Sat.May 25, 2019 - Fri.May 31, 2019

Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

TechCrunch LA

Most of the buzz about esports focuses on high-profile professional teams and audiences watching live streams of those professionals. What gets ignored is the entire base of amateurs wanting to compete in esports below the professional tier.

Is The Future Here? Startup Launches Hydrogen Powered Air Vehicle

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Is the future of flying vehicles finally here? We spoke with Steve Hanvey, CEO of Alaka'i (www.alakai.com) about the launch of the company's futuristic, hydrogen powered air vehicle, the Skai, on Wednesday.

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San Diego Tech Roundup: Startup Week, Planck, TuSimple & More

Xconomy

On the eve of the start of the seventh annual San Diego Startup Week, let’s learn more about the event—which is expected to draw thousands to its talks and gatherings—and take a look at some other recent tech news. —Local entrepreneurs have dozens of speakers teed up and get-togethers organized for Startup Week, which kicks off Tuesday.

Can you create a great customer case study?

Berkonomics

Attention spans are growing shorter by the second. Studies have shown that attention spans for engaging a reader or listener have fallen from eleven seconds to eight seconds on average. Eight seconds to reach someone in most any medium. Growing weary of paid advertisements.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

TechCrunch LA

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up.

Interview with Robin Richards, CareerArc

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Our interview this morning is with Robin Richards , the CEO of Los Angeles-based CareerArc (www.careerarc.com). Richards--a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in a number of technology companies here, including NTI Group (sold to Blackboard), Internships.com, MP3.com, and Vivendi Universal Net USA, where he was also CEO. Richards also has been an active angel investor in local startups. What is CareerArc?

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10 Change Recommendations To Meet Business Pressures

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business professional needs to stay cool under pressure, to be a top performer, and for the sake of their own health. Yet everyone has a melting point – a critical threshold where pressure causes them to respond irrationally.

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Rumpus, the collaborative toolkit from Oblong Industries, is now available on Webex

TechCrunch LA

In a previous life, John Underkoffler spent his days in Los Angeles dreaming up all of the possible ways men and machines would interact as a science adviser on films like Minority Report.

Video Interview: Greg Monterossa, Community Manager, Hub 101

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Friday video interview: Greg Monterossa is the Community Manager at Hub101 , a startup community in Westlake Village affiliated with California Lutheran University (CLU). We talked with Greg about finding your startup community, and to get some advice from him about startup success. READ MORE>>.

Upfront-Backed Software Comes Out of Stealth

L.A. Business Journal

Projector launches presentation software

10 Activities That Will Tag You As A Business Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience as a new business advisor, I always find leadership to be more important to business success than any new technology or innovative solution. The challenge is to adequately define leadership in terms of everyday activities.

The Winners of the 2019 Xconomy Awards San Diego Are…

Xconomy

The nominees and finalists for the first-ever Xconomy Awards San Diego were an impressive bunch, making it tough for our judges and the editors to pick the winners. There were multiple deserving companies and people in each category.

Video interview: Matthew and Jen Martinelli, Canvas Recruit

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What is Canvas Recruit? Canvas Recruit (www.canvasrecruit.com) is a digital recruitment platform specifically for the beauty space.

Feather Plans to Land in LA

L.A. Business Journal

High residential turnover brings Feather to L.A.

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Why Amazon Is the Undisputed E-Commerce Growth Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone wants to grow and innovate like Amazon these days. From meager beginnings selling books online back in 1994, Amazon is currently the largest e-commerce retailer and cloud computing platform in the world, and now dominates even the giant Walmart.

Quantum Computing 101: Brilliant, Google, Microsoft Training Workers

Xconomy

From Microsoft and IBM to Alphabet’s unit X and Canada’s D-Wave Systems, companies are racing to build powerful quantum computers that may solve problems beyond the capacity of the most sophisticated conventional processors, and do it much faster.

Video Interview: Greg Monterrosa, Community Manager, Hub 101

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Friday video interview: Greg Monterrosa is the Community Manager at Hub101 , a startup community in Westlake Village affiliated with California Lutheran University (CLU). We talked with Greg about finding your startup community, and to get some advice from him about startup success. READ MORE>>.

Killer Thirst? Try Liquid Death

L.A. Business Journal

Water company Liquid Death raises $1.6M.

5 Team Dynamics That Raise Real Barriers To Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

Managing and motivating a team in a startup is more than just using the right interpersonal skills. It’s more than providing recognition, tangible incentives, and clear work goals.

Can Tiny Drug Doses (and One Woman’s Fortune) Fight the Most Vicious Cancer?

Xconomy

When the brain goes bad, modern medicine is often powerless to help. That’s the case for Alzheimer’s disease, where drug after drug has failed, and the only approved treatments are marginally helpful at best.

Cornerstone OnDemand To Help Underrepresented Job Seekers In LA

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation , the nonprofit arm of Cornerstone OnDemand, says it will launch a set of free, online learning programs to help under-represented, job sekers in Los Angeles. According to Cornerstone OnDemand, it has partnered with the Bixel Exchange, a division of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, to provide access to a free online learning program for job seekers.

Silicon Beach Report May 31: Snap Sells Location Data Business to Foursquare

L.A. Business Journal

Foursquare purchases Placed from Snap; Pluto TV carves out LA footprint; Netflix raises U.K. subscription prices

7 Keys To Exponential Growth Driven By The Whole Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Many startups and entrepreneurs I advise still default to growing their business via the traditional top-down, order-taking culture. I’m convinced that you can’t stay competitive that way with today’s customers, and today’s employees.

ACG101's 3rd Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition and Showcase

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 -- ACG101's 3rd Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition and Showcase. On June 5th, we're showcasing a select group of Greater-Los Angeles's finest startups in an event you won't want to miss. 10 selected startups will pitch to attendees, guest judges (investors and seasoned entrepreneurs) in a showcase/demo table style presentation. Three finalists will then be selected to formally do a 2-minute pitch for the grand prize!

Report: Grindr's Chinese Parent Accessed Sensitive Data

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A report today, from Reuters, says that the Chinese owner of Los Angeles-based gay dating app developer Grind , gave access to its Beijing-based engineers to the data of millions of Americans, despite U.S. orders to keep that data private.

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Moonshots Capital Leads $2.1 Million Backtracks Seed Round

L.A. Business Journal

Podcast analytics software developer Backtracks Inc. announced May 30 it raised a $2.1 million seed round led by Marina del Rey-based venture capital firm Moonshots Capital

Agenda Posted for Net@50 on July 16 at MIT Media Lab

Xconomy

Come celebrate milestones the internet has made over the past 50 years at a special event called Net@50 on July 16 in Cambridge, MA, organized by the World Frontiers Forum and Xconomy. An afternoon forum at the MIT Media Lab will explore the big issues and challenges surrounding the internet.

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RecruitMilitary Greater Los Angeles Veterans Job Fair

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, May 30, 2019 -- RecruitMilitary Greater Los Angeles Veterans Job Fair. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features 70 employers ready to hire. See [link] (more

Sizmek's Ad Server, Optimization Products Acquired By Amazon

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The ad serving and "creative optimization" businesses of Sizmek , the now-bankrupt developer of advertising technology which had a significant portion of its team in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Amazon , Amazon said on Friday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Amazon said it has agreed to acquire both the Sizmek Ad Server and Sizmek Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) products. Sizmek had been looking for a buyer for the two products.

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Silicon Beach Report May 30: Moonshots Capital Backs Backtracks

L.A. Business Journal

Mission finds $15 million; Moonshots leads Backtracks funding round; ATTN hires new executive from Vox

Immunotherapy Is Now Here For Breast Cancer. What Are Its Prospects?

Xconomy

Drugs that rev up a patient’s immune system have changed how we treat cancers of the skin, lung, and more, offering people whose tumors have spread a chance to live longer than ever thought possible. But until this year, the field had nothing for breast cancer, which kills more women than any other cancer type.

MakerWalk LA 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Esri Partners With Agriculture Software Developer

socalTECH

Redlands-based geographical information systems (GIS) provider Esri said on Thursday that it has partnered with a provider of software consulting and technology provider AgIntegrated , which develops a data hub for the agriculture and forestry market. AgIntegrated is the developer of Onsite API Services and QC Pro, which offers up a centralized platform for agriculture and forestry customers to connect. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

Silicon Beach Report May 29: Cinelytic Brings AI to Film Casting

L.A. Business Journal

3Diligent begins offering consulting services; Hulu reports majority of users pay for ads; Hollywood experiments with AI to measure impact of key filmmaking decisions

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Bio Roundup: Opioids in Court, IPO Parade, Brain Cancer Bet & More

Xconomy

[ Corrected 5/31/19, 8:48 am ET. See below. Pharmaceutical companies that make or market opioids have found themselves in legal hot water, and much of the heat is coming from Oklahoma. This week, a trial began litigating Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility for opioid addiction in the Sooner State. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) entered the Norman, OK, courtroom without any of its industry peers. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a $270 million settlement with Oklahoma in March.

Watson Joins TrueCar as Chief Financial Officer

L.A. Business Journal

Noel B. Watson will join Santa Monica-based digital auto marketplace TrueCar Inc. as its new chief financial officer