Mon.Aug 19, 2019

Shell’s first electric vehicle fast charger lands in Singapore

TechCrunch LA

Royal Dutch Shell, the energy giant known for its fossil fuel production and hundreds of Shell gas stations, is creeping into the electric vehicle-power business. The company’s first DC fast charger launched Monday at a Shell gas station in Singapore. Greenlots, an EV charging startup acquired by Shell in January, installed the charger. This is the first of 10 DC fast chargers that Greenlots plans to bring to Shell service stations in Singapore over the next several months.

USGS Awards $2.2 Million to Caltech for Earthquake Warning System

L.A. Business Journal

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $2.2 million to Caltech for additional development on ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system

Men’s personal care startup Huron raises $1M

TechCrunch LA

Huron founder and CEO Matt Mullenax is hoping to build a big business around body wash. “For us, the broader mission is A+ personal care for guys everywhere — not just guys in New York or guys in the Bay Area or guys in Los Angeles,” he said. The startup has raised $1 million in seed funding from RXBAR founders Peter Rahal and Jared Smith, CXT Investments, and Lean Luxe founder M. Paul Munford.

5 Tips to Gain From People Who Don’t Think Like You

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing we all have to learn in business is how to work with and lead people that are not like you , and don’t think like you. In my experience as a business advisor, that’s probably the biggest hurdle to success encountered by every new business owner.

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Video Interview with Alice Cheng, Upfront Ventures

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Our video interview today--where we interview the startup entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the technology industry across Southern California--is with Alice Cheng , an Associate at Upfront Ventures (www.upfront.com), a Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm.

MTS FASHION TALK @PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 22, 2019 -- MTS FASHION TALK @PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER. Join us for a fascinating MTS Fashion Talk bringing together top fashion icons, bloggers and influencers focusing on How Entrepreneurship Is Changing Fashion. See [link] (more

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EvoNexus Deadline Approaches On Friday

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Startups in the Internet-of-Things (IoT), analytics, and security areas looking to join the EvoNexus startup incubator, need to submit their applications by Friday, August 23rd, according to the startup incubator.

AeroVironment Wins $45M Contract From U.S. Army

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Simi Valley-based AeroVironment , which develops unmanned aerial vehicles for the defense market, has scored a $45M contract award from the U.S. Army, the company said on Monday morning. AeroVironment said the contract came from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB), and will go towards supporting the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command, National Guard and others.

CloudBlue Signs New Customer

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Irvine-based CloudBlue , which develops a platform to let telecommunications companies, technology distributors, managed service providers, and others to sell cloud and digital services, reported a win today with HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC). According to CloudBlue, HGC will use its platform to power the "HGC Marketplace". Financial details of the win were not announced. CloudBlue is owned by Ingram Micro.

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OpenGate Capital Acquires InRule Technology

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced this morning that it has acquired Chicago-based InRule Technology , a developer of decision management and business rules management software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to OpenGate Capital, it obtained a majority interest in InRule, the fifth investment through its second institutional fund.

How Element 16 Hopes To Help Cut Power Use In Industrial Plants, Parker Wells

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For this morning's interview, we sat down and talked with Parker Wells , the CEO of Element 16 (www.element16.com), based in Glendale, which has developed new heat energy storage technology aimed at use in the industrial sector. The startup was part of the Techstars Dubai Accelerator earlier this year. Parker told us about the origins of its technology, and how the company hopes to use its technology to make a big impact on fossil energy use at heavy industrial facilities. What is Element 16?

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ScoreStream Connects With Amazon Alexa

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San Diego-based ScoreStream , which provides crowdsourced, local sports scores, photos, videos, and more for high school football and other teams, is connecting with Amazon Alexa, the company said on Friday. According to the venture backed startup, it will soon begin offering up real-time, hyper-local prep football scores from thousands of games across the country through Alexa.

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Rocket Lab Places More Small Satellites Into Space

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab successfully launched a new set of satellites into space early on Monday morning, in the "Look Ma No Hands" launch. According to Rocket Lab, the mission carried satellites for UNSEENLABS, and a new set of rideshare payloads from Spaceflight, including spacecraft for the BlackSky and United States Air Force Space Command. The four-satellite rocket launch lifted off from New Zealand successfully on Monday morning.