December, 2016

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Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

TechCrunch LA

If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Read More.

Reflections on 2016: Jaspar Weir, TaskUs


This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. You can see all of our holiday reflections here. What's was biggest news from you or your‏ firm this year? Jaspar Weir: This year we had tremendous growth. We hired 5,326 new employees and opened three new locations. READ MORE>>.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

Both Sides of the Table

Why Invest? But more importantly I worked with Chuck 10 years ago when I was at and have kept a relationship over the past decade.

Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Uncategorized Venture Capital

What Is Causing Startups to Go Bankrupt?


Many startups have a great product that’s viable, marketable, and ripe with potential. So what are some of these pitfalls to avoid? Failures.

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Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

Both Sides of the Table

A room full of some of the top tech leaders in our country: Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Tesla and so forth.

Talk Presents ENGAGE: The LA Digital Storytelling Conference [ LOS ANGELES ]


“ENGAGE LA is an in-depth look at how the digital age is evolving and transforming storytelling. We are bringing all the successful elements from our dynamic Talk Forum NYC events to our third ENGAGE LA Forum. ”

7 Ways to Secure Your Connected Devices Against Hackers


’Tis the season for giving gifts. That Internet connection opens up a ton of possibilities for how we can use and enjoy our new devices.

Domain Registry Company XYZ Gets Permission to Sell Domains in China

L.A. Business Journal

Domain registry company XYZ Inc. has been granted permission by the Chinese government to sell its dot-xyz domain suffix in China, potentially opening up a huge market to the Santa Monica startup. XYZ has sold more than 6 million dot-xyz domains globally. The firm has exclusive rights from Internet Corp.

Five ways we are surviving long term


” He and his company have worked in the video game business since the very earliest generation of games in the early 1980’s. Huge mistake.

TeleSign Names New Chief Product Officer


Los Angeles-based TeleSign announced this morning that it has it named Tom Powledge as the company's new Chief Product Officer. Powledge was previously Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he managed the company's ArcSign business. READ MORE>>. telesign chief produt officer powledge executive

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner.

Hero Conf Los Angeles [ LOS ANGELES ]


“Hero Conf Los Angeles marks our sixth annual US event, where PPC fanatics gather to share a passion, collaborate on solutions and simply have fun while learning about the latest trends in paid search. ”

Ionis, Biogen Make History With FDA Nod for Spine Disease Drug


Patients with spinal muscular atrophy got an early Christmas present on Friday. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: J2 Global Acquires Everyday Health for $465M

L.A. Business Journal

J2 Global acquires Everyday Health for $465 million, Aerovironment charger is official accessory to Chevy Bolt EV, and Heal Adds Dick Gephardt to board

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How to plan to make a successful acquisition


This CEO states that he has made it work twice when acquiring companies, and that is enough for him to make it his rule for all future acquisitions.

Report: Snap Buys Ad Tech Firm Flite


Venice-based Snap , the parent firm of Snapchat, has acquired San Francisco-based ad technology developer Flite , according to reports this morning. According to recode, the acquisition is an "acquihire", and Snap is using the buy to help bring in new ad technology talent, rather than any software developed by Flite. READ MORE>>.

Startup Cafe

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 -- Startup Cafe #2. Hosted by Startups In The Sky @ Industrious Los Angeles. See

The gift-giving platform that offers experiences instead of things

Tech Zulu Event

After all, material things can only satisfy someone for so long – possessions can get lost or broken but good memories can last a lifetime.

Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks


This ambush has triggered a redoubling of efforts to focus on the need for industry-led cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. After all, it.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 19: Rubicon Project Tests Tool to Block, Snooze, or Like Ads

L.A. Business Journal

Rubicon Project tests tool to block, snooze, or like ads, Snapchat gives celebrities no special treatment, and Elon Musk proposes a tunneling company

How to network like a ninja


Outgoing, full of creative ideas, and certainly the best person to teach us how, here is Kim on networking… By Kim Shepherd . Small world.

Honest Company Signs On To White House Effort On Equal Pay


Los Angeles-based Honest Company is one of 44 companies who are backing an effort this week by the current White House, to bolster equal pay efforts in the United States. The Honest Company appeared to be the only, Southern California technology company on the list to join the effort. READ MORE>>.

Digital Family Reunion '16

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, December 19, 2016 -- Digital Family Reunion '16. For the past eight years, the Digital Family Reunion has been the holiday event of the season for LA's vibrant technology and business communities. With our aim to connect Web 1.0 See

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OneRoof Energy Cuts Staff, Starts Winding Down Operations


San Diego-based residential solar power installer OneRoof Energy said late Friday that it has "significantlyr educed" its work force, and has begun winding down its operations, after it said it was unable to secure financing necessary to continue sales, marketing, and development. The company did not say how many people it laid off in the move.

Somabar Snags $1.5M For Robotic Bartender


Los Angeles-based Somabar , which is developing a robotic bartender which automatically mixes cocktails for you, has raised $1.5M in a bridge funding round, according to lead investor the Tech Coast Angels. Somabar currently is in pre-ordering for its Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-enabled appliance designed for home kitchens. READ MORE>>.

Reflections on 2016: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. You'll be able to see all the many 2016 reflections here as they are posted. What's was biggest news from you or your‏ firm this year? The fest has grown with the community. What's the biggest lesson you learned this year?

Appetize Raises $20M In Funding, Ramps Hiring


Los Angeles-based point-of-sale technology developer Appetize said Tuesday that it has raised $20M in a new funding round, led by private equity investor Shamrock Capital Advisors. Oak View Group, led by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, also participated, along other investors. READ MORE>>.

Honest Company Cuts 80 Employees


Los Angeles-based Honest Company , the online provider of eco-friendly baby, personal care, and other household goods led by Brian Lee and co-founded by Jessica Alba, has quietly let go of 80 employees --or nearly 14% of the company--in what the company has billed as a "growth positioning". The report was first detailed by WWD. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Powers New, Digital Billboards For Clear Channel


Los Angeles-based advertising marketplace operator Rubicon Project is powering the ad marketplace for a network of out-of-home, outdoors billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , Clear Channel announced on Wednesday. The new solution uses Rubicon Project's infrastructure and marketplace software. READ MORE>>.

Elon Musk to Advise President-Elect Donald Trump

L.A. Business Journal

Elon Musk has entered President-Elect Donald Trump’s orbit. The billionaire founder of rocket manufacturer Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has accepted an advisory role in Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a non-partisan policy council

Bam Ventures Launching Incubator for Brian Lee's Ideas

L.A. Business Journal

Bam Venture Partners has started raising a second $30 million fund which it will use, in part, to invest in and incubate startup ideas thought of by Brian Lee, co-founder of the fund and chief executive of the Honest Co. of Playa Vista. The Playa Vista venture firm’s first fund was $6 million

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DTS Now Part Of Tessera


Calabasas-based surround sound and audio technology developer DTS is now officially part of Tessera , after Tessera completed its acquisition of DTS on Thursday, the companies said on Thursday afternoon. Tessera paid $850M in cash for DTS, in a deal which had originally been announced in May. READ MORE>>.

Triton Digital, Slacker Expand Audio Advertising Relationship


Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the audio advertising technology developer, and San Diego-based streaming radio service Slacker said this week that the two have expanded an existing relationship. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. triton digital slacker audio advertising radio streaming