Friday, March 28, 2014
Realty Mogul Gets $9M For Real Estate Crowdfunding
Beverly Hills-based Realty Mogul, a startup which operates an online marketplace for pooling together investor funds to buy investment property, has raised $9M in a Series A funding, the company said this week. The funding was led by Canaan Partners. Realty Mogul is led by Jilliene Helman. Realty Mogul helps connect investors with real estate firms, accrediting investors and helping them to browse different investment opportunities.

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2U Raises $120M In IPO
2U, an online education company which has significant operations in Los Angeles, has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, debuting Friday morning as TWOU. The company--which runs online degree programs for the University of Southern California (USC) and many other schools--had been backed by Redpoint Ventures, which funded the company out of its Los Angeles office. Those investments were led by former Redpoint VC Greg Martin. Redpoint Ventures owned 23.2 percent of 2tor as of the IP (More info...)

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Fullscreen Buys Video Game Content Site ScrewAttack
Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the video content network operator, said Friday that it has acquired video game media site ScrewAttack. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Fullscreen, the acquisition will significantly increase its presence in the game industry news and entertainment space. ScrewAttack runs a YouTube channel, website, as well as an annual gaming focused conference, SGC. Fullscreen said it would hire all of ScrewAttack's employees, who are based in D (More info...)

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AirPush's Asher Delug: Bootstrapping Your Way To $100M
Los Angeles-based mobile advertising company Airpush has quietly grown to around $100M in annual revenues, according to a recent ranking from Forbes--a big surprise, as the company was completely bootstrapped by founder Asher Delug, who eschewed the usual use of venture capital and private equity to build a company to those revenue levels. To hear how he bootstrapped the company to that size, we caught up with Asher earlier this week for a quick interview.

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Chef's Roll Looks To Create LinkedIn for Chefs
If you're a chef of a hot new restaurant in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, where do you go online to network? Sites like LinkedIn are far more business focused, and Facebook is more friends and family. A new, San Diego startup--Chef's Roll, thinks it has the answer--a social network specifically aimed at chefs. The site said it has created a place where chefs can promote their talents, their career achievements, and more, whether they are just started up or are a celebrity chef. The startup- (More info...)

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Long Beach, BYD Motors Cancel Electric Bus Deal
Chinese electric car and bus manufacturer BYD Motors said Thursday that it has agreed to mutually terminate a contract with the Long Beach Transportation Company, for ten electric buses for the city. The withdrawal comes as a result of the Federal Transit Administration withdrawing funding due to issues over compliance with goals for purchasing from disadvantaged businesses. The contract had been worth $12.1M; Long Beach is expected to reopen bidding on the contract. BYD--which has said it would (More info...)

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On-Ramp Wireless Taps Verizon Vets For Board, Advisory Seats
San Diego-based On-Ramp Wireless said this week that it has bolstered its board, adding former Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg as a member of its board of directors, and former Verizon EVP and Chief Technology Officer Richard "Dick" Lynch as a member of its advisory board. On Ramp Wireless--which develops wireless products for the machine-to-machine (M2M) market--said the additions would help bring it a "wealth" of wireless industry and management expertise. Both Seidenberg and Lynch wi (More info...)

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IDrive Adds Sync Feature
Los Angeles-based online cloud backup and storage provider IDrive said Thursday that it has added a new, file synchronization feature to its cloud backup and storage service. According to IDrive, the new Sync feature synchronizes files and changes instantly across all of a user's linked devices. As part of the new feature, IDrive also announced a new pricing plan, which includes both storage and synchronized data limits. The company's plans start at $49.50 per year for 300G of backup and 300G of (More info...)

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Everbridge Partners With NC4
Glendale-based Everbridge, which provides emergency communications and notification services, said it has partnered with NC4, a provider of safety and security software aimed at global threat assessment and alerts. The two said they have created a new Interactive Visibility: Threat View threat assessment solution, which ties the company's respective products together. The new product allows users to monitor threats, avoid risk escalation and communicate effectively during disruptive events, acco (More info...)

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