Tue.May 21, 2019

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

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Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

TechCrunch LA

For over 100 years entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment.

Video interview with Alonso Vargas, Runtriz


How do small hotel chains and boutique hotels keep up with all the advancements going on in technology? Los Angeles-based Runtriz (www.runtriz.com) has developed mobile software which helps those hotels keep up with the giants in the market.

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Silicon Beach Report May 21: Tyffon Gains $7.8 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat links with Naughty America; Aerojet Rocketdyne explores battery storage market; Tyffon raises nearly $8 million

Precellerator Opens Up Applications For New Class


The Precellerator , the Santa Monica-based startup incubation and accelerator effort with ties to local technology law firm Stubbs, Alderton, and Markiles LLP, has opened up applications for its next class of startups, the accelerator said on Tuesday. According to the Precellerator, deadlines for applications for its next class, the 13th class, is July 15th. The new class starts on September 3rd.

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Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree


Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.

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California Life Sciences Fueled by Education, Established Companies


New medicines, devices, and diagnostics produced by the life sciences community in California are giving clinicians better tools to fight disease and improve quality of life for patients around the world. Emerging technologies, such as stem cell and gene therapies, are beginning to make their mark.

KB Home Goes High Tech At New Irvine Development


New home developer KB Home says it is offering a huge set of new, smart home and "personal wellness" technology at a new development in Irvine. According to KB Home, homebuyers as its new development, Genoa at Orchard Hills in Irvine will be able to select from a menu of smart home and personal wellness technologies, which it is showcasing at a concept home called the KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives.

Wrapal Acquired By Set Scouter


Los Angeles-based Wrapal , a peer-to-peer marketplace which connected film makers with set locations, has been acquired by Toronto, Canada-based Set Scouter , according to the two companies. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Set Scouter also operates an online, peer-to-peer location scouting marketplace. According to companies, the acquisition will help create the largest, film locations database in North America.

Snap Shuffles Execs


Venice-based social media app developer Snap said late Monday that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief People Officer, in a shuffling of its executive staff. According to Snap, it has named Derek Andersen, the company's current Vice President of Finance, to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and also named Lara Sweet, currently interim CFO, as its Chief People Officer.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Eyes Energy Storage


Canoga Park-based aerospace and defense products developer Aerojet Rocketdyne is taking aim at the energy storage market, saying today that it has tied with ZAF Energy Systems , to work on an energy storage system. According to Aerojet Rocketdyne and ZAF Energy Systems, the new energy storage product will use ZAF's nickel-zinc batteries, and Aerojet's battery management system (BMS). Financial details of the link were not announced.

Signal Sciences Adds Cloud Web Application Firewall


Los Angeles-based security software developer Signal Sciences , which is venture backed by Lead Edge Capital, CRV, Index Ventures, Harrison Metal and OATV, said Tuesday morning that it has rolled out a new, cloud-based Web Application Firewall (WAF) product to lits lineup. According to Signal Sciences, the new offering requires no installation, offering up protection for critical web applications, APIs, and microservices no matter where they reside.

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Alorica Names Marketing Head


Irvine-based Alorica , a provider of outsource, business process outsourcing and "customer experience" outsourcing, named Colson Hillier as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), the company said on Tuesday. Hillier will lead the company's global marketing and communications efforts, according to the company. Hillier was most recently at Verizon Wireless. Alorica says Hillier has more than 20 years of experience in the area of data services, adtech, and fintech. READ MORE>>.

Inhibrx Finds $40M For Protein Engineering Tools


San Diego-based Inhibrx , a biopharmaceuticals startup working in the area of protein engineering, has raised $40M in an investment from Viking Global Investors, the company announced this mroning. Inhibrx said it has now raised approximately $205M in total, including $135M in equity and debt and $70M in licensing and grants. Inibrx has previously raised funding from such investors as RA Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures, ArrowMark Partners, WuXi Biologics and Alexandria.

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