Sat.Nov 04, 2017 - Fri.Nov 10, 2017

Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

TechCrunch LA

Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it’s aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. Read More. Apps TC Transportation Uber VTOLs flying taxis ride hailing Los Angeles

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.

Berkonomics

Close. How many of us throw away marketing dollars because our paid efforts reach an audience that is much larger than the target or niche audience we need to reach?

How To Sell A Used 1996 Honda Accord, LA Style

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In an example of why technology companies serious about content continue to flock to Los Angeles, an epic Youtube video selling a used 1996 Honda Accord --complete with overhead drone video across the Southern California coast--posted last Thursday--has gone viral.

LinkedIn, Silver Lake Take Stake In Cornerstone OnDemand

L.A. Business Journal

Cornerstone OnDemand, a personnel management software developer, announced on Wednesday that private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft Corp.’s s LinkedIn plan to invest $300 million in the company

Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

TechCrunch LA

Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it's aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. . Apps TC Transportation flying taxis Los Angeles ride hailing Uber VTOLs

NextUp: Pop! Bursting the California Water Bubble - BizFed Institute

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- NextUp: Pop! Bursting the California Water Bubble. The NextUp Economic Forum presents a multi-part series exploring the impacts of California's population change and growth on vital resources and the economy. See [link] (more

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 10: NASA Study Says SpaceX Saves Agency Money

L.A. Business Journal

Study says SpaceX saves NASA money; ULA feels no schedule pressure to pick Blue Origin over Aerojet engine; Snapchat ad buyers say all hope is not yet lost

Bose Develops Prototype “Sleepbuds” After Buying San Diego Startup

Xconomy

Bose , the privately held maker of headphones, loudspeakers, and other electronics for audiophiles, has acquired Hush, a San Diego startup founded by three undergraduate engineering students to develop “smart” noise-masking earbuds designed to help users sleep.

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Tech Scenes: Episode 2: Spokeo, Pavemint, The Black Tux, Vator, and More!

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

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 9: Snapchat Redesign Scheduled for Dec. 4 Release

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat redesign scheduled for release on Dec. 4, Disney to price streaming service 'substantially below’ Netflix, and Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’ rakes in $500 million

Microsoft’s Strategy for Finding What’s Next in Healthcare A.I.

Xconomy

Microsoft is applying the same model it used to launch its quantum computing and chatbot efforts to innovation in healthcare, signaling the company’s ambition and optimism about the transformative potential of artificial intelligence technologies in this enormous endeavor. Peter Lee is the Microsoft Research executive in charge of the NExT initiative—an effort quietly begun in 2014 by CEO Satya Nadella and Harry Shum, head of the company’s A.I.

The Valley Economic Forecast Breakfast

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Cornerstone OnDemand Raises $300M From Silver Lake

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Santa Monica-based enterprise software developer Cornerstone OnDemand has raised $300M in a strategic investment from private equity investor Silver Lake, according to the company. Cornerstone OnDemand said the capital injection will go towards funding growth initiatives, and to manage its capital structure, including repaying existing convertible debt and repurchasing common shares.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 8: China's Tencent Takes 12 Percent Stake in Snap as Shares Plunge

L.A. Business Journal

China's Tencent takes 12 percent stake in Snap as shares plunge, LinkedIn and Silver Lake take stake in Cornerstone OnDemand and SpaceX suffers Merlin engine test mishap

Is Your Company Independent or Co-Dependent?

Xconomy

Steve Jobs was once famously quoted stating, “the secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Employees are a critical part of any company’s backbone, no matter the size or industry of the business. They are the driving force that executes the company vision on a daily basis, and make decisions that make it possible to achieve its growth and goals.

Leveraging Machine Learning and Data Science to Drive Business Results

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- Leveraging Machine Learning and Data Science to Drive Business Results. AITP Los Angeles and Technology Council of Southern California. The new technology landscape with origins in data science opens many new possibilities. Our November event will provide insights on the many emerging trends. Speakers: Tony Karrer, Founder/CEO of TechEmpower and Founder/CTO of Aggregage; Jon Morra, VP Data Science, ZEFR; Jeong-Yoon Lee, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft.

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Live.me Raises $50M In Series B From Bytedance

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In the second big piece of news in Los Angeles from Chinese company Bytedance , Bytedance said on Friday that it will invest $50M in a Series B funding in Los Angeles-based Live.me , a developer of an online livestreaming service. Live.me is a subsidiary of Chinese company Cheetah Mobile.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 7: Snap Earnings Report: Company Misses Revenue Target, Adds Just 4.5 Million New Users

L.A. Business Journal

Snap’s quarterly earnings report disappoints, pop star and entrepreneur will.i.am’s s I.am+ raises $117 million and digital advertiser H Code Media partners with online health care portal Webconsultas

Bio Roundup: Barron Joins GSK, Sage Bounces Back, Valeant Dumps Addyi

Xconomy

Call it a week of second chances. Multiple biotechs breathed new life into drugs sorely in need of it. Sage Therapeutics proved a drug that had failed a trial a rare form of epilepsy could be the first ever approved therapy for postpartum depression.

Leveraging Machine Learning and Data Science to Drive Business Results

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 -- Leveraging Machine Learning and Data Science to Drive Business Results.

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ZYNC Music Acquired By Round Hill Music

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Los Angeles-based Zync Music , a music licensing startup focused on placement of music in film, advertising, movie trailers, games, and elsewhere, has become part of Round Hill Music , the two said Thursday. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 6: Blizzard Reveals Details of Upcoming Overwatch League Season

L.A. Business Journal

Blizzard reveals details of upcoming Overwatch League season, consumers overwhelmed by growing number of TV shows and GrubHub finds success on Snapchat

New Biotech Viscient Partners with Organovo on Fatty Liver Disease

Xconomy

It struck me as a little perplexing in April when Organovo (NASDAQ: ONVO ) announced that CEO Keith Murphy was departing to pursue “entrepreneurial opportunities.”

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2U Adds Another Degree Program At USC

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Online education operator 2U , which has offices in Los Angeles, has added another degree program at the University of Southern California, the company said this week. According to 2U, it has announced a new partnership with the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy where it will offer up two new, online graduate degrees for professionals from the school. Financial details of the new deal were not announced.

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Respawn Entertainment Acquired By EA For Up To $455M

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Los Angeles-based game studio Respawn Entertainment , best known for its development of the title Titanfall, has been acquired by Electronic Arts , the two said on Thursday afternoon. EA said it will pay $151M in cash, and up to $164M in long term equity to employees, for Respawn, plus up to $140M in performance-based milestone payments--for a deal which could be worth up to $455M. Respawn Entertainment was led by Vince Zampella, and was based in Sherman Oaks.

Musical.ly Merges With Bytedance, Owner of Flipagram

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Los Angeles-based Musical.ly , which develops mobile apps centered around short video, has merged with Chinese company Bytedance. Financial details of the merger were not announced. According to the two, Musical.ly will continue to operate as its own, independent platform, with founders Louis Yang and Alex Zhu joining Bytedance's team. The two said the move will help Musical.ly extend its reach in China and across Asia.

Activision Sued By Humvee Maker Over Call Of Duty

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Santa Monica-based Activision has been sued by the developer of the ubiquitous Humvee military vehicles, AM General LLC , over the use by Activision of its vehicles in the game Call of Duty. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. The lawsuit covers not only the use of the Humvee in Activision's video game, but also related game-related toys and merchandise. READ MORE>>. activision humvee callofduty legal lawsuit trademark

Hyperloop One's Shervin Pishevar Sues Political Group Over Smear Campaign

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Venture capital investor Shervin Pishevar , the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One , has just filed a lawsuit alleging a political research group has been running a smear campaign against him. Pishevar filed the lawsuit in San Francisco against company Definers Public Affairs this week.

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