Wed.Jul 03, 2019

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund.

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Silicon Beach Report July 3: Riot Games IBC Award Finalist

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EVConnect Backs Australian Charging Network; Riot Games Finalist for IBC Award; Faraday Future Employees Flee to Rivian

7 Tips For Entrepreneurs Seeking A Balanced Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

I know some entrepreneurs with successful businesses, and others who seem to have a great relationship with their family, but I can’t think of many who have both. Some people would argue that these two successes are mutually exclusive, but I’m not convinced.

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EV Connect To Power EV Charging Network In Australia


Los Angeles-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator EV Connnect has put its backing behind a new, Australian startup, Evie Networks , which is looking to create its own network of ultra-fast EV chargers down under. According to EV Connect, it is joining the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund to back Evie Networks, to create an ultra-fast highway charging network in Australia.

The Next Internet: Usability Guru Don Norman Calls for Starting Over


[ Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for Net@50 , an event exploring the internet’s past and future. ]

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Iteris Closes Albeck Gerken Acquisition


Santa Ana-based Iteris , which provides and provides data and analysis of transportation and agricultural information, has completed its acquisition of Albeck Gerken , a provider of traffic operations engineering services. Albeck Gerken was based in Tampa, Florida. Iteris paid $10.7M in cash and stock for Albeck Gerken, in a deal which also includes up to $2.3M in earnout for key principals of Albeck Gerken.

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D-Link Systems Settles With FTC


Fountain Valley-based networking products developer D-Link Systems said on Tuesday that it has settles with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), over allegations about the company's security practices in its products. According to D-Link, the FTC order "does not find D-Link Systems liable for any alleged violations." The FTC had alleged that D-Link Systems had implemented "inadequate security" in its computer routers and cameras, which "put U.S. consumers' privacy at risk".

Q&A: Providence Exec on Bluetree Acquisition, Trends in Health Tech


Providence St. Joseph Health, a Renton, WA-based organization that operates 51 hospitals and 829 clinics across five US states, announced its latest strategic, IT-focused acquisition last week. The company Providence has agreed to purchase—financial terms aren’t being disclosed— is Bluetree Network , a Madison, WI-based consultancy that works with healthcare providers to install and optimize electronic health records software.

Talk of Broadcom Buyout of Symantec Puts Broader IT Focus Into View


Broadcom is once, twice, three times a multi-billion-dollar dealmaker (well, basically) in the past year if it follows through on its reported talks to acquire Mountain View, CA-based cybersecurity giant Symantec. The potential acquisition, which was first reported Tuesday by Bloomberg citing anonymous sources, represents Broadcom’s continued (NASDAQ: AVGO ) interest in broadening its business beyond semiconductors.