February, 2019

Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles.

Inseego Ties With Ericsson On 5G Networking

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San Diego-based Inseego , which develops wireless hotspots and other related technology, said it has partnered with Ericsson to bring new 5G NR (New Radio) products to the market. According to Inseego, it is launching a set of 5G NR products in 2019, which will provide high-performance 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz mobile and fixed wireless solutions for worldwide deployments. Financial details of the deal with Ericsson were not announced.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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Would you sign a personal guarantee if you have investors?

Berkonomics

It’s a fact of life that a banker, lender or lessor will ask for a personal guarantee from the founder or entrepreneur most every time. But what if you’ve diluted your interest from 100% to something less than 50%? Should your investors expect you to carry 100% of the risk? The short answer is “yes.”

With New Data, Intercept On Track for First-Ever Approved NASH Drug

Xconomy

The first-ever marketed medicine for the fatty liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, could be on the horizon. The data, from a closely watched drug known as obeticholic acid, aren’t perfect.

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ACG101 Food Manufacturers and Distributors

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 -- ACG101 Food Manufacturers and Distributors. California's agriculture is the most productive and varied in the U.S., owing to the climate, topography, complex systems of water delivery and diverse population of growers in our state. This year, the ACG 101 annual Food and Ag program takes a look at a different aspect of this fertile industry: Manufacturing and Distribution. See [link] (more

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Portfolium Acquired By Instructure

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San Diego-based Portfolium , a startup developing tools to allow students to showcase their achievements, projects, and other portfolio of academic work to potential employers, has been acquired by educational software provider Instructure , the two announced late Tuesday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Portfolium was founded in 2014, and was led by founder and CEO Adam Markowitz.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced. Valuations are out of control” is the mantra of others.

Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. Four reasons you should reconsider.

7 Tips for Biotech Companies Seeking Capital in a Volatile Market

Xconomy

Last year was a remarkable year for biotech companies going public. Not only did an unusually large number of biotech companies go public, but a significant number of early-stage biotech companies went public at premium valuations relative to their later-clinical stage peers.

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Startups Ventura County: How to Pitch to Investors

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 -- How to Pitch to Investors. Russell Ficher Business Collection, Camarillo Library. For anyone starting or thinking about creating a startup, one of the most important parts of the process is pitching and looking for investors.

Timing and why we’re all VCs

TechCrunch LA

Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its’s the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company?

TigerConnect Rolls Out New Software Product

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Santa Monica-based TigerConnect , the developer of healthcare communications software, has rolled out a new set of products and product enhancements, all aimed at communications between healthcare providers, patients, and health systems. According to the company, it has rolled out a new product called TigerTouch, which it says allows health systems to communicate directly with patients through video, voice, and text.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

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I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?

Berkonomics

Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

Ex-Google CEO: New MIT College Could Help Shrink A.I. Talent Gap

Xconomy

Eric Schmidt believes we’re entering an era where artificial intelligence will underpin most facets of human life. But we don’t yet have enough people with the right skills to build that future.

Building a Bigger Competitive Future

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -- Building a Bigger Competitive Future. Russell Fischer Business Collection - Camarillo Public Library. Brand strategist Derrick Daye shares the requirements of building a bigger competitive future for brands in an over-communicated, over-competitive and uncertain marketplace. Attendees will learn what is needed to compete and win, how to identify and grow their advantage and how to move their brand from easy to compare to beyond compare.

Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

TechCrunch LA

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars.

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Tapatalk Turn To Blockchain To Monetize Forum Content

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Santa Monica-based Tapatalk , which develops a popular mobile application to allow users to access and read online forums, is turning to Blockchain in an attempt to reward content creators. According to Tapatalk, its "Gold Points" reward system--which rewards forum content creators based on pageview or ad impressions--will now be powered by blockchain technology. Tapatalk said its adoption of blockchain will make "micro-payments" more feasible.

The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

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One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?

Berkonomics

Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

Alector IPO Banks $176M to Test Alzheimer’s Drugs in Clinical Trials

Xconomy

Alector, a company taking an immunotherapy approach to Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders, has raised approximately $176 million in an initial public offering. The South San Francisco, CA, biotech sold 9.25

COB Incubator: Launching Your Business

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -- Launching Your Business. CSULB Beach Incubator. See [link] (more

Verified Expert Lawyer: Andrew Erskine

TechCrunch LA

Andrew Erskine has developed his legal career along with the rise of the tech startup scene in Los Angeles. Today, as a partner at Orrick in its Santa Monica office, he works with companies large and small in the area and beyond.

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Esri Buys indoo.rs

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Redland-based geographical information systems (GIS) giant Esri announced today that it has acquired indoo.rs GmbH , a provider of indoor mapping software. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Esri, indoo.rs's s headquarters in Vienna, Austria will serve as a new research and development center for the company. indoo.rs

This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

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I understand that Adam Grant is a fairly popular professor at Wharton and has a book that some people loved called “Originals” (for me it interesting but not mind blowing, and I have some first-hand knowledge of some of its inaccuracies).

Can you become a master negotiator?

Berkonomics

Think you don’t use negotiation most every day of your life? From the time we learn to manipulate our parents from the crib to today, we learn to negotiate to obtain our wants and needs. As we grow, we negotiate constantly with our parents, then with our peers.

Finding True Love Can Be Ruff, But This Startup Could Have Your Match

Xconomy

Too many people treat pet adoption like a one-night stand. You look at a dog, and see his eyes, and think he’s cute,” says Tama Lundquist, co-president of Houston PetSet, an organization that works with about 70 animal shelters in the Houston area.

Google Apps: Tools for Collaboration, Time and Tasks Management, and More

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -- Google Apps: Tools for Collaboration, Time and Tasks Management, and More. Russell Fischer Business Collection, Camarillo Library. In this workshop, Matthew Moran, introduces you to a variety of Google applications, demonstrates critical features, and provides an overview of how they work together for both the individual, and more importantly, as a way to share information efficiently and securely. See [link] (more

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With a $3.5 million haul, Dray Alliance joins a booming logistics startup scene in LA

TechCrunch LA

With an angle on a long-neglected part of the shipping industry — the short-haul movement of cargo from docks to logistics centers — Dray Alliance is joining a growing startup scene for logistics businesses based in Los Angeles.