2017

The World’s First Augmented Reality Dating App Is Finally Here

Tech.Co

Before Pokémon Go hit smartphones around the world like a ton of bricks, the augmented reality discussion was cemented in a futuristic image of the tech. Think Ironman’s heads up display without the cumbersome helmet and the English voice assistant.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally whereas today 50% of our dollars are invested in LA.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 14

TechEmpower

Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

Los Angeles tech companies take a victory lap with planned tech job fair

TechCrunch LA

2016 was a good year to be a tech startup in LA, and, with the $25 billion planned public offering for the city’s startup darling, Snap Inc., coming up, the future’s so bright entrepreneurs might want to wear… Spectacles.

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FDA Landmark Nod: Cancer Drug To Match Tumor Genes, Not Tissue Type

Xconomy

For many years, doctors and researchers have known that cancers in different parts of the body can share genetic abnormalities. For the first time, the FDA has approved a drug based on those abnormalities and not on the organ in which the cancer originated.

Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact

SoCal CTO

Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim.

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Does your business need money? Read this!

Berkonomics

The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise.

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Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]

Tech.Co

Moving to a physical venue signals exciting times for a technology startup. You, the leader, think of the possibilities for greater collaboration and productivity once the team is all together. Chances are you’ve considered the open-office concept.

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22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

Tech.Co

While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem , there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. Everyone knows that a startup is only as good as its leadership, which is why the 22 startups listed below are helmed by some of the best and brightest in Silicon Beach.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF.

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Superscreen Rethinks How You Engage with Your Smartphone

Tech.Co

Smartphones are the primary tool used to engage with the digital world. Thanks to increased performance, better battery life, improved wireless networks, and an infinite marketplace to connect developers and consumers, the shift towards mobile-only is not just a trend but a reality.

Envoy launches in LA aiming to bring EV car sharing to real estate developments

TechCrunch LA

Looking to make EV car sharing the next perk for real estate developers, Envoy, a new Los Angeles startup has launched its first pilot. Initially, they’re starting with one apartment building and a fleet of two cars in an LA apartment complex.

If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” Alan Curtis Kay, Personal Computer Pioneer I […]. The post If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk appeared first on John Greathouse. Entrepreneur

Cover Raises $1.6 Million to Build Prefab Structures for Homes

L.A. Business Journal

Cover Technologies Inc., a prefab building company that designs and manufactures backyard studios, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding, according to a statement released Tuesday

MobileCause Raises $15M For Nonprofit Software

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based nonprofit fundraising and crowdfunding software platform developer MobileCause has raised $15M in a Series B funding, according to the company. The funding came from growth equity firm Level Equity. As part of the funding, Levil Equity's Sarah Sommer has joined the company's board. MobileCause said the new funding will go towards "aggressive" product innovation and expansion in the US and internationally. MobileCause is led by CEO Sean MacNeill. READ MORE>>.

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio

Xconomy

It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference. There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P

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

Both Sides of the Table

BuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

Startups: What are your odds for success?

Berkonomics

Well, the numbers don’t lie, even if there are several sources of these statistics. Starting a company is HARD – in so many ways. And risky too. I read several years ago, that the average startup restaurant lasts only about a year.

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis

Tech.Co

The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. With multiple states legalizing recreational and medical use across the country, investors big and small are hungry to get a piece of the action. However, federal laws still remain staunchly opposed to legal cannabis and there are more than enough politicians looking to keep cannabis from making an appearance in the market. So as an investor, what do you do?

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. One of them is whether profitability matters.

Respect is the Foundation of Client and Employee Relationships

Tech.Co

Building a good relationship with your clients and employees comes down to respecting and trusting each other over the long haul. We talked with Gabriel Richards, Founder and CEO of Endertech , about putting love and respect as core values and the positive outcomes he’s gain with this mindset.

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What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” is.

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Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

TechCrunch LA

A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. You’ll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.)

Why Skateboarders Suddenly Became Scary Good In The Mid-80’s

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Skateboard legend and award-wining filmmaker Stacy Peralta recently shared a compelling insight as part of UC […]. The post Why Skateboarders Suddenly Became Scary Good In The Mid-80’s appeared first on John Greathouse

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AEG Invests in E-sports Team Immortals

L.A. Business Journal

E-sports is finding a home in downtown. Anschutz Entertainment Group announced an investment in e-sports franchise Immortals that makes it a team owner and home-venue operator for the team

Famous Birthdays In Growth Mode

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , which operates an online service which lets you look up the birthdays of famous people, says it has now passed 13 million unique visitors, based on numbers from December. The company also says it now has a staff of 20 full-time staffers working out of its Santa Monica office. The startup, which recently relaunched its website to add video on its many profiles, is led by Evan Britton. READ MORE>>.

As Big Cancer Trials Ramp Up, Grail Goes Global, Merges With Cirina

Xconomy

Grail, the Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN ) spinout aiming to develop a blood test that can detect cancer at its earliest stages, has gone global. The Menlo Park, CA, startup, is merging with China’s Cirina, a privately held company co-founded by a pioneer in the field of blood-based diagnostics, Dennis Lo.

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat it feels like the local pizza shop when they first get a call from the local mafia boss and you can feel the shake-down coming.