Sat.Sep 21, 2019 - Fri.Sep 27, 2019

Data collection is about to get much more dangerous


On January First, 2020, California will enact the toughest data protection laws ever, far outpacing Europe’s General Data Protection Act (GDPR.) Called the California Consumer Privacy Ace (CCPA), few of us are even aware of this and need to know.

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Canoo takes the covers off of its debut electric vehicle

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles-based startup Canoo has finally unveiled its first model, the eponymously named canoo.

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How TuesdayNights is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Connect With Capital


Raising capital for a female-led startup can be very diffiult--which is what Justine Lassoff and Melinda Moore found out when they started their own company, LovingEco, in Los Angeles. So, to help other female entrepreneurs, they founded TuesdayNights (, a group in LA which helps female entrepreneurs connect with capital and each other to improve their access to capital.

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Clutter Acquires Storage Fox for $152 Million

L.A. Business Journal

On-demand storage startup Clutter Inc. paid $152 million to acquire New York-based self-storage outfit The Storage Fox

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We Need Entrepreneurs Who Think Like Revolutionaries

Startup Professionals Musings

The realm of an entrepreneur is all about change, but in my experience as a mentor to business founders, I hear too much about incremental change, and not enough about revolutionary change.

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

TechCrunch LA

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & Parcel.

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AirMap Acquires Hangar Technology

L.A. Business Journal

AirMap Inc., a Santa Monica-based drone flight management software developer, acquired drone automation company Hangar Technology Inc. on Sept.

10 Symptoms Of An Entrepreneur Who Is Nearly Broken

Startup Professionals Musings

If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing.

An Entrepreneur’s Quest to Make Seattle a Genome Sciences Hub


Ivan Liachko turned postdoctoral research at the University of Washington into a company whose genomics tools are now found in laboratories researching human, animal, and plant health. His firm, Phase Genomics was one of the first startups to come out of UW’s genome sciences department.

Zingle Acquired By Medallia For $42M


Carlsbad-based Zingle , a developer of mobile messaging and customer experience software for the hospitality, travel , and retail markets, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Medallia , a provider of customer experience management software. Medallia said it will pay approximately $42M in cash for Zingle. Zingle had been backed by Rincon Ventures and Crosscut Ventures, and had raised $3M in its Series A funding round in 2016.

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Tetra Tech Wins Contract

L.A. Business Journal

Government enlists firm to fight ocean pollution


Office Relationships Are Key, But Affairs Are Trouble

Startup Professionals Musings

We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

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Meissa Scores $30M to Test Vaccine for Dangerous Respiratory Virus


No vaccine is yet available for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes lung infections that, while usually mild, can be deadly for very young children.

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Honey Gets Naming Rights On L.A. Clippers Training Center


Los Angeles-based startup Honey , which provides online discount codes and coupons to e-commerce shoppers, has entered into a naming deal with the L.A. Clippers , which have renamed their training center the Honey Training Center: Home of the L.A. Clippers. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. Honey's logo is now features on the training center and on the training jersey for the L.A. Clippers. Honey is led by co-founder and CEO George Ruan.

Canoo Rolls Out Vehicle Prototype

L.A. Business Journal

AUTOS: Startup aims to have electric ‘loft on wheels’ in market by 2021

New Venture Equity As Compensation Is A Long-Term Bet

Startup Professionals Musings

Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire or better? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?”

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Enough with the Insanity. We Need to Fix Cybersecurity Now


The year 2019 has been another dreadful period for cyberattacks. The most notorious lowlights include: —More than 40 municipalities , including Baltimore, Albany and 22 cities in Texas alone, have seen their computer systems crippled by ransomware attackers demanding millions of dollars.

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DTS Adds Microsoft Spatial Sound Support


Calabasas-based DTS , the developer of surround sound and audio processing technology--which is now part of Xperi Corporation--has launched a new product that supports Microsoft Spatial sound. According to DTS, its new product, DTS Sound Unbound supports Microsoft Spatial sound through its DTS Headphone:X and DTS:X products. The company said the lik will help enhance immersive gaming. The DTS app works with Microsoft 3D audio, allowing gamers to hear full panoramic sound in their games.

Evil Geniuses Acquires LCS Slot from Echo Fox

L.A. Business Journal

Seattle-based esports organization Evil Geniuses will purchase a slot in Riot Games’ “League of Legends” gaming series from Echo Fox

6 Key Ideas For Moving Your Business Up Another Level

Startup Professionals Musings

A theme I often hear from the entrepreneurs and startups I advise is that once they see that first surge of traction from customers, they can relax and enjoy life for a change. The reality could not be further from the truth.

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Future Forum: Healthcare Personalization

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Han Chen, Co-founder and CEO, ZeaKal


San Diego-based ZeaKal ( recently announced a $15M, Series C funding round for its efforts to develop plant traits which increase the efficiency of photosynthesis. The company is backed by Canopy Rivers, Finistere Ventures, and Middleland Capital. We caught up with co-founder and CEO Han Chen to better understand what the company is working on, and some of the complexity of getting their technology to market. What is ZeaKal working on?

City of LA Contracts Everbridge for NotifyLA Upgrade

L.A. Business Journal

The City of Los Angeles' emergency alert system, NotifyLA, will be upgraded by Pasadena-based technology firm Everbridge Inc. thanks to a new agreement finalized Sept.

Drug Pricing: Innovation, Investment, and the Public Good


The US biotech and life sciences industry has a long and proud history of driving medical innovations that have improved healthcare outcomes across a wide range of diseases and the overall quality of life for people worldwide.

TuesdayNights Impact Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, September 27, 2019 -- TuesdayNights Impact Conference. Over 100 Female Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders Unite for TuesdayNights inaugural Impact Conference at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Friday, September 27th.

LA's Circular Systems Scores Funding From Levi Strauss For Sustainable Apparel


Los Angeles-based Circular Systems , a startup developing material science technology to transform waste into fiber, yarn, and textile fabrics for the fashion industry, has scored funding as part of a Levi Strauss & Co. LS&Co.) accelerator effort, Levi's announced today. Amount of funding was not announced, however, Levi's has been offering up as much as $50,000 to startups to help tackle some of the sustainability challenges in the apparel industry.

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3 Reasons Why Switched Ethernet is Ideal for Large Schools

Southern California Edison Blog

Managing a school comes with its own unique set of network challenges. Specifically, running a large school or university requires network solutions that are tailored to accommodate its size and functionalities. .

Report: IPO Activity Picking Back Up Following Quiet, Volatile Q3


While the headlines may be dominated by news of WeWork putting its IPO on hold after reports about its questionable corporate governance, the overall initial public offering market is doing just fine.

Super Hi-Fi Links With Targetspot For Audio Ads


Los Angeles-based Super Hi-Fi , a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for improving digital streaming and listening experiences, said it has linked up with ad delivery and monetization company Targetspot. According to the two, the deal will provide new ad delivery capabilities for digital music services. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Catasys Finds $45M In Debt Financing For Mental Health Efforts


Los Angeles-based Catasys , a provider of technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict, identify, and treat mental issues among health plans members, has raised $45M in a debt financing round, the company said on Tuesday. The financing came from Goldman Sachs. According to Catasys, it provides 7 of the 8 largest U.S. health plans, including Aetna and Humana, to identify members with untreated behavioral health conditions which worsen chronic medical disease.