Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Hopscotch, Backed By $12.5M, Now Powering 40 College Teams
Los Angeles-based Hopscotch, a venture backed startup which develops mobile app technology used for fan engagement, says it has now created the official mobile app for more than 40 college athletic programs. The company--which is backed by $12.5M in funding from Mosaik Partners--says it powers the official football fan apps for Oregon, Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Michigan State and many others. Those apps provide scores, news, season schedules, player stats, tickets, and more. Hopscotch, which is (More info...)

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ICONIC Protein Gets $8M
Santa Monica-based ICONIC Protein, a protein dairy drink brand, announecd today that it has raised $8M in a funding round. The funding was led by KarpReilly, and also included angel Bill oses, the entrepreneur behind KeVita, Casa Barranca Organic Winery, and Fermented Sciences. ICONIC Protein says it makes a line of protein drinks made with grass-fed dairy from New Zealand. Moses becomes Executive Chairman of ICONIC Protein along with the funding. ICONIC's co-founder and CEO is Billy Bosch.

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March Capital Backs Gaming SDK Developer Genvid In $2.5M Funding
Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a new funding round for gaming software development kit (SDK) developer Genvid, according to Genvid. Genvid said it raised $2.5M in new funding led by March Capital Partners, and also including OCA Ventures. March's investment in Genvid was led by Gregory Milken. Genvid develops an SDK which allows game developers and publishers to connect their games to interactive video streaming services, including YouTube and A (More info...)

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Interview with Bertrand Patriarca, WashOS

This morning's interview with an entrepreneur is with Bertrand Patriarca, the CEO of Los Angeles-based startup WashOS ( WashOS runs an on-demand, car washing service. We caught up with Bertrand, who had been an entrepreneur in France, to learn why he moved to Los Angeles to start WashOS, and how his experience here in LA as an entrepreneur compares to his time in France.

What does WashOS do?

Bertrand Patriarca: We are WashOS. What we are doing, is disrupting the traditio (More info...)

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JibJab Launches New Camera Sticker App, Rolls Out Avatars With NFL
Los Angeles-based JibJab, the developer of e-card and other humorous content tools and apps, has released a new product today, called JibJab Camera. According to JibJab, the new iOS app allows users to make their photos and videos funnier with personalized, JibJab stickers, and is aimed at creating funny stories for Snapchat and Instagram, and other services. As part of the launch, Jibjab said it has rolled out a set of NFL-themed avatars which can be used to create personalized NFL-themed avata (More info...)

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Happy Returns Raises $4M In Funding
Santa Monica-based startup Happy Returns has raised $4M in a Series A funding, to provide an in-person service to accept returns for online retailers. The funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Lowercase Capital and Maveron. Happy Returns says it already has 40 locations accepting returns for such online retailers as Tradesy, Shoes of Prey, Everlane, and others. As part of the funding, Upfront's Greg Bettinelli joins the company's board of directors, as does Brian Spaly, an angel (More info...)

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PrazoNow Launches Short Term, Subscription Electric Auto Leasing Service
Los Angeles-based PrazoNow, a new automotive leasing startup being incubated at Mucker Labs, says it is launching a new, subscription automotive service. According to PrazoNow, it is launching a short term, car leasing service which will offer up three, six, or nine month leases to pre-owned, electric vehicles in Southern California. PrazoNow said that it is targeting consumers relocating for work or school who need short-term transportation, those looking for an inexpensive alternative to ride- (More info...)

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Clearlake Capital Sells Calero Software
Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital announced today that it has sold off one of its portfolio firms, Calero Software, to private equity investor Riverside Partners. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. Clearlake created Calero in 2013, when it rolled up three companies--Veramark Technologies, PINNACLE, and Movero--into a single entity. Clearlake said that Calero was advised in the deal by Harris Williams and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

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