Sat.Oct 06, 2018 - Fri.Oct 12, 2018

Shopify opens its first brick-and-mortar space in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

Shopify , the provider of payment and logistics management software and services for retailers, has opened its first physical storefront in Los Angeles.

OGN Plans E-sports Arena in Manhattan Beach, Partners With PubG

L.A. Business Journal

South Korean broadcast company OGN is constructing a 3,500-square-foot e-sports arena in Manhattan Beach, and selected game developer PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Co. better known as PubG Co.) as its first league partner

Can we have fun while doing serious work?

Berkonomics

Have you ever noticed how slow time passes when you are in a troubled environment? Conversely, sometimes you look up at the end of a great day and wonder where the time went. It’s driven from the top.

NantHealth Facilities In Florida In City Hit Hard By Michael

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The Florida facilities of Culver City-based NantHealth , one of the portfolio companies of LA biotech billionaire Patrick Soon Shiong, appear to be in the middle of one of the areas severaly hit by Hurricane Michael this week.

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

TechCrunch LA

If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own.

Former Trump Advisor Gary Cohn Joins Marina del Rey Blockchain Firm

L.A. Business Journal

Former U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has joined Marina del Rey-based blockchain startup Spring Labs’ board of advisors

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A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

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This morning, Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com), led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. Tell us about this new announcement?

Freight trucking startup Shipwell gets a $10 million boost

TechCrunch LA

Shipwell , a startup pitching a marketplace for domestic ground shipping and fleet and cargo management services for freight trucking companies, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding.

Net Gain?

L.A. Business Journal

Recent real estate deals by Netflix highlight hot market, constrained outlook on studio space

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TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 18, 2018 -- TC Sessions: AR/VR is a single-day event designed to facilitate in-depth conversations, hands-on demos and networking opportunities with the industry leaders, content creators and game changers bringing innovation to the masses. See [link] (more

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Shopify Sets Up Space For Entrepreneurs In LA

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Shopify , which develops software for merchants to set up e-commerce, mobile, social media sites, online marketplaces, bricks-and-mortar stores, and more, is setting up a space for entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, the company said this morning. According to Shopify, it has set up a location at the ROW DTLA in downtown Los Angeles, where it will provide in-person help, support, and training for merchants on its software platform.

Four reasons why you should attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018

TechCrunch LA

On October 18 — just one week away — some of the most brilliant and innovative minds in reality creation will gather at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles to attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018. Whether you’re an early startup founder, an investor, a developer or a student, if you’re focused on AR/VR, you don’t want to miss this day-long intensive event that goes deep into the current and future state of augmented and virtual realities. Need a bit more convincing?

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 12: Bird Taps Uber for Executive Hires

L.A. Business Journal

Bird poaches Uber executives; Activision Blizzard debuts new title and shares surge 8.7 percent; political podcasts coming to pay TV

eGames, eLeagues and the Economics of Mass Spectator esports: This is NOT your Father’s NFL - MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -- eGames, eLeagues, and the Economics of Mass Spectator esports: This is Not Your Father's NFL. MIT Enterprise Central Coast. The esport industry growth had been a bottoms-up, viral phenomenon. But now, the emergence of finely-tuned league structures centered around specific games, has helped solidify a growing business ecosystem that has attracted significant investment.

AeroVironment, General Dynamics Land Systems Tie On Combat Vehicle Effort

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Monrovia, California-based Aerovironment , a major developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones for the military, said it has inked a deal with General Dynamic Land Systems (GD), to integrate the company's unmanned aircraft and tactical missle systems with armored combat vehicles. Aerovironment said the deal is part of the upcoming U.S. Army Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) and U.S.

U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018

Xconomy

Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. Fueled by so-called mega-funds, investment in U.S.-based

Podcast Hub: Mixed Bag in Flux

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles is growing as a hub for podcast

TCVN Convertible Notes Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 11, 2018 -- TCVN Convertible Notes Workshop. Come learn about convertible notes and SAFEs, when, if and how to use them, the terms you may want to consider offering (or not offering!) to your investors, and how they will affect your startup going forward! See [link] (more

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Activision Launches Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Worldwide

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision said this morning that the latest sequel in its Call of Duty series of games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , is now available worldwide. The company said the title is now avaliable both digitally and at global retailers worldwide. The new game includes multi-player options, "more Zombies available on day one than any other game", a new mode called "Blackout", among other features. The title runs on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.

Tim Berners-Lee Building Inrupt to Fix the Web—Will Users Come?

Xconomy

The World Wide Web is at a crossroads. For all the benefits it has brought society over the past three decades—faster and easier communication, instant knowledge access, a seemingly inexhaustible marketplace of goods and services—the Web has also morphed into an “engine of inequity and division,” according to its inventor , Tim Berners-Lee (pictured above).

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Game Developer Fiending for Growth

L.A. Business Journal

Big jump in revenue for Venice-based Seriously

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Disruptive Trends In Aerospance and Defense. ACG LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 -- Disruptive Trends In Aerospance and Defense. ACG LA. See [link] (more

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Mission Debuts Managed Services, Cloud Consulting After Merger

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A newly launched company, Mission --created from the merger of Los Angeles-based Reliam , Los Angeles-based Stratalux ,and Boston-based G2 Tech Group -- has launched under a new, consolidated brand, Mission said this week. The company--led by longtime cloud and hosting services veteran Simon Anderson--offers up managed services and consulting for cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Facebook Bars 800 Fake Accounts and Pages For Using Tactics Like Russia’s

Xconomy

In another wave of account shutdowns, Facebook announced Thursday that it disabled more than 800 pages and accounts to prevent groups that disguised their identities from flooding its network with inauthentic content—some of it hyper-partisan political messages.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 11: EagleTree Capital Acquires FuseFX

L.A. Business Journal

EagleTree Capital picked up a majority stake in visual effects company FuseFX; Northrop Grumman landed $792 million Air Force contract; Catalog raised $1.5 million in a seed round

13th Annual City of Santa Monica AltCar Expo

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Moonshots Capital Announced First Seed Stage Fund

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Los Angeles-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital investment firm led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings, has raised its first official fund, a $19M seed stage venture fund. The firm--which has been making investments even before raising the official fund, announced today--has already made four investments out of the new fund.

With Vernalis Buy, Ligand Adds to Portfolio, Establishes U.K. Presence

Xconomy

Ligand Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday that its acquisition of U.K.-based based biotech Vernalis has closed. The $42.3 million deal netted the San Diego company eight partner programs and a 70-person R&D team in Cambridge, England, plus about $32 million in cash after deal costs.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 10: Katzenberg TV Company Gets a Name

L.A. Business Journal

Quibi to produce short-form video; Snap pushes for original content amid funding crisis; Insomniac launches new virtual reality game

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Longevity

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, October 13, 2018 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Longevity. Approaches to enhancing healthspan range from drug discovery efforts to big-data methods and direct-to-consumer (DTC) strategies. Challenges of commercialization include reliance on and#64257;ndings from short-lived model organisms, poor biological understanding of aging, and hurdles in performing clinical trials for aging. Yet if even one company succeeds, the social and financial impact will be huge.