Mon.Sep 20, 2021

Appetize Acquired by SpotOn for $415 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. has been acquired by SpotOn Transact Inc. for $415 million

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8 Advantages To Building Your Own Startup Prototypes

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, and now sites such as SketchUp and Makerspaces have all the tools you need to make almost anything computer related.

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Team Huddle Builds Scheduling Tool Aimed at Improving Mental Health

L.A. Business Journal

Team Huddle Inc. which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and data to put employees’ mental health “at the center” of their work — is up and running with the launch of its first product, ScheduleIQ

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Omaze Takes $85M For Nonprofit Fundraising


Culver City-based Omaze, which operates an online platform to help nonprofits raise money, said last week that it raised $85M in a Series C funding round. The company is led by co-founder and CEO Matt Pohlson. Lead investor in the funding round was Moore Strategic Ventures, and the funding also included FirstMark Capital, Wndrco, Telstra Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, Mockingbird Ventures, BDMI, Pegasus Ventures, plus angel investors Bono, Kerry Washington, Tom Brady and Alexis Ohanian.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease. Helps Businesses Retain Their Subscribers

L.A. Business Journal

For companies that rely on long-term customers, “churn” — a term that refers to the number of canceled or lapsed subscriptions — is a major challenge

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EVgo Launches Rewards Program


Los Angeles-based electric vehicle charging network operator EVgo says it has launched a new, customer loyalty program, called EVgo Rewards. According to the company, its program allows EV drivers to earn points towards free fast charging sessions. Members receive five points for every dollar they spend charging their car with EVgo, and have the opportunity to get extra points for liking and sharing EVgo's social posts, by visiting the EVgo Rewards website, and other activities.

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LA Clippers Link With Intuit For Naming Rights On New Intuit Dome


The LA Clippers said on Friday that they are partnering with software developer Intuit, which develops the popular financial software packages and services TurboTax, QuickBooks, Credit Karma and Mint, on naming rights to its future home. According to the two, they are in a 23-year strategic partnership which will make the Intuit Dome the future home of the Clippers. The new location is expected to open in Inglewood for the 2024-2025 NBA season.

Chris Paul-Backed Greenfly Catches on With Athletes

L.A. Business Journal

The idea for Greenfly Inc. came to former right-fielder Shawn Green after he hit a record four home runs in a 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers game

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San Diego-based, a startup that offers up a virtual diabetes clinic, to provide care to those living with diabetes, has raised $3.7M in a seed funding, the company announced this morning. The funding came from Founders Fund, Define Ventures, Speedinvest and iSeed Ventures. says it helps provide people prediabetes and type 2 diabetes access to important medication and at-home tests, delivered to their front door.

SpaceX’s Historic Week Ushers in New Possibilities for Space Exploration

L.A. Business Journal

Inspiration4 proves that the company is making headway on its mission of opening space travel to all

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WurkNow Gets $10M


Riverside, California-based WurkNow, a developer of a digital staffing and workforce management software product, has raised $10M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The company said the round was led by Newport Hayseed Group, which is based in Newport Beach. WurkNow focuses on managing large, hourly workforces, and says it has clients using its tools to manage over 125,000 active employees.