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Mentorship Program Launches to Elevate Women in Fintech Industry

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Fi911, the sister company of Chargebacks911, has launched a new micro-mentorship program to empower female leadership across the thriving fintech and payments arena.

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Insurtech Sure Raises $100 Million in Series C Round

Sure Inc., a Santa Monica-based insurtech startup that embeds insurance software into everything from car-buying to renters insurance, has raised $100 million in a Series C funding round, Chief Executive Wayne Slavin said in an interview.

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ViacomCBS Partners With Recur on Paramount, Nickelodeon Property NFTs

ViacomCBS Inc. is getting into the NFT business.

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Rocket Lab Reschedules BlackSky Mission

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. has scheduled two dedicated launches for Seattle-based BlackSky Global in November, the company announced Oct. 11.

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Rocket Lab Acquires Advanced Solutions for $40 Million

The acquisition will strengthen Rocket Lab’s space systems portfolio and gives it a presence in Colorado, which has a large aerospace economy.

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Microloan Company Tala Lands $145M Raise, Moving It Closer to Unicorn Status

Tala, a Santa Monica-based company that makes microloans between $10 and $500 to people in emerging markets who lack a credit profile, has landed a $145 million Series E funding round — its biggest fundraise since its founding a decade ago.

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Alhambra Warehouse Gets $21 Million Loan

The property, which was completed in 2019, has nine units and is fully leased.

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Leaders of Influence: Women in Accounting - Azadeh (Azi) Ghahremani

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Azadeh (Azi) Ghahremani has more than 17 years of public accounting experience.

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Why TriWest Is Expanding to New Asset Types and States

El Segundo-based TriWest Development and affiliate TriWest Multifamily have had a busy year branching out from their original focus.

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LA's Pumpkin Patches Scare Up New Business

It would scarcely be Halloween without glowing jack-o’-lanterns and decorative munchkin pumpkins on display, and every year, an array of Los Angeles businesses engineer festive pumpkin patches where families come to buy a pumpkin and kick off the holiday season.

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Westlake Partners With Nova Credit to Gain New Borrowers

Hancock Park-based Westlake Financial Services is ratcheting up its push into the auto lending market.

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Science 37 Plans to Double Workforce

Culver City-based Science 37 Inc., which completed its merger to go public through New York City-based blank check firm LifeSci Acquisition II Corp. earlier this month, recently began trading. Now, the medical research and technology company is already laying out ambitious plans for growth.

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Developer Blatteis & Schnur Bets Big on Mixed-Use Space in High-Street Areas

Sawtelle-based real estate firm Blatteis & Schnur Inc. has a long history, dating back almost 100 years to co-founder Samuel Blatteis, who started the company as Blatteis Realty Co.

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LABJ Insider: LA Companies’ New Social Responsibility Programs Are Gifts That Keep on Giving

The gift-giving season is full steam ahead, and thank goodness so are the ports as they’re now aiming to work round the clock to try to unclog their part of the supply chain (more on the ports on page 4).

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Molina Healthcare Acquires Long-Term Care Business for $110M

Long Beach-based health insurance giant Molina Healthcare Inc. is deepening its reach into New York, the nation’s largest metro health market.

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China, India Could Lead Major Edtech Consolidation in LA

The education technology sector in Los Angeles has seen a surge in major investors from a disparate group ranging from corporations headquartered in China and India to private equity looking to capitalize on a pandemic that reinvigorated online learning.

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Leaders of Influence: Women in Accounting -Tara Wilson

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With more than 12 years of public accounting and taxation experience, BPM’s Tara Wilson provides services including tax compliance, strategic tax planning, financial statement preparation and analysis, and client representation to the IRS and State departments.

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Winc Plans $92 Million IPO to Expand Wine Business

Santa Monica-based Winc Inc., which produces and distributes wine in the United States, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $92 million in an initial public offering.

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Advanced Air Seeks to Be One-Stop Shop for Private Aviation

In the world of private aviation, there are charter flight operators, a growing cadre of scheduled flight services, crew and maintenance suppliers, and operators of fuel depots at general aviation airports.

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Navigating Workplace Needs Speaker: Peter Greenspan

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Peter Greenspan serves as the Global Head of Real Estate at WeWork.

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