ConsumerTrack Expands In El Segundo, Ramps Hiring

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Los Angeles-based ConsumerTrack , the operator of GoBankingRates.com and other personal finance content and lead generation sites, said today that it is expanding its headquarters in El Segundo. According to ConsumerTrack, it has moved into a new office wich has room for over 100 employees, and which also includes a custom gym and video studio to expand its production facilities.

Raytheon Moves Headquarters From El Segundo

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In what is not a surprise for Southern California''s shift away from the industry, defense contractor Raytheon said Thursday that it is shutting down its business headquarters locations in El Segundo, and moving its Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business headquarters to McKinney, Texas. Raytheon said the move is part of an effort to streamline operations, increase productivity, and to "achieve stronger alignment" with its customers.

Kite Pharma Opens New Facility In El Segundo

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Santa Monica-based biopharmaceuticals developer Kite Pharma has opened up a new, 43,500 square foot manufacturing facility in El Segundo, the company said today, to manufacture its cancer immunotherapy products. According to Kite Pharma, the new facility will support production of its chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T-cell receptor (TCR) product candidates for clinical trials, along with commercial launch of its lead T-cell product candidate, KTE-C19.

Mattel Partners with Alibaba to Develop Toys for China

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of El Segundo has partnered with Alibaba Group of Hangzhou, China to market and develop products for Chinese consumers Toy maker Mattel Inc.

Beyond Meat Rolls Out New Product, Beyond Beef

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El Segundo-based Beyond Meat , the startup which is developing plant-based meat alternatives, says it has launched a brand new product called Beyond Beef. According to the company, the new product has the taste and texture of ground beef, but has 25 percent less saturated fat than beef, and also only uses plant-based ingredients.

Vantage Media Launches New Educational Marketplace Product

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El Segundo-based Vantage Media , the provider of performance-based marketing and advertising services, is expanding the offerings it has in the education market.

BridgeCo Upgrades Music Networking Products

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El Segundo-based BridgeCo , a developer of embedded semiconductors and software for the home entertainment networking market, said Thursday at CES that it has launched the next generation of its JukeBlox product.

PCM Buys TigerDirect, Other Assets From Systemax

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El Segundo-based PCM , the IT services provider once known as PCMall, said it has acquired the business-to-business assets of Systemax's North American Technology Group. Those businesses include IT products brand TigerDirect. TigerDirect is an online retailer of electroincs, computers, jewelry, health and fitness, home, and many other products. pcmall systemax tigerdirect merger acquisition electronics retailer products accessories

iRise Rolls Out Free iOS App Prototyping Product

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El Segundo-based iRise , the developer of enterprise visual prototyping tools, looks to be looking to broaden the use of its products, saying today that it has released a free version of its tool to allow users to prototype iPad and iPhone applications. The firm--whose products previously were only available as pricey enterprise software--said its new iRise Studio MX will allow entrpereneurs to quickly and inexpensively prototype new iPad and iPhone mobile app ideas.

Cylance, CUJO AI Team on Cybersecurity Effort

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Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance and El Segundo-based devuce security software developer CUJO AI are in a partnership aimed at the connected home, the two said today. According to Cylance, the two are in a strategic alliance, aimed at network operators, which will combine the AI endpoint and network security products from the two companies, to offer up "end-to-end" protection for all connected devices in a home.

Beyond Meat Adds Celebrity Investors

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El Segundo-based Beyond Meat , which develops plant-based burger products, says it has added a long list of celebrities as investors in the company.

PCM Opens New Data Center In Ohio

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El Segundo-based PCM , formerly known as PC Mall, said Thursday that it has opened up a new data center in New Albany, Ohio. PCM provides products to the business market, and has approximately $1.4 pcmall cloud hosting products PCM said the new data center will provide Tier II space for managed hosting and cloud IT services, which it provides to its customers. PCM said the new data center is on 7.9 acres of land it purchase back in December of 2012.

Beyond Meat Adds Leonardo DiCaprio As Investor

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Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat , the maker of plant-based, protein products which look and taste like hamburger--but are not--has added actor Leonardo DiCaprio as an investor in the company. Beyond Meat, which has its headquarters in El Segundo, did not announce how much DiCaprio invested in the company. DiCaprio said he invested in Beyond Meat, as livestock production is a major driver of carbon emissions.

Jaanuu Snags $15M More For Medical Apparel

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El Segundo-based medical apparel brand Jaanuu --formed by former investment banker Shaan Sethi and his sister, Dr. Neela Sethi Young --has snagged $15M more in funding, the company said this week, bring the company's total raised to $25M. The company says funding will go to its product and fabric development, omnichannel expansion plans, and also for efforts in predictive analytics based marketing and real-time programmatic media buying.

PCM Buys Provista UK

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El Segundo-based PCM , which provides information technology products to the business, government, and education markets, said very late Wednesday evening that it has acquired Provista Technology Services Ltd. Provista UK was founded in 2016, and offers up products from such vendors as Cisco, Avaya, Cisco Meraki, Huawei, and Checkpoint.

Stamps.com Buys ShippingEasy

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El Segundo-based Stamps.com said this week that it has acquired ShippingEasy , a developer of web-based multi-carrier shipping software product that helps e-commerce providers process, fulfill, and ship their products. Stamps.com said it would pay $55M in cash for ShippingEasy, which was based in Austin, Texas. ShippingEasy had been a direct competitor to Stamps.com, particularly for small e-commerce providers. READ MORE>>.

PCM Buys IT Integrator Epoch Universal

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El Segundo-based PCM , which is a provider of technology services, plus hardware, software, and other products to businesses, has acquired Epoch Universal , an IT solutions provider in the area of collaboration, networking and security, wireless, data center, cloud, and other areas.

VoiceVault Takes On Voice Biometrics With SDK

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El Segundo-based VoiceVault , a developer of biometrics technology, said this week that it has released a new software development kit to help developers add voice biometrics on their mobile apps. Pricing on the product was not announced. The company said its ViGo platform offers up such features as phrase or digit voice registration, and support for both Android and iOS. The 15-person company is led by Andrew Lawson. READ MORE>>. voicevault biometrics voice

AWR Links With Antenna Software

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El Segundo-based AWR Corporation , which develops electronic design automation (EDA) software, said today that it has linked with Antenna Magus, an antenna design software tool.

Zadspace Raises $3.2M

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El Segundo-based Zadspace , the developer of on-package advertising products, announced this week that it has raised $3.2M in a funding round.

Stamps.com's ShippingEasy Aims At Amazon Sellers

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ShippingEasy , the developer of cloud-based shipping, inventory management, and customer marketing software arm of El Segundo-based Stamps.com is targeting third party Amazon sellers today, with a new product release. ShippingEasy announced a new Amazon Seller Suite, which includes a bundle of solutions covering inventory management, shipping and rate management, plus seller and product reviews.

GoGuardian Takes On Chromebook Management For Schools

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El Segundo-based GoGuardian , a developer of digital learning software, said today that it has launched a new product to help schools manage their deployment of Chromebooks. GoGuardian said its new product, GoGuardian Fleet, is aimed at helping educators manage large numbers of Chromebooks, and allowing administrators to manage what content students can access, and other aspects of those devices.

BridgeCo Wins Pioneer

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El Segundo-based BridgeCo , a developer of media processors used for the home music market, reported today that it has been chosen by Pioneer , the maker of consumer electronics, for a new line of home audio products.

iRise Rolls Out New User Requirements Software

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El Segundo-based iRise , which develops application prototyping software used for developing enterprise applications, says it has rolled out a new, user requirements management feature for its product. The company said its new Requirements Management capability allows its customers to review and validate user stories, business requirements, and interactive prototypes. The new features are part of all of its subscription plans, according to the ompany.

International Rectifier Gets $100M In Credit Facility

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El Segundo-based integrated circuit maker International Rectifier said this morning that it has raised $100M in four year, senior unsecured credit facility. International Rectifier is a developer of power management ICs, used across a wide range of electronics products. The funding came from a group of lenders led by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, along with JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Bank of the West.

iRise Takes On Government Market

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El Segundo-based iRise , the developer of enterprise, application visualization and prototyping software, is targeting the government market with a new product, the company said this week.

NEOGOV Snags Funding From Warburg Pincus

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El Segundo-based NEOGOV , the developer of human resources automation software for the public sector, has raised a round of growth equity from private equity investor Warburg Pincus. The company's software-as-a-service products are used to manage recruitment, onboarding, and performance evaluation for government agencies.

Wpromote Offers Up Free Digital Marketing Training To Nonprofits

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Wpromote said the event, in El Segundo, runs from 8am to 5pm, and will help nonprofits learn about things like paid and earned social media, boosting a charity's visibility on Google, increasing open and click through rates on email campaigns, and more. Los Angeles-based digital marketing agency Wpromote said on Wednesday that it will be offering up free training to nonprofits, as part of its second annual Wprobono: Digital Day In LA.

International Rectifier Acquired By Infineon In $3 Billion Deal

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El Segundo-based International Rectifier , the developer of power conversion semiconductors, has been acquired by Infineon , in a deal worth $3 billion in cash. Infineon said the deal would help bolster its expertise in compound semiconductors and drive greater economies of scale in production. Infineon said that it will pay $40 in cash per share for publicly held IRF.

iRise Ships With HP

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El Segundo-based iRise , which develops visualization software for enterprise development, said this week that it has shipped a connector which integrates the software with HP Quality Center. HP Quality Center is a requirements management and testing software product.

PCM Powers Wi-Fi For Cincinnati Bengals

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El Segundo-based technology provider PCM reports this morning that it is providing the high density, Wi-Fi products for Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. PCM said it was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals to install the Wi-Fi network, based on equipment from Extreme Networks.

Mattel Partners With Stardoll

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El Segundo-based toy maker Mattel has inked a licensing agreement with online fashion game maker Stardoll , Stardoll announced today. Stardoll runs an online fashion virtual world for teen and tween girls. Financial details of the licensing deal were not disclosed.

Swagbucks Taps Shopzilla's Weinrot As COO

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El Segundo-based Prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , has named a new COO, naming former ShopZilla executive David Weinrot to the new position. Weinrot had been heading up operations and business management for Shopzilla, heading up its marketing, product management, sales and operations functions. Weinrot was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Divisional President for Shopzilla/Bizrate, where he had been for over 14 years.

Infrascale Raises $16.3M, Acquires Eversync

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El Segundo-based Infrascale , which provides cloud-based data backup, disaster recovery, archiving, and other services, said today that it has raised $16.3M Infrascale said the funding will go towards its product line, including the acquisition of Eversync Solutions. in a Series B funding, and also acquired EverSync, a developer of cloud-based backup appliances. The funding came from Carrick Capital Partners.

iRise In Canadian Win

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El Segundo-based iRise , the software visualization firm backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and Deutsche Bank, reported another win today.