Sat.Apr 06, 2019 - Fri.Apr 12, 2019

DroneBase raises capital and partners with FLIR Systems to train pilots on thermal imaging tech

TechCrunch LA

Publicly traded sensor technology developer, FLIR Systems , is investing in a strategic round of funding for the outsourced drone imaging company, DroneBase.

CyberSecurity: 5th Generation Threats- What We Know. Should Know. And, Don't Know.

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Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

Both Sides of the Table

I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical finances, budgets, forecasts and future projections.

Here’s how NOT to define your competition

Berkonomics

We investors see this all the time. An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new. We have no competition.”. Niet! Unh unh. Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur come out with that one.

The team behind Baidu’s first smart speaker is now using AI to make films

TechCrunch LA

The HBO sci-fi blockbuster Westworld has been an inspiring look into what humanlike robots can do for us in the meatspace.

Which Circle Do You Want To Be In…The Blue One (NHL) or the Red One (TED)?

Eric Greenspan

The NHL centre ice circle is blue. The TED carpet that speakers stand on is a red circle. Both are highly desired places to stand, speak or skate. But the best way to get to either is to focus on what will get you there, not on getting there. Focus on the work, development, the achievements and the ride, and maybe, although unlikely, you’ll stand in one of those circles one day. As a TED attendee and TEDx host, I often hear and see the statement “I want to do a TED Talk.”

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CitySourced Merges With Rock Solid Technologies

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Los Angeles-based CitySourced , which develops mobile apps to help cities communicate with their constituents, has merged with Rock Solid Technologies , a provider of software to the government. Financial terms of the merger were not announced. Rock Solid is owned by private equity investor Strattam Capital. CitySourced was founded in 2009, and is led by CEO Jason Kiesel.

With a new CEO and fresh funding from Upfront, healthy prepared food delivery service Territory looks to grow

TechCrunch LA

With a new chief executive officer and $4 million in fresh funding from investors including the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Upfront Ventures, Territory Foods is poised for growth.

VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

Xconomy

If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men. Venture firms sent $32.6

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades.

SpaceX Seeking $510M In New Funding

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is looking to raise another $510M in funding--the second time the firm has gone out for funding this year-- according to a regulatory filing from the firm. The funding will bring SpaceX's total raised to more than $2.75 billion, and reportedly values the rocket firm at over $30 billion. The new funding came to light after another, successful launch for the company--the first, commercial flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday. READ MORE>>.

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2019 SFVBJ Women's Council

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -- 2019 SFVBJ Women's Council. San Fernando Valley Business Journal.The San Fernando Valley Business Journal is proud to present the 2019 Women's Council Awards at the Hilton Woodland Hills. The San Fernando Valley Business Journal is proud to present our Women's Council Awards at the Hilton Woodland Hills. At the luncheon awards program, we will honor women who have made a difference throughout the Valley area.

Thwarting Opposition, Bristol Gets Shareholder OK for $74B Celgene Buyout

Xconomy

The early opposition has turned out to be just noise. Shareholders of Bristol-Myers Squibb today approved the pharma giant’s planned buyout of Celgene, paving the way for a deal that will create one of the largest biopharma organizations in the world, and send ripples throughout the sector.

10 Wins From Driving Multiple Concurrent New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by watsonsinelgin With the cost of entry at an all-time low, and the odds of success equally low, more and more entrepreneurs are starting multiple companies concurrently.

Semtech Gets Design Win With Aerospace Manufacturer

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Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech has chalked up another design win for its LoRa wireless radio frequency technology, saying that its technology has been selected by an aerospace manufacturer, Ineo-Sense , for it smart asset tracking tools. Semtech said its wireless technology is being used in Ineo-Sense's "Clover-Core" sensor products, used for asset tracking in manufacturing settings. Shipment volumes and other details on the win were not announced.

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ACG 101 Spring Social and Brewfest!

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -- ACG 101 Spring Social and Brewfest! ACG 101 Corridor Chapter. Spring has Sprung, and that means only one thing: It's time for the ACG 101 Annual Spring Social! This year we're being hosted by our very own 2018 Rising Star Award winner, Figueroa Mountain! Come meet and mingle with our area's top dealmakers, craft brewmasters, and company leaders, including Bob Berezansky, CFO of Figueroa Mountain Brewing. See [link] (more

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Senators Grill Pharmacy Benefit Execs About Skyrocketing Drug Prices

Xconomy

Executives from five of the companies that negotiate drug prices on behalf of insurers testified Tuesday before the Senate finance committee.

7 Lessons From A Long-Time Mentor On Value And Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by World Economic Forum As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

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XPRIZE Gives $1M Award To Israeli Moon Landing Team

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Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , which organizes prize competitions to inspire people to advance technology to help change the world, said last night that it has awarded a $1M "Moonshot Award" to SpaceIL , the Israeli team which attempted a moon landing on Thursday. XPRIZE said it decided to recognize the successful lunar orbit and (not-so-successful) landing attempt for its contribution to private space exploration.

CyberSecurity: 5th Generation Threats- What We Know. Should Know. And, Don't Know.

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Xconomy Awards San Diego Diversity Finalists Are Scaling Up Empowerment

Xconomy

In an awards program, it can seem like a competition, but in the Commitment to Diversity category, many of the finalists are in fact collaborating with each other or share common roots.

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

Procore Joins Philanthropy Movement

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Carpinteria-based cloud software developer Procore Technologies , which develops cloud- and mobile- software for the construction industry--and is one of Southern California's multi-billion valuation unicorn startups --says it has joined Pledge 1% , a philanthropic group which challenges technology companies to pledge 1 percent of their equity, product, and employee time for their communities.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venture Funding

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, April 13, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venture Funding. The Los Angeles Tech and Venture Scene 2019 / Anatomy of a Successful Seed Round. Our program keynote will debut the 2019 Amplify.LA presentation which offers a comprehensive overview of the Los Angeles tech and venture landscape. It includes a look back on 2018, and covers all the players, investors, history and emerging players in LA tech.

EvoNexus Gets Bank, Investment Firm Backing for Fintech Incubator

Xconomy

Financial firms are facing competition from legacy players and disruptive fintech startups as technology continues to reshape the heavily regulated industry.

EvoNexus Launches Fintech Incubator

socalTECH

San Diego-based startup incubator operator EvoNexus is launching a brand new, financial technology (Fintech) incubator, in a partnership with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Franklin Templeton , the incubator announced this morning. According to EvoNexus, the incubator will work with startups focused on technology areas that will impact financial services companies of all sizes and the customers they serve.

Core Innovation Capital Plans $100M, Third Fund For Fintech Investments

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Los Angeles-based fintech venture capital investor Core Innovation Capital is out looking for new investors in its third fund, with a target of $100M, according to regulatory filing by the firm on Friday. The fund--managed by Arjan Schutte and Kathleen Utecht--invests in financial technology companies, and counts such portfolio companise as Fair , Honest Dollar (acquired), CoverHound , Mirador (acquired), Nerdwallet , Ripple , Tio (acquired), and many others.

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GoGuardian Names CFO

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Los Angeles-based educational software developer GoGuardian , a developer of. software for the K-12 market, said it has named Mike Jonas its new Chief Financial Officer. Jonas was most recently CFO of ThriftBooks, and also had been at Microsoft for 14 years.

SRAX Runs Into Financial Reporting Issues

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Los Angeles-based Social Reality (SRAX), which developing digital marketing and consumer data management software--and more recently, has tried to launch its own cryptocurrency called BIGtoken--said it is restating its results all the way back to March of 2017. According to the company, both its quarterly results and yearly financial statements should "no longer be relied upon", including press releases involving those financial statements.

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HyperX Rolls Out New Gaming Headsets

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Fountain Valley-based videogame accessory maker HyperX , which is part of Kingston Technology, has rolled out a new product today, a new set of headsets that it says are the first on the market to ship for less than $100. The company says its HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless gaming headset and HyperX Cloud Alpha Purple Edition are both now shipping, with up to 17 hours of battery life on a single charge. Both of the headsets will have an MSRP of $99.99.