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Uber Eats waives delivery fees for independent restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic

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Uber Eats said Monday it will waive delivery fees for all orders from independently owned restaurants on the app as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and causes cities to shutter all non-essential businesses. Restaurants throughout the U.S.

Do you even know what questions to ask?

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Great executives and managers seem to intuitively know what they don’t know. But it is not at all uncommon to not even know what questions to ask. Who would have thought about COVID 19 and public’s panic responses? Image credit: Alexas_Fotos / Pixabay.

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7 Keys For Moving A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business advisor, I have too often seen technical entrepreneurs get a product or service off the ground with ease, but then struggle mightily when their business reaches a couple of million in annual sales, or the employee count grows beyond a handful.

Tetra Tech Wins $125 Million USPS Work

L.A. Business Journal

Tetra Tech Inc. has landed a $125 million contract with the U.S. Postal Service to supply nationwide emergency preparedness and response support, and environmental services

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.

TikTok donates $3 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

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The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After – School All-Stars , a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Robin Games Gets $7M In Seed Funding For Women's Games

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Venice, California-based Robin Games , a startup that is developing mobile games aimed at women, has raised $7M in a seed funding round, the company said on Thursday. The funding was led by LVP, and also included 1Up Ventures, Alpha Edison, Everblue Management, firstminute Capital, Greycroft Tracker Fund, Hearst Ventures and Third Kind Venture Capital. The startup, led by Jill Wilson, says it is developing "lifestyle gaming" titles, which run on such platforms as Apple's iOS and Google Android.

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TrueCar Names Darrow President, CEO

L.A. Business Journal

TrueCar Inc. has named Mike Darrow president and chief executive. He will also assume a seat on TrueCar’s board

Wondering if venture capital is open for business? A new initiative has investors saying yes

TechCrunch LA

A new initiative from a Los Angeles investor is taking stock of venture firms and their ability to commit capital in an effort to match firms that are still open for business and cutting checks to startups that are fundraising in the age of COVID-19.

Inseego Pushes Wireless Devices For Working From Home

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San Diego-based Inseego , which develops 5G and Internet-of-Things technology used for asset tracking, connectivity, and similar applications, is again embracing its roots in the mobile hotspot market.

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8 Personal Strategies For Winning With Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience in both startups and large companies, trusted relationships are more the key to success than a great business model, how smart you are, or how much money you have.

Digital Summit LA

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Monday, March 23, 2020 -- Digital Summit LA. Come experience the most impactful offering of digital marketing tips, strategies, and best practices, while networking with over 1000+ marketing professionals just like you! See [link] (more

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Wheels pauses shared bikes service to try to limit spread of COVID-19

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In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, Wheels has decided to pause its pedal-less e-bike operations until the end of March, the company announced today.

Rocket Lab Buys Sinclair Interplanetary

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab , the provider of satellite launch services, said on Monday that it has acquired Sinclair Interplanetary , a developer of satellite hardware. Financial details of the buy were not announced. According to Rocket Lab, the buy will strengthen the satellite division of the company, which produces its Photon spacecraft. Sinclair Interplanetary is based in Toronto, Canada, and was founded in 2001. Rocket Lab said that more than 90 satellites use its hardware.

6 Reasons Your Hockey Stick Growth Curve Can Go Flat

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve.

How San Diego Biotech Leaders Are Adapting to Coronavirus Concerns

Xconomy

Three hundred Takeda employees from the Japanese pharma giant’s California research center have been working from home for 10 days straight. Neurocrine Biosciences, one of the few commercial-stage biotechs in town, is working to ensure the animals housed in its vivarium are appropriately minded.

Local SEO Tips For Small Startups

AllTopStartups

If you imagine the internet as one big shopping mall, it’s easy to see why SEO is so important. Millions of competitors and millions of prospective customers all in one… The post Local SEO Tips For Small Startups appeared first on AllTopStartups. Best Practices START AND GROW SEO

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Dave Donates $250K To Feeding America

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Los Angeles-based banking app startup Dave says it is expanding an existing partnership with nonprofit Feeding America , and will donate $250,000 to the group's COVID-19 fund, which is aimed at helping to secure food and help distribute it to people in need across the country. According to Dave, it will launch an email and blog series which will include includes best practices for volunteering at and accessing food banks during this time.

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5 Forces That Kill Momentum For Business First-Movers

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your strategy as a business leader to be a first-mover or a follower?

Bio Roundup: Coronavirus Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Vaccines & More

Xconomy

The past week brought a sea change in many of our daily lives as the impact of the continued spread of the novel coronavirus altered how we work and play as communities around the world attempt to slow its spread.

ALERT: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Startup San Diego

Changes to Startup San Diego events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The post ALERT: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) appeared first on Startup San Diego. Events

Maimovie Launches Movie Award System

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Los Angeles-based Maimovie , which operates an AI-driven search and recommendation service for movies, says it has launched a new "movie award" system, which uses its AI software to generate "people-powered awards" to movies based on feedback from its users. The company said the new service lets users view social rankings for their favorite movies, and offers up recommendations and analysis for over 540,000 movies. Maimovie is a service of artificial intelligence software developer Mycelebs.

Snapchat To Debut Wellness Tools As Virus Threat Ramps

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Venice, California-based Snapchat is launching its new set of health and wellness tools, well ahead of schedule, due to the growing threat of the COVID-19 virus threat, and will surface educational information on the new virus and health measures, as well as mental health content. According to reports, the company's "Here For You" tool will tap information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Wheels Pauses E-Bike Sharing On Virus Fears

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Los Angeles-based e-bike sharing service Wheels said on Thursday that it is pausing its operations until the end of March, in light of the growing COVID-19 coronavirus threat. According to the company, it will "temporarily stop deploying bikes until the end of March". Wheels is not the only company to pause its micro-mobility services as a result of the growing virus outbreak; Lime, a provider of electric scooters, paused its operations on Wednesday citing similar issues. READ MORE>>.

Milken Institute Begins Tracking COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines

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Santa Monica-based Milken Institute is putting its resources behind the effort to tackle the COVID-19 virus outbreak, saying this morning that it has launched a new website which monitors the development of therapies to treat and prevent the disease. The nonprofit said the site is developed and maintained by FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute.

GeoLinks Waives Late Fees, Will Not Disconnect Customers During Pandemic

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Camarillo-based wireless broadband telecommunications provider GeoLinks says that it will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers in the next 60 days, because of inability to pay bills due to the disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic, and also will wave any late fees, in addition to opening up its Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them.

Esri Offers Up Free GIS Software For COVID-19 Response

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Redland-based mapping and GIS software developer Esri says it will offer up its software for free to public and private sector organizations fighting the COVID-19 disease pandemic. According to Esri, it has created a template for public health agencies and other organizations, which it is offering up for no cost for six months.

The Trade Desk Partners With TikTok In Asia Pacific

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Ventura-based advertising exchange The Trade Desk and mobile video app developer TikTok are in a new, advertising partnership covering Asia Pacific markets, the two said this morning. According to the two, the partnership will allow advertisers to directly access premium TikTok inventory across Asia-Pacific via The Trade Desk platform. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Uber Plans Federal Lawsuit Against LA

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Uber is planning to file a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles, claiming that LA's requirement that on-demand scooter and last-mile transportation companies provider real-time location data on where its customers are raises privacy concerns. According to CNET, Uber claims the Los Angeles request is "surveillance", and that Los Angeles does not need the kind of data it is requiring providers to provide to the city.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Digital Banking Startup One

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead investors in One , a digital banking startup which was founded by Bill Harris, the former CEO of both Intuit and PayPal. One said this week that it has raised $17M in its Series A funding. The funding was led by Foundation Capital, Core Innovation Capital, and Obvious Ventures. One offers up digital banking services, tied into savings accounts and app-enabled access to both spending and account balances. READ MORE>>.

Broadband In LA Fine, But San Diego Slows Down Due To Remote Work

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The home Internet connections and speeds in Los Angeles are holding up fairly well even as the city--like many others around the country--shift towards remote work, although San Diego 's network performance has degraded, as more and more people are working from their home offices. According to Broadbandnow, although millions of users are shifting to residential Internet service, the speed of those Internet connections is "holding steady".

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Takes Virus Measures

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Pasadena-based Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday afternoon that it is taking a number of precautionary measures to help protect the health and safety of its employees, partners, and the healthcare workers and patients involved in ongoing clinical studies.

SpaceX Launches More Starlink Satellites

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX sent another set of its Starlink satellites into space this morning, successfully launching its sixth Starlink mission into space at 8:16 a.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Starlink said the Falcon 9 first stage used in the launch was previously used four times--in the Iridium-7 NEXT mission in July of 2018, the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018, the Nusantara Satu mission in February 2019, and the second launch of Starlink in November 2019.

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Quidel Says It Has COVID-19 Test

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San Diego-based Quidel , which develops rapid diagnostic testing products, says it has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its real-time RT-PCR test intnded to detect COVID-19, the virus that casuees SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab specimens. The company said the testing authorization is limited to laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

Lime Suspends Service In California

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On-demand electric scooter and bicycle transportation company Lime said on Tuesday that it is suspending all of its services in California, along with Washington State, Italy, France, and Spain. Calling the COVID-19 virus an "unprecedented challenge", the firm said it's "pausing" its services to help people stay put and stay safe.

Maravai LifeSciences Buys MockV Solutions

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San Diego-based Maravai LifeScienecs , a provider of life sciences reagents and services to the biotech industry, said this morning that it has acquired MockV Solutions , a provider of products used in the development of biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. MockV's products are used as part of bioprocess impurity testing, a key step in development and manufacturing of biotherapeutics.

Phase Four Wins SBIR Contract

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El Segundo-based Phase Four , a developer of radio frequency (RF) plasma engines for in-space propulsion, announced this morning that it has received a SBIR Phase I contract by Air Force tech accelerator AFWERX, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Security Innovation Network. Size of the contract was not annoucned. According to Phase Four, the contract will be used to adapt its in-space propulsion system to meet the needs of defense users.