Los Angeles Business Journal

LABJ WEEKLY EDITION

Mystery Key To Event’s Attraction

Guests get 60 minutes, clues to figure way out of Escape Room L.A.

Interactive attraction Escape Room L.A.’s 60-minute mystery puts participants on the clock.

Travel Has Vintage Appeal

When Grant Kirkpatrick, partner at architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architects in Marina del Rey, decided to make his four-acre plot of land in Paso Robles into a vineyard seven years ago, his wife, Shaya, had an idea.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Cybergrowth: El Segundo-based Aggregage, an online publisher of business-to-business sites such as Supply Chain Brief for logistics and 3D Print Pulse for 3-D printing, has raised $1 million in a convertible note round.

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Message Received

INTERNET: Oracle vet Justin Nelson connects with TigerText’s focus on secure-messaging phone app for health care sector.

Oracle vet says he joined TigerText because it’s the right type of secured messaging for the health care sector.

Brokerage’s Liquidation Business Makes Splash

INVESTMENT: B. Riley’s shares climb on strong earnings after merger.

B. Riley sees positive returns on Wall Street from the broker’s liquidation business.

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Grocer Hoping for Long Shelf Life on Internet

ONLINE: Thrive plans to deliver with natural foods sold at wholesale prices.

Thrive Market hopes its Amazon-style delivery clicks with shoppers.

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Calling Names Can Lead to Costly Online Battles

INTERNET: DirecTV fought to stop rival Dish from acquiring dot-direct domain.

Satellite provider DirecTV scuttled rival Dish’s attempt to nab the dot-direct domain name. (Sidebar: Attorneys will have to prove their case for scoring a dot-law address.)

Dot-Law Owner to Judge Attorneys

Websites ending in dot-com ruled the Internet for a generation.

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Miracle Mile Property Faces Massive Departure

REAL ESTATE: Landlord in talks with big names to help replace media tenants.

Owner of Wilshire Courtyard may not have to go to great lengths to fill coming vacancies at the Miracle Mile property.

Dwindling Traffic Puts Brakes on Site Operator

INTERNET: Demand shares fall amid company refocus on high-quality content.

Wall Street has little call for Demand Media shares after a rough quarter for the website operator.

YouTube Network Looks To Channel TV Calendar

ONLINE: Machinima plans to schedule programming around high-profile events.

Video game-focused Machinima looks to score more viewers by following a TV programming schedule.

Show-Biz Veteran Sees Role for Hollywood in VC

INVESTMENT: Tony Potts plans to tap connections to fund early stage firms.

The lines between Silicon Beach’s vibrant tech scene and the entertainment industry have been blurring for some time, and they’re about to get even fuzzier.

Lender Borrows Former U.S. Chief Exec for Event

TRAINING: Bill Clinton speaks on financial literacy for Banc of California.

If you want to explain economic concepts to everyday Californians, you could do a lot worse than enlisting Bill Clinton.

Real Estate Boom Has Land-Use Practices Rising

DEVELOPMENT: Spate of ground-up projects increases demand for dormant field.

As the local real estate market has improved, local real estate attorneys practicing land-use law are seeing a resurgence in business.

News of the Week

Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

Toymaker Hasbro Inc. is in advanced talks to buy Glendale’s DreamWorks Animation Inc., sources told the New York Times.

LABJ 100 Fastest Growing Companies

Special Report

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Raising Bar

Protein product maker Quest Nutrition among local standouts quickly bulking up their revenue.

Protein bar maker Quest Nutrition helps lead a field of private L.A. companies with pumped-up revenue.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #1 FUHU INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #1 FUHU INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #2 ESALON

Fastest Growing Private Companies #2 ESALON

Fastest Growing Private Companies #4 GENZUM LIFE SCIENCES

Fastest Growing Private Companies #4 GENZUM LIFE SCIENCES

Fastest Growing Private Companies #5 ZESTFINANCE

Fastest Growing Private Companies #5 ZESTFINANCE

Fastest Growing Private Companies #6 AUDIOMICRO INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #6 AUDIOMICRO INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #7 NORIBACHI

Fastest Growing Private Companies #7 NORIBACHI

Fastest Growing Private Companies #8 TONGAL

Fastest Growing Private Companies #8 TONGAL

Fastest Growing Private Companies #9 JUSTFAB INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #9 JUSTFAB INC.

Fastest Growing Private Companies #10 TK MEDIA DIRECT

Fastest Growing Private Companies #10 TK MEDIA DIRECT