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.

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.

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Early Learning Platform CodeSpark to Be Acquired

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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.,

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.

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

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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

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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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.

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.,

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.,

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

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.

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.

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

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

Pledge Gets $3 Million for Video Fundraising Platform

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Online fundraising startup Pledge announced that it had raised $3 million in new seed funding to finance the launch of a new virtual fundraising platform

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.,

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greenfield Groves Buys Telehealth Software Platform

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Irvine-based Greenfield Groves ,, a telehealth and wellness company, said it is acquiring a proprietary telehealth software platform developed by Healthcare Technologies LLC. Greenfield said in a statement that it looks forward to "bringing this telehealth platform to market at scale." Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Greenfield Groves, it will use the acquisition to help accelerate its speed to market.

Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

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I read the declarations by industry analysts on Twitter that this was “proof that you can’t build a business on somebody else’s platform” and perhaps DataSift should have known better. DataSift was never built on a single platform and never desired or expected to be Twitter’s re-syndication provider as its sole business. The post Can You Build Your Business on Somebody Else’s Platform?

Seragon Pharmaceuticals Says AI Platform Predicts Aging

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Irvine-based biopharmaceuticals company Seragon Pharmaceuticals announced on Wednesday that it has launched a new, artificial intelligence platform it says can predict an individuals' aging speed, and assess aspects of physiological funtions. The company said its new GenomeScore platform uses epigenetic and transcriptome analysis for its predictions, using a "neural network-trained algorithm".

Podcorn Launches Podcast Advertising Platform

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Los Angeles-based Podcorn , a venture-backed startup offering up native podcast advertising and matching, has launched its platform, saying that its platform will help advertisers discover and run native ads on podcasts. The startup--led by David Kiezkowski and Agnes Kozera, the former founders of Famebit--said it is looking to help the 85 percent of podcasters who are not monetizing their podcasts, through connecting those podcasters to brand partners.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

Maestro Raises $15 Million for Video Streaming Platform

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Streaming video exploded in popularity during the last year, and few companies were better positioned to take advantage of that than Maestro Interactive Inc

TiTAN Platform Launches Into US Market

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TiTAN Platform , a Chinese developer of "smart home" devices, says it has officially launched its U.S. TiTAN says its product provide a "highly-encrypted" content platform which lets content owners upload and provide their content to consumers through a secure marketplace, all tied into a "smart home" device in the living room. titan platform smarthome smart home contentproduct line, and set up its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.

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