Wed.Jan 17, 2018

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Tetra Tech Buys Australian Engineering Company

L.A. Business Journal

Tetra Tech acquires Australian engineering firm Norman Disney; Redbox says Disney engaging in copyright misuse to protect coming streaming service; and SpaceX’s next customer offers support after mysterious Zuma failure

In “Age of Amazon,” All Retailers Are Tech Companies, Even Walmart

Xconomy

Technology took center stage this week as the nation’s retailers made their annual pilgrimage to New York. At the National Retail Federation’s three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, the discussion centered on both the disruptive effects and potential promise of e-commerce technologies. Kate Ancketill, the CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence, a retail trends consultancy, said retailers must adapt by becoming more than traditional stores.

Amplify.LA Aims To Raise $30M In New Fund

socalTECH

Venice, California-based startup accelerator Amplify.LA is in the midst of raising a new fund, Amplify.LA Capital IV , according to a recent regulatory filing from the accelerator. The filing lists Paul Bricault and Oded Noy as Managing Members of the new fund. Amplify had previously raised $22.6M in three earlier funds, all for investing in the various startups which it puts through its programs in Venice. READ MORE>>.

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Cohu Wins Automotive Customer In Europe

socalTECH

Poway-based semiconductor equipment supplier Cohu has acquired a "major" European automotive customer for its products, the company said late Tuesday. Name of the customer, and size of the deal, were not announced. According to Cohu, the un-named automotive customer is using its MATRiX tri-temperature pick-and-place handler combined with its multi-beam test contactors. READ MORE>>. cohu auto automotive semiconductor europe test equipment

Overwatch League Claims 10 Million Viewers In Opening Week

socalTECH

The Overwatch League , the new e-sports league created by Activision Blizzard--which had its kickoff of the season in Los Angeles last week--says it racked up more than 10 million viewers in its opening week, with an average "audience-per-minute" of 408,000 people during opening day. The sports league said it is providing its content via Twitch, MLG, as well as Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV. READ MORE>>.

Originate Gets Strategic Investment

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based "software innovation studio" Originate announced late Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment, from Pacific Growth Investors. Size of the investment were not announced. Originate, which is led by CEo Brent Cohen, says it works with global brands and large enterprises to help them build new products or "reimagine legacy systems". Originate said the new funding will go towards working capital and international expansion. READ MORE>>.

j2 Global Bought Four Companies In Q4

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based j2 Global acquired four more companies in Q4 of 2017, adding to a very long list of acquisition, the company said today. According to j2 Global, it acquired four, digital media companies-- Humble Bundle , blackfriday.com , Health eCareers , and Mashable --all in Q4. The Mashable acquisition had already been announced earlier. Financial terms of the four acquisitions were not announced.