Sat.Oct 19, 2019 - Fri.Oct 25, 2019

Substance abuse affects about 15% of American employees, Path wants to ensure they get help

TechCrunch LA

America has an addiction problem. It’s a problem that serial entrepreneur Josh Bruno has seen first hand.

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EV Connect Raises $12 Million Series B

L.A. Business Journal

Electric vehicle charging station manager EV Connect raised a $12 million Series B round co-led by Japanese investors Mitsui & Co.

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HelloOffice Sets Up Shop In LA

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HelloOffice , a San Francisco-based real estate startup, is opening up an office in Los Angeles, after raising $6.5M in a funding round. The company said it raised funds from Initialized Capital, Founders Fund, Founder Collective, Peak State Ventures, SV Angel, Liquid 2 Ventures, SaaStr, and The House Fund. HelloOffice helps companies find office space, operating as a commercial real estate brokerage to help companies find office space.

Gamify those otherwise dull work assignments

Berkonomics

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win. It reinforces self-worth, provides closure at the end of a good effort, and energizes us during the effort to achieve. Being driven to achieve results.

Meet Bespoke Financial, a lender for cannabis companies backed by Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital

TechCrunch LA

Bespoke Financial wants to provide cannabis businesses with the same kind of financial services that other businesses get, but that dispensaries and growers can’t yet access.

Tetra Tech Wins Work

L.A. Business Journal

Tetra Tech scores $85 million contract with the U.K. Department for International Development

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25th Annual Economic Forecast Conference - Orange County Business Council

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 -- OCBC 25th Annual Economic Forecast Conference. The 25th Annual Economic Forecast Conference at Hotel Irvine is hosted by Orange County Business Council and California State University, Fullerton. This annual conference offers critical economic indicator insight to the leading business, government and academic leaders in Orange County. See [link] (more

Newly launched pet health startup Gallant wants you to bank your dog’s stem cells for $990

TechCrunch LA

With $11 million in funding and a mission to open up the doors of regenerative therapies to dogs across the nation, the Los Angeles-based startup Gallant is now opening its doors for the first time.

Aggressive Plan for SpaceX

L.A. Business Journal

A look at SpaceX’s partnership with NASA and its goals for human spaceflight

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Video Interview: Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls, findSisterhood

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For our video interview today, we talked with Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls , founder and CEO of findSisterhood (www.findsisterhood.com) one of the companies out of the Techstars Los Angeles 2019 class, which is creating a new social network for women. READ MORE>>.

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Music Tectonics Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -- Music Tectonics Conference. Explore the seismic shifts shaking up the music industry as a result of technology and innovation. The first annual Music Tectonics Conference in Los Angeles October 28-29, 2019, is a destination event for innovators in music and technology. The conference speaker lineup brings together thinkers, doers and investors to explore the seismic shifts that are shaping the business of music.

Combining StitchFix and Instagram, FlipFit ushers in the next phase of social retail

TechCrunch LA

Nooruldeen Agha, has been thinking about what’s next for fashion retail for years.

Rick Fox Exits Echo Fox, Settles Lawsuits

L.A. Business Journal

Rick Fox will leave the esports company he founded and settle lawsuits he was been trading with his co-founders

Irvine Gets Self Driving, Ride Sharing Service From Hyundai

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Irvine is getting its own fleet of self-driving, ride sharing vehicles, according to Hyundai , poowered by autonomous vehicle developers Pony.ai and Via. The new service, called BotRide , which offers up free ride-sharing for the community of Irvine, using a fleet of self-driving Hyundai KONA Electric SUVs. Hyundai said the service will run from November 4th through January 31, 2020, as a pilot. Hyundai did not say how many vehicles will be driving around Irvine's streets during the pilot.

Music Tectonics Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, October 28, 2019 -- Music Tectonics Conference. Explore the seismic shifts shaking up the music industry as a result of technology and innovation. The first annual Music Tectonics Conference in Los Angeles October 28-29, 2019, is a destination event for innovators in music and technology. The conference speaker lineup brings together thinkers, doers and investors to explore the seismic shifts that are shaping the business of music.

Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million

TechCrunch LA

EV Connect , the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company has raised $25 million to date.

Snap Reports Growth in Users, Revenue for Third Quarter

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc.’s s revenue and user base continue to grow while its losses shrink

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Scientist.com Expands Support For Ethical Animal Treatment

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San Diego-based Scientist.com , which operates an online marketplace for outsourced research, says it has expanded support to make sure that animal welfare is included in its outsourcing. The company said that the expansion ensures that any non-human animals involved in scientific research are handled ethically and humanely.

Medical Technology Innovation Forum 2019

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The Los Angeles Fire Department wants more drones

TechCrunch LA

As it looks to modernize its operations, the Los Angeles Fire Department is turning to a number of new technologies, including expanding its fleet of drones for a slew of new deployments. One of the largest fire departments in the U.S.,

5 Strategies To Thrive In Customer-Driven Disruption

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business consultant, I find than most people still believe that technology drives business disruption. I’m more convinced that technology merely enables disruption, and changing customer interests and needs really causes it.

Allied Esports Lands Deal With TV Azteca For Latin American Gears League

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Irvine-based e-sports programming provider Allied Esports and Mexican television producer TV Azteca said this morning that the two have entered into an alliance, where Azteca Esports will broadcast the Gears 5 Pro League in Latin America. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, October 28, Azteca Esports will produce live, weekly coverage of the four-team Latin America region, including a live finale on November 25 at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City.

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LAVA First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 --.

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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

TechCrunch LA

Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab.

10 Lessons For New Businesses From Ocean Racing Teams

Startup Professionals Musings

A perfect storm is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances aggravates an environment drastically.

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Qualcomm Creates $200M 5G Investment Fund

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said on Thursday that it has launched a new, $200M fund specifically to invest in companies in the 5G ecosystem. According to Qualcomm, the new Qualcomm Ventures 5G Ecosystem Fund will specifically lookin to invest in startups developing new and innovative 5G use cases, driving 5G network transformation and expanding 5G into enterprise markets.

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UK Regulator Has “Competition Concerns” Over Illumina-PacBio Tie-Up

Xconomy

Nearly one year after DNA sequencing machine maker Illumina announced plans to acquire smaller rival Pacific Biosciences , antitrust regulators in the UK say the merger could stifle competition in the region and reduce industry innovation.

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

TechCrunch LA

Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information.

How The Right Employees Have An Innovation Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Conventional business wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs are today’s main source of innovation. We see the stories of young founders leaving college with a big idea, going to work in their garage, and building something that changes the world.

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Report: SpaceX May Conduct Crew Dragon Test Next Week

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX may be getting set to run a test of its Crew Dragon, putting it back on track to put astronauts into space, six months after a test failure destroyed its prior Crew Dragon. According to CNBC, the static fire test of the capsule's SuperDraco engines are expected on November 2nd. Those engines--aimed at use at landing the Crew Dragon in an emergency--were the ones that failed in April, destroying the company's first Crew Dragon.

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