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How You Can Achieve a Step Change in Your Fitness Before Summer

Both Sides of the Table

Just 21 months ago I couldn’t have jogged 2 miles in under 20 minutes and now I can run 3 miles in 21 minutes or more to the point I can pretty easily run 7.5 miles in an hour.

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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El Segundo Opposes LAX Terminal Plan

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo, which sits on the airport’s southern edge, last month sent in comments opposing LAWA’s proposal to add two new terminals as part of the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project

Do you “over-welcome” your new employees?

Berkonomics

A story of a CEO attuned to creating great company culture. A CEO friend of mine who managed her one-hundred-person remote workforce as a virtual company told me her story of how she welcomed new employees as she grew her firm. Strike that. She over-welcomed her new employees.

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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 Entrepreneur Actions To Grow Beyond A One-Man Show

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in a startup is not possible as a “one-man show.” An entrepreneur has to engage with team members, partners, investors, vendors, and customers. In my experience, the joy of positive engagement is sometimes the only pay you get in an early startup.

Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

TechCrunch LA

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned.

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Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

L.A. Business Journal

Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

Saltbox raises $10.6M to help booming e-commerce stores store their goods

TechCrunch

E-commerce is booming, but among the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs of online businesses are finding a place to store the items they are selling and dealing with the logistics of operating. Tyler Scriven, Maxwell Bonnie and Paul D’Arrigo co-founded Saltbox in an effort to solve that problem.

6 Keys to Attracting Customers Based On Social Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a logical and data-driven business advisor, I have long focused on facts, technology, and quantifiable pain in guiding entrepreneurs.

Zwift Riding High Thanks to Demand

L.A. Business Journal

Zwift has raised a total of $620 million. The company plans to use this funding to further develop its app as well as Zwift-branded hardware, which it sells online

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Players to Know in LA’s Fast-Growing Professional Esports Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Most Los Angeles residents are well-acquainted with local teams like the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams — as well as the massive venues where they play their home games

Cadiz Faces New Suit Over Water Pipeline

L.A. Business Journal

Another legal challenge has been launched against a project by downtown-based water infrastructure company Cadiz Inc. to pump and transport water from its desert aquifer

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.

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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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

GumGum Lands $75 Million Investment From Goldman Sachs

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based advertising technology company GumGum Inc. announced a new $75 million investment April 13 from the growth equity division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc

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

Therabody Acquires PowerDot for $34 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Health and fitness technology company Theragun Inc., doing business as Therabody, has acquired PowerDot Inc. for $34 million

Virtualitics Raises $18 Million for Data Analytics Software

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena-based data analytics software company Virtualitics Inc. has raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by North Sound Ventures

8 Ways New Venture Founders Create Whole New Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can “see around corners.” This is a statement that they are willing and able (and successful) at projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations.

SpaceX Wins $2.9 Billion NASA Contract

L.A. Business Journal

The next astronauts to land on the Moon will likely do so in a spacecraft designed by SpaceX

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Startup Creates Concrete That Reduces Carbon Emissions

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based startup CarbonBuilt Inc. has a concrete plan for reducing carbon emissions

Can Your New Venture Pass The Scrutiny Of Investors?

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is great enough to get a term sheet from angel investors or a venture capitalist, the next step for the investor is to complete the dreaded due diligence process.

10 Tactics To Shorten Your Race To Cash-Flow Positive

Startup Professionals Musings

As I’m sure you are aware, surviving that first couple of years as a new business is a huge challenge, waiting for cash flow to turn positive.

VIZIO Expands With New Office In Denver

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Irvine-based smart television maker VIZIO is looking to tap into a new talent pool, saying last week that it has opened up a new office in Denver, Colorado. According to VIZIO, it plans to hire more than 100 full time team members there in the new location by the end of 2022. The company said the new "Tech Innovation Office" will help develop its products. VIZIO said it already has more than 600 employees, split between Irvine, Dakota Dunes, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco and New York City.

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BlackLine Adds Diversity Exec To Board

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Los Angeles-based accounting automation software developer BlackLine announced this morning that it has added Barbara Whye, an inclusion and diversity executive, to its board of directors. Whye is currently Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at Apple. Whye also previously was Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Intel, in addition to serving at BellSouth and NCR in engineering roles. intel apple whye barbara software board diversity executive blackline

SDG&E Aims At Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2045

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the electric and gas utility which serves the San Diego region, says it is pledging to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. According to the company, as part of that effort, it is developing two new hydrogen pilot projects, has nearly completed an additional battery storage facility, and is piloting a program to use electric school buses for vehicle-to-grid efforts. SDG&E called getting to net zero GHG emissions by 2045 a "moonshot challenge".

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SpaceX Selected To Land Astronauts On The Moon

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has scored a groundbreaking contract to help land two American astronauts on the moon, according to NASA. NASA said Friday that it has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander on the Moon. The contract is worth $2.89 billion. NASA said that the Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit.

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GoodRx Acquires HealthiNation

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Santa Monica-based GoodRx said it has acquired video content provider HealthiNation. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. HealthiNation provides a library of videos of a wide range of health topics, which it uses to help pharmaceutical manufacturers reach consumers. GoodRx said the addition of HealthiNation's video content will provide a new avenue for manufacturers to reach target audiences through its service.

Amgen Completes Five Prime Therapeutics Deal

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Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said this morning that it has successfully completed its $1.9 billion acquisition of Five Prime Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing immuno-oncology and targeted cancer therapies. Amgen paid $38.00 per share in cash for Five Prime Therapeutics. Five Prime's programs include bemarituzumab, a Phase 3 trial-ready, first-in-class program for gastric cancer.

SWARM Engineering Snags $2.7M For Food Supply Software

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SWARM Engineering, a new startup which is focused on developing supply and demand forecasting software for the food supply chain, has raised $2.7M in its seed funding round. The funding was led by S2G Ventures, and also included Serra Ventures via their new AgTech fund, Harvard Business School Alumni, Wells Street Capital, VTC Seed Fund, and Rinvest, along with angel investor Soren Schroder (Bunge).

SpaceX Gets Approval For Another Crew Launch On April 22nd

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has gotten approval to launch another crew into space for NASA, with a launch targeted for April 22nd. According to NASA, it has given the "go" for an April 22 launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center. The launch time is set for 6:11 a.m., with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and  Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

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FloQast Names Chief Marketing Officer

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Los Angeles-based FloQast, which develops workflow automation software for the accounting industry, says it has named a new Chief Marketing Officer. According to the company, it has named Edward (Ed) Brice to the position, reporting to CEO mike Whitmire. Birce was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Vendavo, and prior to that was at Lumension Security. FloQast has been in expansion mode.

Molecular Assemblies Picks Up $24M For DNA Synthesis

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San Diego-based Molecular Assemblies said this morning that it has raised $24M in a Series A funding round, which came from Agilent Technologies, iSelect Fund, Codexis, Alexandria Venture Investments, and Argonautic Ventures, as well as LYFE Capital. According to the company, it will use the funding to advance the company's proprietary enzymatic DNA synthesis technology toward early commercialization efforts. Molecular Assemblies is led by President and CEO, Michael J. Kamdar.

UTA Ventures Names Clinton Foy As General Partner

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Los Angeles-based talent and entertainment giant UTA said this week that Clinton Foy will join the company's venture capital arm, UTA Ventures, as General Partner. Foy is a longtime fixture in the Los Angeles startup world, having most recently served as General Partner and Managing Director at Crosscut Ventures. At Crosscut, he was lead investors in such companies Streamlabs, PlayVS, FitOn, plus esports franchises Immortals and IGC.gg. He also had served as COO of Square Enix.

TuSimple Prices IPO, Starts Trading Today

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San Diego-based TuSimple priced its IPO last night, saying that it will sell 33,783,783 shares of its Class A common stock at the price of $40.00 per share, raising just over $1 billion for the company. The company--which develops self driving truck technology--said its underwriters also have a 30-day option to purchase an additional 5,067,567 shares of its Class A common stock at the IPO price. The company will begin trading this morning on the Nasdaq Global Select Market as TSP.