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7 Agility Initiatives To Keep Your Business Expanding

Startup Professionals Musings

Most small businesses have now forgotten the recent pandemic, and are back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone apps, real product information spreads at astounding speeds.


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Relativity Space Unveils New 3D Printer


Long Beach-based Relativity Space says it has unveiled a new generation of its 3D printers, which are being aimed at printing 3D rockets. The company said it is now into its "4th generation" of its printers. The company has yet to print and launch a rocket into space. The company is developing 3D metal printing technology. The company says the new printer can print objects up to 120 feet long and 24 feet wide. stargate relativity space printer metal aerospace spaceflight

7 Steps To Making An Effective Decision in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience working with business leaders in large organizations as well as small, success is all about making the right decisions at the right time.

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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.

Businesses Need Your Input, But Can’t Read Your Mind

Startup Professionals Musings

Neither people nor computers can really help you as a personal assistant unless you are willing to share data about what you like, what you feel, and who and what’s important to you. Even the best technology can’t read your mind, which is why a simple Google search often gives frustrating and irrelevant results, and online advertisers bombard you with opportunities of no interest.

7 Forgotten Keys To Productive Customer Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask. Real two-way conversations with real customers, including the all-important body language, are unheard-of these days. Being connected to the Internet many hours a day is not enough.

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Anchore Gets $1.58M USAF Contract


Santa Barbara-based Anchore, a developer of security software specifically aimed at the cloud-based software market, said Thursday that it has received a $1.58M contrat from the United States Air Force (USAF). The company said the funding came via a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract, and covers 12 months of work to support the USAF's Platform One (P1) program. anchore usaf cybersecurity security cloud software saas container

GoSecure Names CFO


San Diego-based GoSecure, a provider of cybersecurity services, has named David DeRuff as its Chief Financial Officer, the company recently announced. DeRuff was previously a partner at DBO Partners, a technology investment banking firm. He also previously founded Peak Advisors, an early boutique advisory firms, according to GoSecure. gosecure cybersecurity services david deruff

DivX Takes Aim At Amazon, Vizio


San Diego-based DivX, which holds patents in the area of video compression and encoding, is targeting both Amazon and Vizio in a new lawsuit. DivX is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of video streaming devices sold by Amazon and Vizio, claiming patent infringement by the two; it has also filed lawsuits in Virginia and California backing that move.

TrueCar Pilots Online Financing Apps


Santa Monica-based online new and used vehicle marketplace operator TrueCar is piloting the ability for customers to apply for financing online, for its customers in Southern California. According to TrueCar, it has launched an online credit application, which will allow those customers to apply for a VIN-specific lease, finance or cash payments online and instantly request credit approval.

bp Plans EV Fast Charging Hub At LAX


bp--one of the world's largest oil and gas companies--said it is planning to launch a new, electric vehicle (EV) charging station near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), as part of its efforts to shift towards renewables. According to bp pulse, bp's electric vehicle charging business, it is planning to launch a network of EV fast-charging hubs for ride-hail fleets, based near airports and other high-demand U.S. locations.

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Zoe Aims At Social VR, Metaverse


Los Angeles-based Zoe Immersive said today that it is looking to launch a new platform, which will allow people to create their own, social virtual reality experiences. According to the startup, its new, no-code interface will work with Meta, launching on Meta Quest 2 and compatible with Meta Quest Pro. The company said its software is currently available as a free download in the Meta Quest Store. Emilie Joly is co-founder and CEO of Zoe Immersive.

Wpromote Gets Private Equity Investment


El Segundo-based Wpromote said this morning that it has received a private equity investment, from ZMC, to help it with growth and expand its technology and product offerings. Size of the investment was not announced. ZMC said the funding for Wpromote will go towards expansion both organically and via acquisition. Wpromote is a digital marketing agency, and was founded by CEO Mike Mothner. wpromote digital marketing venture capital

Apex Space Snags $7.5M For Satellite Technology


Los Angeles-based Apex Space, a startup working on satellite technology, has raised $7.5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included XYZ Venture Capital, J2 Ventures, Lux Capital and Village Global. Apex Space says it is working on the "satellite bus", the part of spacecraft that is used to host satelite payloads.

Tinder Relaunches Tinder Uni In The UK


Santa Monica-based Tinder is making it easier for university students in the United Kingdom to connect with others students, relaunching a new, limited version of its app called "Tinder Uni". The company's university only service--known as Tinder U--launched into the UK back in 2020--it's unclear what is behind the new push to sign up students to the service. tinder university students school

EV Charging Company Chargie Wins Deal With SCE


Culver City-based Chargie, which designs, install, manage and operates EV charging systems for residential properties, office buildings, retail locations, healthcare facilities, and other locations, said it has been selected by Southern California Edison, for the electric utility's Charge Ready Program.

Shadowbox Scores $6M For Healthcare Automation


San Diego-based Shadowbox, a developer of healthcare automation products, said on Monday that it has raised $6M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Baleon Capital. Shadowbox is led by CEO Greg Stein. Shadowbox said it is focused on workflow automation between healthcare providers and their customers. shadowbox healthcare automation venture capital health software

Lytx Ties Into Daimler Trucks


San Diego-based video telematics provider Lytx has inked a new collaboration deal with Daimler Truck North America, the two said last week. According to the company--whose camera systems are used for monitoring driver safety--the company's systems will be integrated into select Freightliner and Western Star truck models, and can be ordered directly from the Daimler factory. The two said the first trucks to incorporate its products will be built in early 2023.

TrueCar Launches Auto Accessories Marketplace


Santa Monica-based TrueCar has launched a new, auto accessories marketplace, which it says allows its buyers to choose from more than 12,000 hardware parts, customized to the online vehicle a buyer is purchasing. According to the company, the new service, TrueCar+, uses VIN-specific fit information to match accessories with any of its vehicles in inventory, and can add those accessories into lease and financing of its new and used vehicles.

Amplifica Adds $11.8M For Hair Loss Treatments


San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Ampllifica, which is developing treatments for androgenic alopecia (hair loss) in both male and female patients, says it has raised $11.8M in a Series A funding round. The company said the funding came via SternAegis Ventures, the private equity and venture capital division of Aegis Capital Corporation. The company said the funding will go to enable clinical development of its lead products.

Haystack Rolls Out Mobile Apps


Los Angeles-based Haystack, a developer of intranet software, said today that it has rolled out new mobile apps for its platform. The company said it has new mobile applications on Android, iOS, and for the mobile web. Haystack says its customers include BuzzFeed, Chime, Novo, and Everbridge. The company's co-founder and CEO is Cameron Lindsay. haystack mobile software intranet