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Shell’s first electric vehicle fast charger lands in Singapore

TechCrunch LA

Royal Dutch Shell, the energy giant known for its fossil fuel production and hundreds of Shell gas stations, is creeping into the electric vehicle-power business. The company’s first DC fast charger launched Monday at a Shell gas station in Singapore. Greenlots, an EV charging startup acquired by Shell in January, installed the charger. This is the first of 10 DC fast chargers that Greenlots plans to bring to Shell service stations in Singapore over the next several months.

USGS Awards $2.2 Million to Caltech for Earthquake Warning System

L.A. Business Journal

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $2.2 million to Caltech for additional development on ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system

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Let your board help with “what” and “why” – but rarely “how.”


I am sure you can argue with this one. Sometimes a board member is valuable in teaching the “how” to get things done inside the company.

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Video Interview: Tony Winders, The Winders Group


Our video interview today is with Tony Winders, the CEO of The Winders Group, a marketing agency in Los Angeles.

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5 Tips to Gain From People Who Don’t Think Like You

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing we all have to learn in business is how to work with and lead people that are not like you , and don’t think like you. In my experience as a business advisor, that’s probably the biggest hurdle to success encountered by every new business owner.

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Preccelerator Workshop: Strategic Partnerships with Jonathan Tavss

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Brainbase Brings in $3 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Intellectual property licensing software developer Brainbase Inc. announced August 20 it raised a $3 million seed round led by Struck Capital

Video Interview with Alice Cheng, Upfront Ventures


Our video interview today--where we interview the startup entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the technology industry across Southern California--is with Alice Cheng , an Associate at Upfront Ventures (, a Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm.

5 Lifecycle Stages Of A New Venture Test Your Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up.

Men’s personal care startup Huron raises $1M

TechCrunch LA

Huron founder and CEO Matt Mullenax is hoping to build a big business around body wash. “For us, the broader mission is A+ personal care for guys everywhere — not just guys in New York or guys in the Bay Area or guys in Los Angeles,” he said. The startup has raised $1 million in seed funding from RXBAR founders Peter Rahal and Jared Smith, CXT Investments, and Lean Luxe founder M. Paul Munford.


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Tala Raises $110 Million Series D

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based financial technology startup Tala completed a $110 million Series D raise to expand its market reach in India and continue developing its mobile micro-lending platform

Upfront Ventures Names New Partners


Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm Upfront Ventures said over the weekend that it has named two new Partners at the firm. The venture investor said it has added Aditi Maliwal as a Partner, and also promoted Michael Carney to Partner. Maliwal was most recently a product manager at Google, and also had served at Crosslink Capital and Deutsche Bank. Carney--who has been a Principal at Upfront since 2015--previously served at Pandodaily and Worldvest.

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7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

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Will Porsche Fans Ever Live in a Driverless World? Porsche Says No.


Imagine the transportation future 20 years from now. Here’s one way things could roll on a weekday: Many of us get picked up at home by a sturdy, standardized, driverless car that will also scoop up a few of our neighbors who work at other businesses near ours.

Mobile Game Developer Scopeley Expands Internationally

L.A. Business Journal

Scopely is expanding its footprint in Europe, more than tripling its office space in Barcelona and upgrading its existing facility in Dublin, Ireland

8 Steps To Stop Killing Yourself As A Micro-Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

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Newegg Joins In With Intel Gamer Days 2019


Los Angeles-based online electronics products retailer Newegg said today that it is lauching a promotion as part of Intel Gamer Days 2019, which will run from August 30th to September 8th. According to Newegg, it will offer up promotions and discounts during the event, and also run an event at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on September 7th.

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Tala Takes $110M More In Funding For Fintech Efforts


Santa Monica-based Tala , the fintech startup led by CEO Shivani Siroya, has raised $110M more in a Series D funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by RPS Ventures, and also included GGV Capital, IVP, Revolution Growth, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective VC, ThomVest Ventures, and PayPal. The company has now raised a total of $215M. The funding reportedly values the company at over $500M. Tala said the new funding will help it expand its financial servies to India.

Amazon Maisel Day Goes Wrong In Santa Monica


A promotion by Amazon went awry in Santa Monica on Thursday, after the Santa Monica Police had to shut down a promotion at a local Chevron for causing major traffic woes. As part of the promotion, Amazon had offered up 1959 pricing on gasoline (30 cents a gallon) to Amazon Prime members. The promotion had included deals that featured 1959 prices for food, movie tickets, hotel tickets, and other purchases to promote the original Amazon Prime series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

EvoNexus Deadline Approaches On Friday


Startups in the Internet-of-Things (IoT), analytics, and security areas looking to join the EvoNexus startup incubator, need to submit their applications by Friday, August 23rd, according to the startup incubator.

8 Keys To Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.

TPx Communications Acquired By Private Equity Investor


Los Angeles-based TPx Communications , a provider of unified communications services, including call center, contact center, managed WAN, managed Office 365, and other similar services, has been acquired by private equity investor Siris. Financial terms of the acquisition, which was announced on Monday, were not announced. TPx Communications--formerly known as U.S. TelePacific Holdings Corp.--was

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Affinity Biosensors Finds $5.9M


Santa Barbara-based Affinity Biosensors , a startup developing benchtop, automated systems for microbiology research, has raised $5.9M in a ongoing funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the company this week. The filing said the funding is part of a $10M, ongoing funding. Affinity Biosensors' products are based on micro-electromechanical (MEMS) technology, which it says allows for cell counting, mass measurements, and visual observation of liquid samples.

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Scopely Expands Team In Europe


Los Angeles-based mobile games developer Scopely said on Tuesday that it is expanding its team, by opening up new offices in Spain and Ireland. Scopely said it is opening up a new, 26,000 square foot office in Sarria-Sant Gervasi in Barcelona, an expansion from its earlier 7,000 square feet office in the city it opened in 2017. In addition, Scopely said it will be expanding an office in Dublin.

Happy Returns Tackles Cardboard Box Proliferation With New Program


Santa Monica-based Happy Returns , which helps online retailers manage the flow of returns--both through behind-the-scenes logistics services and in-person "Return Bar" locations, is helping to tackle the growing pile of cardboard boxes being generated by online commerce. According to Happy Returns, it has created a new "box-free" return program, where the company aggregates returned items across participating retailers, then bulk-ships them in reusable packaging to regional return hubs.

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Resolve Systems Buys FixStream For $24M


Irvine-based Resolve Systems , a developer of IT automation and orchestration software, announced today that it has acquired FixStream , a developer of artificial intelligence IT automation software. Resolve said it paid $24M to acquire FixStream, in a deal which is expected to close at the end of September. Resolve Systems said the deal will help it create a unified platform which combines artificial intelligence with automation. Resolve Systems is led by CEO John Ferron.

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Brainbase Gets $3M For IP Licensing


Los Angeles-based Brainbase , a developer of intellectual property licensing software, has raised $3M in a seed funding round, the company said today. The round was led by Struck Capital, and also included Tectonic Capital, Bonfire Ventures, Sterling Road, and Watertower Ventures. According to Brainbase, the company is creating a product to help brands and licensees showcase, connect, grow, and manage their businesses.

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AeroVironment Wins $45M Contract From U.S. Army


Simi Valley-based AeroVironment , which develops unmanned aerial vehicles for the defense market, has scored a $45M contract award from the U.S. Army, the company said on Monday morning. AeroVironment said the contract came from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB), and will go towards supporting the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command, National Guard and others.