Thursday, January 8, 2015
Seriously Taps 20th Century Fox, Rovio Vets For Exec Suite
Santa Monica-based mobile entertainment startup Seriously has tapped a 20th Century Fox veteran to head up its business development efforts, and a former Rovio exec for product development efforts, the company said Thursday. Seriously said it has hired Matt McMahon as its new VP of Business Development, and Mikko Hakkinen as Head of Product. McMahan was most recently VP of Mobile at 20th Century Fox, in charge of such mobile games for Family Guy, Ice Age, Avatar and The Simpsons. Hakkinen was mo (More info...)

posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015(Full story) Rolls Out Deals With Paddington Bear, Chef Jason Santos
Santa Monica-based, which offers up personalized prepaid MasterCards from a growing catalog of brands, said today that it has signed two new partnerships--one bringing Paddington Bear cards to the market, and another with celebrity chef Jason Santos. In the Paddington Bear deal, said it will offer up thirteen card images featuring the Paddington children's character. The separate deal with celebrity chef Jason Santos--who owns Boston's Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry's--will featu (More info...)

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Seismic Snags $20M For Content Management Software
San Diego-based sales software developer Seismic has raised $20M in a Series B funding round, to go towards its sales content management software, the company said this morning. The funding was led by JMI Equity, and also included Sigma West. As part of the funding, JMI's Peter Arrowsmith joins the company's board of directors. Seismic said it will use the funding for product and sales, marketing, and customer support. Seismic is led by Doug Winter. Seismic is based in Solana Beach.

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TouchCommerce Touts Total Gym
Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce, the provider of customer engagement services and software, reported today that Total Gym Fitness has been using the company's solution on smartphones. TouchCommerce said that Total Gym is using its mobile TouchGuide product on smartphones, to help convert customers, by providing a step-by-step, automated product comparisons. TouchCommerce says that Total Gym has been a customer for five years. TouchCommerce is led by Bernard Louvat.

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Insights and Opinions: 3 Technologies Driving the New Sales Force
For our Insights and Opinions section today, where we share advice, thoughts, and more from the local community, we have a piece from Nick Hedges, the President and CEO of Los Angeles-based Velocify.

2015 will be the year that transforms the daily activity of the sales rep. The coming of age of support technologies, built on big data analytics and social networks will profoundly affect the day-to-day focus of sales organizations. Many of the tedious tasks that sales reps are inundated wit (More info...)

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Kofax Enters E-signature Market
Irvine-based Kofax said this morning that it has launched a new family of products aimed at the electronic signature market. Kofax said its new Kofax SignDoc products are aimed at the enterprise and government agencies, and lets those customers implement e-signatures into almost any business process. Kofax said its e-signature product offers up both "click to sign" and handwritten signature capture, as well as ability to capture biometric information at the time of the signature. Pricing on the (More info...)

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