Mon.Oct 21, 2019

Video Interview: Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls, findSisterhood


For our video interview today, we talked with Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls , founder and CEO of findSisterhood ( one of the companies out of the Techstars Los Angeles 2019 class, which is creating a new social network for women. READ MORE>>.

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How The Right Employees Have An Innovation Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Conventional business wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs are today’s main source of innovation. We see the stories of young founders leaving college with a big idea, going to work in their garage, and building something that changes the world.

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GreenPark Sports, Founded By Former YouTube, Zappos, Blitz Founders, Finds $8.5M


Calabasas-based GreenPark Sports --a new startup founded by Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube; Nick Swinmurn, founder of Zappos; and Ken Martin, co-founder of Blitz--has raised $8.5M in a seed funding round. GreenPark Sports says it is a publisher and developer of "fan-forward", digital experiences and mobile games for the new generation of sports and eSports fans. The funding round was led by SignalFire, and also included Sapphire Sports and Founders Fund.

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GOAT Goes Gucci, Adds Luxury Brands


Los Angeles-based GOAT , which operates an online marketplace for collectible sneakers, is branching off into the luxury brand market, adding such brands as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Off-White, and others, the company said on Monday. The items are currently available on GOAT's smartphone apps for iOS and Android, and will eventually be available on GOAT's website and WeChat. GOAT said the effort is part of a plan for resale expansion. READ MORE>>.

MediaLab, Maker Of Whisper, Buys Kik


Instant messaging service Kik has been sold to Los Angeles-based MediaLab , the owner of anonymous messaging app Whisper , the companies said over the weekend. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. The two said that Kik Interactive, the owner of Kik, sold both Kik and other "selected assets" to MediaLab. The sale of Kik to MediaLab is related to the legal issues that Kik has been battling with the SEC over its "Kin" cryptocurrency.

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Teledyne Gets $178M In Special Operations Contract


Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies reported this morning that it has scored a $178M contract, to product underwater combat submersibles for the Special Forces. According to Teledyne, the contract win came for Teledyne Brown Engineering, its subsidiary in Huntsville, Alabama, from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Rubicon Project Buys


Los Angeles-based advertising exchange operator Rubicon Project said this morning that it has acquired , a developer of open source, header bidding solutions for publishers. According to Rubicicon Project, it paid $11M in cash for RTK. Rubicon says that RTK's solutions are build on the same, open source framework as its own, Demand Manager product portfolio, Prebid. The company says it plans to integrate the two solutions in the coming months.

MobLab Finds Funding For Personalized Learning


Pasadena-based MobLab , a new startup which develops personalized learning software for the education market, has scored a round of funding, the company said today. The funding came from the Andrew Nikou Foundation (ANF), which is the foundation of entrepreneur Andrew Nikou. Nikou is the founder, managing partner, and CEO of private equity investment firm OpenGate Capital. Size of the investment in MobLab was not announced.

Interview with Neal Pecchenino, Boxi: Turning Blank Trunks Into Moving Ads


Neal Pecchenino , the founder and CEO of Boxi , while trying to advertise the brand of a company he was working for--how do you reach a lot of people with a branding campaign, affordably? Then he noticed all of the big, blank delivery and shipping trucks around him.