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Beyond Meat unveils two new versions of its Beyond Burgers

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Beyond Meat has launched two new versions of its Beyond Burgers, the company announced today. The two new options will be available on store shelves in 2021, but will be on offer at a two-day pop up event in Los Angeles for folks to try.

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LA Companies Play Leading Role in Rising AR, VR Industry

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It may seem redundant to say that a company focused on creating virtual reality experiences is ahead of the curve, but that’s precisely the case for West Adams-based Survios Inc

6 Observations On Key Challenges Facing Every Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

When entrepreneurs introduce new products to the market, their passion and conviction often leads them to assume that every potential customer will see the immediate need and value, and will quickly adopt the solution.

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.

LA-based A-Frame, a developer of celebrity-led personal care brands, raises cash for its brand incubator

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A-Frame , a Los Angeles-based developer of personal care brands supported by celebrities, has raised $2 million in a new round of funding led by Initialized Capital.

Interview with Joe Bayen, Grow Credit

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For today's interview, we spoke with Joe Bayen , the CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based Grow Credit (www.growcredit.com), which runs a fintech startup which allows you to pay your subscriptions through a free Mastercard, as a way to boost your credit score. The company's venture backers include Mucker Capital and Commerce Capital, as well as angel investor Minal Hasan, of K2 Global Ventures. For those not familiar with Grow Credit, talk about what your service does?

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8 Business Work Principles That Cannot Be Compromised

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor and advocate for entrepreneurs, I find myself almost always talking and writing about change. Yet there are many things about business and work that haven’t changed for a long time, and don’t need to change anytime soon.

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Wave Gets Investment From Tencent Holdings

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Los Angeles-based virtual reality startup Wave has scoreds an investment from Chinese company Tencent Holdings , as part of a partnership to bring Wave's animated concert technology to companies in China, the two said on Thursday. Financial details of the minority investment were not announced.

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Rocket Lab Deploys 30 Satellites, Recovers First Stage

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Rocket Lab USA Inc. launched its 16th mission and successfully recovered the launch vehicle’s first-stage rocket

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8 Networking Strategies Pay Big Dividends In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking. You can’t build your business alone, and networking is the best way to open doors, professionally and personally.

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DTS Adds Lyrics From LyricFind To Connected Car Service

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Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS , which is a subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corporation, said today that it has added song lyrics from LyricFind to its DTS Connect Radio service. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

LA Companies Play Leading Role in Rising AR, VR Industry

L.A. Business Journal

It may seem redundant to say that a company focused on creating virtual reality experiences is ahead of the curve, but that’s precisely the case for West Adams-based Survios Inc

5 Keys To A Startup Team That Can Develop Any Market

Startup Professionals Musings

“If we build it, they will come.” I heard it again recently from a technical entrepreneur who should know better than to believe the old “ Field of Dreams ” sports fantasy movie theme in today’s Internet information overload environment.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 --.

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Green Dot To Power New Google Pay Bank Accounts

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Pasadena-based Green Dot is powering a new banking offering from Google Pay , called Plex Accounts , which will allow Google Pay customers to open up and manage a FDIC-insured digital bank account through the app, the company said today. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to Green Dot, the new Google Pay offering will roll out sometime in 2021.

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5 Rules For Every Business In The New Sharing Economy

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Now that you can find anything on a moment’s notice via the Internet, people have found that a temporarily unused expensive asset, such as a room in your house, or your car sitting idle, is a new business opportunity.

Los Angeles Sets Up Transportation Technology Zone

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The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week that it is launching a new Transportation Technology Innovation Zone , which Garcetti said will allow innovators to test their transportation technology solutions. The new zone--located in the San Fernando Valley, around Warner Center--will initially launch with a project to test a zero-emissions, last mile delivery service that connects individuals homebound by the pandemic to food from local businesses.

Relativity Space Raising $500M, Says Report

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Los Angeles-based printed rocket technology developer Relativity Space is in the midst of raising $500M, in a funding round which values the company at $2.3 billion, according to a report today from CNBC. The report--citing "people familiar with the financing"--says that so far, investors such as Tiger Global, Social Capital, Playground Global, Y Combinator, Bond Capital, Tribe Capital, Jared Leto and Mark Cuban are expected to participate in the funding.

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Report: Bird Considers Going Public Via SPAC

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Santa Monica-based on-demand, last mile transportation company Bird is considering going public via a Special Purpose Acquisiton Company (SPAC), according to a report from Bloomberg. It's unclear how far along the SPAC might be, however, Bloomberg said the discussions "are in an early stage".

Nuuve Goes Public Via SPAC

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San Diego-based green technology developer Nuuve , which is developing technology which allows electric vehicles to be used to help store power for the electrical grid, has gone public via a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC). Nuuve said last week that it became public through a $102M merger with a company called Newborn Acquisition Corp., which is listed on the NASDAQ as NBAC. The companies said the newly combined company will be renamed Nuvve Holding Corp.,

Sonos, Google In Court Over Patents

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Santa Barbara-based Sonos and Internet giant Google were in court this week , accusing each of patent infringement, with Sonos hoping to move a Google patent suit out of California and into Texas, in the Western District of Texas court, which has a reputation as being friendlier to patent lawsuits. Sonos is being represented by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, with Google represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. READ MORE>>. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit legal

Rocket Lab Sees Successful Launch, Recovery

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Long Beach-based rocket developer Rocket Lab successfully launched 30 satellites into space, and recovered the first stage of a rocket on Thursday, the first time the company has successfully made a recovery of its hardware. The "Return to Sender" mission was launched in New Zealand. Rocket Lab used a parachute to recover its first stage, which landed in water and was recovered using a recovery vessel.

Rocket Lab Mission Planned For Thursday Evening, Hopes For Rocket Recovery

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Long Beach-based Rocket Lab is attempting another launch today, at 5:44pm PST, from its launch site in New Zealand. The mission, "Return to Sender", will include the first attempt to recover the first stage booster of the company's rocket, which would enable it to lower the costs of launching payloads. The company is webcasting the launch online.

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Newegg Teams For Charity Donations

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Los Angeles-based online electronics retailer Newegg is teaming up with a group to make it easier for people to donate their gently used items to charity. According to Newegg, it has launched a partnership with Give Back Box , so that its customers can repack their Newegg shipping boxes with household products they no longer need, and ship them to a local charity free of charge.

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KB Home Tops 11,000 Solar Powered Homes

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Los Angeles-based new home builder KB Home says it has now topped over 11,000 solar-powered homes, since it started offering up solar power options toits customerss. The company says it built its first "all-solar community" in 2011. KB Home did not say how many of those homes were built in 2020, the first year that California has required all new homes to be installed with rooftop solar power.

LiveXLive Names New CFO

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Los Angeles-based livestreaming and podcasting company LiveXLive Media announced this morning that it has named Michael Quartieri as its new CFO. Quartieri was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Offier at Scientific Games. He also served at Las Vegas Sans Corp., serving in such roles as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller. Quartieri also spent 13 years at Deloitte & Touche.

AFYX Therapeutics Sets Chief Medical Officer

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San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm AFYX Therapeutics has named a new Chief Medical Officer, the company said this morning. The company appointed Dennis D. Kim, M.D., MBA to the position. Kim was most recently chief medical officer of Emerald Health Sciences (EHS) and later of its subsidiary Emerald Bioscience (EMBI), and also served at Zafgen, Inc., Orexigen Therapeutics, and EnteroMedics, Inc.

Everytable Takes $16M For Healthy Meals

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Los Angeles-based healthy meal service Everytable , which offers up grab-and-go, healthy meals as an alternative to fast food, has raised $16M in a Series B funding round, the company said on Tuesday. The funding was led by Creadev, and also included Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Candide Groupe, Gratitude Railroad Ventures, Desert Bloom Food Ventures and Kimball Musk.

Trust & Will Takes $15M More In Series B

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San Diego-based Trust & Will , which operates an online estate planning service, has raised $15M in a Series B funding round, the company said on Tuesday.

A-Frame Picks Up $2M For Personal Care Brands

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Los Angeles-based startup A-Frame , which says it is launching a number of personal care brands tied to celebrities, has raised $2M in a funding round, the company disclosed Tuesday. The funding was led by Initialized Capital, and also included clothing entrepreneur Moise Emquies. The company's first brand is Keeper Soap, which offers up a hand soap. The company is led by founder and CEO Ari Bloom.

Kinnate Biopharma Files For $100M IPO

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San Diego-based Kinnate Biopharma has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing that it is looking to raise up to $100M. The company has filed to trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol KNTE. The IPO is being underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, SVB Leerink, and Piper Sandler. The firm is backed by Foresite Capital, OrbiMed, RA Capital Management, Nextech, and Vida Ventures.

Procore Sets Chief People Officer

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Carpinteria-based Procore , which develops construction management software, has named Pat Wadors as the company's new Chief People Officer. Wadors was most recently Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) at ServiceNow, and also was SVP, Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn, in addition to serving at Plantronics and Yahoo! Wadors also sits on the board of Zenefits, Accolade, and El Camino Hospital. READ MORE>>. procore chief people officer construction management software wadors executive

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Two Bit Circus Rolls Out New, Remote Game Show Platform

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Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus , the developer of micro amusement parks and STEM-inspired experiences, says it has launched a new, online entertainment platform that allows brands to engage their fans remotely. The company--which says that, during the pandemic, it has been intensified its focus on entertaining audiences at home--said it has created a live-hosted game show over streaming video, which can be customaized by brands.

XPRIZE Launches New Pandemic Response Challenge

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Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the group which operates competitions that spur groups and companies to solve major societal challenges, says it has rolled out a new challenge--this one about figuring out how to safely reopen society in the midst of a pandemic. According to XPRIZE, its new challenge, which is being launched in partnership with Cognizant , is called the Pandemic Response Challenge the four month competition.