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Beyond Meat prices its public offering

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Beyond Meat , the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has priced its initial public offering.

The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

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The four “P’s” to help you build a great business


How do you manage a great business, as opposed to be a survivor? Well, here are the four areas you should focus upon every day. Now, some of us remember things better when given a catchy phrase or rhyme. So, here’s one to help you with squeezing the most out of your own available resources. In this new reality in our business world, there is certainly little room for mistakes and no room for bloat within our companies. Preventing them is our responsibility. The first “P” stands for people.

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HyperX Rolls Out New DDR4 Memory


Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming division of memory maker Kingston Technology, has rolled out two new DDR4 memory kits, aimed at system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts. According to Kingston, its new Predator DDR4 memory kits, available in 4266MHz and 4600MHz frequency versions, are available as 8GB modules in kits of two. Pricing on the new devices were not announced.

Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork, You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with Paramount TV President Nicole Clemens and Broken Road Productions Head Todd Garner (Former Disney Producer). Enjoy a fireside chat with Nicole and Todd, curated connections, and a business challenge and pitch off. over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. See [link] (more

How an Ohio Kids’ Hospital Quietly Became Ground Zero for Gene Therapy


If a once-modest regional hospital and its new biotech allies have their way, the capital of Ohio could one day rival America’s other biomedical hubs. Our goal is to make Columbus the center of the universe for gene therapy,” says Doug Ingram, CEO of Sarepta Therapeutics.

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Blueland launches with a suite of eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to reduce plastic waste

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Sarah Paiji had the idea to launch the eco-friendly refillable cleaning supply retailer Blueland after hearing about the abundance of microplastics in the water she was using to dilute her child’s baby formula.

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ZipRecruiter CMO Resigns After Report On Alleged Sexual Misconduct


The Chief Marketing Officer of high flying, Los Angeles-based job recruiting technology developer ZipRecruiter has resigned from the company, after a story was published last week by BuzzFeed, detailing alleged sexual misconduct at his prior employer, Uber. Eyal Gutentag reportedly resigned on Friday. According to the report, Gutentag had been terminated from his job at Uber in 2015, over an alleged sexual battery incident, before later joining ZipRecruiter as CMO.

Epic Sciences Names Chief Medical Officer


San Diego-based Epic Sciences , which is developing personalized medicine products for treating and managing cancer, said this morning that it has named Richard J. Wenstrup, M.D., as its new Chief Medical Officer. Wenstrup previously was Chief Medical Officer for Myriad Genetics, serving at that firm from 2006 to 2007. He also had been Chief Medical Officer at Oxford Immunotec, Inc, in addition to serving in academia.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Suffers Anomaly During Engine Test


The SpaceX Crew Dragon , the spacecraft being designed by Hawthorne-based SpaceX to deliver astronauts into orbit, suffered what appears to be a major issue in testing on Saturday during an engine test--sending smoke billowing from its test location which was visible from miles away. According to SpaceX, there was an "anomaly" on the test stand involving a Crew Dragon test vehicle.

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Red 6 Aerospace Lands $2.5M For AR Technology


Los Angeles-based Red 6 Aerospace , a startup developing Augmented Reality software aimed at used in what it says are "high-speed, dynamic environments", has raised $2.35M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Irongate Capital Advisors, as well as angel investors. The company was founded by a veteran of the Royal Air Force, Daniel Robinson, a former fighter pilot for the RAF.

Western Digital Names New CFO


Western Digital Corp. which has major operations in Irvine, announced this morning that it has named Robert Eulau as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Eulau takes over the CFO post from Mark Long, who is leaving the company in June. Eulau was previously CEO of Sanmina Corporation, where he also had been CFO for eight years; he also served in CFO roles at Alien Technology Corporation and Rambus, and had also served at Hewlett-Packard Company.

Semtech Chalks Up LoRa Win For Construction, Mining Equipment


Camarillo-based wireless semiconductor developer Semtech has chalked up another design win for its low power, wireless LoRa technology, saying that a developer of fleet management products for the construction and mining industry has adopted its technology. Semtech said MachineMax has integrated its LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into a "smart" construction machine usage tracking solution.

Avidity Biosciences Lands $35M In Deal With Lilly


La Jolla-based Avidity Biosciences , a developer of biopharmaceuticals that uses monoclonal antibodies and oligonucleotide-based therapeutics, said on Monday that it has received $20M in an upfront payment, as well as an investment of $15M in a deal with Lilly. According to Avidity, the company is also eligible to receive up to approximately $405 million per target for development, regulatory and commercialization milestones, as well as tiered royalties on product sales.

Poseida Therapeutics Finds $142M


San Diego-based Poseida Therapeutics , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing non-viral gene engineering technology, has raised $142M in a Series C funding, the company said on Monday. According to the company, the funding was led by Novartis Pharma AG, which invested $75M in the round. Other investors in the round included Aisling Capital Management, Pentwater Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, plus Malin Corporation plc., Longitude Capital, Vivo Capital and Boxer Capital, LLC.

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TCVN Execution Program #4: Scaling

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 -- TCVN Event on Growth and Scaling. CEO Bill Van Vleet shares some of his growth hacks with TCVN attendee on April 25th. Bill has done it over and over again and is willing to share his amazing growth strategies.William Van Vleet is a talented and seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in technology product development for commercial and defense markets.

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Navigating the Green Rush: Canna Advertising, Marketing and Branding

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 -- Navigating the Green Rush: Canna Advertising, Marketing and Branding. Hear from stand-out canna brands and marketers as they discuss what to know when launching campaigns to reach customers and partners. Learn how to build brand and audience, and design campaigns, while simultaneously navigating shifting regulations and approaches that require a re-think in terms of traditional digital advertising and marketing tactics. See [link] (more

Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -- Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition. Startup World Cup is a global series of startup pitch competitions that is powered by Fenox Venture Capital and held in 40+ regions from around the world, where the top startup from each country comes to Silicon Valley and compete for a $1,000,000 USD investment prize! Last year, Leuko Labs was the $1,000,000 USD winner from the U.S.

Beyond Meat Sets IPO Pricing Range


Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat , which develops plant-based meat products, which look and taste like real meat, has set its IPO pricing range, as its preps to go public. According to Beyond Meat, it expects an initial offering price of between $19.00 and $21.00 per share. The company has applied to list on the Nasdaq Global Market as BYND. Beyond Meat's IPO is being underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, BofA Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, and William Blair.

LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment


A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. investment efforts. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. AET Fund had said last year that it would be establishing its venture funding efforts in Los Angeles.

AdGreetz Rolls Out Automated, Personalized Ad Marketing Platform


Los Angeles-based AdGreetz , which develops personzlied advertising technology, announced a new product this morning, and automated and integrated marketing platform it calls AdChef. AAcording to the company, the new software allows companies to produce, upload and deploy millions of unique creative versions of ads to the most popular digital media platforms and demand side platforms, in real time.

Bloom Energy Gets Alternative Energy Win In Alhambra


A new, urban community in the Los Angeles area-- The Alhambra , a new 40-acre "mixed-use" community in the City of Alhambra--is jumping on the clean energy bandwagon, and will adopt fuel cell technology from Silicon Valley's Bloom Energy.

Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer


Pasadena-based venture capital investment firm Thin Line Capital , a new venture capital firm led by venture veteran Aaron Fyke, has made its first investment, in a developer of solar technology. According to Thin Line Capital, it has made an ivnestment in Sistine Solar , which is developing technology which allows solar panels to blend in visually with roofs--using a special thin film coated with "ultra-durable" graphics and patterns.

j2 Global Buys Four More Companies


Los Angeles-based j2 Global , the parent company of such companies as IGN, Mashable, eFax, and eVoice, has gobbled up four more companies, saying this morning that it has acquired Armada Cloud , a provider of cloud-based backup services; iContact , a provider of marketing cloud services; SafeSend AS , a Norwegian company in the cloud security business; and Telsys AS , a cloud backup service also based in Norway.

Rael Rolls Out At Target


Los Angeles-based Rael , a venture-backed startup which provides natural and organic feminine care products, says its products are now on the shelf at Target. According to Rael, its products--which include cotton pads, pantyliners, and feminine wash--will be available both at Target's 1,850 physical stores, as well as online. Rael is backed by $17.5M in funding from such investors as SoftBank Ventures Korea and Thrive Market Ventures.

HG Insights Powers New Forrester Market Research Offering


Santa Barbara-based software developer HG Insights is powering a new market research offering from research and advisory giant Forrester, to power Forrester's new Business Technographics Service. According to the two companies, Forrester will use "technographics" from HG Insights, to help Forrester's customers see technology adoption trends in more than 45 different markets worldwide.

Enevate Gets Funding Injection From Thai Energy Giant


Irvine-based battery charging technology developer Enevate , which is aiming its technology at the electric vehicle (EV) market, announced this morning that it has received a round of funding from Bangchak , a Thai energy company. Enevate said the funding came via the Bangchak Initiative and Innovation Center (BiiC). Financial details and terms of the deal were not announced by the company.

California Dominates In Electric Vehicle Adoption, As EV Adoption Grows


California dominates the United States in terms of electric vehicle (EV) adoption, according to new numbers on EV adoption were released on Monday, representing 46 percent of all new electric vehicle registrations in 2018. According to research firm IHS Markit, the U.S. market for fully electric vehicles hit a record volume of 208,000 cars registered during the year of 2018, as electric vehicle volumes have reached record highs.

Forge Technologies Rolls Out Job Sharing At Mall of America


Los Angeles-based Forge Technologies , a startup developing job-sharing software which lets businesses share part-time labor, says it has rolled out at the Mall of America , the giant mall in Bloomington, Minnesota. According to Forge, it is in a partnership with the Mall of America, which is offering up businesses the ability to join Forge's network.