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Nestigator Rolls Out New Tool For Real Estate Agents

Los Angeles-based Nestigator.com, an online, collaborative home search site which allows real estate agents, home seekers, and other collaborate to help find homes, has rolled out a new marketing tool for real estate agents. Nestigator--led by startup veteran Jerry Slavonia--said its new ZipPro tool helps real estate agents reserve ads in their preferred ZIP codes, giving them guaranteed ad placements on active listings within the ZIP codes they subscribe to....Continue →


March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners, the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its first fund, at $240M. Armstrong and Mandal previously led Clearstone Venture Partners and idealab Capital Partners, Montgomery was the founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co....Continue →


Kelly Slater Wave Company Acquired By World Surf League

Santa Monica-based WSL Holdings, the parent company of the World Surf League (WSL), said this morning that it has acquired the Kelly Slater Wave Company--the entity behind the "perfect wave" generating machine that has caused ripples across the surfing community. Slater caused a stir in the surfing industry with his secretive project to create wave machine to create what has been billed as best man made wave ever at a location at the San Joaquin valley....Continue →


Motor Trend Updates Video On Demand Service

Los Angeles-based online content publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network said this morning that it has launched an updated Motor Trend OnDemand, its automotive, video-on-demand service. According to TEN, the new site features a new and refreshed mobile app, more than 1500 plus hours of updated live and original content, support for Apple TV, and more. Among other enhancements, TEN said the mobile app will now allow access to live streamed race content plus access to Formula 1 and IndyCar archives....Continue →


will.i.am Launches Wireless Headphones Line

Los Angeles-based i.am+, the technology company founded by musician will.i.am, said it has launched a new product, a set of Bluetooth-enabled, wireless headphones called the i.am+ EPs. i.am+ said the bluetooth earphones are now on sale at a "select" set of Apple Stores and at apple.com. The new devices retail for $229.95. According to i.am+, the new wireless headphones specifically look to fill a gap in the Bluetooth market, which it called "saturated with sports solutions"....Continue →


Chatter Set To Launch App For Celebrity Chats For Charity

Los Angeles-based mobile app startup Chatter said today that it is about to launch an app, which will let fans hold one-on-one, five minute chats with their favorite stars--and, at the same time, help raise money for charities....Continue →


Startup Accelerator, Backed by LA Investors, Targets VR, AR

The Green Screen Institute, a startup accelerator which is looking to create innovation in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) areas, says that it is getting close to closing applications for its first, startup accelerator program....Continue →


Fandango Launches Ad Push For New VOD Service, FandangoNow

Los Angeles-based movie site Fandango is planning a major push of its brand new video on demand service, FandangoNOW, with ads running on TV, online, mobile, outdoor, and in theaters. The company said its brand new, summer movie campaign will feature more than a dozen commercials, and Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson. The ads are the first ever for FandangoNOW. The move comes six months after Fandango acquired video-on-demand service M-GO from Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation....Continue →


TrueCar Names Dealer Marketing Head

Santa Monica-based TrueCar is continuing to bolster its links to automotive dealers, as it looks to improve its relationship with the auto dealer industry, saying this morning that it has named Paul Edmonds as Senior Vice President of Dealer Marketing and Opeartions. Edmonds joins the company from Internet security firm RiskIQ, and previously spent around 15 years at AutoTrader.com and Trader Publishing Company....Continue →


RealtyMogul Hits $200M In Projects

Los Angeles-based online real estate marketplace RealtyMogul.com said this morning that it has just hit $200M in total funding for projects on the site, and returned $40M to its investors. The crowdfunding site--which is led by Jilliene Helman--said it now has over 80,000 members across all 50 states, who have invested in more than 350 properties through its marketplace. RealtyMogul....Continue →


HelloTech Merges With Geekatoo

Los Angeles-based in-home tech support startup HelloTech, which is led by Richard Wolpert, said this morning that it has merged with Geekatoo, a fellow in-home tech support company. The new company will be known as HelloTech, and continue to be led by Wolpert, who is a well known startup advisor and serial entrepreneur in Los Angeles. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed....Continue →


KingTing Tech Rolls Out Smart Home Products

Irvine-based KingTing Tech, an electronics startup which has its R&D team in Irvine, but primarily sells to the Chinese marketplace, said it has launched a new set of smart home devices, including a smart home hub, sprinkler, thermostat, and "smart" outlet, all under the YoSmart brand name....Continue →



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