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TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service

TechCrunch LA

TikTok , the fast-growing user-generated video app from China’s Bytedance, has been building a new music streaming service to compete against the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. And today it’s announcing a deal that helps pave the way for a global launch of it.

CEOs of Women’s Health Companies Fight to Open Investment Floodgates

Xconomy

Talking about sex with potential investors? For EvoFem Biosciences CEO Saundra Pelletier, it’s the first item on the docket. Her company recently submitted Amphora, a non-hormonal contraceptive gel, to the FDA for review.

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Tinder To Add Panic Button

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Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder is getting set to add a new, emergency panic button to the app--in the case a date really goes bad--which will immediately summon emergency authorities and send them to a person's location. According to the WSJ, the new features will be enabled by an investment by Tinder's parent company, Match Group, in an app developer called Noonlight.

Scopely Acquires FoxNext Games

L.A. Business Journal

Scopely Inc. acquired Century City-based game developer FoxNext Games from the Walt Disney Co.

As Virus Fears Rise, LA Company Offers Up Germ Killing Robots To Airports

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As worries about the spread of a new virus from China--which has resulted in the quarantine of Wuhan, China , a city of 11 million--a Los Angeles company, Dimer UVC Innovations , is offering up its technology to airports and officials, at no cost, to a number of airports.

China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

TechCrunch LA

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The spotlight this week is back on Tencent, which has made some interesting moves in gaming and content publishing.

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5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today.

TikTok Opens Culver City Office

L.A. Business Journal

Social media company TikTok has opened an office in Culver City's Hayden Tract business park

Los Angeles-based CREXi raises $29 million for its online real estate marketplace

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is one of the most desirable locations for commercial real estate in the United States, so it’s little wonder that there’s something of a boom in investments in technology companies servicing the market coming from the region. It’s one of the reasons that CREXi , the commercial real estate marketplace, was able to establish a strong presence for its digital marketplace and toolkit for buyers, sellers, and investors.

Acquicent Adds Advisor, Investor

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Los Angeles-based Acquicent , the startup which is developing a marketplace that allows users to invest in "museum-grade" collectibles such as art and vintage automobiles, is announcing this morning that it has added Kevin Conroy, CEO of ConroyMedia and former director of Sotheby's, as both an advisor and ivnestor.

Startups Are Not Just The Realm Of Young Generations

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest myths in the business world is that startups are no place for Baby Boomers, that aging generation born between 1945 and 1964.

Gaining Momentum

L.A. Business Journal

tech companies experienced a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in late 2019, and that momentum is expected to continue in the coming months

Diligent’s Vivian Chu and Labrador’s Mike Dooley will discuss assistive robotics at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

TechCrunch LA

Too often the world of robotics seems to be a solution in search of a problem. Assistive robotics, on the other hand, are among one of the primary real-world tasks existing technology can seemingly address almost immediately.

CREXi Collects $29M More For Commercial Real Estate Marketplace

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Los Angeles-based CREXi says it has raised $29M more in a funding round, which came from Mitsubishi Estate Company, Industry Ventures, Prudence Holdings, plus Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Jackson Square Ventures, the company said on Friday. The company operates a commercial real estate marketplace, and is led by CEO Mike DiGiorgio.

9 Keys To Finding The Perfect Angel Investor For You

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one.

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MedMen Exec Revamps Ops

L.A. Business Journal

Just over a year into his tenure at the cannabis retailer, Lissack has become a linchpin at the company, overseeing multiple areas of the business

In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire

TechCrunch LA

The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement.

Sonos Walks Back Plan To Brick Older Devices

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Santa Barbara-based Sonos has walked back plans it had to essentially force its users with older Sonos devices to either "brick" and upgrade those devices, or to be locked out from any further updates of software--even on their newest equipment.

6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase.

Is AECOM on the Block?

L.A. Business Journal

Century City-based engineering giant AECOM reportedly has been in possible buyout talks with Montreal-based engineering services firm WSP Global Inc

Pitch and Learn With Investors

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TikTok Grows In LA With New Office

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TikTok , the developer of the popular, short video app where people combine short videos of themselves set to music, says it is growing in Los Angeles, and is moving into a brand new, 120,000 square foot office in Culver City. According to the company, the expansion will strengthen its U.S. presence, as it continues to grow its team here. According to TikTok, the new, permanent office in LA "deepens our bonds with the city, and the talent and companies, that call it home".

7 Lessons For Mobile App Developers To Beat The Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the quickest ways to become an entrepreneur these days is to develop and publish a smartphone app. The price of entry can be less than $10,000, so the competition is huge and growing rapidly. According to Tim Cook at Apple, there were over 20 million registered developers in 2018.

TikTok Opens Culver City Office

L.A. Business Journal

Social media company TikTok has opened an office in Culver City's Hayden Tract business park

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Interview with Eric Friedrichsen, Emburse

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For our interview today, we talked with Eric Friedrichsen , the CEO of Emburse , a developer of expense management and accounts payable software which has major operations in Los Angeles. Emburse recently merged LA's Chrome River into the company, as part of an effort to combine six different companies in the expense management area. For those who haven't heard of Emburse, talk about what you do? Eric Friedrichsen: Emburse is all about expense management and accounts payable automation.

Getting to know Alexa-Rae Navarro

Startup San Diego

Get to know Alexa-Rae Navarro, Startup San Diego's Executive Director. Learn more about her background in the non-profit sector and her passion for startups. The post Getting to know Alexa-Rae Navarro appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

After Ending Cancer Drug Program, Halozyme Predicts Profits in 2020

Xconomy

Halozyme suffered a setback in November when its investigational pancreatic drug failed a Phase 3 clinical trial , but its CEO says the biotech’s drug delivery technology will make the company profitable as early as the second quarter of this year.

Growth Capital Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 30, 2020 -- Growth Capital Conference. Pitch to and Network with Investors: Angels, VCs, High Net Worths, Strategic Partners and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, videos, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00am sharp! See [link].

TigerConnect Names New CTO

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Santa Monica-based TigerConnect , which develops communications tools for the healthcare and other industries, said on Wednesday that it has named Tim Goodwin as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. Goodwin was most recently CTO at Vacasa, which provide online vacation rental management. Goodwin also served as CIO and Senior Vice President at Fiserv Digital Channels.

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