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Silicon Beach Unites in Opposition to Muslim Travel Ban

More than 300 Silicon Beach business leaders have signed a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind his controversial executive order temporarily barring entry to travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries. The letter was initiated by a group of female entrepreneurs in Los Angeles including VCs Dana Settle, co-founder and partner at Greycroft Partners,…

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Exodus From Silicon Valley?

Exodus From Silicon Valley? A report from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group on Silicon Valley competitiveness has caused quite a stir despite a number of positive findings for the region: Innovation industry jobs increased by 7 percent in 2014, with Silicon Valley leading the way as 25 percent of its total jobs are in innovation industries – the…

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Business Insider Lists Hot LA, SF and NY Startups

Business Insider Lists Hot  LA, SF and NY Startups Business Insider recently published its list of Hot Startups in Silicon Beach (LA), Silicon Valley (SF) and Silicon Alley (New York).  I was glad to see that the list include Tapiture whose CEO John Ellis is a former colleague of mine from ValueClick. Among the Startups were: Acorns…

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Cyber Report: A Dozen Things You Need to Know (Patriot’s Day Edition)

April 20, 2015 A Dozen Things in Tech You Need to Know  Happy Patriot’s Day! Patriot’s Day commemorates that Battle of Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the American Revolution.  It is a holiday in Maine and Massachachusetts and celebrated by, among other things, the running of the Boston…

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Silicon Beach is Booming and Shifting to Playa Vista

Silicon Beach is Booming and Shifting to Playa Vista Things are looking bright for Silicon Beach. Entrepreneur Magazine reports that according to the L.A. Economic Development Council, the city has more people employed in high-tech jobs (368,500) than any other metro region in the U.S.   In addition, according to the Kaufman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity the city claimed…