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The Future of Intellectual Property

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Friday, November 15, 2019 --.

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The Trade Desk CFO Retires

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Ventura-based The Trade Desk , the publicly traded provider of online ad-serving technology, says its Chief Financial Office, Paul Ross, is retiring. Ross had been the CFO of The Trade Desk since 2014, and was in charge during the company's IPO. According to The Trade Desk, it has appointed Blake Grayson, a veteran of Amazon, as its new CFO. Grayson was previously Vice President, Finance, for Amazon's International Consumer business.

Annual reviews or constant feedback?

Berkonomics

Here comes a controversial subject. How often do you take the time to rate your direct reports? Is it worth the time and effort when measured from the perspective of the company and of the employee? In terms of time, this can be expensive and disruptive to you and your direct reports.

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21

TechCrunch LA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company will unveil its all-electric “cyber truck” Nov. 21 in Los Angeles near the serial entrepreneur’s other company SpaceX. The date just so happens to coincide with the LA Auto Show.

Stamps.com Revenue Dips in Third Quarter

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo-based online postage supplier Stamps.com Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $136.2 million, down 5

Video Interview: Jakob vanZyl, Hydrosat

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Our video interview today is with Jakob vanZyl , the co-founder and CEO of Hydrosat (www.hydrosat.com), a startup developing satellites to monitor the moisture of every spot on earth, at high resolution, every four days. READ MORE>>.

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As developers embrace Kubernetes, Replicated launches tools to manage its deployments

TechCrunch LA

Five years ago, when the Los Angeles-based enterprise software startup Replicated first launched, it was one of a number of contenders looking to bring containerized software development tools to businesses.

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Flood Control Project Set

L.A. Business Journal

Army Corps of Engineers awards Tetra Tech a contract worth up to $40 million

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18th Annual Wine Tasting and Fundraiser - Advancing Women in Tech

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 -- 18th Annual Wine Tasting and Fundraiser - Advancing Women in Tech. Join us on November 14 as we honor an amazing group of women in technology!

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10 Ways To Be More Adept At Seeing Around The Corner

Startup Professionals Musings

How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution.

Wrench’s on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million

TechCrunch LA

Wrench , the Seattle-based on demand vehicle maintenance and repair service for consumers and fleets, has raised $20 million in its latest round of financing. The company’s round was led by Vulcan Capital with additional participation from Madrona Venture Group, Tenaya Capital and Marubeni Corp.

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Edison Preps $4B Nuclear Project

L.A. Business Journal

Southern California Edison announces start date for AECOM-led project to decommission the San Onofre nuclear power plant

Endpoint Spins Out Of First American, Finds $30M In Funding

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El Segundo-based Endpoint , a new mobile-first startup focused on title and escrow services, has spun out of title insurance giant First American Financial Corporation , and raised $30M in funding from First American. First American said that Endpoint will be a stand-alone company which will provide a digital real estate closing experience, through web, iOS, and Android apps.

Disrupt or Get Disrupted : A Founders Guide To 5G

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 -- Disrupt or Get Disrupted : A Founders Guide To 5G. Verizon 5G Labs and Startup Boost are partnering to demystify 5G and to discuss how it will impact founders and investors alike. Bringing together some of the best minds in the space for a fireside chat and interactive panel, the event will take place at Verizon's brand new 5G labs for an evening of learning and networking over food and drinks. November 12th from 6-9pm. See [link] (more

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When Planning A Startup, A Top Priority Is Location

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in this age of globalization and virtualization, the geographic area where you choose to live and work can still make or break your startup business.

Roche Challenger to Biogen’s SMA Drug Succeeds in Pivotal Study

Xconomy

A Roche drug in development as a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy achieved the main goals of a key study, helping to build the case that the drug could challenge a Biogen therapy already approved for the rare disorder.

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Plugging Away

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles’ electric vehicle companies keep plugging along despite setbacks

Zyxel Launches New Security Products For Home Gateways

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Anaheim-based networking products maker Zyxel Communications says it has launched a new, security product for its residential gateways and devices. According to Zyxel, it has integrated cyber security software from F-Secure into its products, which will allow service providers to protect their subscribers. Zyxel says its products will now feature eHomeShield powerd by F-Secure, to help protect internet-connected devices such as smart TVs, gaming consoles or webcams. READ MORE>>.

AutoMobility 2019

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Monday, November 18, 2019 --.

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6 Ways Of Telling Your Story That Draws People To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits.

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Neuroscience Is Taking the Spotlight at Xconomy’s Bay Area Xchange

Xconomy

These are heady times for neuroscience research. Startups developing new approaches to brain disorders are raising money to advance their discoveries toward clinical trials. One failed drug neuro drug is getting another shot. On Nov.

Activision Exceeds Earnings Expectations

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $1.2 billion

Semtech Wins Smart Grid Design

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Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor maker Semtech has scored a new design win in the smart energy grid market, saying today that CAHORS Group , a manufacturer of monitoring products for smart grids, will use the company's LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol in its line fault detection products. Financial impact of the win were not announced. CAHORS Group develops products which are used to detect issues in smart grid networks.

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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation

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Saturday, November 16, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation. Emerging Opportunities in Urban Mobility and the Business Models It Will Enable. The ways that people and products move around cities worldwide are rapidly changing. As traditional car ownership declines, companies are offering cost-effective alternatives powered by new technology and networks.

10 Ways To Trample And Smother Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in any business these days requires a constant flow of new and innovative solutions, to keep up with changes in the market, competition, and to attract new customers.

Looking to Level Up in NASH, Novo Nordisk Licenses Ube Drug Candidate

Xconomy

Danish diabetes giant Novo Nordisk took another step this week in its efforts to establish a presence in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a metabolic disorder closely related to diabetes that is anticipated to become the leading cause of liver transplants in the US in coming years.

Cornerstone Ties Into Virtual Reality Training

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand is dipping its toes into the world of virtual reality training, saying today that it is in a new collaboration with Facebook's Oculus , to enable VR training at work. According to Cornerstone, it will work with Oculus for Business to let shared clients build apps that can seamlessly track VR training completion data directly within the Cornerstone Learning Management System (LMS).

J2 Global Looks To Raise $500M In Debt Offering

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Los Angeles-based J2 Global is looking to raise $500M in convertible debt from institutinoal buyers, the company said late Monday, to pay off an existing senior secured credit facility and for general corporate purposes, possibly including acquisitions. According to J2 Global, the new convertible senior notes will be due in 2026. J2 Global says that it does not have any agreements or commitments for any "material acquisitions" or investments at this time.

Snap Starts Selling Pricey Spectacles 3

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Venice-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , is continuing in its quest to add hardware to its products, with the introduction of its third generation Spectacles , the Spectacles 3. Snap has started taking pre-orders for the pricey glasses, capable of capturing 3D content, for the price of only $380. Snap says that the new Spectacles can capture both 3D photos and videos at 60 fps, and includes four built-in microphones for capturing immersive audio.

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Inhibrx Abandons IPO Plans, For Now

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La Jolla-based Inhibrx , a biopharmaceuticals developer which was focused on protein engineering technology, has filed to withdraw its IPO, saying it "does not intend to pursue the contemplated public offering at this time." The company--which had applied to list as INBX on the Nasdaq Global Market--had been seeking to raise up to $74.75M in its IPO. The offering had been underwritten by Evercore ISI, Barclays, Nomura, and Raymond James. READ MORE>>.