March, 2020

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

TechCrunch LA

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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Could you be your company’s bottleneck?

Berkonomics

So many tasks; so little time. As a manager, you have a number of critical tasks that are general to your position as opposed to specific to your industry.

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Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

Both Sides of the Table

I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room.

How To Change Your Perspective And Create Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

In today’s fast moving world of business startups, learning trumps knowing every time. What established businesses know through experience keeps them from looking for the new and innovative ways to do what they do better, cheaper, and faster.

Safe at Home

L.A. Business Journal

Ring is one of the most recognized brands and most widely used technologies in a smart-home market that’s expected to total $101.1 billion in 2020

AristaMD Finds $18M In Series B Funding

socalTECH

San Diego-based AristaMD , a developer of telehealth software, which allows primary care providers to conduct and document electronic medical consultations, has raised $18M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Cigna Ventures and MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF), and also included Avalon Ventures, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund and Stanford Health Care. The company said the funding will go to towards accelerating expansion of its platform across the country.

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Do you even know what questions to ask?

Berkonomics

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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Best Tips for Working from Home Effectively

Tech.Co

The coronavirus outbreak has many businesses urgently considering their work-from-home policies. If you're soon likely to be logging on from your living room, there are some best practices for working from home that will keep your tasks efficient and your business secure.

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5 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Drivers That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do.

Robin Games Raises $7 Million Round

L.A. Business Journal

Mobile-game developer Robin Games Inc., which was founded by former Jam City Inc. executive Jill Wilson, has raised $7 million in a seed round

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

socalTECH

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.

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

TechCrunch LA

Cadillac 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. GM’s luxury brand had planned to reveal the Lyriq on April 2 at an event in Los Angeles.

Remember the FAIRNESS doctrine

Berkonomics

Reduce the emotion; reduce the threat of lawsuit. You’ve certainly experienced the angry outburst from an associate or employee who has just learned of an event that the person took as “unfair,” no matter how rational the explanation by the decision maker.

Monzo: What do you need to know?

Tech.Co

In June 2019, banking start-up Monzo announced its plans to launch in the US. The UK finance company has garnered a lot of attention, both online and in real life, thanks to its distinctive coral-colored cards, and its intention to make the banking process easier. But what is Monzo, exactly?

6 Keys To Managing Funding From People Close To You

Startup Professionals Musings

In their passion to succeed, too many entrepreneurs treat friends and family investments as “low-hanging” fruit, only to find out later, after a stumble, that the pain of lost relationships is greater than the loss of their beloved startup.

Ranker Sets Viewing App

L.A. Business Journal

Digital media company Ranker Inc. has rolled out a new app to help consumers search for and discover shows across a range of streaming platforms

Overwatch League Tosses In The Towel, And Shifts Fullly Online

socalTECH

The Overwatch League , the e-sports league run by Blizzard Entertainment based on its popular game, has decided to shift to an entirely online format , in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The move--not a surprise--will move all of the League's events from weeks 14-27 to a "fully online" competition and broadcast format. The League said it will make a decision later about playoffs and its Grand Finals.

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

TechCrunch LA

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.

Reduce five risks: Increase your valuation

Berkonomics

Why five risks? In the creation of a young company, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. Professional investors will probe these five risk areas and make the decision to invest based upon comfort with each.

Digital Summit LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

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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7 Ways To Maximize Team Motivation And Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I was shocked to read an old Gallup study that indicates only 13 percent of employees worldwide are actively engaged at work, and more recent data shows only a small change in the right direction.

Saucey Reports a Spike in Demand

L.A. Business Journal

For Saucey Inc. Chief Executive Chris Vaughn, the signs pointing to a spike in demand for the company's alcohol delivery app came well ahead of the stay-at-home order

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Aparavi Names VP

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Aparavi , a provider of software used for data search and automation, says it has named Matt Carpenter as its Vice President of Platform Success. Aparavi said that Carpenter will head up teams that include solution architecture, support, QA, platform integrations, operations, and partnerships.

Bird launches Scoot Mopeds in Austin ahead of SXSW

TechCrunch LA

The Scoot Moped — an electric moped born out of Bird’s acquisition of Scoot — will launch in Austin five months after unveiling the shared micromobility vehicle. The new moped is the latest effort by Bird to diversify its product offerings to capture more customers.

UC San Diego Health Develops COVID-19 Test, Begins Testing Patients

Xconomy

The UC San Diego Health System has developed a diagnostic test that can determine whether a patient has contracted the novel coronavirus in about eight hours.

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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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.

RCT Studio Raises $10 Million

L.A. Business Journal

RCT Studio, a Burbank-based developer of interactive games, announced it has raised $10 million in Series A funding

HireRight Adds Social Media Screening

socalTECH

Irvine-based HireRight , which provides employment background checks, drug testing, education verification, and other services, says it has added new social media screening, via a partnership with Fama Technologies. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

News-reading app Flipboard expands local coverage, including coronavirus updates, to 12 more US metros

TechCrunch LA

Earlier this year, personalized news aggregation app Flipboard expanded into local news. The feature brought local news, sports, real estate, weather, transportation news and more to 23 cities across the U.S. Today, Flipboard is bringing local news to 12 more U.S.

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