LA Metro Aims To Solve Last Mile To Public Transit Via Ridesharing


According to the LA Metro, it has inked a deal with ridesharing service ia , which will give riders a way to get to three Metro stations--Artesia, El Monte, and North Hollywood--through Via's app. metro last mile public transit ridesharing rider artesia elmonte subway north hollywood transportation government

Versatility Key for Thor: Electric Trucks, Next-Gen Batteries, Modular Chassis

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North Hollywood electric-truck startup Thor Trucks Inc. claims two innovations set it apart from other electric truck manufacturers

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ConsejoSano Gets Impact Funding


North Hollywood-based ConsejoSano , a developer of patient experience and engagement software, aimed at payers, providers, and health care systems, has scored a round of "impact" funding, the company said this week. According to the company, it received an equity investment from the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, which is administered by the American Heart Association. Size of that investment was not announced. According to the two, The Bernard J.

YAPI Finds Funding For Dental Software


North Hollywood-based Yapi , a provider of paperless communications and account management software for dental practices, says it has raised a round of growth investment from M33 Growth. Financial details of that investment were not announced. According to YAPI, it will use the new funding to build out its account management, customer success, and R&D teams, plus bolster existing sales and marketing. YAPI's software allows dental practices to automate administrative tasks.

UNest Acquires Littlefund


North Hollywood-based UNest , which operates a mobile app which helps parents set up saving plans for their children's college, has acquired Littlefund , an app and service which helps parents with collecting gifts, and tracking and saving towards a child's goals.

Los Angeles is using ride-hailing startup Via to shuttle people to public transit

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Under the pilot program, Via will provide on-demand rides to and from the Compton, El Monte and North Hollywood stations. Los Angeles is partnering with on-demand shuttle-based service Via as part of a pilot program that will give people rides to three busy public transit stations. The pilot program, which launched Monday, aims to solve the first- and last-mile problem that makes it challenging for people to get to and from public transit stations.

Sunrun Plans Major Hiring In Southern California


The San Francisco company said that it plans hiring and expansion in Escondido, North Hollywood, Orange County, Pomona, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo, among other locations. Residential solar installer Sunrun said this morning that it is planning a major hiring and expansion drive, with the hiring of 800 additional employees and the opening of ten new offices--many of them in Southern California.

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Geni Adds Follow Feature


Taking a clue from Twitter, North Hollywood-based Geni , the family history and tree site, said Thursday that it has added a new "Follow" feature to the site.

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Car Harmony Takes On Car Financing With Self Service Tool


The service is owned by Hankey Group, which owns North Hollywood Toyota, Midway Car Rental, plus Westlake Financial Services. Los Angeles-based online car shopping startup Car Harmony is taking on the area of auto finance today, saying it has launched a new, self service tool aimed at letting car shoppers create their own custom financing options for cars.

Car Harmony Debuts New Online Used Car Shopping Service


The startup says it is owned by the Hankey Group, which owns such companies as North Hollywood Toyota, Midway Car Rental, Westlake Financial Services, NowCom, and others. A new, Los Angeles company, Car Harmony , has launched an online car shopping service that lets users shop for and purchase used cars entirely online.

Quest Software Buys BiTKOO


BiTKOO was based in North Hollywood, and was co-founded by Doron Grinstein and Eric Kotler. Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced this morning that it has acquired BiTKOO , a developer of authorization and entitlement management for the enterprise IT market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Quest said the buy will add BiTKOO's technology to its Quest One Identity Solutions.

Disney Online Acquires Sites From Kaboose


North Hollywood-based Disney Online , the online publishing arm of Disney Interactive Media Group, announced this morning that it has acquired a number of assets from Canadian firm Kaboose, in a deal worth approximately $18.4M. Disney said that it is acquiring , , , , and from Kaboose, to integrate into its lineup of web sites.

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Disney Completes Kaboose Buy


North Hollywood-based Disney Online announced today that the firm has completed its purchase of a number of web sites from Kaboose, including,,, and The acquisitions, which were first announced in April, will become part of a new division the firm is calling Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio. Disney had earlier said that the deal was worth approximately $18.4M.

Disney Online Launches Tweener Site


North Hollywood-based Disney Online said Friday that it has rolled out a new site, DisneyXD , targeted at the "tween" market. The Disney unit said that the online and mobile site would target kids and tween boys with action-based games, full length video, music, sports, and other similar themes.

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How Halla Is Using AI To Personalize Food, With Spencer Price


We all went to Oakwood High School, in North Hollywood in Los Angeles. For this morning's interview, we spoke with Los Angeles-based Halla , a venture backed startup, focused on personalized recommendations for the food ordering industry. The company has raised $1.9M in seed funding, from E&A Venture Capital and SOSV. We spoke with CEO and co-founder Spencer Price to learn more about the company. What is Halla?