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

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Morgan conference. There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P

Silicon Beach Report March 24: SpaceX Plans to Relaunch Used Falcon 9 Rocket Next Week

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX plans to relaunch used rocket next week, Black Tux to open showrooms in six Nordstrom stores, and Lions Gate has ‘helluva good day’ with Power Rangers video game launch

Teledyne Wins $10M Contract For Sensors For Mission to Jupiter

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Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said late Monday afternoon that Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, one of its subsidiaries, has been awarded $9.98M in a contract from the French Space Agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), to support a mission to Jupiter. the JUICE mission is expected to reach Jupiter in 2030. READ MORE>>.

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.

A Talk With Chris Voss, Author of Never Split the Difference

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 -- A Talk With Chris Voss, Author of Never Split the Difference. General Assembly. Join author Chris Voss for a discussion on his latest book, Never Split the Difference , which offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations—whether in the boardroom or at home. See [link] (more

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Fewer words, greater effect.

Berkonomics

I have a good business friend, an experienced manager and teacher with a Harvard MBA, whose deep thinking creativity and intelligence are admired by many. But he dilutes his effectiveness with wordy PowerPoint presentations. Note the title and tone of these insights. Short, to the point. He cogently encapsulated the problem. General

R.E.D Talks Hosts Leading Virtual Reality Developers

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 -- R.E.D Talks Hosts Leading Virtual Reality Developers. Los Angeles is the fastest growing tech startup region, but it soon may acquire another moniker: Virtual Reality Hub. UCLA Extension presents “R.E.D on spearheading the growth in an emerging market. See [link] (more

Wrapify Q&A: Adhesive Giant Puts $3 M in Car Advertising Schtick

Xconomy

After the adhesive products maker Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY ) recently made a $3 million investment in San Diego-based Wrapify , we tracked down Wrapify CEO James Heller, and stuck him with a few questions about the deal. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS. Wrapify

ServiceTitan Links With SEO Provider

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Glendale-based ServiceTitan , which is developing software for helping plumbing, HVAC, and other service businesses manage their business, has linked up with search engine optimization (CSEO) provider Plumbing & HVAC SEO. ServiceTitan is led by Ara Mahdessian. READ MORE>>.

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Silicon Beach Report March 21: Hootsuite Acquires Snapchat Analytics Tool from Naritiv

L.A. Business Journal

Hootsuite acquires Snapchat analytics tool from Naritiv, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies begins construction on pod, and FilmOn loses cable broadcasting appeal

Silicon Beach Report March 20: SpaceX Studying Mars Mission Landing Sites

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX studying Mars mission landing sites, Snap Inc. gets first buy rating from Wall Street firm, and Two Bit Circus develops VR and motion simulator

Building a Local Innovation Ecosystem

Xconomy

Co-authored with Rudy Gadre , general partner at Founders’ Co-op. But a better strategy would be to examine our local strengths.

Silicon Beach Report March 23: FreedomPop Launches Free Family Cell Phone Plan

L.A. Business Journal

FreedomPop launches free family cellphone plan, Oaktree sells stake in tronc back to company, and Jam City eyes late 2017 or early 2018 IPO

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Starts Passenger Capsule Development

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Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of three companies working on the Hyperloop concept in Los Angeles, announced this morning that it is beginning development of a full-scale, passenger capsule for its Hyperloop systems. HTT said the capsule is being developed at its R&D center in France. READ MORE>>.

Rocket Lab Receives $75M, Joins Unicorn Club

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Huntington Beach-based RocketLab , which is developing rocket technology specifically aimed at launching satellites into space, has raised $75M in a Series D funding, which it says values the company in excess of $1 billion. The company says it has now raised $148M in total. READ MORE>>.

XYPRO Technology Corporation Buys Merlon Software

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Simi Valley-based XYPRO Technology Corporation , which develops security software for HPE NonStop servers, has acquired Merlon Software Corporation. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Merlon Software develops database management software for HPE NonStop servers, and is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. READ MORE>>.

Murata Pays $68M for Arctic Sand, to Combine with Peregrine Semi

Xconomy

Japan’s Murata Manufacturing has acquired Arctic Sand Technologies of Burlington, MA, and plans to combine Arctic Sand’s low-power semiconductor technology with its San Diego-based subsidiary, Peregrine Semiconductor. The purchase price was $68 million, according to a Peregrine spokeswoman. Arctic Sand had raised a total of at least.

Intel Combines Global AI Work Under Former Nervana Systems CEO

Xconomy

Roughly seven months after Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) acquired San Diego-based Nervana Systems, the chipmaker is consolidating its portfolio of artificial intelligence businesses in one group, headed by former Nervana CEO Naveen Rao. Rao (pictured above right) will report directly to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, spokesman Daniel Francisco said today.

Join David Baltimore, Nicole Glaros, Nathan Myhrvold, & More at Our Napa Summit

Xconomy

Year after year, Xconomy has gathered exemplary business leaders, investors, and far-seeing technologists to our most prestigious event— The Napa Summit. This year is no different. Come join us in the heart of wine country on June 8 and 9 to listen to visionary speakers and connect with fellow innovators.

Cool Planet Reboots, In Colorado, With $19.3M Series A Funding

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Cool Planet , the former Camarillo, California startup working on carbon conversion technology, has resurfaced in Colorado with a $19.3M Series A funding. According to Cool Planet, the new funding was led by Agust�n Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners, and will go towards commercalization of its biochar product, Cool Fauna Engineered Biocarbon.

Qualcomm, AT&T, CH2M In Water Management Effort

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Intellignt Solutions , a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has linked up with AT&T and CH2M to use Qualcomm's modem technology to monitor water usage in Georgia the company said on Thursday. Financial impact of the win was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Western Digital Backs Avere Systems

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Irvine-based storage device maker Western Digital has backed Avere Systems , a developer of a file system for the hybrid cloud. Avere said this week that it has raised $14M in a Series E funding round, which came from Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Capital, along with Google.

Shift Launches Online Car Buying, Selling Service In San Diego

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Shift , an online car buying and selling startup based in San Francisco, said on Thursday that it has launched buyer operations in San Diego, allowing people to buy and sell cars in the market. The startup is backed by more than $73M in funding from DFJ, Highland Capital, and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Aims At Re-Launching Rocket With Next Mission

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to launch its first, ever, reusable rocket stage next week, in what could be a historic moment for spaceflight. SpaceX reportedly will use the same Falcon 9 first stage booster it used for the earlier CRS-8 mission, for the launch of the SES-10 satellite. The launch is expected to occur as soon as March 29th.

Alteryx Prices IPO, To Debut On NYSE Today

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Irvine-based Alteryx priced its IPO on Thursday evening, saing that it will sell 9,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $14.00 per share. Alteryx will begin trading this morning as AYX on the New York Stock Exchange. and $14.00 per share. The IPO was underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Cowen and Company. READ MORE>>.

Waving White Flag, Cerulean Merges With Dare Bio, Sells Cancer Drugs

Xconomy

Cerulean Pharma may have been able to survive one brush with death, but the second has proven fatal.

Ignyta Seeks To Sell Off Development Program

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San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Ignyta said on Thursday afternoon that it is looking to sell of its taladegib oncology program, after reaching a deal to change licensing terms it has with Eli Lilly and Company. Taladegib is aimed at potentially treating a number of rare cancers. READ MORE>>.

ServiceTitan Links With ClearPathGPS For Vehicle Tracking

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Glendale-based software developer ServiceTitan , which develops enterprise software to help manage residential HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services businesses, says it has linked up with vehicle tracking company ClearPathGPS. Financial details ofthe partnership between the firms was not announced. ServiceTitan is led by CEO Ara Mahdessian.

SPACES Expands Advisory Board

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Playa Vista-based virtual reality content developer SPACES announced on Wednesday that it has added Ian Richter, the former EVP of franchise and emerging platform development at Legendary Entertainment, and Joe Garlington, formerly of Walt Disney Imagineering, to its advisory board. Boost VC, Colopl VR Fund, GREE Inc., READ MORE>>.

Jam City, Family Guy Roll Out New Mobile Game

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Los Angeles-based mobile game developer JamCity , and the animated series, Family Guy , said this morning the two have teamed together to launch a new mobile game called Family Guy: Another Freakin' Mobile Game. The game was created in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Television, and has just started pre-registering fans for the new title.

Water Planet: Our Seed Investor Is Kevin Costner

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Los Angeles-based Water Planet , which develops water treatment membrane technology originally developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), revealed today that its seed investor is none other than actor Kevin Costner. Water Planet's CEO and founder is Erik Hoek, who was a Professor of Engineering at UCLA. READ MORE>>.

TVPage Adds Investor To $3M Funding Round

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San Diego-based TVPage , a startup developing cloud-based technology for monetizing video content, said on Thursday that it has added Greg Silverman as an investor in a recent $3M funding round. Silverman is the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures. READ MORE>>.

FreedomPop Launches New Family Plan

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Los Angeles-based mobile service provider FreedomPop has launched a new, pre-paid family plan , and a free family wireless bundle of up to 1GB of free data and free voice calls and texts, the company said on Wednesday. The company makes it money through premium data plans, which range from 2GB of shared data for $14.99 a month. READ MORE>>.

Navigating the Modern Hiring Process

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -- Navigating the Modern Hiring Process. This event will provide you with the tools and resources to get through the modern hiring process and learn more about the questions and tests that developers and engineers get these days. See [link] (more