How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

Both Sides of the Table

I don’t know Ezra yet but since he’s taking the time to blog (which I hugesly respect) and share thoughts I thought I’d take him up on his challenge and also spill the beans on my secrets. On blogging I blog because I love it. My other secret on blogging?

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

Both Sides of the Table

Blogs. By definition, you read blogs. People often ask me why I started blogging. I know that I have not yet earned these kudos based on investment returns (although my partners have. My suggestion is to blog about your industry. Blog on that topic.

Interesting New Tech Blog for your Radar Screen

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Over the holiday I became aware of a new tech blog that aims to have deep insights into the next generation of technology, which they call The Hypernet. My favorite post was this one (image above) in which they talked about their 10 hypothesis for technology investing.

Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

TechCrunch LA

Defy , the early-stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio.

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Two Days, Five Biotech IPOs, and $359M Raised for Clinical Trials

Xconomy

It will be hard to top last year’s flurry of biotech companies joining the public markets, but this week is shaping up to be the busiest for life science IPOs in recent memory. Five biotechs priced their IPOs and at least one more is coming.

About this Blog

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 About this Blog Ive been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and whats happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuos recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it. Where LinkedIn Works for Me A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive About this Blog Southern California Tech Central Southern California Tech Central Loading

Mail.com Buys Entertainment Blog

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Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation , which operates the email service Mail.com, said today that it has acquired an entertainment focused blog, DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com. The company is backed by Quadrangle Capital Partners, which invested $35M in the firm back in October of last year. Tags: mail.com mail media merger acquisition deadlinehollywooddaily blog content email

To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Xconomy

Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar

Xconomy

Prices for agricultural commodities such as corn, soy, and wheat are at their lowest levels in years, but investment in agricultural technology has never been better. Just 10 percent of corporate investments were made to build new technological capabilities, the report says.

Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments

Xconomy

Fundraising is tough for startups but it’s particularly difficult in agriculture, a sector that has fewer firms focused on agtech investments. While the total dollars invested in 2016 decreased by nearly 30 percent year over year, the total number of deals increased by 10 percent.

VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

Xconomy

If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

Beyond Meat’s IPO Bags $241M to Make Plant-Based Burgers Mainstream

Xconomy

deals DNS Venture Partners Ethan Brown Impossible Foods investing IPO Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Kroger Obvious Ventures startups TGI Friday's VC Venture Capital Wegmans Whole Foods Market xperienceA Beyond Meat burger is coming to a location near you—and soon.

Chris Sacca Retires from Startup Investing

L.A. Business Journal

Prominent seed-stage startup investor Chris Sacca announced in a blog post titled “Hanging up my spurs” on Wednesday that he has retired from venture capital investing

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Chartbeat is to Blogs as Google Analytics is to Print Newspapers

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I’ve been using Chartbeat for over a month now to track performance of my blog and I find myself looking at Google Analytics much less these days. I’m not a shareholder and I’m not even actively looking at making an investment.

Bio Roundup: Zolgensma Watch, Brain Cancer Blues, Peloton Payout & More

Xconomy

Patients, doctors, family members, and drug-price watchdogs continued to wait for the expected approval of Zolgensma , a Novartis (NYSE: NVS ) gene therapy for the rare inherited disease spinal muscular atrophy. Originally developed at a children’s hospital in Ohio , Zolgensma will be a litmus test for the nascent field. If approved this week or next, it would be just the second gene therapy to come to market in the US.

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Billie, Subscription Shaving Products Service for Women, Raises $25M

Xconomy

The New York-based startup said Tuesday that the new funding round, which is being led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing group, brings its total investment to $35 million.

Retailers, Startups Work to Offer Efficient E-Commerce Delivery

Xconomy

The on-demand delivery war in retail is on. In its quarterly earnings call Thursday, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) announced it would switch to one-day shipping for Prime members, halving the time the 100 million-plus people who subscribe to the service must wait before receiving their purchases.

Retailers Turn to Analytics, 3D Tech to Promote Fit, Reduce Returns

Xconomy

One size fits most (at best), and a women’s sizing system created during the Depression doesn’t gibe in an e-commerce business that prizes personalization.

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

Both Sides of the Table

And there is relationship between debating and blogging. I started blogging in 2005 and then re-started blogging about a year ago. The most important experience I have in blogging is the debate it encourages. So it goes with blogging. So it goes on my blog.

Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind

Xconomy

startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I. [ Updated 12/27/18, 9:54 am ] Manoj Saxena is bullish on artificial intelligence. As chairman of Austin, TX-based A.I.

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Finding True Love Can Be Ruff, But This Startup Could Have Your Match

Xconomy

Too many people treat pet adoption like a one-night stand. You look at a dog, and see his eyes, and think he’s cute,” says Tama Lundquist, co-president of Houston PetSet, an organization that works with about 70 animal shelters in the Houston area.

From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation

Xconomy

When it comes to developing and promoting innovation, external factors beyond the control of company founders, investors, and other business leaders can also determine whether a startup succeeds or fails.

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Bio Roundup: Generic Drugs Graft, ASCO Ahead, ElevateBio Rises & More

Xconomy

Generic drugs are supposed to give consumers more choices and a counterweight to more costly branded medications. During his tenure as FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb often spoke about generics as a market force that could help tame climbing drug prices. But such tools only work when companies play fair. A lawsuit is now claiming that many top generic drug makers routinely conspired to avoid competition.

Finistere Plants Investment Seed in Ireland With $24M Agtech Fund

Xconomy

To that end, Kukutai’s venture capital firm, Finistere Ventures, is joining with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to launch a new 20 million euro ($24 million) fund that will invest in emerging agtech startups in Ireland. Ireland’s top agricultural exports are beef and dairy products.

Big Deals, Life Sciences Push U.S. VC in 2018 to Dot-Com Boom Levels

Xconomy

Venture capital investments rose in 2018 to levels not seen since the heady days of 2000, the last year U.S. That was about 500 fewer deals than in the year prior, but the total amount invested increased by $47.9

Bio Roundup: Nationwide’s Rise, a Surgeon’s Quest, CRISPR USA & More

Xconomy

The Columbus, Ohio, hospital chose to invest in gene therapy when the field was in its darkest days. Persistence and perseverance were the themes of two of our top stories this week. First there’s the story of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Pensa, AI-Enabled Drones Maker for Inventory Monitoring, Raises $5M

Xconomy

Austin —The grocery store shelf has yet to be plugged into the increasingly digital food supply chain. Instead, inventory is typically tallied by employees by hand in a slow and laborious process. “It’s It’s one big black hole with groceries, not knowing what is exactly on the retail shelf and available for sale,” says Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Pensa Systems in Austin. Something like one out of eight or 10 items is typically not in stock.”

Room Service by Robot And Other Ways Tech is Changing The Hotel Stay

Xconomy

More days than not, Michael Colaneri’s home is a hotel room. So innovations like “geolocation” sensors that automatically unlock his room door and adjust the thermostat when he’s nearby make the constant change easier—sometimes. “My My experience has been exceptionally inconsistent,” he says.

Bio-JPM Roundup: Lilly Buys Loxo, Sage’s Stock Soars, ALS Cash & More

Xconomy

The flow of biotech news is particularly heavy today, and for good reason. The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, one of the biggest gatherings for the biopharmaceutical industry, kicked off today in San Francisco, and many companies, whether they’re speaking at the event or not, use this time to get their news out. Xconomy is on the ground covering the conference this week. In the meantime, here’s a short roundup of biotech news announced today.

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How the Rise of Beijing and Shanghai Tech May Impact Silicon Valley

Xconomy

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Beta Bionics Secures $63M as AI-Driven “Pancreas” Heads to Key Tests

Xconomy

Beta Bionics, a startup developing a medical device that monitors and manages blood sugar levels in diabetes patients, has closed $63 million to back late-stage clinical tests of its AI-powered technology. The cash tops off a Series B round of funding announced last year.

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Henry Blodget Loves to Blog: The remaking of a disgraced Wall Street analyst

From the Venture Trenches

This was in direct response to the implosion of the tech bubble and the fall out of Enron, Worldcom and the questionable research produced by the investment banks in general and Blodget in particular.

Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat Cooks Up Plans for an IPO

Xconomy

We’ll soon find out if Wall Street has the appetite for investing in alternative meat technology. Beyond Meat, a maker of plant-based meat products, has filed for an IPO.

Pineapples and Bananas: Yummy to Eat, And Now Fashionable to Wear

Xconomy

Style trends may come and go but the apparel industry is increasingly accepting that sustainability will always be in fashion. “We