2017

With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

TechCrunch LA

CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally whereas today 50% of our dollars are invested in LA.

5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was great fun to interview Robbie Bach, Co-Father of the Xbox, as part of UC Santa […]. The post 5 Intrapreneur Startup Lessons From The Co-Father Of The Xbox appeared first on John Greathouse

Framework Benchmarks Round 14

TechEmpower

Results from Round 14 of the Web Framework Benchmarks project are now available! This round's results are limited to the physical hardware environment only, but cloud results will be included again in the next round. Recent improvements.

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What’s the Business Model for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare?

Xconomy

This story is part of an ongoing Xconomy series on A.I. in healthcare. These are heady times for using artificial intelligence to extract insights from healthcare data—in particular, from the tidal wave of information coming out of fields like genomics and medical imaging.

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When Your Legs Start Shaking, Just Keep Talking

Eric Greenspan

Back in 2001, I started my 3rd company out of my 3rd bedroom in my newly rented townhome on the beach after separating from my oldest son’s mother. I had no choice. I had just sold my last company and I needed to keep busy. I built and built and built and one day, I wrote a business plan and sent it off for review to an angel funding group. I pitched 4 locations, including Hawaii. I got a few bucks out of a guy that wasn’t even in the room, but overheard from outside the banquet room.

Careful about equity and options in early stage businesses

Berkonomics

Close. This post is longer than usual. For those negotiating equity allocations it covers some of the most complex issues to address in the process. I just couldn’t reduce it to far fewer words… Dave.

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Los Angeles tech companies take a victory lap with planned tech job fair

TechCrunch LA

2016 was a good year to be a tech startup in LA, and, with the $25 billion planned public offering for the city’s startup darling, Snap Inc., coming up, the future’s so bright entrepreneurs might want to wear… Spectacles.

As the LA venture market booms, Upfront closes its sixth fund with $400 million

TechCrunch LA

As the firm looks ahead to its own future, Suster and the firm he’s helped grow remain committed to the future of Los Angeles.

Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Both Sides of the Table

Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn , founder of Media REDEF.

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Objective Sports: An Indicator Of Startup Success

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Kobie Fuller, current Partner at Upfront Ventures and […]. The post Objective Sports: An Indicator Of Startup Success appeared first on John Greathouse

Passport, the technology business for city transit systems, raises $43 million

TechCrunch LA

Passport, company that’s managing much of the technical aspects of how people pay to use public transportation resources in cities like London, Miami and Los Angeles, has just raised $43 million.

Why Open Offices May Be Bad for Your Tech Startup [ Infographic ]

Tech.Co

Moving to a physical venue signals exciting times for a technology startup. You, the leader, think of the possibilities for greater collaboration and productivity once the team is all together. Chances are you’ve considered the open-office concept.

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L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

L.A. Business Journal

Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding

socalTECH

La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

An Insider’s Guide to Bridging the Biotech Gender Gap

Xconomy

As an executive recruiter focused solely on life sciences, I’m among the first to acknowledge the industry’s gender gap. Of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies around the world, only one has a woman at the helm—and GSK named Emma Natasha Walmsley as CEO less than five months ago.

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Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber’s dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data. Read More.

Does your business need money? Read this!

Berkonomics

The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise.

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Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

TechCrunch LA

In the past year, New York has reached a tipping point as consumer-facing startups proliferate and similarly Los Angeles is gaining notice with the success of Snap and Dollar Shave Club among others. Read More.

Former Hulu exec Noah Heller launches new venture fund to focus on LA tech

TechCrunch LA

Noah Heller, one of the chief architects of Hulu’s virtual reality strategy, has left the video streaming service to set up his own venture firm, 3Rodeo.

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What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

BuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” Alan Curtis Kay, Personal Computer Pioneer I […]. The post If I’d Only Known Then… A Boomer’s Millennial Pep Talk appeared first on John Greathouse. Entrepreneur

The World’s First Augmented Reality Dating App Is Finally Here

Tech.Co

Before Pokémon Go hit smartphones around the world like a ton of bricks, the augmented reality discussion was cemented in a futuristic image of the tech. Think Ironman’s heads up display without the cumbersome helmet and the English voice assistant.

Education technology meets its limits

TechCrunch LA

This week has been a good one for those who like to talk about the limits of technology. Over in the UK, a prankster managed to fool Trip Advisor into naming his shed the #1 ranked restaurant in London. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a city struggling to manage several wind-fueled wildfires, the L.A.P.D.

Sony Pictures Television to Acquire Funimation Productions Ltd.

L.A. Business Journal

Sony Pictures Television has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Texas-based Funimation Productions Ltd., a distributor of Japanese anime content, valuing the company at about $150 million

CALIENT Acquired By Chunxing

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT , the developer of optical MEMs switching technology, has been acquired by Chinese company Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd. , the two said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to the two, Chunxing buys a controlling stake in the company, and will also provide manufacturing services to CALIENT as part of the acquisition. CALIENT said it will remain in Goleta.

FDA Landmark Nod: Cancer Drug To Match Tumor Genes, Not Tissue Type

Xconomy

For many years, doctors and researchers have known that cancers in different parts of the body can share genetic abnormalities. For the first time, the FDA has approved a drug based on those abnormalities and not on the organ in which the cancer originated.

22 Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch Out For

Tech.Co

While the Bay Area hold the title of most prolific startup ecosystem , there’s no denying that California is a veritable gold mine of entrepreneurial talent. Los Angeles, for one, is not only brimming with innovative ideas, it’s also home to a wide range of unique startups that are solving the problems of the world. Everyone knows that a startup is only as good as its leadership, which is why the 22 startups listed below are helmed by some of the best and brightest in Silicon Beach.