Monday, September 19, 2011
Siemer & Associates Publishes Q2 2011 Exit Report - Download Today
Siemer & Associates, the merchant bank serving the digital media, software, and technology industry, has published its Q2 2011 Exit Report.

The report provides an in-depth review of M&A activity and public company
valuation metrics in the digital media and software industries during the second quarter of 2011.

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MomentFeed Gets Investment From Digital Marketing Firm
Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, the provider of analytics software for tracking location-based check-in and other activity from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Gowalla, said Monday that it has scored an investment from Rockfish Brand Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rockfish Interactive. Size of the round was not disclosed. Rockfish Interactive is a digital agency which serves such clients as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Cisco, and Tyson Foods. MomentFeed also said that Rockfish Interactive will b (More info...)

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The Spaceship Company Opens $8M Assembly Facility In Mojave
Mojave-based The Spaceship Company, a joint venture of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, announced that it has opened up a new final assembly, integration, and test hangar in Mojava, to suport final production of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles. The firm said it has invested $8M in a new, energy efficient hangar, which was unveiled at a grand opening today in Mojave. The company said the 68,000 square foot vehicle will be used for testi (More info...)

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Zipments Looks To LA For Crowdsourced Courier Marketplace
Zipments, a startup developing a marketplace for the courier and delivery service, said today that it is launching into the Los Angeles market, hoping to help connect individuals with businesses looking for local courier service. The startup--based in Michigan--is hoping to apply a model it has been piloting in Grand Rapids, Michigan; New York City; and Chicago, to the Los Angeles area. The firm allows anyone who has a car, a text-enabled phone, and PayPal account to bid on courier services for (More info...)

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HipGeo Launches iPhone App
Los Angeles-based Hipgeo, the develope rof a location-aware, smartphone applications service focused on recording and sharing your day with others, said this morning that it has launched its iPhone app. The firm said that the HipGeo app for iPhone allows users to record what they did during the day, and then share their trips and stories with others. The firm's app shares routes, places, photos, and other content with others, which can be shared with user's social networks, embedded in a blog, a (More info...)

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eHarmony Hits The iPad
Santa Monica-based eHarmony, the online matchmaking service, announced this morning that it has launched a new iPad app, eHarmony HD. eHamony said the app allows singles to access its service through the iPad, allowing users to interact with its relationship questionnaire and personality profiles, find matching listings, upload photos, and much more. The new app also allows users to pay for its subscription service via itunes. The new app is free.

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KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Raises $37.4M
Los Angeles-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, a developer of aesthetic medicine products, said today that it has raised $37.4M in a series D funding round. The round included new investors Foley Ventures and Latham and Watkins, and also included prior investors Versant Ventures, ARCH Venture Partners, Prospect Venture Partners, JAFCO, Partner Funds management (PFM), INVUS Financial Advisors, BBT Capital Management/Apothecary Capital, and Altitude Life Science Ventures. Kythera said the new inves (More info...)

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LegalZoom Launches New Attorney Service
Glendale-based, the online provider of legal documents, has launched a new service this morning, saying it will start providing one-on-one consultations with licensed attorneys through its site. LegalZoom said the new service comes "without shocking bills or expensive hourly fees." LegalZoome explained that, in most states, users will be able to access an experienced attorney for free, and after an initial trial, will pay a low monthly fee for advice from an attorney on "virtually (More info...)

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ClariPhy Links With Oclaro
Irvine-based ClariPhy, the developer of mixed signal digital signal processing chips for the optical networking industry, said today that it has tied together with Oclaro on a 40 Gbps reference design. The two said the design will accelerate the adoptions of coherent optical components in the optical networking market. Oclaro is a developer of optical communications modules. ClariPhy is venture backed by ve network performance and lower cost. ClariPhy's investors include Nokia Siemens Networks, (More info...)

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