Los Angeles Business Journal

Tenants Find Valley Life Just Fine as They Sign Lease Extensions

The San Fernando Valley showed some incremental improvement in the quarter as tenants taking advantage of the still weak market signed leases that locked in low rents.

Something To Chew On

Website founder hopes his Meals With Mentors finds seat at table.

Website Meals With Mentors looks to provide young people with food for thought.

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Deal Makers

Santa Monica web firm Savings.com won’t discount value of new ownership by Cox Media.

Valpak distributor Cox hopes to click with more deal hunters thanks to its acquisition of Savings.com.

Zumbox Raises More Than $10 Million

Digital postal service company Zumbox has closed a $10.6 million funding round, bringing its total raised to date to $28 million.

Xirrus Raises VC Money

Wireless network manufacturer Xirrus Inc. said that it has raised $18.4 million in venture capital funding.

Mobile Dating-App Maker Scores With Asian Markets

INTERNET: Plan A Drink sees Westernizing India as ripe for wooing.

News & Analysis: When mobile group-dating service Plan A Drink launched four months ago, the company was focused on the U.S. market.

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Netflix Taps Server Maker For Role in Film Business

INTERNET: Project with Equus to ease delivery of movies to customers.

News & Analysis: Customers of Netflix Inc. are downloading more and more movies.

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Tech Support Firm for Apps Appreciates Backing

Startup LP Mobile hopes new parent can spark sales.

LP Mobile hopes its new parent will get sales moving for the startup’s support service for apps

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Lender Takes Borrowers’ Receivables Into Account

FastPay adapts apparel industry model for web company clients.

Borrowers’ invoices are the main factor in FastPay’s loans to web companies

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Indoor Tent Works to Keep Privacy Zipped Up

Eric Mear’s pop-up product inspired by roommate.

Lessons learned from a noisy college roommate spurred USC grad to create indoor privacy tent.

Flexible Clip Might Work In Pinch

SnapLNX product aims to get hold on ties, sleeves, money.

SnapLNX hopes its tie clip/money clip/cuff link accessory takes hold with consumers

Networking Easier To Digest?

Grubwithus serves up restaurant rendezvous at a discount.

Grubwithus wants a seat at the table as an organizer of networking meetings at restaurants.

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Retail Touch-Up

United Future pitches interactive screens for storefront windows.

United Future thinks it has a finger on the pulse of retail with touch-screen window displays.

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Sky’s the Limit for Data-Tapping ‘Smart Irrigation’

Controller from Cyber Rain checks weather while running system.

Cyber Rain’s controllers tap actual weather data to regulate irrigation systems.

Parking App Is Getting By On Its Timely Street Smarts

Data on open spaces fuels two partnerships for ParkMe.

Two recent partnerships have driven up interest in ParkMe’s street parking guidance app.

From Mars to Earth

Imagin’Labs looks to turn tech for NASA into construction jobs

Imagin’Labs adapts NASA-used technology for more Earthbound building projects.

Relying On Nose For Business

Family raises curtain on scent-dispensing product for shower.

Peter Friis looks to nose his way into your bathroom with his aromatherapy shower attachment.

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Tighter Focus

Video sites tap niches to take aim at YouTube

Two local video sites rely on a niche focus and social approach to click with users.

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Getting Food to Go With Web

ChowNow sets up eateries to serve up online takeout orders.

ChowNow’s online service helps eateries get a line on takeout customers.

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Fit for Framing?

Instacanvas reformats Instagram photos into large-scale art to be hung in buyers’ homes.

Instacanvas co-founders take shot at turning Instagram photos into art for the home.

Deals for Rivals Could Work for HR-Focused Firm

Human resources software firm could benefit from acquisition of two rivals by tech giants.

Looking to Clean Up in Solar Energy

Company hopes panel makers take shine to its scrubbing robots.

Greenbotics hopes to feel the warmth for its solar panel-cleaning robots.

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Real Deal

Triptrotting aims to provide authentic cultural experiences by lining up volunteer hosts in foreign countries.

Triptrotting aims to get real by providing vacations that deliver authentic cultural experiences.

Concert Company Seeks Jolt From Electronic Music

Live Nation acquisition to add electronic music to the concert company’s circuit.

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Online Ad Company Reaches Improved Earnings

ReachLocal’s stock climbs on foreign growth, added revenue.

ReachLocal clicks with Wall Street as online ad company’s stock soars.

Technology Hookups

Group arranges events for entrepreneurs to find co-founders.

Group holds events to forge co-founder connections for local startups.

Questions, Answers

Mention Mobile founder’s shot-in-the-dark e-mail to Mark Cuban results in billionaire’s backing.

Mention Mobile’s biggest score so far has been signing up billionaire Mark Cuban as an investor.

Super Powered?

Events: L.A. comic book convention Comikaze partners with industry pioneer Stan Lee for second go-round.

Comics convention Comikaze seeks a super boost from its team-up with industry legend Stan Lee.

Married To Retail Website

Founder refused to let divorce pull plug on her RecycledBride.

RecycledBride.com founder committed herself to e-commerce site despite abrupt divorce from husband.

Linking Up

Software maker SocialEngine looks to click with consumers via account and community management services.

Software maker SocialEngine hopes its new online services click with users.

Food Maker Chews on Wrong Kind of Salad Days

Dole stock falls after salmonella scare prompts recall.

Salmonella-spurred salad recall bowls over Dole Food stock.

Pot Site Looks to Build Buzz

Marijuana.net places emphasis on links to alternative health care.

Owner of Marijuana.net is still high on the potential of URL address he bought in 2005.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Vacancy Rates Fall Across Valley as Landlords Drop Asking Rents

Special Report: REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY

Main events in Los Angeles County commercial and industrial submarkets in the fourth quarter.

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Phones Look Like Good Call for Accessories Maker

Belkin moves into mobile as way to re-energize growth.

Computer products maker Belkin International dials into accessories for mobile devices.

Storefront Dead Ahead

Death-focused tour Dearly Departed puts down Hollywood roots.

Operators of death-focused tour Dearly Departed were dead set on opening Hollywood storefront.