3L Capital gains $217 million; SpaceX Starlink rivaled by Amazon; BBC invests in Quibi
Westwood-based venture capital firm 3L Capital announced July 8 it raised a $217 million equity fund to continue investing in local companies seeking capital to grow. The firm wouldn't disclose the round’s participants, but a spokeswoman said it plans to use the money to invest in “companies that are either seeking a Series B or later rounds,” regardless of industry.
Engadget reports Amazon.com Inc. appears to be planning to launch thousands of satellites into orbit as part of a plan to provide worldwide internet. SpaceX’s version of this, called Starlink, is already underway -- the Hawthorne-based company launched 60 satellites in May 2019, the first installment in a constellation of more than 12,000.
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video outfit Quibi, based in Hollywood, gained a new investor in BBC Studios, according to Variety. BBC Studios confirmed the deal but would not disclose how much it invested in Quibi. BBC will also produce a nature show for Quibi about female animals once Quibi launches in April 2020.
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