Sat.Dec 01, 2018 - Fri.Dec 07, 2018

Putting the band back together, ExactTarget execs reunite to launch MetaCX

TechCrunch LA

Scott McCorkle has spent most of his professional career thinking about business to business software and how to improve it for a company’s customers.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Creates New Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Upfront Ventures leads $14 million MetaCX round; Axiomatic invests in Matcherino; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies links with German port authority

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Can a “good-hearted” entrepreneur succeed in business?

Berkonomics

People argue over whether an entrepreneur with a sense of fairness, a desire for collegiality, a want to share the profits can succeed in the long run within a business world full of lions and tigers that eat timid entrepreneurs for lunch. Does a “good heart” diminish the chances of success?

Top CTO Challenges for 2019

SoCal CTO

The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

TechCrunch LA

One of Europe’s most popular fitness applications is poised to flourish in the U.S. market with the help of several Los Angeles-based investors. Freeletics , headquartered in Munich, Germany, is today announcing its first round of private capital after bootstrapping since 2013.

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VR Goes Out of Box

L.A. Business Journal

Economic reality forces VR firms to switch focus for wider audience

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Boring Company Tunnel Opening Shifts To December 18th

socalTECH

The official opening of the first tunnel being built by Los Angeles-based Boring Company , a prototype tunnel meant to prove out its technology and feasibility of transporting people and traffic beneath city streets, has shifted to December 18th, according to Elon Musk. The official opening of the tunnel system had been scheduled for December 10th. According to Musk, the tunnel opening will "include modded but fully road legal autonomous transport cars & ground to tunnel car elevators."

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

SoCal Tech Calendar

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SpaceX Breaks Launch Record

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX reaches new heights with record-breaking rocket launch

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Synthorx Gets $131M In Upsized IPO For Synthetic Biology Drugs

Xconomy

Synthorx, which is working to develop cancer and autoimmune therapies using technology that allows it to expand the genetic alphabet, raised $131 million in an upsized IPO on Thursday. The company sold more than 11.9 million shares at $11 apiece. Nearly 1.8

Upfront Ventures Leads Investment In MetaCX

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor in a MetacX , a startup developing collaboration software for suppliers and buyers of enterprise software. According to MetaCX, it raised over $14M in the funding round, which was led by Upfront Ventures. Upfront's participation was led by Kobie Fuller, who joins MetaCX's board of directors as part of the funding.

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South Bay Monday Club Member Holiday Lunch

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- South Bay Monday Club Member Holiday Lunch. Email Fred@mondayclub.com.

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Upfront Ventures Leads $14M MetaCX Funding Round

L.A. Business Journal

Early-stage venture capital investor Upfront Ventures, based in Santa Monica, led a $14 million investment round for MetaCx, an Indianapolis-headquartered developer of e-commerce management software

5 Reasons to Seek Geographic Diversity in a Venture Portfolio

Xconomy

Silicon Valley. New York City. Boston. Call them tech hubs or startup capitals, they are drawing in our nation’s venture capital dollars. But when it comes to new investments, venture capitalists can’t be so short-sighted. The opportunities beyond these markets may be richer than many realize.

WhiteFox Defense Lands $12M For Drone, Airspace Management

socalTECH

San Luis Obispo-based WhiteFox Defense Technologies , a new startup developing technology which protects critical infrastructure against drone intrusions, has raised $12.0M in a Series Seed funding round. The funding was led by JAM Capital, and also included Stage Venture Partners, Okapi Venture Capital, Serra Ventures, OCA Ventures, as well as Frontier Venture Capital.

South Bay Monday Club Member Holiday Lunch

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, December 10, 2018 -- South Bay Monday Club Member Holiday Lunch. Email Fred@mondayclub.com.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 7: InSight Rover Begins Mars Analysis

L.A. Business Journal

New sponsors for Call of Duty World League; InSight Rover starts taking red planet data; former employees say Defy Media’s abrupt closure left them without final paychecks

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LunaDNA Offers Stock for Data in Bid to Build Research Database

Xconomy

Transphorm's Semiconductors Powering New Solar Power Generator Product

socalTECH

Goleta-based semiconductor Transphorm , which designs and manufactures gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors, says its technology has been used in a new product from Inergy. According to the two, Inergy and its design partner Telcodium used Transphorm's semiconductors as a key part of its new portable solar generator, the "Kodiak Extreme".

Happy Hour: Tech Toy Stories (2018-12-05)

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: Netflix’s $100M bid for “Friends”

L.A. Business Journal

Netflix pays $100 million for exclusive rights to “Friends;” Hulu chief hints streamer may be considering bid for sports; Aussie cotton farmers to use Semtech’s LoRa wireless networking tech

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ResMed Boosts Connected Health Play With $225M Propeller Health Deal

Xconomy

[ Updated 12/3/18, 3:30 pm, with CEO comments. ResMed has inked a $225 million deal to acquire Propeller Health, in the latest endorsement of Internet-connected devices for healthcare.

Semtech Gets LoRa Wireless Win In Australia

socalTECH

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech reported another win with its LoRa, low power wireless networking technology, this time in Australia. Semtech said its technology is being used to create a "smart farming network" in Australia, as part of a win with the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), an Australian carrier.

Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -- Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead. Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. Speaker: Ben Kuo, editor and founder, socalTECH.com We are excited to invite back Benjamin Kuo, editor and founder of socalTECH.com, for another year in review. He will talk about some of the noteworthy funding deals, acquisitions, exits and trends of 2018, and talk about what might be in store for the future. Wednesday, December 5, 6 - 8 p.m.,

L.A.’s NuOrder Closes on $15M Investment to Grow B2B Platform Between Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles-based NuOrder, a B2B wholesale e-commerce platform, closed on a $15 million Series C financing round, led by Radnor, Pa.-based based venture capital firm NewSpring and joined by existing investors Upfront Ventures of Santa Monica and Argentum of New York City

BCMA Day: At ASH ‘18, Cell Therapies For Myeloma Take Center Stage

Xconomy

The treatment landscape for multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the bone marrow that affects about 30,000 Americans every year, has changed significantly over the past decade. And more changes look to be on the way.

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The Trade Desk COO Steps Down

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer The Trade Desk says its Chief Operating Officer, Rob Perdue, is stepping down. According to the firm, Perdue--who has been at the firm since 2013, before its IPO--will step down after a transition period in the first half of 2019. The Trade Desk said Perdue will be stepping down to spend more time with his family. Perdue said, in a statement, that "this is the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my life."

The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -- The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert Venture Partner Accel Partners Hub101. The Soul Of A Deal With Author Richard Wolpert Venture Partner Accel Partners, Co-Founder accelerator Amplify.LA. Moderated by Alon Goren Founding Partner of GHV, Co-founder of Crypto Invest Summit, LA Blockchain Week and 805 Startups Special. See [link] (more

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SRAX Financial Officer Departs

L.A. Business Journal

Downtown-based advertising technology firm Social Reality Inc. doing business as SRAX) announced Nov. 30 its Chief Financial Officer J.P. Hannan will resign

ASH 2018: Three Up, Two Down As The Big Blood Disease Meeting Rolls On

Xconomy

Last week, Xconomy previewed the American Society of Hematology’s big meeting in San Diego, the largest medical gathering in the country on blood diseases. We took a deep dive into five specific disease areas under scrutiny, from lymphoma to hemophilia to sickle cell disease and more.

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