September, 2021

The Changing Venture Landscape

Both Sides of the Table

The world around us is being disrupted by the acceleration of technology into more industries and more consumer applications. Society is reorienting to a new post-pandemic norm?—?even even before the pandemic itself has been fully tamed.

Activision Blizzard to Pay $18 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Suit

L.A. Business Journal

The gaming giant, which posted in $2.3 billion in quarterly revenue, also said it's working to upgrade its policies and training to prevent harassment

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Have you accidentally created a “power vacuum?”

Berkonomics

Here’s a question to help you decide if you’re guilty. How many times have you heard someone say, “Let’s do it now and ask permission later?” Have you done it in front of your cohort?

GrubMarket gobbles up $120M at a $1B+ pre-money valuation to take on the grocery supply chain

TechCrunch LA

When people talk about “online food delivery” services, chances are that they’ll think of the Uber Eats, Instacarts and Getirs of this world.

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.

8 Advantages To Building Your Own Startup Prototypes

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, and now sites such as SketchUp and Makerspaces have all the tools you need to make almost anything computer related.

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Landsat 9 Satellite Launch Scheduled For Today At Vandenberg

socalTECH

A launch of an Atlas V rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled for today, to take a new Landsat satellite into space for NASA, according to NASA. The launch is currently targeted at 11:11am from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, which is north of Los angeles near Lompoc. According to launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA), the launch will also include multiple CubeSats, which will be released after Landsat 9 separation.

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LA Companies Give Renters More Ways to Charge EVs

L.A. Business Journal

Electric vehicles are touted as the future, especially in Los Angeles where the city’s climate goals call for 80% of vehicles sold to be electric by 2028 — seven years ahead of the state’s 2035 cutoff for gasoline-powered auto sales

A tale of two CEO’s and the management of pain.

Berkonomics

This is the tale of two CEOs, one of them unfortunately….me. me. . It’s a story of how people handle unusual situations when selling to the top – an executive of a prospective customer. And the stories couldn’t be more different. First, my friend’s story….

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COVID-19 Conversation: Navigating Variants, Vaccines and Boosters

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, September 9, 2021 -- UCLA Fielding Focus. COVID-19 Conversation: Navigating Variants, Vaccines and Boosters. In the Thursday, Sept.

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7 Reasons That Investors Won’t Fund Inventions Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet.

New Program Aims To Connect Startups, Series A Funding

socalTECH

A new program, run by the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, is looking to connect startups with Series A funding, according to the group. The Alliance said it has launched its new SoCal Venture Pipeline program, to help bridge a key funding gap for Southern California entrepreneurs, by connecting them to relevant venture capital firms. The new program is being run in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank.

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Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

TechCrunch

Just Insure , a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round. . CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception.

Meet the Tech Companies Keeping LA’s Music Industry Humming

L.A. Business Journal

The music industry in Los Angeles has grown to encompass far more than just production

Are you killing innovation in your company?

Berkonomics

First, let’s recognize the problem. Here’s one for executives of any company with next generation products in mind.

Boost Office Productivity with these 5 Techniques

Southern California Edison Blog

Productive offices get more done—their workers complete projects faster and bring in more revenue for their organizations. While every employee will have a different level of work ethic, office managers have control over several aspects of the workplace that can encourage better team performance. .

5 Attributes To Look For In Your Perfect Startup Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur wishes that he could predict whether his idea could be the “next big thing,” before he spent his life savings and years of energy on it.

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Illumina Accelerator Backs Seven Startups

socalTECH

San Diego-based life sciences giant Illumina says it has made investments in seven startups, as part of its accelerator program, the Illumina Accelerator. The company said that the investments were made as part of two different programs, the Illumina Accelerator Cambridge, UK, and the Illumina Accelerator San Francisco Bay Area. Illumina's startup efforts are led by Amanda Cashin, PhD, co-founder and Global Head of Illumina For Startups.

Key Easy Ways to Optimize SEO to Grow Your Business

AllTopStartups

Are you looking for ways to optimize your site for SEO so that you can generate more quality leads and boost your online visibility? SEO website optimization is a must… The post Key Easy Ways to Optimize SEO to Grow Your Business appeared first on AllTopStartups. Marketing START AND GROW SEO

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Assembly Reaches $1 Billion Valuation

L.A. Business Journal

Culver City-based ecommerce software and data company Assembly has joined L.A.’s s tech startup unicorn club

Why would you ever “fire yourself?”

Berkonomics

To start: “new source of energy” and “new ideas.”. When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.

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Performance marketing agency MuteSix bets on content and data to boost DTC e-commerce

TechCrunch

Warby Parker filing to IPO last week was one more sign that direct-to-consumer (DTC) is an extremely powerful e-commerce trend. But LA-based performance marketing agency MuteSix didn’t wait that long to build its business around scaling DTC brands.

6 Ways To Get From Linear Thinking To Real Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and every business I meet in my consulting and mentoring role has great intentions of bringing real innovation to the market, yet I find that most ideas are merely small extensions to existing solutions.

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GreenPower Delivers First Electric Bus

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based zero-emissions heavy-duty vehicle company GreenPower Motor Company has delivered its first, all-electric school bus to a district in Santa Maria, according to the company. According to the company, its first BEAST school bus was just delivered to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. The company said the new school bus is an all-electric, 40-foot battery powered electric school bus with a range of up to 150 miles; the bus can seat up to 90 passengers.

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Steve Reich

A fun conversation with Dave and Tanner

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TikTok Opens Creator Marketplace to Influential

L.A. Business Journal

Partners like Influential will have access to first-party TikTok data that can help them identify creators for advertising campaigns

Can you negotiate without emotion?

Berkonomics

Here’s the problem. Negotiating an agreement, especially one that involves personal gain, is tough for the person personally involved. There is too much to lose to be objective, to be willing to walk when terms go upside down. What if the negotiation is personally important?

SpaceX’s Historic Week Ushers in New Possibilities for Space Exploration

L.A. Business Journal

Inspiration4 proves that the company is making headway on its mission of opening space travel to all

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Trust Aims to Help Small Businesses Make Smarter Ad Buys

L.A. Business Journal

As an alum of social media giant Snap Inc.’s s revenue product strategy team, James Borow said he has seen firsthand the struggles that small businesses face in advertising and marketing

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Sam Altman-Backed Coco Scores $36 Million for Food Delivery Robots

L.A. Business Journal

Coco partners with 18 local restaurants, including Umami Burger, Jinya Ramen Bar and Alfalfa

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Appetize Acquired by SpotOn for $415 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. has been acquired by SpotOn Transact Inc. for $415 million

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HopSkipDrive, a Ride-Hailing App for Kids, Rolls into the School Year

L.A. Business Journal

When Joanna McFarland grew frustrated that she couldn’t drop her son off at karate practice because she had to be at work, she started commiserating with other moms

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PlantWave Uses Plants to Make Music

L.A. Business Journal

PlantWave, a device created by Marina del Rey-based Data Garden Co. that turns a plant’s biorhythms into music, is starting to blossom

Trust Aims to Help Small Businesses Make Smarter Ad Buys

L.A. Business Journal

As an alum of social media giant Snap Inc.’s s revenue product strategy team, James Borow said he has seen firsthand the struggles that small businesses face in advertising and marketing

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Team Huddle Builds Scheduling Tool Aimed at Improving Mental Health

L.A. Business Journal

Team Huddle Inc. which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and data to put employees’ mental health “at the center” of their work — is up and running with the launch of its first product, ScheduleIQ

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Saviynt Raises $130 Million

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo-based Saviynt Inc. raised $130 million in private equity funding to grow its cloud-based identity security solutions, the company announced Sept.

Involve.ai Helps Businesses Retain Their Subscribers

L.A. Business Journal

For companies that rely on long-term customers, “churn” — a term that refers to the number of canceled or lapsed subscriptions — is a major challenge

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