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  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    SpaceX Gets Challenge From Blue Origin

    Hawthorne, California-based space rocket developer SpaceX has its first, real, commercial competition, as of Monday, after competing rocket developer Blue Origin launched its first successful test into space. SpaceX---which was given the order last week to start working on a manned mission to deliver astronauts to the ISS--has so far dominated the market for commercial rocket launches, despite the claims and efforts of a number of potential competitors. Blue Origin is backed by Amazon....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    PatientPop Picks Up $10M

    Santa Monica-based PatientPop, a startup developing software for healthcare providers, has raised $10M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding came from Toba Capital. The startup, founded by Luke Kervin and Travis Schneider, develops software that manages patient acquisition, retention, analytics, and more. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $13.3M....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    DoorStat: Using Vision Recognition To Improve Business Analytics

    Many businesses--particularly in sports, entertainment, and retail--don't have a very good idea of the demographics of their clientele. How can you get a better handle of who your customers are, by using technology? Los Angeles-based DoorStat ( recently moved here from Chicago—tells us about how it is using vision recognition software to help businesses, such as entertainment venues, better understand who their customers are....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    PMC-Sierra Goes To Microsemi After Bidding War

    Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi and PMC-Sierra said this morning that the two have entered into a definitive agreement, where Microsemi will acquire PMC-Sierra, for approximately $2.5 billion. The deal comes after a bidding wart between Microsemi and Skyworks Solutions to acquire PMC-Sierra, which had agreed in October to be acquired by Skyworks for $2.4 billion. Microsemi says it is paying $9.22 in cash and 0.0771 share of Microsemi common stock for each share of PMC common stock....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Google Launches Mortgage Search Engine In California

    Home buyers in Southern California have yet another place to search for mortgages, as of yesterday: Google. Google said it has rolled out a new mortgage comparison tool, Google Compare for U.S. mortgages, allowing buyers in the Golden State to shop around for a mortgage, finding the best rates, and allowing users to apply using their smartphone or desktop computer for those mortgages. Google has tied into existing, mortgage search providers Zillow and Lendingtree to power the new service....Continue →

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    OpenX Ties Into Ad Quality Program

    Los Angeles-based programmatic advertising technology provider OpenX said Monday that it has tied into an ad quality effort being run by PubNation. According to the two companies, OpenX is the first certified technology partner for PubNation's Ad Quality Platform, which helps identify and remove bad advertisements using crowdsourcing.Continue →

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    TrueCar Names New CEO

    Santa Monica-based online car buying startup TrueCar announced today that it has named Chip Perry, the former CEO of, as its new President and CEO. According to TrueCar, Peery will take the reigns at the company effective December 15th, taking over from TrueCar founder Scott Painter, who is stepping down from the company. Painter also leaves the company's board and steps down as chairman. Perry was the first employee of AutoTrader....Continue →

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    Dollar Shave Club Ups Funding Round To $90.7M

    Los Angeles-based Dollar Shave Club, the subscription razor delivery startup led by Michael Dubin, has upped its latest funding round to $90.7M, and is aiming at raising over $100M, according to a regulatory filing by the company. The additional funding is on top of $75M raised by the startup in June, as part of the same round. Details on the additional funding in the round were not annoucned....Continue →

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    NexGenic Launches Medical Imaging App For Patients

    Westlake Village-based nexGenic, a developer of healthcare software, said this morning that it has launched a new, mobile app, which helps patients transfer and store medical images and diagnostic reports. The company said its new ImageInbox mobile app runs on Android OS and iOS, and lets users store radiology images and diagonstic reports in a HIPAA-compliant way....Continue →

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    StartEngine, Elio Motors Get Nod On $25M Crowdfunding Effort

    Los Angeles-based StartEngine, which got its start as a startup accelerator but is now focused on offering up a platform for companies to raise equity crowdfunding, said Friday that a $25M crowdfunding effort by Elio Motors has been qualified by the SEC using its platform. StartEngine said the qualification will allow Elio Motors to find inevstors from nonaccredited investors on StartEngine....Continue →

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    EDF Renewable Energy Sells Stake In Wind Project To BlackRock

    San Diego-based renewable power developer EDF Renewable Energy said Friday that it has sold a 50 percent interest in its 194MW, Spinning Spur 3 Wind Project, to a fund managed by BlackRock. Financial size of the deal was not disclosed. The two said that the sale went to a fund managed by BlackRock's Infrastructure Investment Group, and is the third of five agreements between the two involving EDF Renewable Energy's wind projects. The project is located in Texas....Continue →

  • Friday, November 20, 2015

    SpaceX To Launch Astronauts To ISS

    In a huge milestone for the aspirations of Elon Musk's space venture, Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been given authorization to launch astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA said late Friday. NASA said it has given its first mission order for SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. NASA now has two, crew mission orders, including one to competing provider Boeing. NASA said it has not yet decided whose mission will launch first....Continue →

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