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Netflix’s first CEO talks about Reed Hastings, negotiating tactics and his dislike of business plans

By Rosellen “Rosie” Downey Silicon Valley Business Journal September 17, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA (Photos above: Marc Randolph purchases a copy of his own book on the first day of its release. Source: LinkedIn) […]

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Steve Blum: California’s consumer data privacy law survives lobbyist blitz, more or less intact

By Steve Blum Tellus Venture Associates Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat September 18, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA Big tech, big telecom and big business made a big push in the legislature to water […]

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Steve Blum: AT&T’s backdoor deregulation bill runs out of room, while California lawmakers tweak telecoms policy

By Steve Blum Tellus Venture Associates Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat September 18, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA Despite AT&T’s quest for de facto deregulation of telecommunications infrastructure and service, no major policy changes […]

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Poly Introduces the Next Generation of Savi Wireless Headsets

(Contributed) September 18, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA (Photo above: Savi 8200 Office Series: Savi 8240. Contributed.) Poly is the First Enterprise Headset Company to Offer a DECT Headset with Active Noise Canceling Plantronics/Poly today […]

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October 2 tech meetup: Drako, Modarri, Marc Randolph, and more

(Contributed) September 17, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA The Impossible…Possible: Drako, Modarri, Marc Randolph, and more See the hottest new hardware that will hit market in 2020 or sooner. Hear from entrepreneurs who have made […]

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Startup Investment and Community Capital Expo is September 27 in Seaside

(Contributed) September 17, 2019 — Seaside, CA [Editor’s note: We published a related article 8/20/19: Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo returns Sept 27.] Join us on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Embassy Suites in […]

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Q&A: Marc Randolph talks about Santa Cruz, Reed Hastings, and the birth of Netflix

By Sara Isenberg Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief Santa Cruz Tech Beat September 17, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA (Photo above: Marc Randolph, co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, is also a board member at Looker. Contributed.) […]

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Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair

By Heather Murphy The New York Times September 16, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA (Photo above: A UCSC lab technician examining a hair sample collected from a woman found in a barrel in a state […]

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Jane Technologies doubles down on Santa Cruz (and what happens next after securing $21M in Series B funding)

By Socrates Rosenfeld CEO Jane Technologies Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat September 12, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA (Photo above: Socrates Rosenfeld is the CEO of Jane Technologies. Contributed.) [Editor’s note: Santa Cruz Tech […]

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Here’s one analyst’s deep dive into the Plantronics & Polycom deal

By Value Digger Seeking Alpha September 12, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA Plantronics: Leverage Is High, And A Dividend Cut Is Very Likely Summary The Polycom deal was financed with debt, which has significantly weakened […]

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