Silicon Beach Report Aug. 7: Katzenberg’s NewTV Raises $1 Billion

L.A. Business Journal

Katzenberg’s short-form video project raises $1 billion; SpaceX hosting mars landing conference; Nexus Technologies acquires Cal Net

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Lean on Your Networks When Making Early Hires

Tech.Co

Below we’ll outline how to squeeze those last drops of talent out of your own social circles, how to incentivize current employees to lure in potential candidates in their networks, and how to entice “superconnectors” to recruit through their own far-reaching nets.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

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It would not be a big stretch to image a well run service business like this making 15-25% net profit margins. Yet you can run a conference and mint money. If it’s well run, people readily pay for conferences and sponsors readily pay to become platinum, gold or silver sponsors.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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In one year of Airbnb Tracy netted more than $28,000. Instead of doing guest posts on TechCrunch or speaking at startup conferences, Tracy became a regular contributor on wedding and women’s lifestyle blogs. Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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When my friend and the father of LA’s tech startup community Bill Gross first demonstrated his company GoTo.com (renamed Overture) on stage at a TED conference he was actually booed (True story. An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

If youre buying a luxury home or just like looking at them, check out this live chat from reporter Lauren Schuker Blum and WSJ.com real estate editor Matthew Strozier. stock quotes reflect trades reported through Nasdaq only; comprehensive U.S. Conferences. Facebook. Twitter.