New CEO at Urban Airship

On Thursday, the company is announcing the hiring of former Citrix Online president Brett Caine. Mike Temple, who had been acting CEO, has returned to his prior role as CFO. In an interview, Caine said he wanted an opportunity similar to the one he had at Citrix, where he grew the company from $40 million […]

New Cash May Make Wish The Next $1B Unicorn

Mere months after raising $50 million in financing, we’re hearing from multiple sources that the mobile and online shopping startup Wish is galloping towards “unicorn” status with talks to raise roughly $100 million at a valuation of around $1 billion. Apparently, people like to shop on their mobile devices. More>

Oh To Be 23

Founder and CEO of Kiip What makes him powerful:Wong is one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital. He did so for his mobile advertising network, Kiip, which rewards consumers for engaging with ads. He skipped four grades in school, and graduated college when he was 18. MORE>

Level Up Reveals Passbook Integration

Earlier today during Apple’s product presentation, Apple made two exciting announcements pertaining to the payment space: 1) that the company’s mobile wallet, Passbook will support mobile payments and 2) that the iPhone 6 will contain an NFC chip. LevelUp, the mobile-first payment network with over 1.5MM customers and 14K businesses is today unveiling three exciting […]

Two Tap Raises Seed Round with a Great Group of Investors

Two Tap, a service that allows users to buy items from mobile apps or websites, has raised $2.7 million in seed funding. Investors in the company include Digital Garage, Green Visor Capital , Initialized Capital, Khosla Ventures , SV Angel, Transmedia Capital and individual investors….

LevelUp Launches Gift Cards, Bridging Digital & Physical Gifting

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – July 31, 2014) – LevelUp, the mobile payments company with over 1.5 million users and 14,000 accepting business locations, is announcing the launch of it’s gift card feature. Businesses can enroll to start selling gift cards with LevelUp as of today. LevelUp powered gift card should be rolling into store in the […]

Newsle Acquired By LinkedIn

LinkedIn announced today that it has acquired Newsle, the machine learning startup founded to help users pare down the ample noise coming across social networks and give them relevant info about their most important contacts. The terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone […]

Wish On A Roll

Wish, a fast-growing mobile-shopping app, raised $50 million from venture-capital investors who believe there is still room for upstarts in an industry dominated by, eBay and Groupon. The funding came from new investor Founders Fund and existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, among others, and gives the San Francisco […]

SnappyTV Rocks!

Twitter announced today that it is acquiring SnappyTV, the service for clipping, editing and sharing clips from live broadcasts in near real-time. Already, Twitter says that it works with SnappyTV with a range of its broadcast and media partners, and this will help it continue to invest in those partnerships and support that important client […]

Nova Spivack – LA Power Player

Like any landscape, LA’s tech scene has a group of — for want of a better phrase — “power players,” those who anchor and influence the larger community. While this list is by no means inclusive of all the key people in the Southland — apologies for those we overlooked, failed to include and missed […]