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Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

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Defy , the early-stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio.

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Lucid Sight, Backed By MLB, Finds Another $6M To Combine Video Games, Blockchain

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Los Angeles-based video game startup Lucid Sight , which is combining both videogames with blockchain, has raised $6M in a funding round, the company is announcing this morning. According to the startup, the new round of funding included Salem Partners, The Galaxy EOS VC Fund, Digital Currency Group, Breakaway Growth, Frontier Venture Capital, and Animoca Brands.

“FacePalm” Bug Is a Jarring Wake-Up Call. And Not Just for Apple

Xconomy

Apple is a global icon. It was the first company in the world to reach a $1 trillion market capitalization, and it is the most valuable company in the world today. For the second year in a row, Apple ranked as the world’s most-admired company, in a Fortune survey of 3,750 business executives. PC magazine recently released its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards and Apple finished #1 for Laptops, Desktop PCs, and Tablets.

What’s the minimum information to give your investors?

Berkonomics

Every investor wants regular information from companies taking their money. And most of us investors are frustrated by the lack of regular communication – unless of course – the company needs more money.

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Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

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Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017.

eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry.

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AACR 2019 Roundup: Notes from a Weekend of Early Stage Cancer Results

Xconomy

[ Editor’s note: Alex Lash co-authored this report ] The American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting is wrapping up in Atlanta today.

Santa Monica Tech Happy Hour on the Patio!

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 11, 2019 -- Santa Monica Tech Happy Hour on the Patio! by Startup Coil. It's finally patio season! Let's get things warmed up with an epic L.A. Tech Happy Hour overlooking the 3rd Street Promenade in beautiful downtown Santa Monica. See [link] (more

eTailPet Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital. eTailPet lets pet stores create their own websites, post their catalog, accept orders for in store pickup or delivery, and more, offering up a number of templates, mobile optimization, and outsource customer support.

7 Steps To A Winning Social Media Marketing Campaign

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Most startups, and many big businesses, still don’t have a clue on how to use social media productively for marketing their business.

Reveal Biosciences Gets Intel’s Backing on “AI-Powered” Pathology

Xconomy

A 25-person startup developing advanced computing tools to speed up pathology work has raised its first institutional financing from a group of investors led by Intel Capital, the corporate investment arm of the chipmaker.

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CIS Blockchain Conference

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 -- CIS Blockchain Technology Innovation. Conference and Expo for Blockchain Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Developers. See [link] (more

Science Inc. Eyes New Venture Capital Fund

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Santa Monica-based startup studio Science Inc. founded by Michael Jones, Peter Pham, Gregory Gilman, and Tom Dare, appears to be launching efforts to raise a new fund. The startup studio--which both incubates its own companies as well as works with startup founders to help accelerate their efforts--has backed such companies as Dollar Shave Club , DogVacay , FameBit , EventUp , August Home , Hello Society , Playhaven , and Superfly Labs.

How To Practice As Well As Preach Being Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Cabinet Office It’s easy to say to people on your team that they must be accountable for their actions, but it’s not so easy to tell them how to do it. It’s even harder to give them the mindset of wanting to be accountable.

Xconomy Awards San Diego CEO Finalists Show How To Build Value

Xconomy

To succeed as a CEO means having the fortitude to make the tough decisions that all companies face. Often, that means persevering in pursuit of a mission, whether that’s proving a new class of drugs can work, turning around a company that’s facing financial difficulties, battling much larger competitors, convincing investors to back cutting-edge technology, or successfully building a company in an area that has been historically poorly funded.

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Karma Automotive Taps BMW For Engine Technology

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Irvine-based Karma Automotive , the revived, startup auto maker, says it has inked an agreement with BMW AG , to use BMW's engine technology in its automobiles. According to Karma Automotive, its vehicle, the 2020 Revero luxury car, will use a BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine. The company said the engine will be used to power an on-board electric generatorand to enhance overall vehicle performance. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

8 Pragmatic Reasons Not To Wait For The Next Bubble

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay According to The Washington Post and WSJ, the economy has been slowing down around the world, and the US will follow suit before 2019 ends.

Charles River Labs Says It Will Close San Diego Research Facility

Xconomy

Contract research organization Charles River Labs is shutting down its San Diego-area operations, moving the work done there to one of its two Northern California sites.

CIS Blockchain Conference

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 -- CIS Blockchain Technology Innovation. Conference and Expo for Blockchain Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Developers. See [link] (more

Alteryx Acquires ClearStory Data

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Irvine-based data science and analytics software developer Alteryx has acquired ClearStory Data , a Menlo Park-based software developer developing products for managing complex and unstructured data. Financial details of the acquisition wer enot announced. Alteryx said the deal will provide it with a "talented team and compelling technology", and also help it with extension into Silicon Valley.

8 Career Advancement Principles Of Ownership Thinking

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Lyncconf Games Based on my own business experience of many years on both sides of the owner-employee role, I believe that one of the quickest ways to improve your employee career is to think like an owner.

San Diego Tech Roundup: Bitmo, Dvele, Cybersecurity Report & More

Xconomy

—Mobile app startup Bitmo announced it had raised more than $3 million in seed funding from investors including Everplus Capital, Longboard Capital Advisors, and several Southern California-based family fund offices. Bitmo’s mobile app allows users to send and receive digital gift cards that can be switched between a number of stores. The company says it has about 130 national brands on the platform, including Nike, Nordstrom, and Old Navy.

Building a Mega Global Brand - Docusign

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -- Building a Mega Global Brand - Docusign. Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. Docusign is a mainstay of the legal services market, enabling easy digital signature of legal documents. That position was earned by Cal Lutheran alum Joe Fuca and his Docusign co-founders.

RealD Gets Patent Win

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology developer RealD announced on Wednesday that the company has scored a patent win in Europe. According to the company, the European Patent Office (EPO) has upheld the validity on one of its key patents for light-doubling 3D cinema projection systems. RealD said the ruling will bolster its case against Volfoni, who the company is suing over infringement of its patents.

Blockchain, Video Games, and the MLB: Interview with Randy Saaf, Lucid Sight

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For all the hype around the blockchain  the computer algorithms behind the popular Bitcoin cryptocurrency  there are some real, solid promise behind the technology. Los Angeles-based Lucid Sight (www.lucidsight.com) is applying that technology behind the scenes to help power video games, using the digital asset features of blockchain to build ownership and scarcity into collectible video games.

Semtech Gets Design Win With Water Leak Detection System

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Camarillo-based Semtech has scored a design win, with a Swedish systems integrator developing water leak detection systems. According to Semtech, its LoRa wireless technology is being used in a "smart home" application by iioote , a Sweden-based independent systems integrator offering Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

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EvoNexus Links With EMD Performance Materials For Incubator Effort

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San Diego- and Irvine-based startup incubator EvoNexus announced today that it has started accepting applications to a new startup incubation effort it is running with high tech material company EMD Performance Materials. EMD is owned by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Disney Backs Effort To Give Girls A Head Start On STEM

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Burbank-based Disney is backing an effort, in conjunction with learning robot developer littleBits and UC Davis , the give girls a boost in getting into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. According to the threee this morning, the have launched a new program in California, called Snap The Gap , which will help 10 year old girls learn technology and science with hands-on-learning.

HyperX Renews NBA 2K Partnership

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Fountain Valley-based videogame accessory maker HyperX said this morning that it has renewed its partnership with the NBA 2K league, ahead of the league's second season. According to HyperX, it will continue on as the "Official Gaming Headset Partner" for the league. Financial details of the deal were not announced. HyperX said it will also be partnering with the NBA 2K league teams HEAT Check Gaming, Mavs Gaming, NetsGC, T-Wolves Gaming and 76ers Gaming Club in the effort.