Game Design Showcase 2020

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, January 31, 2020 -- Game Design Showcase 2020. Join the NYFA Game Design graduating class of 2020 as they head off on their next big adventure: the real world! Celebrate and play original games created by NYFA's Game Design graduating class! The NYFA Game Design Showcase features drinks, food and original video games and board games created by our MFA and BFA graduate students!

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2020 Who's Who in Tech

L.A. Business Journal

Get to know the innovative executives who make Silicon Beach an essential hub in the tech industry

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Report: Snapchat, NBC Team On 2020 Olympic Summer Games Coverage

socalTECH

snap snapchat summer olympic games 2020 content publishingLos Angeles-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , has inked a deal with NBC where NBC will produce four, daily original shows on the Olympics and Team USA for Snapchat, according to Variety. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The two previously had agreements to cover both the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Diligent’s Vivian Chu and Labrador’s Mike Dooley will discuss assistive robotics at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

TechCrunch LA

Robotics artificial intelligence Culture Diligent Robotics Google honda research institute iRobot Japan Los Angeles moxi robot robotics TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020Too often the world of robotics seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

The Business Tech You Need in 2020

Tech.Co

In this article, we'll go over a few examples of the most essential business tech you're going to need to compete in 2020. Not having a website in no longer an option in the modern day; businesses that want to seriously compete in 2020 need to have an online presence beyond social media.

AppSec California 2020 - by OWASP

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -- Join your Information Security and Developer peers on the beach! Training classes start Jan 21, with the keynotes, talks and CTFs starting Jan 23. There will be 4 concurrent break-out sessions throughout both speaker days. The best speakers from around the world have been gathering at AppSec California now for six years. We guarantee you will leave the conference with lots of new knowledge and curiosity.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Assure Happiness In 2020

Startup Professionals Musings

You’ve probably already made your resolutions for 2020, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your chosen business lifestyle. Make your resolution today to keep the long road ahead in 2020 a satisfying one.

LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant

TechCrunch LA

— Scopely (@scopely) January 26, 2020. The Los Angeles startup community is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of NBA superstar, entrepreneur and investor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

TechCrunch LA

in 2020, the studio told TechCrunch this week, though it refused to reveal the exact size of its North American office. Gao believes the model will gain further traction in 2020 as it attracts old-school game developers, which were accustomed to pay-to-play, to follow suit.

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Los Angeles-based Luxury Presence raised $5.4 million for its real estate marketing services

TechCrunch LA

Our 2020 goal is to build a full digital marketing solution for real estate agents looking to build successful, lead-generating digital brands,” said Malte Kramer, the company’s chief executive, in a statement.

Max Q: SpaceX gets ready for first human flight

TechCrunch LA

Register for TC Sessions: Space 2020. Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox.

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Max Q: A SpaceX spin-out sounds great

TechCrunch LA

NASA could get significantly more funding than it did in 2020 for its fiscal 2021 operating year, with the bulk of a proposed $3 billion increase earmarked for development of human landers to be used in the Artemis program. Register for TC Sessions: Space 2020.

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Warning: Contractors must really be independent!

Berkonomics

Our challenge is getting more difficult. How many of us have “hired” independent contractors over the years, a bit worried over the gray area between employee and contractor as defined by the IRS? Or separately the State of California?

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Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

The electric scooter wars of 2019

TechCrunch LA

Throughout 2019, a number of mobility companies launched in additional markets, while many pulled out of areas that no longer served them. Meanwhile, transportation startups continued to raise more money even as they laid off employees, a sign that industry consolidation has officially begun.

KPCB has already blown through much of the $600 million it raised last year

TechCrunch LA

— Dan Primack (@danprimack) January 29, 2020. Kleiner Perkins , one of the most storied franchises in venture capital, has already invested much of the $600 million it raised last year and is now going back out to the market to raise its 19th fund, according to multiple sources.

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Los Angeles-based CREXi raises $29 million for its online real estate marketplace

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is one of the most desirable locations for commercial real estate in the United States, so it’s little wonder that there’s something of a boom in investments in technology companies servicing the market coming from the region. It’s one of the reasons that CREXi , the commercial real estate marketplace, was able to establish a strong presence for its digital marketplace and toolkit for buyers, sellers, and investors.

Looking to new products, Bev adds strategic investors and redoubles focus on women entrepreneurs

TechCrunch LA

Looking for fellow travelers to join in on its mission to transform the beverage business, the Los Angeles-based startup Bev has taken on fresh capital from a slew of strategic investors. .

San Diego startup events you don’t want to miss in 2020

Startup San Diego

Mark these dates in your calendar—these are the best business events in San Diego to attend in 2020! The post San Diego startup events you don’t want to miss in 2020 appeared first on Startup San Diego. From small networking events to huge seminars, we've narrowed down our top ten. Events Guides

Los Angeles-based ‘deep tech’ investment firm Riot Ventures is raising a $75M fund

TechCrunch LA

Riot Ventures , the Los Angeles-based, early-stage and deep technology investment firm is going out to market to raise a $75 million second fund to finance the development of startups in LA and beyond, according to fundraising documents viewed by TechCrunch.

Some thoughts about office politics

Berkonomics

Where’s the threat? It is hard to separate this kind of advice from economic lessons in running a business, when office politics can threaten a business in ways that are subtle, but sometimes just as devastating as economic shocks or continuing poor management. Examining the petri dish.

For alternative meat manufacturer Beyond Meat, fast food chains giveth and taketh away

TechCrunch LA

Beyond Meat, the publicly traded producer of plant-based protein replacements for meat, is currently giving other companies in the alternative meat space an education in just how finicky appealing to consumer tastes can be.

Does your company culture encourage employee curiosity?

Berkonomics

It’s more common than you think. Some of the world’s best companies to work for are those that encourage employees to spend time following their own paths of curiosity toward development of new products or services.

Where’s your sense of urgency?

Berkonomics

It is human nature to start in a new position with enthusiasm, lofty goals, new ideas, and a heightened awareness of those around us and their ideas for the business. After time in our job positions.

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Why document your company’s tribal knowledge?

Berkonomics

The processes you and your subordinates follow. It is not common for the CEO of a rapidly growing company to think of slowing down the furious pace enough to have each manager (including the CEO) document the job process managed, as well as see to the documentation for each process managed below.

Pitch and Learn With Investors

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 30, 2020 --.

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Pitch and Learn With Investors

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 30, 2020 --.

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Special edition: Building semi pro audio video studio

Berkonomics

Like to make professional videos for a small cost? Postings to on-line sites? Dave takes you through the process, shows the results, and gives you the costs. There’s lots more information you will find as you experiment and may need when selecting and learning the tools Dave lists.

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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entrepreneur Lessons Learned

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, January 25, 2020 --.

SpaceX reportedly looking to build Starship rockets at Port of LA

TechCrunch LA

SpaceX is said to be in talks with local government officials about setting up a new rocket factory in the Port of Los Angeles, a location that would give it easy access to the ocean for transporting its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicles to its coastal launchpad sites in Florida. CNBC reported that these discussions were confirmed by Port of LA officials. As CNBC points out, this isn’t the first time that SpaceX has done this dance with the Port of LA: The company had received approval to build a manufacturing facility in the port two years ago, and agreed on a 10-year, $1.4 million-per-year lease, before subsequently going back on that agreement in 2019. Currently, SpaceX is building its Starship prototype for orbital testing at a facility in Boca Chica, Texas. That’s a one-off vehicle however, intended for the purpose of testing and working out the final design for the Starship, which is meant to be a fully reusable spacecraft, which in tandem with SpaceX’s forthcoming “Super Heavy” booster will be able to take large payloads to orbit — and ultimately to the Moon and Mars. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared eventual plans for Starship that involve flying them with very high frequency, and ultimately attaining a rate of construction of 100 Starships per year with the aim of producing 1,000 over the course of the next 10 years. Musk says that this rate of production is required to perform cargo and passenger flights with the frequency and volume needed to establish a permanent human presence on Mars — which, ultimately, has been his goal all along with SpaceX. It stands to reason that building that many large vehicles in that span of time would require additional production facility resources. SpaceX currently manufactures Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy at its facility in Hawthorne, Calif., and then transports those in sections over land, but Starship and Super Heavy will be considerably larger and will likely require transportation by water to reach SpaceX’s launch sites. CNBC’s report cites LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino as saying that SpaceX might seek to be up and running with at least a temporary production facility in as little as 90 days, though no deal is yet finalized between the parties. Space TC Transportation BFR california Elon Musk Falcon 9 falcon heavy florida Los Angeles outer space spaceflight SpaceX Starship texas

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The dangerous game: Hiring from a competitor

Berkonomics

Sometimes it is the first thought you or your managers have when in need of skilled talent, especially for sales or product development. It is not hard to find and observe the best employees of a good competitor at work, skillfully moving the competitor forward in a visible way.

Can your employees recruit from a customer or supplier?

Berkonomics

The recruitment traps. It has happened to all of us who have been leaders in business long enough. One of your employees is approached by an employee of a customer or of a supplier, stating that “It sure would be great to work in your company.”

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MADIA Meet-up

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 --.

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Do you empower others?

Berkonomics

So, we’ve previously discussed why it is important for you to build consensus in an organization in most every major decision.

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After Ending Cancer Drug Program, Halozyme Predicts Profits in 2020

Xconomy

Halozyme suffered a setback in November when its investigational pancreatic drug failed a Phase 3 clinical trial , but its CEO says the biotech’s drug delivery technology will make the company profitable as early as the second quarter of this year.