Wed.Apr 24, 2019

How Rolebot Wants To Eliminate The Resume, With Shane Bernstein

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Anyone who hires anyone, or has ever looked for a jobs knows how important a resume is. However, in the technical arena--as a programmer, developer, or software engineer--it's hard to tell from a resume how good you really are. Plus, it's often difficult to find that technical talent, which might not be looking for a job. That's where Los Angeles-based Rolebot (www.rolebot.net) comes in.

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Recurring Revenue Conference

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Recurring Revenue Conference - April 30 to May 1st - Marina Del Rey. Welcome to the 5th annual Recurring Revenue Conference: Scaling SaaS and Subscription Businesses presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Join 700+ entrepreneurs, executives and leading investors to discuss the Subscription Economy. Hear from companies including Zenefits, Mavenlink, Dollar Shave Club, ipsy, Sage Intacct, ProfitWell, Headspace, Winc and many more.

Qulab Applies Artificial Intelligence To Drug Design

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Los Angeles-based Qulab , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing artifical intelligence software aimed at small molecule drug design, said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, Quleap. The startup--backed by Cota Capital, Civilization Ventures, Plug and Play, and 415--says that Quleap automated small molecule, synthesis planning, and a cloud engine for simulating biomolecules.

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Diversity Innovation Forum

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Diversity Innovation Forum. Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation. We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem. See [link] (more

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Down To Shop Snags Funding For Funny Shopping App

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Los Angeles-based Down To Shop , a startup which combines humorous videos, a mobile app, and shopping, has scored funding from Greycroft Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, and Firstmark, the company said this week. Financial details of the funding have not been announced, but the company previously raised around $5.9M in a funding round in 2018, based on regulatory filings from the company. The startup was founded by Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstein.

Forge Therapeutics, Basilea Sign Deal to Pursue New Antibiotics

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Forge Therapeutics, founded in 2015 with the goal of developing drugs that target metalloenzymes, said Wednesday it had agreed to let Basilea Pharmaceutica use its chemistry platform to develop new antibiotics.

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Avidity Biosciences Gets $35M in Immunology R&D Deal with Eli Lilly

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Avidity Biosciences, a biotech developing drugs that deliver bits of RNA and DNA to cells to treat disease, has signed its first strategic pharmaceutical partner. Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY ) is paying Avidity $20 million upfront—plus $15 million in equity—for the rights to use the La Jolla, CA, startup’s technology to try and develop new medicines.

Clubspeed Collects $20M

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Corona, California-based Clubspeed , a software developer which develops software used by entertainment and activity centers to manage their business, has raised $20M in a funding round, according to investor Bellwether Financial Group. Bellwether said it joined Navadon Capital Partners in the $20M funding round, which gives the two companies a majority interst in Clubspeed.

EvoNexus Launches Fintech Startup Effort

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San Diego- and Irvine-based startup incubator operator EvoNexus says it is looking to attract financial technology (fintech) startups, and is now accepting startup applications for a new financial technology incubator it has launched with Franklin Templeton and Royal Bank of Canada. Acording to EvoNexus, it is seeking early stage companies with emerging financial technology to the new fintech incubator program.

Perspectium Finds $8M For Service Management Integration Tools

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San Diego-based Perspectium , which develops software for service management integration, has raised $8M in its Series B funding round, according to the firm. The investment came from TVC Capital. According to Perspectium, the new funding will help it continue expansion to global markets, and launch new products.

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Two Bit Circus Aims At Game Developers, Offers Up Game Experiences

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Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus , which has a "micro amusement park" which incorporates technology, games, entertainment, and more in its own physical, 38,000 square foot space, is offering up a new program which seeks to link with game developers. According to Two Bit Circus, it has launched a new " Park as a Platform ", where it will work with game developers to adapt those games and experiences for "location-based entertainment".