Does your company culture encourage employee curiosity?

Berkonomics

Some of the world’s best companies to work for are those that encourage employees to spend time following their own paths of curiosity toward development of new products or services. Every company has hidden talent, creative thinkers that are not in a position to demonstrate their talents.

Pepperdine Names Most Fundable Companies

L.A. Business Journal

Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School announced the winners of its second annual Most Fundable Companies competition

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LA Companies Prep for CES

L.A. Business Journal

Although it takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is a key event for technology companies and startups based in Los Angeles

LA-based gaming company, Scopely, expands in Spain and Ireland

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles-based gaming company, Scopely is expanding its geographical footprint in Spain and Ireland. The company is building out its Barcelona offices tripling its office space and planning to significantly expand its 100-person-strong team in the city.

You are your company’s moral compass.

Berkonomics

Years ago, when I was CEO of my record manufacturing company in Hollywood, I happened to walk around the plant into the press room just as Bobby, one of the employees’ favorite coworkers, was offering stolen merchandise to his fellow pressmen from a bag he was carrying.

Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million

TechCrunch LA

Two years after the Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave launched with a suite of money management tools to save consumers from overdraft fees , the company is now worth $1 billion thanks to a nascent banking practice that had investors lining up.

LA Companies Turn Heads at CES

L.A. Business Journal

From ambitious streaming services to fantastical flying cars, Los Angeles companies demonstrated innovative concepts in droves last week in Las Vegas at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show

Why recurring revenues increase your company’s value

Berkonomics

Even though that reduced short term earnings, lease revenues over time far outweighed any combination of sale and maintenance revenues, and Xerox grew into a major company based upon its innovation and its recurring revenues. The massive shift in revenue models in recent years.

Visa Acquires Payment Protection Company Verifi

L.A. Business Journal

Mid-Wilshire-based Verifi, which develops software to secure electronic payments for businesses, was acquired by Visa Inc.

J2 Global Acquires Two Companies

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Los Angeles-based J2 Global , which owns a large portfolio of Internet services and publications, says it acquired two more companies during Q4 of 2019. The company--which is likely the most active acquirer of companies in Southern California's high tech economy--says it acquired FES IQ , a company in the digital media space, and Buffered VPN , a provider of cloud services based in Gibraltar.

Massage-on-demand company, Soothe, raises $31 million

TechCrunch LA

The Series C round from late stage and growth capital investment firm, The Riverside Company , caps a busy first quarter for the massage service. The former CFO of MarketShare, Heyrick has helped the company expand to over 11,000 massage therapists in its network.

Demand 285

New THC and CBD infused beverage company, Cann, joins the race to replace booze

TechCrunch LA

The company founded by two former Bain consultants is the latest to take on the growing market for non-alcoholic intoxicants that use a combination of chemicals traditionally found in the marijuana plant to make their drinks.

What is the real goal for our management and company?

Berkonomics

Often, we joke together as managers of companies or of people that our goal is “world domination” or “to crush the competition.” How about companies formed to profit and give to charity?

What about your previous company non-compete?

Berkonomics

Usually that means one they once or recently spent time in as an employee or manager within a company where they had little or no ownership. Some of these entrepreneurs starting a new company are alumni from companies that would be a competitor to the enterprise being created or joined.

What about your previous company non-compete?

Berkonomics

Usually that means one they once or recently spent time in as an employee or manager within a company where they had little or no ownership. Some of these entrepreneurs starting a new company are alumni from companies that would be a competitor to the enterprise being created or joined.

Here’s a rule for companies with outstanding loans

Berkonomics

Here is one that is so important to the continued health of a growing company that it cannot be overstated. Long term debt is taken on for the acquisition of fixed assets such as equipment, cars, facilities and acquisitions of companies or their assets.

SmartDrive Wins Paving Company

socalTECH

San Diego-based driving safety and monitoring systems provider SmartDrive Systems announced this morning that it has signed up Superior Paving, a large asphalt paving company on the East Coast, as a new customer. smartdrive paving company driver safety fleet auto automotive transportation

What’s a company board good for, anyway?

Berkonomics

And good board members can add real value to you and the company. Importantly, these also help a board to cover the legal “duty of care” for the health of the company. A better company is the goal.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online, family products retailer led by serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, and which was co-founded by Jessica Alba, has raised $70M in a funding round, according to the company Tuesday. The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

socalTECH

We've identified ten of the more technically interesting companies working on software in Southern California, using our unscientific, unproven, and undoubtedly biased informal polling. The company handles all the infrastructure required for text messaging, voice.

Five ways to make your company stand out.

Berkonomics

There must be at least several companies out there right now positioning to compete with you. And although many positioning efforts cross the lines between these, great companies play to the strength of just one.

How to protect your company lists and trade secrets

Berkonomics

Most employers have all their employees sign non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements to protect the company’s trade secrets, customer lists and business plans. Most senior and middle level managers will understand when a subordinate comes to them to resign and begin a new business.

OpenGate Capital Acquires Delaney Hardware Company

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital has made another acquisition this morning, via its portfolio company, Sargent and Greenleaf. According to OpenGate Capital, Sargent and Greenleaf, which develops high security locks, has acquired Delaney Hardware Company , a provider of security related hardware products. Delaney is headquartered in Cumming, Georgia, and was founded in 1992; the company has a workforce of approximately 150 people.

Tinder Sues Parent Company

L.A. Business Journal

has filed a lawsuit against parent company InterActiveCorp., alleging IAC purposefully undervalued the company to avoid proper payouts to executives Match Group dating app subsidiary Tinder Inc.

Framework Benchmarks

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Lambs, the radiation-proof underwear company formerly known as Spartan, is now selling beanies

TechCrunch LA

Now the company has relaunched as Lambs and is adding a radiation-proof silver-lined beanie to its $29-per-pair underwear already on sale in the U.S. The company’s goal is to capitalize on paranoia around the effects of cell phone radiation on health and possible links to cancer.

Korn Ferry Acquires Three Companies

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Los Angeles-based Korn Ferry , the management consulting giant, has acquired three companies from TwentyEighty , the company said this morning. According to Korn Ferry, it has acquired Miller Heiman Group , AchieveForum , and Strategy Execution. Financial terms of the acquisitions were not announced. According to Korn Ferry, the acquisition will help it bolster its learning, development, and training offerings. READ MORE>>.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Ramps Efforts, Hiring In Las Vegas

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The Boring Company , the Los Angeles company working on advanced transportation systems, which is led by technology mogul Elon Musk, says it is ramping up efforts in Las Vegas, and is actively hiring for a significiant number of positions in Las Vegas, as well as Hawthorne. According to The Boring Company, the jobs include positions in everything from Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering to Security Guards and more.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

Both Sides of the Table

“You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” There’s a reason that Maker pulled away while most online video companies did not. Online technology company that distributes video.

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

TechCrunch LA

Landline , the operator of a bus network in the Midwest, is one of the latest companies to raise venture capital. The company is actually based out of LA, too, but has completed its initial launch in Minnesota, where there’s greater demand for short-term bus travel.

The Honest Company Gets $200M Growth Investment

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online natural baby, personal care, and beauty products provider, said Wednesday that it has raised $200M in a strategic minority investment, which came from private equity investor L Catterton. According to The Honest Company, the new funding will go towards its growth strategy, and will go both towards "innovation initiatives" as well as operational capabilities to boost its supply chain and global reach.

Cohu Buys Spring Probe Company

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Poway-based Cohu said late Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Kita Manufacturing Co LTD , a Japanese companies that develops products used in electronics manufacturing. The company said Kita had current year sales of estimated $17M. cohu spring probe company kita manufacturing japan electronics merger acquisition

The Honest Company Raises $100M In Series D

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Santa Monica-based The Honest Company , which provides baby care, personal care, home care, and other healthy lifestyle products, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series D funding round. The company has now raised around $228M in funding.

How Modern Companies Have Redefined Customer Support

Startup Professionals Musings

Big companies and small, from Amazon to Zappos, have set the bar high along the following lines: Business must be available when and where you are. Company amazingly finds you based on your interests.

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Wittlebee Acquires Clothing Company

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has acquired a clothing company, Cottonseed Clothing Company , the firm announced today. Cottonseed Clothing Company is a provider of t-shirt and apparel for kids. Wittlebee said that Cottonseed was one the first vendors to supply clothing to the company. The firm also said that Cottonseed Clothing CEO Erin Gutierrez will continue to be involved in the manufacturing process for the company. clothes acquisition merger ecommerce science company clothing wittlebe