The future of car ownership: Cars-as-a-service

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Automakers and startups alike are increasingly offering services that give buyers new opportunities and greater flexibility around owning and using vehicles. Cars-as-a-Service. Car shoppers now have several new options to avoid long-term debt and commitments.

Songtrust adds another 55,000 artists to its rights management service

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Over the past year, Songtrust has added another 55,000 artists and songwriters to its rights management service.

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

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Postmates, the popular food delivery service, raised another $225 million at a valuation of $2.4 Online personal shopping service Lookiero gets $19M.

Using Spotify and Netflix payments to build your credit score? Grow Credit has a service for that.

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The service, which launched earlier this month, is one of the slew of new ideas coming from businesses that are angling to help build up credit scores for folks who can’t (or won’t) get a credit card, or who are rebuilding their credit.

Ordermark, the online-delivery order management service for restaurants, raises $18 million

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Los Angeles-based Ordermark , the online delivery management service for restaurants founded by the scion of the famous, family-owned Canter’s Deli, said it has raised $18 million in a new round of funding. million for Ordermark, a takeout order management service.

Wrench’s on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million

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Wrench , the Seattle-based on demand vehicle maintenance and repair service for consumers and fleets, has raised $20 million in its latest round of financing. Wrench is one of a growing number of companies that are using technology to adapt what had previously been infrastructure-heavy services closer to a more consumer-friendly, convenient business model. Consumers are embracing on-demand services that make their lives better.

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Tesloop Ride Sharing Service Expands

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That’s the theory behind Tesloop of Culver City, a car service which ferries passengers on highway trips between 50 miles and 200 miles around Southern California in Tesla Inc.’s Long-haul commuting is better in a Tesla. s Model X or Model S cars

Landline Gets $3.85M For Airport Bus Service

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Los Angeles-based Landline , a startup which is launching specialized, shuttle bus service in Minneapolis and elsewhere in the Midwest. landline airport service venture capital minneapolis upfront transportationThe funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Mucker Capital and Matchstick Ventures. The company currently offers up connections between Duluth International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Mankato Regional Airport and Minneapolis-St.

Happy Returns Launches Self Service Return Kiosk

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Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, and Lowercase Capital, has expanded its suite of return solutions, with a new self-service kiosk. happy returns self service logistics ecommerce kiosk retail reverseSanta Monica-based Happy Returns , which is backed by U.S. According to Happy Returns, it has launched a new, return kiosk branded specifically for a retailer, powered by software from the company, and where Happy Returns handles the reverse logistics.

Growing A Services Business Requires Selling Yourself

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If your forte is a service, like consulting or web site design, it’s harder to find guidance on what will get you funded, and how you can scale your business. For example, both need to provide exemplary customer service, build customer loyalty, and provide real value for a competitive price.

Mitchell Merges With Genex Services

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San Diego-based software developer Mitchell , which develops software and other technology for the insurance and collision repair industries, says it has merged with Genex Services , a provider of clinical solutions for the workers' compensation, auto, and disability markets. According to Mitchell, Genex Services will become a division of the company, and will offer up case management, utilization review, independent medical reviews, and disability management.

Boingo To Power New Commercial Services For Citizen Broadband Radio Service

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Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless , which provides distributed antenna system (DAS), small cells and Wi-Fi services--including running its own network of Wi-Fi hotspots--says it is expanding its efforts to the new, Citizen Broadband Radio Services (CBRS). Ghz radio service -- which runs at similar frequencies to new 5G wireless networking standards --was just approved by the FCC. boingo wireless wifi data airport cbrs citizen broadband radio service frequency bandwidth

J2 Global Names Cloud Services Head

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Los Angeles-based J2 Global has named Nate Simmons as the President of one of its major business divisions, its Cloud Services division, reporting to CEO Vivek Shah, the company announced this morning. J2 Global's two main divisions encompass cloud services--including a eFax, eVoice, iContact, KeepItSafe, and other business--as well as Internet publishing, including. j2global global executive nate simmons internet services cloud symantec

Appetize Sees Gains With Self Service Kiosks

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Playa Vista-based point-of-sale equipment and software provider Appetize says that its recent move to offer up "self-service" kiosks to its customers, has resulted in its customers seeing more spending and demand. The company--which uses tablets and other technology to provide a more modern approach to point-of-sale terminals--said its customers are seeing an up to 40 percent increase in order size due to the availability of its self-service kiosks.

VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service

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Ross Lipson, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the on-demand marijuana and cannabis delivery service, Dutchie, had thought he was done with the online delivery business.

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

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What began as a movement among couture culturati with the success of Rent the Runway has moved into everything from cars (Porsche's got a subscription service ) to construction equipment and furniture.

With $12 million more in the bag, the furniture subscription service Feather heads to Los Angeles

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Furniture subscription rental service, Feather , is heading to Los Angeles and Orange County, California with $12 million in new funding and “thousands” of customers in New York and San Francisco. Feather launches a high-end furniture rental service for liminal living.

Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 For co-founder and chief product officer Dan Turchin, the company is the culmination of decades of work spent developing tools for human resources and employee services.

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As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

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Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

Heal Links With Alignment Healthcare For Primary Care Services

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The company said it now expcted to perform 100,000 house calls in 2019, and now offers up its services in California, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C./Northern heal alignment healthcare primary care services doctor medical lifescienceLos Angeles-based in-home, doctor house-call provider Heal is making it possible for members of Alignment Health Plan to select Heal's licensed, board-certified doctors for primary care, the two said on Thursday.

IDrive Takes On Remote Help Desk Services

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Los Angeles-based IDrive Online Backup , which provides cloud backup and storage services, has launched a new, remote help desk service, which it is offering up to MSPs and IT specialists. According to IDrive its new remote access solution, RemotePC HelpDesk, provides on-demate remote support, letting IT administrators manage and monitor all service requests and manage their technicians from a single dashboard. remotepc idrive help desk services software saas cloud

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AECOM To Spin Off Government Services Business

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Los Angeles-based consulting giant AECOM said this morning that it plans to spin off its government services business, in a deal that it expects will be complete in the second half of fiscal 2020. aecom government services business spinout merger acquisition consulting defense aerospace

Stamps.com Profit Plunges After Ending Postal Service Partnership

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In its first quarterly earnings report since terminating the agreement, Stamps.com posted a net income of $14 million, down 69% from $45.5 million this time last year

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Good Today Launches Subscription Philanthropy Service

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Los Angeles-based Good Today , a new nonprofit whose co-founders include Tinder's Sean Rad and investor Guy Oseary, and also has the backing of investor and actor Ashton Kutcher, said today that it has launched a new, subscription service which lets anyone help charities for as little as 25 cents per day.

PSI Services Acquires Computer Assisted Testing Services

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Burbank-based PSI Services , which provides professional testing services, said today that it has acquired Computer Assisted Testing Services (CATS). PSI Services is led by President and CEO Steve Tapp. services cats computer assisted testing examinations licensing merger acquisitionFinancial terms of the buy were not announced. CATS provides computer-based examinations for organizations in the licensing and certification testing area.

AutoGravity Launches Car Subscription Service, Turn

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Irvine-based AutoGravity , which offers up purchasing and financing tools for auto dealers and consumers, has launched its very own, subscription-based, "flexible car usage" service it is calling Turn , the company said today. The new service offers those vehicles through a monthly price which includes maintenance, comprehensive and collision insurance, and roadside assistance--all through a mobile app or web interface.

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Inseego Snags New CMO From Amazon Web Services

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Caceres was most recently Worldwide Head of Enterprise Marketing for Amazon Web Services (AWS), and also had served as VP of Marketing at Ayla Networks, in addition to serving at such companies as Echelon, Global IP Solutions, Knight Ridder, Personify, Tessera Enterprises and NEC. inseego chief marketing officer amazon services wendy caceres

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Appetize Links With Quick Service Platforms

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Playa Vista-based Appetize , which develops tablet-based point-of-sale (POS) products, said this morning that it has added integration with Quick Server Restaurant (QSR) software and services providers Olo, Punchh, and SynergySuite. According to Appetize, the partners are using the "Appetize API engine", which lets partners integrate their services within its product suite.

BitLaunch Targets Anonymous Users With Hosting Service

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Los Angeles-based virtual hosting and virtual private network (VPN) provider BitLaunch says it is looking to cater to users looking to maintain fully anonymous, VPS hosting accounts, by accepting Bitcoin and ten other cryptocurrencies for its service. The company said this morning that its service will provide "full anonymity" for its customers, and also enable people in other countries access to such cloud services as Digital Ocean, Vultr, or Linode.

Mission Finds $15M For AWS Managed Services, Consulting

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Los Angeles-based Mission , a startup providing managed services and consulting for Amazon Web Services, has raised $15M in a funding round, from private equity investor Great Hill Partners. Mission said it provides services providing AWS solutions in three major areas--Southern California, Northern California, and the Northeast. mission managed services consulting great hill amazon software dreamhost inktank

WebPurify Launches Image Moderation Service

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Los Angeles-based WebPurify , which provides online content moderation services, said it has launched a new, automated image moderation service to help screen user generated content for nudity. According to WebPurify, its automated intelligent moderation (AIM) service uses machine learning and computer vision for real-time automated moderation of images for its clients, and is in addition to its existing human moderation services.

Basepaws Launches Cat DNA Testing Service

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El Segundo-based Basepaws , a new DNA testing startup, says it is launching a brand new service which will offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for cats, providing owners with information about the ancestry and health and habits of their pet. The company is formally launching its testing service at CES next week. basepaws testing service consumer care genetic lifescience

Vcorp Services Acquired By Wolters Kluwer

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Los Angeles- and New York-based Vcorp Services , the provider of business formation and other corporate legal services, has been acquired by Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk & Compliance , a Netherlands-based provider of risk and compliance services. Wolters Kluwer said the acquisition will help strengthen its existing portfolio of legal and compliance products and services. vcorp services wolters kluwer merger acquisition risk governance compliance

Enjoius raises $1.4 million to bring its party planning services to you

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Just in time for the holiday season, a group of prominent Los Angeles entertainment and technology executives have come together to back the new startup, Enjoius, which aims to make it easier for hosts to plan their perfect party.