Friday, March 10, 2017
Interview with Robert Blatt, MomentFeed

For today's interview, we thought we'd catch up with Robert Blatt, the CEO of Los Angeles-based MomentFeed (, which recently announced a $16.3M funding led by Level Equity. It's been quite a few years since we spoke with the company.

What is MomentFeed up to nowadays?

Robert Blatt: We say to people that we do customer experience for multi-location brands. What that means, is for companies that have a physical presence in the real world, stores and the like, interaction (More info...)

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Esri Wins Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Redlands-based GIS software maker Esri said on Thursday that it has been selected by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to help support that lab's users. According to Esri, the deal with ORNL gives the lab's users access to spatial analysis tools in the ArcGIS platform. Financial impact of the deal were not announced. Esri said the deal is the first, major enterprise agreement between the company and a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory. Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides support for (More info...)

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Microsemi Powers Recent Iridium Satellite Launch
Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi's chips are being used in the ten Iridium NEXT satellites that were just launched into orbit by SpaceX, according to Microsemi. According to Microsemi, Iridium NEXT is making use of more than 2,000 Microsemi radiation-tolerant field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in its satellite constellation, and over 200,000 Microsemi devices across the entire project. Microsemi also said its commercial FPGAs are also being used by SpaceX, in its launch vehicl (More info...)

posted on Friday, March 10, 2017(Full story) Bitcoin Sales Up 74 Percent Due To Record High
Calabasas-based, an online travel site which accepts Bitcoin for payment for airplane flights and hotels, said on Thursday that it has seen a surge in purchases using Bitcoin, as the electronic currency hits new highs. According to, it has seen a 74 percent year-over-year increase in Bitcoin sales over the last six months, which it attributes to the rising value of Bitcoin--eacho of which is now worth over $1270. has been accepting Bitcoin for the purchase (More info...)

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The 14th Annual LAVA Venture Awards Dinner - March 22nd
The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will hold its 14th Annual Venture Awards Dinner to recognize Southern California’s best venture-backed companies, and to celebrate the induction of a special guest into the LAVA Hall of Fame. The awards dinner will be attended by over 300 leaders in the Venture Capital community, including CEOs and founders of successful emerging companies. This year honors Jeff Stibel of D&B Credibility.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5:30pm - 10pm
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica

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Recurring Revenue Conference - April 26 -Los Angeles
Join local entrepreneurs, SaaS innovators, leading VCs, private equity/angel investors April 26, 2017 at the Recurring Revenue Conference ( presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Whether you are a SaaS or subscription business, or if customer retention is critical to your success, this is the venue to attend. Register at:
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