Tue.Apr 23, 2019

A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

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Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. .

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


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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Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners.

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


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.

Canoo, the electric vehicle startup formed from Faraday Future’s ashes, seeks $200 million

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Less than a month after rebranding as Canoo , the startup electric vehicle company formerly known as Evelozcity is on the hunt for $200 million in new capital. The startup, which is backed by a clutch of private individuals and family offices hailing from China, Germany, and Taiwan, is hoping to line up the new capital from some more recognizable names as it finalizes supply deals with vendors, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans.

March Capital Leads $15.5M Round In AI Startup


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.

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Google Adds EV Charging Stations To Maps


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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Join Xconomy for Our 8th Annual Napa Summit, June 13-14


Google. Amazon. Genentech. Those are some of the companies you’ll hear from at this year’s Napa Summit , the Xconomy Retreat on Technology, Jobs, and Growth.

Impact Rolls Out New Deep Linking Support For Mobile Affiliates


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.

SPECIAL REPORT: 2019 Blockchain Outlook — Reality Check


After a breakout year in 2017, the blockchain sector suffered a series of blows in 2018, from crashing cryptocurrency prices to increased regulatory scrutiny of crypto ventures and deepening skepticism about whether the technology was actually useful. Now, the industry has entered a crucial phase where blockchain developers need to overcome the limitations of the technology and find use cases that will win widespread adoption by businesses and organizations.

Slingshot Aerospace Wins $6M Air Force Award


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.

Censinet Takes Off With $7.8M to Track Cyber Risks in Healthcare


Censinet, a Boston startup helping hospitals and other healthcare providers manage the cyber risk of their hundreds of third-party vendors, has launched its system and announced $7.8 million in funding to double its headcount in a year, further develop its platform, and market its software. The Series A funding round is led by Boston-based HLM Venture Partners and the Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. Vin Fabiani, partner at HLM Venture Partners, is joining the company’s board.

ServiceNow Alum’s Perspectium Adds $8M More for Integration Tools


ServiceNow, one of the most valuable software companies ever founded in San Diego, launched in 2003, before enterprise software-as-a-service became a topic of mainstream discussion. Today’s tech landscape is dotted with companies that investors have valued at $1 billion or more—an elite club, members of which have come to be known as “ unicorns ,” and dozens of SaaS firms are among them.

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