Sat.Jun 01, 2019 - Fri.Jun 07, 2019

Agtech Startup GroGuru Gets Audience Kudos at EvoNexus Demo Day

Xconomy

Three wildly different startups among those incubating at EvoNexus, a La Jolla, CA-based nonprofit organization that supports early-stage tech companies, earned top marks from the audience at a pitch contest this week.

‘Socially Inept,’ a comedy startup founded by Microsoft employees, roasts tech bros

TechCrunch LA

Everyone gets a kick out of mocking the quintessential San Francisco techie, Patagonia vest and all. ‘ Socially Inept ,’ a new traveling comedy cohort, is making a business out of it. The group has been roasting the tech scene in hubs across the U.S., including Seattle, where the company is based, as well as Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco, since last summer. It’s made out of current and former techies themselves.

Orange County FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Orange County FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop. We're doing it again! Due to the overwhelming demand to pitch at our last event in Orange County, we're throwing an exclusive PitchFest speed dating event where you will be pitching to over 20 investors one-on-one! At this OC Event, we will be showcasing some of the newest early-stage venture funds and angel groups in the San Diego area!

Reinvent your business!

Berkonomics

Businesses that forgot to reinvent.

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Virgin Orbit Partners With Japan's ANA Holdings

L.A. Business Journal

Long Beach-based small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit announced June 6 that it will partner with Japanese firm ANA Holdings to bring Virgin’s LauncherOne rocket launch system to Japan

Friday Video Interview: Abner Flores, Checkplis

socalTECH

We've recently started a new feature--video interviews of local entrepreneurs, investors, and others in Southern California's technology community!

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3 Lesser-Known Ways Enterprise Can Improve Network Uptime

Southern California Edison Blog

As enterprises outsource more of the business operations to hosted platforms, more emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring mission-critical applications are always accessible. This means that the network connections to enterprise sites increase in their importance.

Silicon Beach Report June 7: SpaceX Preps For $1 Billion Satellite Launch

L.A. Business Journal

Former Pets.com executive taking new venture public; Zynga links with Snap; SpaceX launching satellites worth $1 billion for Canada

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IKIN Raises $5M For Augmented Reality Technology

socalTECH

San Diego-based IKIN said this morning that it has launched its company, backed by $5M in seed funding, to bring personalized, 3D holograms to life. The startup--led by CEO Joe Ward--says it has created a new augmented reality technology it says will enable "immersive free-standing holograms" generated from a user's smartphone. The source of the seed funding round was not announced.

Cybersecurity Summit June 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

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ASCO 2019: The Long Game, Targeted Pills, First-Ever Buzz & More

Xconomy

The American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago has wrapped up for another year. Last week, we featured two stories that you wouldn’t find at the ASCO frenzy: Immunotherapy’s lack of progress in treating breast cancer , and one woman’s risky bet of tens of millions of dollars from her personal fortune to speed drug development for the nastiest form of brain cancer.

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Silicon Beach Report June 6: Google Funds Backstage Accelerator

L.A. Business Journal

Bird considers acquiring Scoot; Needham joins Riot Games; Backstage Accelerator supported by Google

Google Puts Support Behind Backstage Accelerator

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Backstage Accelerator , the startup accelerator run by Backstage Capital, which seeks to support underrepresented founders, has received a big boost to its efforts today, after Google said that it will be supporting Backstage Accelerator to help it scale its efforts. According to Google, each startup in the Backstage Accelerator will gain access to Google advisors and product experts, onsite workshops in Google spaces, and access to the Google network of resources and support.

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TECHSPO Los Angeles 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 -- TECHSPO Los Angeles Technology Expo - June 12-13, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA. See [link] (more

Apple Touts New Privacy Moves as Antitrust Probes Loom for Big Tech

Xconomy

Both the House leadership and the Trump administration are preparing to challenge the power of Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies by launching antitrust investigations into their allegedly anticompetitive business practices, as the Washington Post detailed it this week.

Video Game Companies Waver on E3

L.A. Business Journal

The Entertainment Software Association has called its annual E3 conference, taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, “the world’s premier event for computer and video games.” But not all game companies see it that way

Clarity Partners' Lee Named Chair Of J. Paul Getty Trust

socalTECH

A local, private equity investor-- Dr. David L. Lee , has been named chair of the board of diretors of the J. Paul Getty Trust , which runs The Getty Center, The Getty Villa, as well as other charitable efforts. According to the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Lee will begin a four year term as chair of the Board on July 1st; Lee has been on the J. Paul Getty Trust board since 2009.

DigiMarCon West 2019 - Digital Marketing Conference and Exhibition

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 -- DigiMarCon West 2019 - Digital Marketing Conference and Exhibition. DigiMarCon West 2019 is your chance to. Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry. Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level. Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful atmosphere.

Inhibrx, Fresh Off $40M Funding to Advance Cancer Drugs, Eyes IPO

Xconomy

Two weeks after raising $40 million to push ahead with its drug development programs, Inhibrx submitted paperwork to the SEC revealing that it aims to raise money in the public market, too.

Silicon Beach Report June 5: Atom Tickets COO Joins EZTexting Board

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX retrieves space station supercomputer, Netflix subscription numbers tallied; EZTexting appoints new board member

Carbon Lighthouse Collects $32.6M For Energy Efficiency Efforts

socalTECH

Carbon Lighthouse , a provider of energy efficiency services and developer of energy efficiency technology which recently opened up a Los Angeles office, has raised $32.6M in a funding, the company said on Tuesday. According to Carbon Lighthouse, $20M of that funding came from Cox Enterprises. Carbon Lighthouse says that it helps commercial building owners significantly reduce their energy costs and environmental footprint with no upfront cost.

San Diego FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 -- San Diego FundingPost VC and Angel Investor PitchFest + Pitch Workshop. We're doing it again! Due to the overwhelming demand to pitch at our last event in San Diego, we're throwing an exclusive PitchFest speed dating event where you will be pitching to over 20 investors one-on-one! At this San Diego Event, we will be showcasing some of the newest early-stage venture funds and angel groups in the San Diego area!

Study: Gene Edits in CRISPR Babies Could Boost Risk of Earlier Death

Xconomy

The Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who revealed last fall that he used CRISPR gene editing to try to make twin newborn girls immune to HIV infection, might have also given them a higher risk of death.

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Silicon Beach Report June 4: Crackle Venture Selects Leadership Team

L.A. Business Journal

Sony, CSS Entertainment executives to lead Crackle Plus; Bird branches out; Tencent to distribute Activison’s “Call of Duty” mobile game

Moleaer Finds $5M For Wastewater Treatment, Industrial Nanobubble Technology

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Moleaer , a developer of equipment used in watewater treatment, farming, oil and mining, and other industrial processes, has raised $5M in a funding round, according to the company. The company develops industrial-scale nanobubble generators, which are used to dissolve gases into any liquid.

AirMap Names Former FCC Chairman to Board

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based software developer AirMap Inc. appointed former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to its board June 3

Silicon Beach Report June 3: Oceanic Mapping Firm Wins XPrize for Robotic Boat

L.A. Business Journal

Goncalves to lead WarnerMedia streaming development; SpaceX plans for Mars; Xprize awards oceanic mapping firm $7 million prize

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Inhibrx Files For IPO

socalTECH

La Jolla-based biopharmaceuticals startup Inhibrx has just filed for an IPO, saying in an S-1 filing that it is looking to raise up to $74.75M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market. Inhibrx has applied to trade as INBX. The IPO is being underwritten by Evercore ISI, Barclays, Nomura, and Raymond James. Inhibrx is backed by LAV Biosciences Fund and Viking Global Investors.

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GeoLinks Wins $87.8M Contract Award For Rural Internet Rollout

socalTECH

Camarillo-based wireless Internet services provider GeoLinks has scored a big, $87.8M contract, to provide rural, Internet services across more than 11,000 locations in California and Nevada, the company announced this morning. According to GeoLinks, the contract award came from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which manages the broadband connectivity fund collected from telephone bills.

Inseego Rolls Out New MiFi Hotspot For Sprint

socalTECH

San Diego-based Inseego , the developer of the popular MiFi mobile hotspot devices, has gotten back on track with its release of a new hotspot for Sprint. According to Inseego, its new MiFi 8000 Mobile Hotspot will roll out beginning June 14th to Sprint customers, to provide gigabit-speed performance and enterprise security features. Inseego said the new device supports Gigabit LTE speeds, which it says "vasty outperforms" its earlier 4G devices.