As of today, the firm will be known as Upfront Ventures, with a new logo to boot.
On Monday, the city's Department of Transportation sent cease and desist letters to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, three ride-sharing operators that have been running in Los Angeles for several months.
Amazon, one of several retailers carrying the $99 console, has reported all units are sold out at both its U.S. and U.K sites.
TECHNOLOGY: Local firm sees commercial uses for UAVs.
DreamHammer looks to direct its drone software into use for nonmilitary functions.
INTERNET: Dollar Shave Club seeks to mirror bathroom success.
Dollar Shave Club looks to clean up in online sales with its new wipes for men.
TRANSPORTATION: First trip by Surf Air to fly from Burbank to San Carlos.
Surf Air Inc. in Santa Monica has finally gotten the all-clear from the government to begin flying.
Dollar Shave Club on Tuesday released “One Wipe Charlies,” a self-described “butt wipe for men,” gunning squarely at the $9 billion toilet paper industry.
Surf Air in Santa Monica was always an appealing company to investors and future customers. It offered a new type of airline that would shuttle passengers in commuter jets to and from small airports along the West Coast. Plus, for a monthly fee, subscribers could have unlimited flights.
Rubicon Project’s Frank Addante aspires to snatch cyberspace crown from Internet leader Google.
Internet ad pioneer Frank Addante is confident he can expand his cyberspace territory.
L.A. Galaxy kicks off new online chapter with ‘social hub.’
Pro soccer’s L.A. Galaxy hopes to get the ball rolling on social media with its new mobile site.
FRUITS: Resnicks, Sun Pacific to take orange feud to food aisle.
Former mandarin orange partners look to show more marketing juice in the supermarket aisle.
INTERNET: Gigit aims to bring bands and paying jobs together online.
Craigslist ain’t the place to book a band, man.
DreamWorks Animation deal for AwesomenessTV shows drawing power of YouTube as distribution platform.
Garcetti has been working since the earliest days of his candidacy to become the crown prince of Silicon Beach.
Beverly Hill’s Roll Global LLC, the California agricultural empire led by the billionaire couple Stewart and Lynda Resnick, has sold the “Cuties” trademark for its seedless mandarin oranges.
HEALTH CARE: Expected FDA approval pumps up shares of MannKind.
Investors breathless over outlook for approval of MannKind’s inhalable insulin. 5
INTERNET: Viddy retrenching after failing to meet Web hype.
Video app Viddy has pared back and refocused after sky-high predictions for its future failed to develop.
PLASTICS: Cereplast to exit El Segundo as part of cost-cutting strategy.
Bioresins company Cereplast hopes moving its HQ to Indiana will help it get back in shape.
INTERNET: Earnings rise as Demand prepares to divide business units.
Investors boost Demand Media shares as the firm prepares to split its domain name unit from its publishing business.
Better-than-expected revenue for Boingo Wireless during the first quarter has temporarily halted the company’s tumble in 2013.
Demand Media Inc. beat analysts’ estimates for the first quarter of 2013, led by increases in revenue from the Web publisher’s sites as well as its domain registration business.
MEDIA: Snapchat creators get grilled as guests on TV’s ‘Colbert Report.’
‘What are the users of Snapchat ashamed of?”
INTERNET: Nativo styles ‘native content’ to match websites.
Ad firm Nativo looks to go “native” online with promotional content that blends in with a website’s style and tone.
Are L.A. investors a bunch of wimps? That was the kernel of an argument buffeting around online among members of the tech community over the weekend.
INVESTMENT: Westside startups are exception as two large deals are closed.
Venture capital plugged into Westside tech companies in the first quarter while other areas lagged.
Draftpedia, an iPhone app released a few weeks ago, is designed to be a one-stop reference for all things related to watching a draft.
APP: Music Mastermind partners with Chillingo for iOS song platform.
Music Mastermind tunes up for the mobile market by teaming with app maker Chillingo.
INTERNET: WhisperText and Snapchat step into social gaps.
WhisperText’s and Snapchat’s privacy-oriented apps look to connect with teens drifting away from Facebook.
Rumors about the potential sale of West L.A.’s Hulu Inc. have heated up in recent weeks. The newest report is that the video streamer has brought on financial services firm Guggenheim Partners to advise on the sale.
Hollywood online service provider J2 Global Inc. said that it has acquired Dutch cloud storage firm Backup Connect BV.
Special Report: Tech Finance
Angels and venture capital firms have sprouted in Los Angeles as the local tech scene has bloomed.
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The “Series A crunch,” despite its ominous name, is not much more than an observation.
Internet: Shift’s cloud service allows businesses to network and access apps.
Shift, a Santa Monica firm that makes apps for marketers, is continuing to tweak its formula.
Special Report: Tech Finance
Business Journal takes a step-by-step look at how funding needs are met as tech startups mature, with profiles of local investors.
he partnership allows AT&T wireless customers to tap into Boingo’s worldwide network of hotspots in international airports through a special free app.
YouTube channels team up to score bigger ad rates
YouTube content creators team up with the hope of channeling higher ad rates.
TELEVISION: KCET’s online interactive chart tracks campaign donations.
The Web team at public TV station KCET (Channel 28) has put a high-tech twist on the old journalism advice to “follow the money.”
Contest competitors to craft feline apps to score cats’ fancy.
Cats are out of the bag in a tech contest to develop fun apps for our feline friends.
Aerospace: Boeing and Airbus contracts provide lift for Ducommun.
Aviation industry orders have investors high on parts supplier Ducommun.
Perfume shop catches lightning in bottle with speedy launch.
Original Scent co-founders’ swift launch of their business is nothing to sniff at.
Dan Brian, Demand’s executive vice president, said the company views Creativebug and the crafting space it occupies as an add-on feature to Demand’s existing ad-supported eHow site.
INTERNET: MySammy compiles data on at-home workers’ productivity.
Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer sparked an online uproar last month when she sent out an edict banning telecommuting.
Former Myspace exec Michael Jones still clicks with tech scene through his incubator, Science.
Former AOL and Myspace exec Michael Jones stays plugged into the tech scene through incubator Science.
Edgecast, a Santa Monica technology company, has continued its worldwide expansion with a deal to place its servers in Indonesia.
The Beverly Hills social network announced Wednesday that it signed a new sponsorship deal with Chevrolet – the site’s first since the revamp a few months ago.
Talent agency CAA tries role of tech startup investor
Hollywood talent agencies look to cast themselves in a new role: tech investors.
Ouya has reached another milestone toward its goal of releasing a crowd-funded gaming console to the masses.
Korn/Ferry International on Wednesday beat analyst’s estimates for the third fiscal quarter, even as net income fell from the same period a year earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT: Five firms sign up to develop titles for Scopely venture.
Scopely Inc. is pressing pause on game-making for the moment to focus on a different role: mobile game network.
ONLINE: Boingo squeezed by customers’ push for free or low-cost access.
Wi-Fi provider Boingo’s stock has trouble connecting with investors as earnings fall.