Thursday, May 9, 2013
Pintofeed Lets You Feed Your Pet, Even If You're Far Away
Is there anything you can't connect nowadays to your smartphone? A new, Pasadena-based startup, Pintofeed, has just raised over $50,00 in crowdfunding for its smartphone-connected pet feeder, which connects to your iPhone, Android, or Windows 8 device. Pintofeed said that its intelligent pet feeder will let users control the feeding of their pets--even if they're across the world, via its smartphone application. Pintofeed has started taking reservations for its device, which has not yet been rel (More info...)

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AeroVironment Wins Ford For Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging
Monrovia, California-based electric vehicle charging developer Aerovironment has added a big new customer for its charging station installation service today: Ford Motor Company. According to AeroVironment, it will be the preferred installation partner and authorized charging station supplier for the Ford Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in electric vehicles. The win comes on top of existing deals AeroVironment has with Nissan and BMW for their own, electric vehicle charging i (More info...)

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RealD Expands Chinese Footprint
Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD has expanded its footprint in China again, saying Thursday that it has inked a deal with Zhejiang Xingguang Cinema Circuit. RealD said the deal will add its technology in 50 auditoriums in China. Financial impact of the deal were not disclosed. RealD says it now has approximately 1,100 screens equipped with its technology in China. The company said, including screens which haven't yet been installed, it will have 2,200 screens in C (More info...)

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Receptos Flat In IPO
San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Receptos is trading flat after its initial public offering, after pricing last night at $14.00 per share. The developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating immune and metabolic diseases priced at the low end of its estimated IPO range, which was $14.00 to $16.00 per share. The firm was trading around its open price as of 1:00PM ET. Receptos debuted this morning as RCPT on the Nasdaq Global Market. The firm's venture capital backers are ARCH Venture Pa (More info...)

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Idealab's GoPollGo Acquired By Yahoo

Pasadena-based Idealab has sold another one of its companies to Yahoo today: GoPollGo, a Twitter polling service which let Twitter users collect feedback from their friends and followers. Financial details of the deal were not announced. GoPollGo had been backed by Ram Srinivasan, Phil Schaechter, CrunchFund, Chris Eppstein and Idealab.

According to GoPollGo, it will be joining Yahoo! Mobile, but would also be shutting down its properties, including its service, widgets, and mobile app. GoP (More info...)

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TestFlight Hits Android
Santa Monica-based testing software developer TestFlight said today that it has opened up its private beta for Android to all users. The company--which has been running the private beta for the last 45 days--lets users upload apps, and helps developers track everything from distribution of those apps, user feedback, and beta testing efforts. TestFlight said it will also be rolling out crash reporting and an Android SDK as early as next week. The company said it already has had more than 5,000 de (More info...)

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Slacker: We're Growing Fast, Profitable On Every User
San Diego-based music streaming service Slacker has a message for the industry: you can run a digital music service, and make money. Slacker, which has been in the midst of a big relaunch since February, announced today that it has added six million new listeners to the service since its relaunch, and is gross margin profitable on every user of the service.

The music streaming service says that--unlike other digital music services--it is making money on every new listener it gets, whether the (More info...)

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OUYA Gets $15M For Open Video Game Console

Santa Monica-based OUYA--which is developing a low cost, video game console--said today that it has raised $15M in a funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and including Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners. OUYA said it is creating a "new kind of game console" which is open to all videogame developers, and where any developer can publish a game. OUYA said that every game developed for its console will be free to try, and that it already has more than 12, (More info...)

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CapLinked Adds Investors To Series A
Los Angeles-based business transactions and dealroom service CapLinked has rounded up some new investors today, saying that it has added additional investors in its Series A funding. The firm said it has brought its Series A up to $2.1M, and added new investors Conversion
Capital, Inflection Ventures, The Artesian Group, Chris Harris (software engineering manager
at Google), and Lee Essener (founder of AccessDNA). The firm earlier had announced investments from
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PromoJam Debuts New Visual Social Promotions Tool

Los Angeles-based social promotions software developer PromoJam has rolled out a brand new tool today, a new visual social marketing product called Promotion Builder and DIY Visual Editor. According to PromoJam, the new tool lets users easily build promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, via a visual design editor and drag-and-drop image tools. PromoJam's tools are aimed at helping users build social promotions without requiring coding or a graphic designer, via templates and easy-to- (More info...)

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Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform
Los Angeles-based Yektra announced this morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. The funding came from Maurice Gallagher, Bray Capital, Shay O'Brien, and Michael Rogers. Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations.

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Splash LA - May 30th - Hollywood Roosevelt
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what it takes to build a startup. Vator Splash is the only event dedicated to helping entrepreneurs learn from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs so you can learn from their mistakes and be energized by their determination and will to succeed. It is an event that inspires.

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