Thursday, February 13, 2014
Spruce Looks To Help Men Be More Fashionable With App
Are you a man who wishes he could keep up with the latest fashion trends? A new startup--out of the USC Viterbi Startup Garage--has a new mobile app for you. Spruce has launched a brand new app for the iPhone, which is aimed at helping men discover what the startup calls "amazing" products. The startup said it is a store for men that adapts to a man's style, price, and brand preferences. The startup uses thumbs-up and thumbs-down votes to help learn a user's preferences, and then tailors the pro (More info...)

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Global Village Concerns Gets Debt Funding For E-commerce Platform
San Diego-based Global Village Concerns, which provides an online service which helps school with their branding and marketing--via online e-commerce shops with branded merchandise and gear--has raised ar round of debt funding. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding came from Agility Capital, a provider of venture debt to startups and other high tech companies. Details on the terms of the debt were not announced. Agility Capital said the funding was in the form of a growth capital te (More info...)

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Uber Gets Into... Skywriting?
On-demand transportation provider Uber has launched an interesting, Valentine's Day promotion in Los Angeles, saying that it will let its users purchase on-demand skywriting in the city tomorrow. According to Uber, its UberSky service will let "hopeless romantics" send their own skywriting message directly from the company's mobile app, for just $500. The company said that the skywriting--which normally would cost you about $10,000--will let you send a 12 character, romantic message, with a noti (More info...)

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Lithera Ups Series C To $35.6M
San Diego-based pharmaceuticals firm Lithera, which is developing aesthetic medicine products aimed at reducing fat, said this week that it has completed a final close of its Series C funding at $35.6M. The final tranche of the round added $8.0M in funding. According to Lithera, the new tranche of funding came from Alta Partners, DOmain Assocaites, AKS Capital, as well as others. Literha is led by George Mahaffey.

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Santa Monica-based relationship and matchmaking service said today that it has updated its iPhone app, adding several new features to the app, including Foursquare integration. According to eHarmony, it has enhanced its app to include a new feature it calls Datebook, which lets users plan dates with anyone--including those not part of eHarmony's service--and also pulls up information about potential dating locations using Foursquare.

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textPlus Offers Up Valentine's Day Calling For Free
Marina Del Rey-based mobile communications app and service provider textPlus will be offering up free calling through its app for Valentine's Day, according to the company. textPlus said it will let users call friends and family on Friday, throughout the US and Canada, via either its iOS or Android apps. textPlus develops mobile apps which let users text or call people, and is well known for its free texting services. textPlus is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Matrix Partn (More info...)

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Mogl Debuts New Credit Card Rewards Program
San Diego-based Mogl, which operates a restaurant reward program, said this morning that it has launched a new product which allows restaurants to adjust--in real time--the amount of rewards it gives to customers depending on the time of day. Mogl said the new program comes via a partnership with Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX, and lets restaurants offer different cash back options on each meal purchase. The company said the new feature will let restaurants encourage visits during slow times, and of (More info...)

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Domain Associates Re-Ups On Miramar Labs
San Diego-based biotech investor Domain Associates has re-upped its investment in medical device manufacturer Miramar Labs. Miramar Labs said Wednesday that it has raised $10M in a Series D funding, from Aisling Capital, Cross Creek Capital, Domain Associates, Morgenthaler Ventures, and RusnanoMedInvest. Miramar Labs develops medical devices used to reduce the production of unwanted underarm sweat. Domain was previously an investor in Miramar Labs.

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