Sat.Jun 08, 2019 - Fri.Jun 14, 2019

Relativity is building a 3D-printing rocket manufacturing hub in Mississippi

TechCrunch LA

The future of rocket manufacturing has touched down in Mississippi. At NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center , nestled in Hancock County, Miss.,

Riot Games Facing Investigation Over Gender Discrimination

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In more bad news for Los Angeles-based videogame maker Riot Games , the company is now facing an investigation by California officials , over its refusal to provide information on its pay practices. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed suit, demanding that Riot Games turn over employee pay data so that the agency can analyze whether the company is paying less to women than men.

Your Tech Startup Is Probably Not Ready to Raise Money

Xconomy

I know, I don’t even know you. Here’s the thing. Let’s say Melanie is an early-stage investor. If she placed a bet blindly for every startup that thinks they’re ready to raise, her chips would fall on the “not ready to raise” words written in fancy script on the soft green felt of the betting table.

Should a leader support constant change?

Berkonomics

The worrying that always precedes a change. When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.

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Finding The Right Angel Investor For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is looking for an angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. Or does it? Actually numbers and locations are just the beginning.

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Silicon Beach Report June 10: Pluto TV Pushes into Latino Markets

L.A. Business Journal

Quibi unveils pricing details; SpaceX to launch JPL’s atomic clock; Pluto TV launches Latino programming

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Celebrating San Diego Life Sciences: Xconomy Awards Gala Slideshow

Xconomy

View the Slideshow We at Xconomy were thrilled to see such a great turnout at our first-ever awards gala in San Diego. About 250 people from the local life sciences community filled a ballroom at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa (see photos above).

4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival.

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Silicon Beach Report June 14: Bird Required to Pay Tariffs on Chinese Imports

L.A. Business Journal

Bird, Uber tariff relief requests denied; AppOnBoard buys BuildBox; Pluto TV links with Comcast

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Atlazo Finds $3.4M For Healthcare IoT Technology

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San Diego-based Atlazo , a startup developing systems-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductors aimed at used in healthcare and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, has raised $3.4M in a seed funding round. The funding round was led by the Tech Coast Angels, and the TCA's San Diego chapter. According to the TCA, its angel network members invested $2.5M in the round.

LA CEOs: Celebrity Endorsements - Paradigm

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 20, 2019 -- LA CEOs: Celebrity Endorsements - Paradigm. Join your CEO and CFO peers in our informative LA CEOs breakfast presentation led by Roger Wood - Partner Paradigm Talent Agency. This sponsor supported event is restricted to qualified CEOs and CFOs only. Confirmed RSVP required. No service providers will be admitted. See [link] (more

8 Ways To Use Personal Values To Highlight Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

True business success and leadership starts with real personal values, extends to building a team, and finally to inspiring customers and your community. That’s a huge leap from an entrepreneurial idea, to a product, to making money. Is it any wonder that the majority of startups fail?

Silicon Beach Report June 13: Sure Raises $23 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Bird paid $25 million for Scoot; Sure raises $23 million; Disney Plus subscriber projections

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Spring Labs Finds $23M In Series A

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Los Angeles-based Spring Labs , a startup developing a blockchain-based platform for sharing of financial information, has raised $23M in a Series A funding. According to Spring Labs, the funding was led by GreatPoint Ventures, and also included August Capital, as well as General Motors Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of General Motors, RRE Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Multicoin Capital, The Pritzker Group, and CardWorks.

SoCal First Look Innovation Showcase 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 -- SoCal First Look Innovation Showcase 2019. The SoCal First Look Innovation Showcase supports, nurtures and stimulates our unique innovation culture in Southern California and promotes its position as a vibrant hub for start-ups and emerging technology. In addition to the presenters, venture capitalists and early stage angel investors attend the event, along with local elected officials, business leaders and senior administrators from the universities. See [link] (mor

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4 Keys To A Super-Charged Team And Workplace Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup work environments are always chaos, but they can still be great environments to work in, or they can be terrible. Whether yours is terrible or great, that same tone flows out to your customers, and regulates your productivity inside.

Riot Games Under DFEH Investigation

L.A. Business Journal

California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing has launched an investigation into Sawtelle-based Riot Games for alleged gender bias and other discriminatory conduct

Interview with Ilya Pozin, Cofounder of Pluto TV

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In January, Los Angeles-based Pluto TV (www.pluto.tv) was acquired by Viacom for $340M, one of the largest acquisition deals so far in the region this year. We caught up with Pluto TV's co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Ilya Pozin , to hear about how the company started, and its path to acquisitionas well as to get some tips on startup success. Ilya also founded Coplex, a startup development studio. What's your story and how did you end up founding Pluto TV?

Preccelerator Workshop: Financial Modeling for Startups w/ Eli Eisenberg

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 -- Financial Modeling for Startups Workshop In this workshop you will learn the following: The theory and purpose of a financial model in a pitch deck An approach to financial modeling that resonates with investors How to build the model. See [link] (more

How To Tune Business Strategy For Long-Term Success

Startup Professionals Musings

The biggest challenge these days doesn’t seem to be in starting a new business, but sustaining it against the onslaught of market changes and new competitors that emerge every day.

Silicon Beach Report June 11: GameMine acquires 1,200 titles

L.A. Business Journal

Square Enix announces “Avengers,” “Final Fantasy” titles; Snapchat filters have unexpected use; GameMine expands gaming library

Bird Acquires Scoot

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Santa Monica-based Bird announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Scoot , a San Francisco-based scooter service--giving Bird entry back into the San Francisco market, and also helping Bird scale out its operations. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Bird, Scoot will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, and also help Bird offer more vehicles featuring the latest technology advancements for the sharing market.

3 Tips to Boost Security, Trust With Increasingly Remote Workforce

Xconomy

Employers are increasingly offering remote work options as a differentiator to attract top talent in today’s competitive hiring market. And, with modern technology at their fingertips, employees have come to expect a seamless working experience whether they’re home, in the office, or on the road.

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Bird Acquires Scoot Networks

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Bird Rides Inc. is buying Bay Area competitor Scoot Networks Inc

Locana Wins $550,000 Grant

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San Diego-based gene therapy startup Locana has just received $550,000 in a grant, from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), according to the MDA. The award will go to advance Locana's development program for treating mytonic dystrophy (DM). According to the MDA, the grant came from its MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) grant program, which specifically funds drug development, discovery and clinical application of treatments and cures for neuromuscular disorders.

Triton Digital Acquires Omny Studio

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , a provider of advertising services and technology for the online radio streaming, digital audio and podcasting markets, has acquired Omny Studio , a developer of a podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform. Financial terms of the acquisition were not annoucned. Omny Studio was based in Melbourne, Australia. According to Triton Digital, the entire team at Omny Studio has joined the company, after it acquired the technology, assets, and team of Omny.

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Newegg In Global Expansion Effort

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Los Angeles-based electronics- and technology retailer Newegg says it is in a major, global expansion effort, saying this morning that it has added another 29 countries to its network, growing the number of companies it is doing business in to more than 80. According to Newegg, it has been working over the last two years to expand its geographical reach, adding local language support, free shipping on select items, and local returns.

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EvoNexus, UC San Diego Team On FinTech Efforts

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San Diego- and Orange County-based startup incubator EvoNexus and the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management announced this morning that the two are in a new partnership, aimed at creating a new generation of FinTech startups. According to the two, the partnership will help students and alums of UCSD Rady, by creating an "entrepreneurial path" for them into the EvoNexus FinTech Incubator.

Cubic Wins Air Force Contract

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San Diego-based Cubic Corporation announced this morning that it has scored a win with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), to develop a data radio for the USAF. According to Cubic, the award went to its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, for delivery of a Small Form Factor (SFF) Radio prototype for the Data Link Enterprise (DLE). The size of the contract was not announced. The company said the component is used for providing ground-to-air and air-to-ground communications.

SerImmune Finds $1.4M In Ongoing Funding

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Santa Barbara-based SerImmune , a company developing immune mapping technology, has raised $1.4M in new funding, as part of what appears to be an ongoing $7.0M funding effort. The funding--which was disclosed via a regulatory filing--shows the round as a debt funding round, suggesting the funding is likely a convertible debt funding from existing investors. SerImmune previously raised $8.0M in funding back in 2017, from such investors as Illumina Ventures, Merck and others.