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Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles-based Next 10 Ventures , a $50 million fund focused on the creator economy, is launching an incubator program to support YouTubers.

Xprize Names Anousheh Ansari Chief Executive

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based Xprize Foundation Inc. on Oct. 18 named technology entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari is its new chief executive

Ticketmaster Buys Blockchain Startup, Upgraded


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster said this morning that it has acquired a blockchain startup, UPGRADED. UPGRADED develops blockchain software which aims to convert traditional tickets into digital assets, combined with dynamic, encrypted barcodes Ticketmaster says prevent fraud often associated with paper or PDF-based tickets. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.

Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.


Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity. There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck.

Investors see an opportunity framed in Lensabl’s prescription lens fulfillment business

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Lensabl , the company that has built a business putting prescription lenses into any style of glasses frame , has raised $3.7 million in a new round of funding. . Lensabl makes it easy to put new lenses in a favorite pair of shades or glasses. Based in Los Angeles, Lensabl already has an agreement inked with the city’s latest tech wunderkind, partnering with the spectacles-producing augmented reality luminaries at Snap.

Cloud9 Plans New Esports Facility

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica e-sports organization Cloud9 Esports Inc. has raised a $53.6 million Series B round finalized Oct.

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TP Therapeutics Names New CEO, Gets $80M More for Cancer Drug Push


Five-year-old biotech TP Therapeutics has raised an $80 million mezzanine financing round and promoted its chief medical officer, Athena Countouriotis, to CEO.

Connect Week 2018 By Innovate Pasadena

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- Innovate Pasadena's Connect Week 2018. Nnine full days of all things innovation! From AI to virtual reality demos to coding for both kids and adults, we have over 100 awesome events to choose from to help muster up your innovation savviness! See [link] (more

FactoryFour Raises $5M in Venture Capital Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Manufacturing software maker FactoryFour, which recently opened a new Culver City office, received a $5 million round of funding led by Menlo Park, Calif.-based based venture capital firm August Capital, with participation from Refactor Capital

XPRIZE Foundation Names Anousheh Ansari As New CEO


Los Angeles-based nonprofit XPRIZE , which operates a number of sponsored "challenge" prizes aimed at solving some of humanity's greatest challenges, has named Anousheh Ansari as its new CEO. Current CEO and founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis continues as Executive Chairman. Ansari, who is a tech entrepreneur, is best known as for her private ride to space on a Russian Soyuz, which made her the first private female to visit space as a tourist.

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After Net Neutrality: How to Prepare for the Internet’s New Reality


The federal net neutrality regulation, which had guaranteed equal access to the Internet for data from all sources, is officially repealed.

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AI and Society: Creating a Fair and Ethical Future

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- AI and Society: Creating a Fair and Ethical Future. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to percolate into our everyday lives, we must take a step back to think about the effects of such technologies on our lives. How does AI embody our value system? Whose interests are advanced by an AI system? Do AI systems learn humanly intuitive correlations? If not, can we contest the system? We aim to explore these pressing normative questions to deep dive into AI + Society.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 19: SpaceX Prioritizes Talent Over Cost

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX prioritizes talent over cost in Port of L.A. project; Nexon’s ‘MapleStory’ hits 1 million; Clippers and Second Spectrum team up for VR game viewer

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How Catalog Is Helping SMBs Compete Against Big Brands


Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based Catalog (, a startup developing artificial intelligence software to help independent visual artists scale their content production efforts, announced it raised $1.5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Techstars and Luma Launch. We caught up with Catalog's co-founder and CEO Patrick Ip , along with co-founder Jacobo Lumbreras , to learn more about the startup. What's your background?

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Spinraza Inventors Take Home $3M Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences


The inventor and developer of a drug, nusinersen (Spinraza), are among the winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Adrian Krainer (pictured) of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Frank Bennett, senior vice president of research at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, share the $3 million prize.

Founder-Only Roundtable ft. Roger Obando

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- Founder-Only Roundtable ft. Roger Obando. Are you the founder of a tech startup? Join Founders Network for one of our intimate roundtable discussions featuring Roger Obando, Co-Founder and CTO of Baker Technologies. These intensive sessions are founder-only, and serve as a space to share real issues and challenges with your peers. Each session begins with a keynote discussion to set the tone, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion. See [link] (more

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Universal Music Group Links with Mixcloud

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica–headquartered Universal Music Group Inc. signed a deal with British digital audio streaming firm Mixcloud on Oct. 15, ensuring that UMG artists will be compensated for the use of their music on Mixcloud’s platform

Veritone Names New Board Member


Costa Mesa-based Veritone , a developer of artificial intelligence software, said this morning that it has added Nayaaki Nayyar as a member of its board of directors. Nayyar is the President of Digital Services Management at BMC Software, and she previously served as head of SAP's Internet of Things (IoT) division, in addition to serving at SAP, Shell, and Valero. Veritone is led by longtime technology veterans Chad and Ryan Steelberg. READ MORE>>.

Room Service by Robot And Other Ways Tech is Changing The Hotel Stay


More days than not, Michael Colaneri’s home is a hotel room. So innovations like “geolocation” sensors that automatically unlock his room door and adjust the thermostat when he’s nearby make the constant change easier—sometimes. “My My experience has been exceptionally inconsistent,” he says.

MasterMinds OC Startup Accelerator Workshop #19

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- OC ENTREPRENEURS: Join us for another LIVE MasterMinds Workshop. Bring your startup ideas and business questions so our friendly group of local Orange County entrepreneurs and business owners can help you move your business farther, faster. Free tickets available if you have a good startup business question for discussion, or you want to practice your startup pitch! See [link].

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 16: Netflix Adds 7 Million Users

L.A. Business Journal

J2 Global announces five acquisitions; Snap Inc. ad costs drop; Netflix totals 130 million subscribers

AppOnboard Signs Customers For Mobile App Demo Technology


Los Angeles-based AppOnboard , the developer of mobile app demo technology led by Jonathan Zweig, says that it now has such app developers as FoxNext Games, Game Insight, Superheart Studios, Jam City, Huuuge Games, and Simple Habit using its tools. According to the startup, those cutomers are some of the developers who are using its tools to enable Google Play Instant apps via its "App Store Demos" product, which it launched in August.

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Entrepreneurs Thinking Inside the Box


Hackathons usually involve thinking outside of the box. But for myself and four other MIT students, brainstorming, eating, and sleeping inside a 16-foot by 16-foot glass cube on campus for four days straight in mid-September proved just as effective at getting our creative juices flowing.

Cybersecure LA 2018

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 15: $54 Million for Cloud9, New E-sports Arena Planned

L.A. Business Journal

Wavemaker names new executive in residence; Snapchat releases filters for your cat’s face; Cloud9 Esports raises $54 million

Produce Pay Finds $14M More


Los Angeles-based ProducePay , a Los Angeles company which is developing fintech for food growers, distributors, shippers and marketers, has raised $14M in a Series B funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Anterra Capital, and also included Rabo Frontier Ventures, Coventure, Social Leverage, FJ Labs, Greenhouse Capital, Moonshots Capital and Tribeca Angels.

Tulerie Helps Users Dress Like Models, Without Breaking the Bank


Tulerie makes its debut today, joining a growing roster of online clothing rental startups. The New York-based Tulerie focuses on high-end couture—items that retail for $1,000 to $10,000—that might be worn a time or two but mostly take up space in a woman’s closet.

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Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with Investors: Angels, VCs, High Net Worths, Strategic Partners and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, videos, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00am sharp! See p://

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: Activision’s Record-Breaking $500M Opening

L.A. Business Journal

Activision’s new game has a $500-million opening; Ticketmaster acquires blockchain startup; Bird’s new service could bypass city regulations

Riot Games Facing Sexual Harassment Claims


Los Angeles-based online game maker Riot Games is facing allegations of sexism and harassment at the company, according to a report this weekend from the LA Times. The allegations include that two employees who defended diversity initiatives were "targeted by online mobs and out of a job soon after."