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Direct Lending Investments has said it will provide $73 million in small business loans through Realty Mogul’s peer-to-peer lending platform, which pools money from investors to crowdfund large real estate projects.
Makemoji, whose mobile app helps users create their own emoji characters, has raised $1 million in seed funding.
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Shuttlerock, a New Zealand visual marketing software company, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Silver Lake after raising a $2.4 million in a Series A round.
Docupace Technologies, an electronic document processing platform provider, has secured its first raise.
Kin, which offers women’s lifestyle video content, has closed a $12 million Series C round, bringing its total funding to date to $27 million.
You can expect a bit more fame for FameBit co-founder Agnes Kozera, whose Santa Monica marketing startup has launched as one of the first companies in the 500 Women syndicate.
Metacloud, a cloud service company in Pasadena, is to be acquired by networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose.
Spark Networks Inc., the company behind special-interest matchmaking sites such as ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com, has seen more of its customers fall for competing dating services.
Workpop, a job board site with a career development focus, has launched after securing $7.9 million in funding.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to hear a proposal that will establish a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund to back startups founded on student and faculty research. The Wall Street Journal reported the fund could be as large as $250 million.
Santa Monica car-buying company TrueCar Inc. renewed a deal with insurance giant AAA, announcing Monday it will continue to power the auto club’s online auto-buying program.
Andy Kleinman knows mobile games. But now, Kleinman has a bit of game fatigue having worked in the industry for nearly a decade. So he’s getting out. At least that’s the plan.
JibJab Bros. Studios, a digital media production company, has acquired Make Believe Labs and its live video call service Hello Santa.
Though accepted at retailers such as Amazon.com, Sears and CVS, Bitcoin is still trying to shake the mainstream perception that it is black market currency used in degenerate corners of the Web.