2018

Framework Benchmarks Round 16

TechEmpower

Now in its fifth year, the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project has another official round of results available. Round 16 is a real treat for anyone who likes big numbers.

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.

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

Both Sides of the Table

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The meeting was only supposed to last 45 minutes but you ran 90. The assistant tried to end the meeting twice but was shoooshed away.

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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

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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.

Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -- Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies. American Marketing Association (AMA). We dive into the crucial process of gathering and analyzing information about markets, industries, and products in their competitive spaces. As a result, market research is a key method for providing data and learnings that fuel marketing strategies. Consumer insights are used to discover areas of opportunity by identifying trends in the market.

Shared housing startups are taking off

TechCrunch LA

W hen young adults leave the parental nest, they often follow a predictable pattern. First, move in with roommates. Then graduate to a single or couple’s pad. After that comes the big purchase of a single-family home. A lawnmower might be next.

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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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.

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

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process.

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.

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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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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Softec Techbrew. BlockChain and Crypto Currency

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 20, 2018 -- Softec Techbrew. BlockChain and Crypto Currency. Marvin Byrd is a 7 year veteran of the cyber security industry who has specialized in crypto algorithm implementations. Marvin has worked with the PCI (Payment Card Industry) alliance looking at the security of credit card devices devices and side channel attacks for breaking crypto keys. Marvin will be discussing how block chain works and why it is the basis for most crypto currencies.

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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.

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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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.

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

TechCrunch LA

This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud.

Three Bitcoin Billionaires Share Their Story of How They Moved Early into the Asset Class

Both Sides of the Table

At the recent Upfront Summit my partner Stuart Lander had the opportunity to show some California Love and interview three of the wealthiest Bitcoin owners, each of whom were some of the earliest owners in the asset class and who haven’t sold any of their holdings.

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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

After Completing This TechStars Exercise, Everyone On Your Team Will Pitch Like A Founder

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. I was invited to lead a Techstars LA workshop, focused on honing their elevator pitches. In my UCSB classes , my students practice their Personal Pitch in front of their peers, who give them constructive feedback.

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.

Casa Verde Capital Raises $45M Investment Fund

socalTECH

West Hollywood-based Casa Verde Capital said this week that it has raised $45M in its debut, investment fund, which will specifically invest in the "ancillary cannabis" industry. The venture capital firm--whose founders include Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg)--said it will specifically invest in agtech, health & wellness, financial services, technology, media, compliance and laboratory technology related to the legal cannabis industry. The company's Managing Partner is Karan Wadhera.

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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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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.