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

socalTECH

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

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Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People

Tech.Co

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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This Startup Should Have Fired Uber, Tinder, Pinterest, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, HootSuite and Instagram

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Despite the fact that JazzHR was a nascent startup in 2012, it boasted an impressive customer […].

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

Tech.Co

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.

Tuition.io Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal

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

HAAWK Finds $2.5M For Rights Management Startup

socalTECH

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.

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.

Xconomy Voices, Episode 3: Nathan Myhrvold and TerraPower

Xconomy

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.

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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OWNZONES Media Network Names Chief Security Officer

socalTECH

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.

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].

Nathan Myhrvold: The Full Xconomy Voices Interview

Xconomy

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. 21: Tuition.io Raises $7 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Tuition.io 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

Tuition.io Gets $7M In Series B Funding

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Tuition.io , 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.

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

Xconomy

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. 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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Triton Digital Wins New Customer

socalTECH

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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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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Fire fast, not last.

Berkonomics

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

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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

ThreatSTOP Blocks Malicious DNS

socalTECH

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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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].

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

Xconomy

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.

Belkin Rolls Out High Speed HDMI Cable For Apple TV 4K

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Belkin announced a new, high speed HDMI cable today, which it says is designed to connect Apple TV 4K, Mac or HDMI devices a TV or A/V receiver. The company said its cable is specifically optimized for the Apple TV 4K, and is compatible with the Dolby Vision high dynamic range technology. The new cable has an MSRP of $29.95. Belkin is selling the cable through its own web site, in addition to Apple Stores and Apple.com. READ MORE>>. belkin hdmi appletv television apple compute

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Trackstreet Names VP Sales

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet , a provider of internet brand protection and analytics software, said today that it has named Ryan Erickson as Vice President of Sales. Erickson was most recently Vice President of Sales for Teva North America, a division of Deckers Brands, and also has served at Timberland, Rockport and Reebok. TrackStreet develops technology for monitoring brand reputation, Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) agreements, customer reviews, and similar information. READ MORE>>.

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