Sat.Nov 02, 2019 - Fri.Nov 08, 2019

8minute Solar Energy Wins City of Los Angeles


Los Angeles-based utility-scale solar power project developer 8minute Solar Energy says it is in a partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), to build a new, 4000MW solar energy plant near California City. According to 8minute, the project also includes up to 300MW/1200MWh (megawatt hours) of battery storage, which can be used to provide power when the sun is not shining.

Elon Musk will reveal Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck’ all-electric pickup on Nov. 21

TechCrunch LA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company will unveil its all-electric “cyber truck” Nov. 21 in Los Angeles near the serial entrepreneur’s other company SpaceX. The date just so happens to coincide with the LA Auto Show.

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Activision Exceeds Earnings Expectations

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $1.2 billion

Annual reviews or constant feedback?


Here comes a controversial subject. How often do you take the time to rate your direct reports? Is it worth the time and effort when measured from the perspective of the company and of the employee? In terms of time, this can be expensive and disruptive to you and your direct reports.

6 Ways Of Telling Your Story That Draws People To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a mentor to entrepreneurs and an angel investor, I find that too many are stuck in this myth that a good pitch, and good marketing content, should consist of more product features, and more hype on customer benefits.

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Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers

TechCrunch LA

Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she’s been running her own business for 10 years. First it was street-style photography, then came the launch of her popular fashion blog WeWoreWhat.

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Video Interview: Jakob vanZyl, Hydrosat


Our video interview today is with Jakob vanZyl , the co-founder and CEO of Hydrosat (, a startup developing satellites to monitor the moisture of every spot on earth, at high resolution, every four days. READ MORE>>.

10 Ways To Trample And Smother Business Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in any business these days requires a constant flow of new and innovative solutions, to keep up with changes in the market, competition, and to attract new customers.

Scanwell Health launches smartphone tests for UTIs in partnership with Lemonaid Health

TechCrunch LA

Companies continue to refine digital diagnostic tools for in-home healthcare at a rapid clip. The latest to launch is an at-home test for urinary tract infections from the Los Angeles-based startup Scanwell Health.

HyreCar Increases Revenue, Losses in Third Quarter

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based car rental startup HyreCar Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $3.7 million

Video Interview: Calvin Selth, PledgeLA


Our video interview today is with Calvin Selth , Program Lead for AnnenbergTech at the Annenberg Foundation, part of PledgeLA , an effort to make change in the tech industry and a commitment to better reflect, support, and leverage the creativity and diversity that is Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

6 Steps To Move From Inspiration To Business Reality

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and occasional investor, I get approached regularly by people who have a dream or a new business idea, and are looking for support and money to make it a reality.

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The surprisingly boring road to self-driving cars

TechCrunch LA

At last, it is here ! The truly self-driving car, no human behind the wheel! For the public!

Salon App Boulevard Makes the Cut

L.A. Business Journal

Salon booking service Boulevard raised $11 million in Series A funding, the company announced Nov.

Video Interview: Pam Isom, ICE Safety Solutions


Today's video interview is with Pam Isom , the foudner and CEO of ICE Safety Solutions (, who was at the TuesdayNights Impact conference a few months ago, telling us about how she founded and started her business. READ MORE>>.

How To Change The Course Of Your Business Gracefully

Startup Professionals Musings

You will be pivoting your business in your lifetime, whether you are a new startup, or a mature company like Motorola or IBM. You can count on it and plan for it, or you wait for the next survival crisis brought your way by this rapidly changing world.

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As developers embrace Kubernetes, Replicated launches tools to manage its deployments

TechCrunch LA

Five years ago, when the Los Angeles-based enterprise software startup Replicated first launched, it was one of a number of contenders looking to bring containerized software development tools to businesses.

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Flood Control Project Set

L.A. Business Journal

Army Corps of Engineers awards Tetra Tech a contract worth up to $40 million


A2 Biotherapeutics, Founded By Amgen Vets, Gets $57M For Cell Therapies


Agoura Hills-based A2 Biotherapeutics , a biotechnology firm started by veterans of Amgen which is developing cell therapies for cancer patients, has raised $57M in a Series A funding round, the company said this week. The startup was founded by Scott Foraker and Alexander Kamb. The funding came from The Column Group, Vida Ventures, Samsara BioCapital and Nextech Invest. Kamb was formerly SVP of Research at Amgen.

10 Ways To Enhance The Legacy You Leave From Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader waits too long before really working on the legacy that he wants to leave to society and his family.

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Wrench’s on-demand vehicle repair and maintenance service picks up $20 million

TechCrunch LA

Wrench , the Seattle-based on demand vehicle maintenance and repair service for consumers and fleets, has raised $20 million in its latest round of financing. The company’s round was led by Vulcan Capital with additional participation from Madrona Venture Group, Tenaya Capital and Marubeni Corp.

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Plugging Away

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles’ electric vehicle companies keep plugging along despite setbacks

Ordermark, Uber Eats In Partnership, Technology Integration Deal


Los Angeles-based Ordermark , the restaurant software and services developer spawned out of LA's iconic Canter's Deli, has inked a technology and technology integration deal with Uber Eats , Uber's food delivery service, the two said on wednesday. According to the two, the partnership and technology integration will push Uber Eats orders to the Ordermark Dashboard, making it easier for restaurants to use Uber Eats and manage off-premise orders.

Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ Voldi Way

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, November 14, 2019 -- Masters of Game Design Speaker Series w/ Voldi Way. Join WayForward's "Tyrannical Overlord" Voldi Way (Shantae series, Adventure Time, Duck Tales Remastered, TMNT, Aliens Infestation, Mighty Switch Force!, A Boy and his Blob and many, many more!) in a chat with NYFA's Scott Rogers (God of War, author of Level Up! The Guide to Great Game Design) as they discuss Voldi's career running one of the longest lasting independent game studios.

Why Dedicated Internet Access is the Best Fit for Enterprises

Southern California Edison Blog

In the world of business, network downtime delays employee productivity, which negatively impacts revenue streams. While it might be tempting to cut costs and use an inexpensive, shared network option, businesses will profit from investing in a private, network option.

AstraZeneca Chooses China for R&D and AI Centers, $1B Biotech Fund


AstraZeneca says it will establish centers for drug research and artificial intelligence development in China. The pharmaceutical giant has also set up a $1 billion fund to foster biotech innovation in that country. The move – which was announced at the China International Import Expo this week – will see the AstraZeneca found a global R&D center in Shanghai’s central Jing’an district.

Q-CTRL Sets Up US Headquarters In LA


Q-CTRL , a quantum computing startup started in Sydney, Australia, says it has set up a new, U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles. According to the company, it is looking to recruit quantum computing technologists as well as software engineers experienced in AI and machine learning here at its new location, where it says it will help serve its based of industrial and academic clients here in the United States.

LAVA Digital Media: The Military and Digital Media: Comrades in Arms

SoCal Tech Calendar

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Miso Robotics Looks Towards Crowdfunding For $30M


Pasadena-based robot developer Miso Robotics is turning towards equity crowdfunding for its next fundraise, the company said this week. Miso--known for its kitchen assistant robot, Flippy--says it has started opening up reservations for a new equity crowdfunding round. The funding is also being supported by Wavemaker Labs, the "startup studio" arm of investment firm Wavemaker Ventures. Miso Robotics is led by CEO and co-founder Buck Jordan, and already has raised $15M in earlier round of funding.

Chrome River Wins TIBCO


Los Angeles-based expense and invoice management software developer Chrome River has signed on a big new customer, enterprise software developer TIBCO Software. According to Chrome River, TIBCO will deploy its Chrome River EXPENSE software across its organization, replace an existing expense management solution. Financial impact of the customer win was not announced.