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Key Information Systems Buys ISWest
Woodland Hills-based Key Information Systems said Friday morning that it has acquired IT colocation and hosting company ISWest. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Key Information Systems is a major, IT systems integrator focused on business continuity, virtualization, security, storage, and other related areas. ISWest is a provider of colocation, cloud services, and connectivity which has a major presence in Los Angeles, Ventura County, and beyond. As part of the acquisition, (More info...)

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TouchCommerce Hires Sales, Marketing VPs
Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce has expanded out its executive team, saying this week that it has appointed George Skaff as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Olivier Maire as Vice President of EMEA. Skaff was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at SGI (Silicon Graphics International), and also had served at Digital Persona and Wyse Technology. Maire was formerly the company's Country Manger in France. TouchCommerce provides an online, live chat software product which is used by e-co (More info...)

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Moonfrye Debuts Photo App
Los Angeles-based Moonfrye, the startup led by Soleil Moon Frye, TV's Punky Brewster, has launched a new photo app, which lets users add themes and decorations to their photos. The free, iPhone app is focused on "inspiring creativity" in families, the company said Thursday. Moonfrye is venture backed by Upstart Ventures, and had raised $2.5M in a round of funding back in April for creating products around kids' activities.

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SnapMD Raises $600K
Los Angeles-based SnapMD, the startup helping to connect patients with doctors via cloud-based telemedicine software, has raised $600,000 in a seed funding round, the firm said Thursday. The funding came from Shea Ventures, the venture capital arm of J.F. Shea Company, as well as the Whittier Trust. SnapMD is led by Dave Skibinski, and lets patients consult with doctors using video, audio, and text. The company's service is aimed at health care providers, allowing them to schedule consultations (More info...)

posted on Friday, August 16, 2013(Full story) Names Board Member
Venice-based announced today that it has added Maer Roshan to its board of directors. The startup, which provides software for streamlining the editorial process for publications, said that Roshan is a veteran, having been a journalist, editor, producer, and entrepreneur involved in titles such as Radar, The Fix, New York, Talk, and Interview magazines. is led by Jeff Koyen, and helps connect publishers with freelancers and handling the editorial process between th (More info...)

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How Luxury Link Is Growing Its Travel Marketplace, With Scott Morrow

Scott Morrow is an Internet and startup veteran, having run such companies as and ThisNext, and headed up product marketing for IAC/Citysearch. He's now transforming Luxury Link (, a local luxury vacation travel company, and ramping up the service in a world where online travel marketplaces (HomeAway, AirBNB, and others) have been growing like crazy.

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Nimble Ties With Twitter Analytics Application
Santa Monica-based customer relationship management software provider Nimble has tied its software with a provider of Twitter analytics, the firm said this week. Nimble said it has integrated SocialBro, a provider of a Twitter management and analysis application, with its tools. Nimble said that the app will help users see who the most influential followers are, who has unfollowed you, and much more.

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Pathway Genomics Names New Executive
San Diego-based Pathway Genomics announced Thursday that it has appointed Karl Odquist as Executive Director of Managed Care. The company, which provides genetic testing services, said Odquist will head up managed care contracting, reimbursement, government affairs, and clinical evidence generation for the company. Odquist joins the company from Prometheus Laboratories.

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Nanolab Technologies Plans Orange County Expansion
A Silicon Valley-based provider of semiconductor failure analysis services has plans to expand in Orange County. Nanolab Technologies recently announced that it has plans to open up a Failure Analysis (FA) Center of Excellence in Orange County, as part of an expansion of the company. Nanolab did not say how big of a center or how many people it intends to hire at the new lab, which will be the third for the firm. Nanolab provides advanced microscopy, chemical analysis, electrical failure analysi (More info...)

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