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TenOneTen Ventures Backs Probably Genetic

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Los Angeles-based venture investor TenOneTen Ventures is one of the investors in a newly launched startup, which is looking to use artificial intelligence and DNA testing to identify autism and other medical conditions. According to Probably Genetic , it has raised a round of venture capital funding from Khosla Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, the Oxford Angel FUnd, as well as angels. The startup recently graduated from Y Combinator, and is based in the Bay Area.

Interview with David Wood, Eventene

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For our interview this morning, we talked with David Wood , the Founder and CEO of Eventene (www.eventene.com), an early stage startup, bootstrapped startup developing event management software. David--a veteran of Microsoft, having been the lead developer of Microsoft Exchange--tells us why he started his company. What does Eventene do? David Wood: We make event planning software for social organizations.

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Happy Returns Names Chief Revenue Officer

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Santa Monica-based return and logistics startup Happy Returns announced on Wednesday morning that it has named a new Chief Revenue Officer. The company--which offers up handling of returns and return logistics for retailers, including both in-store and behind-the-scenes services--said that it has named Glenn McMahon as its Chief Revenue Officer, heading up its sales, account management, and business development teams. McMahon previously served as CEO of St.

Greycroft Backs Enboarder In $8M Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Greycroft Ventures is the lead investor in the Series A funding for Enboarder , a startup in the human resources and employee onboarding market, the company said Wednesday morning. According to Enboarder, it raised $8M in its Series A financing round, which was led by Greycroft, and also included Next Coast Ventures and Stage 2 Capital. According to Enboarder, it has now raised a total of $12M.

Swappa Targets OC With Local Marketplace

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Swappa , the operator of a local marketplace for buying and selling used consumer electronics, said this week that it has launched itself into Orange County, in a part of a national expansion. Swappa said that Orange County is one of five initial launch markets it is expanding into to improve the experience of buying and selling used electronic devices.

Allied Esports Gets Backing From TV Azteca

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Irvine-based Allied Esports , an e-sports league operator, has scored backing from Mexican sports television network TV Azteca , the companies said Wednesday morning. According to the companies, TV Azteca, which is part of Grupo Salinas, will purchase $5M of shares of Allied Esports via an equity investment in Black Ridge Acquisition Corp.

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ZeaKal Finds $10M For Plant Genetics

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San Diego-based ZeaKal >, a startup developing plant genetics technology to increase photosynthesis, improve plant yield and enhance nutritional profiles for a variety of agricultural crops, has raised $10M in a funding round, which came from investor Canopy Rivers. According to Canopy Rivers, which announced the investment, it now owns approximately 8.7 percent of ZeaKal. As part of the funding, it will take an observer seat on ZeaKal's board of directors.

Coding Our Future LA Sends 200 South LA Students To Tech Camps

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A new, philanthropic education effort-- Coding Our Future LA --announced on Tuesday that it is sending 200, South LA students to summertime "tech camps", as part of a philanthropic and educational effort to increase opportunities for underserved youth in the technology space.

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BigRentz To Provide $10,000 In Scholarships To Trade Schools Students

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Irvine-based online equipment rental marketplace BigRentz announced this morning that it has launched a $10,000 scholarship effort, where it will provide two students with $5,000 scholarships to cover educational expenses towards attending a vocational trade school. According to BigRentz, the new scholarship is available to high school seniors planning on vocational training and students currently enrolled in a trade school.

How ProGuides Is Helping Gamers Master Their Game, With Sam Wang

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If you're an avid video game player, how to you improve your game? Once you've exhausted looking online for tips, Los Angeles-based ProGuides (www.proguides.com) offers up professional, instructional content to help you improve your skills at such popular titles as League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Fortnite. We spoke with ProGuides founder Sam Wang to better understand what the company does, and why users are joining its service and using its marketplace to find professional video game coaches.

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Friday Video Interview: Abner Flores, Checkplis

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We've recently started a new feature--video interviews of local entrepreneurs, investors, and others in Southern California's technology community!

Elevate Finds $25M For Legal Management Software

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Los Angeles-based Elevate Services , a developer of enterprise, legal management software, has received $25M in an investment round, from private equity investor Kayne Partners, according to the two companies. According to Elevate, it has now deployed almost $60M in total for its efforts. Elevate said it will use the new, minority investment to scale its operations and to enhance its software.

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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Verify Expands In Germany

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Irvine-based Verify , a provider of supplier performance management solutions for aerospace, high-technology, and other industries, said it has established a new, European subsidiary in Hamburg, Germany. According to Verify, its new subsidiary, Verify Deutschland GmbH will provide its full suite of solutions. Verify says it has been in Europe for over 40 years, but that the new subsidiary will provide a "significant and strategic" expansion of its capabilities in Europe. READ MORE>>.

SendGrid's Original Seed Round Pitch Deck

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Ever wonder what the origins were of some of the most successful local startups? Look no further than the seed round pitch deck for SendGrid , one of the biggest exits of a company founded in Orange County in recent years. SendGrid had a successful IPO in 2017 , and was acquired for $3 billion in February. One of the company's co-founders, Isaac Saldana, helped co-found the company in Anaheim.

AngelList: LA Losing New Technology Grads

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A new report , published by startup networking organization AngelList , says that Los Angeles is losing out to such areas as the Bay Area and New York, because of failure to offer up training to newly graduating engineering graduates. According to AngelList, 72 percent of LA's engineering graduates leave the area for their first jobs--which the group attributes to a lack of recruiting of junior level engineers at local startups and high tech companies.

California Boots Up $1 Billion Financing Program For Multifamily Solar Installs

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The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program, which is run out of San Diego, said it has launched a new, $1 billion program to bolster clean energy access for low-income, residential tenants. According to the SOMAH program, it has begun accepting applications for the new program, which gives property owners financial incentives for installing solar photovoltaic energy systems on housing serving low-income and disadvantaged communities throughout the state.

Report: Google, Amazon, Netflix Transforming Los Angeles Real Estate

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The surge of activity by such technology giants as Google , Amazon , and Netflix is completely reshaping the Los Angeles real estate market , according to a report from the Los Angeles Times, as those tech giants are jostling to acquire real estate in LA.

Illumina Wins Patent Infringement Suit

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina has won a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Ariosa Diagnostics , according to the company, in a win in the United Kingdom. According to Illumina, it received a judgement in its favor in the patent infringement suit, from the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom.

ERP Power Buys Lumenetix

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Moorpark-based ERP Power , a manufacturer of power electronics for the LED lighting market, has acquired Lumenetix , a manufacturer of tunable color light engines for the lighting market. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. ERP Power--which is owned by private equity investor Angeles Equity Partners--said the move will help simplify integration by original equipment manufacturers, providing integrated driver, light engine, and digital controls.

Video interview with Alonso Vargas, Runtriz

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How do small hotel chains and boutique hotels keep up with all the advancements going on in technology? Los Angeles-based Runtriz (www.runtriz.com) has developed mobile software which helps those hotels keep up with the giants in the market.

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HipDot Studios Finds $2.25M For Influencer Beauty Brands

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Los Angeles-based HipDot Studios , a new startup which is enabling influencers to create their own beauty brands, has raised $2.5M in a funding round and launched its platform, according to the company. The startup--founded by Jeff Sellinger, Sam Lim and Mo Winter--said the $2.5M in funding came from Founders Fund, Foundation Capital, and Ludlow Ventures.

Mattel Links With Apple On Connected Hot Wheels Toy

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El Segundo-based toy maker Mattel has linked with Apple to launch a new, "connected" toy around its Hot Wheels cars, the company said Friday. According to Mattel, its new Hot Wheel Race Portal is a digital accessory which connects into existing Hot Wheels tracks, and allows users to track their vehicles, track speeds and lap counts, and interact with their information via a companion app.

Iteris Acquires Albeck Gerken

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Santa Ana-based Iteris , which provides data analysis in the areas of traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops, says that it has acquired Albeck Gerken , a provider of traffic operations engineering services. Albeck Gerken was based in Tampa, Florida. Accordin to Iteris, it will pay $10.7M for Albeck Gerken, split between cash and stock, and also another $2.3M in incentives paid out over the next three years. Albeck Gerken had revneues of $8.1M for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018.

AECOM To Spin Off Government Services Business

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Los Angeles-based consulting giant AECOM said this morning that it plans to spin off its government services business, in a deal that it expects will be complete in the second half of fiscal 2020.

Video Interview: Greg Monterossa, Community Manager, Hub 101

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Friday video interview: Greg Monterossa is the Community Manager at Hub101 , a startup community in Westlake Village affiliated with California Lutheran University (CLU). We talked with Greg about finding your startup community, and to get some advice from him about startup success. READ MORE>>.

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.

Is The Future Here? Startup Launches Hydrogen Powered Air Vehicle

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Is the future of flying vehicles finally here? We spoke with Steve Hanvey, CEO of Alaka'i (www.alakai.com) about the launch of the company's futuristic, hydrogen powered air vehicle, the Skai, on Wednesday.

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AppOnboard Acquires Buildbox

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Los Angeles-based AppOnboard , which develops mobile app design and development software, has acquired Buildbox , a developer of mobile game development software. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to AppOnboard, Buildbox's tool have been used so far to power more than 45,000 unique games, and has seen more than 3 billion estimated downloads on app stores. Both AppOnboard and Buildbox develop tools which do not require coding to develop apps.

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Video interview: Matthew and Jen Martinelli, Canvas Recruit

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What is Canvas Recruit? Canvas Recruit (www.canvasrecruit.com) is a digital recruitment platform specifically for the beauty space.

Atlazo Finds $3.4M For Healthcare IoT Technology

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San Diego-based Atlazo , a startup developing systems-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductors aimed at used in healthcare and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, has raised $3.4M in a seed funding round. The funding round was led by the Tech Coast Angels, and the TCA's San Diego chapter. According to the TCA, its angel network members invested $2.5M in the round.

Spring Labs Finds $23M In Series A

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Los Angeles-based Spring Labs , a startup developing a blockchain-based platform for sharing of financial information, has raised $23M in a Series A funding. According to Spring Labs, the funding was led by GreatPoint Ventures, and also included August Capital, as well as General Motors Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of General Motors, RRE Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Multicoin Capital, The Pritzker Group, and CardWorks.

Bird Acquires Scoot

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Santa Monica-based Bird announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Scoot , a San Francisco-based scooter service--giving Bird entry back into the San Francisco market, and also helping Bird scale out its operations. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Bird, Scoot will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, and also help Bird offer more vehicles featuring the latest technology advancements for the sharing market.

Locana Wins $550,000 Grant

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San Diego-based gene therapy startup Locana has just received $550,000 in a grant, from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), according to the MDA. The award will go to advance Locana's development program for treating mytonic dystrophy (DM). According to the MDA, the grant came from its MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) grant program, which specifically funds drug development, discovery and clinical application of treatments and cures for neuromuscular disorders.

Triton Digital Acquires Omny Studio

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , a provider of advertising services and technology for the online radio streaming, digital audio and podcasting markets, has acquired Omny Studio , a developer of a podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform. Financial terms of the acquisition were not annoucned. Omny Studio was based in Melbourne, Australia. According to Triton Digital, the entire team at Omny Studio has joined the company, after it acquired the technology, assets, and team of Omny.

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