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USC to Build New Computer Science Hub

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USC officials will break ground May 6 on a new building that could become a key center for technological advancement in Los Angeles

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LA Companies Hop Aboard NFT Bandwagon

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Akash Nigam, founder and chief executive of Venice-based Genies Inc., said he wasn’t entirely sure what a nonfungible token was until last summer when he met with Dapper Labs Inc. Chief Executive Roham Gharegozlou

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El Segundo Opposes LAX Terminal Plan

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El Segundo, which sits on the airport’s southern edge, last month sent in comments opposing LAWA’s proposal to add two new terminals as part of the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project

LA Tech Companies Shake Up Real Estate Industry Norms

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Lindsay McLean, founder and chief executive of Home-Lister Inc., said the idea for the company came to her after working with a real estate agent to sell her first home

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

High-Speed Las Vegas Rail Project May Be Back on Track

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A planned high-speed rail project between Las Vegas and Southern California that stalled out last fall amid the pandemic now appears to be back on track

Triller Looks Toward IPO in July

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Century City-based TrillerNet, the owner of short-form video platform Triller, is preparing to file a confidential direct listing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in July that values the company at more than $5 billion, according to a source familiar with the plans

USC, Amazon Plan Center for Machine Learning Research

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USC is partnering with Amazon.com Inc. to create a research center focused on privacy and security issues related to machine learning and artificial intelligence

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Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

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Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

Heliogen Raises $108 Million for Solar Energy Technology

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Pasadena-based energy technology company Heliogen Inc. has raised a total of $108 million in two funding rounds to help develop its industrial solar energy technology, the company announced June 15

LiveXLive Acquires Artist Development Firm Gramophone Media

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Beverly Hills-based livestreaming platform LiveXLive Media Inc. will acquire New York-based artist development company Gramophone Media Inc. by the end of June

VR Company Specular Theory Lands $4.5 Million Air Force Contract

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Venice-based virtual reality software company Specular Theory Inc. secured a $4.5 million contract with the Defense Department to expand development of its training products for the Air Force

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Zwift Riding High Thanks to Demand

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Zwift has raised a total of $620 million. The company plans to use this funding to further develop its app as well as Zwift-branded hardware, which it sells online

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Archer Aviation Plans Electric Air Taxis in LA by 2024

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Bay Area company Archer Aviation is developing electric aircraft for L.A.'s s Urban Air Mobility Partnership

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Metro Approves $900 Million for Airport Connector Station

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A direct rail connection to LAX has moved one step closer to reality, and Sylmar-based construction contractor Tutor Perini Corp. appears poised to deliver it

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How Hyperloop Is Prioritizing Passenger Experience

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Hyperloop Technologies Inc., doing business as Virgin Hyperloop, is testing a prototype of a transportation system that could carry passengers through nearly airless tunnels at speeds reaching 700 mph

Sunbit Raises $130 Million in Series D

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Westwood-based financial technology platform Sunbit Inc. raised $130 million in Series D funding, bumping its valuation to $1.1 billion

K1 Invests $21 Million in Eltropy

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Manhattan Beach-based private equity firm K1 Investment Management is making a $21 million investment in software company Eltropy Inc

Cybersecurity Firm Britive Raises $10 Million

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Britive Inc., a Glendale-based cloud cybersecurity company, has raised $10 million in Series A funding to continue to develop its security software

StoryFile Raises $4 Million

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West Hollywood-based StoryFile has raised $4 million to scale its storytelling app

Snap Accelerator Boosts Startups

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Launching a startup is like jumping off a cliff and building a hang glider on your way down, according to Nicole Emrani Green, who co-founded ecommerce gifting startup Givingli Inc

Miso Robotics Releases Cooking Software for Restaurants

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Miso Robotics Inc. will make the software behind its kitchen automation technology available to foodservice businesses as a standalone product

Cadiz Faces New Suit Over Water Pipeline

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Another legal challenge has been launched against a project by downtown-based water infrastructure company Cadiz Inc. to pump and transport water from its desert aquifer

Metro Approves $900 Million for Airport Connector Station

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A direct rail connection to LAX has moved one step closer to reality, and Sylmar-based construction contractor Tutor Perini Corp. appears poised to deliver it

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Players to Know in LA’s Fast-Growing Professional Esports Industry

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Most Los Angeles residents are well-acquainted with local teams like the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams — as well as the massive venues where they play their home games

Micromobility Companies Are Ready to Roll Again

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Going into 2020, the micromobility industry was already experiencing some growing pains. A year later, local micromobility companies are optimistic

SpaceX Launches Final Mission of 2020

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SpaceX closed out a record-breaking year of launches with the completion of its 26th mission for 2020

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MediaAlpha Brings Innovation to Staid Insurance Industry

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MediaAlpha Inc., which generates customer acquisition leads for insurance carriers through a digital platform, is far from a typical tech startup

Bespoke Financial Raises $8 Million for Cannabis Lending Platform

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Santa Monica-based Bespoke Financial Inc., has raised $8 million to expand its financial offerings for businesses in the cannabis industry

Playbook Five Brings Virtual Reality to Football

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Virtual reality has made its way into sports, and Playbook Five Inc. is helping the technology find its stride on the football field

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Triller Makes Two Acquisitions, Appoints New CEO

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Triller Network, the owner of the Triller social media app and several streaming businesses, announced April 14 that it had acquired live event and pay-per-view platform Fite and had reached an agreement to purchase software developer Truverse Inc., doing business as Amplify.ai.

Tech Companies Continue to Bulk Up in LA, Driving Job Growth

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Tech jobs are growing at a rapid clip in Los Angeles, fueled by an increasing appetite from local companies as well as industry leaders that are expanding their presence here

Mahmee’s Digital App Connects New Moms and Physicians

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MCH Ventures Inc., doing business as Mahmee, is a family-run business in the business of supporting families

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Boring Co.’s Las Vegas Tunnel Opens to Public

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Elon Musk’s Boring Co. is about to get its first real-world test as its 4-mile, $52.5 million tunnel loop opens to the public this week underneath the huge Las Vegas Convention Center campus

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OneOf Plans to Make Affordable NFTs for Musicians

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OneOf Inc., a company dedicated to releasing and minting nonfungible tokens, isn’t even a month old, and it already has plans to partner with celebrity artists like John Legend, H.E.R. and G-Eazy

Relativity Raises $650 Million for Large Reusable Rocket

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Long Beach-based Relativity Space Inc. has raised $650 million in Series E funding to support development of the large, 3D-printed Terran R rocket

Urb-E Raises $5 Million for E-Bike Deliveries

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With ecommerce on the rise and millions of consumers now expecting same-day shipping options when shopping online

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Bambee Raises $15 Million for HR Platform

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Santa Monica-based Bambee Inc. has raised $15 million in Series B funding for its human resources platform for small businesses

Slingshot Aerospace Names Stricklan As CEO

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Startup Slingshot Aerospace Inc. announced that co-founder Melanie Stricklan has taken over as chief executive

Arcturus Studios’ Software Powers Holographic Videos

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Augmented reality and holographic technology exist largely as a novelty for most Americans. But as smartphone cameras evolve and 5G networks come online, many investors and businesses are betting that the technology will become commonplace

Local Aerospace Companies Play Major Roles in NASA’s Moon Missions

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Later this year, Long Beach-based rocket manufacturer Rocket Lab USA Inc. will attempt its first mission to the moon

StartEngine Brings Crowdfunding to Startups

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After selling his company, Acclaim Games, in 2010, video game industry veteran and former Activision Studios Chairman Howard Marks set his sights on a new goal

Snap Drives Growth of LA’s AR Industry

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Visual artist Clay Weishaar said he was incredulous when someone from Snap Inc. contacted him in 2018 to let him know one of his lenses was trending

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