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Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

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Using full-body MRIs, Ezra can now detect 11 cancers in men and 13 in women

TechCrunch LA

When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men. But the company’s founder, Emi Gal, always had a larger goal.

California Life Sciences Fueled by Education, Established Companies


New medicines, devices, and diagnostics produced by the life sciences community in California are giving clinicians better tools to fight disease and improve quality of life for patients around the world. Emerging technologies, such as stem cell and gene therapies, are beginning to make their mark.

What’s your story? Did someone else create it?


It is an old warning in the entertainment industry. Define your persona the way you want others to view you – before someone else defines you by comparing you to someone not as flattering as you would like. Sometimes you win when others define your story.

My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

My Commencement Speech?—?Life Life at Your Crossroads Photo by Justin Luebke on Unsplash Crossroads Cal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody graduating.

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Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund.

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10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

Announcing Projector?—?A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

Both Sides of the Table

Announcing Projector?—?A A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years A few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien , the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way.

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Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

TechCrunch LA

For over 100 years entrepreneurs have come to Hollywood to try their luck in the dream factory and build an empire in the business of storytelling. Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment.

Video interview with Alonso Vargas, Runtriz


How do small hotel chains and boutique hotels keep up with all the advancements going on in technology? Los Angeles-based Runtriz ( has developed mobile software which helps those hotels keep up with the giants in the market.

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Change Your Management Style To Meet Today’s Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Change is hard. But these days it’s required and inevitable.

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SoundCloud Acquires Repost Network

L.A. Business Journal

Audio sharing platform Soundcloud Inc. announced May 23 it will acquire Venice-based rights distribution company Repost Network

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Ford CTO Ken Washington at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

TechCrunch LA

A conference dedicated to transportation and mobility wouldn’t be complete without hearing from Ford, the U.S. automaker with a storied 116-year history.

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Boring Co. Selected For Las Vegas Tunnel


Los Angeles-based Boring Co. , the tunnel-and-transportation startup led by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has been selected to build a small transportation system using Boring Co.'s s technology, which will span the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced the selection of The Boring Company on Wednesday, saying it hopes to have the tunnel built and transportation system running by the Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2021.

As An Entrepreneur, Are You Ready To Meet The Press?

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

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Fika Ventures Completes $76 Million Raise

L.A. Business Journal

West Los Angeles-based investor Fika Ventures announced May 23 it completed the raise of a $76 million fund, the VC’s second since its 2017 launch

Second US Gene Therapy, Approved for Rare Muscle Disease, to Cost $2M


The FDA today has made Zolgensma, a Novartis treatment for the rare genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy, the second approved gene therapy in the US. The news marks a milestone for SMA patients, who have only one other approved medicine available.

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Semtech Joins Smart Home Group


Camarillo-based semiconductor maker Semtech has just joined an organization focused on advancing "smart home" technology, as it looks to push its low powered wireless technology (LoRa) into the smart home market. According to Semtech, it has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) , an international non-profit industry association for the advancement of smart home and building technologies.

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6 Marketing Tips To Attract Customers To Your Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by jardenberg Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. Yet it is the one element that too many entrepreneurs focus on only as an afterthought.

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Silicon Beach Report May 20: Snap Hires New CFO, HR Leads

L.A. Business Journal

Tetra Tech acquires WYG; Riot Games employees unsatisfied with walkout results; Snap finds new executives

Preccelerator Workshop: Startup Leadership and Culture 101 with Janine Davis

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Viasat Wins USAF Contract


Carlsbad-based Viasat , which develops satellites communications equipment, reported a win this week with the U.S. Air Force. According to Viasat, it has been contracted to deliver a "Link 16" capable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft for the USAF, which will be used to prototype and test space-based Link 16 capabilities. Link 16 is being used by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Special Operations forces for communications.

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5 Keys To Expanding Your Thinking And Raising Results

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Good Free Photos It’s time for more entrepreneurs to reset their focus, and shift their thinking to completely different ways of doing things.

Silicon Beach Report May 24: Snap Hires New Diversity Lead

L.A. Business Journal

PeerStreet hires new sales manager; SpaceX successfully deploys 60 Starlink satellites; Snap gains new diversity lead

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Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree


Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.

XPRIZE Foundation Dangles $25,000 For Referrals


Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the organization which launches prize-based competitions to spur the development of advancements in technology, says it is trying something new in its prize efforts--a new, $25,000 prize open to any individual who refers someone who ultimately goes on to win a grand prize in an XPRIZE competition. According to the foundation, its new "Find a Winner" program is open to the public.

BiasSync Launches Tool for Unconscious Bias Assessment


A new, Los Angeles-based startup, BiasSync , has launched a tool aimed at helping corporations and government agencies measure unconscious bias in the workplace, in an attempt to help foster a "more fair and respectful workplace". According to BiasSync, the company was co-founded by former broadcast journalist and entrepreneur Michele Ruiz, former Tinder VP of Technology Dan Gould, and serial tech entrepreneur Robin Richards.

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Sotera Wireless Names COO


San Diego-based Sotera Wireless , which develops vital signs monitoring products for the healthcare industry, has named Younes Achkire, PhD, as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Achkire was most recently Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, and also was co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Zap Surgical Systems.

Locana Finds $55M For Gene Therapy


San Diego-based Locana , a developer of RNA-targeting gene therapy technology, announced Wednesday morning that it has raised $55M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by ARCH Venture Partners, and also included Temasek and Lightstone Ventures, along with new investors UCB Ventures and GV (formerly Google Ventures).

Precellerator Opens Up Applications For New Class


The Precellerator , the Santa Monica-based startup incubation and accelerator effort with ties to local technology law firm Stubbs, Alderton, and Markiles LLP, has opened up applications for its next class of startups, the accelerator said on Tuesday. According to the Precellerator, deadlines for applications for its next class, the 13th class, is July 15th. The new class starts on September 3rd.

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