Mon.Mar 11, 2019

How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

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Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people.

Insights and Opinions: Action Items for Improving Team Efficiency

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For our Insights and Opinions section this morning--where we feature contributions from our readers we have a contribution from Braven Greenelsh, who talks about improving your team's efficiency. After more than two decades of working with small, agile teams who represent large, multi-billion dollar companies, Ive learned a few things. Most notably, in every single relationship known to man, communication is the single most critical element when it comes to working efficiently with others.

The Life, Troubles, and Celgene Legacy of Deal Guru George Golumbeski

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George Golumbeski is one of the most prolific dealmakers in the biopharmaceutical world. But the deal that changed his life is a pact he made with himself when he was ten years old. Playing with friends in front of his house in Hampton, VA, he watched his mother drag his dead-drunk father, a U.S.

Two Bit Circus Hosts Esports Tournament

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Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus , the "micro-amusement park" operator which is combining technology, entertainment, science, education, and more at its first venue in LA, said it is hosting its first ever e-sports tournament, in a deal with Game On. According to Two Bit Circus, is is hosting a live, Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, which will feature a $1,000 prize pool.

Connect, Longtime Local Accelerator, Names Silvia Mah as President

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Connect, a 34-year-old nonprofit which runs the well-known Springboard Accelerator Program for startups, announced Monday that it had tapped Silvia Mah, a San Diego investor and entrepreneur, as its new president.

Stellar Biotechnologies Merges With Edesa Biotech

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Port Hueneme-based Stellar Biotechnologies , a manufacturer of proteins used in immunotherapy and immuno-oncology development, said last week it has completed a share exchange agreement with Edesa Biotech , a Canadian company which is developing therapeutics for dermatological and gastrointestinal indications. According to the two Edesa shareholders have agreed to exchange their shares of Edesa for newly-issued common shares of Stellar, making Edesa a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stellar.

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Willdan Completes Weidt Group Buy

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Anaheim-based Willdan , which provides professional technical and consulting services across the electricity, energy efficiency, and other areas, says it has completed its acquisition of The Weidt Group. Financial details of the acquisition, which was originally announced last week , were not announced. The Weidt Group provides energy analysis and consulting services, and was owned by EYP. READ MORE>>. willdan weidt group professional services energy cleantech merger acquisition

SpaceX Successfully Returns Crew Dragon To Earth

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully completed its first test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Friday, marking the first successful NASA Commercial Crew Flight Test, and moving the company towards delivering astronauts into space--a move which may return the capability of launching astronauts into space back to U.S. The Crew Dragon splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean at 8:45 a.m.

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K1 Investment Management Buys Digital Pharmacist

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor K1 Investment Management has acquired Digital Pharmacist , a software development firm which helps pharmacists manage refill reminders and other marketing. The deal was worth $125M. According to Digital Pharmacist and K1, K1 is investing over $100M in Digital Pharmacist to help it with accelerating growth and product development. Digital Pharmacist, which is based in Austin, Texas, had been backed by LiveOak Venture Partners.