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AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

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Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said.

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LightPointe Moves Headquarters, Manufacturing Facility


San Diego-based LightPointe , which manufactures outdoor, point-to-point radios used for wireless backhaul, said it has moved its headquarters and manufacturing facility into a new facility in San Diego. According to the company, the move will consolidate manufacturing of its 60 GHz, 70 GHz, 80 GHz, and 90 GHz point to point radios at the new location.

Can a “good-hearted” entrepreneur succeed in business?


People argue over whether an entrepreneur with a sense of fairness, a desire for collegiality, a want to share the profits can succeed in the long run within a business world full of lions and tigers that eat timid entrepreneurs for lunch. Does a “good heart” diminish the chances of success?

Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund


Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. According to the newly created venture capital firm, it will focus on early revenue startups, focused on companies across both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Creates New Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Upfront Ventures leads $14 million MetaCX round; Axiomatic invests in Matcherino; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies links with German port authority

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11th Annual Digital Family Reunion

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 -- Digital Family Reunion. Please join us for the 11th Annual Digital Family Reunion, the premier holiday party celebrating LA's vibrant technology community. Come reconnect with old friends and enjoy quality networking with fellow technology, media and finance professionals from across biotech, martech, fintech, blockchain, healthtech, IoT, big data, VR, AR, AI, entertainment and more. See [link] (more

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San Antonio Seeks to Be Known as Silicon Valley of Military Medicine


San Antonio — When it comes to medical technology, what’s good for the military isn’t always good for the private sector. It’s often difficult for military researchers to find investors who will help them privately commercialize the innovations they develop, in part because the duties of military physicians are different than those of civilian doctors. That’s the case when it comes to both treating patients and working with others to develop new healthcare tools.

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Interview with Jordan Glazier, Wildfire Systems


Anyone knows that word-of-mouth recommendations--whether from friends, family, or influencers--carries a huge amount of weight when you're making purchasing decisions. So, if you're a marketer, how do you track and encourage those word-of-mouth recommendations? And, if you're a social platform, is there a way to monetize all that activity happening on your service?

SpaceX Breaks Launch Record

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SpaceX reaches new heights with record-breaking rocket launch

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Stradling Office Hours @ CONNECT, Dec 14

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IQMS Acquired By Dassault For $425M


In another big, software acquisition for California's Central Coast, Paso Robles-based IQMS , a developer of ERP software for the engineering and manufacturing industry, has been acquired by French software giant Dassault Systemes. Dassault said that it is paying $425M in cash for IQMS, in order to extend its solutions to business operations for small and midsized manufacturers. IQMS develops manufacturing ERP software which are used by manufacturers to manage their business processes.

Veritone Gets Acquisition Bid From Apis Capital Management


Costa Mesa-based Veritone , a developer of artificial intelligence software, said it has received an unsolicited acquisition bid from private equity firm Apis Capital Management. According to Veritone, Apis has offered to acquire all of its outstanding shares for $10.26 per share in cash. Veritone said the proposal is an increase from an earlier offer to pay $8.00 per share in cash for the company, which it received on December 4th from Apis.

8minuteenergy In $200M Solar Power Joint Venture With J.P. Morgan, Upper Bay


Los Angeles-based 8minuteenergy Renewables , a private solar and energy storage developer, said it has entered into a joint venture with J.P. Morgan Asset Management and an affiliate of Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners , which will provide over $200M in capital for 8minutenergy's pipeline of products. According to the firms, the joint venture will support 8minuteenergy's 10.7 gigawatt pipeline of projects. 8minuteenergy builds utility-scale solar projects.

SpaceX Running Fairing Catch Tests Near Catalina Island


Hawthorne-based SpaceX , in an attempt to further hone its technology to be able to catch the rocket fairings off of its spacecraft, was running a test on Monday afternoon off the back side of Catalina Island, dropping that fairing to Mr. Steven, its fairing-catching marine vessel. According to both aircraft and marine traffic tracking systems, SpaceX made its latest drop at around 2:30pm, letting go of its fairing from 10,800 feet.

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Elon Musk Keeps Up Fight With SEC


Elon Musk , the technology mogul behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, apparently is continuing his disparagement of the Securities and Exchange Commission , this time on an interview with 60 Minutes. In an interview, aired over the weekend, Elon Musk says "I want to be clear. I do not respect the SEC. I do not respect them." Musk and Tesla settled a lawsuit by the SEC in October, settling charges brought by the SEC over disclosure controls and procedures around Musk's tweets.

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AppOnBoard Closes $15 Million Series B

L.A. Business Journal

Mobile app demo and analytics platform AppOnboard Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 11 it completed a $15 million series B funding round led by Breakaway Growth Fund, bringing its total 2018 fundraising to $30 million. To date, AppOnboard has raised $35 million

sensemetrics Gets $10M For IoT Sensor Software


San Diego-based sensemetrics , a startup developing software to digest the vast amount of industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensor data in the areas of mining, dams, energy and the industrial machine sectors, said on Tuesday that it has raised $10M in a financing round. The Series A funding was led by German inestor X2 I Equity, and also included Mooring Ventures and Three Curve Capital.

AppOnboard Finds $15M More For Mobile App Demos


Los Angeles-based AppOnboard , the startup developing mobile app demo and analytics software, has raised $15M more in a funding round, the company said on Tuesday morning. The funding was led by Breakaway Growth Fund, and also included Tiller Partners & Rainier Partners, plus Manta Ray Ventures, Runa Capital, Korea Investment Partners, Mirae Asset Management, MTGx, Troy Capital Partners, and 500 Startups.

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Jaanuu Snags $15M More For Medical Apparel


El Segundo-based medical apparel brand Jaanuu --formed by former investment banker Shaan Sethi and his sister, Dr. Neela Sethi Young --has snagged $15M more in funding, the company said this week, bring the company's total raised to $25M. The funding was led by JMK Consumer Growth Partners, and also included existing investors, including the Nordstrom family, and new investor David Kessenich, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of healthcare private equity firm Excellere Partners.

Trovata Gets Seed Funding From J.P. Morgan


San Diego-based Trovata , a company developing cash automation software for the treasury management market, has raised a round of seed funding, led by J.P. Morgan, according to the company. Size of the investment round was not announced. According to Trovata, it has developed a cash automation platform built on open banking for finance and treasury operations, which is currently in a pilot with Square and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Happiest Baby Adds $23M For Baby Soothing Bed


Los Angeles-based Happiest Baby , the developer of a "smart" crib which automatically soothes babies to sleep, depending on their activity level and fussiness, has raised $23M in Series B funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included Sallfort Bank and GV; the startup is also backed by Google Ventures, Greycroft, Lux, Obvious Ventures, Felecis Ventures plus Justin Timberlake and Scarlett Johansson.

Boring Company Tunnel Opening Shifts To December 18th


The official opening of the first tunnel being built by Los Angeles-based Boring Company , a prototype tunnel meant to prove out its technology and feasibility of transporting people and traffic beneath city streets, has shifted to December 18th, according to Elon Musk. The official opening of the tunnel system had been scheduled for December 10th. According to Musk, the tunnel opening will "include modded but fully road legal autonomous transport cars & ground to tunnel car elevators."

VR Goes Out of Box

L.A. Business Journal

Economic reality forces VR firms to switch focus for wider audience


Upfront Ventures Leads Investment In MetaCX


Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor in a MetacX , a startup developing collaboration software for suppliers and buyers of enterprise software. According to MetaCX, it raised over $14M in the funding round, which was led by Upfront Ventures. Upfront's participation was led by Kobie Fuller, who joins MetaCX's board of directors as part of the funding.

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Snap Hires New Communications Officer

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 10 Julie Henderson will join the social-focused camera company as chief communications officer

RealD Installing 100 New Screens in China

L.A. Business Journal

3D and visual technology developer RealD Inc. announced Monday it signed a deal with Beijing, China-based Wanda Cinema Line Corp. to install RealD 3D film screens into 100 of its theaters across China

Sonos Names Chief Legal Officer


Santa Barbara-based Sonos said on Monday that it has named a new Chief Legal Officer. According to the firm, Eddie Lazarus, who was most recently General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer for Tribune Media Company from 2013 to 2018, will join the company in Santa Barbara on January 2nd. Sonos said Lazarus will head up all legal, corporate governance, SEC reporting, government affairs, regulatory and compliance activities across Sonos' global operations.

Good Money, Founded by Thrive's Gunnar Lovelace, Gains $30M For Digital Bank


Good Money , a new Los Angeles digital banking startup founded by Gunnar Lovelace, the co-founder of Thrive Market , announced on Monday that it has raised $30M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Galaxy Digital via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund with investments from Breyer Capital, Blocktower Capital, Boost VC, Ken Howery, Blockchange Ventures, Cross Culture Capital, Troy Carter, Mitch Kapor, Peter Diamandis, Blake Mycoskie, Justin Rosenstein, and others.

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Maple Media Acquires Banana & Co. Gaming Portfolio

L.A. Business Journal

Mobile advertising firm Maple Media announced Monday it acquired the intellectual property rights to San Francisco-based game developer Banana & Co.’s s game portfolio

CerraCap Gets Exit At Swych


Costa Mesa-based venture capital investor CerraCap Ventures says it has seen an exit out of its investment portfolio, saying that the sale of digital gifting and exchange company Swych resulted in a 4.3X return for the firm in less than two years. Swytch was a developer of digital gift card and mobile gifting apps, and was acquired about four weeks ago by a company called Finablr.

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