March, 2019

Dentulu Looks To Bring On-Demand Dentistry To LA


Too busy to bother with a visit to the dentist? A new, Los Angeles startup, Dentulu , is hoping to make it easier for you to handle dental care--saying it wants to allow patients to book a dental appointment much like they might book a ride on Uber. According to Dentulu, it has developed a mobile app, which it plans to launch in April, which where it says it will offer up preventative and restorative dental care to patients ages 18 years and older. The company says its services start at $299.

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Why, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego


Tech salaries may not be as high outside of Silicon Valley, but neither is the cost of operating a business—or the cost of living. San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT )—have announced expansions in the region.

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Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

TechCrunch LA

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite.

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One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash Several members of your executive taken hours to prepare board materials so that you can inform your board of how things have gone since you last met 3 months ago and you have 3 hours together to make sure they have an accurate picture and to make sure you have their input into how to proceed in the months ahead.

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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.

How much of my business do I have to give to an investor?


If you’re looking for growth capital, this one’s for you. We’ll cover what information you’ll expect to provide, your range of expected values and amounts of investment to expect. All to help you set your expectations. Financial History and Projections. Let’s start with the basics.

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10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge.

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This Immigrant Entrepreneur Launched Her Billion Dollar Empire, Despite Speaking No English


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. In 1904, eighteen year old Ida Rosenthal immigrated to the US, speaking only her native Russian. Shortly after arriving in New York City, her husband fell ill, forcing Ida to become the family’s sole breadwinner.

Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

TechCrunch LA

Tesla will pull back the curtains and unveil its Model Y crossover vehicle at an event in Los Angeles on March 14th, according to a tweet from chief executive Elon Musk. Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019.

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How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people.

Could you have created a “dirty cap table?”


Oh, I know. When you started the business, you took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get you started. Of course, that worked at the time. Enter the need for larger investments.

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6 Actions To Find The Perfect Angel For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Max Pixel Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.”

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Happy Returns Launches Self Service Return Kiosk


Santa Monica-based Happy Returns , which is backed by U.S. Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures, and Lowercase Capital, has expanded its suite of return solutions, with a new self-service kiosk. According to Happy Returns, it has launched a new, return kiosk branded specifically for a retailer, powered by software from the company, and where Happy Returns handles the reverse logistics.

8 Startup Lessons From “The Founder” Movie


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Even when it was published on Netflix, I had no desire to see The Founder movie, as it was clear from the film’s preview that it was yet another, “businessperson gone bad” film.

Fifty years of the internet

TechCrunch LA

Leonard Kleinrock. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

So You Want to Start a Cybersecurity Company?


Cybercrime has become a global epidemic. Attacks will cost the world $6 trillion by 2021, research firm Cybersecurity Ventures says- –the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history and more profitable than the trade in all major illegal drugs.

Think ahead when raising your early investments


Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds. Sooner or later you may need to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment. What VC’s can and cannot do.

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9 Strategies For Maximizing Your Social Media Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services.

Biolinq Gets $4.75M For Biosensors, Eyes Glucose Monitoring Market


San Diego-based biotech startup Biolinq , which is developing wireless-enabled biosensor patches for continuous monitoring of biomarkers, has raised $4.75M additional Series A funding, the company said this morning. The funding came from JDRF T1D Fund, Aphelion Capital and LifeSci Venture Partners. According to the startup, the investment brings its Series A total funding to $15M.

Meet Martha Harper, The Social Entrepreneur Who Perfected The Franchise Business Model


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. Isaac Singer is credited with initiating the concept of franchise territories, as a means of selling his sewing machines in the mid-1800’s.

Tesla Model Y orders are now open

TechCrunch LA

Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website.

The Role of the Student Engineer in Medicine and Innovation


The last 50 years have seen many great technical advances in medical treatments, ranging from drug delivery and imaging to skin grafts and prosthetics. These advances—both large and small—have drawn on many fields and have transformed patient care.

Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?


Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.” Especially if you are in the early stage of growing a business, these five risks can and often do derail entrepreneurs before realizing the riches of a great exit. So, let’s examine them and mitigate them.

6 Keys To The Best Social Media Platform For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

An all-too-common question I get from startups and small businesses is “Which is the right social media platform for my business?” Is it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or one of the other 200 active platforms vying for attention these days?

Myspace Accidentally Loses 12 Years Of Music


Remember Myspace ? The onetime social networking site, founded in Los Angeles, is now owned by Meredith Corporation and is still active as an online music discovery site. However, the site has quite a bit less music now, after the site accidentally lost all of the music uploaded to the site uploaded between 2003 and 2015. The 12 years worth of music included over 50 million songs uploaded from 14 million artists.

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This Woman’s Company Should Have Been Named After Her, Not Her Husband


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. In 1936, Ruth Handler and her husband Elliott were $200 in debt and unable to pay their rent. Elliott was a shy carpenter, while Ruth’s friends described her as, “beguiling and determined.”.

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

TechCrunch LA

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly?

Sanford Burnham Prebys, WARF Partner on Drug Discovery


A program launched last year by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to invest in promising biotech discoveries made on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will also work with the La Jolla, CA-based Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the organizations said recently.

Startups Ventura County

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, April 6, 2019 -- Startups Ventura County (April 5-7, 2019), formerly known as Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC), is not a typical startup weekend. Yes, it is an event where entrepreneurs can, over 54 hours, take ideas to a proof of concepts. But it is far more than that. At this event, entrepreneurs get to join forces with intrapreneurs from the two target industries, healthcare and agriculture, to address known challenges and inefficiencies. See [link] (more

5 Alternatives To Shutting Down A Struggling Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.

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Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital


Earlier this month, the annual Montgomery Summit conference was held in Santa Monica, including a special portion of the conference dedicated to the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur. The summit is now associated with March Capital Partners (

How Cody Candee And His Team Successfully Launched ?Bounce, a Short-term Storage Startup


Welcome to our founder lessons series. Today, Cody Candee, co-founder and CEO of Bounce reveals how he and his team successfully launched a startup that lets you find a place to leave your… The post How Cody Candee And His Team Successfully Launched ?Bounce,

How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

TechCrunch LA

Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in the electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk. Tesla will live stream the Model Y unveiling event at 8 pm PT via its website.

The 2019 Xconomy Awards San Diego Finalists Are…


It was no easy task. After an extensive review of the many nominees for the first-ever Xconomy Awards San Diego, Xconomy editors across the country and a panel of local experts together narrowed the list to 42 finalists (listed below) across eight categories.

Startups Ventura County

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, April 5, 2019 -- Startups Ventura County (April 5-7, 2019), formerly known as Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC), is not a typical startup weekend. Yes, it is an event where entrepreneurs can, over 54 hours, take ideas to a proof of concepts. But it is far more than that. At this event, entrepreneurs get to join forces with intrapreneurs from the two target industries, healthcare and agriculture, to address known challenges and inefficiencies. See [link] (more

8 All Too Painful Entrepreneur Negotiation Mistakes

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay One of the things I have learned the hard way over my years in business, and in advising others, is that it takes more than passion, creativity, and hard work to start and grow a business.

SaneBox Connects Into Ingram Micro's Cloud Marketplace


Los Angeles-based email software developer SaneBox , which develops artificial intelligence software that helps people prioritize and sort their emails, is now available on the cloud marketplace run by technology distributor Ingram Micro. According to SaneBox, the move will make it easier for its channel partners to sell the SaneBox AI and productivity products alongside other software-as-a-service applications.

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