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Swell Rolls Out iOS App For Socially Responsible Investment
Santa Monica-based Swell Investing, a startup which lets consumers invest in companies which meet socially responsibility, and "impact goals", has rolled out a new iOS app, which lets consumers invest in companies from their smartphone. According to Swell Investing, the new app lets users invest in companies solving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in seven portfolios, covering green technology, renewable energy, disease eradication, zero waste, healthy living, clean wa (More info...)

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Interview with David Loo, CEO and Founder of Perspectium

For today's interview, we sat down and spoke with David Loo, the founder and CEO of Perspectium (www.perspectium.com), a startup which is developing service management applications designed to help connect different, enterprise service management software products together. Loo--who was the very first employee at ServiceNow--explains what that means, and why companies use the startup's software. Perspectium recently raised a funding round from TVC Capital.


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Criteria Corporation Gets $56M For Employment Analytics
Los Angeles-based Criteria Corp, a developer of a software-as-a-service employment analytics and pre-employment testing platform, said today that it has raised $56M in a strategic investment round, from private equity investor Sumeru Equity Partners. According to Criteria Corp., the majority funding round will go towards product innovation and growth. As part of the majority funding, Sumeru Equity Partners has appointed Jason Babcoke, John Brennan, and Kevin Cheng to Criteria Corporation's board (More info...)

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Cornerstone OnDemand Names Chief Marketing Officer
Santa Monica-base Cornerstone OnDemand said late Thursday that it has named a Heidi Spirgi as the company's new Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, to head up the firm's marketing functions. Spirgi was most recently Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product and Services for The Marcus Buckingham Company (acquired by ADP), and was the co-founder of a strategic consulting firm, Knowledge Infusion, which was acquired in 2012 by Appirio. She also has served at PeopleSoft, Seagate Technology, and Swis (More info...)

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LiveXLive Rolls New Music Streaming App
West Hollywood-based LiveXLive Media, which both produces live music content as well as owns the Slacker music streaming app, has rolled out a new, combined app which combines both livestreaming of music festivals, as well as ther personalized radio stations provided by Slacker. According to LiveXLive, the new, subscription app provides both Slacker's audio and personalization with live music event access. LiveXLive did not say how the release of the new app affects those currently using Slacker (More info...)

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Citadel Defense Wins U.S Government Customer
San Diego-based Citadel Defense, a developer of counter-drone technology, says that it has signed up an un-named, classified U.S. government customer, which is using its technology to prevent drone attacks in "highly sensitive areas". According to Citadel Defense, its systems are specifically being used to prevent weaponized drone attacks. The size of the deal was not announced. According to Citadel Defense, the classified government customer has deployed its Titan C-UAS solution to prevent thr (More info...)

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