April, 2017

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Silicon Beach Report April 20: L.A. Seed Funding Falls Sharply in First Quarter

L.A. Business Journal

seed funding falls sharply in first quarter, Brian Lee and Ron Burkle-backed medical apparel Startup Jaanuu raises $5 million from retail execs, and Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s dramatic biopic releases Friday on Netflix

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

Both Sides of the Table

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity achieve extraordinary results. As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. We are over-intro’d and at the same time under-resourced in terms of staff to handle the barrage of in-bound requests.

Western Digital Leads $33M Investment In Tegile Systems


Irvine-based Western Digital is the lead investor in a $33M funding round for flash storage array developer Tegile Systems this morning. Tegile says its big funding round was led by Western Digital Corp., and also included current investors Meritech Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, and Cross Creek Capital, bringing its total raised to $178M.

This Student Talked His Way Into Google Through Courageous Networking


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Andrew Fuller (left) and Jonas Bolduan I encourage my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurial students to err […]. The post This Student Talked His Way Into Google Through Courageous Networking appeared first on John Greathouse

Want to Communicate Your Science? First, Step Back


Think for a moment about the words and phrases that life science researchers and executives use on a daily basis. I’m talking about the seemingly simple phrases like “investigational drug,” “novel target,” “immunotherapy,” “clinical trial,” “in vitro,” and “therapeutic window.”

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How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement


Diamond Bar-based LifeRay (www.liferay.com) is a company that not too many people have heard of, but which is used to run the websites for such well known organizations like Toyota, T-Mobile, Coach, Fujitsu, Allianz, and Sesame Street. And, even more impressively, it's now seeing more than $100M in annual revenues--without ever having taken any institutional or venture capital.

Radix Collective Independent PR Summit

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- Radix Collective Independent PR Summit. The Radix Collective Independent PR Summit is a one-day business conference created by independents for independents who want to grow their business and network with peers. Whether you call yourself freelance PR, a consultant, or have a solo-agency, the PR Summit features business topics at the core of importance to any Independent PR Pro.

The Xconomy Roadmap: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch (and Disrupt)


View the Slideshow It is a time of great transitions in the technology and business world. Key advances in areas like machine intelligence, agriculture, and healthcare seem poised to transform society—and everyday life.

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LA Advertising Professionals Mix Mingle Network [ LOS ANGELES ]


“With technology, the advertising industry is going under massive disruptions right now. Mix, mingle, and network with other advertising professionals. Find partners with advertisers, ad agencies, publishers, and ad tech companies. Free parking 3 hr validation w/ $10 purchase from the bar with the parking structure on 646 S. Olive St ”

Silicon Beach Report April 19: Analyst Says Facebook Monopoly Crushing Competitors Such as Snapchat

L.A. Business Journal

Analyst says Facebook monopoly crushing competitors such as Snapchat, Hyperloop One delays testing of pod, and Jam City launches bubble shooter game based on ‘Peanuts

How MakeSpace Recently Closed $30 million in New Funding

Both Sides of the Table

Just over a year ago I wrote about how MakeSpace had raised $17.5 million in capital to build out its operations in 4 cities: New York City , Los Angeles , Chicago and Washington D.C.

Here's One Tech Company With No Gender Issue: LA's Evite


With all the hand wringing in the tech industry over gender balance and equity, here's one company that apparently has no issue: LA-based Evite , the online invitations service. According to Evite, women currently make up 59 percent of its total employees, and 52 percent of its senior leadership roles, which includes its technical positions.

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Growth Capital Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00 AM sharp! See [link] (more

Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment


San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease.

Could you be the next Ford, Jobs or Musk?


Well, it’s a fair question. Note that none of these three famous innovators were inventors like Thomas Edison, but visionaries who find a new marketplace or niche – or how to reach the mass market in new ways.

RadPad Ordered to Pay $60.5 Million Judgment to Craigslist

L.A. Business Journal

A final $60.5 million judgement was issued against RadPad Inc. after the upstart was found liable for unlawfully scraping apartment listings and spamming users of rival Craigslist Inc


Decoding The Secret To Success In Subscription Businesses: Georg Richter, OceanX


What's the secret to creating a profitable, successful, physical subscription based business--and to do that at the scale of large, consumer product goods (CPGs) companies? Georg Richter , CEO and founder of OceanX (www.oceanx.com), tells us how he's applying what he learned in many years of experience in direct selling, most recently as President and COO at Guthy Renker, to help large CPGs decode how to succeed in creating their own, physical subscription businesses.

Music Audience Exchange Looks To Grow Engineering In LA After Funding


Music Audience Exchange , a startup which develops a marketing platform aimed at the music industry, says it is planning on expanding its engineering team in Los Angeles, after a $6M funding round last month. The company announced $6M in funding from MATH Venture Partners and KDWC Ventures, along with G-Bar Ventures and Gregg Latterman, Founder and CEO of Aware Records in March.

Second Sight Retinal Prothesis Implanted In First Patient In Asia


Sylmar-based medical device maker Second Sight Medical Products , which develops implantable retinal prothesis designed to help provide some useful vision in blind patients, says it has implanted its first system in Asia. Second Sight Medical said the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was implanted in a patient at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), in Linkou, Taiwan. READ MORE>>. second sight medical retinal prothesis lifescience blind surgery

Caltech, UCLA, UCSD Rank Highly On Tech Transfer Ranking


The California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of San Diego (UCSD) have all ranked very highly on a new ranking of universities for their technology transfer efforts, issued by The Milken Insitute , the Santa Monica-based thinktank.

GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site


Santa Monica-based GumGum , the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Visionary. GumGum said it will publish original and curated content, a newsletter, awards and more focused on artificial intelligence and computer vision.

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Vizio, LeEco Call Off $2 Billion Acquisition Deal


Irvine-based Vizio and Chinese electronics giant LeEco have called off the $2 billion acquisition of Vizio by LeEco, citing "regulatory headwinds". Hints that the deal were going south have been apparent for months, as LeEco has faced a cash crunch , issues getting cash for the deal from overseas , and more. The two had reached an agreement in July of 2016 for LeEco to buy Vizio, a move which would have made Vizio founder William Wang a billionaire.

AACR Review: Biden Fired Up, Incyte Doubles Up, BMS Up And Down


The American Association for Cancer Research held its annual meeting this week in Washington, DC, a convenient venue for former Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a broadside against the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts in science funding. For Biden, it’s personal.

The Human Impact of Machine Learning in Medical Diagnostics & More


In January, UC San Diego announced that a group of scientists had succeeded in training a computer to tell the difference between a person with a “healthy” intestine from someone with inflammatory bowel disease by analyzing the genetic makeup of the microbes in their gut. Less than two weeks later, scientists at Stanford University said they also had created an artificial intelligence algorithm that could diagnose skin cancer as accurately as a panel of 21 board-certified dermatologists.

Silicon Beach Report April 13: Instagram Stories Users Rise to 200 Million Per Day

L.A. Business Journal

Instagram Stories users rise to 200 million per day, Aerojet moves rocket engine work to Alabama, and Hulu Live TV service to cost $39.99 per month with ads

Bio Roundup: CRISPR Appeal, Bristol Deals, Stock Pumping & More


It may have been a short holiday week, but there was plenty of news on the CRISPR front. In the ongoing battle for rights to the landmark gene editing technology, the faction led by the University of California appealed the U.S. decision in favor of the Broad Institute. Elsewhere, Bristol-Myers Squibb flipped assets, a top dealmaker made an unexpected tack into the perilous waters of Alzheimer’s drug development, and the SEC cracked down on stock pumping schemes. Let’s round it all up.

Silicon Beach Report April 6: Hyperloop One Asks Public to Suggest U.S. Routes, Selects 11 Regions for Further Study

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop One asks public to suggest U.S. routes and selects 11 regions for further study, on-demand doctor app Heal adds Obama’s Secretary of Navy to board, and Virgin Galactic planning for test space launch before end of year

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L.A. Seed Funding Falls Sharply in First Quarter

L.A. Business Journal

While venture capital investment in L.A. startups rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, seed-stage investments went in the other direction

Hulu Opens Up Customer Service Site In Texas


Los Angeles-based streaming television- and video-provider Hulu has selected San Antonio, Texas, as the site for a new customer service center, the company said on Thursday. Hulu said it will hire 300 people by the end of 2017, and another 200 in 2018, as part of the new "viewer experience headquarters" in Texas.

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Broadcom, Qualcomm Among Happiest Tech Companies, Says Report


A new report, created by Irvine-based online career community CareerBliss , says that two of Southern California's biggest tech employers-- Broadcom and Qualcomm , are among the top happiest tech companies in the USA. Broadcom was number 3 on the company's list, and Qualcomm was number 9, based on ratings of leadership, culture, compensations and overall work environment. The top rated company on the list was Adobe Systems International.

NVCA: Venture Investments Drop In Q1


Venture capital investments in the U.S. have dropped to the lowest rate of activity since Q4 of 2011, as venture capital investors continue to be shy about investing in startups, according to the latest PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. According to the report, there was $16.5 billion deployed to 1,797 companies nationaly in the first quarter of the year. The NVCA said that is the fewest companies to receive investment since Q4 of 2011.

TakeLessons CEO Discusses Chromatik Buyout, Why it’s a Good Fit


San Diego-based TakeLessons set out nine years ago to create a Web-based platform that helped match music students with qualified instructors. Since then, TakeLessons has raised a total of $20 million in venture capital, and expanded into new markets and services.

Bio Roundup: Spinraza Woes, Science March, Baseline Launch & More


Rumblings of a new Obamacare replacement surfaced this week, while scientists and their supporters prepared for Saturday’s—a.k.a. Earth Day’s—nationwide Marches for Science.

“Our Son’s Fate”: Parents Fighting for Kids’ Spine Drug Eye New Data


Melissa Marotta pulled no punches to get her three-year-old son C.J., who has the genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy, access to nusinersen (Spinraza), the first approved drug for his condition. For months, she couldn’t schedule a treatment date at Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and for much of that time, she didn’t know why. She wrote every day to the hospital board until a breakthrough came.