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As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

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Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

Swell Rolls Out iOS App For Socially Responsible Investment


Santa Monica-based Swell Investing , a startup which lets consumers invest in companies which meet socially responsibility, and "impact goals", has rolled out a new iOS app, which lets consumers invest in companies from their smartphone.

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Silicon Beach Report May 17: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Spacex Chosen for Moon Lander Project

L.A. Business Journal

LiveXLive announces new music app; Hulu bullish on Disney taking reigns; SpaceX among firms contracted for Moon Lander

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Citadel Defense Wins U.S Government Customer


San Diego-based Citadel Defense , a developer of counter-drone technology, says that it has signed up an un-named, classified U.S. government customer, which is using its technology to prevent drone attacks in "highly sensitive areas". According to Citadel Defense, its systems are specifically being used to prevent weaponized drone attacks. The size of the deal was not announced.

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Keiretsu Forum Orange County

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 -- Keiretsu Forum. Orange County Forum. Angel investor event. See [link] (more

Cornerstone OnDemand Names Chief Marketing Officer


Santa Monica-base Cornerstone OnDemand said late Thursday that it has named a Heidi Spirgi as the company's new Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, to head up the firm's marketing functions. Spirgi was most recently Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product and Services for The Marcus Buckingham Company (acquired by ADP), and was the co-founder of a strategic consulting firm, Knowledge Infusion, which was acquired in 2012 by Appirio.

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LiveXLive Rolls New Music Streaming App


West Hollywood-based LiveXLive Media , which both produces live music content as well as owns the Slacker music streaming app, has rolled out a new, combined app which combines both livestreaming of music festivals, as well as ther personalized radio stations provided by Slacker. According to LiveXLive, the new, subscription app provides both Slacker's audio and personalization with live music event access.

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: MedCrypt, LunaDNA, Dynacure & More


Let’s catch up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego. — Cybersecurity company MedCrypt, which makes software to protect medical devices, raised a $5.3 million Series A funding round. The company says it will use the new funds to hire new salespeople and engineers and further develop its technology, which medical devices vendors use to secure data traveling between or stored on devices. It also offers real-time monitoring and alerts about potential security threats.

Criteria Corporation Gets $56M For Employment Analytics


Los Angeles-based Criteria Corp , a developer of a software-as-a-service employment analytics and pre-employment testing platform, said today that it has raised $56M in a strategic investment round, from private equity investor Sumeru Equity Partners. According to Criteria Corp., the majority funding round will go towards product innovation and growth.

Interview with David Loo, CEO and Founder of Perspectium


For today's interview, we sat down and spoke with David Loo , the founder and CEO of Perspectium (, a startup which is developing service management applications designed to help connect different, enterprise service management software products together. Loo--who was the very first employee at ServiceNow--explains what that means, and why companies use the startup's software. Perspectium recently raised a funding round from TVC Capital. What is Perspectium?

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