Los Angeles-based Open Raven raises $15 million from KPCB for its security tech to secure hybrid clouds – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Open Raven, the Los Angeles-based security startup founded by a team of cybersecurity veterans from CrowdStrike and SourceClear, has closed on $15 million in new financing only four months after emerging from stealth and in the middle of a global pandemic.  The company already boasted an impressive roster of investors well-versed in enterprise software…

HBCUvc founder Hadiyah Mujhid on one way investors can advance racial equity – TechCrunch

[ad_1] In response to VCs’ sudden rush to invest in more Black founders, Black venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have penned a bunch of advice on the best way to tap into talent. Among the strategies? Team up with Black firms already doing the work. Some firms have said that they’re going to turn to HBCUvc, a…

Ford’s 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid takes aim at Toyota RAV4 PRIME – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid — a first for the SUV — comes with an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range and 100 miles per gallon equivalent, stats that will put the redesigned model into competition with the new Toyota RAV4 PRIME. The Toyota RAV4 PRIME has an estimated 42-mile EV rang…

As fashion has its metaverse moment, one app looks to bridge real and virtual worlds for sneakerheads – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Fashion is having its moment in the metaverse. A riot of luxury labels, music, and games are vying for attention in the virtual world. And as physical events and the entertainment industry that depends on them shuts down, virtual things have come to epitomize the popular culture of the pandemic. It’s creating an environment…

Polestar to open first U.S. stores in the second half of 2020 – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Polestar’s first U.S. retail stores will open in Los Angeles, New York City and two locations in San Francisco later this year — the latest milestone for the automaker as it gets closer to bringing its all-electric vehicle to market. Polestar, which is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of…

Investors cozy up to LA-based ettitude’s bamboo bedding and sleep wear with $1.6 million – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Ettitude, the Los Angeles-based, direct-to-consumer startup making sustainable bedding and sleepwear from bamboo fibers, has raised a sustainably sized round that should keep the company going even in the face of an economic recession. Co-founded by the Melbourne, Australia native Phoebe Yu and serial entrepreneur Kat Dey, ettitude sells high-end bamboo bedding made using…

Origin wants to make accessible physical therapy women’s new normal – TechCrunch

[ad_1] “I spend a lot of time being angry — but I’m still hopeful. Gender bias in medicine is systemic,” says Carine Carmy, the fast-talking CEO and co-founder of Origin, during a condensed chat about her startup mission to make physical therapy for women and mothers accessible and affordable across the US, both online and…

Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Divergent, the Los Angeles-based startup aiming to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing, has cut about one-third of its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended startups and major corporations alike. The company, which employed about 160 people, laid off 57 workers, according to documents filed with the California Employment Development Department. Founder and CEO Kevin…

Curative received FDA emergency use authorization for its novel COVID-19 tests – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The diagnostics startup Curative has received an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its novel take a look at to find out COVID-19 an infection. The firm says that its tests have already been utilized by the City of Los Angeles since late March and have examined over 53,000 metropolis…