October, 2019

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage

TechCrunch LA

When Arianna Huffington stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, she said the goal of her new business was to help a generation “avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today.”

SpaceX Receives Funding from NASA to Aid Moon, Mars Missions

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX is one of 14 companies awarded grants from NASA to boost the agency's mission to return to the Moon and to eventually land on Mars

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“What’s in it for me?” A motivational lesson

Berkonomics

Ever wonder why one of your employees, shareholders, managers, suppliers, or board members sometimes behaves in a way you might consider irrational? Putting yourself in their shoes. If you want to best describe the motivation behind the action, think “What’s in it for me”?

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What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

Both Sides of the Table

I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup.

Video Interview: Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica

socalTECH

Our video interview today is with Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica, a startup in the Techstars LA 2019 Class focused on real estate transactions. Fabrica was one of the companies that pitched at Techstars LA Demo Day on Tuesday at the El Rey. READ MORE>>.

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If These Quotes Could Be You, Don’t Try A New Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, or the business world would be chaos, with everyone trying to do their own thing. So what about you?

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Canoo Sued for Gender Discrimination

L.A. Business Journal

Electric vehicle startup Canoo and Chief Executive Stefan Krause were sued for wrongful termination by former communications lead Christina Krause

Do people follow when you (think you) lead?

Berkonomics

Let’s get personal. Do you think you’re much better than a marginal leader? Well, here are a few tests for you to help come to an answer. And a few tips for you if you fall a bit short. Why do people follow their leader? Dictators are not great leaders in the long run.

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Music Tectonics Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -- Music Tectonics Conference. Explore the seismic shifts shaking up the music industry as a result of technology and innovation. The first annual Music Tectonics Conference in Los Angeles October 28-29, 2019, is a destination event for innovators in music and technology. The conference speaker lineup brings together thinkers, doers and investors to explore the seismic shifts that are shaping the business of music.

Video Interview: Daniel Faber, Orbit Fab

socalTECH

Daniel Faber is the CEO and founder of Orbit Fab (www.orbitfab.com), a startup developing technology to refuel spacecraft in space. Orbit Fab was part of the 2019 Techstars Space Los Angeles accelerator program. READ MORE>>. orbitfab daniel faber techstars space accelerator video startup interview

10 Signals That You Can Be A Trusted Business Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur and business leader believes that he or she has the full trust of their team and their customers, and in fact most do in the beginning. In my experience, most business professionals still believe in the old proverb, “ trust but verify.”

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All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

TechCrunch LA

Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise , an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech.

Relativity Secures $140M Series C

L.A. Business Journal

Relativity Space raises $140 million, will use it to advance 3D-printing technology

Are your projections really realizable?

Berkonomics

Here’s one for the ages. How many times have you projected income and profits only to fall short, and make excuses to those depending upon you to perform? We know the answer of course. Lots of people do or will depend upon your leadership in driving growth, stability, and profitability.

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LabFellows Looks to Become “Operating System” For Life Sciences Cos.

Xconomy

Scientists, no matter how sexy the research they’re conducting, aren’t immune from the administrative minutiae of office life. Such tasks steal time away from researchers’ main objectives. However, that wasn’t the problem San Diego startup LabFellows was looking to solve when it launched in 2014.

Video Interview: Crystal Brown, Healthiest.io

socalTECH

Our video interview today is with Crystal Brown, the founder and CEO of Healthiest (healthiest.io), a browser extension that helps you find a healthier version of whatever you are shopping for. Interview at the TuesdayNights Impact conference in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

5 Ways To Minimize Employee Negativity In Your Office

Startup Professionals Musings

Throughout my career in small companies and large, I’ve always been appalled by the number of people who have a negative attitude or complain all the time.

Relativity, a new star in the space race, raises $140 million for its 3-D printed rockets

TechCrunch LA

With $140 million in new financing, Relativity Space is now one step closer to fulfilling its founders’ vision of making the first rockets on Mars.

ServerFarm Acquires UK Data Center Operator

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo-based data center management company ServerFarm purchased 5NINES Global Holdings Oct.

Music Tectonics Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, October 28, 2019 -- Music Tectonics Conference. Explore the seismic shifts shaking up the music industry as a result of technology and innovation. The first annual Music Tectonics Conference in Los Angeles October 28-29, 2019, is a destination event for innovators in music and technology. The conference speaker lineup brings together thinkers, doers and investors to explore the seismic shifts that are shaping the business of music.

Five Years After Y Combinator First Admits Biotechs, They’re Dug In

Xconomy

Five years ago, the big tech incubator Y Combinator started to welcome life sciences companies into its sizable startup classes, which had previously nurtured entrepreneurs in information technology almost exclusively. That opening to biotech startups in 2014 was controversial at the time.

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Video Interview: Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls, findSisterhood

socalTECH

For our video interview today, we talked with Ana Pompa Alarcon Rawls , founder and CEO of findSisterhood (www.findsisterhood.com) one of the companies out of the Techstars Los Angeles 2019 class, which is creating a new social network for women. READ MORE>>.

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7 Characteristics Of People Who Drive Global Change

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets.

Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino

TechCrunch LA

Shuttle startup Via and the city of Cupertino are launching an on-demand public transportation network, the latest example of municipalities trying out alternatives to traditional buses.

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Finance App Dave Inc. Raises $50 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Financial management app developer Dave Inc. raised $50 million from Palo Alto-based growth equity investors Norwest Venture Partners

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Medical Technology Innovation Forum 2019

SoCal Tech Calendar

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The Placebo Effect Is Hobbling New Psychiatric Drugs. What Can Stop It?

Xconomy

Sixteen years ago, Kim Witczak’s husband died by his own hand, turning her world upside down. He had just begun taking an antidepressant off-label for insomnia, and she believes an undisclosed side effect of the drug drove him to suicide.

Video Interview: Michael McCrary, PureSpectrum

socalTECH

Our video interview today is with Michael McCrary, CEO and founder of PureSpectrum , a Westlake Village-based startup in the survey and sampling industry. Michael tells us about how he founded the company, and gives some hints and tips on entrepreneurship. READ MORE>>.

7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million

TechCrunch LA

EV Connect , the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company has raised $25 million to date.