TechFire Spring 2019 Conference

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 --.

TCVN's 2019 Investor Speed Dating

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 --.

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Westlake Village Investor Forum / March 2019

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 -- Keiretsu Forum Westlake Village. Angel investment meeting. See [link].

LAEDC Economic Forecast 2019

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 -- LAEDC Economic Forecast 2019. Panel discussion: Agents of Innovation: LA County Businesses Shaping The Future Economy. One of the first events of its kind in Los Angeles, The LAEDC's annual Economic Forecast has long been a lightning rod for cultivating meaningful economic advancement within our city.

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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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AppSec California 2019

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -- AppSec California 2019. Join us and your peers for amazing talks and networking on January 22-25, 2019! The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Los Angeles Chapter has teamed up with the Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco Bay Area Chapters to bring you another great AppSec California. See [link] (more

Digital Entertainment World 2019

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Monday, February 4, 2019 -- Digital Entertainment World 2019. DEW 2019 focuses on "The Power of Creativity and Influence" and will cover topics from OTT to Innovation to eSports to Millennials to Content Marketing to VR/AR to Music Rights to Startups, etc.,

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

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VW Group, Intel’s computer vision subsidiary Mobileye and Champion Motors said in November they plan to deploy Israel’s first self-driving ride-hailing service in 2019 through a joint venture called New Mobility in Israel. — Seleta Reynolds (@seletajewel) March 16, 2019.

Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019. Tesla will pull back the curtains and unveil its Model Y crossover vehicle at an event in Los Angeles on March 14th, according to a tweet from chief executive Elon Musk. Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio.

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Fifty years of the internet

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Leonard Kleinrock. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

Tesla Model Y orders are now open

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Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website.

State of the City, Economic Sustainability Summit 2019: Shaping A Changing World | Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 --.

How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019. Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in the electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 --.

Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

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With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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Zebit Eyes $100M Revenue Mark In 2019


San Diego-based Zebit , which is venture backed by Crosslink Capital, Wildcat Venture Partners, Leapfrog Ventures, Ulu Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, said on Wednesday that it expects to cross over $100M in revenues this year. The company--which helps consumers who live paycheck-to-paycheck purchase items--says it offers up zero percent financing, with no interest, no membership fees, and no credit scores necessary. Zebit says it now has over 300,000 users using its services.

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Google today announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures Imageworks , Sony’s visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue , an open source render manager.

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Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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Add that to the company’s expansion into new markets with strategic acquisitions to fuel development and growth in Toronto and Bogota, and it’s clear that the company is looking to make more moves in 2019.

Energy Storage: Key to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and getting to 100% renewable energy. (2019-03-20)

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 --.


High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

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I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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So here’s a reminder of why 2019 is 10000x better than 20 years ago. “We I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced.

SPECIAL REPORT: 2019 Biopharma Outlook – Facing an Uncertain Future


In this Xconomy Special Report, our veteran biotech journalists Alex Lash and Ben Fidler bring you deep insights, based on conversations with key industry leaders, on what 2019 and beyond hold for biopharmaceutical companies. After years of boom times, the U.S.

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

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March Capital Partners , the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has raised $300 million for its latest fund.

Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

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Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars.

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Top CTO Challenges for 2019


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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More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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“ 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.”

The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

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One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

With its Greenlots acquisition, Shell is moving from gas stations to charging stations

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In a bid to show that it’s getting ready for the electrification of American roads, Royal Dutch Shell is buying Greenlots , a Los Angeles-based developer of electric vehicle charging and energy management technologies.

Could you have created a “dirty cap table?”


Oh, I know. When you started the business, you took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get you started. Of course, that worked at the time. Enter the need for larger investments.

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Preccelerator Workshop: BOOST Sales Performance with Carrie Lauby

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 --.

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Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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In 2019 market conditions often are such that founders retain control of the board through the A-round, usually in a 2–1 (common to investor) ratio but sometimes it’s 3–2 (common to investor).

Timing and why we’re all VCs

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Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its’s the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company?

How to Be a Good Board Member

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I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.

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Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

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Chris Lorenz, Geoffrey Anderson, and James Borow may have spent their days over the past few years working at Snap, but on nights and weekends Anderson and Lorenz were laboring on a different project — improving Ethereum development tools. .