Friday, June 6, 2014
Los Angeles Venture Association 30th Anniversary - July 15th
Come celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Venture Association!

30 years; 500+ events; 1000s of speakers/panelists; dozens of presentations from industry and technology leaders including: 3 presidential candidates, future mayors of LA and San Francisco, a future CA governor, a NFL Rookie of the year, a future athletic director, regulators, press and community leaders; and, of course, attended by 10,000s of entrepreneurs, financiers, service providers and thought leaders who are the core of our entrepreneurial community.

July 15th, 7:00 AM at the Skirball Center

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Hulu Bolsters Original Content Efforts With New Hire
Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu is bolstering its original content efforts this Friday morning, saying it has named Beatrice Springborn as the company's Head of Originals. Springborn joins the company from Storyline Entertainment, where she was head of television, in charge of the MTV series "Happyland". She also was SVP for Caryn Mandabach Productions (Peaky Blinders), and EVP of TV and film production and development at Gale Anne Hurdís Valhalla Motion Pictures (The Walkin (More info...)

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Tinder Takes On Snapchat, With Moments
Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder launched a new feature Thursday called Moments, which allows users of the app to post photos of themselves--for a limited time--to all of their previous matches. The photos only remain accessible for 24 hours, and then disappear, ala Snapchat. The new feature looks to be a perfect match to Tinder's user base, which is focused on matching up people based on their first impression of another user's photo; the new Moments feature follows on one of the t (More info...)

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EVTripPlanner Offers Up Guide To EV Road Trips
Are you an electric vehicle owner? Are the kids out of school, and are you ready to head out on the road this summer? EVTripPlanner aims to help users figure out where to go, how and where to keep their car charged, and how much energy it will take to get to their destination. The site offers up a directory of thousands of planned out routes by other users, and provides estimated energy usage for given routes, as well as showing chargers along a route. The site is the brainchild of Cliff Hannel- (More info...)

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Stir Connects Smart Desk With Fitbit
Los Angeles-based Stir, the developer of a "smart" connected desk which automatically adjusts to a user's position and activity, said today that it has connected its desks to the Fitbit. According to Stir, its desk can now automatically send data to a user's Fitbit dashboard via the desk's build in Wi-Fi connection. Stir said its desk tracks how long a user has been standing, extra calories burnt, as well as other information. Stir's $3,890 Kinetic Desk includes such features as a built in touch (More info...)

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OC Tech Alliance Awards Nominations Due Today
The OC Tech Alliance, one of Orange County's industry groups which helps to promote the local technology industry, says today is the last day to submit a company or CEO for its annual awards event, the High-Tech Innovation Awards. The alliance is taking names for the Outstanding Product/Technology Innovation, Outstanding Technology Company, and Outstanding CEO in Technology. All companies submitted must be in either Orange County or the Inland Empire.

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