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Orbitera Gets $2M For Cloud Billing, Sales
West Hollywood-based Orbitera, a developer of a cloud-based software product to help companies the sales of cloud-based software and services, including managing leads, trial subscriptions, billing, and operations, has raised $2M in a seed funding round. The company disclosed the funding Thursday. The funding came from Resolute Ventures. Orbitera is led by Marcin Kurc, who had previously been at Amazon Web Services; the company says it was incubated out of software company Boxador Labs.

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Calhoun Vision Finds $69M For Intraocular Lenses
Pasadena-based Calhoun Vision, a company which is developing implantable, light adjusting intraocular lenses used to treat cataract surgery, has raised $69.0M in a funding round, the company said today. The financing was led by Longitude Capital, and also included H.I.G. BioVentures, Balance Point Capital Partners, and RA Capital Management. The company, led by Rick Heinick, says it is developing a light adjustable lens which can be adjusted by physicians following cataract surgery, to adjust th (More info...)

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Early Southern California Technology Pioneer, Gordon Marshall, Passes Away
One of Southern California's very, very early technology pioneers, Gordon Marshall, whose name now graces the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, has passed away at the age of 95 in Pasadena. Marshall founded El Monte-based Marshall Industries, a multi-billion dollar electronics distributor which is now part of Avnet. Marshall founded Marshall Industries in 1953. Marshall Industries was sold to Avnet in 1999. USC named its business school after Gordon Marshall in 199 (More info...)

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NantHealth In Precision Medicine Deal In London
Los Angeles-based NantHealth, the personalized medicine effort which is one of the companies run by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it is deploying its platform in London, with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust . The two said they are working together on precision medicine efforts for cancer patients, using NantHealth's software to help manage cancer care. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. The two are using genetic sequencing and (More info...)

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Advantage Sales and Marketing Buys Atlas Technology Group
Irvine-based sales and marketing company Advantage Sales & Marketing said late Wednesday that it has acquired Atlas Technology Group>, a technology company which develops applications for helping retailers improve their product sales in stores. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Atlas Technology Group helps retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers improve their product sales in stores. Advanced Sales and Marketing is led by Tanya Domier.

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Mojix Acquires TierConnect
Los Angeles-based Mojix, the developer of RFID-based wireless sensors, said it has acquired TierConnect, which develops connected enterprise applications. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. TierConnect was based in Michigan. Mojix said that it will add over 100 software engineers to the company as part of the acquisition, including TierConnect's two founders, Gus Rivera and Terrence Crown. Mojix is led by Ramin Sadr. The two companies said they have been jointly deploying their produ (More info...)

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CallFire's FireText Integrates with Freshdesk
FireText, the UK-based SMS marketing service whici s now owned by Santa Monica--based CallFire, said this week that it has integrated its software for customer support software provider Freshdesk, allowing companies to interact with their customers via texting. FireText said the integration allows companies to add text message to their customer service efforts, letting them update, notify, and stay in touch with customers via SMS. FireText says it already offers up similar texting support integr (More info...)

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