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Framework Benchmarks Round 16

TechEmpower

Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

Shared housing startups are taking off

TechCrunch LA

W hen young adults leave the parental nest, they often follow a predictable pattern. First, move in with roommates. Then graduate to a single or couple’s pad. After that comes the big purchase of a single-family home. A lawnmower might be next.

Sneaker market GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis and makes a play for women sneaker shoppers

TechCrunch LA

GOAT, the secondary marketplace for sneakers that recently merged with Flight Club , is announcing a new hire. Lizzie Francis will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, coming from Brilliant Ventures where she will remain a managing partner.

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

TechCrunch LA

Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that’s already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth. Read More.

Bird is raising $100 million to become the Uber of electric scooters

TechCrunch LA

“It feels like investing in Uber when it first launched.” ” That’s what one investor said of the hot new Santa Monica, Calif.-based

SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. The company intends to build a manufacturing facility on an 18-acre site at Berth 240 and use waterways to transport the massive rocket.

Lime brings electric scooters to LA

TechCrunch LA

While electric scooter startups are at a standstill in San Francisco , Lime is taking its scooter service to Santa Monica, Calif. — competitor Bird’s home turf.

Verizon names Los Angeles as the second of four cities to receive 5G rollout before 2019

TechCrunch LA

My boss’ boss’ boss was on CNBC this morning touting Verizon ‘s new 5G services and naming Los Angeles as the second city in America to be treated to a commercial rollout of the new networking technology.

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

TechCrunch LA

If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 15

TechEmpower

What better day than Valentine's Day to renew one's vow to create high-performance web applications? Respecting the time of your users is a sure way to earn their love and loyalty. And the perfect start is selecting high-performance platforms and frameworks.

The dinner that destroyed Gawker

TechCrunch LA

This is an excerpt from Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, available now. Peter Thiel’s vague idea to do something about Gawker, the site that had outed him as gay in 2007, was concretized into conspiracy on April 6, 2011.

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

TechCrunch LA

What began as a movement among couture culturati with the success of Rent the Runway has moved into everything from cars (Porsche's got a subscription service ) to construction equipment and furniture.

The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

TechCrunch LA

Brud , the actual company behind one of Instagram’s most popular virtual influencers (it’s a thing), has raised millions of dollars from Silicon Valley investors because this is 2018 and everything is awful.

Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.

TechCrunch LA

Earlier this year, in a small, grey-walled storefront inside a very large mall in Torrance, Calif. just past the AMC Center) , the virtual reality game-maker Survios planted its first flag in the market for location-based gaming.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process.

Sports stars, franchises and Hollywood agencies are betting $38 million on an esports revolution

TechCrunch LA

What started with an esports team is now quickly becoming an esports empire, backed by some of the biggest names in sports and money managers for entertainment family dynasties and Hollywood power brokers.

Education technology meets its limits

TechCrunch LA

Developing skills-based online courses and credentials is the easy part. The hard part is getting employers to pay attention. Column Education TC Coursera edtech flatiron school Galvanize London Los Angeles MIT mooc Software Thinkful udacity United Kingdom WeWork

Nike debuts its most ambitious SNKRS stash drop for the Championship Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar and SZA

TechCrunch LA

On a mild Thursday night at the Los Angeles Forum , Nike’s public relations team and a group of journalists from some of the country’s leading lifestyle, tech, and general interest websites gathered to see the debut of Nike’s most ambitious SNKRS stash drop.

Education technology meets its limits

TechCrunch LA

This week has been a good one for those who like to talk about the limits of technology. Over in the UK, a prankster managed to fool Trip Advisor into naming his shed the #1 ranked restaurant in London. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a city struggling to manage several wind-fueled wildfires, the L.A.P.D.

Bird expands to San Francisco, San Jose and Washington

TechCrunch LA

The smash dockless scooter rental startup, Bird , is expanding beyond its Southern California nest with a new rollout in San Francisco, San Jose, Calif. and Washington, DC, the company said today.

WHOOP raises $25 million to tell everyone from athletes to execs about their health

TechCrunch LA

WHOOP, the company behind the Tesla of health tracking and sports performance wearables, has raised a whopping $25 million in a new round of funding.

With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

TechCrunch LA

CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

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.

After Completing This TechStars Exercise, Everyone On Your Team Will Pitch Like A Founder

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was invited to lead a Techstars LA workshop, focused on honing their elevator pitches. In my UCSB classes , my students practice their Personal Pitch in front of their peers, who give them constructive feedback.

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

TechCrunch LA

Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that's already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth. .

Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber's dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data.

Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber’s dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data. Read More.

Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

TechCrunch LA

Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it's aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. . Apps TC Transportation flying taxis Los Angeles ride hailing Uber VTOLs

Passport, the technology business for city transit systems, raises $43 million

TechCrunch LA

Passport, company that's managing much of the technical aspects of how people pay to use public transportation resources in cities like London, Miami and Los Angeles, has just raised $43 million.

Passport, the technology business for city transit systems, raises $43 million

TechCrunch LA

Passport, company that’s managing much of the technical aspects of how people pay to use public transportation resources in cities like London, Miami and Los Angeles, has just raised $43 million.

Esports Overwatch League heads to hipster Brooklyn for its finals

TechCrunch LA

What could be more perfect than moving the inaugural championship finals for an esports league from its Los Angeles home to Brooklyn?