Sat.May 11, 2019 - Fri.May 17, 2019

Eyeing Future IPO, A Rarity for SD Software Firms, Tealium Adds $55M

Xconomy

San Diego has had plenty of businesses go public in recent years, but most have been life sciences companies. Now software startup Tealium, which has about 215 employees at its San Diego headquarters, announced Wednesday it has added $55 million in a Series F financing. Eleven-year-old Tealium has now hauled in more than $160 million in venture capital, and is prepping to become one of the region’s first big tech companies to go public in over five years.

CareerArc Grows In LA, Names New VPs

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Burbank-based CareerArc , which develops social recruiting and outplacement. technology and services, says it is in the midst of a big expansion in Los Angeles, and has added about 20 percent to its headcount over the last three months. The company said, as part of that growth, it has named Jason Blais as Executive Vice President of Sales, Linda Souza as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and also promoted Yair Riemer to President of its Career Transition Services Division.

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Lambs, the radiation-proof underwear company formerly known as Spartan, is now selling beanies

TechCrunch LA

Earlier this year, Spartan, the French manufacturer of a silver-lined underwear designed to block EMF radiation from cell phones and wireless routers, relocated to the U.S. and raised some capital from the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Science.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

Five ways to make your company stand out.

Berkonomics

There must be at least several companies out there right now positioning to compete with you. If you’re large enough, you may be the target, and if smaller, you are the minnow not the shark – and need to be agile and creative. The five strategies: Picking one to emphasize.

Startup Video Interview: Tavio Hobson, Trufl

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As part of our new feature on socaltech, video interviews, we recently caught up with Tavio Hobson , the founder of an early stage startup called Trufl , an app which lets restaurant guests bid on a seat at a restaurant, without a reservation.

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

TechCrunch LA

Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

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“Nail It Then Scale It” - The New Mantra For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Steve Blank via Flickr by jdlasica I see more and more entrepreneurs who seem to have everything going for them – vision, motivation, passion, even a good business plan, product, and money, and yet they can’t close customers.

New Feature: Socaltech's Video Interviews!

socalTECH

We're rolling out a new feature over the next few weeks and months: video interviews!

With $12 million more in the bag, the furniture subscription service Feather heads to Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

Furniture subscription rental service, Feather , is heading to Los Angeles and Orange County, California with $12 million in new funding and “thousands” of customers in New York and San Francisco.

Verb Technology Reports First Quarter Earnings

L.A. Business Journal

Hollywood-based interactive video advertising Verb Technology Company Inc. reported its first quarter earnings May 16, posting a loss despite an overall revenue increase in its first earnings report since going public

5 Steps To A Winning Assault On The Army Of Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by lumaxart Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time.

ObEN Powers Cryptocurrency News Via Avatar

socalTECH

Pasadena-based ObEN , a developer of artificial intelligence-driven, animated avatars--which looks like and sound like real people--said its technology is being used to power the detailed, human avatar behind PAI News , an app which will deliver news on blockchain and cryptocurrency. ObEN said its 3D avatar, "Satoshi", will provide news on technology, finance, law, and education. ObEN said the cryptocurrency news avatar app is available both on iOS and Android.

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ASCO Abstracts: Breast Cancer, Precision Treatments in the Spotlight

Xconomy

The world’s biggest annual cancer conference is just around the corner. Data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting each year can change medical practice and make or break companies whose drugs are under the microscope.

Expenses Outpace Revenue for Upstart Super League

L.A. Business Journal

Super League Gaming Inc. distinguished itself among esports companies – and most start-ups for that matter – by going public earlier this year, and on May 14 Super League released its inaugural earnings report

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6 Keys To Making Timely Changes To Save Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Wikipedia Change is about the only thing constant in the world of startups. Despite their own focus on changing the world, they often forget that they too have to change rapidly and often as the market evolves.

Swell Rolls Out iOS App For Socially Responsible Investment

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Santa Monica-based Swell Investing , a startup which lets consumers invest in companies which meet socially responsibility, and "impact goals", has rolled out a new iOS app, which lets consumers invest in companies from their smartphone.

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Keiretsu Forum Orange County

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, May 23, 2019 -- Keiretsu Forum. Orange County Forum. Angel investor event. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report May 14: Disney Buys Out Hulu Stake

L.A. Business Journal

Bird working to integrate Apple Pay; Comcast sells Hulu stake; Crypto hackers arrested after West Hollywood theft

5 Exciting Technologies That Need Your Execution Help

Startup Professionals Musings

DNA image via Wikipedia As a business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster.

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Citadel Defense Wins U.S Government Customer

socalTECH

San Diego-based Citadel Defense , a developer of counter-drone technology, says that it has signed up an un-named, classified U.S. government customer, which is using its technology to prevent drone attacks in "highly sensitive areas". According to Citadel Defense, its systems are specifically being used to prevent weaponized drone attacks. The size of the deal was not announced.

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R.E.D Talk: The Future of the Supply Chain in LA County

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Silicon Beach Report May 17: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Spacex Chosen for Moon Lander Project

L.A. Business Journal

LiveXLive announces new music app; Hulu bullish on Disney taking reigns; SpaceX among firms contracted for Moon Lander

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6 Ways To Prepare Your Company For The Future Of Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay It’s time to take the drudgery and dread out of work at your business. You don’t like it, millennials won’t put up with it, and current productivity levels at work continue to decline. Only 32 percent of American workers are even engaged at work today.

Cornerstone OnDemand Names Chief Marketing Officer

socalTECH

Santa Monica-base Cornerstone OnDemand said late Thursday that it has named a Heidi Spirgi as the company's new Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, to head up the firm's marketing functions. Spirgi was most recently Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product and Services for The Marcus Buckingham Company (acquired by ADP), and was the co-founder of a strategic consulting firm, Knowledge Infusion, which was acquired in 2012 by Appirio.

SPAR 3D Conference and Expo

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 -- SPAR 3D Conference and Expo. SPAR 3D Expo and Conference, presented by SPAR 3D.com and co-located with AEC Next, is the premier international event for the commercial application of 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization tools.

Silicon Beach Report May 16: Quibi Seeks Additional $1 Billion

L.A. Business Journal

Virgin Hyperloop One gains $172 million; Crackle reports first quarter earnings; Quibi plans $1 billion raise

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Meet the X of the Year Finalists for the Xconomy Awards San Diego

Xconomy

The Xconomy Awards categories weren’t enough to capture the full diversity of the San Diego life science community. So we at Xconomy created X of the Year for people who are so unique they needed their own categories. Read on for short introductions of the X of the Year finalists.

Connect Homes Finds $10.8M For Prefab Housing

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Los Angeles-based Connect Homes , a developer of prefab housing technology, has raised $10.8M in its Series A funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Brick & Mortar Ventures and Virgo Investment Group, and also included MetaProp, Almubader Growth Fund, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. As part of the funding, the company added Brick & Mortar's Darren Bechtel, and Virgo's Scott Johnson to its board of directors.

AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Silicon Beach Report May 15: Burbank-based CareerArc Expands

L.A. Business Journal

Team SoloMid partners with Lenovo; Feather spreads its wings in L.A.; CareerArc grows, names new executives

Whiskey Coffee, Immigration, AI: MassChallenge Austin 2019 Startups

Xconomy

Austin —MassChallenge has picked the 74 early-stage companies that will eventually compete for a portion of $500,000 in cash as a part of its Austin accelerator program.

Isaac Garcia, CEO and Founder of Sales Insider

socalTECH

For our interview this morning, we caught up with Isaac Garcia , a serial entrepreneur who previously founded and sold his last company, Central Desktop, and now is working on a new startup, Sales Insider. Isaac told us a bit about how he thinks his company can help solve the recruiting issues with hiring software sales repsand also tells new entrepreneurs that sometimes, you just can't have it all, and the challenges of balancing a startup, family life, your health, and the rest of your life.

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ISSA-LA Annual InfoSec SummitXI

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, May 16, 2019 -- ISSA-LA's highly successful Security Summits attract the leading worldwide Information Security speakers and trainers. Summit XI will be held May 14-17, 2019 at the Annenberg Beach House on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, CA.

Halla Finds $1.4M For Online Grocery Personalization

socalTECH

A brand new, Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence startup, Halla , announced on Wednesday that it has raised $1.4M in its seed funding round, to help it expand its development of personalization technology for online grocers. According to Halla, the funding was led by E&A Venture Capital, an early stage food industry investor, and also included SOSV.

Ingram Micro Expands In Peru

socalTECH

Irvine-based Ingram Micro , which provides electronics distribution and supply chain services, said on Tuesday that it is expanding its operations in Lima, Peru, with the opening of a new IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) processing center, part of its Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services arm. Ingram Micro said the facility is the third facility in South America.

Curtail, Fresh Off $3.25M Funding, Names VPs

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based Curtail , a new cybersecurity startup which recently landed $3.25M in funding, said this morning that it has named two VPs. According to the startup, Deborah Scanlon will serve as vice president of strategic sales, and Nigel Quinnin will take on the role of vice president of development at the company. Curtail recently raised $3.25M in a seed funding round from Tarus Capital.