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StyleHaul Attracts European Buyer in RTL Group

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Recently a leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, made moves to go deeper into the Los Angeles tech startup ecosystem when they acquired StyleHaul for $107 million US. RTL Group will also invest $20 million US into StyleHaul in order to fund the company’s growth. In addition, the parties have agreed to earn-out mechanisms that… Read more »


Hate Waiting for Valet? ‘Request A Car’ Using CurbStand App

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Los Angeles-based CurbStand, the app that allows users to seamlessly locate, pay and tip for valet parking from their mobile devices, today unveiled a brand-new consumer app with new on-demand features, such as allowing drivers to ‘Request A Car,’ among other enhancements. In tandem, CurbStand launched a companion app exclusively for valet operators to communicate directly… Read more »


Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Backs Red Carpet Service Rover

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Rover.com, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced that it has received new funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s A-GRade Investments, a prominent investor in the sharing economy sector. “The A-GRade team has been interested in this space for a while but it wasn’t until… Read more »





6 Things We Can Learn From Kairos Society Fellows

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There are a number of things we can learn from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, but there’s a group of young entrepreneurs from the Kairos Society that can offer advice as well. According to its site, the well-renowned organization creates “entrepreneurship outlets and opportunities on campuses, in communities, and around the world.” With the Kairos… Read more »


Crowdfunder.com Raises a $3.5 Million Series A Round

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On October 7 the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.com raised a Series A round from a combination of VC funds, notable investors like Tim Draper, and individual accredited investors. The Los Angeles based company was initially aiming for $2.5 million in total funding, but due to significant investor demand the round was opened up to additional investors… Read more »


Crunchbutton Aims to be the “Uber of Food Delivery”

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“Push a button. Get food delivered.”   That’s the motto for Crunchbutton, a food delivery app, seamlessly connecting a network of college kids to bring food to your door. You want quick and easy food? Crunchbutton remembers your previous order and allows for one-click ordering. Your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver? No problem- Crunchbutton is a delivery… Read more »



From Kickstarter to Apple Stores with olloclip

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In 2011, with everyone carrying a phone in their pockets, longtime product developer and photographer Patrick O’Neill took it upon himself to make mobile phone photography better. O’Neill decided to launch the product on Kickstarter, called olloclip, that features a simple iPhone 4 lens that houses a fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens all in one. In no time… Read more »


SmartMat Ensures That Yoga Will Never be the Same Again: In a Good Way

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Yoga: it’s everywhere. But more important than how many people join yoga studios every day is the fact that the yoga industry is worth a collective $27 billion. That’s going to open some great opportunities for entrepreneurs to disrupt the industry. SmartMat sees the power inherent in incorporating technology into our exercise routines: it’s something that began… Read more »


Science Inc. Makes Huge Acquisition of PlayHaven’s Mobile Ad Network

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This morning, the Santa Monica, CA-based Science Inc. – the tech startup creation studio that aims to create, scale, and acquire successful digital businesses – announced that it has acquired PlayHaven, one of the leading mobile ad networks, from the mobile apps enterprise analytics and marketing platform, Upsight. While no statements from either side have been made about… Read more »


PRIV: Beauty and Wellness App Launches in LA, Releases 2.0 Version

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Whether it’s a haircut from a favorite barber or a manicure from a well-known beauty professional, most people want high-quality service when it comes to personal maintenance. PRIV, a New York-based startup, allows users to book wellness, beauty and fitness services to the comfort of their own home. “We wanted to give our customers a… Read more »