Los Angeles Business Journal


Silicon Beach Report Dec. 8: Sean Rad to Step Down as Tinder CEO, Become Head of Match Group M&A Firm

Sean Rad to step down as Tinder CEO to become head of Match Group M&A firm, Honest Co. to cut 14 percent of staff, and Hulu launches multiple user profiles.

Goldhirsh Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to 12 L.A.-Area Organizations

The Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge Tuesday, a $1 million grant competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The 12 winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to implement projects in 2017 designed around themes that make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

New Form Studio Raises $18 Million

Santa Monica entertainment studio New Form Productions announced Thursday it has raised $18 million in a Series B round of funding from ITV and Discovery Communications Inc.

Industrial Redo Aims to Snag Logistics Company

Industrial landlords near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are beginning to upgrade their facilities to meet the increasingly heavy demands of e-commerce. In Compton, PGIM Real Estate just completed a four-month, multimillion renovation on its Dominguez Hills Industrial Center, which sits on nearly 5 1/2 acres. The biggest transformation to the 34-year-old property was scraping away 10,000 square feet of offices to expand the truck yard - crucial to attract logistics companies.

Sean Rad to Step Down as Tinder CEO to Lead M&A

Tinder Chief Executive Sean Rad will step down from his role as the company’s chief executive to lead Swipe Ventures, a Match Group accelerator and acquisition vehicle.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 7: Emcore Corp. Shares Rise More Than 30 Percent

Emcore Corp. shares rise more than 30 percent, SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch until early January, Barstool Sports signs deal with Sirius for daily satellite radio show, and more.

Lynwood Becomes First Local City to Allow Commercial Marijuana Cultivation and Manufacturing

The Lynwood City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday evening that allows commercial marijuana cultivation and manufacturing in the city.

Emcore Corp. Shares Rise More Than 30 Percent

Emcore Corp. shares soared by more than 30 percent on Wednesday to close at $8.45 after posting stronger-than-expected revenue totals for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

Debra Wong Yang a Potential Trump Pick for SEC Chair

Los Angeles could be sending another local player to join Donald Trump’s nascent presidential administration. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Trump was considering Debra Wong Yang, a partner at downtown’s Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to chair of the Security and Exchange Commission.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: J2 Global Acquires Everyday Health for $465M

J2 Global acquires Everyday Health for $465 million, Aerovironment charger is official accessory to Chevy Bolt EV, and Heal Adds Dick Gephardt to board.

Arts District Recycling Yard Sells for $10 Million

A former cardboard recycling yard in downtown’s Arts District sold last week for more than double the price it fetched just two years ago, a sign of quickly rising land values in a fast-developing market. Vancouver-based Onni Group purchased the 38,266-square-foot site in an off-market deal on November 11 for just over $10 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. In 2014, Core Development picked up the plot for just $3.9 million, according to public records.

Solace Capital Closes $576 Million Fund

Solace Capital Partners announced the closing of its first fund, a $576 million investment vehicle, Monday. The West Los Angeles private equity outfit, which was formed in 2014, has already put $120 million into five different companies, according to a statement. The firm focuses on control investing in distressed assets and over leveraged companies in the middle and lower market.

Cadiz Closes Public Offering; Raises $10.6 Million in Working Capital

Cadiz Inc., the Los Angeles company that’s trying to build a water storage and conveyance project in the Mojave Desert, announced Tuesday that it has closed a public offering that netted $10.6 million in working capital. Separately, the company announced a refinancing of $43 million in senior debt that extends the maturity date two years until September 2019.

Report: Steady Job Growth on Tap for L.A. County

Slow but steady will rule when it comes to job growth in L.A. County over the next six years, according to a forecast released Monday by Beacon Economics.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Snapchat Avoids Fake News with Editorial Team

Snapchat avoids fake news with editorial team, Atom Tickets adds famous film makers to advisory board, and domain registry company XYZ gets permission to sell domains in China.

Domain Registry Company XYZ Gets Permission to Sell Domains in China

Domain registry company XYZ Inc. has been granted permission by the Chinese government to sell its dot-xyz domain suffix in China, potentially opening up a huge market to the Santa Monica startup. XYZ has sold more than 6 million dot-xyz domains globally. About 2 million of those domains were registered in China with tentative permission from the Chinese government. The firm has exclusive rights from Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, a Marina del Rey nonprofit that administers and manages domain names, to sell the dot-xyz domain.

11 L.A. Companies Earn Recognition for LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has ranked 11 companies in Los Angeles a perfect 100 for their LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies in the latest 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Some Los Angeles companies which earned the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” included American Apparel, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Mattel Inc. The civil rights organization, which aims to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, ranked 887 national companies in this year’s CEI, 123 of which are headquartered in California. Of those, 70 California companies earned perfect scores of 100.

Report Says SoCal Construction Still Faces Problems

Construction is booming in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Downtown towers are sprouting up left and right, a new $1.5 billion bridge spanning the mouth of the Los Angeles River at the Port of Long Beach is taking shape, and a $2.6 billion football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams broke ground last month in Inglewood. But a new report by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., “Building the Future: Construction in Southern California,” says the region still hasn’t fully recovered from the recession and that the construction industry faces a challenging regulatory environment and high costs.

Judge Amends Ruling, Adds Attorneys’ Fees in Real Estate Spat

After ruling last month that Santa Monica developer Neil Shekhter forged documents in a dispute over a joint property venture, a judge Friday ordered the real estate mogul to cede all control of the projects to AEW Capital Management. The nine properties at issue in the dispute include Luxe apartment developments in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Culver City. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzane Bruguera also handed AEW’s attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher more than $6 million in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Hospitality Firm SBE Officially Acquires Morgans Hotel Group

Los Angeles hospitality firm SBE Entertainment Group completed a $82 million acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the New York City company behind iconic hotel brands such as the Delano in Miami Beach and West Hollywood’s Mondrian, SBE announced on Dec. 1. SBE, which owns the SLS hotel chain that includes hotels in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, will now have 22 hotels internationally and be worth around $805 million. The deal was originally announced in May.