*socaltech.com <http://socaltech.com> TechNews - Friday, February 14, 2020*
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*Headlines *


   - A Conversation With James Borow, Pepper Financial <#0079525>
   - Virgin Galactic Moves Spacecraft To New Mexico <#0079527>
   - Inseego Targets Businesses With 4G LTE Device <#0079526>
   - Mavenlink Creates New Advisory Board <#0079523>
   - Soylent Swaps Out CEO <#0079522>
   - Amazon's Bezos Spends $165M For Beverly Hills Mansion <#0079521>
   - GumGum Gets $22M More For Advertising AI Software <#0079519>


*Marketplace*


   - UK Government's Department for International Trade (DIT) <#ad756>
   - Facilitated Off-Site Planning for Growth Companies and Venture Firms
   <#ad753>
   - Bestronics - Electronic Engineering Services, SOMs, Imaging Products,
   Displays & Batteries <#ad752>
   - IP Protection for Technology and Business - SoCal IP Law Group LLP
   <#ad750>
   - Stradling <#ad608>


*Friday, February 14, 2020*

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*A Conversation With James Borow, Pepper Financial*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079525.html>

Our interview this morning is with James Borow, the co-founder of Pepper
Financial (www.trypepper.com), a startup which is creating a new set of
tools to help businesses grow smarter. The company—which is being very
quiet about what it is working on—was founded by a group of former Snap
executives, and is venture backed by Upfront Ventures, and which also
included Lerer Hippeau, Manta Ray, and angels. (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079525.html>)

*Virgin Galactic Moves Spacecraft To New Mexico*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079527.html>
Virgin Galactic, which is developing vehicles designed to take tourists to
space, has relocated its SpaceShipTwo Unity spacecraft to its new launch
site, in New Mexico, as the next step along its path to being able to
launch its spacecraft into space. (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079527.html>)

*Inseego Targets Businesses With 4G LTE Device*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079526.html>
San Diego-based wireless device maker Inseego is targeting the business
market with a new product, which uses 4G LTE to provide phone service to
businesses, the company said on Thursday. According to Inseego, its new
product, the BPC100, provides connectivity for voice and data and i ideal
for mall and medium businesses, along with enterprise users. The new
product is available from Verizon Enterprise Sales. (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079526.html>)

*Mavenlink Creates New Advisory Board*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079523.html>
Irvine-based Mavenlink, which develops business process management software
and related tools for services businesses, said on Thursday that it has
created a new, Executive Advisory Board at the company. The board includes
Keith Carlson (CEO of Growth Stage), Ed Marshall (Chief Product Officer,
Ambra Health), and Walt Weisner (Chief Customer Officer of Customer Care,
BlueJeans Network). MavenLink's backers include Carrick Capital Partners
and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079523.html>)

*Soylent Swaps Out CEO* <http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079522.html>
Los Angeles-based food replacement and nutrition products maker Soylent
announced this week that it has swapped out its CEO, Bryan Crowley, and
replaced him with its CFO, Demir Vangelov. According to Soylent, the move
is part of an effort by the company to "re-focus on our core products" and
to help it improve its current product line and bring "some truly
innovative ideas off the shelf and into the market". (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079522.html>)

*Amazon's Bezos Spends $165M For Beverly Hills Mansion*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079521.html>
In the latest move by a tech billionaire into the neighborhood, Jeff Bezos,
the founder of Amazon, has paid a record $165M for a mansion in Beverly
Hills. The mansion had previously been owned by David Geffen, who had owned
the property since 1990. (More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079521.html>)

*GumGum Gets $22M More For Advertising AI Software*
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079519.html>
Santa Monica-based GumGum, which develops artificial intelligence software
for the advertising and media market, has raised $22M more in a funding
round, the company said on Thursday. According to the firm, the new $22M
funding came from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, NewView Capital, and
Upfront Ventures. All three of those investors are existing investors in
the company. GumGum is led by CEO Phil Schaeder. (Funding Details
<https://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99720>)(More...
<http://www.socaltech.com/fullstory/0079519.html>)

*UK Government's Department for International Trade (DIT)
<https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/200195057>*
The UK is one of the world's fastest-growing tech hubs with more than
60,000 tech companies, 30 industry clusters, and over $14 billion in
investment over the last five years.

The UK Government's Department for International Trade (DIT) team provides
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recruitment support, policy insight, and partnership-building
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As the #1 destination in Europe for inward investment and tech talent, and
home to more fast-growth companies than any other European country, the UK
has a lot to offer to US companies. We work with all companies, from
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*Recent Funding <#funding>*
2/13/20 Seqster
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99719> San
Diego $0.00
M
2/13/20 GumGum
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99720> Santa
Monica $22.00 M
2/12/20 HEADSPACE, INC.
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99703> Santa
Monica $53.00 M
2/10/20 JenaValve Technology Inc
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99680> Irvine $50.00
M
2/05/20 NGD Systems
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M
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Pasadena $22.00 M
2/05/20 Gento
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Angeles $5.00 M
2/04/20 Retina
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99543> Santa
Monica $2.50 M
1/27/20 ProGuides
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99517> Los
Angeles $5.00 M
1/24/20 Crexi
<http://www.socaltech.com/intelligence/?action=showdeal&id=99516> Venice $29.00
M
1/21/20 FloQast
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Angeles $40.00 M
1/17/20 Homebound
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M
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M
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Valencia $10.50 M
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March 5, Santa Monica -- *The Montgomery Summit* Montgomery
Summit 2020. The Montgomery Summit is an invitation-only event that gathers
leading entrepreneurs, venture and growth investors, institutional
investors, and industry executives from around the world. The Montgomery
Summit has been held annually since 2004, and it has grown into the
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presentations from the CEOs of 150 exceptional private companies,
world-class keynote speakers and engaging panels and discussions. See
http://www.socaltech.com/calendar/eventid/26614

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Investments and acquisitions of growing software companies.

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Technology. Law. Vision.

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