October, 2018

Can we have fun while doing serious work?

Berkonomics

Have you ever noticed how slow time passes when you are in a troubled environment? Conversely, sometimes you look up at the end of a great day and wonder where the time went. It’s driven from the top.

Lime is building its first scooter ‘lifestyle brand store’ in LA

TechCrunch LA

How can Lime differentiate its scooters and bikes from the piles of Birds and Spins filling Los Angeles sidewalks? Apparently with a physical storefront where it can convince customers of the wonders of on-demand mobility.

Google Expands in Silicon Beach

L.A. Business Journal

Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary subsidiary Google moved into the Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista Oct. 3, two years after it began leasing the space

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My First Book – Pricing Your Practice by Eric Greenspan

Eric Greenspan

Woke up and there it was, my book cover. She just made it and sent it to me. I looked at it for a bit and started thinking about writing it. Then I did. I published the initial draft this past weekend and it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Cal Lutheran Gets $6M From Former Hughes Electronics Exec

socalTECH

California Lutheran University (CLU) is receiving a big, $6M donation from former Hughes Electronics Vice Chairman Steve Dorfman, for a new building for the school's School of Management, the school announced this morning. According to the Thousand Oaks university, Dorfman's contribution will go towards the construction of the two-story, 27,000-square foot Steven D. Dorfman Center, which will include both classrooms and faculty offices.

Startup Developing Opioid Alternative Takes Top ‘Quick Pitch’ Honors

Xconomy

The winner of the largest-ever startup pitch contest in San Diego is aiming to solve a problem that is weighing heavily on the national consciousness.

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The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

TechCrunch LA

If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own.

Xprize Names Anousheh Ansari Chief Executive

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based Xprize Foundation Inc. on Oct. 18 named technology entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari is its new chief executive

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venturing to Mars

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, November 3, 2018 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venturing to Mars. Mars entrepreneurship has entered its lift off phase. The US Government is preparing for manned missions to Mars but private companies like SpaceX may well get there first. Elon Musk declared that SpaceX will put one million people on Mars. Entrepreneurial opportunities already have emerged in areas like Launch, Sensors, Instrumentation and Habitats.

Axos Financial Buys Robo Advisor Developer WiseBanyan

socalTECH

San Diego-based Axos Financial , a consumer and business bank, said Wednesday afternoon that its subsidiary, Axos Securities , has agreed to acquire certain assets of WiseBanyan Holdings , a provider of digital wealth management software and services. Financial details of the all-cash transaction were not announced. WiseBanyon provides personal finance and investment management tools and its own technology platform, and was based in Las Vegas.

Fundraising Startup Classy Surpasses $1B Raised on Its Platform

Xconomy

It took six years for Classy, a software-as-a-service company that targets nonprofit organizations looking to fundraise online, to facilitate $500 million in donations. But the next $500 million took just 14 months.

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?

Berkonomics

First, there are at least three types of exits. I’ve been involved with well over twenty successful exits and four initial public offerings over the years, some of them with monstrous gains, some more modest.

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Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

TechCrunch LA

Activision Blizzard Names New President; Leadership Team Members

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. named J. Allen Brack its new president of Blizzard Entertainment Oct. 4, alongside two new promotions to the executive leadership team

OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 -- OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM. Join us October 29-30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. See [link] (more

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A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

socalTECH

This morning, Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com), led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. Tell us about this new announcement?

With $90M Round, Stoke Eyes a “Spinraza For Epilepsy” And a 2019 IPO

Xconomy

Ed Kaye stepped aside from Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT ) last year after leading the company through one of the most noteworthy and controversial drug approvals in recent memory, for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen (Exondys 51).

Everyone wants to leave a legacy.

Berkonomics

Be honest now. Have you ever thought of what legacy you’ll leave behind? If you are an entrepreneur or CEO, surely you’ve thought of how you’ll be remembered by your associates and stakeholders after you move on. Bad boss examples aren’t forgotten.

Shopify opens its first brick-and-mortar space in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

Shopify , the provider of payment and logistics management software and services for retailers, has opened its first physical storefront in Los Angeles.

Cloud9 Plans New Esports Facility

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica e-sports organization Cloud9 Esports Inc. has raised a $53.6 million Series B round finalized Oct.

OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, October 29, 2018 -- OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM. Join us October 29-30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. See [link] (more

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NantHealth Facilities In Florida In City Hit Hard By Michael

socalTECH

The Florida facilities of Culver City-based NantHealth , one of the portfolio companies of LA biotech billionaire Patrick Soon Shiong, appear to be in the middle of one of the areas severaly hit by Hurricane Michael this week.

After Net Neutrality: How to Prepare for the Internet’s New Reality

Xconomy

The federal net neutrality regulation, which had guaranteed equal access to the Internet for data from all sources, is officially repealed.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 17

TechEmpower

We're happy to announce that Round 17 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available. Since the adoption of Continuous Benchmarking , the creation of an official Round is a fairly simple process: Try to reduce errors in framework implementations. We want an official Round to have a solid showing by as many frameworks as feasible given limited personnel bandwidth. Select a continuous run on the physical hardware (named "Citrine") that looks good and identify its Git commit.

Freight trucking startup Shipwell gets a $10 million boost

TechCrunch LA

Shipwell , a startup pitching a marketplace for domestic ground shipping and fleet and cargo management services for freight trucking companies, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding.

OGN Plans E-sports Arena in Manhattan Beach, Partners With PubG

L.A. Business Journal

South Korean broadcast company OGN is constructing a 3,500-square-foot e-sports arena in Manhattan Beach, and selected game developer PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Co. better known as PubG Co.) as its first league partner

Connect Week 2018 By Innovate Pasadena

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, October 28, 2018 -- Innovate Pasadena's Connect Week 2018. Nnine full days of all things innovation! From AI to virtual reality demos to coding for both kids and adults, we have over 100 awesome events to choose from to help muster up your innovation savviness! See [link] (more

Disney Invents Spray Painting Drone

socalTECH

Disney Research , the arm of the Walt Disney Company which works on developing high-tech "building blocks" for the rest of Disney, has invented an autonomous, spray-painting drone called the PaintCopter , the company described in a paper this week.

Room Service by Robot And Other Ways Tech is Changing The Hotel Stay

Xconomy

More days than not, Michael Colaneri’s home is a hotel room. So innovations like “geolocation” sensors that automatically unlock his room door and adjust the thermostat when he’s nearby make the constant change easier—sometimes. “My My experience has been exceptionally inconsistent,” he says.

Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles-based Next 10 Ventures , a $50 million fund focused on the creator economy, is launching an incubator program to support YouTubers.