Sat.Mar 02, 2019 - Fri.Mar 08, 2019

Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

TechCrunch LA

Tesla will pull back the curtains and unveil its Model Y crossover vehicle at an event in Los Angeles on March 14th, according to a tweet from chief executive Elon Musk. Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019.

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Cleantech Open Receives Grant From Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

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The Cleantech Open , the Los Angeles-based effort which is helping clean technology startups with acceleration, support resources, and more--run by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)--is one of a number of organizations which have received part of a $1 million grant total from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Apple Updates Plans, Now Expects to Create 1,200 Jobs in San Diego

Xconomy

About three months ago, Apple announced it planned to add 1,000 jobs in the San Diego region over the next three years. On Wednesday, the Cupertino, CA-based tech giant said it would increase that total by 200 jobs as part of a plan to make the city one of its principle engineering hubs. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) has had a presence in San Diego for nearly 20 years.

Could you have created a “dirty cap table?”

Berkonomics

Oh, I know. When you started the business, you took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get you started. Of course, that worked at the time. Enter the need for larger investments.

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Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything.

5 Alternatives To Shutting Down A Struggling Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.

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Meet Martha Harper, The Social Entrepreneur Who Perfected The Franchise Business Model

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Isaac Singer is credited with initiating the concept of franchise territories, as a means of selling his sewing machines in the mid-1800’s.

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Startup Boost Applications Deadline

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 -- Startup Boost Applications Deadline. We are a no fee / no equity 6 week mentorship program. See [link] (more

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6 Keys To The Best Social Media Platform For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

An all-too-common question I get from startups and small businesses is “Which is the right social media platform for my business?” Is it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or one of the other 200 active platforms vying for attention these days?

Loop Media Powers New Streaming Channel On XUMO

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Burbank-based streaming media firm Loop Media says it has launched its first, OTT service, called The Preview Channel , on XUMO TV. According to LoopMedia, The Preview Channel is a 24-hour, ad-supported video-on-demand channel which will show new film trailers and video game previews, cast and director interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from major Hollywood films. Loop Media recently announced its "short-form" streaming startup, saying it raised $10M in funding.

This Woman’s Company Should Have Been Named After Her, Not Her Husband

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A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. In 1936, Ruth Handler and her husband Elliott were $200 in debt and unable to pay their rent. Elliott was a shy carpenter, while Ruth’s friends described her as, “beguiling and determined.”.

Preccelerator Workshop: BOOST Sales Performance with Carrie Lauby

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Customer-Centric Strategies Win Over Product-Centric

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your marketing focus product-centric or customer-centric ? If you only sell products, it’s time to realize that times have changed. With a wealth of products now available, customers look for the most memorable experience , not just the best product.

ObEN Enables Personalized, AI Driven Medical Health Assistant

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Pasadena-based ObEN , which develops avatar technology and software, is powering a new, personalized, AI-driven medical health assistance app, the company said this week, being developed by the MedStar Health Research Institute. According to ObEN, MedStar is developing its medical health assistance app, PAI Care, to help monitor patients with heart failure.

Retailers Turn to Analytics, 3D Tech to Promote Fit, Reduce Returns

Xconomy

One size fits most (at best), and a women’s sizing system created during the Depression doesn’t gibe in an e-commerce business that prizes personalization.

SCALE 17x - Southern California Linux Expo

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Keys To A Winning Public Profile, Online and Offline

Startup Professionals Musings

With the reality of LinkedIn, Facebook, and dozens of other websites profiling you, the old-fashioned written resume is an artifact of a hiring practice that is now superfluous.

HG Data Becomes HG Insights

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Santa Barbara-based HG Data , which has been developing software that helps companies understand the technology stack their operations depend on, has rebranded itself as HG Insights , and launched a new platform it calls the HG Insights Platform. According to the company, its platform is focused on "next generation technographics" to help drive sales, marketing, and strategy.

Blue Squad Aims to Bring Election Tech Up and Down the Ballot

Xconomy

Austin —All politics is local, the adage goes, and those campaigns are sorely stuck in analog mode. That’s why Shion Deysarkar co-founded Blue Squad two years ago as a “digital coalition” to support progressive candidates by providing them with greater access to accurate voter data.

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SCALE 17x - Southern California Linux Expo

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7 Lessons From Airbnb and Uber On Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular myth, to be a disruptive new businesses, you don’t always need an innovative new technology to win. Many notable recent successes, including Airbnb and Uber, have done it by finding disruptive customers, with essentially no new technology.

Preccelerator Takes Apps For Next Accelerator Class

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Santa Monica-based Preccelerator , the early-stage, startup accelerator associated with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, says it has opened up applications for its next class. According to the startup accelerator, which is focused on technology and digital media, it is looking for applicants for its "Class 12", which will start on May 6th.

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Joining AI Drug Discovery Race, Erasca Adds $22M For Cancer Work

Xconomy

Erasca, a biotech startup run by the former CEO of Ignyta, debuted in December with $42 million and an audacious plan to “erase cancer,” but provided little explanation as to how. Erasca is still keeping many of those details under wraps.

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TeleSign Names Co-Founder To CEO Post

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Los Angeles-based TeleSign , which develops customer identification products, including two factor authentication and other related products, has named co-founder Ryan Disraeli as its CEO, the company said on Thursday. Disraeli co-founded TeleSign with Stacy Stubblefield and Darren Berkovitz in 2005. TeleSign was acquired by BICS in 2017, and now has more than 300 employees.

Erasca Raises $64M For Oncology Drug Development Using AI

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San Diego-based Erasca , a company which is using artificial intelligence to drive the discovery and development of new oncology drugs to help cure cancer, has raised $64M in a Series A funding, the company said this morning. The funding--which included both its Series A and an extension--came from ARCH Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Reneo Capital, and other private investors. According to the company, the new funding will to towards.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Set For Splashdown Early Friday Morning

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With the first launch of an astronaut-capable spacecraft by Los Angeles-based SpaceX , last weekend, was a success, SpaceX is now attempting to return its Crew Dragon spacecraft to earth this morning. According to NASA and SpaceX, at 2:32 a.m. EST, the Crew Dragon undocked from the International Space Station, and was set to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean around 8:45 a.m.

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ResMed Buys Korea's HB Healthcare

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Carlsbad-based ResMed , which develops patient monitoring and healthcare software for the sleep and respiratory care market, said late Thursday that it has acquired South Korean company HB Healthcare (HBH). According to ResMed, the deal will help millions of South Koreans living with sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.

Oncternal Therapeutics Acquires GTx

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San Diego-based Oncternal Therapeutics , a privately held biotechnology companies focused on developing therapeutics candidates for cancer, and GTx said this morning that they are in a deal where Oncternals's stockholders will become the majority owners of GTx.

BlackLine Names Chief Accounting Officer

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Los Angeles-based accounting automation software developer BlackLine announced this morning that it has named Patrick Villanova to the position of Chief Accounting Officer. Villanova--who was previously Controller for BlackLine--will continue to oversee global accounting operations at the company. Villanova has been at BlackLine since 2015, and was head of BlackLine's global accounting through its IPO. He previously spent more than 16 years at PwC in the audit and accounting advisory area.