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LivingSocial, the local marketplace to buy and share the best things to do in your city, is expanding its Los Angeles-area sales force to meet the growing demand from local merchants and customers. The company, which currently has 30 employees in the Los Angeles area office, expects to add 50 new inside sales positions over the coming months.
Portico SM, a private club featuring luxury residences in the world’s most sought-after destinations, announced today, that it will join Virgin America’s Elevate® frequent flyer program as the airline’s first residence-style alternative to the traditional hotel stay. Starting now, Elevate® frequent flyers can earn 35,000 points when they join Portico, gaining access to more than 250 homes in over 72 destinations around the world. As a bonus, Elevate members who join before November 15, 2013 will receive an additional 10,000 Elevate® points courtesy of Portico.*
Bigcommerce, the leading e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, and Stripe, the easiest way to accept card payments online, today announced UK availability. The new integration with Stripe?s Connect platform now enables UK-based merchants using Bigcommerce to accept online payments in minutes - not days or weeks. Many entrepreneurs who run online businesses know that taking payments isn?t allthat easy. Merchant accounts, payment gateways, forms to fill out, and activation waiting periods can lead to frustrations, especially when you?rejust starting out and want to make money quickly. Stripe?s solution is simple and fully integrated into the Bigcommerce platform, making it easier for businesses to accept payments from customers directly on their own site.
Exclusive Resorts, the nation’s premier destination club, has announced its newest strategic partnership with leading American retail brand Barneys New York, marrying the worlds of fashion and luxury travel. This collaboration between the two pioneering American-based luxury brands will commence on October 24, 2013, with a private in-store “Locked In” event in New York City, inviting Exclusive Resorts’ more than 3,500 elite members to indulge in an after-hours shopping spree of the season’s must-have items with a dedicated personal shopper hosted by Barneys’ Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan..
Portico Excursions place families in the forefront of some of the world’s most beautiful settings, immersing them in a new locale and culture. Working closely with Portico and using their expert knowledge of each region, Natural Habitat Adventures created individual itineraries designed especially with Portico members in mind. Unique experiences include a cowboy-style dinner at a dude ranch after a day of touring the Grand Tetons in Yellowstone and the opportunity to snorkel with penguins in Bartoloméin theGalapagos. A specialized itinerary was also created just for Portico travelers participating in the Machu Picchu excursion, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Pasadena-based UberMedia is connecting the dots between a user’s social media activity and immediate location, bringing a more relevant and unique ad experience. For instance, users who have liked an actress on Facebook would likely see an ad for her latest film when near a theater playing it. Find out how UberAds ismore than tripling more conventional click through rates, and which media heavyweights are taking notice.* Advances like UberAds are likely to impactthose working in internet marketing jobs and digital media jobs alike.
newBrandAnalytics (nBA), the social intelligence expert for government, retail and hospitality organizations, recently marked the first anniversary of its partnership with the District of Columbia and Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s innovative Grade.DC.Gov Program. Since its inception in June 2012, the number of agencies participating in Grade.DC.Gov has tripled, and the majority of agency performance grades have seen an overall improvement.
FedBid, Inc., the fully-managed online marketplace helping governments, business and educational institutions save on simple goods and services, announced the appointment of Kevin R. Maloney to the post of executive vice president of sales and marketing, charged with driving FedBid’s worldwide revenue growth and market expansion efforts, as a key member of the senior executive team. His appointment marks the latest move by the company to build its expansion into new markets, a growth spearheaded by January 2012’s investment by renown technology entrepreneurs Ted Leonsis and Steve Case’s Revolution Growth fund.
SCHAWEL+COLES, an interactive ecommerce agency in Utah and New York, has been featured as a design, development and marketing expert on the Bigcommerce website. SCHAWEL+COLES, a leader in creative online store creation and implementation, was selected by Bigcommerce to provide design and integration services to their customers utilizing the Bigcommerce platform. The agreement gives SCHAWEL+COLES a new level of service and support to continue to offer the award-–winning Bigcommerce platform, delivering the leading e-commerce platform for small businesses to their clients along with the tools necessary to manage all aspects of online retail.
newBrandAnalytics (nBA), the social intelligence expert for retail, hospitality, and food andbeverage organizations, announced today it achieved record numbers in totalrevenues, bookings and client renewals in the first six months of 2013. Major brands including Hyatt Hotels, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bob’s Discount Furniture became newBrandAnalytics clients in 2013, along with other national franchises such as Le Pain Quotidien, Choice Hotels (Canada), Eat’n Park, Roti and The Greene Turtle.
Bigcommerce, the rapidly growing e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, today announced a significant new investment from Revolution Growth. Steve Case, the iconic entrepreneur who co-founded the Revolution Growth fund, will join the Bigcommerce board. Launched in 2009 by Eddie Machaalani and Mitchell Harper, Bigcommerce is a new kind of e-commerce platform that has already helped tens of thousands of companies create online stores, market their businesses and build brands.
Optoro Inc, a technology company enabling retailers and manufacturers to increase revenue from returned and excess inventory, announced a significant Series B investment led by Revolution Growth, with participation from existing investor, Grotech Ventures.

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