Thursday, July 3, 2014
Rincon Ventures Backs Keen IO
Southern California technology investor Rincon Venture Partners has backed Keen IO, a company developing mobile analytics software. According to Keen IO, it has raised $11.3M in a Series A funding, which was led by Sequoia Capital. The San Francisco company also said it received investments from Pelion, Amplify Partners, and Rincon Ventures, along with Cloud Power Capital and angel Morris Wheeler. Jim Andelman of Rincon is on the board of Keen IO. Amplify Partners is unrelated to Amplify LA, t (More info...)

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Telesign Raises Funding from Telstra
Los Angeles-based mobile security and authentication provider Telesign has raised some funding from Australian telecom provider Telstra, Telstra said last night, as part of an expansion by TeleSign into the Asia Pacific Region. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. TeleSign recently announced a $40M investment round. TeleSign--which is led by technology veteran Steve Jillings--helps a large number of brand name, Internet service providers secure their e-commerce and Internet serv (More info...)

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At The Pool Launches New App, Yeti
Los Angeles-based At The Pool, the startup led by Alex Capecelatro which helps connect people and travelers, is launching a new app today, which it says is called Yeti. According to At The Pool, the new app helps connect travelers to local discussions, so that they can ask questions about things like the best local coffee shops in town, or discuss sights to see. At The Pool said that the new app comes after it discovered that social discovery "really doesn't work". Yeti takes a clue from hot hoo (More info...)

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The Myth of Creation: Tinder's Startup Story Made Up?
It's been a bad week over at Los Angeles-based Tinder, as one of the mobile dating/hookup app's co-founders, Justin Mateen, was sued by former executive Whitney Wolfe over sexual harassment--and for cutting her out of the list of founders at the company. However, Businessweek reports that the startup story behind Tinder is actually all a myth, conveniently created after Tinder was created inside IAC. The report claims that CEO Sean Rad and Mateen were "off in their own world" in manufacturing th (More info...)

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j2 Global Swaps CFO
Los Angeles-based j2 Global has swapped its CFO, saying this morning that its current CFO, Kathleen Griggs, has departed from the position for personal reasons. j2 Global has appointed R. Scott Turicchi--its current President--as CFO. Turicchi has previously served as CFO of j2 Global. j2 Global said the move does not result from any disagreement with j2 Global on any matter relating to j2 Globalís operations, policies or practices. Griggs had been CFO of j2 Global since 2007, when she took over (More info...)

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Cytori Therapeutics Adds To Board
San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Cytori said Wednesday that it has named Gail K. Naughton as a new, independent director at the company. Naughton was the co-founder of Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she also served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director. She also was the Dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University. Naughton currently serves as CEO and Chairman of Histogen. Cytori Therapeutics is focused on treating cardiovascular diseas (More info...)

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Represents The Bouqs Company
SAM announced that it represented client, The Bouqs Company (, a premier cut-to-order online flower delivery service, in a $6 million Series A financing. Led by Azure Capital Partners and joined by KEC Ventures, funding will be used to accelerate growth initiatives including expanding the team, offering delivery outside the US, and scaling the companyís technology and infrastructure to keep pace with growing demand.

SAM attorneys Ryan Azlein and Gaurav Krishan served as counsel for The Bouqs Company for this transaction.

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