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Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Jim Semick (left) with his Co-Founder, Greg Goodman. I have been watching ProductPlan for several years, as the founders are both friends and pillars of the Santa Barbara Startup Community.

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business


Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF , an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five friends in 2009, and has driven incredibly fast growth over the past 9 years.

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L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters

Google Launches a MOOC to Train Entry-Level IT Support Staffers


Big tech companies like Google are facing heat for developing disruptive technologies that can make traditional jobs obsolete. But at the same time, the tech industry is growing fast, and is eager to recruit workers outside the sector to fill entry-level jobs that often go begging, a Google executive says. Google is betting on online learning as an on-ramp to tech jobs for displaced workers and others with little exposure to information technology—even those who lack a college degree.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 15: Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey Won’t Seek Re-Election to Disney Board

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Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey won’t seek re-election to Disney board; Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft; and safety panel raises concerns about SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Dell Med’s DeSalvo Discusses Health IT Now, and in Years to Come


Karen DeSalvo has experience working in the public sector, but she’s hardly what you’d call a government bureaucrat. DeSalvo, who is trained as a physician, served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2014 to 2016 under President Barack Obama. During some of the time she headed the ONC, as the office is known, DeSalvo was also Assistant U.S. Secretary for Health , a position within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Will Packer Media Buys xoNecole


Los Angeles-based production and content firm Will Packer Media said on Thursday that it has acquired women's lifestyle site xoNecole , a lifestyle site aimed at "urban millenial women". Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Will Packer Media said it will accelerate growth of xoNecole, adding video, social and mobile offerings, plus a newsletter and event series.

e-Gaming and e-Sports: The Opportunities Abound

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 16: Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable

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Google to connect Latin America and Los Angeles with new undersea cable; Snapchat content execs talk app redesign and push into scripted programming; and Lockheed Martin exec hints that SR-72 might be built already

Why Human Extinction Needs a Marketing Department


Experts at Oxford University and elsewhere have estimated that the risk of a global human extinction event this century— or at least of an event that wipes out 10 percent or more of the world’s population — is around 1 in 10.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Snap Lays Off Two Dozen Employees

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Snap lays off two dozen employees; Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg leaving in March; and California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission


Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Tetra Tech Buys Australian Engineering Company

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Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure

Bio Roundup: Spark’s Road Ahead, Juno Rumors, Merck’s Big Day & More


The most overblown health story of the week was President Trump’s health exam. America learned Trump is in perfect health and has “ great genes.” ” He takes Propecia. He doesn’t have heart problems, had a perfect cognitive test score, and is one pound shy of obese. This scintillating information led to a new social media phenomenon, the “ girther ” movement, and a number of articles questioning the findings of longtime White House physician Ronny Jackson.

A.I. Could Be Double-Edged Sword for Cybersecurity Industry in 2018


It’s no secret that artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly influential in cybersecurity—on both sides of the battlefield. And while it’s no secret, it should also be no surprise. Although, in many ways, A.I.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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among the finalists for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; Jam City develops ‘Harry Potter’ game; and Apple leases 128,000 square feet in Culver City

Absences, Surprises in Amazon’s Final List of 20 Cities for HQ2


And then there were 20. Amazon has winnowed down the field of 238 submissions from communities around North America vying to host a second headquarters (HQ2) of the Seattle-based tech giant Most large cities with existing or emerging tech hubs appear on the list, from Austin, TX, and Boston, MA, to Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada—the only non-U.S. city to make the finals. There were a few notable absences from the list, released early today.

In “Age of Amazon,” All Retailers Are Tech Companies, Even Walmart


Technology took center stage this week as the nation’s retailers made their annual pilgrimage to New York. At the National Retail Federation’s three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, the discussion centered on both the disruptive effects and potential promise of e-commerce technologies. Kate Ancketill, the CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence, a retail trends consultancy, said retailers must adapt by becoming more than traditional stores.

Disney Links With Twitch On Content Distribution


Disney Digital Network , part of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), is in a content deal with videogame streaming service Twitch , where Disney will provide content from four Disney content creators to Twitch. According to Twitch, four of the largest Disney-managed digital content creators Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames, Markiplier, and Strawburry17--will create exclusive, video-on-demand and live broadcast content on Twitch. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Chrome River Claims Record Revenues, Sales


Los Angeles-based expense and invoice management software developer Chrome River said on Thursday that it has had another year of record revenues and sales growth. The company--which did not release any of its financials-said it grew its revenues by more than 32 percent year-over-year. The company has consistently made the Deloitte Fast 500 list of fastest growing companies, but has not disclosed its financials publicly.

Restaurant365 Gets $20M For Restaurant Management Software


Irvine-based Restaurant365 , a developer of cloud-based tools for accounting, back office, and reporting for restaurants, has raised $20M in a Series A funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Bessemer Venture Partners. Restaurant365 said that, as part of that investment, Bessemer Partner Brian Feinstein has joined the company's board.

Snap Chops Two Dozen Employees, Says Report


Venice, California-based Snap has laid off two dozen employees, who were working on its branded content efforts, according to a report on Thursday. The employees were reportedly working on Snap's Discover section. READ MORE>>. snap employees branded content discover employment jobs

Ross Levinsohn Accused Of Sexual Harassment


Ross Levinsohn , the publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times --and longtime, influential veteran of Southern California's high tech industry--is under investigation by the owner of the LA Times, Tronc, after an in-depth examination of Levinsohn's conduct by NPR during his time in the high tech industry.

Evofem Biosciences Closes Merger With Neothetics


San Diego-based Evofem , which develops products in the area of women's sexual and reproductive health, has merged with Neothetics. As part of the merger, Evofem said it will begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market as EVFM. Evofem is led by CEO Saundra Pelletier. Invesco Asset Management Limited has invested $20M in stock of the merged company as part of the merger deal. READ MORE>>. evofem biosciences neothetics lifescience female women reproductive healthcare invesco

Los Angeles Makes Amazon's HQ2 List


Los Angeles has made the short list for Amazon HQ2 , Amazon's effort to create a new, second headquarters in North America for the firm, as its outgrows its presence in Seattle, according to an announcement from Amazon this morning. Amazon said that it has selected 20, candidate locations for its headquarters, including Los Angeles, which it says it will evalate per an RFP it issued last year.

Unitas Global Raises $10M In Funding


Los Angeles-based Unitas Global , a provider of managed, hybrid cloud services and software for the enterprise market, has raised $10M in a funding, according to the company. The funding was led by Boathouse Capital, and also included prior investors MK Capital and Azure Capital. As part of the funding, Andrew Olsen of Boathouse Capital will join the board of Unitas Global.

Google Releases High Resolution Montecito Disaster Satellite Map


Google and its navigation app subsidiary, Waze , have just released incredibly detailed satellite maps of the disaster zone around Montecito, California, as part of efforts of Google's "Crisis Response" team.

CalAmp Wins Government Fleet Deal In Pennsylvania


Irvine-based telematics products developer CalAmp says it has signed up the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Vehicle Management (BVM) as a customer. Financial details of the win were not announced. According to CalAmp, the department is using its FleetOutlook products to reduce costs and streamline the operations of the state-owned vehicle fleets. Pennsylvania's BVM oversees approximately 11,000 passenger, emergency and off-road vehicles. READ MORE>>.

Solekai Systems Merges With Fairway Technologies


Two, San Diego-based software development and integration companies-- Solekai Systems and Fairway Technologies --said this morning that they have merged into a new company. Financial details of the merger were not announced. According to both companies, they will continue to operate under their respective names. The combined company now has over 80 engineers.