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.

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.

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.

LA Auto Show

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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

TechCrunch LA

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. .

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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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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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.

LA Auto Show

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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Southern California's Woolsey Fire, As Seen From Space

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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.

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

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.

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.

LA Auto Show

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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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

TechCrunch LA

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.

Inspire’s Energy Experiment: Flat Rates Billed as ‘Subscription Service’

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Inspire Energy Holdings has a unique pitch for an energy company: selling power to customers on a subscription basis with flat monthly payments

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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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.

LA Auto Show

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Monday, December 3, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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NASA To Elon Musk: Smoke Weed On A Podcast Again, Lose Commercial Crew Missions

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NASA has a big message for Elon Musk , the technology mogul behind Los Angeles-based rocket firm SpaceX : smoke marijuana on a podcast again, and SpaceX will lose its opportunity to launch astronauts into space. According to The Atlantic, NASA administrator James Bridenstine specifically launched a safety review of SpaceX due to Musk's antics on the Joe Rogan Experience, where he smoked marijuana and drank whiskey on a podcast.

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.

Jam City Acquires Bingo Pop Mobile Game

L.A. Business Journal

Culver City–headquartered mobile game developer Jam City Inc. reported Nov. 28 it acquired a new title from Uken Studios Inc., which does business as Uken Games. The news came less than two weeks after Jam City announced its strategic partnership agreement with the Walt Disney Co

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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Cybersecurity Startup AttackIQ Hires New, Bay Area-Based CEO

Xconomy

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.

LA Auto Show

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 -- LA Auto Show.Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. See [link] (more

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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.