Monday, January 4, 2016
Activision Gobbles Up Major League Gaming
Santa Monica-based Activision has reportedly acquired e-sports organization Major League Gaming, in a deal worth $46M. According to leaked documents sent to shareholders of Major League Gaming, the deal is split between $31M in cash immediately, plus $15M held in escrow. Major League Gaming was an operator of e-sporting events, running tournaments for such titles as Call of Duty, StarCraft 2, and other popular videogames.

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

Factual's Elbaz Backs Quartzy
Gil Elbaz, the founder of Los Angeles-based data startup Factual, is one of the backers of a developer of lab management software for the research, biotech, and pharma industry today. Palo Alto-based Quartzy said this morning that it raised $17M in a Series B funding, which Elbaz and other angels including Jeremy Stoppelman, Justin Caldbeck, and Tikhon Bernstram, in a round which was led by Emergence Capital and included Khosla Ventures and YC Continuity Fund.

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 (More)(Full story)

Incipio Snags Private Equity Investment
Irvine-based mobile accessory maker Incipio has scored an investment from private equity investor Goode Partners, the company announced this morning, via a minority investment. Incipio did not disclose the size of the investment. Incipio said it will use the new funding to further carry out its business, including identifying and executing future acquisitions of companies. Incipio, which is led by Andy Fathollahi, has recently been in acquisition mode, having purchased Incase and ClamCase in 20 (More info...)

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 (More)(Full story)

What I Learned In 2015: Hamet Watt, Upfront Ventures
Over the last week or so, we've featured the reflections of our readers on 2015 and what it has meant for Southern California's technology industry. Our last contribution comes from Hamet Watt, a venture capitalist at Upfront Ventures (

What was the biggest news for you or your firm this year?

Hamet Watt: Upfront Ventures raised a brand-new $300 million fund, Upfront V.

What was the biggest lesson you learned over the last year?

Hamet Watt: "Keep your elbow in" focus (More info...)

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

Toyota Plans Artificial Intelligence Push
Auto maker Toyota, which is headquartered in Torrance, says this morning that it is announcing how it plans to leverage artificial intelligence research in its next generation vehicles. Toyota, which has not yet revealed the details of the announcement, said the effort comes out of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a research and development enterprise focused on artificial intelligence for automobiles, robotics, and scientific discovery. Toyota said in November that it will invest $1 billion (More info...)

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

PSI Services Acquires Applied Measurement Professionals
Burbank-based PSI Services, a provider of professional testing services, said this morning that it has acquired Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), a subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Financial details of the all-stock deal were not announced. PSI Services provides talent assessment testing for job seekers, license testing for government regulatory agencies, certification and credentialing services, and other related services.

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

Lyft Driver Killed In Hawthorne
A driver for ridesahring service Lyft was killed over the New Year's holiday, after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver. According to the Hawthorne Police Department, 21-year old Thor Anderson, a driver for Lyft, was killed after his black Ford Fusion was broadsided by a 21 year old male driving a red Infiniti coup. Anderson was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash by Los Angeles County Fire units. Arturo Martinez Conchas of Hawthorne was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, driving unde (More info...)

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

RFaxis Expands Product Line
Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer RFaxis is expanding its product lineup this morning, saying it has added a number of RF front ends for the Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market. According to RFaxis, the new products, its RFX2403, RFX2413, and RFX1030 RFeICs, support the sub-GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands, and are used for such areas as ZigBee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and other protocols. The company says the new product will sample in Q1.

posted on Monday, January 4, 2016(Full story)

We help founders ship better products faster - helps startups and engineering teams design, develop, and
deliver products at high speed and quality. We help you ship product
faster and achieve customer success starting with your MVP. Talk to us
about realizing your product potential and getting to market faster:

Project X – New Design Focused Accelerator in Los Angeles
Launch your next MVP. Be Victorious. Conquer the perils of poorly branded
products, semi-good stories, and underwhelming UX/UI front-end design and

Project X is a business unit of the Los Angeles based digital agency La
Visual. UX/UI strategy, rapid-prototyping and design, world-class
branding, product strategy & design, testing, rollout strategies,
mentorship, and access to exclusive funding.

Don't be shy. Hit us up and we will talk about your next startup.
Drop us a line // See how we can help you:
Check it out here //

Introducing KeyCloud
There’s no reason for business operations to suffer due to legacy technology. Throw it all to the cloud and transform your IT infrastructure to cloud-based, enterprise level software with KeyCloud.

KeyCloud offers local enterprise cloud with best-of-breed infrastructure. KeyCloud delivers compute, storage, and network through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). KeyCloud offers highly secure virtual and dedicated machines in an environment that enables you to run your apps on our carrier grade datacenter for 99.999 percent uptime. Engineered on a pool of highly redundant servers and storage, KeyCloud is available in custom configurations to rapidly respond to your IT needs. These Cloud services will quickly and dynamically scale as your business needs grow without ever having to worry about hardware infrastructure again.

To learn more about KeyCloud, visit or call (818) 737-2186.

Binary Pulse Technology Marketing
We produce and manage content-centric campaigns that enable our clients to connect with their prospects.

For nearly twenty years, California's industry-leading tech firms have turned to Binary Pulse for their demand-generating strategies and programs.

Our services include:
-- Demand Generation Planning and Execution
-- Content Strategies & Editorial Calendar Management
-- Marketing Automation Systems and Administration
-- Channel Program Development
-- Web Site Design & Development
-- Corporate and Product Branding
-- Video Production and Marketing
-- Whitepaper Authoring and Syndication
-- Social Media Marketing

Please visit us at to learn more or give us a call at 949-336-7400.

TechCXO - Los Angeles
TechCXO is a professional services firm that provides experienced,
C-Suite professionals to deliver strategic and functional consulting
services for technology companies. We answer your critical issues
around obtaining capital, increasing revenue, entering new markets and
improving margins. TechCXO partners combine practical experience,
comprehensive resources and best practices to deliver objective,
high-value results.

For TechCXO Los Angeles, please contact:

Tim Noonan
Managing Partner, LA Region

SoCal IP Law Group LLP - Serving the IP Needs of Technology Innovators
IP Litigation . IP Transactions . Patent & Trademark Prosecution . IP
Strategy .

Westlake Village . Santa Barbara . Irvine. 805-230-1350

Stradling, Attorneys At Law (

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth (“Stradling”) is a premier business law
firm with over 125 attorneys and 10 offices in the western US. The offices are: Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco - SOMA, San Francisco - Financial District, Sacramento, Reno, Denver, Seattle. The Firm’s corporate, litigation and public law practices are well known for their expertise and depth. Stradling's clients include emerging and high growth public and private companies as well as private equity funds, venture capital groups and their respective portfolio companies. Widely recognized for its expertise, responsiveness and outstanding client service, the Firm's size, structure, and culture allow it to provide the highest quality representation while maintaining the responsiveness and relationships commonly associated with smaller firms.

Early Stage Commercial Insurance - Pacific Unified Insurance Agency
We are a commercial insurance broker working with startup and early
stage technology and E-Commerce companies to implement cost effective
strategies for their insurance and risk management programs. We
provide guidance and strategic planning during various phases and also
advise regarding employee benefit structures to assist in employee
recruiting and retention. Coverage placements include D&O, Property,
Liability, Workers Comp, E&O, Cyber/Network Security and Employee
Benefit Programs.


John Huttinger, CIC, CRM
Vice President
Ph#310-370-5000 Ext 3025 w Fx 310-370-5454

Sponsored By


Recent Interviews

Browse Issues