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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

Wheels pauses shared bikes service to try to limit spread of COVID-19

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In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, Wheels has decided to pause its pedal-less e-bike operations until the end of March, the company announced today.

Happy Returns Launches Self Service Return Kiosk


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.

DirectMed Parts & Service Buys Medical Systems Technologies


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

Mitchell Merges With Genex Services


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.

EZ Texting Launches New SMS Marketing Services


Santa Monica-based EZ Texting , a developer of SMS marketing software, says it has launched two new services. Pricing on the new services were not detailed by the company. According to the firm, it has added new, two-way business text messaging which coverts an existing business phone number to send and receive text messages; and a new iOS app, which lets businesses communicate wtih their customers in real-time. EZ Texting is led by CEO Norman Happ. READ MORE>>.

LA-based Maslo pivots to professional services, launching an AI product for executive coaching

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Like the original Maslo, the new product is a service for journaling and personal growth, but this time it includes dashboards and visualization tools for the life coaches and training professionals that are molding the minds and leadership habits of tomorrow’s executives.

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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.

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.

Landline Gets $3.85M For Airport Bus Service


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.

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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Appetize Sees Gains With Self Service Kiosks


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.

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IDrive Takes On Remote Help Desk Services


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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PSI Services Acquires Computer Assisted Testing Services


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.

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.

Boingo To Power New Commercial Services For Citizen Broadband Radio Service


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


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

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.

Luxury Presence Finds $5.4M For Real Estate Marketing Services


Los Angeles-based Luxury Presence , a new startup which provides websites and digital marketing services to real estate agents, has raised $5.4M Luxury Presence says it also offers up services for lead generation, managed SEO, managed Instagram, copy writing, and video production. luxury presence real estate marketing services digital realestate venture capital

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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.

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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AECOM To Spin Off Government Services Business


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

WebPurify Launches Image Moderation Service


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.

Vcorp Services Acquired By Wolters Kluwer


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