October, 2017

Which Of These 7 Fears Are Keeping You From Being An Entrepreneur?


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Andelman and Mullin, VC Vets, Announce New Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Two veteran L.A. venture capitalists have formed Bonfire Ventures, a Brentwood VC firm focused on software for businesses

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Vinod Khosla on A.I., Health, and the Future of Working (or Not)


Entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist Vinod Khosla made big headlines almost six years ago when he wrote a blog post called “Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms?”

Girl Scouts Learn to Pitch Like a Girl at Startup Weekend


When I was younger, I experienced the Girl Scouts program like many girls have. I made it to the “Juniors” level before retiring my cookie-selling skills. I learned a lot through the program and had a few fun summers at camp.

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Larta Lands Energy Department Contract to Aid Small Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

Larta Institute, an accelerator for small businesses in the health care, agriculture and energy sectors, announced this week that its Larta Inc. subsidiary had been granted an exclusive Department of Energy contract to aid small businesses across the country


JLABS Takes Stock of its Experiment in Life Sciences Innovation


What began as a kind of business experiment in innovation has acquired a life of its own.

Burbank Tech Talks: Founder Stories: David Knight, Angel City Data

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Founder Stories: David Knight, Angel City Data. Burbank Tech Talks and TechFire. The City of Burbank, in partnership with TechFire is featuring a Burbank tech success story, Angel City Data's Founder and President, David Knight. Angel City Data has deployed over 2,000 custom desktop, web and mobile software solutions for clients such as Apple, Disney, Warner Bros., Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, USC, the BBC, and NASA.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Links With Insurer Munich Re


Playa Vista-based hyperloop developer Hyperloop Transportation Technologies --the company led by Dirk Ahlborn and Bibop Gresta--says it has linked up with insurance company Munich Re on a risk analysis and feasibility effort. According to HTT, Munich re created a "Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Risk Report" which assesses the feasibility and insurability of HTT's technology and system.

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.

Even a taste of ownership motivates employees.


Close. How about employees all the way down the line and through the corporation? How do we align them to the goals and strategies of the enterprise? Obviously for the appropriate individuals, a bonus program aligned to the department’s goals is appropriate.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: LAEDC Includes 9 Sites in L.A. Region Bid for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

L.A. Business Journal

LAEDC includes 9 sites in L.A. region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, crypto venture firm Blockchain Capital raising $150 million for two funds, and Snap partners with Discovery, Eurosport for Olympics coverage

Blockchain, Banks & the New Web: Q&A With Ethereum Co-founder Lubin


Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin is calm and soft-spoken when he shares his vision of how blockchain technology and digital currencies could transform the Internet, the global economy, and many aspects of our daily lives. But what he’s talking about could become a raging tempest, and it’s worth paying attention to—especially given the vast sums of money pouring into the sector. Companies have raised more than $1.25

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Information Security Spooktactular

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Information Security Spooktactular. WITI Los Angeles. Are you spooked every-time you hear of a Security Breach? Do the recent Hacks of Equifax and Target make you tremble in fear! Today more than ever, having a basic understandand#8203;ing of Information Security, its issues and threats is essential. Join us at this Halloween themed event and let a Panel of Industry experts to help us scare away your terrors! See [link] (more

Snapchat Sets Up Secret Research Lab In Utah


Venice, California-based Snap, Inc. , the parent firm of Snapchat , has reportedly set up a new, secret location in Lehi, Utah, according to a report this week. The report says that the new lab is being headed up by former Scan.me co-founder Kirk Ouimet, who founded Scan.me out of Brigham Young University, and sold that to Snap for the basis of its Scancodes product. Lehi is a major center of technology talent in Utah's Silicon Slopes, and is home to scores of other technology companies.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 13: Fandango to Acquire MovieTickets.com

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Fandango to acquire MovieTickets.com, Wavemaker partners raises $66 million for second Southeast Asia fund, and ESPN picks up Barstool Sports talk show based on podcast ‘Pardon My Take

Black Fellowship Students Headed From HBCUs to VC Boardrooms


In mid-October, eleven college students will be flying to California for an opportunity that would be the envy of any Ivy League MBA candidate—they’ll meet the venture capital firm partners who will personally mentor them throughout the school year.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 9: GM’s Self-Driving Unit Acquires Pasadena Tech Company

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GM’s self-driving unit acquires Pasadena tech company, SpaceX launches third set of Iridium Next satellites and Hulu dives into eSports with pact for four shows from ESL

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 6: Tetra Tech Inc. Wins $356M Contract to Modernize FAA

L.A. Business Journal

Tetra Tech Inc. wins $356 million contract to modernize FAA; Andelman and Mullin, VC vets, announce new venture; and Jessica Alba's Honest Co. slashes its valuation below $1 billion

With Pitches for HQ2 Made, Cities Wait on Amazon’s 2018 Decision


From Portland to Pittsburgh, it’s likely that every city in the U.S. with more than 1 million people has made its case to Amazon to locate the company’s second headquarters there. At least, hopefully they have already, because today—if you haven’t heard—was the deadline to apply.


Silicon Beach Report Oct. 4: Snap Inc. Sold 150,000 Spectacles

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. sold 150,000 Spectacles, Los Angeles pet device firm draws $3.7 million investment and senators concerned about space debris and proposed SpaceX satellites colliding

Under New Ownership, San Diego’s Ad-Juster Names Dennis Clerke CEO


Ad-Juster, a San Diego adtech startup acquired earlier this year by the investment arm of China’s Innotech International Group, Wednesday named local software entrepreneur Dennis Clerke as CEO. He succeeds Ad-Juster founder and president Mike Lewis, who has left the company. Clerke (a San Diego Xconomist) was previously the CEO of Sunnyvale, CA-based NetSeer, an adtech acquired in February by Inuvo (NYSE: INUV , an advertising technology and digital publishing company based in Little Rock, AR.

VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report. Venture firms invested $21.5

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 11: SpaceX to Launch Another Used Rocket

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX to launch another used rocket; SpringRole, professional reputation management network, rolls out of Science Inc. incubator; and Hulu adds channel guide to live TV web user interface

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 10: Daqri Founder and CEO Brian Mullins Steps Down

L.A. Business Journal

Daqri founder and CEO Brian Mullins steps down, Aerojet Rocketdyne to demo combined-cycle hypersonic engine and Snapchat is building a secluded R&D lab in Lehi, Utah

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 5: Mattel Cancels Artificially Intelligent Baby Monitor Over Privacy Concerns

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Mattel cancels artificially intelligent baby monitor over privacy concerns, career guide Fuel50 raises $2.5 million and SpaceX president slams space regulations

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 2: Ring, Pondering IPO, Launches Security System to Compete With ADT

L.A. Business Journal

Ring, pondering IPO, launches security system to compete with ADT, Ticketmaster sues brokers for using bots to gain advantage, and EMarketer cuts Snapchat's projected revenue for 2017 by $128 million

ServiceNow Buys San Diego Specialist in Customer Experience, Design


ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW ), the Santa Clara, CA-based giant that provides cloud-based IT services, is boosting its emphasis on human-centered design with its acquisition of Telepathy , a San Diego specialist in customer experience and design. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ServiceNow chose us because of the design culture and process we have created over the last 17 years,” Telepathy co-founder and CEO Chuck Longanecker wrote Monday in a blog post announcing the deal.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 19: SpaceX Targeting November for Mysterious 'Zuma' Launch

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX targeting November for mysterious 'Zuma' launch, Elon Musk readies second tunnel boring machine and New York Yankees invest in Vision Esports