Stories by Samson
SpaceX launches communications satellite; Sony bows out of E3 but Activision and Warner Bros. are in; Boring Co. accused of withholding tunnel information
SpaceX internet satellites approved; WeRecover gains $2 million; Snap complies with request for IPO details
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.
Netflix tries mobile-only subscription; Snapchat drops prices for AR ads; ServiceTitan brings total funding to $326 million
Google opens office doors to historic Playa Vista office; SpaceX honors first African-American NASA trainee; LAEDC predicts prosperity without Amazon
Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov. 12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis.
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
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.
SpaceX requests lower launch threshold; Activision nets $1.7 billion third quarter revenues; Tastemade to release a book
Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018
Halo Top Creamery tops fastest growing companies list for second straight year.
Investors include Kobe Bryant fund and Palisades Growth Capital
Kobe Bryant’s investment fund helps make RingDNA’s venture round a slam dunk.
TECHNOLOGY: Execs from Facebook, LinkedIn
ZipRecruiter looks to Silicon Valley to fill leadership posts.
Branson and Lloyd replaced at Virgin Hyperloop; Defy Media Folds; Grovo Learning acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand
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.
Sexual harassment suit filed against Riot Games; SpaceX chosen for Kazakh rocket launch; HyreCar goes national
Sinemia goes for the weekday movie fan, AMC jumps into the subscription business; J2 Global reports revenue growth, Bird launches (tentatively) in United Kingdom.
Musk Shows off hyperloop demo tunnel; Bird fights ban in Beverly Hills; LA spending roughly $13 per voter
Activision debuts game companion app; Snap’s Sehn launches data service startup; mapping LA’s tech neighborhoods
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
Seven exit SpaceX's satellite testing team; Hulu prioritizes non-English content; new Office of Child Protection website launches with AI
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.
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.
LA County weighs electronic voting options; Activision issues Overwatch League changes; Hulu grows revenue 86 percent
Two execs out at Faraday Future; DreamHost’s dreamy $18 million deal; Tinder ventures into advertising
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.”
Axiomatic gets Jordan investment; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies sets 2019 construction target; $2 million for Santa Monica solar firm
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.
An Emmy for Blue Microphones; Netflix work environment under the microscope; Faraday Future initiates widespread layoffs
PledgeLA aims to address employment disparity in Silicon Beach scene
Annenberg Foundation, City of L.A. team up on tech diversity.
Reporting Bird’s revenue figures; Virgin Orbit readies new launch setup; Snap fills Khan vacancy.
Pathmatics Inc., the Santa Monica-based digital advertising software developer, announced Oct. 25 a $3 million investment from British marketing agency Mintel Group Ltd.
Netflix denies racially targeted ad accusations; Snap registers 418,000 new voters; Fandango signs 15-country ticketing deal.
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.
Accenture announced Oct. 22 it acquired Daz Systems Inc., an Oracle Cloud service provider based in El Segundo.
Boring Co. test tunnel nears completion; Lime decides on physical outpost; iHeartMedia to honor podcasts in 2019
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
Playa Vista-based Xprize Foundation Inc. on Oct. 18 named technology entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari is its new chief executive.
Activision’s new game has a $500-million opening; Ticketmaster acquires blockchain startup; Bird’s new service could bypass city regulations.
Edlio gets investment for school communications; Riot Games accused of gender bias; Jukin Media proves old content doesn’t expire
J2 Global announces five acquisitions; Snap Inc. ad costs drop; Netflix totals 130 million subscribers
Wavemaker names new executive in residence; Snapchat releases filters for your cat’s face; Cloud9 Esports raises $54 million
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.
Santa Monica e-sports organization Cloud9 Esports Inc. has raised a $53.6 million Series B round finalized Oct. 15.
Bird poaches Uber executives; Activision Blizzard debuts new title and shares surge 8.7 percent; political podcasts coming to pay TV.
Former U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has joined Marina del Rey-based blockchain startup Spring Labs’ board of advisors.
MEDIA: Some pullbacks amid revenue growth
Los Angeles is growing as a hub for podcast.
Seriously Digital sees $19.5 million in Q3 sales, adds new online shop
Big jump in revenue for Venice-based Seriously.
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.
Quibi to produce short-form video; Snap pushes for original content amid funding crisis; Insomniac launches new virtual reality game
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.