• Friday, April 21, 2017

    Gannett Co.'s ReachLocal Arm Acquires SweetIQ Analytics

    Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, the digital marketing service now owned by Gannett Co., has acquired SweetIQ Analytics Corp., a developer of software for location and reputation management. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Gannett Co. said the acquisition will help it accelerate its product roadmap and expand the ReachLocal digital marketing suite of products. SweetIQ's headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, and it also has a sales office in Irvine....More →

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Decoding The Secret To Success In Subscription Businesses: Georg Richter, OceanX

    What's the secret to creating a profitable, successful, physical subscription based business--and to do that at the scale of large, consumer product goods (CPGs) companies? Georg Richter, CEO and founder of OceanX (www.oceanx.com), tells us how he's applying what he learned in many years of experience in direct selling, most recently as President and COO at Guthy Renker, to help large CPGs decode how to succeed in creating their own, physical subscription businesses....More →

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Caltech, UCLA, UCSD Rank Highly On Tech Transfer Ranking

    The California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of San Diego (UCSD) have all ranked very highly on a new ranking of universities for their technology transfer efforts, issued by The Milken Insitute, the Santa Monica-based thinktank....More →

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Gores Group Sells Fotona

    Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group announced very late Thursday evening that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell Fotona Holdings, a manufacturer of high performance lasers for the medical, dental, and aesthetic market, to AGIC Capital. Financial details of the sale were not announced. The Gores Group said it acquired Fotona in 2014, through its Small Capitalization Partners investment fund. Fotona, which is based in Europe, was founded in 1964....More →

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    OpenX Names UX VP

    Los Angeles-based OpenX, the programmatic advertising marketplace operator, said on Thursday that it has named Janice Rohn as its new Vice President of User Experience (UX). Rohn, who wil be based in Pasadena, will lead the company's User Experience (UX) team, according to the company. Rohn was most recently Vice President, User Experience at PubMatic, and also had served at AT&T, Experian, World Savings Bank, Siebel Systems, Sun Microsystems, as well as Stanford University and Apple....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    ESRI's Dangermond Backs GIS Data Startup SafeGraph

    Jack Dangermond, the founder of Redlands-based Esri, is one of the angels which has backed San Francisco-based geospatial intelligence data company SafeGraph....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Xirrus Acquired By Riverbed

    Thousand Oaks-based wireless networking equipment maker Xirrus has been acquired by Riverbed, to help bolster its SD WAN efforts, the two said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Riverbed said it will continue to offer up Xirrus as a stand-alone enterprise WLAN solution. Xirrus makes high density wireless access points, which were specifically aimed at corporate campuses and other environments with a large number of wireless users....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Procore Opens New Office In Australia

    Carpinteria-based Procore, the developer of construction software which is one of Southern California's unicorns, has expanded in Australia, the company announced today. According to Procore, it has opened up an office in Sydney, in response to strong demand from local clients and other businesses across the construction industry. The company says it already has more than 100 Australian clients....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Atara Biotherapeutics Leases New Space In Thousand Oaks

    Thousand Oaks-based Atara Biotherapeutics, which is developing treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and infectious disease, has leased a 90,000 square foot building in the Conejo Spectrum, according to developer SARES-REGIS Group. SARES-REGIS said the lease is the first of nine, industrial buildings it is developing at the Conejo Spectrum Business Park. SARES-REGIS did not say how much the 15-year lease was worth, but said the building is the second largest in its project....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Raken Expands In San Diego

    San Diego-based construction compliance and reporting software developer Raken announced this morning that it is expanding its footprint in San Diego, and has moved into a new space at make (cq) in Carlsbad. Raken said its new headquarters is in the same complex as GoPro and Verve. Raken did not say how much space it is taking in the make (cq) project. Raken recently raised $2M in a funding round from Rincon Venture Partners, Eniac Ventures, and Spider Capital....More →

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Peepla Launches Live Streaming Service

    Los Angeles-based Peepla announced a new, mobile live streaming app, available on iOS or Android, similar to Facebook Live, Instagram Live or Snapchat. According to the company, it is looking to avoid being direct competition with Periscope and Facebook live by including "locaiton-based social functions". The company apparently has been attempting to cast celebrities and actors to fill out its live streaming content, saying it offers a "tipping" system for viewers who like the content....More →

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    AmplifyLA: Dramatic Drop In Seed Funding In LA In Q1

    Venice, California-based startup accelerator Amplify.LA reports that seed funding in Q1 of 2017 dropped precipitously, falling 42.2 percent from Q4 of 2016, and 43.8 percent, Year-over-Year. According to AmplifyLA, the number of seed deals dropped to 27 in the quarter, down from 32 from Q4, and--making a grim quarter even worse--the average seed size declined to only $1.9M raised, from $2.8M in the prior quarter....More →

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