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How to avoid “death by meeting.”

Berkonomics

Zoom, Teams, phone, or in person? Imagine yourself with a calendar requiring you to be in six meetings in a day. Day after day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re required to be there in person or virtually, you get worn out after a few of these.

TrueCar Awards Vehicle To Marine Veteran

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Santa Monica-based online car marketplace TrueCar said it has awarded a new, retrofitted vehicle to a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, as part of its DrivenToDrive initiative. The initiative connects disabled American veterans with vehicles. According to TrueCar, the brand new, retrofitted Chevy Traverse was awarded to Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Leonard "Len" Johnson of Philadelphia.

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7 Principles For Success As An Owner Or Team Member

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you.

Movio wants to make your marketing videos with generative AI

TechCrunch LA

Generative AI is suddenly everywhere. Over the past year, you’ve probably seen people showcasing impressive AI-generated artworks, thanks to progress in text-to-image algorithms introduced by groups like OpenAI and Stability AI.

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.

“Wow, That Was an Exciting Conference!”

Steve Reich

Now tell the truth, have you ever said that after a Banking/FinTech conference? But I heard a banker say it at the 2022 FedFis Roundup.

$3.3 Billion In Stolen Bitcoin Found In A Popcorn Tin

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, $3.3 billion worth of stolen Bitcoin was recovered from "a single-board computer that was submerged under blankets in a popcorn tin stored in a bathroom closet". The stash was located by the Los Angeles office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The US DOJ said that the Bitcoin was stolen from Silk Road by defendant James Zhong, who pled guilty to wire fraud on November 4th.

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Startup Week’s ‘Intentional Experience’ a Success

Startup San Diego

The post Startup Week’s ‘Intentional Experience’ a Success appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

6 Reasons That Managers Still Add Value In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business consultant with experience in large companies as well as startups, I often hear about dysfunctional management hierarchies, as well as the value provided by exceptional ones.

5 Steps To Locking In The Right New Venture Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Business partnerships have traditionally been agreements to drive more transactions than either company could do alone.

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9 Principles for Getting Along With Everyone At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

I was always impressed by a few people at work who seemed to get along with everyone, and wondered what I was missing in talent or temperament.

Nature's Generator Launches Home Wind Turbine

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Oxnard-based Nature's Generator said this morning that it has launched a new product, a wind turbine aimed at the home market. According to the company, the Nature's Generator Powerhouse includes a 120-240v/7200 watt pure sine wave inverter, and should be enough to power a whole house. The turbine starts at $999.99. The company did not say what minimum and maximum speeds of wind are required for its wind turbine to work. natures generator cleantech home wind turbine consumer

Musk Ends Remote Work At Twitter, Demands 40 Plus Hours At Office

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In more continuing turmoil at Twitter, new owner Elon Musk is reportedly ending the ability to work remotely at the social media company, and is demanding employees put in "at least" 40 hours in person at the office each week. The report--from Bloomberg--said that the new rules kick in immediately.

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eTailPet Launches New Features

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet, a developer of point-of-sale software for the pet retail market, said it has launched new features for its software. According to the company, it has added text messaging and subscriptoin features for its POS platform. The company said those features include the ability to use text messaging to send appointment reminders for grooming or other services, promote new products, send order confirmations and shipping updates, and more.

XPRIZE Awards $8M In Avatar Competition

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XPRIZE, the Los Angeles-based organization which organizes prize-based competitions to advance technology in the areas of "humanity's greatest challenges", said it has named a winner of its four-year ANA Avatar XPRIZE. According to the group, it awarded $5M in a grand prize to NimbRo of Bonn, Germany, with $2M going to Pollen Robotics of Bordeaux, France and $1M to Team Northeastern, based in Boston. The award winners were selected from a total of seventeen finalist teams.

Virtual Dental Care Signs Cigna

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Irvine-based Virtual Dental Care, a developer of virtual dental services, said it has teamed up with Cigna to provide dental referrals via video, text, chat, and email. The company said it offers up 24/7 video consultation for urgent situations such as pain, infection, and swelling, offering up prescriptions and referrals to local ,in-network providers for appointments. Financial details of the win were not announced. virtual dental care cigna dentist referral telehealth healthcare

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Autonomy Expands EV Subscriptions To Florida

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Santa Monica-based Autonomy, the electric vehicle subscription service run by longtime auto and tech veteran Scott Painter, says it is expanding its services beyond California. The company said it has debuted its service in Florida, allowing its users to subscribe to Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y vehicles. Autonomy's service allows users to access electric vehicles without a long term lease or need for a loan. Painter cited Florida's adoption rate for EVs.

Xeal Gets $40M In Series B To Combine EV Charging, Blockchain

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New York- and Los Angeles-based Xeal, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, said last week that it has raised $40M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Keyframe Capital, and also included ArcTern Ventures, Moderne Ventures, Ramez Naan, plus Nexus Labs, Wind Ventures, and Alpaca VC. Xeal says it also received $10M in a credit line from Bridge Bank. Xeal's EV charging products are deployed in conjunction with building developers and owners.

Report: Is Elon Musk Overloaded?

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Has the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk, for $44 billion, put the rest of his companies at risk? A report by Wired says that Elon Musk Is Overloaded, with the recent purchase and obsession with Twitter threatening Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Neuralink. elon musk twitter spacex tesla wired

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Activision: Call of Duty Modern Warfare II Makes More Than $1 Billion

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said today that it has hit $1 billion in revenue in just the first 10 days of the release of its latest title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. The company said the revenue exceeded the previous record, which it set in 2012 in 15 days with its earlier title, Black Ops II. The company said that people have played more than 1 billion matches across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC so far on the new title.

Rocket Lab Helicopter Catch Fails, Despite Successful Launch

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Another attempt by Rocket Lab to catch a rocket falling back from space--part of its plans for reusability--has failed, despite a successful launch of a payload into space. Rocket Lab did not say what went wrong with the helicopter catch, but it did successfully deliver the MATS satellite (Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomograph and Spectroscopy) into space for its client. The launch had been called the "Catch Me If You Can" mission.

CTrees Launches Database Of Forest Carbon

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Pasadena-based nonprofit CTrees said today that it has launched a database of satellite data capturing an inventory of how much carbon is stored in forests globally. The nonprofit said it provides that data an the country- and jurisdiction-level, using artificial intelligence (AI) technology and satellite imaging. The nonprofit said it will offer up its data to governments, the private sectors, NGOs, and the general pubic.