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Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

TechCrunch LA

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars.

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Tapatalk Turn To Blockchain To Monetize Forum Content


Santa Monica-based Tapatalk , which develops a popular mobile application to allow users to access and read online forums, is turning to Blockchain in an attempt to reward content creators. According to Tapatalk, its "Gold Points" reward system--which rewards forum content creators based on pageview or ad impressions--will now be powered by blockchain technology. Tapatalk said its adoption of blockchain will make "micro-payments" more feasible.

The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

Both Sides of the Table

One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.


I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. Four reasons you should reconsider.

Timing and why we’re all VCs

TechCrunch LA

Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its’s the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company?

Portfolium Acquired By Instructure


San Diego-based Portfolium , a startup developing tools to allow students to showcase their achievements, projects, and other portfolio of academic work to potential employers, has been acquired by educational software provider Instructure , the two announced late Tuesday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Portfolium was founded in 2014, and was led by founder and CEO Adam Markowitz.

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10 Clues That A New Business May Not Be Your Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

People who get stressed managing their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. Small businesses require multi-tasking, work prioritization, and decision-making, with no assistants or help from specialists. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

7 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Tyler The Creator


A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. In my capacity as a Professor of Practice at UC Santa Barbara , I was asked by the Student Association if I would consider interviewing rapper, fashion designer and entrepreneur Tyler The Creator.

Loop Media Buys ScreenPlay


Burbank-based streaming video startup Loop Media announced on Thursday that it has acquired ScreenPlay , a video service provider which licenses videos for use in such locations as Hard Rock Cafes, Norwegian Cruise Line, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings and Margaritaville. Financial details of the cash-and-stock deal were not announced. Loop Media said the deal will provide it with a "deep library" and licensing rights to over 200,000 music videos and film, game, and TV trailers.

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Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business.

7 Job Qualifications For Intrapreneurs In Any Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Every mature company I know is looking for more innovation from within. They are painfully aware that tenure on the list of S&P companies is shrinking – from thirty-three years back in 1964, down to twenty-four in 2016, and predicted to be just twelve by 2027.

With New Data, Intercept On Track for First-Ever Approved NASH Drug


The first-ever marketed medicine for the fatty liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, could be on the horizon. The data, from a closely watched drug known as obeticholic acid, aren’t perfect.

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Famous Birthdays Hits 20 Million Monthly Uniques


Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , the online site which lets users look up the birthdays and other information on famous people, said it has surpassed 20 million monthly unique users, as of January. The site also said it saw an additional, 2 million unique users to Famous Birthdays Espanol. Famous Birthdays is led by Evan Britton. The company also recently launched a new video feature and trivia features on its site. READ MORE>>.

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Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors.

5 Indications That Your Work Culture Needs Attention

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether your company is a startup or a mature business, the last thing you need in the office is a toxic work culture. Yet, according to a recent study , more than half of tech employees see their current office culture as toxic.

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Building a Bigger Competitive Future

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -- Building a Bigger Competitive Future. Russell Fischer Business Collection - Camarillo Public Library. Brand strategist Derrick Daye shares the requirements of building a bigger competitive future for brands in an over-communicated, over-competitive and uncertain marketplace. Attendees will learn what is needed to compete and win, how to identify and grow their advantage and how to move their brand from easy to compare to beyond compare.

BlackLine Names New CTO


Los Angeles-based BlackLine , which develops financial controls and automation software, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to BlackLine, it has named Peter Hirsch as its new CTO, to head up the technology direction of its cloud software platform.

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Should All of Management Attend Board Meetings?

Both Sides of the Table

Should All of Your Management Team Attend Board Meetings? The age old question for every startup is whom to involve in the board meeting.

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7 Strategies To Accelerate Creativity In Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Within the startup realm, there is a big difference between having an innovative product versus an innovative business. Some startups have a new technology, but stick to a tried-and-true business model. Others take an existing product, and give it new life with a creative business model.

COB Incubator: Launching Your Business

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -- Launching Your Business. CSULB Beach Incubator. See [link] (more

DTS Signs CJ 4DPLEX For Immersive Audio


Calabasas-based DTS , and cinema technology provider CJ 4DPLEX announced this week that CJ 4DPLEX will use the DTS:X immersive audio technology to theaters worldwide, in a deal which will incorporate the DTS:X technology into the CJ 4DPLEX ScreenX theater technology. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, starting sometime this year, DTS will work with ScreenX and exhibitors to implement its DTS:X technology into ScreenX locations.

Should You Allow “Board Observers” on Your Startup Board?

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Should You Allow Board Observers on Your Startup Board? Photo by Antenna on Unsplash A board observer is somebody who attends your board meeting but doesn’t have a voting right. There are also certain points in a board meeting where you can ask the board observers to step out of the room unless they’ve negotiated specific rights that preclude this. Why do board observers exist?

10 Ways To Highlight The Credibility Of Your Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart people only visit and buy from credible and memorable websites. In the past, if your startup had a website presence, the company was credible by definition. In today’s world, a website is necessary but not sufficient for credibility. Dreamers and gamblers have found out that if the website isn’t validated as credible, it’s probably a scam, and everyone loses.

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Google Apps: Tools for Collaboration, Time and Tasks Management, and More

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -- Google Apps: Tools for Collaboration, Time and Tasks Management, and More. Russell Fischer Business Collection, Camarillo Library. In this workshop, Matthew Moran, introduces you to a variety of Google applications, demonstrates critical features, and provides an overview of how they work together for both the individual, and more importantly, as a way to share information efficiently and securely. See [link] (more

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Arrowroot Backs ParkHub In $13M Funding


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Arrowroot Capital is the lead investor in a funding round for parking technology developer ParkHub , in ParkHub's first instituional funding. ParkHub said it raised $13M in a series B funding round, which was led by ArrowRoot Capital, and which will go towards sales and marketing, plus product development. According to the company, the funding is its first institutional funding round.

Software Startup Portfolium Acquired by Salt Lake City’s Instructure


The software of Portfolium, a San Diego startup that hosts online portfolios for students trying to showcase their achievements to potential employers, is set to join the portfolio of Utah educational software company Instructure. Instructure (NYSE: INST ) has agreed to acquire privately held Portfolium. No financial terms of the deal, which was announced Tuesday, were disclosed.

Semtech Wins Mining Equipment Developer


Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech says it has signed up a maker of mining equipment to use its LoRa wireless networking technology. According to Semtech, Transco Industries, a developer of mining conveyer equipment, has implemented its LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its conveyer belt applications, for safer monitoring of those devices. Financial impact of the win were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Hub101 Offers Up Private Offices At Coworking Space


Westlake Village-based Hub101 , the startup coworking space which is associated with California Lutheran University, says it has begun offering up private office suites. According to Hub101, the suites start at $1299 per month, for a two-desk, lockable office. The rest of the space offers up a shared, open floor plan. Hub101 is a frequent space for technology industry gatherings along the 101 corridor. READ MORE>>. hub101 coworking startup technology

Startups Optimistic About Business Conditions, Despite Uncertainty, Says Report


A new report issued today by Silicon Valley Bank, says that startups are generally optimistic about their business opportunities, and they plan to raise capital and expand their workforces this year, despite "economic and political" uncertainty across the globe. The Startup Outlook Report--which was issued on Wednesday--polled 1,400 startup founders and executives for its conclusions.

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Elves Tackles Travel Booking With AI, Human Assistance


A new, Los Angeles startup-- Elves --said this week that it has launched a new service, aimed at helping users tackle travel booking, using both artificial intelligence and real human beings. According to Elves, it has just launched an app and booking platform, which lets travelers book and change flights via "real, human" travel companions backed by AI technology.