Sat.Dec 09, 2017 - Fri.Dec 15, 2017

How would you like a great advisory board?


Have you ever thought of creating an advisory board? As you can guess, that would be an informal group with no legal responsibilities, but one able to be called upon to act as business, industry and scientific advisors to you and the company.

Men Say …

Both Sides of the Table

Men use similar tropes on why #MeToo may go too far. It’s time to break these down. It’s time for more men to start saying, “enough is enough,” “I believe her,” and “I will step out of my comfort zone and speak up so that others feel empowered to follow me.” Men will make mistakes.

How Digital Entrepreneurs Approach Startup Life


If you are thinking “Should I build an office out of my garage, Apple or Hewlett-Packard style?”, read on.

Blockchain-Based Health Care Start-Up Curisium Raises $3.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Curisium, a Manhattan Beach–based start-up company that allows health care systems and biotech firms to contract through blockchain technology, has raised $3.5 million from investors, officials announced Thursday

Interview with Scott Cannon, CEO of BigRentz


Our interview this morning is with Scott Cannon , the CEO of BigRentz (, which is creating an online marketplace for big equipment--an industry known notoriously as not adopting new technology. Scott tells us how the company--backed by St. Cloud Capital--has managed to coax those equipment rental yards into the digital age, and how the company has tackled other challenges in focusing its business. BigRentz is based in Irvine. What is BigRentz?

3 A.I. Predictions for 2018: Emotion, Data, Ethics


Emotion A.I. will increase our humanity and empathy for each other. In recent years, the smartphones, bots, and devices we spend so much of our time with could be accused of contributing to the desensitization of our society. When a fight breaks out, some teens’ first reaction is to pull out their phones and take a video, rather than call for help. We can yell mean things at our Amazon Alexa device without any consequences. These are just a few examples. In 2018 and beyond, this will change.

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TrueCar Settles Lawsuit with Car Dealer Association

L.A. Business Journal

California New Car Dealers Association announced on Thursday that it settled its lawsuit against TrueCar Inc

Fair Links With Assurant For Vehicle Insurance


Santa Monica-based Fair , the new startup led by former TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter, said today that it has tied with auto insurance provider Assurant as its primary insurance partner. Fair--which offers up an app which lets users gain access to a car with no long term commitments and no physical paperwork--said that Assurant is now the primary underwriter for the Fair-branded property and casualty insurance offered for all vehicles available on the app.

SpaceX Has Successful Launch, Landing For NASA


SpaceX has successfully launched a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, the Commercial Resupply Services 13 (CRS-13) mission, in the first time the rocket and spacecraft developer has used a previously launched Falcon 9 first stage, as well as previously used Dragon spacecraft for NASA. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 at "Landing Zone 1", which it said is its 20th successful recovery of a first stage booster. READ MORE>>.

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Mondicon Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica, Rolls Out Mobile WiFi Hardware


Dutch electronics developer Mondicon said Wednesday afternoon that it is setting up an office in Santa Monica, as it launched its products into the United States. The company said it is launching a secure, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot it calls the We.Stream at CES, a secure, mobile hotspot that lets users purchase data in increments of 2GB, 5GB or 10GB from its own touch screen. The company said it is now looking for U.S.based distributors and resellers for its device, which costs $179. READ MORE>>.

Atom Tickets Signs Up Showcase Cinemas


Los Angeles-based online movie ticketing service Atom Tickets has signed up a new, cinema chain, adding National Amusements' Showcase Cinemas to its platform. According to Atom Tickets, the deal will add nearly 400 screens Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island to its ticketing app and website. Atom Tickets says it now has nearly 19,000 screens across the U.S. on its platform. READ MORE>>.

Sophia Amoruso's Girlboss Raises $3.1M


Los Angeles-based Girlboss , a startup founded by former NastyGal founder Sophia Amoruso, has raised $3.1M in seed funding. The funding was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and also included others. Girlboss is a "lifestyle brand" focused on female empowerment, and offers up articles, books, a podcast, and "rallies" featuring talks, panels, keynotes, and workshops led by women. As part of the funding, Lightspeed's Nicole Quinn joins the company's board of directors. READ MORE>>.

Dreamscape Immersive Raises $30M


Los Angeles-based Dreamscape Immersive , which is working on opening up physical "VR centers" across the country, said Wednesday that it has raised $30M in a Series B funding round. The funding included investments from Nickelodeon, Majid Al Futtaim, VRSense Solutions Limited, and Image Nation Abu Dhabi along with Bold Capital Partners, 21st Century Fox, and Warner Bros. The company said it is hoping top open up its first location at the Westfield Century City Mall sometime next year.

Villiger Raises Seed Funding


Los Angeles-based Villiger , a startup developing a mobile app to help parents book tutors, baby sitters, and other services, has raised a seed round of funding, the company said this week. Size of that funding round was not announced. The company said the funding came from Mangrove Capital, Nir Zohar (President and COO, WIX), and Stephen Stokols (CEO, FreedomPop). Villiger's CEO is Walton Goggins.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 14: Disney to Gain Control of Hulu after 21st Century Fox Asset Acquisition

L.A. Business Journal

Disney to Gain Control of Hulu after 21st Century Fox asset acquisition, TrueCar settles lawsuit with California New Car Dealers Association and Lily raises $2 million for personal stylist

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 15: SpaceX Launches Dragon on Used Falcon 9

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX launches Dragon on used Falcon 9; Cigna acquires Brighter for undisclosed amount; and TrueCar settles lawsuit with car dealer association

EDF Renewable Energy Puts 154MW Wind Project Online


San Diego-based renewable energy project operator EDF Renewable Energy says it has put a 154 megawatt (MW) project in Oklahoma into commercial operation for consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation. According to EDF RE, Kimberly-Clark signed an agreement earlier this year to take 120MW of that project, is first, utility-scale use of renewable energy. EDF RE says the Rock Falls project is located in the Kay and Grant Counties in northern Oklahoma.

Snap Rolls Out New AR Lens App, Lens Studio


Venice, California-based Snap said on Thurday that it has rolled out a new tool, which lets designers create and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. The new tool, Lens Studio , allows users to build and launch immersive Lenses--such as your own dancing hot dog, or rainbow barfing unicorn--and publish them to Snapchat. The company said the tool is not just built for developers, but also creatives, students, and brands. READ MORE>>. snapchat software reality augmented studio lens snap

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Brighter Acquired By Cigna


Santa Monica-based Brighter , the dental healthcare startup led and co-founded by technology veteran Jake Winebaum and co-founder Jason Szczuka, has been acquired by Cigna. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Brighter was venture backed by Mayfield Fund, Benchmark, Tenaya Capital and General Catalyst. Brighter's service had allowed consumers to shop for local dentists, and also had a deal with insurers to integrate local dentists into their service directories.

Hyperloop One's Pishevar Out At Sherpa Capital


Shervin Pishevar , co-founder and Chairman of Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One , has resigned from his post at his venture capital firm, Sherpa Capital. In a statement on Thursday, Pishevar said he has "decided on my own accord" to end his association with Sherpa Capital. Pishevar had already been on a "leave of absence" from the firm. Pishevar has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

HAAWK Buys RoyaltyClaim and TuneRegistry


Los Angeles-based a href="[link] , the startup led by Ryan Born which focuses on rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization, has acquired two startups, TuneRegistry , and RoyaltyClaim. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. As part of the acquisition, HAAWK said it has named TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim founder Dae Bogan as CEO, and named TuneRegistry co-founders Jesse Morris, Kara McGehee, and Shane Zilinskas will serve as HAAWK's CLO, CPO, and CTO.

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Lily Lands $2M For Personalized Fashion Recommendation Bot


Los Angeles-based Lily , a startup developing a "bot" which works with users to find their personalized style and fashion, and helps them find clothing to match that style, has raised $2m in a seed funding round. The funding came from NEA, as well as other, un-named investors. According to Lily, it is using machine learning and other software to help recommend clothing to women. Lily's co-founder and CEO is Purva Gupta. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Dec. 13: Online Bank Aspiration Raises $47 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Online bank Aspiration raises $47 million; Dreamscape Immersive partners with Nickelodeon for virtual reality project; and Sophia Amoruso’s digital media firm Girlboss raises another $2 million

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March Capital Backs Video Game Developer nWay


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for mobile video game developer nWay , which announced a $11M funding on Wednesday. According to nWay, the funding, which was facilitated by Lionsgate, was led by both March Capital Partners and Ridge Ventures, and also included Baseline Ventures (Steve Anderson), TransLink Capital (Jay Eum) and WI Harper Group (Jeffrey Chu).

Syndio Solutions Scores $650K Seed Funding


Los Angeles-based Syndio Solutions , a developer of web-based software to help companies ensure compliance with state and federal equal pay for equal work laws, has raised $650,000 in its seed funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Frontier Ventures. According to Syndio Solutions, Robert Perille of Frontier Ventures joins the company's board with the funding.

Clearlake Capital Group Recaps Knight Energy Holdings


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital announced this morning that it has led a recapitaliation of Knight Energy Holdings , a provider of oilfield rental tool services for the oil and natural gas industry. Financial details of the recapitalization were not announced. Knight Energy Holdings was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Clearlake and Knight said the recap resulted in the reduction of more than $175 million in the Company�s total debt balance. READ MORE>>.

EDF Renewable Services Wins Maintenance Deal In Chile


San Diego-based EDF Renewable Services , which provides third party operations and maintenance services for the renewable energy industry, reports that it has been selected to provide its services to a solar plant in Chile. According to EDF Renewable Services, it will provide operations and maintenance at the 146 megawatt Bolero Solar Plant, located in the Atacama Desert in Antofagasta. Financial details of the win were not announced. The Bolero plant is owned by EDF EN Chile and Marubeni.

SpaceX Pushes CRS-13 Launch To ISS Until Friday


Hawthorne-based SpaceX said late Tuesday evening that it is now pushing its launch of its next mission to the International Space Station until Friday, December 15th, after detection of particles in the 2nd stage fuel system for the Falcon 9. SpaceX had originally hoped to launch its payload for NASA on Tuesday morning. According to SpaceX, it is using the additional time for its team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to that detection.

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Aspiration Gets $47M For Online Banking Efforts


Los Angeles-based Aspiration , and online banking startup which calls itself "the financial firm with a conscience", said on Tuesday that it has raised $47M in a Series B funding round.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 12: Miso Robotics Hires COO to Help Expand Restaurant Installations

L.A. Business Journal

Miso Robotics hires COO to help expand restaurant installations; NASA sees equivalent risk of launching used SpaceX rocket booster; and satellite data analysis startup Slingshot Aerospace raised $3.25 million

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