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Monday, May 2, 2016

Microsemi Completes $300M Sale Of Board, Packaging Business To Mercury Systems

Monday, May 2, 2016

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corporation said today taht it has completed its ale of its board level systems and packaging business, to Mercury Systems, in a deal worth $300M in cash. The deal had been announced earlier. Microsemi said the cash from the sale will be used to pay down debt and reduce its debt ratio.

 
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Three LA Organizations Score Funding From Google For CS Education

Monday, May 2, 2016

Three, local Los Angeles organizations -- DIY Girls, LA Maker Space, and Teens Exploring Technology (TXT), have scored nonprofit funding from Google, as part of the 2016 Google RISE Awards, according to the groups. All three groups help increase access to computer science (CS) for Los Angeles kis and youth. The three are among only 28 organizations, spread across 16 countries, to receive the prestigious award. All three of the groups are helping to overcome the lack of computer science education in local, LA public schools. Each of the group is receiving between $10,000 and $25,000 in a grant for their work.

 
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Atari's Nolan Bushnell Takes On Mobile Games

Monday, May 2, 2016

Nolan Bushnell, the Los Angeles-based serial entrepreneur who founded Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, uWink, and a number of other companies, has set his sights on the mobile gaming business, and has launched a new mobile game company. The new company--formed in partnership with Dutch game publishing firm Spil--which launch at least three new mobile gaming titles.

 
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Napkin Finance Powers Financial Literacy Program For White House

Monday, May 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based Napkin Finance, which provides quick, informative snippets of information on financial literacy topics, has partnered with the White House to help promote financial literacy among students and young adults. The company--which develops concise, informative infographics on different financial topics--is helping to bolster the President Obama and the First Lady'ss Reach Higher, Better Make Room and National College Signing Day initiatives, which it aimed at helping teens and adults make smart money decisions, and prepare students for the financial challenges of a college education. The company offers up collections of its financial snippets, such as Money 101, covering up such topics as savings, budgeting, paying for college and more. Napkin Finance is a subsidiary of Cardblanc.

 
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Chatmeter Debuts New SEO Service

Monday, May 2, 2016

San Diego-based Chatmeter, a provider of local search marketing, reputation management, and SEO services, says it has launched a new service this morning, to help companies manage customer reviews. The company said the new service, Review Builder, will reach out to customers on the behalf of businesses, helping them to manage their reputation and help improve their online presence and reputation. Pricing on the new service was not announced. Chatmeter is led by Collin Holmes; the company says its clients include Sears, Verizon Wireless, Comcast, Aaron's, Kohl's, Bruegger's Bagels, Texas de Brazil, and Dickey's BBQ.

 
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Pipeliner Rolls Out Upgraded Mobile Apps

Monday, May 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based customer relationship management software developer Pipeliner CRM has rolled out a new set of upgraded apps for both Android and iOS, according to the company. Pipeliner said that it now provides all of the features of its application on those mobile platforms. Pipeliner's software is used by sales people and sales teams to track their sales process and manage opportunities.

 
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Qualcomm Adds Machine Learning SDK To Snapdragon

Monday, May 2, 2016

San Diego-based Qualcomm says that it is adding machine leaning features -- part of the core of developing artificial intelligence software -- to its Snapdraon processors, through a new SDK. According to Qualcomm, it has rolled out a deep learning software development kit (SDK), which will run on its Snapdragon 820 processors, which will allow its users to developing deep learning devices. The SDK, called the Qualcom Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, is aimed at implementing such things as scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition and natural language processing, according to Qualcomm. The company say it is looking to help bolster the development of smart phones, security cameras, automobiles and drones.

 
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eHarmony Names VP

Monday, May 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based eHarmony has named a new VP to head up its new job matching service, Elevated Careers, according to the company. eHarmony says it has promoted Dan Erickson to Vice President, ElevatedCareers, after he helped spearhead the development of the new platform for the company. Erickson previously worked at such company's as Tom's of Maine, Concordia Partners, and Brand Partners Group, along with JobsinTheUS.com.

 
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iQor Plans To Hire 150 In Simi

Monday, May 2, 2016

iQor, a provider of outsourced customer service and support, said Friday that it is planning to hire over 150 people in Simi Valley, as part of a major expansion. According to iQor, it is hoping to staff up its contact center in Simi Valley for a "major media client". iQor--which is based in St. Petersberg, Florida--has over 35,000 employees across 18 countries offering up outsource business services.

 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Stance Gets $30M For Lifestyle Apparel Brand

Friday, April 29, 2016

San Clemente-based Stance, which offers up its own lifestyle apparel brand, has raised $30M in a Series D funding, according to the company. The funding came from Mercato Partners, and also included August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Sherpa Capital. The company says it targets "punks and poets" with its style. Stance is led by Jeff Kearl.

 
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SpaceX Wins $82.7M GPS Satellite Launch Contract

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has won a big, $82.7M contract from the U.S. Air Force, to launch next generation, GPS III satellites into orbit. According to the contract award, the contract will include launch vehicle production, mission integration, and launch operations for a GPS III mission. The award is the first national security contract for SpaceX, and apparently the first time that someone other than the United Launch Alliance--the joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing--has actually won a USAF contract for a space launch.

 
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SLANTRANGE Snags $5M For Agricultural Drone Sensor Technology

Friday, April 29, 2016

San Diego-based Slantrange, a startup developing sensors and analytics systems which are being applied to drones for agriculture, has raised $5M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding was led by The Investor Group, and also included other investors. Slantrange develops an aerial remote sensing product which lets farmers view images of their crops in near-real time, without requiring a network connection, which can be used to measure weed density, measure crop and plant stress, nutrient deficiencies, dehydration, and other field conditions. The company said it initially has focused on corn and soybeans, but has also expanded to other crops. The company is led by Mike Ritter.

 
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Levyx Lands $5.4M For Big Data Storage

Friday, April 29, 2016

Irvine-based Levyx, a startup developing data storage platforms specifically aimed at accelerating big data software and applications, has raised $5.4M in a Series A funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by OCA Ventures, and also included Amino Capital (formerly zPark Capital) and Sumavision USA Corporation, plus executives from EMC, SAP, and elsewhere. LEvyx said it has build a data engine called Helium, which specifically boosts the data access speeds for data from tools like Apache Spark. The company's founders are Reza Sadri and Tony Givargis.

 
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Mom 2.0 Buys Tastemaker Mom

Friday, April 29, 2016

Los Angeles-based Mom Media Enterprises, LLC, the company which runs the Mom 2.0 Summit and Iris Awards, has acquired Tastemaker Mom from The Kive Company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Tastemaker Mom helped gather opinions, feedback, surveys, and more from mothers for businesses. As part of the deal, Kive Company co-founder and CEO Jedd Gold will help advise Tastemaker Mom as an advisor. Tastemaker Mom was a separate business of The Kive Company, which sells the Artkive app, which allows parents to save their children's artwork.

 
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Wrapal Launching New Marketplace For Film Locations

Friday, April 29, 2016

A new, Playa Vista-based startup, Wrapal, said this week that it is about to launch a new marketplace which will make your property--your home, business, apartment, or any other location--the potential star of an upcoming feature film, television show, or commercial. According to the company, it is launching its service on May 6th, which will help filmmakers find locations where they can shoot easily. The company--which compares itself to an "AirBnB for film"--said it will let any owner list their locations for filming, and let filmmakers browse those properties for their next project, and lets owners set their own prices and even provides insurance from Lloyds of London for filmmakers who use those locations. The new startup was founded by Brian L. Tan "BLT", Melissa Nemcek, Aaron Weiss, and Derek Sherwood.

 
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Honor Expands Senior Care Marketplace To LA

Friday, April 29, 2016

Honor, a startup that operates a marketplace for senior home care professionals and is backed by Marc Andreessen, said it has expanded to Los Angeles and Orange County, and rounded up a local executive to head up its expansion efforts here. Honor said it has appointed Steve Seigel as General Manager of the company in Los Angeles. Seigel sits on the board of the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), is a donor and part of the Concern Foundation and Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and is also on the board of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors. He previously also was at hedge fund Tiedemann Investment Group, and JP Morgan. Honor said it uses app technology and quality home care professionals to help older Americans to continue to live in their homes. Honor is based in San Francisco.

 
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Alteryx Names Two New Board Members

Friday, April 29, 2016

Irvine-based data analytics software developer Alteryx has named two new members to its board, the company said this week, including Chuck Cory, the former Chairman, Technology Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, and Tim Maudlin, who sits on the baords of a number of technology companies. Cory is also on the advisory board of Tufton Venture Partners, and spent 30 years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Maudline is on the bord of WEB.com, and also had served on the boards of ExactTarget, MediaMind Technologies, Ganatics, Newegg, and Sucampo, in addition to serving at Medical Innovation Partners. Alteryx is venture backed by Iconiq Capital, Insight Venture Partners, and Meritech Capital Partners, and had a big $85M funding round in October.

 
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Preccelerator® Program is a platform offered to select start-up companies
out of our Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and
sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping you grow your
idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator® Program
provides free co-working space and other perks for 5-6 promising young
startups.

The perks include:

Free 24/7 access to our co-working space on a rolling basis, including
free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for
meetings and presentations
Access to real-time legal advice and transactional legal services on site
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Access to in-house educational workshops and activities
Access to our extensive network of mentors
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Gets $34M For Aesthetic Medicine Products

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Westlake Village-based Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, a new aesthetics and medical dermatology startup, said Thursday that it has raised $34M in a Series A financing round. The funding was led by ARCH Venture Partners, and also included Altitude Life Science Ventures, Partner Fund Management, and Venvest Capital, along with angels. The company's executive team are all formerly from Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, which was recently acquired by Allergan. The new company is being led by CEO Frederick C. Beddingfield III, M.D., Ph.D. The company's initial products are focused on acne and permanent hair removal.

 
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SpaceX Aims At 2018 Mission To Mars

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hawathorne-based SpaceX said Wednesday that it hopes to launch its first mission to Mars, in only two years--with a target of a launch to the red planet by 2018. SpaceX said on Twitter that it is developing the "Red Dragon" to land "anywhere in the solar system", and the Red Dragon Mars Mission will be its first test flight of the system. SpaceX recently has been testing the Dragon 2's SuperDraco propulsive landing system--which uses a coordinated set of rockets to land the space capsule--in Texas, as part of that Mars Mission effort.

 
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Prisyna Gets $6M For Oral Health Products

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Claremont-based Prisyna, a unit of Synedgen, said this morning that it has raised $6M in a growth equity investment, to help it advance its products. The funding came from Andrew Miller. Prisyna is developing a treatment called Moistagen, which it says relieves the symptoms of dry mouth, as well as treats oral mucositis due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. The company currently offers two oral rinse products under the Synedent name, Synedent Oral Care and Synedent Plus Oral Care with flouride. The company says it has two evaluations under way of its product, at a private practice in Los Angeles and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

 
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HelloTech Expands Tech Support Service To San Diego

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the on-demand, in-home technical services company founded by serial entrepreneur and tech investor Richard Wolpert, said it is expanding into San Diego, and has begun offering up its services in the city. The company now offers up its services in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. HelloTech taps a work force of college students, who provide in-person technical support to users, with everything from computers to home automation technology. HelloTech says its workforce has come from such local schools as UCLA, USC, along with community colleges and trade schools. The company said it is recruiting college students from UCSD, USD, and SDSU, as well as IIT and local junior colleges, to support its expansion. The company charges $79 an hour for its help, but is currently offering up a promotion for the first hour for $39 an hour as part of its launch in San Diego. Wolpert has been behind LA's AmplifyLA startup accelerator, and was an executive at RealNetworks and Disney.

 
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Newport Shareholders Give Nod To $897M MKS Instruments Acquisition

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Irvine-based laser and photonics company Newport Corporation said today that its shareholders have approved the acquisition of the company by MKS Instruments. The deal--which had been announced in February--is worth $23.00 per share in cash, or a total of $897M. MKS Instruments makes equipment used for semiconductor processing and manufacturing. Newport manufactures lasers, optics, optic-mechanics, and motion controllers.

 
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Broadcom Sells Wireless IoT Business To Cypress For $550M

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Irvine-based Broadcom has sold its Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets to Cypress Semiconductor, the two said this morning, in a $550M deal. According to the two, Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and intellectual property, Broadcom's WICED brand, along with 430 employees, as part of the acquisition. The two said that Broadcom's IoT business generated $189M in revenues over the last 12 months.

 
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Maxwell Technologies Sells Microelectronics Line to Data Device

Thursday, April 28, 2016

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies has sold off its microelectronics product line, to Data Device Corporation, in a deal worth $21M in cash, the company said today. The company said that the sale included all assets and certain liabilities related to that product line, as well as 37 employees. Data Device Corporation is a subsidiary of ILC Industries. Maxwell was advised by Canaccord Genuity in the sale. The completed acquisition had been announced earlier by the company.

 
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Quality Systems Cuts 150 In Restructuring Move

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Irvine-based Quality Systems, a developer of healthcare information systems, says it is cutting 150 employees, or approximately six percent of its staff, as part of a broad restructuring of thee company. According to the copany, it has dropped all plans to develop its NextGen Now platform, saying it will immediately discontinue all efforts to use or repurpose its next generation platform, and instead will shift to the platform it acquired from MediTouch. The company also said it will be eliminating its business units and shifting to a functional organizational structure, among other efforts. The company will take a charge of approximately $32M related to all the shifts.

 
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Key Information Systems Ties With Hewlett Packard On OpenStack

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Agoura Hills-based Key Information Systems said Wednesday that it has tied into Hewlett Packard, and become part of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Partner Ready Program for Service Providers. The company said the move will allow it to provide hybrid cloud solutions for companies in Southern California. Key Information Systems will support the HPE Helion OpenStack software, HP's version of the OpenStack cloud computing project, which is tied into its ProLiant Server and 3PAR storage systems.

 
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stem Secures $4.5M

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Los Aneles-based Stem, a developer of musicians and content creators to track their content revenues, has raised $4.5M in a funding round, the company disclosed on Tuesday. The funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Mark Cuban, Vayner Capital, and Scooter Braun. Stem is led by Milana Rabkin, with co-founders Tim Luckow and Jovin Cronin-Wilesmith.

 
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Report: DreamWorks Animation, Comcast In Acquisition Talks

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A report this morning from the WSJ says that Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation SKG and Comcast are in talks, where Comcast will pay more than $3 billion for DreamWorks. Comcast already owns Universal Pictures. The WSJ report cited "people familiar with the matter" in its report, which it says will put Comcast up against Walt Disney Co. in the family entertainment business.

 
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Amazon Studios Eyes VR Content

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com which is based here in Los Angeles, is reportedly working on creating virtual reality content, with a number of local and other VR companies. According to TheWrap, it has been working with virtual reality companies about developing its own, original VR content, siilar to the original content it has already been creating for Amazon Prime. Amazon Studios has scored some major, major wins with that content, for series like "Transparent", and recently bought Woody Allen's latest film. Amazon has not announced any details on its VR efforts, and has yet to roll out VR content on Prime.

 
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Airmule Launches Peer-To-Peer, International Courier Service

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Airmule, said Tuesday that it has launched a new, international courier service, whcih lets travelers transport items for others when they travel on international flights. The startup--which is accessible via mobile phone, on either iOS or Android smartphones--lets savvy travelers who are traveling internationally but who don't have much luggage, offer to carry items for other people in their spare luggage space. The company says it expects to be able to deliver items internationally for less than half the cost of traditional shipping. For travelers, Airmule claims that users might even be able to cover the full cost of their international flights through the service. Airmule has initially focused on travel between the U.S. and China. The company was founded by Rory Felton and Sean Yang. The company says it lets its travelers inspect all items before travel, and refuse to carry any items, and also provides insurance for all shipments.

 
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Blizzard Expands Hearthstone With Whispers of the Old Gods

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment has rolled out its third expansion for its Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft game, called Whispers of the Old Gods. According to Blizzard, the new expansion adds 134 cards to its digital card game. Blizzard says it has more than 50 million registered players of Hearthstone. The new expansion pack works on Windows and Mac, iOS, and Android, as well as mobile phones.

 
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Resonant Reports Licensing Deal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Goleta-based RF filter manufacturer Resonant said it has signed its first, licensing deal, with its existing, tier one customer. According to Resonant, the deal calls for its to provide two, RF front end duplexers for that customer, to be placed into mass production as early as the end of the year. Financial details of that licensing deal were not disclosed. Resonant develops surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters, used for filtering out radio signals in use in such devices as smartphones and handsets, however, has yet to see deployment on its technology. The company recently raised $6M to extend its runway.

 
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SpaceX Veterans Announce New Satellite Launch Firm, Vector Space Systems

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A new, microsatellite launch firm--founded by veterans of SpaceX--said today that it has raised more than $1M to launch the startup. Vector Space Systems led by former SpaceX executive Jim Cantrell, said it raised $1M in an angel funding to develop a mirosatellite launch company. The company's co-founders include John Garvey (SpaceX), Ken Sunshine (Virgin Galactic, Moon Express, Orbital Science), and Eric Besnard (NASA, Air Force). Cantrell is based in Arizona, but the company's other founders all look to be based here in Los Angeles. The angel funding came from Shaun Coleman (CloudVolumes, Reconnex), Matt Conover (CloudVolumes/VMware), and Nick Karangelan (Trident Systems).

 
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Finistere Ventures, International Farming Corporation Form New Venture Fund

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

San Diego-based Finistere Ventures, and farming giant International Farming Corporation (IFC) said today that they have launched a new venture fund, Willow Hill Ventures. According to the two, Willow Hill Ventures will focus on providing growth capital to help early agricultural technology startups scale into viable farming businesses. The company specifically said it is looking to "bridge the Series B funding gap." The new fund will focus on companies in informatics/big data, novel farm systems, food quality and nutrition, genetics and seed tech that increase the sustainability, profitability and productivity of agriculture, according to the firms.

 
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Chrome River Wins Sonoco

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Los Angeles-based cloud-based expense and invoice management software developer Chrome River Technologies has signed on Sonoco Products Company as a new customer, the company said today. Financial details of the customer win were not announced, however, Chrome River said the deployment has it supporting expense reports for 20,000 employees across 34 countries. Sunoco is based in Hartsville, S.C. Sonoco is a producer of packaging for the consumper packaged goods and other industries.

 
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