Tech roundup: Snap launches accelerator, SnackNation adds $12M, and more

by John Siegel
June 7, 2018
headspace guided meditation app santa monica
photo via headspace

Headspace and KEYPR announce strategic partnership

Two local tech companies announced a strategic partnership Angelenos and travel enthusiasts alike can appreciate. KEYPR, the developer of an enterprise cloud platform for the hospitality industry, and guided meditation service Headspace revealed a deal to feature the service on KEYPR's platform to help improve guest experiences. Hotels currently using the KEYPR platform will begin offering in-room tablets loaded with Headspace's guided meditation and mindfulness sessions. [Source]


snapchat social media app los angeles california
photo via built in la

Snap launches accelerator for media startups 

Last week, Snap announced the launch of an accelerator program for mobile-first media startups. Yellow, as the program is called, is a three-month program that offers companies $150,000 in seed funding in exchange for a small stake in the company. Companies will receive mentorship, support of the social media giant, potential partnerships and office space in Venice. [LA Biz Journal]


tooshlights smart bathroom startup toilettech los angeles
photo via tooshlights

Toilet tech startup Tooshlights continues expansion, adds executives

Tooshlights, a Woodland Hills-based startup that builds technology designed to shorten restroom lines and alerts janitorial staff when needed, announced the addition of two executives this morning on the heels of expansion to LAX and The Village at Westfield Topanga. Jorge Molina will take over as COO, while Jason Samuelian will join the team as its first director of business development. [Tooshlights]


snacknation b2b foodtech startup los angeles culver city
photo via Snacknation

SnackNation closes $12 million Series B

Culver City-based SnackNation closed a $12 million Series B late last week to bring its total funding to $22.5 million. Led by 3L Capital, the round will allow the company to expand its current enterprise network —which presently includes companies like Microsoft, Mailchimp and Soothe —and set up new distribution channels. [Press Release]


goguardian edtech startup el segundo
photo via goguardian

GoGuardian takes on a strategic investment, adds a big name to its board

GoGuardian revealed a strategic investment from Sumeru Equity Partners. Though the financials were not disclosed, the funding will allow the edtech startup to accelerate growth and product development. In addition to the funding, Tony Miller, a veteran tech executive and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will join the board. Currently, the company is filling a number of positions in the company's El Segundo office. [Press Release]


playvs esports startup los angeles california
photo via shutterstock

PlayVS closes Series A to launch high school e-sports league

PlayVS, an LA-based startup developing e-sports infrastructures for an official high school e-sports league, closed a $15 million Series A from a diverse group of investors. New Enterprise Associates led the round, which included participation from Science Inc, CrossCut Ventures, Coatue Management, Cross Culture Ventures, and the San Francisco 49ers. Individual investors included Nas, Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club, Kevin Lin of Twitch and other angels. [TechCrunch]


albert los angeles fintech startup
photo via shutterstock

Fintech startup Albert closes $5 million Series A

Albert, a local fintech startup that tracks users' finances and makes personalized recommendations, closed its Series A round late last week, bringing in $5 million from QED, American Express Ventures and Portag3. [Fortune]


Los Angeles startup guides

Best Companies to Work for in Los Angeles
Best Software Engineer Jobs in Los Angeles
Coolest Tech Offices in Los Angeles
Best Sales Jobs in Los Angeles
Best Perks at Los Angeles Tech Companies
Best Marketing Jobs in Los Angeles
Your Guide to Virtual Reality Tech in Los Angeles
Your Guide to Media Tech in Los Angeles