Sat.Dec 07, 2019 - Fri.Dec 13, 2019

AT&T 5G Now Live In LA, San Diego

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AT&T says its next generation, 5G network is now live in both Los Angeles and San Diego, as it begins a nationwide rollout of its 5G network. According to AT&T, the rollout of its 5G network--which currently is only accessible with the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G--brings the total number of markets to ten, with plans to start building its nationwide service in the first half of 2020.

ProducePay nabs $190 million debt financing to lend to farmers

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles-based ProducePay has inked a $190 million debt facility from Coventure and TCM Capital, to expand its lending business and marketplace for farmers.

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Aspen Neuro Bags $6.5M to Test Parkinson’s Disease Stem Cell Therapy

Xconomy

Nearly nine years ago Jeanne Loring and her colleagues at Scripps Research debuted a test that leveraged advances in genomics and data science to determine, without testing in animals, whether human stem cells were “pluripotent,” or able to become any type of cell in the body.

Let’s talk about your banking relationship

Berkonomics

The warning is real. You’ve heard the old one – that a banker always seems willing to offer a loan when you don’t need it. For small businesses, there is such truth in that statement that you can trust the story to be based as fact from experience. Exceptions and good reasons to work on them.

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Boingo Lays Off 80 Employees

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based Boingo Wireless has laid off more than 15% of its workforce

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Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Names New Director

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Pasadena-based Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals announced this morning that it has named Marianne De Backer, Ph.D., as an independent director for the company. Backer is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Business Development & Licensing, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Pharmaceuticals Division of Bayer AG, and she also served at Johnson & Johnson.

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10 Ways Owners Often Jeopardize Their Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

When you are starting a new business, every resource is precious, including time, funding, and people. Yet we can all look back, after the fact, and realize that we could have been more memorable.

Software Firm X1 Making Big Moves

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena-based software developer X1 Discovery Inc. is closing out 2019 with a series of big changes

EDF Renewables Links With Solar Tracking Firm

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San Diego-based renewable power developer EDF Renewables North America has linked with Array Technologies , a developer of single-axis solar tracking systems, to deploy those tracking systems on about two gigawatts of solar power projects being developed by EDF Renewables. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Iterum’s Antibiotic for Super Bugs Falls Short in Phase 3, Shares Sink

Xconomy

Iterum Therapeutics’ bid to bring patients a new antibiotic that’s safer than currently available drugs has fallen short of the main efficacy goal of a late-stage clinical trial. But the company is pinning its hopes on another Phase 3 study that will report data early next year.

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10 Outside Staffing Quotes True Entrepreneurs Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, it is almost impossible to find a small business where everything is done at the home location, by full-time employees. We are in the age of outsourcing, by any of many popular names, including subcontracting, freelancing, and virtual assistants.

Postscript Raises $4M Seed Round

L.A. Business Journal

Text message marketing firm Postscript raised a $4.4 million seed round to expand its workforce and onboard new ecommerce clients

Rocket Lab Sets Up First US Launch Site

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab , the satellite rocket launch developer, has set up its first U.S. launch site, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. The launch site, which is it second, is in addition to an existing launch complex the company has in New Zealand. At a press conference at Wallops Island on Thursday, Rocket Lab said construction on its Launch Complex 2 started in February.

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Scripps Research, AbbVie Expand Drug Discovery Deal Beyond Cancer

Xconomy

The Scripps Research Institute and AbbVie have agreed to broaden an existing drug discovery agreement focused on cancer cell therapies to now encompass treatments for other kinds of disease.

5 Factors That Set Your Best Startup Funding Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

With the advent and popularity of crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter and IndieGoGo , as a winning alternative for funding your new venture, I find that many aspiring entrepreneurs are confused about the need to ever seek a professional angel investor.

Major Changes for AECOM

L.A. Business Journal

An activist investor hedge fund is driving a leadership change at Century City-based AECOM, one of the largest public companies in Los Angeles

Lyft Launches Car Rentals In LA

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Lyft said on Thursday that it has launched a new car rental service in Los Angeles, as part of an expansion of its services. According to Lyft, the new service--which is currently only available in LA and the Bay Area--is aimed at providing a vehicle to people who need to go longer distances. Lyft said it would rent cars for weekend getaways, business trips, and to run errands, all from its app.

Zentalis Steps Out With $147M Raised to Develop “Tried and True” Small Molecules

Xconomy

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals is banking on small molecules for cancer—leaving the “cool technologies” aside for a “tried and true” approach, says the CEO, who wants to let the science speak for itself. Since it was founded five years ago, the company has moved three compounds into the clinic.

6 Considerations For Going Public Via Reverse Merger

Startup Professionals Musings

With the current strong economy, as an active startup mentor, I’m seeing a new surge of entrepreneurs and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. There just aren’t enough angel investors and VCs to go around.

MedMen Restructuring Brings $37 Million in Savings

L.A. Business Journal

MedMen has received $37 million in gross cash proceeds for the sale of various businesses since Nov.

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String Of High Profile Ring Camera Hacks Linked To Discord Streamers

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The string of high profile hacks of Ring cameras--with major coverage by media outlets nationwide over the last two days--has been tracked back to a podcast , according to a report from Vice. According to the Vice article, a podcast that was being streamed on Discord was behind multiple takeovers of people's Ring cameras, including one where a hacker terrorized and 8-year old in her bedroom and one where racist comments were shouted at Florida couple.

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Eying Cancer Combos, Sanofi to Splash Out $2.5B on San Diego’s Synthorx

Xconomy

Synthorx is working to design new cytokine therapies for cancer using an “extended” genetic alphabet that could help avoid the shortcomings associated with earlier versions.

How Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Hesitate To Seek Help

Startup Professionals Musings

While starting a new business always involves tackling many new challenges, I’ve personally found myself reluctant to ask for help. I suspect it’s a function of pride and confidence in my own problem solving abilities, but my hesitation has definitely cost me time and money.

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ProducePay Raises $205 Million Debt Financing

L.A. Business Journal

Glendale-based ProducePay Inc. raised a $205 million debt financing round Dec.

Ring: No Breach In Ring Security

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Santa Monica-based Ring says that the widely publicized video this morning of a hacker taking over a Ring security camera and terrorizing an 8-year old is "no way related to a breach or compromise of Ring's security." The video--shown by NBC News--shows someone talking through a Ring camera at a terrified 8-year old. The 8-year old's parents apparently had installed a Ring camera in order to monitor their daughter's bedroom.

Insitro Hires Serafim Batzoglou As Its First Chief Data Officer

Xconomy

The San Francisco-based drug discovery startup, Insitro, has hired its first chief data officer. Serafim Batzoglou joins the company from Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN ), out of San Diego, where he was the vice president of applied and computational biology.

CurtCo, Founded By Former Robb Report Owner, Launches Podcasting Venture

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Malibu-based CurtCo a new startup founded by a veteran of the magazine business, is taking on the podcasting market, and has launched what it says is a new "podcast platform". The startup, led by William (Bill) Curtis, says it has launched six original series, and will be introducing several more focused on such areas as politics, medicine, Hollywood filmmakers, luxury cars, wines as well as engaging scripted narratives and comedies.

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CrowdStrike Adds New Managed Security Provider

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CrowdStrike , the provider of endpoint protection software which has major operations in Irvine, has added a new managed security provider covering the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. CrowdStrike said it added managed security service provider ElevenPaths, Telefnica's Cybersecurity Unit, as part of its partnership program. CrowdStrike's software uses artificial intelligence for endpoint protection, malware detection, cyber threat intelligence, and other efforts. READ MORE>>.

Report: Angel Investors Gain From Investing In Every Deal

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A new report, from AngelList, says that angel investors at the see stage would increase their expected return by broadly indexing into every credible deal they see. AngelList claimed in its report, Startup Growth and Venture Returns, that someone who "blindly invests in every credible deal" would do better than an angel investor who happened to miss "the best-performing seed investment". AngelList's service is aimed at promoting seed investment.

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NextGen Healthcare Acquires OTTO Health

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Irvine-based NextGen Healthcare , which provides practice management software for the medical, behavioral and dental providers, has made another acquisition, saying today that it has agreed to acquire OTTO Health , a provider of software used for virtual visits. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to NextGen Healthcare, OTTO Health's virtual visit software is used in rural areas where access to health care is often lacking.