Friday, August 18, 2017

Interview with Marcus Filipovich, Ocular Data Systems

Friday, August 18, 2017


Last week, Pasadena-based Ocular Data Systems (www.oculardatasystems.com) announced a funding round from the Pasadena Angels, for its camera-based systems used by law enforcement to capture evidence in drunk or drugged driving cases. We talked with CEO Marcus Filipovich to learn more about the company and its product.

What does Ocular Data Systems do?

Marcus Filipovich: We make a professional camera system for law enforcement, that allows them to produce court-admissible evidence of impaired driving. It allows them to get higher conviction rates and lower court costs, by encouraging suspects to plead out their case, rather than go through a length, expensive court trial.

Why is your device needed?

Marcus Filipovich: We're really riding two big waves in America, and around the world. First of all is the legalization of marijuana throughout the country, and the second is the deadly epidemic in opioid use, both prescription drug abuse and heroin and synthetic opioids. For the first time, in a long time, traffic deaths and crashes are rising, due to drunk and drugged driving. It's really a big problem out there. The other trend, is the use of video in law enforcement. Judges, juries, defense, and prosecuters are now expecting and demanding video be produced in the courtroom. It's a key trend, and now we can provide high quality audio and video recording of the eye signs of impairment....

 
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StartEngine Used To Crowdfund Alt-Right Social Network

Friday, August 18, 2017

Los Angeles-based StartEngine is being used to help fund an alt-right, social network called GAB, started by Andrew Torba, an outspoken Trump supporter who was kicked out of Y-Combinator for harassing other YC founders, according to a report on Thursday. StartEngine's website says that the network--which has adopted a logo eerily reminiscent of "Pepe the Frog", which according to the Anti-Defamation League and others has been adopted as a symbol of hate--has raised more than $1M from over 1,425 investors. Gab recently posted on Twitter that it had raised over $1M, saying "F*** YOU Silicon Valley elitist trash". Editor's note: we edited the actual obscenity from the Tweet.

 
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Loot Crate Rolls Out Call of Duty: WWII Crate

Friday, August 18, 2017

Los Angeles-based Loot Crate, the subscription, gift box service run by Chris Davis, said on Thursday that it has partnered up with Santa Monica-based Activision to offer up a special, limited edition crate focused on the new Call of Duty: WWII title being released in November. According to Loot Crate, the "mystery crate" will feature exclusive Call of Duty: WWII themed items, including apparel, gear, and other items. Activision is releasing its new title on November 3rd. Loot Crate said its new Call of Duty WWII: Limited Edition Crate will cost $49.99, and have a value of more than $90.

 
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Kingston Digital Adds Smaller, Encrypted USB Drives

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bigger is not better--apparently--when it comes to encrypted, USB flash drives. Fountain Valley-based Kingston Digital, the flash memory arm of Kingston, said this week that it has rolled out new, smaller encrypted USB drives--specifically aimed at helping companies limit the amount of data which can be transported outside of a company's network. The company--which already offers up 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of its encrypted flash memory--said it specifically added lower 4GB and 8GB capacities of its DataTraveler 2000 encrypted USB flash drives, to limit the amount of data which can be copied off of enterprise networks. The company said that more difficult for large amounts of sensitive data to be transferred to unauthorized parties in the event the drive gets lost or falls into the wrong hands.

 
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Materia Faces Legal Challenge From German Company

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pasadena-based material science technology developer Materia appears to be facing some legal challenges in court, according to Law360. The report says that a German industrial conglomerate, Evonik Degussa GmbH, says it received a $1.5M patent infringement verdict over a chemical bond component Materia makes in January, and claims that Materia is still offering those infringing products for sale on its website. The report said the complaint was received in the Delaware federal court on Wednesday.

 
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ground Control Aims At Voice Activated Entertainment, Backed By CAA

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Los Angeles- and Vancouver-based Ground Control, a new startup led by LA technology veteran Mike Macadaan, said on Wednesday that it has launched with the backing of the Creative Artists Agency. According to the startup, is is developing "voice-activated entertainment experiences" and interactive audio technology, which will tape into well-known personalities across entertainment, sports, politics, music and beyond. According to the company, it is aimed at creating technology and experiences which help consumers find "new experiences". Macadaan is a longtime LA technology vet, having been Chief Creative Officer at Science Inc., CCO at Fox Interactive, VP of User Expericne and Design at AOL, and also having served at Intuit. While at Science, Ground Control said Macadaan was responsible for design and branding for companies such as Dollar Shave Club. Macadaan's last venture was a company that made leather goods for mobile phones, tablets, and other devices.

 
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Clearlake Capital Sells Syncsort, Vision Solutions For $1.26 Billion

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Irvine-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital has sold two enterprise software companies it owns, Syncsort Incorporated and Vision Solutions, to fellow private equity investor Centerbridge Partners, in a deal worth $1.26 billion. According to the two companies, Centerbridge maintains a minority ownership in the combined company. Clearlake Capital acquired Syncsort in 2015. Syncsort is based in Pearl River, New York.

 
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Mojiit Adds Apple Co-Founder Wozniak As Advisor

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Los Angeles-based emoji startup Mojiit said on Wednesday that it has added Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as an advisor to the company. Mojiiit--which has yet to launch its product--says it is developing 3D "hologram emojis" which can be projected and shared via smartphone. The startup is led by Jeremy Greene. According to Mojiit, the Woz w‎ill help the company assemble its engineering team, as well as bring in new investors and partnerships. Mojiit says it already has received investment from investors, including former NFL player Ed Reed; the company says producer Rob Weiss ("Entourage" and "Ballers") is the company's Creative Director. Mojiit says that Greene previously founded social networking company PingTank.

 
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NextGen Healthcare Completes EagleDream Acquisition

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Irvine-based NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, which is owned by Quality Systems, says it has completed its previously announced acquisition of EagleDream Health, a software analytics developer. Financial details of the buy have not been announced. EagleDream Health, based in Rochester, New York, develops cloud-based analytics software used for healthcare practice administration and optimization.

 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fullscreen, AT&T Tie On Anti-Hate Campaign

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In a well timed effort, Los Angeles-based Fullscreen and AT&T--which is expanding its operations significantly in LA--have launched a new part of its campaign to encourage "positivity and kindness"> in online conversations. According to AT&T and Fullscreen, they have tied with gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas on the Later Haters campaign, which will help to address online hate, and hopefully inspire teens to be more aware of their online actions. The two said they hope to encourage things like sending a "kind text" or leaving encouragement on someone's selfie, which they say can "drive intentional, positive change in online activity and translate to lifelong habits." The two are encouraging a social media campaign around the hashtag #EveryDayVacay.

 
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Impact Health Becomes JOANY

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Los Angeles-based JOANY, a local startup which uses big data, machine learning and predictive modeling to recommend insurance to consumers, said on Wednesday that it has renamed itself from its prior brand, Impact Health. The company--which recently raised $13M in a Series A from Techstars Venture Capital and Foundry Group--said the change in name comes to "better align" it with its mission to simplify the health insurance experience. The startup, co-founded by Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee, says it uses a simple questionnaire to gather information on a user, and uses machine learning to help recommend health plans and doctors to consumers, for free.

 
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MUMO Aims At Shared Music, Listening

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Los Angeles-based MUMO, a new music listening startup headed by former Pandora co-founder Jon Kraft, said today that it is looking to make music a shared activity again through what it calls "Music Moments". The startup--which says it incorporated elements of Instagram and Turntable.fm--just launched a crowdfunding campaign on LA-based StartEngine. The company has already released an iOS version of its software. MUMO says its software lets users take a picture, pair it with a playlist, and invite friends to listen along. Kraft is currently serving as interim CEO; he helped co-found Pandora, before moving to Southern California, where he's been involved with such local companies as Idealab, Thrively, UberMedia, BigStage, and many other companies, as either a co-founder or investor. Mumo says it has already raised funding from local Los Angeles angel investors, but did not detail information on that earlier funding.

 
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Nimble Links Into Microsoft Edge

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Santa Monica-based customer relationship management (CRM) software provider Nimble said today that it has linked its software into Microsoft Edge, Microsoft's web browser, to provide access to information on people and businesses within that browser. Nimble already links into Chrome, Safari and Firefox. Nimble provides a CRM software which is integrated with email, social networking, calendars, and more for contact management, particularly in the sales and marketing area. The company is led by Jon Ferrara.

 
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Neo Nazi Website Kicked Off YouTube

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi website which celebrated the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend with a post degrading the victim, has also been kicked off of YouTube--part of a massive reaction against the hate speech site by the tech industry. YouTube, which is owned by Google, booted videos from the site following a similar push out the door by GoDaddy, Google, Sendgrid, Twitter, Zoho, and others. T

 
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CureMatch Gets Bridge Funding For Personalized Medicine Efforts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

San Diego-based CureMatch, a startup focused on personalimzed medicine and combination therapy in the oncology market, says it has raised a bridge round to its Series A financing. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding came from Serra Ventures and angel Phil Trubey (founder of Websense). CureMatch says it provides a data-driven report that scores combinations of cancer drugs that are tailored for individual patients. Blaise Barrelet is CEO of CureMatch. The funding was led by Steve Beck, Managing Partner at Serra Venture's San Diego office. CureMatch says it is talking to additional investors about its Series A funding.

 
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NuORDER Raises $8M In Series B Funding

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Los Angeles-based NuORDER, a startup developing B2B, mobile e-commerce software, has raised $8M in a Series B funding, according to the company. The funding was led by Argentum, and also included Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Cowboy Ventures, Novel TMT & Box Group. As part of the funding, Argentum's Walter Barandiaran has joined the company's board of directors. NuORDER's CEO and co-founder is Heath Wells. According to the company, it has now raised $21.9M in total.

 
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Disney Launches Social Campaign To Back UN Program

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disney has just launched a big campaign, called #DreamBigPrincess, looking to raise $1M in a fundraising effort for the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up program. According to Disney, the campaign celebrates inspiring stories from around the world, to encourage kids to dream big. Disney said every time anyone posts a photo publicly using #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, it will donate $1 to the Girl Up program, up to a maximum of $1M. Girl Up says it funds UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. Image courtesy Disney, a photo of Miriam Farooq by Annie Griffiths. Farooq advocates for girls' and women's issues across Asia.

 
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VIZIO Connects To Google Play Movies And TV In Canada

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Irvine-based smart television maker VIZIO announced today that it has added Google Play Movies & TV to its smart TVs in Canada. VIZIO already supports other streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube, on its line of Internet Apps Plus smart TVs. VIZIO's addition of Google Play Movies & TV allows users to either rent or buy access to media content.

 
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Qualcomm Rolls Out Depth Sensing Camera Technology

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

San Diego-based Qualcomm said on Tuesday that it has rolled out new, depth sensing camera technology, which it is specifically aiming at use in Android devices. According to Qualcomm, its Qualcomm Spectra Module Program is specifically aimed at use in photo and video for a broad range of mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD). The new technology is aimed at the computer vision area, with support for such features as motion tracking, biometric authentication, and signal processing. Qualcomm said the modules will be part of its next Snapdragon obile Platform.

 
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Menlo Micro Names New VP

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Irvine-based Menlo Micro, the developer of electronic switches, said Tuesday that it has naamed Lew Boore as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development. Boore was most recently Vice President of Sales for Silanna Semiconductor, and also has served at such companies as Cavendish Kinetics and WiSpry. The company said Boore will head up all aspects of global sales and business development for the company.

 
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GoFundMe Shuts Down Campaigns For Charlottesville Suspect

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In yet another instance of the technology industry taking a firm stand against the racism in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, San Diego-based GoFundMe has shut down multiple crowdfunding campaigns for suspect James Fields, who is accused of driving his car into protestors over the weekend, killing one. Apparently, white supremacists and their supporters had launched multiple campaigns seeking to fund the legal costs for Fields. The attack this weekend resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, with 19 others injured when a Dodge Challenger, allegedly driven by Fields, deliberately ran into a crowd of counter-protestors.

 
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UCLA Extension Creates New Innovation Lab Program

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

UCLA Extension, the extension arm of UCLA, said today that it is launching a new, membership program called the Silicon Beach Innovation Lab, where it will look to deliver networking opportunities, hackathons, webinars to entrepreneurs and professionals. According to UCLA Extension, the new membership program--part of its new "Digital Technology Department"--aims to provide access to executives and founders through webinars and special events, as well as real world projects in collaboration with tech companies. UCLA Extension said the membership is only open to certificate students enrolled in Digital Technology courses at UCLA Extension.

 
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Grindr Launching Digital Magazine, INTO

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Los Angeles-based social networking site Grindr, which serves the "gay, bi, curious and queer" market, is launching a new online, digital magazine called INTO today. According to Grindr, the new digital magazine is looking to fill a gap in the media landscape, with content that appeals to young, LGBTQ+ millennials. The magazine said it will provide "fresh, relevant stories and beautiful photography" on the site, which is led by Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford. INTO has a big, invite-only launch party tonight in West Hollywood.

 
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Dreamhost Fights DoJ Request For Anti-Trump Supporters Names

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Los Angeles-based hosting firm Dreamhost is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice, over a request to hand over the names and information of anti-Trump protesters who had visited a website organizing a protest against the inauguration of the current Presidential administration. According to Dreamhost, it has decided to fight a Department of Justice search warrant, requesting information on all of the visitors to the site disruptj20.org. Dreamhost said it has decided to fight this particular warrant because of of "highly untargeted demand that chills free association and the right of free speech afforded by the Constitution." Dreamhost says it estimates the DOJ is seeing 1.3 million visitor IP addresses, emails, photos, and more of anyone who has visited the disruptj20.org website. As part of its effort to fight the search warrant, Dreamhost has also enlisted the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

 
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Sendgrid Suspends Neo Nazi Site, Following Google, GoDaddy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sendgrid, the email back-end services company which has a major operation in Irvine, has joined Google and GoDaddy in suspending services to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, after user complaints. GoDaddy, the original hosting service for The Daily Stormer, suspended the site's registration and account yesterday for violations of its terms of service, after The Daily Stormer posted an article celebrating the death of the victim of the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The Daily Stormer then attempted to move its hosting to Google, which immediately suspended that move yesterday. Sendgrid was also joined by Zoho in dropping The Daily Stormer as a customer. Both GoDaddy and Google also have offices and major operations in Los Angeles.

 
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PatientPop Ties Into Google Scheduling

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Santa Monica-based PatientPop, which develops practice management software for medical providers, said on Monday that it has tied directly into Google, allowing for online appointment scheduling for practices through Google. PatientPop says its software now supports Google's "Make Appointment" link, which shows up in searches for healthcare providers through the search engine--all without the patient ever visiting a healthcare provider's website. PatientPop said it is the first healthcare technology provider to link into the Google feature. PatientPop is venture backed by Toba Capital, athenahealth, and Silicon Valley Bank.

 
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MarketCast Buys Fizziology

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Los Angeles-based market research provider MarketCast said on Monday that it has acquired Fizziology, a software developer focused on social insights and analytics for the media and entertainment industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Fizziology's software uses social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, etc.) and converts it into data and insights used by motion pictures studios, television networks, production companies, and more. Fizziology was based in Indianapolis. MarketCast is owned by private equity investor Kohlberg & Company.

 
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Beachbody Snags CIO From Red Bull

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Santa Monica-based health and fitness company Beachbody says it has named Bryan Muehlberger as the company's new Chief Information Officer. Muehlberger joins the company from Red Bull North America, where he was Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. According to Beachbody, Muehlberger will lead its Enterprise Technology team, reporting to President and COO Robert Gifford. Muehlberger has also served at Maritz Holdings and EVOLVE24, and is on the advisory boards for Zeality (VR technology) and BSX Technologies (wearables).

 
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hulu Selects Amazon's AWS For Live TV Streaming

Monday, August 14, 2017

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its cloud provider, for its new over-the-top (OTT) live TV service it launched in May. According to AWS, Hulu is using AWS to support the more than 50 live channels on Hulu. Amazon's AWS also supports Amazon's own Amazon Video service, as well as others like Netflix, BBC, Discovery Communications, and many, many others.

 
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Silversheet Gets $5M For Medical Credentials

Monday, August 14, 2017

Los Angeles-based Silversheet, a startup which is modernizing the process of medical credentialing, said on Monday that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Summation Health Ventures. Silversheet, which was co-founded by Dr. Miles Beckett, Dr. David Rakoff, Pat Cheung, and Steve Seigel, has now raised a total of $10.2M. Silversheet is making easier for medical professionals to be credentialed by hospitals and medical centers, streamlining the paperwork normally required to use those facilities. Silversheet's other backers include Upfront Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, SV Angel, Slow Ventures, BAM Ventures, Act One Ventures, and Cyan and Scott Banister. Beckett, an MD, is also an Internet startup veteran, having co-founded EQAL (and having co-created "lonelygirl15"), as is Seigel (Hatched, Honor), along with Cheung (former VP of Products for EQAL); Rakoff is an anesthesiologist at St. John's Health Center.

 
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Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, NewCities Dangle $15K To Startups

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and partner NewCities Foundation said on Monday that they will award $15,000, plus other prizes, to a startup developing technology in the zero emissions transportation and shared mobility area. According to the two, they are running a global startup competition as part of an upcoming event in November. The groups said startups that apply to the competition must be less than five years in business with revenues of less than $5 million and have products in pilot, beta or prototype stage. The top winner wins $15,000 in cash, with category winners receiving $2,500 each, on top of other in-kind services. The competition will be held as part of the LA CoMotion Expo and Conference, taking place November 15-19, in downtown Los Angeles.

 
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Neo-Nazi Website Turned Away By Google

Monday, August 14, 2017

Google has revoked the domain registration for the neo-Nazi web publication, The Daily Stormer, after the site attempted to move its domain registration and host‌ing to Google, according to reports. The move comes after the site was ordered to move away from GoDaddy over the weekend, after it posted an article disparaging the woman killed by a neo-Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville. The website, which supports white supremacists, the "alt-right", and the neo-Nazi movement, is currently still listed as being hosted by Google, although the site's name servers are being hosted by Cloudflare. The neo-Nazi website is virulently anti-Semitic, regularly posts articles disparaging minorities and African Americans, and is a huge supporter of President Trump. Both Google and GoDaddy have major operations in Los Angeles.

 
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SpaceX Sends Another Payload On Its Way To ISS

Monday, August 14, 2017

Los Angeles-based SpaceX has again successfully sent a payload on its way towards the International Space Station, sending the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-12) mission into space at 12:31 p.m. EDT on Monday. The mission will deliver more than 6,500 pounds of cargo to the ISS, and is expected to stay in space for a month. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX said the Dragon spacecraft is expected to arrive at the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 16th, in the morning.

 
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FilmTrack Finds $5.5M More

Monday, August 14, 2017

Studio City-based FilmTrack, which develops software used for rights management in the media and entertainment industry, has raised $5.5M in a Series C funding round. The funding came from Insight Venture Partners. FilmTrack says it has now raised over $40M in total funding. FilmTrack, led by CEO Jason Cassin, says it will use the funding to further advance its rights management software. FilmTrack was founded in 1996.

 
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PartySlate Raises $3M For Event Showcase Site

Monday, August 14, 2017

Los Angeles-based PartySlate, a new startup which lets event planners showcase venues, parties, and events they have hosted, has raised $3M in a funding round. The funding came from Jump Investors, Wavemaker Partners, and Halogen Ventures. PartySlate is led by CEO and co-founder Julie Novack, who teamed with John Haro (CTO, Co-founder) and Mark Semon (Executive Creative Director) on the new startup.

 
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