February, 2021

Framework Benchmarks Round 20

TechEmpower

Today we announce the results of the twentieth official round of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project. Now in its eighth year, this project measures the high-water mark performance of server side web application frameworks and platforms using predominantly community-contributed test implementations. The project has processed more than 5,200 pull requests from contributors. Round 20 Updates from our contributors.

Planning 500,000 charging points for EVs by 2025, Shell becomes the latest company swept up in EV charging boom

TechCrunch LA

Shell’s plan to roll out 500,000 electric charging station in just four years is the latest sign of an EV charging infrastructure boom that has prompted investors to pour cash into the industry and inspired a few companies to become public companies in search of the capital needed to meet demand.

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Archer Aviation Plans Electric Air Taxis in LA by 2024

L.A. Business Journal

Bay Area company Archer Aviation is developing electric aircraft for L.A.'s s Urban Air Mobility Partnership

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“LALA” – A short lesson in marketing

Berkonomics

Focus upon you as marketing genius. Let’s focus not upon the process of marketing and positioning, but on you. How should you become the best marketer you can be, even if you are a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned CEO? There’s an answer for that.

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 Ways An Incubator Can Accelerate Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute.

Interview with Jon Waterman, Founder and CEO of Ad.net

socalTECH

For today's interview, we sat down to catch up with Jon Waterman, the founder and CEO of Ad.net, to understand what the company's business is nowadays, how the company has evolved over the years, and how the company has adjusted to life during a pandemic. What is Ad.net? Jon Waterman: We envision ourselves today as a marketplace outside Google and Bing. Our core competency, historically, has been in the pay-to-click space, but we've focused completely outside of Google and outside of Bing.

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Techstars Los Angeles names Matt Kozlov as its new managing director

TechCrunch LA

Techstars Los Angeles , the local Los Angeles-focused branch of the global accelerator network, has named Matt Kozlov as its new managing director.

Slingshot Aerospace Names Stricklan As CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Startup Slingshot Aerospace Inc. announced that co-founder Melanie Stricklan has taken over as chief executive

Four ways to create marketing excellence

Berkonomics

First, let’s recall the four “P’s” of marketing. Marketing is a science devised to help drive customers to your door. There are lots of ways to define how to market well, including the four P’s of marketing (1): product, price, promotion and place.

Why Every Startup Needs To Select Customers Carefully

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups are happy to find any customer, and will hang on for dear life to every one.

Lucid Sight Buys Colyseus

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Lucid Sight, which developings videogames, said it has acquired the open source, multiplayer game engine Colyseus. According to Lucid Sight, it will be taking over the Colyseus brand, GitHub, and all social and support channels, and Colyseus creator Endel Dreyer will join its team. Lucid Sight said over 3,000 developers are active in the Colyseus community channels.

Trello Redesign and New Features Launched to mark 10th Birthday

Tech.Co

Companies all around the world use Trello to help manage projects and coordinate team tasks and responsibilities. However, 10 years after the software was first released, the kanban-based system is getting a major overhaul.

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Archer Aviation aims to launch network of urban air taxis in Los Angeles by 2024

TechCrunch

Archer Aviation, the electric aircraft startup that recently announced a deal to go public via a merger with a blank-check company, plans to launch a network of its urban air taxis in Los Angeles by 2024.

Snap Drives Growth of LA’s AR Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Visual artist Clay Weishaar said he was incredulous when someone from Snap Inc. contacted him in 2018 to let him know one of his lenses was trending

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Could you achieve ten percent net income each month?

Berkonomics

How planning is done today. Most entrepreneurs and managers, when modeling their business operations using a spreadsheet, start with expected revenue by month. Then they calculate cost of sales, and then project their expenses, to find the bottom-line profit or loss each projected month.

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10 Strategies For Finding Stronger People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

Just because you are an entrepreneur, or work in a startup, you can’t ignore the rules of building and maintaining relationships.

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Launch Factory Finds $2.5M For Venture Studio

socalTECH

San Diego-based Launch Factory a new "venture studio" which is looking to recruit entrepeneurs to help it launch vetted business concepts, recently raised $2.5M in funding, according to the group. The funding came from a number of angels, including Broadway Angels, San Diego Venture Partners, and TI Platform Management. According to the startup studio it plans to use the funding to launch four new startups in San Diego, investing $300K in seed capital in each of those companies.

After pulling in around $80 million last year in revenue, LA’s StackCommerce is acquired by TPG’s Integrated Media Company

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles-based commerce and content platform StackCommerce has been acquired by the Integrated Media Company, a holding company set up by the massive private equity fund, TPG, to acquire new media businesses. StackCommerce’s affiliate buying platform has distributed more than $175 million on its platform by going directly to merchants. Through its platform publishers can make between 15% to 20% of gross compared with 5% on an affiliate marketing site.

Good Eggs raises $100M and plans to launch in Southern California

TechCrunch

Grocery delivery startup Good Eggs is announcing that it has raised $100 million in new funding, and that it’s planning to launch in Southern California in either the summer or fall of this year.

AirVet Pet Telehealth Platform Soars During Pandemic

L.A. Business Journal

Growing up the son of a prominent local veterinarian, entrepreneur Brandon Werber never thought he would have to search for a vet for his two French bulldogs

Can you defend your plan without being defensive?

Berkonomics

When meeting with investors or even your board, during the period devoted to feedback after your presentation, you will hear comments and recommendations that don’t resonate with you. Some will be from a misunderstanding of your explanation. Some listeners will challenge your assumptions.

6 Ways To Win By Creative Partnering With Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup founders are known for their passion for their startup idea, and for their passion to kill every competitor. Thus they often overlook the fact that their biggest growth opportunity may be a win-win collaboration with a serious competitor, known in the business as coopetition.

TikTok, Universal Music Group Expand Alliance

socalTECH

TikTok and Universal Music Group said on Monday that the two are in an "expanded global alliance", which allows TikTok users to continue to use tracks from Universal Music Group artists on their social media creations. The announcement comes as Universal Music Group pulled its artists from TikTok's rival social media service Triller.

Developing a Sales Strategy That Builds Traction

SoCal Tech Calendar

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How to Overcome Common Enterprise Network Challenges

Southern California Edison Blog

Enterprises face several network-related challenges that can affect their competitiveness and ability to grow and serve customers. Challenges such as costly network investments, low performance, and tedious management plagues many organizations.

Mahmee’s Digital App Connects New Moms and Physicians

L.A. Business Journal

MCH Ventures Inc., doing business as Mahmee, is a family-run business in the business of supporting families

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Mate Fertility is aiming to create a franchise of fertility clinics open to everyone

TechCrunch

Mate Fertility , the new Los Angeles startup launching today with $2.8 million in financing, has a mission to create a more inclusive network of family planning services for people struggling with the high cost and low availability of fertility clinics around the country.

6 Reasons Technical Expertise Does Not Make A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Well over 25 years ago, Michael E. Gerber wrote a best-selling business book called The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.

HealthTensor Collects $5M For AI-Powered Medical Decisions

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based nstartup HealthTensor, which is developing artificial intelligence (AI) software aimed at helping to augment medical decision making, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Calibrate Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, and Susa Ventures, along with angels. HealthTEnsor said it will use the funding to scale its software engineering and implementation team.

An Entrepreneur's Guide to IP

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 --.

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Don’t Let Misconfiguration Leave You Vulnerable to Attackers

Inverted Software

Configuration is an essential part of every application. Misconfiguration can happen at any level of the application stack. From code, to web and application servers, databases and frameworks. Unfortunately, in most cases you will not found out your gaps until its too late. Here are some of the most common issues our DevOps have encountered: Deployment of development configuration to production.

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SatCom: LinQuest Lands $500 Million Contract With US Space Force

L.A. Business Journal

Ladera Heights-based defense contractor LinQuest Corp. received a five-year contract from U.S. Space Force worth $500 million

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LA-based Metropolis raises $41 million to upgrade parking infrastructure

TechCrunch

Metropolis is a new Los Angeles-based startup that’s looking to compete with BMW-owned ParkMobile for a slice of the automated parking lot management market.

6 Tips For When And How To Disclose Your Startup Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA).

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ABL Space Systems Sets Demo Flight For Q2 2021

socalTECH

El Segundo-based ABL Space Systems, which is developing low cost launch vehicles and launch systems, says it has signed up customer for its first launch. The company says it is targeting its first demonstration flight of its RS1 rocket in Q2 of 2021. ABL Space Systems said that L2 Aerospace will launch two spacecraft on ABL's demonstration flight. Financial details of the launch agreement were not announced.

TikTok Parent Walks Away From Oracle, Walmart Deal

L.A. Business Journal

ByteDance has reportedly abandoned plans to sell TikTok's U.S. operations to Oracle and Walmart

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