Sat.Oct 21, 2017 - Fri.Oct 27, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Hyperloop

Tech.Co

Since 2013, when Elon Musk released his white paper for an emerging mode of transportation using low air pressure within a tube, companies around the world have answered the call to build the next generation of futuristic transportation.

Saudis to Invest $1B in Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit

L.A. Business Journal

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia said Thursday it had reached a non-binding memorandum of understanding to invest $1 billion in space tourism company Virgin Galactic

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SmartDrive Systems Gets Funding From Michelin

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San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems has received an investment from Michelin North America , the company said on Sunday, in a preferred-stock round of investment. Size of the investment was not disclosed. SmartDrive said it will use the new funding for expansion of its strategy for fleet telematics and mobility services. SmartDrive is a developer of video- and sensor-based driver safety systems, used primarily for commercial fleets.

Terminated Blood Cancer Drug Springs Back to Life at SD Biotech

Xconomy

A blood cancer drug resurrected by the scientist who helped discover the compound, and who shepherded it through years of R&D, got a shot in the arm today, in the form of a $90 million financing deal with New York’s Oberland Capital.

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As Drugs Fail, Some Researchers Urge a Return to Alzheimer’s Roots

Xconomy

As the quest to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease keeps crashing against rocks, a group of researchers in the field want their peers to pay more attention to the part of the brain where Alzheimer’s disease first wreaks havoc.

Los Angeles Dodgers Win the World Series Social Media Battle

Tech.Co

Last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series. The two storied franchises have endured epic championship droughts , which means that in just a few days, one city will be the happiest they’ve been in decades.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 23: Scott Painter’s Next Auto Venture Secures $1 Billion Debt, Equity Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Scott Painter’s next auto venture secures $1 billion debt and equity funding, Air Force adds more than $40 million to SpaceX engine contract and Snap overestimates Spectacle demand leaving hundreds of thousands unsold

PatientPop Links With Electronic Health Records Software From Greenway

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Santa Monica-based PatientPop , the developer of healthcare scheduling and practice management software for healthcare providers, has linked up with electronic health records software developer Greenway Health. According to the two companies, they have added patient scheduling integration between Greenway Prime Suite and PatientPop's practice management software.

SmartDrive Raises Capital, Rolls Out Distracted Driving Technology

Xconomy

At the American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, FL, this week, San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems announced that Michelin North America has led a new investment round in the company, though SmartDrive wouldn’t say how much it has raised. SmartDrive, founded in 2004, specializes in dashboard video cameras and related analytic technology to identify dangerous driving behavior.

Los Angeles Audience Based Buying Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -- Innovation In The Face Of Programmatic Chaos. If you are like most brands, agencies and adtech companies, you are probably spending a significant portion of your day trying to implement successful strategies for Audience Based Buying in the wake of chaos. If you are challenged to find scale, success and global solutions, know that you are not alone.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 24: Randy Freer to Succeed Mike Hopkins as Hulu CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Randy Freer to succeed Mike Hopkins as Hulu CEO, e-sports operator Cloud9 raises $25 million from WWE and others, and Army awards $10 million to Neural Analytics for brain injury detector

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Sommetrics Hires Financial Advisor For Capital Raise

socalTECH

San Diego-based Sommetrics , a developer of medical devices to treat sleep apnea, said today that it has hired investment advisor Key West Investments to help it raise additional capital. According to Sommetrics, the new capital will go towards supporting its development and commercialization of products to treat disorders of the upper airway such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring. Sommetrics is led by Richard Rose, M.D.

Bio Roundup: CBO’s Praise, Celgene’s Shock, Trump’s Opioid Plan & More

Xconomy

The White House and the FDA turned the spotlight on the nation’s opioid crisis. Blockbuster drugs from Alexion and Tesaro gained expanded approvals, but bad earnings news from Celgene and Biogen brought stocks down. Academics in the U.S. and China made progress with the gene editing technology CRISPR.

The 2017 San Diego CIO Executive Leadership Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -- The 2017 San Diego CIO Executive Leadership Summit. This conference is designed exclusively for CIO/IT leader executives and will deliver world class thought leadership in a collaborative setting. Attendees will receive unique insights into best practices and hear success stories involving strategic leadership to drive innovation, transformation and business results. Industry luminaries will share technology trends and opportunities.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 27: CAA Launches Tech Startup Studio With $12 Million in Funding

L.A. Business Journal

CAA launches tech startup studio with $12 million in funding, SpaceX details satellite constellation plans to Congress and AirBnB to generate nearly $1 billion in L.A. County activity, study says

Tech Scenes: Espree Devora of WeAreLATech

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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. In this solo episode we meet up with Espree Devora and talk about WeAreLATech , the LA tech community, collaboration, LA tech growth, and the passion behind being a tech connector in Los Angeles.

Xconomy Q&A: An Update with Arcturus Therapeutics CEO Joseph Payne

Xconomy

Things have been moving quickly in recent weeks for the San Diego RNA drug developer Arcturus Therapeutics. After initiating a reverse merger last month, Arcturus signed a research collaboration and worldwide licensing agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of the Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) family of companies.

Los Angeles Audience Based Buying Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- Innovation In The Face Of Programmatic Chaos. If you are like most brands, agencies and adtech companies, you are probably spending a significant portion of your day trying to implement successful strategies for Audience Based Buying in the wake of chaos. If you are challenged to find scale, success and global solutions, know that you are not alone.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 25: Soylent Banned from Canada

L.A. Business Journal

Soylent banned from Canada, Caltech teams with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab to build next-generation robots and ChowNow, a GrubHub competitor, raises $20 million Series B round

Upfront Backs Jiko For Banking Alternative

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm Upfront Ventures has made an investment in Jiko , a startup developing an alternative to traditional banks. Jiko said this week that it raised $7.7M in its Series A, which came from Upfront Ventures, Radical Impact, and Social Capital. Jiko was founded by Stephane Lintner (formerly of Goldman Sachs) and Rocky Motwani (formerly of JP Morgan). Litner is also a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Caltech.

Tocagen Adopts “Seamless Pivotal Trial” for Brain Cancer Therapy

Xconomy

Three-year survival rates are rarely reported for a deadly form of brain cancer known as recurrent, high-grade glioma (HGG). Under the current standard of care, the median survival rate is seven to nine months.

You got your VC meeting, now what?

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- Insider Insights: You got your VC meeting, now what? San Diego Venture Group. You got your VC meeting, now what? Just like your company is unique, so too are venture capitalists and their investment strategies. Many life science entrepreneurs will work hard to get the meeting, but then don’t take time to actually prepare to meet with the specific partnership.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 26: Saudis to Invest $1B in Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit

L.A. Business Journal

Saudis to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, Snapchat avoids fake news with human editors, and Tinder and other dating apps vulnerable to hacking

Securonix Raises $29M For Big Data Security

socalTECH

Los Angeles-, Redwood City-and Addison, Texas-based Securonix , a developer of big-data focused, security information and event management (SIEM) tools for the cybersecurity market, recently raised $29M in a funding round. The Series A funding came from Volition Capital and Eight Roads. Volition Capital led the round, with Roger Hurwitz of Volition joining the company's board as part of the funding.

Cord Cutting: How to Get High-Speed Internet Without Cable, 2017 Edition

Xconomy

Hey folks. If you’re thinking about breaking away from the cable monopolies and getting your data, music, and video in other ways, congratulations, I’m with you. I cut the cord back in 2009, and now millions of people are doing the same every year.

LA CEOs breakfast: International Considerations

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- LA CEOs breakfast: International Considerations. LA CEOs, an education and support group for qualified CEOs and CFOs (No Service Providers) is happy to host Perry Wallack,a co-founder and CFO for Cornerstone OnDemand, since its inception through post IPO will share his thoughts on growing internationally. This sponsor supported event is restricted to qualified CEOs and CFOs only. Confirmed RSVP required. No service providers admitted. See [link] (more

One Small Change I Made That Improved My Daily Mental State

Both Sides of the Table

We all have a pretty good idea about things that drag down our productivity or suck up time that would be better spent on more fulfilling activities. Two years ago I made a commitment to stop bringing my mobile phone into my bedroom and with like a 95% compliance rate this made a big improvement.

StartEngine Raises $800,785 (So Far) In Its Very Own Equity Crowdfunding

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Los Angeles-based crowdfunding site StartEngine said on Friday that so far, it has raised $800,785 in the equity crowdfunding for itself. StartEngine launched that equity crowdfunding effort back in September. StartEngine operates an online marketplace which lets companies run equity crowdfunding efforts for themselves, letting contributors gain equity in companies by contributing to funding rounds for startups. StartEngine is led by Howard Marks, who was a co-founder of Activision.