April, 2021

How You Can Achieve a Step Change in Your Fitness Before Summer

Both Sides of the Table

Just 21 months ago I couldn’t have jogged 2 miles in under 20 minutes and now I can run 3 miles in 21 minutes or more to the point I can pretty easily run 7.5 miles in an hour.

Claiming a landmark in fusion energy, TAE Technologies sees commercialization by 2030

TechCrunch LA

In a small industrial park located nearly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, one company is claiming to have hit a milestone in the development of a new technology for generating power from nuclear fusion.


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El Segundo Opposes LAX Terminal Plan

L.A. Business Journal

El Segundo, which sits on the airport’s southern edge, last month sent in comments opposing LAWA’s proposal to add two new terminals as part of the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project

Do you “over-welcome” your new employees?


A story of a CEO attuned to creating great company culture. A CEO friend of mine who managed her one-hundred-person remote workforce as a virtual company told me her story of how she welcomed new employees as she grew her firm. Strike that. She over-welcomed her new employees.

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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.

6 Keys To Finding The Right People For A Winning Team

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a new business owner or entrepreneur, you are likely to be creative and willing to take a risk , and you probably assume that most potential team members have the same mindset.

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Interview with Dave Eastman, Viterbi Startup Garage


For today's interview, we spoke to Dave Eastman, the Director of the Viterbi Startup Garage, a startup incubator that is run by the University of Southern California, out of its location in Marina Del Rey. Dave told us a bit more about the Viterbi Startup Garage and several other associated efforts there at USC centered around the startup ecosystem. What is Viterbi Startup Garage? Dave Eastman: Viterbi is the School of Engineering.

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Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

TechCrunch LA

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned.

Tagger Media Raises $9 Million for Influencer Marketing Service

L.A. Business Journal

Tagger Media, the Santa Monica-based developer of a software platform for influencer-based marketing campaigns, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding

Six ways to make your site-app-product go viral.


It doesn’t happen by accident. Not every new game-related site is a Steam, and surely not every social network is a Facebook. And not every texting application is a Twitter. A story of an app from nowhere to near dominance.

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6 Keys to Attracting Customers Based On Social Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a logical and data-driven business advisor, I have long focused on facts, technology, and quantifiable pain in guiding entrepreneurs.

Can You Pay Your Rent With Bitcoin? Yes, For Caruso Tenants


Los Angeles-based real estate developer Caruso says that it is now allowing its tenants to pay rent--both residential and retail properties--in Bitcoin, in a partnership with a company run by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. According to Caruso--whose develops include The Grove and The Americana at Brand--it will allow its tenants to pay rent in Bitcoin, subject to applicable laws.

Saltbox raises $10.6M to help booming e-commerce stores store their goods


E-commerce is booming, but among the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs of online businesses are finding a place to store the items they are selling and dealing with the logistics of operating. Tyler Scriven, Maxwell Bonnie and Paul D’Arrigo co-founded Saltbox in an effort to solve that problem.

Wavelength Services for Telecom: A Great Fit For Growing Carriers

Southern California Edison Blog

Wavelength services are a good match for small and medium-sized telecom companies looking for cost-effective, reliable, and highly private connectivity to support their customers. . Under this network type, carriers lease a wavelength of light along a fiber optic cable to transmit data.

Zwift Riding High Thanks to Demand

L.A. Business Journal

Zwift has raised a total of $620 million. The company plans to use this funding to further develop its app as well as Zwift-branded hardware, which it sells online

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When to pivot from your original plan?


Plans do not often work as devised. . We are not always smart about the market or the product. We may miss the context of the times and come to market too soon or too late. We might not have researched the market diligently or used a focus group or other market research.

10 Entrepreneur Actions To Grow Beyond A One-Man Show

Startup Professionals Musings

Success in a startup is not possible as a “one-man show.” An entrepreneur has to engage with team members, partners, investors, vendors, and customers. In my experience, the joy of positive engagement is sometimes the only pay you get in an early startup.

ClickUp Wins The San Diego Padres


San Diego-based workplace productivity software developer ClickUp reported this morning that it has been selected by the San Diego Padres, to power the team's IT operations. Financial details of the win were not announced. ClickUp is led by founder and CEO Zeb Evans. ClickUp said that the Padres will use its platform to organize, manage and track all team tasks, goals, docs, communications and more.

How Hyperloop Is Prioritizing Passenger Experience

L.A. Business Journal

Hyperloop Technologies Inc., doing business as Virgin Hyperloop, is testing a prototype of a transportation system that could carry passengers through nearly airless tunnels at speeds reaching 700 mph

Players to Know in LA’s Fast-Growing Professional Esports Industry

L.A. Business Journal

Most Los Angeles residents are well-acquainted with local teams like the Dodgers, Lakers and Rams — as well as the massive venues where they play their home games

Cadiz Faces New Suit Over Water Pipeline

L.A. Business Journal

Another legal challenge has been launched against a project by downtown-based water infrastructure company Cadiz Inc. to pump and transport water from its desert aquifer

Playbook Five Brings Virtual Reality to Football

L.A. Business Journal

Virtual reality has made its way into sports, and Playbook Five Inc. is helping the technology find its stride on the football field

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ServiceTitan Secures $500 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Glendale-based ServiceTitan Inc. is quickly becoming one of the most valuable startups in the Los Angeles area

Parabol Aids Businesses With Hybrid Work Environments

L.A. Business Journal

Over the last year, the need for software tools to aid teams of remote employees has become obvious for most businesses

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TvScientific Targets Connected TVs With New Ad Technology

L.A. Business Journal

With a growing number of Americans viewing television content through smart TVs and connected devices, newly formed startup TvScientific Inc. is creating new ways for advertisers to reach viewers and access valuable data to evaluate the success of campaigns

Triller Makes Two Acquisitions, Appoints New CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Triller Network, the owner of the Triller social media app and several streaming businesses, announced April 14 that it had acquired live event and pay-per-view platform Fite and had reached an agreement to purchase software developer Truverse Inc., doing business as Amplify.ai.

GumGum Lands $75 Million Investment From Goldman Sachs

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based advertising technology company GumGum Inc. announced a new $75 million investment April 13 from the growth equity division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc

Local Aerospace Companies Play Major Roles in NASA’s Moon Missions

L.A. Business Journal

Later this year, Long Beach-based rocket manufacturer Rocket Lab USA Inc. will attempt its first mission to the moon

Therabody Acquires PowerDot for $34 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Health and fitness technology company Theragun Inc., doing business as Therabody, has acquired PowerDot Inc. for $34 million

Virtualitics Raises $18 Million for Data Analytics Software

L.A. Business Journal

Pasadena-based data analytics software company Virtualitics Inc. has raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by North Sound Ventures

Startup Creates Concrete That Reduces Carbon Emissions

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based startup CarbonBuilt Inc. has a concrete plan for reducing carbon emissions

10 Ways Leaders Must Change As The Business Matures

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often have formidable technical expertise, key to developing a new product or service, but a great naïveté in management skills. They run into difficulty when their business reaches the $1-2 million annual sales range, or their employee count exceeds 5-10.

Community Lands $40 Million Investment

L.A. Business Journal

Community.com Inc., a messaging platform that enables celebrities and brands to communicate directly with fans, has received a $40 million investment

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Cast & Crew Acquires Expense Management Software Developer

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based payroll company Cast & Crew announced April 7 that it has acquired LeBog Software, the developer of an expense management system called Digital Purchase Order

5 New Venture Mistakes That Can Cost You The Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Although every startup is unique, there are certain common avoidable mistakes that can lead to legal complications which jeopardize the long-term success of the business.

8 Ways New Venture Founders Create Whole New Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can “see around corners.” This is a statement that they are willing and able (and successful) at projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations.

Aspiration’s New Credit Card Helps Shoppers Cut Their Carbon Footprint

L.A. Business Journal

Banking services company Aspiration Partners Inc. has built its business around finding ways for customers to “both do well and do good,” and its latest product is aimed at consumers worried about the environmental impact of their spending

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