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$20 million Type: Equity

Location: Culver City

Investors: Sequoia Capital

Description: Sequoia Capital led Clutter’s Series B after also leading its Series A round in October. Clutter’s on-demand app allows customers to have their things packed, picked up, and put into self-storage. The startup’s staff photographs, barcodes, and inventories items before they are packed. The company’s movers and packers are full-time employees rather than independent contractors. Clutter sublets space in industrial warehouses.


$39 million

Type: Sale

Location: Santa Monica

Seller: Demand Media Inc.

Description: Demand Media Inc. has sold its humor website, Cracked.com, to E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati for $39 million in cash. The sale was motivated by Demand Media’s desire to narrow its portfolio of internet companies and add cash to its balance sheet, said Chief Executive Sean Moriarty.

Van Dyke Technology Group Inc.


Type: Acquisition

Location: Columbia, Md.

Buyer: Jacobs Engineering

Description: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. acquired Van Dyke Technology Group Inc., a 180-person cybersecurity firm catering to government clients such as U.S. intelligence agencies. Jacobs, based in Pasadena, sees the Van Dyke pickup as an addition to its roster of government IT services, but it also plans to use the firm’s cybersecurity expertise for private clients.



Type: Acquisition

Location: Torrance

Buyer: Appriss

Description: Sysrepublic, a retail fraud detection software developer, was bought for an undisclosed amount by Appriss of Louisville. Appriss makes software crash reporting programs, retail fraud prevention software, and health care compliance software.

Technology reporter Garrett Reim can be reached at greim@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @garrettreim for the latest in L.A. tech news.

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