November, 2018

ViaCyte Raises $80M In Series D Funding

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San Diego-based biotech startup ViaCyte , which is developing human cell therapy for treating diabetes, says it has raised $80M in a Series D funding round. The funding was led by Bain Capital Life Sciences, and also included TPG, RA Capital Management, Sanderling Ventures, plus angels.

The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

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Jason Rowley. Contributor. Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor. The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US. Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar.

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Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov. 12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis

Do you want to control your business destiny?

Berkonomics

There is nothing quite as thrilling in business as igniting a startup and watching it blossom. Especially when starting a company with personal savings or money from relatives and friends, early signs of success are intoxicating.

6 Steps To Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Today, in this age of pervasive social media and two-way communication, the focus needs to get beyond demographics into personalities.

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Immigrants Are Key to Winning the AI Arms Race

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If we want to create jobs and economic opportunity here in the U.S., we’re going to need immigrants. Not only have they pioneered our country’s greatest achievements, bringing you everything from hot dogs to YouTube, but today they serve at the cutting edge of our foremost industries.

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FabFitFun surpasses $200 million in revenue as it hits million-subscriber milestone

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At least one million people will be receiving the next FabFitFun box as the Los Angeles company surpasses $200 million in revenue and continues its run as one of the startups to watch in the Los Angeles tech community. .

Cornerstone Buys Grovo Learning for $24M

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. has acquired privately held Grovo Learning Inc., a New York City-based technology company

Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?

Berkonomics

So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature. Here’s a thought for you to recall later when and if the event happens. Remember those who got you there.

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Lessons On Startup Success From An Olympic Champion

Startup Professionals Musings

Willingness to take a risk is the hallmark of a serious entrepreneur. That’s why one of the first questions that potential investors ask is “How much of your own money, and friends and family, have you put into the new business?” If you won’t risk yours, you won’t get investors to risk theirs.

Genetic Medicine: FDA OKs 2nd Cancer Drug that Targets DNA, not Tissues

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Going deeper into the new world of genetic medicine, the FDA has for the second time approved a drug that targets a tumor’s DNA fingerprint, no matter where in the body that cancer is found. And more could be on the way.

Southern California's Woolsey Fire, As Seen From Space

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Over the last three days, Southern California has been under siege, as "Red Flag" weather conditions and one of the warmest and driest summers on record for the region helped turn two fires--the Hill Fire , started in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, and the Woolsey Fire , started near the old Rocketdyne site in Simi Valley--into a raging inferno, consuming 85,500 acres in the Woolsey Fire and 4,531 acres in the Hill Fire, all between Los Angeles County and Ventura County. 179 structures were tallied as destroyed as of 10:00pm on Sunday evening, and hundreds of thousands of residents evacuated at one time, with continuing evacuations and displacements of entire cities and communities. Here are some images of Southern California's Woolsey Fire, as seen from space and aerial sensors. Below: Satellite image of the Woolsey Fire (visual spectrum), via the EU's Sentinel-2 satellite on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Click for larger image. Below: Outline of the burn areas in the Woolsey Fire, via the EU's Sentinel-2 satellite on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Click for larger image. Below: A live, frequently updated map of fire detections, drawn from NASA's MODIS and VIIRS sensors, along with infrared mapping flights by fire mapping planes, courtesy Joseph Effelt. Editor's note: Our apologies to our readers who use our service for keeping up on technology and finance news for our lack of coverage on Friday, as we were evacuated at 3am on Thursday morning as flames approached Thousand Oaks, and our homes and servers have been within the mandatory evacuation zones. Flames in Westlake Village came within a couple of blocks of our Internet servers, but we were luckily unscathed and remained up the whole time. Those interested in continued play-by-play coverage on the fire may be interested in following a personal Twitter account created by editor/founder Benjamin Kuo here. READ MORE>>. satellite space disaster destruction california fire woolsey

Jam City is setting up a Toronto shop by buying Bingo Pop from Uken Games

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The Los Angeles game development studio Jam City is setting up a shop in Toronto with the acquisition of Bingo Pop from Uken Games. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The deal is part of a broader effort to expand the Jam City portfolio of games and geographic footprint.

LA Ranks Second in Tech Office Market Rent Growth

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles’ technology sector is growing, according to a recent study from real estate brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc

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Are you wasting money filing patents?

Berkonomics

I’ve been working with early stage companies and their intellectual property protection plans for years. But only recently did I read a clear document on the risks and rewards of patent strategy.

8 Ways To Ensure Team Accountability In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

How Blockchain Is Finding a Place at Your Thanksgiving Table

Xconomy

The food we buy in grocery stores and restaurants has a story to tell about where it came from and each step it took on its journey to your dinner table. Blockchain technology can help tell that tale. The story many food companies want to tell these days is about safety.

Syntiant Snags $25M For Edge Computing

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Irvine-based Syntiant , which is developing semiconductor used for edge computing, raised $25M in its Series B funding. The funding came from Sunstone Venture Capital Fund, along with Seraph Group, plus Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Robert Bosch, Applied Materials, and Motorola, according to the company. Sunstone was an investor in its Series A funding.

How to get to the polls for free at the 2018 midterm elections

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In case you haven’t heard, polls will open Tuesday morning across the U.S. for the 2018 midterm elections. It’s a big deal, so go vote.

Easy Access: Openpath Looks to Make Building Security More Efficient

L.A. Business Journal

Openpath Security Inc. wants to make sure you never get locked out of the office again

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The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.

Berkonomics

Allow me to reminisce. This is the final post of this cycle. Next week we return to the start of the journey, focusing upon the “what and how” to ignite a successful enterprise from start-up to exit. But, for this short moment…. Looking back over an entrepreneur’s journey.

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Early Adopters Are Not Enough To Assure Your Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Every technical entrepreneur is an early adopter of technology, so naturally they build things with people like themselves in mind.

Necessity Vs. Innovation-Based Entrepreneurs

Xconomy

What makes someone an entrepreneur? Most simply defined , an entrepreneur is a person who identifies a need and starts a business to fill that void.

Esports One Wins Riot Games Brazil

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Santa Monica-based Esports One , which develops data and analytics software for the esports industry, said on Tuesday that it has partnered with Riot Games. Esports One said it will provide real time stats and data to Riot's League of Legends broadcasts in Brazil. Financial details of the deal were not announced. Esports One says it uses computer vision technology to provide real-time analytics and capture of what is happening with professional esports matches.

Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

TechCrunch LA

A new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging to refashion the Los Angeles studio system for the digital age forming companies that combining live-streamed video, podcasts, and the newfound social media celebrities to craft entertainment for a new breed of consumer.

H1Z1 Pro League Shuts Down, Citing Funding Failures

L.A. Business Journal

Roughly two months after it was first reported that Patrick Soon-Shiong’s El Segundo e-sports arena was to house the H1Z1 Pro League, the League announced it will cease operations due to payment issues

Money is not the only measure of success.

Berkonomics

I am sure you heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that motivate our behavior, in which Abraham Maslow laid out a human’s needs – from the physiological, to safety, then love and belonging, on to esteem and finally self-actualization. A little too esoteric for you? Let’s make it more personal.

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7 Steps To Meeting Your Goals With Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs are usually hard-driving, and highly focused on some specific goals, like being the dominant player in a given domain, or the low-priced provider of their product.

Cybersecurity Startup AttackIQ Hires New, Bay Area-Based CEO

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Cybersecurity startup AttackIQ has appointed veteran tech executive Brett Galloway as its new CEO. AttackIQ said Galloway is taking over the role from Carl Wright, who has been named chief commercial officer. Wright was hired as chief revenue officer in August 2017.

Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Payload To Space

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab , one of Southern California's new crop of space and rocket startups, has launched its first commercial payload to space, successfully sending its first paying payload to space on Sunday.

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