December, 2018

Top CTO Challenges for 2019

SoCal CTO

The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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Virtual reality gaming and the pursuit of “flow state”

TechCrunch LA

Maggie Lane. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Maggie Lane is a writer and producer of virtual reality experiences and covers the industry for various publications. More posts by this contributor. Inside Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience.

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Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question. Why are you so strongly sold on royalty licensing as the most effective way to finance a tech-based early stage company?

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Apple to Employ 1,000 at New Culver City Office

L.A. Business Journal

Apple Inc. plans to employ 1,000 people in a new office in Culver City, the Cupertino, Calif.-based based tech giant announced today

Reasons Not To Make Decisions Today On Gut Instincts

Startup Professionals Musings

I still know some entrepreneurs who boast of simply following their gut instincts, rather than listen to anyone or any data, to make strategic decisions. We’ve all worked with autocratic leaders in large companies who seem to thrive in this mode.

Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. According to the newly created venture capital firm, it will focus on early revenue startups, focused on companies across both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Smart Audio – A Lucrative Platform… If You Figure Out How To Leverage It

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. My adult daughter recently visited us for a few weeks and she brought along a good friend… Alexa.

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Risk, insanity, and the 50% startup rule

Berkonomics

Fifty percent of all businesses formed fail within the first two years. . There are many variations of this number since there are a number of ways to measure failure. But the number is a startling reminder that creating a business is not easy, nor is it any assurance of success.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Creates New Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Upfront Ventures leads $14 million MetaCX round; Axiomatic invests in Matcherino; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies links with German port authority

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10 Questions To Test Your Aptitude As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Currently there is no professional certification, or standardized testing, as there is for accountants and lawyers, to see if you are ready to tackle the rigors of starting a new business.

NASA JPL, Tech Companies Hacked By Chinese Spies, Says Justice Department

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory , in Pasadena, as well as dozens of technology companies--at least one managed service provider (MSP)--have been hacked by Chinese spies, according to an indictment by the Justice Department filed on Thursday. The indictment , filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York, accuses a state-backed hacking group of hacking into companies from at least 2006 until 2018.

Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind

Xconomy

[ Updated 12/27/18, 9:54 am ] Manoj Saxena is bullish on artificial intelligence. As chairman of Austin, TX-based A.I. startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I.

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Apple plans major US expansion including a new $1 billion campus in Austin

TechCrunch LA

Apple has announced a major expansion that will see it open a new campus in North Austin and open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles as it bids to increase its workforce in the U.S.

Risk, insanity, and the 50% startup rule

Berkonomics

Fifty percent of all businesses formed fail within the first two years. . There are many variations of this number since there are a number of ways to measure failure. But the number is a startling reminder that creating a business is not easy, nor is it any assurance of success.

West Hollywood Vacation Rental Outfit Raises $5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

AvantStay, a West Hollywood-based hospitality firm that provides short-term vacation rentals to groups, announced Dec. 19 it received $5 million in a round led by Menlo park investment firm Bullpen Capital

Fear Of Failure Makes It A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Startup Professionals Musings

People with a victim mentality should never be entrepreneurs. We all know the role of starting and running a business is unpredictable, and has a high risk of failure. For people with a victim mentality, this fear of failure alone will almost certainly make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Reflections on 2018: Mike Panesis, Center for Entrepreneurship at CLU

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. You'll be able to browse all of those contributions here. Here's Mike Panesis , Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California Lutheran University (CLU). What was the biggest lesson you learned this year? It's difficult to choose one. I regularly learn something new from our students.

RiverVest Venture Closes $184M Fund for Backing Healthcare Ventures

Xconomy

RiverVest Venture Partners, a St. Louis, MO-based venture capital firm with additional offices in San Diego, CA, and Cleveland, OH, has raised $184.4 million for its fourth fund dedicated to investing in healthcare companies.

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AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

TechCrunch LA

Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said.

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Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question. Why are you so strongly sold on royalty licensing as the most effective way to finance a tech-based early stage company?

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Game Developer Pearl Abyss Moves to Manhattan Beach

L.A. Business Journal

Pearl Abyss Corp., based in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea, announced Dec. 12 it will move from a temporary office in Irvine, Calif., to establish a full-time U.S. headquarters at the Omni Group Towers in Manhattan Beach

5 Strategies For Business Growth Many People Forget

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of constant market evolution and new technology, there is no such thing as a static business that is self-sustaining. The traditional approach of implementing stable and repeatable processes, so that your business can run itself, no longer works.

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Reflections on 2018: Alon Goren, 805 Startups and Crypto Invest Summit

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. You'll be able to browse all of those contributions here. Here's Alon Goren , founder of 805 Startups and the Crypto Invest Summit. What was the biggest lesson you learned this year? Stick to what you love and what you know and do best.

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Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

Xconomy

Udacity , a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.

Elementary Robotics raises cash to expand in Los Angeles’ growing robotics hub

TechCrunch LA

Elementary Robotics has raised $3.6 million in seed funding to begin building a manufacturing facility and expand its presence in Los Angeles as the city continues to grow as a hub for robotics and automation. .

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing.

Fair Raises $385 Million, Led by SoftBank

L.A. Business Journal

Car leasing and financing provider Fair announced Dec. 20 it completed a $385 million Series B round, led by SoftBank Group Corp. Following this round, Fair now has access to nearly a $1 billion in debt capital since its 2016 founding and has raised over $500 million in equity to date

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An Old Style Of Leadership Is Winning In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called “servant” leadership.

FastPay Names Rubicon Vet As GM And SVP Payments

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Los Angeles-based fintech startup FastPay , which offers up faster access to advertising revenue for media companies, said this week that it has named Michael Wehner as its General Manager and Senior Vice President of Payments. FastPay said that Wehner joins from The Rubicon Project, where he was Senior Vice President of Agency & Brand Sales. He also has served at Microsoft, IBM, and Yahoo, and has more than 20 years of sales and business development experience in the digital media area.

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Synthorx Gets $131M In Upsized IPO For Synthetic Biology Drugs

Xconomy

Synthorx, which is working to develop cancer and autoimmune therapies using technology that allows it to expand the genetic alphabet, raised $131 million in an upsized IPO on Thursday. The company sold more than 11.9 million shares at $11 apiece. Nearly 1.8

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Lyft is becoming a one-stop transportation app in these 3 cities

TechCrunch LA

Lyft is turning its app into a one-stop multimodal transportation app in a few U.S.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing.

Razor, Lime Deploy E-Scooters in LA

L.A. Business Journal

Four months after announcing its arrival in Long Beach, Cerritos-based Razor USA will bring shared electric scooters to LA, as well

Business Complexity Goes Up Dramatically As You Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I advise today are ready to declare success when they get that first surge of traction with a real customer. This is a good sign, but they have no idea that the hard work of scaling the business is still ahead of them.

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Ring's Latest Patent Application Raises Alarms Among Privacy Advocates

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Santa Monica-based Ring has just received a patent on adding facial recognition to its cameras--allowing some future version of the camera to automtically call police on a "suspicious" subject--in a move that has raised alarms among privacy and social advocates.

NY’s Research Institutions Must Keep Working Together in ‘19

Xconomy

[ Editor’s Note: Euan Robertson, the Director of Strategic Planning & Special Projects at Columbia Technology Ventures, co-wrote this article.] It is a commonly held belief that academic research institutions, including those in New York City, are fierce competitors.

Volvo Trucks teases the all-electric semi truck it’s bringing to California in 2019

TechCrunch LA

Volvo Trucks released teaser images Wednesday of the electric trucks it plans to bring to California next year as part of a demonstration project, the latest truck manufacturer to publicize its electric plans in the state. The attraction to California is no accident. The state has set aggressive targets to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, particularly those generated from tailpipes.