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socalTECH Jobs: Job Highlights for August 7th, 2014

Has it been a really, really, really long week at your current company? Does Friday seem like it's still a week away? Maybe it's time for a change! Check out our online Job Board for something new and exciting! Some recent jobs:

VP of Business Development, RampRate - Los Angeles


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Retention Science Snags $7M
Santa Monica-based Retention Science, the marketing software technology maker led by Jerry Jao, has snagged $7M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The new funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included
Baroda Ventures, Forerunner Ventures and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Angels Brian Lee (Honest Company, LegalZoom), Michael Dubin (Dollar Shave Club), Tamim Mourad ( and Andy Dunn (Bonobos) also participated in the funding. Retention Science said it will accelera (More info...)

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How TaskUs Is Powering LA's Technology Startup Boom
Los Angeles has been in the midst of a technology boom over the last few years, with many of high profile startups growing in the area. However, one of the biggest beneficiaries of that boom--TaskUs ( has been far lower profile--but has grown from only five employees three years ago, to over a thousand employees today who are helping behind the scenes to power those startups. We spoke with Bryce Maddock, founder of TaskUs, about the company and how it has been providing the manpo (More info...)

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ALL DEF DIGITAL Finds $5M For Content
Culver City-based ALL DEF DIGITAL, a startup which says it will be delivering comedy, music, news, poetry and innovative artistry to consumers, has raised $5M in a funding round, the company said late Wednesday. The SEries A funding was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and As part of the funding, Greycroft's Mark Terbeek joins the company's board of directors. ALL DEF DIGITAL is led by Sanjay Sharma, and was co-founded by Russell (More info...)

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Ringadoc Acquired By Practice Fusion
Los Angeles-based Ringadoc, a developer of automated, cloud-based telephone answering services for doctors, has been acquired by Practice Fusion, according to the companies. FInancial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Practice Fusion said the move would give it access to the telemedicine market. Ringadoc was venture backed by FF Angel, Wavemaker Partners (Siemer Ventures), and Telegraph Hill Capital. Ringadoc was led by Jordan Michaels.

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reQall Makes Driving Safer With New Context Aware App
reQall, has rolled out a new app which is aimed at making driving safer. reQall is the developer of predictive, "intelligent" software apps which use your smartphone, Google Glass, or other smart devices and physical context and things like time of day to shape how your apps behave. The startup--led by former Apple visionary and technologist Rao Machiraju--said its new reqallable InCar is a context-aware app, which can detect when a user is in the car via a Bluetooth connection, and which makes (More info...)

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BuildFire Launches Platform For Instant Mobile App Creation
Newport Beach-based BuildFire said yesterday that it has released a new platform, aimed at helping businesses and nonprofits to easily create native smartphone, tablet, and web apps. The company said its app creation platform--which is free--is aimed at businesses and nonprofits who want to go mobile but lack the resources to invest in design and app creation. The new startup was co-founded by Ian Blair and Nathan Keating. BulidFire said its mobile app creation platform supports e-commerce capab (More info...)

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