Sat.Apr 20, 2019 - Fri.Apr 26, 2019

A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

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Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. .

How Rolebot Wants To Eliminate The Resume, With Shane Bernstein


Anyone who hires anyone, or has ever looked for a jobs knows how important a resume is. However, in the technical arena--as a programmer, developer, or software engineer--it's hard to tell from a resume how good you really are. Plus, it's often difficult to find that technical talent, which might not be looking for a job. That's where Los Angeles-based Rolebot ( comes in.

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Connect, San Diego Venture Group Announce Plan to Merge Operations


Connect, which runs the San Diego region’s longest-standing accelerator program for early-stage startups, is combining its operations with that of the San Diego Venture Group to form an organization that will be better equipped to support young ventures, the two companies said this week. Mike Krenn, who became president of SDVG in August of 2014, will become CEO of the merged organization, which will assume the name Connect.

Study: 17% of Tech Workers Are High on the Job


Nearly 17 percent of tech workers admit to being under the influence of marijuana while at work at some point in their careers, according to a new study.

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Beyond Meat prices its public offering

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Beyond Meat , the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has priced its initial public offering.

Your core competency and why not to stray


Consider your core. It is the one skill, process or advantage you have over your competition. Then think of all the things you do to surround that core with people and assets that complete your company and allow you to release your product or perform your service.

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Can We Afford to be Cured? A Conversation with ICER’s Steve Pearson


New cell and gene therapies bring the possibility of cures once hardly imaginable. But the potential cures could also cost millions of dollars, like Novartis (NYSE: NVS ), the owner of the gene therapy Zolgensma, has suggested in advance of an imminent FDA approval decision.

Blueland launches with a suite of eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to reduce plastic waste

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Sarah Paiji had the idea to launch the eco-friendly refillable cleaning supply retailer Blueland after hearing about the abundance of microplastics in the water she was using to dilute her child’s baby formula.

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Recurring Revenue Conference

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 -- Recurring Revenue Conference - April 30 to May 1st - Marina Del Rey. Welcome to the 5th annual Recurring Revenue Conference: Scaling SaaS and Subscription Businesses presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Join 700+ entrepreneurs, executives and leading investors to discuss the Subscription Economy. Hear from companies including Zenefits, Mavenlink, Dollar Shave Club, ipsy, Sage Intacct, ProfitWell, Headspace, Winc and many more.

Semtech Wins Audio Networking Design


Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech said this morning that it has a new design win, this time with its BlueRiver technology. According to Semtech, IDK Corporation, a developer of professional A and broadcast equipment, is linking its audio networking with Software Defined Video Over Ethernet (SDVoE) using its BlueRiver products. Shipment volumes and expected financial impact of the win were not announced.

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Join Xconomy for Our 8th Annual Napa Summit, June 13-14


Google. Amazon. Genentech. Those are some of the companies you’ll hear from at this year’s Napa Summit , the Xconomy Retreat on Technology, Jobs, and Growth.

Canoo, the electric vehicle startup formed from Faraday Future’s ashes, seeks $200 million

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Less than a month after rebranding as Canoo , the startup electric vehicle company formerly known as Evelozcity is on the hunt for $200 million in new capital. The startup, which is backed by a clutch of private individuals and family offices hailing from China, Germany, and Taiwan, is hoping to line up the new capital from some more recognizable names as it finalizes supply deals with vendors, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans.

Recurring Revenue Conference

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Recurring Revenue Conference - April 30 to May 1st - Marina Del Rey. Welcome to the 5th annual Recurring Revenue Conference: Scaling SaaS and Subscription Businesses presented by Sutton Capital Partners. Join 700+ entrepreneurs, executives and leading investors to discuss the Subscription Economy. Hear from companies including Zenefits, Mavenlink, Dollar Shave Club, ipsy, Sage Intacct, ProfitWell, Headspace, Winc and many more.

Wavemaker Partners Leads Investment In Cognitive Health Startup


Los Angeles-based Wavemaker Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for a cognitive health startup, Savonix , in an extension of its Series A funding. Savonix said it raised $9.6M in a Series A extension round which was led by Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners, boosting its total Series A financing to $14.7M. The investment round also included DEFTA Partners, Rethink Impact, and DigiTx Partners.

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To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks


Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners.

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Diversity Innovation Forum

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 -- Diversity Innovation Forum. Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation. We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem. See [link] (more

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Cedars-Sinai Backs Censinet In $7.8M For Risk Management


Los Angeles-based Cedars Sinai is one of the major backers of a new startup, Censinet , in the company's Series A funding. According to Censinet, it raised $7.8M in a Series A, co-led by HLM Venture Partners and Cedars-Sinal Health System, to provide third party risk management for healthcare providers. The funding also included seed investors Schooner Capital, LRVHealth and Excelerate Health Ventures.

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Announcing Net@50: The Roots and Future of the Internet


The first short message went out over Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, 50 years ago this year—and it changed everything.

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Bonus – Check for Duplicate Files with This Free Utility from Inverted Software

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Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Paramount and Broken Road Productions brunchwork, You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with Paramount TV President Nicole Clemens and Broken Road Productions Head Todd Garner (Former Disney Producer). Enjoy a fireside chat with Nicole and Todd, curated connections, and a business challenge and pitch off. over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal. See [link] (more

BlueNalu Expands In San Diego, Aims To Grow Fish Tissue For Food


San Diego-based BlueNalu , a developer of cellular technology being applied to the aquaculture and sustainable seafood industry, said it is expanding in San Diego, with a move to a larger research facility. According to the company, the move will help it on its efforts to commercialize its technology.

Poseida to Advance CAR-T For Myeloma with Novartis-Led $142M Round


The race to bring CAR-T cell therapy to multiple myeloma, a persistent and deadly cancer of the bone marrow, continued on Monday with a fresh round of funding for Poseida Therapeutics.

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Poseida Therapeutics Finds $142M


San Diego-based Poseida Therapeutics , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing non-viral gene engineering technology, has raised $142M in a Series C funding, the company said on Monday. According to the company, the funding was led by Novartis Pharma AG, which invested $75M in the round. Other investors in the round included Aisling Capital Management, Pentwater Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, plus Malin Corporation plc., Longitude Capital, Vivo Capital and Boxer Capital, LLC.

HyperX Rolls Out New DDR4 Memory


Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming division of memory maker Kingston Technology, has rolled out two new DDR4 memory kits, aimed at system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts. According to Kingston, its new Predator DDR4 memory kits, available in 4266MHz and 4600MHz frequency versions, are available as 8GB modules in kits of two. Pricing on the new devices were not announced.

ZipRecruiter CMO Resigns After Report On Alleged Sexual Misconduct


The Chief Marketing Officer of high flying, Los Angeles-based job recruiting technology developer ZipRecruiter has resigned from the company, after a story was published last week by BuzzFeed, detailing alleged sexual misconduct at his prior employer, Uber. Eyal Gutentag reportedly resigned on Friday. According to the report, Gutentag had been terminated from his job at Uber in 2015, over an alleged sexual battery incident, before later joining ZipRecruiter as CMO.

Study: Emerging Technology Clusters Complement Silicon Valley, Others


A new study, which looks at "silicon clusters" of technology companies outside Silicon Valley, finds that those clusters actually stimulate rather than compete with developed market clusters. The study--published by Professor Nukhet Harmancioğlu (Koc University, Turkey) and Gerard J. Tellis (USC Marshall)--said the research counters the prevailing wisdom that those clusters "steal" from Silicon Valley and other clusters in developed markets.

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Qulab Applies Artificial Intelligence To Drug Design


Los Angeles-based Qulab , a biopharmaceuticals startup developing artifical intelligence software aimed at small molecule drug design, said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, Quleap. The startup--backed by Cota Capital, Civilization Ventures, Plug and Play, and 415--says that Quleap automated small molecule, synthesis planning, and a cloud engine for simulating biomolecules.

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H Code Wins Peruvian TV Network


Los Angeles-based digital advertising provider H Code , which offers up advertising for the U.S. Hispanic market, has signed a new publisher, the company said Thursday. H Code said it has signed up Peruvian television network Amrica Televisin, and will represent all of that network's digital ad inventory. Financial details of the deal were not announced. America TV said the move will help it "elevate" the user experience of U.S.

GraphPad Buys Biomatters


San Diego-based GraphPad , which develops data analysis and visualization software for the life sciences industry, announced on Thursday that it has acquired Biomatters , a provider of DNA data analysis software. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to GraphPad, the strategic acquisition will help it further serve and support its global customer base. GraphPad said that after the acquisition, both companies will continue to oeprate under their respective brands.