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.

GOAT Group Gets Strategic Investment

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based GOAT, best known for its online marketplace for sneakers, but which now also has expanded into apparel and accessories, has received a strategic investment from Groupe Artemis. Groupe Artemis is owner of the Kering luxury fashion brand. Size of the investment was not announced. GOAT said the strategic investment follows its Series E funding announcned in September of 2020, which was worth $100M, valuing GOAT at $1.75 billion.

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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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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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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.

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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6 Ways To Calibrate Your Fit To The Right New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Being an entrepreneur seems to be one of the most popular lifestyle aspirations these days.

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.

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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10 Keys To Building Unstoppable Startup Partnerships

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup.

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.

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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

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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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

Local EV Companies Expect Jumpstart From Biden Administration

L.A. Business Journal

With the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden days away, local companies are preparing for an array of proposed policy changes

Brace Raises $15.7M Series B Round for Mortgage Platform

L.A. Business Journal

Brace Software Inc., the Santa Monica-based developer of a digital mortgage servicing platform, announced Jan. 12 that it had raised $15.7 million in a Series B funding round

Virtual CES is Light on Reveals

L.A. Business Journal

The halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center were empty last week as the annual Consumer Electronics Show carried on in a virtual format

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Local EV Companies Expect Jumpstart From Biden Administration

L.A. Business Journal

With the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden days away, local companies are preparing for an array of proposed policy changes

Santa Monica Startup Nacelle Pulls in $18 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based startup Nacelle Inc. has raised in $18 million in Series A funding led by Inovia Capital

Snap Acquires Mapping Startup StreetCred

L.A. Business Journal

Snap Inc. has reportedly acquired New York-based startup StreetCred Labs Inc., a company that collects location data for app developers

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Belkin Founder Chet Pipkin Steps Down as CEO

L.A. Business Journal

Belkin International Inc. founder Chet Pipkin stepped down as chief executive at the Playa Vista-based consumer electronics company

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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.

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

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.

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 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.

Mictic Sets Up Shop In LA

socalTECH

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.

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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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.

6 Sources of Help For Early Stage Concept Exploration

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology.

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