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Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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My Lousy Presentation Allowed LogMeIn To Eclipse GoToMeeting

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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. Read more » Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

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

Fintech VC Backing Dipped 13 Percent in 2016, Mirroring Rest of Tech

Xconomy

The final numbers on 2016 fintech funding deals are in from New York-based research firm and investment database CB Insights, and venture capitalists seem to be cooling on the industry. According to a report released today, financial technology companies around the world attracted $12.7 billion in venture capital across 836 investments last year.

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Twilight Technology, Now Electronics Buy Semiconductor Manufacturer STI

socalTECH

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. READ MORE>>.

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. See https://www.meetup.com/805startups/events/237327827/.

Cosemi Sells Off Business Unit To Avago

socalTECH

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. READ MORE>>.

MIT Enterprise Forum FuelRod -- Mobile Charging on the Go

SoCal Tech Calendar

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. See [link] (more

Hello Kitty Comes To Microsoft HoloLens, Thanks To SPACES

socalTECH

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 it is also planning additional, Hello Kitty characters--including Badtz-Maru, Keroppi and Pompompurin--in coming months. READ MORE>>.

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. In recent years, this concept of human-centric design has percolated into all kinds of other fields —from business management to problem-solving in general.

Jecure Therapeutics Raises $20M From Versant Ventures

socalTECH

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. READ MORE>>.

How Float Is Tackling Millennials' Lack Of A Credit Score

socalTECH

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. We caught up with Max to hear about the company, which just announced a $3M angel funding round last week. What is Float? In order to get credit, you need a credit history. Thanks!

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

socalTECH

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. READ MORE>>.