Fri.Oct 08, 2021

7 Principles for Keeping Work Discussions Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

All of us have been on the receiving end of a difficult conversation at work, and many have had to deliver a hard message to others. Unless you are totally inhuman, none of these are painless, and we all wish we had some way to make them more meaningful and more effective.

Shield AI Deploys Robot UAV With Marines

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-- San Diego-based Shield AI, which is developing software to help coordinate teams of robots in the defense and military market, says it has deployed its system with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and on the USS Portland. According to the company, it is developing systems which can help teams of robots and UAVs fly together in areas where GPS- and RF-signals are not working. The company is led by former Navy SEAL Brandon Tseng.

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APX Platform Scores Seed Funding

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Beverly Hills-based APX Platform, a developer of cloud-based software for the aesthetic industry, says it has raised what it calls an "oversubscribed seed round" for its company. Size of the seed funding was not announced. According to the company, it is developing a "disruptive alternative to the traditional option of a practice management consultant" for the aesthetic practice industry. The startup is led by two co-CEOs, Izhak Musli and Terri Ross.

Qualcomm Names New General Counsel

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has named a new General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. The company said that it has appointed Ann Chaplin to the position, replacing longtime General Counsel Don Rosenberg, who is retiring from the company after 14 years. Chaplin was most recently corporate secretary and deputy general counsel for General Motors (GM), an also previously served at Fish & Richardson. qualcomm general counsel legal executive chaplin

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.

Opy USA Secures $271.4M In Debt Funding

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San Diego-based Opy USA and its parent company, Openpay Group Ltd., announced this week that the two have raised $271.4M in a debt funding round, which came from Goldman Sachs and Atalaya Capital Management. The two, who provide "buy now pay later" financial products, said the funding will help it with expansion in the the U.S. payments market. Terms of that debt were not announced.

Elon Musk Moves Tesla HQ Out Of California

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Billionaire Elon Musk says that one of his tech companies--Tesla, will be moving its headquarters out of California, and to Austin, Texas, making good Musk's threat to pull out of Silicon Valley. Musk previously made threats to pull his companies out of California, citing pandemic restrictions. Musk also runs Hawthorne-based SpaceX, in the Los Angeles area. Musk has been spending much of his time in Texas living in a tiny prefab house owned by SpaceX in Boca Chica.