Sat.Sep 16, 2017 - Fri.Sep 22, 2017

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

Both Sides of the Table

In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

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Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice advertising technology firm System1 announced on Monday that it had completed a $270 million financing round led by New York-based Court Square Capital Partners

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Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People


If you don’t have the right team and hire the best people for the job, your company will go through more hills and valleys than you’ll want. We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best people and how his team has helped his business grow.

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Tech Scenes Episode 1: A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem


Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech leaders and the cities they live in thrive.

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Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

Both Sides of the Table

Why the Former President of Nickelodeon Joined mitú as CEO.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 20: Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice’s System1 raises $270 million, SpaceX asks FCC to make exception for low-Earth satellites in subsidized internet program and Overwatch League announces three new teams

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Up Thursday: Episode 1 Of Tech Scenes, A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem


Looking to figure out what makes Southern California's thriving technology industry tick? We've partnered with Tech Scenes, produced by Jeff Martin, to help showcase what makes the region such an attractive community for startup entrepreneurs and venture investments.

Xconomy Voices, Episode 3: Nathan Myhrvold and TerraPower


We’re pleased to bring you the third episode of Xconomy Voices , our new podcast featuring conversations with entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors from Xconomy’s home cities and regions. Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Student loan management program of Santa Monica announced Thursday it raised a $7 million Series B round

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market


The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams. Two years later in 1992 VOD servers were capable of supplying previously encoded digital video from disks and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Fast Forward to the present day and look how far VOD has been driven by a vast number of separate technological wonders.

HAAWK Finds $2.5M For Rights Management Startup


Los Angeles-based HAAWK , a new startup focused on rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization, has raised $2.5M in a seed financing round, according to the company. The funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners, Wavemaker Partners, Frontier Venture Capital, and Apex Ventures. The startup, led by serial entrepreneur Ryan Born, said it also acquired a range of assets from Dart Music. Financial details of the Dart Music acquisition was not announced.

Nathan Myhrvold: The Full Xconomy Voices Interview


Episode 3 of our new podcast, Xconomy Voices , features a conversation about nuclear power with Nathan Myhrvold, the founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 22: Hyperloop One Raised $85 Million at a Valuation of More Than $700 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop One raised $85 million at a valuation of more than $700 million, Faraday Future cuts loose its Nevada factory and incentives and Stratolaunch megaplane fires all six engines for the first time

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How Machines Understand Text - NLP, Machine Learning in Practice

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -- How Machines Understand Text - NLP, Machine Learning in Practice. We have a great session planned that will use two case studies of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to explore opportunities that businesses have with understanding text. Come join us for a moderated session led by Dr. Jon Morra as he guides us through in depth use cases of NLP and their applications in predictive analytics.

OWNZONES Media Network Names Chief Security Officer


Beverly Hills-based OWNZONES Media Network , a technology and entertainment company which provides products for the motion picture, television and digital content creation industries, says it has named Rob Hopps as Chief Security Officer (CSO), and Senior Vice President, Platform Operations.

Alnylam Data Puts a Nobel Discovery One Step Closer to Approved Drug


For the first time ever, a medicine using RNA interference, a method of muting a gene before it can make a harmful protein, is headed for an FDA review.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 21: Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal raises $7 million, Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads, and Snap Spectacles hardware lab cuts jobs, as well as changes leadership

Orange County VC and Angel Investor Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 28, 2017 -- Orange County VC and Angel Investor Conference. FundingPost. Interested in meeting and pitching to early-stage Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists in Orange County? Register for the FundingPost event on Thursday, September 28th, 2017. At our next event, the panel of investors will focus on Early-Stage Venture Investing: How to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! See [link]. Gets $7M In Series B Funding


Santa Monica-based , which helps employers offer up student loan repayment assistance as part of their employee benefits, has raised $7M in a Series B funding round, the company said today. The funding was led by Wildcat Venture Partners, and also included Mohr Davidow Ventures and MassMutual Ventures LLC, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Former Lawyer Sues Synthetic Genomics “Boys Club” over Gender Bias


Against a contentious backdrop of a gender gap in the life sciences, a lawyer who spent more than eight years managing intellectual property at San Diego’s Synthetic Genomics (SGI) has sued the star-studded company for discriminating against women.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 19: Snapchat Has Bigger Share of New Users in U.S., but Instagram Is Closing the Gap

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat has bigger share of new users in U.S., but Instagram is closing the gap, SpaceX files paper for ‘Starlink’ constellation and Herb Scannell tapped as CEO of Mitu

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How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis. Jason Calacanis founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and He turned down a $20 million offer for Silicon Alley Reporter. Then the dotcom bubble burst, and he wound up with a net worth of negative $10,000. Calacanis bounced back and founded Weblogs, which he sold to AOL after 18 months for $30 million.

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Triton Digital Wins New Customer


Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the provider of audio advertising technology, reported a win today with Neuhoff Communications. According to Triton Digital, Neuhoff has selected the company's enterprise podast management solution, to capture, edit, and distribute content to its audience. Financial impact of the win was not announced. Nehoff Communications is the operator of 22 radio stations and related websites across central Illinois and Indiana. READ MORE>>.

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On CAR-T’s Edge, Seattle Researchers Plot to Bypass Novartis Therapy


It’s not a stretch to say that Greta Oberhofer is alive thanks to the genetically modified cell therapy called CAR-T. At three and a half months old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, an aggressive blood cancer. At 10 months old, she had a bone marrow transplant, which required chemotherapy. She had a bad reaction: Her kidney and liver shut down, and fluid built up in her heart and lungs. She was on a breathing machine.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 18: Sixgill Raises $27.9 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Sixgill raises $27.9 million, Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion and Snapchat removes Al Jazeera channel from Saudi Arabia

Silicon Beach Networking Mixer At Wurstkuche in Venice

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 27, 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

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ThreatSTOP Blocks Malicious DNS


Carlsbad-based cybersecurity software developer ThreatSTOP announced on Wednesday that it has rolled out a new software product, which detects and automatically blocks malicious DNS queries. According to the company, its new ThreatSTOP Roaming Defense protects laptops and off-premise devises against ransomware, phishing, malware and data theft.

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Bio Roundup: RNAi’s Big Day, CAR-T For Kids, Drugs From Fungi & More


It’s been a year of biomedical milestones in the U.S., including the first approval of a CAR-T cellular immunotherapy , the first smartphone app to treat substance abuse , and the first approval of a cancer drug based on genetic signature instead of the tumor’s organ of origin. Add to the list the first successful Phase 3 trial for an RNA interference drug, likely leading to a first ever FDA review.

Fire fast, not last.


Close. Here is one that takes a real leap for a younger manager or CEO to believe.

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Los Angeles VC and Angel Investor Roundtable

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -- Los Angeles VC and Angel Investor Roundtable. FundingPost. Interested in meeting and pitching to early-stage Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists in Los Angeles? Join FundingPost for our 400th Conference on Wednesday, September 27, 2017! See [link].