Monday, November 17, 2014
Honor the socalTECH 50 On December 10th!
Join us on December 10th to help honor this year's socalTECH 50--and also
join the technology and digital industry's best holiday party of the year,
the Digital Family Reunion!

The SoCal tech scene continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. This
year, LA-based start-ups focused on branded content, apps, and big data,
and together raised more capital than any other city in the world after
Silicon Valley.

The demand for human capital continues to grow with more educational, job
force development and industry events supporting the expansion. There’s
plenty of reasons to celebrate the SoCal region. Please join us at the
Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10!

Tickets are now available:


Snapchat Launches Payment Service With Square
Venice-based Snapchat said Monday that it has launched a new feature, which lets users pay their friends using the company's mobile app. According to Snapchat, it partnered with payment firm Square, which lets you type a dollar sign and amount to send to a friend's bank account, using a user's debit card. Snapchat said the feature will be available to users in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 or older.

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

Break's Prank It Fwd Kicks Off Series Of Positive Pranks
Los Angeles-based has kicked off a series of "positive pranks" with a new video--apparently, the first of many--revolving around life changing pranks on unsuspecting people. posted the first of the series this morning, showing a very surprised housekeeper and single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, who gets a very unusual day at work. said the series comes out of an earlier Prank It FWD video it posted back in April, where it showed a waitress getting suprised with an unu (More info...)

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

Soci Gets $1.5M For Social Media Marketing
San Diego-based Soci, a developer of a social content discovery engine and social media marketing software product, has raised $1.5M in a Series A funding. The company said the round was led by angel Peter Fischer (Shepherd Ventures) and Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate. Soci, led by Afif Khoury, develops a social content discovery and marketing engine. The company said it will use the funding to expand its product, which is aimed at national digital service providers, media outlets, marketing ag (More info...)

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

Snapchat Now Alerting Users On Third Party Apps
After a massive leak of compromising photos due to a third party app using Snapchat's "unofficial" API, Venice-based Snapchat has been on the defense, trying to dissuade users from using unauthorized, third party apps. Snapchat said last week that it will start notifying Snap users when it detects they may be using third party apps, and ask those users to change the password and stop using those unauthorized apps. The move is the first move to improve the company's security and reliability afte (More info...)

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

WiGo Seeded By Rad, Mateen
Boston-based WiGo (Who Is going Out), a developer of mobile apps to help college students coordinate their social lives, has scored seed funding from Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, the two local entrepreneurs behind hit app Tinder. According to reports, the two were among a number of angels in a $700,000 seed funding for WiGo. The round also apparently included Paul English of Kaya and Ben Fischmann (Rue La La) and Kevin Colleran (Facebook).

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

Lettuce Blocks New Users Accounts After Intuit Buy
Los Angeles-based Lettuce, the startup headed by Raad Mobrem which was acquired by Intuit in May, is shutting of new accounts to the company's inventory and order management software. According to the company, it decided to shut access to new accounts in order to "accelerate our progress with QuickBooks Online". The company said existing customers will continue to have access to the software. Lettuce said its team is working on enhancing the order and inventory experience within QuickBooks Onlin (More info...)

posted on Monday, November 17, 2014(Full story)

New Q3 Money Tree Results!
Get the latest Q3 2014 PwC SoCal MoneyTree Report

NEW Q3 2014 Results!

Are you interested in understanding the latest trends in venture capital
investments in Southern California? Want to know how the region did in
terms of venture capital? PwC has just posted the results of the Q3 2014
Southern California venture deals, in its Shaking The MoneyTree
presentation and update from HJ Paik, Director, Emerging Company Services

Download it today for free!

SoCal IP Law Group LLP - Serving the IP Needs of Technology Innovators
IP Litigation . IP Transactions . Patent & Trademark Prosecution . IP
Strategy .

Westlake Village . Santa Barbara . Irvine. 805-230-1350

Reliam- Leaders of Internet Application Management
Who's ensuring the performance of your application or website? Reliam's Internet Application Management extends beyond the services currently available from most managed hosting providers and covers the entire application stack including customer application code.

Reliam is trusted by the world's most recognized brands, the top interactive
agencies, and the largest internet events in the world.

Our services include:
- State-of-the-art Internet Application Management
- All-inclusive Managed Services
- On-demand Scalable Hybrid Architectures
- 24x7x365 U.S. Phone-based Rapid Support
- Complete Monitoring
- Enterprise Quality Server Hardware
- Premium Tier IV Data Centers

Please visit us at to learn more.

Sponsored By


Recent Interviews

Browse Issues