May, 2019

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

TechCrunch LA

For over 100 years entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment.

California Life Sciences Fueled by Education, Established Companies


New medicines, devices, and diagnostics produced by the life sciences community in California are giving clinicians better tools to fight disease and improve quality of life for patients around the world. Emerging technologies, such as stem cell and gene therapies, are beginning to make their mark.

SoundCloud Acquires Repost Network

L.A. Business Journal

Audio sharing platform Soundcloud Inc. announced May 23 it will acquire Venice-based rights distribution company Repost Network

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My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

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Everyone needs to manage their mantra or move on.


Ever stand with someone you’ve never met when at a party, a trade show or just meet someone in the hallway? We all have. And then that person opens his or her mouth and spends a boring two minutes describing their business to you?

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Lime Scooters Being Hacked in Australia


Pranksters in Brisbane, Australia, have hacked the audio files on rentable scooters owned by transportation startup Lime. At least eight scooters had their messages switched.

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Interview with David Wood, Eventene


For our interview this morning, we talked with David Wood , the Founder and CEO of Eventene (, an early stage startup, bootstrapped startup developing event management software. David--a veteran of Microsoft, having been the lead developer of Microsoft Exchange--tells us why he started his company. What does Eventene do? David Wood: We make event planning software for social organizations.

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Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

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Can you create a great customer case study?


Attention spans are growing shorter by the second. Studies have shown that attention spans for engaging a reader or listener have fallen from eleven seconds to eight seconds on average. Eight seconds to reach someone in most any medium. Growing weary of paid advertisements.

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

TechCrunch LA

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up.

Video interview with Alonso Vargas, Runtriz


How do small hotel chains and boutique hotels keep up with all the advancements going on in technology? Los Angeles-based Runtriz ( has developed mobile software which helps those hotels keep up with the giants in the market.

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Virgin Hyperloop One Raises $172 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop Technologies Inc., doing business as Virgin Hyperloop One, raised $172.2 million of a planned $224.7 million equity funding round May 13 according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings

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Announcing Projector?—?A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

Both Sides of the Table

Announcing Projector?—?A A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years A few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien , the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way.

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What’s your story? Did someone else create it?


It is an old warning in the entertainment industry. Define your persona the way you want others to view you – before someone else defines you by comparing you to someone not as flattering as you would like. Sometimes you win when others define your story.

7 Keys To Using Social Media to Kickstart Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund.

Video Interview: Greg Monterossa, Community Manager, Hub 101


Friday video interview: Greg Monterossa is the Community Manager at Hub101 , a startup community in Westlake Village affiliated with California Lutheran University (CLU). We talked with Greg about finding your startup community, and to get some advice from him about startup success. READ MORE>>.

Fika Ventures Completes $76 Million Raise

L.A. Business Journal

West Los Angeles-based investor Fika Ventures announced May 23 it completed the raise of a $76 million fund, the VC’s second since its 2017 launch

Two Days, Five Biotech IPOs, and $359M Raised for Clinical Trials


It will be hard to top last year’s flurry of biotech companies joining the public markets, but this week is shaping up to be the busiest for life science IPOs in recent memory. Five biotechs priced their IPOs and at least one more is coming.

Five ways to make your company stand out.


There must be at least several companies out there right now positioning to compete with you. If you’re large enough, you may be the target, and if smaller, you are the minnow not the shark – and need to be agile and creative. The five strategies: Picking one to emphasize.

7 Problem Solving Mistakes To Avoid In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Fortune Conferences In every business, especially new ones, quick and effective problem solving is a critical skill.

Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

TechCrunch LA

Most of the buzz about esports focuses on high-profile professional teams and audiences watching live streams of those professionals. What gets ignored is the entire base of amateurs wanting to compete in esports below the professional tier.

Is The Future Here? Startup Launches Hydrogen Powered Air Vehicle


Is the future of flying vehicles finally here? We spoke with Steve Hanvey, CEO of Alaka'i ( about the launch of the company's futuristic, hydrogen powered air vehicle, the Skai, on Wednesday.

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Scooter Wars

L.A. Business Journal

Scooting into L.A.


Second US Gene Therapy, Approved for Rare Muscle Disease, to Cost $2M


The FDA today has made Zolgensma, a Novartis treatment for the rare genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy, the second approved gene therapy in the US. The news marks a milestone for SMA patients, who have only one other approved medicine available.

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How much time do you spend “outside the box?”


So, you’re managing all that work, all those interruptions, all those texts and pesky emails. You get home at some reasonable hour, kind of tired, and needing a recharge. Sound familiar?

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5 Key Drivers For Creating A Board For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by MDGovpics Many entrepreneurs I know are confused by definition and need for an Advisory Board versus a Board of Directors.

Pearl, the healthcare spinout from LA-based AI startup, GumGum, raises $11 million

TechCrunch LA

GumGum , the Los Angeles-based startup that’s spent the past decade applying machine learning technologies to advertising and sports, has spun out a new healthcare startup focused on the dental industry called Pearl.

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