July, 2016

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

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VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. It happens during nearly every fundraising pitch meeting. Don’t Demo Me Bro. Share and Enjoy.

Why Acceptance of Failure is Critical to Startup Success

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I talk about failure a lot because I think it can be tremendously instructive and I think that success without failure often masks underlying lessons.

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


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

An Homage to Larry Bock, Who Had God’s Hand on His Shoulder


Maybe we can share an infusion room,” he replied. “I will be sending good thoughts your way.”. They had a lot of fun.”. Larry Bock.

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The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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In modern society we’re all over-worked and over-loaded with information and tasks and to-dos and obligations. That’s why focus is critical.

6 Commercials That Made Dollar Shave Club So Successful


A good commercial can go a long way. They are funny, they are quick, and they are cavalier with their use of suggestive humor and crass language.

Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs


We are definitely interested in oncology, but there is no value in disclosing details.”. It’s a little like what Avalon is doing.

SpaceX to Launch Ninth Space Station Resupply Mission

L.A. Business Journal

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne is scheduled to launch one of its rockets on a resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to the International Space Station on Monday, July 18

Back to school: 4 Southern California college incubators you should know

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Series: Accelerators & Incubators. We took a look at a few colleges in the LA area with innovative tech incubators. read more

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2


Southern California companies raised $2.49 billion in venture capital in Q2 of 2016, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters. The boost in funding came despite a lower overall deal count, with 89 funding deals in Q2, versus 97 in Q1.

Of Course #BlackLivesMatter — How Could Anything be LESS Controversial?

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Black lives matter. Saying it out loud is obvious. And important. Real” America? Doesn’t he just make the point with one Tweet? And Christian?

Los Angeles Hosts the Oscars and the Tech.Co Startup Showcase


It’s no secret that Los Angeles is home to a bevy of celebrities. Whether it be renowned athletes looking to enjoy some sun in the off-season or movies stars basking in the glory of stardom in between takes, the number of recognizable faces in this southern California city can be too much for some fans to bear. And for those L.A. Cost : $10.

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


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.

J2 Global Inc. Acquires Another Six Companies in Q2

L.A. Business Journal

As it does every quarter, J2 Global Inc. gobbled up another slate of companies. The Hollywood-based internet services company acquired six small companies for an undisclosed amount in the second quarter.


Why these 3 LA tech companies embrace remote workers

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RadPad Links With DocuSign For Electronic Lease Agreements


Los Angeles-based rental marketplace RadPad , which is backed by Altpoint Ventures, Goldcrest Investments and AmplifyLA, said today that it has linked up with DocuSign to simplify the process of apartment rentals. The company said it now lets landlords and renters electronically execute leases. READ MORE>>.

Why We Can’t Let Luddites Ruin Global Trade

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Luddites. It’s a term most of you know as being somebody who is backward or uninterested in learning new technology. Industrialization. And India.

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Take Flight With The Sky Viper m200 Nano Drone [ Review ]


With so many drone makers on the market, it’s hard to figure out which one to buy. Though more on the basic side, it’s certainly fun, albeit simple.

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About Inequality and Divisiveness


In Sweden, citizens and entrepreneurs gladly pay taxes because of all the personal and social benefits those taxes produce. Need more convincing?

Warner Bros. Settles with FTC Over Undisclosed Promotions

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after reportedly failing to adequately disclose an online marketing campaign for the late-2014 release of role-playing video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the FTC announced Monday

Don't settle for boring. 6 LA tech companies that want to hire you

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Hyperloop One;dammydommydimmy;DataScience;dammydommydimmy;Cie Digital Labs;dammydommydimmy;Omaze;dammydommydimmy;OpenX Technologies Inc.;dammydommydimmy;Cargomatic.

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REC Solar Targets Channel With Solar Power Financing


San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar , the developer of commercial solar power systems, said it has expanded a channel partner program, as part of a move to expand its commercial solar business. REC Solar said it has already launched the program with solar installer Sungevity, a move that was announced in April. READ MORE>>.

Another Major Win for LA Tech

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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.

Enclave CineHome HD Wireless Speakers Boast Great Sound [ Review ]


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.

Biotech Roundup: Hellos, Goodbyes, “Cures” Delays And Trial News


The week started on a reflective note. Our San Diego editor Bruce Bigelow penned a personal goodbye to entrepreneur Larry Bock, who died last week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. And then the news flowed, from a fast reprieve for Juno Therapeutics to no mercy for Elizabeth Holmes. And perhaps most important, there was the U.S. Or not.

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Silicon Beach Report July 19: Snapchat Confirms Bitstrips Acquisition

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Snapchat confirms Bitstrips acquisition, Hyperloop One hits back at former executives, DreamWorks inks virtual reality deal, and more

What this startup learned from being sold on eBay

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YoRoomie. Series: Real Estate Startups & Companies in Los Angeles. Here's how it turned out. read more

Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

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


Dollar Shave Club Acquired For $1 Billion By Unilever


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.

Hyperloop Co-Founder Is Suing Former Colleague For Harassment


Brogan Bambrogan, the colorful cofounder of futuristic travel startup Hyperloop, left his position as CTO at the company  less than two weeks ago. Today, he’s suing a former colleague for harassment. The harassment allegation is complicated by both familial and financial ties. Hyperloop One’s security cameras captured it all.”

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As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics


As the Federal Aviation Administration sets new rules for commercial operations of unmanned aircraft, legions of new startups are using drones to perform all kinds of tasks—from aerial inspections to mapping, imaging, and analysis. These radio-controlled aircraft  must stay within view, or what the FAA calls visual line of sight.

TechEmpower Benchmarks and the Microsoft ASP.NET Core 1.0 Performance Story


I’ve had lots of conversations with fellow CTOs about the TechEmpower Web Framework Benchmarks. Frankly, those two statements are often correlated.

A Place for Entrepreneurs/Founders to Trade Equity for Work/Resources

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