Tuesday, December 9, 2014
socaltech50: Your Mobile Networking Guide To The Winners!
If you're heading to our big shindig tomorrow with the Digital Family Reunion, you'll want to be sure to rub elbows with this year's socalTECH 50, our list of the 50 people in the technology industry we think you ought to know--because we believe they'll be behind some of the biggest things to come in the industry over the next few years.

To that end, another, local high tech startup--Slipp--created a mobile slideshow which shows a photo and some information on our socalTECH 50--so you might (More info...)

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TigerText Enhances Secure Mobile Messaging App
Santa Monica-based TigerText, the enterprise, real-time messaging app developer led by Brad Brooks, has rolled out an update to its mobile messaging apps, which it says are specifically designed for the broader, enterprise market. The company said it completely redesigned its user interface, added advanced reporting, and other features which help improve usability of the product. TigerText also said the app makes it easier to associate users with organizations, better handles work environments w (More info...)

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Impact Radius Expands In New York
Santa Barbara-based Impact Radius, which develops marketing analytics software aimed at optimizing ad spend across digital, mobile, and offline channels, said Tuesday that it has expanded in New York City, opening up a new office on Madison Avenue. The company said the move will help it better serve its long standing customers on the East Coast. Impact Radius is led by startup veteran Per Pettersen, and also recently opened up an office in London. The company says its customers are primarily in (More info...)

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ReachLocal Expands Reporting Tools
Woodland Hills-based online marketing services and software developer ReachLocal, which offers up its services to local businesses, said today that it has added a number of analytics and reporting tools to its platform. According to ReachLocal, it has added new third-party campaign result measurement, and multi-location alert and reporting capabilties to its ReachEdge digital marketing product. The company said the new tools will give customers information on ROI of their various online marketin (More info...)

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DB Networks Finds $17M For Network Security Software
Carlsbad-based DB Networks, a developer of cyber security software aimed at corporate networks, has raised $17M in a funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Grotech Ventures, and also included Khosla Ventures and Citi Ventures. According to DB Networks, Grotech's Joe Zell joins the company's board with the funding. DB Networks, which is led by Brett Helm, said it uses behavioral analysis technology to help its customers gain insights and situational awareness of thei (More info...)

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Fuhu Plans Streaming Service For Nabi Tablet
Los Angeles-based Fuhu, the maker of the popular nabi children's tablets, is planning a big launch into the streaming movie, music, and media market this week, according to reports. According to Time, Nabi is planning to launch a $4.99 per month service called nabi Pass which will let gets get access to movies, shows, music, e-books, and interactive games. Fuhu has quietly risen to become of the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, and recently topped the Deloitte Fast 500 list f (More info...)

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Snapchat Snags Investment Banker For Strategy Position
Venice-based messaging app developer Snapchat has hired a high profile, technology investment banker onto its team, the company disclosed Monday. Snapchat has hired Imran Khan, who had most recently been head of Internet banking at Credit Suisse, as its Chief Startegy Officer. Khan has worked on IPOs of Alibaba, Zalando, King Digital, Weibo, and Jumei, and also had served at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as an analyst.

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Western Digital Pays $100K To Resolve Chinese Compliance Issue
Irvine-based Western Digital reported this morning that it has paid $100,000 and restructured a department, in order to put to rest two, non-compliance matters raised by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), related to WD's acquisition of HGST back in 2012. Western Digital currently had been ordered by MOFCOM to keep its HGST operations as a separate, independent competitor as part of MOFCOM's approval of the company's acquisition of HGST, for at least two years. WD now has the option to reques (More info...)

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Enevate Announces Battery Technology
Irvine-based Enevate, a venture-backed battery technology startup focused on advanced, rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, said this morning that it has rolled out some new battery technology. The startup--backed by Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio Ventures, and CEC Capital--said it rolled out its HD-Energy Technology for Li--ion batteries, which it says enables high density, rechargeable Li-ion batteries with more than (More info...)

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RealD In Technology Licensing Deal
Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD said today that it has licensed some of its technology to theater screen manufacturer Harkness Screens International Limited. Financial details of the licensing deal were not announced. RealD said it licensed its Precision White Screen Technology, which helps provide substantially brighter screens on both 2D and 3D movies. RealD says its technology provides high quality 2D and 3D images with better brightness uniformity and wider v (More info...)

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CurbStand Names CTO, CFO
Los Angeles-based CurbStand, the venture-backed developer of valet parking apps, said this morning that it has named Ethan Kravitz as its Chief Technology Officer, and Frank Mastronuzzi as Chief Financial Officer. The company said Kravitz has previously served at Rumr and Invoca, and has more than eight years of experience in the field. The company said that Mastronuzzi has more than 15 years of experience in the financial area. Mastronuzzi's LinkedIn profile indicates he was a co-founder of One (More info...)

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