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10 Benefits Of True Multi-Tasking As An Entrepreneur

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With the cost of entry at an all-time low, and the odds of success equally low, more and more entrepreneurs are starting multiple companies concurrently.

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AmazeVR Finds $15M For Virtual Reality Concerts

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Los Angeles-based AmazeVR has raised $15M more in a new funding, from Partners Investment and Murex Partners, plus Smilegate Investment, Quantum Ventures Korea, ABC Partners, Everrich Group, GS Futures, We Ventures, Base Investment, Duname&Partners, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Mirae Asset Capital, Partners Investment and Timewise Investment. The company offers up a way for artists to hold concerts in augmented reality. The company has now raised $30.8M in total.

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7 Startup Partner Pairings That You Are Apt To Regret

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, costs, and tasks you don’t like. In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder.

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.

7 Keys To An Engaging Framework For Social Media Mktg

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups, and many big businesses, still don’t have a clue on how to use social media productively for marketing their business.

8 Key Principles To Prepare For Invading A New Market

Startup Professionals Musings

Many of you don’t like to think of it this way, but penetrating a target market with your startup is a lot like a military invasion.

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Kim Kardashian Sued Over Alleged Cryptocurrency Pump And Dump

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who lives in the Los Angeles area, has been sued--along with other celebrities like Floyd Mayweather and Paul Pierce, over her promotion of a cryptocurrency which has been billed as a "pump and dump" scheme. According to reports, Kardashian was paid to promote the cryptocurrency, which earned a large sum for the creators and promoters of the coin, but became worthless when it crashed. The lawsuit seeks class action status.

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Insightful Science Acquires Omiq

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San Diego-based Insightful Science, a developer of scientific discovery software, said this week that it has acquired OMIQ, a provider of software-as-a-service for high dimensional flow cytometry. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Insightful Science, the addition of OMIQ will expand its offerings in flow cytometry software solutions. The company is led by CEo Thomas Swalla, and backed by private equity investor Insight Partners.

Virgin Orbit Has Another Successful Launch

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Mojave-based space launch provider Virgin Orbit successfully launched a new batch of satellites into space, using its unique rocket-launched-from-a-747 system. Virgin Orbit said it launched 7 customer satellites on its mission on Thursday, using its LauncherOne rocket. The launch was from off the Southern California coast, about 50 miles south of Channel Islands National Park.

March Capital Backs Gr4vy

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Santa Monica-based March Capital is the lead investor in San Mateo-based Gr4vy, a developer of cloud-based payments orchestration software. According to Gr4y, it raised $15M in a Series A funding, which was led by March Capital, and also included Nyca Partners, Activant Capital and Plug and Play Ventures. March Capital's investment was led by Solomon Hailu. Gr4vy said it has raised a total of $27.2M so far. march capital gr4vy venture funding cloud saas payment fintech

ICEYE Launches Satellite Into Space

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Irvine-based ICEYE, which develops synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, says it has launched two new satellites into orbit. According to ICEYE, the satellites were launched on the the recent SpaceX Transporter-3 smallsat rideshare mission. ICEYE said the two satellites are its fifteeth and sixteeth satellites it has launched into orbit.

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CarParts.com Adds Board Member

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Torrance-based e-commerce auto parts marketplace CarParts.com said on Wednesday that it has appointed Ana Dutra to its board of directors. Dutra is currently the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, Inc., and also had been CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting between 2007 until 2013. Dutra also has served on the boards of First Internet Bancorp, CME Group Inc., and Health, Harvest & Recreation. carparts board executive dutra mandala korn ferry

Zest AI Signs Up Credit Union

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Los Angeles-based Zest AI, which develops artificial intelligence software for lending, said it has signed up a Florida credit union as a customer. The company said Addition Financial Credit Union has $2.6 billion in assets and 162,000 members across Florida. Financial details of the win were not announced. Zest AI is led by CEO Mike de Vere. zest artificial intelligence software florida fintech

Jaanuu Gets $75M

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Los Angeles-based medical scrubs and clothing brand Jaanuu said this week that it has raised $75M in a private equity investment. The funding came from private equity firm Eurazeo. Jaanuu was founded by Shaan Sethi and Dr. Neela Sethi. According to the company, it has now raised $100M in total.

Masters Snags $2.7M For Virtual Coaching

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Los Angeles-based Masters, a startup that lets users get coaching and training from famous athletes, has raised $2.7M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Sweet Capital, and also included Mucker Capital, Goodwater Capital and Luxor Capital, in addition to angel investments from Shaun White, Bam Adebayo, Kai Lenny and A'ja Wilson, Anton Gauffin, Jakob Joenck, Henrik Kraft, Greg Tseng, Prerna Gupta, Hank Vigil, Janis Zech and Andreas Mihalovits.

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HeyRenee Takes $4.4M More

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Los Angeles-based HeyRenee, the health concierge and health technology startup led by former Heal founders Renee Dua and Nick Desai, said today that it has raised $4.4M more in a seed funding. The company said the funding was led by Quiet Capital, and also included Fika Ventures and Mucker Capital. The company said the funding comes on top of earlier seed funding, bringing its total capital raised to $8.2M.

NFINIT Sets Channel Sales Head

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San Diego-based hybrid cloud provider NFINIT said it has named Bradley Craig as its new Director of Channel Sales. Craig previously has served at such cloud and managed service companies as Veeam and Insight. According to NFINIT, Craig has over 13 years of experience in the technology industry. nfinit salse head channel sales

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HyperDraft Names General Counsel

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Los Angeles-based HyperDraft, which is developing artificial intelligence software to help legal professionals draft, edit, and analyze legal documents, says it has named Sean Greaney as its General Counsel. HyperDraft said that Greaney was most recently at Goodwin Procter LLP, and previously had also served at Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles. HyperDraft also said that Greaney had been an in-house counsel at Beats by Dr. Dre, including working on that company's acquisition by Apple in 2014.

Aspiration Buys Carbon Insights

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Los Angeles-based Aspiration said this morning that it has acquired Carbon Insights, a climate technology developer which helps consumers translate what impact their spending behavior and transactions have on carbon and climate change. According to Aspiration, it will integrate the Carbon Insights technology into its existing offerings. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Carbon Insights was founded in March of 2020, as a Public Benefit Corporation.

ACELYRIN Names New COO

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Los Angeles-based ACELYRIN, a biopharma company focused on unspecified drug candidates, said today that it has named Melanie Gloria as the company's Chief Operating Officer (COO). The company said Gloria is a former oncology nurse, and previously worked at teams at Abbott, AbbVie, and Horizon Therapeutics, and most recently was Senior Vice President of Development Operations at Horizon.

Renovo Solutions Gets Growth Investment

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Irvine-based Renovo Solutions announced this morning that it has raised a round of growth investment, from investor Water Street Healthcare Partners. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Renovo Solutions, it will use the new funding to expand offerings. As part of the funding, it has appointed Bill Newell as CEO. Newell previously served at Cardinal Health, Baxter and Dentsply Sirona. Renovo Solutions provides health care and life sciences technology management programs.

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Hadrian Finds $36M for Aerospace Manufacturing

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Hawthorne, California-based Hadrian, which is working on aerospace manufacturing technology, disclosed in a recent regulatory filing that it has raised $36.3M in an ongoing funding. Details of the funding have not yet been announced by the company. The filing says that so far, the firm has 28 investors in the round, with a target of $38.1M. Hadrian says on its website that it is building "the most advanced Space & Defense factories on the Planet.".

Amgen To Award Lab Space, Support To Karma Biotechnologies

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Thousand Oaks-based Amgen and share lab provider Biolabs LA said Monday that they have awarded Karma Biotechnologies one year of lab space at Biolabs, as well as other facility benefits and connections to Amgen's scientific and business leaders. According to the two, the "Amgen Golden Ticket" is the second awarded in Southern California, intended to help accelerate life science start-ups in Southern California. amgen space karma biotechnologies biolabs startup incubator biotech

ZipRecruiter Raises $550M In Debt Offering

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Santa Monica-based online employment market operator ZipRecruiter said on Friday that it is raising $550M in debt, via 5.000% Senior Notes due in 2030, up from an earlier announced $500M. The company--which is traded on the NYSE as ZIP--said it intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include capital expenditures, investments and working capital. ziprecruiter employment marketplace jobs debt nyse

Display Social Aims At Metaverse

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Los Angeles-based Display Social announced this morning that it has acquired two other companies, Thunder Studios and Infinite Reality, and will seek to focus on entertainment in "the Metaverse". Display Social did not provide details on the financial aspects of the two acquisitions. The company said it will focus on "creative tools covering social, gaming, virtual and remote production, NFT minting, and metaverse creation."

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Thankful Expands To Europe

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Venice, California-based AI customer service software developer Thankful said today that it is expanding into the European market, via a partnership with Netherlands-based Dixa. According to the companies, Dixa wil leverage Thankful's AI agent. Thankful is led by founder and Ceo Ted Mico. The company said it is developing natural language processing software to help provide personalized service interactions for brands. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

mPulse Mobile Acquires HealthCrowd, Finds New Funding

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Los Angeles-based mPulse Mobile, which develops conversational AI software for the healthcare industry, says it has acquired HealthCrowd, a provider of healthcare communications services for the Medicaid market. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

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Google Starts Downgrading Speakers Due to Sonos Patent Win

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Santa Barbara-based smart speaker maker Sonos has scored a major win in its patent efforts, winning a patent infringement case it had filed against Google. As a result of that win, Google has started stripping functionality from its speakers, rather than pay Sonos for licensing.

7 Reasons Entrepreneur Mentoring Is A Win-Win For All

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As a long-time mentor and advisor to new business owners, I can attest to both the need for mentoring, and the satisfaction that comes from watching an aspiring but tentative entrepreneur grow into someone capable of changing the world.

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