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How Rolebot Wants To Eliminate The Resume, With Shane Bernstein

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Anyone who hires anyone, or has ever looked for a jobs knows how important a resume is. However, in the technical arena--as a programmer, developer, or software engineer--it's hard to tell from a resume how good you really are. Plus, it's often difficult to find that technical talent, which might not be looking for a job. That's where Los Angeles-based Rolebot (www.rolebot.net) comes in.

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eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry.

Semtech Wins Audio Networking Design

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Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech said this morning that it has a new design win, this time with its BlueRiver technology. According to Semtech, IDK Corporation, a developer of professional A and broadcast equipment, is linking its audio networking with Software Defined Video Over Ethernet (SDVoE) using its BlueRiver products. Shipment volumes and expected financial impact of the win were not announced.

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Cedars-Sinai Backs Censinet In $7.8M For Risk Management

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Los Angeles-based Cedars Sinai is one of the major backers of a new startup, Censinet , in the company's Series A funding. According to Censinet, it raised $7.8M in a Series A, co-led by HLM Venture Partners and Cedars-Sinal Health System, to provide third party risk management for healthcare providers. The funding also included seed investors Schooner Capital, LRVHealth and Excelerate Health Ventures.

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BlueNalu Expands In San Diego, Aims To Grow Fish Tissue For Food

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San Diego-based BlueNalu , a developer of cellular technology being applied to the aquaculture and sustainable seafood industry, said it is expanding in San Diego, with a move to a larger research facility. According to the company, the move will help it on its efforts to commercialize its technology.

Qulab Applies Artificial Intelligence To Drug Design

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Los Angeles-based Qulab , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing artifical intelligence software aimed at small molecule drug design, said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, Quleap. The startup--backed by Cota Capital, Civilization Ventures, Plug and Play, and 415--says that Quleap automated small molecule, synthesis planning, and a cloud engine for simulating biomolecules.

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Wavemaker Partners Leads Investment In Cognitive Health Startup

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Los Angeles-based Wavemaker Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for a cognitive health startup, Savonix , in an extension of its Series A funding. Savonix said it raised $9.6M in a Series A extension round which was led by Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners, boosting its total Series A financing to $14.7M. The investment round also included DEFTA Partners, Rethink Impact, and DigiTx Partners.

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Happy Returns Raises $11M, Gets Strategic Backing From PayPal

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Santa Monica-based Happy Returns , the returns logistics company led by David Sobie, announced this morning that it has raised $11M in a financing round, which included a strategic investment from PayPal. Prior investors U.S. Venture Partners and Upfront Ventures also participated in the funding. Happy Returns has now raised $25M in total, and has now grown to a total of 55 employees.

Poseida Therapeutics Finds $142M

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San Diego-based Poseida Therapeutics , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing non-viral gene engineering technology, has raised $142M in a Series C funding, the company said on Monday. According to the company, the funding was led by Novartis Pharma AG, which invested $75M in the round. Other investors in the round included Aisling Capital Management, Pentwater Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, plus Malin Corporation plc., Longitude Capital, Vivo Capital and Boxer Capital, LLC.

HyperX Rolls Out New DDR4 Memory

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming division of memory maker Kingston Technology, has rolled out two new DDR4 memory kits, aimed at system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts. According to Kingston, its new Predator DDR4 memory kits, available in 4266MHz and 4600MHz frequency versions, are available as 8GB modules in kits of two. Pricing on the new devices were not announced.

ZipRecruiter CMO Resigns After Report On Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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The Chief Marketing Officer of high flying, Los Angeles-based job recruiting technology developer ZipRecruiter has resigned from the company, after a story was published last week by BuzzFeed, detailing alleged sexual misconduct at his prior employer, Uber. Eyal Gutentag reportedly resigned on Friday. According to the report, Gutentag had been terminated from his job at Uber in 2015, over an alleged sexual battery incident, before later joining ZipRecruiter as CMO.

Down To Shop Snags Funding For Funny Shopping App

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Los Angeles-based Down To Shop , a startup which combines humorous videos, a mobile app, and shopping, has scored funding from Greycroft Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, and Firstmark, the company said this week. Financial details of the funding have not been announced, but the company previously raised around $5.9M in a funding round in 2018, based on regulatory filings from the company. The startup was founded by Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstein.

Snap Sees Active User Increase, But Still Seeing Steep Losses

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Santa Monica-based Snap Inc. , the parent firm of Snapchat , reported its quarterly results on Tuesday afternoon, saying that its daily active users (DAU) increased by 2 percent quarter-to-quarter, to 190 million. However, Snap continues to post steep losses, saying it had a net loss of $310M in Q1 of 2019, on revenues of $320M. Its Q1 revenues were up 39 percent compared to last year.

Clubspeed Collects $20M

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Corona, California-based Clubspeed , a software developer which develops software used by entertainment and activity centers to manage their business, has raised $20M in a funding round, according to investor Bellwether Financial Group. Bellwether said it joined Navadon Capital Partners in the $20M funding round, which gives the two companies a majority interst in Clubspeed.

EvoNexus Launches Fintech Startup Effort

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San Diego- and Irvine-based startup incubator operator EvoNexus says it is looking to attract financial technology (fintech) startups, and is now accepting startup applications for a new financial technology incubator it has launched with Franklin Templeton and Royal Bank of Canada. Acording to EvoNexus, it is seeking early stage companies with emerging financial technology to the new fintech incubator program.

Perspectium Finds $8M For Service Management Integration Tools

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San Diego-based Perspectium , which develops software for service management integration, has raised $8M in its Series B funding round, according to the firm. The investment came from TVC Capital. According to Perspectium, the new funding will help it continue expansion to global markets, and launch new products.

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Two Bit Circus Aims At Game Developers, Offers Up Game Experiences

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Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus , which has a "micro amusement park" which incorporates technology, games, entertainment, and more in its own physical, 38,000 square foot space, is offering up a new program which seeks to link with game developers. According to Two Bit Circus, it has launched a new " Park as a Platform ", where it will work with game developers to adapt those games and experiences for "location-based entertainment".

Red 6 Aerospace Lands $2.5M For AR Technology

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Los Angeles-based Red 6 Aerospace , a startup developing Augmented Reality software aimed at used in what it says are "high-speed, dynamic environments", has raised $2.35M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Irongate Capital Advisors, as well as angel investors. The company was founded by a veteran of the Royal Air Force, Daniel Robinson, a former fighter pilot for the RAF.

CitySourced Merges With Rock Solid Technologies

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Los Angeles-based CitySourced , which develops mobile apps to help cities communicate with their constituents, has merged with Rock Solid Technologies , a provider of software to the government. Financial terms of the merger were not announced. Rock Solid is owned by private equity investor Strattam Capital. CitySourced was founded in 2009, and is led by CEO Jason Kiesel.

Dentulu Looks To Bring On-Demand Dentistry To LA

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Too busy to bother with a visit to the dentist? A new, Los Angeles startup, Dentulu , is hoping to make it easier for you to handle dental care--saying it wants to allow patients to book a dental appointment much like they might book a ride on Uber. According to Dentulu, it has developed a mobile app, which it plans to launch in April, which where it says it will offer up preventative and restorative dental care to patients ages 18 years and older. The company says its services start at $299.

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SpaceX Seeking $510M In New Funding

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is looking to raise another $510M in funding--the second time the firm has gone out for funding this year-- according to a regulatory filing from the firm. The funding will bring SpaceX's total raised to more than $2.75 billion, and reportedly values the rocket firm at over $30 billion. The new funding came to light after another, successful launch for the company--the first, commercial flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday. READ MORE>>.

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March Capital Leads $15.5M Round In AI Startup

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Los Angeles-based March Capital is the lead investor in an artificial intelligence startup, which is aiming at improving employee service, as it further continues its theme of investing in big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning startups in the enterprise.

Google Adds EV Charging Stations To Maps

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Google is surfacing the location of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Southern California, and elsewhere, on Google Maps, the company announced on Tuesday morning. According to Google, users can load Google Maps on their desktop, Android phone, iOS, and Android Auto and search for "ev charging stations" and see the location of the nearest stations run by such partners as Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect and soon ChargePoint. The new feature is available in both the U.S. and the UK.

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Impact Rolls Out New Deep Linking Support For Mobile Affiliates

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Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used by brands to manage partnership and affiliate programs, has launched a new product to help those companies with managing mobile linking. According to IMpact, it has added "deep linking" to specific product pages in apps, and tracking of in-app clicks and conversions for "partner attribution", in and enhancement to its platform. The company said the move will help marketers drive more revenue and higher mobile conversion rates.

Slingshot Aerospace Wins $6M Air Force Award

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Slingshot Aerospace , the venture-backed developer of artificial intelligence software for processing satellite, aerial, and drone imaging, said this morning that it has won a $6M contract award, from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). According to the company, the award goes towards use of its software for "next-generation" space situational awareness and enterprise space battle management.

Western Digital Names New CFO

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Western Digital Corp. which has major operations in Irvine, announced this morning that it has named Robert Eulau as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Eulau takes over the CFO post from Mark Long, who is leaving the company in June. Eulau was previously CEO of Sanmina Corporation, where he also had been CFO for eight years; he also served in CFO roles at Alien Technology Corporation and Rambus, and had also served at Hewlett-Packard Company.

Semtech Chalks Up LoRa Win For Construction, Mining Equipment

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Camarillo-based wireless semiconductor developer Semtech has chalked up another design win for its low power, wireless LoRa technology, saying that a developer of fleet management products for the construction and mining industry has adopted its technology. Semtech said MachineMax has integrated its LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into a "smart" construction machine usage tracking solution.

Rael Rolls Out At Target

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Los Angeles-based Rael , a venture-backed startup which provides natural and organic feminine care products, says its products are now on the shelf at Target. According to Rael, its products--which include cotton pads, pantyliners, and feminine wash--will be available both at Target's 1,850 physical stores, as well as online. Rael is backed by $17.5M in funding from such investors as SoftBank Ventures Korea and Thrive Market Ventures.

LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. investment efforts. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. AET Fund had said last year that it would be establishing its venture funding efforts in Los Angeles.

AdGreetz Rolls Out Automated, Personalized Ad Marketing Platform

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Los Angeles-based AdGreetz , which develops personzlied advertising technology, announced a new product this morning, and automated and integrated marketing platform it calls AdChef. AAcording to the company, the new software allows companies to produce, upload and deploy millions of unique creative versions of ads to the most popular digital media platforms and demand side platforms, in real time.

Bloom Energy Gets Alternative Energy Win In Alhambra

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A new, urban community in the Los Angeles area-- The Alhambra , a new 40-acre "mixed-use" community in the City of Alhambra--is jumping on the clean energy bandwagon, and will adopt fuel cell technology from Silicon Valley's Bloom Energy.

Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer

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Pasadena-based venture capital investment firm Thin Line Capital , a new venture capital firm led by venture veteran Aaron Fyke, has made its first investment, in a developer of solar technology. According to Thin Line Capital, it has made an ivnestment in Sistine Solar , which is developing technology which allows solar panels to blend in visually with roofs--using a special thin film coated with "ultra-durable" graphics and patterns.

j2 Global Buys Four More Companies

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Los Angeles-based j2 Global , the parent company of such companies as IGN, Mashable, eFax, and eVoice, has gobbled up four more companies, saying this morning that it has acquired Armada Cloud , a provider of cloud-based backup services; iContact , a provider of marketing cloud services; SafeSend AS , a Norwegian company in the cloud security business; and Telsys AS , a cloud backup service also based in Norway.

Lucid Sight, Backed By MLB, Finds Another $6M To Combine Video Games, Blockchain

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Los Angeles-based video game startup Lucid Sight , which is combining both videogames with blockchain, has raised $6M in a funding round, the company is announcing this morning. According to the startup, the new round of funding included Salem Partners, The Galaxy EOS VC Fund, Digital Currency Group, Breakaway Growth, Frontier Venture Capital, and Animoca Brands.

Avidity Biosciences Lands $35M In Deal With Lilly

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La Jolla-based Avidity Biosciences , a developer of biopharmaceuticals that uses monoclonal antibodies and oligonucleotide-based therapeutics, said on Monday that it has received $20M in an upfront payment, as well as an investment of $15M in a deal with Lilly. According to Avidity, the company is also eligible to receive up to approximately $405 million per target for development, regulatory and commercialization milestones, as well as tiered royalties on product sales.

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