As fashion has its metaverse moment, one app looks to bridge real and virtual worlds for sneakerheads

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His plans for the company’s launch, along with his own planned relocation to Los Angeles, had changed dramatically since travel was put on hold and nations entered lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. Fashion is having its moment in the metaverse.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Abandons Plans for West LA Tunnel

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Hawthorne-based Boring Company , the company created by Elon Musk to create a network of underground tunnels to bypass traffic in Los Angeles, has abandoned plans to dig a tunnel on LA's Westwide. The Boring Company said it still plans to dig its tunnel project under Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, which is known as the "Dugout Loop". Musk had detailed his plan for solving LA's traffic woes in May including its now abandoned Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel effort.

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Gogobot GogoGives! | Interview with Audrey Lo

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I am the Gogobot Community Manager of West Los Angeles. I also manage the Gogobot online community within the West LA. I launched the brand in West LA Gogobot region last May. During Gogobot West LA events, a lot of money gets spent on food or drinks. Ideally, if the program goes well, I would love to propose it to all the geographical regions and expand the program to outside of West LA for Gogobot.

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West L.A. Clean Tech Breakfast Briefing

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- West L.A. Clean Tech Breakfast Briefing. Connect with clean tech entrepreneurs. Learn what the California Clean Tech Open is planning for 2009. Find out how you can get involved in the clean tech sector. Join us for a light breakfast, a few short talks on clean tech, and plenty of great networking. See [link] (more

Earth Class Mail Lands In West LA

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Seattle-based startup Earth Class Mail has landed in Los Angeles, saying Monday that the firm has opened up shop on Santa Monica Boulevard for the firm's Internet mail service. According to Earth Class Mail, the new Los Angeles retail location will also provide onsite package pickup and shipping services.

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bloblive West LA- Open Mic Night for Ideas and Entrepreneurs

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 -- bloblive LA - Open Mic Night for Entrepreneurs. Bloblives are a weekly, city-wide series of "open mic nights for ideas" where entrepreneurs of many stripes share ideas and support each other in a fun and relaxed environment. Anyone can get up to share their ideas about new businesses, existing businesses, non-profit/socially entrepreneurial ventures, etc. and the audience chimes in with feedback, advice and suggestions.

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Fika Ventures Completes $76 Million Raise

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West Los Angeles-based investor Fika Ventures announced May 23 it completed the raise of a $76 million fund, the VC’s second since its 2017 launch

AwesomenessTV Signs United Kingdom Distribution Deal

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AwesomenessTV of West Los Angeles has signed a deal to distribute its TV series in the United Kingdom through British broadcaster ITV

Stirrers and Shakers

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008 -- West Los Angeles Stirrers and Shakers. Business networking. See [link] (more

Branding 101

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USC Alumni Club of West Los Angeles. Thursday, October 21, 2010 -- Branding 101 and Networking Seminar. See [link] (more

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Equipment Financer Powered Up By Private Equity Firm

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While helping a farmer harvest corn doesn’t seem like something the financial tech industry is clamoring to address, the rise of companies such as West L.A.’s s Currency Capital proves online banking solutions are pushing further afield

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Spark Networks Acquires Zoosk For $255M

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Spark Networks , the online dating company which was started in West Los Angeles, and now has operations globally, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire dating site Zoosk. Spark said it will pay $255M in a combination of cash and stock for Zoosk, split between $150M in stock (in American Depository Shares) and $95M in cash at closing, plus $10M in a deferred cash payment in December of 2020. Spark said it will more than double in size as a result of the acquisition.

The Riveter Takes $15M To Expand Beyond Los Angeles, Seattle

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Female co-working space operator The Riveter --which operates coworking space both in West Los Angeles and Marina Del Rey--said this week that it has raise $15M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Alpha Edison, and Madrona Venture Group, plus such angels as Annie-Marie Slaughter (New America), Liz Lange (fashion designer), and Blake Mycoskie (TOMS Shoes).

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

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Sprig and Spoonrocket are now defunct, and Munchery had to pull back from markets in Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle as it fights for survival. If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own.

Amazon Prime Now Launches Restaurant Delivery In LA

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Amazon.com said this morning that it has just launched restaurant delivery using its Prime Now app in Los Angeles, in select LA zip codes. Amazon said that the new service makes Los Angeles its third and largest city where it is offering up its restaurant delivery. Amazon expanded its Prime Now service to LA in September. amazon prime restaurant hour delivery food instant ondemand angeles santa monica

Razor Share Launches Scooter Rentals Across LA

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Just when you thought you couldn't trip over yet another scooter on your way out of the office, another, on-demand scooter rental service-- Razor Share , has launched in Los Angeles. The new, smartphone-driven electric scooter rental service is launching in Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks, and West Los Angeles, joining a very long list of scooter rental firms--including Bird, Lime, Lyft, and Uber--who are attempting to gain an upper hand on "last-mile" transportation in the region.

3 Keys to Successful New Products

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -- Join us at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and learn invaluable information about what it means to be an entrepreneur. Breakfast provided. Are you looking to expand your knowledge of new product innovation and commercialization? If the answer is yes then this session is definitely for you! This session breaks down the chaotic product innovation process into three simple sections.

Naki Laundry Expands Into San Jose, Eyes San Francisco

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The startup--which currently offers services in Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and a number of other locations, also said it plans to expand services shortly to Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills and West LA. Naki Laundry , the smartphone driven startup which has been offering up pickup, cleaning, and delivery of laundry, has expanded into San Jose, and is looking to expand to San Francisco next month, according to the company.

CarLove.co Launches On-Demand Car Repair Service

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has launched a beta of a new, on-demand service for car repair, starting in West Los Angeles, the company said today. Venice-based startup CarLove.co The service lets users pick a nearby car mechanic, and actually dispatches a driver to pick up your car and deliver it to the mechanic for you--so you never have to leave the house.

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Amazon.com Now Owns 42 Whole Foods Market Stores In SoCal With $13.7 Billion Buy

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Photo: Whole Foods' West Los Angeles location. Online e-commerce giant Amazon.com now owns roughly 40 grocery stores in Southern California, in what is the company's biggest foray into the grocery store market to date. Amazon and Whole Foods announced Friday that Amazon is acquiring the Whole Foods Market grocery store chain, in a $13.7 billion deal. Amazon.com said it will pay $42.00

Macquarie Capital Provides $100M In Debt For Battery Storage Projects

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MW / 315 MWh project for Southern California Edison (SCE), and will fund construction of an additional 177 MWh of behind-the-meter battery storage systems across the West Los Angeles Basin service territory. The battery banks being installed in the project are at large-load commercial, industrial and government host sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and are being used by Southern California Edison to handle extra power demand, particularly in grid-constrained areas.

Google Expands Same Day Shopping Service To Los Angeles

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Google said over the weekend that it has expanded its same-day, shopping delivery service-- Google Shopping Express --into the Los Angeles market, along with a similar expansion into New York, which will allow for same day delivery from local retailers to consumers in West Los Angeles. google shopping express same delivery goog angeles

Curbsy Launches iPhone Food Ordering App

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Los Angeles-based startup Curbsy said Friday that it has launched a new, photo-driven food ordering app for the iPhone, West LA Takeaway. The startup said the app very specifically aimed at consumers on the west side of Los Angeles--will let consumers order from favorite area restaurants, view dishes, browser user reviews, and order for takeout or delivery.

Luxe Launches Post-Drinking Drive Home Service In LA

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Luxe , the on-demand, luxury valet service, said today that it is expanding its service in Los Angeles with a new "Drive Home" service aimed at drinkers in LA. If you've had a little bit to drink while out on the town in Los Angeles to drive home safely, Luxe said it will begin offering service on Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 2am in Hollywood, and 5pm to 1am in Downtown, which will drive users home safely in their own cars.

Small Business Breakfast Series: How to Build a Brand with Authentic Storytelling

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 -- GAN-LA Presents Small Business Breakfast Series: How to Build a Brand with Authentic Storytelling. Join us at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and learn invaluable information about what it means to be an entrepreneur. Breakfast provided. Consumers these days are looking to connect with companies on a much deeper level. They're seeking community, education, entertainment, and most of all, a sense of authenticity.

New Startup Incubator Launches At Loyola Marymount

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There's a new, startup incubator in town in West Los Angeles--this time, launching out of Loyola Marymount University and its College of Business. According to the school, it has launched the The LMU CBA Business Incubator , a brand new startup incubator focused on companies in the technology and consumer products area. The incubator--which is being managed by Dr. David Y.

Squeegy Officially Debuts On-Demand Car Wash Service In LA

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Los Angeles-based Squeegy , an on-demand, car wash service, said Wednesday that it has officially launched its service in Los Angeles. The company--which launched a pilot program in Santa Monica in August--said it now is offering up its service in Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West LA, Westchester and Westwood.

Instacart Expands In Los Angeles

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On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart has expanded in Los Angeles, saying recently that it is now covering downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, and will deliver groceries from Ralphs and Costco. The company--which launched earlier in April in Los Angeles--offers up personal shopping services driven by crowdsourcing. The company has been active in Los Angeles since April 3rd.

Lyft Launches Ridesharing App In LA

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Lyft , the developer of a service and mobile app which lets users find, and offer, rides across town, said it is launching today in the Los Angeles area. The service has been only available previously in San Francisco, but said it will now start serving trips in Santa Monica, Venice and West L.A. Do you need a ride across town, but don't have a car or want to drive?

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Point.360 Buys Video Box Studios

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in revenues for the firm in the first twelve months, and that Video Box's team will be located in the firm's West Los Angeles facility Burbank-based Point.360, a provider of audio and video post production services, said earlier this week that it has acquired the assets of Video Box Studios, Inc., a provider of 3D animation, visual effects, motion design, and digital finishing services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Value and Meetups - SEO / SEM

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I'm hoping to figure out a way to spark a meet-up around SEO / SEM in Santa Monica / West Los Angeles / South Bay I went to a meetup yesterday that was on the topic of Internet Marketing / SEO / SEM. The meeting had a decent case study and some pretty good discussion around the room of different tools that you might consider using. Then the organizer went into a 20 minute sales pitch around his new training/coaching offering. It felt like a bad time share presentation.

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Wheels, Started By Founders of Wag, Comes To LA

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Need a way to get around Los Angeles, but just can't handle those scooters? Wheels , a new startup from the co-founders of Wag , announced this morning that the company has started offering up access to its electric powered, two wheel bicycles in Los Angeles, as it expands from its base in San Diego.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

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I've helped organize the Los Angeles CTO Forum for almost 10 years. In a recent conversation with a fellow CTO, we lamented about the fact that while there's very active software development and web development going on in Southern California and West Los Angeles, yet there didn't seem to be as much of a community around it.

Branding 101 and Networking Seminar with Sasha Strauss

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The USC Alumni Club of West Los Angeles is putting on an amazing seminar and networking event with host Sasha Strauss. This event is being hosted by the USC Alumni Club of West Los Angeles at the USC Main Campus Davidson Conference Center on October 21, 2010 – 6-8pm.

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SideCar Debuts Ridesharing App In LA

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Ridesharing app SideCar is the latest, peer-to-peer, smartphone-driven, ridesharing app to debut in Los Angeles, letting people find drivers willing to give them a ride around the city. SideCar's service uses your phone's GPS capability to locate people who are nearby who would be willing to give you a ride for a donation; the company said it's initially launching here in LA on in West LA, Santa Monica, Venice and Culver City, with expansion to the remainder of LA soon.

Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics

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I'm hoping that Baron and Kurt come up with one that's in Santa Monica / West LA. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to? Digital LA is fun when I want to be social. Besides Tony Karrer for technology, who are some of your go to people in Los Angeles? Kurt Daradics ( Facebook , @KurtyD , FriendFeed , MySpace , LinkedIn , Delicious ) (pronounced dare-a-dix) is a great guy to know.

SPONSOR POST: Southern California Technology Firms Are Hiring

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Recent job postings on the site: LAMP/Perl Developers , Los Angeles, Oversee.net. Manager, Analytics , Los Angeles, Oversee.net. Director of Billing , Los Angeles, Boingo Wireless. Vice President, Business Development , Los Angeles, Boingo Wireless. Sr Product Manager , West LA, Shopzilla. engineer software tech high technology monica santa angeles california southern hiring jobsSlow job market?

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Quick Pitch Friday: Shawn Peterson, Underbuilt

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Today''s is with Shawn Peterson , founder of Los Angeles-based Underbuilt (www.underbuilt.com), an online site providing information on properties for the building and remodeling market. Are you the founder of a very early stage startup--not yet angel or venture backed--and want to talk about your startup? Shawn Peterson: I am a residential designer, and so I have been designing houses in the hills of West LA for about 10 years now.

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How Eusoh Wants To Fix Insurance With Technology, With Allen Kamrava

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That's what Los Angeles-based Eusoh (www.eusoh.com) is hoping to do. I worked in the medical field for the Kaiser HMO, and had my own surgical practice in the uber-competitive West Los Angeles market. The insurance industry is an old industry, with a lot of contradictions--it's one where the more claims insurers pay to help customers, the less money the insurers make--and it's also one that hasn't been disrupted much yet by technology.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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SIGNIFICANCE PASSING-MENTION. --> Tech Titans Hit the Beach As Silicon Valley moguls go on a home-buying spree in Los Angeles, theyre reshaping the real-estate landscape. Maurico Umansky/LA Luxury Estates. In growing numbers, Silicon Valley executives—long based in tech strongholds like Santa Clara and Palo Alto—are buying homes in Los Angeles, as the lines between the technology and entertainment businesses grow blurrier. Venice: 13% | L.A.

Interview with Jay Goss, WaveMaker Three-Sixty Health

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We proactively look for companies in the Los Angeles region, but we're opportunistic, and we'll look anywhere in the country or world. Jay Goss: The fund is a joint venture between a healthcare consultancy, called the Three-Sixty Advisory Group, which is a 10 year old consultancy started by John Nackel, and Wavemaker, in West Los Angeles.

Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach

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But the tech culture of Los Angeles is shifting real estate’s center of gravity. As the line blurs between tech and entertainment, and as Silicon Valley seeks synergy with L.A.’s The Los Angeles Business Journal recently reported data compiled by SoCalTech.com showing that “L.A. Google chose Playa Vista to establish YouTube Space LA , its flagship center for content creation. In West L.A.,