List of startups in the San Fernando Valley (SFV)

The San Fernando Valley has some awesome tech startups and companies in hotbeds like Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks.
Here are some of the coolest companies to work for in the tech space.

1. Feedonomics

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Feedonomics is one of the fastest growing companies not just in the San Fernando Valley, but in the entire US. Started in 2012 by a team of just a few cofounders, it now has over 40 employees working out of Woodland Hills.

Feedonomics handles optimizing product feeds for some of the largest advertising agencies, brands, and retailers in the world.

2. ReachLocal

ReachLocal, headquarted in Woodland Hills provides online marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. They now have over 10k employees, and were recently acquired by Gannet Co Inc on June 27th, 2016.

3. Triton Digital

Triton Digital is a leading technology provider for the digital audio advertising industry. They are headquarted in Sherman Oaks, and now have 190 employees.  The company’s innovative technology enables both live and on-demand publishers to build audience and revenue globally.

How to get TSA Precheck added to your flight if it doesn’t show up

Here’s the scenario: You paid for 5 years of TSA precheck, but for some reason your boarding pass doesn’t list it!

Luckily, you’re not out of options. Turns out you can send a direct message to the TSA on Twitter: to get help very quickly during business hours.

I got multiple responses back within 30 minutes each time.

Dear TSA,
I didn’t get TSA Precheck on my flight tomorrow with American Airlines – XXXXX.
Can you please check why?
4h 2 hours ago

We’d love to help, Brian. Please send us your full name, KTN and confirmation number so we can look into this for you. Thanks! – Ross
4h 2 hours ago
Known Traveler Number (KTN):XXXXXXX
Record Locator: XXXXXX

Thanks Ross!

No worries, Brian. We’ll do some research on your behalf and let you know as soon as we have an update. – Ross
2h 18 seconds ago

Hi, Brian. Thanks for being patient while we looked into this for you. Our research indicates that your date of birth was 10 years off in your American Airlines profile. We worked with our friends at American Airlines on your behalf to get it fixed in your reservation for tomorrows flight. You can now reprint your boarding pass or refresh your mobile app to see the TSA Pre✓® indicator. American Airline has let us know they are currently working on getting it permanently fixed in your American Airlines profile. Let us know if we can be of further assistance. – Ross
54m 13 minutes ago
Thanks so much! Do you know if it is fixed on the return flight too?

Hi Brian. American Air fixed it and it should apply to all flights in this record locator. If the TSA Pre✓® does not appear when you check in for your return flight, please reach out to us again. We’ll take another look at it. – Kim

Which Cheesecake Factory Cakes have Gelatin (Kosher, Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan cakes)

I couldn’t find any recent blog posts about which Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes and cakes have gelatin, so I reached out directly to Cheesecake Factory to learn more.

Here is the response I received (which should help you determine which cheesecakes are “kosher” (don’t have animal gelatin):

Although our menu items, and desserts, are not certified Kosher, not all of our cheesecakes contain gelatin. A small number of them do contain Halal beef gelatin. As with most high end pastries and desserts, when needed, we use gelatin over a host of gums and artificial additives.

Below I have included a list of our cheesecakes varieties that DO NOT contain animal gelatin for your convenience. Following that, I have provided the cakes that do contain Halal beef gelatin. They are all delicious, and I hope you will find a flavor to enjoy!

Cheesecakes that DO NOT contain animal gelatin:
Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
Original with Cherry Topping
Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Toasted Marshmallow S’Mores Galore Cheesecake
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cheesecake
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
Chris’ Outrageous Cheesecake
Tiramisu Cheesecake
Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake
Adams Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake
Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake with Strawberries
White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Snickers Bar Chunks and Cheesecake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake
Craig’s Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Chocolate Tuxedo Cream Cheesecake
Pumpkin & Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes (seasonal)

Cheesecakes that DO contain Halal Beef Gelatin
Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Mango Key Lime Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake (seasonal)

How to Cancel Anthem Blue Shield Insurance Policy

If you want to cancel your Anthem insurance policy, it’s good to know a solution that doesn’t involve pulling your hair out.

I didn’t want to call any numbers where you can be on hold for hours as you are transferred to different departments.

Anthem definitely intentionally makes it difficult to cancel your health plan.

The first thing I tried was sending a message through their clumsy interface after logging into

I didn’t get a response for 5 business days, so I had to try something else.

I noticed Anthem have a twitter and facebook page, so I messaged both, and was told to email

I sent the following message, and they were very quick to finally help.

Hi, I want to cancel my Anthem insurance plan.

I asked in the customer portal through a message over 72 hours ago and have still not received a response!
The Facebook AskAnthem page told me to email this address.
My policy ID is XXXXXXXXX and my phone number is XXXXXXXX



eBay Commerce Network Help

One of the most Google Shopping-like channels is eBay Commerce Network. Not only do the ads look identical to Google Shopping PLAs, but they are entirely feed based as well.

Getting an optimized eBay Commerce Network feed involves excellent feed management, and is crucial to performing well. The ads can show up not only on, but also on, ShopStyle, and even CNET and Consumer Reports.

There are many errors to watch out for on eBay Commerce Network, with many problems codes like missing categories, titles, brands, and even missing product matching attributes.

Bazaar Voice Feed Help

Bazaar Voice is a great review system, but is one of the most difficult XML feeds to set up.

The specs are over 20 pages long, and incredibly difficult to implement, especially if you have multiple brands, categories, and languages.

Bazaar Voice Feed Management through Feedonomics solves these challenges, and makes Bazaar Voice feeds easy to create, and no developer is necessary!

Forget about the XML validator for Bazaar Voice Feeds, and rest easy knowing that the challenge is solved.

Pepperjam Feed Help

Pepperjam allows you to have a feed based method of having hundreds of affiliates promoting your products.

Providing a feed to Pepperjam can be tricky because of child products, but Feedonomics solves it with their Pepperjam feed management by allowing you to removing variant products.

You can feed to Pepperjam via API or of course with a feed URL, which is the better and simpler option.

Nextag Feed Help

Nextag is often one of the most underutilized shopping feed channels. It’s a great price comparison website that allows merchants to advertise for traffic to their websites.

Fortunately it’s all feed based. The primary difficulty is optimizing a feed for Nextag with the proper Nextag specifications and attributes.

The biggest difficulty is doing your categorization correctly, because if your competition gets more detailed in their categorization, example does “pants”, whereas you are doing “clothing”, you won’t be able to compete as effectively.


Connexity Feed Management

Getting a feed to Connexity allows you to advertise on websites like,, and even (their recent acquisition).

The Connexity feed specs are essentially the same as that of Shopzilla, which means it requires a separate feed than Google and the others. It’s important to optimize your Connexity feed well to perform well on all the above sites.

It’s especially important to not overlook fields like color, size, material, pattern, and category. For the latter Connexity feed attribute, you want to get as granular as possible.