Wed.Feb 15, 2017

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally whereas today 50% of our dollars are invested in LA.

My Lousy Presentation Allowed LogMeIn To Eclipse GoToMeeting

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Last week, LogMeIn completed its merger with the GoTo services previously owned by Citrix (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, […]. The post My Lousy Presentation Allowed LogMeIn To Eclipse GoToMeeting appeared first on John Greathouse

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With “Go,” Amazon Identifies Another Job It Can Do Better

Xconomy

Early last year, I “fired” talk radio along with NPR’s morning and evening editions. That same day, I “hired” Amazon Audible as my commute companion. It wasn’t a difficult decision. Audible is far better than its predecessors at doing the job I need done as I travel to and from my office – provide on-demand access to an array of rich, custom content.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 15: Fika Ventures Raises $40 Million Seed Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Fika Ventures raises $40 million seed fund, Musk posts tweet opposing Muslim ban, then deletes it, Imax opens flagship virtual reality center on Fairfax, and more

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With $20M, UCSD Spinout Jecure To Press New Attack On NASH

Xconomy

Liver disease is challenging for doctors because it can develop without symptoms, making diagnosis difficult without removing cells for examination.

Twilight Technology, Now Electronics Buy Semiconductor Manufacturer STI

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Anaheim-based Twilight Technology and New York-based partner Now Electronics announced on Tuesday that they have acquired Semiconductor Technology (STI), a developer of NPN and PNP high voltage transistors, MOSFETs, and other transistors. Financial details of the asset acquisition were not announced. The two said they have created a new company, Twilight Now, which will do business as STI. The new company will be split between Anaheim and Huntington, New York.

805 Startups - Insight Into Dating, Social, and Lifestyle

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -- Insight Into Dating, Social, and Lifestyle Industries - Speaker Series - Westlake. This is a free event and a part of the 805 Startups partnership with HUB101 to bring you valuable opportunities to learn and to network. The event features a panel of speakers with varying backgrounds and key experiences to share with you. See https://www.meetup.com/805startups/events/237327827/.

Cosemi Sells Off Business Unit To Avago

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Irvine-based Cosemi Technologies has sold off its photodetector chip business to Avago Technologies , and is refocusing its business on "active optical cables", the company said over the last few weeks. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. Avago is a unit of Broadcom Ltd. Cosemi said the deal also includes a supply agreement, where Avago will continue to supply it with photo detectors and other essential semiconductor components, such as lasers, for its products.

MIT Enterprise Forum FuelRod -- Mobile Charging on the Go

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -- CASE STUDY: FuelRod -- Mobile Charging on the Go. MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego. One company is rethinking the world of mobile power through rechargeable batteries; in a way you might not expect. Chi Yau and Joe Yeagley are the developers behind FuelRod, a rechargeable mobile battery charger which is changing the travel experience.

Hello Kitty Comes To Microsoft HoloLens, Thanks To SPACES

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If you can't get enough of Hello Kitty , the iconic cartoon character owned by Sanrio, you can now add your own set of Hello Kitty holograms into Microsoft HoloLens--thanks to Playa Vista-based SPACES. SPACES said on Tuesday that it is bringing a new "Hello Kitty Actiongram" theme pack to HoloLens, the Microsoft virtual/augmented reality environment, adding 14 Hello Kitty holograms to the environment.

Join Us: Xconomy Forum on Innovations with Widespread Human Impact

Xconomy

Over the past 30 years or so, design theorists have promoted the idea of putting humans at the center of the process that innovators use to design everyday things. At the UC San Diego Design Lab , director Don Norman talks about the importance of studying and understanding how people are actually using something—whether it is a computerized interface or a door handle.

Jecure Therapeutics Raises $20M From Versant Ventures

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San Diego-based Jecure Therapeutics , a new startup focused on treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis of the liver, has raised $20M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Versant Ventures, which launched the startup as its sole investor. Jecure's founders include CEO Jeffrey Stafford, PhD, and CSO James Veal, PhD, who previously were at Quanticel Pharmaceuticals (Acquried by Celgene in 2015).

How Float Is Tackling Millennials' Lack Of A Credit Score

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If you're just out of school, at your first job--and you didn't get a credit card in school--you might just have a real difficult time of getting that first credit card. That's the experience that Max Klein , the CEO of Float (www.hellofloat.com) had, and is now looking to fix, with a new fintech startup which hopes to make it easier for Millennials to start to establish their credit record. We caught up with Max to hear about the company, which just announced a $3M angel funding round last week.

Fika Ventures Launches New, $40M Seed Fund In LA

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Fika Ventures , a new startup venture fund led by venture capitalists Tx Zhuo, Eva Ho, and Arteen Arabshahi, has officially launched this morning, saying that it is investing in startups focused on data, related AI-enabled technologies, and automation. The new seed stage fund says it is looking to invest in "founders solving meaningful, systemic problems" in those areas.