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Edmunds puts new spin on old digs for 50th anniversary

SM Daily Press:  Rotating above the reception area at the new, souped-up Edmunds headquarters in Santa Monica are two Chevrolet Corvette sports cars, one from 1966 and one recently purchased 2016 edition.

They’re the shining centerpieces of the car information and shopping network’s fully renovated, 143,000-square-foot offices at the Colorado Center, which opened last month as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

“We wanted to make a big statement when people enter the space that really recognizes the 50-year heritage that we have as a company,” CEO Avi Steinlauf said.

And it’s a heritage that is closely tied to Santa Monica.  Read more > > >


Ocean Avenue South Named Finalist in 2016 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Ocean Avenue South, a residential mixed-use, mixed-income development, is a finalist in the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs.

“It is a great honor to be considered for this global award, but it would not be possible without the City of Santa Monica's overall vision,” said Bill Witte, Chairman and CEO, Related California. “This model for public-private partnership helped transform Ocean Avenue into a world-class neighborhood with new housing, retail, and amenities."   Read more > > >


Q + A with Randy Starr: Silicon Beach + Its Future

BisNow:  Avison Young's Randy Starr has nearly 25 years of experience in real estate.Bisnow caught up with Randy to talk about his work, trends in Silicon Beach and why the area is booming. Randy is among the all-star panelists at Bisnow'sFuture of Silicon Beach event on March 22 aThe Gallery. To read full article > > >


The 13 hottest US cities for 2016

Business Insider:  The four miles between Venice and Santa Monica has been dubbed "Silicon Beach" for the growing number of startups that started moving into the area to escape the rising rents and cutthroat competition in Silicon Valley.  Read more> > >


Tastemade Raises $40 Million

LA Business Journal:  Online media network Tastemade Inc. of Santa Monica has raised a $40 million Series D round.

The cash influx will be used to expand production capacity, launch new shows in international markets and improve the company’s video distribution technology.

In partnership with freelance video creators, Tastemade produces online food, travel and lifestyle content.  Read more > > >