Black-owned businesses seek out funding
As the outpouring of support for Black-owned businesses continues weeks after the death of George Floyd, local entrepreneurs say it’s still too early to see tangible results.
Nissen, Medina, Cheung are elevated
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. announced last week that recently retired NBCUniversal exec Steve Nissen has been elected as the organization’s new board chairman.
Startup also rolls out device for inspection, traceability
Elementary Robotics Inc., a downtown-based robotics startup, has raised $12.7 million in Series A funding.
City Council prioritizes social equity, launches lottery
The city of Los Angeles has passed sweeping changes to its cannabis regulatory regime, with big implications for the industry in the one of the world’s largest legal markets.
Tools like Zoom break down barriers
Jason Blumberg relied on face-to-face meetings — the firmness of the handshake, maintaining eye contact, a confident voice — to build trust with clients.
Private equity fund will pursue opportunities during Covid-19 downturn
Century City-based asset manager Ares Management Corp. has closed a $3.5 billion private equity fund.
Company will use funds for SaaS platform
Hollywood-based Pipe Technologies Inc. has raised $60 million in an extension of its February seed round.
Economic uncertainty raises the prospect of an increase in going concern filings
Covid-19 has brought one of the greatest periods of market uncertainty in decades. The answers to major questions like when lockdown restrictions will be fully lifted, when customer demand will rebound and the extent to which the virus will ultimately affect the economy are simply unknowable.
While some firms are posting gains, category still faces a long road back
Covid-19 caused private equity fund managers to slam on the brakes but now they're facing some of the most complex deals of their careers.
Pandemic boosts usage in food, beauty sectors
At many Los Angeles businesses, cash has become a casualty of Covid-19.
Outer attracts investment from Mucker, Wavemaker
Santa Monica-based outdoor furniture startup Outer Inc. has raised $4.3 million in seed funding. The investment round was led by Santa Monica-headquartered Mucker Capital, with participation from a range of other venture investors including Santa Monica-based Wavemaker Partners.
Kleiner Perkins, Upfront back data security startup
Data security startup Open Raven Inc. has raised $15 million in Series A funding. The round was led by storied Menlo Park venture firm Kleiner Perkins with participation from existing backer Santa Monica-based Upfront Ventures.
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PE firm acquires cleaning products company
Architect Equity, a private equity firm based in El Segundo, has acquired consumer products company Faultless Brands.
Consumer spending patterns in LA reveal impact of pandemic
Consumer spending is the backbone of the American economy, making up roughly 68% of U.S. gross domestic product. That sector has been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic.