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DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding

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La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

Hiring Lessons From Annie Duke: World Series Poker Champ

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to hear Kit Cooper interview World Series of Poker […]. The post Hiring Lessons From Annie Duke: World Series Poker Champ appeared first on John Greathouse. Team Building Uncategorized

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Hackers Steal Client Data From Line 204 Studios

L.A. Business Journal

Line 204, a Hollywood film and television production and rental company, said today hackers had stolen its client database. The extent of the breach is still being determined

Biotech Roundup: Opioid News, ASH Preview, Boston Bio IPOs & More

Xconomy

The rising death toll from opioids has prompted policymakers to try various ways to take on the problem. President Trump’s opioid commission released its final report this week, calling for expansion of drug courts, better physician training, and penalties for insurers that don’t cover treatment. But the commission did not say how much its recommendations would cost , nor did it offer a way to pay for them. The absence of those details highlight the difficulties in addressing the crisis.

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Few Opioid Alternatives In Sight as Crisis Gains Political Attention

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As opioid-related deaths skyrocket across the U.S., momentum to combat the epidemic has been mounting in Washington. But the crisis has also highlighted a glaring problem that no amount of politics or policymaking will solve soon: The lack of non-addictive pain medicines.

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Elon Musk Shows Off Secret Tunnel Under LA

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Elon Musk , the technology mogul behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, has posted the first photo of the secret tunnel system he's digging under Los Angeles. Musk posted the photo of the tunnel--under construction by one of his startups, The Boring Company --which currently is being dug underneath SpaceX's headquarters.

Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At WeWork in Playa Vista

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 9, 2017 -- Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At WeWork in Playa Vista. Thursday, November 9th Starting at 6pm! Meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Silicon Beach community. Make sure to bring your business cards and be ready to make awesome connections with people across all industries. We always have a great mix of people from Influencers to Startup CEO's and more. Register immediately for an early bird ticket.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 30: Amazon Studios to Move into Culver Studios

L.A. Business Journal

Amazon Studios to move into Culver Studios, Boring Co. shows tunnel progress and SpaceX ties ULA’s annual launch record with 16th launch this year

Klotho Therapeutics Raises $10M to Test Drug in Kidney Disease

Xconomy

Klotho Therapeutics , a virtual biotech developing a kidney disease treatment based on its proprietary engineered version of the human klotho enzyme, said Thursday it has raised $10 million in Series A financing from San Diego’s Thynk Capital.

Creative Artists Agency Launches Its Own Startup Studio With $12.5M In Funding

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Los Angeles-based entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has launched itself into the startup business, saying that it has created a new startup studio it calls Creative Labs , according to the company. The CAA said the new startup studio--which will be based in Vancouver, Canada--will focus on developing consumer-facing technology companies and "next-generation media and entertainment experiences". The new effort is funded by $12.5M

Vision Right Now 2018 Technology Conference and Expo

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -- Vision Right Now 2018 Technology Conference and Expo. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 3: Snap Acquires Metamarkets

L.A. Business Journal

Snap acquired Metamarkets, Disney’s “Star Wars” augmented reality headset goes on sale and inside Hulu’s growing ad-sales research team

New Survey Highlights “Lethargic Pace” of Healthcare Gender Equity

Xconomy

To close the healthcare and life sciences gender gap, there have been programs to move women into the boardroom. People are building mentoring networks. And there have been public pledges to do better. But women in the industry aren’t optimistic about big changes coming soon, according to a new report and survey from digital healthcare investment firm Rock Health.

Report: Broadcom Mulling Giant Takeover Of Qualcomm, Worth $100 Billion

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In a possible deal that would pull together two of Southern California's semiconductor giants, Broadcom is reportedly putting together a bid to acquire Qualcomm , in a deal worth more than $100 billion. According to a report from Bloomberg --quoting "people familiar with the matter"--Broadcom is planning on offering around $70.00 per share in cash and stock for Qualcomm. Details on the possible deal were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At Wurstkuche in Venice

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -- Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At Wurstkuche in Venice. Join the fastest growing startup and tech community in Los Angeles! Meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Silicon Beach community. Register immediately for an early bird ticket. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 2: Activision Blizzard’s Q3 Results Beat Expectations

L.A. Business Journal

Activision Blizzard’s third-quarter results beat expectations, HP and Intel become sponsors for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League and Snapchat adds tracking pixels

San Diego Positions Itself as Autonomous Technology Proving Ground

Xconomy

UC San Diego is becoming a test bed for self-driving vehicle technology. With a campus that encompasses more than 3.3 square miles and a daytime population of roughly 65,000, “It’s a small city,” said Henrik Christensen, who is leading the new project as director of the university’s Institute for Contextual Robotics.

Report: Snap Acquires Metamarkets

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Venice-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , has reportedly acquired programmatic advertising startup Metamarkets , according to unconfirmed reports. Those reports place the transaction value of the buy at less than $100M. Metamarkets is based in San Francisco. Neither Snap nor Metamarkets have yet announced any acquisition. READ MORE>>. snap snapchat metamarkets merger acquisition programmatic advertising

Cognitive Buildings: The Next Frontier

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 1: Virgin Orbit Launches Subsidiary Vox Space

L.A. Business Journal

Virgin Orbit launches Vox Space subsidiary, Snap Maps offered real-time coverage of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Manhattan and Breitbart and other conservative outlets escalate anti-SpaceX campaign

ASH Sneak Peeks: Novartis, Juno Update CAR-T Lymphoma Competition

Xconomy

The annual American Society of Hematology meeting is next month.

Cornerstone OnDemand Backs Rallyteam, Founded By Former VP

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Los Angeles-based Cornerstone OnDemand is one of the investors in a new startup, Rallyteam , whic is developing software to help match their employees to skills, experiences, and interests. According to Rallyteam this week, it raised $8.6M in a funding, which was led by Norwest Venture Partners and Storm Ventures, and also included Cornerstone OnDemand and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Who Dares to Enter Halloween Horror Nights?

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Friday, November 3, 2017 --.

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Are you ready to take on an office lease?

Berkonomics

Rent your first office with caution. . Several years ago, I became involved with a Southeast Asian company looking to expand into the United States.

As Facebook Fights Fake News, LeCun Sees Bigger Role for A.I.

Xconomy

As top lawyers from Facebook, Google, and Twitter testify on Capitol Hill this week about Russians using their platforms to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it’s becoming clearer that the fight against the spread of fake news won’t be won by humans alone.

Wiliot Finds Funding From Qualcomm, Merck For Battery-Free Wireless Chips

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San Diego-based fabless semiconductor startup Wiliot , which is developing Bluetooth chips which the company says do not require batteries, has raised $5M in a round of funding form Qualcomm Ventures and M Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Merck KGaA. The funding also included Grove Ventures Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and 83North Venture Capital. Wiliot said it has now raised $19M in total, including $14M in its Series A plus the new $5M addition from Qualcomm and Merck.

All Talk: Veterans in Innovation

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -- All Talk: Veterans in Innovation. CONNECT. As many veterans are returning to, or looking to enter the private sector, the tech industry is rapidly expanding with opportunities. Tech companies are looking for highly skilled individuals, skills veterans have often built in their time in the service. Many veterans are getting involved in this booming industry and have success stories to share.

Congress Urges Tech Firms To Control Content—But With Qualms

Xconomy

At Congressional hearings this week on Russia’s use of social media to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, lawmakers pressed Facebook, Twitter, and Google to take exhaustive measures to stop the same thing from happening again. Lawmakers urged the companies to scour their networks to root out foreign advertisers, trolls and bots; to eliminate messages meant to sow discord among Americans; and banish content the social media companies themselves describe as “vile” and “malicious.”