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Famous Birthdays In Growth Mode


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>>.

Which School Generated The Most Startup/Tech Forbes 30 Under 30 Phenoms?


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, […].

L.A. Cleantech Incubator Founding CEO to Step Down

L.A. Business Journal

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

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


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.

SPACES Gest $6.5M For Virtual Reality Theme Park Efforts


Playa Vista-based SPACES , a developer of virtual reality technology aimed at the theme park industry, announced last week that it has raised $6.5M in additional seed funding. The funding was led by Chinese theme park operator Songcheng Performance Development, and also included Comcast Ventures, along with Boost VC, Colopl VR fund, GREE Inc.,

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GumGum Names Sports Division Head


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>>.

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. 20: Snap Inc. Justifies $20 Billion Valuation with User Engagement

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. justifies $20 billion valuation with user engagement, DirecTV Now claims more than 200,000 subscribers in first month, and Warner Bros. to run first Snapchat puzzle lens ad

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services


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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How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love


For today's youth, it's often hard to figure out what they want to do in life--according to Deborah Ramo , Founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Amavitae ( We sat down with Deborah to hear more about the app, why millenials and other youth are having such a hard time figuring out a career, and the company's solution. Thanks!

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents:

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- SAM Preccelerator Program Presents. This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community. We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up. See eid=30678911450.

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

L.A. Business Journal

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

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


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

Hyperloop One Names New CFO, Aims At New Funding Round


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>>.

How to Network for Capital

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: "How to Network for Capital" with Len Lanzi. This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community. We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up.

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

L.A. Business Journal

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

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


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.

Numecent Swaps CEO


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.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. See [link] (more

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

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


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

j2 Global Buys Six More Companies


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>>.

Technology Trends, Fast Growth Areas ? How to Leverage Trends for Career Advancement

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Technology Trends, Fast Growth Areas – How to Leverage Trends for Career Advancement. AITP – Los Angeles Presents: A panel of IT Hiring Professionals will discuss trends they see, and how these affect current and future demand for jobs in the marketplace. See [link].

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

Dems Grill HHS Nominee Price About Trump Comments, Stock Holdings


[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.

Esri Adds Indoor Mapping Support For Retail Analytics


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>>.

Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting Customers in a New Era of Retail

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -- Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting Customers in a New Era of Retail. For product entrepreneurs, designers, and manufacturers: the first MAKE IT IN LA event for 2017! commerce has quadrupled in the past decade and direct-to-consumer has become a key sales channel for products. See [link] (more

Wilcon Plans to Wire Downtown Los Angeles to Aid Increased Cell Demand

L.A. Business Journal

To serve growing bandwidth demand from wireless phone companies, telecommunications firm Wilcon announced plans to expand and then connect its fiber-optic network to hundreds of small cellular sites in downtown Los Angeles

Video Trends Point to Changing Ways Companies Reach Consumers


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

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


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>>.

Hub 101 Talks. Dr. Beth Seidenberg, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

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Friday, January 20, 2017 -- Hub 101 Talks. Dr. Beth Seidenberg, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Dr. Beth Seidenberg focuses on life science investing in digital health and biotech and works with entrepreneurs to develop companies with breakthrough technology for treating patients and improving the delivery of healthcare.

Press release partnerships: Worth the effort?


Many of us make it a priority to find and partner with companies that can add to our offering or extend our reach.  Growth!

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


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.

Triton Digital Wins NRG Media


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.

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