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October 24, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Tradesy, an online marketplace where women can sell and buy preowned clothing, wants to turn your closet into cash. The latest in a long line of resale start-ups launched Wednesday and was founded by Tracy DiNunzio, who also started the popular used wedding dress marketplace Recycled Bride in 2009. "We've all got overflowing closets and nothing to wear," DiNunzio said. "What if we could just turn to each other and say, 'Hey, do you have something I would want, because I've got something you would want.' And it really lowers the barrier to entry for everyone.
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September 9, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Nowadays when tech companies say they specialize in storage, we assume they're talking about cloud computing. But West Los Angeles start-up Clutter deals with the real, physical mess in your life -- you know, clothes you never wear, old high school yearbooks, childhood "art" projects, the like. The concept is simple: Download Clutter's free iPhone app and arrange to have the company's water-resistant reusable plastic storage boxes delivered for free to your doorstep. You can get up to five free boxes at a time.
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July 3, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Scrubs didn't get much love from 1990s girl group TLC. But two local entrepreneurs feel differently. Trina Spear and Heather Hasson co-founded Figs, a Culver City start-up that is hoping to shake up the medical clothing industry -- starting with those baggy scrubs. The company says it wants to do for medical clothing what Lululemon did for workout apparel. By using nicer-quality, antimicrobial fabrics with an emphasis on comfort, fashion and performance, the duo hopes to rid the industry of ugly scrubs, shapeless lab coats and cheap fabric.
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August 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The do-it-yourself trend has taken off recently, helped by the popularity of such sites as Pinterest and Etsy that showcase people's personal crafting projects. Start-up Darby Smart is capitalizing on that and this summer launched a website to sell simple DIY kits for at-home projects including feather-topped drink stirrers, '20s-inspired headbands and monogrammed tote bags. The San Francisco company works with designers to create the crafting kits, which come with materials such as paint and glue, as well as instructions.
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February 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Booking appointments is one of life's pesky hassles. Your favorite restaurant never seems to pick up the phone and doesn't use OpenTable, your massage therapist prefers calls but your hair stylist prefers texts, your yoga studio uses its own online scheduler. By the time you finally get through to someone, the appointment time you want isn't even available. Start-up MyTime , which officially launched Thursday in Los Angeles only, is eliminating those various channels by consolidating appointments onto one site.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The do-it-yourself trend has taken off recently, helped by the popularity of such sites as Pinterest and Etsy that showcase people's personal crafting projects. Start-up Darby Smart is capitalizing on that and this summer launched a website to sell simple DIY kits for at-home projects including feather-topped drink stirrers, '20s-inspired headbands and monogrammed tote bags. The San Francisco company works with designers to create the crafting kits, which come with materials such as paint and glue, as well as instructions.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon has begun taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, joining three other major U.S. networks now selling the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid device. The Galaxy Note II is Samsung's largest phone -- bigger than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III -- and the follow-up to the widely successful Galaxy Note, which made its world debut last year. The phone/tablet hybrid runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uses a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and has an 8-megapixel rear camera. It also comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
If you are like me and spend hours trawling the Web to find the next best restaurant, travel destination or book, you might want to take a look at Qloo , a new "cultural discovery platform" that aims to make searches more personal and easier. The New York start-up, which launched in November, offers recommendations based on the user's tastes in music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel. "We are culturally much more than just your taste in an individual category," said Alex Elias, who co-founded Qloo with Jay Alger, chief executive of digital agency Deepend.
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February 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
There are lots of online tools to help you send someone a virtual gift. But San Francisco start-up Karma knows you'd rather get the real thing. The company, which officially launched Tuesday, aims to make it quick and convenient to send someone a personal gift from a mobile device. With the company's free iPhone or Android app, users can gift shop from Karma's selection of offerings, which include Magnolia cupcakes, bottles of champagne and Moleskine journals. Other companies that have signed on include Kate Spade, Gund and Movietickets.com.
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February 7, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Want to party at Jim Morrison's former pad or do a photo shoot at the “Entourage” house? A new Santa Monica tech start-up can hook you up. Online event booking site Eventup, which launched Tuesday, helps users search for and book exclusive venues for free without hiring an event planner. Private beach homes, restaurants, the set of CBS' “Big Brother” and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion are among the 300 sites already available in the Los Angeles area. Users can search for venues based on size and type of event, and can book the spaces for birthday parties, weddings, corporate functions, filming or photo shoots.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Scrubs didn't get much love from 1990s girl group TLC. But two local entrepreneurs feel differently. Trina Spear and Heather Hasson co-founded Figs, a Culver City start-up that is hoping to shake up the medical clothing industry -- starting with those baggy scrubs. The company says it wants to do for medical clothing what Lululemon did for workout apparel. By using nicer-quality, antimicrobial fabrics with an emphasis on comfort, fashion and performance, the duo hopes to rid the industry of ugly scrubs, shapeless lab coats and cheap fabric.
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March 17, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
If you are like me and spend hours trawling the Web to find the next best restaurant, travel destination or book, you might want to take a look at Qloo , a new "cultural discovery platform" that aims to make searches more personal and easier. The New York start-up, which launched in November, offers recommendations based on the user's tastes in music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel. "We are culturally much more than just your taste in an individual category," said Alex Elias, who co-founded Qloo with Jay Alger, chief executive of digital agency Deepend.
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February 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Booking appointments is one of life's pesky hassles. Your favorite restaurant never seems to pick up the phone and doesn't use OpenTable, your massage therapist prefers calls but your hair stylist prefers texts, your yoga studio uses its own online scheduler. By the time you finally get through to someone, the appointment time you want isn't even available. Start-up MyTime , which officially launched Thursday in Los Angeles only, is eliminating those various channels by consolidating appointments onto one site.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon has begun taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, joining three other major U.S. networks now selling the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid device. The Galaxy Note II is Samsung's largest phone -- bigger than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III -- and the follow-up to the widely successful Galaxy Note, which made its world debut last year. The phone/tablet hybrid runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uses a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and has an 8-megapixel rear camera. It also comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Tradesy, an online marketplace where women can sell and buy preowned clothing, wants to turn your closet into cash. The latest in a long line of resale start-ups launched Wednesday and was founded by Tracy DiNunzio, who also started the popular used wedding dress marketplace Recycled Bride in 2009. "We've all got overflowing closets and nothing to wear," DiNunzio said. "What if we could just turn to each other and say, 'Hey, do you have something I would want, because I've got something you would want.' And it really lowers the barrier to entry for everyone.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
If you've ever lusted after unused items in a friend's closet, here's your chance. Threadflip, a San Francisco start-up that launched this week, aims to give users a new way to discover, buy and sell fashion. The site's users can upload images of their belongings and set their own prices on clothing, shoes, bags and jewelry; photos can be directly imported from Facebook or Instagram. Threadflip co-founder and Chief Executive Manik Singh said the company offered a seamless end-to-end experience.
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March 6, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
A Santa Monica start-up wants to take the financial pain out of shaving. Dollar Shave Club is a new membership-only website that promises to “shave time, shave money” by sending customers a shipment of razor blades automatically every month. The company estimates that it will save members as much as $292 per year on shaving. “For a very long time people have been flummoxed by the price of brand-name razors, so they hang on to their blades for longer than they should and milk their blades,” company co-founder and Chief Executive Michael Dubin said.
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April 20, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
If you've ever lusted after unused items in a friend's closet, here's your chance. Threadflip, a San Francisco start-up that launched this week, aims to give users a new way to discover, buy and sell fashion. The site's users can upload images of their belongings and set their own prices on clothing, shoes, bags and jewelry; photos can be directly imported from Facebook or Instagram. Threadflip co-founder and Chief Executive Manik Singh said the company offered a seamless end-to-end experience.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
You've heard of farm-to-table dining. Now a tech start-up is serving up chef-to-home dining. Kitchit, which launched September in the Bay Area, enables people to book well-known chefs online. The professional chef works with you to create a customized menu -- “from world-class gastronomic adventures to casual dinner parties” -- buys all the ingredients, cooks the meal in your kitchen, plates and serves the courses, and cleans up at the end. The San Francisco start-up on Tuesday launched its service in Los Angeles, its second market.
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March 8, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
NationBuilder -- a Los Angeles start-up that helps politicos and other leaders build support -- has gotten some big backing of its own. On Thursday the company announced a $6.25-million Series A funding round, led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Former Facebook executive and Silicon Valley veteran Sean Parker participated in the round and joined the board of NationBuilder along with Andreessen Horowitz's Ben Horowitz. Founded by Jim Gilliam of Brave New Media, NationBuilder harnesses the power of technology and the Internet to help leaders (usually politicians)
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