May, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat it feels like the local pizza shop when they first get a call from the local mafia boss and you can feel the shake-down coming.

Elon Musk Will Leave Trump Tech Council If US Drops Paris Agreement


Elon Musk , the technology billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors , says that if the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement, he will "have no choice" but to leave Trump's Tech Council. In a tweet, Musk said he has "done all I can to advise directly to POTUS" on climate change, and "don't know which way Paris will go". Musk had joined a controversial council formed by the Presidential administration to ostensibly "share their specific experience and knowledge" with the President.

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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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Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals


Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Tunnel Skepticism Runs Deep

L.A. Business Journal

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


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.

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.

Women Founder's Network 2017 Fast Pitch Competition Deadline

SoCal Tech Calendar

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

How Mompreneurs Can Have it All, And Some


For some reason, the 2012 Atlantic article, “ Why Women Still Can’t Have It All ,” has always fueled me. At the time that was written, I had a 3-year-old daughter, was pregnant with my second child, and wanted nothing more than to prove that article wrong. I wanted the career and the family.

Figuring It Out: Addressing Practices That Impact Women in Technology


The Women’s March, New Tech Northwest’s annual “Women in Tech” event, and International Women’s Day are just a few of the recent events prompting important conversations around inequality in the tech industry.

Musk Threatens to Withdraw from Trump Advisory Council Should U.S. Leave Paris Climate Treaty

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Twitter Wednesday that he would leave President Donald Trump’s Advisory Forum should the United States withdraw from The Paris Agreement on climate change

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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.

Social Native Raises $8M


Los Angeles-based Social Native , an online marketplace which connects brands with content creators creating social media content, has raised $8M in a funding round, the company disclosed today. The funding came from SoftBank Capital, along with angels Jeff Ragovin and Eytan Elbaz. Social Native is led by CEO David Shadpour. Ragovin and Elbaz both joined Social Native as executives in January. READ MORE>>. social native ragovin elbaz venture capital socialnative executive growth officer strateg

nVerge 2017

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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

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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.

ViaCyte Raises $10M, Moves to Human Trial with New Diabetes Product


San Diego-based ViaCyte said it is ready to move into human testing with a new product intended for patients with Type 1 diabetes who are at high risk for acute, life-threatening complications from severe episodes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

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

How to use metrics and a dashboard


Have you ever driven a car that had no speedometer? I had that thrill when a student at the Richard Petty Stock Car School of Driving at a motor speedway in California.

engage:BDR Aims At Instagram Advertising


Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer engage:BDR , which is led by MySpace alum Ted Dhanik, has launched a new product aimed at influencer advertising on Instagram. According to engage:BDR, its new product, IconicReach, helps brands manage their advertising campaigns on Instagram, letting them discover and manage influencers on the Instagram platform.

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.

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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Amid Budget Concerns, NIH Preps Beta Test for Precision Medicine Plan


An ambitious plan to recruit 1 million U.S. volunteers and amass a treasure trove of their health information will start next week with a “beta test” that health officials hope to eventually expand nationwide.

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Firms Look to Connect With Augmented Reality

L.A. Business Journal

Some firms see an advantage in augmented reality versus hardware-heavy virtual reality


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.

Donut Media's Matt Levin On Creating A New Car Enthusiast Brand


Earlier this week, Los Angeles-based Donut Media ( announced a seed funding round, for its efforts to create a online, video-focused brand centered around car enthusiasts. We spoke with CEO Matt Levin to hear about how Donut Media is looking to speak to the Millennial car enthusiast through both its online videos as well as social content. Donut Media is venture backed by Techstars Ventures, 3311 Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and professional driver Ryan Tuerck.

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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].