July, 2020

Humana partners with Heal and invests $100 million in the company’s doctor-on-demand service

TechCrunch LA

“The doctor’s office is dead.” ” That’s the way Nick Desai, the co-founder and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based startup Heal describes the future of traditional healthcare delivery.

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What would happen to the business if you die, leave or are disabled?

Berkonomics

Yes, we’re invincible when young. When we are young and early in our business lives, we feel infallible to the degree that we do not think of what might happen if we die while in office or decide to leave the company for any reason.

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Spot Parking Rolls Out Mapping Tool to Help Local Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Spot Parking (US) Inc. is repurposing its mapping technology to build a tool that helps business communities stay on top of ever-changing Covid-19 regulations

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10 Keys To Winning With Team Collaboration Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

The reigning theory in business has long been that “alpha” leaders make the best entrepreneurs. These are aggressive, results-driven achievers who assert control, and insist on a hierarchical organizational model.

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.

CES 2021 Is Now Officially an All-Digital Experience

Tech.Co

All the optimism in the world couldn't make an in-person CES 2021 happen, as the world's largest trade show has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Snapchat Debuts Headspace Meditation Tool

socalTECH

Venice, California-based Snapchat has debuted the new meditation features that it developed with Los Angeles-based Headspace this morning, the new meditation-with-friends feature that the company announced at its Partner Summit in June.

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Selling your company for less than expected?

Berkonomics

How about outside investors? Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event. Especially when outside investors, venture capitalists, or angels, have put in substantial money and the sales price is less than the value of their investment.

Video-Sharing App Triller Acquires Halogen Networks

L.A. Business Journal

Video-sharing platform Triller, which is owned by Century City-based Proxima Media, has completed the acquisition of Halogen Networks

10 Steps To A New Venture That Can Change The World

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor in this age of the entrepreneur, I see many more startups, but innovation is still hard to find. The most common proposals I hear are for yet another social networking site ( 200 on Wikipedia ), or another dating site/app ( over 1500 in the USA ).

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How the Tech Giants are Adjusting to Working From Home

Tech.Co

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to embrace working from home. And for some, the transition will last much longer than others. Google has announced that its staff will work from home until at least July 2021.

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MomentFeed Finds $10M More

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , which develops software used by retail brands for optimizing mobile and proximity searches, has raised $10M more in funding, the company said on Thursday. The funding was led by Level Equity, and also included Signia Venture Partners, Draper Nexus, and DFJ Frontier, all prior investors. The company says it has now raised $38.3M in total.

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Investors drop off $33 million for Chowbus, a delivery service for ‘mom and pop’ Asian restaurants

TechCrunch LA

When big platforms have carved out large swaths of the delivery market, the best thing for an upstart company to do is to specialize.

Crowdsourcing, collaboration, support groups. Oh my.

Berkonomics

At the MIT Center of Collective Intelligence, professors and graduate students are wrestling with an important opportunity – and gaining ground. With new collaborative tools available for use in the cloud, people are no longer isolated in their creative endeavors. Some label this “crowdsourcing,” a term used to describe one form of this new empowerment. How to use the new tools for collective intelligence.

Innovative Companies Turn LA into an AI Hub

L.A. Business Journal

The idea of artificial intelligence may conjure up images of robots and mechanical automation, but for businesses, the technology’s applications are much more wide-ranging

7 Tips To Getting A Bank Interested In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are convinced that banks are not worth the effort for startups, especially early-stage ones that still don’t have a revenue stream, or collateral to back up their financing needs.

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StartupBeat Presents Healthtech’s 10 Hottest Startups

StartUp Beat

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an incendiary explosion in healthtech startup innovation. From the billowing rise of telemedicine and delivery services to the burning of barriers between patients and practioners, healthtech startups are quickly adapting, expanding, and pivoting to […].

MomentFeed Rolls Out New Proximity Search Dashboard

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Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , which develops software to help multi-location brands manage their reviews, location listings, and much more, says it has rolled out a new product. According to MomentFeed, its new Proximity Search Optimization Dashboard allows multi-location brands to easily monitor and manage how well their local marketing efforts are performing. Pricing on the new tool was not announced.

VCs, celebrities, and athletes are writing a new LA story to bring women’s soccer to the city

TechCrunch LA

When Upfront Ventures partner Kara Nortman first met Natalie Portman a few years ago to talk about ways their non-profit organizations All Raise and Time’s Up could collaborate, she never realized they’d eventually be partners on a sports franchise.

An economics lesson for growing companies

Berkonomics

Catching up from past insights. Growing companies usually require more working capital during their periods of rapid growth. In past insights we have calculated the amount of additional capital needed for a business as it grows, and the additional capital required is often surprisingly large. In this insight, we need to speak of the sources of working capital and the implications to the future financial health of the choices made when selecting one financial resource. Surprise!

Fitness App FitOn Reports 200% Increase in Users

L.A. Business Journal

Century City-based FitOn Inc. is trying to turn the phone into a pocket-sized gym

7 Startup Marketing Strategies To Bring In Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup.

LA’s consumer goods rental service, Joymode, sells to the NYC retail investment firm, XRC Labs

TechCrunch VR

After raising $15 million in financing from one of technology’s most successful global investment firms, the Los Angeles-based consumer goods rental company Joymode is selling itself to an early-stage retail investment firm out of New York, XRC Labs.

JetBlue Deploys UV Cleaning Robot From LA Startup In COVID-19 Fight

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JetBlue has become the very first airline to deploy high tech, ultraviolet cleaning robots--developed by an LA startup--in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. JetBlue said on Wednesday that it has begun using Honeywell's UV Cabin System to disinfect cabins in "less than 10 minutes" using UV light. That Honeywell UV Cabin System was developed and licensed from Los Angeles-based Dimer LLC, maker of the "GermFalcon" germicidal lighting systems, back in June.

LA-based Replicated adds former GitLab head of product as its chief product officer

TechCrunch LA

Replicated , the Los Angeles-based company pitching monitoring and management services for Kubernetes-based applications, has managed to bring on the former head of product of the $2.75 billion-valued programming giant GitLab as its new chief product officer. . Mark Pundsack is joining the company as it moves to scale its business. At GitLab, Pundsack saw the company grow from 70 employees to 1,300 as it scaled its business through its on-premise offerings.

How to make the most useful dashboard

Berkonomics

The need for real time information. From sports car to aircraft to super tanker, successful operation depends upon the pilot’s understanding and urgent timely use of a dashboard. Real time information is critical to real time decision-making, and increasingly in the modern business world, decisions are made by management without extended meetings or discussion with others. Managers need real time information.

eTailPet Helps Small Stores Boost Their Online Presence

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based eTail Pet Inc. is giving small pet stores a longer leash in the digital space

5 Startup Stages And The Right Investors For Each One

Startup Professionals Musings

Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are looking for the same thing, so it pays to know what type of investors are most interested in what your startup brings to the table.

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National Venture Plan Competition Applications are Open - Early Bird Registration

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 --.

HelpWith Black Equity Launches To Connect Volunteers With Racial Equity Efforts

socalTECH

A new effort-- HelpWith Black Equity , said on Tuesday that it has launched, to help connect people with time and skills to projects advancing racial equity across the globe.

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Top LA investors discuss the city’s post-COVID-19 prospects

TechCrunch LA

When it comes to venture capital, Los Angeles is a city on the rise. In the past year, it’s seen one of the most profitable venture-backed exits of any tech ecosystem (with the $4 billion sale of Honey to PayPal) and investors are minting billion-dollar companies in the region at a torrid pace. It’s also the city where investors are spending the most money outside of venture capital’s big major hubs: San Francisco, Boston and New York.

4 Tips to Maximize Internet Bandwidth

Southern California Edison Blog

In the modern age, businesses rely heavily on networks to host and run their daily processes and applications, allowing employees to be productive and efficient. Not having enough bandwidth can limit what an organization is capable of and can limit overall productivity of the business.

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Triller Sues TikTok in Patent Dispute

L.A. Business Journal

Video-sharing platform Triller, which is owned by Century City-based Proxima Media, is suing TikTok Inc. for patent infringement

5 Due Diligence Tips Before You Invest In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

After you have heard a few startup success stories, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, you may be tempted to invest some money yourself, maybe by pooling your funds with other investors who claim to have a great track record.

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Fixing the Top Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, August 3, 2020 -- Fixing the Top Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make. Join JJ Richa in a fireside chat with Scott Fox, CEO of the OC Startup Council, for a discussion of the top mistakes that early stage entrepreneurs make when pitching their startups for funding.

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XPRIZE Launches Rapid Covid Testing Competition

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the organization which creates competitions to help encourage the advancement of technology to solve some of the world's biggest challenges, says it has launched a new prize, aimed at the rapid testing issue with COVID-19.

Openpath’s security system for physical access gets a $36 million boost

TechCrunch LA

Openpath , the developer of software-based security systems for office access, has raised $36 million in new financing as businesses try to find ways to make employees feel more comfortable about coming back to work.