Tue.Mar 12, 2019

Hulu, Spotify Bundle Services For Just $9.99 A Month

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Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu , and streaming music provider Spotify have launched a new effort, which bundles both services together for just $9.99 a month, the two announced today. According to the two, it will offer up Hulu with all Spotify Premium accounts, giving access to Spotify's music, podcasts, and Hulu's TV and movies, all in a single bundle. The Hulu service included in the bundle is Hulu's commercially supported service.

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Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

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Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator. Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.

Two Local Tech, Investment Executives Named In College Fraud Investigation

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Two people associated with Southern California's high tech investment and startup industry have been named as part of the far reaching investigation into a college admissions scandal , which named Hollywood actresses, CEOs, coaches at USC, UCLA, and UCSD, as well as many others. According to a complaint filed by the U.S.

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Own The Problem, Lead The Solution

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Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where a major deadline wasn’t met. A sales goal wasn’t reached. An important deliverable wasn’t delivered. People were waiting on you. You fell behind schedule. You or your team got distracted with other urgent matters. For whatever reason, you just couldn’t make it happen. And then the house of cards collapses on itself. There’s no getting around the fact that you didn’t deliver as promised. You’re up s**t creek without a paddle.

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Zillow Launches Home Buying Service In Inland Empire

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Online real estate site Zillow is expanding its home buying service, Zillow Offers , into the Inland Empire this week, saying that it will start providing all-cash offers to people looking to sell their homes, condos, and townhomes in the area, as it expands its service nationwide. The service lets people bypass listing their homes for sale, instead letting homeowners submit their property information to Zillow for a near instant offer on their homes.

Green Dot Powers Mobile Banking For Stash

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Monrovia, California-based Green Dot , the prepaid card and mobile banking giant, is powering the new banking offerings for mobile investing and financial app startup Stash. Stash, based in New York, said that it will start offering up mobile-based banking accounts from Green Dot, which includes a debit account, access to Green Dot's network of ATMs, as well as other features.

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Chipotle Launches Rewards Program, To Give Up To $250,000 To Venmo Users

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Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a new rewards program today, and says it is giving away up to a quarter million dollars to users of Venmo as part of its launch. Venmo is a peer-to-peer payment system which is particularly popular among millennials and youth, which is owned by Paypal. According to Chipotle, its new rewards program.

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AONdevices Launches AI Systems-on-a-Chip Effort

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A new, Irvine-based startup AONdevices --based in the EvoNexus incubator--said this morning that it has launched its company, which is developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to enable embedding of voice control technology in devices like smartphones and wireless headsets. The startup, led by Mouna Elkhatib, said it has developed a neural network technology that can reliably recognize human speech and audio commands in very noisy environments.

Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round

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Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round. The funding round was led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, and also included Silversmith Capital Partners, an existing investor. Impact is led by CEO David A. Yovanno.

Interview with Bryan Biniak, Connected Travel

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Two of the hottest sectors in the market today for investments and startups are in the area of machine learning/big data and advancements in automotive technology. At the intersection of those two is Los Angeles-based Connected Travel (www.connectedtravel.com), the startup which is behind Honda's Drive Drive platform. We caught up with founder and CEO Bryan Biniak to hear more about the company and what Connected Travel is doing. Tell me about Connected Travel?