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PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

TechCrunch LA

PodcastOne , the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters.

Organovo Halts Liver Tissue R&D, Plans Restructuring to Cut Costs

Xconomy

Organovo says it has run out of money to advance its efforts to develop 3-D “patches” of living human liver tissue to tide over people waiting for an organ transplant. The San Diego-based biotech has been working since 2007 to use a method known as bio-printing to come up with such a product, which Organovo (NASDAQ: ONVO ) was developing for patients with end-stage liver disease and a group of rare diseases that also necessitate organ transplantation.

Stamps.com Profit Plunges After Ending Postal Service Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

In its first quarterly earnings report since terminating the agreement, Stamps.com posted a net income of $14 million, down 69% from $45.5 million this time last year

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Does your board give you good advice?

Berkonomics

This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. Having served on more than forty boards, I’ve seen such a variety of good and bad advice that my stories could fill a book. (oh, oh, wait.

Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

TechCrunch LA

Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums.

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

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Video Interview: Aaron Ross, Predictable Revenue

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SoCal Tech Calendar - Untitled Article

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6 Keys To Marketing That Many Entrepreneurs Overlook

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

Romeo Power Raises $4 Million for Electric Battery Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Vernon-based manufacturer Romeo Systems Inc. said Aug. 5 it secured a $4 million investment from HG Ventures to further develop energy-efficient lithium ion batteries

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Amazon Starts Robot Deliveries In Irvine

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For some residents of Irvine, the future is now here--in the form of autonomous, robotic delivery of packages from Amazon. Amazon announced on Tuesday morning that it will begin delivering some packages in Irvine with a "small number" of its robotic, Amazon Scout devices, as it expands testing of its automated robot delivery service for Prime members.

Preccelerator Workshop: Priced to Grow - Building for Sustainable Growth

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 -- Preccelerator Workshop: Priced to Grow - Building for Sustainable Growth. Join our session to challenge perceptions of pricing - what it is and is not - and begin laying the groundwork to integrate pricing into your company's growth strategy that drives sustainable business goals. See [link] (more

10 Business Areas Where Data Is The Key To The Future

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

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Profits Slide at Activision as Competitors Gain Ground

L.A. Business Journal

The Santa Monica-based video game publisher behind popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch” saw its profits decline more than 18% from this time last year, reporting a net income of $328 million

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Semtech Gets Win With IoT Developer Seluxit

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Camarillo-based analog and mixed-signal semiconductor developer Semtech Corporation has scored another win for its low power, wireless communications technology, LoRa, this time with an energy monitoring device developer. According to Semtech, its LoRa technology is being used by Seluxit , a developer of Internet of Things poducts, as part of the MeDa project for one of Germany's energy companies. The device is being used to encourage consumers to change wasteful energy habits and save money.

FDA: Despite “Manipulated” Data, $2M Gene Therapy Should Stay on Market

Xconomy

The FDA on Tuesday said that some data supporting the spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma was “manipulated” before its May 24 approval and that its manufacturer, Novartis (NYSE: NVS ) subsidiary AveXis, knew about it.

7 Common Causes Of Failure To Communicate in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

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Tinder Sued by Former Communications Director

L.A. Business Journal

A former executive at West Hollywood headquartered dating app developer Tinder Inc. filed a lawsuit Monday alleging she was sexually assaulted by Gregory Blatt, the company's former CEO

Virgin Hyperloop One Goes On Tour

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Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One is looking to drum up interest from local governments for its technology, and interest of the public, through a road show of its pods across the country, the company said this week. According to Virgin Hyperloop One, it visited Columbus, Ohio, and is stopping in Arlington, Texas; and Kansas City, Kansas, as part of a tour which it says will "showcase the unique technology to elected, local officials and the general public."

Bio Roundup: Surprise News, a Gene Therapy Mess & a CAR-T Step

Xconomy

Gene therapy has become one of the hottest fields in biomedicine, with two treatments approved in the US already and several more on the way. But surprise news this week regarding Zolgensma, the recently approved spinal muscular atrophy treatment , cast a cloud over its progress.

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8 Keys To Enjoying Work, And Enhancing Your Career

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, one of the most frustrating things I see is the number of employees who are unhappy at work. Business owners don’t like it, the new generations think promotions will solve it, and productivity levels continue to suffer.

SUN Plans New Scooter For Crowded On Demand Scooter Market

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Is there room on your curb for (yet another) on-demand scooter company? Los Angeles-based SUN thinks there is, and said on Wednesday that it is getting set to launch a new, shared scooter model in California. The company says that so far, it is offering up its scooter service in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Eta Compute Names CEO

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Westlake Village-based Eta Compute , a company developing machine learning software for embedded devices like mobile phones, has named Dr. Ted Tewkbury as its new CEO. Tewksbery was previously President and CEO of Entropic Communications, and previously also served as President and CEO of Integrated Device Technology, in addition to serving at AMI Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated, IBM Microelectronics and Analog Devices.

Fair Boosts Executive Team

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Santa Monica-based vehicle subscription startup Fair , led by longtime automobile and startup veteran Scott Painter, is boosting its executive team, saying on Monday that it has added three new executives to its team. The company said it added Jay Trinidad as the company's Chief Product Officer, Pat Wilkinson as its GM of Exclusive Uber Program, and John Pierantoni as SVP of Finance and Risk.

Romeo Power Technology Finds $4M For EV Power Systems

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Vernon, California-based Romeo Power Technology READ MORE>>. romeo power technology systems emobility electric vehicle lithium battery pack electronics venture capital

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Greycroft, WndrCo Back Glow For Podcast Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based venture investors Greycroft Partners and Jeffrey Katzenberg's WndrCo have put their backing behind a new startup that helps podcasters fund their shows via their listeners. According to Glow Technologies , it has raised $2.3M in a seed funding round, which came from Greycroft, WndrCo, Norwest Venture Partners, PSL Ventures, Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund as well as rap artist Nas and Ken Moss, the CTO of Electronic Arts.

Broadcom Buys Symantec's Enterprise Security Business For $10.7 Billion

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Broadcom , which has significant operations in Orange County, has acquired the Enterprise Security business of Symantec , in a deal worth $10.7 billion in cash. The two said the deal is expected to close before the end of the year. The move is consistent with Broadcom's recent activity to diversify itself away from just semiconductors to include network equipment, software, and other products. Last year, Broadcom acquired another large software business, CA Technologies, in an $18.9

Dave Names Customer Experience VP

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Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave , which offers up an online banking service which helps users build their credit, announced on Thursday that it has named Mia Alexander as its new VP of Customer Experience. Alexander was most recently VP of Customer Experience at Green Dot, where she had been for over 16 years. According to Dave, Alexander will oversee the entire customer lifecycle of its 3.8 million customers.

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Bitcoin ATMs Used In Utility Scam In LA

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In a rather nefarious use for Bitcoin, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a warning on Thursday that scammers have been using "Bitcoin ATMs" to scam LADWP customers out of money. The scammers are contacting customers, and tell them that owe money to the utility and can only pay it using the ATMs.

Tripalink Takes $10M More

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Los Angeles-based co-living community developer Tripalink , which develops themed co-living communities aimed at both young students and young professionals, has raised $10M more in a Series B funding, the company said this week. According to the company, the new round came from Calin SJG Fund, L.P, K2VC, Tekton Ventures, plus Oriza Venture. The company said the funding will go towards market expansion. Tripalink said the new round values the company at $100M.