Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Townhang Raises $700,000, Launches Event Discovery Site
A new, Los Angeles-based startup,, announced Wednesday that it has raised $700,000, and launched a new site to help people find interesting events, happenings, and activities in their city. The startup--founded by Alexey Karpov--said the funding came via equity crowdfunding efforts by the company. said it has so far launched its event discovery service in Los Angeles, Portland, London, and Luxembourg. The company said it is looking to help individuals or social groups i (More info...)

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Instacanvas Becomes Twenty20
Los Angeles-based Instacanvas, the Muckerlab startup which provided a way for users to print their photos to canvas, swizzled its name, and business Wednesday, saying that it has renamed itself as Twenty20. According to the company, the switch came to elevate the photos and media being featured on the site "above social media", and to help get those photos in front of more people. Instacanvas had raised funding from MuckerLab, Bullpen Capital, First Round Capital, and Founders Fund. Twenty20 sai (More info...)

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Desktone Acquired By VMware
Desktone, the developer of virtual desktop software which had been founded by Los Angeles entrepreneur Eric Pulier, has been acquired by VMware. VMware announced the acquisition yesterday, but did not disclose financial details of the acquisition. Desktone's software is used to deliver Windows-based desktops to virtual desktops and other devices. Pulier founded Desktone back in 2006; he also is founder and Chairman of LA's SOA Software. Desktone was headquartered in Lexington, Mass, and was ven (More info...)

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DoubleBeam Powers Rental Payment Service
Los Angeles-based DoubleBeam, a provider of payment technology, including mobile check- and credit card capture technologies, has signed up a new customer in the rental payments area. DoubleBeam said it has signed up YapStone, a provider of electronic payment solutions to the property management and nonprofit area, to power a mobile application called RentPayment. DoubleBeam said its technology will let renters pay their rent using a check or credit or debit card. YapStone's service lets users m (More info...)

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Enabling The Internet Of Things, With Greenwave Reality
What do you get when you combine a team with a deep roster of executive talent from such companies as Cisco, Apple, and Nokia, and apply that to the world of "Internet of Things"--connecting your entire home to the cloud? You get Greenwave Reality (, a new startup based in Irvine, which is looking to apply the company's consumer experience to the world of connected devices. We spoke with Greg Memo, the company's CEO, and Nate Williams, the company's CMO, about the compan (More info...)

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The Search Agency: Smartphones, Tablets Now One-Third Of Google Clicks
How much of the online advertising business is now being driven by smartphones and tablets? According to Los Angeles-based search marketing company The Search Agency, more than one third of the total clicks on Google are now being driven by smartphones and tablets. The company--which has been tracking search trends in a quarterly report it calls the State of Paid Search Report, said that consumers are increasingly migrating towards smartphones and tablet devices. The company's report found that (More info...)

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Nativo Snags Yahoo VP As New Executive
Los Angeles-based native advertising provider Nativo said Tuesday that it has named Jay Freedman, a former VP at Yahoo, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. According to Nativo, Freedman was most recently in charge of Yahoo's Technology and Telecom Vertical, and also had been at Interclick. Nativo, which is led by Justin Choi, develops native advertising technology, technology which incorporates ads from brands and marketers into websites and publications which look and feel like content from those (More info...)

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Local Corporation Names Technology VP
Irvine-based online directory and digital marketing provider Local Corporation said this morning that it has appointed Joe Lindsay as its new Vice President of Technology. Lindsay was most recently VP of Engineering from Brand Affinity Technologies, and also had previously served at such companies as Adforce, Secured Funding Corp, eBuilt, Autobytel, and IBM. Local said that Lindsay will focus on mobile development and the company's Krillion local shopping platform.

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SmartDrive Sets New Sales VP
San Diego-based driver monitoring systems provider SmartDrive Systems announced this morning that it has named Michael Baker as its new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Baker has previously served at Navman Wireless, Qualcomm Omnitracs and HighwayMaster, along with Saunders Cash Control, Trendar and Fleet Control Services American Express. SmartDrive said that Baker has 20 years of experience in the technology, trucking, and construction industries to the company. SmartDrive Systems develops v (More info...)

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