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Your eye of the needle: Do you worry over bottlenecks?


Here’s your question to ponder…. Think for a minute whether there is any process or person that could be classed as the eye of the needle in your organization. Is there anything, process or person, that stalls the flow of work from start to finish?

Here Is How To Win Today With The Customer In Control

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Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before.


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Almost 25% of Laid-off Tech Workers Start Their Own Businesses


A new survey of over 4,000 laid-off tech workers has revealed that a remarkably large proportion start their own businesses shortly after being made redundant.

Vistim Labs Wins Startup Pitch Competition and $10,000 Grant Sponsored by Aleph One

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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.

University of California, Riverside Launches Free Online Courses


The University of California, Riverside Extension (UCRX) said this morning that it is launching a number of free, massive open online courses (MOOCs). The free courses include a mental health and well being course, a course on Arabic for business, and English-Spanish language interpretation and translation. UCR is tapping software from 2U, Inc., to run the courses. 2U has offices in Los Angeles. university california riverside mooc online education course lessons

6 Key Leaders Every Technical Startup Needs To Thrive

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In my years of advising startups and occasional investing, I’ve seen many great ideas start and fail, but the right team always seems to make good things happen, even without the ultimate idea. That’s why investors say they invest in people (bet on the jockey, not the horse), rather than the idea.

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6 Reasons To Build A Working Model Of Your Solution

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These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players.

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6 Work Activities Are Required For Business Success

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After many years in business, I’m convinced that none of us has the strengths and interest in all the areas needed for success, including solution changes, finance, marketing, and operations. Trying to do everything is a sure way to maximize stress, lower job satisfaction, and minimize productivity.

Zefr Rolls Out Brand Safety Product


Los Angeles-based Zefr said this week that it has launched a new product, Atrium, which provides visibility into "walled gardens" like Meta and TikTok, in addition to Youtube. The company said the new product provides marketers a "fully transparent view into their post-campaign performance and insights across walled gardens." The company said the new tool specifically helps brands address reputational risks, especially sharing of misinformation inside social media walled gardens.

Employees Sue Twitter After Massive Layoffs Start


Twitter employees have filed a lawsuit, seeking class action status, over the company's mass layoffs--which are in progress today. The lawsuit claims that Twitter ignored California's "WARN" law in eliminating around 3,700 jobs -- 50 percent of the company's workforce -- today. The WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) requires large companies to provide at least 60 days of advance notice of layoffs. The layoffs came after Elon Musk paid $44 billion for Twitter.

Rocket Lab Plans Another Rocket Catching Mission


Long Beach-based Rocket Lab is planning another mission to catch one of its Electron rockets sometime today, according to the company. According to Rocket Lab, it will attempt to catch an Electron rocket with a helicopter as it is returning from space, on the "Catch Me If You Can" mission. The mission is launching today sometime from New Zealand. Rocket Lab said the mission is carrying a satellite into space for OHB Sweden, for the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA).

Winners Announced for 2022 San Diego Startup Week Awards

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Snap, Amazon Team On AR Shopping For Eyewear


Venice, California-based Snap and Amazon said today that the two are partnering to offer up augmented reality (AR) shopping. The two said that Snapchat's Lenses feature will be used to allow customers to virtually "try-on" glasses from Amazon Fashion. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. The new feature offers up Lenses which reflect eyewear available from Amazon Fashion. snap amazon augmented reality eyewear shopping lenses

Roga Launches Wearable For Stress Reduction


Los Angeles-based startup Roga said this morning that it has launched a new wearable that it says helps "combat stress and burnout". The company says its device uses "electrical brain stimulation" via wired headphones which plug into a user's phone, and is paired with an app that provides stress-relieving video content. The company's founders are Dr. Alison Smith and Ami Lebendiker.

Boosted Commerce Buys Happy Healthy Hippie


Los Angeles-based e-commerce business operator Boosted Commerce announced today that it has acquired Happy Healthy Hippie, a supplier of plant-based supplements. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Boosted Commerce says that it now has over one third of its portfolio companies in the supplements vertical. Boosted Commerce also owns brands FoxyBae, WellPath, Luna and Asterwood Naturals. The company is led by co-founder Keith Richman.

Dave Chalks Up $5 Billion In Overdraft Advances


Los Angeles-based financial app developer Dave said it has surpassed $5 billion in overdraft advances on its app, since it was founded. The company said the advances came through its flexible overdraft solution, which allows its members to access up to $500 between paychecks. Dave is led by CEO Jason Wilk. The company does not charge overdraft fees, but does include a membership and fees for other premium services. dave financial fintech banking bank

Zest AI Gets $50M More


Los Angeles-based Zest AI, which develops automated underwriting tools for the lending industry, has raised over $50M in a new round of funding, the company said this morning. The funding was co-led by Insight Partners, an existing investors, along with new investor CMFG Ventures. CU Direct, Curql, Suncoast Credit Union, Golden1 Credit Union, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, and NorthGate Capital also participated.

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Energy Vault Names New VP


Westlake Village, California- and Lugano, Switzerland-based Energy Vault, which is developing gravity-based energy storage technology, said this morning that it has named E.B. Jensen as the company's Senior Vice President of Project Execution and Delivery. Jensen was most recently Senior Vice President at Mott MacDonald, and also previously served at Worley and engineering and constructino firm Jacobs.

MedCrypt Gets $25M


San Diego-based cybersecurity products developer MedCrypt, which focuses on cybersecurity for medical devices, says it has raised $25M in a SEries B funding round. The funding came from Intuitive Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation -- JJDC, Inc, Section 32, Eniac Ventures, Anzu Partners, and Dolby Family Ventures. MedCrypt is led by CEO Mike Kijewski.

Cohu Names New Board Member


Poway-based Cohu, a supplier of equipment to the semiconductor industry, said today that it has named Andreas ("Andy") W. Mattes to its board. Mattes was most recently President and CEO of Coherent, Inc; he also previously served at McKinsey & Company, Diebold nixdorf, Hewlett Packard, as well as Siemengs AG. Mattes also sits on the board of Velodyne Lidar. cohu board executive semiconductor andy andreas mattes

Activision Rolls Out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II


Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision has rolled out the newest iteration of its Call of Duty series, saying this weekend that it has launched Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. The title is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Steam. Activision last launched a Call of Duty title in 2019, when it launched Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. callofduty modern warfare videogame publishing publisher

Zefr Launches Brand Safety Tool On YouTube


Los Angeles-based Zefr said this morning that it has launched a new brand safety tool on YouTube. The company said the new tool provides advertisers with third-party measurement to brand safety and suitability, mapped to the Global Alliance of Responsible Media (GARM) framework. Pricing on the new tool was not announced. zefr brand safety youtube advertisement advertiser

10th Annual San Diego Startup Week Event Recap

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