November, 2019

Heliogen’s new tech could unlock renewable energy for industrial manufacturing

TechCrunch LA

Last Monday a group of millionaires and billionaires took a trip to an industrial site in Lancaster, Calif. to witness the achievement of what could represent a giant leap forward in the effort to decarbonize some of the world’s most carbon intensive industries.

SpaceX Starship Prototype Reportedly Explodes In Texas

socalTECH

A prototype of a SpaceX Starship, which is undergoing testing in Texas, reportedly exploded during pressure testing on Wednesday afternoon.

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BYD Sells 130 Electric Buses to LADOT

L.A. Business Journal

BYD Motors will deliver 130 electric buses to the L.A. Department of Transportation, the company's largest order yet

Why recurring revenues increase your company’s value

Berkonomics

The massive shift in revenue models in recent years. Have you noticed how many web apps and content have turned into subscription services during the last several years? Call it the Netflix effect.

Honey Acquired by PayPal for $4 Billion

L.A. Business Journal

PayPal Holdings Inc. paid $4 billion to acquire Mid-Wilshire-based ecommerce software developer Honey Science Corp

Gloria brings international soccer scouting into the 21st century

TechCrunch LA

Lionel Messi, who’s still arguably the greatest soccer player in the world , signed his first contract with FC Barcelona when he was thirteen years old.

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6 Ways Of Telling Your Story That Draws People To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits.

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Hits 25 Investments

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Los Angeles-based Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , the venture investment fund focused on healthcare, which is led by John Nackel, Jay Goss, Eric Marton and Kwame Ulmer, says it has just completed its 25th investment--all made in the last 18 months. According to the firm, it believes its pace of investments makes it one of the most active healthcare venture investors in the country.

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What is the real goal for our management and company?

Berkonomics

Often, we joke together as managers of companies or of people that our goal is “world domination” or “to crush the competition.” But no matter how stated, the primary goal of an enterprise is to make money. The three measures of progress. How do you measure progress toward such an undefined goal?

Fintech Startup Altruist Raises $8.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice-based startup Altruist Corp. raised an $8.5 million Series A round

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Five Questions With a16z’s Vijay Pande on AI and Making New Drugs

Xconomy

In startup world these days, the word “biotech” is increasingly accompanied by “computational” and two, two-letter initialisms: AI and ML.

Daily Crunch: Twitter will delete dormant accounts

TechCrunch LA

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. Twitter will free up handles by deleting inactive accounts.

5 Ways To Increase Your Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business and entrepreneur advisor, I have no trouble getting owners and managers to agree that change is happening faster and faster in the consumer and technology world, requiring them to keep their business more agile , just to keep up.

ringDNA Adds AI-Powered Sales Coaching

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Los Angeles-based ringDNA , which develops artificial intelligence software for the sales market, has added a new sales coaching product that uses artificial intelligence to help improve sales teams. According to ringDNA, its new conversational intelligence product, ConversationAI, provides sales talking points, call context, social etiquette, sentiment, and other various techniques that win more deals, based on its analysis of over more than 130 mimllion sales conversations.

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Over-promoting employees. Recalling the Peter Principle

Berkonomics

Remember the Peter Principle? Funny how good messages come back in new forms after years of languishing out in the ether. Dr. Laurence J.

Fisker Previews First Electric Vehicle

L.A. Business Journal

Torrance-based electric vehicle developer Fisker Inc. will debut its first fully electric sport utility vehicle in January 2020

Los Angeles Auto Show 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, December 1, 2019 --.

Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers

TechCrunch LA

Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she’s been running her own business for 10 years. First it was street-style photography, then came the launch of her popular fashion blog WeWoreWhat.

A Culture Of Purpose In Business Leads To Doing Well

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices.

Alexa Can Now Order You A Chipotle Burrito

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Newport Beach-based fast food chain Chipotle is making it easier for you to order its burritos and other items, through a new link into Amazon Alexa , the company said on Thursday. Chipotle said that it has launched a Chpotle skill for Alexa, which allows its members to reoder their favorite meals for either delivery or pickup. According to Chipotle, users can download Amazon Alexa and enable the Chipotle skill, and link their Chipotle profile and reorder at any time.

Annual reviews or constant feedback?

Berkonomics

Here comes a controversial subject. How often do you take the time to rate your direct reports? Is it worth the time and effort when measured from the perspective of the company and of the employee? In terms of time, this can be expensive and disruptive to you and your direct reports.

Solar Startup Heliogen Looks to Power Plants, Refineries

L.A. Business Journal

For decades, solar technology experts have sought to generate electricity. But Pasadena-based Heliogen has a new technology that swaps fossil fuels for solar energy in industrial applications

Los Angeles Auto Show 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, November 30, 2019 --.

Audi’s next all-electric vehicle, the e-tron Sportback, is a “coupé” SUV

TechCrunch LA

Audi revealed Tuesday evening in Los Angeles the e-tron Sportback as the German automaker begins to chip away at its plan to launch more than 30 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2025.

7 Tips For Building Millennials Into Next-Gen Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them nearly ten years ago. They started out as that spoiled generation of kids, born between about 1982 and 2004, who had everything, and could care less about business.

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Video Interview: Dr. Paul Witman, California Luthern University

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Our video interview today is with Dr. Paul Witman , Director of the MS-Information Technology Program at California Lutheran University (www.clu.edu), which recently added a new cybersecurity certificate to its program. READ MORE>>.

Daré to Add Microchip-Based Birth Control to Women’s Health Portfolio

Xconomy

The list of activities our smartphones can control grows daily. Transfer money? It’s simple. Order groceries? That, too. Turn off the bedroom lights? Check. How about contraception?

Snap Rolls Out New Spectacles

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. releases the newest version of Spectacles, its camera- and video-capable glasses

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Los Angeles Auto Show 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, November 29, 2019 --.

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21

TechCrunch LA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company will unveil its all-electric “cyber truck” Nov. 21 in Los Angeles near the serial entrepreneur’s other company SpaceX. The date just so happens to coincide with the LA Auto Show.