Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. “Decades ago, at the peak of Japanese growth as a technology competitor on the global stage, the US government sought to break up IBM.

Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

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Backed initially by Los Angeles-based accelerator MuckerLab and betaworks latest livecamp program, the two founders see Culture Genesis as tapping into the twin trends of gaming and mobile technology adoption in young African American and Latinx communities.

AirMap Sets CTO

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Santa Monica-based AirMap , which is developing drone mapping and airspace management services for the unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) market, has named Daniel Rubio as the company's Chief Technology Officer. The company said that prior to that, Rubio led development Motorola Droid at Motorola/Google and served at Nokia, working on its Android efforts. He also served at NEC Technologies, among other positions.

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FastSpring Names New CTO

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Santa Barbara-based e-commerce software developer FastSpring announced late Tuesday that it has named Michael Smith as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. FastSpring develops cloud-based e-commerce software used by software, cloud, and other online service companies. fastspring chief technology officer executive ecommerce

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OpenX Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-base programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX has named a new Chief Technology Officer, according to the company. OpenX said it has named Michael Radovancevich as its new CTO, as well as shifting former Chief Legal Officer Douglas McPherson to become Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. OPenX is a developer of online adverting technology, which it uses to run its own programmatic advertising exchange.

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Startup CTO or Developer

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I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies. What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer.

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BlackLine Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based BlackLine , which develops financial controls and automation software, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to BlackLine, it has named Peter Hirsch as its new CTO, to head up the technology direction of its cloud software platform.

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Econolite Names CTO

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Anaheim-based Econolite , a developer of connected vehicle and traffic management technology, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to Econolite, it has named Eric Raamot as Chief Technology Officer of the company, replacing retiring Senior VP and CTO Gary Duncan. Raamot was most recently VP of Engineering at the company.

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Trovata.io Names New Executives

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San Diego-based Trovata.io , a developer of software used for automating cash management and for open banking, has named two new executives, the company said on Tuesday. The company said it has named Joseph Drambarean as Chief Technology Officer and Dave McCutcheon as Vice President Sales. said that both will join the company at a new office in Del Mar Heights.

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AutoGravity Names Engineering VP

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Bonifay was previously VP of Development for Product and Engineering at CDK Global, and also served as VP of Software Engineering at Bankruptcy Management Solutions (BMS), and Chief Technology Officer at Propero Software. Irvine-based AutoGravity , which provides smartphone-driven car financing tools, has named Jason Bonifay as its new Vice President of Engineering, the company said this morning.

Cylance Names New CTO

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Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance has named Rahul Kashyap as its new Global Chief Technology Officer, the company said on Monday. Cylance develops antivirus and endpoint protection software, which uses artificial intelligence to tackle malware and other threats. Kashyap, who has been at Cylance for a year, previously had served at Bromium and McAfee Labs.

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Spireon Names Hardware VP

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Irvine-based telematics equipment developer Spireon announced this morning that it has named Ed Suski as its new Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Suski has previously served at General Electric and United Technologies Corporation, serving as Chief Technology Officer at various divisions at the companies.

Bridg Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based Bridg has named a new CTO, saying today that Rony Sawdayi has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Bridg develops software that uses point-of-sale (POS) data to drive personalized marketing campaigns. Sawdayi was previously Vice President of Engineering at Bizrate Insights Inc. Bridg said that Sawdayi will report to Amit Jain, the company's CEO.

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Grindr Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based gay social networking app Grindr said today that it has named Lukas Sliwka as Chief Technology Officer. Grindr says it is developing a lifestyle destination for contemporary gay men, and says it now has more than two million active daily users in over 196 countries. Sliwka has been at Grindr since October of 2013, serving as Vice President, Engineering. Sliwka has previously also served at Beachbody, Yamaha, and Mazda.

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NGD Systems Gains Two New Patents

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Irvine-based NGD Systems reported this morning that it has received two new patents for its solid state drive (SSD) technology. Both patents were developed by Vladimir Alves, the company's Chief Technology Officer, and Joao Alcantara. Patent and Trademark Office. The company says it now has 14 patents from the U.S.

Velocify Steals Away COO From ZEFR

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Los Angeles-based Velocify , the developer of sales automation software which is led by Nick Hedges, has snagged ZEFR Chief Technology Officer Manoj Goyal as its new Chief Operating Officer, the company said this morning. Velocify said Goyal will lead the company's product, technology, and client success teams.

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Everbridge Taps LA Times For CTO

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Los Angeles-based Everbridge , which develops incident notification and mass calling systems, said Thursday that it has named Scott Sullivan as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Sullivan was most recently Chief Technology Officer, Interactive, for the Tribune Company and the Los Angeles Times. Overture Services, where he was SVP Technology Operations and Engineering.

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ResMed Names New CTO

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San Diego-based ResMed said Monday morning that it has named Bobby Ghoshal as the company's first Chief Technology Officer. The company, which develops patient monitoring devices which can connect to the cloud, said that Ghoshal was ost recently Chief Operating Officer at Brightree, a Resmed-owned company which provides cloud-based software-as-a-service for out-of-hospital care.

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Miso Robotics Picks Up $10M More

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Pasadena-based Miso Robotics , the robot developer which is developing robots for assisting in commercial kitchens, has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Acacia Research Corporation, and also included entertainment and sports hospitality firm Levy, Joseph Essas, the chief technology officer of OpenTable, as well as investors associated with CaliBurger.

Guidance Software Shuffles Executives

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Pasadena-based Guidance Sofdtware , the developer of computer forensics and security software, said it has undergone a restructuring of its sales, training, channel and product development efforts. As part of the shuffle, the company said that its Chief Revenue OFficer, Jay Ackerman, and its Chief Technology Officer, Shawn McCreight, have both "separated from the company".

RealD Loses CTO

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Los Angeles-based RealD said late Monday that its Chief Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Oficer, Gary Sharp, is leaving the company. RealD is a developer of 3D movie projection systems. reald movie projection executive innovation technical officer RealD said that Sharp will leave the firm effective March 31st. The reason for the departure was not given, and RealD said that it would not be replacing Sharp.

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Numecent Swaps CEO

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Irvine-based cloud application delivery technology developer Numecent has swapped CEOs, saying on Tuesday that it has appointed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Arthur Hitomi to the position of President and CEO of the company. Numecent's technology is used to turn Windows applications into cloud software.

Cast & Crew Names CTO

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Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services , which provides technology and payroll and production management services to the entertainment industry, said it has named Alex Godelman as its new Chief Technology Officer. Godelman was most recently Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Sony New Media Solutions, and also had served at Evolve Media, and also sits on the boards of ParaScale, DRESR and SweetyHigh.

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Leads360 Snags CTO From LiveOffice

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , which develops sales automation software, said this morning that it has named Mark DuVall as its Chief Technology Officer. Leads360 develops software which is used to help manage sales leads for companies. DuVall joins the company from LiveOffice, which was recently acquired by Symantec. DuVall also has served at such firms as TRW, and has more than 29 years of experience in the industry.

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Mobile Roadie Names New CEO, CTO

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Mobile Roadie , the mobile app creation and marketing software developer--which was recently acquired by Intellectsoft--said it has named Gino Padua as its new Chief Executive Officer, and Vova Soroka as its new Chief Technology Officer. Padua was most recently Chief Revenue Officer at AppsFreedom, and has been at Intellectsoft for the last three years.

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Condusiv Technologies Names CTO

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Burbank-based Conusiv Technologies , the developer of disk drive defragmentation and other software formerly known as Diskeeper, said last night that it has appointed Brian Olson as its new Chief Technology Officer. Olson was previously at EMC, serving as Cloud Business Development Manager; he also served as CTO of Atempo Corporation, CTO and VP of Engineering at Storeactive Corporation, and also had been at Veritas Software.

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Prevoty Adds AlienVault CTO To Board

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Los Angeles-based Prevoty said this morning that it has named Roger Thornton, the Chief Technology Officer at Alienvault, to its board of directors. Prevoty develops runtime application security software. Thornton is also the founder of Fortify Software, which he sold to HP in 2010.

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Quality Systems Parts Way With CTO

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Irvine-based healthcare information systems developer Quality Systems, Inc. said this morning that its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Steve Puckett, has resigned from the company, by "mutual agreement" with the company. According to Quality Systems, the move comes due to an effort by new President and CEO Rusty Frantz to take a "detailed, fresh look at our technology initiatives".

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XCOR Names New CEO

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Mojave-based space vehicle developer XCOR Aerospace announced this morning that it has named John H. Gibson takes over the position from Jeff Greason, who has become Chief Technology Officer of the company. Gibson was most recently at aircraft maker Beechcraft Corporation, and was also Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Human Longevity Names Interim CEO and COO

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San Diego-based Human Longevity , which is developing genomics-powered, health intelligence software, said on Friday that it has named David Karow, M.D., Karow was previously Human Longevity's Chief of Radiogenomics. The company also said Scott Sorenson will serve as Interim Chief Operations Officer; Sorenson was most recently Chief Technology Officer at the company, having previously been at Ancestry.

QAD Names CTO

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Santa Barbara-based QAD , the developer of manufacturing resource management software, announced today that it has appointed Tony J. Winter as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Winter has been at QAD since 1999, when he joined QAD Global Services in the UK. He was last Senior Director of R&D at the company in Santa Barbara. READ MORE>>. executive manufacturing software

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DTS Taps Motorola For CTO

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Calabasas-based DTS , a developer of surround sound technology, said today that it has named Dr. Frederick Kitson as the firm's EVP and Chief Technology Officer.

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Hulu Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said Tuesday that it has named Tian Lim as its new Chief Technology Officer. He also served at Microsoft, leading development on Xbox Live, the Xbox 360 operating system, and Kinect. Hulu said that Lim replaces Brad Suter, who had been overseeing the company''s technology team on an interim basis.

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AutoAlert Buys MotoFuze

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Irvine-based AutoAlert , a provider of data mining and lead generation tools for auto dealerships, said Tuesday that it has acquired MotoFuze , a company developing customer experience management software for the auto industry. AutoAlert said MotoFuze CEO Mike Dullea and co-founder Tom Walls have joined the company, with Dullea serving as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, and Walls as Chief Technology Officer.