February, 2017

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Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

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Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF. 20 years ago there were 9,000 public companies.

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Soraa Deploys In UK Museum


Soraa , the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) LED lighting technology, based on research out of UC Santa Barbara, has deployed its products at a museum in the United Kingdom. Soraa said its lighting systems are now being used at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, which the company says is the world's oldest public museum. READ MORE>>.

L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

L.A. Business Journal

Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

Doppels Is the Birthday Matching App You’re Going to Love


And while this has been the standard for years, one startup is hoping to personalize the birthday wishes even more. How great is that?! The Star-Match.

My Lousy Presentation Allowed LogMeIn To Eclipse GoToMeeting


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 22: Global Eagle Stock Plunges After CEO and CFO Resign

L.A. Business Journal

Global Eagle stock plunges after CEO and CFO resign, AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins resigns, microfinance startup Tala raises $30 million, and more

The Steps Farmgirl Flowers Took to Succeed in an Established Market


Finding a business opportunity is a challenge for most entrepreneurs. We’re saturated with companies specializing in almost every business opportunity. For this reason, new entrepreneurs are left wondering how they can start up a business and compete with already established enterprises. Finding an Opportunity in the Flower Market.

EnumSet and EnumMap


This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap. from Java's standard libraries. What are they? When should they be used? Could the implementations be improved? Could the APIs be improved? Conclusion. What are they? EnumSet. and EnumMap are compact, efficient implementations of the Set and Map interfaces. Rejects null elements.

With “Go,” Amazon Identifies Another Job It Can Do Better


Early last year, I “fired” talk radio along with NPR’s morning and evening editions. That same day, I “hired” Amazon Audible as my commute companion. It wasn’t a difficult decision. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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BuzzFeed. Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate.

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Ranker Sees Growth, Doubles Staff


Los Angeles-based Ranker said today that it has grown its revenue 115 percent year over year, and doubled its staff. The company did not release any actual financials behind the growth. The company led by CEO Clark Benson, says the company now has a "healthy 8-figure" in revenues. READ MORE>>.

Snap Inc. Files for $3 Billion IPO; Discloses 158 Million Daily Active Users

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc., parent company of ephemeral photo-sharing and messaging app Snapchat, has made public its $3 billion initial public offering of its stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Superscreen Rethinks How You Engage with Your Smartphone


Smartphones are the primary tool  used to engage with the digital world. Power Without Redundancy. This is where focused innovation is key.

UCI ANTprenreneur Center Feedback Friday

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Friday, March 3, 2017 -- UCI ANTprenreneur Center Feedback Friday. See https://www.eventbrite.com/o/uci-antrepreneur-center-8184153841.


Kentucky Biotech CEO’s Message For McConnell: I’ll Be Muslim, Too


President Trump’s order to bar refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries is on temporary hold, and a court hearing later today could eventually force a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate. He also wrote that if the Trump administration expanded its policies to include a registry of Muslims, he.

How Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

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This is a seriously well written & thoughtful article by @glennbeck - I have to say "hats off" https://t.co/LLfI9iHIJd Please watch.


Snap Files For IPO


Venice, California-based Snap Inc. , the parent company of Snapchat , has filed for its much anticipated IPO, saying in a filing late Thursday that it is looking to raise up to $3.0 billion in an IPO offering on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol SNAP. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J. P.

Los Angeles to Donate Rent-Free Space to Manufacturing Institute.

L.A. Business Journal

The city of Los Angeles is planning to donate rent-free space to the recently launched Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Pasadena Angels Fund 1 Invests in Repurpose

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Pasadena, California (February 23, 2017) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the fourth investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund invested an additional $100K in Repurpose, a Los Angeles based consumer products company that makes plant based, 100% compostable tableware products.  link]. Tweet Tweet.

DevOpsDay LA

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Friday, March 3, 2017 -- DevOpsDay LA. LA's very own 1 day DevOps conference. See https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2017-los-angeles/welcome/.

Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments


Fundraising is tough for startups but it’s particularly difficult in agriculture, a sector that has fewer firms focused on agtech investments.

Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

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On the surface this person is losing efficiency but in the long-run the gains for direction setting are huge. They’re tasked with doing … marketing.

Netwrix Gets Series A Funding


Irvine-based Netwrix , a developer of hybrid cloud security software, has received a Series A funding round, the company said Tuesday. Size of the round was not announced. The funding was led by Updata Partners. Netwrix, led by Michael Fimin, said the funding will go towards product development and growth. READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Plans to Send Tourists Around the Moon

L.A. Business Journal

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. announced plans this afternoon to send two tourists around the Moon by the end of 2018

3 Ways IoT Startups Are Securing Their Devices

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With so many smart technology devices and users— six billion Internet of Things (IoT) connections in 2015—we’ve long surpassed the adoption phase.

UCI ANTprenreneur Center: Ky Madden w/ Bzzz Bean

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 -- Ky Madden w/ Bzzz Bean. UCI ANTprenreneur Center. Ky Madden is a UCI Alumni, and founder of Bzzz Bean. Bzzz Bean provides your BZZZ with chocolate covered coffee beans and carefully selected coffee. Come hear more about his entrepreneurial journey. See https://www.eventbrite.com/o/uci-antrepreneur-center-8184153841.


Bio Roundup: Travel Ban, Pharma in D.C., Biogen Splits, PCSK9 Wins


Folks had just clocked out last Friday when the Trump Administration announced a travel ban that threw airports around the country into chaos.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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Yet as we enter February 2017 the VC funding markets are booming, Snap, Inc has filed for its IPO, AppDynamics was just purchased for $3.7 Ok, Suster.

Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC


He eventually founded and sold consumer health firm ViSalus to a public company and is now back making investments, in technology companies, as a venture capitalist here at Los Angeles-based HashtagOne (www.hashtagone.com). Tell us a bit of the story on how you started HashtagOne? After we sold it to that public company, I founded HashtagOne.

U.S Dept. of Commerce Grants $500,000 to Cal State L.A. For Bioscience Bootcamp.

L.A. Business Journal

The U.S. Department of Commerce granted nearly $500,000 to California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund the creation of a bootcamp for bioscientists in the region

Will you be happy at your finish line?


Have you figured out what you want to have, or to be, when you reach the end of your personal run in this business life? It is a fair question.

SCALE - Southern California Linux Expo

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 -- SCALE. Now celebrating its 15th year, the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 15X is the largest Linux and Open Source Software show in North America. See [link] (more

Insurer UHC Will Cover Biogen Spine Drug, But With Limits And Proof


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Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

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Fred & Brad aren’t leaving but wanted Andy & Albert to take over management. And so it goes. Maybe that’s USV, too. startup venture-capital