December, 2016

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

TechCrunch LA

If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. There are two macro trends occuring within venture capital (VC) which are combining to have a […]. The post Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide appeared first on John Greathouse. Uncategorized Venture Capital

Reflections on 2016: Jaspar Weir, TaskUs


This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. Today's contribution is from Jaspar Weir , co-founder of TaskUs (, which powers much of the back office and customer support behind some of the best known startups here in Southern California--not to mention the rest of the world, and for many established companies, too. You can see all of our holiday reflections here.

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Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

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A room full of some of the top tech leaders in our country: Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Tesla and so forth. It’s a breath of fresh air to see that Marc Benioff, who has become a beacon for protecting the rights of our most vulnerable citizens, is not in attendance.

Talk Presents ENGAGE: The LA Digital Storytelling Conference [ LOS ANGELES ]


“ENGAGE LA is an in-depth look at how the digital age is evolving and transforming storytelling. We are bringing all the successful elements from our dynamic Talk Forum NYC events to our third ENGAGE LA Forum. This experience will change how you view the world of content creation and consumption, with fresh perspectives that can be applied to a variety of areas, including social, mobile, retail, video, TV and film.

ZEFR Hires Two For Executive Team


Venice, California-based ZEFR , which develops software to identify, filter, and organize content for brands and content owners on YouTube and other online video sites, said today that it has hired two new executives to its senior team. The company said it has named Anne Hallock as Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing, and Brian Atwood as Executive Vice President, head of Global Sales.

7 Ways to Secure Your Connected Devices Against Hackers


’Tis the season for giving gifts. And increasingly, those shiny new toys and gadgets can be connected to the Internet—from TVs to watches, speakers to Barbie dolls. That Internet connection opens up a ton of possibilities for how we can use and enjoy our new devices.

Domain Registry Company XYZ Gets Permission to Sell Domains in China

L.A. Business Journal

Domain registry company XYZ Inc. has been granted permission by the Chinese government to sell its dot-xyz domain suffix in China, potentially opening up a huge market to the Santa Monica startup. XYZ has sold more than 6 million dot-xyz domains globally. About 2 million of those domains were registered in China with tentative permission from the Chinese government. The firm has exclusive rights from Internet Corp.

Five ways we are surviving long term


Dave’s note: This week we invite long-time CEO of Quicksilver Software to respond to our question: “How have you remained relevant in the gaming software business over so many years?”

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

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Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. Watching him develop over the past 4.5 years at Upfront has been both a pleasure and also has taught me a lot about venture capital.

Hero Conf Los Angeles [ LOS ANGELES ]


“Hero Conf Los Angeles marks our sixth annual US event, where PPC fanatics gather to share a passion, collaborate on solutions and simply have fun while learning about the latest trends in paid search. Hero Conf is hosted by the experts behind PPC Hero and is an event tailor-made for digital advertising pros ready to discuss tactics and actionable ideas to implement within their accounts.

TeleSign Names New Chief Product Officer


Los Angeles-based TeleSign announced this morning that it has it named Tom Powledge as the company's new Chief Product Officer. Powledge was previously Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he managed the company's ArcSign business. Prior to HPE, Powledge was Vice President of Managed Security Services at Cisco Systems, and also spent 20 years at Symantec.

Ionis, Biogen Make History With FDA Nod for Spine Disease Drug


Patients with spinal muscular atrophy got an early Christmas present on Friday. The FDA approved nusinersen (Spinraza), making the drug the first-ever marketed treatment for the rare, potentially deadly genetic disorder.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: J2 Global Acquires Everyday Health for $465M

L.A. Business Journal

J2 Global acquires Everyday Health for $465 million, Aerovironment charger is official accessory to Chevy Bolt EV, and Heal Adds Dick Gephardt to board

How to plan to make a successful acquisition


One of my company CEO’s recently described his rule for acquisition success, and it resonated with me as a great goal for planning during acquisition exercises.

Startup Cafe

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 -- Startup Cafe #2. Hosted by Startups In The Sky @ Industrious Los Angeles. See

The gift-giving platform that offers experiences instead of things

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If you’re going to spend a good amount of money on a gift for someone, you want it to be something special, something thoughtful, something they can look back on in a few years time and be reminded of the wonderful person you are.

Report: Snap Buys Ad Tech Firm Flite


Venice-based Snap , the parent firm of Snapchat, has acquired San Francisco-based ad technology developer Flite , according to reports this morning. According to recode, the acquisition is an "acquihire", and Snap is using the buy to help bring in new ad technology talent, rather than any software developed by Flite. The deal has not yet been announced by either company. READ MORE>>. snap advertising technology merger acquisition adtech acquihire

6 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017: Ransomware, Skills Gap & More


In 2016, we saw cyber attacks increasingly shift from external breaches of confidential data to internal disruption of data and services, as attackers used distributed denial of service (DDoS) or encryption to hold businesses hostage. Attackers continue to focus more on exploiting users than technology. Users are often unaware and uneducated about the potential risks, yet have huge access to data and resources, presenting a huge area of risk.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 19: Rubicon Project Tests Tool to Block, Snooze, or Like Ads

L.A. Business Journal

Rubicon Project tests tool to block, snooze, or like ads, Snapchat gives celebrities no special treatment, and Elon Musk proposes a tunneling company

How to network like a ninja


Dave’s comment: This week we welcome our perennial favorite contributor, Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, to offer us her sage advice on a subject where she is expert.

Digital Family Reunion '16

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, December 19, 2016 -- Digital Family Reunion '16. For the past eight years, the Digital Family Reunion has been the holiday event of the season for LA's vibrant technology and business communities. With our aim to connect Web 1.0 leaders with the next generation of technology professionals, DFR has always cultivated a unifying place to reconnect with colleagues and make new friends with those who share our common bond.

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Honest Company Signs On To White House Effort On Equal Pay


Los Angeles-based Honest Company is one of 44 companies who are backing an effort this week by the current White House, to bolster equal pay efforts in the United States. The Honest Company joined such companies as Adobe, AT&T, Autodesk, eBay, Edison International, Estee Lauder, InterContinental Hotels Group, New Belgium Brewing, and many others in signing the pledge.

OneRoof Energy Cuts Staff, Starts Winding Down Operations


San Diego-based residential solar power installer OneRoof Energy said late Friday that it has "significantlyr educed" its work force, and has begun winding down its operations, after it said it was unable to secure financing necessary to continue sales, marketing, and development. The company did not say how many people it laid off in the move. The company said it is now "considering various measures to preserve cash" and looking to "maximize the value of its assets."

Somabar Snags $1.5M For Robotic Bartender


Los Angeles-based Somabar , which is developing a robotic bartender which automatically mixes cocktails for you, has raised $1.5M in a bridge funding round, according to lead investor the Tech Coast Angels. The TCA said that the round also included members of the Harvard Business School Angels and the Duke University Angel Network, as well as local private equity fund rainforest.LA.

Reflections on 2016: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. This morning, we have Kevin Winston of Digital LA (, the organization which is LA's largest digital networking group and which is behind the Silicon Beach Fest, the first and largest tech, startup and entertainment conference in LA. You'll be able to see all the many 2016 reflections here as they are posted.

Elon Musk to Advise President-Elect Donald Trump

L.A. Business Journal

Elon Musk has entered President-Elect Donald Trump’s orbit. The billionaire founder of rocket manufacturer Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has accepted an advisory role in Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a non-partisan policy council