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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 16: Sony Skipping E3

SpaceX launches communications satellite; Sony bows out of E3 but Activision and Warner Bros. are in; Boring Co. accused of withholding tunnel information

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 15: Snap Subpoenaed

SpaceX internet satellites approved; WeRecover gains $2 million; Snap complies with request for IPO details

Greycroft Partners Leads $20 Million Seed Round for Emerge

Bi-coastal venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, which has offices in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, announced Nov. 15 it led a $20 million seed round for shipping logistics management firm Emerge, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 14: $165 Million for ServiceTitan

Netflix tries mobile-only subscription; Snapchat drops prices for AR ads; ServiceTitan brings total funding to $326 million

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 13: LA Out in Amazon HQ Bid

Google opens office doors to historic Playa Vista office; SpaceX honors first African-American NASA trainee; LAEDC predicts prosperity without Amazon

Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov. 12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 12: Musk, Garcetti Chat Boring Co. Projects

Elon Musk talks sewage and other Boring application with Eric Garcetti; Vertebrae launches AR platform for e-tailers; Wii users will have to look elsewhere for Netflix

Car-Share Startup HyreCar Report Q3 Revenue Up 224 Percent to $2.7 M

HyreCar Inc., a downtown Los Angeles-based company allowing prospective ride-share drivers to temporarily lease vehicles from dealerships, announced Nov. 8 its third-quarter revenue grew 224 percent to $2.7 million over last year.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 9: Activision Blizzard Announces Third Quarter Earnings

SpaceX requests lower launch threshold; Activision nets $1.7 billion third quarter revenues; Tastemade to release a book

Freezer Burn: Halo Top Creamery No. 1 Fastest Growing for Second Straight Year

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

Halo Top Creamery tops fastest growing companies list for second straight year.

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RingDNA Raises $30 Million Venture Round

Investors include Kobe Bryant fund and Palisades Growth Capital

Kobe Bryant’s investment fund helps make RingDNA’s venture round a slam dunk.

ZipRecruiter Turns to Silicon Valley Talent

TECHNOLOGY: Execs from Facebook, LinkedIn

ZipRecruiter looks to Silicon Valley to fill leadership posts.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 8: Cornerstone Acquires Grovo Learning for $24M

Branson and Lloyd replaced at Virgin Hyperloop; Defy Media Folds; Grovo Learning acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand

ZipRecruiter Adds Former Facebook, Linkedin Executives to Board

Online hiring and job-search platform ZipRecruiter Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced three new additions to its board of directors Nov. 8, including former executives of Facebook Inc., the San Francisco 49ers and GoDaddy Inc.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 7: Riot Games Sued

Sexual harassment suit filed against Riot Games; SpaceX chosen for Kazakh rocket launch; HyreCar goes national

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 6: J2 Global Revenue Up $293 Million

Sinemia goes for the weekday movie fan, AMC jumps into the subscription business; J2 Global reports revenue growth, Bird launches (tentatively) in United Kingdom.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 5: Analyzing Local Election Spending

Musk Shows off hyperloop demo tunnel; Bird fights ban in Beverly Hills; LA spending roughly $13 per voter

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 2: Former Snap Engineer Launches Data Service Company

Activision debuts game companion app; Snap’s Sehn launches data service startup; mapping LA’s tech neighborhoods

Seismic Data’s Biz Potential

The Los Angeles region is an earthquake hot spot, so it’s little surprise a company focused on detecting seismic activity and warning its customers of an impending temblor would make its home here

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 11: SpaceX Shifts Gears on Satellite Testing

Seven exit SpaceX's satellite testing team; Hulu prioritizes non-English content; new Office of Child Protection website launches with AI

LA Ranks Second in Tech Office Market Rent Growth

Los Angeles’ technology sector is growing — and so is the rent for tech office space, according to a recent study from real estate brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc.

DreamHost Receives $18M Loan from J.P. Morgan

Downtown LA-based DreamHost, a provider of web hosting and site management, announced Oct. 30 it completed an $18 million debt financing credit facility with J.P. Morgan Chase and Co.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 31: Subscription App Sales Soar

LA County weighs electronic voting options; Activision issues Overwatch League changes; Hulu grows revenue 86 percent

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 30: Executive Exits at Faraday Future

Two execs out at Faraday Future; DreamHost’s dreamy $18 million deal; Tinder ventures into advertising

Faraday Co-Founder Resigns

Sampson's departure is the second in two days for the electric car maker

Nick Sampson, co-founder of Gardena-based electric vehicle manufacturer Faraday and Future Inc., resigned on Oct. 30 after calling the company “effectively insolvent.”

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Silicon Beach Report October 29: Hyperloop Plans Abu Dhabi Track

Axiomatic gets Jordan investment; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies sets 2019 construction target; $2 million for Santa Monica solar firm

Michael Jordan, Declaration Capital Invest in Axiomatic

Former Chicago Bulls star and owner of NBA team the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan invested in Axiomatic E-sports alongside Declaration Capital, the investing office of Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein.

Silicon Beach Report October 26: Faraday Future Faces Further Financial Troubles

An Emmy for Blue Microphones; Netflix work environment under the microscope; Faraday Future initiates widespread layoffs

Annenberg, City Partner on Tech Diversity

PledgeLA aims to address employment disparity in Silicon Beach scene

Annenberg Foundation, City of L.A. team up on tech diversity.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 26: Snap Hires from Amazon, Huffington Post

Reporting Bird’s revenue figures; Virgin Orbit readies new launch setup; Snap fills Khan vacancy.

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Pathmatics Raises $3M, Launches New Ad Data Product

Pathmatics Inc., the Santa Monica-based digital advertising software developer, announced Oct. 25 a $3 million investment from British marketing agency Mintel Group Ltd.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 24: Fandango Signs South American Ticketing Deal

Netflix denies racially targeted ad accusations; Snap registers 418,000 new voters; Fandango signs 15-country ticketing deal.

WiredScore Raises $9 Million

Commercial real estate ratings platform WiredScore Inc. completed a $9 million Series A round October 22, led by Venice-based venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures.

Daz Systems Acquired by Accenture

Accenture announced Oct. 22 it acquired Daz Systems Inc., an Oracle Cloud service provider based in El Segundo.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 22: iHeartMedia Plans Podcast Awards

Boring Co. test tunnel nears completion; Lime decides on physical outpost; iHeartMedia to honor podcasts in 2019

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 19: SpaceX Prioritizes Talent Over Cost

SpaceX prioritizes talent over cost in Port of L.A. project; Nexon’s ‘MapleStory’ hits 1 million; Clippers and Second Spectrum team up for VR game viewer

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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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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.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 17: Riot Games Under Fire

Edlio gets investment for school communications; Riot Games accused of gender bias; Jukin Media proves old content doesn’t expire

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 16: Netflix Adds 7 Million Users

J2 Global announces five acquisitions; Snap Inc. ad costs drop; Netflix totals 130 million subscribers

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 15: $54 Million for Cloud9, New E-sports Arena Planned

Wavemaker names new executive in residence; Snapchat releases filters for your cat’s face; Cloud9 Esports raises $54 million

Universal Music Group Links with Mixcloud

Santa Monica–headquartered Universal Music Group Inc. signed a deal with British digital audio streaming firm Mixcloud on Oct. 15, ensuring that UMG artists will be compensated for the use of their music on Mixcloud’s platform.

Cloud9 Plans New Esports Facility

Santa Monica e-sports organization Cloud9 Esports Inc. has raised a $53.6 million Series B round finalized Oct. 15.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 12: Bird Taps Uber for Executive Hires

Bird poaches Uber executives; Activision Blizzard debuts new title and shares surge 8.7 percent; political podcasts coming to pay TV.

Former Trump Advisor Gary Cohn Joins Marina del Rey Blockchain Firm

Former U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has joined Marina del Rey-based blockchain startup Spring Labs’ board of advisors.

Podcast Hub: Mixed Bag in Flux

MEDIA: Some pullbacks amid revenue growth

Los Angeles is growing as a hub for podcast.

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Game Developer Fiending for Growth

Seriously Digital sees $19.5 million in Q3 sales, adds new online shop

Big jump in revenue for Venice-based Seriously.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 11: EagleTree Capital Acquires FuseFX

EagleTree Capital picked up a majority stake in visual effects company FuseFX; Northrop Grumman landed $792 million Air Force contract; Catalog raised $1.5 million in a seed round.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 10: Katzenberg TV Company Gets a Name

Quibi to produce short-form video; Snap pushes for original content amid funding crisis; Insomniac launches new virtual reality game

OGN Plans E-sports Arena in Manhattan Beach, Partners With PubG

South Korean broadcast company OGN is constructing a 35,000-square-foot e-sports arena in Manhattan Beach, and selected game developer PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Co. Ltd. (better known as PubG Co.) as its first league partner.

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