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SpaceX alumni are helping build LA’s startup ecosystem

During the days when Snapchat’s popularity was booming, investors thought the company would become the anchor for a new Los Angeles technology scene. Snapchat, they hoped, would spin-off entrepreneurs and angel investors who would reinvest in the local ecosystem and create new companies that would in turn foster more wealth, establishing LA as a hub for tech talent and venture dollars on par with New York and Boston. In the ensuing years, Los Angeles and its entrepreneurial talent pool has captu...
Tags: Spacex, New York, La, Boston, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Snapchat, Blue Origin, Cape Canaveral, Ellis, Noone, Tim Ellis, Jordan Noone


SpaceX’s spin-outs are helping build LA’s startup ecosystem

During the days when Snapchat’s popularity was booming, investors thought the company would become the anchor for a new Los Angeles technology scene. Snapchat, they hoped, would spin-off entrepreneurs and angel investors who would reinvest in the local ecosystem and create new companies that would in turn foster more wealth, establishing LA as a hub for tech talent and venture dollars on par with New York and Boston. In the ensuing years, Los Angeles and its entrepreneurial talent pool has captu...
Tags: Spacex, New York, La, Boston, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Snapchat, Blue Origin, Cape Canaveral, Ellis, Noone, Tim Ellis, Jordan Noone


Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is coming to TC Sessions: Space 2020

This year marks our first-ever TC Sessions: Space event, and what better way to kick things off than with the head of NASA: Administrator Jim Bridenstine will join us onstage on June 25 in LA. NASA has been more open than ever before to working with startups and entrepreneurs, and we’ll hear directly from the administrator why that’s the case, and what kind of opportunities might be open to founders in the future. Administrator Bridenstine took over leading the U.S. science and space agency i...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, La, Events, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Boeing, Artemis, Bessemer Venture Partners, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine, Tess Hatch, Commercial Lunar Payload Services CLPS


Married co-founders are a startup’s secret weapon

“If I was running Clearbanc by myself, it probably would have gone off the cliff eight times at this point,” says Clearbanc co-founder Andrew D’Souza.  “If I were running the company by myself, it would be half its size,” adds Michele Romanow, Clearbanc’s other co-founder. In addition to starting the $420 million-backed fintech company together, D’Souza and Romanow are in a relationship. The two initially met at an event in San Francisco, and followed up with a friendly informational int...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mexico, La, China, Groupon, America, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, United States, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Dell, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange


Los Angeles-based ‘deep tech’ investment firm Riot Ventures is raising a $75M fund

Riot Ventures, the Los Angeles-based, early-stage and deep technology investment firm is going out to market to raise a $75 million second fund to finance the development of startups in LA and beyond, according to fundraising documents viewed by TechCrunch. The firm has largely flown under the radar, but it has been investing in startups applying innovations in automation, artificial intelligence, computer vision, computational biology, material sciences and robotics to industrial products and p...
Tags: TC, Tinder, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Sprint, Retail, Machine Learning, Oculus, Aerospace, Snap, Walt Disney Co, Desktop Metal, Serial Entrepreneur, Riot Ventures, Stephen Marcus


What to Watch: Queer history on TV, a Guatemalan love story and Juliette Lewis trailing a killer

Margret Cho in ‘Visible’ Stepping out on a movie date this weekend? Netflix and chillin? Whatever your entertainment needs, we got your back (and hopefully your mind) with Queerty’s weekly “Culture Club” column with some of the highlights of new releases, streaming shows, classics worth revisiting, and what to drink while you watch. The Must: Visible-Out on TV Out-gay director Ryan White (The Case Against 8, The Keepers, Ask Dr. Ruth) returns with his most ambitious—and impressive—projec...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Feature, New York, Entertainment, La, Norman Lear, US, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Georgia, Juliette Lewis, Netflix, Lgbtq, Janet Mock, Eastern Europe


Contextual advertising company GumGum raises $22M

GumGum is announcing that it’s raised $22 million from existing investors, including Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, NEA spinout NewView Capital and Upfront Ventures — money that CEO Phil Schraeder said he’ll use to pursue a more aggressive acquisition strategy. This Series D comes nearly five years after GumGum raised a $26 million Series C. Schraeder told me the company’s “core business has been profitable for years,” and that GumGum now has the ability to turn profitability “on or off” d...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Advertising Tech, La, Tech, CMO, Sprint, Santa Monica Calif, Verity, Metrograph, Ophir Tanz, GumGum, Licht, Schraeder, Phil Schraeder, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital NEA


AdQuick raises $6M to conquer an advertising market Google and Facebook won’t

With Google and Facebook yielding massive control over the online ad market leaving only scraps for other ad platforms, perhaps it was only natural that tech startups would take a step back and start to look for opportunities in selling billboards. AdQuick, a marketplace for out of home (OOH) advertising, tells TechCrunch that it has closed a $6 million Series A led by Initialized Capital with participation from WndrCo, Shrug Capital, The Todd & Rahul Angel Fund and rapper Nas. The startup h...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Facebook, New York, La, San Francisco, Nas, Alexis Ohanian, Connor, Initialized Capital, Cheyenne Wyoming, Unites States, Matt O Connor, AdQuick, Brex


Ever Loved’s funeral marketplace undercuts undertakers

Fifty percent of families are scared they can’t cover the cost of a funeral. They end up overpaying because no one wants to comparison shop amidst a tragedy. That’s why ex-Googler Alison Johnston’s startup Ever Loved built a free funeral crowdfunding tool. Now it’s addressing one of the most expensive parts of saying goodbye: burial. Today Ever Loved launches its online marketplace for caskets, urns, headstones and memorial jewelry. By sidestepping the overhead of a physical funeral home, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Crowdfunding, Washington, La, Funerals, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Silicon Valley, Payments, Costco


Advertisers panic over privacy, a new ad agency emerges, and Mark Penn looks for savings at MDC

Hello! Before I get into the week's advertising and media news, a plug: We're publishing a list of PR experts focused on crisis communications, and we're looking for your recommendations. Get all the details and fill out the nomination form by Feb. 14 here. On to the news. Lauren Johnson reported in Palm Springs, California, at the IAB's Annual Leadership Conference, where marketers are panicking about Google's plans to get rid of the cookies that are the bedrock of digital advertising. Markete...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, California, La, Samsung, Trends, CMO, Nike, Netflix, SEC, WeWork, Vizio, Kennedy, Viacom


A 22-year-old beauty YouTuber explains the main ways she makes money, from a merchandise line, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics

Beauty and fashion influencer Adelaine Morin, is 22-years-old and has over 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube.  Morin was born in Canada, and she started her YouTube channel in 2011, posting makeup tutorials and fashion videos. We spoke to Morin about her influencer business and the main ways she makes money, from a popular merchandise line sold on FanJoy, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Adelaine Morin was 13-years-old, she ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Canada, Ken Burns, UTA, Usc, Ethan, Morin, Bethany Mota, Tarte Cosmetics, Grayson Dolan, Fanjoy


Los Angeles-based SureSale is developing an independent certification service for used cars

Donny Hall, the chief executive and co-founder of the used car certification service, SureSale, knows used cars. The serial entrepreneur built and sold a previous business, CarSure, which was an insurance plan for vehicle repairs. After selling that business in 2017 to Innovative Aftermarket Systems, Hall decided that his next venture would be to take on the used car industry’s dominant source for historical information about a vehicle — Carfax . His Santa Monica, Calif.-based SureSale has rai...
Tags: TC, California, La, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Transport, Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois, Director, Upfront Ventures, Background Checks, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Calif, Carfax


Amazon's subsidiary turned a historic church into an 'Innovation Cathedral' work space but preserved its stained glass, pipe organ, and bowling alley

In May, Amazon's Audible subsidiary opened an office in a restored historic Newark, New Jersey church. The company is calling the former Presbyterian church an "Innovation Cathedral," and says that it will draw visitors and talent to the city, as well as curious city residents. The renovation kept the structure's stained glass, pipe organ, and bowling alley Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon-owned audiobook and radio company Audible opened a new office in a historic Pr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, La, Trends, Newark, Amazon Fire, Audible, Newark New Jersey, Katz, Don Katz, Amazon s Audible, Innovation Cathedral


Jeff Bezos just sold $1.8 billion in Amazon stock. Here's how the CEO makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, just became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $126 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration company, Blue Origin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Yahoo, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates, Manhattan, Warren Buffett


Calling all cosmic startups – pitch at TechCrunch’s space event in LA

Founders – it’s time to shoot for the stars. For the first time ever, TechCrunch is hosting a brand new event TC Sessions: Space on June 25th in Los Angeles. But that’s not all, because on June 24th TechCrunch will host a Pitch Night exclusively for early stage space startups. Yep, that’s right. On top of a packed programming day with fireside chats, breakout sessions and Q&As featuring the top experts and game changers in space, TechCrunch will select 10 startups focused on any aspect of s...
Tags: Space, Science, Hardware, Enterprise, La, Government, Los Angeles, Tech, Venture Capital, Aerospace


DBP Donut takes a trip into short form storytelling with “The Ride”

DBP Donut, the advertising and short-form entertainment production company launched by Mark and Jay Duplass (darlings of independent film and TV) and their partners Charlie Leahy and Nigel Lopez-McBean, unveiled their new short-form production “The Ride” last week at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s the latest foray into the micro-narrative genre from the Duplass brothers, who have made their careers in the entertainment business by coming up with creative ways to make money off of their indepen...
Tags: TC, Hbo, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jay, Sundance, Mark, Jay Duplass, Wayne, Phillips, BuzzFeed News, Duplass


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North America

NASA is sending to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite (whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers) a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called “TEMPO,” which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen di...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North American

NASA is sending a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called ‘TEMPO,’ which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Max Q: SpaceX’s Starlink constellation grows again

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week was the busiest yet for space-related news in 2020, thanks in part to the 23rd Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference that happened last week. The event saw participation from just about every company who has anything to do with commercial spaceflight, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, and dove deep on questions of regulation and congressional...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, La, Toronto, Tech, Nasa, United States, Virgin Galactic, Satellite, Manufacturing, Mars, Louisiana, North America


Board Question #92802: What's a question or two that you wish someone has ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,What's a question or two that you wish someone has asked you, but hasn't? Please tell us the question and then answer it.-What Can I Say Except You're Welcome A:   Dear Maui, Well how'd you know?! Dear Goldie Rose, Didn't you go to Tonga? How did it go? -John Groberg Dear Johnnie, Io! Carl and I went to Tonga last September during my second trimester as our last hurrah before Carl Jr. was born. We were there for a total of 12 days. We were on the main island (Tongatapu)...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, La, Wikipedia, New York City, Disney, America, Ses, Netflix, Atlantic, Netherlands, Playstation Network, Upper West Side, BYU, Fiji, Tonga


SpaceX reportedly looking to build Starship rockets at Port of LA

SpaceX is said to be in talks with local government officials about setting up a new rocket factory in the Port of Los Angeles, a location that would give it easy access to the ocean for transporting its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicles to its coastal launchpad sites in Florida. CNBC reported that these discussions were confirmed by Port of LA officials. As CNBC points out, this isn’t the first time that SpaceX has done this dance with the Port of LA: The company had r...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Ceo, Port Of Los Angeles, Mars, Falcon 9, Spaceflight


A mansion full of TikTok stars, how Rhett & Link make $17.5 million yearly from YouTube, and inside Bon Appétit's test kitchen

Hi, and welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! This is Amanda Perelli, and I'll be briefing you on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. This week, my colleague Dan Whateley took readers inside the new TikTok talent company, TalentX Entertainment.  TikTok, the short-form video app, has become one of the hottest social platforms among Generation Zers. With the sudden rise in popularity, the need for talent-management firms dedicated to helping these new teen cr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, South Africa, New York Times, Bravo, Vine, Ken Burns, Forbes, Dan, Bel Air, Watney, Heath


Another shot at bringing a SpaceX rocket plant to San Pedro is in the works

SpaceX was to lease this 18-acre site on Terminal Island to build components for its 4,400-ton BFR, renamed Starship, rocket. Instead, the company will move the prototype operation to Texas, although the full-scale production will remain in Hawthorne. The site was the former Southwest Marine Shipyard. Photo By Charles Bennett 5/23/2018 This undated photo shows San Pedro’s World Cruise Center. SpaceX’s future Terminal Island rocket manufacturing plant has some community leaders believe the po...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, La, Los Angeles, City, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, International Space Station, Port Of Los Angeles, Mars, Local News, Eric Garcetti


Bird confirms acquisition of Berlin scooter rival Circ

If you didn’t see this coming, then clearly you didn’t have your eyes on the road. Bird, the LA-founded e-scooter giant, has confirmed that it is acquiring European competitor Circ, the micromobilty company founded by Lukasz Gadowski of Delivery Hero fame. The deal, for which terms remain undisclosed, was first reported by the FT late last week. Meanwhile, TechCrunch revealed late November that Circ was facing difficulties and had issued a round of layoffs following so-called “operational learni...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, La, Berlin, Tech, Bird, Lime, CIRC, Lukasz Gadowski, Gadowski


Daily Crunch: Tech notables react to Kobe Bryant’s death

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant The Los Angeles startup community is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of NBA superstar, entrepreneur and investor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday. Bryant launched his venture career with partner and s...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Europe, La, US, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Christensen, Bryant, NTT Docomo, Clayton Christensen, Calabasas Calif


With a new LA office and a forthcoming creator studio, TikTok is poised to take on Instagram and YouTube (GOOG, FB)

Short-form video app TikTok just announced it would open a studio for creators. TikTok, which is owned by the China-based company ByteDance, also recently opened an office in Los Angeles and i for a US CEO. Building up US operations may be a sign that TikTok might be looking to take on social media giants Instagram and YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Short video app TikTok announced on Wednesday that it would open a content creation studio this summer. With a new ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Navy, Youtube, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, Army, Tokyo, North America, Cnbc


As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities

David Spreng spent more than 20 years in venture capital before dipping his toe into the world of revenue-based financing and realizing there was a growing appetite for alternatives to venture capital. Indeed, since forming debt-lending company Runway Growth Capital in mid-2015, Spreng has been busy writing checks to a variety of mostly later-stage companies on behalf of his institutional investors. (One of these, Oak Tree Capital Management in LA, is a publicly-traded credit firm.) He expect...
Tags: TC, La, Funding, Tech, Davos, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Spreng, David Spreng, Growth Capital, Runway Growth Capital


Los Angeles-based CREXi raises $29 million for its online real estate marketplace

Los Angeles is one of the most desirable locations for commercial real estate in the United States, so it’s little wonder that there’s something of a boom in investments in technology companies servicing the market coming from the region. It’s one of the reasons that CREXi, the commercial real estate marketplace, was able to establish a strong presence for its digital marketplace and toolkit for buyers, sellers, and investors. Since the company raised its last institutional round in 2018, it has...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, Technology, La, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, WeWork, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, General Partner, CRE, Industries, Industry Ventures, Jackson Square Ventures, Crexi, Gavin Myers


UPDATE: Los Angeles-based CREXi raises $30 million for its online real estate marketplace

Los Angeles is one of the most desirable locations for commercial real estate in the United States, so it’s little wonder that there’s something of a boom in investments in technology companies servicing the market coming from the region. It’s one of the reasons that CREXi, the commercial real estate marketplace, was able to establish a strong presence for its digital marketplace and toolkit for buyers, sellers and investors. Since the company raised its last institutional round in 2018, it has ...
Tags: La, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, WeWork, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, CRE, Industry Ventures, Jackson Square Ventures, Gavin Myers, Degiorgio, Mike DeGiorgio, Prudence Holdings, Mitsubishi Estate Company, Prudence Holdings Previous



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