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.
The Hollywood company announced yesterday it was going to work with five studios – Double Fine, Big Cave Games, High Line Games, Rocket Jump Games and Zupcat Games – as part of a new network of mobile games.
You could forgive Viddy if the Venice startup wished 2012 had never ended.
What if all the ads you read online were written by robots, with copy tailored specifically to your tastes?
As Boingo Wireless Inc.’s stock continues to slide, there’s a growing concern whether the Wi-Fi provider can overcome an obstacle that’s always loomed for the company: free public Internet.
MeUndies is hoping that its underwear customers are also the kind who’d buy T-shirts and socks.
YouTube among tech giants moving into Silicon Beach
Microsoft’s content production studio is the latest big tech venture looking to plug into L.A.’s entertainment sector.
It was the third annual show for the Streamy’s, which hands out awards to the creators of online original content.
Internet: Rubicon fights larger rivals to stake out turf.
Rubicon Project refuses to think small as it looks to find room in an ad field dominated by giant rivals.
ENTERTAINMENT: Studio hopes program will draw new-media startups.
Warner Bros. is bringing another tech accelerator into Los Angeles – this one with a specific focus on new-media companies.
Continued strong growth in the online faxing business as well as the acquisition of high profile media properties brought J2 Online Inc. higher quarterly earnings and revenue.
ReachLocal Inc. reported growth in revenue and a narrower net loss for both its fourth quarter and full-year 2012, citing the success of its continued international expansion and new mobile products.
Fax firm J2 adds second line as Web publisher
Fax firm J2 dials further into publishing with acquisition of video game websites.
It’s been so tough to find the right people for the now 60 open spots that Edgecast has doubled down on its employee referral program.
The company that makes a popular picture and video messaging app has quietly moved into the “Blu House” on 523 Ocean Front Walk.
INTERNET: Eventup looks to link up its list of unusual rentable venues with party and event planners.
Eventup looks to carve out space among event planners for its online listings of unusual venues.
INTERNET: Businesses woo customers with range of romantic offerings.
If you’re sadly unattached this Valentine’s Day, you can’t blame the local tech scene.
Today GrubWithUs in Venice rolled out something called GrubTonight. It’s essentially an app for people who like apps.
Accelerators quickly establish value in driving startups
TECHNOLOGY – Accelerators have quickly established their role in rolling out startups.
STARTUP: Santa Monica company exploring world of app-based game shows.
Of the groups that presented at MuckerLab’s startup showcase last week only one could claim an assist from Mike Tyson.
INTERNET: Zefr eyes more dough from YouTube videos.
Zefr looks to expand the role of advertising in its YouTube movie clip business.
ENTERTAINMENT: Maker taps crowdfunding website.
Video game producers join a growing group raising money from crowdfunding.
TELECOM: TextPlus joins with FreedomPop in effort to disrupt cellular market.
App maker TextPlus connects with free Internet provider FreedomPop in effort to compete in cell phone market.
EverySignal, the big data company out of the incubator Science, announced it’s changing course and switching its focus from consumers to businesses.
This is an excerpt from technology reporter Tom Dotan’s interview with Jason Calacanis conducted for the Los Angeles Business Journal article headlined “Ex-Search Engine Finds Way to Video.” The article, which was published in the Jan. 7 issue, can be found in full here.
INTERNET: Mahalo to produce YouTube channels as Inside.com.
Former search engine Mahalo hopes to find itself as YouTube channel producer named Inside.com.
INTERNET: Focus@Will targets users’ subconscious with soothing playlists.
William Henshall might have founded the first online music streaming site that’s made to be ignored.
Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar announced that he will be resigning from the Internet video streaming company. Departing along with Kilar is Rich Tom, the company’s chief technical officer.
APP: Santa Monica firm adds street parking to its location-based service.
ParkMe is taking its parking information app to the streets.
TECHNOLOGY: Firms link with City Hall to boost scene.
L.A.’s political scene gets a jolt from tech firms looking to plug the city as an industry hub.
CapLinked seeks to click as a tech firm that provides services for companies as opposed to consumers
Virtual Piggy lets parents guide kids’ online shopping
Payment system Virtual Piggy banks on parents’ desire to let their young children shop online.
INTERNET: Local startup sees Facebook connections as too limited for many.
Alex Capecelatro thinks there’s a big flaw in the world’s largest social network: It’s anti-social.
ONLINE: Pop-Up Pantry seeks seat at table for gourmet fare.
Pop-Up Pantry hopes to get sales cooking with its home-delivered gourmet meals.
Farmer Bros. Co. said that its chief financial officer will leave the company in February.
Content creators fret their fare won’t rate more YouTube money
YouTube-funded channels’ continued support hinges on a major TV-like factor: audience size.
INTERNET: Vendors look to ape success of women’s websites.
A trio of online retailers hopes to man up and ring up more sales from male customers.
INTERNET: EverySignal’s app lets users cut through clutter of postings.
EverySignal’s service helps Facebook users comb through their feeds and brush off unimportant news.
online: Fast growth path leads EdgeCast overseas.
EdgeCast wants to get a handle on more Internet traffic by expanding its online content delivery network.
Company makes most of social networks for emergency response.
Everbridge looks to tap social media to bolster its disaster relief communication service.
INTERNET: El Segundo company building up its business customer base.
Shares of Stamps.com rise after online postage service addresses concerns about landing new customers.
ENTERTAINMENT: Laffster’s Mock the Vote sifts through content.
Laffster hopes to let humor fans in on the jokes with its app that sorts comedy content.
TECHNOLOGY: Digiboo puts digital kiosks at airports so ‘the movie lover on the go’ can download for the trip.
Digiboo sets up kiosks at airports so travelers can download movies to watch while they’re high in the sky.
TECHNOLOGY: TextPlus has a hit with its smartphone app.
TextPlus may have found a way to LOL all the way to the bank with an app that lets cell phone subscribers save money on their messaging charges.
Webisodes, games augment TV viewing experience
Technology: So-called transmedia firms such as Shadow Gang create supplemental online content for TV shows and video games.
ONLINE: Wedge Buster turns to sports titles to grow social market.
Wedge Buster hopes its sports-focused social video games will score more male players.