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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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Lucid Sight Raises $3 million for Multiplayer Game Hosting

Brentwood-based independent gaming studio Lucid Sight Inc. raised $2.6 million to launch its cloud-hosting platform for developers.

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How SpaceX Can Live Up to Its $100B Valuation

Less than a month after sending four civilians on a historic three-day journey around the Earth, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. reached another milestone: a valuation of more than $100 billion.

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FuzzyBot Gains Funding to Create Genre-Crossing Games

Tatyana Dyshlova and Max Spielberg loved working side by side at Redwood City-based gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc.

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Universal Hydrogen Raises $62 Million in Series B

The investment brings Universal Hydrogen’s total funding to $85 million.

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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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Relativity Tests 3D-Printed Rocket for 2022 Debut Launch

Relativity aims for Terran 1 to be the first entirely 3D-printed rocket to reach low-Earth orbit.

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Actor Trade Audition App Helps Actors Rehearse, Make Connections

As an actor with more than a decade of experience, Dylan Mooney was always in need of a scene partner.

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Orca Security Raises $550 Million

Cybersecurity company Orca Security Ltd. scored a massive payday.

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Allied Universal Struggles to Fill ‘Thousands’ of Security Jobs

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As the nation’s largest security firm, Orange County and Pennsylvania-based Allied Universal has long been a massive employer both in the L.A. area and globally.

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Jurny Raises $9.5 Million for Hospitality Tech

Jurny Inc. raised $9.5 million in capital to fund its global expansion.

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Cloud Network Company PacketFabric Acquires RSTOR

PacketFabric will not retain RSTOR’s Saratoga headquarters.

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Artists Get Personal on Mindset App

K-pop star Eric Nam and his brothers Brian Nam and Eddie Nam know there is a gap between celebrities’ personal experiences and what fans get to see.

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Thankful Raises $12 Million for Customer Service AI

Software company to develop new tool allowing companies to upsell during customer service interactions.

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Rocket Lab, SpaceX Land $39 Million in Space Force Contracts

Los Angeles aerospace companies won big in the latest round of Space Force contracts.

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CreatorIQ Raises $40 Million in Thriving Influencer Economy

In 2014, Igor Vaks knew the creator economy was going to boom — and he wanted to be a part of it.

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Car Leasing App Fair Gears Up for Relaunch

After a tumultuous 2020, Fair Financial Corp. is looking to get back on the road.

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Wealth Management Tech Company Docupace Acquires PreciseFP

PreciseFP’s eight employees will join Docupace.

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Activision Blizzard to Pay $18 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Suit

The gaming giant, which posted in $2.3 billion in quarterly revenue, also said it's working to upgrade its policies and training to prevent harassment.

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Rocket Lab Inks Contract for Space Debris Removal

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said removing space debris is “highly complex" as objects in orbit travel more than 14,500 miles per hour.

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Meet the Tech Companies Keeping LA’s Music Industry Humming

The music industry in Los Angeles has grown to encompass far more than just production.

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Airdrop Service Dash Delivers Proof of Concept

In the 10 months Joel Ifill worked at El Segundo-based Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., he said he “never felt at ease” making precision kinetic weapons, better known as smart bombs.

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Saviynt Raises $130 Million

El Segundo-based Saviynt Inc. raised $130 million in private equity funding to grow its cloud-based identity security solutions, the company announced Sept. 20.

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Assembly Reaches $1 Billion Valuation

Culver City-based ecommerce software and data company Assembly has joined L.A.’s tech startup unicorn club.

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Syng Raises $49 Million for Home Audio Tech

Syng was founded by Christopher Stringer, a former designer for Apple, and Damon Way, who also co-founded DC Shoes.

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Appetize Acquired by SpotOn for $415 Million

Playa Vista-based point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. has been acquired by SpotOn Transact Inc. for $415 million.

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Involve.ai Helps Businesses Retain Their Subscribers

For companies that rely on long-term customers, “churn” — a term that refers to the number of canceled or lapsed subscriptions — is a major challenge.

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Chris Paul-Backed Greenfly Catches on With Athletes

The idea for Greenfly Inc. came to former right-fielder Shawn Green after he hit a record four home runs in a 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers game.

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Team Huddle Builds Scheduling Tool Aimed at Improving Mental Health

The company's first product, ScheduleIQ, has a 'burnout meter' and keeps track of work-life balance.

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Whatnot Reaches $1.5 Billion Valuation

The valuation is tied to the company closing its third investment round of the year, through which it brought in $150 million.

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Omaze Raises $85 Million for Fundraising Platform

Individual investors include Bono, Kerry Washington, Tom Brady and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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SpaceX’s Historic Week Ushers in New Possibilities for Space Exploration

Inspiration4 proves that the company is making headway on its mission of opening space travel to all.

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SpaceX Deploys 51 Starlink Satellites From Vandenberg

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed its first Starlink launch from the West Coast.

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Rocket Lab Stock Lifts Off

Rocket Lab USA Inc. is soaring on the public markets.

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HopSkipDrive, a Ride-Hailing App for Kids, Plans to Triple in Size

HopSkipDrive plans to use its latest funding round to grow into 30 new markets.

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SpaceX Works to Produce Cheaper Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is losing money on the satellite dishes and wants to boost production.

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SpaceX Sets All-Civilian Mission for Sept. 15

If successful, Inspiration4 will become the first human spaceflight mission to orbit Earth with only private citizens on board.

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Trust Aims to Help Small Businesses Make Smarter Ad Buys

Clients get a payment card for ad buys and access to a data-sharing platform with insights on advertising costs for companies like TikTok and Snap.

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Sam Altman-Backed Coco Scores $36 Million for Food Delivery Robots

Coco partners with 18 local restaurants, including Umami Burger, Jinya Ramen Bar and Alfalfa.

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TikTok Opens Creator Marketplace to Influential

Partners like Influential will have access to first-party TikTok data that can help them identify creators for advertising campaigns.

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Amazon to Hire 800 Tech, Corporate Roles in LA

The ecommerce giant will hire hundreds in L.A. and more than 1,400 in Southern California.

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Flip Raises $28 Million for Shopping App

The startup, which has raised $32 million to date, aims to streamline the experience of buying products promoted on social media.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: Snap Soars, Driving Huge Returns

No tech company in L.A. could match Snap's year of explosive growth — and it added to the already impressive fortunes of Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.

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SpaceX Delivers NASA Supplies to Space Station

SpaceX delivered 4,800 pounds of hardware, supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.

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Rocket Lab Stock Slips in Nasdaq Debut

Rocket Lab USA Inc. came back to earth in its stock market debut as its share price slipped about 10% on the company’s first day of trading.

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Virgin Orbit to Go Public via SPAC

Long Beach-based aerospace company Virgin Orbit plans to go public in a merger with Boca Raton, Fla.-based NextGen Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company.

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Headspace, Ginger.io Plan Merger

Santa Monica-based mental wellness company Headspace Inc. will merge with San Francisco-based Ginger.io Inc., an on-demand mental health support platform.

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Phase Four Wins $1.7 Million Space Force Contract

Aerospace manufacturer Phase Four Inc. secured a $1.7 million contract with the Space Force.

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Headspace, Ginger.io Plan Merger

Wellness company Headspace will merge with on-demand mental health platform Ginger.io.

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Twitch, Zynga Founders Back ForeVR in $7 Million Raise

Hollywood-based virtual reality gaming studio ForeVR Games Inc. raised $7 million in additional seed financing to grow its studio and slate of offerings.

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