January, 2021

How I Gamified My Own Brain to Lose Weight & Improve Fitness

Both Sides of the Table

Socially distant hiking in Sedona (we drove there) I recently wrote about my weight-loss journey over the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds without a fad diet and returned to my college weight. If you want to get in better shape and haven’t read that you might start there.

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StartEngine Brings Crowdfunding to Startups

L.A. Business Journal

After selling his company, Acclaim Games, in 2010, video game industry veteran and former Activision Studios Chairman Howard Marks set his sights on a new goal

Don’t Allow These Debunked Myths To Kill Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting an entrepreneurial business, or maintaining the competitiveness of a mature business, requires innovation. Yet everyone I know seems to have a different perspective on what constitutes real innovation, and why is seems to happen so rarely.

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.

Mictic Sets Up Shop In LA

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Zurich-based Mictic, a Zurich, Switzerland-based startup which is providing wearable, musical wristbands for the "XR" market, says it has opened up a new office in Southern California. According to the company, the startup is opening up a Los Angeles office in order to maximize its relations with the entertainment and tech industry.

Healthvana’s digital COVID-19 vaccination records are about communication, not passports for the immune

TechCrunch

As the vaccination campaign to counter COVID-19 gets underway (albeit with a rocky start), a number of companies are attempting to support its rollout in a variety of ways.

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Have you heard the rule of the thirds?

Berkonomics

It starts with sharing the opportunity and upside. Think of startups and early stage businesses whose entrepreneurs you know.

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LA Companies Gear Up for Virtual CES

L.A. Business Journal

For the Consumer Technology Association, the show must go on. The three-day virtual version of the trade show is scheduled to run from Jan. 12 through Jan.

8 Keys To A Major Source Of Funding For New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Many first-time entrepreneurs find themselves unable to bootstrap their startups, and also unable to find early funding at the venture capital level or even with angel investors. Their only recourse is that first tier of investors, fondly called Friends, Family and Fools.

The Trade Desk Names COO

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Los Angeles-based advertising software and exchange operator The Trade Desk said this week that it has named Michelle Hulst as the company's Chief Operating Offier. Hulst was previously Executive Vice President, Global Data and Strategy at The Trade Desk, and prior to that was Group Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Oracle Data Cloud. According to The Trade Desk, Hulst will be responsible for global operations, data, commercial enablement, and client services in her new role.

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How to Overcome Crisis in Real Estate Market – Learning From Industry Professional Paul Daneshrad

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Have you heard the old adage about the two mice who fell into the jug of cream?

How I Moved from Counting Calories to Supercharging My Workouts and Massively Improve My Fitness…

Both Sides of the Table

How I Shifted from Just Counting Calories to Supercharging My Fitness Workouts This is part of a weight loss and fitness improvement series that I’m writing to share how I went from 222 pounds and unable to bike more than 20 minutes on a Peloton to 153 pounds and running 8–12 miles / day in just 18 months.

WeeCare Helps Home Day Care Businesses Stay Afloat

L.A. Business Journal

Three years ago, local entrepreneur and expectant mother Jessica Chang received some surprising advice

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7 Reasons Why Every Business Leader Needs A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

After working many years in business, both in large companies as well as startups, I’ve realized that you can learn more from peers and mentors than from any formal education program. Of course, nothing beats learning from your mistakes , but that’s a painful and very time-consuming journey.

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Fitness App Shred Lets Users Work Out With Friends

L.A. Business Journal

With indoor gyms closed for most of the last year, plenty of fitness-focused Angelenos have gotten used to working out from home

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7 Keys To Success In Today’s Popular Sharing Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

In the last few years I have seen a popular business model emerging which embodies a greater focus on social and environmental responsibility, and a new requirement for trust and sharing, as well as customer and community collaboration.

EVgo Announces Partnership with BMW

L.A. Business Journal

Sawtelle-based EVgo Services, which operates a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, announced a new partnership with BMW

Struum Streaming Service To Launch in 2021

L.A. Business Journal

Former executives at the Walt Disney Co. and Discovery Inc. announced a new streaming service called Struum

Startup Mothership Helps Businesses Navigate Shipping Logistics

L.A. Business Journal

It’s no secret that ecommerce surged in 2020 as Americans adapted to doing more working, eating and shopping from home

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J2 Global Closes 4 Acquisitions

L.A. Business Journal

Internet services company J2 Global Inc. finished up 2020 on a buying spree

LA Companies Gear Up for Virtual CES

L.A. Business Journal

For the Consumer Technology Association, the show must go on

8 Initiatives To Heighten Your Customer’s Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Most leaders agree that poor customer service is a business killer today, in terms of lost customers, reduced profits, and low morale. Yet the average perception of customer experience has not improved.

8 Keys To Preparing Early For Your Next New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. Although many won’t admit it, true entrepreneurs can’t wait to exit their current startup, and build a new and better one with their next great idea.

Belkin Founder Chet Pipkin Steps Down as CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Playa Vista-based consumer electronics company Belkin International Inc. announced a leadership change Jan.

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8 Strategies For Sustaining Momentum In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new business I know dreams of building momentum in their business, where growth continues to increase, customers become your best advocates, and employee motivation is high. The most common approach I see to achieving this is to do more of everything for everyone.

5 Actions To Convince Your Boss You Are Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Are you often frustrated that people reporting to you, or key peers, seem to dodge accountability for their actions? They are quick to claim the credit for things in their domain that work, but also quick to disclaim responsibility for problems that keep popping up.

Dreamhost Links With Lendio On PPP Assistance

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Los Angeles-based web hosting and WordPress services provider DreamHost and small business lending service Lendio said on Thursday that the two are partnered to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application guidance to Dreamhost customers. According to the companies, Lendio will work to assist DreamHost business customers to apply for funds made available in the latest US government Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) program. Financial details of the partnership were not announced.

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Viant Files For IPO

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Irvine-based Viant Technology, a developer of advertising software, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to raise up to $150M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market as DSP. The IPO is being underwritten by BofA Securities, UBS Investment Bank, Canaccord Genuity, JMP Securities, Needham & Company, and Raymond James. The company is led by CEO Tim Vanderhook.

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Ring Bug Allowed Retrieval Of Locations, Addresses

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A bug in the software of Santa Monica-based Ring exposed the precise locations and home addresses of users, according to a report, a flaw that has now been fixed. According to TechCrunch, a security bug made it possible to retrieve location data on users who posted to the Ring app. Ring said it fixed the issue, and has not identified any evidence of that information being accessed or used maliciously. ring camera doorbell cybersecurity hacking hacker security

March Capital Raises $450M In New Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital (formerly March Capital Partners) announced on Thursday that it has raised its third fund, March Capital Fund III, which it closed at $450M in commitments. According to the firm, the new fund is focused on enterprise software companies, and included both existing and new investors.

Ando Launches Climate Friendly Banking App

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San Diego-based Ando, a new startup offering up mobile banking, says it has launched a free banking service which proactively combats climate change. The startup--led by CEO JP McNeil--says it specifically uses its deposits to support investments in clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and regenerative agriculture efforts. The company claims it offers up transparency on its efforts, showing how deposits are being used in areas like clean energy and sustainable transportation.

BMW Plugs Into EVgo

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Los Angeles-based electric vehicle charging network operator EVgo says that car manufacturer BMW has tied into its network, and launched a new program called BMW Charging Powered by EVgo. Financial details of the partnership were not announced, however, EVgo said that BMW EV drivers will be able to access public charging through one simple interface, and BMW will provide a $100 EVgo charging credit for new owners/lesees of its all-electric/battery electric vehicle models.

AeroVironment Acquires Arcturus UAV For $405M

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Simi Valley-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker Aerovironment says it is acquiring Arcturus UAV, a developer of unmanned aircraft used by the military, in a deal worth $405M in cash and stock. AeroVironment said it would pay $355M in cash and $50M in stock for Arcturus, which is based in Petaluma, Claifornia. Arcturus has approximately 270 employees, and is one of four companies working on the U.S. Army's FTUAS program, a next generation UAS program which is potentially worth a billion dollars.

Drata Gets $3.2M For Security Compliance

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San Diego-based Drata, a startup developing security automation and compliance software, has raised $3.2M in a seed funding, the company said Wednesday. According to the company, the funding was led by Cowboy Ventures, and also included Leaders Fund and SV Angel, along with angel investors. Drata was founded by Adam Markowitz, Daniel Marashlian, and Troy Markowitz.

7 Ways To Manage Healthy Internal Business Conflicts

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business professionals I know will go to great lengths to take a neutral position on internal business conflicts, on the assumption that all conflict is bad for the company as well as their political future.

Ring Deploys End-To-End Encryption

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Los Angeles-based security camera and doorbell maker Ring, which is part of Amazon, said on Wednesday that it has launched end to end encryption for its products. According to the company, it has started rolling out end-to-end encryption to all eligible Ring devices, first as a "technical preview" that must be turned on by the user. Ring said the new feature comes on top of the encryption the company already uses when videos are uploaded to the cloud.