Sat.Jul 13, 2019 - Fri.Jul 19, 2019

Trefoil Therapeutics Raises $28M and Eyes the Clinic for Cornea Drug


Trefoil Therapeutics, which is developing treatments for diseases that affect the cornea, the outermost layer of the eye, has raised $28 million to move its lead drug candidate into human testing.

Thinkful Offers Up Stipends For LA Technology Students


Looking to boost your skills and get a job in the technology industry? Thinkful , a New York company, says it has started accepting applications from people in Los Angeles for its "living stipend" program, which pays students $1500 a month to pay for things like rent, gas, and food while they take the company's technology training--in exchange for a portion of their salaries when they graduate.

UK-based women’s networking and private club, AllBright, raises $18.8 million as it expands into the US

TechCrunch LA

AllBright , the London-based women’s membership club backed by private real estate investment firm Cain International , has raised $18.8 million to expand into the U.S. The company’s new round was led by Cain International and was designed to take AllBright into three U.S. locations — Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The company said that the new facilities would be opening in the coming months.

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A trend for businesses large and small. There is a major trend shaping up that is worldwide, already identified by hundreds of thousands of startup and small business CEO’s.

9 Elements Of Every New Venture That Investors Expect

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs are always looking for a shortcut in getting their venture story and plan across to investors, and closing on the funding they need.

Video Interview: Dr. Masaru Rao and Brynley Lee, Basilard Biotech


Our video interview today is with Dr. Masaru Rao and Brynley Lee, who are in the midst of forming Basilard Biotech , a spinout of UC Riverside.

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Tech in the Sun: Summer Networking Party

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, July 20, 2019 -- Tech in the Sun: Summer Networking Party. StartOut LA and Podshare present "Tech in the Sun: Summer Networking Party" a intergenerational networking event for new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Join us for our summer networking party as we help both new and seasoned entrepreneurs build business relationships in the Los Angeles Technology Ecosystem. You won't want to miss! link].

10 Innovation Myths For New Venture Founders To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process.

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Video Interview: Brainleap's Software To Help Treat ADHD and Autism


Welcome to socaltech interviews, where we talk to the startup entrepreneurs, investors, and others in Southern California's technology industry.

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Fifth Wall Raises $500 Million Fund to Invest in Tech for Real Estate Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Venice-based Fifth Wall Ventures has raised more than half-a-billion dollars for a new fund, among the largest ever raised in Los Angeles

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Growth Capital Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, July 25, 2019 -- Pitch to and Network with Investors: Angels, VCs, High Net Worths, Strategic Partners and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital and counsel. View products, videos, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00am sharp! See [link] (more

Use Key Strategic Elements To Avoid Business Plateaus

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges I find for new business owners is for them to move from working in the business to working on the business.

Video Interview: Scott Alderton, Stubbs Alderton Preccelerator


For today's video interview, we talked with Scott Alderton , of Stubbs, Alderton, and Markiles LLP, about the firm's startup incubator, the Preccelerator. Stubbs Alderton is a longtime supporter and sponsor of socaltech!).

HyreCar Announces Pricing of Second Stock Offering

L.A. Business Journal

Downtown-based digital car-sharing marketplace HyreCar Inc. announced July 19 it will sell an additional 3.5 million shares to raise capital to expand its staff and technology offerings

Blockchain and Advertising: State of the Industry

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -- Blockchain and Advertising: State of the Industry. It's been a few years since the initial fan-fare around blockchain for advertising and marketing-based solutions. What started as a topic that agencies and brands were largely clueless about has evolved into one that major players are investing in and providers are rolling out real solutions and case studies. And what about Facebook jumping into the crypto mix?

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time business advisor and angel investor, I’m a believer that “two heads are better than one” in building a new business. Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader.

Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator Debuts First Class


The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator , the new, space-themed startup accelerator run by Techstars in Los Angeles, has announced its inagural class, naming ten companies that will participate over the next three months in its startup accelerator program. The startup accelerator is being supported by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, Israel Aerospace Industries North America, and the U.S. Air Force, with support from The Aerospace Corporation.

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Silicon Beach Report July 19: HyreCar Announces Stock Offering

L.A. Business Journal

ZEFR sells to Vobile; HyreCar prices 3.5 million additional shares; Virgin Orbit to provide RAF launch services

Fundraising Basics: How to Understand and Negotiate a Term Sheet with Caroline Cherkassky and Kelly Laffey

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -- Fundraising Basics: How to Understand and Negotiate a Term Sheet with Caroline Cherkassky and Kelly Laffey. Topics that will be covered include: Type of financing: convertible notes vs SAFEs vs priced equity rounds Convertible notes and SAFEs: caps, discounts, and other key terms Priced equity rounds: economic provisions, voting rights, and other key terms. See [link] (more

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What the 5 Stages of Grief Teach Us About Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

GumGum Sports: Lost Opportunity For Sponsors At Women's World Cup


Santa Monica-based GumGum Sports , which uses computer vision technology to analyze the value of sponsorship of sporting events, says that the recent matches at the World Cup, featuring the U.S. Women's National Team, was a lost opportunity for the tournament.

Signal Sciences Expands in Culver City

L.A. Business Journal

Web security firm Signal Sciences Corp. celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and the startup has quickly grown from a six-person operation in a Venice apartment to a 150-strong workforce rapidly outgrowing office space

Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ John Zuur Platten

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, July 18, 2019 -- Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ John Zuur Platten. Join Writer and Game Designer John Zuur Platten (Jurassic World Evolution, Pokemon Go, Ingress, Summoner Wars) in a conversation with NYFA's Scott Rogers (God of War, author of Level Up! The Guide to Great Game Design) as they discuss John's career as AAA game creator. Learn the secrets of the gaming industry from one of the best! Join us for pizza at 6:30 pm and chat at 7:00 pm.

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City of San Diego Increases Support for San Diego Startup Week 2020

Startup San Diego

Startup San Diego is proud to announce that the City of San Diego will again be helping to fund San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) next year, increasing its funding from $35,000 to $50,000 for SDSW 2020 and ensuring the early-stage planning of our signature annual event. This timing is perfect.

Techstars Los Angeles Launches 2019 Class


Techstars Los Angeles , one of the startup accelerators run by Techstars in Los Angeles, has announced its 2019 class. According to Techstars, ten companies were selected for the startup accelerator, which kicked off this week. The companies will have their Demo Day on October 15th.

Snap Poised for Continued Growth

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. will report second quarter 2019 earnings July 23, and analysts and shareholders expect the company’s finances to continue improving

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With $17M, Illumina Ties, Prenatal Tests Firm Cradle Genomics Debuts


Another company headed by former Illumina executives has launched, fueled with a $17 million Series A round from investors including a local venture capital firm.

100 Thieves Raises $35M

L.A. Business Journal

100 Thieves raises $35 million to fuel expansion and a new headquarters


Silicon Beach Report July 18: There’s a New Podcast Studio in Town

L.A. Business Journal

KPCC creates podcast venture; Hulu to carry NASA programs; Netflix pushes mobile in India

Silicon Beach Report July 17: Fifth Wall Raises $500 Million Fund to Invest in Real Estate Technology

L.A. Business Journal

Netflix subscriptions drop; Techstars begins new L.A. class; Fifth Wall completes huge fund raise