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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Zuma Ventures Takes On Early Stage Startups

    Two, Los Angeles area startup veterans--David Carter and Allen Hurff--launched a new "venture studEio" Tuesday morning aimed at helping to create and incubate early stage startups. According to the two, they have launched Zuma Ventures, a new effort to help identify early-stage technologies with large market opportunities, and use those technologies to create new, independent companies. Carter was a co-founder/partner at Amplify....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Sientra Sets Estimated IPO Range

    Santa Barbara-based Sientra, a developer of aesthetic medicine products, said in an SEC filing last night that it now expects its IPO at between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. Sientra is looking to sell 5 million shares of its stock in an offering on the NASDAQ under the symbol SIEN. Sientra's IPO is being underwritten by Piper Jaffray, Stifel, Leerink Partners, and William Blair. Sientra is backed by Abingworth Bioventures, OrbiMed, Clarus Lifesciences, Private Equity Managers, TIAA, and others....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    uSamp Names Marketing Chief

    Los Angeles-based market research technology provider uSamp announced this morning that it has promoted Andy Jolls to the post of Chief Marketing Officer for the company. Jolls has been SVP of Global Marketing Communications for the firm since 2013, and previously served at, FICO,, Hewlett Packard, and Apple Computer. The company said that Jolls will oversee marketing of its various brands, and also oversee corporate marketing, demand generation and communications....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Enplug: Bringing Social Media To A Display Near You

    For the most part, the ubiquitous digital displays you now see in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and bars are all still one way, noninteractive devices. How about if you could make those displays interactive and social? Culver City-based Enplug ( is looking to change those one way digital displays into social, interactive content. We spoke with CEO and co-founder Nanxi Liu about the company's software....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Buys ShipWorks

    El Segundo-based has acquired St. Louis-based ShipWorks, a developer of subscription-based e-commerce shipping software, the company announced Monday. said it paid approximately $22M in cash for ShipWorks. said that ShipWorks will operate as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of the company. ShipWorks develops shipping software, which is used by online sellers to manage shipping and sales on such marketplaces as eBay, Amazon, Yahoo, and elsewhere....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Amgen To Help In Ebola Drug Production Efforts

    In a bid to help speed up the availability of treatments for Ebola, Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said over the weekend that it is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help San Diego-based ZMapp figure out a way to produce its experimental drug treatment for treating Ebola. ZMapp ran out of its extremely limited supply of its drug in August....Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    Tinder Looks To Turn On Revenue Spigot

    Los Angeles-based swipe-right, swipe-left dating app developer Tinder is looking to start turning on the revenue spigot, with plans to launch a new premium service, the company revealed Monday. According to Tinder CEO Sean Rad, in an interview with Forbes, the company will roll out a premium service in early November to add more match-making to the service. Details on those exact services were not announced....Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    RightSignature Acquired by Citrix

    Santa Barbara-based RightSignature, which develops cloud-based, electronic signature software, has been acquired by Citrix, Citrix announced Monday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Citrix said the buy will help it expand its Citrix ShareFile product. RightSignature's team will join Citrix as part of the buy. RightSignature was founded by Daryl Bernstein.Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    Virgin Galactic Set To Restart Test Flights

    Mojave, California-based space vehicle is set to resume testing its vehicles for space flight, according to a report over the weekend. The company--which has been attempting to start delivering tourists into space since 20009--said that it is setting up a new round of test flights for its SpaceShipTwo vehicle. The company's vehicle is based on the first, commercial vehicle to reach space, the SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X Prize and $10M in 2004....Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    ViaSat Rolls Out High Speed Internet To General Aviation

    Carlsbad-based satellite Internet and equipment maker ViaSat said today that it is launching its high speed, Exede satellite internet services to the general aviation market. ViaSat said its new Exede In The Air service is aimed at business executives, fractional owners, charter, and jet card flyers....Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    TrueCar Hits One Millions Downloads On Mobile App

    Santa Monica-based TrueCar, which provides a service to let users get upfront pricing on automobiles from dealers, said today that it has just surpassed 1 million downloads of its smartphone app. The company--led by Scott Painter--said that it has been seeing a big uptick in mobile usage, with more than 40 percent of its users using mobile devices to access its service....Continue →

  • Monday, October 20, 2014

    ID Analytics Names COO

    San Diego-based ID Analytics, a provider of consumer risk management and analytics software and services, said today that it has named Scott Carter as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Carter was most recently at Mitek, and also served SVP at Experian where he was responsible for analytics and fraud solutions. He has also been at Fair Isaac Corporation, First Union, Associates First Capital Corporation, Advanta and American Express Centurion Bank. ID Analytics is now owned by LifeLock....Continue →

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