SPECIAL REPORT: 2019 Blockchain Outlook — Reality Check


In this Xconomy Special Report , our veteran technology journalists Bernadette Tansey, David Holley, and I bring you deep insights from key industry leaders and observers about what the future holds for. After a breakout year in 2017, the blockchain sector suffered a series of blows in 2018, from crashing cryptocurrency prices to increased regulatory scrutiny of crypto ventures and deepening skepticism about whether the technology was actually useful.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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The press who trusted me enough to report on our successes. Despite the fact that only the Lotto winners get reported. It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities.

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.

Report: Demand Media Targets Critical Blog


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online content publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, is targeting a blog which has been posting internal documents and criticism of the company. According to a report from Forbes, the firm has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Demand Studio Sucks , alleging copyright infringement. demand media blog critical legal lawsuit

Should You Bother Targeting the Tech Blogs for Your PR Campaigns?

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6 or 7 years ago when TechCrunch was at its peak market share (they are still strong but many more tech blogs have also popped up) there was a term for getting covered there called “the TechCrunch bounce.” that they probably read the main tech blogs.

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs


Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the growing online music publisher, reported this morning that it has acquired four punk rock sites, which it will use to create a new punk music group called AbsoluteVoices. Punknews.org was founded in 1998, providing online music news and a fan community; PropertyOfZack is a Tumblr blog focused on punk; Under The Gun Review focuses on entertainment, music, film, and comedy; and Alert The Press!

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.

Report: Express Scripts Shuts Out Teva Migraine Drug, Prefers Rivals


The pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) is excluding a new drug from Teva Pharmaceutical from coverage while favoring two rival treatments instead, according to a report from Reuters. [ Updated 10/17/18, 2:52 p.m. See below.

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Can We Afford to be Cured? A Conversation with ICER’s Steve Pearson


With most of its funding from philanthropists , ICER’s reports often undercut drug companies with detailed, complicated cases for lower—sometimes much lower—prices. New cell and gene therapies bring the possibility of cures once hardly imaginable.

AACR 2019 Roundup: Notes from a Weekend of Early Stage Cancer Results


[ Editor’s note: Alex Lash co-authored this report ] The American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting is wrapping up in Atlanta today. But AACR has its fair share of notable news, events, and reports.

EY Report Suggests Improving Conditions for U.S. IPOs in 2018


Although there are still several days remaining in the first quarter of 2018, EY reports the number of first-quarter IPOs is 44 percent higher than the 25 offerings that occurred in the first quarter of 2017. IPO activity has been ticking up, with 36 IPOs raising more than $12.7

Gottlieb Reportedly On Tap to Lead FDA, and Biopharma Exhales


According to several news reports, the Trump administration will nominate Scott Gottlieb to be the new commissioner of the FDA, a selection that had the life sciences industry breathing a sigh of relief Friday afternoon.

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Report: Biotech VCs Perpetuate Boardroom Gender Gap


If power in the business world is centered in the boardroom, women in biotech have a long way to go to get their fair share—and the venture community deserves much of the blame.

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The Rise of Robocalls and Cell Scams—and How to Stop Them


[ Updated 9:15 a.m., see below. ] Jen King was in a hurry to get out the door of her Bay Area home on a recent morning, and she missed a call to her cell phone because of it. The phone number that called her, she later discovered, was startling. “It It was my home phone calling me, which was not possible,” says King, who recently finished a doctorate in information science and now works at Stanford University.

The Painfully Poor Record of New Pain Drug Development: BIO Report


Some key points from the report: Pain drug developers have managed a meager 2 percent chance of gaining FDA approval for novel drugs, if they make. With the opioid epidemic showing little sign of letting up, new ways of treating chronic pain are desperately needed.

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


But that is starting to change, as Asian cities—particularly in China—are snapping up more tech venture capital funding and exits, according to a new report from CB Insights. Silicon Valley tech startups pulled in the most funding of any metro region globally during the last six years at $140 billion, according to CB Insights’ Global Tech Hubs Report, which the New York-based research firm published Tuesday. When it comes to startup tech hubs, U.S.

San Diego Innovation Economy Extended Gains in 2015: Connect Report


That’s according to a report being released today by Connect, the local nonprofit group focused on technology and entrepreneurship. The Connect Innovation Report found that 405 software, technology, and life sciences startups were created last year in San Diego County.

Third-Quarter Report Shows Slowdown in VC Activity, & Top 10 Deals


Venture capital activity is gradually easing from last year’s peak, according to a new quarterly report put together by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. deals (1,796 companies) during the third quarter that ended September 30, according to the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report released today. It was the fifth straight quarterly decline in the number of companies getting VC funding, according to the report.

Bio Roundup: Rare Disease Showdowns, Prices on TV, Dealmania & More


An April report from Evaluate Pharma predicted sales of orphan drugs to rise 12 percent a year between now and 2024, when they will account for an estimated 20 percent of worldwide prescription drug sales. The market for drugs for rare or “orphan” diseases continues to grow. The field has gotten so competitive that multiple products are on the market for some diseases.

CrowdStrike Hauls In $200M, Reports Valuation Over $3 Billion


CrowdStrike , a Silicon Valley cybersecurity company that fends off hackers by patrolling the edge devices connected to a network, announced today it raised $200 million in a financing round that sets the company’s valuation at more than $3 billion.

Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization


In a blogpost touting student successes, Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun (pictured above in 2014) said Nanodegree graduates are reporting average salary increases of 33 percent in the United States and Canada when they score new jobs after updating.

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio


It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference. There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P

VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report.

Cybersecurity Firm Illumio’s Alan Cohen on the Tech Backlash of 2017


One of the largest and most consequential data breaches in 2017 afflicted credit reporting agency Equifax, and it was hardly the only victim. Any year-end review of technology news must also include reports on Russian hacking of the 2016 election campaign, and the manipulation of social media channels to spread false and divisive political messages.

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

From the Venture Trenches

Henry Blodget , was once the darling of Wall Street covering Internet securities at Merrill Lynch’s and reporting on businesses such as Infospace, Internet Capital Group and Amazon.

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


That’s according to PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association’s Venture Monitor report, released this week, which tallied nearly 9,000 deals made last year, through which venture investors sunk $130.9

VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change


ASH 2018: A Guide to the Latest for Blood-Borne Cancers and More


[ Note: Ben Fidler co-authored this report.] This weekend, San Diego will host the annual American Society of Hematology conference, the largest U.S.

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BCMA Day: At ASH ‘18, Cell Therapies For Myeloma Take Center Stage


Take the results of a Phase 3 study just reported today at the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) yearly meeting in San Diego.

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San Diego Tech Roundup: Bitmo, Dvele, Cybersecurity Report & More


National blog main San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories amazon Bitmo Cubic Dvele EvoNexus Financing Hackathon Illumina Innovate78 Mike Smallwood Qualcomm Rady School of Management SanDiegoVC SCALE San Diego seed funding Series A startups Synergy Centre Tech UC San Diego US Ignite VC

15 For ’19: Key Clinical Data to Watch For Next Year (Part 2)


Editor’s note: Alex Lash, Corie Lok, and Frank Vinluan contributed to these reports. On Monday, Xconomy began our annual look ahead at clinical trials that could define biotech and have profound healthcare effects in the coming year.

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U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018


30 to more than $84 billion, according to the latest quarterly Venture Monitor report , which is produced by the National Venture Capital Association (NCVA) and PitchBook.

Notes from the JPM19 Vortex: Price Apocalypse, Celgene Fallout & More


[ Editor’s note: Ben Fidler and Sarah de Crescenzo coauthored this report.] It is here, and then it is gone. But by the time everyone staggers to the airport or back home to sleep in their own beds, the annual few days of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and everything that mushrooms around it seem just as long as the holiday break—a distant memory!—that —that came just before. In 2020 (yes, that’s really a year), San Francisco might have a new mayor.

Bio Roundup: Funding Frenzy, Opioid Summit, Celgene Woes & More


billion, a figure compiled in the Venture Monitor Report. Biotech startups rolled in cash this week. By our count, investors put more than $800 million into life-sciences startups in four days. The money came from a wide range of backers, not just traditional biotech venture firms. It’s early yet in 2018, but the current count could put life-sciences companies on pace to bust past last year’s $17.6 Elsewhere, the U.S.

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