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Beyond Meat is introducing pre-packaged meatballs at stores across America

TechCrunch LA

Indulging in American food companies’ favorite pastime of marketing innovations that no one needs but potentially everyone wants, Beyond Meat is launching Beyond Meatballs in grocery stores nationwide this week.

LA’s Burgeoning Agtech Industry Sees Green Acres Ahead

L.A. Business Journal

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers

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Pitching access management on the fly, Los Angeles-based Britive raises $5.4 million

TechCrunch LA

It seems Los Angeles is becoming an enterprise software hotspot. LA saw its first big enterprise exit in recent memory with the recent acquisition of Signal Sciences for $775 million, and less than a month later a hometown startup, Britive has raised $5.4

Shareholders and founders: The muted thrill of the deal closing.

Berkonomics

Now you have worked for months to get this deal to the closing, anticipating the wire transfers to the shareholders that will come any minute. This could change your lifestyle and give you that much needed pause in your life you have been looking forward to. How it happens today.

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.

10 Alternative Funding Sources For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”

Million Girls Moonshot Aims At STEM Learning For Girls

socalTECH

A new effort, out of San Diego, the Million Girls Moonshot , launched this morning, backed by The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation plus the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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What use is an investment banker?

Berkonomics

Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. How investment bankers behave.

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Restrictions by China Narrow Options for TikTok

L.A. Business Journal

Already facing limited options amid pressure from the White House, any deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok may now encounter opposition from the Chinese government

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7 Startup Proposals That May Raise Investor Red Flags

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

Interview with Andrew Schydlowsky, TrackStreet: Brand Protection Using AI

socalTECH

Our interview today is with Andrew Schydlowsky , the CEO and founder of Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet (www.trackstreet.com), a startup which is backed by Okapi Capital, The Cove Fund, Early Light Ventures, SaaS Venture Capital, and Stage Venture Partners. Andrew spoke to us about TrackStreet's brand protection software and artificial intelligence efforts. What is TrackStreet?

Urban Tech Connect 2020 // Forward

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 -- We believe that diverse ideas from all walks of life can help expand the realm of possibility for the entire world. The Urban Tech Connect // Forward Conference is helping bridge the gap of diverse ideation in technology.

QLess Software Helps Businesses Cut the Line

L.A. Business Journal

With social distancing and masks likely to remain a reality for a while longer, Pasadena-based QLess Inc. is poised to help businesses reduce in-person queues

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Accelerators Have Resources To KickStart Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators.

SnackNation Becomes Caroo, Shifts Focus To Remote Work Support

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based SnackNation , which got its start delivering healthy snacks to vending machines and employee lunchrooms, says it has rebranded itself as Caroo , and expanded beyond snacks. According to Caroo, it is now providing "employee care and gifting" to "keep teams inspired and connected", no matter where they happen to be. According to Caroo, it curates healthier snacks, premium gifts, and "team building experiences" which it is delivering via its own software and technology platform.

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Imran Khan’s Verishop adds Verified Shops, a way for emerging brands to set up shop in its digital mall

TechCrunch LA

Verishop , the Los Angeles online retailer founded by former Snap executive Imran Khan, launched a little over a year ago to change the way people shop online.

Digital Summit LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 -- Out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees and staff, Digital Summit Los Angeles will reschedule our 2020 to September 9-11. Thanks!

TikTok Rejects Microsoft, Partners With Oracle

L.A. Business Journal

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., has rejected the acquisition proposal from Microsoft Corp. and reportedly accepted a bid from Oracle Corp

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7 Types Of People Who Get Results With Minimal Motion

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

HyperX Rolls Out Eyewear Line

socalTECH

Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the developer of gaming accessories which is part of Kington Technology, says it has launched a new set of eyewear specifically for "blue light blocking". According to HyperX, its new collection of eyewear is aimed at gamers, students, and professionals, to help reduce eyestrain by blocking blue light. The company says its glasses provide both blue light and UV protection.

Lumen Bioscience Lands $16M to Engineer “Edible” Antibody Drugs

Xconomy

If Lumen Bioscience achieves its goals, patients will be able to take its drugs the same way some people supplement breakfast: a spoonful heaped onto a bowl of cereal or mixed into juice. The startup harnesses spirulina, protein-rich cyanobacteria touted by many health enthusiasts as a “superfood.”

National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, September 6, 2020 -- National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures. Pismo Ventures presents the National Venture Plan Competition (NVPC). The NVPC is a business plan competition offering startups and entrepreneurs, across the United State, a unique opportunity to present their plans to experienced investors, screen in front of multiple investor groups nationwide, win cash and in-kind prizes, and participate in an array of invaluable webinars.

CropSwap App Connects Local Farmers, Consumers

L.A. Business Journal

Silver Lake-based CropSwap Inc. is trying to move farmers markets onto a mobile app

5 Team Engagement Principles Are Vital To Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

The days of leadership without engagement are gone. With interactive social media and video everywhere, everyone needs to feel they have a relationship with their leaders, and every brand needs leader personification for customers to relate.

Formsense Part Of $2.4M Grant Award

socalTECH

San Diego-based Formsense , a startup developing wearables and "smart apparel", says it has been chosen as a technology partner for a $2.4M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the company, it is part of a team from Umass Amherst, which is looking to deploy and test a new mobile health system--based on its wearables--to monitor and encourage movement and activity in the weak upper limb of stroke survivors in an ambulatory setting.

Akcea Therapeutics Is Returning to Parent Ionis Pharma in $500M Buyout

Xconomy

Akcea Therapeutics is returning to its parent company, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, in a $500 million deal that brings an end to a tumultuous three years as a standalone company. The definitive agreement announced Monday calls for Carlsbad, CA-based Ionis (NASDAQ: IONS ) to pay $18.15

Dedicated Internet Connection vs Shared – What’s Best For Your Organization?

Southern California Edison Blog

Dedicated and shared connections are two common internet configurations that organizations. can leverage to support their network-related needs. Both options have their pros and cons, which can make it difficult to decide on which is the right fit for each company. Here’s what you.

Graze Makes the Cut with Robotic Mowers

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Future Labs V Inc., which does business as Graze, wants to revolutionize the landscape industry with its robotic lawn mowers

8 Strategies To Satisfy Investors You Are Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

OpenX Names New CFO

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based advertising technology and ad exchange operator OpenX announced on Wednesday that it has named Mark Liao as the company's new Chief Financial Offier. Liao was previously at Amobee, where he had served as CFO for over three years. He previously had also served at Turn, iSocket, and Yahoo!, where he had been VP of Business Operations and VP of Operations Finance for the Yahoo! Americas business.

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Bio Roundup: Pharma M&A, AbbVie’s Cancer Bet, Biofourmis Bucks & More

Xconomy

Labor Day is just around the corner and many people are looking forward to a last chance to celebrate the waning days of summer. But ahead of the holiday weekend, biopharmaceutical companies were hard at work closing deals. Food conglomerate Nestlé is delving deeper into pharmaceuticals with its $2.6

A Fearless Leader’s Mindset Will Conquer Any Obstacle

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high. Anyone can build a new web site, or publish a smartphone app for a few thousand dollars, but getting market penetration requires a lot more.

6 Ways To Make Your Business Presentations Stand Out

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, I understand your passion when pitching your solution to investors and customers, but passion alone won’t make one more technology pitch stand out above all the rest.

TikTok Discussing Options With US

L.A. Business Journal

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., is reportedly in discussions with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a complete sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations

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SpaceX Hits Another Milestone With Launches

L.A. Business Journal

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. conducted two launches last week using its Falcon 9 rockets, including one mission that marked another milestone for the Hawthorne-based aerospace company

Rocket Lab Deploys First In-House Satellite

L.A. Business Journal

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. made a successful return to flight on Aug. 30, rebounding from a July mission where the company lost its launch vehicle and client payloads

Tech Titans See Gains as Industry Becomes Even More Essential

L.A. Business Journal

While many industries have struggled in the face of Covid-19, companies in the nimble tech sector have adapted quickly and, in many cases, even thrived