September, 2018

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

TechCrunch LA

In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ ’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.”

Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer


This is one of my favorite insights, since I lived this one in a positive exit from my computer business. Types of business buyers expanded. Most people will tell you that there are two kinds of eventual buyers for your business: financial and strategic.

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBA’s. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies … our position is that we hire someone in spite of an MBA, not because of one.”

Miso Robotics' Robot Chef Continues Work at Dodger Stadium

L.A. Business Journal

A Pasadena robotics and artificial intelligence outfit that’s been using a robot to fry chicken tenders at Dodger Stadium just gave the bots an upgrade to include the frying skill

Port Of San Diego Hit By Ransomware Attack, Systems Offline


The Port of San Diego says it has been hit by a ransomware attack, which has disrupted the port's information technology systems--although it says that ships and boats are able to continue to access the port at the moment. According to the Port of San Diego, an unknown group is holding the port's IT systems hostage, requesting a payment in Bitcoin.

Big Pharma Seeks More Partnerships, Evidence in Digital Therapeutics


“Digital therapeutics” startups are starting to win more respect—and investment dollars—from pharmaceutical giants.

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Another personal story: Timing is everything in a sale.


Almost anyone who has sold a company has a story to tell about their good deal, the problems with the buyer, a last-minute change of terms, or more.

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Guerilla Marketing: An Empty UPS Envelope Doubled This Company’s Sales


A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. What would you do if you opened a UPS envelope and there was nothing inside? A scrappy startup inadvertently answered this question when they accidentally mailed several hundred empty UPS envelopes.

Momentum IoT Lands $3.1 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Long Beach-based mixed fleet management software developer Momentum IoT announced Sept. 10 it raised $3.1 million

ObEN Shows Off Singing, Talking AI Personality


Pasadena-based artificial intelligence software developer ObEN has rolled out a new, singing and talking "AI personality" based on Chinese singing group SNH48 , the company said today. The company said it has created the "world's first celebrity personal AI" based on one of the members of the Chinese music group, Aijia. ObEN's AI personality sang a duet with her real-life counterpart at a conference in China this week.

BOOST Sales Performance with Carrie Lauby

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 --.

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Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA on October 18

TechCrunch LA

TechCrunch is heading to UCLA on October 18 and we’ve assembled some of the AR/VR industry’s most prescient founders, investors and executives to chat about the startups and trends driving virtual and augmented reality in 2018.

Can you list ten buyers for your business?


Most entrepreneurs and certainly all investors would like to see “a positive liquidity event” (a good sale of the business) someday.

How Groups are Closing the Security Skills Gap, Boosting Diversity


Today, there is a massive shortage of cybersecurity talent across the globe. According to a 2015 study from Frost & Sullivan and the (ISC)² Foundation, there could be more than 1.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2020.

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Fighting Suicide With Software

L.A. Business Journal

Adolescent suicides – and preventing them –is in the crosshairs of a software firm

Drinks Picks Up $15M Funding Round


Los Angeles-based Drinks , which operates a number of subscription, direct-to-consumer wine delivery services, has raised $15M in a Series B funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Beverly Pacific and also included Shea Ventures and others. The company was founded by Zac Brandenberg, and operates the Wine Insiders wine delivery club and the Martha Stewart Win Co.

2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- 2018 Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival. The Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival (HETF) is an exciting international event bridging the US and China, with expert speakers and panel discussions on trends in entertainment technology, cross-border opportunities, and investments.

Canters restaurant royalty raises $9.5 million for Ordermark, a takeout order management service

TechCrunch LA

Alex Canter knows the restaurant business. The scion of Los Angeles’ famous first family of the deli business — the owners of the eponymous Canters restaurant — Canter has been in the food business longer than many seasoned restauranteurs twice his age.

Everything you do adds or reduces company value


Each decision you make to commit resources – your money or your use of corporate or personal time – affects the future value of your business.

Six Life Science Firms Close Q3 with an IPO, More Are on the Way


The window for life science IPOs is still open, and five biotechs and one medical device company chose the last week of the third quarter to make their stock market debuts. Gritstone Oncology (NASDAQ: GRTS ) closed out the week by raising $100 million in an upsized IPO.

Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks Invests in Daybreak Games

L.A. Business Journal

Wilshire-based NantWorks, a diversified holding company run by Patrick Soon-Shiong, announced Sept. 6 it invested an undisclosed sum into Daybreak Game Co., creating through the investment a joint venture titled NantG Mobile

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SpaceX To Deliver Robots To The Moon


Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has just signed a deal to deliver two robot payloads to the moon for a small Japanese company, ispace , ispace said this morning. According to ispace, it has signed a contract with SpaceX for two flights to land two lunar orbiters on the moon.

Keys to Driving Innovation Success

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Uppercase raises $3.5M to help e-tailers open brick-and-mortar stores

TechCrunch LA

People like to say that brick-and-mortar retail is dead, but direct-to-consumer businesses continue to dabble with physical stores all the same.

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FabFitFun expands its video reach with a new experiment in live programming

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles-based women’s subscription box and media business FabFitFun is expanding its video catalog with the launch of new live programming set to coincide with the launch of its latest seasonal box.

Popbase helps YouTube stars build closer relationships with their fans

TechCrunch LA

Entertainment has changed. New platforms led by YouTube have emerged to change the dynamic of broadcast media — once dominated by the rigid programming of TV — while the internet has enabled new media stars to engage with their audiences in new, high-touch ways.

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Local Energy Firm Executive Forms Project Financing Company

L.A. Business Journal

The chief executive of Arensis Corp., a downtown provider of micro waste-to-energy systems, has formed a separate project financing company that will use blockchain and smart-meter technology to better target potential customers, Arensis announced Sept.

Where to watch tonight’s Emmy Awards online

TechCrunch LA

It’s the biggest night for television and streaming media services tonight as the stars are gathering to celebrate themselves at the 70th annual Emmy Awards.

Audax Group Buys Controlling Interest in Acuant

L.A. Business Journal

Boston-based private equity firm Audax Group Inc. bought a controlling interest in Culver City-based identification verification software developer Acuant Inc. in a deal finalized Sept.

Associated Press Goes Hi-Fi

L.A. Business Journal

Associated Press has found a way to add listeners: partner with Super Hi-Fi to embed news stories between streamed songs

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