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  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    ChowNow Chomps Down On $10M For Restaurant Ordering Systems

    Los Angeles-based ChowNow, the developer of online ordering and marketing systems for the restaurant market, has raised $10M in a funding round, the company said this morning. ChowNow said the new funding round was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Steadfast Venture Capital, Daher Capital, and Karlin Ventures. ChowNow was founded by Chris Webb. Along with the new funding, the startup said it has named Nick Kellermeyer as Vp of Sales, and Arpan Jhaveri as VP of Product & Marketing....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    WhipClip, Founded By Richard Rosenblatt, Debuts App

    Santa Monica-based WhipClip, the content discovery startup which was co-founded by former Demand Media founder Richard Rosenblatt, debuted its mobile app today, looking to help users create, share, and find music and television video clips. The startup--which raised a funding round back in December--said it has partnered with television networks ABC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, VH1, A&E and Lifetime, Bloomberg, truTV and OWN, along with Universal Music Group and Sony Music for its service....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Qualcomm Backs Smart Lock Maker August

    San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment in August, a startup developing Bluetooth-powered, "smart" locks for the home, as part of a $38M funding round. August said yesterday that it has raised $38M in a Series B funding, for its home locks, which connect with your smartphone so that you do not need a physical key to open your door. San Francisco-base August said that Qualcomm's involvement came via Qualcomm Ventures....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Honk Gets $12M For On-Demand, Roadside Service

    Santa Monica-based HONK, the on-demand, roadside assistance app startup led by Corey Brundage, said this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Altpoint Ventures, and also included Structure Capital, Karlin Ventures, Expansion VC, and Venture51. Honk said the new funding brings its total raised to $13.8M....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Soraa Launches PAR20 Lamp

    Soraa, the LED lighting company which is using technology developed by UCSB inventor Shuji Nakamura, has rolled out a new LED lamp product in the common PAR20 format. Soraa--which has operations in Goleta, but does its manufacturing in Fremont--said its new LED lamp is 85% more energy efficient than standard, halogen lamps. Soraa's products are based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. Soraa's new product only consume 10.8 watts, versus 75W and 90W halogen lamps....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    MicroPower Technologies Launches New Surveillance Video Product

    San Diego-based MicroPower Technologies, which develops wireless video surveillance hardware, has rolled out a new product. The startup--which came out of the EvoNexus incubator and also is backed by Karmel Capital, Motorola, and the Tech Coast Angels--said its new SOLVEIL Surveillance System is a wireless, solar-powered system for high resolution video monitoring in outdoor environments....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    TouchCommerce Expands Win In EMEA With Equinix

    Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce, the developer of online live chat products aimed at helping e-commerce and other brands, said it has expanded an effort in the EMEA with Equinix. TouchCommerce said that Equinix, which offers up colocation and data center efforts, has rolled out TouchCommerce's chat tools on its Germany, France, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates sites. TouchCommerce explained that Equinix is using its TouchChat program to engage with prospects and qualify leads....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    CapLinked Inks African Distribution Deal

    Los Angeles-based CapLinked, which develops deal management and virtual data room software, said this morning that it has partnered with a company in South Africa. CapLinked said it has partnered with Johannesburg-based communications agency Ince, in order to make its technology available throughout Africa. Ince will make CapLinked's software-as-a-service available in Africa under the brand name InceLink. Financial details of the deal were not announced....Continue →

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Names New Board Member

    San Diego-based ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, which is developing biopharmaceuticals for treating central nervous system disorders, aid today that it has named Daniel Soland to its board of directors. Soland was perviously Senior Vice President and COO of ViroPharma, and alsos previously was at Chiron Corporation, Epigensis Pharmaceuticals, and GlaxoSmithKline. Soland currently sits on the boards of Tarsa Therapeutics and DBV Technologies SA.Continue →

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Surf Air Contemplates Waitlisting New Members

    Santa Monica-based Surf Air says it might put a new waitlist into effect on April 1st--due to overpopularity of some of its routes--according to emails being sent to possible customers of the firm. According to those emails, prospective members of the membership-based airlines in Carlsbad, Santa Barbara, and other destinations may be put on a wait list....Continue →

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Stevens Gives $50M To USC For Brain Research

    Mark Stevens--who made his name as a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital--along with his wife Mary, have given $50M in a gift to the University of Southern California, to go towards an institute focused on brain rsearch. According to USC this morning, the $50M gift will go to endow the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, which is focused on preventions and cures for brain injury and disease, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury....Continue →

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    How b Spot Wants To Combine Casual Games With Legal Gambling

    Traditionally, online gambling has been quite a legal minefield, particularly since the giant U.S. crackdown on illegal online gambling and online poker back in 2011. However, a new startup, b Spot ( by YouBet veterans David Marshall and Russell Fine--thinks it has figured out a way to marry casual games with legal, online gambling, by tying those casual games with horse racing. We sat down with David Marshall to learn more about the company and what it's doing....Continue →

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