August, 2016

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4 LA companies we want to work for right now (and they're hiring!)

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Selling Online In 2016 For The First Time – What Works When You Have A Blank Slate?


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. This is the first of a two part, extensive interview I recently conducted with Ms. Muther.

The Most Important Book I Read This Summer

Both Sides of the Table

I love reading non-fiction as a way to challenge myself to understand topics that stretch my understanding of the world around me. And there is was.

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs


What is the ideal age to start a company? It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs. Wrong.

MyLAB Box Brings STD Tests To Your Door


While on the road to finding the global Startup Of The Year , we’re on a mission to feature and highlight as many rising stars as possible. From tech and hardware, to entrepreneurs improving the accessibility of health information, each month dozens of new startups try to breakout and create an impact in their industry. Reach out to us here.

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Interview With Mike Mothner, Wpromote On Growth, Acquisitions


Last week El Segundo-based Wpromote acquired fellow marketing agency Standing Dog, in a deal which brings the company to 260 employees, and continues to grow the company. Tell our readers who haven't heard of Wpromote, what your business is all about? Our clients are everyone from fast growing, freshly funded startups, to the Fortune 100.

Gary Hayslip on the City of San Diego as Cybersecurity Test Bed


Hayslip is deputy director and chief information security officer (CISO) for the city of San Diego. Gary Hayslip. Cities are businesses.

Kobe Bryant Launches New $100 Million Venture to Solidify Retirement


Sports stars are used to success. Whether it’s winning a championship or setting a record, being an athlete is a great way to rise to the top of the mountain. But when it comes to the entrepreneurial world, sports stars haven’t always panned out. “I’m more interested in how I can help Shaq, Melo, or Iguodala.”

Walt Disney to Acquire Stake in MLB Streaming Platform for $1B

L.A. Business Journal

Walt Disney Co. will acquire a 33 percent stake in Major League Baseball’s video streaming company, BamTech, for $1 billion

GRID110 reveals second fashion tech-focused cohort

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Good Gawd: Unconventional Startup Wisdom From The Hardest Working Man In Show Business


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. James proved the record industry experts wrong, on both counts. Forget it. Radio And Baseball.

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How Cloudvirga Wants To Disrupt The Slow, Antiquated Mortgage Industry


For anyone who has ever gotten a mortgage for a home, they know it's a very slow, antiquated, frustrating, and time consuming process. It's also very expensive and complex for lenders. Cloudvirga recently raised $7.5M in funding, from Dallas Capital, Upfront Ventures, and Tribeca Angels. What is cloudvirga? Kyle Kamrooz. It's just ridiculous.

Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning


Just about anything you’ve heard [about] at Google that sounds interesting and new is based on machine learning,” Jurvetson said at the time.

Is ‘servant leadership’ too soft for today’s workforce?


It’s a term rooted in ancient philosophy.  Robert Greenleaf may have been the first to resurrect the concept in his book published in 1970. 

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 19: L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

L.A. Business Journal

tech wages rising fastest in the nation, Activision runs Snapchat zombie karaoke lens, and YP hires new CEO

LA vs the world: How LA's tech scene measures up

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Clean Technology Council Summer Mixer

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -- Clean Technology Council Summer Mixer. Bring your friends and join CTC members for loads of fun, games, great food and drinks (5-6pm earlybird specials!) Meet Tech Executives, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Angel/VC Investors, Joint Venture Partners, Deal Makers, Start Up Mentors, CTC and 101 Incubator founders.


Intel To Open New Studio In Hollywood Aimed At VR


Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday that the semiconductor maker will create a new, studio in Hollywood, will will focus on creating 360-degree virtual reality sports and entertainment content, using its technology. Intel did not say how many people it will hire at the new effort, or exactly where in Los Angeles the new unit will be based.

Productivity in Your Pocket


The app that you use is the one in your pocket. It started with the Blackberry in the early 2000s. Behaviors started to shift. But First iPad.

Why bother to sit in with customer service?


lost an invaluable opportunity to learn from the front line. Start by sitting in with customer service.  The benefits are immense.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 16: Chow Now Integrated with Google Search

L.A. Business Journal

Chow Now integrated with Google search, Content Check acquires Honest Cooking, Intel to open L.A. virtual reality studio, and more

What it's really like to intern for an LA tech company

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DODGERS Announce Newest Accelerator Companies


The LA Dodgers And R/GA Announce Second Sports Accelerator Program Companies. Focus is on Growth-Stage Companies and Strategic Business Development. The Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA Ventures are pleased to announce the five companies chosen for the second LA Dodgers Sports Accelerator. The program launches today in R/GA’s LA office.

Renovate America Acquires CakeSystems For Energy Auditing, Modeling Software


San Diego-based Renovate America , the provider of residential clean energy financing programs, said this morning that it has acquired CakeSystems , a developer of home energy modeling and auditing software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. CakeSystems was previously owned by nonprofit Earth Advantage. READ MORE>>.

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Qualcomm Making Inroads with Wireless EV Charging Technology


As the global market for mobile phones has matured, Qualcomm has been seeking new opportunities in the wireless technology business. and other nations.

Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World Release Party & Book Signing [ LOS ANGELES ]


Join for the unveiling of an exciting new addition to the field of architecture and technology: Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World, on  Saturday, August 13 at 5:00 PM  at the Neutra VDL house. There will be a panel discussion featuring several contributors to the book, and Q&A starting at  5:30  followed by a reception.

Hulu Ends Free Viewing

L.A. Business Journal

In a move to align itself with its paid-subscription rivals, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, television-streaming service Hulu of Santa Monica has ended its free-to-view streaming service

Tech companies reign in Business Journal's list of best places to work

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PA Fund Makes Its First Investment in Nevados Engineering

Ask the Angels

Pasadena, California (August 2, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the first investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Pasadena Angels have previously invested $240K in Nevados, this additional funding from The Fund will allow Nevados to fully execute on their grant funding from the U.S. Tweet Tweet.

Interview with Lior Elazary, Invia Robotics


As e-commerce continues to grow, one part of that business, one area continues to be a very difficult area to scale efficiently--the labor intensive, back end warehouse, shipping, and fulfillment operation. What does your robotics system do and how does it work? Lior Elazary: What we have is a robotics system for the fulfillment industry. Thanks!

Biogen Buys Ionis Spine Disease Drug For $75M, Eyes FDA Filing


Spinal muscular atrophy affects over 25,000 people in the U.S. and stops many of them from ever being able to walk.

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Careful with terminations. Don’t disparage.


It happens all the time when you’re a CEO.  Your worry is real. And it worked with great effect.  The second thing was just as important. 

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 8: Walt Disney to Acquire Stake in MLB Streaming Platform for $1B

L.A. Business Journal

Walt Disney to acquire stake in MLB streaming platform for $1 billion, SpaceX Ships rocket to Texas for preliminary testing, West Hollywood’s Opinit acquired by Canadian app developer, and more

Kobe Bryant reveals $100M venture capital fund

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Today, it was revealed how Bryant would be spending at least part of his new-found time off. read more