September, 2016

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Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

Both Sides of the Table

We led a $4 million investment along with Thrive Capital, GLG and Sound Ventures. How does one come up with the right idea to start a company?

This Startup Hacked LinkedIn To Recruit Customers & Reduce Churn

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Businesses typically use LinkedIn to recruit employees. Follow The People. There’s no excuse.

Comparably Snags eHarmony Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Comparably , the startup which helps employees and employers track compensation and company culture data, has snagged a high profile hire this morning, hiring on eHarmony veteran Armen Avedissian as its new Chief Marketing Officer. READ MORE>>. comparably eharmony jason nazar armen avedissian executive chief marketing officer

ZUM: On-Demand Rides and Child Care for Busy Parents

Tech.Co

Kids require a lot of attention , and if we ourselves are not available to give that extra care to our kids, we are keen on finding someone who we trust would do a great job. Narayan was working for eBay when she caught the entrepreneurial bug. Facing the mounting challenges of raising kids, she identified the problem and set out to solve it.

New Cybersecurity Alliance Continues Trend of Industry Collaboration

Xconomy

For the cybersecurity industry, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of alliances. CyberArk—based in Israel, with U.S.

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ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding

socalTECH

San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. READ MORE>>.

How to avoid “death by meeting.”

Berkonomics

Imagine yourself with a calendar requiring you to be in six meetings in a day.  Day after day.  Slowly in many cases.  And expensively.

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Ginkgo Builds Out Robot Labs as Microbe Design Business Grows: Photos

Xconomy

Ginkgo is contributing to that shift. It’s like an “eight-armed grad student,” Kelly quips. More on that collaboration in a minute.).

Comparably Hires eHarmony’s President Armen Avedissian

L.A. Business Journal

Comparably of Santa Monica announced it has hired eHarmony’s former President Armen Avedissian as it as its chief marketing officer

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. could go on for a long time. Why? 1.

The 5 Criteria That Matter When Evaluating A College Entreprenurial Program

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Criteria To Assess An Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Program. Image credit: Shutterstock.

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TaskUs Boosts Executive Staff With Trio Of Hires, Now Has 5300 Employees

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based TaskUs , the fast growing provider of outsourced customer experience and back end services for online companies, said it has hired three new executives on Thursday, to help it with its growth efforts. Sakar was previously at PatientSafe Solutions, Sutherland Global Services, and Sutherland Healthcare Solutions. READ MORE>>.

Eye of the needle? Why worry over your bottlenecks.

Berkonomics

decision and action they undertook.  Her intentions were pure and admirable. She wanted only the highest quality for her organizational reputation.

What Startups Can Do About Cyber Attacks

Xconomy

These statistics belie the common notion that cybercriminals attack only big businesses. Good Cybersecurity Program Matters. Understand the Risks.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 14: Comparably Hires eHarmony’s President Armen Avedissian

L.A. Business Journal

Comparably hires eHarmony’s president Armen Avedissian, LeEco buys production studio Dichotomy Creative Group, and Snapchat increases ad targeting

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

Both Sides of the Table

Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Or not. Whoops!

Energy Storage North America

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 -- Energy Storage North America. North America's largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the energy storage industry. See [link] (more

Microsemi Adds To Board

socalTECH

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced today thatit has named Kimberly Alexy to its board of directors. Alexy serves on the boards of FireEye, Five9, CalAmp, and VIZIO. READ MORE>>. microsemi executive board semiconductor kimberly alexy

A simple test: “Are we managing like jerks?”

Berkonomics

Are we who issue orders to associates or employees ever acting as jerks?  We’d never like to think so, or we wouldn’t do it in the first place.

Immunotherapy Clinical Tests Spur Hope, and Plenty of Headaches

Xconomy

Thanks to remarkable results in a small group of patients, including former U.S. Blinding many studies is futile, say clinicians.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 26: Snapchat Changes Its Name, Unveils Sunglasses with Camera

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat changes its name and unveils sunglasses with camera, Disney in talks to buy Twitter, SpaceX test fires Mars rocket and more

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

Both Sides of the Table

Collectively we have a voice. If we stand together and make it heard it can have an impact. We must vote anyways. Why does it matter? He is Racist.

Energy Storage North America

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 -- Energy Storage North America. North America's largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the energy storage industry. See [link] (more

VIZIO Launches Whole Home Audio Speaker System

socalTECH

Irvine-based VIZIO announced this morning that it has launched a new set of multi-room speakers, designed for whole home audio. According to VIZIO, the new VIZIO SmartCast Crave Pro and Crave 360 Speakers support Google Cast for audio streaming, and can be controlled by mobile devices through Wi-Fi. READ MORE>>.

Hire on ability. Fire on fit.

Berkonomics

This is not necessarily the way we intend to behave as managers, but our headline reflects the reality of most experiences when viewed in retrospect.

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Qualcomm and AT&T Partner to Use Wireless Network for Drone Flights

Xconomy

In today’s announcement, Qualcomm Technologies and AT&T say they intend to operate drones on commercial 4G LTE networks.

SGN Renames Itself Jam City, Acquires ‘Peanuts’ Franchise

L.A. Business Journal

SGN has renamed itself Jam City in a rebranding effort aimed at better reflecting its portfolio of games

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Pasadena Angels invest over $1M in iKizmet

Ask the Angels

Pasadena, California (September 22, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the second investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund).  The Fund invested an additional $75K in iKizmet, a business intelligence platform specifically created for small businesses operating fitness, wellness studios, and gyms. Tweet Tweet.

Energy Storage North America

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -- Energy Storage North America. North America's largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the energy storage industry. See [link] (more

LeisureLink Suspends Service, Stops Accepting Reservations

socalTECH

LeisureLink , which develops vacation travel booking software and technology, and was started in the Los Angeles area, appears to have halted its service, telling its partners on Friday that it has suspended accepting new reservations as well as modifying existing reservations. Emails and phone calls to the company have not yet been returned.

Fueling Extremism in a Wired World [ LOS ANGELES ]

Tech.Co

Nazis used radio; today’s extremists use social media. Then as now, new technology provides extremists with unchecked ability to spread hate and prey upon  disenfranchised audiences to realize their deadly agenda. This event will explore the tension between protecting free speech and limiting incendiary propaganda. Speakers.

Avalon Leads $18M in Early Funding for Cancer Immunotherapy Startup

Xconomy

[ Note: The headline has been corrected to better describe the company’s type of funding. 9/27/16, 2:09 p.m. Bregua Corp.,

Faraday Future’s Main Backer Receives $1B to Pursue Electric Cars

L.A. Business Journal

Le Holdings Co. of China, the main backer of electric car startup Faraday Future, announced on Monday that it raised $1.08 billion from a group of Chinese investors to develop an electric car. Le Holdings Co. of China, the main backer of electric car startup Faraday Future, announced on Monday that it raised $1.08

srfr Launches Dongle-Free Mobile-to-TV Streaming

LATechDigest

Want to show your best friend videos of your amazing vacation to Bali stored on your iPhone? News mobile srfr streaming venice