August, 2018

With $40 million for AuditBoard’s risk and compliance toolkit, LA’s enterprise startups notch another win

TechCrunch LA

Daniel Kim and Jay Lee, the two founders of AuditBoard , a Los Angeles-based provider of a risk and compliance software service for large businesses, grew up middle school friends in Cerritos, Calif.

Amazon to Team With L.A. Community Colleges for Cloud Computing Certificate Program

L.A. Business Journal

Amazon.com Inc.’s s Amazon Web Services announced Aug. 9 that it will collaborate with the California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud) and 19 community colleges in Los Angeles County to offer a regional cloud computing certificate. To date, this is the first program of its kind created by Amazon and local colleges

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 9: TaskUs Lands $250 Million

L.A. Business Journal

TaskUs worth $500 million following latest funding round; Stamps.com stocks fall after Post Office comment; Heineken passes on Snapchat in favor of other social media outlets

Can you defend your pricing niche against your competition?

Berkonomics

This week, we continue our series on marketing and positioning. There can be nothing more important in your business planning that selecting the proper pricing niche, making your story clear using that niche, and the defending your position against the competition.

Why It’s Time for Les Moonves to Go — You Can’t Charm Your Way out of Sexual Misconduct

Both Sides of the Table

I just returned from a week’s vacation in the mountains where I had almost no Internet access but was aware that Ronan Farrow had published a damning sexual misconduct article about Les Moonves, the Chairman & CEO of publicly traded company CBS Corporation.

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Tech Scenes Los Angeles with Joanna McFarland of HopSkipDrive

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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. Our next stop is downtown Los Angeles with Joanna McFarland CEO and Co-founder of HopSkipDrive.

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Thinking Like a VC

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -- Thinking Like a VC. Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. Featuring: Rob Vickery, Partner and Co-Founder: Stage Venture Partners. Rob Vickery, Co-Founder of Stage Venture Partners, which is one of LA's leading enterprise software venture capital fund, will be exploring the core principles of venture capital and core due-diligence techniques that are adopted in this area of finance.

Anonymous Social Media App Nets $550,000

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Trill Project, founded by four high-schoolers who want to make social media safer, received on Aug. 15 a total $550,000 in a seed round led by Founders Bootcamp. Founders Bootcamp is a venture studio focused solely on high school entrepreneurs and run out of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Cross-Campus space

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Can you profit by serving early adapters?

Berkonomics

I am a gadget freak, often purchasing new technologies in their first release. And my closet is full of such gadgets, from early pen-based computers to early brick-sized cell phones to an electronic handwriting recognition pad received as a gift to test.

Rivaling Google, Web-Mining Diffbot Opens Its Knowledge Graph to All

Xconomy

Diffbot , a tech startup that continuously scours the Web to assemble a “knowledge graph” of billions of facts in context, announced today that it’s opening up the searchable resource to the public—with starter rates as low as a cable TV bill.

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AeroVironment MacCready Works Donates Drone To West Point

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Simi Valley-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker Aerovironment says it has donated one of its drone systems--its Quantix robotic drone--to the West Point Military Academy. According to AeroVironment its MacReady Works unit donated the system to support West Point's robotics research center. AeroVironment said that the drone will be used by West Point's Center for Innovation and Engineering and Geography and Environmental Engineering Department.

UberAIR to take flight with help from UT Austin and U.S. Army Research Labs

TechCrunch LA

After three months of discussions, Uber Elevate has selected The University of Texas at Austin as its partner alongside the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop new rotor technology for vehicles that the company will use in its uberAIR flying taxi network.

Tech San Diego AI and Machine Learning Series

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Science Inc. Adds Cladwell

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-headquartered startup incubator Science Inc. disclosed Aug. 30 it added Cincinnati, Ohio-based personalized closet management app Cladwell to its growing portfolio of startups

What two words are most valuable for your business planning?

Berkonomics

One of the most valuable tools in an executive’s arsenal is the use of the question chain in planning meetings or to analyze scenarios that might result from an action.

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Alnylam Gets Landmark FDA OK For First-Ever RNAi Drug

Xconomy

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals made history this afternoon. The FDA has just approved Alnylam’s patisiran (Onpattro) , making it the first medicine specifically cleared to treat a rare and deadly disease called hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (hATTR).

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CoreLogic Creates New Natural Hazard Risk Site

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Irvine-based property and insurance information provider CoreLogic announced this morning that it is launching a new resource, HazardIQ , to provide better information on the risks that natural catastrophes pose to properties across the country. CoreLogic explains that the new site comes as a result of increase in natural catastrophes such as the Northern California wildfires.

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Survios president and co-founder Nathan Burba is joining us at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

TechCrunch LA

There’s nothing inherently social about VR. In fact, putting on a headset and entering your own world can be a fairly isolating experience. But Survios’ latest offering is looking to turn that truism on its head.

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Preccelerator Class 9 Demo Day

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 --.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 7: Katzenberg’s NewTV Raises $1 Billion

L.A. Business Journal

Katzenberg’s short-form video project raises $1 billion; SpaceX hosting mars landing conference; Nexus Technologies acquires Cal Net

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Catch up to your market or be lost!

Berkonomics

Markets and competitors change. Are you being left behind?

Patients Have “Fingers Crossed” As Alnylam Awaits Historic FDA Decision

Xconomy

By next Friday, the FDA could for the first time approve a medicine that uses a biological trick that was only discovered two decades ago: RNA interference , which silences a gene before it can make a harmful protein.

Billionaire Soon-Shiong's Verity Health Files For Bankruptcy

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Verity Health , the California hospital chain which had been acquired by LA biotech billionare Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong , has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company said on Friday. In a release, Verity said that it intends to all or some of its assets in Chapter 11 and is actively seeking potential buyers. The bankruptcy filing was filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California  Los Angeles Division.

Rapper Azealia Banks’ claims to have the inside track on Elon Musk’s Tesla take-private drama

TechCrunch LA

If Azealia Banks’ Instagram account is to be believed , Elon Musk’s tweets about Tesla’s take-private deal can be chalked up to some good ole acid and a whole lot of post-tweet frantic scrambling. Over a series of Instagram stories from the weekend, Banks (whose account should be taken with an entire salt shaker — more on that later) reported from the belly of the beast (which in this case is one of Elon Musk’s Los Angeles homes).

Preccelerator Class 9 Demo Day and "Diversity and Inclusion in Investments" Panel

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 --.

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Pot Bot Operator Looks to Ride Green Wave

L.A. Business Journal

Cannabis vending machine maker Greenbox is looking to ride the green rush to profitability

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Have you experienced your “Every Three-Million Dollar Crisis?”

Berkonomics

Here is a phenomenon I discovered over time when dealing with many small start-ups in their early revenue period. A very predictable series of rotating crises seemed to befall most every one of these young companies.

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Would Uber’s IPO Be a Revival or a Reckoning?

Xconomy

In its early years, Uber was a headstrong force knocking down preconceived ideas about transportation and, along with Lyft, sparking the imaginations of countless entrepreneurs who are now building a new industry called “mobility.”

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TP-Link Announces New WiFi Router

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Brea-based networking hardware maker TP-Link has rolled out a new wireless router, which provides up to 1733Mbps speeds on the 5Ghz band and 800Mbps on 2.4Ghz. According to TP-Link its Archter C2700 router operates on the AC2600 dual band Wi-Fi standard, and uses Intel processors. TP-Link says the router is the first in a line of routers that it will use intel's technology. The new Archer C2700 router has a suggested retail price of $169.99, and will be available in Q4, according to the company.

Gaming community responds to Florida mass shooting

TechCrunch LA

The online gaming community is responding to the mass-shooting that occurred at a Madden 19 competition in Jacksonville, Florida , as reports identify the shooter involved in the attack and his victims. Mass shooting at Madden Championship Series event in Florida leaves several dead.