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

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

Aiming At P53, Cancer’s Hard Target, PMV Pharma Raises $74M


PMV Pharmaceuticals is the latest startup to load up with cash in an attempt to home in on one of the toughest targets in cancer biology: the tumor suppressor protein known as p53. PMV raised a $30 million Series A in 2014. PMV wants.

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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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Soraa Deploys In UK Museum


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>>.

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.

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The HomeFinder Group, Led By RealtyTrac Vet, Acquires


Irvine-based The HomeFinder Group , led by RealtyTrac veteran Michael Sawtell, has acquired 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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Biotech Leaders Sign Letter Condemning Trump’s Travel Ban


The blowback from U.S. business leaders to President Trump’s travel ban continues—today from a throng of biotech executives. This morning, 165 U.S. biotech leaders have signed a letter voicing “deep concern and opposition” to the order, which bars entry to the U.S. to refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Jan.

The Steps Farmgirl Flowers Took to Succeed in an Established Market


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.

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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Ranker Sees Growth, Doubles Staff


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>>.

U.S Dept. of Commerce Grants $500,000 to Cal State L.A. For Bioscience Bootcamp.

L.A. Business Journal

The U.S. Department of Commerce granted nearly $500,000 to California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund the creation of a bootcamp for bioscientists in the region

With “Go,” Amazon Identifies Another Job It Can Do Better


Early last year, I “fired” talk radio along with NPR’s morning and evening editions. That same day, I “hired” Amazon Audible as my commute companion. It wasn’t a difficult decision. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

EnumSet and EnumMap


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.

Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

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On the surface this person is losing efficiency but in the long-run the gains for direction setting are huge. They’re tasked with doing … marketing.

Netwrix Gets Series A Funding


Irvine-based Netwrix , a developer of hybrid cloud security software, has received a Series A funding round, the company said Tuesday. Size of the round was not announced. The funding was led by Updata Partners. Netwrix, led by Michael Fimin, said the funding will go towards product development and growth. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 14: Mattel Partners with Alibaba to Develop Toys for China

L.A. Business Journal

Mattel partners with Alibaba to develop toys for China, PewDiePie original YouTube show canceled following anti-Semitic comments, and ZestFinance launches service to rate credit for millennials without borrowing history

Kentucky Biotech CEO’s Message For McConnell: I’ll Be Muslim, Too


President Trump’s order to bar refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries is on temporary hold, and a court hearing later today could eventually force a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate. He also wrote that if the Trump administration expanded its policies to include a registry of Muslims, he.

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.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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Yet as we enter February 2017 the VC funding markets are booming, Snap, Inc has filed for its IPO, AppDynamics was just purchased for $3.7 Ok, Suster.

Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC


He eventually founded and sold consumer health firm ViSalus to a public company and is now back making investments, in technology companies, as a venture capitalist here at Los Angeles-based HashtagOne ( Tell us a bit of the story on how you started HashtagOne? After we sold it to that public company, I founded HashtagOne.

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Global Eagle Stock Plunges After CEO and CFO Resign.

L.A. Business Journal

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s stock fell 23.9 percent to $4.48 a share on Tuesday, after the company’s chief executive officer, Dave Davis, and its chief financial officer, Tom Severson resigned abruptly the day before

Dear Tom Price: Bundled Payments Help Patients and Reduce Costs


It turns out the ACA is about a lot more than the problematic healthcare marketplaces. For health insurance, the ACA established a new office.

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.

Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

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Fred & Brad aren’t leaving but wanted Andy & Albert to take over management. And so it goes. Maybe that’s USV, too. startup venture-capital

Southern California Biotech Execs Take Stand Against Immigration Order


A long list of executives in Southern California have joined in a joint statement , published in Nature on Tuesday, which call the Presidential Immigration order a "misguided policy", and complained the move gave a message that "America is no longer welcoming of any immigrants, whatsoever." READ MORE>>.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 16: Tinder Acquires Snapchat-Like App Wheel

L.A. Business Journal

Tinder acquires Snapchat-like app Wheel, Snap Inc. aims to raise as much as $3.2 billion in IPO, and Disney’s Maker Studios is eyeing layoffs

Lumina Foundation Gives Odds For Edtech Innovation Under Trump


Bipartisanship hasn’t exactly been the watchword in Washington over the past month as the new Trump administration grapples with stalled nominations, court battles over its travel ban, and investigations of campaign contacts with Russia. students and adults prepare for success in the 21st century.

Technology Startups go to the Movies

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 -- Technology Startups go to the Movies: Opportunities and Hurdles for Selling New Technologies into the Motion Picture Industry! Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum. Southern California is still the home of Hollywood - the symbolic name for the motion picture industry - but that industry has changed dramatically in recent years.

Blue. In a Red State. Pete Buttigieg’s Outlook for America.

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Joe and Pete went to college together at Harvard. Joe went on to create Causes with Sean Parker, then Nation Builder, Pete’s background?

Techstars Launches Virtual Accelerator


Startup accelerator operator Techstars announced this morning that it is launching a new "virtual accelerator", which seeks to provide the same kind of experience virtually that the startup accelerator is offering. The inaugural class of four companies in the the accelerator includes two different companies with founders in San Diego. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 20: Whatsapp Updates with Snapchat-Like Vanishing Content

L.A. Business Journal

WhatsApp updates with Snapchat-like vanishing content, SpaceX lands its latest Falcon 9 rocket booster, media buying on Snapchat confuses advertisers, and more

Agtech Accelerator Radicle Recruits Industry Vets to Mentor Startups


Former Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle is one of four agricultural technology veterans who have agreed to advise the startups taking root at Radicle, the San Diego-based accelerator focused on agricultural and food tech ventures. Pyle was unavailable last week to discuss his. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entertainment. Southern California is still the home of Hollywood -- the symbolic name for the motion picture industry, but that industry has changed dramatically in recent years. See aff=es2.

How Do I Feel About the Snap IPO Given I Didn’t Invest?

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The story is Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy and the amazing team that supports them. We did know about Snapchat as early as anybody. Mostly kidding.