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How to Stay in Control of Your Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

Meetings. The bane of many of our existence. They suck up time and are often unproductive or don’t yield the results we expect. This is a total waste.

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Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

TechCrunch LA

It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon.

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta

Tech.Co

From Evernote to Asana , each platform and offering has their own unique set of features that make it appealing.

Venice-based Dollar Shave Club sells for a whopping $1B

Built In Los Angeles

Dollar Shave Club. read more

Why Millennial Entrepreneurs Should Never Watch Shark Tank Alone

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It is also an inspirational alter call to entrepreneurship. Share and Enjoy.

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How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do? And Lyft? Twitter was a podcasting company.

Interview with Gabe Grifoni, Rufus Labs

socalTECH

For our interview today, we have an interview with Gabe Grifoni , CEO and founder of Rufus Labs (www.getrufus.com), which has has developed an Android-based, wearable device which is aimed at use in the enterprise, warehouses, and factories. What's your product, and what is it used for? Our tool does the same thing. That really slows things down.

Enclave CineHome HD Wireless Speakers Boast Great Sound [ Review ]

Tech.Co

Home theater systems come in many shapes and sizes, with audio qualities design for small rooms up to your true home theater. Setup. Feature and Specs.

LA-based Chuz takes aim at Yelp with its mobile concierge app

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Audentes Prices $75M IPO As Gene Therapy Eyes First U.S. Approval

Xconomy

As the possibility of the first ever gene therapy approval in the U.S. draws closer, more gene therapy players are entering the public markets.

Another Major Win for LA Tech

Both Sides of the Table

But one tech news story stood out for me — the fact that LA-based Dollar Shave Club (DSC) was sold to Unilever for $1 billion. Congratulation.

Social Productivity App WeDo Launches Publicly

L.A. Business Journal

From Fantastical to Evernote there are dozens of popular productivity apps that help users do everything from planning an interview to remembering to take out the garbage. Organization junkies will need to make room for one more as WeDo, the latest iteration on so called to-do apps was publicly launched on Thursday

NantHealth Links With University On Genetic Study

socalTECH

Culver City-based personalized healthcare developer NantHealth , which is led by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said this morning that it has partnered with the University of Utah, to analyze genomic profiles of a large number of individuals, to help in disease identification. READ MORE>>.

A cleaner LA: 8 clean tech companies you should know

Built In Los Angeles

Series: Clean Tech Los Angeles. Blog Thumbnail: A new crop of startups is bringing fresh opportunity to LA.

With Biogen at a Crossroads, CEO Scangos to Step Down

Xconomy

[ Updated, 9:20 a.m. ET, see below ] Biogen has seen its highest highs under CEO George Scangos, but some lows too.

Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

Both Sides of the Table

The basic use-cases of this simple data are obvious. and so on. Each human is captured in a polygon shape at a precise moment in time. Why Density?

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L.A. Business Journal

Online-focused ZestFinance hopes its algorithm model clicks with the Chinese market

Wpromote Buys Standing Dog For Digital Marketing Efforts

socalTECH

El Segundo-based digital marketing company Wpromote said on Tuesday that it has acquired online marketing agency Standing Dog , which provides search engine marketing, SEO, social media and paid media services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Standing Dog was founded in 2005, and was based in Texas. READ MORE>>.

LA-Based Coding Bootcamp Codesmith Boasts 96% Hiring Rate

Tech.Co

Finding a job can be hard. But in this economy, finding a job with a hearty paycheck is even harder. Fortunately, study after study has shown that  IT professionals and computer science graduates are going home with the biggest paychecks on a regular basis. Is coding education not the foolproof model we once thought?

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Fintech Lender Uses Profitability to Step Out from Industry Cloud

Xconomy

With a cloud lingering over the peer-to-peer lending industry, privately held National Funding is disclosing new details today about its operations, in a bid to step into the light and differentiate itself as a fintech company and alternative lender. Alternative lending encompasses a broad range of loan options outside traditional bank loans.

Use Pokemon Go to promote your auto repair business

Built In Los Angeles

CAKNOW TECHNOLOGY INC. As an auto repair and maintenance service platform, CAKNOW has 3 tips on how to market your auto repair shop using Pokemon. 1.

Silicon Beach Report July 26: Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Neil Clark Warren steps down as eHarmony’s chief executive, SteelHouse Countersues rival, Scopely raises $55 million, and more

Dollar Shave Club Acquired For $1 Billion By Unilever

socalTECH

In another, stunning exit for Southern California's technology startup community, Los Angeles-based Dollar Shave Club has been acquired from a reported $1 billion by Unilever. Dollar Shave Club operates a subscription, razor and toiletries accessory business targeted at men. Shasta Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Venrock Associates.

TECH.CO’S LA STARTUP NIGHT [ LOS ANGELES ]

Tech.Co

Join us for this special evening! Tech.Co  and  WeAreLATech  are coming together to present the best local female-founded startups while celebrating the greater LA startup and tech community. Come join us for drinks, tacos, and great conversation, while supporting your favorite local startups as we search for the best early stage startups around.

Biotech Roundup: Scangos’s Exit, Zafgen’s Shakeup, Jounce, Relypsa & More

Xconomy

The top news in biotech this week centers around one big job opening: the head seat at Biogen, now that George Scangos has announced plans to leave the company. Who takes the gig, and the strategic direction he or she chooses for Biogen will have implications not just for the company and its employees, but the sector overall.

IBM Watson-backed Influential brings in $5M to build its team

Built In Los Angeles

Influential. Blog Thumbnail: Beverly Hills-based Influential announced it raised a $5 million Series A round today. read more

Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Neil Clark Warren is retiring from his position as chief executive of eHarmony. He will retain his position as chairman of the dating website

New Podcast Covers Manufacturing, Entrepreneurs In LA

socalTECH

A new podcast, hosted by technology entrepreneur and technology evangelist Kristina "Z" Holly , has launched in Los Angeles, covering entrepreneurship and manufacturing, as part of the MAKE IT IN LA initiative from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Holly was most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Garcetti. READ MORE>>.

UCLA Advancing Women in Technology Conference [ LOS ANGELES ]

Tech.Co

About. The UCLA Conference to Advance Women in Technology will take place on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (w/Networking Reception 3:00 – 5:00 pm) at the  UCLA Pauley Pavilion Club. To submit To submit questions for the panelists,  please visit this page. Registration. Registration for this event is invitation-only.

Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology

Xconomy

The company raised $1 million last year, according to a 2015 regulatory filing. Happy #TBT from our fearless Founder & CEO @fordblakely !

Mobile gaming giant Scopely announces $55M funding

Built In Los Angeles

Scopely. Series: Gaming Companies in Los Angeles. read more

AwesomenessTV Signs United Kingdom Distribution Deal

L.A. Business Journal

AwesomenessTV of West Los Angeles has signed a deal to distribute its TV series in the United Kingdom through British broadcaster ITV

Guardian Circle Taps Your Social Network For Help In A Crisis

socalTECH

Just having one of those days, when you need some help--ie your car broke down, you can't get to daycare to pick up your child, you've got a medical emergency? The new take on personal safety apps says that it lets users create a real-time network of people, who can respond to various levels of emergency. 911--to provide help. READ MORE>>.

Stop managers from gaming the system

Berkonomics

Here’s a way to prevent such behavior and create a tool for organization – and transparency at the same time.