November, 2021

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Shares Why He Keeps Things Complex

L.A. Business Journal

Peter Beck realized space flight was his dream while looking at the night sky as a toddler with his dad

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Density & the Future of Real Estate

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly six years ago, I was thrilled to invest in Andrew Farah and the team at Density when they had a vision for building anonymous tracking of how people use office buildings, rentals and other public spaces.

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Recognize your five critical business risks.

Berkonomics

If you could predict a crisis within your business before its occurrence, wouldn’t you move to prevent or reduce its impact? Making such predictions is a skill that can be developed, and here’s one method of doing so. First let’s eliminate external risks for this conversation.

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10 Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs To Practice

Startup Professionals Musings

Innovation is the key to long-term business success, both in startups as well as established organizations. Yet every business and every entrepreneur I know struggles with this challenge, focused on hiring the right people and implementing the right process.

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.

ViaCyte Names General Counsel

socalTECH

San Diego-based ViaCyte, a clinical-stage regenerative medicine company, said today that it has named Marty Lorenzo as General Counsel. Lorenzo previously was Vice President Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Petco. Lorenzo also previously served at DLA Piper, Mintz Levin, and Kilpatrick Townsend.

Latest Post-COVID Trends in the Telecom Sector

Southern California Edison Blog

Although the bulk of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, lingering effects in the form of ongoing remote work and network usage will continue to influence how telecom operators operate.

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USC Viterbi Startup Garage Presents: AWS Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 -- USC Viterbi Startup Garage Presents: AWS Workshop. Abstract: This session will discuss base-level best practices for getting started on AWS and address some of the most common questions founders have when launching on AWS. Speakers: Jenny Wong, Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services, and Harold Kim, Solutions Architect at AWS. See [link] (more

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What can go wrong with your business growth?

Berkonomics

So, your business has begun to take off. You’ve figured out your channels of distribution, pricing model and how to support your growing list of customers. Don’t be alarmed by this next statement. That’s relatively easy.

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6 Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Must Acquire

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Shows Off Capsule Design

socalTECH

Playa Vista-based transportation technology developer Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is showing off what it calls its "completed hyperloop capsule passenger experience", which it designed in conjunction with design firm ICONA Design Group. The design--which only exists on paper and fancy rendered graphics--will be installed in the company's first commercial passenger prototype, according to the company.

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Addressing Cyber Security Threats in the Telecom Industry

Southern California Edison Blog

Telecom operators face a variety of security-related vulnerabilities stemming from the overall complexity of their infrastructure, supply chain problems, network misconfigurations, and privacy concerns.

Coco Delivers Big Results With Small Robots

L.A. Business Journal

Last summer, Cyan Robotics Inc., better known as Coco, was just Brad Squicciarini, Zach Rash and a robot on the streets of Santa Monica

Precellerator Program Virtual Demo Day

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 4, 2021 --.

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Premature scaling can kill your business.

Berkonomics

Here’s a lesson from experience. Venture capitalists sometimes make an error in directing their portfolio company CEOs to push resources to the limit and scale the business to immense size quickly, all to seize market share.

10 Signs That You Should Avoid Starting A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

People who get stressed managing their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. Small businesses require multi-tasking, work prioritization, and decision-making, with no assistants or help from specialists. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

Huckleberry Connects With $12.5M For Baby Sleep Advice App

socalTECH

Irvine-based Huckleberry, a developer of an artificial intelligence-driven app which helps parents with pediatric sleep advice, says it has raised $12.5M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Morningside Ventures and also included Spero Ventures and Tamarisc VC. The company says the round brings its total raised to $16M. Huckleberry's app provides advice to new parents on how to manage the sleep patterns for newborns and even older children.

Tech And Remote Work: Four Things You Need To Know About Tech Salaries

AllTopStartups

In 2021, the new normal has forced organizations to implement new strategies and policies. Tech professionals are in-demand and have helped organizations to survive.

Open Blends Mindfulness With Tech

L.A. Business Journal

After years of working with major companies and startups in the busy tech ecosystem of San Francisco, Raed Khawaja needed to take a deep breath

AKUA lands $3.2M to turn kelp into burgers

TechCrunch

The global meat substitute market was valued at $4.51 billion two years ago and is expected to double by 2027, attracting startups, like alternative meat food tech company AKUA , that aim to solidify a prominent place in the up-and-coming industry.

Five ways to make and execute a great plan

Berkonomics

It is all about execution. Waiting over a year to see results is too long, since your chance of mid-course correction is greatly reduced. To make the point, Harvard’s Robert Kaplan believes that less than 10% of corporate strategies are effectively executed. If that is true, we are tolerant bunch.

How And Where To Connect To The Entrepreneur Universe

Startup Professionals Musings

I often recommend business networking as the most effective way for a startup founder to find investors, advisors, and even key executive candidates. But what if you are an introvert, or new to this game, and don’t know where or how to start?

Neurophth Gains $60M For Gene Therapy Efforts

socalTECH

San Diego-based Neurophth, a gene therapy company, has raised $60M in a Series C funding round, the company said today. The funding was co-led by CMG-SDIC Capital and Sequoia Capital China, and also included Sunshine Insurance and China Merchant Bank International Capital. According to the company, the funding will go towards its lead clinical program, enrich R&D pipeline and programs through business development and continue to expand the its gene therapy manufacturing platform.

Whatnot Sees Livestream Success

L.A. Business Journal

When Roger Caneda discovered Whatnot Inc. in January, selling trading cards was just a side hustle

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$588M Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project Passes Key Milestone

L.A. Business Journal

It may be the largest construction project in Los Angeles history, but until recently, construction work related to the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement bridge had mainly been a local affair, rarely intruding on Angelenos’ larger consciousness

United Airlines Opens $352 Million Hangar Facility at LAX

L.A. Business Journal

A lot of focus on the $14 billion makeover of Los Angeles International Airport has been on improvements that passengers will see, but new facilities are also emerging behind the scenes

Into the Metaverse

L.A. Business Journal

The “metaverse” is currently one of the hottest topics in tech — particularly since social media giant Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta Platforms Inc

EV-Maker VinFast Moves to Playa Vista, Plans US Expansion

L.A. Business Journal

Last week was a busy one for VinFast. The EV-maker, a subsidiary of Vietnam-based VinFast Trading and Service Co., moved into a 15,000-square-foot space in Playa Vista to set up its U.S. headquarters

LA’s Greentech Industry is Growing

L.A. Business Journal

From zero-emission transportation to clean energy, L.A.’s s environmental technology industry has boomed in recent years

LA’s Greentech Industry on the Rise

L.A. Business Journal

From zero-emission transportation to clean energy, L.A.’s s environmental technology industry has boomed in recent years

EVgo Doubles Market Value to $4.7B, Partners With GM and Uber

L.A. Business Journal

EVgo Inc.’s s market value doubled to about $4.7 billion over the last couple of weeks with investors reacting positively to the Sawtelle-based EV charging station network’s quarterly results along with news of expanded collaboration with General Motors Co. and Uber Technologies Inc

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SunGreen Integrates Energy Management With Solar Installation for Commercial Customers

L.A. Business Journal

When it launched 12 years ago as a solar panel installation spin-off business, Pasadena-based SunGreen Systems Inc.could have tried to compete with major players in the residential solar rooftop market

DwellWell Takes Mystery Out of Homebuying

L.A. Business Journal

For Samantha Carow, purchasing a house seemed like a mystery

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8 Expectations To Check Your Entrepreneur Motivation

Startup Professionals Musings

Until the recession a decade ago, market research indicated that as many as 90 percent of the roughly 20 million American small business owners were motivated more by lifestyle than growth and money.

10 Tips On Due Diligence On Any Startup Funding Offer

Startup Professionals Musings

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. One would think that with all the sad stories and tools published over the past twenty years, this problem would be behind us.

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6 Reasons Your Business Needs A Web Presence To Start

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, if your startup does not have an Internet home base up and running, you are not ready for business or potential investors.

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6 Ways To Expand Your Thinking To The Next Big Thing

Startup Professionals Musings

Many of the startup investors I know are disappointed that so few of the startup ideas they see are really innovative or disruptive. Most of us are incremental or linear thinkers , and we miss the really big opportunities, like the next smartphone or space travel.

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