Friday, May 26, 2017

Yardi Launches New SEO/SEM Marketing Service

Friday, May 26, 2017

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, the developer of property management software, has launched a new property marketing service, which includes search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), and enhanced online listings on Yardi's RENTCafe service. According to Yardi, the new RENTCafe Reach residential property management service is designed to attract prospects to multifamily properties. Pricing on the new service was not announced.

 
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LogicMonitor Names Sales VP

Friday, May 26, 2017

Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor said Thursday that it has named Michael Tarbet as its new Vice President of Sales. Tarbet previously served at such companies as UnboundID, RightNow Technologies, and Oracle. LogicMonitor is a developer of cloud-based, performance monitoring software for IT infrastructure. The company is backed by Providence Equity Partners.

 
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The Rogue Initiative Raises Series A Funding

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hollywood-based The Rogue Initiative, a new virtual reality content and production studio, said it has raised a Series A funding round. The company did not say how much was raised, only that it was a "seven figure" amount. The funding came from CBT Capital Limited, a Chinese media fund. According to The Rogue Initiative, the funding will go towards development or original traditional and immersive film and television projects. The company said it has a partnership with Michael Bay, the director of Transformers, to develop original entertainment, and is advised by Matthew Cohan (Bay Films), Cliff Plumer (THE VOID), Cody Simms (Executive Director at Techstars), and Ryan Wang (Outpost Capital). The company is led by co-founder and CEO Pete Blumel.

 
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Tensorcom Gets Wi-Fi Alliance Certification

Friday, May 26, 2017

San Diego-based Tensorcom, a developer of ultra low power 802.11ad WiGig semiconductors--which is backed by NantWorks and LA biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong--said this week that it has certified its products under the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig certification. Tensorcom certified its TC60G1316UE System-In-Package (SIP), a systems-on-a-chip which brings gigabit wireless connectivity to low power devices. The company says its systems-on-a-chip product is aimed at use in embedded devices, accessories, and portable products.

 
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vinny Smith's Toba Capital Gets Exit At Codenvy

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toba Capital, the venture capital investment firm founded by Quest Software's Vinny Smith, has scored another exit, this time at San Francisco-based cloud applications tool developer Codenvy. Red Hat said this morning that it has acquired Codenvy, but did not disclosed financial details of the acquisition. Codenvy was backed by both Auriga Partners and Toba Capital, and had raised less than $10M in funding since it was founded in 2013. Vinny Smith founded Toba Capital in Aliso Viejo, after selling Quest Sofware to Dell Software in $2.4 billion in 2012.

 
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Chef'D Gets $10M From Campbell's Soup For Meal Kits

Thursday, May 25, 2017

El Segundo-based Chef'D, which provides over 500 different meal kits for delivery to consumers, without a subscription, has raised $10M in a Series B funding, the company disclosed this week. The funding came from m Campbell's Soup Co. and FreshDirect. Chef'D send personalized recommendations on meals, based on a questionnaire and personal needs, and sends those ingredients pre-portioned in an insulated box to users for cooking at home.

 
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Faraday Future Seeking $1 Billion

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Los Angeles-based electric vehicle maker Faraday Future is looking to raise $1 billion in new capital, as its main backer--billionaire Jia Yueting--apparently has run out of capital to invest in the company, according to a report from Bloomberg today. The report says Faraday Future has been talking with sovereign wealth funds in hopes of raising that billion dollars, as Yueting, the founder of troubled television maker LeEco, has run into a major cash crunch. Yueting reportedly has invested more than $300M in Faraday Future. Faraday Future has been struggling with multiple lawsuits over unpaid bills, recently cancelled plans for a manufacturing plant in California, after halting work on a plant in Las Vegas in November. For its part, Yueting's LeEco is cutting 325 employees--the bulk of its U.S. workforce--in a major retrenchment for the company's expansion into the U.S....

 
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Rocket Lab Reaches Space

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Huntington Beach-basd Rocket Lab, a startup developing small satellite launch vehicles, says it successfully launched its first Electron rocket into space. The company said it reached space a 16:23 New Zeland time, after a launch from a location on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Rocket Labs, led by CEO and co-founder Peter Beck, has been building a small rocket specifically for use as a private orbital launch vehicle. Rocket Lab is now officially the second, private space rocket startup in the Los Angeles area to reach space, joining space rocket veteran SpaceX. Rocket Lab said, despite the success in reaching space, its rocket did fail to reach orbit. The company said it is investigating those issues.

 
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Inseego's Novatel Wireless Sales Saga Continues

Thursday, May 25, 2017

San Diego-based Inseego, which develops telematics and fleet management products, gave an update to its sale of Novatel Wireless to Chinese company Jade Ocean Global Limited, a subsidiary of T.C.L. Industries Holdings (H.K.) Limited this morning, with more news of delays in getting the deal approved. Inseego said that the parties in the transaction were informed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United State (CFIUS) that the 30-day review period has been extended into an investigation period which may last up to 45 days. Inseego--which was formerly known as Novatel Wireless--agreed in November of 2016 to sell off its MiFi business (now Novatel Wireless) to Jade Ocean Global Limited. However, the company has been stymied in CFIUS review both with the current, as well as past U.S. presidential administrations, with multipe resubmissions of the deal to the Committee.

 
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Wemo To Connect To Apple HomeKit

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Playa Vista-based Wemo, the smart home products brand which is owned by Belkin International, announced this morning that it will be connecting its products to Apple's HomeKit. The connection allows Wemo users to control their systems using Siri on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. According to Belkin, the new connection will come via the Wemo Bridge for HomeKit, which it says will ship in the fall. The new device connects to any home Wi-fi router via an Ethernet cable, and provides HomeKit integration with Wemo's smart plugs and light switches. Pricing on the new product was not announced. Wemo said the new product will roll out later this fall.

 
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Maxwell Shuffles Board Chair

Thursday, May 25, 2017

an Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, which develops capacitive energy storage and other related products, said that its Chairman, David Schlotterbeck, has decided to resign. The company said Scholtterbeck resigned "for personal reasons", and the Chairman role has been given to Steven Bilodeau.

 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Circle Media Gets $10M For Connected Device Management

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cypress, California- and Portland, Oregon-based Circle Media has raised $10M for a gadget--called the Circle with Disney--which helps parents manage the content and Internet use of their families. The Series A funding was led by Relay Ventures. Circle's product connects to a home's Wi-Fi network, and lets parents identify what devices (including smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles) have access to the Internet, and lets those parents control what kinds of content can be accessed via those devices, what time they can be used, and even be used to entirely pause the Internet access of a household. The device can even set a per-person limit on access to specific applications--for example, limits on Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter. Lance Charlish is CEO of Circle.

 
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Factual Snags Marketing Exec From Telesign

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Los Angeles-based mobile location data provider Factual announced on Wednesday that it has named Brian Czarny as its new SVP of Marketing. Czarny was most recently SVP of Marketing at Telesign, and also has served as VP of Marketing and Product at Symplified, in addition to stints at Webroot and MessageLabs. Czarny is also a mentor at Techstars. The hire comes just a few weeks after TeleSign was acquired by BICS in a $230M deal.

 
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Resolve Systems Acquired By Insight Venture Partners

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Irvine-based Resolve Systems, which develops enterprise incident response and automation software for the cybersecurity, IT, and network operations markets, has been acquired by Insight Venture Partners. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. The companies said on Wednesday that Resolve Systems was advised by Pacific Crest Securities, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. in the deal. Resolve Systems is led by CEO Martin Savitt.

 
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Disney Accelerator Link Pays Off Again With Lightning McQueen Toy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A link, first forged at the Disney Accelerator in Burbank, has paid off for robotic toy developer Sphero, with another Disney-themed toy for the Disney Accelerator graduate. Sphero has rolled out a new, robotic toy, the Ultimate Lightning McQueen race car, a smartphone-controlled, animatronic, talking toy based on the Disney charger of the same name. The new robotic car, which costs $299.99, features animated eyes and mouth, a "emotive" suspension which mimics the movements of the Disney Cars' character, and can even follow "scripts" to re-enact scenes from the movie. The Ultimate Lightning McQueen will even sit and watch the Disney-Pixar Cars movie, and make comments in real time on movie scenes. The car is a continued result of a link first forged in Burbank between Disney and Sphero, which was a participant in the company's first accelerator program, which was being run at the time by Techstars. The introduction between Sphero and Disney's Bob Iger resulted in the immensely successful BB-8 robotic toy built by Sphero.

 
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Sonos Suggests Ways To Battle "Sonos Rage" At Work

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Santa Barbara-based whole home music systems developer Sonos, battling reports of "Sonos rage" in offices which have installed its systems, released a list of ground rules for using its systems in office workspaces on Tuesday. The company's systems, which were originally designed for use in a home, apparently have become popular in work settings, leading to (not unpredictably) conflicts over musical styles and tastes, plus people forcing their favorite tracks into the play queue. A recent article said those Sonos systems can either create a fun company culture, or workplace hell..

 
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PodSearch Takes On Podcast Discovery

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, PodSearch, is hoping to connect listeners with new podcasts, through a new interactive, online directory. According to PodSearch, it now offers up a website and app that lets listeners discover podcasts that reflect their personal interests, and helps them keep up with new podcasts. The new service lets users search for podcasts by keyword, and also lets users browse podcasts by category, although searches on the website did not appear to be working as of launch time, and categorized listings require a user account to access. The CEO of PodSearch is Dave Newmark.

 
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Fetch Aims Software At Veterinarians

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Irvine-based Fetch, a new software platform aimed at veterinary practices, said it has launched, aimed at helping veterinarians with managing their businesses and communicating with clients. According to the new service, it is looking to replace "antiquated" systems that veterinarians use to remind pet owners of routine care such as wellness exams and vaccinations. Fetch appears to be a new line of business for Irvine-based PrescribeWellness, which recently has been developing a product aimed at the veterinary industry.

 
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Jam City Rolls Out Cookie Jam Sequel, Cookie Jam Blast

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer Jam City has rolled out a sequel this morning to its immensely popular game Cookie Jam, called Cookie Jam Blast. According to Jam City, the new title launches as the original Cookie Jam has just passed 100 million downloads. The new title, which runs on iOS and Android, is a free-to-play, match-3 mobile puzzle game centered on "Chef Panda" and a "quest to become the best patissier in the world."

 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HubHaus $1.4M To Match Professionals With Shared Housing In LA

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HubHaus, a startup which operates an online marketplace which lets people find shared housing with people with similar professional and other interests, has raised $1.4M in a seed funding round, the company disclosed this week. The company currently offers up its service only in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The funding was led by General Catalyst Partners. HubHaus--which shows locations right now in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Glendale, and Pasadena--matches up applicants for its houses with others with similar professions and personal interests. HubHaus is based in the Bay Area.

 
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Mindbody Plans To Raise $120M In Secondary Offering

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

San Luis Obispo-based software maker Mindbody said on Tuesday that it plans to launch a secondary offering, selling 4,400,000 shares of its stock, or approximately $120M. The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Market as MB. The offering comes two years after the IPO of the company. Mindbody is a developer of cloud-based software, used by spas and other health and wellness businesses manage appointment bookings and clients.

 
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HIPPEAS Picks Up Funding Round From Leonardo DiCaprio, Others

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Los Angeles-based natural snack food company HIPPEAS, which makes organic snack food made out of chickpeas, has raised a round of equity funding, the company announced on Tuesday. The funding came from Strand Equity Partners and Leonardo DiCaprio. Size of the funding was not announced. HIPPEAS was founded by CEO Livio Bisterzo. The company says its revenues are on track to more than triple this year, but it did not disclose any financial details on those revenues. HIPPEAS says its snacks are currently sold at Starbucks, Whole Foods, Wegmans, Albertson's, Safeway, Boots, Waitrose, Amazon.com, and elsewhere.

 
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Embrace.io Raises $2.5M For Mobile Performance Feedback

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Los Angeles-based Embrace.io, which is developing software to help provide performance feedback for mobile apps, is announcing this morning that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Eniac Ventures, and also included The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures and BoxGroup, plus the founders of Burstly / Testflight and Parse. Embrace.io's co-founder and CEO is Eric Futoran. The company says its software is available to developers in limited release today. Embrace.io says its software helps developers diagnose issues that disrupt the mobile experience of users--not just crashes--including when apps freeze, abruptly close, are frustratingly slow to navigate, or the dreaded "endless spinner." Futoran is a co-founder of Scopely.

 
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Interview with Jonathan Zweig, AppOnboard

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our interview this morning is with Jonathan Zweig, the CEO of Los Angeles-based AppOnboard (www.apponboard.com), which has created software which allows mobile app developers--and in particular, mobile game developers--to create demos of those games which can be played without having to download and install those apps. Jonathan, who was Founding CEO and President of AdColony (which sold to Opera for $350 Million in June of 2014), also told us why he got back in the startup game, even though he could be just sitting on a beach in Bali after his prior success.


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Jonathan Zweig: The main goal of AppOnboard, is to put the discovery mechanisms for the App Store on their head. Traditionally, the way that app developers get downloads for their apps is through banners, interstitials, and even videos--something we pioneered at AdColony many years ago. The only problem with that, is the type of user that ends up downloading the app tens to be a very poor quality user. Usually, it's someone with just curiosity about the app, and the advertisers will pay several dollars for that download, only to have the user just delete the app, without having ever played it or even gotten through a tutorial. What we have done, is we take a part of the game out of the app, and put that on the other side of the fence of the App Store, so the first experience they get with the app is essentially a demo....

 
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Carpe Data Finds $6.6M

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Santa Barbara-based Carpe Data, a new startup developing predictive data software for the insurance industry, has raised $6.6M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG). Carpe Data is led by Max Drucker. According to the company, the new funding will go towards sales and product development. Drucker was previously co-founder of Social Intelligence, and also co-founded Steel Card, an enterprise software company focused on software, which was sold to ChoicePoint in August of 2006.

 
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TP Therapeutics Raises $45M

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm TP Therapeutics announced this morning that it has raised $45M in a Series C funding round. Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), OrbiMed Advisors, LLC, and S.R. One, Limited co-led the round, and also included Cormorant Asset Management and SV Tech Ventures. Hongbo Lu of Lilly Asia Ventures, and Simeon J. George of S.R. One both join the company's board as part of the funding. TP Therapeutics is developing treatments for patients with oncology drug resistance.

 
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NantHealth Snags COO From BlackBerry

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Culver City-based personalized medicine developer NantHealth announced this morning that it has appointed Ronald A. Louks as its Chief Operating Officer. Louks was most recently President of Devices & Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry Limited, and also had been CEO of OpenNMS Group. Louks also served as Chief Strategy Officer for HTC Corporation, in addition to having been CO at Sony Ericsson. NantHealth is led by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.

 
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EDF Renewable Services, 3M In Wind Turbine Deal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Services, a provider of third-party renewable operations and maintenance services for the energy industry, has joined with 3M, in a deal to install wind turbine enhancements in the U.S. The two said that EDF Renewable Services will install 3M's Wind Vortex Generators on wind turbines in the collaboration. 3M's wind vortex generators are small attachments installed on wind turbine blades, which improve a turbine's performance, loads, and service life. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

 
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Avery Dennison Buys Finesse Medical

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glendale-based Avery Dennison announced this morning that it has acquired Finesse Medical Ltd., an Irish company which develops products use for wound care and skin condition management. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Finesse Medical is based in Longford, Ireland. The company develops silicone gels and polyurethane foam dressings used for wound care. Avery Dennison said that Finesse Medical had revenues of approximately 15 million Euros last year.

 
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ViaSat Selected By Icelandair

Monday, May 22, 2017

Carlsbad-based satellite internet provider ViaSat is powering high-speed, Internet streaming for Icelandair, Icelandair said this morning. According to Icealdnair and Viasat, Icelandair will provider in-flight connectivity and internet streaming services on its transatlantic flights, across Icelandair's fleet of 16 Boeing 737MAX aircraft. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. ViaSat said Icelandair will use its new Gen-2, KA-band in-flight internet system, using both its ViaSat-2 satellite network covering North America and the Atlantic Ocean, and the European KA-SAT network, which is partly owned by ViaSat through a European joint venture with Eutelsat.

 
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MabVax Therapeutics Raises $4.1M In PIPE

Monday, May 22, 2017

San Diego-based MabVax Therapeutics has raised $4.1M in a Series G funding round, the company announced this morning, in a public offering of common stock and Series G Preferred stock. The company said that OPKO Health and its CEO and Chairman participated in the offering. MabVax is developing antibody-based products for treating cancer, and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ as MBVX.

 
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NantKwest Names VP Of Adult Medical Affairs

Monday, May 22, 2017

Culver City-based immunotherapy developer NantKwest, which is led by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, said last week that it has named John Lee, MD FACS, as Senior Vice President fo Adult Medical Affair. According to NantKwest, Lee will oversee regulatory strategy for clinical trials, medical writing and translation of pre-clinical science into the development of new trials. Lee is Co-Director of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Medicine, and has been a surgical oncologist with Sanford Health since 2008.

 
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Webspectator Names CEO

Monday, May 22, 2017

Santa Monica-based Webspectator, the operator of a real-time Internet advertising market, has named Andy Batkin as its CEO. Batkin has served as CEO of Social Summits, a digital and social media consultancy, and also served at TVPlus, Prolink Media, and Interactive Marketing. Batkin replaces former CEO Andrew Parreira.

 
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Activision, Razer, Bungie Tie On Destiny 2 Peripherals

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gaming accessory maker Razer, game studio Bungie, and Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said last week that Razer will release a suite of Destiny 2-themed products, including a mouse, keyboard, headset, and mouse mat. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Razer said it will launch the Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse, Ornata Chroma keyboard, ManO'War Tournament Edition headset and Goliathus Speed mouse mat, all as part of the deal. Destiny 2 is published and distributed by Activision.

 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Hulu Inks Exclusive Streaming VOD For ABC's Fresh Off the Boat

Friday, May 19, 2017

Los Angeles-based Hulu has inked an exclusive, streaming video-on-demand deal for the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, Hulu said on Friday. According to Hulu, all past episodes of the series are now available for exclusive streaming on Hulu. The deal also calls for future episodes to stream the day after they air on ABC. Terms of the licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution were not announced. Fresh Off the Boat features an all-Asian American cast, with Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen. Hulu says it now has exclusive streaming deals on such titles as Empire, The Last Man on Earth, Black-ish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs and Homeland.

 
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