RepairSmith Announces Its Expansion to Portland and Partnership with Local Nonprofits

RepairSmith officially announces the expansion of its at-home car repair and maintenance service to the greater Portland area. In addition, the company has launched its on-site repair and maintenance service for business fleets in the region. The company is kicking off its launch by partnering with two Portland nonprofits that are providing the community with access to food and transportation, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) and Ride Connection. The company will provide them with $20,000 in free repair services...

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Elementary Robotics Unveils Industry’s First Cloud-Based AI Camera System, Hire New Execs

Elementary Robotics, a rapidly-growing AI vision startup, today announced a new AI camera system for cloud-based inspection. The new system, which combines easy-to-use software, deep learning AI, and camera systems makes it faster and easier for manufacturers to deliver top-quality products to their customers. The company is also announcing the appointment of Monique Apter to EVP of Sales and Marketing and Milind Karnik to EVP of Engineering. Founded in 2017,...

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First Resonance Raises Fresh Round of Funding to Meet Growing Demand for Factory Operating System

First Resonance, a Los Angeles-based start-up transforming manufacturing with a new Factory Operating System used by cutting-edge hardware companies, today announced a new round of funding led by Blue Bear Capital, which brings funds raised to date to more than $5 million. The new capital will be used to expand the First Resonance team to support the continued development of its unique approach to manufacturing, informed by the team’s background...

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First Resonance Launches Next-Generation Manufacturing Software Platform for Aerospace, Robotics, and Automotive Industries

First Resonance, a Los Angeles-based start-up with a Factory Operating System that hardware engineers trust for speed, collaboration, and traceability, unveiled its ion platform. Already in use by cutting-edge startups including Phase Four, Joby Aviation and Iron Ox, ion is built to meet the needs of next-generation hardware companies. ion replaces spreadsheets and outdated costly manufacturing and supply chain processes and tools with a platform that leverages machine learning, IoT, and advanced data...

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Revolutionary Audio Platform Vurbl Completes $1.3 Million Pre-Seed Round Ahead of Launch

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world slowed down. One thing that didn’t come to a halt was the Vurbl team and their mission to build a comprehensive and streamlined platform for audio streaming.  Vurbl, the revolutionary online platform bringing the world of audio to one place, where content creators can upload, grow their audience and monetize their audio creations, today announced that it has closed at a...

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Fintech Mobile App UNest Raised $9M Series A Round With Investment From NBA All-Star

UNest, the first-of-its-kind mobile app that helps parents invest in their children’s future, today announced $9 million in financing, led by Anthos Capital and including strategic investments from a new investor, two-time NBA All-star Baron Davis, and returning investors Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, Artemis Fund, Draper Dragon, and Unlock Ventures. With this investment, UNest will accelerate its growth with strategic hires and industry-leading partnerships. It will also add new features...

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Disney Sells FoxNext Games to Mobile-Games Developer Scopely

Disney’s recent announcement states that they sold FoxNext Games, Los Angeles, to Scopely, a company specializing in interactive entertainment and mobile games. This game studio made “MARVEL Strike Force” as well as some other titles. They also sold Cold Iron Studios in San Jose to the same company. Disney acquired these studios back in 2019 from 21st Century Fox due to their $71.3 billion deal. But they aren’t discarding the entire...

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What You Should Know About The Coronavirus Disease

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak isn’t a global health emergency yet but it’s an emergency in China. He further said that WHO is committed to its end as soon as possible. But with the rising death toll in China and the spread of 2019-nCoV, also known as the Wuhan virus, in other countries, many people are afraid about...

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4 Daily NBC Shows on SnapChat for 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

NBC Olympics is once again partnering with Snapchat to provide Olympic content to US viewers eager to watch the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.  This isn’t really the first time the two brands have teamed up to provide Olympic content. The first time was for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. They then followed up with the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, during which they improved the viewership stats. In 2018, they were...

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BurgerKing Impossible Whopper Price Cuts Amid Slow Sales

As sales start decreasing, Burger King is slashing the price tag of their Impossible Whopper, a faux-meat burger introduced by the burger joint a year ago. According to Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., their stores only sold 28 Impossible Whoppers each every day—a major decrease from 32. This company is the largest franchisee of Burger King in the U.S., with more than 1,000 locations in the country. The good news is...

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Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash in Calabasa

TMZ reported this Sunday morning, Kobe Bryant (former NBA player, and co-founded Los Angeles VC firm, Bryant Stibel) died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California - Calabasas is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains. Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it...

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the Skimm Night Out Event is Coming to LA

Membership company, the Skimm, is coming to Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 18 at the El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036) to celebrate their founders' new book, How to Skimm Your Life. theSkimm is dedicated to helping female millennials live smarter lives, by seamlessly integrating into their existing routines. theSkimm has become a trusted source for more than seven million subscribers. theSkimm is fundamentally changing the...

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100 Must-Read Announcements from Google Cloud Next ‘19

We all know the cloud is where it’s at. The Google Cloud Next '19 conference this month at the Moscone Center in San Francisco was no exception and didn’t disappoint. First, Google introduced customers to new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian for the first time since his hiring. And second, the annual event once again demonstrated that Google offers a value proposition very distinct from AWS and Microsoft. It was...

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Nominations Open for New Book to Highlight Top Players in Los Angeles’ Startup Scene

Entrepreneurs, investors, colleges, accelerators, coworking spaces and experts can now be nominated to be featured in Startup Guide Los Angeles, the first-ever entrepreneurial handbook dedicated to Los Angeles’ startup scene. Based on traditional guidebooks that can be carried around everywhere, Startup Guide books help entrepreneurs navigate different startup hubs across the globe and are now in 20 different cities across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, including London, New...

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Mariel Devesa Joins Tech Startup Phyn

Last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mariel Devesa, who had just joined tech startup Phyn as Global Head of Business Development. In the first half of our interview, we covered the basics: Where was she born? Argentina (she moved to the United States at age one). Where did she go to school? She has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. What positions did she hold before starting work at...

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Weekly Roundup: Snap to Launch Gaming Platform, Tinder Bolsters its Security, Honey sued by RetailMeNot

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup ... Top Headlines Comcast suffers outage of video, broadband services across parts of U.S. ... read on Amazon Buys Online Pharmacy PillPack for $1 Billion ... read on Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta ... read on Rebranded Chinese scooters are taking over San Francisco ... read on Farting Unicorn Sparks Legal Battle Between Local Artist And Elon...

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Weekly Roundup: GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis, Embodied Gets $22M for Lifelike Robots

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup ... Top Headlines Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads ... read on IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long. iOS 12 will include a new life-saving...

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Weekly Roundup: Tesla lays off 9%, Bird to hit $2 Billion valuation

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup ... Top Headlines A federal judge Tuesday cleared the way for AT&T Inc.’s $85.4-billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., creating an entertainment colossus that promises to reshape the media business ... read on Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met Tuesday in front of the world's cameras, against the backdrop of flags of the United States and North Korea ... read on CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at...

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2018 Internet Trends Report From Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins

Every year Mary Meeker of VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner release a report on the internet trends, sharing everything from innovations, commerce, workforce, to enterprise software and international competition. Well, it’s that time of the year again when Mary Meeker released her new 294 slides 2018 trends report covering trends in Internet Usages, Innovation + Competition, E-Commerce, Advertising, Consumer Spending, Work, Immigration matters to tech company competition in China.  Here’s a look...

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Improvements to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

We are updating LAStartups.com’s policies to reflect changes we’ve made to protect your privacy rights and provide greater transparency in the ways we collect, process, and use personal information. As part of that commitment, we’ve updated our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy. These changes will go into effect May 25, 2018. General Terms: Our updated terms reflect our commitment to protecting your data. We value your privacy...

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