Wed.Jun 05, 2019

‘Socially Inept,’ a comedy startup founded by Microsoft employees, roasts tech bros

TechCrunch LA

Everyone gets a kick out of mocking the quintessential San Francisco techie, Patagonia vest and all. ‘ Socially Inept ,’ a new traveling comedy cohort, is making a business out of it. The group has been roasting the tech scene in hubs across the U.S., including Seattle, where the company is based, as well as Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco, since last summer. It’s made out of current and former techies themselves.

Video Game Companies Waver on E3

L.A. Business Journal

The Entertainment Software Association has called its annual E3 conference, taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, “the world’s premier event for computer and video games.” But not all game companies see it that way

How Modern Companies Have Redefined Customer Support

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many business owners still think of “ customer support ” as an after-sale process to rectify customer problems with completed transactions. The world has changed.

Silicon Beach Report June 5: Atom Tickets COO Joins EZTexting Board

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX retrieves space station supercomputer, Netflix subscription numbers tallied; EZTexting appoints new board member

Clarity Partners' Lee Named Chair Of J. Paul Getty Trust


A local, private equity investor-- Dr. David L. Lee , has been named chair of the board of diretors of the J. Paul Getty Trust , which runs The Getty Center, The Getty Villa, as well as other charitable efforts. According to the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Lee will begin a four year term as chair of the Board on July 1st; Lee has been on the J. Paul Getty Trust board since 2009.

San Diego FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 -- San Diego FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop. We're doing it again! Due to the overwhelming demand to pitch at our last event in San Diego, we're throwing an exclusive PitchFest speed dating event where you will be pitching to over 20 investors one-on-one! At this San Diego Event, we will be showcasing some of the newest early-stage venture funds and angel groups in the San Diego area!

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ASCO 2019: The Long Game, Targeted Pills, First-Ever Buzz & More


The American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago has wrapped up for another year. Last week, we featured two stories that you wouldn’t find at the ASCO frenzy: Immunotherapy’s lack of progress in treating breast cancer , and one woman’s risky bet of tens of millions of dollars from her personal fortune to speed drug development for the nastiest form of brain cancer.

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Teledyne Buys Unit Of 3M In $230M Deal


Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies has acquired the gas and flame detection business of 3M , in a deal worth $230M in cash, the company announced early this morning. According to Teledyne, the deal includes the Oldham, Simtronics, Gas Measurement Instruments (GMI), Detcon and select Scott Safety products, which had been part of the gas and flame detection business of 3M.

Cerf, Kahn, Perlman, Hillis & More at Net@50: Get Tix to Historic Event


How did the internet arise to change the world—and where is it heading? Given the state of technology and society, what are the best ways to curtail the spread of misinformation (among other challenges) and the harm it can bring? At the World Frontiers Forum and Xconomy, we can’t promise to cover everything, but we can deliver an important and historic event that poses such questions and many more.

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Astronomer's Group Expresses Worry Over Too Many Satellites


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) , a group which represents astronomers aroudn the world, expressed its concern this week over the proliferating number of satellites being launched into space--after the first 60 communications satellite of thousands being planned by SpaceX started showing up in photos of the night sky.

EZ Texting Adds Atom Tickets' Checchi To Board


Santa Monica-based SMS marketing software developer EZ Texting says it has added Allison Checchi, the Chief Operating Officer of Atom Tickets, to its board of direcftors. Checchi was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of Atom Tickets in 2017, and previously worked as Chief Marketing Officer at YP, in addition to serving at Bain & Company. According to EZ Texting, Checci will be the second independent member of its board of directors.

Mapp Acquires Marketing Analytics Developer Webtrekk


San Diego-based Mapp , a developer of cloud-based digital marketing software, has completed its acquisition of European marketing analytics software developer Webtrekk , the company said this morning. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Webtrekk was based in Berlin, and has other offices in Italy and Spain.