Sat.Aug 12, 2017 - Fri.Aug 18, 2017

What Do Boards Actually Do?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible things to mostly altruistic founders.

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City of Los Angeles Launches Cyberattack Warning Center

L.A. Business Journal

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the launch of the Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a public-private data-sharing center for alerting local businesses and residents to cyberattacks

Silversheet Gets $5M For Medical Credentials


Los Angeles-based Silversheet , a startup which is modernizing the process of medical credentialing, said on Monday that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Summation Health Ventures. Silversheet, which was co-founded by Dr. Miles Beckett, Dr. David Rakoff, Pat Cheung, and Steve Seigel, has now raised a total of $10.2M.

Expanding Tissue and Squeezing Cells: Meet Xconomy’s Young Innovator Award Finalists


View the Slideshow The finalists in the Young Innovator category of the 2017 Xconomy Awards show that it’s never too early in life to start a company or invent a new technology.

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4 Tools to Help Startups Find Quality Leads


Finding potential customers continues to be a huge challenge not only for established marketing and sales teams but also for startup executives and solo entrepreneurs. A study in 2013 showed that 61 percent of marketers found it hard to generate high-quality leads.

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Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year

Both Sides of the Table

It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 15: City of Los Angeles Launches Cyberattack Warning Center

L.A. Business Journal

City of Los Angeles launches cyberattack warning center, US government demands details on visitors to anti-Trump website hosted by DreamHost, and UCLA Extension creates Innovation Lab program

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Beachbody Snags CIO From Red Bull


Santa Monica-based health and fitness company Beachbody says it has named Bryan Muehlberger as the company's new Chief Information Officer. Muehlberger joins the company from Red Bull North America, where he was Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. According to Beachbody, Muehlberger will lead its Enterprise Technology team, reporting to President and COO Robert Gifford.

Dragonfly, eGenesis, Spero & More: Xconomy’s Startup Award Finalists


Startups play a critical role in the innovation economy that we chronicle at Xconomy—transforming new ideas that begin in a lab into the products and companies of tomorrow. No surprise, then, that the startup category in our first-ever Awards program was a particularly competitive one, loaded with private companies (no more than 5 years old) in several biotech hotspots: gene editing, microbiome research, immuno-oncology, regenerative medicine, digital health and more.

XMAS In August

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 24, 2017 -- XMAS In August/ Get in front of LA media in one amazing night of demo's at XMAS in August. Early bird registration ends on July 13th. See [link] (more

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Birth Date Website Touts Many Happy Returns

L.A. Business Journal

Ever wanted to know which celebrities shared your birthday? Famous Birthdays of Santa Monica has made a business out of indulging that curiosity

Neo Nazi Website Kicked Off YouTube


The Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi website which celebrated the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend with a post degrading the victim, has also been kicked off of YouTube --part of a massive reaction against the hate speech site by the tech industry. YouTube, which is owned by Google, booted videos from the site following a similar push out the door by GoDaddy, Google, Sendgrid, Twitter, Zoho, and others. T READ MORE>>.

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Bio Roundup: Frazier v. Trump, Data Dumps, New York Steps & More


The CEO of a major U.S. pharmaceutical company was in the news this week, but for a change not because of the cost of drugs. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier (pictured) was the first of what quickly became a line of CEOs to exit President Trump’s manufacturing council, leading to its dissolution altogether.

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An evening with CTO Mixers on a Yacht with Blockchain Luminaries

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -- An evening with CTO Mixers on a Yacht with Blockchain Luminaries. CTO Mixers. CTO Mixers is a highly curated, invite only event. Geared at C-Level and SVPs in Enterprise and high quality Startup Execs and entrepreneurs. See [link] (more

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Last Mile First Up For Latest EV Entry

L.A. Business Journal

New electric-vehicle maker Chanje looks to hit the roads with a focus on last-mile goods delivery


Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, NewCities Dangle $15K To Startups


The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) , and partner NewCities Foundation said on Monday that they will award $15,000, plus other prizes, to a startup developing technology in the zero emissions transportation and shared mobility area. According to the two, they are running a global startup competition as part of an upcoming event in November.

Private Equity Investors Have $740 Billion to Spend, Driving Valuations


Private equity investors have more capital at their disposal than at any time in more than a decade, which could boost prices for companies seeking acquisitions. As of Aug. 1, private equity firms in North America and Europe had secured $212.6 billion in new commitments this year, on pace to eclipse the “already stellar” fundraising year they had in 2016, according to a new report and analysis out Thursday from Seattle-based PitchBook.

Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 21, 2017 -- Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017. August 21 - 24, 2017 Built on forward-thinking Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research, Gartner Catalyst Conference gives you hands-on, how-to advice and practical solutions across a broad range of technical topics.

Is Snap the New Myspace?

L.A. Business Journal

Former Myspace execs offer Snap some friendly social network advice on dealing with Facebook

GoFundMe Shuts Down Campaigns For Charlottesville Suspect


In yet another instance of the technology industry taking a firm stand against the racism in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, San Diego-based GoFundMe has shut down multiple crowdfunding campaigns for suspect James Fields , who is accused of driving his car into protestors over the weekend, killing one. Apparently, white supremacists and their supporters had launched multiple campaigns seeking to fund the legal costs for Fields.

Haste makes waste; but to lag is to sag.


Close. Let’s examine the relationship between time, quality and competitiveness. If you are getting the impression from these many insights that complex relationships cause simple problems, you are right. We have heard the “haste makes waste” ditty since childhood.

Bootstrappers Breakfast - San Diego

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, August 18, 2017 -- Bootstrappers Breakfast - San Diego. Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast. Compare Notes * Exchange Ideas * Learn from Others Mistakes * Brainstorm with Peers. See [link].

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 18: NBC's Daily Snapchat Show Reaches 29 Million Views in First Month

L.A. Business Journal

NBC's daily Snapchat show reaches 29 million views in first month, Fisker Emotion to debut at CES 2018, and Q&A with Sophia Amoruso about new startup GirlBoss Media

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Grindr Launching Digital Magazine, INTO


Los Angeles-based social networking site Grindr , which serves the "gay, bi, curious and queer" market, is launching a new online, digital magazine called INTO today. According to Grindr, the new digital magazine is looking to fill a gap in the media landscape, with content that appeals to young, LGBTQ+ millennials. The magazine said it will provide "fresh, relevant stories and beautiful photography" on the site, which is led by Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford.

Dreamhost Fights DoJ Request For Anti-Trump Supporters Names


Los Angeles-based hosting firm Dreamhost is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice, over a request to hand over the names and information of anti-Trump protesters who had visited a website organizing a protest against the inauguration of the current Presidential administration. According to Dreamhost , it has decided to fight a Department of Justice search warrant, requesting information on all of the visitors to the site

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GoDaddy Boots Neo Nazi Publication Over Charlottesville Posts


Online web hosting site GoDaddy has booted a neo-Nazi publication, the Daily Stormer, from its hosting services, after users pointed out the site's articles celebrating the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The site had posted an article disparaging the woman who was murdered by a supporter of the gathering of "alt-right", neo-Nazi, and other white supremacist groups in Charlottesville.

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Impact Health Becomes JOANY


Los Angeles-based JOANY , a local startup which uses big data, machine learning and predictive modeling to recommend insurance to consumers, said on Wednesday that it has renamed itself from its prior brand, Impact Health. The company--which recently raised $13M in a Series A from Techstars Venture Capital and Foundry Group--said the change in name comes to "better align" it with its mission to simplify the health insurance experience.

Ground Control Aims At Voice Activated Entertainment, Backed By CAA


Los Angeles- and Vancouver-based Ground Control , a new startup led by LA technology veteran Mike Macadaan, said on Wednesday that it has launched with the backing of the Creative Artists Agency. According to the startup, is is developing "voice-activated entertainment experiences" and interactive audio technology, which will tape into well-known personalities across entertainment, sports, politics, music and beyond.