September, 2017

Careful about equity and options in early stage businesses

Berkonomics

Close. This post is longer than usual. For those negotiating equity allocations it covers some of the most complex issues to address in the process. I just couldn’t reduce it to far fewer words… Dave.

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Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

TechCrunch LA

In the past year, New York has reached a tipping point as consumer-facing startups proliferate and similarly Los Angeles is gaining notice with the success of Snap and Dollar Shave Club among others.

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

Both Sides of the Table

In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

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Omnia Brings Wireless Car Charging to the iPhone 7 and 6 [ Review ]

Tech.Co

Early this month Apple announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. One of the biggest changes besides to the design on both was the addition of wireless charging using QI technology.

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Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice advertising technology firm System1 announced on Monday that it had completed a $270 million financing round led by New York-based Court Square Capital Partners

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SpaceX Shows Off Failures Which Led To Rocket Landing Success

socalTECH

SpaceX has just released a massive roll of video of all of the landing failures which occurred in its quest to land its Falcon 9 rockets, before it finally managed to reach success in landing its boosters.

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Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

TechCrunch LA

In the past year, New York has reached a tipping point as consumer-facing startups proliferate and similarly Los Angeles is gaining notice with the success of Snap and Dollar Shave Club among others. Read More.

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

Both Sides of the Table

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

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How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

Tech.Co

The popularity of video in marketing has risen in recent years.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 20: Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice’s System1 raises $270 million, SpaceX asks FCC to make exception for low-Earth satellites in subsidized internet program and Overwatch League announces three new teams

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Tech Scenes Episode 1: A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem

socalTECH

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

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Hire as if your survival depends upon it.

Berkonomics

Aside from visionary management, this is your most important job. Close. Many of us go through the motions of hiring to fill a position, trying to use our intuition and skills to find the best candidate for the job.

Two new handhelds will help you relive the golden age of gaming

TechCrunch LA

Whether you’re an older gamer who remembers the Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis with great fondness or a doting grandparent who doesn’t remember exactly what the grandkids wanted (the Nintendo Swamp or something?),

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This Startup Should Have Fired Uber, Tinder, Pinterest, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, HootSuite and Instagram

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Despite the fact that JazzHR was a nascent startup in 2012, it boasted an impressive customer […].

Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People

Tech.Co

If you don’t have the right team and hire the best people for the job, your company will go through more hills and valleys than you’ll want. We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best people and how his team has helped his business grow.

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County Looks to Lead on Amazon Headquarters Proposal

L.A. Business Journal

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and L.A. County Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas want the county to spearhead regional efforts to attract Seattle-based Amazon Inc.’s s second headquarters, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Business Journal

Up Thursday: Episode 1 Of Tech Scenes, A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem

socalTECH

Looking to figure out what makes Southern California's thriving technology industry tick? We've partnered with Tech Scenes, produced by Jeff Martin, to help showcase what makes the region such an attractive community for startup entrepreneurs and venture investments.

Are you mentally equipped to depend upon others?

Berkonomics

Close. I guarantee that there comes a time when growing businesses outgrow the original span of control of the entrepreneur. It is a critical period, and is a test of the entrepreneur’s desire and ability to delegate.

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Two new handhelds will help you relive the golden age of gaming

TechCrunch LA

Whether you’re an older gamer who remembers the Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis with great fondness or a doting grandparent who doesn’t remember exactly what the grandkids wanted (the Nintendo Swamp or something?), the new AtGames portable consoles will either excite you to no end or cause deep disappointment. These crazy little consoles contain dozens […]. Gadgets Gaming TC Atari atgames computing Los Angeles Nintendo nintendo entertainment system player sega genesis Software tim

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Biomed Incubator Watershed Develops Tech for IDing Medical Devices

Xconomy

San Antonio — A biomedical product developer, Watershed Idea Foundry, has created a method of identifying medical devices that have been implanted in the body that uses 3-D printing and its own software.

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

Tech.Co

The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams. Two years later in 1992 VOD servers were capable of supplying previously encoded digital video from disks and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Fast Forward to the present day and look how far VOD has been driven by a vast number of separate technological wonders.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 25: Video Game Voice Actors End 11-Month Strike

L.A. Business Journal

Video game voice actors end 11-month strike, Snapchat’s new augmented reality effect transforms the sky and OpenX acquires two advertising technology companies

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StartEngine Plans New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign, For Itself

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based StartEngine , the equity crowdfunding site led by serial entrepreneur Howard Marks, told its supporters on Friday that it is planning to launch a new, equity crowdfunding effort: for itself. According to StartEngine, in an email to investors in earlier equity crowdfunding efforts on its site, that in the coming weeks, StartEngine will be offering its own shares to investors.

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How Machines Understand Text - NLP, Machine Learning in Practice

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -- How Machines Understand Text - NLP, Machine Learning in Practice. We have a great session planned that will use two case studies of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to explore opportunities that businesses have with understanding text. Come join us for a moderated session led by Dr. Jon Morra as he guides us through in depth use cases of NLP and their applications in predictive analytics.

X Prize Marks $30 Million Spot on Moon

L.A. Business Journal

X Prize Foundation contest asks participants to get rolling on a robotic moon rover

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On the Go in L.A.: 121C

L.A. Business Journal

Ryan Olliges' startup, 121C Inc., was founded to exploit the market inefficiency, and has signed multiyear contracts with undisclosed local rocket manufactures to buy carbon scrap and recycle the material into skateboards and longboards

HAAWK Finds $2.5M For Rights Management Startup

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based HAAWK , a new startup focused on rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization, has raised $2.5M in a seed financing round, according to the company. The funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners, Wavemaker Partners, Frontier Venture Capital, and Apex Ventures. The startup, led by serial entrepreneur Ryan Born, said it also acquired a range of assets from Dart Music. Financial details of the Dart Music acquisition was not announced.

Kohl's To Sell Amazon Devices In Some LA Stores

socalTECH

Department store operator Kohl's announced this morning that it will begin selling Amazon.com devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire tablets, and more, at dedicated spaces within its stores. Kohl's said it will dedicate sections of its stores--manned by Amazon.com employees--to sell the high tech gadgets, starting at 10 "select" Los Angeles and Chicago stores.

Tech Scenes: Royce Disini of Mobcrush

socalTECH

Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. In this solo episode we meet up with Royce Disini and talk about Mobcrush , mobile gaming, live streaming, and content creator entertainment in Los Angeles.

Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

L.A. Business Journal

Activision Blizzard of Santa Monica plans to open an e-sports arena in Burbank to play host to a variety of video game tournaments including the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and Hearthstone Championship Tour in October, the company said Thursday