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Riot Games Commits $10M To Minority Owned Game Studio Investments

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Los Angeles-based Riot Games is looking to help patch up rocky race relationships in the United States, saying over the weekend that it will invest $10M in minority-owned game studios, in addition to providing $1M to the Innocence Project and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), via is Social Impact Fund.

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Micromobility in limbo: Takeaways from Paris and LA

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Plus , a driver in an SUV once hit me while I was standing on the sidewalk, innocently looking for a nearby ramen joint. Shared electric scooters came onto the scene five years ago with a promising vision of getting people out of cars and onto greener modes of transportation.

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5 Steps To Finding The Best Investor For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s even better to let the attorney do the negotiating, since many innocent-sounding protective and governance provisions can have long-term negative consequences to you. Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same.

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Accruent Acquired By Genstar Capital

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Accruent was venture backed by Constellation Ventures, FirstMark Capital, GGV Capital, Innocal, Marcus & Millichap, Peninsula Equity Partners, Red Rock Ventures, Sierra Ventures, and Stanford University. Accruent , the developer of real estate, facilities, and asset management software which was founded by Mark Friendman, has been acquired by private equity investor Genstar Capital. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Can your employees recruit from a customer or supplier?

Berkonomics

The CEO of my company checked into a hotel that was a customer for its enterprise management system, and through a few innocent questions found that the owner of that hotel and other hotels was about to purchase several new systems for his new projects. The recruitment traps.

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How the myth of the ‘girlboss’ harms emerging women in tech

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And of course, those startups are by no means innocent when it comes to bad management. “If On Lafayette Street in SoHo, young, fashionable women lined up around the block to enter a minimalist, millennial oasis, the most perfect Instagram feed brought to life.

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Former Guns N' Roses Drummer Creates Cryptocurrency Startup, Artbit

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According to the company, it was founded by Matt Sorum, Pablo Martins, Renan Monjon, Saulo Monjon, and Jean-Philippe Innocent, and it aims to allow unsigned and unrepresented artists--ranging form musicians,magicians, dancers, street artists, and street performers--to get "real compensation" for their work.

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LA Man Arrested After Man Killed In Kansas From Call of Duty 'Swatting' Incident

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A South Central Los Angeles man has been arrested on suspicion of triggering a "swatting" hoax in Kansas, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander , killed by police who responded to a hoax 911 call. The call was apparently the result of a spat between two Call of Duty videogamers. According to Authorities in Wichita, Kansas, the "swatter" made up a story about a shooting and kidnapping, which resulted in a man being shot and killed when he opened doors for police.

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10 Reasons To Market Globally While Selling Locally

Startup Professionals Musings

The newest generation has never lived life unplugged, and their blend of innocence, simplicity, and pure excitement appeals to every customer. The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days.

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Nexiant Plans Major Upgrade

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Nexiant is venture backed by The Argentum Group, InnoCal Venture Capital, Inverness Graham Investments and Mission Ventures. Lake Forest-based Nexiant , the developer of software-as-a-service for materials management (MRO), said this morning that it is planning a major software release.

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10 Keys To Results With Social-Local-Mobile Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

The newest generation has never lived life unplugged, and their blend of innocence, simplicity, and pure excitement appeals to every customer. The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days.

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Mojix Names CTO

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Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix , a developer of RFID technology, said today that it has promoted Dr. Christopher R. Jones as its new Chief Technology Officer.

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Nexiant Adds Board Member

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The firm is backed by Argentum Group, Forrest Binkley & Brown, Innocal, Inverness Capital Partners, Mission Ventures, and Omnicell. Lake Forest-based Nexiant , a developer of materials management software tools, announced this morning that it has named Michael Aghajanian to its board. Aghajanian was most recently CEO of supply chain firm PRTM, and also was founder of The Performance Measurement Group. Nexiant said that Aghajanian has over 25 years of experience in the field.

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The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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It starts seemingly innocent enough. In modern society we’re all over-worked and over-loaded with information and tasks and to-dos and obligations. Nowhere is this more apparent than working in a startup where you are definitionally under-resourced and trying to make big accomplishments in compressed periods of time. That’s why focus is critical. Saying “no” often to people who want to divert you from your mission becomes obligatory if you want to make progress.

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What you can’t ask in an employee interview

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Based on the military family background, John innocently asked about Sally’s birthplace simply out of curiosity. Dave’s note: This week, let’s welcome an expert in employment background checks, Chris Dyer, CEO of PeopleG2, to help us explore one dicey subject that gets lots of entrepreneurs and managers into trouble by being completely unaware of what they cannot ask a candidate in an employment interview. Here’s Chris… By Chris Dyer.

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Mojix Signs Middle Eastern Reseller

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Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures, and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix , the developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, said over the weekend that it has signed a partnership with a reseller to provide its products in the Middle East. The firm said it has signed on Universal Media (UMedia), a systems integrator based in Kuwait, to deliver its RFID systems to the Middle Eastern market.

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5 Keys To Vetting Investors Before You Accept Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s even better to let the attorney do the negotiating, since many innocent-sounding protective and governance provisions can have long-term negative consequences to you. Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same.

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Mojix Wins Lufthansa

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Mojix, which is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital, is taking technology and techniques originally developed for deep space communications at JPL/NASA, and applying it to RFID readers to extend the range of passive RFID tags. Los Angeles-based Mojix , a developer of RFID technology, has scored a win with Lofthansa Cargo, Lufthansa's cargo business.

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Avoid the recruiting boomerang.

Berkonomics

The CEO checked into a hotel that was a customer for its enterprise management system, and through a few innocent questions found that the owner was about to purchase several new systems for his new projects. It has happened to all of us who have been leaders in business long enough. One of your employees is approached by an employee of a customer or of a supplier, stating that “It sure would be great to work in your company.”

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Competitive Intelligence

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Several case studies will be presented, although the names will be changed to protect the innocent. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 -- Competitive Intelligence: 007 Market Intel. PDMA SoCal. It's Monday morning. The company president calls you into his office after attending a brainstorm session. He announces, "Let's build a gold-plated widget!"

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Mojix Names Services VP

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Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix , which develops RFID technology based on research out of JPL/NASA, said Monday afternoon that the firm has named Samuel Levy as Sr. Vice President, Global Professional Services. Levy was most recently at Zebra Enterprise Solutions, as Vice President of Global Sales Engineering. Levy has also served at PinPoint Corporation.

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Mojix In Japanese Distribution Deal With IBM Japan

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The firm is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix , a developer of RFID readers, reported earlier this week that it has inked a distribution agreement with IBM in Japan. According to Mojix, IBM will provide system integration systems and customer support for its products int he Japanese market, and distribute the Mojix STAR system itself and through qualified resellers in Japan.

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Aktino Acquired By Canadian Firm

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Aktino has previously raised funding from Crosspoint Venture Partners, Foundation Capital, Huntington Ventures, Innocal, J.F. Irvine-based Aktino , a developer of hardware for the telecom industry, has been acquired by a Canadian firm, Positron, Inc. The firms did not disclosed financial terms of the deal, however, said that Aktino will continue to operate from its Irvine location.

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SynergEyes Sees $13.3M

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SynergEyes said that the round was led by De Novo Ventures, and also included Bio-Star Private Equity Fund along with prior investors Alloy Ventures, Delphi Ventures, InnoCal Venture Capital and Windward Ventures. Carlsbad-based SynergEyes , a developer of hybrid contact lenses, announced Friday that the firm has raised $13.3M in a Series C funding round.

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If it Didn’t Happen on Twitter it Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s Why

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I decided to water down some details to protect the innocent. I wrote this post a long time ago. When I did it was a little too close to home for a company to have me publish it. Much time has passed. And I felt it was instructive still so I thought I would publish. But both stories are still accurate. I hope it still resonates. A while back I received a frantic phone call from the CEO of a company in which I invested.

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Mojix Ships Software, Inks Deal With Integrator

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Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix , a venture backed developer of RFID technology, said this morning that it has released a new, software product targeted at RFID asset and process management. Separately, the firm also said it had inked a deal with government system integrator SRA International.

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Mojix Expands RFID Line

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Mojix develops hardware used to extend the reach of current RFID systems, and is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures, and InnoCal Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Mojix has expanded the firm's RFID products, the firm said this week. According to Mojix, it has expanded its line of RFID transmitters, adding a new line of products specifically for mobile, handheld, and outdoor use, as well as a multiple port device to supply power to passive RFID tags.

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13 Red Flags To Avoid In Your Investor Funding Pitch

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Others, like Guy Kawasaki , have irreverently called some of these “entrepreneur lies,” but I prefer to think of them as innocent enhancements or omissions that can kill your deal. After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own favorite list of “red flags” that signal the beginning of the end of their interest.

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Apple Uploads U2 Album to Our iPhones and iPads and I Feel Violated!

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This rather awkward display put Songs of Innocence in every iPhone, iPad, iPod or any iTunes account everywhere. If you haven’t noticed yet, Apple decided to shove U2′s album down your throat. And I’m not exaggerating! Ok.maybe a little. But seriously, go check. Depending on how your iCloud is setup, their latest album will most likely be in your Music app, ready to play or in the ether of your iCloud, available to download.

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10 Innovative New Global Ways To Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The newest generation has never lived life unplugged, and their blend of innocence, simplicity, and pure excitement appeals to every customer. The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days. Winning entrepreneurs have long since supplemented conventional print and video “push” marketing with digital online interactive “pull” marketing, and more recently added social-local-mobile ( SoLoMo ) to the mix.

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Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s even better to let the attorney do the negotiating, since many innocent-sounding protective and governance provisions can have long-term negative consequences to you. Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors.

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Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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In the VC’s mind it is innocent enough and starts off with a “have you guys ever considered …?&# Beware of VC Seagulls, who shit on you and then fly away (or worse yet leave you with Red Herrings). This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. I write this post as a warning to pick your VC’s carefully. I like to say to first-time entrepreneurs, picking a VC is more permanent than marriage. If you pick the wrong spouse at least you can get divorced.

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5 Ways To Check Your Investor Intent Before Signing

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s even better to let the attorney do the negotiating, since many innocent-sounding protective and governance provisions can have long-term negative consequences to you. Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors.

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10 Funding Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Skip

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Other writers, like Guy Kawasaki, have irreverently called some of these “entrepreneur lies,” but I prefer to think of them as innocent over-enthusiasm or over-confidence that can kill your deal. In previous articles, I have occasionally mentioned “red flags” which every potential investor unconsciously listens for.

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The Most Important Book I Read This Summer

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The policeman is found innocent and in this act any possibility of innocent for Coates is forever squandered. I love reading non-fiction as a way to challenge myself to understand topics that stretch my understanding of the world around me. I love history and biographies and even novels that are “faction.” This Summer I read “The Third Chimpanze” by Jared Diamond and since he’s my favorite history writer I of course loved it.

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10 ‘Best Of Breed’ Marketing Practices For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

The newest generation has never lived life unplugged, and their blend of innocence, simplicity, and pure excitement appeals to every customer. The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days. Winning entrepreneurs have long since supplemented conventional print and video “push” marketing with digital online interactive “pull” marketing, and more recently added social-local-mobile ( SoLoMo ) to the mix.

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7 Ways Due Diligence Helps Before Final Commitment

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More often, it’s simply an innocent lack of disclosure of current relationship and operational issues which could raise investor qualms about the health of the business, despite a huge opportunity and a great product. Most entrepreneurs work long and hard to get a handshake agreement from an investor, and then tend to relax and wait for the check to clear.

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Software Patents are Becoming a Tax on Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

The bad news is that patent trolls can squeeze the lifeblood out of innocent and unsuspecting entrepreneurs, as exemplified by the current mess around Lodsys patent No. I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

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Top Ten Red Flags To Avoid With Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Other writers, like Guy Kawasaki, have irreverently called some of these “entrepreneur lies,” but I prefer to think of them as innocent over-enthusiasm or over-confidence that can kill your deal. In previous articles, I have occasionally mentioned “red flags” which every potential investor unconsciously listens for.

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Interview with Greg Siegel, VidMe

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A lot of us have been in situations where we've shared various things with people--and usually, innocently, have them forward it around, reposted it, and done a lot of things you wish they hadn't done. It's a lot more contextual, and something as innocent as making a comment that you're not happy with your job at the moment can be an issue.

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DreamHost Gets Win In Anti-Trump Website Fight

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According to Dreamhost, the final order from Chief Judge Morin will "protect the constitutional rights of innocent internet users" and allow Dreamhost to redact all identifying information and protect identities of users who interacted with the website. Los Angeles-based web hosting provider DreamHost has scored a big win in its battle to keep information on visitors to the anti-Trump website disruptj20.org out of the hands of the Department of Justice.

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DefCon 22 | DISOBEY!

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” Of course, the problem of telephone spam is more than a mere annoyance, as fraudsters do succeed in pilfering private information – and money – from innocent people. The word, “Hacker” automatically instills a sense of fear and mistrust in most people. You might imagine some dark, shadowy nefarious character in a black hat, trenchcoat and possibly donning a Guy Fawkes mask.

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How to Remove Maligning Web Content

Startup Professionals Musings

This would include removal of defaming items that have been published maliciously about innocent victims and companies, and just plain errors in data which may harm your company or your personal profile. In the spirit of highlighting new startup opportunities, I think we need some new companies who can track down and remove unwanted content on the web.

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