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How to Set Goals to Grow Your Business in the New Year

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Welcome to January 2018. Now’s the time to commit to organizing your work life and growing your business. Whether you are trying to sell a new product, increase sales or build your team , creating a solid foundation will make all the difference as you move forward. So…don’t wait!

The Booming Business of a Bomb Cyclone

Xconomy

Manufacturers of snow blowers and salt spreaders are seeing a major uptick this week. Uncensored

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8 Reasons Startups Should Not End Their Year on December 31st

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. During a Invoca Board meeting, an interesting idea was raised by Brett Queener, a former Salesforce senior executive.

Free Clay Slime MAKEbreak Event at Michaels

L.A. Business Journal

Free Clay Slime MAKEbreak Event at Michaels Another fun, free weekend at Michaels! Stop by a participating Michaels stores to take part in their MAKEbreak Clay Slime event! Kids can create and customize their very own slime for free – all supplies are free too!

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Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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What if you come across juicy competitor information?

Berkonomics

Close. Many of us belong to industry associations and find ourselves at conferences and trade shows with time to spend with competitors. Some of these are old friends; some even former associates. It is natural to want to associate with these people for many reasons, certainly socially.

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Faraday Future Founder Defies Beijing Order to Return Home

L.A. Business Journal

Jia Yueting, founder and financier of troubled electric car manufacturer Faraday Future, defied orders from a Beijing securities regulator to return to China to deal with debt problems related to his internet company, LeEco

AeroVironment, SoftBank In $65M JV To Develop Unmanned Aircraft

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Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment said on Wednesday that it is in a joint venture to develop a solar powered, high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system, potentially worth up to $65,011,081. The joint venture is with HAPSMobile , which is 95 percent owned by Japanese technology giant SoftBank Corp. According to AeroVironment, the unmanned aircraft would be aimed at developing a high-altitude long-endurance, or HALE, UAS for commercial operations.

First U.S. Gene Therapy, Approved for Vision Loss, to Cost $850,000

Xconomy

The first gene therapy approved in the United States will cost $850,000, its developer Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE ) announced today.

New Year, New Influence: An Easy Way to Show Up Stronger

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“Brad” was a solid manager with stagnated results. He was great at constructive feedback and holding his team accountable, but recognition did not come naturally to him. “Why should I say thank you to someone for just doing their job?” ” He was frustrated […]. Winning Well new year habits

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Genalyte Takes Aim at Lab Testing Giants with Cloud-Based Service

Xconomy

Genalyte, a biomedical diagnostics company that has maintained a low profile in San Diego while raising almost $92 million, is getting ready to debut technology that targets a market long dominated by centralized lab services providers.

In Quest to Drug RNA With Small Molecules, Expansion Pulls In $55M

Xconomy

Drug developers have long thought that targeting RNA with small molecule drugs was too difficult, but new insight into RNA biology is starting to change their minds. In the latest sign of this growing interest, a new startup, Expansion Therapeutics, today announced a $55.3

In 2018, Everything Old Is New Again…At Least As Far As Recruiting Is Concerned

Xconomy

The recruiting world is a funny place. We have to bend, all the time. We scale up when supply is not in our favor, spreading our budgets thin and leveraging all resources. The sense of urgency, of securing “that hire” yesterday, is incredible. When supply is in our favor, we trim the budgets, and maximize time to fill. When one resource or tool no longer meets our needs, or generates nominal ROI, we move on.

Six West Coast Tech Leaders Share Top Developments of 2017

Xconomy

Xconomy asked technology and innovation leaders around our network to reflect on the most important developments in their industries during 2017, and the answers were appropriately wide-ranging.

Storage Trends for 2018: Cloud Storage 2.0 Players Poised to Ascend

Xconomy

In March 2006, Amazon launched Simple Storage Service (S3). Although few people paid much attention at the time, the announcement of S3 marked the beginning of a great migration of data from on-premises storage to the cloud.

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Clean Energy Entrepreneur Desai on Tech’s Pitfalls & Promise in 2017

Xconomy

A series of events this year—from the Equifax data breach to the foreign use of social media to influence the U.S. presidential election—has prompted some to question the utopian promise of innovation, especially when it comes to Web companies and cybersecurity. To help put things in perspective at year’s end, Xconomy reached out to Nisha Desai, a clean energy entrepreneur in Houston.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 5: Snap’s Unusual Structure Led to Breakthroughs, But Also Problems

L.A. Business Journal

Snap’s unusual structure led to breakthroughs but also problems; Hulu nabs ‘Lost’ exclusive subscription streaming rights from Netflix; and SpaceX now targeting late January for Falcon Heavy launch

Starry Extends Wireless Internet To LA

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Starry , a Boston-based Internet Services Provider which uses it own, proprietary millimeter-wave, 5G band service to provide in-building gigabit broadband to customers, has launched into Los Angeles, as part of an expansion by the company to LA and Washington, DC. Starry said the beta launch is its first beyond Boston. Starry's service revolves around the "Starry Station", a Wi-Fi hub which connects to rooftop, millimeter-wave fixed wireless relay points.

Gossamer Bio Raises $100M

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San Diego-based Gossamer Bio , a new biopharma startup founded by former executives of Receptos, has raised $100M in a Series A funding, the company said late Thursday evening. Gossamer said the funding included seed funding from Omega Funds, and a Series A co-led by ARCH Venture Partners and Omega Funds. Gossamer Bio was co-founded by Faheem Hasnain and Sheila Gujrathi, M.D., former executives at Receptos.

InTouch Health Acquires TruClinic

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Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health , which provides telehealth services, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire TruClinic , a web-based telemedicine provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Financial details of the transaction were not announced. InTouchHealth said that TrueClinic specializes in direct-to-consumer virtual care solutions.

SpaceX Shifts Mystery Zuma Launch To Sunday Due To Extreme Weather

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX says it has shifted its launch date for its mysterious "Zuma" government payload to January 7th, as extreme weather slowed preparations for launch in Florida. The launch--originally targeted for 5pm on Friday--is being made for a mysterious, U.S. government customer. No details on what the "Zuma" payload is or where it will be placed into space have been released. SpaceX has only said that the primary contractor on the payload is Northrop Grumman.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 4: Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August

L.A. Business Journal

Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August; Chrome River raises $35 million more and eHarmony's “scientific” match ad banned in UK

GameMine Teams With Nickelodeon

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Los Angeles-based mobile games startup GameMine said on Wednesday that it has expanded a partnership with Nickelodeon, the subsidiary of Viacom, and will distribute a line of Nickelodeon mobile games to Swisscom, Moviestar, Orange, A1, and Vodafone in the countries of Switzerland, Spain, Austria, France, Portugal, Belgium, and Poland. GameMine said the new games features such characters as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Nick Sports. READ MORE>>.

PCM Buys Provista UK

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El Segundo-based PCM , which provides information technology products to the business, government, and education markets, said very late Wednesday evening that it has acquired Provista Technology Services Ltd. and its subsidiary, Provista UK Ltd. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. PCM said it made the acquisition through its UK-based subsidiary, PCM Technology Solutions UK, Ltd.

Neuropore Therapies Gets Second Grant From Michael J. Fox Foundation

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San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Neuropore Therapies , which is developing biopharmaceuticals to treat Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders, has received a second grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). According to Neuropore, the grant will go to support its Toll-Like Receptor 2 (TLR2) antagonist program focused on modulating neuroinflammation and autophagy in Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

DermTech Gets Approval In Canada

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La Jolla-based molecular dermatology treatment developer DermTech announced this morning that its Canadian subsidiary, DermTech Canada, has received approval from Health Canada to market its Pigmented Lesions Assay (PLA) and non-invasive biopsy kit for the detection of melanoma in Canada. DermTech said it will process samples at DermTech's laboratory in La Jolla. DermTech said it will initially make the tests available in British Columbia and Ontario. READ MORE>>.

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eHarmony Gets Heat For Advertising Claims In UK

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Los Angeles-based eHarmony in under fire in the United Kingdom, for its use of the phrase "scientifically proven" in its advertising, according to a report today. According to the BBC, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has called eHarmony's advertisements in the country "misleading", saying eHarmony's service has not undergone scientifically vetted studies. READ MORE>>. eharmony united kingdom advertising scientific

LA Startup's Talking Tattoo Technology Goes Viral, Again

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A video of a "talking tattoo", powered by Los Angeles area startup Skin Motion , has gone viral --at least the second big viral breakout of a demonstration of the company's technology. The video, posted by 19-year old Sakyrah Angelique, shows her phone playing a voicemail based on the waveform tattoed over her heart of her (now deceased) grandmother. Skin Motion was founded by Nate Siggard. READ MORE>>. skin motion talking tattoo viral video smartphone mobile phone

CoreLogic Names General Counsel

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Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic has named Arnold A. Pinkston as its new Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, the company said this morning. Pinkston previously served as General Counsel at Allergan and Beckman Coulter, and also served at Eli Lilly and Company. Pinkston serves on the board of Bio-Rad Laboratories. CoreLogic maintains a database of property, mortgages, consumer credit, and other information. READ MORE>>.