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CRISPR Organs? eGenesis Raises $38M For Pig-To-Human Transplants


One of the companies trying to revive the once-failed notion of xenotransplantation has raised a significant round of cash.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry


The enhanced version of Vibrio natriegens , a marine bacterium of a type known as Gram-negative, could potentially replace Escherichia coli as the workhorse host organism for the biotech industry, according to research published online today in Nature Methods. coli as a host organism. Aims To Connect Event Organizers, Consumers


San Diego-based --founded by one of the co-founders of The Active Network--is hoping to make it easier for event organizers and event goers better plan and find events, the company said this week. The company says it is targeting event planners running everything from marathons to races to pancake breakfasts with its platform. eventscom event organizer software mobile activenetwork active network startup launch

Is Your Organization Ready to Become an Ecosystem Driver?


It’s not yet an ecosystem driver in B2B, although the longer it takes for other business supply companies to catch up, the harder it will be to beat Amazon. Companies must learn to become ecosystem drivers – even if only for a subset of their customers – in order to survive.

Life Sciences Organization Launches Office In LA


According to the company, its new Los Angeles satellite office will be located in Monrovia, and will go to help its work in Los Angeles County, providing political advocacy, special industry events, and professional development for the life sciences sector. The company said the new office is a partnership with LA BioMed and Lab Launch.

Angel 22 Ties With Game Development Organization


Los Angeles-based , a developer of an e-commerce storefront to help game companies sell merchandise such as shirts, hats, posters, and more directly to their gamer fans, said over the weekend that it has partnered with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). The company was one of the companies that presented at StartEngine''s demo day back in January.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies.

Gates Grant Helps Sirenas Extend Hunt for Drugs From Sea Organisms


San Diego-based Sirenas , which has developed technology to rapidly isolate and synthesize potential drug compounds from marine organisms, said it has received a $775,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company now has 19 full-time employees, Esquenazi said.

Blisters and Basketball – How to Boost Excellent Execution in Your Organization

Frank Addante

When we started our company, we were totally driven by the notion of excellence in execution. I admire John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach. He spent the first day of practice each year teaching his team how to put its socks on properly. Wooden’s reasoning?

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


More specifically it allows users to track and complete tasks, get relevant reminders, and create and organize spaces for different groups of people. Prior to working on WeDo, Mobrem founded and then later sold his company Lettuce to Intuit for $30 million.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company


However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. Citrix politely approached us, told us they had an interest in acquiring our company and then asked us, “How much?”. Our response was that there was no “price” as our company was not for sale.

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. It’s hard to fully appreciate the complexity of keeping an organization with thousands of employees moving forward. Decisions that take entrepreneurs an hour, often take months at large companies.

Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks


A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter.

Organize globally.


There are people and companies everywhere willing to work by the hour, providing great skill sets as needed, able to be shed when the job is complete. Some of the best companies I have become involved with are composed of a few critical people who have relationships with a number of service suppliers around the world to add to the team as needed. So why not organize from the start around such a strategy and hire those able to demonstrate those organizational skills?

How Planana Is Connecting Events To Sponsors, With Anna Sergeeva


What is the biggest issue that local event organizers--health and family fairs, sports events, and so on--have? We talked with organizers, walked through events with them, and planned events ourselves, to understand and find the problem.

How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

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So when I meet with GRP portfolio companies that do enterprise sales I try to emphasize the following: 1. But you do need to be sure your company doesn’t just become the internal R&D department for a large corporation. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

Organovo to Test Pre-Clinical Drugs on Bio-Printed Kidney Tissue


Since then, the San Diego company has built a thriving business as a contract research organization (CRO) that tests experimental drug compounds on bio-printed liver tissue. As Murphy put it recently, “We don’t think of ourselves as a bio-printing company any more.

Activyst Wants to Change the World, One Girl at a Time Through Sports

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What began as a pit stop vacation in a third world county, led to an epiphany, which turned into a passionate pursuit, and eventually a new social enterprise company that fundraises to bring sports to girls worldwide through the sale of athletic bags.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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Turn Your Organization Inside Out. The world has changed much since I started my first company in 1999. As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. In the first 4 years of running BuildOnline we were an “Outside In&# organization. The Outside In organization had a one-way flow. This was 2006 and we were now working on our second company.

Why Big Data Security is a Must (Even Before Big Data Use Cases)

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That’s why we’ve seen so many companies adopt big data solutions and platforms in recent years. Big data analytics provides unprecedented capabilities and insights as organizations spend more effort collecting valuable information about everything from customers to logistical concerns.

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Once Upon A Farm Harvests $3.1M For Organic Baby Food


San Diego-based Once Upon A Farm , a maker of "cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO" baby food, has raised $3.1M in a Series A funding, the company disclosed this week. The funding came from Cambridge Companies SPG, Seed 2 Growth Fund, and Harbinger Ventures. The company was co-founded by Ari Raz (CEO) and Cassandra Curtis (COO). once upon farm onceuponafarm baby food organic retail

Duchenne Lessons: Advocates For Rare Spinal Disease Have Eyes on FDA


According to Cure SMA CEO Kenneth Hobby, his organization has been in contact with the FDA for some time about the disease and its impact on families and patients. Heather and Jessica Tomko will tell you that they’re nothing alike.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

Jason Nazar

I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I have some pretty specific thoughts on the differences between companies in the two cities, as I wrote about in my previous post A Tale of Two Tech Cities.

Ginkgo Builds Out Robot Labs as Microbe Design Business Grows: Photos


Today the synthetic biology company announced an expansion of its headquarters in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood, including a second, larger lab space for designing and making custom yeast and other microbes.

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


Kevin Winston , is the organizer of Digital LA , the popular and widely attended networking organization for the Los Angeles startup, web, movie, music, marketing, and social media community. What are the technologies, companies, or things we ought to watch in 2013?

Conference Organizers Suck at Name Tags

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If you agree with me, please forward this post to people organizing conferences to save us all the future hassle. It is really impractical to try and glance at somebody’s name / company when it’s by their belly. Make the company name just as big.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Since the inception of the Pasadena Angels in 2000, members have invested over $50 million in over 120 companies. The companies are in an array of industries such as telecommunications, consumer products, healthcare, logistics, co-working office space, biosciences, data analytics, and software technology.

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

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eating natural, organic fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs & lettuce year round – even in cold climates. Startup CompaniesIn our industry we always talk about funding big ideas or funding things with more meaning.

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Calacanis Debuts LAUNCH Fund I To Back 100 Companies


Jason Calacanis , the serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and conference organizer, announced Tuesday morning that it has closed his first, formal angel investing fund, The LAUNCH Fund I. Calacanis has already been making investments as part of his LAUNCH Festival, and the new fund will also be invested in companies presenting at those startup launch events.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Winners: Spotlight Companies. It gives music companies a direct pipeline to market their products and services to music fans. Its Time! Its Time!

Xconomy Q&A: Vuforia, Pokémon Go, and Augmented Reality


PTC completed its Vuforia purchase last November as part of a broader initiative to build a new platforms business through a series of acquisitions and organic investments., Talk about auspicious timing.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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Topics of discussion will be Saas, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2012, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building sensible businesses. OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start.

Build a Product-Driven Company

Frank Addante

If you want to manage a hyper-growth company, start with a great product. That’s why I believe so strongly in a product-driven organization. That is, a company that focuses all functions on the product. The perfect example of a product-driven organization.

DODGERS Announce Newest Accelerator Companies


The LA Dodgers And R/GA Announce Second Sports Accelerator Program Companies. Focus is on Growth-Stage Companies and Strategic Business Development. The Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA Ventures are pleased to announce the five companies chosen for the second LA Dodgers Sports Accelerator. The companies are: Greenfly transforms the relationships of organizations into powerful networks for content creation and distribution.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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Months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies: Spotlight Companies. Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies.

Lytx Powers Driver Safety For Organic Food Distributor


San Diego-based driver safety systems developer Lytx said this morning that natural and organic food distributor KeHe Distributors has been using its DriveCam video safety service. Lytx did not detail how much the contract with KeHe Distributors is worth to the company. The company said its DriveCam video safety program is now being used by more than 650,000 commercial and government fleet drivers.

Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996 and serves as the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies.

Interview with Anna Sergeeva and Fei Xiao, trueRSVP


Faced with their own issue of "flaky" people who were responding with an RSVP for their volunteer projects, but not actually showing up, the founders of trueRSVP ( decided to take things into their own hands, and create a service to provide better feedback to event organizers.

Organic vs. Strategic Growth

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- Organic vs. Strategic Growth: Why, When and How? Companies typically look for growth in one of two ways. Organic growth - accomplished through growth of sales in existing product lines/services or developing new product lines/services internally. Come hear our panel discuss what paths their companies have taken, what drives their decision to pursue internal growth vs. strategic growth, and the challenges they have faced.


Report: Honest Company Seeking CPG CEO


Los Angeles-based e-commerce provider Honest Company , which sells organic baby and beauty products, is looking to replace CEO Brian Lee with a veteran of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, according to a report. Recode, citing insiders at The Honest Company, says board members have been talking to executives from consumer packaged goods companies to take a role at the company. honest company employment consumer product goods