Video

Los Angeles

LA Based Collab to Re-Launch Eli’s Dirty Jokes

By | Mar 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

Do you remember the internet joke series Eli’s Dirty Jokes? It was one of the single most popular series during the early YouTube era, racking up more than 50 million views. In 2009, Eli’s Dirty Jokes actually became the first web series licensed by…

Automotive

Los Angeles

“Valet Parking Needs a Major Upgrade,” says CurbStand

By | Mar 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

CurbStand has one mission to help ailing drivers who desperately search for parking: provide a valet parking network for consumers and operators that offers interactivity, mobile payments, and on-demand services. Founded in 2013 by Owen De Vries, Moncef Abbou, and Nicole Duncan, they made their…

Travel

Los Angeles

Eligible to Fly to Cuba? CheapAir.com Will Get you There

By | Feb 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and thanks to President Obama I’ll finally be able to fulfill one of my life dreams: traveling to Cuba. In that same vein, CheapAir.com today announced that they will become the first online travel agency that helps…

Trends

Los Angeles

Loverly Launches Keyword-Based Bridal Collection

By | Feb 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Brides rejoice! Wedding planning just got more efficient, thanks to online data. Lover.ly, the online wedding planner guide for the working bride, unveiled today the “The Loverly Collection.”  A curated line of branded wedding products created based on Loverly’s proprietary data. The company partnered with…

Acquisition

Los Angeles

Uber for Valet Parking, CurbStand, Acquires Competitor Curby

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Los Angeles-based startup CurbStand, the Uber for valet parking, announced the acquisition of its competitor Curby. Financial terms of this transaction were not disclosed. Curby’s technology platform offers valet operators with advanced business tools, reporting and metrics previously unavailable on CurbStand. Now, it will offer a complete suite…

Product Launch

Los Angeles

Find Your Next Bromance on Wolfpack

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

It’s a running joke between my boyfriend and I that his language totally changes the second he gets on the phone with a guy friend. Suddenly they’re calling each other “bro” and “dude” and (God help me) “stud,” and I just roll my eyes….

Product Launch

Los Angeles

Get Personalized, SMS-Based Recommendations From Cloe

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

We can all agree that the best way to discover a new city is by following tips from the locals. But what happens when you don’t know anyone? Meet Cloe, an SMS-based recommendation engine that provides users with personal tips curated by real people. Cloe is very…

Mobile

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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…

Tips & How To’s

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles

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…