Mobile

For Klutch, Platform Agnosticism Equals Big Success

By | Feb 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Klutch recently announced the official launch of their Android and web-based apps, completing the development of their frictionless real-time scheduling platform. It’s a huge step forward for the team at Klutch, who had a major pivot in September 2014. The two new platform offerings…

Business

CEO of Snapchat to Speak at the Montgomery Summit

By | Jan 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Recently the Montgomery Summit, presented by Macquarie Capital, announced the speaker lineup for their two-day conference designed to bring investors and leading executives from private growth tech companies together. The speakers are: Patrick Soon-Shion, founder of NantWorks Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of Snapchat…

Product Launch

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

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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…

Funding

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

By | Nov 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…

News

On-Demand Beauty Services App GlamSquad Raises $7M in Funding to Expand Nationally

By | Oct 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

New York-based startup Glamsquad announced that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The “Uber for beauty services” is headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, and it brings professional beauty services to customer anywhere. So…

Mobile

The Diverse Team at Adtech Startup RAIN Looks to 500 Startups Demo Day

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

The team at RAIN had not deployed a live app prior to starting at 500 Startups, the micro-VC accelerator program based in Silicon Valley and founded by Dave McClure. RAIN is an app that helps small businesses reach local customers with real-time, accessible promotional…

News

Finding Entrepreneurial Inspiration in the Marijuana Community

By | Oct 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

It’s rare in my day-to-day that I’m connected to a fellow journalist with the intention of interviewing them for a tech-related article. Usually I deal with CEOs, startup founders, and tech entrepreneurs. I soon realized that although Al Olson is a journalist, he has the fierce…

Tips & How To’s

6 Things We Can Learn From Kairos Society Fellows

By | Oct 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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…

Startups & Apps

Crowdfunder.com Raises a $3.5 Million Series A Round

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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…

Food

Crunchbutton Aims to be the “Uber of Food Delivery”

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

“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….

Funding

BloomNation Raises $5.5M Series A from Ronny Conway, Andreessen Horowitz & Others

By | Oct 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

BloomNation has just announced the closing of a $5.5 million round of Series A financing for its online marketplace for top florists and floral designers in the country. The round was led by Ronny Conway, Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital and Chicago Ventures. Founded in August…

Gear & Gadgets

From Kickstarter to Apple Stores with olloclip

By | Oct 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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…

Startups & Apps

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

By | Oct 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

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…

Acquisition

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

By | Sep 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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,…

Announcements

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

By | Sep 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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…

Celebration

Unplug and Be a Kid Again: Camp No Counselors

By | Sep 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Sleep-away camp isn’t just for kids anymore. Camp No Counselors is a highly curated, overnight camp for influencers in business, media, music, fashion, philanthropy, and film who want to do something atypical. You can be a kid again, disconnect from work, and be part…

Who is Los Angeles’ Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Sep 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Hey Los Angeles, it’s time to vote for your city’s hottest startup! This is a big deal because the chosen startup will be representing Orlando during Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate Conference in Las Vegas. That’s why YOUR vote counts. This is a great opportunity for…

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