Wed.Nov 24, 2021

6 Ways To Expand Your Thinking To The Next Big Thing

Startup Professionals Musings

Many of the startup investors I know are disappointed that so few of the startup ideas they see are really innovative or disruptive. Most of us are incremental or linear thinkers , and we miss the really big opportunities, like the next smartphone or space travel.

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QLess Acquired By Private Equity Investor

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Pasadena-based QLess, which develops software for managing virtual customer waiting lines, said on Tuesday evening that it has been acquired by Palisades Growth Capital, along with a syndicate of un-identified family offices. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. QLess powers virtual check-ins for virtual lines, where people can check in and receive SMS updates about wait times. QLess is led by President and CEO Mark Tapling.

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Prolacta Bioscience Adds Board Member

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Duarte, California-based Prolacta Bioscience, which provides human-milk based nutritional products for premature and critically ill infants, said this week that it has added Dr. Anne Beal as a member of its board. Beal is the founder and CEO of AbsoluteJOI Skincare.

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Pacaso Expands To Santa Barbara

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San Francisco-based real estate startup Pacaso, which was founded by former Zillow executives Austin Allison and Spencer Rascoff, said this week that it is expanding its platform to Santa Barbara. The startup helps people co-own and buy luxury second homes. Rascoff is based in Los Angeles. According to Pacaso, the company has begun hiring a regional team in the area. Pacaso allows owners to own from 1/8 to 1/2 of a home, and partners with local real estate agents and brokerages.

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.

NASA, SpaceX Launch Asteroid Intercept Mission From Vandenberg

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NASA and SpaceX successfully launched a test mission to intercept an astroid last night out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara. The launch--which was visible up and down the California coast around 10:25pm--will test a known asteroid to see how it can change that asteroid's course. The "Planetary Protection" mission launched a spacecraft--the DART--built and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland.

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Tastemade Launches New Subscription, Event Services

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Los Angeles-based media company Tastemade has launched a brand new set of services this week, called Tastemade Makers and Tastemade Experiences. The new services let creators create their own subscriptions and sell event tickets. The first--Tastemade Makers--is aimed at "chefs, mixologists, artisans, photographers, designers" and others, who can create subscription packages to offer up exclusive content, secret recipes, tips & tricks, recommendations and reviews, and more to their fans.