Mojave-based space launch provider Virgin Orbit successfully launched a new batch of satellites into space, using its unique rocket-launched-from-a-747 system. Virgin Orbit said it launched 7 customer satellites on its mission on Thursday, using its LauncherOne rocket. The launch was from off the Southern California coast, about 50 miles south of Channel Islands National Park. According to Virgin Orbit, it now has demonstrated the ability to "launch anywhere, anytime and unwarned" for its government customers. The "Above the Clouds" launch included satellites from Spire Global, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Polish satellite company SatRevolution.
Irvine-based ICEYE, which develops synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, says it has launched two new satellites into orbit. According to ICEYE, the satellites were launched on the the recent SpaceX Transporter-3 smallsat rideshare mission. ICEYE said the two satellites are its fifteeth and sixteeth satellites it has launched into orbit. ICEYE's satellites are aimed at use in insurance, natural catastrophe response and recovery, national security, defense, humanitarian relief and climate change monitoring.
Santa Monica-based March Capital is the lead investor in San Mateo-based Gr4vy, a developer of cloud-based payments orchestration software. According to Gr4y, it raised $15M in a Series A funding, which was led by March Capital, and also included Nyca Partners, Activant Capital and Plug and Play Ventures. March Capital's investment was led by Solomon Hailu. Gr4vy said it has raised a total of $27.2M so far.
Los Angeles-based cloud storage provider IDrive said this week that it has added cloud backup support for Linux machines on its IDrive 360 product. The company said the support allows IT admins to schedule and automate backups for all of their organizational Linux data into a single account through a unified web console. The product is aimed at businesses, and starts at $29.50 per year per computer.
Los Angeles-based HeyRenee, the health concierge and health technology startup led by former Heal founders Renee Dua and Nick Desai, said today that it has raised $4.4M more in a seed funding. The company said the funding was led by Quiet Capital, and also included Fika Ventures and Mucker Capital. The company said the funding comes on top of earlier seed funding, bringing its total capital raised to $8.2M. Hey Renee is specifically focused on providing healthcare services to seniors, the disabled, and those with chronic conditions.
Los Angeles-based Masters, a startup that lets users get coaching and training from famous athletes, has raised $2.7M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Sweet Capital, and also included Mucker Capital, Goodwater Capital and Luxor Capital, in addition to angel investments from Shaun White, Bam Adebayo, Kai Lenny and A'ja Wilson, Anton Gauffin, Jakob Joenck, Henrik Kraft, Greg Tseng, Prerna Gupta, Hank Vigil, Janis Zech and Andreas Mihalovits. The company is led by CEO and co-founder Greg Drach.
Los Angeles-based medical scrubs and clothing brand Jaanuu said this week that it has raised $75M in a private equity investment. The funding came from private equity firm Eurazeo. Jaanuu was founded by Shaan Sethi and Dr. Neela Sethi. According to the company, it has now raised $100M in total. As part of the new funding, the company says it has created a new board, consisting of Jill Granoff, Eurazeo managing partner and Brands CEO; Shaan Sethi, Jaanuu co-founder and CEO; John Kenney, Cult Capital co-founder and partner; Sean Collins, Goldfinch Partners managing partner and former BCG Digital Ventures founder; and Anan Kashyap, Ethos CFO and former Poshmark CFO.
Los Angeles-based Zest AI, which develops artificial intelligence software for lending, said it has signed up a Florida credit union as a customer. The company said Addition Financial Credit Union has $2.6 billion in assets and 162,000 members across Florida. Financial details of the win were not announced. Zest AI is led by CEO Mike de Vere.