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Bonfire Ventures Launches New Venture Capital Firm
A new, Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, Bonfire Ventures--founded by venture veterans Jim Andelman and Mark Mullen, and assisted by Leah Volger--has made its first public announcement of an investment, after stealthily making investments in the region over the last few months. Bonfire, which has not yet announced its fund size or other details, says it is investing in founders who are building "software solutions that redefine how business gets done." The firm has so far invested in such (More info...)

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Fuel50 Finds $2.5M For Career Management Tools
Los Angeles-based Fuel50, a startup developing career management and coaching tools, has raised $2.5M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding came from Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire Ventures. According to Fuel50, the new funding brings its total funding to $4.6M. Fuel50's software is used within businesses to help their employees manage their career path. As part of the funding, Jim Andelman of Rincon Venture Partners and Bonfire will join Fuel50's board of directors. (More info...)

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Tech Scenes: Greg Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures



Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive.

In this solo episode we meet up with Greg Bettinelli and talk about Upfront Ventures, investing in Los Angeles, high performance cultures, building legacy, helping/funding/nurturing entrepreneurs and the future of the Los Angeles tech scene.

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HyreCar Expands In Wisconsin
Los Angeles-based online car rental service HyreCar is expanding its reach in the Madison, Wisconsin area, through a link with personal chauffeur app developer RideAlfred. According to the two, HyreCar's inventory will be available to drivers for RideAlfred in Madison. HyreCar lets drivers who aren't using their vehicles rent them out to others. The companies said they are looking to make it easier for people who wish to earn money as drivers for RideAlfred drive for the service, and other ride- (More info...)

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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Acquires Drug Delivery Assets From Envisia
Irvine-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals, which is developing treatments for patients with glaucoma and other eye diseases, said this morning that it has acquired a number of drug delivery assets from Envisia Therapeutics. According to Aerie Pharmaceuticals, it is paying $25M in a combination of cash and common stock for the technology. The technology involved is a system capable of creating precisely engineered sustained release of pharmaceuticals, according to Aerie, which it says it will use to acc (More info...)

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Skyworks Powers Connected Car Products From ZTE
Irvine-based analog semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions says it is powering a new connected car platform for ZTE this morning. According tto Skyworks, ZTE is incorporating various products from the company in its platforms for the connected car, including products needed to support numerous wireless protocols and frequency protocols. Exact Skyworks products used in ZTE's products were not announced.

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