Back to profile

Nat Rubio-Licht

Stories by Nat

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

Omaze Raises $85 Million for Fundraising Platform

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

SpaceX Deploys 51 Starlink Satellites From Vandenberg

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

Rocket Lab Stock Lifts Off

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

Tease photo

SpaceX Works to Produce Cheaper Starlink Satellites

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

SpaceX Delivers NASA Supplies to Space Station

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

Phase Four Wins $1.7 Million Space Force Contract

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

Tease photo

Headspace, Ginger.io Plan Merger

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

Rocket Lab Gets OK From NASA for Mars Mission

Rocket Lab USA will finalize design and start manufacturing spacecraft for a NASA mission to Mars.

Tease photo

Emotive Hires Matt Cooley As President, COO

317 Labs, which does business as Emotive, named Matt Cooley as the company’s new president and chief operating officer.

Tease photo

Sketchy Expands Online Learning Platform for Undergrads

Saud Siddiqui and Andrew Berg said they shared an uncommon way of studying for their classes at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

Tease photo

Long Beach Reemerges as an Aerospace Hub

From startups to established titans, aerospace companies are expanding their presence in Long Beach.

Tease photo

Bird Revenue Rebounds From Pandemic Lows

Bird Rides Inc. is starting to rebound from the deep financial blows caused by the pandemic.

Tease photo

RepairSmith Raises $42 Million for On-Site Repair Platform

Automotive technology company RepairSmith has raised $42 million in Series B funding for its on-site repair platform.

Tease photo

Nacelle Raises $50 Million for Ecommerce Solutions

Software company Nacelle has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round.

Tease photo

Largest Private Companies: Aerospace Supplier Marvin Engineering Is Flying High

Marvin Engineering Co. Inc. has seen explosive growth in recent years

Tease photo

Relativity Space Ramps Up Ahead of First Launch

For an aerospace company that has never launched a rocket, Relativity Space Inc. is flying high

Tease photo

Nanotech Energy Raises $64 Million

Nanotech Energy Inc. has plans for a big expansion.

Tease photo

Rocket Lab Plans BlackSky, NASA Missions

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has a busy docket for the rest of the year.

Tease photo

Rocket Lab Strikes Deal With Varda

Rocket Lab will produce three of its Photon spacecraft for Varda Space Industries' “space factories.”

Tease photo

Rocket Lab to Launch NASA Satellite Into Moon Orbit

Rocket Lab USA Inc. will deploy a satellite into the moon’s orbit on behalf of NASA in the fourth quarter.

Tease photo

Lawsuit Takes a Toll on Activision’s Stock Price

Activision Blizzard Inc. reported solid earnings in the second quarter, but the gains failed to lift the stock price of the embattled Santa Monica-based gaming giant.

Tease photo

Clearlake Capital to Buy Cornerstone OnDemand for $5.2 Billion

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Inc., a human resources management software company, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Clearlake Capital Group.

Tease photo

Numerade Wants to Make Tutoring Accessible for All

Growing up in South Central L.A., Nhon Ma has seen disparities in education his entire life.

Tease photo

Ghost Kitchen Software Company Acelerate Assists Restaurants

George Jacobs’ restaurant journey started with his father, the owner of Georgee’s Pizza in La Cañada Flintridge.

Tease photo

Willa App Helps Freelancers Get Paid

Kristofer Sommestad has worked with freelance creators throughout his career in technology.

Tease photo

Ryff Raises $12 Million for 3D Ad Placement

Ryff Inc., an advertising technology startup, has raised $11.7 million in funding.

Tease photo

SpaceX Gets OK for NASA Contract After Protests

Blue Origin lost its bid to block SpaceX from a nearly $3 billion NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon.

Tease photo

Jam City Still Eying Public Offering After Canceling SPAC

Culver City-based mobile gaming company Jam City Inc., which canceled plans for a SPAC merger last week, will continue to pursue a public offering.

Tease photo

That’s No Moon Launches With $100 Million Investment

Sawtelle-based gaming studio That’s No Moon Entertainment Inc. launched July 28 with a $100 million investment from Smilegate Entertainment, a global game development company based in Seoul, South Korea.

Tease photo

Rocket Lab Launches First Mission Since May Failure

After a quiet start to the summer, Rocket Lab USA Inc. is back in action.

Tease photo

Media, Entertainment Drive LA’s Growth as a Tech Hub

Los Angeles is cementing its status as a hotspot for the tech industry.

Tease photo