Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Technori Pitch To Feature Launching Startups PLUS Keynote Brian Wong
On Tuesday, February 12, Technori Pitch will kick off it's first startup showcase event at ROC Santa Monica.

Technori Pitch is a regional monthly showcase of innovative startups, pitching their latest technologies. Each month, impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and generaltech enthusiasts gather to watch startups launch and present their newest products.

February's event will feature launching demos from LA startups Bitium, Stone+Cloth, StaffRanker,, and Battlefy.

Keynoting the event is Brian Wong, Cofounder of Kiip. Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades. He has been recognized by Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012; Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.

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StartEngine Debuts Eight New Startups At Demo Day
StartEngine, the startup accelerator headed by Howard Marks, is launching its newest class of startups today in a private event in Santa Monica. StartEngine said that the companies--who have all gone through the 90 day mentorship process at StartEngine--include the BedAbroad (international student housing marketplace); CARBON 38 (online luxury fitness destination for women; Smilu (cross-platform, multiplayer video games); WhereMyDogsAt (mobile social networking for dog owners); Ember (demand sid (More info...)

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YouMail Launches New Business Service As It Hits 4M Users
YouMail, the enhanced voicemail service provider headed by Alex Quilici, has launched a brand new, business oriented premium service, as it reports it also has just passed four million registered users. The firm said its new, business focused service, YouMail - Business Edition will offer up such services as smart business greetings, an enhanced mailbox for voicemails, voicmail-to-email forwarding, along with other business-focused features, all free of advertising.

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Tinder Takes On Dating Via iPhone
Is your iPhone the answer to your romantic life? Tinder, a brand new iPhone dating app created by Sean Rad and Justin Mateen of Hatch Labs, has just launched, in a quest to help users better connect with others via their iPhone. The new app, the first to spin out of Hatch Labs, helps users find who likes you nearby, and connects you with them if you're interested, via an anonymous process.

Rad and Mateen are both high tech veterans, with Rad having previously founded Twitter advertising start (More info...)

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StockTwits Hit By Twitter Rule Changes
San Diego-based StockTwits, the stock and finance focused micro-messaging service headed by Howard Lindzon, looks like it has a new challenge on its hands: how to deal with a rule change by Twitter which makes it so that users can no longer directly post to Twitter with a ticker symbol, and have that reflected in their StockTwits account. According to StockTwits, effective March 1st, users will no longer be able to just include a $TICKER symbol in their Twitter account and have that show up on S (More info...)

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iSideWith Uses Your Political Beliefs To Filter News
If you're a political news junkie, what's the best way to get to the news that will most interest you? Los Angeles-based iSideWith, the online site which lets users input their various political beliefs to figure out what parties and candidates they most agree with, has just debuted a new service to help users filter through all of the political news out there--driven by the user's own political beliefs. The firm said it has launched a new, personalized news feed service, which takes into accoun (More info...)

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iRise Updates Platform
El Segundo-based iRise, which develops enterprise software visualization tools used for prototyping and specifying corporate applications, said today that it has released a new version of its platform. The firm said the update includes features to easily import existing web pages into its simulations; project estimation tools; and revision management, along with other features. iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and Deutsche Bank.

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SpaceX Wins Satellite Launch Contract With Spacecom
Hawthorne-based commercial spaceflight firm Space Exploration Technologies said Tuesday afternoon, along with Israeli satellite operator Space Communication Ltd. (Spacecom), that SpaceX has agreed to launch a Spacecom satellite into space. The two said that SpaceX will launch Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite into space on the Falcon 9, placing that company's satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. The launch is scheduled for 2015. Spacecom's satel (More info...)

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Fullscreen Names East Coast Sales VP
Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said Tuesday that it has hired Justin Danko as Vice President of Sales and Brand Strategy, East Coast. Danko was previously VP of Branded Entertainment at Viacom Media Networks, working on MTVN Music Group and MTV Entertainment Group; he also worked at Comedy Central and USA Network. Fullscreen offers up a number of services to both content creators and brands, and is headed by George Strompolos, who the firm said helped co-created the YouTube Partner (More info...)

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Carpinteria-based announced this morning that it has released a number of online training courses, to coincide with the release of Microsoft's Office 2013 and Office 365. The company, which publishes online, video training courses, said the releases bring it to more than 175 courses on Microsoft software. has been ramping up its content development efforts after a large, $103M funding round earlier this month from Accel Partners and Spectrum Equity.

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