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Tuition.io Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Student loan management program Tuition.io of Santa Monica announced Thursday it raised a $7 million Series B round

This Startup Should Have Fired Uber, Tinder, Pinterest, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, HootSuite and Instagram

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Despite the fact that JazzHR was a nascent startup in 2012, it boasted an impressive customer […].

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Alnylam Data Puts a Nobel Discovery One Step Closer to Approved Drug

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For the first time ever, a medicine using RNA interference, a method of muting a gene before it can make a harmful protein, is headed for an FDA review.

Tech Scenes Episode 1: A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem

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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech leaders and the cities they live in thrive.

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On CAR-T’s Edge, Seattle Researchers Plot to Bypass Novartis Therapy

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It’s not a stretch to say that Greta Oberhofer is alive thanks to the genetically modified cell therapy called CAR-T. At three and a half months old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, an aggressive blood cancer. At 10 months old, she had a bone marrow transplant, which required chemotherapy. She had a bad reaction: Her kidney and liver shut down, and fluid built up in her heart and lungs. She was on a breathing machine.

Source Photonics Expands In China

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West Hills-based Source Photonics , a developer of Indium Phosphide lasers and components for the optical communications market, said today that it is in an expansion in China, and is opening up a new optical laser facility in the country. Source Photonics said the new facility will be established in Jintan, China, and will double its output of its InP lasers and other equipment. The new facility is in the Jintan Economic Development zone.

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Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

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The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams. Two years later in 1992 VOD servers were capable of supplying previously encoded digital video from disks and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Fast Forward to the present day and look how far VOD has been driven by a vast number of separate technological wonders.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 20: Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice’s System1 raises $270 million, SpaceX asks FCC to make exception for low-Earth satellites in subsidized internet program and Overwatch League announces three new teams

Orange County VC and Angel Investor Conference

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 -- Orange County VC and Angel Investor Conference. FundingPost. Interested in meeting and pitching to early-stage Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists in Orange County? Register for the FundingPost event on Thursday, September 28th, 2017. At our next event, the panel of investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! See [link].

Bio Roundup: RNAi’s Big Day, CAR-T For Kids, Drugs From Fungi & More

Xconomy

It’s been a year of biomedical milestones in the U.S., including the first approval of a CAR-T cellular immunotherapy , the first smartphone app to treat substance abuse , and the first approval of a cancer drug based on genetic signature instead of the tumor’s organ of origin. Add to the list the first successful Phase 3 trial for an RNA interference drug, likely leading to a first ever FDA review.

NantKwest Names New Board Director

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Culver City-based immunotherapy developer NantKwest , one of the companies run by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, says that it has named Fred Driscoll, the former Chief Financial Officer of Flexion Therapeutics, to its board. According to NantKwest, Driscoll is taking the position that is being vacated by Richard Kusserow.

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Fire fast, not last.

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Close. Here is one that takes a real leap for a younger manager or CEO to believe.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 22: Hyperloop One Raised $85 Million at a Valuation of More Than $700 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop One raised $85 million at a valuation of more than $700 million, Faraday Future cuts loose its Nevada factory and incentives and Stratolaunch megaplane fires all six engines for the first time

How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis. Jason Calacanis founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and Inside.com. He turned down a $20 million offer for Silicon Alley Reporter. Then the dotcom bubble burst, and he wound up with a net worth of negative $10,000. Calacanis bounced back and founded Weblogs, which he sold to AOL after 18 months for $30 million.

Former Lawyer Sues Synthetic Genomics “Boys Club” over Gender Bias

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Against a contentious backdrop of a gender gap in the life sciences, a lawyer who spent more than eight years managing intellectual property at San Diego’s Synthetic Genomics (SGI) has sued the star-studded company for discriminating against women.

AdGreetz Powers Personalized Ads For Flipkart

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Los Angeles-based personalized advertising technology developer AdGreetz has been powering personalized ads for Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart , according to AdGreetz. According to AdGreetz, which is led by Eric Frankel, has been deploying its personalized ads on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Google AdWords for Flipkart as part of "Big Billion Days", which AdGreetz said is the Indian equivalent of Cyber Monday in the United States.

Low-Hanging Fruit Gone, Ag & Food Tech Investors Pay More for Deals

Xconomy

Food delivery startups are catching on with more consumers, and that demand is whetting investor appetites. The $400 million that grocery delivery startup Instacart raised in March marked the largest deal for a U.S. food technology company in the first half of the year, according to new data from online investment marketplace AgFunder.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 21: Tuition.io Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Tuition.io raises $7 million, Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads, and Snap Spectacles hardware lab cuts jobs, as well as changes leadership

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 19: Snapchat Has Bigger Share of New Users in U.S., but Instagram Is Closing the Gap

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat has bigger share of new users in U.S., but Instagram is closing the gap, SpaceX files paper for ‘Starlink’ constellation and Herb Scannell tapped as CEO of Mitu

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 18: Sixgill Raises $27.9 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Sixgill raises $27.9 million, Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion and Snapchat removes Al Jazeera channel from Saudi Arabia

Akili, Emulate, Ginkgo & More: The Innovation at the Intersection Award Finalists

Xconomy

Research that happens at the intersection of different fields can lead to new innovations that tackle pressing problems in the life sciences. This year’s finalists in the Innovation at the Intersection category show the value of bringing different disciplines—engineering and biology, IT and medicine—together. Here are brief introductions to the finalists. The winners of this and the other categories of the Xconomy Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala in Boston on September 26.

PatientSafe Solutions Raises $25M

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San Diego-based PatientSafe Solutions , a developer of mobile software used for clinical workflow and communications in healthcare organizations, has raised $25M more in a funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by HighBar Partners, and also included Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Camden Partners, Psilos Group, and TPG. The company said the funding will go to further scale operations, accelerate sales, and other efforts. Si Luo is President and CEO of PatientSafe.

Up Thursday: Episode 1 Of Tech Scenes, A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem

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Looking to figure out what makes Southern California's thriving technology industry tick? We've partnered with Tech Scenes, produced by Jeff Martin, to help showcase what makes the region such an attractive community for startup entrepreneurs and venture investments.

Plenty of Fish Connects With Google Home

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Plenty of Fish (POF), the online dating company owned by Match.com--and run out of Los Angeles--says it has integrated its dating services with Google Assistant, running on Google Home, Android devices, and iPhones. According to Plenty of Fish, the integration allows users to ask Google Assistant if they have new messages on the dating services, and will read those messages aloud to the individual. READ MORE>>. plentyoffish online dating google assistant integration relationships

AfterNow Releases AR Tool For Filmmakers

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Culver City-based AfterNow said this week that it has released a new application, Blocker , which helps filmmakers take advantage of Apple's ARKit. AfterNow said that the tool lets a director place virtual characters in an augmented reality environment, for blocking or storyboarding. AfterNow said the tool is aimed at helping filmmakers to accurately prepare scenes to communicate positioning of cameras and characters. READ MORE>>.

Hyperloop One Raises $85M More

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Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One , which is building high speed, Hyperloop transportation systems, says it has raised $85M in a Series B-1 funding round. The funding brings the company's total raised to $245M since it was founded in 2014. The new funding came from Caspian VC Partners (as part of Summa Group and OurCrowd.com), DP World, WTI, as well as the company's existing investors. READ MORE>>. capital venture caspian group summa hyperloop

March Capital Partners Backs Activehours In New Funding

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners has joined in another funding round for Palo Alto-based Activehours , as part of a $39M funding. Activehours said the new, $39M investment round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital and March Capital Partners. Activehours offers up a mobile-app driven service which lets people access their paychecks, even before those paychecks are deposited in their account.

Tuition.io Gets $7M In Series B Funding

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Santa Monica-based Tuition.io , which helps employers offer up student loan repayment assistance as part of their employee benefits, has raised $7M in a Series B funding round, the company said today. The funding was led by Wildcat Venture Partners, and also included Mohr Davidow Ventures and MassMutual Ventures LLC, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.