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5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox


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Augmented Reality Company Daqri Begins Shipping Smart Glasses

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Augmented reality company Daqri of downtown Los Angeles has begun shipping its $5,000 Smart Glasses

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What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

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Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.

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Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting


When it comes to disrupting an industry, Raken founder and CEO Kyle Slager says it would be hard to find a sector that is more resistant to spending money on new technologies than the construction business.

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Are you uncomfortable with home-based workers?


Do home-based employees work with the same dedication and productivity as those in office cubicles next to each other? That depends upon the management as much as the employee. I have a friend who is a.

Acorda Takes Another Hit, Reports Patient Deaths in Parkinson’s Study


Acorda Therapeutics’ rebuilding plan just suffered another setback, leaving the fate of one of the experimental Parkinson’s disease drugs that is closest to market unclear. Ardsley, NY-based Acorda (NASDAQ: ACOR ) said Wednesday morning that it has seen troubling safety problems in a Phase 3 trial of its experimental Parkinson’s disease drug tozadenant.

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Virgin Hyperloop One Inks Study Deal In India


Los Angeles-based advanced transportation technology developer Virgin Hyperloop One has inked a partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, India, to identify potential high-speed transportation routes in the Pune area, the company said Thursday.

Solving Problems or Producing Outcomes?

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SeekOps Inc., a Pasadena startup, manufactures a methane sensor that it attaches to a quad-copter drone and flies over oil and gas fields looking for leaks

Bio Roundup: ICER Eyes Cost, Azar at HHS, Gates’s ALZ Cash & More


In our roundup this week, Alzheimer’s disease is in the news, thanks to billionaire Bill Gates and his personal pledge of $100 million toward R&D. That could equal the amount one startup hopes to raise in an IPO to develop drugs for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. If a treatment became available, could our health system handle it? One report says no.

Xconomy Peers into Biotech Future with Vividion’s Diego Miralles


What’s new in San Diego life sciences? Diego Miralles, who was named just three months ago as the CEO of San Diego-based Vividion Therapeutics, has a lot to say on that topic. Miralles, an immunologist who previously served as the CEO at Adaptive Therapeutics and before that led innovation and West Coast R&D for Johnson & Johnson, describes Vividion as “a company for the ages.” As Miralles put it, “We want to be the Genentech of small molecule drugs.”

Poshmark Picks Up $87.5M to Power the Social, Digital Wardrobe


Poshmark , a social media e-retail company, has raised $87.5 million in a Series D investment round led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. That brings the total funding raised by the Redwood City, CA-based company to $160 million.

J2 Global's Ziff Davis To Buy Mashable For Around $50M, Says Report


Los Angeles-based J2 Global --via its publishing arm, Ziff Davis , is getting set to acquire online tech publication Mashable , in a deal worth around $50M, according to a report on Thursday afternoon from the Wall Street Journal. Neither J2 Global nor Mashable have yet announced the deal. The deal apparently comes after Mashable failed to raise additional funding for the company, despite a round valued at around $250M in March of 2016.

PogoTec Launches The PogoCam, A Camera For Your Glasses


Newport Beach-based PogoTec said today that it has launched its first product, the PogoCam , a miniature camera designed to attach to any pair of glasses. The new device costs $149.00. According to PogoTec, the PogoCam attaches magnetically to most glasses, so consumers can record things from a different point of view. The new device appears to be directly competitive to Venice-based Snap's own camera sunglasses.

Upfront Ventures Leads Investment In Electric Skateboard Startup Inboard


Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor this morning in a startup, Inboard Technology , a developer of a battery powered, electric skateboard. Inboard said it raised $8M in its Series A funding, which was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included LION Smart and Sunstone Capital. The company was seeded by Sweet Capital, the investment fund of the founders of King Digital Entertainment (the makers of Candy Crush).

SpaceX Plans Launch Of Super Secret Government Payload Today


Hawthorne-based SpaceX is planning yet another launch of a Falcon 9 rocket today, this time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to SpaceX, the launch openings for the mysterious "Zuma payload" openst at 8:00 pm. EST today, with backup windows opening at the same time on Friday and Saturday. No details on the "Zuma" spacecraft have been announced by SpaceX, and the company does not even mention the company's customer for the launch.

TechShop Shuts Down, Looks For Buyer, Never Opened In LA


TechShop , the "Maker" space operator which allowed technology enthusiasts to access 3D printers, do-it-yourself electronics tools, and other resources for the DIY and "Maker" movements, has shut down all of its locations nationwide, and is now looking for a buyer, the company said on Wednesday. The company--which had announced plans to open a location in Los Angeles in 2014, and even announced a deal in May of 2015 to open up a location at The REEF in downtown Los Angeles.

Health IQ Finds $34.6M, Plans San Diego Hiring


Health IQ , a startup which offers up insurance only to "health conscious" individuals, has raised $34.6M in a Series C funding round, which it said partially go to expanding hiring at its San Diego offices, the company announced on Wednesday. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included include Charles River Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital, Felicis Ventures and Western Technology Investments.

Hopscotch Raises $5M In Series B


Los Angeles-based Hopscotch , the developer of a mobile app platform used heavily by colleges, sports teams, live events, and venues, has raised $5M in a Series B funding, the company announced on Wednesday. The funding came from Jackson Capital Management, Pittco Capital Partners, and Jim Armstrong, a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners and March Capital Partners. The funding also included Mosaik Partners and Albrecka LLC.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Buys Electro Imaging Systems


Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions , which manufactures business copiers and office equipment, says it has acquired Electro Imaging Systems , an independent office equipment dealer based in Livermore, California. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Toshiba America Business Solutions said the move is part of a return to strategic acquisitions by the company, and is its first acquisition since 2008.

CombiMatrix Acquired By Invitae For $34.9M


Irvine-based CombiMatrix , which had developed genetic testing technology for the pediatric and prenatal disorder area, has been acquired by Invitae , in a deal worth approximately $34.9M in stock. Invitae, which is based in San Francisco, said the acquisition will bolster its efforts in the family and reproductive health genetic information area.

Arrowroot Capital Raises $177M Fund For Software Investments


Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital Management announced today that it has raised a $177M, third fund, Arrowroot Capital II, L.P. , to invest in growth equity for enterprise software companies. According to the firm, led by founder and managing partner Matthew Safaii, it is focused on growth capital for healthy, recurring revenue enterprise software companies in the lower-middle market.

Mission Ventures Gets Exit, As TIBCO Acquires Alpine Data


San Diego-based venture capital investor Mission Ventures has seen an exit in its venture portfolio this morning, at data science and Hadoop software developer Alpine Data. Palo Alto-based TIBCO Software announced this morning that it has acquired San Francisco-based Alpine Data, which is a developer of cloud-based data science and social collaboration tools. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced by the companies.

SendGrid Sees Pop In IPO Debut


SendGrid , the email infrastructure and back-end services provider which has offices and was founded in Orange County, had its IPO debut this morning, and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange today as SEND. The company priced its IPO at $16.00 per share last night, above its initial estimated IPO range of $13.50 to $15.50 per share. The company is now trading up around $18.50 in its initial few minutes of trading.

NKP Medical Marketing Acquired By MB Growth Advisors


Los Angeles-based NKP Medical Marketing , a provider of digital marketing and search engine optimization services focused on the specialty medical area, has been acquired by private equity investor MB Growth Advisors. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. MB Growth Advisors said the deal also included a group of un-named, private investors. NKP Medical Marketing serves specialty medical practices plastic and cosmetic surgeons, medical spas, dermatologists and dentists.

Faraday Future Loses Three Executives


Los Angeles-based electric car developer Faraday Future , even after dramatically scaling back its ambitious plans, appears to be circling the drain--losing three executives, including its CFO, CTO, and head of its manufacturing line.


Borrow Debuts New, Short Term Subscription EV Service


West Hollywood-based automotive startup BORROW has launched a new, subscription service which gives users access to a pre-owned, electric vehicle (EV) through short term leases, the company said this week. According to Borrow, it allows customers to "subscribe" to short term, three, six, or nine month renewable subscriptions to such vehicles as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, or Tesla Model S.

Arrivo Eyes High Speed Transportation Network In Colorado


Los Angeles-based Arrivo , the Hyperloop transportation developer led by former Hyperloop One CTO Brogan BamBrogan, says it has inked a deal with the Colorado Department of Transportation, to conduct a feasibility study for a "tube" network around the Denver metro area. Financial details of the effort were not announced.