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Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

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My First Book – Pricing Your Practice by Eric Greenspan

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Woke up and there it was, my book cover. She just made it and sent it to me. I looked at it for a bit and started thinking about writing it. Then I did. I published the initial draft this past weekend and it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Jam City Gets Into The Halloween Spirit

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Los Angeles-based mobile game developer Jam City is getting into the Halloween spirit, saying this morning that it has been rolling out themeed content throughout the month of October ahead of the Halloween holiday. According to Jam City, the Halloween gaming content has been rolled out across a wide range of its titles, ranging from Cookie Jam and Panda Pop to Family Guy: Another Freakin Mobile Game, Cookie Jam Blast and Genies and Gems.

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Daz Systems Acquired by Accenture

L.A. Business Journal

Accenture announced Oct. 22 it acquired Daz Systems Inc., an Oracle Cloud service provider based in El Segundo

Lime is building its first scooter ‘lifestyle brand store’ in LA

TechCrunch LA

How can Lime differentiate its scooters and bikes from the piles of Birds and Spins filling Los Angeles sidewalks? Apparently with a physical storefront where it can convince customers of the wonders of on-demand mobility.

OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM

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Monday, October 29, 2018 -- OCTANE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORUM. Join us October 29-30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. See [link] (more

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WiredScore Raises $9 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Commercial real estate ratings platform WiredScore Inc. completed a $9 million Series A round October 22, led by Venice-based venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures

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With $90M Round, Stoke Eyes a “Spinraza For Epilepsy” And a 2019 IPO

Xconomy

Ed Kaye stepped aside from Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT ) last year after leading the company through one of the most noteworthy and controversial drug approvals in recent memory, for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen (Exondys 51).

Connect Week 2018 By Innovate Pasadena

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 -- Innovate Pasadena's Connect Week 2018. Nnine full days of all things innovation! From AI to virtual reality demos to coding for both kids and adults, we have over 100 awesome events to choose from to help muster up your innovation savviness! See [link] (more

XPRIZE Awards $1.75M In Water Abundance XPRIZE

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Los Angeles-based XPRIZE has made a grand prize award in one of its challenges, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE , to a local, Venice Beach based team. According to the XPRIZE Foundation, it awarded $1.5M to the Skysource / Skywater Alliance team , which has developed technology which wrings water out of thing air.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 22: iHeartMedia Plans Podcast Awards

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Boring Co. test tunnel nears completion; Lime decides on physical outpost; iHeartMedia to honor podcasts in 2019

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Baubles & Bling: Swoonery Uses Tech to Connect Shoppers With Jewelry

Xconomy

Jean Poh’s family has been in the jewelry business for four generations. And, for the most part, the industry has operated much the same as it always has, she says. Following a professional detour in which she worked as an attorney and angel investor, Poh made her way back to the jewelry business.

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Masterminds 2018 - Survive and Thrive

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 -- SURVIVE AND THRIVE TODAY 2018. Keynotes by Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass; Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures; Vernice Armour, first African American Fighter Pilot, and others. See [link].

LA Investors, Startups Launch PledgeLA, Effort Around Diversity, Inclusion

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Los Angeles investors and startups, in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Annenberg Foundation, announced a new effort, PledgeLA , to help address the "work opportunity gap" in the industry by increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in their firms and investments. The group said that the new effort includes more than 80 venture capitalists and technology leaders in Los Angeles.

Crowdstrike Eyes IPO, Hires Investment Banker

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CrowdStrike , the cybersecurity software developer which has major operations in Irvine, has hired an IPO banker and is eyeing an IPO before the end of the year, according to a report from Reuters. According to the report, CrowdStrike has hired Goldman Sachs to run its IPO process. No other details of the IPO have yet been announced or released. CrowdStrike is led by veteran cybersecurity executive George Kurtz, and raised a big funding round in January.

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Sir Richard Branson Out At Virgin Hyperloop One

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Sir Richard Branson is out as the Chairman of Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One , the developer of high speed, "hyperloop" transportation technology, the company said on Monday. Reason for the departure was not given, however, according to reports , the move officialy was because Hyperloop One needs a "more actively involved leader".

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Elon Musk: First Boring Company Tunnel Nearly Complete

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The first tunnel being built by Los Angeles-based Boring Company , a prototype tunnel meant to prove out its technology and feasibility of transporting people and traffic beneath city streets, is nearly complete, according to Boring Company and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk said that the Boring Company will unveil the tunnel on December 10th to the public.

Qpex Biopharma Finds $33M For Antibiotics Development

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San Diego-based Qpex Biopharma announced this morning that it has raised $33M in a Series A funding round, to launch its efforts to battle drug-resistant infections. According to Qpex, the funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included Adams Street Partners, LYZZ Capital, Hatteras Venture Partners and Stanford University Draper Fund.

Fisker Finds Funding For Battery Technology

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Los Angeles-based Fisker , the new developer of electric vehicle and solid state battery technology which was crated by Fisker Automotive founder's Henrik Fisker, has received a strategic investment from Caterpillar Venture Capital. Caterpillar Venture Capital is the investment arm of industrial equipment and vehicle maker Catepillar. Size of the strategic investment was not announced. According to Fisker the funding will go towards the development of its solid state battery technology.

Tala Finds New Funding From PayPal

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Santa Monica-based Tala , which provides financial services for underserved consumers using their mobile phones, has scored new funding, from PayPal, the company disclosed this week. Size of the new funding was not announced. Tala is led by CEO Shivani Siroya, and previously raised funding from Revolution Growth, IVP, Data Collective, Lowercase Capital, Ribbit Capital, and Female Founders Fund. READ MORE>>. international underserved fintech finance paypal capital venture tala

CoreLogic Buys Symbility Solutions

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Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic has acquired Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based Symbility Solutions , the two companies said on Monday afternoon. Symbility is a developer of software for the insurance industry. According to the two companies, the deal is worth approximately $121.8M (C$159.5M). CoreLogic will pay C$0.615 per share in cash for each Symbility share it does not currently own. CoreLogic had owned 28% of Symbility's share before the deal was announced.

Lime Planning Retail Store In Santa Monica

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In more proof that Santa Monica is, indeed, the center of the on-demand electric scooter battle, Lime , one of the many competitors in the field looks to be setting up a retail store in Santa Monica. In a job listing , lime says it will be setting up a "lifestyle brand store" in Santa Monica, which will show off its electric bicycles and scooters.

Netflix Looks To Raise $2 Billion For Content Acquisition, Production

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Netflix , the online streaming movie service operator, is planning to boost its content acquisition and production, via a $2.0 billion debt offering, a move which might benefit the Los Angeles content production industry. Netflix has major content production operations in Los Angeles, along with a significant number of employees. According to Netflix, it is proposing a $2.0

Skyworks Solution Power Smart City, Connect Lighiting Product

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Irvine-based Skyworks Solutions , which develops analog semiconductors, reports that its products are being used in a "smart city" product from Philips. According to Skyworks, its wireless engines are being used to facilitate communications in the Philips' CityTough street lighting management product, which allows cities to reduce power consumption and control street lamps, to help reduce power consumption and monitor those lights.

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ID Analytics Rolls Out Two New Products

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San Dieg-based ID Analytics , the developer of fraud scoring and related products which is now owned by Symantec, has rolled out two new products, the company said today. The company said it has launched two new products, ID Score Synthetic and Credit Options Intentional Misuse, identify potential fraud.

Connect Week 2018 By Innovate Pasadena

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Saturday, October 27, 2018 -- Innovate Pasadena's Connect Week 2018. Nnine full days of all things innovation! From AI to virtual reality demos to coding for both kids and adults, we have over 100 awesome events to choose from to help muster up your innovation savviness! See [link] (more

Masterminds 2018 - Survive and Thrive

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, October 27, 2018 -- SURVIVE AND THRIVE TODAY 2018. Keynotes by Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass; Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures; Vernice Armour, first African American Fighter Pilot, and others. See [link].

Connect Week 2018 By Innovate Pasadena

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, October 26, 2018 -- Innovate Pasadena's Connect Week 2018. Nnine full days of all things innovation! From AI to virtual reality demos to coding for both kids and adults, we have over 100 awesome events to choose from to help muster up your innovation savviness! See [link] (more

Masterminds 2018 - Survive and Thrive

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, October 26, 2018 -- SURVIVE AND THRIVE TODAY 2018. Keynotes by Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass; Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures; Vernice Armour, first African American Fighter Pilot, and others. See [link].

Google Launching Its Own Computer Science Courses on Campuses

Xconomy

Early next year, twenty students will have the opportunity to study machine learning for 10 weeks with Google engineers, college professors, and coaches—free of charge.