TechNews - Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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   --Science 37 Raises $31M For Clinical Trial Platform
   --Comcast Ventures Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica
   --KLiP Launches Weatherproof Case For Raspberry Pi, Arduino
   --Enevate Names CFO
   --Social Reality Sets Kathy Ireland As Branding Advisor
   --Razer Acquires THX
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Science 37 Raises $31M For Clinical Trial Platform
Los Angeles-based Science 37, a startup developing a technology
platform aimed at enabling clinical trials, said this morning that it
has raised $31M in a Series B financing round. (More...)

Comcast Ventures Sets Up Shop In Santa Monica
Comcast Ventures, the venture capital arm of Comcast Corporation,
announced this morning that it has opened up an office in Santa
Monica, and hired on Dinesh Moorjani as Managing Director in the new
office. Moorjani was previously Executive-in-Residence at Warburg
Pincus, and also was founder and CEO of Hatch Labs. According to
Comcast, Moorjani helped co-found Tinder out of Hatch Labs, and also
has served at IAC/InteractiveCorp and Samsung Electronics. Moorjani
also serves as adjunct professor at the University of Southern
California (USC) and is a faculty advisor at UCLA's Anderson School of
Management. Comcast Ventures says Moorjani will be seeking to make
investments in various sectors, including data and business
intelligence, marketplaces and social networks.

KLiP Launches Weatherproof Case For Raspberry Pi, Arduino
Santa Barbara-based startup KLiP Industries said this morning that it
has launched its first product, a weatherproof case for the popular
Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and BeagleBone embedded computers. According to
KLiP, it has developed a weatherproof, IP67 rated enclosure system
which can handle the RPi or other single board computers, as well as
two additional expansion boards and shields, and is intended to
support deployment of IoT solutions into the real world. The new,
weatherproof boxes include support for conduit fittings and various
cable glands, a machine aluminum plate for heat dissipation, and other
features. KLiP said its product, the Rubicon Launch edition Kit, will
cost $35 and ship on November 15th. KLiP said it will market the
products under the s7 brand name.

Enevate Names CFO
Irvine-based Enevate, which is developing advanced Lithium-ion
batteries, said this morning that it has named Sameer V. Rao as its
new Chief Financial Officer. Rao was previously at MaxLinear, serving
as an executive in the finance area, and also has served at Broadcom
and PRTM. He got his start in the engineering side of the business at
Rockwell International and Conexant Systems, according to Enevate.
Enevate is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher
Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio
Ventures/Sumitomo, and CEC Capital.

Social Reality Sets Kathy Ireland As Branding Advisor
Los Angeles-based Internet advertising company Social Reality
announced this morning that it has named Kathy Ireland as its new
Chief Branding Advisor. According to the firm, Ireland will also help
the company link with other executives in the media, entertainment and
advertising industries to serve on an Advisory Board. Ireland is head
of the lifestyle brand kathy ireland Worldwide, which Social Reality
said had sales in the excess of $2.5 billion in 2012.

Razer Acquires THX
Carlsbad-based gaming accessories maker Razer said on Monday that it
has acquired surround processing technology developer THX. Financial
terms of the acquisition were not announced. THX--which was founded by
George Lucas--will continue to operate as a separate brand and
business. Razer said the acquisition would extend its brand into
broader areas of entertainment. The acquisition is the second in the
surround sound and sound processing area in the last month;
Calabasas-based DTS was acquired in September by Tessera Technologies.

BlackLine Systems Sets Estimated IPO Pricing Range
Woodland Hills-based accounting software maker BlackLine Systems has
moved one step closer to its IPO, saying Monday morning in a
regulatory filing that it is expecting its IPO to price at between
$13.00 and $15.00 per share.  BlackLine, which was founded and is led
by CEO Therese Tucker, is selling 8,600,000 shares of its common
stock, and intends to list on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as BL.
BlackLine is venture backed by Silver Lake Sumeru and ICONIQ.  Tucker
is the former CTO at SunGard Treasury Systems, and got her start as a
software programmer years ago working on financial applications.
BlackLine's software automates the very cumbersome financial close and
reconciliation process for companies trying to close their books.

HelloTech Names New President
Los Angeles-based HelloTech, the on-demand, tech support company
co-founded by Richard Wolpert, announced this morning that it has
named Ted Hong as President of the company. Hong was previously
co-founder of Dropoff, an Austin, Texas startup providing same day
delivery for businesses. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing Officer
at Fandango. According to HelloTech, Hong will ofersee finance,
marketing, operations, product development, and technology operations
for the company. HelloTech taps into an on-demand workforce, of mostly
college students, who help provide in-home technology support. Wolpert
is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and has been part of the
AmplifyLA accelerator, in addition to having been an executive at


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October 18, Santa Monica -- Linkedin and IBM Watson presentation. AA-ISP.
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October 20, San Diego -- The IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) is IEEE’s
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October 28, La Jolla -- Contextual Robotics Forum. World leaders developing
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November 3, Santa Monica -- LA CEOs: Trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
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November 6, Los Angeles -- Cal-Israel Innovation Expo.  The Fall 2016
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November 7, Los Angeles -- Cal-Israel Innovation Expo.  The Fall 2016
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November 12, Pasadena -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Biotech. Gordon
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November 14, Los Angeles -- Venture in LA 2016. A one-week trade mission to
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