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How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do? And Lyft? Twitter was a podcasting company.

A cleaner LA: 8 clean tech companies you should know

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Series: Clean Tech Los Angeles. Blog Thumbnail: A new crop of startups is bringing fresh opportunity to LA.

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


From Evernote to Asana , each platform and offering has their own unique set of features that make it appealing.

Why Millennial Entrepreneurs Should Never Watch Shark Tank Alone


A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It is also an inspirational alter call to entrepreneurship. Share and Enjoy.

Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

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It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon.

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Interview with Gabe Grifoni, Rufus Labs


For our interview today, we have an interview with Gabe Grifoni , CEO and founder of Rufus Labs (, which has has developed an Android-based, wearable device which is aimed at use in the enterprise, warehouses, and factories. What's your product, and what is it used for? Our tool does the same thing. That really slows things down.

With Biogen at a Crossroads, CEO Scangos to Step Down


[ Updated, 9:20 a.m. ET, see below ] Biogen has seen its highest highs under CEO George Scangos, but some lows too.

LA-Based Coding Bootcamp Codesmith Boasts 96% Hiring Rate


Finding a job can be hard. But in this economy, finding a job with a hearty paycheck is even harder. Fortunately, study after study has shown that  IT professionals and computer science graduates are going home with the biggest paychecks on a regular basis. Is coding education not the foolproof model we once thought?

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Another Major Win for LA Tech

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But one tech news story stood out for me — the fact that LA-based Dollar Shave Club (DSC) was sold to Unilever for $1 billion. Congratulation.

Social Productivity App WeDo Launches Publicly

L.A. Business Journal

From Fantastical to Evernote there are dozens of popular productivity apps that help users do everything from planning an interview to remembering to take out the garbage. Organization junkies will need to make room for one more as WeDo, the latest iteration on so called to-do apps was publicly launched on Thursday

Fintech Lender Uses Profitability to Step Out from Industry Cloud


With a cloud lingering over the peer-to-peer lending industry, privately held National Funding is disclosing new details today about its operations, in a bid to step into the light and differentiate itself as a fintech company and alternative lender. Alternative lending encompasses a broad range of loan options outside traditional bank loans.

NantHealth Links With University On Genetic Study


Culver City-based personalized healthcare developer NantHealth , which is led by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said this morning that it has partnered with the University of Utah, to analyze genomic profiles of a large number of individuals, to help in disease identification. READ MORE>>.

Use Pokemon Go to promote your auto repair business

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CAKNOW TECHNOLOGY INC. As an auto repair and maintenance service platform, CAKNOW has 3 tips on how to market your auto repair shop using Pokemon. 1.

Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

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The basic use-cases of this simple data are obvious. and so on. Each human is captured in a polygon shape at a precise moment in time. Why Density?

Silicon Beach Report July 27: Opens Massive New Headquarters

L.A. Business Journal opens massive new headquarters, Hyperloop opens manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, Influential raises $5 million, and more

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Biotech Roundup: Scangos’s Exit, Zafgen’s Shakeup, Jounce, Relypsa & More


The top news in biotech this week centers around one big job opening: the head seat at Biogen, now that George Scangos has announced plans to leave the company. Who takes the gig, and the strategic direction he or she chooses for Biogen will have implications not just for the company and its employees, but the sector overall.

Wpromote Buys Standing Dog For Digital Marketing Efforts


El Segundo-based digital marketing company Wpromote said on Tuesday that it has acquired online marketing agency Standing Dog , which provides search engine marketing, SEO, social media and paid media services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Standing Dog was founded in 2005, and was based in Texas. READ MORE>>.

MBE Certification Moving Technology Companies Forward

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Sidebench Studios. The face of minority owned businesses is changing in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau , there was a 38.1 percent increase in minority business ownership from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012. California led this surge with 1.6 million minority owned firms. These firms made up 45.6 read more



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Online-focused ZestFinance hopes its algorithm model clicks with the Chinese market

Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology


The company raised $1 million last year, according to a 2015 regulatory filing. Happy #TBT from our fearless Founder & CEO @fordblakely !

New Podcast Covers Manufacturing, Entrepreneurs In LA


A new podcast, hosted by technology entrepreneur and technology evangelist Kristina "Z" Holly , has launched in Los Angeles, covering entrepreneurship and manufacturing, as part of the MAKE IT IN LA initiative from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Holly was most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Garcetti. READ MORE>>.

IBM Watson-backed Influential brings in $5M to build its team

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Influential. Blog Thumbnail: Beverly Hills-based Influential announced it raised a $5 million Series A round today. read more

UCLA Advancing Women in Technology Conference [ LOS ANGELES ]


About. The UCLA Conference to Advance Women in Technology will take place on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (w/Networking Reception 3:00 – 5:00 pm) at the  UCLA Pauley Pavilion Club. To submit To submit questions for the panelists,  please visit this page. Registration. Registration for this event is invitation-only.

Silicon Beach Report July 26: Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Neil Clark Warren steps down as eHarmony’s chief executive, SteelHouse Countersues rival, Scopely raises $55 million, and more

Clinton Versus Trump: Who’s Stronger on Innovation?


With the Republican National Convention behind us and the Democratic convention in full swing, it seems like a good moment to ask how a Donald Trump presidency or a Hillary Clinton presidency might affect the prospects for high-tech entrepreneurship and business growth in the United States. That means there are 7.3 support Clinton. Immigration.

Guardian Circle Taps Your Social Network For Help In A Crisis


Just having one of those days, when you need some help--ie your car broke down, you can't get to daycare to pick up your child, you've got a medical emergency? The new take on personal safety apps says that it lets users create a real-time network of people, who can respond to various levels of emergency. 911--to provide help. READ MORE>>.

Mobile gaming giant Scopely announces $55M funding

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Scopely. Series: Gaming Companies in Los Angeles. read more

Stop managers from gaming the system


Here’s a way to prevent such behavior and create a tool for organization – and transparency at the same time. 

Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Neil Clark Warren is retiring from his position as chief executive of eHarmony. He will retain his position as chairman of the dating website

The Outbreaks Are Here, Where’s Our Response Plan?


The news of the first Zika case in Pierce County—the 14th in Washington State—reminds us that the spread of disease is inevitable. While we don’t have in our region the kind of mosquito that transmits Zika, the latest infected patient returned from a visit to Puerto Rico. Not only did Ebola and Zika virus make their way rapidly onto U.S.

Qualcomm Agrees To Settle Gender Discrimination Suit For $19.5M


San Diego-based Qualcomm Incorporated has agreed to pay $19.5M to settle a gender discrimination suit, filed on behalf of its employees, according to class action law firm Sanford Heisler LLP. Sanford Heisler said it had filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 3,300 women. READ MORE>>.

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Top 50 Los Angeles Digital Marketing Agencies You Must Know

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backlinkfy. Blog Thumbnail: Looking for a digital marketing company in Los Angeles does not have to be an all year search. read more

SDVG Summer Social 2016

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 -- SDVG Summer Social 2016. Join the party to end the summer with 400+ of your SDVG friends! Spend an afternoon at the beautiful Scripps Seaside Forum and join SDVG for our Summer Social Beer Bash! Sample some of San Diego's best craft brews, along with plenty of great food, wine, spirits, live band, and La Jolla sunset.