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Monday, February 27, 2017

SpaceX Plans To Send Two People Around The Moon

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hawthorne-based SpaceX said on Monday afternoon, that it plans to send two passengers around the Moon, next year. According to SpaceX, two private citizens had approached--and paid a "significant deposit" for the trip. SpaceX said that it will use the Falcon Heavy--which is set for its first test flight this summer--for the launch, and will leverage development from NASA's Commercial Crew Program to help support the flight. SpaceX did not provide names of the two passeners, but said it would release additional information about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.

 
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Rubicon Project Snags OpenX Exec As Product Management VP

Monday, February 27, 2017

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced on Monday that it has named former OpenX executive Khoi Nguyen as its new Vice President, Product Management For Video. Nguyen was most recently GM/Sr. Director of Product Management for Video, OTT, and Mobile at OpenX. He also had been at Google, Trend Micro, Symantec, among other companies, including co-founding Silvan Networks, a Sequoia-funded Internet startup from the late 90s.

 
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Cordial Connects With $6M From Upfront

Monday, February 27, 2017

San Diego-based Cordial, a developer of marketing software which automatically tracks the actions of consumers which triggers personalized messaging to those consumers, has raised $6M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Upfront Ventures. The investment was led by Upfront's Kobie Fuller. Cordial's founder and CEO is Jeremy Swift, who was previously VP, Sales & Strategic Accounts at BlueHornet. The company said the funds will go to accelerate adoption of its platform among retailers, e-commerce, content publishing, travel, and hospitality brands.

 
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Scrambl3 Aims At Encrypted Messaging

Monday, February 27, 2017

Irvine-based USMobile, a developer of mobile communications applications, is taking aim at the encrypted messaging market with a new software product, Scrambl3, which it says does a better job of protecting consumer, business, and government users from prying eyes. The app--which runs on iOS and Android--says it allows users to start using its product using only a username and password, and no other identity verification. The company claims all communications go through the firm's own Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is "Top Secret" grade and was developed in an attempt to meet requirements for the NSA's "Fishbowl" secure phone. The company's CEO is Jon K. Hanour, who was CEO and President of Cyvergence Corporation, and previously had been VP of Operations and CFO of Quiksilver, among other experience; the company's CTO is Bradford Arant (Cyvergence, Tenet Health Systems, Mideo) and the company's Chief Cryptographer is Dr. Yongge Wang (Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Certicom). USMobile said its Scrambl3 app is free, and is more private and secure than WhatsApp, Signal and Messenger.

 
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HomeHero Calls It Quits, Shuts Service

Monday, February 27, 2017

Santa Monica-based HomeHero, which had been working on creating and online marketplace for in-home, senior care services, has called it quits, according to co-founder Kyle Hill. Hill said that it "lost its core identity" a year ago, when the company was forced to terminate its relationship with 95 percent of the 1099 caregivers it had been working with, and adopt an "inferior employment business model." HomeHero had shifted to W-2 employees in the midst of widespread industry struggles over how to properly classify contractors versus employees. Hill said the company has "cease all operations and remove itself from the industry of home care entirely." HomeHero was initially incubated at Science Inc., and also had raised funding from Graham Holding Company, Social+Capital Partnership, Tencent Holdings Limited and The Launch Fund.

 
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Alteryx Files For IPO

Monday, February 27, 2017

Irvine-based data analytics software developer Alteryx has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing late Friday that it is looking to raise up to $75.0M in an offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has applied to list under the symbol AYX. The IPO is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Pacific Crest Securities, William Blair & Company, JMP Securities, Raymond James & Associates, and Cowen and Company. Alteryx is venture backed by Insight Venture Partners, Sapphire VEntures, Thomson Reuters, Toba Capital, and ICONIQ Capital, among others. Dean Stoecker is CEO of Alteryx.

 
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RealD Acquires MasterImage 3D

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beverly Hills-based 3D movie projection systems developer RealD said last week that it has acquired the assets of MasterImage 3D, including all of its intellectual property, technology, inventory, and accounts receivable. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. RealD said the acquisition came as a result of "key legal victories" where RealD asserted its patents against MasterImage. RealD won a big patent lawsuit against MasterImage 3D in July of 2016.

 
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CureDuchenne Ventures Backs Exonics Therapeutics

Monday, February 27, 2017

Newport Beach-based investment fund CureDuchenne Ventures, which is a subsidiary of nonprofit CureDuchenne, announced this morning that it has invested $5M in a seed funding round for Exonics Therapeutics, a biotech startup which is focused on gene editing technology for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Exonics Therapeutics is based in Boston, with reesarch in Dallas. CureDuchenne said that Exonics is developing a gene editing technology which potentially would make a permanent correction of the mutation that causes Duchenne. The funding goes towards preclinical research.

 
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Abbott Medical Optics Acquired By Johnson & Johnson For $4.325B

Monday, February 27, 2017

Abbott Medical Optics, which was based in Santa Ana, California, has been acquired by Johnson & Johnson, in a deal worth $4.325 billion in cash, the two said this morning. The deal had originally been announced in September. The company will be renamed Johnson & Johnson Vision (J&J Vision). Johnson & Johnson said the acquisition includes ophthalmic products in three areas of patient care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health.

 
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Batu Biologics Names Investor To Board

Monday, February 27, 2017

San Diego-based Batu Biologics, a developer of immune therapy drugs aimed at treating cancer, has added investor John Peck Jr. to its Board of Directors. The company said Peck has been involved with the company as an early-stage seed round investor. Peck is a real estate and biotech investor, and had been CEO and one ofthe owners of Meridian Leasing, although he got his start working for RCA and Intel as an MBA student in the 1960's. The company said Peck is an investor in seven biotech companies.

 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Nasty Gal's Fall From $100M A Year In Sales To Zero

Friday, February 24, 2017

Two publications this morning--the WSJ and the Los Angeles Times, have dissected the fall of Los Angeles-based NastyGal--once, one of the symbols of the rise of Silicon Beach--and how it went from nearly $100M a year in revenue to bankruptcy. NastyGal's Sophia Amoruso had started the company on eBay, took it to the venture market, but was unable to sustain its growth, or loyal customers. Nasty Gal's bankruptcy sale closes next week.

 
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Tinder's Mateen Makes Angel Investment In FOSSA

Friday, February 24, 2017

Justin Mateen, the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Los Angeles-based Tinder, is one of the seed investors in FOSSA, a developer of open source license management software. FOSSA said Thursday that it has raised $2.2M in a seed funding round, which came from Bain Capital Ventures, along with angels Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Steve Chen (YouTube), Jaan Tallinn (Skype), Amr Awadallah (Cloudera), as well as Justin Mateen (Tinder). FOSSA's customers include SolarCity, SmartThings, NPM, and IronSource. The company is based in San Francisco.

 
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Shareability Names MomentFeed's Reed As Exec

Friday, February 24, 2017

Marina Del Rey-based Shareability, a startup which focuses on creating viral content, said this week that Rob Reed, the founder and former CEO of MomentFeed, has joined the company as Partner and Chief Revenue Officer. The company said Reed will oversee Sales and Marketing for the company. Shareability said Reed joined the company because "online video is the next big wave of marketing disruption and innovation".

 
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Insights: The Cryptic VC's Guide to Saying No On Investments

Friday, February 24, 2017

For this morning's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature the contributions of our readers, we have an article from Wiliam Hsu, co-founder and managing partner of Mucker Capital (www.muckercapital.com). He explains all the ways VCs say "no" without actually using the word "no". You can read the full article at The Cryptic VC's Guide to Saying "No" On Investments in our Insights and Opinions section.


VCs say a lot of cryptic stuff when we pass on an investment – partially because it make us appear smart, but mostly because we simply don't want to be assholes. So, we try as hard as we can to not simply say "no," when we actually have no intention of giving away one cent. Instead of being straightforward about what we actually mean – "I hate your idea, we are not investing," etc – we say something meaningless like, "I prefer gluten-free cookies."

I don't know how many times I've run across entrepreneurs (in and outside of our portfolio) that excitedly tell me about some earth shattering mind meld they just had with an investor, but when I dig into the actual conversation, I quickly realize they just got passed. So to save everyone some embarrassment, and to save myself from having to change my incorrigible behavior, here are some of the most common ways I tend to pass without ever having to say that unfortunate, boring word, "No." (More...)
Read the whole article, The Cryptic VC's Guide to Saying "No"....

 
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MaxLinear Gets Design Win With Vubiq Networks

Friday, February 24, 2017

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits maker MaxLinear has scored a design win with Irvine-based Vubiq Networks, saying this week that Vubiq is using one of its systems-on-a-chip for a new radio link product. MaxLinear said that Vubiq is using its MxL85100 baseband SoC for its HaulPass V10g radio link product. Expected shipping volumes of the product were not announced. Vubiq's 10 Gbps millimeter wave radio link product is used to transmit high-speed Ethernet data at distances of up to 1.8 kilometers.

 
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Esri, ArticDEM Project Release New Arctic Elevation Model Data

Friday, February 24, 2017

Redland-based GIS software maker Esri and the ArcticDEM project, a public-private partnership between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Polar Geospatial Center, and Esri, has release a big storehouse of elevation data for the Arctic, the groups said this week. According to the NGA, the release of the elevation data is the largest to date for the project. Esri said that the Arctic region is "uniquely challenged" by by the effects of climate change, including melting ice, and the data is a resource for better planning and adaptation to such issues as coastal erosion and to monitor the rate at which glaciers are receding.

 
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Ixia Shifts To 100 Percent Channel Sales

Friday, February 24, 2017

Calabasas-based network testing hardware and software developer Ixia said yesterday that it has shifted to a 100 percent, channel sales model for its enterprise customers. Ixia said the adoption of the model was made to show its "unwavering commitment" to its network of reseller partners. Ixia said it has more than 800 resellers who are part of its partner program.

 
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blurr Moves From Boston, Sets Up Shop In LA To Tap Into Social Media Scene

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blurr, a social media app developer focused on communal photo sharing with users around you, has relocated to Los Angeles from Boston. The startup, which offers up an iOS app, said that Los Angeles was a "far better place" for the company, specifically citing such local Los Angeles companies as Snapchat, Tinder, musical.ly and Flipagram. The company said called LA the "epicentre for Social-Media startups", and also cited the city as likely to have "the best talent" for a social products startup. Blurr says it is backed by Boston area angel investors.

 
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SpaceX Dragon Successfully Docks With ISS

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has successfully docked its SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on Thursday morning at 8:12 a.m. EST, after a successful launch earlier this week. NASA said the hatch between the spacecraft and the ISS Harmony module is scheduled to be opened later this afternoon. The SpaceX Dragon is expected to spend about four weeks at the ISS, according to NASA. The Dragon, which is on the tenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-10) for NASA, is delivering around 5,000 pounds of supplies to the space station. It's a very, very busy week at the ISS, which is also docking another spacecraft--a Russian Progress--on Friday morning at 3:34 a.m. EST.

 
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Skyview Capital Sells Off Syncplicity

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Skyview Capital has sold off portfolio company Syncplicity, a developer of enterprise file sharing and synchronization software, to Axway. Financial details of the sale were not announced. Skyview Capital had acquired Syncplicity from EMC back in July of 2015. Axway is based Paris, France. Skyview says it focuses on acquisition and management of mission critical enterprises in the areas of technology, telecommunications, business services and manufacturing.

 
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Rubicon Project Sets Tech Veteran David Day As CFO

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace operator Rubicon Project said Thursday morning that it has named David Day, who has served as interim CFO since May of last year, as its Chief Financial Officer. Day had been Chief Accounting Officer at Rubicon Project since March of 2013. Day reports to Rubicon Project's founder and CEO, Frank Addante. Before joining Rubicon Project, Day had been Chief Accounting Officer at ReachLocal, and also served at Overture and Yahoo Search Marketing, co-founded SignJammar, and also served at Spot Runner, in addition to a long career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen.

 
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MomentFeed Adds $16.3M

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, which develops software that helps multi-location, retailers and brands better understand and interact with customers, has raised $16.3M in new funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Level Equity, and also included Signia Venture Partners, Draper Nexus and DFJ Frontier. The startup, led by CEO Robert Blatt, said the funding will go towards operations, and to add new products, features, and services for its customers, along with additional sales executives.

 
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Tx Zhuo On LA's Newest Venture Fund, Fika Ventures

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Last week, Fika Ventures, LA's newest venture fund, announced its formation, led by tech investment veterans Tx Zhuo and Eva Ho. We sat down with Tx Zhuo to chat about the new fund, what investments it hopes to make, and what kind of entrepreneurs the fund is looking to invest in.


Tell us a bit about the new fund?

Tx Zhuo: The new fund is going to be focused on seed stage investment, and is pretty similar to what we have done in the past. We are investing in founders who are leveraging the use of data, artificial intelligence-enabled technologies, and automation, to solve meaningful, systemic problems in a couple of industries, including the enterprise software, financial services, marketplace, and digital health areas.

How did you get together and create the new fund?

Tx Zhuo: I first moved to LA five years ago, and Eva was one of the first few people I met. She was highly regarded by a lot of people I knew in Silicon Valley, and we connected right away. Over the last four years, we have worked together. About eight or nine months ago, we both came to a natural crossroads in our careers, and we came together, along with two other people, who we knew separately for four or five years. Arteen and I worked together at Karlin Ventures, and Matt had worked with Eva at Factual. So, it's a new fund, but it feels like it's the old crew, a wonderful group of people to work with....

 
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AirMap Lands $26M In Series B Funding

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Santa Monica-based AirMap, which is developing software and a service for airspace management for drones, has raised $26M in a Series B funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Microsoft Ventures, and also included Airbus Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Rakuten, Sony, and Yuneec, along with prior investors General Catalyst and Lux Capital. The company says it has now raised more than $43M in funding. AirMap said it will use the funding for worldwide expansion, including new offices in Berlin, Germany and at NASA Ames in Mountain View. AirMap's CEO is Ben Marcus. The company's software, API, and data are embedded into drones, and helps those drones avoid restricted airspace.

 
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SpaceX Dragon Captured By ISS; Docking Continues This Morning

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NASA said this morning that the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has successfully been captured by the International Space Station this morning, at 5:44 a.m. ET, as it was traveling about 250 miles over the west coast of Australia. The spacecraft was captured by Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) using the ISS's robotic arm. The capture comes just in time, as a Russian Progress spacecraft is also is approaching the ISS for a docking attempt. The capture came after docking navigation issues the previous morning caused the SpaceX Dragon to reset its approach attempt to the ISS.

 
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Heal Plans Expansion To Four More States

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Los Angeles-based Heal, which operates an on-demand service which schedules in-home housecalls from doctors, said on Wednesday that it plans to expand to four more states this year. According to Heal, it will start to offer services in select cities in Florida, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania by the end of 2017. Heal says it has delivered 16,000 patient house call visits so far, since it started in February of 2015. Heal is backed by Fidelity ContraFund, Thomas Tull, Jim Breyer, the Ellison Family, Lionel Richie, Dr. Paul Jacobs, and others.

 
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OSI Systems Sells Off European AED Product Line

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hawthorne-based OSI Systems said late Wednesday that it has sold off its German healthcare subsidiary, Metrax GmbH (Primedic), and its associated Automated External Defibrillator (AED) product line, in a deal worth $12.38M. OSI Systems had acquired Metrax in 2014 for approximately $7.94M (7.5M euros). Metrax/Primedic had sold automated external defibrillators outside the United States. OSI said it sold off the division as it was a "non-core asset" to its hospital and clinical solutions products.

 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Joymode Opens Up Service To All, Launches New Kids Category

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Angeles-based Joymode, the startup led by Joe Fernandez which lets people rent, not buy, all the gear needed for experiences like backyard movie night, virtual reality parties, camping, and more, said it has just opened up access to anyone in Los Angeles interested in the service. The company had previously been in invite-only mode. The company also said it has launched a special "Kids" category to its service, which features different experiences specifically for kids (and apparently, kids' parties). Joymode raised $3M in funding in October of 2016 to bring its service to life; Fernandez was previously co-founder of Klout.

 
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TripScope Acquired By Travefy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Angeles-based TripScope, which operated a mobile application to help travel agents get leads and to connect consumers with agents, has been acquired by Travefy. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Tripscope was venture backed by PLC Ventures, Wavemaker Ventures, AmplifyLA, and Erik Blachford, the former CEO of Expedia. Katelyn O'Shaughnessy is the CEO of Tripscope, and will become an advisor to Travefy.

 
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Jam City, TinyCo Team On Futurama Game

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Angeles-based JamCity, and mobile games developer TinyCo said this morning that they are launching a new, mobile game based on the popular Futurama TV series. The new game features new content from Futura's creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen, plus others on the team that created the futuristic, comedy TV series. The new game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, is being developed in conjunction with Fox Interactive and animation firm Rough Draft Studios, and will be available for iOS, Android, and Amazon.

 
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Techstars Music Goes Live In LA

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Techstars Music, a new startup accelerator program run by startup accelerator operator Techstars, has launched in Los Angeles, Techstars said this morning, with eleven startups. According to Techstars Music, the first eleven companies in its program include Amper (AI + music), Hurdl (LED wearables at concerts), JAAK (blockchain for music metadata), Pacemaker (social mixtapes), Pippa (podcasting), Popgun (deep learning, singing computers), Robin (ticket concierge), Shimmur (social interaction with fans), Superpowered (low latency audio for games), SyncSpot (AI for store promotions), and Weav (adaptive mixing software).

 
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Tala Gets $30M In New Funding Round

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Angeles-based Tala, the fintech startup led by Shivani Siroya, is announcing this morning that it has raised $30M more in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by IVP, and also included Ribbit Capital, along with Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, and Collaborative Fund. Jules Maltz of IVP joins the company's board with the funding. Tala is developing mobile technology which uses the patterns and information available on the cell phones of users in developing countries, to help with credit scoring and to assess financial risk. The startup currently provides it services in East Africa and Southeast Asia, and is focused on providing better financial access to loans and credit to the emerging middle class.

 
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Maple Media Finds $30M For Acquiring Mobile Apps

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Los Angeles-based Maple Media, a new startup led by startup veteran Clark Landry, along with Jam City veteran Michael Ritter, has raised $30M in a funding round from Shamrock Capital, the company announced this morning. The startup said it will acquire, manage, and operate mobile applications in the utility, productivity, games and entertainment areas. Ritter was most recently SVP of Business & Corporate Development at Jam City (formerly SGN Games), and Landry was co-founder of Shift (acquired by Brand Networks), TagWorld (Acquired by Vivendi), and Mind & Machines; he also has been an active angel investor, including in Traffic Marketplace (acquired by Vivendi), Adconion Media Group (acquired by SingTel), and TheTradeDesk, as well as Scopely.

 
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SpaceX Dragon Battling Docking Issues

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The recently launched SpaceX Dragon is running into some issues with docking with the International Space Station, according to NASA, which said early this morning that the rendezvous and docking of the spacecraft was aborted this morning after "incorrect value in data" on the location of the space station. NASA said that the SpaceX Dragon will automatically reset for another rendezvous and docking attempt in 24 hours. The ISS and the SpaceX Dragon had been scheduled to rendezvous at 3:25 a.m. EST. NASA said that the spacecraft is in excellent shape with no issues, and the crew aboard the space station is safe, and they now expect grappling of the Dragon to be broadcast on NASA TV around 6 a.m. EST tomorrow. The space around the ISS is expected to get even more crowded later today, as another delivery to the ISS was launched on Progress rocket from Russia early this morning, and is expected to also dock at the ISS on Friday.

 
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Report: Disney Buys MakieLab

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MakieLab, the custom, 3D printed doll startup which had been part of Disney's second Disney Startup Accelerator program, has been acquired, reportedly by Disney itself. Full details of the acquisition and buyer were not officially announced, however, MakieLab said that it has been acquired by a "a fantastic US media behemoth". MakieLab had a deal with Disney to ship custom, 3D printed dolls featuring such characters as Star Darlings, Minnie Mouse, Maleficient, and others; the company's CEO, Alice Taylor, had relocated to Los Angeles as a result of the time at Disney's Burbank accelerator.

 
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