February, 2020

Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

TechCrunch LA

Yellow , the accelerator program launched by Snap in 2018, has selected ten companies to join its latest cohort. The new batch of startups coming from across the U.S.

Warning: Contractors must really be independent!

Berkonomics

Our challenge is getting more difficult. How many of us have “hired” independent contractors over the years, a bit worried over the gray area between employee and contractor as defined by the IRS? Or separately the State of California?

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BYD Delivers First Buses as Part of Anaheim Order

L.A. Business Journal

BYD Motors Inc., a downtown-based electric vehicle maker, delivered to Anaheim the first two electric buses of a previously announced 40-bus order, BYD announced Feb.

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Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

Both Sides of the Table

Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about.

4 Customer Decisive Moments That Your Startup Can Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before.

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Seqster Gets Investment From Takeda

socalTECH

San Diego-based Seqster , which develops software used f[link] health data management, said today that it has received an investment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Seqster, it will use the new funding to accelerate adoption of its technology, which is used for managing clinical trials and patient engagement. Seqster is led by Ardy Arianpour.

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Does your company have a “dirty cap table?”

Berkonomics

How it happens. When you seek professional investors, whether organized angels or venture capitalists, one of the early questions you are asked is “How have you financed the business so far?” Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses.

Parsons Opens Satellite Facility Near Torrance

L.A. Business Journal

Parsons Corp., the multibillion-dollar engineering and infrastructure firm, is opening a new facility in L.A. County to pursue the rapidly expanding space satellite business

The Montgomery Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

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7 Tips To Keep Your Team Ahead Of “Business As Usual”

Startup Professionals Musings

Most small businesses have now forgotten the last recession, and are back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone apps, real product information spreads at astounding speeds.

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ringDNA Acquires Sales Podcast, Hires Podcaster As Head Evangelist

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based ringDNA , the venture-backed startup which is developing artificial intelligence tools to help sales teams, says it has acquired a popular podcast focused on sales. According to the company, it has acquired the sales podcast "Accelerate!", which is run by Andy Paul, and will appoint Paul as its new Head of Revenue Performance Evangelism.

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Hyundai taps EV startup Canoo to develop electric vehicles

TechCrunch LA

Hyundai Motor Group said it will jointly develop an electric vehicle platform with Los Angeles-based startup Canoo, the latest startup tapped by the automaker as part of an $87 billion push to invest in electrification and other future technologies.

CoronaVirus and small business: A discussion about economics

Berkonomics

By Harley Kaufman, guest author. Note from Dave: Harley is an old friend and avid reader of BERKONOMICS. With a background in management and technology, he gives us something to think about regarding today’s top-of-news subject. Addressing the issue to small and medium businesses.

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Star Gazer

L.A. Business Journal

Steve Isakowitz is president and chief executive of Aerospace Corp., the nation’s only federally funded research and development center focused on aerospace

SCALE 18x

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 5, 2020 -- SCALE is North America's leading open source community conference. Held annually in the greater Los Angeles area the conference draws over 3500 attendees from around the globe. See [link] (more

6 Benefits of Outsourcing and Freelancing In Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most stressful and unanticipated challenges that comes with starting a new business is hiring and managing employees.

ecoATM Gets New Investor

socalTECH

San Diego-based ecoATM , which develops automated kiosks for smartphone and other electronics trade-ins, said this morning that Cowen Sustainable Advisors has agreed to acquired a "significant minority stake" in the company, for $200M. According to ecoATM, Cowen Sustainable Advisors acquires the stake from Apollo Funds, which are managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, the company's majority owner. Apollo Funds remains the majority owner of ecoATM.

SpaceX alumni are helping build LA’s startup ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

During the days when Snapchat’s popularity was booming, investors thought the company would become the anchor for a new Los Angeles technology scene. Snapchat, they hoped, would spin-off entrepreneurs and angel investors who would reinvest in the local ecosystem and create new companies that would in turn foster more wealth, establishing LA as a hub for tech talent and venture dollars on par with New York and Boston.

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How about personal guarantees for company debt?

Berkonomics

Is the guarantee still required today? More than ever, the banks and lenders today require personal guarantees from entrepreneurs, and even from CEO’s of angel or some VC funded businesses.

Silicon Beach Bash

L.A. Business Journal

While Silicon Valley remains home for many technology industry heavyweights, Los Angeles is rapidly gaining ground as a hub for both startups and established firms

The Montgomery Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 --.

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10 Manageable Risks That An Entrepreneur Should Take

Startup Professionals Musings

There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same.

RepairSmith Acquires CarDash

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based RepairSmith , which offers up mobile automobile repair, has acquired CarDash , a startup which offers up car repair and maintenance services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. CarDash offered up its service in the Bay Area, providing same-day valet service to transport cars to and from repair ships. CarDash had raised $5.3M in total funding, and came out of YCombinator in 2017. RepairSmith is led by CEO Joel Milne, and is backed by Daimler AG.

Max Q: How to build a Starship

TechCrunch LA

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. Busy week for SpaceX – across funding, space tourism, and next-gen spacecraft.

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Some thoughts about office politics

Berkonomics

Where’s the threat? It is hard to separate this kind of advice from economic lessons in running a business, when office politics can threaten a business in ways that are subtle, but sometimes just as devastating as economic shocks or continuing poor management. Examining the petri dish.

AllVoices Harassment Reporting App Raises $3 Million

L.A. Business Journal

AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding

SoCal Startup Day

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 -- SoCal Startup Day. We are proud to announce the first annual SoCal Startup Day. We will have a jam packed day of festivities, exhibitors, investors, keynotes, fireside chats, activites, food trucks and cocktails, and the biggest startup event Orange County has ever seen! If you are looking to network and connect with Southern California's top startups, seeking funding, or just curious about the startup community, this is the event for you. See [link] (more

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6 Personal Assessment Tools To Optimize Career Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many people, young and older, let their career and their lifestyle happen to them, rather than proactively making things happen based on their personal passions, skills, and interests.

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Catasys Expands AI Healthcare Tool To New States

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Catasys announced this morning that it is expanding its artificial intelligence and technology-enabled healthcare products with a "leading national health plan" into Colorado, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Louisiana. Name of that national health plan and financial impact was not announced. Catasys said the expansion of its OnTrak-A solution makes the product available in 28 states, as well as Washington, D.C. READ MORE>>.

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Max Q: A SpaceX spin-out sounds great

TechCrunch LA

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. Two rocket launches were set to take off Sunday , including one from Wallops Island in Virginia and another from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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