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  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    SpaceX To Launch Israeli Mission To The Moon

    In the first, commercial effort to deliver a payload to the moon, Hawthorne-based rocket developer SpaceX is set to launch a robotic mission from an Israeli company to the moon. SpaceIL, an Israeli company which is part of the Google Lunar X Prize, said this week that it has booked a spot on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2017, to launch a robotic probe to the moon....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    LA Angel Investors Put Backing Into E-Sports Franchise, The Immortals

    A long list of Los Angeles angel investors has made a foray into the interesting new area of e-sports, saying Wednesday that they have acquired Team 8, a professional e-sports team, and renamed the team, the Immortals. The professional video game team competes in the League of Legends North American League Championship Series. Investors in the team include Clinton Foy, who is a venture capitalist at Crosscut Ventures; Brian Lee of Honost Co....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    SoCal Angel Investors See IPO Pop At CytomX

    A number of Southern California angel investors are undoubtedly breaking out the champagne this morning, after the successful IPO of CytomX Therapeutics, a developer of cancer therapeutics which was spun out of UC Santa Barbara. Cytomx priced its IPO at $12.00 per share last night, raising $80M for the company, and had surged as high as $17.02 in morning trading. The company was around $14.48, up 20% from its IPO price, mid-day on Wall Street....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Hixme Raises $10.4M For Health Insurance Efforts

    Agoura-based Hixme Insurance Solutions, which is developing a platform to help employers with managing health insurance, disclosed Wednesday that it has raised $10.4M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. The company says it is looking to help compmanies predict and budget for health insurance, save money, and help employees tailor insurance coverage for their needs....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Disney Accelerator Demo Day: Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, More

    The Disney Accelerator held its Demo Day for its second class on Thursday, showing off ten companies to a theater packed full of venture and angel investors. The event, held at Disney's Burbank Studios, included companies demonstrating 3D, Disney-themed printed prosthetic arms; artificial intelligence which allows you to carry on a private conversation with Miss Piggy over social messaging services; brain monitoring headsets; and much more....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Sphero CEO: Star Wars Robot, BB-8, Sold Out Worldwide In One Hour

    Were you one of those Star Wars fans who had hoped to grab the new Star Wars BB-8 robot on its launch day last month? Apparently, Sphero, the company which developed BB-8 for the Walt Disney Company, sold out its entire, global stock of the product within an hour of launch, according to Sphero CEO Paul Berberian....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Real Appeal Links Hollywood Celebrity, Tracking Gadgets For Weight Loss

    Los Angeles-based Real Appeal, which is backed by health company UnitedHealth Group, said Wednesday that it has launched a new personalized, interactive online weight loss program which taps into both celebrities and connected fitness devices to help improve the health of employees. According to Real Appeal, it uses personal coaches, a Hollywoodd cast, interactive scales, calorie and weight loss trackers, and much more all combined into a program to help motivate people to lose weight....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Pluto TV Adds New Content Partners

    Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, which is developing an online Internet TV platform aimed at curating live TV entertainment for Internet users, said Wednesday afternoon that it has signed up a roster of over 20 new content partners fro the service....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Kixer Acquired By Lakana

    Los Angeles-based Kixer, an advertising technology developer focused on mobile advertising, has been acquired by LAKANA, a developer of content management software based in Minnesota. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Kixer was venture backed by Lowercase Capital, TenOneTen, as well as angels. The company was founded by Keith Bonnici, Omar Nicola, and Jake Moilanen.Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    GameSalad Launches Standalone HTML5 Game Tool

    Los Angeles- and Austin-based videogame software tool company GameSalad announced this morning that it has launched a new, standalone HTML5 publishing platform. The new tool lets its developers generate HTML5, server-ready, packaged games, which can easily be embedded in websites and shared on Miniclip, GameJolt, and elsewhere. The first title published using the new standalone HTML5 tool is Code Black, a new videogame from CBS to support its new television show of the same name....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    How Skurt Is Hoping To Revolutionize The Rental Car Experience

    If you've ever flown into Los Angeles International Airport—or pretty much any other, major airport--on a busy, holiday weekend, you might be familiar with the sometime hours long lines at rental car counters, horrible customer service, and companies looking to nickel and dime you with all kinds of add on insurance and options. Enter Los Angeles startup Skurt (www.skurtapp....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Radical.FM Launches New Music Sharing Service, RadCasting

    Venice, California-based Radical.FM, the Internet radio service led by Thomas McAlvey, has launched a new service called RadCasting. According to Radical.FM, the new service lets users tune into other users, or broadcast their own music stations, even while they are mobile. The new service centers on users creating their own, personal "stations", which features a user's own playlist of music. Radical.FM said the new service runs on iOS, Android, and all major desktop browsers....Continue →

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