L.A. Tech 2019 Kickoff

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 -- L.A. Tech 2019 Kickoff. Kick off 2019 with Startup Coil and L.A. Startup Coil. Tech Happy Hour at the beautiful Waterfront Venice. See [link] (more

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More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

TechCrunch LA

“ In 2019 and 2020 we’re going to see a lot of these… we’re going to see a lot of people putting out a lot of stuff.”

Investors, your board, and you: Who controls strategy?

Berkonomics

You’re building a company from your vision and a passion, and lots of people are going to tell you that you have this or that wrong, and that it just won’t work. Business plans rarely survive market contact.

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How Election Hacking is changing America’s Privacy and Security (2019-01-16)

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Robots Are Taking Over: From Space To Inside Your Home And Everything In Between

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 --.

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Missed Expectations and The Eighty Percent Acquisition Rule

Berkonomics

Eighty percent of all businesses purchased by another company or by a new investor-operator fail to meet the stated expectations of the buyer after one year.

Preccelerator Workshop

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 --.

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Nfusz Inc. Enters Partnership With Instapage

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Hollywood-headquartered sales intelligence software outfit Nfusz Inc. announced Jan. 11 it entered a strategic partnership with Instapage Inc., based in San Francisco, to bring Nfusz’s interactive video

Investing in AI

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 -- CES 2019 at UCLA Anderson. The themes for CES 2019 will include autonomous vehicles, smart cities, the work place of the future, and other disruptive offerings developed in research labs on the UCLA campus, in startups, as well as in large global organizations. Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing our lives and work, the opportunities for new ventures and established enterprises, and more broadly society.

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Top CTO Challenges for 2019

SoCal CTO

The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. Here are the Top CTO Challenges for 2019 sorted based on scaled rating - biggest challenges first

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Reflections On 2018: Matt Stodder, Startup Boost LA

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During the holiday season, our tradition over the last few years has been to post reflections on the past year and some predictions for 2019 from Southern California's technology industry. AIs continued growth is something I will be keeping my eye on in 2019. Here's the contribution by Matt Stodder of StartupBoost LA (our apologies to Matt for the late post, our fault, not his!). What was the biggest lesson you learned this year?

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HyperX Taps Celebrity Power For New Ad Campaign Tied To NBA Finals

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the videogame accessory maker which is part of Kingston Technology, has launched a new ad campaign, which taps the celebrity power of Post Malone, Gordon Hayward, Joel Embiid, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pokimane, Shroud, Daigo, De'Aaron Fox and Rush. The company--which has had celebrity endorsement deals with all of those celebrity influencers--said its new "We're All Gamers" ad campaign is part of its presenting sponsorship of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC.

j2 Global Adds Two Companies In Q4

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Los Angeles-based Internet services and publishing giant j2 Global has acquired two companies, saying this morning that it acquired Ekahau , a company in the digital media space, and Castle Connolly , a company in the digital media and healthcare industry. Financial details of the two acquisition were not announced, although the company said the financial impact of those acquisition is not expected to be material to the publicly held company.

Iteris Partners With Cisco On Traffic Cameras, Smart City Effort

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Santa Ana-based Iteris , which develops data analytics software used for the transportation and agriculture industries, has entered into a strategic partnership with Cisco , the two announced this morning. The companies said that Iteris will promote Cisco's "Connected Roadway" products, aimed at the pedestrian safety and connected vehicle applications. Financial details of that strategic relationship were not announced.

Wiliot Finds $30M More From Amazon Web Services, Others

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Wiliot , an Israel- and San Diego-based RFID technology developer, has received $30M more in a funding round, the company said on Monday. The funding, a Series B, came from Amazon Web Services, Samsung Venture Investment Corp., and Avery Dennison Corp. Wiliot is developing disposable, RFID tags which do not require batteries, and are aimed at use in the tracking of consumer products during the manufacturing process. The company's tags are aimed at use in such products as clothing.

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CareerArc, Led By Longtime Technology Vet, Connects With $30M

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Los Angeles-based human resources (HR) technology developer CareerArc --part of an ever growing number of Los Angeles area enterprise software companies--said this morning that it has raised $30M in a growth equity funding. According to CareerArc, the new round was led by PeakEquity Partners. CareerArc says its developing HR software that specifically address two parts of the hiring software market--hiring new talent and transitioning employees out of the organization.

Bird Backs Off On Legal Threats Against Journalist, Apologizes

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Santa Monica-based on-demand scooter rental startup Bird has backed off on legal threats against a local, LA journalist, Cory Doctorow, after widespread outroar over what was perceived as a censorship threat , saying that the company's legal team "overreached" in issuing a takedown letter.

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Miku Tackles Smart Baby Monitor Market

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Miku--which launched its product at CES 2019--says its sensors connects with smartphones "from anywhere in the world" and sends alerts to parents using AI and machine learning technology, using both optical and wireless sensing.

Tech Companies Share Shutdown Losses, With Little Chance of Back Pay

Xconomy

As federal agency employees miss their first paychecks today due to the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22, federal contractors and their workers—including technology professionals—face a loss of income that they may never recover.

Cubic Buys GRIDSMART For $87M

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Cubic said GRIDMSART is expected to add $35M in sales and $8M in Adjusted EBITDA for the 2019 calendar year. San Diego-based Cubic Corporation said on Wednesday that it has acquired GRIDSMART Technologies , a developer of video tracking technology for the traffic management market. The deal was worth $87M in cash.

Techstars LA Opens Up Apps For July Accelerator Program

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Techstars LA , one of a number of programs across the globe run by startup accelerator operator Techstars, has opened up applications for its next program, its Q3 2019 program. The program starts in July, with an application deadline of April 7th, 2019. Are you an entrepreneur, looking to get a leg up on your startup efforts?

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uBeam Dangles Promise Of First Demo At CES

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Los Angeles-based uBeam , the controversial wireless charging startup backed by Upfront Ventures, says its is about to unveil its "ultrasonic wireless power system" at the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas next week, the first demonstration of the company's technology.

Dow Jones VentureSource: Southern California Gets $2.96 Billion In VC In Q4

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Southern California raised $2.96 billion in venture capital in Q4 of 2018, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource , released on Friday. According to the report, Los Angeles garnered the lion's share of the local funding, with $1.77 billion in deals, followed by $0.77 billion in San Diego and $0.42 billion in Orange County. The region had a total of 124 deals logged by Dow Jones VentureSource, split between 75 in Los Angeles, 29 in San Diego, and 20 in Orange County.

CSUCI Names New Entrepreneurship Director

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Camarillo-based CSU Channel Islands is boosting its efforts to reach out to the local business community, saying it has named a new director of its Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI) , part of the school's Martin V. Smith (MVS) School of Business & Economics. According to CSUCI, Assistant Professor of Management, Cynthia Sherman, Ph.D., will head the institute, which is designed to help launch student entrepreneurs.

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Report: Lake Forest Company Leaked Millions Of SMS Messages, Call Logs

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A Lake Forest-based voice-over-IP (VoIP) services provider VOIPo , leaked millions of SMS messages and texts, call logs, and more, according to an Internet security researcher, covering at least 4 years of data. The security researchers said they discovered that VOIPo had left an improperly secured ElasticSearch database open to the world, letting anyone gain access to VOIP call logs, SMS/MMS message logs, and plaintext internal system credentials.

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Dreamhost Among Popular Web Hosting Services Named In Vulnerability Report

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Los Angeles-based cloud hosting service DreamHost is one of the popular web hosting companies, caught up in the latest report of a widespread cybersecurity hole, which researcher say allowed hackers to easily access and take over accounts. The security issues--which were reported and fixed by DreamHost and others before the vulnerability was published--revolve around a hacking technique called "cross-site scripting".

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MomentFeed Launches Local Landing Page Templates

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Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , which develops software tools that helps multi-location brands manage the customer experience of mobile consumers, says it is making it easier for its customers to build landing pages for their locations. According to MomentFeed, it has added new a new "Location Finder Templates and Widgets" product, which provides location brands and digital agencies with SEO-ready landing pages for their local locations. Pricing on the new product were not announced.

EDF Renewables Brings New Wind Project In New York Online

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San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewables North America says it has brought a new, 80 megawatt wind project in New York online. According to EDF Renewables, the 80 MW Copenhagen Wind Project is now fully operational and delivering electricity, through a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Narragansett Electric Company. The project includes 40 wind turbines, manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Riot Games Updates Company Values In Wake Of Harassment Scandal

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Los Angeles-based videogame maker Riot Games has updated its company values , in the wake of a number of lawsuits over discrimination and sexual harassment. The company--which had been accused of fostering a sexist culture at the company--apparently is hoping to transform the culture at the company. READ MORE>>. riot games sexual harassment lawsuit legal videogame content hollywood employment

Qualcomm Backs ClearMotion In $115M Funding

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has put its backing behind a startup, ClearMotion , which is developing computer-controlled automotive chassis technology, which replaces shock absorbers with active components to dampen movement while you are driving. According to Boston-based ClearMotion, it raised $115M in a Series D funding, which was led by Franklin Templeton Investments, as well as clients of J.P.

brunchwork w/ Netflix and Backstage Capital

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 -- brunchwork w/ Netflix and Backstage Capital. You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with Netflix Originals Launch Strategy, Product Innovation Victoria Young and Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton. Enjoy a fireside chat with Victoria and Arlan curated connections, a business challenge and pitch off. over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. See [link] (more

GoFundMe Shuts Down Border Wall Campaign

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San Diego- and Redwood City-based GoFundMe , which allows users to create crowdfunding campaigns for pretty much any cause, has shut down a huge effort that had raised $20M to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico Mexico border. According to GoFundMe, the campaign, started by motivational speaker and veteran Brian Kolfage, came because the campaign changed the beneficiary of the campaign from the federal government, to a new nonprofit led by Kolfage, which is against the company's rules.

BitLaunch Targets Anonymous Users With Hosting Service

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Los Angeles-based virtual hosting and virtual private network (VPN) provider BitLaunch says it is looking to cater to users looking to maintain fully anonymous, VPS hosting accounts, by accepting Bitcoin and ten other cryptocurrencies for its service. The company said this morning that its service will provide "full anonymity" for its customers, and also enable people in other countries access to such cloud services as Digital Ocean, Vultr, or Linode.

IDrive Takes On Remote Help Desk Services

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Los Angeles-based IDrive Online Backup , which provides cloud backup and storage services, has launched a new, remote help desk service, which it is offering up to MSPs and IT specialists. According to IDrive its new remote access solution, RemotePC HelpDesk, provides on-demate remote support, letting IT administrators manage and monitor all service requests and manage their technicians from a single dashboard. According to IDrive, the cost of the new product starts at $49.50

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Bird, BoingBoing Battle Over News Article

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Santa Monica-based Bird , and LA online publication BoingBoing , as well as BoingBoing journalist Cory Doctorow, are in the midst of a legal spat, after Bird threatened BoingBoing with legal action for describing how people are scavenging abandoned Bird scooters and turning them into their own, personal scooters using a $30 kit from China. BoingBoing did not describe how to modify and disable Bird's software and scooter, only reporting on the existence of such kits.

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