June, 2018

California Passes Data Privacy Bill

L.A. Business Journal

Lawmakers in California passed a data privacy bill in both chambers June 28 that would require major companies to disclose the data they collect from consumers and also allow consumers to elect not to have their data sold by the company to ad agencies. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon

All The Questions You Wanted Answered about Bird Scooters and Their Recent $300 Million Funding

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Getty Images Launches Content Studio In LA


Getty Images has launched a new, custom content service in Los Angeles, called Getty STUDIO. According to Getty Images, STUDIO will be a "full-service production agency" and provide services to brands. Getty Images said the new unit will provide video, event photography, social-first content, commercial assignments, portrait studios, talent integration, media partnerships, full service production, immersive media, worldwide distribution, content strategy and visual intelligence.

Framework Benchmarks Round 16


Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

TechCrunch LA

This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud.

Is your company or department as efficient as it should be?


Close. There is more money lost in businesses today from inefficient processes than any other single area. Yet this is not a place where most managers feel comfortable deconstructing and rebuilding.

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What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest things to know when you’re new to fund raising is what you’re supposed to send to an investor, when and will they keep your information confidential. As a VC and former entrepreneur let me offer you some advice. This is part of a series on how to improve your fund raising game.

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LAFC Adds Biometric Options for Gameday Entrance

L.A. Business Journal

Fans looking to enter Banc of California Stadium may soon present for a scan their fingerprint or retina instead of a physical or digital ticket


AeroVironment Sells EV Charging, Test Business To German Company For $35M


Monrovia, California-based Aerovironment , the developer of unmanned aircraft systems, has sold its other business--focused on electric vehicle charging and test systems--to a German company, Webasto Group. According to the two companies, Aerovironment sold its Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business segment to Webasto for $35M. As part of the acquisitoin, Webasto will also hire all of Aerovironment's EES employees.

Lime brings electric scooters to LA

TechCrunch LA

While electric scooter startups are at a standstill in San Francisco , Lime is taking its scooter service to Santa Monica, Calif. — competitor Bird’s home turf.

Business risk: Bet the farm only when the crops are on fire.


Close. How much risk you and your company are willing and able to tolerate over time? Most people believe that early stage companies should take risks aggressively because there is less to lose and much more to gain with each risky bet or decision.

North County Elevate My Business Challenge Pitch Day

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What Media Execs Missed about YouTube Stars

Both Sides of the Table

For Father’s Day I was watching the most heartfelt movies I’ve seen in a long time, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

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Silicon Beach Report June 5: ICO Watchdog Looks to Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Fraud

L.A. Business Journal

East Coast accelerator brings program to Los Angeles; cryptocurrency company aims to reduce ICO fraud; Elon Musk’s tunnels approved in Hawthorne

DDN Acquires Intel's Lustre File System Business


Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks (DDN), which develops data storage equipment and software, has acquired the Lustre File System business from Intel , according to DDN late Sunday evening. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. DDN said the acquisition included both Intel's Lustre File Systems business and related assets. Intel's Lustre File System is heavily used in the cluster computing market, which DDN's storage hardware is also used.

Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

TechCrunch LA

You are watched, mostly when decisions are tough.


we_are_wat we_are_watching_you. Close. If you have been in management or an entrepreneur long enough, you will have experienced the gray area of decision-making where ethics, the law, your needs and expediency all collide.

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Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, June 29, 2018 -- Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS). Orange County is the single most technology-rich epicenter for ophthalmology technology.

Be Careful Not to Lose Twice

Both Sides of the Table

There are times to fight. No great startup has been built without getting one’s knuckles bloody at times. This is especially true because incumbents now know how much is at stake when they let a startup get a huge head start in a market.

Silicon Beach Report June 6: Meditation Co. Headspace Aims for Health Care

L.A. Business Journal

Headspace Seeks Prescription Status; Rocket Lab Plans Upcoming Launch; Sonos Drops New Speaker

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PolyCera Membranes Gets $9M For Wastewater Treatment Membranes


Los Angeles-based PolyCera Membranes , a developer of membrane technology used for industrial wastewater treatment, has raised $9M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding was led by Kairos Ventures and also included Bluestem Capital and the Wolfen Group. PolyCera, led by CEO Simon Marshall, said the funding will go to build out its global manufacturing, R&D and sales capabilities. The lead investor from Kairos Ventures was Jim Demetriades.

Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

TechCrunch LA

It’s no secret that Google has long planned to open a cloud region in Los Angeles. The company has long said that a second region on the U.S. West Coast was in the works, after all. What we didn’t know for sure was when this new region would go live.

Learn to never handle a paper or email twice


Close. We all do it… to our own detriment. So, let’s make a pact that we will try, if not succeed, to handle our incoming messages more efficiently. Personal time management helps immensely to make a better manager of you and me.

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805 Startups Innovation and Growth Fair - Q2

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -- Innovation and Growth Fair - Q2 by 805 Startups, City of Agoura Hills, and Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this event is to promote personal and professional growth while inspiring innovation at all levels. You will be exposed to many different people and companies in an environment designed to foster authentic relationships between one another. link].

Latticework Launches Personal Hybrid Cloud for Private Data-Sharing


Were you aghast at revelations that third-party organizations were able to capture millions of Facebook profiles from users who were unaware of the company’s privacy policy terms?

Scratchpay Lands $6.4M in Series A Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Eagle Rock’s Scratch Financial Inc., doing business as Scratchpay, announced June 19 that it received $6.4 million in series A funding. Underwriting for this round of funding was provided by Companion Fund, a $100 million pet-centered venture capital fund, as well as Struck Capital, TTV Capital and SWS Venture Capital

CapLinked Ties With Civic


Los Angeles-based software developer CapLinked , which develops secure document sharing software for the business market, has linked with secure identification software developer Civic , the two companies said this week. According to the two, Civic will enable secure login and sign on functionality for CapLinked's data management and information sharing platform. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

Sneaker market GOAT hires COO Lizzie Francis and makes a play for women sneaker shoppers

TechCrunch LA

GOAT, the secondary marketplace for sneakers that recently merged with Flight Club , is announcing a new hire. Lizzie Francis will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, coming from Brilliant Ventures where she will remain a managing partner.

Malauzai Acquired

Steve Reich

I’ve been heads down for quite some time managing the ecosystem at Malauzai, and so have been away from my blog. I’ve taken a new position at Finastra, should have interesting things to report going forward. Please stay tuned…

OCTANe's Lunch and Learn: Contractor Restrictions After Dynamex

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