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On Wednesday, Los Angeles-based footwear prototyping lab FCTRY LAb raised $6 million in funding. Co-founded by the former head of Yeezy-Adidas Innovation Lab Omar Bailey and former Wall Street executive Abhishek Som, the lab will help independent designers cut down the time it takes for their designs to reach the market. Traditionally, it takes 8 to 12 months to bring a sneaker into production, but FCTRY LAb touts that they can do the same amount of work in one to three months.

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Fisker

I’ve spilled considerable ink on California-based electric vehicle companies like Rivian, Faraday Future, Vinfast, and Tesla. But one company that’s flown under the radar is Fisker. Backed by the charismatic auto industry legend bearing the same name, the company is planning to start delivering its first model, the Fisker Ocean, at the end of the month.

So what distinguishes Fisker from its myriad competitors? Their path to market. Specifically, Fisker has handed off the manufacturing of its upcoming EVs to partner companies Magna Steyr and Foxconn.

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Image courtesy of GrayMatter Robotics

Gardena-based GrayMatter Robotics, an industrial robotics firm, raised a $20 million Series A round to accelerate hiring engineering and development staff for its mission of training robots to do menial factory work currently done by humans.

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