Sat.Dec 29, 2018 - Fri.Jan 04, 2019

Missed Expectations and The Eighty Percent Acquisition Rule

Berkonomics

Eighty percent of all businesses purchased by another company or by a new investor-operator fail to meet the stated expectations of the buyer after one year.

City of Los Angeles Sues The Weather Channel Over Collecting User Data

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has sued The Weather Channel , saying in a lawsuit that the company's mobile app, the Weather Channel App, is fraudulently and deceptively collecting user geolocation data, and selling that to third parties. The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the lawsuit, the company's app is not using its users geolocation data for personalized local weather data, but instead collecting and selling that information to third parties.

In a Huge Biopharma Shakeup, Bristol-Myers to Buy Celgene For $74B

Xconomy

Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to acquire Celgene in a deal that would create one of the largest biopharma organizations in the world and send ripples throughout the life sciences sector.

Westwood Satellite Data Storage Outfit Raises $100 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Cloud Constellation Corp., based in Westwood, finalized a $100 million Series B equity round Dec. 20, led by HCH Group Company Ltd., a subsidiary of Chinese consumer electronics conglomerate Haier Group

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Missed Expectations and The Eighty Percent Acquisition Rule

Berkonomics

Eighty percent of all businesses purchased by another company or by a new investor-operator fail to meet the stated expectations of the buyer after one year.

Reflections on 2018: Mike Panesis, Center for Entrepreneurship at CLU

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. You'll be able to browse all of those contributions here. Here's Mike Panesis , Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California Lutheran University (CLU). What was the biggest lesson you learned this year? It's difficult to choose one. I regularly learn something new from our students.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 3: $100 Million for SpaceBelt Data Storage

L.A. Business Journal

AT&T earthquake app available for download; LA Times malware ID’d; Westwood data storage firm raises $100 million

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Silicon Beach Networking Happy Hour in Santa Monica (Open Bar + Presentations)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 10, 2019 -- Silicon Beach Networking Happy Hour in Santa Monica. Come by and enjoy free drinks, presentations, and networking with some of LA's top professionals in startups, tech, online marketing, e-commerce, real estate, finance, blockchain, influencers, and more. See [link] (more

Reflections on 2018: Alon Goren, 805 Startups and Crypto Invest Summit

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. You'll be able to browse all of those contributions here. Here's Alon Goren , founder of 805 Startups and the Crypto Invest Summit. What was the biggest lesson you learned this year? Stick to what you love and what you know and do best.

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For CAR-T Cancer Fighters in the Real World, Two Roads Diverge

Xconomy

A generation ago, cancer treatments made from a patient’s own living immune cells would have been science fiction. Now they’re here.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 4: Los Angeles Sues Weather Channel App

L.A. Business Journal

Warner Bros. settles “Westworld” game lawsuit; Digital Domain spins off new startup; IBM’s weather app sued by city attorney

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MADIA Tech Launch Event

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uBeam Dangles Promise Of First Demo At CES

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Los Angeles-based uBeam , the controversial wireless charging startup backed by Upfront Ventures, says its is about to unveil its "ultrasonic wireless power system" at the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas next week, the first demonstration of the company's technology. The company, which has its CEO step aside last year , had gained a lot of unwanted attention from doubters of the company's technology credibility, when the company's former VP of Engineering called the company's product "a sham".

From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation

Xconomy

When it comes to developing and promoting innovation, external factors beyond the control of company founders, investors, and other business leaders can also determine whether a startup succeeds or fails.

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Flo Technologies Announces $28 Million Series B

L.A. Business Journal

Flo Technologies Inc., based in Culver City, completed a Series B fundraising round worth $28 million Jan. 4, bringing the home water monitoring system developer’s total funding to an estimated $39.3 million

Preccelerator Workshop

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Qualcomm Backs 5G Startup Baicells

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San Diego-based Qualcomm is the lead investor in a new startup, developing 5G "small cell" technology, called B>Baicells. According to Baicells over the holidays, it raised $14.55M in a funding round, which came from Qualcomm Ventures LLC. The company says it is develping 5G technology based on "modularized architecture, virtualized technology and fog computing".

NY’s Research Institutions Must Keep Working Together in ‘19

Xconomy

[ Editor’s Note: Euan Robertson, the Director of Strategic Planning & Special Projects at Columbia Technology Ventures, co-wrote this article.] It is a commonly held belief that academic research institutions, including those in New York City, are fierce competitors.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 2: Activision Appoints New CFO

L.A. Business Journal

Blizzard tweaks e-sports chats; Disney and Verizon sign deal; Durkin replaces Neumann at Activision Blizzard

L.A. Tech 2019 Kickoff

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 -- L.A. Tech 2019 Kickoff. Startup Coil. Kick off 2019 with Startup Coil and L.A. Tech Happy Hour at the beautiful Waterfront Venice. See [link] (more

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Medsphere Buys Healthline Solutions

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Carlsbad-based healthcare information technology developer Medsphere Systems Corporation said this morning that it has acquired Texas-based HealthLine Solutions , a developer of applications which are used by hospitals to manage their supply chain inventory. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Medsphere, the Healthline's core assets include applications that use bar coding and RFID technology used for healthcare supply chain inventory management.

Three Ways 5G Is More Than Just Fast Video Streaming

Xconomy

In 2019, we will finally see commercial deployment of the much-anticipated 5G (fifth-generation) wireless network. 5G brings us closer to the possibility and promise of ubiquitous, un-tethered connection between every device and every entity.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 31: Caltech scientists play games with DNA

L.A. Business Journal

Caltech scientists experiment with DNA; Netflix abandons iTunes payment; L.A. Times hacked

Cubic Buys GRIDSMART For $87M

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San Diego-based Cubic Corporation said on Wednesday that it has acquired GRIDSMART Technologies , a developer of video tracking technology for the traffic management market. The deal was worth $87M in cash. GRIDSMART develops video detection technology, which uses image processing, computer vision modeling, and machine learning to track the movement of both people and traffic through street intersections.

San Diego Venture Investor Barbara Bry Takes Aim At Mayor's Seat

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San Diego venture investor and entrepreneur Barbara Bry , who co-founded Proflowers.com and several other local technology companies, said on Wednesday that she is running for Mayor of San Diego , in a move to further extend her experience in the technology industry into politics.

AmpliPhi Biosciences, C3J Therapeutics In Merger Deal

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San Diego-based AmpliPhi Biosciences and Los Angeles-based C3J Therapeutics said this morning that the two have agreed to merge, in an all-stock deal, to focus on precisely targeted bacteriophage therapeutics. As part of the deal, the companies said C3J's existing shareholders will invest $10M in the merged company. AmpliPhi Biosciences is currently listed on the NYSE American as APHB.

LayerStack Opens New LA Data Center

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Hong Kong-based cloud infrastructure provider LayerStack said on Thursday that it has opened up a new data center in Los Angeles, which will be its first facility in the United States. According to the company, the new data center will be its fourth, on top of existing operations in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. LayerStack did not say how big of a data center it is opening up in Los Angeles, nor how much it is investing in the new location.

Atara Biotherapeutics CEO Steps Down

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Atara Biotherapeutics , the biopharmaceuticals firm which has its manufacturing and research efforts based in Thousand Oaks, said on Thursday that its current President and CEO, Isaac Ciechanover, M.D., plans to step down. Ciechanover is the founder of Atara. According to the company, its board has initiated a search for a new CEO, with Ciechanover remaining in his role until at least June 30th or when a successor is found. The reason for the CEO changeover was not announced by the company.

Digital Domain Spins Out New Startup, Iconic Engine

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Los Angeles-based visual effects and virtual reality content creator Digital Domain said Thursday afternoon that it has launched a new startup, Iconic Engine , to focus on what it calls "extended reality" (XR) content. According to Digital Domain, it incubated Iconic Engine to focus on the increasing availability of augmented reality (AR) devices and standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. The new startup will be led by Digital Domain executive Amit Chopra.

Basepaws Launches Cat DNA Testing Service

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El Segundo-based Basepaws , a new DNA testing startup, says it is launching a brand new service which will offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for cats, providing owners with information about the ancestry and health and habits of their pet. The startup, led by founder and CEO Anna Skaya, says the purpose of its genetic testing is to help owners prevent disease and optimize nutrition for their cats. The company is formally launching its testing service at CES next week.