Wed.Jul 17, 2019

Fifth Wall Raises $500 Million Fund to Invest in Tech for Real Estate Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Venice-based Fifth Wall Ventures has raised more than half-a-billion dollars for a new fund, among the largest ever raised in Los Angeles

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Use Key Strategic Elements To Avoid Business Plateaus

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges I find for new business owners is for them to move from working in the business to working on the business.

Silicon Beach Report July 17: Fifth Wall Raises $500 Million Fund to Invest in Real Estate Technology

L.A. Business Journal

Netflix subscriptions drop; Techstars begins new L.A. class; Fifth Wall completes huge fund raise

Thinkful Offers Up Stipends For LA Technology Students


Looking to boost your skills and get a job in the technology industry? Thinkful , a New York company, says it has started accepting applications from people in Los Angeles for its "living stipend" program, which pays students $1500 a month to pay for things like rent, gas, and food while they take the company's technology training--in exchange for a portion of their salaries when they graduate.

Blockchain and Advertising: State of the Industry

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -- Blockchain and Advertising: State of the Industry. It's been a few years since the initial fan-fare around blockchain for advertising and marketing-based solutions. What started as a topic that agencies and brands were largely clueless about has evolved into one that major players are investing in and providers are rolling out real solutions and case studies. And what about Facebook jumping into the crypto mix?

GumGum Sports: Lost Opportunity For Sponsors At Women's World Cup


Santa Monica-based GumGum Sports , which uses computer vision technology to analyze the value of sponsorship of sporting events, says that the recent matches at the World Cup, featuring the U.S. Women's National Team, was a lost opportunity for the tournament.

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Techstars Los Angeles Launches 2019 Class


Techstars Los Angeles , one of the startup accelerators run by Techstars in Los Angeles, has announced its 2019 class. According to Techstars, ten companies were selected for the startup accelerator, which kicked off this week. The companies will have their Demo Day on October 15th.

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Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ John Zuur Platten

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, July 18, 2019 -- Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ John Zuur Platten. Join Writer and Game Designer John Zuur Platten (Jurassic World Evolution, Pokemon Go, Ingress, Summoner Wars) in a conversation with NYFA's Scott Rogers (God of War, author of Level Up! The Guide to Great Game Design) as they discuss John's career as AAA game creator. Learn the secrets of the gaming industry from one of the best! Join us for pizza at 6:30 pm and chat at 7:00 pm.

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Gina Callari Of RelayCars: Using VR And AR In Automotive Sales


For today's interview, we talked with Gina Callari , the COO of RelayCars (, a unit of a larger company called EVOX Images, which has developed virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) software which lets consumers view and experience automobiles using things like Magic Leap and even just smartphone. Gina gave us a sense of what role VR and AR are playing in the automotive buying process today. What is RelayCars?

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