Sat.Jan 14, 2017 - Fri.Jan 20, 2017

Which School Generated The Most Startup/Tech Forbes 30 Under 30 Phenoms?


I was pleased and proud when I learned that two of my former UC Santa Barbara students, Sieva Kozinsky, Founder of StudySoup and Eric Posen, […]. The post Which School Generated The Most Startup/Tech Forbes 30 Under 30 Phenoms? appeared first on John Greathouse. Entrepreneur

L.A. Cleantech Incubator Founding CEO to Step Down

L.A. Business Journal

Fred Walti, the founding chief executive of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is stepping down after six years at the helm, Los Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday

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Famous Birthdays In Growth Mode


Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , which operates an online service which lets you look up the birthdays of famous people, says it has now passed 13 million unique visitors, based on numbers from December. The company also says it now has a staff of 20 full-time staffers working out of its Santa Monica office. The startup, which recently relaunched its website to add video on its many profiles, is led by Evan Britton. READ MORE>>.

Next Coast Ventures Latest Addition to Austin’s Investment Ecosystem


Austin —Mike Smerklo, co-founder of Next Coast Ventures in Austin, says his venture firm brings a key ingredient to investing: entrepreneurial experience. “We We just believe that relevant experience is more important than anecdotal evidence,” he says of himself and co-founder Tom Ball , who have led companies such as ServiceSource, Nucleus Groth, Openfield, and eCoupons, which was later acquired by Lifeminders (NASDAQ: LFMN ).

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Startup Aims AI System for Safety, with Potential for Self-Driving


Over the past 25 years or so, San Diego has become a hub for innovation in telematics, and in providing technologies and services that enable long-haul trucking companies and other fleet operators to monitor the location and operation of their vehicles. Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) pioneered the use of satellite-based messaging and vehicle tracking technology in 1988 with its Omnitracs business (now an independent company based in Dallas, TX).

Digital Marketing Bootcamp

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Digital Marketing Bootcamp. SIIA and TCOSC is kicking off its Boot Camp Series in Irvine, CA. The one-day boot camp, will discuss the absolute essentials of digital marketing and effective strategies for growth. Sessions will focus on data, technology, social media, email and content marketing. Join us January 26 Irvine, CA. Use promotion code BCPTNR to get the TCOSC member rate (a $200 savings). See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 20: Snap Inc. Justifies $20 Billion Valuation with User Engagement

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. justifies $20 billion valuation with user engagement, DirecTV Now claims more than 200,000 subscribers in first month, and Warner Bros. to run first Snapchat puzzle lens ad

GumGum Names Sports Division Head


Santa Monica-based GumGum , which is developing computer vision software applied to online advertising and media, said today that it has named Ryan Mosher as its new Executive Director of GumGum Sports. GumGum Sports focuses on sports sponsorships with brands. Mosher will be based in Chicago. Mosher was most recently Senior Director of Marketing and Commercial Solutions at Nielsen Sports, and also served atIMG College, International Speedway Corporation, and Watkins Glen International.

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services


StockTwits, the Twitter-like social media platform for sharing stock market tips and ideas, has acquired San Diego’s SparkFin, a fintech mobile app for discovering and sharing stocks and other investment ideas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The common denominator in both companies is Howard Lindzon, the Wall Street trader and hedge fund manager who founded StockTwits in San Diego in 2008. Lindzon led StockTwits as CEO until last year, and continues as chairman.

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents:

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- SAM Preccelerator Program Presents. This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community. We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up. See eid=30678911450.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 18: Hulu to Allow Users to Download Shows to Their Phones

L.A. Business Journal

Hulu to allow users to download shows to their phones, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies eyes European network, and TeamDom raises $1 million to sell advertisements from influencers

How Amavitae Wants To Help Youth Find A Career They'll Love


For today's youth, it's often hard to figure out what they want to do in life--according to Deborah Ramo , Founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Amavitae ( To help fix that, the startup has created a mobile app to guide people through their strengths, interests, key skills, and more to guide them along the way to a career they'll love.

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Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends To Fund Your Startup


When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies, and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d probably turn first to them for financial support.

How to Network for Capital

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: "How to Network for Capital" with Len Lanzi. This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community. We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up. See

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 17: Mitú to Create Latino Content for MLB

L.A. Business Journal

Mitú to create Latino content for MLB, Snap Inc. secrecy culture may clash with the requirements of a public company, and Seinfeld’s “Comedian’s in Cars” leaving Crackle for Netflix

Hyperloop One Names New CFO, Aims At New Funding Round


Los Angeles-based HyperLoop One , the advanced transportation technology developer led by Rob Lloyd, has named Brent Callinicos as its new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the company said Thursday. Callinicos has been serving as a strategic advisor to the company since October. In an interview with the WSJ, Callinicos said he is coming on board as the company gears up for another funding round.

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Bio Roundup: Tom Price, Patient Conflicts, Orphan Games & More


The new president of the United States, Donald Trump, is being sworn in today amid a storm of questions about the plans that he, and those who might work for him, have in store for American healthcare and medicine. Trump’s nominee to run the $1 trillion Health and Human Services Department, Tom Price, answered—or didn’t answer—many of those questions in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Two Bit Circus Raises $15M to Launch Amusement Park

L.A. Business Journal

Two Bit Circus raises $15 million to launch amusement park, Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange fight to host Snap Inc.’s s IPO, and Hyperloop One hires former Uber, Google executive as CFO, and more

Numecent Swaps CEO


Irvine-based cloud application delivery technology developer Numecent has swapped CEOs, saying on Tuesday that it has appointed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Arthur Hitomi to the position of President and CEO of the company. Hitomi replaces Tom Lagatta. Numecent did not mention Lagatta by name, nor did it explain why Hitomi is taking over as President and CEO of the company. Numecent's technology is used to turn Windows applications into cloud software. READ MORE>>.

Business Leaders Talk Trump’s Impact on Visas, Drug Pricing, Insurance


Perhaps you’ve heard about the inauguration of one Donald J. Trump. Xconomy has been asking prominent members of the national innovation community for their thoughts on the incoming administration and its potential impact on their companies and industries.

Technology Trends, Fast Growth Areas ? How to Leverage Trends for Career Advancement

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Technology Trends, Fast Growth Areas – How to Leverage Trends for Career Advancement. AITP – Los Angeles Presents: A panel of IT Hiring Professionals will discuss trends they see, and how these affect current and future demand for jobs in the marketplace.

Wilcon Plans to Wire Downtown Los Angeles to Aid Increased Cell Demand

L.A. Business Journal

To serve growing bandwidth demand from wireless phone companies, telecommunications firm Wilcon announced plans to expand and then connect its fiber-optic network to hundreds of small cellular sites in downtown Los Angeles

j2 Global Buys Six More Companies


Los Angeles-based j2 Global , which is by far Southern California's most active acquirer of technology companies, announced this morning that it has acquired six more companies. j2 Global said it acquired Fonebox , Everyday Health , CudaMail , Unified eMail , Abaxio , and GreenFax , all during Q4 of 2016. j2 Global and Everyday Health had announced in September that j2 Global would pay $10.50 per share in cash, or approximately $465M, for Everyday Health.

Cytori Buys San Antonio-based Azaya’s Drug Delivery Tech for Stock


San Antonio — Cytori Therapeutics, a San Diego, CA-based developer of drugs that use patients’ own fat tissues to make cellular therapies, is buying the assets of San Antonio-based Azaya Therapeutics in a mostly stock deal, with potential future payments that are dependent on the progress of two drug candidates Cytori is acquiring. Azaya shareholders are receiving $2 million in Cytori (NASDAQ: CTYX ) stock, though $500,000 of it is being held in escrow for 15 months.

Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting Customers in a New Era of Retail

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -- Direct-to-Consumer Packaging: Delighting Customers in a New Era of Retail. For product entrepreneurs, designers, and manufacturers: the first MAKE IT IN LA event for 2017! E-commerce has quadrupled in the past decade and direct-to-consumer has become a key sales channel for products. Packaging is democratic, meaning small companies can look as good as the big guys. Are you crafting a memorable experience for your brand?

Mitú to Create Latino Content for MLB

L.A. Business Journal

Latino media company mitú has signed a content deal with Major League Baseball to promote baseball to young Latino audiences

Esri Adds Indoor Mapping Support For Retail Analytics


Redlands-based GIS software developer Esri says it has tied with another software developer, GISinc, in a move to provide indoor mapping of customers for retailers. According to Esri, the partnership with GISinc will help retailers increase sales by analyzing customer behavior, using data collected by GISinc's indoor mapping capabilities using sensor-enabled overhead smart lighting and opt-in mobile data from customer phones.