Mon.Nov 04, 2019

Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers

TechCrunch LA

Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she’s been running her own business for 10 years. First it was street-style photography, then came the launch of her popular fashion blog WeWoreWhat.

Interview with Anthony Citrano, Acquicent


Our interview this morning with an entrepreneur is with Anthony Citrano , the founder of Los Angeles-based Acquicent (, a startup which wants to make it as easy for you to invest in museum-grade collectibles such as classic cars and art, without having to invest millions of dollars in those assets. Anthony previously was a VP at Verizon and EdgeCast. Tell us a bit about your new startup?

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Salon App Boulevard Makes the Cut

L.A. Business Journal

Salon booking service Boulevard raised $11 million in Series A funding, the company announced Nov.

Video Interview: Pam Isom, ICE Safety Solutions


Today's video interview is with Pam Isom , the foudner and CEO of ICE Safety Solutions (, who was at the TuesdayNights Impact conference a few months ago, telling us about how she founded and started her business. READ MORE>>.

6 Steps To Move From Inspiration To Business Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and occasional investor, I get approached regularly by people who have a dream or a new business idea, and are looking for support and money to make it a reality.

Boulevard Jumps Into Salon Management, Finds $11M


Los Angeles-based Boulevard , a startup offering up software to help salons and spas manage their business, have raised $11M in its Series A funding round, the company said today. The funding was led by Index Ventures and Bonfire Ventures. As part of the funding, Jim Andelman of Bonfire Ventures and Damir Becirovic of Index Ventures join the company's board. Boulevard was foudned by Matt Danna and Sean Stavropoulos.

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Why Dedicated Internet Access is the Best Fit for Enterprises

Southern California Edison Blog

In the world of business, network downtime delays employee productivity, which negatively impacts revenue streams. While it might be tempting to cut costs and use an inexpensive, shared network option, businesses will profit from investing in a private, network option.

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With $9.5M, Intrepida Bio Launches to Target Pancreatic Cancer & More


Dauntless Pharmaceuticals formed in 2016, and its founders said the Sofinnova Ventures-backed firm planned to take a new approach to building biotechs. Instead of advancing a broad stable of early-stage drug candidates under the same roof, Dauntless aimed to set up each asset within its own company. The idea was that when it came time to sell or license an investigational drug, it would be easier to get it out the door if it wasn’t entangled with other, ongoing R&D.

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LiveXLive Names Two VPs


Los Angeles-based LiveXLive Media said this morning that it has named two new executives at the company. According to LiveXLive, it has named Jason Miller as Global Head of Sales and Brand Partnerships and Kyle Hoedl as Vice President of Marketing. Miller was previously Executive Vice President of Advertising and Integrated Media at Fuse Media, where had been for more than 14 years; Hoedl was previously at Viacom, and also served at 360i and Snap Kitchen.

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Halozyme to Restructure After Pancreatic Cancer Drug Fails in Phase 3


An experimental Halozyme Therapeutics treatment for pancreatic cancer has failed a pivotal study, and the company is stopping further development of the drug and closing its oncology operations as part of a corporate restructuring.

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Broadcom Acquires Symantec's Enterprise Security Business


Broadcom , which still has significant operations in Orange County, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of the Enterprise Security business of Symantec Corporation , which had been announced in August. The deal was worth $10.7 billion in cash. According to Broadcom, Symantec's Enterprise Security business will now operate as the Symantec Enterprise division of Broadcom.

BuildOps Raises $5.8M


Los Angeles-based BuildOps , a developer of software that provides business process management for subcontractors in the commercial real estate market, has raised $5.8M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Fika Ventures, and also included. MetaProp VC, Global Founders Capital, CrossCut Ventures, TenOneTen, IGSB, 1984 Ventures, Joe Montana's venture capital firm, L2 Ventures, GroundUp, NBA star Metta World Peace, Oberndorf Enterprises, Wolfson Group, and Sequoia scouts.