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L.A. Cleantech Incubator Founding CEO to Step Down

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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

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.

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, […].

Startup Aims AI System for Safety, with Potential for Self-Driving

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Over the past 25 years or so, San Diego has become a hub for innovation in telematics, and in providing technologies and services that enable long-haul trucking companies and other fleet operators to monitor the location and operation of their vehicles. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

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>>.

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Next Coast Ventures Latest Addition to Austin’s Investment Ecosystem

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Ball was also part of Austin Ventures for a decade before the firm shuttered in 2015. Smerklo says the firm will largely focus on Austin startups, making Series A and B investments in tech companies innovating in. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

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Digital Marketing Bootcamp

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Digital Marketing Bootcamp. SIIA and TCOSC is kicking off its Boot Camp Series in Irvine, CA. The one-day boot camp, will discuss the absolute essentials of digital marketing and effective strategies for growth. Sessions will focus on data, technology, social media, email and content marketing. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: Hulu to Allow Users to Download Shows to Their Phones

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Hulu to allow users to download shows to their phones, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies eyes European network, and TeamDom raises $1 million to sell advertisements from influencers

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>>.

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services

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StockTwits, the Twitter-like social media platform for sharing stock market tips and ideas, has acquired San Diego’s SparkFin, a fintech mobile app for discovering and sharing stocks and other investment ideas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lindzon led StockTwits as CEO until last year, and continues as chairman.

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Bio Roundup: Tom Price, Patient Conflicts, Orphan Games & More

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The new president of the United States, Donald Trump, is being sworn in today amid a storm of questions about the plans that he, and those who might work for him, have in store for American healthcare and medicine. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

Business Leaders Talk Trump’s Impact on Visas, Drug Pricing, Insurance

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Perhaps you’ve heard about the inauguration of one Donald J. Trump. Nelsen is based in Seattle). Bob Nelsen Nelsen : Biggest fear is accidental.

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends To Fund Your Startup

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When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” You’d probably turn first to them for financial support.

Ex-FDA Commish Califf Gives Props to Patient Groups—With Caveats

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” Califf’s brief appearance at a precision medicine conference near San Francisco comes as regulation across industries is in the bullseye of the new Trump administration. President Trump, at a gathering in Washington, told U.S. business leaders today that the federal government could cut regulation “by 75.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 23: SpaceX Won’t Try to Land Its Next Rocket

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SpaceX won’t try to land its next rocket, Snapchat implements rules to combat fake news and explicit content, and Southern California Edison seeks $570 million for electric vehicle programs

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Hyperloop One Names New CFO, Aims At New Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based HyperLoop One , the advanced transportation technology developer led by Rob Lloyd, has named Brent Callinicos as its new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the company said Thursday. Callinicos has been serving as a strategic advisor to the company since October. READ MORE>>.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Two Bit Circus Raises $15M to Launch Amusement Park

L.A. Business Journal

Two Bit Circus raises $15 million to launch amusement park, Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange fight to host Snap Inc.’s IPO, and Hyperloop One hires former Uber, Google executive as CFO, and more

Numecent Swaps CEO

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Irvine-based cloud application delivery technology developer Numecent has swapped CEOs, saying on Tuesday that it has appointed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Arthur Hitomi to the position of President and CEO of the company. Hitomi replaces Tom Lagatta. Numecent's technology is used to turn Windows applications into cloud software.

j2 Global Buys Six More Companies

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Los Angeles-based j2 Global , which is by far Southern California's most active acquirer of technology companies, announced this morning that it has acquired six more companies. j2 Global said it acquired Fonebox , Everyday Health , CudaMail , Unified eMail , Abaxio , and GreenFax , all during Q4 of 2016. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Mitú to Create Latino Content for MLB

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Mitú to create Latino content for MLB, Snap Inc. secrecy culture may clash with the requirements of a public company, and Seinfeld’s “Comedian’s in Cars” leaving Crackle for Netflix

Cubic Names New Board Member

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San Diego-based Cubic Corporation , a systems integrator in the transportation, defense, training, and other sectors, said on Thursday that it has nominated Maureen Breakiron-Evans for its board of directors. Breakiron-Evans is the former CFO of Towers Perrin, and also was VP and General Auditor of CIGNA Corporation. READ MORE>>.

Tribute To Caltech's Larry Gilbert, Founder of Tech Transfer Office

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Larry Gilbert , the founder of the technology transfer program at Caltech , passed away in November in Florida, Caltech said this week, with a tribute to Gilbert's efforts at the school. Gilbert was the "founding father of technology transfer" at Caltech, according to the school, forming the Office of Technology Transfer in 1995. READ MORE>>.

Exactly Me Looks To Connect You With People Exactly Like Yourself

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Los Angeles-based Exactly.me , a new, photo-driven messaging startup, has launched an app which looks to connect people who meet people who are "exactly like you"--or at least, who are very like-minded. The app is currently available for iOS. READ MORE>>. exactlyme exactly goss askjeeves recommendation social startup mobile networking

Qualcomm-backed Zoom Video Communications Gets $100M From Sequoia

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Zoom Video Communications , a provider of cloud-based video conferencing and online meeting software which is backed by San Diego-based Qualcomm , has has raised $100M in a Series D funding. Qualcomm Ventures was the first non-angel investor in Zoom Video back in 2013. READ MORE>>.

Triton Digital Wins NRG Media

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Los Angeles-based audio advertising technology developer Triton Digital announced this morning that it has been selected by radio station owner NRG Media. Financial impact of the win was not announced. The software will be used for creating, managing, and syndicating content, and also running contests, surveys, and email marketing efforts.

Esri Adds Indoor Mapping Support For Retail Analytics

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Redlands-based GIS software developer Esri says it has tied with another software developer, GISinc, in a move to provide indoor mapping of customers for retailers. The deal pulls data such as customer locations inside a store and items that those customers are selecting for purchase, into Esri's ArcGIS software. READ MORE>>.

Dems Grill HHS Nominee Price About Trump Comments, Stock Holdings

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[Note: This report was co-authored by deputy biotech editor Ben Fidler.] Tom Price, the man who could oversee an overhaul of the U.S. With the.

Mitú to Create Latino Content for MLB

L.A. Business Journal

Latino media company mitú has signed a content deal with Major League Baseball to promote baseball to young Latino audiences

Video Trends Point to Changing Ways Companies Reach Consumers

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The way people digest information online has shifted over time from being text based to photo based to now being very video based.

Cytori Buys San Antonio-based Azaya’s Drug Delivery Tech for Stock

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San Antonio — Cytori Therapeutics, a San Diego, CA-based developer of drugs that use patients’ own fat tissues to make cellular therapies, is buying the assets of San Antonio-based Azaya Therapeutics in a mostly stock deal, with potential future payments that are dependent on the progress of two drug candidates Cytori is acquiring.

Angeles Equity Partners Finds $360M For First Private Equity Fund

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Los Angeles-based Angeles Equity Partners , a new private equity investor, said this morning that it has raised $360M in its first private equity fund. The fund, Angeles Equity Partners I, L.P., The new fund was founded by Timothy Meyer and Jordan Katz. READ MORE>>. erppower investment private partners equity angeles

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Social Native Adds Ragovin, Elbaz To Exec Team

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Los Angeles-based Social Native , which operates a marketplace for connecting brands with content creators, said this morning that it has added Buddy Media co-founder Jeff Ragovin as Chief Growth Officer, and Scopely and Applied Semantics' co-founder Eytan Elbaz as its new Chief Strategy Officer. READ MORE>>.

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Report: Snap IPO To Be Fourth Biggest IPO In 10 Years

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A new analysis of the IPOs from the last ten years, from Geckoboard, says that--if successful--the IPO of Venice, California-based Snap, Inc. will be the fourth largest IPO in the last 10 years, behind Alibaba, Facebook, and JD.com, and ahead of Twitter, VMware, and Renren. READ MORE>>.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Names New Research VP

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Irvine-based Aerie Pharma has named Kristine Erickson, O.D., Ph.D., as its new Vice President of Clinical Research. Aerie is developing pharmaceuticals for treating of patients with glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. READ MORE>>. aerie pharmaceuticals research executive medical lifescience kristine erickson