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Syneron Candela Goes Private In $400M Deal With Apax


Irvine-based aesthetic medical device developer Syneron Medical announced late Monday evening that it has become a private company, in a $400M go-private deal with Apax Partners. According to Syneron Medical, funds advised by Apax Partners paid $11.00 per share in cash for the company. The deal had originally announced on April 3rd. As part of the go-private deal, Syneron said that Geoffrey Crouse has been appointed CEO of the company, and also has joined its board.

After Mobile App Success, Rock My World Introduces Fitness Chatbot


Adam Riggs-Zeigen has come a long way since 2013, when he co-founded San Diego’s Rock My World and introduced the mobile app RockMyRun to provide upbeat music playlists to motivate smartphone-equipped runners. “We

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Silicon Beach Report July 20: Elon Musk Claims ‘Verbal Approval’ for Hyperloop Route From NY to DC

L.A. Business Journal

Elon Musk claims ‘verbal approval’ for hyperloop route from NY to DC, Falcon Heavy launch has “good chance” of failure says Elon Musk, and Hulu signs 3,000-episode distribution deal with 20th Century Fox

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Digital Activists: WelkerMedia Is Launching a Free Global Accelerator


Independent media network WelkerMedia is launching the world’s first no-equity and not-for-profit acceleration program with a focus on digital activism, social impact and creative projects. How It Works.

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What Does it Mean to be American? Why Trump is Just a Blip on the Radar

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Starting back in 2015 and throughout much of 2016 people started commenting that my blog had become a lot more political. I guess I didn’t see it quite that way.

Floravere Aims To Fill Gap Left By Bridal Firm's Bankruptcy


Los Angeles-based online wedding dress startup Floravere , which offers up wedding dresses via its online site, it hoping to take advantage of the sudden bankruptcy of a more traditional competitor this week. According to Floravere, it will be offering up free dresses from its last collection to brides who had purchased, but not received their gowns from bankrupct bridal firm Alfred Angelo Bridal. The startup, led by founder Molly Kang, is backed by LA investor MuckerLab.

$200M Invested For a Global Network of Indoor Farms? That’s Plenty


Agtech startup Plenty has reeled in $200 million in financing as the company presses forward on its plans to build a global network of indoor vertical farms. Softbank Vision Fund of Japan led the Series B funding round for South San Francisco, CA-based Plenty. The round included investments from affiliates of Louis Bacon, the founder of Moore Capital Management, as well earlier investors Innovation Endeavors, Bezos Expeditions, DCM, Data Collective, and Finistere Ventures.

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Silicon Beach Report July 18: Rubicon Project Buys nToggle for $38.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Rubicon Project buys nToggle for $38.5 million, artificial intelligence startup Oben raises $5 million and Snap Inc. begins selling Spectacles on Amazon

I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

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Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters from one of my favorite novels “ The Unbearable Lightness of Being ” life seemed very light.

Techstars Names New Los Angeles Accelerator Class


Techstars Los Angeles has just named the ten companies that will be joining the startup accelerator for its 2017 class, saying its theme this year was "going long on LA and southern California". According to Techstars, although just one third of the companies that applied to the Los Angeles program this year were in SoCal, it ultimately selected nine of the ten companies from the region.

Christopher Ahlberg: The Full Xconomy Voices Interview


The second episode of Xconomy’s new podcast, Xconomy Voices , features Recorded Future co-founder and CEO Christopher Ahlberg.

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Silicon Beach Report July 17: Faraday Future Makes High-Profile Hire from BMW Despite Financial Problems

L.A. Business Journal

Faraday Future makes high-profile hire from BMW despite financial problems, Impact Health raises $13 million, and Snap Inc. stock lockup to end soon, possibly putting more pressure on shares

Silicon Valley Meets Hollywood

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Monday, July 24, 2017 -- Silicon Valley Meets Hollywood. Global Ventures Summit Pre-Event Mixer. Connect with the founders of the Global Ventures Summit with special guests from Silicon Valley's venture capital funds and LA's social media influencers. See [link] (more

UC San Diego Engineers' Glove Understands American Sign Language


A new, "smart glove" developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego , understands and translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text, the school said last week. According to UCSD, the glove was built for less than $100, using stretchable, printable electronics.

A.I. Prizes, Coming to Healthcare, Hit $1M Mark in Cancer Contests


This story is part of an Xconomy series on artificial intelligence in healthcare. Some of the other stories cover a genomics hackathon , A.I. and radiology , and the impact on doctors and patients.

Elon Musk Claims ‘Verbal Approval’ for Hyperloop Route From NY to DC

L.A. Business Journal

Elon Musk said on Thursday that his Boring Co. received “verbal approval” to build an underground hyperloop system from Washington, D.C., to New York


State of Digital Money 2017

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, July 22, 2017 -- State of Digital Money 2017. State of Digital Money is the premier industry event gathering leaders, stakeholders, and innovators in fintech, blockchain, and digital currency. Come discuss trends, opportunities, and emerging technologies disrupting the global financial system and worldwide transactions.

Rubicon Project Buys nToggle


Los Angeles-based online advertising exchange operator Rubicon Project has acquired programmatic advertising technology developer nToggle , in a deal worth $38.5M in cash. The deal was completed on July 14th, according to Rubicon Project. Rubcion Project said the technology developed by nToggle will be made available on Rubicon Project's platform in the coming months. nToggle was based in Boston, Mass. READ MORE>>. programmatic advertising line acquisition merger ntoggle project rubicon

Bio Roundup: Obamacare Persists, FDA Approves, Vertex Wows & More


The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major hit this week from Senate GOP holdouts who said the Better Care Reconciliation Act either tore down Medicaid too much or left too much of the ACA in place. A straight-up repeal, floated by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, was also shot down. But as of this writing, McConnell will allow a vote next week to start open debate, much less tightly controlled than the secretive BCRA that went nowhere.

Silicon Beach Report July 19: Pasadena Avatar-Generating Startup Oben Inc. Raises $5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena avatar-generating startup Oben Inc. raises $5 million, NBC adds Snapchat news show, and SpaceX not going to land Dragon capsule on Mars with rocket thrusters

State of Digital Money

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, July 22, 2017 -- State of Digital Money. The State of Digital Money is Los Angeles’ premier professional event and conference focused on the conversation of the evolving trends and emerging technologies disrupting the global financial system and worldwide transactions. In recent years, fintech has seen billions of dollars of growth in investments, capitalizing on disruptive technologies in payment services, wealth management, and funding applications.

Who's In Southern California's Unicorn Club?


The list of technology startups in Southern California who are "unicorns"--valued at more than $1 billion--surprisingly, might not be who you think, and in the sectors you might expect. A look at the companies who are private, backed by venture capital, and are valued at more than $1 billion across Southern California -- from San Diego to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara -- is an interesting contrast in the wide range of types of technology companies across the region.

Startup WiseWear Connects With Ingenu on Wearable Security Device


San Antonio —WiseWear, a San Antonio-based wearable technology maker, has created a new product that uses a low-power wireless network to help users stay connected to an emergency alert services around the globe.

Pasadena Avatar-Generating Startup Oben Inc. Raises $5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Artificial intelligence startup Oben Inc. said it has raised a $5 million round led by Chinese investment firm Tencent Holdings

Ventura BioCenter Lunch and Learn

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Friday, July 21, 2017 -- Ventura BioCenter Lunch and Learn. ALine Inc. Enabling the Microfluidic Revolution. See [link].

Snap Inc.'s Spectacles Now On Amazon


Have you been pining for your own Spectacles from Snap Inc. since they launched in November only selling them from disappearing vending machines? Never got a chance to run to Snap's bricks and mortar store in Venice? Never bothered to order one directly from Snap? Well, you can now buy those same Snapchat Spectacles from , for $129.99. READ MORE>>. snap snapchat spectacles amazon ecommerce ordering glasses sunglasses

Veni, Vidi, Vinti: What Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Sees in San Diego


The Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf came to San Diego recently on an unusual quest—to meet with dozens of local technology leaders and assess what the region has to offer in terms of innovation. The visit was unusual in part because of Cerf himself.

Everything changes from concept to release.


Close. You can take this headline as a rule, not an exception. You’ll recognize the truism, “No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy” first stated by German Field Marshall von Moltke way back in the 19 th century. Our variant of the “battle plan” truism is important to internalize.