August, 2019

Report: Using E-scooters Not So Green, Especially If You'd Be Walking Instead

socalTECH

The rise in on-demand, e-scooter companies--such as those from Bird , Wheels , Lime , and many others--has been heralded by companies as being good for the planet and cleaner than other options.

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Robocalls Crowd Out Real Business Calls. This Startup Has an Answer.

Xconomy

The ways in which robocallers try to dupe us are becoming almost as plentiful as the frequency of the calls. An unknown phone number was once all scammers needed to trick the average person into picking up the call.

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Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

TechCrunch LA

Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums.

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Postmates is Arriving at Dodger Stadium

L.A. Business Journal

The Los Angeles Dodgers named San Francisco-based mobile app Postmates Inc. as a concessions partner - bringing the ease of food pickup into the stadium

The best things about your company board

Berkonomics

For weeks, we’ve highlighted both good and bad things about boards of directors for your company (or non-profit.) This week, let’s focus upon number one – aside from the requirements of boards to protect the company itself (not the shareholders.). Normal functions of boards.

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Video Interview: Tony Winders, The Winders Group

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Our video interview today is with Tony Winders, the CEO of The Winders Group, a marketing agency in Los Angeles.

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PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

TechCrunch LA

PodcastOne , the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters.

New PCSK9 Cholesterol Drug Faces Tough Foe. (Hint: Not Cholesterol.)

Xconomy

Remember when the new wave of expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs—known as PCSK9 inhibitors—were supposed to give the healthcare system a financial heart attack ? Far from it.

Loot Crate Files Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell Assets

L.A. Business Journal

Loot Crate Inc., which sells subscription boxes of pop culture apparel and collectibles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday

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So, your board is dysfunctional. What to do?

Berkonomics

It happens. Boards are elected by the shareholders, sometimes with preferred shareholders holding seats by right of their investment. In that instance, often the investor selects the board member and the CEO goes along with the choice, mostly out of having no alternative at the time.

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8 Steps To Stop Killing Yourself As A Micro-Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

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Video Interview: Brand Caso, Meshcandy

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Our interview todays is with Brand Caso , the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Meshcandy (meshcandy.com) developing mesh devices specifically for the health care industry, used for automate the measuring information at health care sites. READ MORE>>.

Launching from beta, ProGuides is making money ensuring that gamers never play alone

TechCrunch LA

When ProGuides pulled the covers off of its service earlier this year, the young Los Angeles-based startup intended to give gamers a way to train with professional and semi-pro esports players from around the world.

For GW Pharma CEO Justin Gover, The CBD Trend Started 20 Years Ago

Xconomy

Remember the simpler times of the mid-2010s, when you could order a latte or cocktail in California without the option of adding CBD?

Stamps.com Profit Plunges After Ending Postal Service Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

In its first quarterly earnings report since terminating the agreement, Stamps.com posted a net income of $14 million, down 69% from $45.5 million this time last year

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Let your board help with “what” and “why” – but rarely “how.”

Berkonomics

I am sure you can argue with this one. Sometimes a board member is valuable in teaching the “how” to get things done inside the company.

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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: Jeff Cohn, Syndicated Maps

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Jeff Cohn , the founder and CEO of Syndicated Maps (www.syndicatedmaps.com) previously helped start up the Tech Coast Angels' efforts and company screenings in Los Angeles.

LA-based gaming company, Scopely, expands in Spain and Ireland

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles-based gaming company, Scopely is expanding its geographical footprint in Spain and Ireland. The company is building out its Barcelona offices tripling its office space and planning to significantly expand its 100-person-strong team in the city.

Digital Workplace, UCC, and User Experience

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Fair Secures $100 Million Investment from Ally Financial

L.A. Business Journal

Online car leasing startup Fair announced Aug. 27 it raised a $100 million credit facility led by Ally Financial Services Inc. to help finance its existing business and buy cars for its users

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Does your board give you good advice?

Berkonomics

This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. Having served on more than forty boards, I’ve seen such a variety of good and bad advice that my stories could fill a book. (oh, oh, wait.

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

Video Interview: Chad Wasilenkoff, Helicoid Industries

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For our interview today, we spoke with Chad Wasilenkoff , the CEO of Helicoid Industries (www.helicoidind.com), a spinout of UC Riverside. Helicoid's technology is used in the composites industry. READ MORE>>. interview chad wasilenkoff helicoid industries materials composites riverside

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.

Game Dev Make n' Mingle

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 29, 2019 -- GET YOUR GAME ON! NYFA is not just a great place to learn about making games, it's a great place to make games! Come to NYFA to work on your game projects and make new friends! We'll supply the workspace, the pizza, the wifi and the mentorship. Bring your LAPTOP and your game projects and get ready to work (and have fun)! This event is open to the entire gaming community, whether you are a NYFA student or not, so bring a friend or two!

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LiveXLive and Allied Esports Team Up to Produce Gaming Events

L.A. Business Journal

Live event producer LiveXLive Media Inc., based in Beverly Hills, announced today it will partner with Irvine-based Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. to put on live esports events

Where’s your team playbook? Hmm?

Berkonomics

This one comes straight from football.

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Driving Your Team With Fear Has Negative Consequences

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.