May, 2017

Framework Benchmarks Round 14


Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For


While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem , there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. Everyone knows that a startup is only as good as its leadership, which is why the 22 startups listed below are helmed by some of the best and brightest in Silicon Beach.

Envoy launches in LA aiming to bring EV car sharing to real estate developments

TechCrunch LA

Looking to make EV car sharing the next perk for real estate developers, Envoy, a new Los Angeles startup has launched its first pilot. Initially, they’re starting with one apartment building and a fleet of two cars in an LA apartment complex.

Cover Raises $1.6 Million to Build Prefab Structures for Homes

L.A. Business Journal

Cover Technologies Inc., a prefab building company that designs and manufactures backyard studios, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding, according to a statement released Tuesday

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Respect is the Foundation of Client and Employee Relationships


Building a good relationship with your clients and employees comes down to respecting and trusting each other over the long haul. We talked with Gabriel Richards, Founder and CEO of Endertech , about putting love and respect as core values and the positive outcomes he’s gain with this mindset.

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Women Founder's Network 2017 Fast Pitch Competition Deadline

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 -- Women Founder's Network 2017 Fast Pitch Competition Deadline. Women Founders Network (WFN) is a virtual accelerator that connects women building high-growth businesses with the tools and resources they need to achieve business success. Applications for the 2017 competition will be accepted May 1 - June 1. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report May 23: Real Office Centers, Co-Working Tenants Evicted from Santa Monica Office

L.A. Business Journal

Real Office Centers, co-working tenants evicted from Santa Monica office, Snapchat launches custom group stories, and Pepsi to label millions of cans with Snapchat codes

Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

Both Sides of the Table

I am wired to discount people who have total assuredness in their point-of-view, have dogmatic positions or use data as a crutch or substitute for logic.

As Big Cancer Trials Ramp Up, Grail Goes Global, Merges With Cirina


Grail, the Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN ) spinout aiming to develop a blood test that can detect cancer at its earliest stages, has gone global. The Menlo Park, CA, startup, is merging with China’s Cirina, a privately held company co-founded by a pioneer in the field of blood-based diagnostics, Dennis Lo.

Zynga Funds Effort At USC To Support Diversity In Video Game Industry


Social games developer Zynga has funded a new effort to increase the diversity in the video game development industry, through a partnership with the University of Southern California , Zynga said on Tuesday. According to Zynga, it has provided a "substantial gift" to USC's School of Cinematic ARts' Interactive Media & Games Division, to support diversity, inclusive game production, and the creation of "innovative social mobile gameplay."

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Founder Advice: The Pursuit of Perfection Has Limits


Putting unrealistic pressure on yourself to perform and excel could be limiting you to progress and succeed.

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nVerge 2017

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, May 25, 2017 -- nVerge 2017. nVerge 2017—the must-attend technology conference—is back for the 5th year and better than ever! Join 400+ industry professionals to learn about the latest trends and technology updates for Microsoft, Oracle + NetSuite, SAP and a wealth of other technology solutions. See [link] (more

SpaceX Settles Overtime Pay Class Action for $4 Million

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX settled an overtime pay class action with 4,100 workers on Wednesday for $4 million

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Here’s the test: Can you create 5 strategies and 5 tactics to achieve your goal?


In past weeks, we explored the need for a tangible goal and strategies that are measurable as steps toward achievement of your goal. Today, we explore how to create tactics to accompany each strategy, and even suggest a number of tactics to consider for each strategy.

Woodcock: New Approvals Show FDA is Adapting to Precision Medicine


The randomized controlled trial has long been held up as the gold standard for testing new drugs. But the nation’s top drug evaluator, Janet Woodcock, believes they aren’t necessary for all new experimental treatments.

Carpe Data Finds $6.6M


Santa Barbara-based Carpe Data , a new startup developing predictive data software for the insurance industry, has raised $6.6M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG). Carpe Data is led by Max Drucker. According to the company, the new funding will go towards sales and product development.

Taylor Freeman of UploadVR on Building a Passionate Culture for Good


Working in the film and event industry for many years, Taylor Freeman decided to put his career on hold and travel around Europe reflecting on what is important and discovering his true passion, technology. “My

POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit. POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Summit, a one-day event to empower aspiring business owners to build their ideas and grow their companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from LA's top entrepreneurs and self-made professionals on how to plan, finance, structure, launch and grow a business. Univision Los Angeles, Wells Fargo Bank and The Adelante Movement presented by Coca-Cola.

Tunnel Skepticism Runs Deep

L.A. Business Journal

City officials are not digging Elon Musk’s plan for underground tunnels to LAX


Think like a general! Create strategies and tactics now.


If you have been following the last several weeks of these postings, then now we’re getting organized. There are many ways to express the road map for your enterprise. One of the most popular was used by the U.S.

Countering Cybersecurity Turnover: 57 Companies That Do It Best


What does it take to keep highly skilled cybersecurity employees? Salary and benefits are table-stakes.

Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR


Ted Dhanik is co-founder and CEO of West Hollywood-based engage: BDR (, which recently just launched an influencer marketing platform aimed at Instagram.users. Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing, and was at LowerMyBills before that. Engage:BDR has just launched a platform which lets brands browse and discover influencers, create campaigns, and reach customers through limited time advertisements posted by those influencers.

Data Scientist Team Share Lessons Learned From Competition


When you’re in a competition and on the spot, answering questions to industry experts can be a nerve-wrecking process. The best part is that afterward you walk away with valuable insight, experience and lessons learned.

Los Angeles Ad Pros Mix Mingle Network

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -- Los Angeles Ad Pros Mix Mingle Network. With technology, the advertising industry is going under massive disruptions right now. Mix, mingle, and network with other advertising professionals. Find partners with advertisers, ad agencies, publishers, and ad tech companies. See [link].

Silicon Beach Report May 10: Snap Inc. Reports Slow User Growth, Shares Drop More Than 25 Percent

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. reports slow user growth, SpaceX considering sending two Dragon capsules to Mars in 2020, and Jordan Levin named CEO of AwesomenessTV

Please map your goal and USE that map!


It’s time to speak of some sort of business plan.

Unconventional Collaborators, Like FDA, for Early Adoption of New Technology


[ Editor’s note: James Coon is the CEO of Emulate, a developer of Organ-on-chip technology.] We’ve heard it time and again.

Factual Snags Marketing Exec From Telesign


Los Angeles-based mobile location data provider Factual announced on Wednesday that it has named Brian Czarny as its new SVP of Marketing. Czarny was most recently SVP of Marketing at Telesign, and also has served as VP of Marketing and Product at Symplified, in addition to stints at Webroot and MessageLabs. Czarny is also a mentor at Techstars. The hire comes just a few weeks after TeleSign was acquired by BICS in a $230M deal. READ MORE>>.