Meg Whitman tapped as chief executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo; Snap’s VP of product to leave company; and SpaceX conducts Falcon Heavy static fire test.
Silicon Beach Report Jan 23: Esports One Raises $3 Million to Help Viewers Make Sense of E-sports Competitions
Esports One raises $3 million to help viewers make sense of e-sports competitions; Snapchat to let users share content on other social networks; and Boring Co. pitches Culver City Council on tunneling plan.
PacketFabric raises $25 million from NantCaptial, SpaceX Falcon Heavy testing delayed by government shutdown and organic perfumer Skylar Body raises $3 million.
Snap lays off two dozen employees; Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg leaving in March; and California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission.
L.A. among the finalists for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; Jam City develops ‘Harry Potter’ game; and Apple leases 128,000 square feet in Culver City.
Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters.
Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure.
Silicon Beach Report Jan. 16: Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable
Google to connect Latin America and Los Angeles with new undersea cable; Snapchat content execs talk app redesign and push into scripted programming; and Lockheed Martin exec hints that SR-72 might be built already.
Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey won’t seek re-election to Disney board; Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft; and safety panel raises concerns about SpaceX’s Falcon 9
Snapchat’s big redesign rated negatively by 83 percent of reviews; Pentagon refuses to answer questions about failed $1 billion Zuma satellite launch; and The IMDb Show launched.
Venture capital investment to L.A. region falls again; Internet Brands to acquire lawyer search website Avvo; and SpaceX delays commercial crew test flights to latter half of 2018.
Internet Brands has reached an agreement to acquire Avvo Inc., an online directory of law firms and legal services, for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release.
Overwatch League-Twitch deal worth at least $90 million; artificial intelligence startup Oben raises $10 million; and Survios to open virtual-reality arcade in Torrance.
Silicon Beach Report Jan. 9: Tesla Hits the Roof; NASA to Collect Earth Science Data; and Eastman Kodak Gets Into Cryptocurrency
Electric car company Tesla has begun to install its first solar roof tiles for customers who placed reservations beginning last May. NASA has a new pilot program to gather Earth science data. And Eastman Kodak is introducing its own digital currency as part of the launch of a platform for photographers looking to license their photos.
Santa Monica’s Pontifax AgTech led the second closing of a $9.5 million Series B round in Denver agricultural technology company Inocucor Corp., the companies announced Jan. 8.