December, 2020

How I Lost 65 Pounds In 18 Months Without Any Fad Diets or Gimmicks

Both Sides of the Table

June 2019 (left) and November 2020 (right) I’ve been reluctant to write this blog post because historically I don’t like talking about weight. But I’ve been promising to publish how I lost 65 pounds in the past 18 months without any fad diets or gimmicks to try and be helpful to others.

SpaceX Launches Final Mission of 2020

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX closed out a record-breaking year of launches with the completion of its 26th mission for 2020

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With Bambee, Allan Jones wants to give small businesses HR services their employees can trust

TechCrunch LA

Allan Jones’s first startup was Fourth and Grand , a Trunk Club-like service backed by the venture studio and accelerator, Science, out of Santa Monica.

Financing with grants, not equity or debt

Berkonomics

First, an example of grant-based financing . I was chairman of a company that, for twelve years never took a dollar of outside investment. The company was funded entirely by grants from the National Institute of Health, amounting to millions of non-dilutive dollars in all.

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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.

ClickUp Connects With $100M

socalTECH

San Diego-based software developer ClickUp , which develop workplace apps, says it has raised $100M in its Series B funding round. The funding was led by Georgian, and also included Craft Ventures. ClickUp says it has now raised $135M in total. ClikUp offers up a range of corporate apps, including project management, chat, docs, time management, wikis, goal tracking, dashboards, and more. The company says it has seen more than 900 percent revenue growth in the past year.

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Celebrating the Life and Work of Tony Hsieh

Tech.Co

By Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo. It’s with profound sadness we mourn the loss of a true visionary, author, mentor, thought-leader, investor, and friend, Tony Hsieh. Readers may be interested to know that Tech.co

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Bambee Raises $15 Million for HR Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Bambee Inc. has raised $15 million in Series B funding for its human resources platform for small businesses

Elon Musk moved to Texas

TechCrunch LA

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that he has moved to Texas, confirming months of speculation that the billionaire would leave California, a state of which he has become increasingly critical.

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt?

Berkonomics

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt? By Dave Berkus. First, my story as an example. Let me tell you the story of how I raised $100,000 to fill a gap needed to purchase a new home for my young family years ago.

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LA Mayor Garcetti Aims At Air Taxi Future

socalTECH

In a bid to push LA into the high tech world of the Jetsons, Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he has kicked off an effort to make Los Angeles an "unmistakable leader on urban air mobility". According to the Mayor's office, it has launched an effort called the Urban Air Mobility Partnership , which will help visualization a "new piece of L.A.'s s transportation network where people can go to fly on an urban air mobility aircraft."

Air Force Open Topic Process and SBIR Contracts

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 -- Air Force Open Topic Process and SBIR Contracts. Learn more about the Air Force Open Topic and SBIR Contracts with the National Security Innovation Network on December 8, 2020. The National Security Innovation Network is hosting a web-based Ask Me Anything on the Air Force Open Topic process and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program on December 8, 2020, just in time to discuss the 21.1 SBIR cycle.

7 Personal Productivity Tactics To Get More Work Done

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, the only thing that counts is results, not how hard people work or how many hours they put in. Have you noticed in your startup or around your office that some people are always at work and busy, but others seems to consistently get more done?

Standup Comedy App Laugh Lounge Keeps the Jokes Coming

L.A. Business Journal

It’s been a tough year for Los Angeles comedians, along with the many would-be comedy fans who've had to postpone evenings at live venues shuttered during the pandemic

Cyber insurance startup At-Bay raises $34M Series C, adds M12 as a new investor

TechCrunch LA

Cybersecurity insurance startup At-Bay has raised $34 million in its Series C round, the company announced Tuesday. The round was led by Qumra Capital, a new investor.

When should you go for equity financing?

Berkonomics

Let’s take a few minutes to examine the kind of equity financing available to small or early stage businesses. In most cases, these applicants for equity funding must be rooted in technology to apply to this limited discussion. Friends and family investors.

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Boulevard Partners For Salon Waste Reduction Effort

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Los Angeles-based Boulevard , a startup which is developing business management software for salons and spas, says it has partnered with Green Circle Salons on a waste reduction effort. Green Circle Salons offers up recycling, recovering, and repurposing beauty waste from salons and spas. Boulevard said it will help increase the visibility of the Green Circle Salons initiative.

A Primer on Prevention and Response to Data Breaches

SoCal Tech Calendar

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8 Strategies For Going Above And Beyond Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

More than ever before, people want to buy from, work for, and invest in companies that matter.

Canoo Makes Nasdaq Debut

L.A. Business Journal

Electric vehicle maker Canoo Inc. made its debut as a publicly traded company Dec. 22, following completion of a reverse merger

Residential renewable energy developer Swell is raising $450 million for distributed power projects in three states

TechCrunch LA

Swell Energy , an installer and manager of residential renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technologies, is raising $450 million to finance the construction of four virtual power plants representing a massive amount of energy storage capacity paired with solar power generation.

Three Important Issues for Your Business Plan

Berkonomics

Some professional advice . Here’s more advice from professional investors for aspiring entrepreneurs. Each of us has a list of things we look for early on when identifying whether we want to go to the next step in analyzing a plan.

Reflections on 2020: Olivia (Libby) Duane Adams, co-founder, Alteryx

socalTECH

Every year, we feature the year end reflections of founders, CEOs, investors, and others in Southern California's high tech community. We'll be posting these throughout the next two weeks. Today, we have Olivia (Libby) Duane Adams, co-founder and chief advocacy officer at Alteryx (www.alteryx.com) who is based in Irvine. You will be able to get to all of these posts on our 2020 reflections here. Are you a founder, CEO, or investor who would like to participate? Contact our editors for details.

Advantages of Government Fiber Internet

Southern California Edison Blog

Municipal and state governments require highly secure networks to transfer sensitive information and files. They also depend on reliable networks to support providing resources to the public, such as information about voting and licenses, as well as live streaming hearings and court proceedings. .

6 Lessons Most Entrepreneurs Only Learn On The Street

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I find that most have the technical challenges well understood, but many are a bit short on some basic street smarts , or basic business realities.

Book of Lists Profile: Snap Hits New Heights

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. has been on a roll in 2020, more than doubling its value since the start of the year

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Fifth Wall adds new partner as it seeks at least $200 million for a new climate impact fund

TechCrunch LA

When it first launched nearly three years ago, Fifth Wall had a vision of leveraging capital limited partners from across the real estate development and construction business to back the technologies the industry needed most.

Are you innovating because of need or inspiration?

Berkonomics

Most innovations come from responding to a customer’s needs, or finding a niche where products need improvement or extension. It is rare to innovate using a blank sheet of paper in a room with bare walls and no other contributors. A thought exercise.

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Reflections on 2020: Nick Hedges, MomentFeed

socalTECH

Every year, we feature the year end reflections of founders, CEOs, investors, and others in Southern California's high tech community. We'll be posting these throughout the next two weeks. Today, we have Nick Hedges, CEO of MomentFeed (www.momentfeed.com). You will be able to get to all of these posts on our 2020 reflections here. Are you a founder, CEO, or investor who would like to participate? Contact our editors for details. What was the biggest news for you/your company this year?

AWS updates its edge computing solutions with new hardware and Local Zones

TechCrunch LA

AWS today closed out its first re:Invent keynote with a focus on edge computing. The company launched two smaller appliances for its Outpost service , which originally brought AWS as a managed service and appliance right into its customers’ existing data centers in the form of a large rack.

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Sundae snags $36M to build out its distressed property marketplace

TechCrunch LA

Opendoor has opened the door, so to speak, for startups to apply their technical expertise in search, marketplaces and audience segmentation to rethink the very antiquated and analogue world of property.

LA Tech Companies Give Mindfulness Apps the Stress Test

L.A. Business Journal

As L.A.'s s tech sector grows, a cluster of companies is taking meditation and mindfulness into a virtual space

Disney Tops 137 Million Streaming Subscribers

L.A. Business Journal

Walt Disney Co.'s s video-on-demand platforms have quickly garnered an impressive number of viewers

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HomeLister Raises $4.5 Million for Commission-Free Real Estate Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica real estate software developer HomeLister Inc. has raised $4.5 million in seed funding

Esports One Secures $4 Million for Fantasy Esports League

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based startup Esports One Inc. has raised $4 million in early stage funding to support a fantasy sports platform for competitive video gaming

Rocket Lab Launches Sixth Successful Mission This Year

L.A. Business Journal

Rocket Lab USA Inc. completed another mission Dec. 15, sending a satellite into space aboard one of the company’s Electron launch vehicles

Dash Systems Raises $8 Million for Airdrop Technology

L.A. Business Journal

Hawthorne-based DASH Systems Inc. will use the funding to expand aerial shipping to remote and rural areas