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5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was great fun to interview Robbie Bach, Co-Father of the Xbox, as part of UC Santa […]. The post 5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox appeared first on John Greathouse

Augmented Reality Company Daqri Begins Shipping Smart Glasses

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Augmented reality company Daqri of downtown Los Angeles has begun shipping its $5,000 Smart Glasses

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What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

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Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.

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Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting

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When it comes to disrupting an industry, Raken founder and CEO Kyle Slager says it would be hard to find a sector that is more resistant to spending money on new technologies than the construction business.

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Are you uncomfortable with home-based workers?

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Do home-based employees work with the same dedication and productivity as those in office cubicles next to each other? That depends upon the management as much as the employee. I have a friend who is a.

Stratim CEO Sees Future with Costly Driverless Cars, but Low Ride Fares

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Like many tech entrepreneurs, Sean Behr had a young business that was popular with consumers, but was also losing money. So in February of 2016, he decided to refocus his San Francisco startup on the small, but unexpectedly profitable aspect of his service that could operate in the black.

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SpaceX Abruptly Calls Off Launch Of Mysterious Zuma Payload

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Adding to the mystery surrounding its planned launch of a super-secret payload, called "Zuma", into orbit, Los Angeles-based SpaceX says it has "decided to stand down" from the launch of the mysterious, top secret payload. According to SpaceX, it has instead decided to "take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing" for another customer. SpaceX said it will confirm a new launch date later.

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Solving Problems or Producing Outcomes?

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 16: Ziff Davis Agrees to Buy Mashable for $50 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Ziff Davis agrees to buy Mashable for $50 million, Virgin Orbit wins its first Defense Department launch contract and mystery surrounds payload SpaceX is launching

Acorda Takes Another Hit, Reports Patient Deaths in Parkinson’s Study

Xconomy

Acorda Therapeutics’ rebuilding plan just suffered another setback, leaving the fate of one of the experimental Parkinson’s disease drugs that is closest to market unclear. Ardsley, NY-based Acorda (NASDAQ: ACOR ) said Wednesday morning that it has seen troubling safety problems in a Phase 3 trial of its experimental Parkinson’s disease drug tozadenant.

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Bio Roundup: ICER Eyes Cost, Azar at HHS, Gates’s ALZ Cash & More

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In our roundup this week, Alzheimer’s disease is in the news, thanks to billionaire Bill Gates and his personal pledge of $100 million toward R&D. That could equal the amount one startup hopes to raise in an IPO to develop drugs for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. If a treatment became available, could our health system handle it? One report says no.

Xconomy Peers into Biotech Future with Vividion’s Diego Miralles

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What’s new in San Diego life sciences? Diego Miralles, who was named just three months ago as the CEO of San Diego-based Vividion Therapeutics, has a lot to say on that topic. Miralles, an immunologist who previously served as the CEO at Adaptive Therapeutics and before that led innovation and West Coast R&D for Johnson & Johnson, describes Vividion as “a company for the ages.” As Miralles put it, “We want to be the Genentech of small molecule drugs.”

Poshmark Picks Up $87.5M to Power the Social, Digital Wardrobe

Xconomy

Poshmark , a social media e-retail company, has raised $87.5 million in a Series D investment round led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. That brings the total funding raised by the Redwood City, CA-based company to $160 million.

Tortuga Logic, Co-Founded By UCSD, UCSB Profs, Raises $2M For Hardware Security

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Tortuga Logic , a new startup focused on chip-level cybersecurity technology whose founders include professors from UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara, has raised $2M in a seed funding, the company disclosed on Thursday. The seed funding came from Eclipse Ventures.

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Virgin Orbit Snags Defense Department Launch Contract

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Mojave-based Virgin Orbit , the Richard Branson-backed space launch startup which spun out of Virgin Galactic, said on Thursday afternoon that it has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. According to Virgin Orbit, the DOD has purchased a launch on its LauncherOne aircraft, with technology development payloads from the DOD's Space Test Program planning to launch on its rockets as early as January 2019. Financial details of the defense contract were not announced.

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Amgen Ventures Backs Syapse In $30M Precision Oncology Funding

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Amgen Ventures , the venture investment arm of Thousand Oaks-based Amgen , is one of the new investors in precision oncology and medicine startup Syapse. Syapse said this week that it raised $30M in a Series D funding round, which came from Ascension Ventures, GE Ventures, Intermountain Healthcare Innovation Fund, Safeguard Scientifics, and Social Capital, plus new investors Amgen Ventures, Medidata Solutions, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and Roche Venture Fund.

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Tray Finds Funding For Point-of-Sale Software

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Santa Monica-based Tray , a developer of Android-based, point-of-sale (POS) terminal software, has raised a round of funding, according to lead investor Bonfire Ventures. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. Tray, led by CEO and founder Peter Kellis, is developing point-of-sale software which easily integrates with existing POS solutions, aimed at use by multi-location chains. Kellis previously worked at EMC, RSA Security, VERITAS, VivaKi, Marketshare Partners, and Google.

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Sniffing Out New Business

L.A. Business Journal

SeekOps Inc., a Pasadena startup, manufactures a methane sensor that it attaches to a quad-copter drone and flies over oil and gas fields looking for leaks

Virgin Hyperloop One Inks Study Deal In India

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Los Angeles-based advanced transportation technology developer Virgin Hyperloop One has inked a partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, India, to identify potential high-speed transportation routes in the Pune area, the company said Thursday.

J2 Global's Ziff Davis To Buy Mashable For Around $50M, Says Report

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Los Angeles-based J2 Global --via its publishing arm, Ziff Davis , is getting set to acquire online tech publication Mashable , in a deal worth around $50M, according to a report on Thursday afternoon from the Wall Street Journal. Neither J2 Global nor Mashable have yet announced the deal. The deal apparently comes after Mashable failed to raise additional funding for the company, despite a round valued at around $250M in March of 2016.

PogoTec Launches The PogoCam, A Camera For Your Glasses

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Newport Beach-based PogoTec said today that it has launched its first product, the PogoCam , a miniature camera designed to attach to any pair of glasses. The new device costs $149.00. According to PogoTec, the PogoCam attaches magnetically to most glasses, so consumers can record things from a different point of view. The new device appears to be directly competitive to Venice-based Snap's own camera sunglasses.

Upfront Ventures Leads Investment In Electric Skateboard Startup Inboard

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor this morning in a startup, Inboard Technology , a developer of a battery powered, electric skateboard. Inboard said it raised $8M in its Series A funding, which was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included LION Smart and Sunstone Capital. The company was seeded by Sweet Capital, the investment fund of the founders of King Digital Entertainment (the makers of Candy Crush).

SpaceX Plans Launch Of Super Secret Government Payload Today

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is planning yet another launch of a Falcon 9 rocket today, this time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to SpaceX, the launch openings for the mysterious "Zuma payload" openst at 8:00 pm. EST today, with backup windows opening at the same time on Friday and Saturday. No details on the "Zuma" spacecraft have been announced by SpaceX, and the company does not even mention the company's customer for the launch.

TechShop Shuts Down, Looks For Buyer, Never Opened In LA

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TechShop , the "Maker" space operator which allowed technology enthusiasts to access 3D printers, do-it-yourself electronics tools, and other resources for the DIY and "Maker" movements, has shut down all of its locations nationwide, and is now looking for a buyer, the company said on Wednesday. The company--which had announced plans to open a location in Los Angeles in 2014, and even announced a deal in May of 2015 to open up a location at The REEF in downtown Los Angeles.

Health IQ Finds $34.6M, Plans San Diego Hiring

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Health IQ , a startup which offers up insurance only to "health conscious" individuals, has raised $34.6M in a Series C funding round, which it said partially go to expanding hiring at its San Diego offices, the company announced on Wednesday. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included include Charles River Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital, Felicis Ventures and Western Technology Investments.

Hopscotch Raises $5M In Series B

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Los Angeles-based Hopscotch , the developer of a mobile app platform used heavily by colleges, sports teams, live events, and venues, has raised $5M in a Series B funding, the company announced on Wednesday. The funding came from Jackson Capital Management, Pittco Capital Partners, and Jim Armstrong, a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners and March Capital Partners. The funding also included Mosaik Partners and Albrecka LLC.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Buys Electro Imaging Systems

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Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions , which manufactures business copiers and office equipment, says it has acquired Electro Imaging Systems , an independent office equipment dealer based in Livermore, California. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Toshiba America Business Solutions said the move is part of a return to strategic acquisitions by the company, and is its first acquisition since 2008.

CombiMatrix Acquired By Invitae For $34.9M

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Irvine-based CombiMatrix , which had developed genetic testing technology for the pediatric and prenatal disorder area, has been acquired by Invitae , in a deal worth approximately $34.9M in stock. Invitae, which is based in San Francisco, said the acquisition will bolster its efforts in the family and reproductive health genetic information area.