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10 Keys To Your New Venture Success And Satisfaction

Startup Professionals Musings

As the economy flourishes after some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open.

Echo Fox Exits Riot Games Championship League

L.A. Business Journal

Esports team owner Echo Fox has forfeited its role as a competitor in Riot Games Inc.’s s lucrative “League of Legends” League Championship Series after failing to sell the spot to another bidder

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CUDDLY Connects With Funding For Software For Animal Rescue Groups


Seal Beach-based CUDDLY , a developer of software and technology to help non-profit, animal rescue organizations, announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has received an investment from an angel investor. CUDDLY said the investment came from Greg Kidd, the co-founder and CEO of globaliD, and founding partner of investment firm Hard Yaka. Size of the investment was not announced.

SoftBank Vision Fund Invests $110 Million in Idea Lab's Energy Vault

L.A. Business Journal

Renewable energy storage firm Energy Vault, a portfolio company of Pasadena's Idea Lab, received a $110 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund to scale its operations and expand into international markets

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RepairSmith Launches In LA, Backed By Funding From Daimler AG


Los Angeles-based RepairSmith , which offers mobile automotive maintenance and repair services, has launched its services in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the company said on Wednesday. The startup is backed by Daimler AG, and offers up online pricing of services, online scheduling, and servicing of a vehicle at a customer's home, work, or at a shop. Size of the investment by Daimler AG was not announced, although RepairSmith called the the backing a "major investment commitment".

March Capital Leads $51 Million Funding Round in AI Company Uniphore

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based venture investors March Capital Partners led a $51 million Series C round for conversational artificial intelligence developers Uniphore Software Systems Private Ltd

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Los Angeles VC Panel and LAVA Annual Membership Meeting

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Los Angeles VC Panel and LAVA Annual Membership Meeting. Come meet three of the most active Venture Capital funds in Los Angeles. Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make. Panel includes: Evan Richter, Smash Ventures; Adam Corey, Global Village; Chris Wadden , Pasadena Angels.

Procore Adds 3D Model Support


Carpinteria-based Procore Technologies , which develops construction management software, has added a new, 3D modeling product-- Procore BIM --which lets teams access 3D models at construction job sites. According to Procore, the new product provides access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Apple iOS devices, including iPads and iPhones. Pricing on the new software was not announced.

Preccelerator Workshop: UX Primer for Entrepreneurs w/ Rich Abronson

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Preccelerator Workshop: UX Primer for Entrepreneurs w/ Rich Abronson. This session will discuss: What UX is (and isn't) and why it's important UX costs and how to incorporate it into your strategy The UX process including brainstorming, feature prioritization, and usability testing. See [link] (more

Smart Thermostats Popular With Younger Generations, Says Report


A new report, from J.D. Power , says that "younger generations" are "cozying up" to smart thermostats, the devices which automatically adjust a home's temperature based on when people are in or out of a home, usually saving energy and money. According to J.D.

Qualcomm Taps Former Palo Alto Networks CEO as Board Chairman


Wireless giant Qualcomm has appointed Mark McLaughlin , the former CEO of network security company Palo Alto Networks, as chairman of its board of directors. McLaughlin joined Silicon Valley-based Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW ) as president and CEO in 2011, ahead of its 2012 IPO. He served as the company’s top executive through June 2018. Prior to his time at Palo Alto Networks, McLaughlin was CEO of Internet infrastructure company Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN ).

WeWork Files For $1 Billion IPO


WeWork , the co-working space operator which has a significant presence across Southern California, has filed for an IPO, saying this morning that it is looking to raise up to $1,000,000,000 in a public offering. The company is looking to trade under the symbol WE, but has not yet selected an exchange. The IPO is being underwritten by J. Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co., BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, HSBC, UBS Investment Bank, and Wells Fargo Securities.