June, 2022

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Leadership: Sell the dream while making the reality.

Berkonomics

As a leader, you set the goals, establish the strategies and tactics to get there (with help from others of course) and sell the dream to all your stakeholders. And that includes potential customers as well as executives and employees. Can unmanaged growth ever happen?

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Almost Always Any Decision Is Better Than No Decision

Startup Professionals Musings

Every so often a promising entrepreneur seems to freeze in the oncoming headlights and gets run over by his competition. Why is it that his idea which seemed so fundable only months ago fails to attract investors today? The team is the same. The company's market is the same.

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EV Connect Acquired By Schneider Electric

socalTECH

El Segundo-based EV Connect, which builds and installs electric vehicle charging stations, has been acquired by Schneider Electric, the companies said today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to the companies, EV Connect CEO and foudner Jordan Ramer will continue to lead EV Connect's operations. EV Connect's customers inlude GM, Avista Utilities, Love's Travel Stops, Verizon, Marriott, Hilton, Western Digital, ADP, New York Power Authority, and others.

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.

Square Sellers Will Get Apple’s ‘Tap to Pay’ on iPhones This Year

Tech.Co

Square is teaming up with Apple to enable the ‘Tap to Pay' iPhone functionality within the Square Point of Sale app. With it, customers can quickly use contactless payment, giving consumers an easier shopping experience while helping sellers use the Square system with even less friction.

Atlas Navi: The First AI Navigation App

StartUp Beat

Rising traffic is an inescapable condition in cities across the world, from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Peak-hour traffic congestion is an inherent result of the way modern societies operate. Every person hates this congestion, and it keeps getting worse, in […].

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How to solve your most critical problems

Berkonomics

First, the challenge. Let’s say you have been told by your board, by your chairman, CEO, or direct leader to solve three problems you identify and report back within a month showing progress – or that you have solved these three. But wait. You have questions!

5 Keys To Taking An Idea From A Vision To A Solution

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen, with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question “How much money do you think this is worth?”

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Metropolis Technologies Raises $167M For AI Driven Parking Systems

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Metropolis Technologies, a startup that develops computer vision and machine learning driven systems for allowing people to drive in and out of parking facilities, without having to swipe a credit card or phone, has raised $167M in a Series B funding roudn. The funding was led by 3L Capital and Assembly Ventures, and also included Dragoneer Investment Group, Eldridge, Silver Lake Waterman, and UP Partners, along with others.

Report: 33% of US Small Businesses Couldn’t Pay Their Rent Last Month

Tech.Co

The rent crisis is getting worse, according to a new report that found a full third of all small and medium-sized businesses are behind on their rent for the month of May. That figure has risen 5% since April, and the situation's even worse in Canada, where 39% of SMBs couldn't make rent.

How the myth of the ‘girlboss’ harms emerging women in tech

TechCrunch

On Lafayette Street in SoHo, young, fashionable women lined up around the block to enter a minimalist, millennial oasis, the most perfect Instagram feed brought to life.

Austin’s Blossoming Economy: Five Growing Industries in the Capital of Texas

AllTopStartups

Austin, Texas has become one of the most exciting cities in the United States. It is one of the most liberal places in the Lone Star State, making it enticing… The post Austin’s Blossoming Economy: Five Growing Industries in the Capital of Texas appeared first on AllTopStartups.

How good a leader are you?

Berkonomics

There are many roads to Rio, so they say. But there is one overwhelming method of appraising the effectiveness of a business leader. Outcomes.

10 Classes We All Should Take To Prepare For Business

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken.

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TuSimple Co-Founder Launches New, Self Driving Hydrogen Truck Startup

socalTECH

One of the co-founders of self driving truck company TuSimple, Mo Chen, said today that he has launched a new company, Hydron, which will develop, manufacture, and sell hydrogen-powered, self-driving (Level 4) trucks. Hydron did not say how it is being funded. The company said it intends to both develop the trucks, as well as operate its own hydrogen refueling infrastructure for large fleets and leading carriers in the future. Hydron is based in Los Angeles.

Tech Companies Are Hiring Staff… Then Rescinding the Offers

Tech.Co

A number of tech companies have made the headlines this week for hiring new members of staff, only to rescind such offers before they start.

Are there only three types of advice?

Berkonomics

“Here’s the deal…” So, I occasionally read suspense novels to break up the relative monotony of constant business books. A sentence in the one I recently read caught my eye.

How to reach beyond the prospect’s gatekeeper

Berkonomics

What’s a gatekeeper? Looking for an entrance into a VC, an angel group, a bank, a CxO for a sales opportunity, or any other entity? There are always gate keepers whose job it is to filter out the inconsequential or inappropriate and allow through those with most promise.

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Regulus Therapeutics Names VP

socalTECH

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Regulus Therapeutics said today that it has named Amin Kamel, Ph.D., as Vice President, DMPK. The company said Dr. Kamel will support clinical development and advancement of its lead candidate, aimed at treating patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Kamel was most recently Scientific Director of Takeda, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.

Ainnocence Applies AI To Drug Discovery

socalTECH

A new, San Diego-based biotech startup, Ainnocence launched today, saying that it is focused on using life-sciences knowledge and advanced computational techniques to accelerate the design of small-molecule, antibody, and other complex therapeutic modalities. The company is led by CEO Lurong Pan.

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10 Ways To Make Your Own Luck Driving Startup Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Many business professionals and entrepreneurs I know are quick to attribute success of a peer to luck, rather than any recognition of a unique strategy or personal attributes.

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5 Keys to Developing Trust and Leadership In A Crisis

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business leader expects to encounter one or more crises eventually. The challenge for each of you is to get it handled quickly and effectively, without losing the trust of constituents , as well as customers.

8 Traits Of The Most Highly Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

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5 Unfair Advantages To Help You Succeed In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the things I’ve learned over my years as a business mentor and investor is that life isn’t fair when it comes to succeeding in business.

Help 101

10 Indications That It’s Time To Ask For Help At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

If an entrepreneur doesn’t find themselves in over their head at least 20% of the time, they are probably not pushing the limits, not taking enough risk, and probably not working on an idea that’s worth doing.

Help 101

6 Realistic Tactics For Funding Charitable Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money.

Welcome To The New Wave Of Opportunities And Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create.

The Pros And Cons Of A Secret Business Relationship

Startup Professionals Musings

We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

10 Strategies For Reducing Your Business Load At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends. Having too much on your plate can turn your dream into a nightmare.

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6 Keys To Transforming Yourself Into A Startup Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people I know in business begin by capitalizing on technical strength or passion for change , such as engineering, or focus on saving the environment.

10 Recommendations For Aspiring New Venture Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

10 Keys To Winning In A Sea Of Competitors and Change

Startup Professionals Musings

You may be surviving in the marketplace, but is your business really thriving and winning? In my role as a mentor, I challenge every business leader to be more open-minded as they face the challenges of change and new competitors entering their space.

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Every New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Deciding to be an entrepreneur is a lifestyle move, and should be part of a long-term strategic plan. You shouldn’t be making this decision just because you are mad at your boss, or you would like to be rich, or someone else thinks you have a good idea.

8 Ways To Heighten Your Image As A Great Communicator

Startup Professionals Musings

In my work with entrepreneurs and business leaders, a common question I get is how to be a better communicator.

8 Signals That It’s Time for Change In Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

When the economy struggles as it is doing now, that’s a strong signal that things have to change, and it’s hard to miss. But most of us in business have to deal most of the time with weak signals, or change that is happening in a far more subtle way.

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7 Ways To Find And Nurture Future Leaders In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business owner I know wishes that all team members were leaders, to proactively tackle the challenges of growth , interact effectively with customers on their needs, and eventually step into your role.

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