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Video Interview: Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica

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Our video interview today is with Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica, a startup in the Techstars LA 2019 Class focused on real estate transactions. Fabrica was one of the companies that pitched at Techstars LA Demo Day on Tuesday at the El Rey. READ MORE>>.

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Video Interview: Daniel Faber, Orbit Fab

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Daniel Faber is the CEO and founder of Orbit Fab (www.orbitfab.com), a startup developing technology to refuel spacecraft in space. Orbit Fab was part of the 2019 Techstars Space Los Angeles accelerator program. READ MORE>>. orbitfab daniel faber techstars space accelerator video startup interview

Video Interview: Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls, findSisterhood

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For our video interview today, we talked with Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls , founder and CEO of findSisterhood (www.findsisterhood.com) one of the companies out of the Techstars Los Angeles 2019 class, which is creating a new social network for women. READ MORE>>.

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How TuesdayNights is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Connect With Capital

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Raising capital for a female-led startup can be very diffiult--which is what Justine Lassoff and Melinda Moore found out when they started their own company, LovingEco, in Los Angeles. So, to help other female entrepreneurs, they founded TuesdayNights (www.tuesdaynights.org), a group in LA which helps female entrepreneurs connect with capital and each other to improve their access to capital.

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Video Interview: Crystal Brown, Healthiest.io

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Our video interview today is with Crystal Brown, the founder and CEO of Healthiest (healthiest.io), a browser extension that helps you find a healthier version of whatever you are shopping for. Interview at the TuesdayNights Impact conference in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Nancy Soni, PathMatch

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Our video interview today is with Nancy Soni , the founder and CEO of PathMatch (www.pathmatch.com), a Los Angeles startup that helps high school and college students connect to career paths that fit their personality, strengths, interests, goals, values, and location preferences.

Interview with Michele Ruiz and Dan Gould, BiasSync

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How do you create a tool to help address unconscious bias in the workplaceand why would you create a new startup in that area? Los Angeles-based BiasSync (www.biassync.com) was founded by three, very experienced serial entrepreneurs-- Michele Ruiz (broadcast journalism), Robin Richards (CareerArc, Internships.com, NTI Group, MP3), and Dan Gould (former VP of Technology for Tinder).

Video Interview: Michael McCrary, PureSpectrum

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Our video interview today is with Michael McCrary, CEO and founder of PureSpectrum , a Westlake Village-based startup in the survey and sampling industry. Michael tells us about how he founded the company, and gives some hints and tips on entrepreneurship. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Cynthia Vincent, BAACAL

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For our video interview this Friday, we have a chat with Cynthia Vincent , serial entrepreneur, fashion designer, and founder of fashion company BAACAL (www.baacal.com), who was at the TuesdayNights IMPACT Conference last week. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Morgan Sacco, Athena LA

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Our video interview today is with Morgan Sacco , the founder of Athena.LA (www.athena.la), a networking group aimed at women in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>. morgan sacco video athenala networking losangeles women female

EV Connect Finds $12M More For EV Charging Efforts

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El Segundo-based EV Connect , which provides managed, electric vehicle charging stations for businesses, universities, governments, and others, said on Tuesday that it has raised $12M more in a funding round, in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Mitsui & Co., and also included the Ecosystem Integrity Fund and others. According to EV Connect, it has now raised $25M in total for the company.

TaskUs Expands To India

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Los Angeles-based business process outsourcing provider TaskUs is continuing its expansion, saying on Tuesday that it is opening up a new location in Indore, India--its first expansion into India. According to TaskUs, the new office is part of a plan to rapidly expand in the country. TaskUs already had operations in the Philippines, the United States, Taiwan, and Mexico.

TeleSign Partners With Belgium Telecom Provider

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Los Angeles-based Telesign , which provides phone-based authentication and related services, says it has partnred with Proximus , the largest telecommunications company in Belgium. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. According to TeleSign, the partnership will provide its fraud risk product portfolio to regional and international companies with a presence in Belgium.

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Elon Musks Sends Tweet Through Starlink

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Elon Musk , the founder of Hawthorne-based SpaceX , posted a tweet through Starlink, the growing constellation of satellites SpaceX is launching to provider Internet access around the world. SpaceX is planning to launch as many as 30,000 satellites into low earth orbit to provide its high speed Internet. Those plans--as well as a similar plan from Amazon--would offer up what SpaceX said would be low cost Internet access globally.

PHY Wireless Spins Out Of Acorn Technologies

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La Jolla-based PHY Wireless , a new company focused on wireless positioning technology, has spun out from Acorn Technologies , the companies said this morning. According to the two, PHY Wireless will be a pure play provider of high performance accurate positioning mobile solutions for carriers, chip makers, IoT module manufacturers, application service providers and end users. Financial details and structure of the spinout were not announced.

ENGIE US Wind Signs Deal With Walmart

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Santa Barbara-based ENGIE US Wind , the U.S. arm of energy developer ENGIE, reports that it has signed a new, 366 megawatt wind power deal with Walmart , spanning multiple U.S. energy markets. Financial impact o the win were not announced. According to ENGIE, the deal includes two virtual renewable power purchase agreements (VPAAs) which will go towards building the 366 MW of wind projects across the U.S.,

Video: Advice For First Time Entrepeneurs, Matt Crowley

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What are some of the biggest issues that brand new, first time entrepreneurs run into in starting their companies?

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Video Interview: Ronalee Zarate-Bayani, CMO, Los Angeles Rams

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What are the lessons that Ronalee Zarate-Bayani , Chief Marketing Officer of the Los Angeles Rams (www.therams.com), has learned as being a female in the executive ranks? We spoke with Ronalee about the LA Rams, the importance of community to the Rams organization, and how she ended up at the Rams.

ZPower Partners With Wireless Charging Developer

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Camarillo-based battery technology developer ZPower , which develops high density, silver-zinc microbattery technology, has teamed up with wireless charging systems developer Energous , to develop a wireless charging systems for ZPower's rechargeable microbatteries. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. According to Energous, Zpower's batteries are being used in the hearing aid, medical, military/defense and consumer electronics industries.

LA's Boundless Mind Acquired By Thrive Global

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Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence developer Boundless Mind , which is uses AI to personalize the interaction of users on apps, has been acquired by New York-based Thrive Global , a startup founded by Arianna Huffington focused on behavior change. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

Image Metrics Rolls Out New AR Platform

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El Segundo-based Image Metrics , a developer of computer vision and facial analysis and tracking tools, has rolled out a new platform for implementing augmented reality (AR), which it calls LUNAR. According to Image Metrics, the new tool is aimed at marketers, helping them to implement augmented reality (AR) effects for marketing initiatives.

GreenPark Sports, Founded By Former YouTube, Zappos, Blitz Founders, Finds $8.5M

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Calabasas-based GreenPark Sports --a new startup founded by Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube; Nick Swinmurn, founder of Zappos; and Ken Martin, co-founder of Blitz--has raised $8.5M in a seed funding round. GreenPark Sports says it is a publisher and developer of "fan-forward", digital experiences and mobile games for the new generation of sports and eSports fans. The funding round was led by SignalFire, and also included Sapphire Sports and Founders Fund.

GOAT Goes Gucci, Adds Luxury Brands

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Los Angeles-based GOAT , which operates an online marketplace for collectible sneakers, is branching off into the luxury brand market, adding such brands as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Off-White, and others, the company said on Monday. The items are currently available on GOAT's smartphone apps for iOS and Android, and will eventually be available on GOAT's website and WeChat. GOAT said the effort is part of a plan for resale expansion. READ MORE>>.

MediaLab, Maker Of Whisper, Buys Kik

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Instant messaging service Kik has been sold to Los Angeles-based MediaLab , the owner of anonymous messaging app Whisper , the companies said over the weekend. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. The two said that Kik Interactive, the owner of Kik, sold both Kik and other "selected assets" to MediaLab. The sale of Kik to MediaLab is related to the legal issues that Kik has been battling with the SEC over its "Kin" cryptocurrency.

HyreCar Adds New Dealers

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Los Angeles-based car sharing marketing HyreCar , which offers out a marketplace of vehicles aimed at use with ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, says it has expanded its vehicle supply by adding two new large, multi-location dealerships. The names of those dealerships were not announced. According to HyreCar, the addition will add more than 1,000 cars to its marketplace, increasing its supply by apporximately 50%.

Teledyne Gets $178M In Special Operations Contract

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Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies reported this morning that it has scored a $178M contract, to product underwater combat submersibles for the Special Forces. According to Teledyne, the contract win came for Teledyne Brown Engineering, its subsidiary in Huntsville, Alabama, from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Rubicon Project Buys RTK.io

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Los Angeles-based advertising exchange operator Rubicon Project said this morning that it has acquired RTK.io , a developer of open source, header bidding solutions for publishers. According to Rubicicon Project, it paid $11M in cash for RTK. Rubicon says that RTK's solutions are build on the same, open source framework as its own, Demand Manager product portfolio, Prebid. The company says it plans to integrate the two solutions in the coming months. RTK.io

MobLab Finds Funding For Personalized Learning

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Pasadena-based MobLab , a new startup which develops personalized learning software for the education market, has scored a round of funding, the company said today. The funding came from the Andrew Nikou Foundation (ANF), which is the foundation of entrepreneur Andrew Nikou. Nikou is the founder, managing partner, and CEO of private equity investment firm OpenGate Capital. Size of the investment in MobLab was not announced.

Interview with Neal Pecchenino, Boxi: Turning Blank Trunks Into Moving Ads

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Neal Pecchenino , the founder and CEO of Boxi , while trying to advertise the brand of a company he was working for--how do you reach a lot of people with a branding campaign, affordably? Then he noticed all of the big, blank delivery and shipping trucks around him.

ImaginAb Links With AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Los Angeles-based ImaginAb , which develops imaging technology being used in cancer assessment, says it has signed a multi-party collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca , Pfizer , and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. ImaginAb said the deal is focused on furthering clinical development of its CD8 ImmunoPET technology, which is used for quantitative assessment of the immunological status of each cancer lesion within a patient. Financial details of the agreement were not announced.

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TV Time Acquires Mediamorph

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Santa Monica-based TV Time , a developer of an app which lets users report information about their engagement with TVs and movies, has acquired New York City-based Mediamorph , according to the two companies. Financial details of the acquisition wer e not announced. Mediamorph is a provider of entertainment content distribution and tracking services. TV Time is led by longtime Southern California technology veteran Richard Rosenblatt.

Labrador Systems Finds $2M For Elder Care Robots

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Los Angeles-based Labrador Systems , a new startup developing assistive robots for helping with home health and assistive living, has raised $2M in a pre-seed funding round. The funding was led by SOSV, and its hardware accelerator HAX, along with Centrica Hive, Amazon's Alexa Fund, iRobot Ventures, and iD Ventures America. According to Labrador Systems, the new funding will go towards expansion of its platform and for pilot studies with partners in 2020.

TDK Ventures Joins In Investment In Wheels

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TDK Ventures , the venture investment arm of TDK Corporation , has made an investment in Los Angeles-based Wheels , the last-mile, on-demand, electric bicycle company led by Josh Viner. According to TDK Ventures, the investment came as part of the recently announced funding round led by DBL Partners. TDK said Wheel will leverage its "deep expertise in electronics and sustainability energy solutions" as well as its global reach to expand its operations and meet customer demand.

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Wheels Adds $50M

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San Diego-based last mile transportation startup Wheels , which offers up on-demand bicycles, has raised $50M in a new round of funding, the company said today. The funding was led by DBL Partners. The startup competes against Bird, Lime, Lyft, JUMP and others in the last mile transportation and on-demand market, but differentiates itself by offering up electric powered bicycles, rather than scooters, to its users. According to the company, it has now raised $87M in total funding.

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SpaceX Plans Another 30,000 Starlink Satellites

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has applied to deploy an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites , in addition to an existing 12,000 it has already gotten approval for from the Federal Communications Communications (FCC). The network of low-earth orbit satellites are intended to provide broadband for the entire globe. SpaceX has already deployed the first 60 of its satellites, in its first deployment of those satellites.

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