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A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

TechCrunch LA

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. .

Your core competency and why not to stray

Berkonomics

Consider your core. It is the one skill, process or advantage you have over your competition. Then think of all the things you do to surround that core with people and assets that complete your company and allow you to release your product or perform your service.

How Rolebot Wants To Eliminate The Resume, With Shane Bernstein

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Anyone who hires anyone, or has ever looked for a jobs knows how important a resume is. However, in the technical arena--as a programmer, developer, or software engineer--it's hard to tell from a resume how good you really are. Plus, it's often difficult to find that technical talent, which might not be looking for a job. That's where Los Angeles-based Rolebot (www.rolebot.net) comes in.

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Recurring Revenue Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 -- Recurring Revenue Conference - April 30 to May 1st - Marina Del Rey. Welcome to the 5th annual Recurring Revenue Conference: Scaling SaaS and Subscription Businesses presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Join 700+ entrepreneurs, executives and leading investors to discuss the Subscription Economy. Hear from companies including Zenefits, Mavenlink, Dollar Shave Club, ipsy, Sage Intacct, ProfitWell, Headspace, Winc and many more.

Beyond Meat prices its public offering

TechCrunch LA

Beyond Meat , the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has priced its initial public offering.

Can We Afford to be Cured? A Conversation with ICER’s Steve Pearson

Xconomy

New cell and gene therapies bring the possibility of cures once hardly imaginable. But the potential cures could also cost millions of dollars, like Novartis (NYSE: NVS ), the owner of the gene therapy Zolgensma, has suggested in advance of an imminent FDA approval decision.

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Recurring Revenue Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Recurring Revenue Conference - April 30 to May 1st - Marina Del Rey. Welcome to the 5th annual Recurring Revenue Conference: Scaling SaaS and Subscription Businesses presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Join 700+ entrepreneurs, executives and leading investors to discuss the Subscription Economy. Hear from companies including Zenefits, Mavenlink, Dollar Shave Club, ipsy, Sage Intacct, ProfitWell, Headspace, Winc and many more.

Blueland launches with a suite of eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to reduce plastic waste

TechCrunch LA

Sarah Paiji had the idea to launch the eco-friendly refillable cleaning supply retailer Blueland after hearing about the abundance of microplastics in the water she was using to dilute her child’s baby formula.

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Join Xconomy for Our 8th Annual Napa Summit, June 13-14

Xconomy

Google. Amazon. Genentech. Those are some of the companies you’ll hear from at this year’s Napa Summit , the Xconomy Retreat on Technology, Jobs, and Growth.

Cedars-Sinai Backs Censinet In $7.8M For Risk Management

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Los Angeles-based Cedars Sinai is one of the major backers of a new startup, Censinet , in the company's Series A funding. According to Censinet, it raised $7.8M in a Series A, co-led by HLM Venture Partners and Cedars-Sinal Health System, to provide third party risk management for healthcare providers. The funding also included seed investors Schooner Capital, LRVHealth and Excelerate Health Ventures.

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Diversity Innovation Forum

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Diversity Innovation Forum. Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation. We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem. See [link] (more

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

TechCrunch LA

Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners.

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To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Xconomy

Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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BlueNalu Expands In San Diego, Aims To Grow Fish Tissue For Food

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San Diego-based BlueNalu , a developer of cellular technology being applied to the aquaculture and sustainable seafood industry, said it is expanding in San Diego, with a move to a larger research facility. According to the company, the move will help it on its efforts to commercialize its technology.

Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork, You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with Paramount TV President Nicole Clemens and Broken Road Productions Head Todd Garner (Former Disney Producer). Enjoy a fireside chat with Nicole and Todd, curated connections, and a business challenge and pitch off. over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. See [link] (more

Canoo, the electric vehicle startup formed from Faraday Future’s ashes, seeks $200 million

TechCrunch LA

Less than a month after rebranding as Canoo , the startup electric vehicle company formerly known as Evelozcity is on the hunt for $200 million in new capital. The startup, which is backed by a clutch of private individuals and family offices hailing from China, Germany, and Taiwan, is hoping to line up the new capital from some more recognizable names as it finalizes supply deals with vendors, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans.

Forge Therapeutics, Basilea Sign Deal to Pursue New Antibiotics

Xconomy

Forge Therapeutics, founded in 2015 with the goal of developing drugs that target metalloenzymes, said Wednesday it had agreed to let Basilea Pharmaceutica use its chemistry platform to develop new antibiotics.

Qulab Applies Artificial Intelligence To Drug Design

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Los Angeles-based Qulab , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing artifical intelligence software aimed at small molecule drug design, said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, Quleap. The startup--backed by Cota Capital, Civilization Ventures, Plug and Play, and 415--says that Quleap automated small molecule, synthesis planning, and a cloud engine for simulating biomolecules.

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Global Azure Bootcamp

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Report: Comcast Considering Sale Of Stake In Hulu

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It appears that another one of the owners of Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu may be looking to unload its current, minority stake in the company, according to a report from CNBC this morning. According to CNBC, Comcast is looking to sell its current 30 percent stake in Hulu to Disney. The report named "people familiar with the matter" in the report. Hulu just purchased a 9.5

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Wavemaker Partners Leads Investment In Cognitive Health Startup

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Los Angeles-based Wavemaker Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for a cognitive health startup, Savonix , in an extension of its Series A funding. Savonix said it raised $9.6M in a Series A extension round which was led by Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners, boosting its total Series A financing to $14.7M. The investment round also included DEFTA Partners, Rethink Impact, and DigiTx Partners.

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Happy Returns Raises $11M, Gets Strategic Backing From PayPal

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Santa Monica-based Happy Returns , the returns logistics company led by David Sobie, announced this morning that it has raised $11M in a financing round, which included a strategic investment from PayPal. Prior investors U.S. Venture Partners and Upfront Ventures also participated in the funding. Happy Returns has now raised $25M in total, and has now grown to a total of 55 employees.

Poseida Therapeutics Finds $142M

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San Diego-based Poseida Therapeutics , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing non-viral gene engineering technology, has raised $142M in a Series C funding, the company said on Monday. According to the company, the funding was led by Novartis Pharma AG, which invested $75M in the round. Other investors in the round included Aisling Capital Management, Pentwater Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, plus Malin Corporation plc., Longitude Capital, Vivo Capital and Boxer Capital, LLC.

HyperX Rolls Out New DDR4 Memory

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming division of memory maker Kingston Technology, has rolled out two new DDR4 memory kits, aimed at system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts. According to Kingston, its new Predator DDR4 memory kits, available in 4266MHz and 4600MHz frequency versions, are available as 8GB modules in kits of two. Pricing on the new devices were not announced.

ZipRecruiter CMO Resigns After Report On Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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The Chief Marketing Officer of high flying, Los Angeles-based job recruiting technology developer ZipRecruiter has resigned from the company, after a story was published last week by BuzzFeed, detailing alleged sexual misconduct at his prior employer, Uber. Eyal Gutentag reportedly resigned on Friday. According to the report, Gutentag had been terminated from his job at Uber in 2015, over an alleged sexual battery incident, before later joining ZipRecruiter as CMO.

Down To Shop Snags Funding For Funny Shopping App

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Los Angeles-based Down To Shop , a startup which combines humorous videos, a mobile app, and shopping, has scored funding from Greycroft Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, and Firstmark, the company said this week. Financial details of the funding have not been announced, but the company previously raised around $5.9M in a funding round in 2018, based on regulatory filings from the company. The startup was founded by Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstein.

Snap Sees Active User Increase, But Still Seeing Steep Losses

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Santa Monica-based Snap Inc. , the parent firm of Snapchat , reported its quarterly results on Tuesday afternoon, saying that its daily active users (DAU) increased by 2 percent quarter-to-quarter, to 190 million. However, Snap continues to post steep losses, saying it had a net loss of $310M in Q1 of 2019, on revenues of $320M. Its Q1 revenues were up 39 percent compared to last year.

Clubspeed Collects $20M

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Corona, California-based Clubspeed , a software developer which develops software used by entertainment and activity centers to manage their business, has raised $20M in a funding round, according to investor Bellwether Financial Group. Bellwether said it joined Navadon Capital Partners in the $20M funding round, which gives the two companies a majority interst in Clubspeed.

EvoNexus Launches Fintech Startup Effort

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San Diego- and Irvine-based startup incubator operator EvoNexus says it is looking to attract financial technology (fintech) startups, and is now accepting startup applications for a new financial technology incubator it has launched with Franklin Templeton and Royal Bank of Canada. Acording to EvoNexus, it is seeking early stage companies with emerging financial technology to the new fintech incubator program.

Perspectium Finds $8M For Service Management Integration Tools

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San Diego-based Perspectium , which develops software for service management integration, has raised $8M in its Series B funding round, according to the firm. The investment came from TVC Capital. According to Perspectium, the new funding will help it continue expansion to global markets, and launch new products.

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