Sat.Oct 12, 2019 - Fri.Oct 18, 2019

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage

TechCrunch LA

When Arianna Huffington stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, she said the goal of her new business was to help a generation “avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today.”

What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

SpaceX Plans Another 30,000 Starlink Satellites


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has applied to deploy an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites , in addition to an existing 12,000 it has already gotten approval for from the Federal Communications Communications (FCC). The network of low-earth orbit satellites are intended to provide broadband for the entire globe. SpaceX has already deployed the first 60 of its satellites, in its first deployment of those satellites.

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“What’s in it for me?” A motivational lesson


Ever wonder why one of your employees, shareholders, managers, suppliers, or board members sometimes behaves in a way you might consider irrational? Putting yourself in their shoes. If you want to best describe the motivation behind the action, think “What’s in it for me”?

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All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

TechCrunch LA

Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise , an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech.

5 Ways To Minimize Employee Negativity In Your Office

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all the time.

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Faraday Faces Rockier Road

L.A. Business Journal

Jia Yueting, founder of Gardena-based electric vehicle company Faraday & Future, filed for bankruptcy Oct. 14 to address $3.6 billion in debt

Scaling up Business Growth Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 -- Scaling up Business Growth Workshop. Take your leadership team and your business higher! Come to a Half-Day Bootcamp and Get the Tools to Scale Up Your Business using the proven Four Decisions Methodology and Rockefeller Habits. The timing is perfect for completion of 2019 and planning initiatives for 2020! All of the money collected will go to benefit the Santa Monica Chamber Foundation, and is a 501c3 contribution. link].

7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

Video Interview: Crystal Brown,


Our video interview today is with Crystal Brown, the founder and CEO of Healthiest (, a browser extension that helps you find a healthier version of whatever you are shopping for. Interview at the TuesdayNights Impact conference in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

M13 Raises $175M for Second Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Virgin Group Richard Branson invests in M13’s $175 million fund

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Growth Capital Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 -- Growth Capital Conference. Pitch to and Network with invvestors: Angels, VCs High Net Worths,Strategic Partners and 100 entrepreneurs needing capital. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital and counsel.View products, videos, online demos.Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00 AM sharp! See [link].

5 Strategies For Building Winning People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

In the entrepreneur world, it’s still a popular misconception that the “idea” is everything.

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Interview with Michele Ruiz and Dan Gould, BiasSync


How do you create a tool to help address unconscious bias in the workplaceand why would you create a new startup in that area? Los Angeles-based BiasSync ( was founded by three, very experienced serial entrepreneurs-- Michele Ruiz (broadcast journalism), Robin Richards (CareerArc,, NTI Group, MP3), and Dan Gould (former VP of Technology for Tinder).

AECOM Sells Unit for $2.4 Billion

L.A. Business Journal

AECOM plans to sell its management services business to private equity firms for $2.4 billion

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Green LAVA Event:The Opioid Crisis and Cannabis Alternatives

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 -- Green LAVA Event:The Opioid Crisis. The Green Strategic Interest Group is specifically dedicated to cannabis. For the first event in October, we want to focus on the importance of cannabis alternatives for opioids. We are curating a panel of experts to address the topic from varying industry perspectives. Moderator: Laura Toomey. See [link] (more

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3 Elements Of Business Planning Drive Future Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Your business can’t be all things to all people, and excel at anything. Every entrepreneur and every business needs a strategy to keep them focused. In fact, in this new world of pervasive interactivity, it’s time to rethink even how to develop a strategy.

Video Interview: Nancy Soni, PathMatch


Our video interview today is with Nancy Soni , the founder and CEO of PathMatch (, a Los Angeles startup that helps high school and college students connect to career paths that fit their personality, strengths, interests, goals, values, and location preferences.

Knowable Universe Raises $3.75 Million Seed

L.A. Business Journal

Online learning startup Knowable Universe raised a $3.8 million seed round featuring participation from Upfront Ventures

Preccelerator Class 12 Demo Day

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 -- Preccelerator Class 12 Demo Day. The Preccelerator Program Class 12 Demo Day kicks off on October 23rd @ 6:00 pm, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. What a wild ride it has been!

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6 New Organizational Lessons From Amazon and Alibaba

Startup Professionals Musings

In my current role as a business consultant, I still find that most companies, large and small, organize themselves wholly based on what goes on inside the company, rather than looking outside – at their networks, their partners, and the niche they wish to dominate.

Video Interview: Matt Kozlov, Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator


For our video interview today, we talked with Matt Kozlov, the Managing Director of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles, to hear about the program and its future plans. Interview at the 2019 Demo Day on Wednesday. READ MORE>>.

Pepperdine Names Most Fundable Companies

L.A. Business Journal

Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School announced the winners of its second annual Most Fundable Companies competition

Nth Generation 19th Annual Symposium

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Healx Bags $56M to Advance Affordable, AI-Based Orphan Drugs


Atomico, a European venture capital firm, has helped persuade Cambridge, UK-based Healx to return to the capital market a year earlier than anticipated.

ZPower Partners With Wireless Charging Developer


Camarillo-based battery technology developer ZPower , which develops high density, silver-zinc microbattery technology, has teamed up with wireless charging systems developer Energous , to develop a wireless charging systems for ZPower's rechargeable microbatteries. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. According to Energous, Zpower's batteries are being used in the hearing aid, medical, military/defense and consumer electronics industries.

Upfront Ventures Leads $56 Million Invoca Funding Round

L.A. Business Journal

Invoca Inc., a call center analytics firm, raised $56 million in a funding round led by Upfront Ventures

Ocean Planet Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, October 19, 2019 -- Ocean Planet Conference. What if there were an opportunity for all of us with curious and inquisitive minds to learn about our ocean, be inspired by nature, and be exhilarated by the possibilities for its future? Now, there is. See [link] (more

Plexium Debuts With $28M and a New Take on Protein Degradation Drugs


Even as researchers discover more links between specific proteins and human disease, it’s still hard to find small molecules or antibodies that can bind to those drug targets.

LA's Boundless Mind Acquired By Thrive Global


Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence developer Boundless Mind , which is uses AI to personalize the interaction of users on apps, has been acquired by New York-based Thrive Global , a startup founded by Arianna Huffington focused on behavior change. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.