Tech roundup: Driverless car testing in California, a big cannatech funding and more

November 21, 2017
VNTANA augmented reality hologram startup
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6 LA techies make Forbes' annual 30 under 30

Late last week, Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 report, featuring 600 up-and-comers from 20 different industries. Six local tech professionals from a number of different industries made this year's list, including video game, augmented reality and app development professionals. [Built In LA]


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California takes another step towards fully driverless cars

Recently, the Department of Motor Vehicles proposed a new set of streamlined regulations that would lift major restrictions on the testing of autonomous cars in the state of California. Previously, the state required a licensed human driver to be behind the wheel at all times, drawing the ire of companies like Apple, Uber, General Motors and Google subsidiary Waymo. Roadblocks still exist, however, with the federal government and local jurisdictions declining to weigh in on whether they would intervene if autonomous vehicles begin testing in California. [LA Times]


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Cirrus Insight acquires Tennessee productivity tool developer

Irvine-based Cirrus Insight, a company that develops productivity apps, announced this week that it had acquired Tennessee-based to begin offering the latter's suite of document management and attachment tracking products to users. With, users can see whether their attachments are viewed in real time. The terms of the acquisition were not revealed. [Press Release]


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Forward expands its personalized healthcare platform to LA

Forward, a San Francisco-based startup that makes a data-driven technology platform that provides subscribers with personalized healthcare, announced this week that it would be expanding operations to Los Angeles. The company, which commenced operations at the beginning of the year, will open an office in Century City. Founded by serial entrepreneur Adrian Aoun, the $149 monthly service gives users access to custom-built exam rooms stocked with interactive diagnostic tools and healthcare professionals from schools like UCLA and Stanford. [TechCrunch]


Fundings of the week

LeafLink, $10 million

Investors: Nosara Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Wisdom VC, Phyto Partners, TIA Ventures, Brand New Matter and Casa Verde Capital. 

LeafLink, a cannatech startup with offices in LA and NYC, closed a $10 million Series A on Monday. The company will use the funds to expand its B2B cannabis marketplace, which currently offers management tools for cannabis retailers and brands, as well as CRM, data reporting, order status tracking and a fulfillment queue for vendors. Founded in March 2016, the company works with more than 1,700 retailers and 400 brands across six states. [Built In NYC]


Investors: Bonfire Ventures

Tray, a Santa Monica startup that develops Android-based point-of-sale terminal software, announced an undisclosed amount of funding recently. Led by Bonfire Ventures, the round will help the company scale its platform, which integrates with existing POS solutions and is being marketed to multi-location chains. [SoCal Tech]

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