Mon.Dec 03, 2018

Top CTO Challenges for 2019

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The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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HyperX Launches New PS4, Nintendo Switch Accessories

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming division of Kingston Technology, said this morning that it has launched a new set of accessories for both the PS4 and Nintento Switch. The company said it has launched fthe HyperX ChargePlay Quad Joy-Con Charging Station for Nintendo Switch and HyperX ChargePlay Duo Controller Charging Station for PS4. Both accessories are used for charging game controllers via wireless charging.

Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -- Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead. Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. Speaker: Ben Kuo, editor and founder, socalTECH.com We are excited to invite back Benjamin Kuo, editor and founder of socalTECH.com, for another year in review. He will talk about some of the noteworthy funding deals, acquisitions, exits and trends of 2018, and talk about what might be in store for the future. Wednesday, December 5, 6 - 8 p.m.,

Dreamscape Launches First VR Venue At Westfield Century City

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Los Angeles-based Dreamscape Immersive , which is developing live, in-person virtual reality venues, has set its first location for the Westfield Century City. The company has started taking reservations for its "adventures" at the Westfield Century City starting on Friday, December 14th, allowing users to experience one of five different virtual reality adventures. The company is charging $20.00 per ticket for those live, virtual reality experiences.

The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -- The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert Venture Partner Accel Partners Hub101. The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert Venture Partner Accel Partners, Co-Founder accelerator Amplify.LA. Moderated by Alon Goren Founding Partner of GHV, Co-founder of Crypto Invest Summit, LA Blockchain Week and 805 Startups Special. See [link] (more

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Brain To Roll Out Autonomous Robots At Walmart

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San Diego-based robotics and artificial intelligence software developer Brain Corp. said on Monday that Walmart Stores will be rolling out a fleet of robots, powered by its software, starting in early 2019. According to Brain Corp., the 360 Robots will be used to automate Walmart's fleet of floor scrubbers across the United States, so that those scrubbers can automatically clean and scrubs floors at its stores.

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SpaceX, LACMA Art Project Heads Into Space

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched yet another payload into space on Monday morning, carrying 64 satellites into space on the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. Among the 64 satellites on the flight is one of the more unusual payloads for SpaceX: an art project for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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LA Auto Show

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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Scientist.com Links With Allele Biotechnology

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San Diego's Scientist.com , which operates a marketplace for outsource scientific services, and fellow San Diego biopharmaecuticals firm Allele Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals , said ths two are in a partnership around nanoantibody development. According to the companies, Allele is using Scientist.com's "Genius Consulting Network" as part of its efforts to create "innovative" biologics programs. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

ResMed Boosts Connected Health Play With $225M Propeller Health Deal

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[ Updated 12/3/18, 3:30 pm, with CEO comments. ResMed has inked a $225 million deal to acquire Propeller Health, in the latest endorsement of Internet-connected devices for healthcare.

Cidara Therapeutics Names New CFO, General Counsel

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San Diego-based biotechnology developer Cidara Therapeutics said this morning that it has named James (Jamie) Levine as Chief Financial Officer and Jessica Oien, J.D., as General Counsel and Secretary. The company, which develops anti-infective and immunotherapies, said that Levine previously had served at Sapphire Energy, Vereneium Corporation, and Goldman Sachs & Co.

ASH 2018: Three Up, Two Down As The Big Blood Disease Meeting Rolls On

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Last week, Xconomy previewed the American Society of Hematology’s big meeting in San Diego, the largest medical gathering in the country on blood diseases. We took a deep dive into five specific disease areas under scrutiny, from lymphoma to hemophilia to sickle cell disease and more.

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SpaceX Shifts Satellite Launch Mission To Later Today

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX shifts its planned launch for Sunday to today, Monday, saying it is now looking to launch the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning. SpaceX said the launch window for the mission opens at 10:32 a.m. PST, and closes at 11:00 a.m.

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For Qualcomm, Xi’s Comments on NXP Deal Are Too Little, Too Late

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Wireless giant Qualcomm spent a bruising two years pursuing NXP Semiconductors NV, the Dutch firm that could have accelerated its entrée into new areas like automotive chips. Qualcomm, caught up in rising U.S.-China China trade tensions, ended the bid in July after Chinese regulators allowed Qualcomm’s self-imposed deal deadline to pass.

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Overwatch League, Fanatics Link Up On Licensing, E-Commerce

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Overwatch League , the e-sports league created by Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment, has just inked a sports merchandising deal with Fanatics , which will include retail, licensing, and e-commerce efforts. According to the two, Fanatics will become the official retail partner of the Overwatch League, in what is the first e-sports deal ever for Fanatics. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The two said the deal will give Fanatics the U.S.

Brain Corp. Agrees to Power More Walmart Self-Driving Floor Scrubbers

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Early next year the floors of hundreds of Walmart stores will be cleaned by self-driving scrubbing machines powered by software developed by San Diego’s Brain Corp. On Monday, Brain said Walmart (NYSE: WMT ), the world’s largest retailer, will be using BrainOS, its proprietary operating system, in 360 such autonomous machines by Jan. 31, the end of Walmart’s fiscal year. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.