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When Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Consumer Worldwide, made the surprise announcement in August that he was leaving, he said he felt it was time to do something else.

"Time for me to take time to explore personal interests that have taken a back seat for over two decades," Wilke wrote in a heartfelt letter to Amazon's 1.13 million employees.

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A work collaboration and inventory management software for aerospace manufacturers — including rocket-part maker Phase Four — First Resonance is poised to take off.

The startup raised a $3.5 million Series A on Wednesday, and will use the funding to expand its footprint in Los Angeles.

Eventually, the downtown-based company wants to be the software behind a new wave of mobility, from jetpacks to air taxis.

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Shay Sethi sorts boxes of old t-shirts and sweaters in his small factory near downtown L.A. His startup, ambercycle, recycles old polyester garments to create new fabric and has caught the attention of socially conscious consumers from around the world. Many regularly send him their worn pants and used jackets.

"This is insanity. We're not even doing any marketing" said the 27-year-old co-founder, who says he receives the unsolicited packages weekly.

The L.A. company might not be a household name, but it has pocketed millions in government grants and venture capital, and made a deal with clothing retail giant H&M to make recycled clothes.

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