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

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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.

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SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

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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.

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Los Angeles-based Luxury Presence raised $5.4 million for its real estate marketing services

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Real estate is a big business in the sprawling city of Los Angeles, and new technology tools to target the industry continue to attract investor attention. billion, active in the real estate industry in Los Angeles.

New Pasadena Angels Site Launches

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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.

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

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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

eHarmony Launches Site For Spanish Speaking Singles

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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.

Study: More Americans Using Online Dating Apps, Sites

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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.

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Spreeify.com Launches Social Shopping Site

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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.

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Clicker.com Debuts Big Screen Site

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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.

Famous Birthdays Launches Spanish Site

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Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , the online information provider led by Evan Britton, is expanding into the Spanish language market, with a new Spanish site called Famous Birthdays Español. According to Famous Birthdays, the new site will provide its brand, technology, and user experience to the Spanish market. The company says it now has 25 full-time staffers working on its websites, with eight English-to-Spanish translators who are working on the new site.

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In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire

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The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement. “Any movement encompasses art,” says Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation executive director Emiliana Guereca.

Relativity Inks Deal For Canaveral Launch Site

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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.

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Finding The Right Angel Investor For Your New Venture

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If your startup is looking for an angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. The challenge is to find the right angel for you, and for your situation. Angel investors are people too.

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Invested.in Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site

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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

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Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site

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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.

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22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

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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.

8 Reasons Online Dating Sites Are a Business Dead End

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Aspiring entrepreneurs often approach me as an angel investor, touting their innovative idea for yet another online dating site. According to statistics , there are more than 5,000 dating sites worldwide with 1,000 new ones appearing every year.

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Prevoty Gets $700K For Cross Site Scripting Security

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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

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Ground Control Powers New Site, Biden's Briefing

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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.

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6 Actions To Find The Perfect Angel For Your Startup

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A while back, I outlined “ The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative six. By definition, an angel investor is not an “institutional investor.” If you need more, you need VCs or a flock of angels.

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Shopzilla Launches New Coupon Site, Tada

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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.

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PublishThis Powers Cox Media Site

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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.

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How Many More Online Dating Sites Do We Need?

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Online dating sites usually fail because online dating usually fails. This business suffers from what Paul Graham calls the ‘chicken and the egg problem‘ – no one wants to use a dating site with only a few users. entrepreneur dating sites startups fraud business

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Rocket Lab Sets Up Orbital Launch Site

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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.

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Break Launches Hispanic Site

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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.

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PriceGrabber Launches Local Deals Site

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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.

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Napkin Adds Spanish To Financial Literacy Site

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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>>.

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Goodbye, Geocities: Final Sunset As Japanese Site Closes

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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.

Greentoe Lands Angel Funding

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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

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Faraday Future Looks To Dump Vegas Factory Site

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Troubled Los Angeles-based electric car maker Faraday Future is looking to sell its idle Las Vegas factory site, hoping to get $40M for the property, according to a listing from a property broker. The electric car maker--which has been struggling to find funding to restart operations, has a raft of lawsuits over unpaid bills , and which has been in a legal battle with its biggest investor--had abandoned its Las Vegas factory plans back in 2017.

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Evite Redesigns Site

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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.

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Oversee.net Launches New Travel Site

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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.

Invested.in Launches New Site For Alternative Investment

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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

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Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site

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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.

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Townhang Raises $700,000, Launches Event Discovery Site

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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.

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