Sat.Dec 08, 2018 - Fri.Dec 14, 2018

Apple to Employ 1,000 at New Culver City Office

L.A. Business Journal

Apple Inc. plans to employ 1,000 people in a new office in Culver City, the Cupertino, Calif.-based based tech giant announced today

Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. According to the newly created venture capital firm, it will focus on early revenue startups, focused on companies across both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Razor, Lime Deploy E-Scooters in LA

L.A. Business Journal

Four months after announcing its arrival in Long Beach, Cerritos-based Razor USA will bring shared electric scooters to LA, as well

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing.

Apple plans major US expansion including a new $1 billion campus in Austin

TechCrunch LA

Apple has announced a major expansion that will see it open a new campus in North Austin and open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles as it bids to increase its workforce in the U.S.

FastPay Names Rubicon Vet As GM And SVP Payments

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Los Angeles-based fintech startup FastPay , which offers up faster access to advertising revenue for media companies, said this week that it has named Michael Wehner as its General Manager and Senior Vice President of Payments. FastPay said that Wehner joins from The Rubicon Project, where he was Senior Vice President of Agency & Brand Sales. He also has served at Microsoft, IBM, and Yahoo, and has more than 20 years of sales and business development experience in the digital media area.

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Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing.

AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

TechCrunch LA

Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said.

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Ring's Latest Patent Application Raises Alarms Among Privacy Advocates

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Santa Monica-based Ring has just received a patent on adding facial recognition to its cameras--allowing some future version of the camera to automtically call police on a "suspicious" subject--in a move that has raised alarms among privacy and social advocates.

Apple to Employ 1,000 at New Culver City Office

L.A. Business Journal

Apple Inc. plans to employ 1,000 people in a new office in Culver City

Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

Xconomy

Udacity , a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.

Lyft is becoming a one-stop transportation app in these 3 cities

TechCrunch LA

Lyft is turning its app into a one-stop multimodal transportation app in a few U.S.

Interview with Jordan Glazier, Wildfire Systems

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Anyone knows that word-of-mouth recommendations--whether from friends, family, or influencers--carries a huge amount of weight when you're making purchasing decisions. So, if you're a marketer, how do you track and encourage those word-of-mouth recommendations? And, if you're a social platform, is there a way to monetize all that activity happening on your service?

ParagonCoin Settles SEC Dispute for $250,000

L.A. Business Journal

ParagonCoin Inc., headquartered in Hollywood, settled an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission Dec. 13, agreeing to pay a fine of $250,000 and provide investors with the opportunity to recoup their lost funds

2018 ACG 101 Holiday Reception and Spark of Love Toy Drive

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 -- 2018 ACG 101 Holiday Reception and Spark of Love Toy Drive. ACG 101 Corridor Chapter. See [link] (more

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Volvo Trucks teases the all-electric semi truck it’s bringing to California in 2019

TechCrunch LA

Volvo Trucks released teaser images Wednesday of the electric trucks it plans to bring to California next year as part of a demonstration project, the latest truck manufacturer to publicize its electric plans in the state. The attraction to California is no accident. The state has set aggressive targets to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, particularly those generated from tailpipes.

Cylance Launches Virtual Chief Information Security Officer Service

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Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance has launched a new service, intended to help companies patch the inability to fill the holes they have in the cybersecurity area, which will provide a "virtual Chief Information Security Officer" (CISO).

AppOnBoard Closes $15 Million Series B

L.A. Business Journal

Mobile app demo and analytics platform AppOnboard Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 11 it completed a $15 million series B funding round led by Breakaway Growth Fund, bringing its total 2018 fundraising to $30 million. To date, AppOnboard has raised $35 million

11th Annual Digital Family Reunion

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 -- Digital Family Reunion. Please join us for the 11th Annual Digital Family Reunion, the premier holiday party celebrating LA's vibrant technology community. Come reconnect with old friends and enjoy quality networking with fellow technology, media and finance professionals from across biotech, martech, fintech, blockchain, healthtech, IoT, big data, VR, AR, AI, entertainment and more. See [link] (more

4 Essential Capabilities of Managed Network Services Providers for Enterprises

Southern California Edison Blog

As more companies become highly dependent on technology, the need for dependable and secure network infrastructure resources grows as well. Enterprises have become dependent on high-quality networks that can transport large quantities of data at high speeds.

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The Grinch Comes To Jam City's Panda Pop

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Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Jam City says the classic Dr. Seuss character, The Grinch , is crashing its popular Panda Pop again this year, as a special holiday collaboration with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and White Space Entertainment. According to Jam City, The Grinch will be featured in special artwork, events, and prizes through December in its bubble shooter game, as well as events and activities for its players.

Snap Hires New Communications Officer

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 10 Julie Henderson will join the social-focused camera company as chief communications officer

Stradling Office Hours @ CONNECT, Dec 14

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The Power of Dreams: Making a Difference as a Detroit Entrepreneur

Xconomy

Those born and raised in Detroit are used to defying expectations, but making your dreams a reality is never an easy task. It involves overcoming both personal and professional hardships, which is why I named my business Make Your Dreams Come True (MYDCT).

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Virgin Galactic Returns To Space In Fourth Test Flight

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Mojave-based Virgin Galactic , the spaceflight and space tourism company founded by Sir Richard Branson, has returned to space , after its fourth test flight on Thursday. According to Virgin Galactic, the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity landed successfully after reaching 51.4 miles above the earth, reaching speeds of three times the speed of sound above Mojave.

RealD Installing 100 New Screens in China

L.A. Business Journal

3D and visual technology developer RealD Inc. announced Monday it signed a deal with Beijing, China-based Wanda Cinema Line Corp. to install RealD 3D film screens into 100 of its theaters across China

Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable

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San Antonio Seeks to Be Known as Silicon Valley of Military Medicine

Xconomy

San Antonio — When it comes to medical technology, what’s good for the military isn’t always good for the private sector. It’s often difficult for military researchers to find investors who will help them privately commercialize the innovations they develop, in part because the duties of military physicians are different than those of civilian doctors. That’s the case when it comes to both treating patients and working with others to develop new healthcare tools.

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Vyng Picks Up $4M For Video Ringtones

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Venice, California-based startup Vyng , which develops software which turns calls from friends into cute "video ringtones" that show up on your lock screen when a friend calls, has raised $4M in a funding round, the company said on Thursday. Vyng said it raised $4M in its Series A funding, which was led by Omidyar Network India, and also included March Capital Partners, Alpha Edison, and the Entrepreneur Fund.

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Maple Media Acquires Banana & Co. Gaming Portfolio

L.A. Business Journal

Mobile advertising firm Maple Media announced Monday it acquired the intellectual property rights to San Francisco-based game developer Banana & Co.’s s game portfolio