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

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Like the other launch sites at Cape Canaveral, Launch Complex 16, where Relativity expects to be launching its first rockets by 2020, has a storied history in the U.S. “It’s always been the case that we’re developing our own metal 3D printing technology.

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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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GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site

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Santa Monica-based GumGum , the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Visionary.

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Site 1001 Expands In North Carolina

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According to Site 1001, it has opened up an "innovation office" as its East Coast technology hub, focused on smart building and Internet-of-Things (IoT) development. Site 1001 is led by Southern California technology veteran Cleve Adams. site1001 raleigh north carolina innovation east coast technology development smart maintenance

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Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Selecting a Web Development Company

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I''ve written before about finding Web Development Firms in Los Angeles. I just got an email asking about exactly this: I''m with a new company that needs some software built, but doesn''t need (or have the resources for) a large staff of software developers.

Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Launches New Nonprofit Site

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation , the nonprofit arm of talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand , said this morning that i thas launched a new online learning and social networking site for nonprofits. The group said the courses include training on fundraising and development, leadership, accounting and finance, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement and program management.

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm

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The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios , as part of a strategic partnership. Chaotic Moon Studios is based in Austin, TExas, and provides mobile development services to companies such as Fox, Pizza Hut, General Mills, Microsoft, Dell, CBS, and Disney.

Covario Targets Mobile Web Sites

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San Diego-based Covario , a developer of search engine marketing and search engine optimization software, said today that it has launched a new product focused on creating mobile web sites. According to the firm, its new product--Mobile COntent Optimizer--helps advertisers create mobile-friendly web sites. Tags: covario mobile site software

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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. prevoty cross site scripting venture capital security software launchpadla launchpad The funding came from Plus Capital, MM Capital, Paige Craig, Eric Hann (Netscape), and other angels. The firm is part of Launchpad LA. READ MORE>>.

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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 develops technology used to curate and distribute content, and help manage publishing of content for web publishers.

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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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XPRIZE Selects Test Site For Shell Ocean Discovery Prize

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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. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is aimed at developing rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery technology.

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. If I’m being asked to do startup software development, I’m going to push fairly hard on key questions that the startup needs to have answered before they develop anything.

Beats Music Courts Developers With New API

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Santa Monica-based streaming music service Beats Music said Friday that it has opened up its service to software developers, releasing a new application programming interface (API) which lets developers search the Beats Music Catalog, play tracks, create and update playlists, and more. beats music software developer third party

Codewars Launches To Challenge, Educate Developers

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A newly launch, Los Angeles startup, CodeWars , is looking to create a place where developers can compete, sharpen their skills, and gain the respect of their peers. The startup--founded by Nathan Doctor and Jake Hoffner--says it is building a society where highly talented developers can compete, collaborate, and unite on technical challenges. The recently launched site lets users join but only after passing a series of coding "initiation" tests, by providing their coding abilities.

City of Hope Teams On New Cell Therapy Manufacturing Site

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Duarte-based cancer research and treatment center City of Hope and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate, said the two plan to develop their own, cell therapy manufacturing facility, which will be based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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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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MomentFeed Links Into Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developer Program

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Santa Monica-based social analytics software developer MomentFeed announced this week that it has been accepted into the Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) Program, Facebook''s program for linking with companies who develop technologies in the advertising, page management, social integration, and tool areas for the social networking site. momentfeed facebook social marketing developer development program partnership analytics software

Los Angeles Web Developer

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He was struggling to find high quality developers in Los Angeles. Just the kind of person I like to meet. :) But I was a bit surprised when he emphasized how hard it had been for them to find a web developer in Los Angeles. My flippant comment was, “If you do a Google search for Los Angeles web developer, you’ll find a LOT of people and firms.” Web development refers to the design and creation of the database, code, and dynamic elements of the site.

Autobytel Launches Mobile Site

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Autobytel said it has created a new mobile website "developed from the ground up" to access the firm's automotive information, find local dealers, and more. Autobytel explained that Subaru of America will be the sponsor of the site during its launch, and will be the only advertiser on the new website until September. Irvine-based Autobytel is enhancing its mobile website for users, the firm said today, including adding a title sponsorship from auto maker Subaru.

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Invested.in Launches Site for BizWorld

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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. The two had announced the site development deal in July.

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Stacking Up The Online Film Submission Sites

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Last night, Amazon.com jumped into the movie business, with its own, online film submission site, Amazon Studios , backed by the help of a number of notable USC Film School advisors. Submissions to the site are eligible for a financing package to produce a feature length film.

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MySpace Launches Developer Challenge

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Los Angeles-based social networking site is looking to court developers with the launch of a development contest, the MySpace Developer Challenge , the firm said recently. The site said the challenge will award $50,000 between winners submitting MySpace applications, which use the firm's Real-Time Stream API, Open Search API, Photo Upload API, or which integrate the service on the Apple iPhone.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Sets Up New Research Site In San Diego

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals , a biotechnology company that develops treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF) and other diseases, has opened up a new, 170,000 square foot facility in Torrey Pines, San Diego. Vertex said the site is one of its three global research hubs, where the company's three breakthrough cystic fibrosis (CF) medicines were discovered.

Gaikai Powers Game Site

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". Gaikai said that "The Escapist" will use its platform to stream demos of games like Electronic Arts Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 to game players, with other major video game publishers making their titles available through the site.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. What are some good examples of similar sites?

Apple Plans 5,000 Jobs for New Austin Site as Part of Nationwide Expansion

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Austin —Apple expects to make thousands of new hires around the country from Seattle to New York, the company announced Thursday, with its biggest growth planned for Austin, TX.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. Still, if you've not heard these questions from a developer, they are not helping you as much as they should. What are some good examples of similar sites?

MySpace Launches Developer Services Program

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace is further ramping up its efforts to attract developers, saying this afternoon that it has announced a new Developer Services program. The firm said the new program will provide discounts and promotions on services to developers, to make it easier for them to build games and apps on the site. MySpace said it has named Manu Rekhi as General Manager of MySpace Games and Developer Program as part of the effort.

SpaceX Plans Launch Site In Texas

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is gearing up to set up a launch site in Cameron County, Texas, according to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new launch site is located approximately 5 miles south of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

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iZSearch Gets Seed Funding, Launches Internet Search Site

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Carlsbad-based iZSearch said this morning that it has raised a round of seed funding, and also launched its web-based Internet search site. According to iZSearch, it has developed an alternative Internet search engine, focused on privacy, minimal ads, and convenient navigation features. According to iZSearch, the company recently closed a seed funding round from the Tech Coast Angels and Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI). Size of that funding round was not announced.

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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The lessons learned by Divshot confirm that obtaining, and more importantly maintaining, visibility on the front page of a major social news site results from the congruence of three factors: audience, timing and engagement. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Finding Developers is Tough Again

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I’m seeing and hearing that it’s becoming tough finding good developers again, at least here in Los Angeles. On Friday, at the LA CTO Forum , I heard from a couple of CTOs having trouble finding good developers. My company, TechEmpower , recently added a few top notch developers, but it wasn’t easy to find just the right people. I was wondering, what methods have you found to be successful in finding developers? What Other People Say About Sourcing Developers?

Silicon Beach Report March 20: SpaceX Studying Mars Mission Landing Sites

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SpaceX studying Mars mission landing sites, Snap Inc. gets first buy rating from Wall Street firm, and Two Bit Circus develops VR and motion simulator

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