Tuesday, October 13, 2015
SAM Preccelerator:Technical Debt - The Silent Startup Killer 10/15
SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Technical Debt - The Silent Startup Killer.

Taking out a loan or using your credit card offers short-term advantages in return for long-term costs -- debt and interest. Short term decision-making with software has equivalent consequences: 'get it done by Friday' often leads to bad code that will accrue interest by making all future tasks take longer. Programming teams are always under pressure to deliver quickly, so the effect is universal. The resulting 'technical debt' is just as deadly to your bottom line as financial debt, but isn't visible on any balance sheet and so is hard to manage well. Ignored or misunderstood by leadership, tech debt often progressively worsens until the software becomes unmanageable and the company fails. Learn how technical debt happens, the risks it poses to your company, and how to control and manage it. This talk is aimed more at a management audience than a technical audience.

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UCLA Spinout Looks To Commercialize Supercapacitor Advance
A new, Los Angeles-based startup, spun out of UCLA, is in the midst of looking to commercialize a technique developed by researchers at the school to create easily printable supercapacitors--circuits which, in the future, could further shrink the size of mobile electronics. In a detailed report in the IEEE Spectrum, the details on the Micro Super-Capacitor, a laser-etched, graphene device which promises to massively shrink the size of capacitors used on circuit boards to a fraction of their curr (More info...)

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Wag! Expands Dog Walking On Demand Into Seattle
Los Angeles-based on-demand, dog walking service provider Wag! announced Tuesday that it has expanded into its fourth city nationwide, and is now offering up its services in Seattle. The on-demand startup, which offers real-time GPS tracking of your dogs on a walk, plus videos and photos of that same dog during their walks, said that it is now offering up its services in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Wag charges $20 for a 30 minute walk through its service.

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Divshot Acquired By Google
Los Angeles-based Divshot, which had offered up hosting of static web pages for web developers, has been acquired by Google, and will join Gogole's Firebase software development team. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Divshot says it will shut down all of its products and services as of Monday, December 14th, 2015. Divshot was venture backed by 500 Startups, Cooley LLP, Daher Capital, Drummond Road Capital, Floodlight Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, and TenOneTen Ventures. The co (More info...)

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InvestCloud Gets $45M For Software For Investment Advisors
Los Angeles-based InvestCloud, a developer of cloud-based software to help investment advisors manage their customer experience and customer service, has raised $45M in a funding round, the company said Tuesday. The funding was led by FTV Capital. Richard Garman of FTV Capital joins the company's board of directors with the investment. InvestCloud said it is focusing on the front- and middle-office operations for global investment advisors, including family offices, pension funds and endowments, (More info...)

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FabFitFun Finds $3.5M
Los Angeles-based FabFitFun, a subscription-based, lifestyle brand focused on women, has raised $3.5M in a first round of funding, the company said this morning. The funding came from New Enterprise Associates and Upfront Ventures, who led the round, along with Rachel Zoe Ventures, 500 Startups, Simon Ventures, Draft Ventures, Josh Kushner, Will Gaybrick, Joe Green, Eytan Elbaz, and Bill Woodward. The bootstrapped company says it has a $15 million annual revenue run rate. FabFitFun was founded b (More info...)

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Snapchat Retreats From Original Content
Venice-based Snapchat has shut down its original content efforts, and laid off around 15 people who were working on the Snap Channel, according to Deadline. Snapchat had launched its original content efforts in January, to develop its own original content and music for the service.

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NewEgg In Major Mobile Site Refresh, Adds iOS, Android Apps
City of Industry-based technology retailer NewEgg announced this morning that it has refreshed its mobile site, with a major redesign and new apps for both Android and iOS. According to NewEgg, which sells a wide range of electronics products, the mobile refresh is the "most comprehensive" in its history. The major changes include navigation and search functions, comparison shopping features, and streamlined checkout.

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RealtyMogul.com Reaches $150M In Real Estate Transactions
Los Angeles-based online real estate investing marketplace RealtyMogul.com says this morning that it has just passed $150M in real estate investments through its platform, from investments in more than 265 properties. The company, led by Jilliene Helman, helps connect accredited and institutional investors with real estate investment loans, and is venture backed by Sorenson Capital and Canaan Partners. The company focuses on commercial real estate, and says it provides fix-and-flip loans, bridge (More info...)

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Resonant Expands Advisory Board
Santa Barbara-based radio frequency filter technology developer Resonant Inc. said late Monday that it has added a sales and marketing veteran to its advisory board. Resonant said it has named Barry Waxman, currently VP of Sales and Marketing and Newlans, to its advisory board, to help the company with marketing and commercialization of its designs. Waxmaso has served at estern Digital, Adaptec, Mylex, PixelMagic, Microtouch Systems, and elsewhere, and also foundee businness develompent firm Tec (More info...)

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Microsemi Rolls Out Secure Cryptography Cores
Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said this morning that it has rolled out a portfolio of IP cores, in partnership with security and cryptography provider The Athena Group. According to the two, they have added a portfolio of IP cores which feature side channel analysis (SCA) and differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures, which are used to ensure the security of cryptographic hardware. The new, cryptographic microprocessors, based on Athena's designs, use Microsemi's Sm (More info...)

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Introducing KeyCloud
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