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March Capital Partners Backs Activehours In New Funding

Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners has joined in another funding round for Palo Alto-based Activehours, as part of a $39M funding. Activehours said the new, $39M investment round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital and March Capital Partners. Activehours offers up a mobile-app driven service which lets people access their paychecks, even before those paychecks are deposited in their account....Continue →


Tuition.io Gets $7M In Series B Funding

Santa Monica-based Tuition.io, which helps employers offer up student loan repayment assistance as part of their employee benefits, has raised $7M in a Series B funding round, the company said today. The funding was led by Wildcat Venture Partners, and also included Mohr Davidow Ventures and MassMutual Ventures LLC, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company....Continue →


Tech Scenes Episode 1: A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem



Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech leaders and the cities they live in thrive.

In this episode we explore Los Angeles from Santa Monica, West Hollywood, to Compton and meet up with Royce Disini of Mobcrush, Greg Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures, Leura Fine of Laurel and Wolf, John Tomich of One Stop Internet, and Expree Devora of WeAreLATech....Continue →


Belkin Rolls Out High Speed HDMI Cable For Apple TV 4K

Los Angeles-based Belkin announced a new, high speed HDMI cable today, which it says is designed to connect Apple TV 4K, Mac or HDMI devices a TV or A/V receiver. The company said its cable is specifically optimized for the Apple TV 4K, and is compatible with the Dolby Vision high dynamic range technology. The new cable has an MSRP of $29.95. Belkin is selling the cable through its own web site, in addition to Apple Stores and Apple.com.Continue →


ThreatSTOP Blocks Malicious DNS

Carlsbad-based cybersecurity software developer ThreatSTOP announced on Wednesday that it has rolled out a new software product, which detects and automatically blocks malicious DNS queries. According to the company, its new ThreatSTOP Roaming Defense protects laptops and off-premise devises against ransomware, phishing, malware and data theft....Continue →


Scientist.com Launches New Compliance Feature

San Diego-based Scientist.com, which operates a marketplace for outsourced scientific services, said this morning that it has launched a new feature to ensure ethical sourcing of human biosamples. The company said its new COMPLI feature will "significantly reduce" issues with obtaining human biological samples, such as organs, tissues and genetic material, ensuring donor consent and compliance with internal and external (often legislative) procurement policies....Continue →


CalAmp Invests In ThinxNet

Irvine-based CalAmp has made an minority investment in German connected car company ThinxNext GmbH, the two said this week. Financial details of the investment were not announced. The two said that CalAmp has been providing telematics devices for ThinxNet's solutions since 2015. According to CalAmp, ThinxNet's automotive Internet-of-Things applications enables smartphone-based fuel payments in Germany.Continue →


HAAWK Finds $2.5M For Rights Management Startup

Los Angeles-based HAAWK, a new startup focused on rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization, has raised $2.5M in a seed financing round, according to the company. The funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners, Wavemaker Partners, Frontier Venture Capital, and Apex Ventures. The startup, led by serial entrepreneur Ryan Born, said it also acquired a range of assets from Dart Music. Financial details of the Dart Music acquisition was not announced....Continue →


Trackstreet Names VP Sales

Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet, a provider of internet brand protection and analytics software, said today that it has named Ryan Erickson as Vice President of Sales. Erickson was most recently Vice President of Sales for Teva North America, a division of Deckers Brands, and also has served at Timberland, Rockport and Reebok. TrackStreet develops technology for monitoring brand reputation, Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) agreements, customer reviews, and similar information....Continue →


Utilligent Acquires Transformory

Los Angeles-based management consulting firm Utilligent has acquired an Australian and New Zealand company, Tranformory Pty Ltd., the company said late Tuesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Utilligent, the acquisition will help it with its global footprint. The two said Transformory Pty Ltd. provides services to the telecommunications, electric, gas, water, roads, airports and cities.Continue →


Hyundai Capital Links Into AutoGravity For Auto Financing

Irvine-based AutoGravity, and Hyundai Capital America, the car financing company which does business as Hyundai Motor Finance, Kia Motors Finance, and Genesis Finance, have joined to offer up car financing in California, Hyundai said today. AutoGravity has an online digital marketplace which connects car shoppers, lenders, and dealers. Financial details of the link between the companies were not announced....Continue →


mitu Snags Former Nickelodeon Head As CEO

Los Angeles-based mitu, which is developing a digital media brand specifically focused on Latino millennials, has snagged Herb Scannell, the former President of Nickelodeon, as its new CEO. Scannell was also previously co-founder and CEO of Next New Networks (sold to YouTube in 2011) and was President of BBC Worldwide North America....Continue →



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