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DoctorsDirect Raises $2.5M
Santa Monica-based, which is developing a service to enable patients to book appointments with doctors online, has raised $2.5M in a venture capital round. The Series A funding came from Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm. DoctorsDirect is headed by Tommy McGloin, former SVP and GM of AOL's MapQuest. McGloin told socalTECH that the company was in the process of looking for another seed round, but ran into Spark Capital, found great chemistry, and decided to do a (More info...)

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Interview with John Tanner, ClearSync
John Tanner is President and Founder of Monrovia-based Tanner Research, a company best known for its electronic design automation tools. John is well respected in the technology community here, and successfully bootstrapped Tanner Research from founding to becoming a fast growing, profitable, and successful firm. Recently, the company rolled out a new, consumer focused product, ClearSync ( in the calendar space, which competes against Google Calendar and other calendaring prod (More info...)

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Ripe Digital Entertainment Raises $32M
Los Angeles-based Ripe Digital Entertainment, a firm that is developing digital television products and video-on-demand services, said today that it has raised $32M in a Series B funding round. The round came from Hearst-Argyle, Time Warner Investments, Columbia Capital, and Rho Ventures. Ripe Digital Entertainment said that the capital will be used to build its broadband and mobile strategy, and accelerate the development of its measurable advertising platform. Ripe Digital provides video-on-de (More info...)

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Voice Print Buys Syntora
Camarillo-based Voice Print, a provider of call logging and monitoring products, said today that it has acquired Canadian firm Syntora. Syntora provides agent performance optimization solutions for contact centers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Voice Print said that Syntora's business analytics software is used by contact centers to optimize employee performance.

posted on Monday, October 9, 2006(Full story) Adds College Teams
Los Angeles-based has added new, college-focused personalized stamps, saying this morning that it is now offering more than 41 collegiate stamps to its PhotoStamps service.'s PhotoStamps service allows anyone to upload photos for use on official US postage stamps. The company said that the new collegiate PHotoStamps include school logos and mascots. said that a portion of the proceeds from each stamp will go to each individual school.

posted on Monday, October 9, 2006(Full story) Opens How To Guides
Santa Monica-based, a provider of business focused search engine and directory services, launched a new How To site today called The firm, which bills the site as a "Web 2.0" community platform, said that the site is designed to help small business owners run their businesses. The new site provides "how-to" advice written by business experts, and also allows for users to create their own business guides and content. The content generated by users can be commented on and ra (More info...)

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WFI Taps WiMax Provider
San Diego-based WFI, a provider of design, deployment, and management services for wireless communications, announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Redline Communications, a provider of WiMax backhaul solutions. WFI will augment its existing WiMax capability by bundling Redline's WiMax products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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iRise Launches New Turnkey Service
El Segundo-based iRise, a provider of software that allows companies to prototype their web and application development, said this morning that it is launching a turnkey, fixed-price service for turning business application requirements into visual simulations. The new iDoc Express service provides up to 20 web pages/screens of business functionality to firms with a turnaround time of 48 hours for the service. iRise provides application simulation tools and services, used by software and applica (More info...)

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