Business

Yelp, the company that connects consumers with great local businesses, has acquired SeatMe, a web and iPad-app based restaurant and nightlife reservation service.

Silicon Valley? That’s so yesterday. Today’s startup innovators come from about six hours south of Silicon Valley. If that’s news to you, here are eleven of Los Angles’ best and brightest. Get to know them now before they become household names.

TechZulu caught up with Kaleio founder & CEO, Jim Riley who promised that Kaleio is giving students or non-executives tools needed to succeed as until now, there hadn’t been a platform for them to directly and professionally network with others within their desired industry.

Adam Kanner is the co-founder and CEO of ScoreBig and has set two goals for the company. One is to help the industry fill unsold seats in a way that it doesn’t hurt their business like traditional discount.

ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists, has raised a $35 million series C investment from Bill Gates and Tenaya Capital with participation from Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, and the company’s existing investors Benchmark and Founders Fund.

Since landing in LA five years ago I’ve had countless conversations around what it takes to build a tech scene. It’s not often that one gets to see a community emerge from the ground up, but it’s happening more and more in smaller cities across the U.S. and around the world.

Groupon today launched its high-end restaurant service dubbed Groupon Reserve,aimed at helping users find finest things to eat, see, do and buy.

New York based SeedInvest, an the equity-based crowdfunding platform founded in 2012 by former professional investors Ryan Feit and James Han Friday closed $1 million in funding led by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network in a move that will see them accelerate the growth of the platform and to develop new features that assist both investors and companies seeking capital.

Google challenged several global brands last year to take their most famous commercials and re-create them as digital campaigns. Execs at Google had imagined that interactive technology would open up new possibilities in advertising, so they decided to prime the pump with Project Re:Brief. The project urged advertisers to come up with ads that weren’t even thinkable, much less possible, in pre-Internet days.

Since its inception into the mainstream fabric of people’s lives, social media and the concept of social networking has gone through a rather peculiar evolutionary transition. Originally intended as an experiment in personal connections, Facebook has turned into a powerhouse platform that can be leveraged by just about any industry you can think of. From gaming, to advertising, to branding and marketing, there’s no online business plan that Facebook can’t be used for at this point.