Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Cover Technologies Finds $1.6M For Algorithm Designed Buildings
Gardena, California-based Cover, which develops technology which uses algorithms and software to build custom, prefab buildings, including backyard studios, has raised $1.6M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures, and also included Fifty Years, Hyperspeed Ventures, and angels. Cover, which was founded in San Francisco in 2014, says it uses computer programs to design prefab structures such as guest homes, backyard studios, pool houses, and other acce (More info...)

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Perspectium Raises $8M
San Diego-based Perspectium Corporation, a developer of enterprise integration, replication and monitoring as a service tools for ServiceNow, has raised $8M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding was led by TVC Capital. As part of the funding, TVC's Steve Hamerslag joins the company's board. According to Perspectium, the funding will go towards expansion of its platform, plus sales and marketing. Perspectium was founded by David Loo, the founding developer of ServiceNow. Th (More info...)

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How Work Today Is Connecting Blue Collar Workers With Jobs, with Joe Nigro
For many, blue collar workers--particularly those who are finding a job on a day-to-day basis--the right way to reach them isn't an app, but texting. Santa Monica-based WorkToday ( has created a text-based marketplace to help connect workers with employers. We caught up with CEO Joe Nigro, the former VP of Growth at HomeHero and General Manager of Handy, and talk about why he started Work Today and how the service works. The company recently raised $1.1M in a funding from Muck (More info...)

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Zynga Funds Effort At USC To Support Diversity In Video Game Industry
Social games developer Zynga has funded a new effort to increase the diversity in the video game development industry, through a partnership with the University of Southern California, Zynga said on Tuesday. According to Zynga, it has provided a "substantial gift" to USC's School of Cinematic ARts' Interactive Media & Games Division, to support diversity, inclusive game production, and the creation of "innovative social mobile gameplay." Zynga said the gift also sponsors panels and lectures cove (More info...)

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SpaceX Test Fires Falcon Heavy

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has released a video of its first, static fire test of a Falcon Heavy rocket, which it conducted last week in McGregor, Texas. The firing is one of the steps along the way to launching its first Falcon Heavy rocket, a heavy lifting rocket which SpaceX has said will lift twice the payload the largest rocket now available--Delta IV Heavy--into orbit. The Falcon Heavy will be the largest, rocket to be created since the Saturn V moon rocket, which was last launched in 1973. (More info...)

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NantHealth Names Chief Medical Officer
Culver City-based NantHealth announced this morning that it has named Sandeep (Bobby) Reddy, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Reddy has been at NantHealth since December of 2016, when he joined as Senior Executive Director of Medical Affairs. He was previously Chief Medical Officer at Caris Life Sciences. Reddy will be overseeing education, outreach, clinical development programs, and clinical trials for GPS Cancer, NantHealth's cancer analytics platform. NantHealth is led by biotech bi (More info...)

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Dassault Systemes Pilots New 3D Design Fellowship At UC Irvine
The Dassault Systemes U.S. Foundation, the nonprofit arm of aerospace giant Dassault Systemes, said that it is launching a new pilot program this summer at the University of California, Irvine's Samueli School of Engineering, which will teach community college students the skills behind 3-D design. According to Dassault Systemes, the new effort is aimed at training the next generation of engineers with the skills most in-demand by aerospace, high-tech and transportation industries, and is being (More info...)

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