APX Platform Scores Seed Funding

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Beverly Hills-based APX Platform, a developer of cloud-based software for the aesthetic industry, says it has raised what it calls an "oversubscribed seed round" for its company. saas software funding seed aesthetics apxplatform platformSize of the seed funding was not announced. According to the company, it is developing a "disruptive alternative to the traditional option of a practice management consultant" for the aesthetic practice industry.

Classy Acquires Events Platform Fondi

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San Diego-based nonprofit software developer Classy announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring event platform Fondi, the developer of a virtual and hybrid event platform. Classy--which recently raised $118M in a Series D funding--said the move is part of its investors to invest in customer-forward product development and acquiring technology to complement its platform.

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Bambee Raises $15 Million for HR Platform

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has raised $15 million in Series B funding for its human resources platform for small businesses Santa Monica-based Bambee Inc.

Bird Rolls Out Bike Sharing Platform

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Bird Rides Inc. announced that it will launch an e-bike sharing service in the U.S. and Europe

AirVet Pet Telehealth Platform Soars During Pandemic

L.A. Business Journal

Growing up the son of a prominent local veterinarian, entrepreneur Brandon Werber never thought he would have to search for a vet for his two French bulldogs

CalAmp Powers Pallet Tracking Platform

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calamp pallet tracking platform telematics electronicsIrvine-based CalAmp , a provider of telematics products, is applying its technology to track wooden pallets, to improve supply chain and logistics visibility. According to CalAmp, it has partnered with Pallet Alliance, where its iON Tags, gateways, and its telematics cloud will be used to track wooden pallets. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

FastSpring Expands Platform

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Santa Barbara-based software developer FastSpring--best known for its e-commerce software tools--says it is expanding its offerings, and will offer up support to B2B, software-as-a-service and downloadable software companies with sales team. The company said the new expansion includes digital invoicing products, and other enhancements that allow companies consolidate their payments, subscription management, recurring billing, localized pricing, and account and order management into one place.

Omaze Raises $85 Million for Fundraising Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Individual investors include Bono, Kerry Washington, Tom Brady and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Early Learning Platform CodeSpark to Be Acquired

L.A. Business Journal

a digital education platform focused on STEM learning for young children, has agreed to be acquired by New York-based early education business Begin Pasadena-based CodeSpark Inc.,

Wpromote Rolls Out New Marketing Platform

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El Segundo-based Wpromote is launching a new marketing technology platform, the company said today, which it says will help complement its performance marketing services. The company said its new platform is called Polaris, and includes three apps for data capture and collection, analytics and automation, and apps for predictive modeling.

Sketchy Expands Online Learning Platform for Undergrads

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Saud Siddiqui and Andrew Berg said they shared an uncommon way of studying for their classes at UC Irvine School of Medicine

RepairSmith Raises $42 Million For On-site Repair Platform

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Automotive technology company RepairSmith has raised $42 million in Series B funding for its on-site repair platform

Influencer Campaign Platform Boosts CreatorIQ

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doing business as CreatorIQ, understands that his company’s complex platform can be difficult to describe to potential investors Igor Vaks, the founder and chief executive at Culver City-based Social Edge Inc.,

Image Metrics Rolls Out New AR Platform

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El Segundo-based Image Metrics , a developer of computer vision and facial analysis and tracking tools, has rolled out a new platform for implementing augmented reality (AR), which it calls LUNAR. The company said the new platform helps brands avoid the "cost prohibitive" tools from existing social media platforms like Snapchat and Facebook, as well as allow those brands to own and target their own audiences, while also avoiding the difficulty of custom building AR applications.

Bespoke Financial Raises $8 Million for Cannabis Lending Platform

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Santa Monica-based Bespoke Financial Inc., has raised $8 million to expand its financial offerings for businesses in the cannabis industry

Curio Raises $1.2 Million for Digital Collectibles Platform

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Curio’s platform allows individuals to create, own, share and trade digital collectibles from TV shows, graphic novels, movies and music

MaxLinear Buys Intel's Home Gateway Platform Division

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Carlsbad-based MaxLinear announced this morning that it ahs acquired Intel's Home Gateway Platform Division , in a deal worth $150M in cash. According to MaxLinear, which develops radio frequency, analog, and mixed signal integrated circuits, Intel's Home Gateway Platform Division develops Wi-fi access points, Ethernet, and Home gateway systems-on-a-chip (SoC) products. maxlinear intel home gateway platform division merger acquisition semiconductor

Rokit Made Acquires Bike Sharing Platform Spinlister

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the Santa Monica developer of a bike sharing and store rental platform, has a new owner Spinlister Inc.,

Illumina Donates Sequencing Platforms To India

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According to Illumina, is is donating two of its newest, next-generation (NGS) platforms, reagants, and four years of service support to the Molecular Diagnostic Reference Laboratory at Kasturba Hospital, in the Municipal Corporate of Greater Mumbai. San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said last week that it is donating $1M in sequencing equipment to groups in Mumbai, India, to bolster that country's COVID-19 surveillance ability.

Bambee Raises $15 Million for HR Platform

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has raised $15 million in Series B funding for its human resources platform for small businesses Santa Monica-based Bambee Inc.

Platform Science Picks Up $42M For Fleet Management

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La Jolla-based Platform Science , a developer of fleet management software and technology, has raised $42M in a Series B funding, the company disclosed recently. Platform Science had announced a partnership with Daimler Trucks North America, along with Daimler's participation in its Series B, at the beginning of May. platform science fleet management prologis transportation auto automotive truck trucking tracking venture capital

Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

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12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov.

Embrace Raises $45 Million in Series B for Mobile Data Platform

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The round gives the company a total of $57 million in funding

Emile Learning Brings Virtual Platform to Gen Z Students

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a virtual learning platform that Quiros calls a “master class for high school education Michael Vilardo, Jonathan Quiros and Felix Ruano felt Zoom school wasn’t up to par with the needs of the 15 million-plus high school students in the United States. So, the trio created Emile Learning Inc.,

HomeLister Raises $4.5 Million for Commission-Free Real Estate Platform

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Santa Monica real estate software developer HomeLister Inc. has raised $4.5 million in seed funding

Entos Finds $53M For Drug Design Platform

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San Diego-based Entos, a developer of artificial intelligence and automated synthetic development technology for designing small-molecule therapeutics, has raised $53M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Coatue, and also included Catalio Capital Management, OrbiMed, Sequoia CApital, Nexus Ventures, and Freeflow. As part of the funding, Aaron Weiner, Managing Director and Head of Healthcare at Coatue, and R. Jacob Vogelstein, Ph.D.,

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AirVet Pet Telehealth Platform Soars During Pandemic

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Growing up the son of a prominent local veterinarian, entrepreneur Brandon Werber never thought he would have to search for a vet for his two French bulldogs

Forge Platform Finds $1M For Ethereum SDK

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Santa Monica-based Forge Platform , which is developing software development kits used for Ethereum, has raised $1M in a seed funding, the company disclosed on Wednesday. forge platform ethereum venture capital blockchain snapchat shift manifestpartnersThe funding came from Manta Ray Ventures and Upfront Ventures. The company was founded by Chris Lorenz, Geoffrey Anderson, and James Borow.

Curio Raises $1.2 Million For Digital Collectibles Platform

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Curio’s platform allows individuals to create, own, share and trade digital collectibles from TV shows, graphic novels, movies, and music

Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

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The company said its new product, Zypline, helps media owners deliver video to OTT platforms, automating and simplifying the process of distributing content to Roku, Hulu, Verizon, Comcast, LeEco and other OTT platforms. ownzones media management platform over

Ordermark Scales Up Food Delivery Platform

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Long before the pandemic forced restaurants in Los Angeles and other cities to close their doors to indoor diners

DataScience Debuts New Data Analysis Platform

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Los Angeles-based DataScience , the data analytics software developer led by Ian Swanson, has rolled out its data analysis platform, the DataScience Cloud. DataScience said its platform supports connect any time of data source to data sciences sources, including databases, distributed filesystems, software-as-a-services; includes visualization tools and data browsers; connections to an API; and more. datascience data analysis software platform tools

Counterpart Raises $10 Million for Insurance Tech Platform

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announced March 23 that it had raised $10 million in funding to support the growth of its management liability insurance platform for small businesses Insurance technology company Counterpart Inc.

Esri Launches Platform For Caribbean

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Redland-based geographical information systems (GIS) and mapping software provider Esri has launched a new, online analytics platform it is aiming at the Caribbean community, the company said late Wednesday. According to the company, the new, online portal was built in collaboration with its Caribbean distributor, Spatial Innovision. The new site provides free location data and mapping resources, including geographic data and imagery for the Caribbean community, according to the company.

NuOrder Raises $45 Million for Wholesale Ecommerce Platform

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the Century City-based developer of a wholesale ecommerce platform for brands and retailers, announced March 10 that it had raised $45 million in a new round of funding NuOrder Inc.,

NuOrder Raises $45 Million for Wholesale Ecommerce Platform

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the Century City-based developer of a wholesale ecommerce platform for brands and retailers, announced March 10 that it had raised $45 million in a new round of funding NuOrder Inc.,

Tripp Raises $11 Million for Psychedelic Wellness Platform

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Tripp Inc., a virtual reality wellness startup, has raised $11 million in a Series A funding round

Equity Investment Platform Preparation Best Practices

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I recommend an easier way – using an investment platform like Gust, EquityNet or SeedInvest. Another advantage of online investor and equity crowdfunding platforms is that they will force you to pull together your story and documentation in a more consistent and complete fashion than you might otherwise bother. Reserving a consistent website domain name and social media names will not likely be possible once your startup is made public via an investment platform.

Brace Raises $15.7M Series B Round for Mortgage Platform

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the Santa Monica-based developer of a digital mortgage servicing platform, announced Jan. Brace Software Inc., 12 that it had raised $15.7 million in a Series B funding round

Guesty Raises $50 Million for Vacation Rental Management Platform

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With public health restrictions easing and the summer travel season approaching, Santa Monica-based Guesty Inc. is gearing up for what the company calls the “hypergrowth” of its business developing software for vacation rental hosts

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. While firms define platforms differently, let’s just say they are the services that a VC offers outside of investment capital and partner time on boards or providing intros. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

Swoop Platform Targets Small Transportation Operators

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Hawthorne-based Swoop Inc. wants to bring digital order and ease of use to the group transportation industry, a fragmented market populated with small operators who keep their books manually

Swoop Platform Targets Small Transportation Operators

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Hawthorne-based Swoop Inc. wants to bring digital order and ease of use to the group transportation industry, a fragmented market populated with small operators who keep their books manually