Chipotle Shifts eSports Competition Online


Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says it is shifting its eSports competition, the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series , into an online tournament format. The first competition is on Monday. chipotle esports online competition tournamentThe eSports tournament--which was in person in Dallas, Texas last year--will include both professional gamers and celebrities, and will offer up $50,000 in prizes and free Chipotle for a year.

Ingram Micro Launches Startup Competition


Irvine-based Ingram Micro , a distributor of technology products and provider of cloud and other related services, has launched a new competition aimed at startups, thec ompany said this morning. According to Ingram Micro, its new Comet Competition is aimed at early stage, independent software vendors (ISVs), which will award $5M in money and funding to a total of 60 ISVs, through a series of 16 competitions, which it will conduct internationally.

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How To Highlight A Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. competitor bashing investor pitch sustainable competitive advantage

Can you defend your pricing niche against your competition?


There can be nothing more important in your business planning that selecting the proper pricing niche, making your story clear using that niche, and the defending your position against the competition. What competition would you face?

German Team Wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition


A German team has won the fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition on Sunday, taking its pod up to 288 mph (463 km/h), as SpaceX continues to push development of technology for the high tech, futuristic transportation technology cooked up by Elon Musk. The German team, from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), was also a previous winner in the Hyperloop Pod Competition, and came close to that record speed last year.

6 Keys To Convince Investors Of Your Competitive Edge

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs are quick to assert to potential investors that their product or solution will kill the competition, but unfortunately your opinion alone is not enough to convince most experienced investors. Competitive businesses have great teams, as well as great products.

XPRIZE: 77 Teams In $10M ANA Avatar Competition


Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the nonprofit which runs global competitions to spur the development of technology to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges, says it now has 77 teams signed up for its $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition. The ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition is aimed at spurring development of technology to allow humans to have a remote presence in remote locations in real time. xprize avatar competition technology development

Curogram Selected For Publicis Startup Competition


Los Angeles-based health messaging startup Curogram , a new startup developing a web-based, SMS app for the healthcare market, has been selected as a finalist for the Publicis Health Media Disruption Garage Competition, according to the company. competition startup publicis curogram media disruption award health healthcare

Performance competition is a good thing


We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team. Every time I watch one I marvel, this is Microsoft? Clearly we're seeing a new Microsoft. If you're not watching, you would have also missed how much emphasis the ASP.NET team is putting on performance.

XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition


According to XPRIZE, it decided to split the top $10M award in the competition between two winners-- Kitkit School , which has developed a learning program using a "game-based core"; and onebillion , a developer of "numeracy content" and literacy material. xprize learning competition kitkit onebillion school education educational software swahiliMarina Del Rey-based XPRIZE , the organization led by Dr. Peter H.

Make Yourself A Key Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The only “sustainable competitive advantage” in business is self-awareness. entrepreneur scott belsky sustainable competitive advantageThe most successful entrepreneurs and business owners I know are humble, and they don’t have an inflated sense of self.

SPOTLITE Launches Singing Competition App


spotlite singing competition talent music musician iphone androidLos Angeles- and Beijing-based SPOTLITE says it has launched a new, mobile app, which lets music fans sing original music, cover, or karaoke songs to win money. Spotlite said its executives come from such companies as Google Music, Yahoo! Music, Microsoft, Atom Factory, and Warner/Chappell, and that its development and tech teams are in Beijing, with marketing, A&R, and business development based in Los Angeles.

Here’s how NOT to define your competition


An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. We have no competition.”. We investors see this all the time. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new. Niet! Unh unh.

Building a Bigger Competitive Future

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -- Building a Bigger Competitive Future. Brand strategist Derrick Daye shares the requirements of building a bigger competitive future for brands in an over-communicated, over-competitive and uncertain marketplace. Brands in all stages of development will benefit and each attendee will leave with actionable insights and a higher degree of optimism about their competitive future in an Age of Disruption.

Sony Electronics Launches Competition For Female Filmmakers, Photographers


The competition is in its second year. sony diego photographer filmmaker female competition contest mentorshipSony Electronics , which runs its U.S. operations out of San Diego, says it has launched a contest that will award $21,000 in project budget and up to $5,000 in Sony gear to female photographers and filmmakers. According to the company, its Alpha Female Creator-in-residence Program is aimed at helping advance the careers of female photographers and filmmakers.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

8 Work Trends Driven By New Ventures And Competition

Startup Professionals Musings

Both are required to stay competitive. The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how business employees interact with customers, but also how they interact with each other, and with their company.

Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition. Startup Coil. startups and entrepreneurs pitch on stage for product, business model, and investing feedback, and one winner will take home a valuable prize package. See [link] (more

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture investment arm of Qualcomm, has kicked off its annual venture competition, the QPrize , dangling seven $100,000 regional prizes and a $150,000 grand prize. Qualcomm said the deadline for the startup competition this year is April 18th.

Toshiba Sues Western Digital Over Unfair Competition


Irvine-based Western Digital has just been sued by Toshiba Corporation , which is seeking $1 billion in damages for what it says is violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. toshiba western digital competition legal joint venture memory flashAccording to Sohiba, it filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court against Western Digital Corporation, a U.S. company, and its subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

California Facing Competition for Video Game Industry

L.A. Business Journal

California is facing increasing competition from states and national governments for its video game industry, according to a report scheduled to be released on Feb. 13 by the Milken Institute

Startup Demo Competition

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -- Startup Demo Competition. 805 Startups is partnering with the City of Thousand Oaks to hold a startup demo competition at their beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The selected startups will present in front of an audience of 400 people from across Southern California and to a panel of judges made up of ACTIVE startup investors (angels and VCs). See [link] (more

Blizzard Entertainment, ESPN Partner On Gaming Competition


Irvine-based online, massively multiplayer online game maker Blizzard Entertainment said last week that it is launching a new, video game competition which will award more than $450,000 in tuition and other prizes to college students--not to mention coverage on ESPN. The competition also includes a fantasy sports-like bracket competition that anyone can enter to also win other prizes, without playing the game.

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition Opens Registration


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE , the $5M competition being run by Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , has opened up registrations to teams, and has published guidelines for the artificial intelligence competition. The new competition is seeking to spur teams to create artificial intelligence technology, to challenge some of humanity's most pressing challenges. watson xprize competition registration nonprofit challenge artificial intelligence software

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Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?


A new technology "pitch competition", Techgladiatr , said it is giving away "beer, BBQ, and cupcakes" as part of a pitch event tonight which will give startups 30 minutes to pitch "a business inspired by a random idea". pitch dating competition startup improbable comedian joke april1st april

Investor Secrets For Smart Competitive Positioning

Startup Professionals Musings

Competition for your new hydrogen fuel auto engine is not limited to other hydrogen auto engine offerings, or even other autos. Prior recognition and visibility in the target market is invaluable from a competitive perspective. competitive advantage entrepreneur investor startup

CapLinked Launches Pitch Competition


Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of an online platform for managing fundraising and investors, said this morning that it has launched a new pitch competition. The firm said that judges for the competition come form Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus, including Idealab's Alex Maleki and Rincon's Jim Andelman. caplinked pitch business entrepreneur startup competition fundraising

Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it is doubling the size of its QPrize annual investment funding competition, and will now award $250,000 in convertible note financing to regional winners, with an additional $250,000 to grand prize winners. This will be the fifth year of the competition. qualcomm ventures qprize competition prize seed investment venture capital

Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Picking Duck


Among the participants that applied for the online competitions, only a progressed into the semi-finals. Tech.Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition? Manubay: Leading up to the initial, local pitch competition we were pitching to family and friends for practice and for possible investment opportunity.

New Competition Looks For Startups Combating Climate Change


A new, startup competition, called the California Climate Cup --run by te Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)--says it is looking to identify the most promising startups, globally, who are working on innovations for megacities for zero emission transportation and clean energy. The new competition will offer up cash prizes and an opportunity to pitch those startups to investors.

8 Principles For Building A Competitive Core Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Revenue and competitive position followed. competitive core business Facebook Mike HoefflingerMany new business owners I know have learned the hard way that you can never be everything for everyone.

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition


Six companies started by students at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall have been awarded a total of $50,000 in seed funding, after competing in the center's New Venture Seed Competition held this week.

FanWide Wins $10,000 Sports Startup Competition At USC


FanWide , a startup which helps users find "viewing parties" for their favorite college or pro sports teams, anywhere they live or travel, has won a the $10,000 prize in the HYPE Sports Innovation competition, held last week at the University of Southern California. According to HYPE, the competition, held in conjunction with USC's Marshall School of Business and Silicon Valley Bank, was aimed at finding the most disruptive technology likely to shape the future of basketball.

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition


Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs.

7 Reasons To Think Positively About Competition

Startup Professionals Musings

As an investor, I always listen carefully to what an entrepreneur says, and does not say, about competition. Here are seven key ways to do this: Frame the competition as manageable. Investors want to see evidence of your sustainable competitive advantage.