Friday, March 4, 2016
LAVA 13th Annual Venture Awards Dinner - March 30th, 2016
LAVA 13th Annual Venture Awards Dinner
Celebrating over 30 years of service to the Los Angeles Entrepreneurial Community

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
5:30pm – 9pm

Featuring Frank Mottek, KNX1070 Business Hour Host as Master of Ceremonies

2016 Hall of Fame Honoree – Adam Miller, Founder/CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launches Successfully On Satellite Mission
Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Friday afternoon, at 6:35 p.m. ET, in the Falcon 9's 22nd mission to space. The mission will deliver a payload for satellite communications operator SES, and its SES-9 satellite. The launch--which was webcast live by SpaceX--is the fourth try to launch the SES-9 to space, after several aborted attempts over the last week. The Falcon-9 is delivering the SES-9 to a geostationary orbit. The SES-9 is going into geostationary orbit (More info...)

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Fourth Time A Charm? SpaceX Aims At Friday Launch
Hawthorne-based SpaceX is hoping the fourth time is the charm, with plans to attempt yet another launch of its SES-9 mission on Friday afternoon. SpaceX, which scrubbed the third attempt at a launch earlier this week due to a combined alarm and incursion of a boat into the launch area at Cape Canaveral, is hoping to finally launch its Falcon-9 at 6:35 p.m. EST. NASA and SPACEX are webcasting the launch. SpaceX said it is watching upper level winds to determine whether or not the launch will go o (More info...)

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UCLA Gets $1.14 Billion For Rights To Cancer Drug
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has sold the royalty rights to a prostate cancer medication based on research done at the school, for a cool $1.14 billion, the school said Friday afternoon. According to UCLA, it sold its royalty interest connected with prostate cancer medication Xtandi to Royalty Pharma, which includes cash payments of $1.14 billion and potential, additional payments based on future sales. UCLA said its share of the proceeds is approximately $520M, and will go t (More info...)

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Report: Snapchat Raises $175M More
Venice-based instant messaging app maker Snapchat has raised another $175M in funding, according to the WSJ this morning, from Fidelity Investments. According to the report, the new funding values Snapchat at $16 billion, the same valuation as the company's last funding injection. Snapchat has now raised more than $1.2 billion in funding.

posted on Friday, March 4, 2016(Full story), Led By Jason Nazar, Raises $6.5M For Pay Transparency, Culture
Santa Monica-based, a new startup led by longtime entrepreneur Jason Nazar, has raised $6.5M in a funding round, and launched a new platform to help people compare pay and culture between companies. The funding round was led by Crosslink Capital and also included Upfront Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Alpha Edison, Crosscut Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, Cornerstone OnDemand, 500Startups, Pritzker Group, Rincon Venture Partners, Accelerator Ventures, BAM Ventures and David Sacks. Nazar (More info...)

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Uber, Capital One Offer Up Free Rides To Customers In LA This Weekend
Uber and Capital One said today that they are offering up four, free rides to each of its customers in Los Angeles through UberPOOL, starting today and running through Sunday, March 6th. According to the companies, users who use Capital One's cards over the next three days just need to add the promo code CAPITALONEPOOL for a free ride, in Los Angeles, as well as a number of other major cities. UberPOOL is Uber's service where users share a ride with others going in the same direction.

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IndieU Looks To Connect College Students, Music Artists
IndieU, a new, Los Angeles area startup, is hoping to help connect local college students with independent artists. The startup recently launched a service, which lets college students follow the musical interest of their friends, create playlists, and stream and download independent songs for free, and find local independent musicians. On the artist side, the startup connects independent artists with opportunities at campuses, to perform at local colleges and parties, to broaden their exposure (More info...)

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Pryme Links Into Voice App Maker Zello
Brea-based two-way radio accessories maker Pryme has likned up into the app age, saying that it has inked a partnership with mobile app maker Zello, to offer up wireless Bluetooth audio products for Zello's two way "walkie-talkie" app. Zello's app turns any smartphone into a walkie talkie, letting users communicate using push-to-talk (PTT) like you would with a traditional two way radio, and allowing for group conversations. Zello, however, send data over a traditional Wi-Fi or cell network inst (More info...)

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Chrome River Links Into Uber For Expense Reports
Los Angeles-based expense management and invoice processing software developer Chrome River says it has linked up its systems with Uber, letting Uber automatically send ride information directly into expense reports. Chrome River says the integration means all rides taken for business on Uber, including a receipt image, are now sent to Chrome River at the same time a receipt is sent to a user directly. The integration comes thanks to the "Uber for Business" program run by Uber.

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Cal State Channel Islands 2016 UAV Poll
Please consider taking our anonymous online survey about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, aka “drones”). This poll was created by students and colleagues here at California State University Channel Islands to better understand public attitudes toward and use of this technology. No particular knowledge of or experience with UAVs is necessary to take this survey. It takes roughly 10 minutes to complete. Our results will be shared widely and openly (see after we have closed the poll in April.

Take the poll here!

PortTechEXPO | Thursday, March 10, 2016
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