Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

TechCrunch LA

That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. From the site, Relativity will be able to launch its first designed rocket, the Terran 1, which is the only fully 3D-printed rocket in the world.

Sites 203

SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. The company intends to build a manufacturing facility on an 18-acre site at Berth 240 and use waterways to transport the massive rocket.

Verizon names Los Angeles as the second of four cities to receive 5G rollout before 2019

TechCrunch LA

My boss’ boss’ boss was on CNBC this morning touting Verizon ‘s new 5G services and naming Los Angeles as the second city in America to be treated to a commercial rollout of the new networking technology. TC 5g Los Angeles Verizon

Relativity Inks Deal For Canaveral Launch Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Relativity , a space launch startup which is developing automation technology designed to automate construction of rockets, said on Thursday that it has signed a deal for a launch site at Cape Canaveral. According to Relativity, the company gains own rocket launch facilities at Launch Complex 16 (C-16), based at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Relativity is venture backed by Playground Global, Y Combinator, Social Capital, Phillip Spector, and Mark Cuban.

Sites 122

New Pasadena Angels Site Launches

Steve Reich

The Pasadena Angels have redesigned our site with a new focus on Entrepreneurs and LA Basin tech resources. We started by surveying a group of local entrepreneurs and our own members to find out what they wanted in a site. We rebuilt the site with that in mind.

eHarmony Launches Site For Spanish Speaking Singles

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based online matchmaking site eHarmony said Thursday that it is expanding its market, and has launched a brand new site, specifically aimed at Spanish speaking singles. According to eHarmony, its new web site is built to serve both Spanish speaking singles in the U.S., eHarmony said the new Spanish site will be launched into several other countries, including Mexico and Spain, over the course of 2016.

Invested.in Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the online social fundraising site run by Alon Goren, said Tuesday that it is powering a new site focused on fitness fundraising for charity. The firm said it is launching FitFunder.com , an online site focused on creating personal fitness fundraisers for charity. The firm said it is linking with fitness site RunKeeper on the site, to provide automatic monitoring of user's fitness goals by followers and donors.

Sites 161

Study: More Americans Using Online Dating Apps, Sites

socalTECH

A new study, released today by the Pew Research Center , says that more American adults are using online dating sites or mobile apps than ever before. The study said 15% of adults have used online dating sites or apps; with 9% having used dating apps.

Sites 141

Spreeify.com Launches Social Shopping Site

socalTECH

Spreeify.com , a brand new, Los Angeles startup, said last week that it has launched a brand new, social shopping site, centered around free giveaways and shopping deals. The firm said it has more than $1M of free giveaways available on the site.

Sites 242

Clicker.com Debuts Big Screen Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com , the online video programming guide firm run by former Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, debuted a "big screen" version of its site today at the Google I/O conference. The firm said the new site is designed to support using the web on 50-inch displays.

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

Tech.Co

Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. This is evident from the fact that they are owned and run by EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award finalists in the Greater Los Angeles area. Yamibuy is the leading ecommerce site in North America for Asian Americans, carrying a wide variety of Asian snacks, beauty products, health supplements, and home appliances.

Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Recursor.TV said on Tuesday that it has launched a brand new site, which is focused on indie, science fiction video. The site--founded by E.J. The site allows users to search for content based on types of science fiction (alien encounters? The company said that it's looking to fill the gap in online content sites focused on science fiction, which has not had dedicated content sites like those for horror, comedy, and animation.

Sites 158

Invested.in Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the developer of crowdfunding software, has inked a deal to power an Israeli crowdfunding site, JCrowd. The new site allows anyone to create a project and solicit donations from friends and others. has been licensing out its product as a white-label platform to others, in addition to running its own crowdfunding site. investedin social fundraising site crowdfunding israel jcrowd jewish

Sites 162

Ground Control Powers New Site, Biden's Briefing

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Ground Control , the new digital content startup led by serial entrepreneur Mike Macadaan, is powering a new online site, Biden's Briefing , which features podcasts and other content from former Vice President Joe Biden. Ground Control--which is venture backed by CAA --says that the new site is a collaboration between the company and the Creative Artists Agency.

Sites 125

Goodbye, Geocities: Final Sunset As Japanese Site Closes

socalTECH

Geocities , the original Southern California internet startup--which was founded all the way back in 1994 in Los Angeles--will finally disappear completely from the Internet, as Yahoo said today that it will shut down its Japanese Geocities site. Geocities--which hasn't been available in the United States for nearly 10 years --apparently had been popular enough in Japan that the site had continue to run for long after its sunset in the United States.

Prevoty Gets $700K For Cross Site Scripting Security

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Prevoty , a developer of security tools for preventing cross-site scripting (XSS), a security issue for websites, has raised $700,000 in seed funding, the firm disclosed today. The funding came from Plus Capital, MM Capital, Paige Craig, Eric Hann (Netscape), and other angels. prevoty cross site scripting venture capital security software launchpadla launchpad

Sites 135

Shopzilla Launches New Coupon Site, Tada

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site Shopzilla is expanding into the world of online coupon codes, with the launch of a new site called Tada , the company said Tuesday. Shopzilla said the new coupon site consolidates a number of coupon offerings into a single brand.

Sites 198

XPRIZE Selects Test Site For Shell Ocean Discovery Prize

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , a nonprofit which runs a series of prizes to encourage the development of technology to solve difficult world problems, says that it has selected a field testing location for its $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. According to the nonprofit, the deep sea off Kalamat, Greece, has been selected as the location for finalists teams to map, as part of the "Grand Prize" of the competition.

Sites 122

PublishThis Powers Cox Media Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based PublishThis , the developer of publishing technology which is headed by Matt Kumin, is powering the content for a new Cox Media site, the firm said today. site, which is focused on politics, news, and lifestyle content for the center-right. PublishThis said it is behind the new Rare.us Financial details of the win were not disclosed.

Sites 164

Rocket Lab Sets Up Orbital Launch Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab , a venture-backed startup which is developing commercial launch vehicles specifically aimed at delivering small satellites into space, said it has set up an oprbital launch site. The company said it plans to build a launch site Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, to support future launches of its launch vehicle.

Sites 157

Napkin Adds Spanish To Financial Literacy Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Napkin , which provides easy-to-understand, financial literacy materials, has rolled out a Spanish language version of is site, the company said on Friday. Napkin offers up one-page, highly graphical explanations of difficult-to-understand financial concepts, helping its users better understand such financial concepts as banking, mortgages, FICO scores, title insurance, refinancing, and much, much more. READ MORE>>.

Sites 109

Break Launches Hispanic Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Break Media , the online video and content firm headed by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is targeting Hispanic males with a new site, TuVez.com. According to Break, the new site will provide content focused on entertainment, gaming, sports, and culture, all in context of Hispanic males. Break said the new site's premier sponsor is Toyota.

Sites 162

Greentoe Lands Angel Funding

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Greentoe.com , which operates an online marketplace which lets people name their own price for electronics and other items, has raised a round of angel funding, the firm said today. According to Greentoe, it will use the funding for marketing of the site, including a multi-platform advertising campaign across the web, television, and mobile. greentoe venture capital angel ecommerce retail retailer seed

Angel 187

PartySlate Raises $3M For Event Showcase Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based PartySlate , a new startup which lets event planners showcase venues, parties, and events they have hosted, has raised $3M in a funding round. The funding came from Jump Investors, Wavemaker Partners, and Halogen Ventures. PartySlate is led by CEO and co-founder Julie Novack, who teamed with John Haro (CTO, Co-founder) and Mark Semon (Executive Creative Director) on the new startup. READ MORE>>.

Sites 116

PriceGrabber Launches Local Deals Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based PriceGrabber , the online comparison shopping site now owned by Experian, said today that it has officially launched a new, daily deal site at deals.pricegrabber.com. PriceGrabber said it is aggregating over 20 group buying sites--including Groupon and LivingSocial--on the site. There has been a explosion in local, online daily deal sites since the breakout success of Groupon.

Sites 166

Evite Redesigns Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Evite , the online invitations business which is a unit of IAC, said today that it has launched an extensive redesign of the firm's website. The site said that--after 10 years on its old platform--it was time to bring an upgraded service to its users.

Evite 164

Invested.in Launches New Site For Alternative Investment

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based crowdfunding technology developer Invested.in said Wednesday that it has launched a new site, INVST , a new network for institutional-quality alternative investment funds. said that it has partnered with Carillon Capital, LLC--run by former E*TRADE Financial executives--on the site. Invested.in Carillon Capital is led by Steve Dervenis and Rob Snow. Dervenis was previously CEO of E*TRADE Global Asset Management. Invested.in

Sites 162

Oversee.net Launches New Travel Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net , the operator of a range of domain name and Internet marketing sites, said Monday that it has launched a new, travel planning and hotel booking site, HotelHostess.com. According to Oversee, the new site is aimed at women, to help them find the best travel deals, get vacation ideas, and get other vacation and travel information.

Looklist Raises $174,000 For Fashion Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Looklist , an online site which lets users browse curated fashion and hairstyle photos, disclosed today that it has raised $174,000 in a seed funding round. Looklist, led by Shaz Sedighzadeh, provides a Pinterest-like site which can be browsed to see different fashions and hair styles, and also links to e-commmerce site featuring those fashions.

Sites 131

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. The new site also lets users create their own radio stations, share animated GIFs, and more.

Design 170

Townhang Raises $700,000, Launches Event Discovery Site

socalTECH

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Townhang.com , announced Wednesday that it has raised $700,000, and launched a new site to help people find interesting events, happenings, and activities in their city. Townhang.com said it has so far launched its event discovery service in Los Angeles, Portland, London, and Luxembourg.

Sites 174

Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Couponler , a new website launched this week, is hoping to make it easier for small businesses to create online, printable-coupons, and share them via Facebook, Twitter, or a website. The new site was created by Baron Miller, Ian Kilpatrick, and Jason Eastwood. According to the site, its customer so far include frozen yogurt chain Golden Spoon, which posted a coupon from Couponler to its 37,000 fans on Facebook.

Sites 198

Invested.in Powers Israeli Crowdfunding Site

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the crowd funding software firm headed by Alon Goren, has partnered with a site focused on Jewish and Israeli causes. and JCrowd.com said they would launch a site for JCrowd in April, which will help provide Jewishh-themed projects with a way to manage online fundraising. Invested.in Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. JCrowd is based in Israel. READ MORE>>. investedin alon goren israel jewish jcrowd

Sites 168

Invested.in Launches Site for BizWorld

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Invested.in , a startup focused on helping people to manage fundraising efforts for individuals, non-profits, and businesses, has launched a new site for The BizWorld Foundation, a group which teaches business basics to children. According to The BizWorld Foundation and Invested.in, their new site will help educators to raise the fund they need to purchase BizWorld's educational programs for their classrooms.

Sites 171

At The Pool Redesigns Site, Rolls Out Groups For Organizations

socalTECH

At The Pool , the Los Angeles-based social networking site focused on helping locals meet other locals, said Wednesday that it has launched a major, new site redesign, including adding the ability for local groups to create their own "pools".