2018

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

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.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Jim Semick (left) with his Co-Founder, Greg Goodman. I have been watching ProductPlan for several years, as the founders are both friends and pillars of the Santa Barbara Startup Community.

Tech.Co Has Been Acquired by Global Digital Media Business

Tech.Co

Today, I’m excited to announce that Tech.Co has been acquired by MVF , an international publishing and tech company. MVF was founded in the UK by five friends in 2009, and has driven incredibly fast growth over the past 9 years.

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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.

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.

IEEE Buenaventura EMBS Talk

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -- IEEE Buenaventura EMBS Talk. Understanding Signal Transduction Pathways. Cancer cells are notorious for uncontrolled growth and invasiveness. Within the human cell, proteins "talk" to each other and practice checks and balances to ensure that communication is tightly regulated.

Dog-Walking App Wag Lands $300M from SoftBank, New CEO

L.A. Business Journal

On-demand dog-walking app Wag landed a $300 million commitment from the SoftBank Vision Fund and announced former LifeLock executive Hilary Schneider as the company’s new chief executive

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.

8 Reasons Startups Should Not End Their Year on December 31st

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. During a Invoca Board meeting, an interesting idea was raised by Brett Queener, a former Salesforce senior executive.

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

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

L.A. Business Journal

Software developer Amdocs announced on Jan. 31 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Burbank video distribution services company Vubiquity for $224 million in cash

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 5: Fair Raises $50 Million and Acquires Rental Car Delivery Service Skurt

L.A. Business Journal

Fair raises $50 million and acquires rental car delivery service Skurt; Global Eagle submits overdue SEC filings; and Hulu says Super Bowl live-streaming outage was caused by program-extension glitch

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Silicon Beach Report: Meg Whitman Tapped as Chief Executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo

L.A. Business Journal

Meg Whitman tapped as chief executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo; Snap’s VP of product to leave company; and SpaceX conducts Falcon Heavy static fire test

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 29: Google to Move into Spruce Goose Hangar This Fall

L.A. Business Journal

Google to move into Spruce Goose hangar this fall; Elon Musk has sold more than $4 million worth of flamethrowers; and inside Jeffrey Katzenberg’s billion-dollar bet on mobile video

With Pellini on Board, Maris Sets Course at Section 32

Xconomy

It’s not easy to catch up with Bill Maris at Section 32, the venture firm he founded last year near San Diego. It took a while to arrange a call to discuss how Foundation Medicine’s Michael Pellini had joined Section 32 as Maris’s first investing partner, and what they plan to do together.

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.

E-Commerce Firm Black Rifle Coffee Has Expansion in Its Sights

Xconomy

There wasn’t a lot that Evan Hafer could control on his half-dozen deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Green Beret and CIA contractor. But the one thing he could do something about was the terrible coffee. “I I started roasting my own coffee and taking it with me overseas,” he says. “I

In Quest to Drug RNA With Small Molecules, Expansion Pulls In $55M

Xconomy

Drug developers have long thought that targeting RNA with small molecule drugs was too difficult, but new insight into RNA biology is starting to change their minds. In the latest sign of this growing interest, a new startup, Expansion Therapeutics, today announced a $55.3

With Pellini on Board, Maris Sets Course at Section 32

Xconomy

It’s not easy to catch up with Bill Maris at Section 32, the venture firm he founded last year near San Diego. It took a while to arrange a call to discuss how Foundation Medicine’s Michael Pellini had joined Section 32 as Maris’s first investing partner, and what they plan to do together.

Notes From the JPM ’18 Vortex: Gene Therapy’s Reckoning and Lonely Cabs

Xconomy

The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference in San Francisco winds down today, meaning the remaining stragglers are either presenting to half-empty rooms or headed back to colder climes.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 25: Social Media Platform Greenfly Raises $8.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Social media platform Greenfly raises $8.5 million; Songtradr raises $4 million in Series A funding round; and Apple launches patient health records app in Los Angeles

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 Report Jan. 22: PacketFabric Raises $25 Million from NantCaptial

L.A. Business Journal

PacketFabric raises $25 million from NantCaptial, SpaceX Falcon Heavy testing delayed by government shutdown and organic perfumer Skylar Body raises $3 million

As Worlds Collide: Join Xconomy for Big Data Meets Big Biology

Xconomy

What happens when the power of advanced computing and large-scale data technologies are applied in healthcare and the life sciences? Imagine what might happen if two tsunamis came together near the coast.

First U.S. Gene Therapy, Approved for Vision Loss, to Cost $850,000

Xconomy

The first gene therapy approved in the United States will cost $850,000, its developer Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE ) announced today.

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Execs Talk Hurdles As Immunotherapy Combos, CAR-T Launches Progress

Xconomy

With multiple products on the market and many more coming, it’s easy to think that cancer immunotherapy has arrived. In reality, however, we’ve only just begun to figure out how to coax the immune system into killing cancer.