January 25, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- If you want to know how bad the tech backlash has gotten in this city, consider that the man who happens to run the city's largest technology company has now joined the chorus of those criticizing the industry. Marc Benioff, chief executive of Salesforce.com, is a native San Franciscan who has deep roots here. But after years of being a trailblazer for the industry in this city, he looks around and finds himself appalled by the scenes of luxury buses for techies clogging city streets, evictions soaring and a general indifference among his fellow techies to their impact on San Francisco.
June 5, 2012 |
Tech start-ups and accelerator programs have been popping up all over Los Angeles and Santa Monica recently, and now there's a map for that. On the newly launched Represent.LA map, more than 300 technology-related companies have been plotted online, including 257 start-ups, 22 accelerators and incubators, and 34 investors. Click on the icons and a short description of each firm appears. Viewers can submit the names of companies they think should be added to the map. The map was created by three techies, including Alex Benzer, founder of SocialEngine, who said their hope is to connect and promote the local tech start-up community.
June 22, 2013 |
The world of tech is known for its ingenious inventions, but sometimes, it's flops are even more memorable. From Google to Twitter to Microsoft, every major player in the tech industry has at one point or another also invented and released a gadget so bad that they will never be able to live it down. Take Apple for example. The company gave us the iPod, iPhone and the iPad, but do you remember the Apple Newton? That 90s device was supposed to function like a personal digital assistant that could recognize users' handwriting.
December 11, 2011 |
The Los Angeles tech scene has buzz, glitzy backers and even a catchy nickname: Silicon Beach. Tech boosters are stumping for a Silicon Valley contender down south, and conference halls and bars are brimming with entrepreneurs looking to join a growing community that includes a huge new Google campus in Venice and a wave of Internet start-ups. "We've been investing in this area since 1999, and we've never seen a level of activity higher than it is today," said venture capitalist Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon Partners in Santa Monica.
July 8, 2012 |
Calabasas technology company Ixia will expand its headquarters after signing a new lease worth about $26 million. Ixia, which provides wireless network tests, agreed to expand its offices to 110,000 square feet from 83,000 square feet in a 10-year deal at Corporate Center Calabasas, said David Binswanger, executive vice president of landlord Lincoln Property Co. The lease renewal and expansion were welcome because the economic downturn hit...
December 14, 2011 |
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has created a unit within the state Department of Justice that will fight technology crimes and identity theft. The eCrimes Unit will "make sure that vulnerable populations are safe, that consumers are safe and that we allow good behavior to occur," Harris said at a news conference Tuesday in San Jose, chosen because of its location in the tech hub of Silicon Valley. "Where there are predators and predatory practices, we want to ensure we have the skills and technology to go after them and that there is accountability and consequences," Harris said.