Mon.Sep 09, 2019

Workout app Fitplan adds Alex Rodriguez as a trainer… and an investor

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Former New York Yankees all star Alex Rodriguez is racking up quite an impressive batting average in his new career as an investor and has added Fitplan to his roster of portfolio companies. The Los Angeles-based workout app launched by Landon Hamilton and Cam Speck has closed on $4.5 million led by A-Rod and Corazon Capital, and has added new celebrity athlete trainers — including Rodriguez — to cover the needs of would-be sports stars and interested amateurs alike.

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

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Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create.

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Video Interview: Chris Straka, Radcare Health


Our video interview today is with Dr. Chris Straka, of Radcare Health, a startup developing information resources for cancer patients. READ MORE>>. chris straka radcare health video interview

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 -- More/Medavoy brunchwork. You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with More/Medavoy Co-founding Partners Brian Medavoy and Erwin More. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Brian and Erwin, curated connections, a creative challenge, and pitch. over a healthy meal. See [link] (more


SGI-DNA Finds $25M In Funding


San Diego-based SGI-DNA , a biotech company which is developing synthetic genomics and dna data storage technology, announced this morning that it has raised $25M in its Series A funding round. The funding was led by Northpond Ventures, and also included Oxford Finance and BroadOak Capital partners. SGI-DNA said it has created a fully automated gene synthesis platform, which includes an instrument that converts digitized DNA code to biological entities.

Acadia Stock Jumps on Positive Dementia-Related Psychosis Drug Data


An Acadia Pharmaceuticals drug that’s already approved for psychosis associated with Parkinson’s disease could soon be heading to an FDA review to expand the use of the drug to dementia patients.

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At Big Lung Cancer Meeting, Lights Shine on KRAS, Drug Combos & More


The treatment landscape for lung cancer has shifted significantly over the past few years , and more changes could be on the way. At the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona this weekend a number of drug makers trotted out some of their latest advances in immunotherapy, targeted pills, drug combinations, and more. Xconomy rounded up some of the most noteworthy headlines and put them in context below.

GumGum Ranks E-Sports Teams: LA's Immortals No. 3


Santa Monica-based GumGum Sports , the sports marketing analytics software developer which helps measure brand exposure in videos and images using artificial intelligence (AI), released a ranking of top e-sports organizations on Monday. According to GumGum--which has been issuing its reports every quarter--LA's Immortals has jumped to number three in top e-sports organizations based on their social ranking and social reach.

Happy Money Finds $70M In Series D


Costa Mesa-based Happy Money , a fintech startup that connects consumers with credit unions through a marketplace, has raised $70M in a Series D funding round, the company said last week. The funding was led by CMFG Ventures, the venture capital arm of CUNA Mutual Group. According to Happy Money, it will use the funding for continued growth and partnerships with credit unions. The deal also includes a strategic partnership with the national sales force of CUNA Mutual.

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Drivetime, With Founder In SoCal, Finds $11M


Drivetime , a developer of interactive, voice-driven audio entertainment apps for drivers, has raised $11M in a Series A funding, the company said this morning. According to the startup, the funding was led by Makers Fund and also included the Amazon Alexa Fund and Google. The company says it has now raised a total of $15M, including a $4M seed funding round a year ago. The company's other backers include Felicis Ventures, Fuel Capital, Webb Investment Network and Access Ventures.

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Skyworks Gets Design Win With Oculus Quest


Irvine-based analog semiconductor developer Skyworks Solutions , has scored a high profile design win, with the new Oculus Quest virtual reality gaming system. According to SkyWorks, its Skyone solution for WiFi is part of the Facebook Oculus Quest, an "all-in-one" virtual reality gaming system which connects wirelessly to cloud gaming.

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