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To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Houston—Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same.Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope, a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago. But when looking for funding for her second company, Doctours, she says, “I kept hearing, ‘I love your idea, but I’m not sure about you being C...
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The Ten Greatest Films of All Time According to 358 Filmmakers

Every ten years, film journal Sight and Sound conducts a worldwide survey of film critics to decide which films are considered the best ever made. Started in 1952, the poll is now widely regarded as the most important and respected out there. And the critical consensus for a long time was that the masterpiece Citizen Kane by Orson Welles is the best of the best. The film topped the list for five decades from 1962 until 2002. Then in 2012, perhaps out of Kane fatigue, Alfred Hitchcock’s V...
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Uber drivers plan shutdown over 'poverty wages' as company goes public

Drivers will turn off apps in seven US cities on 8 May as collectives condemn IPO for lining executives’ pocketsUber drivers in the US will stage a shutdown for 12 hours to protest against poor working conditions and low wages as the company goes public in May.Drivers will log off the app in seven cities starting at noon on 8 May, the day Uber is expected to make its IPO. Drivers in San Francisco will also protest in front of the Uber headquarters. The action is backed by driver collectives incl...
Tags: Uber, US news, San Francisco, Gig economy, Technology, Business, US markets


A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.  The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for mileage per charge using the same 100 kWh battery pack, the company said. The company also announced a new adaptive suspension system and upgrades to its Ludicrous Mode. Both models now have the newest d...
Tags: Energy, TC, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Driver, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3


A new Tesla Model S or X can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its cars to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.  The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for mileage per charge using the same 100 kWh battery pack, the company said. The company also announced a new adaptive suspension system and upgrades to its Ludicrous Mode. Both models now have the newest drive uni...
Tags: Energy, TC, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Driver, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3


Scriptnotes, 397: Big Numbers Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hi, my name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 396 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig and I are both maybe just a little bit jetlagged. Craig, you just flew back from England, correct? Craig: Yeah. This was my last run over to London. We finished basically. John: Hooray! Craig: We mixed our final...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, England, Hollywood, London, Abc, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Earth, Fox, Netflix, Maine, Latvia, John, John August


Canoo, the electric vehicle startup formed from Faraday Future’s ashes, seeks $200 million

Less than a month after rebranding as Canoo, the startup electric vehicle company formerly known as Evelozcity is on the hunt for $200 million in new capital. The startup, which is backed by a clutch of private individuals and family offices hailing from China, Germany, and Taiwan, is hoping to line up the new capital from some more recognizable names as it finalizes supply deals with vendors, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans. Canoo is locking in final contracts wit...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Uber, China, Germany, Los Angeles, Tech, Taiwan, Car, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Transport, San Diego


Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

Astound, a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners. Previous investors Vertex Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, Moment Ventures, and the Slack Fund also participated in the funding, which brings Astound’s total capital raised to $27 million. The company’s software integrates with ServiceNow, BMC, Jira, Cherwell, and Workday, among others. For co-founder an...
Tags: TC, Business, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Bmc, Servicenow, Mckinsey & Company, Mckinsey, March Capital Partners, Slack Fund, Vertex Ventures, Automation Technology, Pelion Venture Partners, Moment Ventures, Turchin


$35M-funded Omni pivots from storage to rentals via retailers

Omni simply couldn’t scale storing stuff in giant warehouses while dropping it and off picking it up from people on demand. Storage was designed to bootstrap Omni into peer-to-peer rentals of the goods in its care. But now it’s found a better way by partnering with retailers which will host and rent out goods for Omni that users will pick up themselves. With that strategy, Omni is now formally pivoting from storage alongside its expansion from San Francisco and Portland into Los Angeles and New ...
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Blueland launches with a suite of eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to reduce plastic waste

Sarah Paiji had the idea to launch the eco-friendly refillable cleaning supply retailer Blueland after hearing about the abundance of microplastics in the water she was using to dilute her child’s baby formula. Paiji wanted to cut back on her plastic consumption, and reduce her contribution to the overabundance of plastic waste in the environment, but felt that as a consumer she didn’t have a choice. So the former venture capital investor from the consumer startup brand studio Launch set out ...
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Down To Shop is a tongue-in-cheek mobile shopping network

Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstin, who previously created the Push for Pizza app (which allowed users to order a pizza with the push of a button), are officially launching their new startup today, Down to Shop. The app bills itself as both a modern reinvention of QVC and “the funnest way to shop.” It allows users to watch funny videos featuring products that can be purchased directly from the app. In an email, Hellerstein said the pair created Down to Shop out of dissatisfaction with existing a...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Los Angeles, Tech, Shop, Firstmark, Qvc, Summerlin, Hellerstein, Upright Citizens Brigade, Cyrus Summerlin


Beyond Meat prices its public offering

Beyond Meat, the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has priced its initial public offering. The company is looking to raise roughly $200 million in the stock sale for its portfolio of burger, chicken and sausage replacements, selling 8.75 million shares of common stock at an upper limit of $21 per share that would value Beyond Meat at more than $1 billion. The Los Angeles-based company’s public offering should be a nice windfall...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Chicago, United States, Venture Capital, Food And Drink, Mcdonalds, Nielsen, Obvious Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Initial Public Offering, Impossible Foods


Beyond Meat files for a public offering

Beyond Meat, the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has filed for an initial public offering. The company is looking to raise roughly $200 million in the stock sale for its portfolio of burger, chicken and sausage replacements, selling 8.75 million shares of common stock at an upper limit of $21 per share that would value Beyond Meat at more than $1 billion. The Los Angeles-based company’s public offering should be a nice windfa...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Chicago, United States, Venture Capital, Food And Drink, Mcdonalds, Nielsen, Obvious Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Initial Public Offering, Impossible Foods


Interactive gaming company to lease another 60,000 square feet in Culver City

Scopely, an interactive entertainment company and mobile-games publisher, has agreed to lease 60,000 square feet of space in Culver City, a move that will more than double its Los Angeles footprint by 2020. The company   will occupy the second, third and fourth floors of a new four-story building at 8888 Washington Blvd. that’s set to be completed late next year. The building is an expansion of Runyon Group’s 130,000-square-foot Platform project, which opened in 2016. That flagship property, a m...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gaming, Business, Real Estate, Hbo, Technology, Jobs, Los Angeles, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Scopely, Cbre, Southern California, South Bay


Southern California’s French Catholics lead fundraising efforts to rebuild burned Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Bernard Prat was born in 1946, a little over a year after the bells of the Notre Dame Cathedral tolled for the last time — marking the Liberation of Paris during World War II. Prat’s parents were witnesses to that historic event. “The bells were so loud and powerful that they shattered some of the cathedral’s windows,” he said. “When I saw the roof collapse, I was so sad. It took 1,300 trees — an entire forest — to build that wooden roof.” Prat, 73, of Newport Beach, was among millions around th...
Tags: Apple, News, California, France, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Colombia, Soccer, Paris, Catholic, Louisiana, Notre Dame, Catholics, Easter, San Sebastian


Soylent now sells solid snack bars

Soylent is leaving liquids behind as it journeys deeper into the packaged food business with a selection of snack sized bars. The 100 calorie bar has 5 grams of plant protein, 36 nutrients and probiotics for digestive health. Snack bars come in three flavors — chocolate brownie,  citrus berry and salted caramel. It’s the second new product launch for Soylent this year. In January the company came out with a single sized version of its pre-packaged meal replacement shakes called the “Soylent B...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, Europe, UK, Nutrition, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, Food And Drink, Soylent, Bar, Highland Europe, Crowley, Meal Replacement


EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve customers directly. Instead, it will be folded into EAT Club’s corporate program that enables employees to select their individually-packed lunch. “EAT Club is the...
Tags: Food, Startups, Los Angeles, Tech, Leeds, GreenTech, Trinity Ventures, Taro, EAT Club, Doug Leeds, Krishna Mehra, Facebook Postmates, Taro Financial, IAC Publishing joined EAT Club, Farm Hill EAT Club


Marlin acquires Skuid

Marlin Equity Partners has recapitalized Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Skuid Inc, a no-code, design first cloud application development platform. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2019 – Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has completed a majority recapitalization of and growth investment in Skuid, Inc. (“Skuid”), a leading no-code, design first cloud application development platform. The company’s comprehensive software solution ...
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With the Roav Bolt, use your Google Assistant safely when driving

I spend so much time on the road every day, whether I’m hustling to the office or picking up the kids at school. While I’m driving, it can be very tempting to pull out my phone to check text messages, make phone calls or fumble around to find my favorite podcast.  One way to safely stay connected and use your phone hands-free while on the road is by using the Roav Bolt, an affordable aftermarket device by Anker Innovations. The Roav Bolt is built to work with Android devices, and brings ...
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Kindbody raises $15M, will open a ‘Fertility Bus’ with mobile testing & assessments

Kindbody, a startup that lures millennial women into its pop-up fertility clinics with feminist messaging and attractive branding, has raised a $15 million Series A in a round co-led by RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors. The New York-based company was founded last year by Gina Bartasi, a fertility industry vet who previously launched Progyny, a fertility benefit solution for employers, and FertilityAuthority.com, an information platform and social network for people struggling with fertility....
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, New York, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, Fertility, United States, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Ivf, Ultrasound


Variant Equity buys Coach USA for about $271.4 mln

Variant Equity has acquired Coach USA from Stagecoach Group plc for about $271.4 million. RBC Capital Markets was financial adviser to Stagecoach Group plc on the transaction. Based in Paramus, New Jersey, Coach USA is a provider of passenger transportation and mobility services. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Variant Equity announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Coach USA Administration, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Coach USA” or the “Company”) from St...
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Skyview-backed Continuum Global Solutions acquires King TeleServices

Continuum Global Solutions  LLC, which is backed by Skyview Capital LLC, has acquired Brooklyn, New York-based King TeleServices, a provider of contact center services. The seller was AST Financial. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, CA (April 16, 2019) – Global private investment firm Skyview Capital, LLC (www.skyviewcapital.com) has added to its Continuum Global Solutions Contact Center platform with the acquisition of Brooklyn, NY-based King TeleServices from AST Fi...
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Wieden & Kennedy takes top honors at Ad Age's 2019 A-List & Creativity Awards

For the second year in a row, Wieden & Kennedy took the highest honor at Ad Age's A-List & Creativity Awards Gala. The event was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan Monday night. See all of the 2019 A-List & Creativity Awards winners here. The agency topped Ad Age’s annual A-List on the strength of culture-leading campaigns for Nike, KFC, Bud Light and OkCupid and strong revenue growth in its New York office. Its work with the sportwear brand for the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It” fea...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, New York, Nbc, Australia, Advertising, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Los Angeles, Chobani, Nike, Diageo, Netflix, Brooklyn, New York Times, Manhattan


Lyft adds Citi Bikes to its app for NYC riders

Lyft is going to integrate Citi Bike into its app for some riders in New York City. Lyft acquired bike-share startup Motivate back in July and proceeded to become a one-stop transportation app in three cities in December. Now, it’s ready to do the same in New York. Beginning early next month, Lyft customers in NYC will be able to unlock CitiBikes through the Lyft app. Lyft says it picked New York as its fourth location after Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. because Citi ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Bikes, Manhattan, Citi, Santa Monica Calif, Citi Bikes, Julie Wood, New York City Lyft, Motivate Lyft


Want to Change the Game? Design your own with Google Play

Calling all future game creators and designers! We’re looking for teens to share their game idea and vision for the future of gaming for a chance to see their game come to life on Google Play.Today, we’re opening up our second annual Change the Game Design Challenge with Girls Make Games to inspire teens to consider a career in gaming—and celebrate women as players and creators. The Grand Prize Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship and $15,000 for their school or community center’s techn...
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RWS acquires Sustainable Solutions Group

Recycling and Waste Solutions, a portfolio company of Atar Capital, has acquired Woodstock, Georgia-based Sustainable Solutions Group, a provider of recycling, waste and sustainability programs for regional and national companies. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES—April 15, 2019—Atar Capital, a Los Angeles-based global private investment firm, announced today it has acquired Sustainable Solutions Group (SSG) through its portfolio company, Recycling and Waste Solutions (RWS). RWS, headquartered in Chadds...
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Scammers Are Buying Thousands Of Fake 5-Star Amazon Reviews -- on Facebook

Why are there so many five-star reviews for an iPhone charger on Amazon with a voltage irregularity that can cause permanent damage? "It's sad to imagine how many shoppers spotted this $13.99 charger pack on Amazon's first-page results and fell for the thousands of positive reviews and the algorithmically-generated endorsement from a platform that people trust more than religion," reports The Hustle. A spot-check confirmed that "10 of the 22 first-page results on Amazon for 'iPhone charger' we...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Kentucky, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Facebook In, Steve Lee, Though Amazon, Fahim Naim, ReviewMeta, Star Amazon Reviews on Facebook, Mary Engel, ReviewMeta Amazon


A focus on diversity reaps rewards for this Los Angeles investor

The Los Angeles startup scene has come a long way in the three-and-a-half years since Marlon Nichols, Troy Carter and Trevor Thomas launched Cross Culture Ventures. The city and its surrounding Orange County exurbs were at the beginning of a venture capital surge that has seen invested capital in the region rise from $3.63 billion in 2015 to $6 billion last year. Since Cross Culture landed on the Los Angeles scene with a $50 million fund, Nichols and his partners have notched three exits and ...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Europe, Nordstrom, New York, London, Boston, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, Intel, Palo Alto, University, United States


With a new CEO and fresh funding from Upfront, healthy prepared food delivery service Territory looks to grow

With a new chief executive officer and $4 million in fresh funding from investors including the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Upfront Ventures, Territory Foods is poised for growth. The company recently hired powerhouse executive Abby Coleman, the former vice president of marketing and strategy at Quidsi and head of e-commerce at Diapers.com as its new chief executive and is now looking to expand its footprint and unique approach to meal delivery beyond its current geographies. The compa...
Tags: Food, TC, Texas, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Business Model, Chief executive officer, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, West, Food And Drink, Dallas, West Coast, East Coast


Court Square acquires Data Blue from Platinum Equity and Gores Group

Platinum Equity and The Gores Group have sold Data Blue, a provider of customized infrastructure, cloud architecture and virtualized solutions, to Court Square Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Raymond James & Associates provided financial adviser to Platinum Equity and The Gores Group on the transaction while Morgan Lewis acted as legal adviser. And, Dechert was legal adviser to Court Square on the acquisition. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Platinum Equity and The...
Tags: New York, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Atlanta, Boulder, Stephen, Morgan Lewis, Court Square, Platinum Equity, Dechert, Raymond James Associates, PE Deals, The Gores Group, Gores Group, Alec Gores



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