon Canyon--which tends to be packed with hikers, walkers, dogs, joggers, and other exercise minded LA residents on weekends--is also notorious for not having much parking.

 
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Title365 Acquired By Solutionstar

Friday, November 21, 2014

Newport Beach-based Title365, a developer of technology and services for the title insurance and escrow business, has been acquired by Texas-based Solutionstar. Solutionstar said it will pay $36M in cash for Title365, which it says is expected to have $63M in revenues in 2014. Title365 was advised by JMP Securities in the deal. Solutionstar is a provider of technology and software to the real estate industry.

 
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Cal State L.A. Plans Bioscience Incubator

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cal State LA is planning to launch a bioscience incubator on its campus, after receiving a $3.5M grant from Los Angeles County. According to Cal State LA, the new bioscience incubator--BioSpace L.A.--will allow start-up businesses to work with students and faculty on cutting-edge bioscience research. The school said the new incubator will have up to 20,000 square feet of lab space for bioscience research projects with start-up businesses.

 
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How A Pivot Turned Vantage Media Into A $100M Plus Business

Friday, November 21, 2014

How do you take what has been a healthy business--but which has stalled out in growth--and put it back onto the growth curve? Patrick Quigley, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Vantage Media (www.vantagemedia.com), tells the story of how he pivoted the company from what had been an online advertising agency, into an online advertising technology provider--and in the process, helped move the company past the $100M in revenues mark, which is a big milestone for companies in the growth area. We sat down and spoke with Patrick about the business and its pivot.

Tell us about what your business is nowadays?

Patrick Quigley: People often have the wrong perception of Vantage Media. The company started here in 2002, and we were basically an agency. As you might or might not remember, I joined in 2010 with a vision to turn the company into a true technology company, and pivoted the company to ad technology. At the time, when we were an agency, it was quite a crowded market. We started looking to see if we could use technology disrupt the agency business, for companies serving the performance marketing area, the cost-per-sale area. Starting in 2010, we started focusing on that. However, if you talk to a lot of people about who Vantage Media is, a lot of them think we're still an agency, specifically focused on for-profit education marketing. However, that's who we were in 2002, and stopped being in 2010. Who we are today, is an ad technology company....

 
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Pluto.TV Raises $13M

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, an online video streaming and channel guide, said Thursday that it has raised $13M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from U.S. Venture Partners, United Talent Agency, Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Luminari Capital, along with Ross Levinsohn, Ken Parks (Spotify), and Stephane Kurgan (King Digital). Pluto TV offers up access to a curated set of online video channels. Rick Lewis of USVP joins the company's board as part of the funding.

 
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DTS Powers New App From Deepak Chopra

Friday, November 21, 2014

Calabasas-based audio and sound processing technology developer DTS said this morning that it has helped roll out a new iOS app from Deepak Chopra and ABOVE Technologies. The company said the new app specifically uses its DTS Headphone:X technology. According to DTS and Dr. Chopra, the new app features Chopra narrating poems inspired by 13th century Persian mystic Rumi, to help create an environment for meditation and healing. Chopra said the app is designed to help users calm down, reduce stress, normalize your blood pressure and sleep better, and is specifically enabled by the DTS Headphone:X immersive sound experience.

 
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Kwikset Upgrades Kevo Smart Door Lock

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lake Forest-based lock maker Kwikset has upgraded the company's smartphone-enabled Kevo door lock, saying this week that it has improved the user experience with the device, started offering up the product internationally, and also launched a new private beta on Android. Among the enhancements are the ability to create "Guest Keys" to allow others access to a home for 24 hours at a time, key scheduling which have day and time constraints, new calibration features to adjust the distance from a lock that a person needs to be before opening the door, and a beta program for Android Lollipop users. Kwikset also said it has started offering up Kevo in Australia, and will launch the product in Southeast Asia and New Zealand next year.

 
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Slacker Radio Links Into Toyota, Lexus

Friday, November 21, 2014

San Diego-based Slacker Radio, which operates a streaming radio service, has scored a big win with Toyota and Lexus. Slacker said Thursday that it will offer up a new Slacker Radio app on select Lexus models, and soon on select Toyota model years from 2011 to 2015. The app will be featured on Toyota's Entune in-dash multimedia systems and the Lexus Enform App Suite. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Slacker said the apps will give Toyota and Lexus owners the ability to create personalized, custom radio stations featuring news, comedy, and music.

 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

eHarmony Completes IT Infrastructure Refresh

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa Monica-based eHarmony--which has been in the midst of a major refresh of its externally facing design, apps, and business to cater to the new, mobile user base--said this week that it has also completed a major, IT infrastructure refresh on the back of its services. According to eHarmony, it completed the first phase of a refresh and a new architecture, which it says will help it handle more subscribers, more traffic from mobile users, and more engagement and communications between its matches. The company said it reduced its physical servers by at least 40 percent, implementation of private cloud infrastructure, blade servers, virtualization, and implementation of a Hadoop 2.0 architecture. eHarmony has a lot of competition out there nowadays, including crosstown competitors like Tinder, Three Day Rule, BeLinked, Whim, Flikdate, Let's Date and out of towners like Hinge and TrulySocia.

 
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Milk Takes Grocery Coupons Mobile

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wish you could use your mobile phone to get some savings on your grocery shopping? Milk, a new app developed by Los Angeles-based Honey, is looking to help in that quest, by helping users more easily tap into grocery coupons using their mobile phone. According to Honey, it launched its free Milk grocery coupon app in the App Store Thursday, with the intent to take the hassle out of using grocery coupons. Honey said that Milk supports coupons from Safeway, Kroger, Ralph's, Vons and 15 other major grocery chains, and that it is in the midst of adding support for Walgreen's, dollar General, Publix, and Food Lion within a month. Honey says that it hopes to remove the friction from the current grocery coupon market for grocery stores and consumers.

 
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Flywheel Picks Up $12M, And A New CEO

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mobile on-demand taxi app developer Flywheel, which has been attempting to leverage the existing taxi and transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles to go head-to-head against Uber, said Thursday that it has raised $12.0M in a Series C funding, and installed a new CEO and executive team. The new funding came from TCW, Rockport Capital, and Shasta Ventures. With the new funding, Flywheel also installed a new CEO and executive team--including both a new CTO and CFO--led by former Amazon VP Rakesh Mathur. Los Angeles has been one of the first three markets for Flywheel, which also serves San Francisco and Seattle.

 
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FastPay Finds $15M

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Los Angeles-based FastPay, which offers up financial products specifically aimed at advertising driven businesses, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a funding round. The company, which is led by Jed Simon, said the funding came from Oak HC/FT. FastPay offers up invoice financing and other related finance products, which helps web publishers, online game develops, mobile app develops and others better manage their cash flow. The company's financial products are useful to many media businesses who typically see long delays between ad impressions and actual payments from advertisers. FastPay said it was advised by Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (FT Partners) in the financing.

 
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Burner Rolls Out MMS Support, New App

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Los Angeles-based Burner, which develops an anonymous phone number app, has rolled out new MMS capabilities and a new, iOS application this morning, saying that users can now send and receive picture messages with anyone in the US and Canada. Bruner--which allows users to create real "burner" phone numbers on the fly and link them to their cell phone--said it completely redesigned its app for iOS. The company said its app is popular with users of online marketplaces, allowing users to create temporary phone numbers to protect their privacy. Burner also rolled out a Chrome extension which lets users create Burner numbers on the fly while online. Burner is backed by Founder Collective, Venrock, Miramar Digital Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, 500 Startups, David Cohen, and led by Greg Cohn and Will Carter.

 
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eBay Launches Local Shopping App In San Diego

Thursday, November 20, 2014

eBay has launched a new, local buying and selling app called Close 5 this week in San Diego, aimed at helping users buy and sell products to other local users. eBay said the app offers up user profiles and is a safer option to traditional, anonymous classifieds. The free app runs on iPhone and Android. Close 5 is initially targeting people looking to clear clutter from their home, and is also running a launch promotion that will award a closet or garage makeover for users who submit a photo of the messiest closet or garage. The new app comes thanks to eBay's recent acquisition of Rumgr, which was developing social selling apps very similar to Close 5.

 
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BioNano Genomics Gets $53M

Thursday, November 20, 2014

San Diego-based BioNano Genomics said this morning that it has raised $53M in a Series C funding round, for the company's genome mapping technology. The funding was co-led by Legend Capital and Novartis Venture Fund, and also included Federated Kaufmann Fund and Monashee Investment Management, along with Domain Associates, Battelle Ventures and Gund Investment Corporation. Darren Cai of Legend Capital and Campbell Murray of Novartis join the company's board as partof the funding.

 
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YapStone Plans Big LA Expansion, Hiring

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Silicon Valley-based payment technology provider Yapstone has big hiring plans in Los Angeles, with plans to double the size of the company's office from 35 to 70 people in the next year. According to the company, it is hiring across marketing, sales, engineering, and product. The company--which currently has offices at ROC in Santa Monica--says it is in the mist to moving to a new office in Santa Monica in order to accomodate that growth in Q1 of 2015. Yapstone develops an electronics payment platform powering marketplaces for apartment rentals, vacation rentals, and more, saying that the company powers vacation rental payments for such sites as HomeAway. YapStone was founded in Santa Monica in 1999. The company is venture backed by Accel Partners.

 
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Calnetix Buys Vycon

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cerritos-based Calnetix Technologies said this morning that it has acquired VYCON, the developer off flywheel-based energy storage systems. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Calnetix--which develops and manufactures high-speed permanent magnet motor generators, power electronics and magnetic bearings--said Vycon will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. VYCON's flywheel technology has been used for storing energy in subway systems, for wind power generation, and other areas. VYCON was venture backed by BankInvest, Cooper Capital Partners, RWE Venture Capital Funds GmbH, Sumitomo, and Tridus International.

 
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FreeConferenceCall.com Names VP

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Long Beach-based free conference calling provider FreeConferenceCall.com has named a new VP, saying recently that it has named Robert Wise as the company's new Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Wise had most recently been at Intercall and West IP Communications, having served there for 16 years. FreeConferenceCall.com said Wise will head up bnew business and corporate development strategies.

 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rubicon Selected By Apple For iAd

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project said Wednesday that it has been selected by Apple, to help power Apple's iAd mobile advertising product. Rubicon said the deal gives it access to over 250,000 mobile developers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. It has been a busy week for Rubicon Project, which announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies--iSocket and Shiny Ads, in stock deals worth around a total of $30M. Rubicon Project's Josh Wexler said at the company's NewCo Los Angeles event today that acquisitions like iSocket and Shiny Ads are part of an ongoing strategy of keeping the company innovative and ahead of the industry.

 
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CARD.com Names Technology VP

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santa Monica-based CARD.com, which offers up branded prepaid cards linked to such brands as The Walking Dead, Star Trek, Sesame Street, and others, has named David Wolfe as the company's new Senior Vice President of Technology. CARD.com said that Wolfe has previously served as Chief Product and Technology Officer at Mylife.com, and also has served at Brightwire, BuyWithMe.com, Radio One, Reunion.com, aand Napster, where he was CTO. CARD.com said that Wolfe will focus on new payments features and functionality, and in particular mobile and contactless payments at the company. CARD.com is led by Ben Katz.

 
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