September, 2016

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This Santa Monica startup is revolutionizing how companies accept returns

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Happy Returns. Series: Ecommerce Companies in Los Angeles. Blog Thumbnail: Blog type: Community. read more

These High School Dropouts Crushed It With Some Simple Growth Hacks


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Target The Untargeted, Offer Value And Ignore Conventional Wisdom. Business boomed.

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ZUM: On-Demand Rides and Child Care for Busy Parents


Kids require a lot of attention , and if we ourselves are not available to give that extra care to our kids, we are keen on finding someone who we trust would do a great job. Narayan was working for eBay when she caught the entrepreneurial bug. Facing the mounting challenges of raising kids, she identified the problem and set out to solve it.

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Or not. Whoops!

New Cybersecurity Alliance Continues Trend of Industry Collaboration


For the cybersecurity industry, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of alliances. CyberArk—based in Israel, with U.S.

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Comparably Snags eHarmony Vet As CMO


Santa Monica-based Comparably , the startup which helps employees and employers track compensation and company culture data, has snagged a high profile hire this morning, hiring on eHarmony veteran Armen Avedissian as its new Chief Marketing Officer. READ MORE>>. comparably eharmony jason nazar armen avedissian executive chief marketing officer

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. could go on for a long time. Why? 1.

Immunotherapy Clinical Tests Spur Hope, and Plenty of Headaches


Thanks to remarkable results in a small group of patients, including former U.S. Blinding many studies is futile, say clinicians.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 14: Comparably Hires eHarmony’s President Armen Avedissian

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Comparably hires eHarmony’s president Armen Avedissian, LeEco buys production studio Dichotomy Creative Group, and Snapchat increases ad targeting

More data, more solutions: 11 LA-based big data companies you should know

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Series: Big Data in Los Angeles. We've rounded up the ones you should keep an eye on. Bottlenose View Profile » Follow. Blog type: SEO.

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A simple test: “Are we managing like jerks?”


Are we who issue orders to associates or employees ever acting as jerks?  We’d never like to think so, or we wouldn’t do it in the first place.

ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding


San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. READ MORE>>.

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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Collectively we have a voice. If we stand together and make it heard it can have an impact. We must vote anyways. Why does it matter? He is Racist.

What Startups Can Do About Cyber Attacks


These statistics belie the common notion that cybercriminals attack only big businesses. Good Cybersecurity Program Matters. Understand the Risks.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 16: Newegg Receives Investment from Hangzhao Interactive

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Newegg receives investment from Hangzhao Interactive, Ted Cruz fights ICANN’s transfer, Demand Media acquires The Other Art Fair for $1.5 million, and more

5 tech events you can't miss this week

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Blog Thumbnail: School is in session, college football is back on TV, and this week is still chock-full with worthwhile tech events to check out.

Hire on ability. Fire on fit.


This is not necessarily the way we intend to behave as managers, but our headline reflects the reality of most experiences when viewed in retrospect.

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TaskUs Boosts Executive Staff With Trio Of Hires, Now Has 5300 Employees


Santa Monica-based TaskUs , the fast growing provider of outsourced customer experience and back end services for online companies, said it has hired three new executives on Thursday, to help it with its growth efforts. Sakar was previously at PatientSafe Solutions, Sutherland Global Services, and Sutherland Healthcare Solutions. READ MORE>>.

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This Startup Hacked LinkedIn To Recruit Customers & Reduce Churn


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Businesses typically use LinkedIn to recruit employees. Follow The People. There’s no excuse.

Qualcomm and AT&T Partner to Use Wireless Network for Drone Flights


In today’s announcement, Qualcomm Technologies and AT&T say they intend to operate drones on commercial 4G LTE networks.

Tesla Motors to Build 20MW Battery Storage Facility for SoCal Edison

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Southern California Edison has selected Tesla Motors Inc. to build a 20-megawatt battery storage facility in Mira Loma for an undisclosed amount

7 beta stage companies looking to make the leap

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Eye of the needle? Why worry over your bottlenecks.


decision and action they undertook.  Her intentions were pure and admirable. She wanted only the highest quality for her organizational reputation.

VIZIO Launches Whole Home Audio Speaker System


Irvine-based VIZIO announced this morning that it has launched a new set of multi-room speakers, designed for whole home audio. According to VIZIO, the new VIZIO SmartCast Crave Pro and Crave 360 Speakers support Google Cast for audio streaming, and can be controlled by mobile devices through Wi-Fi. READ MORE>>.

Pasadena Angels invest over $1M in iKizmet

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Pasadena, California (September 22, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the second investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund).  The Fund invested an additional $75K in iKizmet, a business intelligence platform specifically created for small businesses operating fitness, wellness studios, and gyms. Tweet Tweet.

Overcoming the Cybersecurity Skills Gap


For several years now, the “cybersecurity skills gap” has been a top challenge for organizations. million unfilled IT security jobs  globally by 2020.

OSI Systems Completes $269 Million Acquisition of American Science and Engineering.

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X-ray system manufacturer OSI Systems on Monday completed its acquisition of American Science and Engineering Inc. for $37 a share, a cash deal worth $269 million

World of Warcraft's lead designer announces new studio, $25M in funding

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Blizzard Entertainment;dammydommydimmy;Riot Games. Series: Gaming Companies in Los Angeles. Now he's back in a big way. Blog type: Community.

Fueling Extremism in a Wired World [ LOS ANGELES ]


Nazis used radio; today’s extremists use social media. Then as now, new technology provides extremists with unchecked ability to spread hate and prey upon  disenfranchised audiences to realize their deadly agenda. This event will explore the tension between protecting free speech and limiting incendiary propaganda. Speakers.

SaaS Funding Targest Software Companies With New Santa Monica Office


SaaS Funding , a new provider of debt funding to software-as-a-service companies, said it has set up an office in Santa Monica. The company, which provides senior and junior debt capital, says it is targeting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and tech enabled service companies who are bootstrapped or backed by angels. READ MORE>>.

A Teachable Moment on Race

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It was signed into law 13 years ago by then president George W. Shouldn’t he protest in a different way?” I dunno. Would we be having the conversation?

Organovo to Test Pre-Clinical Drugs on Bio-Printed Kidney Tissue


As Murphy put it recently, “We don’t think of ourselves as a bio-printing company any more. Now Organovo is expanding its capabilities.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 8: Virgin Galactic Begins Test Flights of Commercial Spaceship

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Indeed launches recruitment website for L.A. tech positions, Kin Community hires Shauna Miller as head of programming, and Virgin Galactic begins test flights of commercial spaceship

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The Most Popular Programming Languages of 2016

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New Relic. Series: New Relic Developers' Spotlight. read more

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