Sat.Jun 29, 2019 - Fri.Jul 05, 2019

Mercato Finds Funding For Grocery Delivery

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San Diego-based Mercato , which provider online ordering and delivery services to independent grocery stores, has raised a round of funding from Greycroft, the company said this week. The funding also included prior investor Loeb Enterprises, an investment fund managed by Michael Loeb, best known for its funding and development of Priceline.com. Size of the investment was not announced.

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund.

SpaceX Plans First Commercial Flights Of Starship In 2021

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is hoping to launch the very first, commercial missions for its Starship spacecraft--designed to deliver passengers to Mars--in 2021, according to the company , and is currently in talks with three companies on those missions. All three of those customers would use the new platform to send satellites into orbit. Starship and its Super Heavy launch system are eventually aimed at delivering passengers into space and an eventual mission to Mars.

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More Than 50 E-Scooters Pulled From Portland River

Tech.Co

The e-scooter vandalism pandemic continues, as Portland authorities have reportedly hauled more than 50 e-scooters out of a Portland river last week. E-scooters have begun taking over US cities in recent months, with Chicago being the latest to implement the technology just last month.

Can you name the two most powerful words for business?

Berkonomics

Here’s a puzzle where the answer come first. Help me.”.

Social Networking Startup MeWe Raises $4.5 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Culver City-based social networking startup Sgrouples Inc., doing business as MeWe, announced it raised $4.5 million in a venture round, bringing its total funding to $15 million since launching in 2012

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6 Ways To Help Others At Work And Still Save Yourself

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t you wish you were better at saying “no” to all those extraneous requests for a bit of help at work?

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USC Viterbi Data Analytics Boot Camp Demo Day

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 -- USC Viterbi Data Analytics Boot Camp Demo Day. The USC Viterbi Data Analytics Boot Camp is the latest non-degree continuing education offering for the Viterbi School, training working professionals on key skills in the field of data analytics.

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Aging Cars May Rev Up Local Firm

L.A. Business Journal

AUTOS: Aftermarket parts seller projects solid growth

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Video Interview: FreeGen Technologies And How Its Robots Can Clean The Oceans

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What if you could reate a roaming band of autonomous, ocean going robots, to help clean up the problem of plastic in our oceans?

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10 Keys To A Startup Surviving The First Five Years

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.

Tracing the ARPANET Roots of the Internet’s Cybersecurity Crisis

Xconomy

[ Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for Net@50 , an event exploring the internet’s past and future. ]

Cedars Program Attracts Innovators

L.A. Business Journal

Health care accelerator includes local startups

j2 Global Aims At Heathcare Documentation

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Los Angeles-based j2 Global , and its subsidiary, j2 Cloud Services , is taking aim at the healthcare documentation and medical data market, with a new service called MyHealth Inbox. According to j2 Cloud Services, the new, free service lets patients securely receive their medical information into a cloud-based account, using its cloud faxing technology.

7 Tips For Entrepreneurs Seeking A Balanced Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

I know some entrepreneurs with successful businesses, and others who seem to have a great relationship with their family, but I can’t think of many who have both. Some people would argue that these two successes are mutually exclusive, but I’m not convinced.

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The Next Internet: Usability Guru Don Norman Calls for Starting Over

Xconomy

[ Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for Net@50 , an event exploring the internet’s past and future. ]

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LA Firms Lead VidCon

L.A. Business Journal

Fullscreen, Snap, UTA highlight conference lineup

Upfront Ventures Plans New $250M Fund, Upfront Growth III

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Santa Monica-based Upfront Ventures has launched an effort to raise a new fund, worth $250M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. According to that filing, Upfront's new fund, Upfront Growth III, L.P. does not yet have any committed investors, and is led by Mark Suster and Yves Sisteron. Upfront has not detailed any information about the fund, as is usual for venture investors in the midst of fundraising.

6 Elements of Customer Psychology Drive Buy Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs think that adapting to the new technologies, like smart phones and Internet commerce, are the key to attracting new customers. In fact, businesses need to adapt even more completely to the changes in the buying and social behavior of consumers.

Peter Gabriel Joins Net@50 Lineup; Tix Going Fast for July 16 Event

Xconomy

Legendary rock musician and longtime internet evangelist Peter Gabriel has joined the all-star cast of speakers for Net@50 , a historic event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first net message—while also looking ahead to the internet’s next 50 years.

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Silicon Beach Report July 3: Riot Games IBC Award Finalist

L.A. Business Journal

EVConnect Backs Australian Charging Network; Riot Games Finalist for IBC Award; Faraday Future Employees Flee to Rivian

EV Connect To Power EV Charging Network In Australia

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Los Angeles-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator EV Connnect has put its backing behind a new, Australian startup, Evie Networks , which is looking to create its own network of ultra-fast EV chargers down under. According to EV Connect, it is joining the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund to back Evie Networks, to create an ultra-fast highway charging network in Australia.

10 Ways To Make Your Business Memorable With A Story

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far.

Special Report 2069: Predicting the Internet’s Next 50 Years

Xconomy

[ Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for Net@50 , an event exploring the internet’s past and future. ]

Silicon Beach Report July 2: Upfront Ventures Finances New Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Boring Co. hires in Las Vegas; LightSail mission continues; Upfront finances sixth fund

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HelpJess Combines Video Chat With Retail Shopping

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Newport Beach-based startup HelpJess announced on Monday that it has launched a new service, which combines video chat with retail shopping. The company said its tool allows shoppers to live, video chat with brick-and-mortar retail stores through an app, connecting shoppers to in-store staff at retailers. According to the new service--owned by open4sale USA--it is initially offering up its service to designer stores in Los Angeles, New York, Milan, Paris, and Hong Kong, as well as Singapore.

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Silicon Beach Report July 1: MeWe raises $4.5 million

L.A. Business Journal

MeWe raises $4.5 million; Pluto TV launches Spanish programming; Netflix and Sony adapting video games for television

Elon Musk's Boring Company Ramps Efforts, Hiring In Las Vegas

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The Boring Company , the Los Angeles company working on advanced transportation systems, which is led by technology mogul Elon Musk, says it is ramping up efforts in Las Vegas, and is actively hiring for a significiant number of positions in Las Vegas, as well as Hawthorne. According to The Boring Company, the jobs include positions in everything from Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering to Security Guards and more.

Inside Secure Becomes Verimatrix

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Inside Secure , the French company which acquired San Diego-based Verimatrix in March, has renamed itself as Verimatrix , the company announced this morning. The combined company trades on the Euronext Paris as VMX. Inside Secure paid $147M, mostly in cash, for Verimatrix as part of the acquisition deal in March. The two rolled out a new logo and tagline as part of the renaming of Inside Secure to Verimatrix.

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Names New Class

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The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator , the startup accelerator associated with Cedars-Sinai, has announced its next class, saying it has added 11 new health-tech companies into its newest accelerator class.

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