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Claiming a landmark in fusion energy, TAE Technologies sees commercialization by 2030

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In a small industrial park located nearly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, one company is claiming to have hit a milestone in the development of a new technology for generating power from nuclear fusion.

Six ways to make your site-app-product go viral.


It doesn’t happen by accident. Not every new game-related site is a Steam, and surely not every social network is a Facebook. And not every texting application is a Twitter. A story of an app from nowhere to near dominance.

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How Hyperloop Is Prioritizing Passenger Experience

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop Technologies Inc., doing business as Virgin Hyperloop, is testing a prototype of a transportation system that could carry passengers through nearly airless tunnels at speeds reaching 700 mph

6 Keys To Finding The Right People For A Winning Team

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a new business owner or entrepreneur, you are likely to be creative and willing to take a risk , and you probably assume that most potential team members have the same mindset.

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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.

Can You Pay Your Rent With Bitcoin? Yes, For Caruso Tenants


Los Angeles-based real estate developer Caruso says that it is now allowing its tenants to pay rent--both residential and retail properties--in Bitcoin, in a partnership with a company run by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. According to Caruso--whose develops include The Grove and The Americana at Brand--it will allow its tenants to pay rent in Bitcoin, subject to applicable laws.

Preccelerator U: Startup Guide to Financial Modeling w/ Mark Wald

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5 Perceptions On How Many Business Friends Are Enough

Startup Professionals Musings

The Internet and social media have totally destroyed the meaning of the word “friend” and even changed it from a noun to a verb. On Twitter and Facebook, many young people follow hundreds of friends before age twenty, all without ever having physically said or heard a word from most of them.

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ClickUp Wins The San Diego Padres


San Diego-based workplace productivity software developer ClickUp reported this morning that it has been selected by the San Diego Padres, to power the team's IT operations. Financial details of the win were not announced. ClickUp is led by founder and CEO Zeb Evans. ClickUp said that the Padres will use its platform to organize, manage and track all team tasks, goals, docs, communications and more.

Wavelength Services for Telecom: A Great Fit For Growing Carriers

Southern California Edison Blog

Wavelength services are a good match for small and medium-sized telecom companies looking for cost-effective, reliable, and highly private connectivity to support their customers. . Under this network type, carriers lease a wavelength of light along a fiber optic cable to transmit data.

Cast & Crew Acquires Expense Management Software Developer

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based payroll company Cast & Crew announced April 7 that it has acquired LeBog Software, the developer of an expense management system called Digital Purchase Order

6 Ways To Improve Your Chances Of New Venture Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur wants to know how they can improve their odds on the road to success, and why some entrepreneurs seem to be able to squeeze success out of even a marginal business case.

G Labs Rolls Out All In One Video Conferencing Device


Looking to easily get yourself or family online on Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook, or other video conferencing systems? G Labs, has rolled out a new, user-friendly product which provides everything needed to connect a TV with a host of popular video conferencing services. G Labs says that its G Labs Box, which costs $99, is a new device to have video conference meetings on any TV, and is pre-installed with Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Whatsapp, Microsoft Teams, and Alfred Camera.

Aspiration’s New Credit Card Helps Shoppers Cut Their Carbon Footprint

L.A. Business Journal

Banking services company Aspiration Partners Inc. has built its business around finding ways for customers to “both do well and do good,” and its latest product is aimed at consumers worried about the environmental impact of their spending

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10 Strategies For Boosting Your Productivity At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder feels the pressure of the thousands of things that need to get done, all seemingly at the same time. There is just not enough time! The real solution is better productivity and less procrastination, to put you back in control of your business.

7 Ways To Keep All Players Centered On What Matters

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur’s first priority should be the alignment of interests across the range of constituents required for success – partners, investors, customers, vendors, and employees.

Aspiration’s New Credit Card Helps Shoppers Cut Their Carbon Footprint

L.A. Business Journal

Each time a user makes a purchase with the company’s new credit card, Aspiration will work with reforestation organizations around the world to plant a tree on the customer’s behalf

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Piestro Uses Robots to Make Pizzas

L.A. Business Journal

Massimo Noja De Marco has been in the food service and hospitality industry for decades, with stints at Wolfgang Puck Catering, SBE Entertainment Group and Wurstkuche Restaurants

Haystack Helps Companies Manage Remote Workers

L.A. Business Journal

For large companies with hundreds — or even thousands — of employees, managing human resources functions and communicating with workers can be a challenge

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Fuel50 Finds $15.5M For Talent Marketplace


Laguna Niguel-based Fuel50, which operates an artificial intelligence (AI) powered marketplace for talent, has raised $15.5M in a Series B funding, the company said Thursday. Fuel50 says it has now raised a total of $28.2M. The funding was led by PeakSpace Capital and Shearwater Capital. The company said the new funds will go towards increasing its presence across the S, EMEA, and Australasia. Anne Fulton is Co-Founder and CEO of Fuel50.

Ring Adds Motion Detection Floodlight Camera


Santa Monica-based security camera maker Ring--which is now part of Amazon--said this week that it has rolled out a new, outdoor security camera equipment with motion detection and a floodlight. The company said its new Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro includes motion-activated LED lights and HD video, as well as a 110db siren.

Totum Labs Set Commercial Officer


San Diego-based Totum labs, which is developing its own constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) nanosatellites for use in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market, says it has named David Gell as its Chief Commercial Officer. The company said Gell has previously served at Hewlett-Packard, Solectek, Nestwave, VIE Technologies and Cygnus Broadband, where he was co-founder. Totum Labs said it raised its $13M, Series A funding in November of 2020.

Iyuno-SDI Group Gets $160M


Iyuno-SDI Group, a provider of localization services to the media industry with an operation in Burbank, said this week that it has raised $160M in a funding round. The funding came from SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Iyuno-SDI Group says it is now using artificial intelligence and machine translation along with traditional translation for its efforts. The company has been around since 1965. The company's other backers include Shamrock Capital Advisors and SoftBank Ventures Asia Corp.

Community Connects With $40M For Text Messaging


Los Angeles-based Community, a startup which provides a way for celebrities to send text messages--at scale--to their fans, has raised $40M more in a funding round, the company annoucned this morning. The company said the new funding came from Salesforce Ventures. Community says it has now raised nearly $90M in total, from investors which also include Twilio, Sound Ventures, Live Nation, Sony Innovation Fund, and others.

EVgo Picks Up Charger Installation Pace


Los Angeles-based EVgo, which operates a public network of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, says it is increasing the pace of its installations. According to the company, it just installed 10 new EV fast charging stations in the last 10 days, across new locations in California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. The company said those 10 stations represent 38 fast charging stalls.

Agilon Health Sets IPO Pricing Range


Long Beach-based Agilon Health, which operates a network of physicians focused on Medicare patients, has set its IPO pricing range, saying it hopes to sell 46,600,000 shares of its common stock at between $20.00 and $23.00 per share. The company's IPO could raise as much as $1.232 billion for the company. The company has applied to list on the NYSE under the symbol AGL. The IPO is being underwritten by J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Tesla Plans World's Largest Supercharger Station At Harris Ranch


Travelers between Southern and Northern California driving Tesla electric vehicles will soon have another reason to stop at Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant, besides the steaks, after Tesla Motors applied to install more than 100 Supercharger stalls at the popular I-5 stopover point.

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Cypress, California-based artificial intelligence software developer said this morning that it has added Randy Wheeler, and insurance industry executive, to its advisory board. The company said Wheeler is the founder and former CEO of Valley Oak Systems. says it is providing AI-based insurance data products for the insurance market. The company's CEO is Brij Kumar. klearai artificial intelligence executive randy wheeler

MarketSpark Gets $7M


San Diego-based MarketSpark, which is providing managed wireless services to help companies replace their plain old telephone service (POTS) infrastructure, says it has raised $7M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by IDT Corporation and also included Goldie Group and Klein Enterprises. As part of the funding, Shmuel Jonas, CEO of IDT Corporation, and Daniel Klein, CEO of Klein Enterprises both join the company's board.

J2 Global Buys One Company, Sells Two


Los Angeles-based J2 Global said this morning that it has acquired one company, and divested two. According to the company, it acquired HowLongtoBeat, and divested City Numbers and Callstream. HowLongtoBeat is an online website that lets videogame players track the playtimes of their games. City Numbers and Callstream are both part of J2 Global's UK cloud services business. Financial details of the acquisition and divestitures were not announced.

Nucleix Nabs $55M For Lung Cancer Detection


San Diego-based Nucleix, a startup which is developing liquid biopsy technology for early detection of lung cancer, has raised $55M in a funding round, the company announced this morning. The company said the funding was led by RA Capital Management, and also included BlackRock, Lilly Asia Ventures, LYFE Capital and MILFAM, plus OrbiMed, Aurum Ventures, DSC Investment, OCI Bio Investments and Zohar Zisapel.

XPRIZE Selects Semifinalists For $10M ANA Avatar Competition


Los Angeles-based XPRIZE, which organizes and runs competitions which spur teams to compete to solve major challenges to humanity, says it has selected 38 teams for the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition. The group said those teams came from 16 countries. The Avatar XPRIZE is aimed at spurring the development of an "avatar system" which will allow humans to explore remote locations in real time.

Romeo Power Reports Win With PACCAR


Los Angeles-based battery developer Romeo Power reports that it has scored a win with PACCAR, a manufacturer of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. According to Romeo Power, it has signed a deal to battery packs, modules and battery management systems (BMS) for PACCAR's battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The company said its battery sytems will be used for Peterbilt 579 and 520 Battery-Electric Vehicles.

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Carrot Group Ties With Lenovo On STEAM Education


Los Angeles-based Carrot Group, which develops an e-sports based product to engage students in learning science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) skills, says it is in a collaboration with Lenovo to expand adoption of its product in school districts. According to Carrot Group, the two will expand its reach to more school districts nationwide. Financial and other details of the partnership were not announced.

ABL Space Systems Secures $170M, Signs Big Deal With Lockheed Martin


El Segundo-based ABL Space Systems, a developer of space launch systems, has just signed a big deal with Lockheed Martin, after raising $170M in funding a last week. ABL Space Systems said last week that it raised $170M in its SEries B funding, which was led by T. Rowe Price Associates, as well as Fidelity Management & Research, along with its existing investors. ABL today said that Lockheed Martin has signed a launch contract with the company, for 58 launches over the next 10 years.

Incipio Partners With Reforestation Nonprofit


Irvine-based mobile device manufacturer Incipio says it has partnered with nonprofit Eden Reforestation Projects, where Eden will plant a new tree for every one of Incipio's Organicore phone cases that are purchased. According to Incipio, Eden will plant one tree in the regions most impacted by deforestation throughout the year, with five trees planted for every purchase of those Incipio phones through April. Financial details of the effort were not announced.

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Pipeliner CRM Enhances Reporting Tools


Los Angeles-based Pipeliner CRM, which develops customer relationship management software for sales teams, recently released a new update to its software, adding new reporting and analytics features. According to the company, it has added new, comprehensive reporting and analytics for its software, which offers up performance indicators and quotas, plus line graphs, bar and pie charts. PIpeliner is led by CEO Nikolaus Kimla. pipeliner reporting customer relationship management software

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