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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.

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

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

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.

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.

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>>.

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When Innovation Is Not Enough: How GreatCall Has Grown Its Market


In the 10 years since David Inns joined San Diego-based GreatCall as CEO, he has seen a proliferation of innovative healthtech startups that are targeting baby boomers who are in or nearing retirement. A lot of these digital health companies are trying to connect with senior living communities, typically at events like the annual Aging 2.0

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>>.

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.

WITI Holiday Mix and Mingle!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 -- WITI Holiday Mix and Mingle! Please join WITI Los Angeles for a Holiday MandM (Mix and Mingle)! relaxing evening of networking event to celebrate the wonderful year WITI Los Angeles has shared with all of you! Many families live in poverty and are unable to provide gifts for their Children! See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 2: Bam Ventures Launches Incubator for Brian Lee’s Ideas

L.A. Business Journal

Bam Ventures launches incubator for Brian Lee’s ideas, Bankrupt Nasty Gal may have a suitor, Annapurna Pictures launches video game division, and 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.

LA Clippers Turn To Computer Vision, Software Analytics To Improve Shooting


The Los Angeles Clippers are turning to software analytics to help improve their shooting percentages, according to software developer Noah Software. The new technology uses computer vision technology and algorithms to track where a shot originated from, whether or notthat schot scored, entry angle, shot depth, and left-right position of the ball.

Cybersecurity Firm Proficio Raises $12M in Private Equity Round


Proficio, a Carlsbad, CA-based startup providing cybersecurity protection services for middle market companies, has raised $12 million in an investment round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm provided funding from its Kayne Partners Fund Group, which invests in high-growth technology businesses.

Brushing Aside Critics, House Votes in Landslide for Cures Act


By a 392 to 26 vote, the U.S. The bill now moves to the Senate, where the Republican leadership has promised a swift vote.

Interview with Gladys Kong, UberMedia


It's the age of smartphones and mobile data, where there are now apps gathering an immense amount of information about where we are, what stores we visit, and what we are doing. How do you make sense of all that data and actually help it to drive business decisions? Gladys Kong: UberMedia today is an ad and technology solutions company. Thanks!

Bio Roundup: CAR-T Ups & Downs, Lilly’s Failure, Myeloma & More


We’ve packed some extra stuffing into the roundup this week to account for some burnt turkey delivered by biopharma in the few days before Thanksgiving—starting with Eli Lilly’s failed gamble in Alzheimer’s disease. Lilly wasn’t alone, however.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 1: SpaceX Aims to Resume Flights on Dec. 16

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX aims to resume flights on Dec. 16, Breitbart hits back against boycotting advertisers, and 21st Century Fox invests in augmented and virtual reality glasses company

DTS Rolls Out DTS:X Audio On Jason Bourne Films


Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS announced this morning that it is expanding the number of titles that include its DTS:X and DTS Headphone:X technology, with a deal to use the encoding format with the new collection of Jason Bourne films on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 30: Snapchat Shuts Down Story Explorer Feature

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat shuts down Story Explorer feature, SpaceX to carry private rover to moon, and tronc Inc. Director Michael Ferro stocks up on additional shares

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 28: Activision CEO Becomes One of Top-Paid U.S. Executives.

L.A. Business Journal

Activision CEO becomes one of top-paid U.S. executives, Atom tickets partners with Disney for Star Wars Merchandise, and AT&T’s DirecTV launches streaming TV service

Should We Rewrite the Human Genome?


Scientists are engineering a new living thing: a radically modified version of the lowly bacterium  E. The modified E.

SpaceX May Deliver Audi Lunar Rover To The Moon


PT Scientists , a German team which is competing as part of the Google Lunar X Prize --one of the competitions run by the Los Angeles-based XPrize Foundation--says that it is likely that SpaceX will deliver a lunar rover, based on the electric powertrain used in Audi's electric vehicles--to the moon, for the company. READ MORE>>.

Pritzker Group Boosts Focus On Los Angeles Startups, Moves Partner To LA


Chicago-based venture capital investor Pritzker Group Venture Capital announced this morning that it is expanding its efforts to invest in early stage companies in Los Angeles, and has moved partner Gabe Greenbaum to Los Angeles. Greenbaum had been based at Pritzker's home office in Chicago. READ MORE>>.

Connect Hands Out 8 Most Innovative New Product Awards


Connect, the San Diego nonprofit supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship, handed out its Most Innovative New Product Awards at a dinner last night in La Jolla—recognizing innovations that range from an inflatable satellite antenna to a mobile app for art museums. There was no William W. Otterson award winner this year.

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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>>.

ClipCast Launches Multi View, Real Time Video Capture App


A new, San Diego startup, ClipCast , has launched a new mobile app which lets users capture multiple video views from different smartphones, from different angles. The new app is free. ClipCast is led by Manual Jaime, who serves as CEO and is founder of the company. READ MORE>>. android smartphone mobile capture video clipcast

Olloclip To Open Pop-Up Shop, Gallery In LA Next Week


Huntington Beach-based Olloclip , which makes add-on lenses for the iPhone, is launching its own pop-up store and image gallery this holiday season, with a store in LA's Fairfax district. The company said the ImagesSpeakLouder gallery and pop-up shop will let it teach, show, and share examples of mobile photography. READ MORE>>.

Joymode Set To Show Off Experiences At Pop Up Shop


Los Angeles-based Joymode , the new startup led by Joe Fernandez which is hoping to people to invest in experiences, not stuff , is hoping to show off its new service with a pop-up shop in Sunset Junction next week. Joymode said that the new pop-up shop will also be the first place people can sign up for the service without a special invitation.

Fandango Gobbles Up Cinepapaya


Los Angeles-based online ticketing and movie service Fandango continues to be in an acquisitive move, and has acquired Latin American online movie ticketer Cinepapaya. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition follows an acquisition last year of Brazilian ticketing firm READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Targets Next Mission December 16th From Vandenberg


Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX , the rocket company led by Elon Musk, is hoping to launch on its next mission on December 16th, launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, just North of Santa Barbara. Iridium says it expects to be the first company with a launch since the Cape Canaveral incident. READ MORE>>.

Xencor Launches $110M Public Offering


Monrovia-based biotechnology developer Xencor has launched a public offering of its common stock, with the aim of raising approximately $110M in funding, the company said on Wednesday. The publicly traded biotechnology developer--which trades on the NASDAQ as XNCR--said it has priced the offering at $24.000 per share. READ MORE>>.

CrowdStrike Names New Sales, Operations Executive


Irvine-based endpoint protection software developer CrowdStrike said today that it has appointed Michael Carpenter as President of Global Sales and Field Operations. Carpenter joins the company from Tanium, where he was President Global Sales and Field Operations. He also had served at Intel Security. READ MORE>>.

TurboTax Opens Up For Tax Filing Season


Is it tax time already? San Diego-based TurboTax , the software division of Intuit which makes the popular tax filing software, says on Wednesday that it has opened up for the season, and has begun allowing its users to start working on their taxes. READ MORE>>. turbotax filing intuit software federal state