April, 2021

How You Can Achieve a Step Change in Your Fitness Before Summer

Both Sides of the Table

Just 21 months ago I couldn’t have jogged 2 miles in under 20 minutes and now I can run 3 miles in 21 minutes or more to the point I can pretty easily run 7.5 miles in an hour.

Claiming a landmark in fusion energy, TAE Technologies sees commercialization by 2030

TechCrunch LA

In a small industrial park located nearly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, one company is claiming to have hit a milestone in the development of a new technology for generating power from nuclear fusion.

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El Segundo Opposes LAX Terminal Plan

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo, which sits on the airport’s southern edge, last month sent in comments opposing LAWA’s proposal to add two new terminals as part of the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project

Some great coaches are younger than you are.

Berkonomics

Especially for social media-based businesses, we all need to recalibrate our thinking about who is the teacher and who is the student. There is nothing wrong with a manager slowing a conversation to ask for more background when speaking to an often-younger and more involved associate.

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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.

6 Keys To Finding The Right People For A Winning Team

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a new business owner or entrepreneur, you are likely to be creative and willing to take a risk , and you probably assume that most potential team members have the same mindset.

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CoreLogic Gets Shareholder Approval On Private Equity Acquisition

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Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic said on Wednesday that its shareholders have approved the go-private, private equity acquisition of the company by Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners. The two private equity companies will pay $80.00 per share in cash for CoreLogic. The deal is worth $6 billion in total. CoreLogic said it is being advised by financial advisor Evercore in the deal, with legal advice from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

TechCrunch LA

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned.

Cadiz Faces New Suit Over Water Pipeline

L.A. Business Journal

Another legal challenge has been launched against a project by downtown-based water infrastructure company Cadiz Inc. to pump and transport water from its desert aquifer

How often do you say, “Great job?”

Berkonomics

How we usually do this in our businesses. The best managers we all know are the ones who take the time to praise good work in public, before an employee’s peers. Most of us have a monthly award for the top person in a group of employees.

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6 Keys to Attracting Customers Based On Social Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a logical and data-driven business advisor, I have long focused on facts, technology, and quantifiable pain in guiding entrepreneurs.

Can You Pay Your Rent With Bitcoin? Yes, For Caruso Tenants

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based real estate developer Caruso says that it is now allowing its tenants to pay rent--both residential and retail properties--in Bitcoin, in a partnership with a company run by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. According to Caruso--whose develops include The Grove and The Americana at Brand--it will allow its tenants to pay rent in Bitcoin, subject to applicable laws.

SoftBank bets big on a ‘digital Ellis Island’

TechCrunch

Welcome Tech , which has built a digital platform aimed at immigrants and their families, has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round co-led by TTV Capital, Owl Ventures and SoftBank Group Corp.’s s SB Opportunity Fund.

Preccelerator U: Startup Guide to Financial Modeling w/ Mark Wald

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Bespoke Financial Raises $8 Million for Cannabis Lending Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Bespoke Financial Inc., has raised $8 million to expand its financial offerings for businesses in the cannabis industry

Do you “over-welcome” your new employees?

Berkonomics

A story of a CEO attuned to creating great company culture. A CEO friend of mine who managed her one-hundred-person remote workforce as a virtual company told me her story of how she welcomed new employees as she grew her firm. Strike that. She over-welcomed her new employees.

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10 Ways Leaders Must Change As The Business Matures

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. They run into difficulty when their business reaches the $1-2 million annual sales range, or their employee count exceeds 5-10.

Interview with Dave Eastman, Viterbi Startup Garage

socalTECH

For today's interview, we spoke to Dave Eastman, the Director of the Viterbi Startup Garage, a startup incubator that is run by the University of Southern California, out of its location in Marina Del Rey. Dave told us a bit more about the Viterbi Startup Garage and several other associated efforts there at USC centered around the startup ecosystem. What is Viterbi Startup Garage? Dave Eastman: Viterbi is the School of Engineering.

Canada’s newest unicorn: Clio raises $110M at a $1.6B valuation for legal tech

TechCrunch

Clio , a software company that helps law practices run more efficiently with its cloud-based technology, announced Tuesday it has raised a $110 million Series E round co-led by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. and OMERS Growth Equity.

GAN CEO Patrick Riley to Keynote Founder Showcase

StartUp Beat

Founder Showcase, organized by the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator Founder Institute, takes place tomorrow, April 28, from 10am to 1pm U.S. Pacific Time. Those interested can register at no cost here. Founded in 2008, the virtual event features hundreds of […].

Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

L.A. Business Journal

Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

Six ways to make your site-app-product go viral.

Berkonomics

It doesn’t happen by accident. Not every new game-related site is a Steam, and surely not every social network is a Facebook. And not every texting application is a Twitter. A story of an app from nowhere to near dominance.

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7 Ways Fun At Work Leads To Innovation And Creativity

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m convinced that people who have fun at work are more innovative, as well as happier. I don’t have any big scientific studies to prove this, but in my considerable business experience, I haven’t seen many successes come out of a group of fearful pessimists or unhappy people.

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ClickUp Wins The San Diego Padres

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San Diego-based workplace productivity software developer ClickUp reported this morning that it has been selected by the San Diego Padres, to power the team's IT operations. Financial details of the win were not announced. ClickUp is led by founder and CEO Zeb Evans. ClickUp said that the Padres will use its platform to organize, manage and track all team tasks, goals, docs, communications and more.

Saltbox raises $10.6M to help booming e-commerce stores store their goods

TechCrunch

E-commerce is booming, but among the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs of online businesses are finding a place to store the items they are selling and dealing with the logistics of operating. Tyler Scriven, Maxwell Bonnie and Paul D’Arrigo co-founded Saltbox in an effort to solve that problem.

Wavelength Services for Telecom: A Great Fit For Growing Carriers

Southern California Edison Blog

Wavelength services are a good match for small and medium-sized telecom companies looking for cost-effective, reliable, and highly private connectivity to support their customers. . Under this network type, carriers lease a wavelength of light along a fiber optic cable to transmit data.

Universal Hydrogen Raises $21 Million for Airplane Fuel Cells

L.A. Business Journal

Venice-based startup Universal Hydrogen Co. has raised $20.5 million for its hydrogen fuel cell technology

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When to pivot from your original plan?

Berkonomics

Plans do not often work as devised. . We are not always smart about the market or the product. We may miss the context of the times and come to market too soon or too late. We might not have researched the market diligently or used a focus group or other market research.

7 Ways To Elevate Your Team Engagement and Happiness

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own long experience in business, team satisfaction, engagement, and productivity continues to be a challenge. According to consistent feedback over the past several years, even in the best companies, employees seem stuck at less than 40 percent happy and "fully engaged.”

Wemo Rolls Out Wireless HomeLink Controller

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Wemo, the home automation and Internet-of-Things (IoT) brand owned by Belkin International, says it has launched a new product, the Wemo Stage Scene Controller. The new device--which mounts on a wall--lets users manage and control "scenes" for lighting, entertainment, security, and temperature in their homes. The device connects to the HomeKit home control system, letting users active up to six customized HomeKit scenes (i.e.

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Triller Makes Two Acquisitions, Appoints New CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Triller Network, the owner of the Triller social media app and several streaming businesses, announced April 14 that it had acquired live event and pay-per-view platform Fite and had reached an agreement to purchase software developer Truverse Inc., doing business as Amplify.ai.

Zwift Riding High Thanks to Demand

L.A. Business Journal

Zwift has raised a total of $620 million. The company plans to use this funding to further develop its app as well as Zwift-branded hardware, which it sells online

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How Hyperloop Is Prioritizing Passenger Experience

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop Technologies Inc., doing business as Virgin Hyperloop, is testing a prototype of a transportation system that could carry passengers through nearly airless tunnels at speeds reaching 700 mph

Parabol Aids Businesses With Hybrid Work Environments

L.A. Business Journal

Over the last year, the need for software tools to aid teams of remote employees has become obvious for most businesses

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Playbook Five Brings Virtual Reality to Football

L.A. Business Journal

Virtual reality has made its way into sports, and Playbook Five Inc. is helping the technology find its stride on the football field

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SpaceX Wins $2.9 Billion NASA Contract

L.A. Business Journal

The next astronauts to land on the Moon will likely do so in a spacecraft designed by SpaceX

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Startup Creates Concrete That Reduces Carbon Emissions

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based startup CarbonBuilt Inc. has a concrete plan for reducing carbon emissions