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The tender issue of stealing time

Berkonomics

It’s a big issue within any company. . With easy access to Internet shopping, games, social networks and more, employees can find many ways to focus on personal issues while at work, detracting from productivity and demonstrating a disrespect for the time paid for by their employer.

USC to Build New Computer Science Hub

L.A. Business Journal

USC officials will break ground May 6 on a new building that could become a key center for technological advancement in Los Angeles

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10 Tips For Entering The Startup Community This Year

Startup Professionals Musings

These days I see a surge of new startups as businesses seem to be recovering from the pandemic. If you are not starting one yourself, the next best thing is joining one as a partner, or as an early employee.

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Flowspace Names Engineering VP

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Flowspace, a startup developing fulfillment software for e-commerce companies, said this week that it has named Piranavan Selvanandan as its new Vice President of Engineering. Selvanandan most recently was at Salesforce, in software engineering, and also served at HP. Flowspace said Selvanandan spent nearly a decade at Salesforce. The new exec comes following a $31M, Series B funding round for Flowspace in March. Flowspace is backed by BuildGroup.

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.

LAVA: First Time Entrepreneur Training Seminar

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, May 8, 2021 -- LAVA: First Time Entrepreneur Training Seminar. Speaker: Matthew Crowley, Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy. Matthew Crowley is a former president and board member of LAVA. He has written two books in the field and is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, teaching venture law. His practice revolves around startups, securities and mergers and acquisitions. See [link] (more

Some great coaches are younger than you are.

Berkonomics

Especially for social media-based businesses, we all need to recalibrate our thinking about who is the teacher and who is the student. There is nothing wrong with a manager slowing a conversation to ask for more background when speaking to an often-younger and more involved associate.

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7 Ways Fun At Work Leads To Innovation And Creativity

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m convinced that people who have fun at work are more innovative, as well as happier. I don’t have any big scientific studies to prove this, but in my considerable business experience, I haven’t seen many successes come out of a group of fearful pessimists or unhappy people.

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Genies Finds $65M For NFT Avatars

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Genies, a startup that helps people create their own avatars--which they can decorate by buying special NFTs (non-fungible tokens)--has raised $65M in a Series B funding, the company said this week. The funding was led by Bond Capital, and also included NEA, Breyer Capital, Tull Investment Group, NetEase, Dapper Labs and Coinbase Ventures. Genies' website lets you create avatars, and adorn them with characteristics, accessories, and features driven by celebrity NFTS.

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SoftBank bets big on a ‘digital Ellis Island’

TechCrunch

Welcome Tech , which has built a digital platform aimed at immigrants and their families, has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round co-led by TTV Capital, Owl Ventures and SoftBank Group Corp.’s s SB Opportunity Fund.

How often do you say, “Great job?”

Berkonomics

How we usually do this in our businesses. The best managers we all know are the ones who take the time to praise good work in public, before an employee’s peers. Most of us have a monthly award for the top person in a group of employees.

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Snap Accelerator Boosts Startups

L.A. Business Journal

Launching a startup is like jumping off a cliff and building a hang glider on your way down, according to Nicole Emrani Green, who co-founded ecommerce gifting startup Givingli Inc

8 Key Startup Drivers Bring Pleasure As Well As Sweat

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m fully convinced that both inspiration and perspiration are always required in a startup. Yet many people seem to be stuck on one end or other of this equation – all perspiration with no dream, or all inspiration with no reality. Success is the right balance of both for fun and profit.

Phyn Rolls Out New Water Sensor

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Phyn, which develops high tech devices to help homeowners monitor water usage in their home, said it launched a brand new product. According to the company, it has rolled out the Phyn Smart Water Sensor, a compact battery powered device that provides homeowners with extra security against water damage, along with the Phyn Water Sensor Extension Node and the Phyn Water Sensor Cable.

GAN CEO Patrick Riley to Keynote Founder Showcase

StartUp Beat

Founder Showcase, organized by the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator Founder Institute, takes place tomorrow, April 28, from 10am to 1pm U.S. Pacific Time. Those interested can register at no cost here. Founded in 2008, the virtual event features hundreds of […].

Canada’s newest unicorn: Clio raises $110M at a $1.6B valuation for legal tech

TechCrunch

Clio , a software company that helps law practices run more efficiently with its cloud-based technology, announced Tuesday it has raised a $110 million Series E round co-led by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. and OMERS Growth Equity.

Bespoke Financial Raises $8 Million for Cannabis Lending Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Bespoke Financial Inc., has raised $8 million to expand its financial offerings for businesses in the cannabis industry

7 Strategies For Making A Mentoring Relationship Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big fan of mentoring in business, and have been at different times on both the contributing and receiving end of the process. These days, I seem to often hear from entrepreneurs who are struggling to find a mentor, or complaining about their lack of effectiveness.

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Phocas Sets CFO

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Irvine-based Phocas Software, a developer of data analytics software for the manufacturing, distribution, and retail business market, says it has named Dave Boorman as its new Chief Financial Officer. The company said Boorman was most recently CFO for Network Ten, and also served at Seven West Media. Phocas is split between the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK and says it recently raised AU$45M. Most of that investment is software engineers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Playbook Five Brings Virtual Reality to Football

L.A. Business Journal

Virtual reality has made its way into sports, and Playbook Five Inc. is helping the technology find its stride on the football field

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Triller Makes Two Acquisitions, Appoints New CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Triller Network, the owner of the Triller social media app and several streaming businesses, announced April 14 that it had acquired live event and pay-per-view platform Fite and had reached an agreement to purchase software developer Truverse Inc., doing business as Amplify.ai.

Local Aerospace Companies Play Major Roles in NASA’s Moon Missions

L.A. Business Journal

Later this year, Long Beach-based rocket manufacturer Rocket Lab USA Inc. will attempt its first mission to the moon

Universal Hydrogen Raises $21 Million for Airplane Fuel Cells

L.A. Business Journal

Venice-based startup Universal Hydrogen Co. has raised $20.5 million for its hydrogen fuel cell technology

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TvScientific Targets Connected TVs With New Ad Technology

L.A. Business Journal

With a growing number of Americans viewing television content through smart TVs and connected devices, newly formed startup TvScientific Inc. is creating new ways for advertisers to reach viewers and access valuable data to evaluate the success of campaigns

Snap Posts First Positive Cash Flow

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. recorded positive free cash flow in the first quarter of 2021, the first time the company has done so since going public in 2017

Miso Robotics Releases Cooking Software for Restaurants

L.A. Business Journal

Miso Robotics Inc. will make the software behind its kitchen automation technology available to foodservice businesses as a standalone product

CreatorPlus Launches Film Studio for Influencers

L.A. Business Journal

If YouTube viewing numbers are any indication, digital influencers and content creators have already demonstrated they can generate audience sizes worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster — but could they actually make hit film of their own

Guesty Raises $50 Million for Vacation Rental Management Platform

L.A. Business Journal

With public health restrictions easing and the summer travel season approaching, Santa Monica-based Guesty Inc. is gearing up for what the company calls the “hypergrowth” of its business developing software for vacation rental hosts

Electrify America to Invest $25 Million in Ports Area

L.A. Business Journal

EV infrastructure company Electrify America will invest $200 million into charging stations and zero-emission vehicle education campaigns in California

Subscription Software Developer ReCharge Hits $2.1 Billion Valuation

L.A. Business Journal

ReCharge Inc., the developer of a subscription payments platform for ecommerce companies, has raised a whopping $277 million in a funding round

SpaceX Successfully Lands Starship in Test Flight

L.A. Business Journal

It took five tries, but SpaceX successfully completed a high-altitude test flight of its Starship spacecraft

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7 New Venture Strategies Improve The Odds Of Survival

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m always looking for evidence of early startup characteristics that might be predictors of long-term success. Every investor has his own list, usually based on his own very small sample, or simply his gut feeling.

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Pragma Raises $12 Million for Multiplayer Video Game Engine

L.A. Business Journal

Pragma Platform Inc., the developer of a software engine for video game designers, has raised $12 million in a Series A funding round

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7 Ways To Elevate Your Team Engagement and Happiness

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own long experience in business, team satisfaction, engagement, and productivity continues to be a challenge. According to consistent feedback over the past several years, even in the best companies, employees seem stuck at less than 40 percent happy and "fully engaged.”

Activision Blizzard Posts Strong Q1 Results

L.A. Business Journal

Activision Blizzard's share price shot up 4% in after-hours trading as the company reported $2.28 billion in first-quarter revenue

Tech Company Vana Helps Cannabis Companies Build Their Brands

L.A. Business Journal

Vana Technologies Inc. founder and Chief Executive Sheldon Owen saw that companies selling cannabis products would need technological tools to advertise in compliance with regulations

Parabol Aids Businesses With Hybrid Work Environments

L.A. Business Journal

Over the last year, the need for software tools to aid teams of remote employees has become obvious for most businesses

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