Tue.Sep 20, 2022

Beyond Meat COO Reportedly Arrested Over Biting Incident

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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of El Segundo, California-based Beyond Meat has reportedly been arrested for biting a man's nose, according to Arkansas news reports. Doug Ramsey, was appointed COO of Beyond Meat in December of 2021, and previously had been an executive at Tyson Foods. beyond meat executive beyondmeat food arrest crime

Cypress Creek Renewables Plans 45MW Worth Of Community Solar In Illinois

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Santa Monica-based renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables said this morning that it has agreed to develop and sell 45MW of community solar projects in Illinois to community solar operator Nexamp. Cypress Creek Renewables said the 45MW of Illinois solar projects are scheduled to be operational by Fall of 2023. The company did not say how much it will cost to build those solar projects.

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Renogy Enters Home Energy Storage Market

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Anaheim-based solar equipment provider Renogy says it is expanding beyond solar panels and inverters, and into the home energy storage market. According to the company, it has rolled out a number of home energy storage products, including the Lycan Power Box PRO, which offers 4.8kWh of energy storage and a 5,000 watt inverter, which can work either with or without solar power; and the Aura Hybrid Home Battery System, a modular whole home solar battery system.

Humankind Finds $4.2M For Personalized Shopping Recommendations

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A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Humankind, announced this morning that it has raised $4.2M in a seed stage funding. The company said the funding was co-led by High Alpha Capital and Strand Equity. Humankind said it connects online shoppers with real life product experts via SMS, to help provide personalized shopping recommendations.

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.

Scratchpay Gets $35M

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Pasadena-based Scratchpay, which originally provided pet health insurance, but now is expanding into healthcare in general, has raised $35M in its Series C funding, the company disclosed this morning. The Series C funding round was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Alumni Ventures, Companion Fund, Struck Capital, SWS Venture Capital, TTV Capital, and others. The company says it has now raised over $108M in total. Scratchpay is led by founder and CEO John Keatley.

ImmunoScape Finds $24M From Amgen, Others

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San Diego-based ImmunoScape, a biotech company which says it is focused on discovery and development of next-generation TCR-T-cell therapeutics, has raised $14M in a funding round. The funding was led by Anzu Partners, and also included Amgen Ventures and Singapore's EDBI. The company said it is focused on discovery and in-depth characterization of rare cancer-specific T-cells at high resolution, to help develop TCR-T-celll therapies for treatment of solid cancer tumors.