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Team Huddle Builds Scheduling Tool Aimed at Improving Mental Health

L.A. Business Journal

Team Huddle Inc. which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and data to put employees’ mental health “at the center” of their work — is up and running with the launch of its first product, ScheduleIQ

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8 Advantages To Building Your Own Startup Prototypes

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, and now sites such as SketchUp and Makerspaces have all the tools you need to make almost anything computer related.

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The Changing Venture Landscape

Both Sides of the Table

The world around us is being disrupted by the acceleration of technology into more industries and more consumer applications. Society is reorienting to a new post-pandemic norm?—?even even before the pandemic itself has been fully tamed.

LA Companies Give Renters More Ways to Charge EVs

L.A. Business Journal

Electric vehicles are touted as the future, especially in Los Angeles where the city’s climate goals call for 80% of vehicles sold to be electric by 2028 — seven years ahead of the state’s 2035 cutoff for gasoline-powered auto sales

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

Are you killing innovation in your company?

Berkonomics

First, let’s recognize the problem. Here’s one for executives of any company with next generation products in mind.

GrubMarket gobbles up $120M at a $1B+ pre-money valuation to take on the grocery supply chain

TechCrunch LA

When people talk about “online food delivery” services, chances are that they’ll think of the Uber Eats, Instacarts and Getirs of this world.

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6 Ways To Get From Linear Thinking To Real Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and every business I meet in my consulting and mentoring role has great intentions of bringing real innovation to the market, yet I find that most ideas are merely small extensions to existing solutions.

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SpaceX’s Historic Week Ushers in New Possibilities for Space Exploration

L.A. Business Journal

Inspiration4 proves that the company is making headway on its mission of opening space travel to all

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Why would you ever “fire yourself?”

Berkonomics

To start: “new source of energy” and “new ideas.”. When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.

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SpotOn raises $300M at a $3.15B valuation and acquires Appetize

TechCrunch

Last year at this time, SpotOn was on the brink of announcing a $60 million Series C funding round at a $625 million valuation. Fast forward to almost exactly one year later, and a lot has changed for the payments and software startup.

GreenPower Delivers First Electric Bus

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based zero-emissions heavy-duty vehicle company GreenPower Motor Company has delivered its first, all-electric school bus to a district in Santa Maria, according to the company. According to the company, its first BEAST school bus was just delivered to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. The company said the new school bus is an all-electric, 40-foot battery powered electric school bus with a range of up to 150 miles; the bus can seat up to 90 passengers.

5 Attributes To Look For In Your Perfect Startup Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur wishes that he could predict whether his idea could be the “next big thing,” before he spent his life savings and years of energy on it.

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TikTok Opens Creator Marketplace to Influential

L.A. Business Journal

Partners like Influential will have access to first-party TikTok data that can help them identify creators for advertising campaigns

Can you negotiate without emotion?

Berkonomics

Here’s the problem. Negotiating an agreement, especially one that involves personal gain, is tough for the person personally involved. There is too much to lose to be objective, to be willing to walk when terms go upside down. What if the negotiation is personally important?

COVID-19 Conversation: Navigating Variants, Vaccines and Boosters

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 9, 2021 -- UCLA Fielding Focus. COVID-19 Conversation: Navigating Variants, Vaccines and Boosters. In the Thursday, Sept.

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Omaze Takes $85M For Nonprofit Fundraising

socalTECH

Culver City-based Omaze, which operates an online platform to help nonprofits raise money, said last week that it raised $85M in a Series C funding round. The company is led by co-founder and CEO Matt Pohlson. Lead investor in the funding round was Moore Strategic Ventures, and the funding also included FirstMark Capital, Wndrco, Telstra Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, Mockingbird Ventures, BDMI, Pegasus Ventures, plus angel investors Bono, Kerry Washington, Tom Brady and Alexis Ohanian.

7 Advantages For Being A Socially Responsible Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

More entrepreneurs want to be socially responsible these days, but fear a negative impact on profits, growth, and the ability to find an investor. In the short run, there are real costs associated with the “triple bottom line” of maximizing profit, people (social), and planet (environment).

HopSkipDrive, a Ride-Hailing App for Kids, Rolls into the School Year

L.A. Business Journal

When Joanna McFarland grew frustrated that she couldn’t drop her son off at karate practice because she had to be at work, she started commiserating with other moms

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Boost Office Productivity with these 5 Techniques

Southern California Edison Blog

Productive offices get more done—their workers complete projects faster and bring in more revenue for their organizations. While every employee will have a different level of work ethic, office managers have control over several aspects of the workplace that can encourage better team performance. .

Performance marketing agency MuteSix bets on content and data to boost DTC e-commerce

TechCrunch

Warby Parker filing to IPO last week was one more sign that direct-to-consumer (DTC) is an extremely powerful e-commerce trend. But LA-based performance marketing agency MuteSix didn’t wait that long to build its business around scaling DTC brands.

MediaKits Aims At Influencers

socalTECH

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, MediaKits, says it has launched a new platform aimed at helping influencers, musicians, and athletes manage their brands. The company said its platform lets its users create their own custom media kits online. The startup was founded by Kieran O'Brien and Casey Adams.

PlantWave Uses Plants to Make Music

L.A. Business Journal

PlantWave, a device created by Marina del Rey-based Data Garden Co. that turns a plant’s biorhythms into music, is starting to blossom

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Steve Reich

A fun conversation with Dave and Tanner

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Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

TechCrunch

Just Insure , a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round. . CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception.

ServiceTitan Boosts Board

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based software developer ServiceTitan, which develops software used by tradespeople to manage their business, has bolstered its board, in a hint of an eye on an exit. The company said it added Diya Jolly, Chief Product Officer at Okta, and Sameer Dholakia, Former CEO of SendGrid to its board of directors, and also said it recently crossed $250M in ARR, with over 1,600 employees and 7,500 customers.

8 Brand Strategy Rules From Elite Consumer Companies

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new business dreams of becoming the premier brand in their space, like Starbucks is to coffee, and Apple is to consumer electronics, but they have no idea how difficult that is to achieve.

Trust Aims to Help Small Businesses Make Smarter Ad Buys

L.A. Business Journal

As an alum of social media giant Snap Inc.’s s revenue product strategy team, James Borow said he has seen firsthand the struggles that small businesses face in advertising and marketing

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Bank/FinTech Cooperation

Steve Reich

FinTechs are a major business opportunity for Bankers

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Involve.ai Helps Businesses Retain Their Subscribers

L.A. Business Journal

For companies that rely on long-term customers, “churn” — a term that refers to the number of canceled or lapsed subscriptions — is a major challenge

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Whatnot Reaches $1.5 Billion Valuation

L.A. Business Journal

Marina del Rey-based Whatnot Inc., a livestream marketplace for collectible items, now has a valuation of $1.5 billion

7 Most Effective Routines Of Notable Business Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

In my years of working with entrepreneurs, I have heard many times the promise that their new idea will create the next Amazon or Apple, but I rarely hear the more important promise that the founder will practice all the good habits of winning entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs.

Chris Paul-Backed Greenfly Catches on With Athletes

L.A. Business Journal

The idea for Greenfly Inc. came to former right-fielder Shawn Green after he hit a record four home runs in a 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers game

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Appetize Acquired by SpotOn for $415 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. has been acquired by SpotOn Transact Inc. for $415 million

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SpaceX’s Historic Week Ushers in New Possibilities for Space Exploration

L.A. Business Journal

Inspiration4 proves that the company is making headway on its mission of opening space travel to all

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Sam Altman-Backed Coco Scores $36 Million for Food Delivery Robots

L.A. Business Journal

Coco partners with 18 local restaurants, including Umami Burger, Jinya Ramen Bar and Alfalfa

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Can Riot Build a New Game as Big as ‘League of Legends’?

L.A. Business Journal

It’s hard to imagine a video game developer getting off to a stronger start than Riot Games Inc