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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fandango Gobbles Up Cinepapaya

Friday, December 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based online ticketing and movie service Fandango continues to be in an acquisitive move, and has acquired Latin American online movie ticketer Cinepapaya. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition follows an acquisition last year of Brazilian ticketing firm Ingresso.com. Fandango said the buy doubles its reach in Latin America. Fandango has been quite an acquisitive company, recently acquiring and re-launching movies on demand service M-GO, acquiring Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, the acquisition of Ingresso.com, not to mention the 2014 acquisition of LA's MovieClips.

 
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Joymode Set To Show Off Experiences At Pop Up Shop

Friday, December 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based Joymode, the new startup led by Joe Fernandez which is hoping to people to invest in experiences, not stuff, is hoping to show off its new service with a pop-up shop in Sunset Junction next week. Joymode says it will be opening up to the public next Wednesday, on December 7th, showing off all of the experiences offered up through the service. Joymode lets people rent packages of products--such as giant games of Jenga, virtual reality headsets, electric scooters, Snapchat Spectacales, and everything for a backyard movie night--letting users create memories and fun without having to buy a pile of "stuff" they won't ever use again. Joymode said that the new pop-up shop will also be the first place people can sign up for the service without a special invitation. Fernandez is a serial entrepreneur, who previously founded Klout. Joymode said the pop-up shop will be open through December. Sunset Junction is in Silverlake, around Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

 
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Olloclip To Open Pop-Up Shop, Gallery In LA Next Week

Friday, December 2, 2016

Huntington Beach-based Olloclip, which makes add-on lenses for the iPhone, is launching its own pop-up store and image gallery this holiday season, with a store in LA's Fairfax district. According to Olloclip, it will have a pop-up shop in LA, at the Seventh Letter Gallry on North Fairfax Ave, which will showcase photos taken with its lenses, as well as product demos and a shop. The company said the ImagesSpeakLouder gallery and pop-up shop will let it teach, show, and share examples of mobile photography. The store will only be open between December 9th and December 13th.

 
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ClipCast Launches Multi View, Real Time Video Capture App

Friday, December 2, 2016

A new, San Diego startup, ClipCast, has launched a new mobile app which lets users capture multiple video views from different smartphones, from different angles. According to ClipCast, its new app, which runs on both iOS and Android, allows usres to produce multiple point-of-view video highlights, which can be captured, edited, and shared with others in real time. The new app is free. ClipCast is led by Manual Jaime, who serves as CEO and is founder of the company.

 
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DTS Now Part Of Tessera

Friday, December 2, 2016

Calabasas-based surround sound and audio technology developer DTS is now officially part of Tessera, after Tessera completed its acquisition of DTS on Thursday, the companies said on Thursday afternoon. Tessera paid $850M in cash for DTS, in a deal which had originally been announced in May. Tessera said that it will introduce a new corporate name, stock ticker, brand, and logo during the first quarter of 2017 as a result of the acquisition.

 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

SpaceX Targets Next Mission December 16th From Vandenberg

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, the rocket company led by Elon Musk, is hoping to launch on its next mission on December 16th, launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, just North of Santa Barbara. According to satellite constellation operator Iridium--best known for its satellite phones--it hopes to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit via the SpaceX Falcon on December 16th at 12:36pm PT. The launch is contingent on the FAA's approval for SpaceX to return to space after a catastrophic loss of a Falcon 9 in Florida on September 1st, which so far has blamed on issues with fueling procedures on the Falcon 9. Iridium says it expects to be the first company with a launch since the Cape Canaveral incident. SpaceX is not the only rocket launch provider which has been dealing with the uncertainty of getting to space; earlier today, a Russian Progress rocket, loaded with supplies for the International Space Station, was lost after launch in Kazakhstan.

 
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Somabar Snags $1.5M For Robotic Bartender

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Los Angeles-based Somabar, which is developing a robotic bartender which automatically mixes cocktails for you, has raised $1.5M in a bridge funding round, according to lead investor the Tech Coast Angels. The TCA said that the round also included members of the Harvard Business School Angels and the Duke University Angel Network, as well as local private equity fund rainforest.LA. Somabar currently is in pre-ordering for its Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-enabled appliance designed for home kitchens.

 
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SendGrid Finds $33M In Series D

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SendGrid, which provides email delivery services and software for sending transactional emails, has raised $33M in a Series D funding, the company said on Wednesday. The company, which has engineering offices in Irvine, said the funding was led by Bain Capital Ventures, and also included Foundry Group, Bessemer Venture Partners, and SoftTech VC. SendGrid's software is used by such companies as Airbnb, Costco, eBay, Spotify, Uber and Yelp, to ensure delivery of emails to their customers. The company's headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. The company has now raised $80.25M in total.

 
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21st Century Fox Backs Augmented Reality Glasses Maker

Thursday, December 1, 2016

21st Century Fox is the lead investor in a $58M, Series A funding for San Francisco-based Osterhaut Design Group (ODG), a developer of augmented reality sunglasses. According to ODG, the Series A was led by 21st Century Fox, and also included Shenzhen O-film Tech Co., Ltd., Vanfund Urban Investment & Development Co. Ltd. and individuals.

 
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TurboTax Opens Up For Tax Filing Season

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is it tax time already? San Diego-based TurboTax, the software division of Intuit which makes the popular tax filing software, says on Wednesday that it has opened up for the season, and has begun allowing its users to start working on their taxes. According to TurboTax, it has opened up for the 2016-2017 filing season, including again offering up its TurboTax Absolute Zero free edition. That free filing edition lets customers with simple tax returns (1040A and 1040EZ) file their Federal and State taxes for free with TurboTax, via its online filing tool.

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CrowdStrike Names New Sales, Operations Executive

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Irvine-based endpoint protection software developer CrowdStrike said today that it has appointed Michael Carpenter as President of Global Sales and Field Operations. Carpenter joins the company from Tanium, where he was President Global Sales and Field Operations. He also had served at Intel Security.

 
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Xencor Launches $110M Public Offering

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monrovia-based biotechnology developer Xencor has launched a public offering of its common stock, with the aim of raising approximately $110M in funding, the company said on Wednesday. The publicly traded biotechnology developer--which trades on the NASDAQ as XNCR--said it has priced the offering at $24.000 per share. The company said the new funding will go towards working capital and general corporate purposes, including investing in its pipeline and lead compoound.

 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AttackIQ Lands $8.8M For Security Validation Tools

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

San Diego-based AttackIQ, a developer of continuous security validation tools for the cybersecurity market, has raised $8.8M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Index Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and Telstra Ventures. According to the company, it will use the new funding for partner, sales, and marketing initiatives, plus for building out its services and engineering team. Stephan Chenette is CEO of AttackIQ.

 
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SpaceX May Deliver Audi Lunar Rover To The Moon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PT Scientists, a German team which is competing as part of the Google Lunar X Prize--one of the competitions run by the Los Angeles-based XPrize Foundation--says that it is likely that SpaceX will deliver a lunar rover, based on the electric powertrain used in Audi's electric vehicles--to the moon, for the company. PT Scientists, based in Germany, said it had not yet confirmed that SpaceX will be the company to launch its lander vehicle on the moon, in a launch effort through space payload broker Spaceflight Industries. PT Scientists is developing a lunar lander (called the Audi Lunar Quattro rover) for the Google Lunar X Prize, which leverages the electric vehicle technology from Audi.

 
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Solarflare Raises $22.2M More

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Irvine-based Gigabit Ethernet semiconductor developer Solarflare Communications has raised $22.2M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday. Details on that funding have not been announced by the company, whose investors include Oak Investment Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, Acacia Capital Partners, and Miramar Venture Partners.

 
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Interview with Gladys Kong, UberMedia

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


It's the age of smartphones and mobile data, where there are now apps gathering an immense amount of information about where we are, what stores we visit, and what we are doing. How do you make sense of all that data and actually help it to drive business decisions? Pasadena-based UberMedia (Www.ubermedia.com) is taking that data, and sorting through it to help businesses. We interviewed Gladys Kong, the CEO of UberMedia, to learn more about what the company is doing, and how it's using mobile location data to help companies with their business decisions.


For those who aren't familiar with UberMedia and what it is doing today, tell us a bit about what your business is about now?

Gladys Kong: UberMedia today is an ad and technology solutions company. We take mobile behavior signals, and create actionable insights to power advertising, business intelligence, and measurement. Today, we do business with major brands and advertising agencies, including a lot of retail brands, providing them with business intelligence. We also work with companies doing measurement of marketing campaigns and store visits.

How do you gather all of that mobile behavior information?

Gladys Kong: As you know, we started out in mobile apps. We started out as a social media app developer in 2010, which gave us an opportunity to figure out how a powerful and rich data set would allow us to mine the interests and consumer behavior out of mobile signals....

 
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Cireson Acquires Skylon Software

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

San Diego-based software developer Cireson, a developer of software for the Microsoft Cloud and System Center, said today that it has acquired Skylon Software, a Danish company developing software for Microsoft Configuration Manager. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Skylon Software's founder, Flemming Appelon Christiansen, has joined Cireson as part of the acquisition.

 
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Snapchat Rolling Out New Augmented Reality Lens For Underworld: Blood Wars

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Venice-based Snapchat will be rolling out a new, 3D interactive lens for the service, as part of a tie in to the upcoming film Underworld: Blood Wars. According to Snapchat and Screen Gems, thec ompany behind the upcoming action/horror film, they will create the first ever sponsored, interactive 3D Lens, which will place Snapchatters inside an Underworld-themed environment. The lens uses Snapchat's augemented reality features to place users into a 3D augmented world based on Underworld's vampire theme. Screen Gems is part of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 
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Cubic Buys Vocality International

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

San Diego-based Cubic said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Vocality International, a provider of embedded technology used in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) industry. Cubic said it is paying $10M for Vocality. Vocality was headquartered in Shackleford, United Kingdom, and serves the European market. Cubic is a contractor for the defense and transportation market. Vocality provides a embedded technology which helps bridge between secure communications platforms, connecting legacy systems to wireless and cellular networks for the government, business, and military.

 
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DTS Rolls Out DTS:X Audio On Jason Bourne Films

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS announced this morning that it is expanding the number of titles that include its DTS:X and DTS Headphone:X technology, with a deal to use the encoding format with the new collection of Jason Bourne films on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. The company said Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's new release of Jason Bourne, due out on December 6th, uses its new DTS:X for audio encoding. The DTS technology provides better replication and placement of sound, particularly with DTS Headphone:X. The new encoding is also being used on the release of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatem, and The Bourne Legacy.

 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Former Maker Studios CEO Kreiz Bids $2 Billion For Time Inc.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ynon Kreiz, the former CEO of Maker Studios, has made a bid for publisher Time Inc., in conjunction with Access industries and Edgar Bronfman Jr., according to Bloomberg. The bid was reportedly rejected by the magazine publisher. The report said Access Industries (run by Len Blavatnik), Bronfman, and Kreiz offered to pay $18 to $20 per share in cash for New York-based time, which also publishes Fortune and Sports Illustrated. Kreiz led Maker Studios' acquisition by Disney in 2014, and left last year.

 
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Zillow Pays $6M To Settle Overtime Lawsuit Stemming From Irvine Office

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Online real estate site Zillow said it has paid $6M, to settle a suit over claims that the company did not follow wage and hour laws with the inside sales consultants it employed in Irvine and elsewhere. Zillow said it has not admitted liability with either a class action lawsuit (Ian Freeman vs. Zillow, Inc.) or a related Department of Labor review. Zillow had been sued in 2014 claiming the company failed to provide meal and rest breaks, failed to pay overtime, and failed to keep accurate records of employee's hours worked. At least 120 hourly sales consultants in Irvine had been part of that class action lawsuit.

 
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TicketSauce Takes $2.5M For Live Event Management Software

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Diego-based TicketSauce, a developer of private label event management software, has raised $2.5M in a Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The funding was led by Draper Frontier Opp & Tech Fund. The company said the funding goes towards sales and marketing. TicketSace is led by Travis Fisher, who serves as President and CEO of the company. TicketSauce sells its software to media organizations, associations, and event organizers.

 
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Email Copilot Acquired By Return Path

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Diego-based Email Copilot, which develops visualization, monitoring, reporting, and analysis of email deliverability data, has been acquired by Return Path, a New York-based developer of email data software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Return Path said it acquired all of Email Copilot, including technical ssets and existing book of business. Al Bsharah, was co-founder and CEO of Email Copilot. Email Copilot was formerly known as Embarke, and had been venture backed by Anthem Ventures, La Costa Investment Group, Promus Ventures, Right Side Capital Group, Social Leverage, along with angels Howard Lindzon, Eric Otterson, and Steve Macbeth.

 
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Younity Launches New Home Media Server Software

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Diego-based Younity, the developer of file sharing software led by Erik Caso, said today that it has launched a new, desktop-to-desktop home media server product. The company said its updated software lets user access all of their file and media content from any device, via a simple user interface. The company's software previously had only supported accessing media files from mobile devices; the new update now allows users to access media files from desktop to desktop. Younity said its new software requires no synching, configuration, management, or upload to the cloud.

 
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Pritzker Group Boosts Focus On Los Angeles Startups, Moves Partner To LA

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chicago-based venture capital investor Pritzker Group Venture Capital announced this morning that it is expanding its efforts to invest in early stage companies in Los Angeles, and has moved partner Gabe Greenbaum to Los Angeles. Greenbaum had been based at Pritzker's home office in Chicago. ACcording to Pritzker Group, it is targeting investments in early stage companies in enterprise, emerging technology, consumer and health care IT, including companies workin on artificial intelligence, internet of things, and virtual reality. Pritzker says it has invested in such local companies as Dollar Shave Club, Honest Company, and Hello Giggles. The venture investor said it generally makes investments in the $3M to $8M range, with $15M to $20M invested in the life of a company, but ability to invest up to $50M in any one company. The company also said it will look to invest smaller amount of capital in "unique" opportunities.

 
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Sorrento Therapeutics Gets $75M Term Loan

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Sorrento Therapeutics announced on Monday that it has secured a $75 million term loan facility. Terms of the loan were not announced. The funding came from Hercules Capital (HTGC). The publicly held company said the proceeds of the loan--available in three tranches--will go towards general corporate purposes. The first tranche, which was funded with the announcement, is worth $50M. Sorrento is developing treatments for cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

 
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General Atomics Tests New Predator Drone

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight test of its Type-Certifiable Predator B (TCPB) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The company said the new Predator is aimed at use for a number of missions, including unweaponized border patrol, coast guard, and disaster relief missions. The company said the test was completed at its flight facility near Palmdale on November 17th. The company said the new Predator is compliance with international type-certification standards, which allow the drone to be more easily integrated into civil airspace operations.

 
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Yardi Selected By Canadian Company

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi says it has signed on a new customer in Canada, Canadian senior living provider peopleCare. Financial details of the win were not announced. Yardi said peopleCare has adopted its Yardi Senior CRM and Yardi Voyager Senior Housing products, both part of its suite of products for the senior living industry. peopleCare says it owns and manages seven long term care homes in Southwestern Ontario.

 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

California Lutheran University Names Executive- and Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thousand Oaks-based California Lutheran University and its School of Management said on Monday that it has named both an Executive-In-Residence and Entrepreneur-In-Residence to the school. The school said Primo Custodio, most recently VP for Human Resources at NBC Universal, will become Executive-in-Residence for the business school, and Jim Cathcart, a motivational speaker and author, becomes Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Custodio is an alumnus of Cal Lutheran; Cathcart is the author of "Relationship Selling: The Key to Getting and Keeping Customers" and other titles.

 
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Snapchat's Spectacles And Another, Untold, LA Startup Story

Monday, November 28, 2016

Venice-based Snapchat's newest product--Snap-recording sunglasses--is the result of the work of another, Los Angeles startup--Vergence Labs--which was quietly acquired by Snapchat back in 2014. Business Insider tells the story of Vergence Labs, founded by Erick Miller and Jonathan Rodriguez, and their roots at UCLA and Stanford.

 
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How Lensabl Wants To Make You Prescription Lenses, Without The Hassles

Monday, November 28, 2016

Do you need new prescription lenses, either for that fashionable new sunglass frame you just bought, or perhaps to update the glasses you already have? Los Angeles-based Lensabl (www.lensabl.com) recently launched a new service to help people with just the prescription lenses you need. Andy Bilinsky, Co-founder and CEO, tells us why the company is targeting prescription lenses--but not frames--with the startup, and why the company thinks prescription lenses are ripe for innovation.


Describe what Lensabl is all about?

Andy Bilinsky: Lensabl is the most convenient and affordable way to get new lenses for any frames you have. My co-founder and I come from the eyewear space. We had an online eyewear brand, kind of like Warby Parker, before this business. Once we introduced prescription lenses as a low cost add-on to the frames we were selling, we found that people really like that. They found it was a whole lot more affordable to get lenses from us than a traditional optometrist or something like a Lenscrafter Optical store. There are only so many places you can get prescription lenses, and it's really an inconvenience to get to those places for people who work or go to school. Plus, those lenses are normally a whole lot more expensive than they have to be....

 
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Atom Tickets, Disney Join On Exclusive Merchandise Partnership

Monday, November 28, 2016

Los Angeles-based mobile movie ticketing service Atom Tickets, and Disney said over the weekend that the two are in a partnership, which comes out of Atom Tickets' involvement in the 2016 Disney Accelerator Program. The two said that fans who buy movie tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story via its app, also will get the ability to buy exclusive products through its mobile ticketing app and website. The two said those exclusives include a Star Wars hoodie, t-shirt, girl's shirt, and a limited edition ticket placard. Financial details of the relationship were not announced.

 
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LA Clippers Turn To Computer Vision, Software Analytics To Improve Shooting

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Los Angeles Clippers are turning to software analytics to help improve their shooting percentages, according to software developer Noah Software. According to the software company and the Los Angeles Clippers, it has begun using analytics software to help players in accurately tracking shots during practice, to use analytics to help iprove shooting percentages for the team. The new technology uses computer vision technology and algorithms to track where a shot originated from, whether or notthat schot scored, entry angle, shot depth, and left-right position of the ball. All of that information is fed into a system to help players know exactly why they missed a shot, and provides suggestions on how a player can improve their shooting. The LA Clippers and Noah Software did not say how much the team has invested in the system, which uses a camera mounted thirteen feet above the basketball rim to analyze those shots.

 
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Online Black Friday Sales Break Records, Hit $3.34 Billion

Monday, November 28, 2016

Online Black Friday sales hit a record $3.34 billion, according to numbers tallied by Adobe over the weekend--a 17.7 percent increase year over year, the first time, sales on Friday were over $3 billion. According to Adobe, about $1.2 billion of that spending was made via mobile devices. Adobe said its numbers show the biggest winners on Friday were Apple iPads, Samsung 4K TVs, and Lego Creator sets. For both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, Adobe said more than $5.27 billion was spent online, a 17.7 percent increase year-over-year. The increase online appears to be coming at the expense of shopping mall traffic, at least in Los Angeles, where the crowds were noticeably diminished this year.

 
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