Monday, February 11, 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.

This event will sell out. Purchase tickets now at:

SoCalTech readers get save 15% off tickets using code SOCALTECH1

Interested in sponsoring? Contact: val at technori dot com

Karlin Ventures Sets Up Community Office Hours
Are you an entrepreneur looking for a sympathetic ear from a local venture capitalist on your idea? Karlin Ventures, one of the newest venture capital funds to emerge in the Los Angeles area, said today that it has launched a new "community hour" with Santa Monica's ROC, where the venture capital investment will help provide feedback on startup ideas and chat with companies. Karlin said its will be holding office hours every Thursday, starting February 21st, at ROC Santa Monica, as part of an ef (More info...)

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Sonos Speeds Up Music Access With Enhancements
Sonos, the developer of whole-home, easy to use music systems, said today that it will be launching a new update to its software, to help make it easier for users to access their music faster. The Santa Barbara company said it has added new enhancements, including allowing users to add tracks, albums, playlists, and radio stations from any source to a list of favorites; the addition of a new homepage widget for playing and pausing tracks on Android; improved search on Android; as well as better (More info...)

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Study: Cell Phones Still Not For The Dinner Table

A new study, issued today by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, says that the majority of Americans still don't think pulling a cell phone out at a meal is appropriate. The study found that 62 percent of Americans feel that it's not at all appopriate to have a cellphone on the table during dinner, with 76 percent saying that texting is not all all appropriate, 80 percent panning browsing on the web, and 84 percent saying you shouldn't talk on the phone at a meal.

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Crash, Backed By Idealab, Debuts App For Finding Tourist Attractions
What's the best way to find local tourist locations? How about a mobile app which taps the power of its users to find cool and unique spots in their city? Newly funded and launched startup Crash--backed by Idealab--said today that it has launched its iOS-based attraction discovery app and website. The startup, led by Erick Laubach, said that the application lets anyone be their own tour guide, and explore attractions which "make a city unique." The app lets users check in, post photos of attract (More info...)

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MediaShift Buys Travora
Glendale-based MediaShift, a newly formed online advertising company, said today that it has acquired travel advertising network Travora Media. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said it will be enhancing Travora's offering with its technology for advertisers and publishers, to help them with deeper audience segmentation and richer data insights. Glendale-based MediaShift (currently operating as OTCBB traded JMG Exploration), is in the midst of a reverse merger with shel (More info...)

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Four Local Startups Who Are Helping You Find Romance For Valentine's Day

Looking to find some romance this valentine's day? Everyone knows that Southern California is already home to quite a few online dating sites, like eHarmony, but how about startups? Just ahead of Valentine's Day, here are four local, Southern California startups who are focused on matching you up with your potential romantic partner.

1. Let's Date

Let's Date, the latest startup out of startup studio Science Inc., thinks it's got your number with its iPhone app--which uses your (More info...)

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CBS, Amazon Tie In Streaming Deal For Under The Dome
CBS and announced a deal this morning, which will bring exclusive access to the upcoming CBS "Under the Dome" series to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Amazon's video-on-demand service. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The companies said that Amazon Prime members will get access to the series four days after broadcast, and will also be able to purchase and download episodes for playback offline.

The licensing deal is part of a growing trend of online video streaming se (More info...)

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Snapchat Raises $13.5M
Venice Beach-based Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile application which lets users take "self destructing" mobile photos of themselves that they can send to friends, has raised $13.5M in a Series A funding, according to multiple reports. The funding came from Benchmark Capital, led by Mitch Lasky. The New York Times said the funding valued the company at between $60 and $70M. Snapchat develops a somewhat controversial application popular for "sexting". The firm's CEO is Evan Spiegel.

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Ranker Hits 1M Votes In January
Ranker, which is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels, and the Pasadena Angels, has hit 1 million votes on its site in January, the company said last week. Ranker's website lets users create "top 10 lists" and lets other users vote those lists up and down. The startup, headed by Clark Benson, said that both user interaction via voting as well as traffic has been growing for the company; the company said voting activi (More info...)

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Alchemy Networks Launches New Channels
Alchemy Networks, one of YouTube's Premium Channel partners, which is focused on African American consumers, said last week that it has launched a new set of premium channels. The company said its new YouTube channels are aimed at the hair, beauty, fashion, and urban lifestyle categories, all specifically aimed at African American culture. Alchemy said it has two premium channels funded by YouTube, including Kaleidoscope, targeted at 18-34, multicultural urban consumers, and FWD, which is launch (More info...)

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RealD Loses James Cameron From Board
Los Angeles-based 3D film technology provider RealD announced this morning that filmmaker James Cameron has resigned from the company's board of directors. The company said that Cameron has left the board due to his work on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Cameron said he is leaving the baord due to the increasing demands on his schedule from the two projects. RealD develops 3D movie projection technology.

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Infinitely Virtual Debuts New Service
Santa Monica-based Infinitely Virtual, the provider of virtual servers and other cloud hosting services, said today that it has rolled out a new product. The firm said its Dell RemoteScan service provides desktop scanner services, allowing businesses to scan documents into any application on any server. Infinitely Virtual offers up hosted version of software from Intuit, Microsoft, and others. The company said the new service costs $9.99 a month per scanning station.

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