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bioClarity Lands $13M For Millennial, Gen Z Skincare Brand
San Diego-based bioClarity, a skincare brand which markets itself to millennial and Gen-Z consumers, has raised $13M in a funding round, the company said thsi week. The funding was led by Prolog Ventures. According to the comapny, the first close of its new investment round will help it accelerate its growth. The company is part of Adigica Health, Inc. The startup, led by President and Ceo Rick Sliter, says it is creating a "digitally native" direct-to-consumer brand, focused on creating skincar (More info...)

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Connect Homes Finds $10.8M For Prefab Housing
Los Angeles-based Connect Homes, a developer of prefab housing technology, has raised $10.8M in its Series A funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Brick & Mortar Ventures and Virgo Investment Group, and also included MetaProp, Almubader Growth Fund, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. As part of the funding, the company added Brick & Mortar's Darren Bechtel, and Virgo's Scott Johnson to its board of directors. According to the company, the new funding will go towards its (More info...)

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Isaac Garcia, CEO and Founder of Sales Insider

For our interview this morning, we caught up with Isaac Garcia, a serial entrepreneur who previously founded and sold his last company, Central Desktop, and now is working on a new startup, Sales Insider. Isaac told us a bit about how he thinks his company can help solve the recruiting issues with hiring software sales reps—and also tells new entrepreneurs that sometimes, you just can't have it all, and the challenges of balancing a startup, family life, your health, and the rest of your life (More info...)

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Tealium Takes $55M More
San Diego-based Tealium, which develops tag management software used data integration, has raised $55M more in a Series F funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Silver Lake Waterman, and also included ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund, Declaration Partners, Parkwood and existing investors. The funding reportedly values the company at $850M. According to Tealium, the new funding will go towards expansion of its data integration ecosystem, accelerate new product development, an (More info...)

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SpaceX Planning Another Try On Starlink Satellite Launch Today
SpaceX, which is in the midst of attempting to launch 60 satellites into space, said that it will try again today to launch its first set of Starlink communications satellites into space today at 10:30 p.m. EDT. SpaceX scrubbed the original launch on Wednesday, due to excess upper level winds. SpaceX is launching the 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The sixty Starlink communicatinos satellites are the first of what are expected to be thousands of low earth (More info...)

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DTS Links Play-Fi Into AirPlay 2
Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS, which is owned by Xperi, said this morning that it has begun supporting Apple's AirPlay 2 in its DTS Play-Fi products. DTS offers up its Play-Fi technology to audio equipment OEMs, allowing those OEMs to build their own whole-home audio systems. According to DTS, so far, support for AirPlay 2 has rolled out on the McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay, with additional products to be announced this year. DTS said its Play-Fi products that support AirPlay 2 (More info...)

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XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition
Marina Del Rey-based XPRIZE, the organization led by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis which seeks to spur innovative solutions to the world's problems, has awarded $15M in the Global Learning XPRIZE, the prize which challenged innovators to create a way to enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. According to XPRIZE, it decided to split the top $10M award in the competition between two winners--Kitkit School, which has developed a learning program using (More info...)

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TigerConnect Names Client Success VP
Santa Monica-based healthcare communications software developer TigerConnect said on Wednesday that it has named Sarah Shillington its Senior Vice President of Client Success, to lead the company's customer onboarding team. TigerConect said that Shillington joins the company from Leidos Health, and has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare IT. Prior to Leidos Health, Shillington previously had spent 19 years at McKesson. TigerConnect develops healthcare communications tools, including a (More info...)

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