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  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    inviteUP: Moving Mobile Dating Beyond Endless Texting Into Real Life Dates

    If you've ever used one of the more popular, mobile dating apps, you are probably used to the endless, back-and-forth texting that occurs when everyone is sizing each other up and deciding if they do, or do not, want to actually go on a date. That delay can be extremely frustrating to both men and women interested in truly connecting with each other, but who just don't know how. Los Angeles-based InviteUP (www.inviteup....Continue →

  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    Clutter Expands On Demand Storage Into New York City

    Los Angeles-based on-demand, self storage startup Clutter, which has been running in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County, has expanded to the East Coast, saying this week that it has begun offering up its services in New York. The startup, which is led by Brian Thomas, offers up a smartphone driven way to store your excess "stuff", letting users request storage of items, which are cataloged, packed, and taken away to storage, and can be requested at any time....Continue →

  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    The Language Express Gets SBIR Grant

    Encinitas-based The Language Express, which develops web-based, educational software, said Thursday that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. The SBIR Phase I award will go towards developing digital content, to help educate and prepare young adults for their future in the workforce and everyday life. Size of the grant was not announced by the company....Continue →

  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    Vrse Finds Funding For Virtual Reality Content

    Los Angeles-based Vrse, a new virtual reality content company, said Thursday that it has raised a round of funding, and appointed Drew Larner as Chief Operating Officer. Vrse said it received the seed funding round earlier in the year, from Andreessen Horowitz, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Raine Ventures, WME, Live Nation, Vice Media, Marker LLC., Tribeca Enterprises, Annapurna Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and Elisabeth Murdoch's Freelands Ventures....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Newegg Courts Gamers With Deals, Prizes

    Los Angeles-based online electronics and technology retailer Newegg is targeting video game enthusiasts this month, with a number of deals and giveaways, the company said Thursday....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Renovate America Raises $90M For Energy Saving Financing

    San Diego-based Renovate America has raised $90M in an equity financing round, from Silver Lake Kraftwerk, DFJ Growth, and others, the company disclosed Thursday. The company helps arrange finacing for residential, clean energy projects, working with local governments on property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for those projects. Renovate America has previously received funding from Valor Equity Partners....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Snapchat's Latest Product: Playing Cards?

    In what might be the most unusual product to come out of Venice-based Snapchat, the company appears to have issued its own line of playing cards to inspire people to post Snaps of themselves on the service. Snapchat's official Twitter account tweeted out a link to the Official Snapchat Playing Cards, sold by Snapchat Inc. and fulfilled by, a standard deck of cards with an attached list of instructions for the game "SnapKings"....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    General Assembly Raises $70M More

    General Assembly, the co-working and education startup which is extremely active in the Los Angeles area, has raised $70M in a new funding round. The funding came from Advance Publications and Wellington Capital Management, and also included the company's existing investors, IVP, Learn Capital, Maveron, Rethink Education, WTI, and others....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Elcelyx Therapeutics Gets $40M For Diabetes Treatment

    San Diego-based Elcelyx Therapeutics, which is developing treatents for type 2 diabetes, said this morning that it has raised $40M in a Series E funding round. The funding came from new investor Sailing Capital, Clough Capital Partners, as well as existing investors Morgenthaler Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Technology Partners, and GSM Fund LLC....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Super League Gaming Ties With STEAM:CODERS On Minecraft League

    Santa Monica-based Super League Gaming, the startup which it turning playing Minecraft and other videogames into social events at local theaters, has tied with Pasadena nonprofit STEAM:CODERS, to offer up an after-school, Minecraft League to its members and local schools. According to the two, the deal will help bring excited kids into Super League Gaming theater arenas....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Fisker Automotive Becomes Karma Automotive

    Costa Mesa-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, now under new ownership, said Wednesday that it has changed its name to Karma Automotive. According to the company, the name change is aimed at communicating the change to the company's ownership, its new management team, and its new production site in California. Karma Automotive is now owned by Chinese automotive firm Wanxiang Group, which acquired Fisker out of bankruptcy in 2014....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015

    San Diego Startup Plans New Video-Based Dating App

    San Diego-based Wyldfire, which develops online dating apps, said today that it plans on launching a new, video-focused dating app it says avoids the "hook-up" culture of current dating apps. The company said its new app, Heartbeat, will launch in November, but will be different from current apps in that a "team of girls" must pre-approve guys who join the app, and that only the females on the app can initiate video chats with others....Continue →

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