Friday, January 3, 2014
FreedomPop, StackSocial Exchange Love Letters
In an odd dual posting by two of Southern California's up-and-coming startups, Los Angeles-based StackSocial and fellow Los Angeles startup FreedomPop exchanged public love letters on their blogs yesterday. StackSocial's post, Why We Love FreedomPop went up at about the same time as FreedomPop's post 5 Reasons We Love StackSocial, with each going on and on about the benefits of the other company. StackSocial operates an online marketplace for Mac applications and gadgets; FreedomPop offers up fr (More info...)

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Snapchat Locks Down Friend Finding Feature After Security Breach
Venice-based social messaging phenom Snapchat has locked down its Find Friends features, saying that it has improved security on the feature, after reports of the widespread release of around 4.6 million phone numbers and usernames from the service.

Snapchat's Find Friends service had allowed Snapchat users to enter the phone number of their friends to get their username, a feature which had been abused by hackers to ferret out the list of Snapchat users and their phone numbers. On New Year's (More info...)

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How Laudville Is Bringing Your Entertainment Life Together
In the world of many online television, movie, and video sites, scores of music streaming services, and other entertainment content, it's often a difficult task to find what you really want to watch, listen to, or read. How do you aggregate all that together in one package? One new, Los Angeles startup--Laudville ( launched its service to try to tackle that huge task, of bringing your content together. Phoebe B. Scott is the founder of Laudville, and sat down with us (More info...)

posted on Friday, January 3, 2014(Full story) Names Goldberg CEO
Los Angeles-based online live entertainment marketplace has promoted David Goldberg to CEO, and shifted co-founder and CEO Adam Kanner to the role of executive Chairman, the company said Thursday afternoon. Goldberg was previously Chief Strategy Officer for the company, and has been an advisory board member for the company since it was founded in 2009. Goldberg was previously the CEO of, and also was EVP of Global Music Services at Ticketmaster. ScoreBig is venture backed (More info...)

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CheckAlt Adds Three Credit Unions
Los Angeles-based CheckAlt, the provider of remote deposit capture and e-check services, mobile payment, and other related services, has added three credit unions as customers, the company said this week. CheckAlt said that the FAA Federal Credit Union, University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union and Valley Credit Union have tapped a solutions from CheckAlt, iParse, and CU Wireless for mobile deposit. Financial impact of the deal were not disclosed. CheckAlt is led by Shai Stern, a serial entr (More info...)

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Yardi Wins REIT
Santa Barbara-based Yardi, the developer of real estate management software, reported another win Thursday, this time with real estate investment trust BRE Properties. Yardi said that BRE is using its Yardi PopCard software for improving its apartment leasing process. Financial impact of the win was not announced. Yardi's software is used for leasing and customer releationship management. BRE is based in San Francisco, and owns approximately 22,000 apartments in 75 communities.

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Do You REALLY Need to be in the Bay Area?

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech
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