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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly

Ready, fire, aim. Really?


You’ve surely heard the variations on this theme. Ready, fire aim” was popular in the 1990’s, accredited to any of several authors.


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How Bill Gates Was A Role Model For New Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes I like to drop the comment socially that “I knew Bill Gates back when he was a regular guy.” I know that dates me a good bit, but it also shows that I have been hanging around startups for a long time.

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SpaceX Completes Second Launch for Space Force

L.A. Business Journal

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully completed its second mission on behalf of U.S. Space Force

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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.

Boingo To Provide Cellular Network For San Diego State Stadium


Los Angeles-based Boingo says it has been selected to provide the cellular network infrastructure for the new, San Diego State Aztec Stadium. According to Boingo, it has been selected to design, build, operate and maintain a 5G-ready, neutral host cellular DAS network for the new stadium. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The new stadium is expected to be complete for the 2022 NCAA football season.

Mov gives you a chance to win your favorite athlete’s game day attire — sweat, tears and all


“If it smells, that’s how they’re going to receive it.”. While that claim would likely make most D2C founders cringe, for founder Chris Alston, it’s part of the magic of his company, Mov.

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PayPal Will Integrate Honey Shopping Tools

L.A. Business Journal

Nearly one year after acquiring software developer Honey Science Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc. is beginning to detail how it will incorporate Honey’s tools

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OnSite Waste Technologies Signs Supplier To Senior Living Industry


Newport Beach-based startup OnSite Waste Technologies , which is developing counter-top, on-site medical waste sterilization products, says it has signed on a supplier of products for the senior living industry. The company said that Direct Supply, based in Milwaukee, is offering the company's OnSite TE-5000 product to its customers.

Business Inside The Game

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 -- BUSINESS INSIDE THE GAME (aka B.I.G.) is a series of highly-curated summits, panels and immersive experiences that explore how to create an impact in social enterprise and solve real business problems in sports, media, technology and culture. B.I.G. assembles a network of thought-leaders, industry experts, athletes and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to connect, network and inspire in dynamic environments. Zoom). See [link].

4 Key Questions To Size The Potential Of Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup and every new business needs a unique selling proposition (USP) to get people’s attention these days, and make it stand out in the information overload we all see.

ACCO Engineered Systems Is the Secret Weapon Inside LA’s Most High-Profile Projects

L.A. Business Journal

It’s one of the largest private companies few have ever heard of

RemotePC Boosts Performance


Los Angeles-based remote access provider RemotePC --which is owned by iDrive--says it has boosted the performance for its service, which allows remote access to business PCs. The company says it now supports 4K streaming and display, and other "general perfmrance improvements". The company said the better performance should help support processing and display intensive applications such as CAD/CAM.

Preccelerator U Presents: Financial Modeling and Fundraising

SoCal Tech Calendar

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7 Ways To Keep Your Sanity Around Obnoxious Coworkers

Startup Professionals Musings

We have all had to work with annoying team members in business. If you are not their manager, it’s tempting to just walk away, tune them out, or react sharply, but these reactions are not appropriate for managers, and are equally ineffective for peers and team mates.

Hologram Company PORTL Gets $3 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Holographic technology startup PORTL Inc. announced $3 million in seed funding

Interview with Brad Stewart, Fair


Our interview this morning is with Brad Stewart , the new CEO of Los Angeles-based Fair (, backed by Softbank, which has been in the midst of reinventing the company after some setbacks in its initial efforts to create a subscription-based model for automobiles. We caught up Stewart to see how the company has significantly pivoted its vision for the company, the recent deal with Honda to offer up certified pre-owned vehicles to its users, and more.

Electronics Retailer Newegg Staffing Up

L.A. Business Journal

Newegg Inc., the City of Industry-based electronics retailer, is bolstering its staff for the holiday season

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Tinder Rolls Out Video Chat Feature

L.A. Business Journal

Online dating app Tinder has rolled out a new video feature to help connect singles at a time when pandemic-related precautions are limiting in-person meetups

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7 Advantages That Local Small Business Owners Enjoy

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems that most of you entrepreneurs I meet in my role as business advisor are convinced that starting a new business requires equity investors, exponential growth, and a plan to go public via IPO. I often recommend a less painful alternative, called the lifestyle entrepreneur approach, where your focus is on making a living and a work-life balance , rather than changing the world.

Semtech Powers Smart Campus System In China


Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech has scored another design win with its LoRaWAN technology, saying today that its technology is being used by Chinsese company Shenzhen Sundray Technology Co., Sundray), for a new "software-defined classroom" product. Semtech said that Sundray's technology is being used to promote safer learning spaces by monitoring classroom occupancy, equipment usage, temperature monitoring, door and window locks, and air quality sensors.

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Linksys and Qualcomm Team on 5G Hotspots


Los Angeles-based Linksys , which is the connect home division of Belkin , says that it has introduced a new, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 mobile hotspot, which works in Korea. Linksys said its new 5G Mobile Hotspot uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon X5S 5G Modem-RF Systema nd Qualcomm FastConnect 6800. The hotspot works only with Korea Telecom. The company says it has a similar hotspot with Hong Kong, with CSL. Linksys and Belkin are now owned by Foxconn Interconnect Technology. READ MORE>>.

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OpenGate Capital Buys Aurotech


Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced this morning that it has acquired Aurotech , a provider of digital services and business solutions for US federal healthcare and adjacent civilian agencies. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. OpenGate Capital said that Aurotech's founder, Mr. Hetal Patel, will continue to lead Aurotech as President and CEO. Aurotech is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Viasat Shuffles Execs


Carlsbad-based satellite communications and equipment provider Viasat is shuffling its top executives, saying late yesterday that its CEO, Mark Dankberg, will become Executive Chairman of the company, shifting away from his CEO role. Rick Baldrige, currently the company's President and Chief Operating Officer, will become Viasat's President and CEO. The company described the moves as an "evolution" of how the company has been operating for the past several years. READ MORE>>.

Rocket Lab Will Attempt First Stage Recovery On Next Launch


Long Beach-based Rocket Lab said on Thursday that it will attempt a recovery of the first stage of its Electron launch vehicle, as part of the launch provider's efforts to start reusing its rockets. According to Rocket Lab, its next mission, scheduled for lift-off in mid-November, will include an attempt to bring the Electron's first stage back to earth under a parachute system for a controlled water landing.

Pacific Defense Acquires Spear Research


El Segundo-based Pacific Defense , which is backed by private equity investors Emerald Lake Capital Management and HCI Equity Partners, has acquired New Hamphire-based Spear Research. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Pacific Defense, the acquisition will add a team of engineers with core competencies in RF engineering, advanced signal processing, autonomous command and control, and system integration. Travis Slocumb is CEO of Pacific Defense. READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Successfully Launches GPS Satellite Into Space


Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has successfully launched a new, GPS satellite into space for the United States Space Force on Thursday afternoon. SpaceX launched the US Space Force's GPS III Space Vehicle 04 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida, from its launchpad at Space Launch Complex 40. The launch occurred at 6:24pm EST. In addition to the launch, SpaceX also landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 used in the launch on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship. READ MORE>>.

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Esri Rolls Out New Tool For Improving Coastal Water Quality


Redland-based GIS software giant Esri announced this week that it has rolled out a new, free and open tool it says helps countries monitor their coastal water quality. The company said its new tool is being released in partnership with the United Nationas and GEO Blue. The company says the tools can be used to help guide policy and reduce pollution from land sources. Esri said the tool helps analyze above-normal concentrations of marine algae. READ MORE>>. esri water quality coastal

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Protomer Technologies Gets Funding For Protein Therapeutics


Pasadena-based Protomer Technologies announced this morning that it has received funding from both the JDRF T1D Fund, as well as Eli Lilly and Company, in a funding round. Size of the investment was not announced. The company said Eli Lilly and Company led the funding, with the new investment today from JDRF. Protomer said it is developing next-generation protein therapeutics that can sense molecular activators in the body.

Micronoma Names Execs, Plans San Diego HQ


San Diego-based biotech startup Micronoma announced this morning that it has hired three new executives, and plans to set up a headquarters in San Diego. The company said it has named Eddie Adams as Chief Scientific Officer, Greg Poore as Chief Analytic Offier, and Darryl Garrison as Chief Operating Officer.

Raptor Scientific Acquires Sensor Concepts


Newport Beach-based Raptor Scientific , a provider of testing and measurement products for the aerospace and defense market, said on Wednesday that it has acquired Sensor Concepts, Inc. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Sensor Concepts is a provider of products used for radar cross-section (RCS) measurements. Raptor Scientific is owned by private equity firm L Squared Capital Partners, which founded the company in 2019. READ MORE>>.

Viasat Wins Deal With UK's Royal Navy


San Diego-based satellite communications provider Viasat reported a win with the UK's Royal Navy this morning, saying it will provide the ultra high frequency satellite communications equipment on a Royal Navy Type 31 Frigate. Financial details of the contract were not announced. The company said it will provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) for the new Type 31 frigates, to be delivered by Babcock Team 31, for the Royal Navy.

Lytx Signs Parent Firm Behind United Van Lines, Mayflower


San Diego-based machine vision and fleet telematics provider Lytx reported this week that it has signed up UniGroup , the $1.6 billion company behind United Van Lines and Mayflower. Lytx said that UniGroup will adopt is Compliance Service program, which offers up web-based tools to handle Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance needs and help fleets reduce compliance, safety, and accountability (CSA) violations. Financial impact of the win was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Voxox Expands Reach In Costa Rica


San Diego-based cloud communications provider Voxox reported this week that it has expanded its reach in Costa Rica, via a new partnership with business phone systems provider RING.CR. The company said that RING.CR will white label its Voxox Cloud Phone service, and will offer it up to its small business customers in Costa Rica. The two said they will offer up local numbers to those businesses, letting those businesses place and receive calls, manage call activity, and other features.

Cinedigm's Pluto TV Gets Rights To Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS


Los Angeles-based Cinedigm , and its free streaming television service, Pluto TV , said that they have secured exclusive rights to the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Financial details of the licensing deal were not announced. The anime series is based on the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! collectiveble trading card game. Pluto TV said it will launch a branded channel in the U.S. later this month, with Latin America to follow. READ MORE>>. cinedigm plutotv yugioh vrains anime streaming media content

Newegg Plans Boost In Holiday Hiring


Los Angeles-based online electronics retailer Newegg announced this morning that it is planning a larger than expected "hiring surge" for the upcoming holiday shopping season. According to the company, the hiring expansion goes beyond the normal seasonal staff increase for Q4, and also includes technical roles, as well as opportunities in marketing, business development and e-commerce category management.

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Connect Up Rolls Out COVID Safety Device


Irvine-basd Connect Up Technologies announced this morning that it has launched a new, physical device--called SafeDistance--to help employees returning to work to help mitigate infection risk. The company said the new device both provides a report of other devices it has come into contact with, for contact tracing, and also can provide alerts when physical distancing parameters are violated, things that are not available on smartphone apps.

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