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Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Jim Semick (left) with his Co-Founder, Greg Goodman. I have been watching ProductPlan for several years, as the founders are both friends and pillars of the Santa Barbara Startup Community.

L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters

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Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business


Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF , an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five friends in 2009, and has driven incredibly fast growth over the past 9 years.

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Google Launches a MOOC to Train Entry-Level IT Support Staffers


Big tech companies like Google are facing heat for developing disruptive technologies that can make traditional jobs obsolete. But at the same time, the tech industry is growing fast, and is eager to recruit workers outside the sector to fill entry-level jobs that often go begging, a Google executive says. Google is betting on online learning as an on-ramp to tech jobs for displaced workers and others with little exposure to information technology—even those who lack a college degree.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 15: Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey Won’t Seek Re-Election to Disney Board

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Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey won’t seek re-election to Disney board; Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft; and safety panel raises concerns about SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Spark CEO Marrazzo on Gene Therapy Pricing & Paving the Way for the Field


After decades of research and scientific ups and downs, the first U.S. gene therapy, a single, long-lasting treatment called voretigene neparvovec (Luxturna) for rare, inherited blindness, is now on the market. But the commercial challenge facing its developer, Spark Therapeutics, is daunting. Can Spark lead the way in showing that the new kinds of payment models it is experimenting with will succeed in getting the healthcare system to pay for such pricey, one-time treatments?

Snap Chops Two Dozen Employees, Says Report


Venice, California-based Snap has laid off two dozen employees, who were working on its branded content efforts, according to a report on Thursday. The employees were reportedly working on Snap's Discover section. READ MORE>>. snap employees branded content discover employment jobs

e-Gaming and e-Sports: The Opportunities Abound

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Bio Roundup: #JPM18, Axovant’s Fall, CRISPR Caveat, Impact M&A & More


Have you gotten your flu shot yet this year? This winter’s flu season is shaping up to be a particularly nasty one and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week upped its tally of states reporting widespread flu activity to 46. Flu awareness was top of mind at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference held this week in rainy San Francisco.

Why Human Extinction Needs a Marketing Department


Experts at Oxford University and elsewhere have estimated that the risk of a global human extinction event this century— or at least of an event that wipes out 10 percent or more of the world’s population — is around 1 in 10.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Tetra Tech Buys Australian Engineering Company

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Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 16: Google to Connect Latin America and Los Angeles with New Undersea Cable

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Google to connect Latin America and Los Angeles with new undersea cable; Snapchat content execs talk app redesign and push into scripted programming; and Lockheed Martin exec hints that SR-72 might be built already

A.I. Could Be Double-Edged Sword for Cybersecurity Industry in 2018


It’s no secret that artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly influential in cybersecurity—on both sides of the battlefield. And while it’s no secret, it should also be no surprise. Although, in many ways, A.I.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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among the finalists for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; Jam City develops ‘Harry Potter’ game; and Apple leases 128,000 square feet in Culver City

In “Age of Amazon,” All Retailers Are Tech Companies, Even Walmart


Technology took center stage this week as the nation’s retailers made their annual pilgrimage to New York. At the National Retail Federation’s three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, the discussion centered on both the disruptive effects and potential promise of e-commerce technologies. Kate Ancketill, the CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence, a retail trends consultancy, said retailers must adapt by becoming more than traditional stores.

Ross Levinsohn Accused Of Sexual Harassment


Ross Levinsohn , the publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times --and longtime, influential veteran of Southern California's high tech industry--is under investigation by the owner of the LA Times, Tronc, after an in-depth examination of Levinsohn's conduct by NPR during his time in the high tech industry.

Evofem Biosciences Closes Merger With Neothetics


San Diego-based Evofem , which develops products in the area of women's sexual and reproductive health, has merged with Neothetics. As part of the merger, Evofem said it will begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market as EVFM. Evofem is led by CEO Saundra Pelletier. Invesco Asset Management Limited has invested $20M in stock of the merged company as part of the merger deal. READ MORE>>. evofem biosciences neothetics lifescience female women reproductive healthcare invesco

Los Angeles Makes Amazon's HQ2 List


Los Angeles has made the short list for Amazon HQ2 , Amazon's effort to create a new, second headquarters in North America for the firm, as its outgrows its presence in Seattle, according to an announcement from Amazon this morning. Amazon said that it has selected 20, candidate locations for its headquarters, including Los Angeles, which it says it will evalate per an RFP it issued last year.

Unitas Global Raises $10M In Funding


Los Angeles-based Unitas Global , a provider of managed, hybrid cloud services and software for the enterprise market, has raised $10M in a funding, according to the company. The funding was led by Boathouse Capital, and also included prior investors MK Capital and Azure Capital. As part of the funding, Andrew Olsen of Boathouse Capital will join the board of Unitas Global.

Google Releases High Resolution Montecito Disaster Satellite Map


Google and its navigation app subsidiary, Waze , have just released incredibly detailed satellite maps of the disaster zone around Montecito, California, as part of efforts of Google's "Crisis Response" team.

CalAmp Wins Government Fleet Deal In Pennsylvania


Irvine-based telematics products developer CalAmp says it has signed up the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Vehicle Management (BVM) as a customer. Financial details of the win were not announced. According to CalAmp, the department is using its FleetOutlook products to reduce costs and streamline the operations of the state-owned vehicle fleets. Pennsylvania's BVM oversees approximately 11,000 passenger, emergency and off-road vehicles. READ MORE>>.

Solekai Systems Merges With Fairway Technologies


Two, San Diego-based software development and integration companies-- Solekai Systems and Fairway Technologies --said this morning that they have merged into a new company. Financial details of the merger were not announced. According to both companies, they will continue to operate under their respective names. The combined company now has over 80 engineers.

SpaceX Hits Certification Speed Bump In Path To Astronaut Flights


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has hit a speed bump in its quest to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS)--and Mars--after a safety panel recommended NASA not certify the SpaceX commercial crew system last week. The safety panel said NASA should not certify SpaceX's system until the agency better understands the failure which led to the dramatic, launch pad explosion of a Falcon 9 back in September of 2016.

Amplify.LA Aims To Raise $30M In New Fund


Venice, California-based startup accelerator Amplify.LA is in the midst of raising a new fund, Amplify.LA Capital IV , according to a recent regulatory filing from the accelerator. The filing lists Paul Bricault and Oded Noy as Managing Members of the new fund. Amplify had previously raised $22.6M in three earlier funds, all for investing in the various startups which it puts through its programs in Venice. READ MORE>>.

One Identity Acquires Balabit


Aliso Viejo-based One Identity , a developer of identity and access management software, has acquired Budapest, Hungary-based Balabit Corp. , a developer of privileged access management (PAM), privileged account analytics and log management software. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. One Identity says it has already been using Balabit's technology in its One Identity Safeguard solution. One Identity is a unit of Quest Software. READ MORE>>.

ZeroBounce Partners With European ISP


Santa Barbara-based ZeroBounce , which operates an email verification service to help reduce email bounces, reported a partnership in Europe. According to ZeroBounce, M24Seven, a European connectivity and internet infrastructure provider, has partnered with the company to verify email lists and improve deliverability for M24Seven's customers. Financial details of the link were not announed. ZeroBounce's CEO is Liviu Tanase. READ MORE>>. zerobounce europe email validation mailing list

Solarflare Takes Aim At Meltdown


Irvine-based Solarflare , which develops accelerated network interface cards (NICs), says its technology can be applied to mitigate the server performance slowdowns that are occurring due to theLinux patches required for fixing the highly publicized Meltdown issue with Intel processors. According to Solarflare, those patches--which impose a performance penalty of up to 30 percent on servers--can be mitigated just by using its XtremeScale NICs and Onload kernel bypass software.

Cohu Wins Automotive Customer In Europe


Poway-based semiconductor equipment supplier Cohu has acquired a "major" European automotive customer for its products, the company said late Tuesday. Name of the customer, and size of the deal, were not announced. According to Cohu, the un-named automotive customer is using its MATRiX tri-temperature pick-and-place handler combined with its multi-beam test contactors. READ MORE>>. cohu auto automotive semiconductor europe test equipment