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Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

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Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF. 20 years ago there were 9,000 public companies.

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Famous Birthdays In Growth Mode

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Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , which operates an online service which lets you look up the birthdays of famous people, says it has now passed 13 million unique visitors, based on numbers from December. The company also says it now has a staff of 20 full-time staffers working out of its Santa Monica office. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles tech companies take a victory lap with planned tech job fair

TechCrunch LA

2016 was a good year to be a tech startup in LA, and, with the $25 billion planned public offering for the city’s startup darling, Snap Inc.,

L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

L.A. Business Journal

Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

Doppels Is the Birthday Matching App You’re Going to Love

Tech.Co

And while this has been the standard for years, one startup is hoping to personalize the birthday wishes even more. How great is that?! The Star-Match.

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EnumSet and EnumMap

TechEmpower

This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap. from Java's standard libraries. What are they? When should they be used? Could the implementations be improved? Could the APIs be improved? Conclusion. What are they? EnumSet. and EnumMap are compact, efficient implementations of the Set and Map interfaces. Rejects null elements.

Pasadena Angels Fund 1 Invests in Repurpose

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Pasadena, California (February 23, 2017) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the fourth investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund invested an additional $100K in Repurpose, a Los Angeles based consumer products company that makes plant based, 100% compostable tableware products.  link]. Tweet Tweet.

StartEngine Equity Crowdfunding Workshop

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Monday, February 27, 2017 -- StartEngine Equity Crowdfunding Workshop. StartEngine is organizing the first equity crowdfunding one day free workshop for companies to go live the same day. The workshop provides all of these services at no cost. The idea of a same day go live workshop is helpful for entrepreneurs who are very busy.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Don’t we know it. We love LA! startup venture-capital

Soraa Deploys In UK Museum

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Soraa , the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) LED lighting technology, based on research out of UC Santa Barbara, has deployed its products at a museum in the United Kingdom. Soraa said its lighting systems are now being used at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, which the company says is the world's oldest public museum. READ MORE>>.

3 Ways IoT Startups Are Securing Their Devices

Tech Zulu Event

With so many smart technology devices and users— six billion Internet of Things (IoT) connections in 2015—we’ve long surpassed the adoption phase.

Snap Inc. Files for $3 Billion IPO; Discloses 158 Million Daily Active Users

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc., parent company of ephemeral photo-sharing and messaging app Snapchat, has made public its $3 billion initial public offering of its stock on the New York Stock Exchange

The Steps Farmgirl Flowers Took to Succeed in an Established Market

Tech.Co

Finding a business opportunity is a challenge for most entrepreneurs. We’re saturated with companies specializing in almost every business opportunity. For this reason, new entrepreneurs are left wondering how they can start up a business and compete with already established enterprises. Finding an Opportunity in the Flower Market.

My Lousy Presentation Allowed LogMeIn To Eclipse GoToMeeting

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Report: Biotech VCs Perpetuate Boardroom Gender Gap

Xconomy

That’s according to British recruitment firm Liftstream and its new study of biotech companies that went public in the recent boom years.

Will you be happy at your finish line?

Berkonomics

Have you figured out what you want to have, or to be, when you reach the end of your personal run in this business life? It is a fair question.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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BuzzFeed. Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate.

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MobileCause Raises $15M For Nonprofit Software

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Los Angeles-based nonprofit fundraising and crowdfunding software platform developer MobileCause has raised $15M in a Series B funding, according to the company. The funding came from growth equity firm Level Equity. As part of the funding, Levil Equity's Sarah Sommer has joined the company's board. MobileCause is led by CEO Sean MacNeill.

Evite Moves Headquarters To Downtown LA

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Los Angeles-based online invitations service Evite says it has moved its headquarters to downtown Los Angeles, doubling the size of its corporate office. The company, which previously had its headquarters in West Hollywood, said the move goes to accomodate rapid growth at the company. Evite is part of Liberty Interactive. Evite is led by Victor Cho.

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The HomeFinder Group, Led By RealtyTrac Vet, Acquires HomeFinder.com

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Irvine-based The HomeFinder Group , led by RealtyTrac veteran Michael Sawtell, has acquired HomeFinder.com. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Newly formed The HomeFinder Group (THG) says it will focus on lead quality and conversion for brokers, agents and mortgage lenders through its own consumer facing web sites. READ MORE>>.

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Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. The company said the second fund was oversubscribed, and brings its total assets under management to $366M. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA

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Techstars (www.techstars.org) has a long history and record of success as a startup accelerator, with programs across the country and world--and recently opened up its third, Los Angeles program, Techstars LA. Techstars recently appointed Anna Barber as its Managing Director, so we thought we'd sit down and get to know Anna better. That's exciting.

SPACES Gest $6.5M For Virtual Reality Theme Park Efforts

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Playa Vista-based SPACES , a developer of virtual reality technology aimed at the theme park industry, announced last week that it has raised $6.5M in additional seed funding. The funding was led by Chinese theme park operator Songcheng Performance Development, and also included Comcast Ventures, along with Boost VC, Colopl VR fund, GREE Inc.,

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Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Crosscut Ventures has reportedly started approaching limited partners (LPs) for investments in a new fund, its fourth. Crosscut's last fund, Crosscut Ventures 3, was worth $75M. The report, from the Pro Rata newsletter, said there's "a chance" that the new fund will be double in size of the last fund.

Ixia Acquired By Keysight For $1.6 Billion

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Calabasas-based network testing software and hardware developer Ixia has been acquired by Keysight Technologies , in a deal worth $1.6 billion in cash, the two announced this morning. Ixia was advised by Deutsche Bank and Bryan Cave LLP in the deal; Keysight was advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Ranker Sees Growth, Doubles Staff

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Los Angeles-based Ranker said today that it has grown its revenue 115 percent year over year, and doubled its staff. The company did not release any actual financials behind the growth. The company led by CEO Clark Benson, says the company now has a "healthy 8-figure" in revenues. READ MORE>>.

Snap Files For IPO

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Venice, California-based Snap Inc. , the parent company of Snapchat , has filed for its much anticipated IPO, saying in a filing late Thursday that it is looking to raise up to $3.0 billion in an IPO offering on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol SNAP. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J. P.

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How Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

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This is a seriously well written & thoughtful article by @glennbeck - I have to say "hats off" https://t.co/LLfI9iHIJd Please watch.

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How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love

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For today's youth, it's often hard to figure out what they want to do in life--according to Deborah Ramo , Founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Amavitae (www.amavitae.com). We sat down with Deborah to hear more about the app, why millenials and other youth are having such a hard time figuring out a career, and the company's solution. Thanks!

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GumGum Names Sports Division Head

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Santa Monica-based GumGum , which is developing computer vision software applied to online advertising and media, said today that it has named Ryan Mosher as its new Executive Director of GumGum Sports. GumGum Sports focuses on sports sponsorships with brands. Mosher will be based in Chicago. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 22: Global Eagle Stock Plunges After CEO and CFO Resign

L.A. Business Journal

Global Eagle stock plunges after CEO and CFO resign, AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins resigns, microfinance startup Tala raises $30 million, and more

SnapMD Adds $3.25M In Series A

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Los Angeles-based SnapMD , which develops telemedicine software and technology, announced this morning that it has added $3.25M in a Series A financing extension. The company said the funding brings its total raised to $9.15M. SnapMD did not detail the investors in the new funding, only saying it included both institutional and private investors.

L.A. Cleantech Incubator Founding CEO to Step Down

L.A. Business Journal

Fred Walti, the founding chief executive of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is stepping down after six years at the helm, Los Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday

Which School Generated The Most Startup/Tech Forbes 30 Under 30 Phenoms?

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I was pleased and proud when I learned that two of my former UC Santa Barbara students, Sieva Kozinsky, Founder of StudySoup and Eric Posen, […].