October, 2021

How LA’s EV Hub Is Charging Ahead With Manufacturing, Innovation

L.A. Business Journal

Few industries are primed for quicker growth over the next decade than the electric vehicle sector

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Netflix employees stage a trans solidarity walkout, pose list of demands

TechCrunch LA

Netflix employees staged a walkout yesterday in response to the company’s handling of a Dave Chappelle special that premiered on October 5. At the same time, Los Angeles-based trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston hosted a rally in solidarity with Netflix workers participating in the walkout.

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How big is your ocean? A lesson in TAM, SAM & SOM

Berkonomics

Is this a problem or an opportunity? This insight is like a Hans Christian Anderson parable, but aimed at you and your business… There are big fish and small fish, potential customers, all swimming in the sea that is your potential marketplace.

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eyko Raises $2.5M For Data Software

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based Eyko, a new startup focused on "data preparation, blending, and streaming", says it has raised $2.5M in a Seed funding round, the company announced this morning. The company said the funding came from InReach Ventures and Taggia Investments, the personal investment vehicle of former Balderton Capital founder Barry Maloney. The startup is led by co-founder and CEO Paul Yarwood.

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.

5 Rules Of Relevancy That Set Your New Venture Apart

Startup Professionals Musings

Some investors seem to focus wholly on the strengths of the management team, or a sustainable competitive advantage, and in reality these are the core attributes for every funding equation.

Local tech entrepreneurs, investors share what it takes to make it during San Diego Startup Month

Startup San Diego

The post Local tech entrepreneurs, investors share what it takes to make it during San Diego Startup Month appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

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Entity Academy, an edtech startup that trains, mentors and places women in tech roles, secures $100M

TechCrunch LA

Women have made great inroads into the tech world in recent years, but there remains a long way to go before we reach a truly equitable state of affairs in workforce numbers, remuneration and product development.

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The four rules for motivating your employees with money.

Berkonomics

We’ve debated this one forever it seems. Should be overwhelm prospective employees with stock options and perks? Or concentrate our available resources on just plain money as an attraction?

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Snap Launches Augmented Reality Ad Studio, Arcadia

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Snap said on Tuesday that it is launching a new, augmented reality advertising studio, which it is calling Arcadia. The new studio--which is not based in Arcadia, California, despite the name--will provide a team of experts focused on mobile augmented reality (AR) advertising for its brand and agency partners. According to Snap, Arcadia will "take on select projects that require the most creative and technical skillset" to provide branded AR experiences.

5 Ways Emotional Decisions Can Endanger Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us.

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After “Retiring” at the Age of 40, My Wife, My ADHD & an Itch to Have an Impact on the World Sent Me Back to Work

Frank Addante

“You need to go back to work, you need to get back to doing what you love – building businesses!” That’s what my wife said to me back in June after I had been “retired” since 2017.

CarbonBuilt Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding for Its Eco-Friendly Concrete

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based startup CarbonBuilt Inc. has raised $10 million to further develop and market its technology that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by injecting the gas into concrete

Inside the Realms of Ruin

TechCrunch LA

“The Ruin stirs, and the Five Realms rumble,” a now-archived web announcement read on Thursday morning.

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The coffee and wine school of innovation.

Berkonomics

Here’s one for debate around a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Most innovation occurs when creative people are relaxed and thinking about other things. Coffee, wine, quiet time, showers…. How it occurs in large companies….

The Boring Company Gets Nod On Las Vegas Transportation System

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based The Boring Company has just received approval from Clark County, Nevada, for its plans to create an underground transportation system that will connect the Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The project is expected to stretch 29 miles and will have 51 stations. vegas boring company underground transportation tesla elon musk tunnel

8 Portfolio Assets Are Key To Your Startup Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is in development for Oculus Quest 2

TechCrunch VR

During its big VR and AR-focused event Thursday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major new title headed to its VR platform that should turn a few heads. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is on the way to the Oculus Quest 2.

Cadiz Shares Plunge as Company Reconfigures Water Transfer Plan

L.A. Business Journal

It’s been a rough and perplexing six weeks for shareholders of downtown-based water infrastructure development company Cadiz Inc

AdMedia Explains How Contextual Targeting Advertising Can Enhance Your Company’s Prospects Online

AllTopStartups

Contextual Targeting Advertising such as that offered by the Los Angeles, CA company AdMedia is coming to the forefront of the online advertising world.

Reward success and failure. Punish only inaction.

Berkonomics

Reward failure? . That may be a difficult concept for an executive. And there are limits of course. We wouldn’t reward a failure to follow laws, or protect lives, or deliberate endangerment of the company or its people. There are “good” failures.

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ATTOM: Foreclosure Filings Surge In Q3 2021

socalTECH

Irvine-based ATTOM, the unit of RealtyTrac which tracks foreclosure data, says that foreclosure filings for the U.S. have increased 68 percent from a year ago, and are up 34 percent from the previous quarter. The uptick in foreclosure starts come as a result of the retreat of foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance programs. According to ATTOM, there were total of 45,517 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings - default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions in Q3.

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7 Tips To Raise Your Entrepreneur Instincts In School

Startup Professionals Musings

A popular myth these days is that finishing college only dilutes your entrepreneurial instincts, and the best of the best, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out early to hasten their success. I agree with Robert E.

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7 Office Building Amenities Every Property Owner Should Offer Their Tenants

Southern California Edison Blog

Good first impressions are essential for attracting new businesses to your property. Now more than ever, building owners are losing out on potential tenants even before they visit.

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Pasadena Startup CarbonCapture Raises $35M, Hires CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena startup CarbonCapture Inc. secured $35 million in Series A financing and named veteran cleantech industry executive Adrian Corless chief executive

FitOn pumps up its fitness platform with $18M in Delta-v Capital-led funding

TechCrunch

Carving out 45 minutes or an hour for a workout can be difficult between work, home and daily life. Digital fitness and wellness company FitOn was created to provide 15- or 20-minute workouts aimed at getting people moving in whatever time they can make.

Why Company Culture Should be Your #1 Priority

Frank Addante

(disclaimer: in restarting FounderBlog.com – I promised to err on the side of sharing more and more often vs. perfect posts – so I do not proofread my posts for typos! ).

Jurny Finds $9.5M For Property, Guest Management

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Jurny, a developer of software used by independent hotels and vacation and short-term rental property operators for property and guest management, has raised $9.5M in a funding round. The funding was led by Mucker Capital. According to the company, the funding will go towards global expansion of its product, Jurny Virtual.

7 Principles for Keeping Work Discussions Productive

Startup Professionals Musings

All of us have been on the receiving end of a difficult conversation at work, and many have had to deliver a hard message to others. Unless you are totally inhuman, none of these are painless, and we all wish we had some way to make them more meaningful and more effective.

Rocket Lab Acquires Advanced Solutions for $40 Million

L.A. Business Journal

The acquisition will strengthen Rocket Lab’s space systems portfolio and gives it a presence in Colorado, which has a large aerospace economy

Actor Trade Audition App Helps Actors Rehearse, Make Connections

L.A. Business Journal

As an actor with more than a decade of experience, Dylan Mooney was always in need of a scene partner

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Allied Universal Struggles to Fill ‘Thousands’ of Security Jobs

L.A. Business Journal

As the nation’s largest security firm, Orange County and Pennsylvania-based Allied Universal has long been a massive employer both in the L.A. area and globally

Jurny Raises $9.5 Million for Hospitality Tech

L.A. Business Journal

Jurny Inc. raised $9.5 million in capital to fund its global expansion

Orca Security Raises $550 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Cybersecurity company Orca Security Ltd. scored a massive payday

Endpoint Raises $150 Million for Escrow Tech

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo-based Endpoint Closing Inc., a digital title and settlement services company, scored $150 million in funding from First American Financial Corp., its parent company

FuzzyBot Gains Funding to Create Genre-Crossing Games

L.A. Business Journal

Tatyana Dyshlova and Max Spielberg loved working side by side at Redwood City-based gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc

Thankful Raises $12 Million for Customer Service AI

L.A. Business Journal

Software company to develop new tool allowing companies to upsell during customer service interactions