Tuesday, November 4, 2014
NewCo Festivals - Launches November 19th!
Join me in welcoming NewCo Festivals to the neighborhood! On November 19th
NewCo, the FREE “unconference” comes to Los Angeles after a successful
run in eight other cities across the globe. NewCo is part studio-tour, part
conference and turns the standard business conference format on its head
by taking it out of the hotel ballroom and INSIDE the headquarters of
LA’s most innovative companies.

NewCo Los Angeles is an opportunity to get in the doors of companies such
as EpoxyTV, ZEFR, Participant Media, Steelhouse, Science Inc, NOVICA,
GumGum and others. This free business festival provides a unique
experience and an intimate look at what these companies are up to, a peek
at their innovative creations and insight into how they are positioned
for success. If you participate, you'll meet and network with other
like-minded individuals and be exposed to the new and different ways of thinking. Registration is free. Check out the full list of participating companies and register to attend here: http://la.newco.co/schedule-2014/

iSideWith: 13 Million Voters Using Voter Guide
Still undecided on who you are going to vote for in today's elections? Los Angeles-based iSideWith -- founded by Taylor Peck and Nick Boutelier--said today that so far 13 millino voters have used the site to try to narrow down the list of mid term candidates they might vote for in the election. The company--which offers up an interactive election tool to help voters figure out which candidates agree with their personal positions on key issues--is looking to help educate voters based on positions (More info...)

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Audyssey Gets Funding From Intel Capital
Los Angeles-based audio processing technology developer Audyssey and Intel Capital said Tuesday morning that Intel Capital has made an investment in Audyssey. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed. The announcement came in conjunction with the announcement of investments in sixteen companies by Intel Capital, the venture arm of Intel. Audyssey develops audio processing technology used in mobile devices, headphones, home theater, television, theaters, and automotive audio systems. A (More info...)

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StyleHaul Acquired By RTL Group For Up To $205M
Los Angeles-based Youtube network StyleHaul has been acuqired by European entertainment network RTL Group, in a deal that values the company at over $205M if earn out goals are met. RTL said it would acquire a controlling stake in StyleHaul for $107M plus up to $54M of earnout. The company said the initial acquisition values StyleHaul at $151.4M, not including that potential earnout. StyleHaul was venture backed by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Juvo Capital, RezVen Partners, WaveMaker V (More info...)

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Tinder's Rad Out As CEO, Says Report
The CEO of Los Angeles-based mobile dating phenomenon Tinder, Sean Rad, has been forced out as CEO of Tinder by majority owner IAC, according to a lengthy report by Forbes. Apparently, the move by IAC was made last month, but only came to light last night. The report says that Rad will remain CEO until a replacement is found, and extensively details the decisions behind the move.

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Tealium Ties With Optimizely
San Diego-based enterprise tag management software developer Tealium and web and mobile app optimization company Optimizely announced today that they are in an integration deal, where they will link data from the two different products together for joint customers. Tealium develops software used to manage "tags", those snippets of code used for tracking marketing and data on websites. Optimizely develops A/B testing, multivariate testing, and related marketing tools. The two said the integration (More info...)

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LogicMonitor Ties Into Amazon Web Services
Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor, which develops IT infrastructure monitoring software, said today that it has connected its tools to Amazon Web Services. The company said its platform now has the ability to monitor Amazon Web Services instances and services. The company said the new monitoring capabilities include monitoring of SQS, DynamoDB, S3, and monitoring Amazon billing data. LogicMonitor was founded by Steve Francis, who previously ran network and data center operations for the Universit (More info...)

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Insteon Rolls Out At Walmart
Irvine-based home automation systems provider Insteon reported this morning that it is rolling out its products at Walmart. The company said its connected home products will be available at more than 1,500 Walmart stores nationwide just ahead of the holidays. The home automation products include motion sensors, a leak sensor, dimmer switch, door and window sensor, and much more. Insteon said the move marks the arrival of connect home devices into the mainstream market. Insteon is led by Joe Dada (More info...)

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Unitas Global Names CFO
Los Angeles-based Unitas Global announced this morning that it has appointed Rachel Williams as the company's Chief Financial Officer. The company said Williams was most recently serving as an outsourced CFO to several technology startups, and also had been CFO for a Native American Tribe in the gaming area. Williams also had founded software-as-a-service company Wigot. Unitas Global offers up private cloud services to the enterprise market.

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Ecommerce: Latest Trends and Dynamics, November 19th, Beverly Hills
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This world class panel, consisting of the leaders in eCommerce, will discuss the latest trends, valuation parameters, and developments in eCommerce.

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