Los Angeles

  • Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

    Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

    A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.” The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that’s finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there’s still one industry that rules… Read More

  • To Infinity And Beyond: Buzz Lightyear, T-Pain, Hot Chocolate And Technology

    To Infinity And Beyond: Buzz Lightyear, T-Pain, Hot Chocolate And Technology

    I’m at the #BoxWorks conference in San Francisco this week, which is an odd place for me to be at first glance. Why odd? Because I don’t really get into or cover “enterprise” technology. It’s nothing against the vertical, I’m just usually involved with smaller startups trying to change the world for people like my Mom. Someone asked me today if I’d like… Read More

  • GroundLink Car Service Platform Tackles Its Biggest Obstacle Yet: Los Angeles Traffic

    GroundLink Car Service Platform Tackles Its Biggest Obstacle Yet: Los Angeles Traffic

    You’ve heard of GroundLink before. They offer ground transportation with up-front before-you-ride pricing throughout the U.S., and like Uber, you can book everything from your phone. The service basically puts all the control in the hands of the customer. You can book a reservation way in advance, or on-demand if you’re in NYC. Plus, you can choose what type of car you want… Read More

  • Uber Testing Begins In LA & Toronto; Edward Norton Gets Beaten Out For LA’s “Rider 0″ Title

    Uber Testing Begins In LA & Toronto; Edward Norton Gets Beaten Out For LA’s “Rider 0″ Title

    Uber, the fast-growing on-demand car service that lets you request a ride at any time using SMS or the company’s iPhone and Android apps, has seen its fair share of struggles in providing a disruptive alternative to cab services. Uber has continued rolling on in spite of it, raising $32 million in December from Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos, and Goldman Sachs — among others. The… Read More

  • Solo Drivers In Los Angeles Will Soon Be Allowed To Drive In Carpool Lanes For A Fee

    Solo Drivers In Los Angeles Will Soon Be Allowed To Drive In Carpool Lanes For A Fee

    This week, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) — which was acquired by Xerox (NYSE: XRX) in February 2010 — announced that it’s building a new, electronic toll system on the two busiest highways in Los Angeles, to allow all single car drivers, even those in a diesel guzzling Hummer, to shift into carpool lanes for a fee. When average traffic levels in a carpool lane… Read More

  • Can ShoeDazzle Finally Make Celebrity Co-Founders Pay Off? (TCTV)

    Can ShoeDazzle Finally Make Celebrity Co-Founders Pay Off? (TCTV)

    According to CrunchBase, we have never written about 18-month old ShoeDazzle despite the fact that the company has raised $23 million in two rounds of funding, expects it’ll do $100 million in revenues next year and has Kim Kardashian as a co-founder. Ok, maybe it’s partially because of that last factor. The Valley has always had an issue with LA and vice-versa. Let’s be… Read More

  • Irony: Los Angeles has really cruddy HDTV selection

    Irony: Los Angeles has really cruddy HDTV selection

    Tough times for Los Angelenos wanting to watch HDTV. Apartment dwellers in the city are, apparently, fed up with Time Warner’s foot-dragging when it comes to expanding HD content, especially those who aren’t allowed to install a DirecTV or Dish Network satellite dish. Right now, Los Angeles ranks dead last in HD channel availability in the top five TV markets in the country. (LA… Read More

  • Los Angeles testing 'breaking news' billboards

    Los Angeles testing 'breaking news' billboards

    Digital billboards are nothing new, but Clear Channel Outdoor will be testing ‘breaking news’ billboards in the Los Angeles area, starting today. The headlines will be controlled by the Los Angeles Times via a custom-built interface controlled from the newspaper’s offices. Ten billboards in all will run a ten-week test campaign consisting of eight-second rotational headlines… Read More

  • L.A. Boy Scouts Giving Copyrighted Material The Respect It Deserves

    L.A. Boy Scouts Giving Copyrighted Material The Respect It Deserves

    OK, so I’m an Eagle Scout. I have a suspicion that at least a couple of our readers are, too. It is with that spirit that I am sad to write this story. The Boy Scout Council in Los Angeles has begun a new program to award Scouts a “Respect Copyrights” activity patch. Guess what it’s all about and who helped come up with the concept? According to the article… Read More