November, 2016

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How Deepak Chopra Is Using Virtual Reality To Improve Your Health


In addition to being a tool for burgeoning startups and lucrative companies, virtual reality is also a great way to escape the stress of everyday life.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 13


Round 13 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is here! Yes, that Qt. What a great time to be building web apps! Good fortunes.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy. Or is that hyperbole?

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This Startup Airline Lets You Fly Everyday / Any Day – For A Flat Fee


Jeff Potter, CEO Surfair. As noted in Success, Santa Barbara Style , my definition of success includes living where you want to live and making money doing what you love. For many entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara, achieving such success would be much more difficult if it weren’t for the emergence of an innovative airline – Surf Air. Greathouse: Great.

HARMAN Acquired By Samsung Electronics For $8.0 Billion


Automotive electronics manufacturer HARMAN , which has major operations in Southern California, has been acquired by Samsung Electronics for approximately $8.0 billion, the two announced this morning. The two said Samsung will pay $112.00 per share in cash for publicly traded Harman. Harman had $7.0 READ MORE>>.

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Why You Can’t Search for a Job From a Remote Location

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve had this conversation many times. The best jobs are of course found through personal connections and in-person, eyeball-to-eyeball contact.

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After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


Well, it had to happen.  But a lot of time has passed since then. Today, for me, that hurdle number is $20 million. The Method should allow for this.

California Lutheran University Names Executive- and Entrepreneur-In-Residence


Thousand Oaks-based California Lutheran University and its School of Management said on Monday that it has named both an Executive-In-Residence and Entrepreneur-In-Residence to the school. Custodio is an alumnus of Cal Lutheran; Cathcart is the author of "Relationship Selling: The Key to Getting and Keeping Customers" and other titles. READ MORE>>.

The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money


If all goes well, the day will come when just one small thing will stand between you and funding for your startup: your signature on a term sheet.

Chuz Is the Recommendation App Millennials Deserve


Millennials are all about convenience. Fortunately,  Chuz is on a mission to give them an easy, one-stop shop to find new places to eat, drink and play. Live in Los Angeles and New York City, and available on iOS , Chuz is a smart companion with a curated list of go to spots. And i t doesn’t stop there. The Idea. The Future. and get the deal done.

Pritzker Group Increases Staff in Los Angeles to Hunt Early Stage Deals

L.A. Business Journal

Pritzker Group Venture Capital has expanded the number of personnel in its L.A. office in order to purse more early-stage investments in local tech companies. Partner Gabe Greenbaum and Vice President Peter Liu have relocated from the firm’s Chicago office to Los Angeles. The company also recently hired Nico Gimenez, who joined as an associate.

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Here are The Missing Positives of This Election

Both Sides of the Table

It’s hard to feel any positives these days: We’re in the eye of the storm. We’re at peak anxiety. Maximum rancor. Don’t get comfortable, VOTE. Indeed.

How do you focus your team for action?


We all can benefit from this lesson.  The lesson is powerful but simple.  Follow through with a check of progress to show support and interest. Growth!

Interview with Gabe Gottlieb, Pathmatics


Our interview today is with Gabe Gottlieb , Co-founder and CEO at Santa Monica-based advertising analytics firm Pathmatics ( We spoke with Gabe to learn more about his company�which is backed by Bertelsmann and Upfront Ventures--and what it is working on. Tell us about your company? How did you start working on this? READ MORE>>.

Xconomy Special Report: 12 San Diego Tech Startup to Watch in 2017


View the Slideshow A little more than a year ago, amid a resurgence in San Diego’s software sector, Xconomy identified a baker’s dozen of local tech companies to watch in 2016. The results were so encouraging, we’re doing it again. Such lists can be entirely relative, but I sought to adjust for the capricious effects of subjectivity.

Reinventing the Supermarket Shopping Experience

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- Reinventing the Supermarket Shopping Experience. Softec/Santa Maria Tech Brew. Bob and Marvin will update us on their journey to reinvent the supermarket shopping cart experience. See

Content Firm Draws Suitors

L.A. Business Journal

Zealot Networks, co-founded by Danny Zappin, former chief of Maker Studios, may be acquisition target

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

Both Sides of the Table

This election has been hard on our country. Many friends and colleagues have reached out privately either to grieve or offer kinds words of support.

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Who cares about customer loyalty?


Repeat customers, raving fans, angry backlashers, commodity shoppers.  Oh boy, what a range of loyalty these represent.  Often. It takes work. Growth

TubeMogul Acquired By Adobe For $540M


TubeMogul , a video advertising company which has offices in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Adobe in a deal worth $540M net of debt and cash. According to Adobe, it will pay $14.00 per share for TubeMogul. TubeMogul is a provider of a video advertising platform, which lets users buy video ads on desktop, mobile, streaming devices, and TVs.

The Convergence of Information Technology and the Life Sciences


We are at an incredible inflection point in the traditionally distinct fields of information technology and the life sciences.

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Santa Monica New Tech @ Cross Campus

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -- Santa Monica New Tech @ Cross Campus. We present Santa Monica New Tech -- the city’s longest-running showcase for hot, young startup-flavored businesses. link] (more

Snap Inc. Files for IPO

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc., parent company and developer of messaging app Snapchat, has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of its stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to multiple press reports. It was also reported last month that startup is seeking to raise up to $4 billion from its offering. The firm was valued at $17.8

The Morning After. What Have We Done?

Both Sides of the Table

The morning after. Tweeted vociferously last night in my stupor and despair. haven’t felt this way since 9/11. will not calm down. And yet he won.

How to be a dictator enforcing sales offer deadlines


So, it is common practice to leave an offer containing a discount open, following up. Deadlines are an important sales tool. Positioning

Mavenlink Raises $39M From Goldman Sachs


Irvine-based software developer Mavenlink announced this morning that it has raised $39M in a funding round from Goldman Sachs, as part of a Series D funding round. Mavenlink develops software used for work planning, managing projects, and financials, and working with and managing teams. READ MORE>>.

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Sluggish Year for IPOs, But Signs Abound of Post-Election Surge


Uncertainty surrounding this year’s presidential election has kept U.S. Smith anticipates a flurry of IPOs between Thanksgiving.

Executive Networking and Technology Group ExecTec of LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 -- Westwood Networking Dinner. ExecTec. As always, there is no better way to meet and connect with other executives then over dinner and conversation. See

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 22: Hyperloop One Planning Self-Driving Vehicles

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop One planning self-driving vehicles, SpaceX selected for NASA’s earth survey mission, and Riot negotiating $90M deal to stream League of Legends

The Most Thoughtful Human Story of the Election I’ve Read

Both Sides of the Table

I received this email from a friend. He gave me permission to publish it but asked to do so anonymously. It’s from a startup founder. he’s that dad.

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Knowledge Test

Tech Coast Venture Network

Presentations. (1). Testing. View all →


Hulu Buys The Video Genome Project


Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu has acquired the assets of The Video Genome Project (aka Structured Data Intelligence), a developer of software and data being used to personalize content recommendations for video. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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AttackIQ, Which Makes Tools to Assess Cybersecurity, Raises $8.8M


San Diego-based AttackIQ, a cybersecurity startup providing a Web-based platform for assessing network defenses, has finally closed its Series A round of founding, after raising a total of $8.8 million over the past three years, according to co-founder and CEO Stephan Chenette. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

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TechFire: Kleiner Perkins' Eric Feng (former CTO of Hulu and Flipboard)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -- TechFire: Kleiner Perkins' Eric Feng (former CTO of Hulu and Flipboard).TechFire TechFire presents a fireside chat with Eric Feng, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Moderated by Patrick Anding, Attorney @ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.