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Bird is testing Bird Pay, which lets users purchase items from local businesses using its main app

TechCrunch LA

Another on-demand transport app is making a move into payments to expand the existing relationship with its customers (and subsequent margins that it makes from serving them).

Does your company have a “dirty cap table?”

Berkonomics

How it happens. When you seek professional investors, whether organized angels or venture capitalists, one of the early questions you are asked is “How have you financed the business so far?” Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses.

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BYD Delivers First Buses as Part of Anaheim Order

L.A. Business Journal

BYD Motors Inc., a downtown-based electric vehicle maker, delivered to Anaheim the first two electric buses of a previously announced 40-bus order, BYD announced Feb.

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6 Benefits of Outsourcing and Freelancing In Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most stressful and unanticipated challenges that comes with starting a new business is hiring and managing employees.

Max Q: How to build a Starship

TechCrunch LA

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. Busy week for SpaceX – across funding, space tourism, and next-gen spacecraft.

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CoronaVirus and small business: A discussion about economics

Berkonomics

By Harley Kaufman, guest author. Note from Dave: Harley is an old friend and avid reader of BERKONOMICS. With a background in management and technology, he gives us something to think about regarding today’s top-of-news subject. Addressing the issue to small and medium businesses.

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ringDNA Acquires Sales Podcast, Hires Podcaster As Head Evangelist

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based ringDNA , the venture-backed startup which is developing artificial intelligence tools to help sales teams, says it has acquired a popular podcast focused on sales. According to the company, it has acquired the sales podcast "Accelerate!", which is run by Andy Paul, and will appoint Paul as its new Head of Revenue Performance Evangelism.

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With cinnamon, fruit and mint-flavored nicotine gum, is LA’s Lucy Goods the next Juul?

TechCrunch LA

David Renteln, the Los Angeles-based co-founder of Soylent and the co-founder and chief executive of new nicotine gum manufacturer Lucy Goods , thinks there should be a better-tasting, less-medicinal offering for people looking to quit smoking. That’s why he founded Lucy Goods, and that’s why investors, including RRE Ventures, Vice Ventures and FundRX joined previous investors YCombinator and Greycroft in backing the company with $10 million in new funding.

8 Guiding Principles To An Enviable Employee Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

With today’s interactive social media and the real-time Internet, both customers and employees see inside your company easily, so you can’t hide your real company culture. At the same time relationship perceptions have become the biggest drivers to customer loyalty and employee engagement.

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PlayVS Dials Up Riot Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

Riot Games Inc. has become the exclusive organizer of PlayVS Inc.’s s high school “League of Legends” seasons and championships

RepairSmith Acquires CarDash

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based RepairSmith , which offers up mobile automobile repair, has acquired CarDash , a startup which offers up car repair and maintenance services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. CarDash offered up its service in the Bay Area, providing same-day valet service to transport cars to and from repair ships. CarDash had raised $5.3M in total funding, and came out of YCombinator in 2017. RepairSmith is led by CEO Joel Milne, and is backed by Daimler AG.

The Montgomery Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 5, 2020 --.

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7 Ways For Businesses To Work Less And Enjoy It More

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful businesses are all about getting results, not just working hard. As a new business advisor, I hear facts all the time about how hard an entrepreneur is working, but often have a hard time getting them to quantify results.

SpaceX Ramps Up Constellation Efforts

L.A. Business Journal

Since Hawthorne-based SpaceX began its ambitious Starlink project in late 2018, the company has launched roughly 300 small satellites into low Earth orbit

Catasys Expands AI Healthcare Tool To New States

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Catasys announced this morning that it is expanding its artificial intelligence and technology-enabled healthcare products with a "leading national health plan" into Colorado, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Louisiana. Name of that national health plan and financial impact was not announced. Catasys said the expansion of its OnTrak-A solution makes the product available in 28 states, as well as Washington, D.C. READ MORE>>.

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SCALE 18x

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 5, 2020 -- SCALE is North America's leading open source community conference. Held annually in the greater Los Angeles area the conference draws over 3500 attendees from around the globe. See [link] (more

7 Leadership Strategies To Rev-Up Your Team Vitality

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startup ideas begin in the mind of an individual, but an idea is not a business. It takes a team, with effective leadership, to build a business. Many aspiring entrepreneurs default to team leadership by domination and control.

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Headspace Expands Office Space

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based meditation app developer Headspace has expanded, bringing its total Bergamot Station presence to 22,000 square feet

Flock Freight Finds $50M

socalTECH

Solana Beach-based Flock Freight , a startup which develops software which uses algorithms to pool multiple, less-than-truckload freight shipments together so they can take advantage of full truckload pricing, has raised $50M in a Series B funding, according to the company. The funding was led by SignalFire and GLP Capital Partners.

The Montgomery Summit

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 --.

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7 New Dimensions Of Market Value In This Digital Age

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see too many entrepreneurs get distracted by technology or their favorite cause, and then wonder why they can’t find an investor, attract customers, or build a long-term business.

Is Musk Considering Tesla-SpaceX Project?

L.A. Business Journal

Industry experts speculate that SpaceX founder Elon Musk could tap his aerospace company’s communications technology to support a key element of his automotive company, Tesla Inc

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Snap Buys Assets Of Ill Fated AR Startup Daqri

socalTECH

Venice, California-based Snap has acquired the assets of ill-fated augmented reality (AR) hardware developer Daqri , according to a report today. Financial details of the asset acquisition were not announced. According to Protocol, the acquisition was of "certain Daqri assets" and around two dozen employees. Daqri had raised around $300M for the development of its own, augmented reality headset and technology. Daqri had sold its AR helmet for around $15,0000. READ MORE>>.

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NGM Bio’s NASH Drug Shows Promise, Shares Rise on Early Phase 2 Data

Xconomy

In what looks to be a transformative year for potential treatments of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, the liver disease better known as NASH, another biotech has revealed that its experimental drug appears to improve the condition compared to a placebo.

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New Startup Series Announced

Startup San Diego

Get to know Alexa-Rae Navarro, Startup San Diego's Executive Director. Learn more about her background in the non-profit sector and her passion for startups. The post New Startup Series Announced appeared first on Startup San Diego. Events Startup News

Oblong Gets Win With Major Mining Firm

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Oblong Industries , the developer of futuristic data collaboration and virtual meeting tools--which is owned by Glowpoint, Inc.--said said this morning that it has scored a big win with an un-named, global mining, metals, and petroleum company. Name of the customer, and financial impact of the win were not announced. According to Glowpoint, the un-named customer has deployed Oblong to a new office complex in Southeast Asia. The new solution is integrated with Cisco Webex.

Gretel Gets Seed Funding For Data Sharing Startup

socalTECH

San Diego-based Gretel has raised a seed round of funding, to go towards its development of software which helps developers and engineers access and share anonymized data for developing applications. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Greylock Partners and Village Capital. The startup is led by Alex Watson, who serves as founder and CEO.

Dray Alliance Finds $10.2M More

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Dray Alliance , which operates a on-demand, short haul container delivery marketplace, has raised $10.2M in funding, via a Series A funding, the company said this week. The funding was led by Matrix Partners, and also included Moving Capital, Craft Ventures, Act One Ventures, and Wonder Ventures. The funding brings the company's total raised to $14.7M, including an earlier seed funding the company raised a year ago from Craft Ventures.

Calidi Biotherapeutics Expands Advisory Board

socalTECH

San Diego-based Calidi Biotherapeutics , which is developing oncolytic virus-based immunotherapies for cancer, has expanded its Scientific and Medical Advisory board, saying this morning that it has added COL (retired) George E. Peoples, MD, FACS to its list of advisors.

Fifth Wall Raises New, $100M Retail Fund

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based venture investor Fifth Wall has raised a new, $100M venture capital fund, which it says will invest in "emerging brands and retail concepts". The new $100M Retail Fund is backed by real estate owners and service providers, including Acadia Realty Trust, Cushman & Wakefield, Macerich, and Nuveen Real Estate. Fifth Wall said this new fund includes more than 50 corporate strategic investors.