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.

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

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ServiceTitan Ties With Service Finance Company

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Los Angeles-based software developer ServiceTitan , which makes software to help residential and commercial contractors manage their businesses, has linked with sales finance firm Service Finance Company, LLC. Service Finance Company provides sales financing for purchase of products such as HVAC, windows, doors, solar, plumbing, roofing, insulation, and other home improvement products. servicetitan service finance financing sales partnership

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

DTS Adds Lyrics From LyricFind To Connected Car Service

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Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS , which is a subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corporation, said today that it has added song lyrics from LyricFind to its DTS Connect Radio service. connected service xpri lyricfind radio auto automobileFinancial details of the deal were not announced.

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.

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.

Eco Helicopters Plans Air Taxi Service

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Palm Springs-based Eco Helicopters , which is developing all electric helicopters, says it plans to launch an air taxi service in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in the second quarter of 2021. The company says it is looking to create a service which uses "ultra-efficient, zero-emissions helicopter" which can be ordered up like a land-based rideshare. helicopters taxi service battery electric transportation

GoSite Finds $40M For Small Business Services

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According to the company, its service allows small businesses to manage their website, listings, reviews, messages, booking and payments, all in one platform. San Diego-based GoSite , which operates an online platform to help small businesses bring their business online, has raised $40M in a Series B funding round, the company announced this morning. The funding was led by Left Lane Capital, and also included Longley Capital, Cove Fund, Stage 2, Ankona Capital and Serra Ventures.

Romeo Power Gets Funding From Trash Hauler Republic Services

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Romeo Power) has raised new funding from recycling and solid waste company Republic Services. According to Romeo Power, Republic Services has exercised its option to acquire additional shares of Class A common stock in RMG Acquisition Corp. As part of the funding, the companies said that Tim Stuart, Chief Operating Officer of Republic Services, will join the company's board of directors. Los Angeles-based lithium ion battery developer Romeo Systems, Inc.

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.

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.

Curri rolls out nationwide delivery service for construction materials industry

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A little over a year after its graduation from Y Combinator’s demo day, the on-demand construction materials delivery service Curri is beginning to offer its services in all 50 states. ” After graduating from Y Combinator in the summer of 2019, the company tested its services in the Southern California region.

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

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

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. “The doctor’s office is dead.”

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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.

HMBradley Earns $18.25M For Online Banking Service

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The company initially launched its service in March of 2020, and now says it has more than $90M in deposits. Los Angeles-based fintech startup HMBradley , which offers up online, digital bank accounts which pay interest based not on a user's balance, but on what percentage of their direct deposits they are saving, has raised $18.25M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Acrew Capital.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

AWS updates its edge computing solutions with new hardware and Local Zones

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The company launched two smaller appliances for its Outpost service , which originally brought AWS as a managed service and appliance right into its customers’ existing data centers in the form of a large rack.

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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. That includes both its mainstay short-form videos — where music plays a key role (the app, before it was acquired by Bytedance, was even called ‘Musically’) — as well as new music streaming services.

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. When big platforms have carved out large swaths of the delivery market, the best thing for an upstart company to do is to specialize.

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. Customers today extrapolate their relationships not only from personal contact, but from every aspect of their interface with your company, including web site and social media interactions, access to peer reviews, as well as the actual services experience. If your business doesn’t offer personalized services, don’t expect good relationships.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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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.

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