August, 2019

PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

TechCrunch LA

PodcastOne , the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters.

Fractional CTO

SoCal CTO

Since the early 1990s, I’ve been a part of 50+ startup companies in various roles, and have informally advised 100s of other startups.

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Postmates is Arriving at Dodger Stadium

L.A. Business Journal

The Los Angeles Dodgers named San Francisco-based mobile app Postmates Inc. as a concessions partner - bringing the ease of food pickup into the stadium

Let your board help with “what” and “why” – but rarely “how.”

Berkonomics

I am sure you can argue with this one. Sometimes a board member is valuable in teaching the “how” to get things done inside the company.

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Video Interview: Brand Caso, Meshcandy

socalTECH

Our interview todays is with Brand Caso , the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Meshcandy (meshcandy.com) developing mesh devices specifically for the health care industry, used for automate the measuring information at health care sites. READ MORE>>.

Driving Your Team With Fear Has Negative Consequences

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

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Los Angeles VC Panel and LAVA Annual Membership Meeting

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Los Angeles VC Panel and LAVA Annual Membership Meeting. Come meet three of the most active Venture Capital funds in Los Angeles. Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make. Panel includes: Evan Richter, Smash Ventures; Adam Corey, Global Village; Chris Wadden , Pasadena Angels.

Loot Crate Files Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell Assets

L.A. Business Journal

Loot Crate Inc., which sells subscription boxes of pop culture apparel and collectibles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday

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Does your board give you good advice?

Berkonomics

This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice. Having served on more than forty boards, I’ve seen such a variety of good and bad advice that my stories could fill a book. (oh, oh, wait.

Video Interview: Jeff Cohn, Syndicated Maps

socalTECH

Jeff Cohn , the founder and CEO of Syndicated Maps (www.syndicatedmaps.com) previously helped start up the Tech Coast Angels' efforts and company screenings in Los Angeles.

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

In SF, tech crumbled the American dream — LA can do better

TechCrunch LA

Damian Bradfield. Contributor. Damian Bradfield is the president, CMO and founding partner of WeTransfer , the company that designs tools for the creative process. His upcoming book, The Trust Manifesto, about trust in the era of big data, will be released on October 4th. In the summer of 2018, parts of San Francisco’s public utilities turned gold.

Preccelerator Workshop: UX Primer for Entrepreneurs w/ Rich Abronson

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Preccelerator Workshop: UX Primer for Entrepreneurs w/ Rich Abronson. This session will discuss: What UX is (and isn't) and why it's important UX costs and how to incorporate it into your strategy The UX process including brainstorming, feature prioritization, and usability testing. See [link] (more

Stamps.com Profit Plunges After Ending Postal Service Partnership

L.A. Business Journal

In its first quarterly earnings report since terminating the agreement, Stamps.com posted a net income of $14 million, down 69% from $45.5 million this time last year

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Where’s your team playbook? Hmm?

Berkonomics

This one comes straight from football.

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Video Interview: Aaron Ross, Predictable Revenue

socalTECH

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7 Common Themes That Indicate An Extraordinary Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

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Will Porsche Fans Ever Live in a Driverless World? Porsche Says No.

Xconomy

Imagine the transportation future 20 years from now. Here’s one way things could roll on a weekday: Many of us get picked up at home by a sturdy, standardized, driverless car that will also scoop up a few of our neighbors who work at other businesses near ours.

Data Con LA 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, August 17, 2019 --.

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Romeo Power Raises $4 Million for Electric Battery Venture

L.A. Business Journal

Vernon-based manufacturer Romeo Systems Inc. said Aug. 5 it secured a $4 million investment from HG Ventures to further develop energy-efficient lithium ion batteries

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10 Startup Quandaries That May Redefine Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle.

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Profits Slide at Activision as Competitors Gain Ground

L.A. Business Journal

The Santa Monica-based video game publisher behind popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch” saw its profits decline more than 18% from this time last year, reporting a net income of $328 million

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10 Business Areas Where Data Is The Key To The Future

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

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6 Keys To Marketing That Many Entrepreneurs Overlook

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

8 Steps To Stop Killing Yourself As A Micro-Manager

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

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Boingo Reports Record Revenue with New Locations, Access Fees

L.A. Business Journal

Profits were roughly $0 for Boingo Wireless Inc. in the second quarter but the Wi-Fi provider added ten new internet service locations, setting a quarterly revenue record including roughly $10 million in access fees

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Amazon Maisel Day Goes Wrong In Santa Monica

socalTECH

A promotion by Amazon went awry in Santa Monica on Thursday, after the Santa Monica Police had to shut down a promotion at a local Chevron for causing major traffic woes. As part of the promotion, Amazon had offered up 1959 pricing on gasoline (30 cents a gallon) to Amazon Prime members. The promotion had included deals that featured 1959 prices for food, movie tickets, hotel tickets, and other purchases to promote the original Amazon Prime series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

SoftBank Vision Fund Invests $110 Million in Idea Lab's Energy Vault

L.A. Business Journal

Renewable energy storage firm Energy Vault, a portfolio company of Pasadena's Idea Lab, received a $110 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund to scale its operations and expand into international markets

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Echo Fox Exits Riot Games Championship League

L.A. Business Journal

Esports team owner Echo Fox has forfeited its role as a competitor in Riot Games Inc.’s s lucrative “League of Legends” League Championship Series after failing to sell the spot to another bidder

March Capital Leads $51 Million Funding Round in AI Company Uniphore

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based venture investors March Capital Partners led a $51 million Series C round for conversational artificial intelligence developers Uniphore Software Systems Private Ltd