Tue.Feb 14, 2017

L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

L.A. Business Journal

Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

Doppels Is the Birthday Matching App You’re Going to Love


On your birthday, something special happens on social media: you receive hundreds of likes and well wishes from friends, family, high school classmates and people you haven’t talked to for years on Facebook.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 14: Mattel Partners with Alibaba to Develop Toys for China

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Mattel partners with Alibaba to develop toys for China, PewDiePie original YouTube show canceled following anti-Semitic comments, and ZestFinance launches service to rate credit for millennials without borrowing history

EnumSet and EnumMap


This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap. from Java's standard libraries. What are they? When should they be used? Could the implementations be improved? Could the APIs be improved? Conclusion. What are they? EnumSet. and EnumMap are compact, efficient implementations of the Set and Map interfaces. They have the constraint that their elements/keys come from a single enum type. Like HashSet and HashMap , they are modifiable.

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Disney's Maker Studios Drops PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Videos


PewDiePie , the social media star who reportedly is one of the highest paid YouTube stars, has been dropped by Disney's Maker Studios, after a series of anti-semitic videos posted to his channel. In one of the videos, PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) had people hold up a sign reading "death to all Jews." Kjellberg defended the videos as "a joke". The videos also included ones with Nazi symbols and imagery. PewDiePie reportedly was earning as much as $12M a year for his videos. READ MORE>>.

Dreamscape Immersive Raises Series A Funding For VR Entertainment Centers


Los Angeles-based Dreamscape Immersive , a developer of immersive, virtual reality entertainment experiences, said on yesterday afternoon that it has raised a Series A financing round. Size of the funding round was not announced, however, a regulatory filing indicates around $11.36M was raised in the round. The funding was led by Bold Capital Partners, the investment firm run by Peter Diamandis, and also included Warner Bros.,

Mattel Partners With Alibaba, Targets China


El Segundo-based toy company Mattel , and Chinese online marketplace giant Alibaba Group said Tuesday morning that the two companies are in a strategic partnership, where Alibaba Group will help Mattel reach the Chinese market. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. The two said they are seeking to "re-shape the way parents in China think about play." The companies said Alibaba will help Mattel with both online and offline marketing in China. READ MORE>>.

Cylance Names New President and COO


Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance announced this morning that it has named Daniel Doimo as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. Doimo will report to CEO Stuart McClure. Doimo was previously Executive Vice President of Global Solutions at Schneider Electric, where he had been for 12 years. Cylance says Doimo will lead its sales, marketing, business development and professional services organizations. READ MORE>>.

ZestFinance Rolls Out Millennial Underwriting Platform


Los Angeles-based ZestFinance , the fintech startup led by Douglas Merrill, said on Tuesday that it has rolled out a new platform aimed to help lenders better underwrite loans to millennials and others with a limited credit history. The company said its new Zest Automated Machine Learning (ZAML) Platform uses machine learning to use non-traditional credit union to reduce risk of credit decisions.

Report: Vadio Winds Down Operations


Vadio , a startup which had been developing software to synchoronize music and advertisements with online videos, is winding down, according to a number of reports on Tuesday. The startup--which has a significant number of LA inestors-- told the The Oregonian that the company couldn't secure adequate investment. The company had been backed by Mucker Capital, Amplify.LA, as well as along list of local Southern California angel investors. The company had operations in Portland and Los Angeles.

Float Finds $3M To Help Millennials Establish A Credit Score


Los Angeles-based Float said late last week that it has raised $3M in an angel funding round, to help Millennials establish a credit score. The funding came from Camp One Ventures, Funders Club, 500 Startups, as well as the Silicon Valley Bank and MasterCard accelerator programs.