Mon.Feb 04, 2019

5 Ways Poker Legend Annie Duke’s Brilliant Book Will Help You (And Your Startup) Make Better Decisions


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. When I saw World Series Poker Champion Annie Duke speak in 2017, I was inspired to write an article describing some of her recruiting techniques.

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Tesla Buys San Diego's Maxwell Technologies For Energy Storage Tech


Tesla Motors , the electric car-and-solar panel company led by Elon Musk, is acquiring San Diego-based technology developer Maxwell Technologies , in a deal worth approximately $218M, the companies announced on Monday. ACcording to the two, the merger agreement calls for Tesla to pay $4.75 per share for all of the outstanding stock of Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell is publicly traded on the Nasdaq as MXWL.

5 Unique Elements Make A Winning Selling Proposition

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are looking for funding and customers for your new business, you need to identify your “unique selling proposition” (USP) right up front, in 30 seconds or less, to differentiate yourself in today’s information overload.

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MomentFeed Names SVP Engineering


Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the developer of software that helps multi-location brands manage the mobile experience for their customers, has named Avik Dey as its new Senior Vice President of Engineering, the company said this morning. Dey was most recently Executive Vice President, Technology at Marin Software, and also served as Worldwide Director, Big Data Product/Apache Engineering at Intel Corporation, in addition to serving at Yahoo! and eBay. READ MORE>>.

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Cancer Cures and the Importance of Communicating Responsibly


Last week, it was reported by multiple media outlets (see here , and here , and here ) that a group of Israeli scientists had found “a cure for all cancer” and that it could be ready within a year. As a long-time life sciences industry executive my knee-jerk reaction was not “finally!”

CBRE Group Buys Data Center Technology Provider Romonet


Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services giant CBRE Group announced this morning that it has acquired UK-based Romonet Limited , a provider of software, technology, and consulting services for the large global data center market. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to CBRE Group, Romonet's team of professonals will join CBRE as part of the acquisition. Romonet was foundee in 2008, and was founded by Zahl Limbuwala and Liam Newcombe.

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MediaAlpha Gets Private Equity Injection


Los Angeles-based programmatic advertising software developer MediaAlpha announced Monday afternoon that it has raised a new, strategic investment, from private equity investor Insignia Capital Group. Exact size of the investment was not announced, however, MediaAlpha said the recapitalization transaction values the company at approximately $350M. Current investor White Mountain Insurance Group, Ltd.

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Privacy Watch: Facebook Rebounds, But Privacy Concerns Accelerate


After Facebook posted a record profit of almost $7 billion in the fourth quarter on nearly $17 billion in revenue last week, an early investor, former advisor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and current shareholder said he’s making it a mission to “fix’’ the 15-year-old tech giant. Roger McNamee, in a podcast interview with The New York Times , says the company is a dangerous, predatory instrument that uses the fun and convenience of its app to get users addicted.

Techstars Music Names New Class Of Startups In LA


Techstars Music Accelerator , one of the startup accelerators that Techstars operates in Los Angeles, has named the latest startups to become part of its program, saying that it has selected nine startups for the latest program, which runs from February 4th through May 2nd.

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Maxwell, Struggling Battery-Technology Maker, to Sell to Tesla


Battery-technology business Maxwell Technologies has agreed to be acquired by Silicon Valley electric car company Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) in an all-stock deal valued at about $218 million, the San Diego-based company announced Monday. Maxwell (NASDAQ: MXWL ) said Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla would buy its shares at $4.75 apiece, a 55 percent premium over its stock price as of market close Feb.

SpaceX Test Fires New Raptor Engines


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has test fired its new Raptor engines, the new engines which are being developed for the next SpaceX launch vehicle. The Raptor engine is a liquid-fueled rocket engine which uses methane and liquid oxygen, and are expected to have about twice the power of the current Merlin 1D engines used in the SpaceX Falcon 9. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019. READ MORE>>. spacex raptor engine spaceflight aerospace elon musk

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