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Silicon Beach Fest has sadly come to an end, however Elvina Beck hit the marina for this year’s SBF getting some insightful tidbits of information from SBF attendees. So sit back, experience and enjoy what SBF had to offer.

Back in 2012 when the Flame virus was wreaking havoc across the world, the need for army-trained hackers became a whole new frontier for IT software companies. The threat of hacking and loss of data has never been real than now. There are over a billion passwords stolen and stored in a single Russian databases. The worst thing that can happen to any company is waking up one morning and finding out all the data has either been stolen or tampered with. Russian hackers have recently been reported as having accessed President Obama’s email address in as military hackers believe that both Hillary Clinton and the President’s emails are still vulnerable to hacking.

The cloud services market continues to grow at an impressive rate. Companies all over the world are realizing how beneficial it is to move some operations to the cloud, creating a need for the services that cloud providers offer. Research from the Everest Group shows that the cloud services market is worth $40 billion, with growth expected annually at a rate of 27 percent.

Uber isn’t some niche startup anymore. Due to impressive growth in the past few years, accompanied by headlines reveling in its successes and controversies, Uber has established itself as an innovative transportation service poised for further expansion in the future. In fact, one of Uber’s investors recently said the company could be worth more than $40 billion with an estimated annual growth of an astounding 800 percent.

After wrapping up work for a national professional women’s organization where I spoke to hundreds of women in all industries, in all levels of their profession, in all areas around the country on a daily basis; attended numerous amazing conferences and special events with panels of female tech founders, entertainment professionals and executives at all levels of their business over the past six months; and read about women who have achieved major success in their fields, I have discovered the following observations to be true about women in business:

The hype surrounding cloud computing is not easily dismissed, especially considering how many businesses are adopting it for their operations. The benefits of the cloud are by now well-documented, helping companies become more productive, reach news levels of capabilities, and save on costs in the long run. All of these advantages are impressive enough on their own, and cloud adoption levels reflect how much faith businesses are putting in the technology.

Your business could be so much more successful than it is now. You may be a great owner, but you probably haven’t tried all the simple ways to make your business better. Simple doesn’t mean easy. These tips require a lot of hard work and effort on your part. But if you follow these eight tips, you will certainly make your business leaner and meaner.

There’s a lot of concern about whether or not organizations will feel the effects of an IT talent shortage over the coming years. I wish I could offer a glimmer of hope, but unfortunately, many are already feeling these effects. In fact, there’s been a talent shortage in the IT field for quite some time. Even back in 2012, Ben Rooney of the Wall Street Journal wrote on the small number of workers within the field of big data. That hasn’t changed, and isn’t exclusive to big data analytics.

Incentive, the Venice-based enterprise social collaboration tool, takes the pain out of information sharing by consolidating and standardizing existing content, apps and tools into a central location, to declutter workflows. The startup is gaining momentum with $3.5 million in seed round funding – and big name clients like NATO. All content – whether a wiki,…continue reading.

Nestled between a quiet residential neighborhood and industrial space on Centinela Blvd. a few blocks shy of Santa Monica, is the Westside’s new coworking hotspot called Hatch Studios. Built around the idea of convergence between creativity, serenity and design, the boutique studio launched in April 2015 to serve as gathering spot for freelancers, tech types and entertainment…continue reading.