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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Framework Benchmarks Round 20

TechEmpower

Today we announce the results of the twentieth official round of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project. Now in its eighth year, this project measures the high-water mark performance of server side web application frameworks and platforms using predominantly community-contributed test implementations. The project has processed more than 5,200 pull requests from contributors. Round 20 Updates from our contributors.

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Do you really want to be the first to market?

Berkonomics

My stories of missing the context of the times. Over the years, as I managed my several computer companies as CEO or executive chairman, I made the decision to go to market with a brand-new product that had never before been exposed to my customer’s marketplace.

Planning 500,000 charging points for EVs by 2025, Shell becomes the latest company swept up in EV charging boom

TechCrunch LA

Shell’s plan to roll out 500,000 electric charging station in just four years is the latest sign of an EV charging infrastructure boom that has prompted investors to pour cash into the industry and inspired a few companies to become public companies in search of the capital needed to meet demand.

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.

USC, Amazon Plan Center for Machine Learning Research

L.A. Business Journal

USC is partnering with Amazon.com Inc. to create a research center focused on privacy and security issues related to machine learning and artificial intelligence

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10 Tips For Entering The Startup Community This Year

Startup Professionals Musings

These days I see a surge of new startups as businesses seem to be recovering from the pandemic. If you are not starting one yourself, the next best thing is joining one as a partner, or as an early employee.

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Interview with Jamey Edwards, Cloudbreak Health

socalTECH

Our interview today is with Jamey Edwards, the CEO of Cloudbreak Health, a Los Angeles-based telemedicine company, which provides telehealth services, including interpretation and access to specialists, within healthcare facilities. We caught up with Jamey to learn more about the company, and also its recent move to merge with another company, Uphealth, via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). What is Cloudbreak Health?

SIGGRAPH 2021

SoCal Tech Calendar

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What I Ate on My Weight Loss Journey of 2020

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote about my weight loss journey of the past 18 months where I lost 65 pounds in 18 months with no gimmicks or fads. No paleo, keto, intermittent fasting?—?just just sensible eating. If you didn’t read the post it might be worth clicking on the above link.

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What Mistakes Do VCs Make When Fundraising?

Both Sides of the Table

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Samir Kaji on the Venture Unlocked podcast about a wide range of topics that we as venture capitalists think about everyday, including: How to build a generational firm?—?retaining

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Playing the Long Game in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Silicon Valley and the media industry that surrounds it values youth. The culture is driven by the 20-something irreverent founder with huge technical chops who in a “David vs. Goliath” mythology take on the titans of industry and wins.

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.

Are you willing to hire slowly but fire fast?

Berkonomics

Here’s a test of your patience and your willingness to suppress your tendency to avoid conflict or confrontation – all in the same insight.

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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.

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

8 Ways An Incubator Can Accelerate Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute.

Amazon’s Selz Acquisition is Encouraging News for Small Businesses

Tech.Co

It's been a big week for Jeff Bezos. Not only has he become the richest man in the world again, leapfrogging a certain Mr Musk, but it has also been revealed that Amazon has quietly acquired ecommerce platform Selz.

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Richie Knows Launching Social Network For Gamers In LA

socalTECH

A new startup, Richie Knows, says it is launching new, social network targeted at gamers, in Los Angeles. According to the company, the startup is looking to match up players with new friends and competitors as they travel. The company said it is launching a four-week Alpha test in the San Fernando Valley, as it attempts to help gamers build friendships and connect with fellow players in their local community. The startup was founded by Rich Melcombe.

On Funding?—?The Denominator Effect

Both Sides of the Table

On Funding?—?The The Denominator Effect I recently wrote a post about funding for investors to think about having a diversified portfolio , which I called “shots on goal.”

On Funding?—?Shots on Goal

Both Sides of the Table

On Funding?—?Shots

There’s Still Time to Commit to Your 2021 Health & Fitness Plan

Both Sides of the Table

It’s March 1st as I write this*. The year is two months in. Seems like just a moment ago it was New Year’s Day and we were all committing to our better selves for 2021 as so many of us do.

USC to Build New Computer Science Hub

L.A. Business Journal

USC officials will break ground May 6 on a new building that could become a key center for technological advancement in Los Angeles

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Will you BURN the next manager you hire?

Berkonomics

It seems to be a rule, not an exception. Many senior managers and early entrepreneurs create their own mess with this one. The first professional senior manager that an entrepreneur hires to share the growing workload does not last more than a year.

Mythical Games raises $75M to build an NFT game engine

TechCrunch LA

Even as NFT sales dip below their most speculative highs, startups aiming to tap into their potential are still scoring big funding rounds from investors who believe there’s much more to crypto collectibles than the past few months of hype.

Your “drop dead” question for a customer survey

Berkonomics

Here’s the question: Sean Ellis, the marketing guru behind DropBox and other successes, advises clients that “The most important question on a survey is , ‘How would you feel if you could no longer use this product?’” He goes on to quantify the response.

Can you be an adaptive business leader?

Berkonomics

The title of this insight happens to be the name of a CEO roundtable organization I belong to and have been a member since 1989 (Adaptive Business Leader Organization – or ABL).

Why Every Startup Needs To Select Customers Carefully

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups are happy to find any customer, and will hang on for dear life to every one.

Shopify Plots Amazon Affiliate Marketing Attack

Tech.Co

Shopify is planning to strike a blow at Amazon by entering the affiliate marketing space. An ecommerce giant with huge clout in bricks-and-mortar store retail, too, Shopify can boast to having more than one million retailers using its platform.

Interview with Jon Waterman, Founder and CEO of Ad.net

socalTECH

For today's interview, we sat down to catch up with Jon Waterman, the founder and CEO of Ad.net, to understand what the company's business is nowadays, how the company has evolved over the years, and how the company has adjusted to life during a pandemic. What is Ad.net? Jon Waterman: We envision ourselves today as a marketplace outside Google and Bing. Our core competency, historically, has been in the pay-to-click space, but we've focused completely outside of Google and outside of Bing.

Is your CFO a bookkeeper or a strategist?

Berkonomics

Here’s one that most small company founders and CEO’s miss until it may be too late. What is the role of a chief financial officer in growing and protecting the company? How about co-strategist?

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.

LA Companies Hop Aboard NFT Bandwagon

L.A. Business Journal

Akash Nigam, founder and chief executive of Venice-based Genies Inc., said he wasn’t entirely sure what a nonfungible token was until last summer when he met with Dapper Labs Inc. Chief Executive Roham Gharegozlou

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LA Tech Companies Shake Up Real Estate Industry Norms

L.A. Business Journal

Lindsay McLean, founder and chief executive of Home-Lister Inc., said the idea for the company came to her after working with a real estate agent to sell her first home

Datacon LA Startup Showcase Deadline

SoCal Tech Calendar

Friday, July 30, 2021 -- Datacon LA Startup Showcase Deadline. Data Con LA, in partnership with TenOneTen Ventures, invites you to submit your startup pitch at our 2021 virtual Startup Showcase. Prizes awarded! The deadline for submission is July 30th. See [link].

With an ARR topping $250 million, LA’s vertical SAAS superstar ServiceTitan is now worth $8.3 billion

TechCrunch LA

Who knew building a vertical software as a service toolkit focused on home heating and cooling could be worth $8.3 billion?

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Here are five TACTICAL skills of a great leader.

Berkonomics

It is hard to coach or teach leadership in a few paragraphs. But let’s try by limiting this short insight to a list of the five principal tactical skills of a great leader.