Wrench’s on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million

TechCrunch LA

Wrench , the Seattle-based on demand vehicle maintenance and repair service for consumers and fleets, has raised $20 million in its latest round of financing. Other companies operating in a similar vein (and in automotive) include the refueling and car wash on-demand startups like Filld, Yoshi, and Booster Fuels for gassing up and Spiffy, Wype, Washos and Washé for washing. Consumers are embracing on-demand services that make their lives better.

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Demand Media: No Competition For Sixteen New TLDs

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported Wednesday that it is the only applicant for sixteen of the 26 new generic, Top Level Domain (gTLDs) it applied for from ICANN. Demand Media said the gTLDs it applied for where no one else had applied are.actor,airforce,army,dance,democrat,engineer,gives,immobilien,kaufen,moda,navy,ninja,pub,rehab,republican, and.social. The firm said it has competition for managing the.bar,cam,fishing,gay,green,map,mom,moto,rip, and.wow domains.

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Bird To Face Competition From Uber, Lyft In San Francisco

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based on-demand scooter rental service Bird will have to compete against both Uber and Lyft in its fight for the San Francisco market. bird scooter lime electric rental venture capital uber lyft competition transportationAccording to The Verge, both companies have applied for electric scooters in San Francisco, and are hoping to operate electric scooters there.

7 Tips For Success With Today’s Demanding Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Adopt new core principles to stay competitive and assure survival. Your ability to meet the test of the ever more-demanding and less-tolerant customer, as well as the emerging swarm of new competitors, is dependent on your willingness and ability to change your thinking and your company.

SUN Plans New Scooter For Crowded On Demand Scooter Market

socalTECH

Is there room on your curb for (yet another) on-demand scooter company? SUN faces some formidable competition in the scooter and mobility market, with very well funded competitors like Bird, Lime, Wheels, Razor, Uber, and Lyft very active across the local market. Los Angeles-based SUN thinks there is, and said on Wednesday that it is getting set to launch a new, shared scooter model in California.

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Demand pull – cost push.

Berkonomics

Place your cash bets behind proven demand. The term, “demand pull – cost push” was created by the great economist, John Maynard Keynes, to describe the two primary drivers of economic inflation. Demand pull: too much demand for a product or service and not enough supply cause a competition for the product that drives prices higher without increasing the intrinsic value of the product. Cost push – demand pull.

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Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

They would launch quickly and test whether or not there is any demand. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

7 Tips For Success With Today’s Demanding Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Adopt new core principles to stay competitive and assure survival. Your ability to meet the test of the ever more-demanding and less-tolerant customer, as well as the emerging swarm of new competitors, is dependent on your willingness and ability to change your thinking and your company.

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2pointb Takes On Uber, Lyft With On-Demand Ride App

socalTECH

San Diego-based 2pointb , a new startup aiming at the on-demand transportation market, said over the weekend that it has launched a new, mobile on-dnd ride and transportation app. 2pointb faces some serious competition from Uber--which just raised $1.2 The company said its first market will be Dallas, Texas, where it says it is looking to provide a "safer, more trustworthy" ride service for users.

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Demand Media Gets New Competitor, Yahoo, After Associated Content Buy

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Demand Media , the user-generated content venture of Richard Rosenblatt, has new competition this afternoon, from Yahoo , after Yahoo announced it would acquire content publishing firm Associated Content. Associated Content, much like Demand Media, pays users to "crowdsource" articles about various topics which might be of interest to Internet users and web searching. Tags: demand media associated content yahoo

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Schlep & Fetch: Delivering Anything and Everything, On Demand

socalTECH

On-demand, delivery startup Schlep and Fetch (www.schlepandfetch.com) wants to be the place you contact first to get practically anything delivered for you, whether that's a food order or something you forgot to pick up from home. Bryson Strauss: We are an on-demand delivery service.

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5 Disruptive Startup Events Which Demand A New Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup needs to build and monitor their list of top competitive risks, and size the cost of a quick direction shift if the worst case happens. Don’t get stuck in the past, or let some early success lead you to competitive lethargy or crippling indecisiveness.

Leadership on Demand

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, July 9, 2009 -- Leadership on Demand a.k.a. In today's economic environment, business leaders must seek every possible competitive advantage and the most powerful advantage is ensuring that the right people are leading the way. Executive as a Service". TCOSC. Business as usual is usually a path to mediocrity.

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Report: Bird Seeking New Funding At $2 Billion Valuation

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based on-demand scooter rental service Bird is report raising yet more funding, at a $2 billion valuation, according to a report on Tuesday. Bird is in a massive battle with a large list of players launch or looking to enter the on-demand, "last mile" scooter rental service, including Lime, Uber, and Lyft. bird scooter lime electric rental venture capital uber lyft competition transportation

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CROWDIMPACT LA Dangles $20K Prize For Social Enterprise Startups

socalTECH

Crowdfunder , the Los Angeles startup led by CHance Barnett, has launched another crowdfunding event aimed at the local industry, saying Wednesday that it has launched CROWDIMPACT LA , a pitching competition which will award $20,000 in a top prize to a winning social enterprise company. The event is similar to CROWDSTART LA, a pitching competition the company launched last year. crowdimpact crowdfunder social enterprise competition funding venture capital crowdfunding

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With its third fund, Revolution Ventures stays true to its mission

TechCrunch LA

Competition for access to deals in the Bay Area, however, has priced many investors out of the most sought-after rounds.

5 Opportunity Areas To Motivate Any Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

A related “red flag” in a business plan is a missing competitive analysis section, or a short paragraph that essentially says, “this product has no competition.” My reaction is, if there is no competition, then there is no market demand for your product, so why are you building it?

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

TechCrunch LA

The company has taken a methodical approach to opening its doors as a digital bank, in part because it wants to have the necessary support infrastructure in place to service the demand that Wilk expects to see for its service. And they’re facing global competition as well.

Postmates’ newest feature is like Uber POOL for food delivery

TechCrunch LA

The feature illustrates how Postmates, one of the earlier entrants to the billion-dollar food delivery wars , is trying to remain competitive by appealing to price-sensitive customers. Postmates Party is the latest innovation in on-demand delivery that will help us deliver on this vision,” Postmates CEO and co-founder Bastian Lehmann said in a statement. Postmates is launching a new feature called Postmates Party that lets customers within the same neighborhood pool their orders.

Livestrong.com Reports Growth For Team RadioShack Site

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM , the online health and fitness site run by Demand Media for Lance Armstrong, reported today that its new site for Team RadioShack, the professional cycling team of Armstrong, has grown to one million visitors in just seven days. Demand Media and Armstrong launched Livestrong.com in June of 2008. Tags: livestrong team radioshack lance armstrong bicycling cycling competition

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Lime is building its first scooter ‘lifestyle brand store’ in LA

TechCrunch LA

Apparently with a physical storefront where it can convince customers of the wonders of on-demand mobility. Instead, it’s the fierce competition from hometown startups like local favorite Bird that Lime wants to overcome through brick-and-mortar marketing.

Fifty years of the internet

TechCrunch LA

How did we go from collaboration to competition, from consensus to dissention, from a reliable digital resource to an amplifier of questionable information? Leonard Kleinrock. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Which Industries Are a Good Fit For a Dark Fiber Network and Why?

Southern California Edison Blog

These tailored services allow a variety of industries to exceed business requirements and goals as well as stay competitive in their respective spaces. The network solution of dark fiber is booming in the telecommunication and network industries.

Lyft Launches Scooter Rentals In Santa Monica

socalTECH

Lyft just launched its own on-demand, electric powered scooter program in Santa Monica on Tuesday morning, as the on-demand scooter business continues to heat up. Lyft has some stiff competition in Santa Monica--the home of Bird--which already has scooters from Bird and Lime. The launch is only the second city for Lyft's service, which also is available in Denver, Colorado.

Does Your Business Need a Dedicated Internet Connection?

Southern California Edison Blog

Once general tools used to manage daily operations, they’re now major sources of competitive advantage. The only demands on the connection come from your business. Technology and network connections are becoming increasingly important for businesses.

Opinion: Nvidia’s Business As Usual Strategy Can Cost Them Dearly

Inverted Software

In order to be competitive with other cryptocurrency miners, though, a cryptocurrency miner needs a computer that can keep up with the calculations, one that is loaded with GPUs. Nvidia was recently hit with multiple class action lawsuits following this year’s cryptocurrency crash.

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Catch up to your market or be lost!

Berkonomics

Over the years, I have often heard the complaint from CEO friends that they have become so swamped by the demands of their growing businesses that they feel themselves further and further from the center of their industry, no longer at the forefront of information and competitive development.

Your customers are telling you “Wiw Wiw Wiw!”

Berkonomics

Especially for those of us producing forms of media for consumption, from books to movies to music to games and more, our customers expect delivery in the form of bits over the Internet upon demand, usable on a multitude of devices, and sometimes stored in the cloud at no additional cost.

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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation

SoCal Tech Calendar

The secondary effects are changing the nature of businesses: traditional retail and restaurant experiences are being replaced by on-demand delivery; Transportation-as-a-Service is now viable and cities are partnering with startups to deliver competitive options for mass transit. Saturday, November 16, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Transportation. Emerging Opportunities in Urban Mobility and the Business Models It Will Enable.

Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies

SoCal Tech Calendar

We dive into the crucial process of gathering and analyzing information about markets, industries, and products in their competitive spaces. This, in turn, can generate significant growth for companies and brands who seek to stay on top of competition and in demand. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -- Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies. American Marketing Association (AMA).

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Report: Bird Negotiating To Buy Scoot

socalTECH

According to an unconfirmed report on Wednesday, Santa Monica-based on-demand scooter rental startup Bird is in the midst of talks to acquire another, on-demand scooter company, Scoot. It's unclear if Bird approached Scoot on the deal, or perhaps if the story might have been leaked by someone near to Scoot; it's not uncommon for investment bankers and other advisors to leak rumors of acquisition deals to spur more interest and competitive bids on companies.

How to battle the dragon AND avoid the encounter.

Berkonomics

And if that new strategy is proved to be true, the five–hundred–pound gorilla in that niche just moved out of the way of many of its smaller competitors, leaving a market that will surely see a scramble of new competition in the near future.

Is Your Wireless Infrastructure Provider Delivering?

Southern California Edison Blog

How should networks be configured and equipped to support the services businesses and consumers are demanding? Below are three signs your wireless infrastructure provider can’t deliver the products and services you need to meet current demands or expand your capacity.

Sweep Eyes Nationalwide Electric Scooter Maintenance, Logistics

socalTECH

The startup, led by CEO Rich Banning, is harnessing an "on-demand" workforce to sweep up scooters from the streets, for inventory checks, and also says it has specialized mechanics working on maintenance of the scooers. Sweep is in a very competitive market--there's already cutthroat competition among independent contractors who go "Bird hunting", being paid to charge scooters and return them to designated spot in the morning.

Why buy IT? Why buy MINE? Why buy NOW?

Berkonomics

Sometimes, companies do this by creating demand where none existed before, such as for Listerine in the early days with a campaign to eliminate halitosis, the dreaded bad breath that consumers had no name for and did not think of as a need before that most successful advertising campaign.

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