September, 2020

Human Capital: Moving away from ‘master/slave’ terminology

TechCrunch LA

TGIF, am I right? Welcome back to Human Capital, where we explore some of the latest news in labor, diversity and inclusion in tech. This week, we’re looking at the use of “master/slave” terminology in computer programming and the current state of gig workers in California.

So, do you have that entrepreneurial DNA?

Berkonomics

My immediate family members were entrepreneurs from as far back as I can trace. Dad was a jeweler, then a furniture store owner. Mom wrote books and articles from her college days until she could no longer see the keyboard. One grandfather owned and maintained his apartment houses.

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LA’s Burgeoning Agtech Industry Sees Green Acres Ahead

L.A. Business Journal

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers

Interview with Constance Curtis, The List

socalTECH

In a world of Tinder, Match, and dozens of other online dating applications, is there room for another approach to dating? Constance Curtis , the Founder and CEO of The List (www.getthelistapp.com), thinks so, and tells us about her startup's efforts to bring the world of matchmaking to the modern worldand how her own frustration with online dating let to her startup. What is The List? Constance Curtis: The list is a modern matchmaking company.

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.

8 Steps For Moving From A Business Dream To Results

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I listen to many of you entrepreneurs talking about achieving your dreams, but too few of you have structured that dream, and can express it in a set of specific goals, with a timeline for getting there.

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SoCal Tech Calendar

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Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.

Berkonomics

So, you’ve successfully sold your business and have received enough money from the sale to become financially independent, no longer having to work for a living. That is a comfortable place to be, and it is one experienced by more and more people, especially in technology-based businesses.

LA’s Thriving Edtech Startups Improve Remote Learning for Schools, Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

While the global pandemic has disrupted almost every industry, some businesses are experiencing accelerated growth during the crisis

JibJab Dips Back into Politics, Launches Vote Registration Effort

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based online greeting card provider JibJab --which got its start originally via a viral political video--is dipping back into politics, saying that it has launched a new effort to bring out voters.

5 Business Relationships That Will Get You To The Top

Startup Professionals Musings

In the world of entrepreneurs and startups, high level relationships are everything. You can’t start a business alone. You need partners, team members, investors, vendors, and customers. But people don’t realize that all relationships are not the same.

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Urban Tech Connect 2020 // Forward

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 -- We believe that diverse ideas from all walks of life can help expand the realm of possibility for the entire world. The Urban Tech Connect // Forward Conference is helping bridge the gap of diverse ideation in technology.

Founded by former SpaceX engineers, First Resonance pitches tools to make things the SpaceX way

TechCrunch LA

After operating in stealth mode for about two years, First Resonance , a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, is finally showing the world their software toolkit designed to let manufacturers make things using the processes employed by their former boss.

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Shareholders and founders: The muted thrill of the deal closing.

Berkonomics

Now you have worked for months to get this deal to the closing, anticipating the wire transfers to the shareholders that will come any minute. This could change your lifestyle and give you that much needed pause in your life you have been looking forward to. How it happens today.

LA’s Thriving Edtech Startups Improve Remote Learning for Schools, Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

While the global pandemic has disrupted almost every industry, some businesses are experiencing accelerated growth during the crisis

BrainChip Expands In India

socalTECH

Aliso Viejo-based artificial intelligence software developer BrainChip says it is opening up a new software development center in Hyderabad, India, which it says will provide software and firmware development for its systems-on-a-chip technology. According to BrainChip, the new software development center initially will be staffed by five software engineers and local management.

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7 Startup Proposals That May Raise Investor Red Flags

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

Digital Summit LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 -- Out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees and staff, Digital Summit Los Angeles will reschedule our 2020 to September 9-11. Thanks!

The Shed is a startup out of Virginia trying to revive the rental-for-everything business

TechCrunch LA

Reducing consumption by expanding the notion of the rental economy and giving people access to tools and equipment has been something of a startup holy grail for some time.

What use is an investment banker?

Berkonomics

Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. How investment bankers behave.

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Oracle Agreement for TikTok Sets Technology Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

Facing a Sept. 20 deadline from the White House to find a buyer for its U.S. operations, TikTok parent company ByteDance Ltd. has accepted a bid from Oracle Corp

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Cornerstone OnDemand: Time Off To Study Ballot Popular With Employees

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , which develops employee development software, says that a survey it has run has found that 50 percent of employees it surveyed desire time off to study their ballot before they vote. Cornerstone OnDemand said it ran a survey with YouGove, which provides public opinion and data, finding 80% of adults typically spend less than two hours to learn about their ballot--and could use additional time off to study their upcoming ballots.

8 Inspirational Insights For Those Chasing Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur has an idea for transforming a market with innovative new technology, or transforming society with a new process. But unfortunately, most of these ideas fail at the execution level, or are not truly innovative.

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Dedicated Internet Connection vs Shared – What’s Best For Your Organization?

Southern California Edison Blog

Dedicated and shared connections are two common internet configurations that organizations. can leverage to support their network-related needs. Both options have their pros and cons, which can make it difficult to decide on which is the right fit for each company. Here’s what you.

Darkstore launches FastAF app for same-day product delivery

TechCrunch LA

Darkstore, the tech-driven fulfillment solution to enable e-commerce companies to offer same-day delivery, has just released a consumer-facing app called FastAF. Right now, the app is only available in Los Angeles.

Lumen Bioscience Lands $16M to Engineer “Edible” Antibody Drugs

Xconomy

If Lumen Bioscience achieves its goals, patients will be able to take its drugs the same way some people supplement breakfast: a spoonful heaped onto a bowl of cereal or mixed into juice. The startup harnesses spirulina, protein-rich cyanobacteria touted by many health enthusiasts as a “superfood.”

Oracle Agreement for TikTok Sets Technology Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

Facing a Sept. 20 deadline from the White House to find a buyer for its U.S. operations, TikTok parent company ByteDance Ltd. has accepted a bid from Oracle Corp

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Interview with Andrew Schydlowsky, TrackStreet: Brand Protection Using AI

socalTECH

Our interview today is with Andrew Schydlowsky , the CEO and founder of Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet (www.trackstreet.com), a startup which is backed by Okapi Capital, The Cove Fund, Early Light Ventures, SaaS Venture Capital, and Stage Venture Partners. Andrew spoke to us about TrackStreet's brand protection software and artificial intelligence efforts. What is TrackStreet?

7 Types Of People Who Get Results With Minimal Motion

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

Sneaker culture staple GOAT hits $1.75 billion valuation on new $100 million round

TechCrunch LA

In this case, money, it really is the shoes. GOAT , the proprietor of online and physical retail locations for reselling the collectible kicks and kits that are the currency of street cred and cultural cool among the youths, is now worth a whopping $1.75

Beyond Meat is introducing pre-packaged meatballs at stores across America

TechCrunch LA

Indulging in American food companies’ favorite pastime of marketing innovations that no one needs but potentially everyone wants, Beyond Meat is launching Beyond Meatballs in grocery stores nationwide this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes a stake in Struck Capital to fund the future of LA’s tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Leonardo DiCaprio is making a significant commitment to the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Struck Capital , as part of the actor’s commitment to building LA into a tech development powerhouse. It’s part of what Struck Capital founder Adam Struck called a vision of making Los Angeles “a leading hub for innovation to save the world.”

Imran Khan’s Verishop adds Verified Shops, a way for emerging brands to set up shop in its digital mall

TechCrunch LA

Verishop , the Los Angeles online retailer founded by former Snap executive Imran Khan, launched a little over a year ago to change the way people shop online.

Harvest Pack Takes Eco-Friendly Approach to Food Packaging

L.A. Business Journal

Torrance-based Harvest Pack Inc. has found an evergreen niche in the food packaging business

Hawke Media, LA Stage Ecommerce Conference

L.A. Business Journal

Sawtelle-based marketing consulting firm Hawke Media has partnered with the city of Los Angeles for the inaugural Ecommerce Week LA, a virtual event taking place from Sept. 28 to Oct.

Restrictions by China Narrow Options for TikTok

L.A. Business Journal

Already facing limited options amid pressure from the White House, any deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok may now encounter opposition from the Chinese government

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Accelerators Have Resources To KickStart Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators.