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Monday, July 6, 2015

Versant Ventures Gets Exit At Oculeve

Monday, July 6, 2015

San Diego-based venture investor Versant Ventures has scored an exit out of its portfolio, with the acquisition of Oculeve, a medical device developer developing treatments for dry eye disease. Oculeve was acquired for $125M plus earnout by Allergan this morning. Oculeve, which was based in South San Francisco, had raised $7.5M in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates and Versant Ventures.

 
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Black Lotus Acquired By Level 3

Monday, July 6, 2015

b>Black Lotus, an operator of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation service, which had its emergency operations center in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Level 3. Financial details of the buy were not announced. The deal had been announced by the two companies last week. Black Lotus was backed by Industry Capital, and had raised $3.5M in 2013. The company's corporate headquarters are in San Francisco, but its emergency operations centers are in Los Angeles.

 
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Page Howe: Why Everyone In LA Ought To Have a .LA Domain

Monday, July 6, 2015


We recently ran into Page Howe, the Chief Engagement Officer for the .LA (www.la) domain name extension, who sat down with us and told us about why he's out making the rounds with community groups and events, promoting the use of .LA as a domain extension. Howe is a veteran of the domain name business, having made his name buying and selling domain names over the years, including having founded Joe's Domains. He recently opened an office here in LA to promote the .LA domain name, and we caught up with him to hear more about why he things everyone should get their own .LA domain name.

Explain a little bit about what you're doing with .LA?

Page Howe: .LA is a domain name that works perfectly for companies and brands in LA. It works on every Internet-connected computer worldwide, and every mobile phone everywhere. It's a shorter domain, with an LA look, style, and feel. About 95 percent of the names in the dot com world now, you can get in dot LA, which lets you get a one word restaurant domain. An example of that is Craig's, which now has Craigs.la. Almost any name of a product or service, and many generic domain names are available in .LA.

How did you get involved with .LA?

Page Howe: I've been a fan of the domain since 2008 and 2009, having grown up in LA, lived here, and seen the story here through the good and the bad. I was at the Forum the night of the LA riots, and I've seen LA through earthquakes and everything....

 
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Maxwell Technologies Gets $25M In Credit Facility

Monday, July 6, 2015

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, which develops ultracapacitor-based energy storage and other products, said today that it has received a $25M, three year revolving line of credit. The new funding will go towards working capital. Maxwell said the line comes from East West Bank. Terms of the credit line were not disclosed. Maxwell develops ultracapacitor products, power modules, and a number of other energy and aerospace related products.

 
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Teledyne Increases Stake in Robot Maker Ocean Aero

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies has increased its stake in San Diego-based Ocean Aero, a developer of unmanned, robotic underwater and surface vehicles used for the scientific, defense, and oil and gas market, the company said late Friday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Teledyne, it now owns 37 percent of Ocean Aero. Teledyne made its initial investment in Ocean Aero in July of 2014. Ocean Aero's unmanned, robotic vehicles can travel on both the surface of the water as well as underwater.

 
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RealtyMogul.com Bolsters Executive Staff

Monday, July 6, 2015

Los Angeles-based online real estate investing marketplace RealtyMogul.com said today that it has added two new executives to its staff. According to the company, it hass added Michael Sanchez and Charles H. Kim, CFA, to the company's Commercial Lending Division. Sanchez was formerly Senior Vice President and Kim was Vice President and Colony Capital. RealtyMogul offers up an online marketplace to help connect real estate developers with capital from accredited and institutional investors.

 
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Moviepilot Links With Entertainment Weekly On Comic-Con Videos

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Angeles-based entertainment fan site Moviepilot and Entertainment Weekly said this week that they will be presenting videos from the San Diego Comic-Con, as part of a new content partnership. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. The new content will be available both on Moviepilot as well as EW.com. Moviepilot is led by Tobi Bauckhage. Comic-Con runs from July 9th until July 12th.

 
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Pluto.TV Inks Deals For Content From Hulu, Jukin, Others

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Angeles-based streaming media site Pluto TV has inked a deal to stream free content from Hulu, Jukin Media, and a number of others, to bolster the content lineup for the service. Financial details of the various deals were not announced. Pluto.tv operates an online and mobile service which provides curated access to video streaming content, and is venture backed by U.S. Venture Partners, United Talent Agency, Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Luminari Capital, as well as angels. The company raised a $13M funding round back in November of 2014. The deal with Los Angeles-based Jukin Media gives Pluto.TV access to Jukin's popular FailArmy channel, among other content.

 
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VUBIQUITY Partners With Rotten Tomatoes

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Angeles-based VUBIQUITY, a provider of content monetization technology and services for the entertainment and media industry, has teamed up with movie and TV service Rotten Tomatoes, the two said yesterday. According to the two, they are launching a program which will offer up a curated collection of films available to VUBIQUITY's affiliates for on demand rental. The two said those films will be highly rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, and will be made available to cable and telco affiliates in ajor markets. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The program centers on Rotten Tomatoes "Certified Fresh" label, which is applied to better rated movies. Rotten Tomatoes provides ratings and reviews of movies and television shows.

 
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Interlink Electronics Expands In Singapore

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Westlake Village-based Interlink Electronics, which designs and manufactures touchpads, mouse pointing devices, wireless remote controls, and other products, said it is expanding in Singapore. According to Interlink, it is adding R&D engineers in Singapore, to tap into Singapore's talented engineering workforce and conducive business environment. Interlink also said it is eliminating a number of European VPs, and will instead shift those roles to new hires in Singapore.

 
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Rocket Lab Sets Up Orbital Launch Site

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab, a venture-backed startup which is developing commercial launch vehicles specifically aimed at delivering small satellites into space, said it has set up an orbital launch site. The company said it plans to build a launch site Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, to support future launches of its launch vehicle. Rocket Lab is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, K1W1, Bessemer Venture Partners and Lockheed Martin.

 
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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recipients announced!

EY is pleased to announce the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients
in Greater Los Angeles. The award recipients were revealed at a black tie
Awards Gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Featuring a keynote
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NantHealth Raises $200M From Allscripts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Los Angeles-based NantHealth, one of the life sciences companies that is part of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantWorks, has scored $200M in an investment from Allscripts, the two said Tuesday. According to the two companies, the investment gives Allscripts a 10 percent stake in Nanthealth. The two also said that NantCapital, the personal investment fund of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, has made a $100M investment into Allscripts. NantHealth is developing genomic and protein-based molecular diagnostics technology, initially aimed at personalizing cancer treatment regimes for patients based on the genetic profile of cancer cells in their system.

 
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DJO Global Buys Product Line From Zimmer Biomet

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

San Diego-based DJO Global, a developer and manufacturer of medical products for the orthopedics area, said this week that it has acquired a number of assets from Zimmer Biomet Holdings. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The acquisition was made via DJO Global subsidiary Encore Medical L.P. DJO Global makes a wide range of medical products, including knee braces and other orthopedic devices.

 
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Classy Captures $18M For Nonprofit Software

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

San Diego-based Classy, which develops cloud-based software used by nonprofits for fundraising, disclosed that it has raised $18M in a new funding round. The funding came from Mithril Capital Management and Salesforce Ventures. Classy was founded in 2006 as StayClassy, and also counts Bullpen Capital and Venture51 as backers. Classy allows nonprofits to create fundraising campaigns for specific projects or year-round initiatives, with features such as leaderboards, user-generated media, team fundraising pages, mobile support, and more. The company is led by Scott Chisolm.

 
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ParkMe Links Into Apple Pay

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Los Angeles-based parking app developer ParkMe said this week that it has released an update to its app software, and added Apple Pay as a form of payment for parking. ParkMe--which helps users find parking spots, and also lets users pay for parking at parking garages and paid parking lots--said the updated app supports Apple Pay on the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. ParkMe says it now has a database over over 81,000 parking locations.

 
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HomeHero Gets $23M For Senior Home Care Marketplace

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Santa Monica-based HomeHero, a new startup providing an online marketplace for in-home, senior care services, said Tuesday afternoon that it has raised $20M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Graham Holding Company, along with Social+Capital Partnership, Tencent Holdings Limited and The Launch Fund. The funding comes on top of an earlier, $3M seed round for the company last year from SocialCapital. HomeHero is led by Kyle Hill. The company said the funding will go towards expansion of its service beyond Los Angeles, to San Diego and San Francisco, plus key hires.

 
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Chrome River Finds $100M In Funding

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Los Angeles-based enterprise software maker Chrome River, which develops cloud-based software used for expense reporting and automated invoice processing, announced today that it has raised $100M in a Series D funding round. The funding came from Great Hill Partners. Chrome River said it will use the funding to accelerate global growth and support product innovation. Chrome River was co-founded by Alan Rich and Dave Terry, and has quietly grown to become one of Southern California's fastest growing crop of cloud-based software providers. The company said it had 40 percent growth in 2014, and the company regularly makes the list of fastest growing private companies from Inc. 500|5000 and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Despite the growth, the company--which sells entirely B-to-B--has mostly stayed under the radar in Southern California's technology industry, which has a healthy number of growing (but quiet) enterprise software developers.

 
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Nativo Raises $20M For Native Advertising

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Los Angeles-based Nativo the native advertising technology developer led by Justin Choi, said Tuesday morning that it has raised $20M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Advance Vixeid Partners (AVP), and also included RezVen Partners and the company's other existing investors. Nativo said it will use the new funding to scale its operations. The funding now brings its total raised to $31.2M. The company's prior investors include Greycroft Partners, Signia Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investment, e.ventures, among others. Nativo's software helps integrate advertising into a publisher's website and streams, making the distribution of advertising more like the editorial that a publisher offers -- which results in much greater clickthrough, although the technique is somewhat controversial in that it confuses editorial content and ads with end users.

 
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Inari Medical Finds $12.4M

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Irvine-based medical device developer Inari Medical has raised $12.4M in a Series B funding, the company announced this morning, for its efforts to develop medical devices for the vascular thrombus and emboli. The funding came from Versant Ventures and US Venture Partners, both of which are existing investors in the company. Inari also said tun-named, medical device industry veterans also joined in the round. Inari Medical is led by Bill Hoffman.

 
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Quarterly Gets Funding From Science

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Los Angeles-based subscription box service Quarterly, which develops unique gift boxes every three months from such influencers as Pharrell Williams, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actress Rosario Dawson, has raised a round of funding and connected with Los Angeles-based Science Inc.. Size of the investment was not disclosed. The two said they will also partner to leverage Science's growth engine and business strategy expertise, as well as tap into Science's network of influencers. Quarterly is led by Zach Frechette. Science has extensive experience in the subscription area, with other, subscription-based businesses like Dollar Shave Club, and influencer businesses like HelloSociety.

 
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Semtech Sees First Low Power Networking Chip Deployment

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Camarillo-based Semtech said today that it has seen its first deployment of its low power, wide area networking chipsets in North America, via network-as-a-service provider Senet. According to Semtech, Senet has deployed 50 towers with a network coverage of more than 15,000 square miles, using Semtech's LoRa technology, for an Internet-of-Things application. Semtech's technology is initially being used by a utility delivering propane and heating fuel. The two said the network is now also being aimed at other, Internet-of-Things verticals, such as agriculture, smart parking, building management, supply chain management, water metering, water leak detection, industrial asset tracking and healthcare.

 
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Linksys Ships New High Gain Wi-Fi Antennas

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Irvine-based Linksys, the unit of Belkin which develops home and business networking equipment, said today that it has launched a new, high gain antenna for Wi-Fi networks. The company said its new, dual-band, omni-directional antennas help provide roughly 2 times the performance over stock antennas on most wireless routers. The new antennas--which provider 4dBi gain in 2.4Ghz and 7dBi in 5Ghz--are aimed at use at the edge of Wi-Fi networks, and simply replace a router's existing RP-SMA antenna. The new antennas starat $59.99.

 
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AnaptysBio Names Board Members

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

San Diego-based therapeutic antibody developer AnaptysBio announced this morning that it hass named two new board members. AnaptysBio said it added Hollings Renton--the former CEO and president of Onyx Pharmaceuticals-- and John Schmid--former CFO of Auspex Pharmaceuticals--to add strategic plannning and corporate finance exertise to the company's board. Renton also served at Chiron Corporation, Cetus Corporation, and is currently onn the boards of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Cepheid, and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. Schmid had also served at Trius Therapeutics, GeneFormatics, Endonetics, and is on the baords of Neos Therapeutics and Speak, Inc.

 
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Ixia Expands Board

Monday, June 29, 2015

Calabasas-based Ixia, which provides network and application performance testing hardware and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded its board of directors. The company said that Ilan Daskal, who is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Cepheid, will join the company and head up its audit committee. Daskal also has served as CFO of International Rectifier, and also at Infineon Technologies AG, among other companies.

 
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Cast & Crew Acquired by Silver Lake

Monday, June 29, 2015

Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a provider of technology and payroll services to the entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired by private equity investor Silver Lake. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cast & Crew was owned by ZM Capital, and offers up technology-enabled production accounting and related value-added services to the entertainment industry. Cast & Crew was advised by Moelis & Company LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Sidley Austin LLP in the deal. Silver Lake was represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Debt funding for the deal came from RBC Capital Markets, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities and Societe Generale.

 
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SpaceX Sees Catastrophic Failure As Rocket Explodes On Launch

Monday, June 29, 2015

In a huge blow to what had been an unstoppable local success story, Hawthorne-based rocketship developer SpaceX saw a catastrophic failure on Sunday morning, which resulted in the explosion and destruction of what would have been the seventh mission to resupply the International Space Station.

The SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-7) mission was to have deliver supplies and cargo to the ISS. Instead, the SpaceX vehicle--and its entire payload--exploded only a few minutes after liftoff. SpaceX said its preliminary analysis suggests an "overpressure event" 139 seconds into the flight in the liquid oxygen tank caused the catastrophic failure of its rocket.

The failure is sure to cast a shadow over the plan by SpaceX to deliver astronauts to space, and also is a huge issue for NASA, which has seen three cargo disasters in the last year, including the catastrophic loss of an ISS mission by competitor Orbital Sciences in October and the loss of another ISS-bound supply ship in April.

 
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CapLinked Adds Live Document Editing

Monday, June 29, 2015

Los Angeles-based CapLinked, which develops virtual data room software for managing deals, said last week that it has launched a new, Live Document Editing feature for its software. The company said the new feature lets users update and edit all of their documents while working within the software. CapLinked's software is used to manage and organize due diligence and other deal paperwork for financing and other transactions. CapLinked is backed by FF Angel, Peter Thiel, Siemer Ventures, 500 Startups, 7th Rig, and Subtraction Capital.

 
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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Bolsters Board

Monday, June 29, 2015

Irvine-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named two new members of its board of directors. The company--which is developing treatments for glaucoma--said it has added Julie McHugh and Michael M. du Toit to its board. McHugh was previously COO of Endo Health Solutions, and also served as an executive at Nora Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, and Centocor, and sits on the boards of EPIRUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Xellia Group A/S, Trevena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and ViroPharma, among other organizations. du Toit is President at Everyday Health, and also has served at Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Digitas Health, Razorfish Health, Grey Advertising, TMX Communications, and Ventiv Health Communications, along with Glaxo and Boehringer Ingelheim.

 
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ViaSat Expands Into Government Cybersecurity

Monday, June 29, 2015

Carlsbad-based satellite and wireless broadband technology developer ViaSat said today that it is expanding its business, and has added new cybersecurity services and products aimed at the government. According to ViaSat, it will provide government agencies and military forces with new cybersecurity service and product enhancements, with the aim of protecting and sharing classified data. The new services included vulnerability assessment and remediation; managed security services; government-grade network encryption products; new malicious activity detection; and more.

 
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RealtyMogul Names General Counsel

Monday, June 29, 2015

Los Angeles-based peer-to-peer real estate investment marketplace RealtyMogul.com said today that it has named Ryan Sakamoto a its new, in-house General Counsel. Sakamoto was previously General Counsel and Chief Administrative officer at Wedbush, and has also served at Madison Tyler Holdings. the company said Sakamoto is now responsible for all key legal affairs for the company including investment and securities transactions, contracts and compliance matters.

 
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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recipients announced!

EY is pleased to announce the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Invoca Plans IPO, Hires New CEO

Friday, June 26, 2015

In the latest, Central Coast IPO move, Santa Barbara-based Invoca, a maker of call marketing automation tools, says it is prepping for an IPO in 2017, and has hired a new CEO with experience running two pubicly traded software companies. Invoca said it has named Mark Woodard, who led E2open through its IPO, and was also CEO of Serena Software, as its new CEO. Woodward also served at Legent Corporation, Mcafee, and Oracle. It's been a banner year for Central Coast IPOs and exits, with the high profile IPO last week of Mindbody, an IPO filing earlier this month of Appfolio, and a huge, $1.5 billion acquisition of Lynda.com. Inova has yet to release its finances, but says it has grown its revenues 100 percent year over year, with a growth of over 650 perrcent over the prior three years.

 
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Prevoty Launches New Products For Java, .NET

Friday, June 26, 2015

Los Angeles-based Prevoty, a developer of enterprise security tools, said Thursday that it has rolled out two new products, which plug into apps running on Java and .NET. Prevoty, which is venture backed by US Venture Partners, Plus Capital, MM Capital, Paige Craig, and others, developers cross-site scripting security tools to prevent security breaches in web apps. The startup said the new plug-ins can be added to Java and .NET applications without coding changes, and provide instrumentation for application activity at runtime, to help identify attaks on those applications. The startup is led by Julien Bellanger.

 
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iRise Partners With Tasktop

Friday, June 26, 2015

El Segundo-based iRise, which develops a tool used for visual prototyping of enterprise software applications, has tied with open source software developer Tasktop, the two said this week. Tasktop develops the Eclipse Mylyn open source tool, and also develops software lifecycle management software for the Agile market. Financial details of the OEM partnership were not announced. The two said that the deal will allow iRise to resell and provide support and deployment services for Tasktop's software, and also integrate that software with iRise's platform.

 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tinder Heads Down IPO Path, Albeit With The Rest of Match.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles-based mobile dating app developer Tinder, which is currently owned by IAC, is aiming at an IPO, according to IAC Thursday, although the hot dating app developer will be bundled with the rest of Match.com and IAC's other dating properties. According to IAC, its board approved the pursuit of an IPO of The Match Group, which will include Match, Meetic, and OurTime, and OkCupid, in addition to Tinder. IAC said that The Match Group will continue to be led by Chairman Greg Blatt and CEO Sam Yagan. IAC said that it is planning the IPO for the fourth quarter of this year.

 
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Curbside Plans Expansion To SoCal With On Demand Pickup Service,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On-demand pickup service Curbside, which develops a mobile, on-demand app and associated service that lets users buy products from retailers such as Target and Best Buy, and pick them up later that day, is planning to expand to Southern California. The company announced the plans in conjunction with a new, $25M Series B funding for the company. That round came from Sutter Hill Ventures, along with Index Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and others. Qualcomm Ventures is the venture arm of San Diego's Qualcomm. Curbed did not say where in Southern California it expects to launch first.

 
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