2018

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

TechCrunch LA

Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that’s already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth. Read More.

Framework Benchmarks Round 15

TechEmpower

What better day than Valentine's Day to renew one's vow to create high-performance web applications? Respecting the time of your users is a sure way to earn their love and loyalty. And the perfect start is selecting high-performance platforms and frameworks.

L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters

The Life This Wearable Saves Might Be Yours

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Have you ever had a couple of drinks, started to feel a mild buzz and wondered if you’re over the legal limit? If you’ve had drinks in a public setting, the answer is likely “Heck yes.”.

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Luna DNA Uses Blockchain to Share Genomic Data as a “Public Benefit”

Xconomy

A San Diego startup says it has adapted the blockchain technology that underpins digital currencies like Bitcoin for use as a distributed database for genomic information.

Silicon Beach Networking Mixer at The Room In Santa Monica (Limited Free Drinks)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -- Silicon Beach Networking Mixer at The Room In Santa Monica (Limited Free Drinks). Wednesday, February 21st Starting at 6pm! Meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Silicon Beach community. Make sure to bring your business cards and be ready to make awesome connections with people across all industries. We always have a great mix of people from Influencers to Startup CEO's and more.

Bird is raising $100 million to become the Uber of electric scooters

TechCrunch LA

“It feels like investing in Uber when it first launched.” ” That’s what one investor said of the hot new Santa Monica, Calif.-based

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Bird is raising $100 million to become the Uber of electric scooters

TechCrunch LA

“It feels like investing in Uber when it first launched.” ” That’s what one investor said of the hot new Santa Monica, Calif.-based

SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

TechCrunch LA

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. The company intends to build a manufacturing facility on an 18-acre site at Berth 240 and use waterways to transport the massive rocket.

Framework Benchmarks Hardware Update

TechEmpower

We have retired the hardware environment provided by Server Central for our Web Framework Benchmarks project. We want to sincerely thank Server Central for having provided servers from their lab environment to our project. Their contribution allowed us to continue testing on physical hardware with 10-gigabit Ethernet. Ten-gigabit Ethernet gives the highest-performing frameworks opportunity to shine.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 2: Science Closes $75 Million Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Science closes $75 million fund; Elon Musk’s Boring Co. sells all its flamethrowers; and Snapchat is selling hats and sweatshirts inside its app

Parenting An Entrepreneur – This Folktale Will Teach Your Children To Create Something From Nothing

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Marcia Brown’s 1947 retelling of the classic French folktale Stone Soup is a de facto playbook for how to start a venture. In Ms. Brown’s version of this oft-told tale, three soldiers enter a small town during a time of war.

Massage-on-demand company, Soothe, raises $31 million

TechCrunch LA

The massage-on-demand service Soothe seems to be rubbing investors the right way with the close of a new $31 million round of funding. The Series C round from late stage and growth capital investment firm, The Riverside Company , caps a busy first quarter for the massage service.

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How to Out Amazon, Amazon

Both Sides of the Table

There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers.

How to Set Goals to Grow Your Business in the New Year

socalTECH

Welcome to January 2018. Now’s the time to commit to organizing your work life and growing your business. Whether you are trying to sell a new product, increase sales or build your team , creating a solid foundation will make all the difference as you move forward. So…don’t wait!

The Booming Business of a Bomb Cyclone

Xconomy

Manufacturers of snow blowers and salt spreaders are seeing a major uptick this week. Uncensored

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Silicon Beach Crypto Happy Hour w/ Presentations at The Room in Santa Monica (Complimentary Drinks)

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, May 24, 2018 -- Silicon Beach Crypto Happy Hour w/ Presentations at The Room in Santa Monica (Complimentary Drinks). Thursday, May 24th Starting at 6pm! Complimentary Drinks, Presentations, and Networking! Meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Silicon Beach Crypto and Blockchain community. Make sure to bring your business cards and be ready to make awesome connections with amazing people in blockchain technology.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

TechCrunch LA

Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

TechCrunch LA

What began as a movement among couture culturati with the success of Rent the Runway has moved into everything from cars (Porsche's got a subscription service ) to construction equipment and furniture.

The dinner that destroyed Gawker

TechCrunch LA

This is an excerpt from Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, available now. Peter Thiel’s vague idea to do something about Gawker, the site that had outed him as gay in 2007, was concretized into conspiracy on April 6, 2011.

Sports stars, franchises and Hollywood agencies are betting $38 million on an esports revolution

TechCrunch LA

What started with an esports team is now quickly becoming an esports empire, backed by some of the biggest names in sports and money managers for entertainment family dynasties and Hollywood power brokers.

UpKeep Lands $10 Million in Series A

L.A. Business Journal

UpKeep, a Los Angeles-based facilities maintenance company, announced $10 million in Series A funding, led by Emergence Capital. As part of the deal, Kevin Spain, a partner at Emergence, will join UpKeep’s board

Who’s In Your Club For Your Mutual Improvement?

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. One of my former students, Sieva Kozinsky, Co-Founder & CEO of StudySoup recently shared his startup insights with my UC Santa Barbara students. He offered my students a litany of compelling suggestions.

Verizon names Los Angeles as the second of four cities to receive 5G rollout before 2019

TechCrunch LA

My boss’ boss’ boss was on CNBC this morning touting Verizon ‘s new 5G services and naming Los Angeles as the second city in America to be treated to a commercial rollout of the new networking technology.

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do but also we believe it will help drive large and differentiated returns.

TS2 Holdings Acquires Three Companies, Including Neohire South, Hero.jobs

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based TS2 Holdings , a strategic business development firm focused on the technology industry, said on Friday morning that it has acquired three companies, including Neohire South , RockIT Recruiting , and Hero.jobs. Neohire South is a recruiting company with offices in Santa Monica and Tarzana, RockIT Recruiting is a tech recruiting company based in San Francisco, and Hero.jobs is a recuiting software company based in Santa Monica.

Your Smart City Is Stupid

Xconomy

Cities have been called a repository of possibilities. What they haven’t been called, at least until recently, is smart.

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SoCal Tech Calendar - Untitled Article

SoCal Tech Calendar

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