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Cal State LA Awarded Nearly $1M to Increase Data Access for L.A. City Residents

California State University Los Angeles has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase data accessibility and promote civic engagement among students and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles, the university announced Oct. 18.

FactoryFour Raises $5M in Venture Capital Funding

Manufacturing software maker FactoryFour, which recently opened a new Culver City office, received a $5 million round of funding led by Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm August Capital, with participation from Refactor Capital.

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Stem Cell Agency Awards $11 Million to SoCal Researchers to Fight Disease

The state stem cell agency on Oct. 18 awarded $11 million to Los Angeles research hospitals and universities to study regenerative treatments for disease.

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ProducePay Raises $14 Million Series B Round

Glendale-based Produce Pay Inc., a company that provides short-term financing for farmers raised a $14 million Series B round.

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MUFG Union Bank Expands Middle Market Capabilities With Intrepid Investment Acquisition

Los Angeles-based Intrepid Investment Bankers, a regional middle market investment banking firm involved in providing merger and acquisition and capital raising services, was acquired by San Francisco-based MUFG Union Bank, the two companies announced.

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Xprize Names Anousheh Ansari Chief Executive

Playa Vista-based Xprize Foundation Inc. on Oct. 18 named technology entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari is its new chief executive.

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Digital Radio Station Dash Raises $4.9 Million

Los Angeles digital radio platform Dash Radio Inc. has raised $4.9 million in equity securities, according to an Oct. 18 Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: Activision’s Record-Breaking $500M Opening

Activision’s new game has a $500-million opening; Ticketmaster acquires blockchain startup; Bird’s new service could bypass city regulations.

Tastemade Raises $35 Million in Latest Funding Round

Tastemade, a Santa Monica-based digital video company raised $35 million in a Series E round, the company announced Oct. 17.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Jonathan Zucker

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Jonathan Zucker is the Head of the Capital Markets Group at Intrepid.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Charlie Woo

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Charlie Woo is a managing director and head of the Regional Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Eric Winthrop

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Eric Winthrop is the head of Houlihan Lokey’s Liability Management and Special Situations practice.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Cary H. Thompson

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Cary Thompson is Executive Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: George Swain

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George Swain is the founder and CEO of GeorgeSwain Investments (GSI).

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Duane K. Stullich

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Duane Stullich is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of FocalPoint Partners, a leading investment bank with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

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Report: L.A. City Economy Boomed in 2017

The Los Angeles city economy boomed last year, registering more than 2 percent job growth over the previous year, a 25 percent jump in the valuation of building permits and a 7.5 percent increase in business gross receipts taxes, according to a report released Oct. 17 from Beacon Economics.

Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Matthew Spain

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Matthew Spain is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Industrial Technology Investment Banking with B. Riley FBR, Inc.

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Rajesh Sood

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Rajesh Sood is Managing Partner and one of the founders of FocalPoint Partners

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Influential Investment Bankers in Los Angeles: Aaron Solganick

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Aaron Solganick is a high energy and experienced technology investment banker with an entrepreneurial spirit.

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SCE Fined $8M for Alleged Safety Violations Uncovered After Fallen Powerline Incident

State regulators announced Oct. 16 that they have fined Southern California Edison $8 million for alleged safety violations uncovered after a 2015 fallen powerline incident in the Mojave Desert community Twentynine Palms.

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