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AKUA lands $3.2M to turn kelp into burgers

AKUA aims to replace the unsustainable part of food — factory farming — with regenerative ocean farming.

Shareholders approve Bird-SPAC merger, stock promptly falls

Shares of Switchback II Corporation are off more than 14% today, appearing to sell off sharply following news that the SPAC's merger with scooter company Bird has been approved by shareholders.

Creadev seasons Salted with new funding for its QSR brands

Salted created six brands so far, including moonbowls, Califlower Pizza and lulubowls, and serves food from Chinese takeout to pizza to salads.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is in development for Oculus Quest 2

During its big VR and AR-focused event Thursday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major new title headed to its VR platform that should turn a few heads. Grand Theft Auto: San Andr

OneRoof raises $1.25M to build a hyper-localized Nextdoor

As urban rental markets recover and people flock back to cities, people are once again finding themselves with plenty of new neighbors in communities that are trying to embrace a renewed vibrancy of p

Inside the Realms of Ruin

“The Ruin stirs, and the Five Realms rumble,” a now-archived web announcement read on Thursday morning. “You are cordially invited to join New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors Ma

Netflix employees stage a trans solidarity walkout, pose list of demands

Netflix employees staged a walkout yesterday in response to the company’s handling of a Dave Chappelle special that premiered on October 5. At the same time, Los Angeles-based trans activist Ash

Locale puts $2M to work helping people discover local cuisine

Locale bundles orders together and operates on a weekly model, so all of the bakeries and restaurants have one big order rather than a bunch of separate orders that eat up time and labor.

FitOn pumps up its fitness platform with $18M in Delta-v Capital-led funding

Digital fitness and wellness company FitOn was created to provide 15- or 20-minute workouts aimed at getting people moving in whatever time they can make.

Entity Academy, an edtech startup that trains, mentors and places women in tech roles, secures $100M

Women have made great inroads into the tech world in recent years, but there remains a long way to go before we reach a truly equitable state of affairs in workforce numbers, remuneration and product

Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

Just Insure, a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round.  CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which

SpotOn raises $300M at a $3.15B valuation and acquires Appetize

Last year at this time, SpotOn was on the brink of announcing a $60 million Series C funding round at a $625 million valuation. Fast-forward to almost exactly one year later and a lot has changed for

GrubMarket gobbles up $120M at a $1B+ pre-money valuation to take on the food supply chain

When people talk about “online food delivery” services, chances are that they’ll think of the Uber Eats, Instacarts and Getirs of this world. But today a startup that’s tacklin

Performance marketing agency MuteSix bets on content and data to boost DTC e-commerce

We interviewed MuteSix CRO Greg Gillman to discuss how the LA-based performance marketing agency bets on content and data to work with its direct-to-consumer e-commerce clients.

A bug in a medical startup’s website put thousands of COVID-19 test results at risk

A California-based medical startup that provides COVID-19 testing across Los Angeles has pulled down a website it used to allow customers to access their test results after a customer found a vulnerab

Link-in-bio monetization platform Snipfeed raises a $5.5M seed round

The link-in-bio business is heating up as more mobile website builders compete for a coveted slice of real estate on a creator’s TikTok, Instagram or Twitter. Linktree leads the space, securing

Abodu raises $20M to build prefabricated backyard homes

The need for more affordable housing has never been more urgent as a shortage in the U.S. housing market persists. Startups attempting to help address the shortage in a variety of ways abound. One suc

Flymachine raises $21 million to build a virtual concerts platform for a post-pandemic world

As concerts and live events return to the physical world stateside, many in the tech industry have wondered whether some of the pandemic-era opportunities around virtualizing these events are lost for

Apple is opening a store in downtown LA’s nearly 100-year-old Tower Theatre

This Thursday, Apple will mark the opening of a new store in downtown Los Angeles. The space occupies the newly renovated Tower Theatre, which opened in DTLA’s Broadway Theater District in 1927. Amo

Fintech giant Klarna raises $639M at a $45.6B valuation amid ‘massive momentum’ in the US

Just over three months after its last funding round, European fintech giant Klarna is announcing today that it has raised another $639 million at a staggering post-money valuation of $45.6 billion. Ru
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