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.

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.

Fractional CTO

SoCal CTO

Since the early 1990s, I’ve been a part of 50+ startup companies in various roles, and have informally advised 100s of other startups.

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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

socalTECH

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.

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?

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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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: Brand Caso, Meshcandy

socalTECH

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>>.

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.

Digital Workplace, UCC, and User Experience

SoCal Tech Calendar

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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.

Through crowdsourcing, Cerberus Interactive wants to take location based gaming to the masses

TechCrunch LA

Sami Khan began his work in the startup world by marketing mobile-based investment services like Acorns.

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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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.

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.

Video Interview: Chad Wasilenkoff, Helicoid Industries

socalTECH

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

In SF, tech crumbled the American dream — LA can do better

TechCrunch LA

Damian Bradfield. Contributor. Damian Bradfield is the president, CMO and founding partner of WeTransfer , the company that designs tools for the creative process. His upcoming book, The Trust Manifesto, about trust in the era of big data, will be released on October 4th. In the summer of 2018, parts of San Francisco’s public utilities turned gold.

Preccelerator Workshop: Strategic Partnerships with Jonathan Tavss

SoCal Tech Calendar

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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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6 Myths On Starting A New Business That Can Kill You

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new business is fraught with challenges, and none of us has the bandwidth to kill them all.

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