May, 2020

Framework Benchmarks Round 19


Round 19 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available! This project measures the high-water mark performance of server side web application frameworks and platforms using predominantly community-contributed test implementations.

Taika is building a better coffee through natural chemistry and adaptogens

TechCrunch LA

So, an eight-year product veteran from Facebook and an internationally renowned barista walk into a coffee bar… It’s not a joke. It’s the origin story for Taika , a new startup that’s aiming to bring natural stimulants to the masses through its juiced up coffee-beverages.

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A Bigger Truth About Restaurant Food Delivery

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash I was listening to Dan Primack’s podcast on Pro Rata and he was interviewing Senator Klobucher who is now publicly and vocally speaking out against Uber purchasing Grubhub and has tried to mobilize against this.

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Should you cast your net where the big fish swim?


This is one of those “My dad used to say” homilies. You’ve probably heard the accompanying “It takes just as much effort to sell a small deal as a big one,” over the years. It is not that simple in the business world. The truth of this is more nuanced.

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Modern Animal Provides Clients Virtual Pet Care

L.A. Business Journal

Modern Animal Inc., a company that provides telemedicine services in its veterinary clinic, opened its first location in Beverly Grove in April

8 Ways To Get Your Business Going Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

If you really want to start a business your way without a boss or professional investor hovering over you, then just fund it yourself or through friends and family, and grow it organically. It’s more possible to bootstrap today than a few years ago, as the cost of entry continues to go down.

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Best Alternatives to the Amazon Affiliate Program


Jeff Bezos didn't get to be the world's richest man by writing a lot of checks, and one recent way to keep Amazon's profits healthy has been to cut its affiliate commissions scheme.

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Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities???with $15 million to?

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Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities?—?with

Let’s talk about whistle-blowers


Assuming that a corporate whistle-blower is not tooting about you individually, such a class of people have been granted protections under the law and serve a function that needs to be acknowledged. Motive of the whistle-blower.

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Fintech Finli Helps Small Businesses Find Customers

L.A. Business Journal

Finli Inc., a downtown-based fintech startup, is adapting to the Covid-19 crisis by helping its customers adapt

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10 Popular Business Strategies That Most Often Fail

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur I know has their favorite excuse for a previous failure – an investor backed out, the economy took a downturn, or a supplier delivered bad quality.

Navy-Startup Center, Lab Sets Up In Port Hueneme


A new, 60,000 square foot lab and research center in port Hueneme has been set up by the U.S. Navy and its NavalX unit, to help reduce barriers between the Navy and non-traditional partners such as start-ups, small businesses, academia, non-profits, and private capital. According to NavalX, Port Hueneme is one of six new "Tech Bridge" locations for its NavalX Tech Bridge effort, and will be based at the FATHOMWERX laboratory at the Port of Hueneme.

Curri rolls out nationwide delivery service for construction materials industry

TechCrunch LA

A little over a year after its graduation from Y Combinator’s demo day, the on-demand construction materials delivery service Curri is beginning to offer its services in all 50 states.

Generation Bio Leads a Trio of Biotech Companies Aiming for the Nasdaq


COVID-19 has ravaged the economy, and it was expected to quash the IPO market, too. But the biotech sector is defying the pandemic with crossover financings and freshly minted public companies.

Which is more important? Workplace safety or profits?


Its a new world out there. Some businesses never sent people to work from home, told they were “essential businesses.” ” Soon more will reopen as weeks and months go by. That’s a relief for most of us from the combination of boredom and lack of social interaction.

SpaceX Wins $135 Million Contract

L.A. Business Journal

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne-based aerospace company, was awarded a $135 million contract by NASA as part of a nearly $1 billion effort to return astronauts to the moon by 2024

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How To Make New Venture Innovation Thinking Look Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking?

Alteryx Offers Up Free Data Science, Analytics Training


Irvine-based data science and analytics software developer Alteryx says it is offering up free training to help train workers who have found themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Alteryx, the new program--Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together (ADAPT)--is an extension to its corporate social responsibility initiative, Alteryx For Good.

Aspiration, the LA-based fintech focused on conscious consumerism, raises $135 million

TechCrunch LA

When former Bill Clinton speechwriter and political wunderkind Andrei Cherny launched Aspiration four years ago , the upstart fintech startup was one of Los Angeles’ early entrants into a financial services market dominated by players from Europe and the financial capital of the U.S.

COVID-19 and Fungal Superinfections: The Deadly, Perfect Storm


Virtually unknown just a few months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in over 239,000 deaths worldwide —including over 67,000 in the United States alone.

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Have you experienced your disaster recovery event yet?


Have you ever lost all your data on your smartphone, laptop, company server or desktop PC? If not, it is probably only a matter of time until you do.

Aerojet Secures $1.8 Billion NASA Project

L.A. Business Journal

Rocket propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., a subsidiary of El Segundo-based Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., was awarded a $1.79 billion follow-on contract by NASA to manufacture engines

How To Reinvent Yourself As A Business Startup Today

Startup Professionals Musings

The era of stable lifetime jobs for business professionals within a single company are gone. Companies are rightsized quickly now as markets change rapidly, and business professionals are quick to jump to new opportunities for growth and survival, with no ties to special benefits or pension plans.

Shayre Debuts File Sharing Software


Los Angeles-based Shayre , a new startup developing data sharing software, says it has launched a new, "cloud-free" file sharing solution, aimed at enterprise businesses. According to Shayre, it has developed a point-to-point and point-to-multi-point software for file transferring and synchronization suited for enterprise businesses, which allows for unlimited files and file sizes to be transferred between devices.

Uber drivers and riders will be required to wear face coverings

TechCrunch LA

Uber is planning to require drivers and riders to wear face masks as it prepares to ramp its ride-hailing business back up after being hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viacyte Adds $27M to Move Ahead Trio of Stem Cell Diabetes Treatments


Privately held biotech ViaCyte has banked $27 million, the majority an installment of cash from a tranched $80 million Series D financing round it closed in late 2018.

The Mindset of an Investor Today: Ben Narasin, Venture Partners, NEA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 -- The Mindset of an Investor Today. Join Peter Cowen (Managing Director, Sutton Capital Partners) as we explore what SaaS investors are looking for in the current climate. Sutton Capital Partners and the Recurring Revenue Conference. 6/3/20 - Ben Narasin, Venture Partners, NEA. See [link] (more

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Tapcart Gets a Big Boost for Its App

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based ecommerce startup Tapcart Inc. has raised $10 million in a Series A round led by San Francisco-based SignalFire

How Your Mindset Has To Evolve To Match The Business

Startup Professionals Musings

According to most definitions, an entrepreneur is one who envisions a new and different business, meaning one that is not a copy of an existing business model.

CrowdVision Merges With iinside, Sets Up LA HQ


UK-based CrowdVision Ltd. , a developer of analytics software, and Los Angeles-based iinside , a developer of indoor motion detection, have merged, and set up their headquarters in Los Angeles. According to the companies, the newly merged company, CrowdVision, Inc., will be led by David Teed, the current CEO of CrowdVision. According to the two companies, they will be developing solutions for the smart airport and smart city market.

Snap’s Yellow accelerator debuts its third batch of investments

TechCrunch LA

This morning, Snap joined a host of startup accelerators shifting its demo day online amid the COVID-19 quarantine.

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The Egg Wants to Make Entrepreneurship More Accessible For Students


Just months ago, COVID-19 began to disrupt society and business in more ways than we could have ever anticipated.

CARES Act w/Moss Adams

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 -- CARES Act w/Moss Adams. CONNECT. Get key information regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in this Webinar presented by Moss Adams Partner in Charge, Gerardo Godinez and Tax Senior Manager, Desiree Klassen. See [link].


Crisis Speeds Growth Among Gaming Companies

L.A. Business Journal

Gaming companies, already a nimble bunch, are adapting and even thriving in a Covid-19 world

Balance Your Focus Between Passion And Perspiration

Startup Professionals Musings

Many experts are certain that successful entrepreneurs are the ones with the most inspiration (passion and dream), while others will assert that it’s about more perspiration (working harder). In my experience, both are always required in heavy doses.

EDF Renewables Puts 200 MW Wind Plant Into Operation


San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America and Iowa energy company Alliant Energy said they have commenced commercial operation of a 200 MW wind project. According to the two, the 200 megawatt Golden Plains Wind Project started operations on March 27th, and is now serving Iowa customers. The project is based in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. EDF Renewables says it has now developed or put into service a total of 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity in Iowa.

Investors cozy up to LA-based ettitude’s bamboo bedding and sleep wear with $1.6 million

TechCrunch LA

Ettitude , the Los Angeles-based, direct-to-consumer startup making sustainable bedding and sleepwear from bamboo fibers, has raised a sustainably sized round that should keep the company going even in the face of an economic recession.

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