Cinedigm Powers Yoga Meditation Service

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Los Angeles-based Cinedigm , a provider of premium content, streaming channels and technology services, is powering a new wellness video-on-demand application from Sanctuary Studios , the company said today. According to Sanctuary and Cinedigm, Sanctuary has released its new health and wellness video-on-demand application for VIZIO's SmartCast televisions, using Cinedigm's Matchpoint Blueprint service. cinedigm sanctuary studios yoga wellness streaming content services

Sootchy Debuts College Savings Service

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According to Sootchy, its service lets parents set up and manage a 529 account in their state, and lets parents, friends, family, and acquaintances contribute to a child's 529 college savings plan. The company says its service will be available as a mobile or desktop app on iOS and Android. sootchy college savings service university

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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. In the first part of this feature , we explored the different startups attempting to change car buying. But not everyone wants to buy a car. After all, a vehicle traditionally loses its value at a dramatic rate.

Anthos Capital and NBA All-Star Baron Davis back LA-based college tuition savings service, UNest

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Ksenia Yudina initially founded the company to provide financial planning and services to lower- and middle-class families looking for ways to start saving for their children’s education, she said. Over time, the company realized that tax-advantaged savings plans for college tuition weren’t providing the range of financial services that these families needed so UNest added Uniform Transfer To Minor Accounts management services to its slate of offerings.

Services Helping Teachers, Students

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Several Los Angeles tech businesses have stepped up to assist the thousands of students and educators across the United States who are adapting to virtual classrooms amid coronavirus-driven school closures

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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. Much of that growth is now coming from streaming, the IFPI reports, with streaming revenues growing 34% year over year and accounting for 47% of total revenue thanks to paid subscription services.

RepairSmith Expands Mobile Car Repair Service

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Los Angeles-based RepairSmith , which operates a mobile car repair and maintenance service, says it is expanding its service area, and has added a number of cities, including Thousand Oaks and Fresno, California, as well as Tucson, Arizona. The company said that it is actively hiring technicians in all of its markets for its service. repairsmith auto automotive service mobile ondemand expansion

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. The company is the latest evolution of a credit-based approach to financial services from the LA-based serial entrepreneur, Joe Bayen. Grow Credit offers 0% APR financing for its service but has two tiers.

TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service

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TikTok , the fast-growing user-generated video app from China’s Bytedance, has been building a new music streaming service to compete against the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Vulog will power Hyundai’s new LA car-sharing service

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The technology behind Hyundai’s new car-sharing service in Los Angeles is provided by a company that is largely unknown despite its ubiquity. The French-based company has been providing the underlying hardware and software needed for car-sharing services since 2006. Vulog’s product, which includes tools like fleet management and a consumer-facing app, is used in car-sharing services in more than 30 cities globally.

Lyft Suspends Services In California

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Ridesharing service Lyft announced in a blog post on Thursday morning that it is immediately suspending its services in California, in response to a recent ruling that said the company--as well as Uber--must treat its drivers as employees. According to Lyft, it will suspent its rideshare operations at 11:59pm PT in California.

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

6 Challenges In Penetrating The New World Of Services

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Selling services has always been about relationships, but the challenges of building relationships with services clients have exploded. Thus services experiences and relationships tend to be based more and more on new media and technology.

Uber CEO says service faces temporary shutdown in California over worker reclassification ruling

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Uber could be forced to shut down its ride-hailing app in California for several months if a court doesn’t overturn a recent ruling that classifies its drivers as full-time employees, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with MSNBC. “It’s hard to believe we’ll be able to switch our model to full-time employment quickly,” Khosrowshahi said, noting it would force the company to temporarily shut down.

GM Shuts Down Maven Car Sharing Service

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General Motors has shut down its Maven car sharing service, including its services in Los Angeles, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put the final nails in the coffin for the service. The car sharing service--which already had been struggling prior to the pandemic outbreak--had paused its business last month nationwide. vehicle electric angeles services sharing maven

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. Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & Parcel. Before that, I wrote about Stripe’s grand plans.

Frame Wellness Rolls Out Therapist Service

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a Santa Monica-based mental health care company, has launched Frame Matching, a service that connects Angelenos with therapists Frame Wellness Inc.,

Humana partners with Heal and invests $100 million in the company’s doctor-on-demand service

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The two companies have announced a new partnership that will see Humana pushing Heal’s in-home and virtual care delivery services to the patients it covers and committing $100 million to spur the Los Angeles-based startup’s growth. “ We think we are… an accelerant for the adoption of those services.” “The doctor’s office is dead.”

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GroWrk Launches Remote Office Management Service

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The company--which raised seed funding in March from Act One Ventures--says it delivers, upgrades and services home offices for teams, and also handles health and safety compliance for companies. Los Angeles-based GroWrk Remote , which is backed by Act One Ventures, says it has launched a new, smart remote office management platform designed to help companies manage their team's home office needs.

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.

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.

Lime Suspends Service In California

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On-demand electric scooter and bicycle transportation company Lime said on Tuesday that it is suspending all of its services in California, along with Washington State, Italy, France, and Spain. Calling the COVID-19 virus an "unprecedented challenge", the firm said it's "pausing" its services to help people stay put and stay safe.

Newegg Ramps Vendor Services To Include Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

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Los Angeles-based online e-commerce retailer Newegg says it is expanding its services to help its vendors, with a new "Direct-to-Consumer" initiative. Pricing on the new service were not announced. Newegg has recently been ramping up its third party logistics and other services for those same vendors. newegg vendor services marketing ecommerce

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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.

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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Los Angeles-based Luxury Presence raised $5.4 million for its real estate marketing services

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The latest of these is Luxury Presence , which pitches digital marketing services to real estate agents and has raked in $5.4 million in financing to support the buildout of its services and sales teams to manage clients.

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.

DirectMed Parts & Service Buys Medical Systems Technologies

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San Diego-based DirectMed Parts & Service , a provider of medical imaging parts and services, said on Monday that it has acquired Medical Systems Technologies, LLC , a provider of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) component level repair and testing. DirectMed Parts & Service is owned by private equity investor Mercury Partners. directmed parts service medical systems technologies merger acquisition private equity

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.

Tot Squad's Baby Gear Cleaning Service Acquired By BabyQuip

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Los Angeles-based TotSquad , which operates a marketplace that connects new parents with various services, has sold its baby gear cleaning services to San Francisco-based BabyQuip. BabyQuip is a baby gear rental service. squad babyquip virtual services doula lactation merger acquisition cleaning totsquad baby parent

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.

Investors drop off $33 million for Chowbus, a delivery service for ‘mom and pop’ Asian restaurants

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Other companies are experimenting with specialization as a way to differentiate from the major delivery services that are on the market. Black and Mobile , which launched in Philadelphia but is in the process of expanding across the country, is a delivery service focused on Black-owned restaurants and food stores. When big platforms have carved out large swaths of the delivery market, the best thing for an upstart company to do is to specialize.

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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Mobile messaging financial advisory service, Stackin, adds banking features and raises cash

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When Stackin initially pitched itself as part of Techstars Los Angeles accelerator program two years ago, the company was a video platform for financial advice targeting a millennial audience too savvy for traditional advisory services. Stackin’ has a unique and highly effective approach to connect and communicate with an entire generation of younger consumers around finance,” said Ty Taylor, Group President of Global Consumer Services at Experian, in a statement.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Clutter Expands Into Moving Services

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Los Angeles-based on-demand, storage service Clutter is expanding into the moving business, saying on Wednesday that it will start offering up in-city moving services. The new service will be priced per move per hour, allowing users to move a room or an entire home across the cities Clutter offers its service. Clutter currently offers up its moving services in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York, , and New Jersey.

RIVIT TV Pauses Service Due To Pandemic

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Hollywood-based streaming television service Rivit TV , which recently launched a streaming television service which had allowed audiences to choose which series they wanted to support, says it will "pause" its service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. The company has integrations with more than 50 ordering services.