November, 2017

5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was great fun to interview Robbie Bach, Co-Father of the Xbox, as part of UC Santa […]. The post 5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox appeared first on John Greathouse

Former Hulu exec Noah Heller launches new venture fund to focus on LA tech

TechCrunch LA

Noah Heller, one of the chief architects of Hulu’s virtual reality strategy, has left the video streaming service to set up his own venture firm, 3Rodeo.

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DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding


La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

Augmented Reality Company Daqri Begins Shipping Smart Glasses

L.A. Business Journal

Augmented reality company Daqri of downtown Los Angeles has begun shipping its $5,000 Smart Glasses

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Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

TechCrunch LA

Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it’s aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. Read More. Apps TC Transportation Uber VTOLs flying taxis ride hailing Los Angeles

Sign short term leases early on. Move as you grow.


Close. Avoid long-term commitments. It is statistically true that at least half of the young companies funded by angel or venture investors will not survive three years from funding to demise, and more than that percentage will die with two years if not well financed.

Proofpoint to Acquire Secure Browser Developer Weblife for $66 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Proofpoint announced Wednesday plans to acquire anonymous web browser developer Weblife of Hollywood for $66 million

BlackLine Donates Seven Semi-Trucks Full Of Clothing To Homeless


Los Angeles-based accounting software developer BlackLine has donated seven, semi-trucks full of clothing to help provide clothing to the homeless in Los Angeles, the company said today, as part of its philanthropic initiatives. BlackLine said it is working with Shelter Partnership , a loca lorganization which is working to solve the issues behind homelessness, on the effort. The donations, plus employee volunteer hours, were part of BlackLine's annual "Giving Back Day" held last Saturday.

Stratim CEO Sees Future with Costly Driverless Cars, but Low Ride Fares


Like many tech entrepreneurs, Sean Behr had a young business that was popular with consumers, but was also losing money. So in February of 2016, he decided to refocus his San Francisco startup on the small, but unexpectedly profitable aspect of his service that could operate in the black.

How Snapchat Is Taking a Crack at Stopping Fake News


As of an August Pew Research study , 43 percent of Americans report “often getting news online,” just seven percentage points lower than the number who get their news from TV sources.

Enjoius raises $1.4 million to bring its party planning services to you

TechCrunch LA

Just in time for the holiday season, a group of prominent Los Angeles entertainment and technology executives have come together to back the new startup, Enjoius, which aims to make it easier for hosts to plan their perfect party. Read More.

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.


Close. How many of us throw away marketing dollars because our paid efforts reach an audience that is much larger than the target or niche audience we need to reach?

Sensor System Has Raytheon Seeing Green

L.A. Business Journal

Spotting a 200-watt light bulb in the middle of the Pacific Ocean from outer space requires more than 20/20 vision and strained squinting


Tech Scenes Sarah Zurell of Pavemint - The Creative Tech Talent of Los Angeles


Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive.

Bose Develops Prototype “Sleepbuds” After Buying San Diego Startup


Bose , the privately held maker of headphones, loudspeakers, and other electronics for audiophiles, has acquired Hush, a San Diego startup founded by three undergraduate engineering students to develop “smart” noise-masking earbuds designed to help users sleep.

10th Annual Digital Family Reunion

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -- 10th Annual Digital Family Reunion: Envisioning LA Tech in 2027. Please join us for the 10th Annual Digital Family Reunion: Envisioning LA Tech in 2027. If you've attended before, you already know the magic of DFR.and if this is your first, get ready to experience what happens when LA's entire tech community convenes to celebrate all that connects us.

New Biotech Viscient Partners with Organovo on Fatty Liver Disease


It struck me as a little perplexing in April when Organovo (NASDAQ: ONVO ) announced that CEO Keith Murphy was departing to pursue “entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Microsoft’s Strategy for Finding What’s Next in Healthcare A.I.


Microsoft is applying the same model it used to launch its quantum computing and chatbot efforts to innovation in healthcare, signaling the company’s ambition and optimism about the transformative potential of artificial intelligence technologies in this enormous endeavor. Peter Lee is the Microsoft Research executive in charge of the NExT initiative—an effort quietly begun in 2014 by CEO Satya Nadella and Harry Shum, head of the company’s A.I.

Intel Deepens Move into Sports Tech with SportStream Investment


ScoreStream, a five-year-old startup that created a social media platform for crowd-sourcing local sports scores, has raised $3.7 million in a Series A round that includes Intel Capital as an investor. According to a recent ScoreStream statement , San Diego’s Avalon Ventures, a longtime ScoreStream investor, led the round, and was joined by Sinclair Broadcasting, Verizon Ventures, and R/GA Ventures, the investment arm of the advertising agency R/GA.

After Successful Pilot, Apprenti Expands Tech Training Program


Those of us who keep tabs on the tech world hear a lot about the challenges of hiring and retaining IT talent. According to a forecast by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , more than 1.3

Biotech Roundup: Opioid News, ASH Preview, Boston Bio IPOs & More


The rising death toll from opioids has prompted policymakers to try various ways to take on the problem. President Trump’s opioid commission released its final report this week, calling for expansion of drug courts, better physician training, and penalties for insurers that don’t cover treatment. But the commission did not say how much its recommendations would cost , nor did it offer a way to pay for them. The absence of those details highlight the difficulties in addressing the crisis.

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VCs Put More Dollars Into Exosomes as Codiak Bio Lands $76M


Codiak BioSciences, the startup run by former Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB ) research chief Doug Williams, has rung up its third big round of cash in two years. The Cambridge, MA, company has closed a $76.5

Connect Marks 30th Year of Most Innovative New Product Awards


In its yearly celebration of entrepreneurship and invention, San Diego’s Connect gave its Most Innovative New Product Award to 10 local companies at a dinner gala Thursday evening.

With $114M Injection, Semma Continues Quest for Diabetes Cell Therapy


For all the excitement surrounding stem-cell based therapies in the early 2000s, the field still has little to show for it in terms of approved therapies.

Aquam Raises $26M to Expand Tech, Services for Aging Infrastructure


Aquam, a San Diego company with technology for cleaning out and re-lining aging utility pipelines, has raised $26 million in a growth capital round led by NewWorld Capital Group , a New York private equity firm that makes investments in sustainable energy and natural-resources related deals.

Klotho Therapeutics Raises $10M to Test Drug in Kidney Disease


Klotho Therapeutics , a virtual biotech developing a kidney disease treatment based on its proprietary engineered version of the human klotho enzyme, said Thursday it has raised $10 million in Series A financing from San Diego’s Thynk Capital.

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“Responsive” Machine Learning Could Lessen Cybersecurity Tradeoffs


In the wake of the Equifax breach and the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak earlier this year, tensions around cybersecurity are running high. According to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Barkly, seven out of 10 organizations are reporting their security risk has significantly increased during the past 12 months. Only 54 percent believe the attacks they’re facing can realistically be stopped, but they are feeling pressure to do more to keep their data safe.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 27: Snapchat Launches Augmented Reality Product Placement

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat launches augmented reality product placement; Hulu exec departs to launch virtual reality investment fund and human beats NASA’s JPL artificial-intelligent controlled drone in race

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