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The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale


It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. But first. an old friend, Dick Tanaka, gets credit for the 18-month rule.

Silicon Beach Report April 19: TheWaveVR Raises $6M for L.A. Office

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TheWaveVR raises $6 million for Los Angeles office; PatientPop adds to leadership team; Snapchat seeks boost in advertisement revenue with Shoppable AR

TheWaveVR Gets $6M To Expand Virtual Reality Efforts In LA


TheWaveVR , the VR startup led by Adam Arrigo which develops a social virtual reality platform and community focused on music and visual arts, anounced Thursday morning that it has raised $6M in a Series A fundingThe round was led by RRE Ventures, and also included LA's Upfront Ventures, KPCB, Greycroft VR Gaming Tracker Fund, The VR Fund, and others.

LAVA: Investing In Info Wars Tech

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Ingram Micro Expands IT Disposal, Recycling Operations In Brazil


Irvine-based technology distributor Ingram Micro said on Wednesday that its Ingram MicroCommerce & Lifecycle Services arm has opened up a new facility in Brazil. According to the company, it has opened up a new IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Processing Center, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will provide lifecycle support services, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services. READ MORE>>. ingram micro asset disposal recycling ewaste electronic waste brazil international

IEEE Buenaventura EMBS Talk on Vivonetics: Progressing Clinical Research with Wearable Technology

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 -- IEEE Buenaventura EMBS Talk on Vivonetics. Wearable sensors have become ubiquitous in the world of fitness tracking and quantified self, but data from these devices is limited to basic analysis. Vivonoetics, with our software platform VivoSense, enables continuous data to be analyzed with accuracy and repeatability. VivoSense is a sensor agnostic software that combines multiple sensor data onto one analysis platform.

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Techstars Anywhere Inaugural Class Takes Virtual Graduation Walk


From Adelaide to Toronto, the Techstars accelerator that began in Boulder, CO, runs 39 programs in 27 cities around the world—with the prerequisite that admitted startups must relocate, if necessary, to the city where their three-month program is based. Today, however, the inaugural class of the 40th program—Techstars Anywhere—is graduating after completing an online Demo Day that capped the past three months of the program’s first “virtual accelerator.” “We

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PatientPop Adds Two Executives


Santa Monica-based PatientPop , which develops cloud-based practice management software for healthcare providers, has added two new executives to its team. PatientPop said it has named Jeb Burrows as Vice President of Business Development & Channels, and Caitlin Reiche as Head of Strategic Product Management. Burrows was most recently Executive Director of Partnerships, Events, and Inside Sales at athenahealth.

Activision's Call Of Duty: WWII Connects With Alexa


Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said Wednesday that it has rolled out a new Alexa Skill, which lets players of its popular game, Call of Duty: WWII , get in-game advice from Alexa. According to Activision, the new skill will provide personalized player recommendations, updates on in-game achievements, and more. The new skill--voiced as a soldier from the game--will analyze a user's match and recommend ways users can improve the next time they play.

PeerStreet's Brett Crosby On New Funding, Growth, Hiring, and Real Estate


Los Angeles-based real estate lending marketplace PeerStreet ( recently announced a big, $29.5M funding round, so we though we'd catch up with one of its co-founders, Brett Crosby , to learn more about the new funding and the company's growth. Tell us a bit where PeerStreet is nowadays?