Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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 company’s 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.

SecureAuth Gets $10M More
Irvine-based SecureAuth, which develops multi-factor authentication and security software, has raised $10M more in a funding, according to the company. The funding came from Toba Capital, and occurred in July. SecureAuth said that the funding will help the company accelerate growth through expansion of sales and marketing. Toba Capital also led an earlier, September 2012 funding round of $4.5M for the company. SecureAuth's software is used for two factor, authentication and security in the enter (More info...)

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Seed&Spark Finds $1M For Film Crowdfunding
Los Angeles-based Seed&Spark, an online crowdfunding platform aimed at independent filmmakers, has raised $1M in a seed funding round. According to the company, it adds Julie Parker Benello (co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechanger Films) and Chad Troutwine (Oscar-winning Undefeated, Freakonomics, Print the Legend) to the company's board with the funding. Seed&Spark operates an online, crowdfunding platform to help independent filmmakers raise money for their films. The site also ha (More info...)

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Fresh Nation Expands Farmers Market Delivery To LA
In the latest, venture-backed startup to expand its services to Los Angeles, Fresh Nation, a startup offering up delivery services from local farmers markets, has opened up shop here. According to the startup--which is venture backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lerer Ventures--it will begin delivering food from local farmers markets six days a week in the Los Angeles area. The company said it has trained shoppers who will buy products from local farmers, for same day delivery to consumers (More info...)

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Qualcomm, Timex Team On New Smartphone Watch
Tired of clunky, half-functional smart watches? San Diego-based Qualcomm and watch company Timex have just rolled out a new, smart-watch which features direct connectivity to wireless networks--without requiring another smartphone. According to Timex, its new TIMEX IRONMAN ONE GPS+ smartwatch was co-developed with Qualcomm and AT&T, and offers up stand alone wireless connection without the need for another phone; supports email; lets users share their location with friends and family; and emerge (More info...)

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Rapt Media Sets Up Shop In LA, After $3.1M Round
Rapt Media, a startup developing technology to help create interactive videos, said today that it is setting up an office in Los Angeles, in order to be closer to where brands, agencies, and production companies thrive. The startup said it raised $3.1M in a venture funding specifically for the move, which also calls for the company to open up an office in New York. The Colorado startup said the funding came from Boulder Ventures Ltd. The company did not say where in Los Angeles it intends to set (More info...)

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j2 Global Buys MXSweep
Los Angeles-based j2 Global said very late Tuesday that its FuseMail business has acquried the assets of MXSweep, an Irish provider of email security services. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. MXSweep provides email security, archiving, and encryption for SMBs, large corporations, and government agencies. j2 Global said that the buy will help expand FuseMail's footprint across Europe.

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Equal Earth Adds Samit To Board
San Diego-based Equal Earth, which says it is a clean energy solutions provider serving the commercial and residential market, said it has tapped technology veteran Jay Samit for its board of directors. Samit was most recently CEO of SocialVibe, and also has served at Universal Studios, EMI, and Sony. Samit is very active in Southern California's startup and technology industry. Equal Earth provides solar power installation services and financing. The company is led by Andrew Duggan, the former (More info...)

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Zingle Ties With Hotel Software Provider
San Diego-based business texting tools provider Zingle, which is led by Ford Blakely, said this morning that it has partnered up with Newmarket, a provider of software used by the hospitality industry. The two said they are integrating Zingle's guest texting service with Newmarket's HotSOS hotel service optimization product. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the move will allow hotels to communicate directly with guests via text. HotSOS is apparently used by hotels to (More info...)

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CALIENT Expands In Europe
Santa Barbara-based optical switching technology provider CALIENT Technologies is expanding its footprint in Europe, saying late last night that it has signed up reseller Signal Solutions Nordic Oy, which is based in Finland. CALiENT said the addition of Signal Solutions will provide it with a reseller serving Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia. CALIENT said Signal Solutions plans to sell its products into enterprise data center and mobile and fixed telecom networks. CALIENT (More info...)

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