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Tapatalk Acquires Panjo
Santa Monica-based Tapatalk, which develops mobile community software apps used heavily by online forums, has acquired Panjo, a marketplace for gear for auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Tapatalk said the deal was for cash and stock. Tapatalk's software provides mobile-friendly access to web-based forums and online communities. Tapatalk had announced its effort to acquire Pango in August.

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Sendgrid Files For IPO
SendGrid, the provider of back-end email delivery services which has a big office in Orange County, has filed for an IPO, saying that it is hoping to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has applied to list as SEND. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, illiam Blair, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Piper Jaffray, and Stifel. SendGrid's email services are used by such customers as eBay, Uber, Airbnb, and many others.The company is venture backed b (More info...)

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Interview with Steve Poizner, Alliance for Southern California Innovation

Steve Poizner is a serial tech entrepreneur and was formerly California Insurance Commissioner, and recently founded the Alliance for Southern California Innovation (www.alliancesocal.org), a nonprofit which has gathered together an impressive list of research universities, technology leaders, and others to help boost the profile of Southern California in the technology industry. We sat down with Steve to chat about what the Alliance is working on, and why he decided to champion the growth of (More info...)


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Tech Scenes: John Tomich, Onestop Internet




Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive.

In this solo episode we meet up with John Tomich and talk about Onestop Internet, the growing changes in ecommerce, explosive growth, and the long history of tech startups in Los Angeles.
Watch Tech Scenes Episode One where we explore Los Angeles from Santa Monica, West Hollywood, to Compton and meet up with Royce Disini of Mobcrush, Greg Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures, Leura Fine of (More info...)


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My Eye Media Acquired By Eurofins Digital Testing
Burbank-based My Eye Media, a provider of quality assurance and testing for the digital, motion picture industry, has been acquired by Brussels-based Eurofins Digital Testing. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Eurofins said the acquisition will strengthen its ability to help serve multiplatform TV and video service providers, including studios, programmers, broadcasters, OTT providers and operators, and give it offices in California and New York, plus locations in Warsaw (More info...)

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Arensis Deploys Off-Grid Power To Puerto Rico
Los Angeles-based Arensis, a startup developing off-grid power systems that use biomass for generating power, said it is deploying its systems to Puerto Rico, in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The company--which is based in the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)--said it is initially deploying its system at the City of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The company says its initial unit will power Farjado's Sports Complex, which is being used as a refugee shelter and distribution center. Arensis says its s (More info...)

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