Tinder. Now that it’s part of a publicly traded company, will the outside world — including stock analysts — learn much more about Tinder’s operations than the little they know now?
Tinder is the West Hollywood-based casual sex and dating app. It’s part of the Match Group, which issued an initial public offering last week.
Cars. The Los Angeles Auto Show opened last week with plenty of hype around self-driving cars. John Zimmer, chief executive of ride-hailing app Lyft, said he doesn’t plan to teach his daughter how to drive, because, why bother. And the president of the Los Angeles Taxicab Assn. predicted that self-driving taxis eventually would lower fares 85%, to about 25 cents a mile.
Batteries. In other car news, EV Connect, a start-up that installs charging stations for electric vehicles and then provides software to manage them, announced a $2.7-million cash infusion. Investors in the El Segundo company include Double M Partners, Olympic Investors, 37 Technology Investors and ImpactAssets. EV Connect customers include Yahoo, Hilton Worldwide and the California Department of Transportation.
Business travel. Travo raised $2.4 million in initial capital to develop its online booking service for business travel. The Santa Monica-based firm isn’t processing reservations directly, like an Expedia or Priceline. Instead, Travo analyzes travel data such as gas prices, hotel rates and flight availability to suggest complete trip plans in an instant. The cash came from a group that includes Great Oaks Ventures, Baroda Ventures , Valence Ventures, TYLT Lab and Institutional Venture Partners general partner Dennis Phelps, according to Dow Jones. Travo is being led by Tae Lee, a former executive vice president at video technology start-up Zefr.
Fashionable tech execs. Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel has started another trend. Last month, Spiegel donned a fancy robe, a leather jacket and other designer items on the pages of L’Uomo Vogue. But he isn’t the only guy in the Los Angeles tech industry doing fashion spreads. Now, a group of start-up founders is modeling for young, L.A.-based men’s fashion label Buck Mason, sporting “Slub Hoodies” that went on sale this week. The new fashion icons include leaders of online suit rental company the Black Tux, virtual reality video production company Stopp and snacks seller Thrive Market.
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