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The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. But it still takes VC to scale a business (thus large capital into industry winners like Uber, Airbnb, SnapChat, etc). Upfront Ventures VC Industry

The Resetting of the Startup Industry

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Of course it’s too early to predict whether this is a trend or an aberration but the smartest people I know in the industry are predicting the former. Much has changed in the past four months of the technology startup world and how outsiders value the business.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

Xconomy

Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, the San Diego-based industrial biotech, have re-engineered a fast-growing microorganism found in salt marsh mud to maximize its production of proteins and to optimize other common bio-based processes.

What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

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Tech Market Analysis VC Industry“This is the year the tortoise may gain on the hare.” ” There are a lot of data points that one can observer to get a sense of the venture capital markets – both LP fundings into venture and VC financings of startups.

Oblong Industries Finds $65M

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Los Angeles-based Oblong Industries , the developer of gesture-enabled user interface technology, has raised $65M in an expansion stage investment, according to the company. The funding came from Greenspring Associates, Industry Ventures, and UTIMCO, as well as Morgan Stanley and Foundry Group. oblong industries venture capital gesture recognition immersive collaboration

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How Augmented Reality Is Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

Xconomy

For many Americans, the manufacturing industry brings to mind images of Industrial Revolution-era factories, World War II assembly lines, or perhaps even outsourced workshops overseas.

New Cybersecurity Alliance Continues Trend of Industry Collaboration

Xconomy

For the cybersecurity industry, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of alliances. Cyber industry alliances, the thinking goes, could make customers’ cyber defenses stronger and easier to manage.

Agtech Accelerator Radicle Recruits Industry Vets to Mentor Startups

Xconomy

Former Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle is one of four agricultural technology veterans who have agreed to advise the startups taking root at Radicle, the San Diego-based accelerator focused on agricultural and food tech ventures. Radicle named Pyle, who is now the CEO of BaseHealth, a Silicon Valley healthtech developer of analytic software, as a venture partner in a statement released last week.

Interview With Paul Myer, Veracity: Why The Industrial Internet Needs Security

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In an age where topics like Russian hacking, CIA hacking tools and the stability of the power grid and industrial networks has suddenly become important, there are only a few companies tackling industrial network security directly. One of those is Aliso Viejo-based Veracity Industrial Networks (www.veracitysi.com), led by CEO Paul Myer. Paul Myer: Veracity Industrial Networks is a startup in the industrial network security segment.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Amazon changed our industry.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

Xconomy

venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. Given the obvious anxiety and frustration that surrounds us all, the U.S. This is the fourth-longest period of economic growth in U.S. history (admittedly, at 2.1

Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks

Xconomy

This ambush has triggered a redoubling of efforts to focus on the need for industry-led cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. Senator Mark Warner, favor an industry-based approach before seeking some sort of government IoT security standards implementation.

Swarm Aims To Rejuvenate San Diego's Software Industry

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It hasn''t been a great few months for San Diego''s software and technology industry, as the city has seen three, big software companies move their operations, and thousands of jobs, to Texas. However, in a bid to rejuvenate and re-energize the industry, a new effort-- Swarm --has just launched to bring together local software entrepreneurs, venture capital, and angel investors, in an attempt to bring new life to the region. growth investment industry software diego swarm

American Industrial Systems Sells Majority Stake To Foxconn

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Irvine-based American Industrial Systems , a provider of engineering services and products for the Interet-of-Things, oil and gas, industrial automation, and other markets, has sold a 60 percent stake of the company to Ennoconn. Nelson Tsay is the founder and CEO of American Industrial Systems, which will become part of Foxconn's IPC Business Group. things internet industial manufacturing contract outsourcing acquisition merger ennoconn foxconn systems industrial american

How Serviz Plans To Conquer The Home Services Industry

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We're looking for large, large market opportunities where there is a lot of disruption, and where the industry is moving online. Plumbing alone is a $35 billion a year industry in the U.S., HVAC is a $20 plus billion a year industry. So, the size of the industry is one area, plus,if you look at the experience of house cleaning, that's an industry which really isn't broken.

SPECIAL REPORT: Tech Industry Charges Up Office Market

L.A. Business Journal

The L.A. office market saw a solid third quarter, with the vacancy rate narrowing to 14.8 percent from 16.2 percent in the same period last year, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle

SonicAngel | Music Industry Reinvented

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At Twiistup 8 Bart Becks (prior CEO os Belgacom Skynet) took the stage to present SonicAngel, a startup that is challenging the current music industry business model. Arts & Entertainment Events New Media Startup Twiistup Video a&r bart becks crowd sourcing fanshare lords of acid music industry nokia theater Praga Khan prefunded sonicangel

SAG-AFTRA Rejects Final Offer from Video Game Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Video game actors represented by SAG-AFTRA rejected a final contract offer on Thursday from the trade association representing the video game industry, setting up the union’s members to strike at midnight Friday

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Fintech Lender Uses Profitability to Step Out from Industry Cloud

Xconomy

With a cloud lingering over the peer-to-peer lending industry, privately held National Funding is disclosing new details today about its operations, in a bid to step into the light and differentiate itself as a fintech company and alternative lender. Another oft-mentioned concern about the peer-to-peer industry is that most members of the new class of lending companies have yet to prove their business model in the ultimate stress test —an economic downturn.

Microsemi Aims At Auto Industry With FPGAs

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Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi > is making a push into the automotive market, saying that it has released a number of automotive-grade field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs. Those chips are aimed at designers developing circuits for automotive applications, and include both high reliability and security features.

A Great Discussion with @skupor @davemcclure @msuster on Changes in the VC Industry

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What you’ll see if you watch the video is an unscripted and unfiltered look into how Scott Kupor & I see some of the changes and challenges of the venture industry. Most of those industries are fee-based and are competing on revenue growth.

Live Stream or Bust: Why These Industries Should Incorporate Live Video

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In fact, the following industries can only benefit from live video. The travel industry stands to gain significantly from live video. The post Live Stream or Bust: Why These Industries Should Incorporate Live Video appeared first on TechZulu.

Tech Startup Aims to Disrupt the Boating Industry

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As more and more tech startups launch vying for the attention of both consumers and investors, founders are figuring out which niche to serve and which industry to disrupt. Launching in 2012, Moreboats.com has been successful in reinventing the market of a mature boating industry.

Marketplace Fairness Act & What It Means For The Growing Crowdfunding Industry

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How does this affect the growing crowdfunding industry? The post Marketplace Fairness Act & What It Means For The Growing Crowdfunding Industry appeared first on TechZulu. The U.S.

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TrueCar Names Industry Relations Head

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar reported today that it has named Pat Watson as its new Vice President, Industry Relations. TrueCar said the move will go towards strengthening its relationships with the industry. It's a smart move for the firm, which has been battling some in the auto industry over its service, which have made automotive pricing much more transparent--and far more competitive--for auto dealers. truecar executive industry relations auto automotive pricing

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 19: Oblong Industries Raises $65 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Oblong Industries raises $65 million, image stability technology manufacturer MEMS Drive raises $11 million, CBS Orders Candy Crush game show, and more

ProVisors Technology Industry Group

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 -- ProVisors Technology Industry Group. The ProVisors Technology Industry Group's mission is to provide a networking, educational, and referral driven forum to one another through personal knowledge and expertise in the Technology sector. The group's intent is to be purposeful and accountable, in forming relationships and driving business to other group members who are trusted professional advisors working primarily with companies in the technology sector.

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper

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We make websites, and we make banners, primarily for the entertainment industry and Hollywood. Matt Cooper: I think there is a misconception with HTML5 that the entire industry is going to grab onto that, and there's also a misconception it solves all of your problems.

socalTECH 50: Nominate 2015's Up-And-Comers In SoCal's Tech Industry!

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Who do you think are the top 50 up-and-coming individuals in Southern California's technology industry this year? For the third year in a row, we are looking to identify the individuals here in the technology industry, across all sectors, who are most likely to create the next big thing, produce the next big exit or to influence the industry in a significant way.

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The Role of Big Data in the Changing Insurance Industry

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Better Understanding Industries. There are many organizations that use unstructured data to better understand their industries and trends. In the insurance industry, companies can use programs like Hadoop BI to make better decisions.

Fliptu Targets Music Industry With Social Service

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Los Angeles-based Fliptu , the social media software developer headed by Jeremy Gocke, is targeting the music industry with its social service, and is launching a new platform that lets the music industry share the pictures, video clips, and other social items that fans are sharing before, during, and after concerts.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 3: Proterra Raises $140M, Plans to Increase Hiring at City of Industry Plant

L.A. Business Journal

Proterra raises $140 million and plans to increase hiring at City of Industry plant, SpaceX to resume launches on Jan. 8, and Mattel working on voice assistant for kids

Why District2 Is Creating An Online Marketplace For The Fashion Industry

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How do you take an industry, the fashion industry, which is set in its old fashioned ways�even to the point of still wiring money through things like Western Union�and take it into the electronic age? District2 solves three major pain points in the industry.

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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We also are dependent on money, advice and support of many of our friends & colleagues in the venture industry who co-invest with us in nearly every deal we do. VC IndustryEvery year at Upfront we try to analyze the venture markets.

NTS Wins Industry Group

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Calabasas-based National Technical Systems , the provider of testing and engineering services, reported a win this morning from industry group the USNAP Alliance.

RF Industries Names President

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San Diego-based RF Industries , a manufacturer and distributor of RF connectors, cable assemblies, medical cabling, and other products, said today that it has appointed James Doss to the additional position of President. industries connectors cables executive medical cabling

SendGrid At Heart Of Controversy Over Women, Technology Industry

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It a position where it can only lose, SendGrid --the email SDK and services firm which has significant operations in Orange County--has become the center of a controversy which has thrown the high tech industry's acceptance of women into stark contrast.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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It’s kind of a truism for life and certainly our industry. They enter the industry knowing that they know nothing. The industry did that in 2007. VC IndustryVC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles.

Venture Outlook 2016

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Cendana founder Michael Kim was amongst the earliest and certainly the most focused LP to spot the changes in venture capital leading to seed stage funds and has backed many of the best in the industry so it’s always a pleasure to come and share thoughts with all of these great peers.

Why Finance Should Take a Page Out of the Credit Card Industry’s Book

Xconomy

These crimes have opened the financial industry’s eyes to a new kind of attack. However, the credit card industry has become very effective at stopping such fraud in its tracks. The financial industry as a whole needs to do better. Once the financial industry can get to that level of maturity, this new kind of attack will be stopped. federal and financial regulators recently advised banks nationwide to assess the strength of their safeguards against cyber fraud.