Vive Organic Gets $13M

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Venice, California-based Vive Organic , an organic "wellness" drink brand, said today that it has raised $13M in a Series B funding round. According to Vive Organic, it will use the new funding to expand its digital footprint, for its pipline, and to make it products more accessible to consumers nationwide. Vive Organic was founded by CEO Wyatt Taubman, COO Kyle Withycombe and VP of Sales JR Simich in 2015.

Are you the bottleneck in your organization?

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Organize globally.

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So why not organize from the start around such a strategy and hire those able to demonstrate those organizational skills? Even the smallest business can now reach throughout the globe to find resources for design, development, support and consultation. There are people and companies everywhere willing to work by the hour, providing great skill sets as needed, able to be shed when the job is complete.

Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

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Buy organic groceries online, at an affordable price. Food Fundings & Exits organic food Diets thrive market funding whole foods Los Angeles greycroft partnersThat’s the mantra of Los Angeles-based Thrive Market, which has raised a significant $111 million Series B funding round, led by Invus.

In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire

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The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement. At the same time, the March organizers were trying to find a way to incorporate art and artists into the event, while being respectful of public spaces.

YP Launches New Organic SEO Service

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According to YP, the new product will help local businesses earn top rankings in their organic search results. yellowpages organicLos Angeles-based YP , which offers up online directories and services to help businesses get their companies online, has lauched a new offering, called ypWebsite Pro. YP runs the yellowpages.com site.

Sony Offers Up COVID-19 Relief To Creative Organizations

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San Diego-based Sony Electronics says it is making donations for COVID-19 pandemic relief, to a number of creative organizations.

Dedicated Internet Connection vs Shared – What’s Best For Your Organization?

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Dedicated and shared connections are two common internet configurations that organizations. The private circuit runs directly to an organization’s location, ensuring that the network is used only by approved users therefore reducing interference.

Once Upon A Farm Harvests $3.1M For Organic Baby Food

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San Diego-based Once Upon A Farm , a maker of "cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO" baby food, has raised $3.1M Once Upon A Farm's baby food is sourced from local, organic farms, and then minimally processed into the those ubiquitous laminated baby food pouches. once upon farm onceuponafarm baby food organic retailin a Series A funding, the company disclosed this week. The funding came from Cambridge Companies SPG, Seed 2 Growth Fund, and Harbinger Ventures.

Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense

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When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically. bootstrapping business entrepreneur investor organic growth Bootstrapping avoids all the cost, pain, and distractions of finding angels or VCs, and allows you to keep control and all your hard-earned equity for yourself. Despite all the focus you hear on external investors, over 90% of startups today are self-funded.

Events.com Aims To Connect Event Organizers, Consumers

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San Diego-based Events.com --founded by one of the co-founders of The Active Network--is hoping to make it easier for event organizers and event goers better plan and find events, the company said this week. events.com eventscom event organizer software mobile activenetwork active network startup launch

Conference Organizers Suck at Name Tags

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If you agree with me, please forward this post to people organizing conferences to save us all the future hassle. Every once in a while I start to feel like I’m taking myself a bit too seriously and I have to slip in a more cheeky post. But to every jest there is some truth.

$100M For Talaris Gives Surgeon a Shot to Reinvent Organ Transplants

Xconomy

One of them was the work of surgeon Suzanne Ildstad, who has spent decades trying to develop a new way to improve the health outcomes of patients who need organ transplants. When Novartis dissolved its gene and cell therapy unit a few years ago, a bunch of projects the Swiss pharma giant had incubated were tossed aside.

Life Sciences Organization Launches Office In LA

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The group said it opened up the new location because it's "a pivotal time" for the life sciences sector in Los Angeles, saying that the area is home to numerous world-class research universities, teaching hospitals, biomedical research organizations and start-up firms, and also has "thousands of gifted scientists and a highly skilled talent pool of life sciences graduates, many with advanced degrees".

Organic Growth Startups Won’t Scale Competitively

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Startups are usually so focused on selling more of their branded product or service to their own customer base (organic growth) that they don’t consider the more indirect methods (non-organic growth) of increasing revenue and market share. Non-organic growth would include OEM relationships, finding strategic partners, “coopetition,” as well as acquisitions. An example of a startup which used non-organic growth early and effectively was Microsoft.

Seek Support Organizations Based On Startup Stage

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The challenge is finding and using qualified affordable support organizations for each stage. The most common support organization at this level is called a startup incubator or accelerator , and these exist in most countries, usually sponsored by a university, local government organization, or even local individuals. The incubator organization can help you find them, or show you how to apply for a government grant.

5 Reality Checks On Running A Charitable Organization

Startup Professionals Musings

Other countries have similar exemptions for similar organizations. That means they need to grow organically, or find a philanthropist. Managing volunteers, and running any organization with these constraints is a challenge. Non-profits have to answer to watchdog organizations like Charity Navigator for how much of their proceeds actually make it to the causes they proclaim to support.

HireRight Aims At Health Care Organizations

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Irvine-based HireRight , the provider of background checks and drug and health screening services, has rolled out a new service specifically aimed at health care organizations. According to the company, it has expanded its medical credentialing verification services, to confirm the qualifications of physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other medical professionals.

Contur Takes On Email Sorting, Organization

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A new startup, Contur , launching out of the StartEngine accelerator program today, said that it has created a service which helps users organize their emails by task, projects, and more. Are you overwhelmed with too many emails in your inbox? The startup--which bills itself as a "virtual assistant for email"--said it will offer up its service to professional power users who receive more than 100 emails per day, via a Windows desktop application.

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Lytx Powers Driver Safety For Organic Food Distributor

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San Diego-based driver safety systems developer Lytx said this morning that natural and organic food distributor KeHe Distributors has been using its DriveCam video safety service. According to Lytx, KeHe is using its DriveCam video safety system to help its drivers stay engaged on driving, and has been since 2013, to cover its nearly 595 drivers and 489 vehicle fleet. Lytx did not detail how much the contract with KeHe Distributors is worth to the company.

Fans.lu Ties With Game Development Organization

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Los Angeles-based Fans.lu , a developer of an e-commerce storefront to help game companies sell merchandise such as shirts, hats, posters, and more directly to their gamer fans, said over the weekend that it has partnered with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). According to the two, current and future members of the IGDA will receive a discount on the initial store setup fee for Fans.lu. Fans.lu

Organic vs. Strategic Growth

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- Organic vs. Strategic Growth: Why, When and How? Organic growth - accomplished through growth of sales in existing product lines/services or developing new product lines/services internally. Companies typically look for growth in one of two ways. Strategic growth - a growth in sales accomplished through acquisition from third parties of new product lines/services (or a combination of both).

RxVantage In Deal With Rheumatology Organization

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Los Angeles-based healthcare technology software developer RxVantage , which is led by Jay Goss, has inked an endorsement from a organization focused on rheumatology. with the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), which will recommend RxVantage''s software to its members. According to the company, it has entered into a strategic agreement.

Organic Marketing for Startups

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Monday, January 17, 2011 -- Organic Marketing for Startups. Organic marketing, however, is a massively underleveraged and underinvested channel with powerful potential. Rand Fishkin, CEO and Co-Founder of SEOmoz, co-authored the Art of SEO from O'Reilly Media and was named on the 40 Under 40 List and 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30, will be discussing why paying for marketing is expensive, challenging and often out of reach for many small businesses and startups.

Tinder Launches Group Organization, Dating Features

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Los Angeles-based Tinder said today that it has launched a new feature for its app, called Tinder Social , which will let its users plan group dates and get togethers. Tinder says its new platform is aimed at helping its users to plan their night out, letting users see who else is going out during an evening, what they are doing, and connect with other groups who have plans.

CRISPR Organs? eGenesis Raises $38M For Pig-To-Human Transplants

Xconomy

The $38 million Series A round announced by Cambridge, MA-based firm eGenesis comes as the field of human-compatible organs grown in animals, while still years from real products, is back in play because of advances in new biological modification techniques including the genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9. One of the companies trying to revive the once-failed notion of xenotransplantation has raised a significant round of cash.

Three LA Organizations Score Funding From Google For CS Education

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Three, local Los Angeles organizations -- DIY Girls , LA Maker Space , and Teens Exploring Technology (TXT), have scored nonprofit funding from Google, as part of the 2016 Google RISE Awards , according to the groups. The three are among only 28 organizations, spread across 16 countries, to receive the prestigious award.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

Xconomy

The enhanced version of Vibrio natriegens , a marine bacterium of a type known as Gram-negative, could potentially replace Escherichia coli as the workhorse host organism for the biotech industry, according to research published online today in Nature Methods. natriegens has the fastest growth rate of any known organism, reproducing at a rate that doubles in less than 10 minutes. coli as a host organism. coli , the organism that has been a laboratory staple for decades.”.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

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Turn Your Organization Inside Out. As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. In the first 4 years of running BuildOnline we were an “Outside In&# organization. The Outside In organization had a one-way flow. So I started thinking about the “Inside Out&# organization. Customers, press and the market responded positively. ‘ Here are some steps in the Inside Out organization.

Startups Stick with Organic vs Paid Search Results

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For credibility with investors, stick to the organic SEO model and other revenue streams until you have the high traffic to survive on PPC revenue. seo startup ppc SEM organic search businessProbably every one of you who has a business and a website have been approached through email or personal contact, and asked to spend money on paid search results (appear on the first page of search results, right hand column, despite low SEO rank).

At The Pool Redesigns Site, Rolls Out Groups For Organizations

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At The Pool , the Los Angeles-based social networking site focused on helping locals meet other locals, said Wednesday that it has launched a major, new site redesign, including adding the ability for local groups to create their own "pools". The site, which is headed by Alex Capecelatro, said the new updates include enhanced and optimized profile pages, the ability for groups to create their own, branded "pools", and stronger matching algorithms to connect users.

Contur Getting Set To Beta Automatic Email Organizer

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Los Angeles-based Contur , the email organization software developer recently launched out of StartEngine, told its users that it's getting set to release its automatic email organizer. The company's software is aimed at helping users organize their emails by task, projects, and more. The firm said that its software is now able to sort emails automatically into inboxes 80 percent of the time, and is getting set for a closed beta of the new service.

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Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

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The World Health Organization approved their sanitizers, which the company will produce in its warehouse in San Francisco. Bulk quantities will be distributed to healthcare organizations and facilities that need them. Endless West also put out a call for other companies to provide supplies to hospitals and health organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. “We The company has set up a website, CombatingCovid.com , where organizations in need of supplies can place orders.

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Cadillac cancels debut of all-electric Lyriq over COVID-19 concerns

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Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Automotive automotive industry Cadillac california cars COVID-19 detroit electric vehicles Los Angeles sedans United States world health organizationCadillac has cancelled the upcoming debut of the Lyriq, an all-electric mid-sized SUV designed to be an entry point into luxury brand’s new EV lineup, over concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Is Your Organization Ready to Become an Ecosystem Driver?

Xconomy

These smaller and younger companies often have fewer legacy systems and are more willing to take a risk with their business models than larger organizations. [ This article is co-authored by Stephanie Woerner. ]. Dominating business-to-consumer sales, Amazon seems ready to take over the world of business-to-business too. In its first year, Amazon Business generated $1 billion in sales. However, there is still room for competition.

The Doctor is In! How to X-Ray Your Organization

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How to X-Ray Your Organization. An X-ray of an organization is a look inside to see what is working, what is not and/or what is missing that should be there. Learn how to utilize new tools and techniques to X-ray your organization at this interactive, participant-driven program with consultant and trainer Daniel Feiman, MBA, CMC. Friday, March 2, 2012 -- The Doctor is In!

Gates Grant Helps Sirenas Extend Hunt for Drugs From Sea Organisms

Xconomy

San Diego-based Sirenas , which has developed technology to rapidly isolate and synthesize potential drug compounds from marine organisms, said it has received a $775,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sirenas has amassed a library of prospective drug candidates by collecting sponges, cyanobacteria, algae, and other marine organisms. Sirenas mounts underwater expeditions three or four times a year to collect organisms, Esquenazi said.

How to Engineer Tissues and Organs

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Thursday, November 13, 2008 -- "How to Engineer Tissues and Organs" Dr. Bill Tawil, UCLA Scientists are learning how to grow tissues in the lab and make customized replacement organs. See [link] (more

SXSW Organizes Rare Edward Snowden Interview. Then Google Ruined It.

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Organizers at SXSW and the ACLU scheduled a rare and relevant live interview with privacy advocate Edward Snowden, live streamed from an undisclosed location to a very interested audience. The post SXSW Organizes Rare Edward Snowden Interview. This was a key political moment in the festival’s history with thousands of attendees packing multiple rooms on site and millions more around the world watching online.

Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 -- Transitioning to Lean-Agile: Changing the Organization. Adopting Lean-Agile software philosophies and development methodologies involves requires that internal organizations and roles change. Find out what drove these organizations to change the way they organized around defining, developing and delivering software and what they learned along the way. SDSIC.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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Since I posted on this and since I've been using this approach for quite a while, it has become pretty obvious that part of the reason that old school organizations / event producers are not getting the value of providing this kind of list. If you are an event organizer, but you don't have a system for posting attendance, then at a minimum you should post your event on Facebook and Upcoming and link to those from your site.

5 Keys to a Customer Centric Organization

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 -- 5 Keys to a Customer Centric Organization. At this premier event, you will learn five keys to successfully structuring and implementing a customer centric strategy along with transforming your organization into a truly customer centric culture. TCOSC. Most every company claims or believes they are customer centric, but are they really?

ProSciento Finds Funding For Clinical Research

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San Diego-based ProSciento , a clinical research organization (CRO) which focuses on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic diseases, has raised a round of funding, the company said this week. prosciento clinical research organization venture capital diabetes metabolic