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Disney plans to seal vault; Brooks hired at QuiBi; Stamps.com reveals stock repurchase agreement
Artificial intelligence and robotics outfit Brud Inc. has raised nearly $20 million from investors, according to a March 7 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dragon Capsule splashes down; Bird debuts fleet management platform; mobile gaming firm Rogue Co. raises seed round.
The City of Pasadena’s antiquated, analog public parking system is getting a makeover thanks to a deal with Ohio-based Tiba Parking.
TECHNOLOGY: LAX pilot program seen as tipping point
The Los Angeles region has become a testing ground for consumer technologies that employ facial recognition of biometric scans.
Infinite Retina will advise clients in virtual reality, augmented reality, staffing
A new kind of consultancy launched last week in Pasadena that will advise companies developing augmented reality, virtual reality and other three-dimensional digital technology.
Netflix marketing lead steps down; Amplify.LA backs Alto; Disraeli appointed TeleSign chief executive
Marina del Rey-based identity verification outfit TeleSign Corp. announced March 7 the appointment of Co-Founder Ryan Disraeli as Chief Executive Officer.
Vertebrae expands to Texas; Opaque Studios rebrands; InSight lander dig mission paused
Dills appointed as LinQuest CEO; ServiceTitan hires CMO; SpaceX completes Space Station test docking
Faraday Future sued (again); Forge acquires ShiftMe; Riot Games hires diversity officer
TECHNOLOGY: Aerospace startups will receive initial $120,000 investment
Aerospace accelerator launches.
Workforce management software developer Forge Technologies Inc.’s national headquarters is moving from San Francisco to Playa Vista and the company announced Feb. 28 the acquisition of Huntington Beach-based shift scheduling application developer ShiftMe Inc. Both companies decline to disclose the terms of the acquisition.
Downtown-based Greycroft Partners led a $5 million funding round finalized Feb. 28 for Beam Solutions Inc., a San Francisco-based developer of transaction monitoring software for banks and securities.
Disney hankering for more Hulu; Boingo 2018 earnings reported; Greycroft gives Beam a boost
InSight lander Mars dig delayed; Musk in Twitter trouble again; Faraday Future employees remain furloughed.
Super League Gaming finalizes IPO; future uncertain for Boring Co.’s Chicago project; $3.5 million for Lakewood logistics firm.
Action Network raises $17.5 million Series B; Kotick, Iger listed among most overpaid executives; Dragon’s Space Station test scheduled for March 2
Winehouse hologram tour canceled; SpaceX launches Israeli lunar lander; Finley appointed Boingo CEO
Chief executive of Westwood-based Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless Inc. Dave Hagan announced Feb. 21 he will retire after 17 years with the company. Boingo board member Mike Finley was unanimously elected to fill the vacant CEO seat by the board.
Public bike-share programs turn to private operators
Cities outsource bike-shares to private companies.
Hello Sunshine gains New Green; SpaceX launch may be delayed after safety survey; ScreenPlay acquired by Loop Media.
Clearlake Capital’s Symplr buys API Healthcare; Verishop emerges from stealth, Clutter raises $200 million
Brainbase brings in $1 million; SongTradr makes acquisition; Virgin Hyperloop tests new transportation method
Intellectual property licensing startup Brainbase Inc., operating in Santa Monica, announced Feb. 19 it completed a $1 million seed round led by Tera Ventures, an Estonian venture firm with U.S. operations based in Burbank.
Samsung enters L.A. retail market; JibJab Acquired; Snap and Nike link for lenses
TECHNOLOGY: Brokers, landlords look for value add
Leasing real estate assets in a high-growth market such as Los Angeles increasingly requires an assist from technology.
TrueCar Inc., a digital auto pricing marketplace operating in Santa Monica, announced Feb. 14 it acquired a 20 percent stake in vehicle-appraisal software developer Accu-Trade, based in New Brunswick, Canada.
Newegg to sponsor Counter Logic Gaming; Casetabs gains $2.5 million; HauteLook customer data compromised
Ex-Snap employees raise $1 million for new venture; Activision downsizes support staff; OpenTempo links with TigerConnect
TigerConnect Inc., a healthcare communications software developer operating in Santa Monica, announced Feb. 13 it will partner with OpenTempo Inc., developers of a medical staff scheduling software based in Williston, Vt.
Scopely hits $400 million run rate; Tinder’s algorithm analyzed; Techstars creates L.A. aerospace accelerator
MGM launches Epix streaming service; Activision Blizzard readies for layoffs; SpaceX launching lunar lander
Consumer Reports tracks scooter injuries; JP Morgan Suggests Apple buy Activision; Musk mansion listed for $4.5 million
Royal Dutch Shell’s New Energies division has acquired West Hollywood-based Zeco Systems Pte Inc.
Former BMG exec heads new venture fund backed by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca firm
Zach Katz launches music-focused venture fund.
Financial marketing firm CrowdfundX, operating in Sawtelle, announced an acquisition by West L.A.-based digital investment firm Issuance Inc. Feb. 7.
FoxNext launches indie game fund; Gigajot broadens Pasadena reach; Foot Locker invests in Goat
Image-processing and microchip-manufacturing firm Gigajot Technology Inc. announced Feb. 4 it will expand its sublease of its current 100-square-foot headquarters in Pasadena to 3,257 square feet at the Gateway Metro Center on E. Foothill Boulevard in the same city.
Super League Gaming links with Topgolf; ESPN+ exceeds 2 million subscriptions; SpaceX prepares for manned flights
PocketWatch gets into gaming; Raised in Space launches; Snap revenue grows as users stagnate.
Web security firm Signal Sciences, operating in Culver City, announced Feb. 5 it raised $35 million in a Series C funding round led by Lead Edge Capital, bringing its total funding to $62 million since its 2014 incorporation.
Machinima shutting down; Nfusz changes name; MomentFeed finds engineering vice president.
Sales intelligence firm Nfusz Inc., based in Hollywood, announced Feb. 4 it will change its name to Verb Technology Company Inc. in preparation for a planned listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
MomentFeed selects new CFO; NextVR collaborates with NHL; SpaceX tests Falcon launch
Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Shell New Energies division has acquired West Hollywood-based Zeco Systems Pte Ltd., doing business as Greenlots, for an undisclosed sum.
$6.4 million for Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord; Blizzard offers new streaming options; potential $200 million raise by Clutter
USC links with Unity Technologies; FabFitFun secures $80 million; Ebsen out at Snap
Beverly Grove-based fitness subscription company FabFitFun Inc. announced Jan. 30 it secured a $80 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
SpaceX seeks launch permits; Via and L.A. Metro partner; Arlington Capital buys Intellectual Technology