Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Goes To GoFundMe For $175,000
If you want to gain traction in an increasingly crowded, crowdfunding market, how do you best attract users to your domain? In the case of GoFundMe, a San Diego-based crowdfunding startup, you shell out $175,000 for the domain GoFundMe said it has just purchased the domain plus a number of related domain names, from an Australian Internet entrepreneur, Mat Walker. GoFundMe said it made the investment to help introduce crowdfunding to the masses. The company is (More info...)

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Paige Craig Ventures Into Scripted
Los Angeles-based angel investor Paige Craig is one of the investors in, the online marketplace for freelance writers headed by Sunil Rajaraman. San Francisco-based announced a funding round yesterday, saying it has raised a Series A worth $4.5M, from Crosslink Capital, Redpoint Ventures, James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky from Ooga Labs, Branchout CEO Rick Marini, Bebo co-founder Michael Birch, co-founder Chris Michel, along with Paige Craig. Craig has been (More info...)

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Science Raising New $30M Fund For LA Startups
Science, Inc., the startup incubator headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is reportedly raising another $30M in funding to put towards its startups. According to a report this morning, the fund will also invest in non-Science incubated startups. Science has been one of the more active acceleration/incubation efforts in the region, and has been behind such companies as DogVacay, Dollar Shave Club, Eventup, MeUndies, Uncovet, and Wittlebee. The startup studio is managed by Jones along with for (More info...)

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Glossi Debuts New Features For Digital Magazine Publishers
Glossi, which develops tools to help publishers create digital magazines for the web, said today that it has launched a brand new set of features aimed at rich media content publishers. The startup--headed by Matt Edelman--said it has added such features as contest creation; ways to highlight collections of its digital magazines in Facebook, a blog, or web site; new e-commerce ability from within its magazines; an iPad app; and Google Image search support, among other tools. Glossi is aiming at (More info...)

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Emerald Ocean Capital Launches New Venture Capital Fund, With A Twist
There's been a constant drumbeat from both local entrepreneurs and investors on the lack of venture capital sources in Southern California. So, anytime a new, Southern California venture capital investor shows up, technology entrepreneurs usually flock to their doorstep. However, that might not be the case with a new venture capital firm, Ghost Group, which launched today. The new, Newport Beach venture investor said it has created a fund, Emerald Ocean Capital, which will invest in technology-- (More info...)

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Why The New Is Looking To Modernize Dental Care

Dental insurance--if you're lucky enough to have it--is complex, doesn't cover very much, and not all that satisfying to patients or dentists--according to Jake Winebaum, the founder and CEO of LA's Brighter (, which is looking to turn dental insurance on its head. Brighter relaunched its services Monday, so we spoke with Winebaum to learn what the new Brighter is offering to consumers.

What is the new Brighter all about?

Jake Winebaum: Brighter just launched its new, fr (More info...)

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FreedomPop Offers Up Free Voice, Text, Data Service
Los Angeles-based FreedomPop announced this morning that it has launched a free, mobile service which not only includes broadband data, but also includes free voice and texting. According to FreedomPop, its new phone service will provide unlimited texting, 200 free anytime voice minutes, along with 500 MBs of 4G data to users on Android phones. The new service comes as FreedomPop continues to try to disrupt the current model of high priced mobile phone service. The company is using voice-over-IP (More info...)

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olloclip's New Case, Adapter Supports Tripods, Lens
Further blurring the line between your iPhone and a camera, Huntington Beach-based olloclip, the manufacturer of the enhanced lenses for the iPhone, has launched a new case and adapter which makes the iPhone even more like a camera. olloclip has launched a Quick-Flip Case and a corresponding adapter, which not only allows users to easily clip on their olloclip lenses, but also lets users mount their iPhone on any camera tripod. olloclip's users have previously had to remove their phone from thei (More info...)

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Mad Catz Names New CFO
San Diego-based computer and gaming accessories maker Mad Catz Interactive said Tuesday that it has named a new CFO. The company said Karen K. McGinnis has been named to the position, replacing Allyson Evans, who is resigning from the firm. McGinnis was previously VP, Corporate Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer at Cymer; she also served at Insight Enterprises.

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SolarReserve Wins Project Approval In Arizona
Santa Monica-based SolarReserve, the utility scale solar power projects developer, has received project approval on a 100 MW project in Arizona. SolarReserve said its Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, which is based in La Paz County, Arizona, has received approval from the U.S. Department of Interior. The project is located on Bureau of Land (BLM) managed land, and uses concentrated solar power. SolarReserve has yet to sell the power from that project, but is aiming at selling the power generated (More info...)

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Brand Development & Content Protection Practice
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is proud to announce its continued expansion in Los Angeles and Santa Monica with a new Brand Development & Content Protection practice group, headed by Anthony M. Keats.

The new group will be centered in its Santa Monica office.

Mr. Keats will co-chair the firmís newly-created Brand Development & Content Protection practice group and significantly expand the firmís already robust intellectual property and consumer brands practice. Also joining the firm as a partner and co-chair of the practice is Konrad Gatien, a seasoned attorney with an established trademark registration and enforcement practice; as well as associate, Stephen C. McArthur; and paralegal, Traci Escamilla.

Keats corporate clients have included Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Seven for All Mankind, Kate Spade, Fendi, Frette, Versace, Balenciaga, New Line Cinema, Lucasfilm, Sony, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Universal, Viacom, Comedy Central, Dreamworks SKG, Playtone, Amblin, Nike, Major League Baseball Properties, World Cup í94 Organizing Committee, Stanley Black and Decker, Energizer Battery, and Gillette.

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