What Does the Post Crash VC Market Look Like?

Both Sides of the Table

At our mid-year offsite our partnership at Upfront Ventures was discussing what the future of venture capital and the startup ecosystem looked like.

The best advice startups will never follow


Dave’s note: This is a reprint of a 2015 insight that seems to have struck a chord with investors and entrepreneurs. None of this advice has changed… Let me tell you a few short hair–raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later.


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Kim Kardashian becomes a private equity dealmaker in collab with ex-Carlyle partner

TechCrunch LA

America’s favorite reality star is leveling up her repertoire and levering up businesses. Kim Kardashian, who passed the “baby bar” exam in preparation to become a lawyer last year, just added another job title to her lineup — private equity investor.

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Fintech Launches Crypto Bank Account for Hispanics

L.A. Business Journal

A West Hollywood-based fintech announced the launch of a banking program Dec. 20 aimed at building Hispanic wealth through stakes in the crypto sector

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.

Beyond Meat COO Reportedly Arrested Over Biting Incident


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of El Segundo, California-based Beyond Meat has reportedly been arrested for biting a man's nose, according to Arkansas news reports. Doug Ramsey, was appointed COO of Beyond Meat in December of 2021, and previously had been an executive at Tyson Foods. beyond meat executive beyondmeat food arrest crime

8 Reasons That Startups Need To Think Like An Invader

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well.

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12 Companies Selected for this Year’s Startup Incubator Program

Startup San Diego

The post 12 Companies Selected for this Year’s Startup Incubator Program appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

Atlas Navi: The First AI Navigation App

StartUp Beat

Rising traffic is an inescapable condition in cities across the world, from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Peak-hour traffic congestion is an inherent result of the way modern societies operate. Every person hates this congestion, and it keeps getting worse, in […].

OK. Let’s AMPLIFY your three levels of leadership.


Another leadership development bit? But if you have no time or are impatient, here are the three levels: visionary, strategic and tactical. Skip or stay with me; but think about your balance in your leadership methods either way. The conundrum of competing needs.

Upfront Ventures Raises > $650 Million for Startups and Returns > $600 Million to LPs

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Scott Clark for Upfront Ventures (no, Evan is not standing on a box) Last year marked the 25th anniversary for Upfront Ventures and what a year it was. 2021 saw phenomenal returns for our industry and it topped off more than a decade of unprecedented VC growth.

Would you celebrate your mistakes?


Leading by example. How do you teach your work force that mistakes are OK as long as they learn and don’t repeat them? By being a visible example. A friend and fellow CEO states that he publishes each of his mistakes in his company internal blog along with the lesson he learned. “If

Brightline Firms Up Vegas High Speed Rail Line Connection to Metrolink Rail Network

L.A. Business Journal

Brightline West, the affiliate of Miami-based Brightline Holdings that is planning to build a high-speed rail line from Las Vegas to Southern California, is close to solidifying the planned line’s connection to the Metrolink rail system, allowing passengers to travel by rail from Las Vegas to downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station.

Down bad

TechCrunch LA

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about layoffs and the Winklevoss rock gods. This week, we’re looking at a new layer of crypto doom and gloom. Get this newsletter in your inbox every Thursday by subscribing on TechCrunch’s newsletter page. crash redux.

Clean Tech Startup Mote Unveils Plans for $100M Carbon Capture Plant

L.A. Business Journal

There’s a new local entrant in the global decarbonization race: Culver City-based cleantech startup Mote Inc

DroneBase Adds Solar Power Plant Assessment


Santa Monica-based DroneBase, a provider of aerial imaging, says it is launching a specific product that rates the status of solar plant assets. According to the company, it has rolled out a new "Solar Scan" system which provides a three-letter asset rating system to solar assets. The company said that its surveys use aerial photography and thermal scans to provide a three-letter asset rating to solar site condition, by assessing power loss, module condition and cell temperature.

8 Tactics For Leading Your Business Through Adversity

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business owner in this age of rapid technological change, with the surge of worldwide competitors, setbacks and adversity are virtually guaranteed.

Square Sellers Will Get Apple’s ‘Tap to Pay’ on iPhones This Year


Square is teaming up with Apple to enable the ‘Tap to Pay' iPhone functionality within the Square Point of Sale app. With it, customers can quickly use contactless payment, giving consumers an easier shopping experience while helping sellers use the Square system with even less friction.

Press Release: San Diego Startup Week to Hold In-Person 4 Day StartUp Innovation Event Oct 25 – 28 Across 4 Locations

Startup San Diego

The post Press Release: San Diego Startup Week to Hold In-Person 4 Day StartUp Innovation Event Oct 25 – 28 Across 4 Locations appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

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LINK Agency: Utilizing TikTok to Skyrocket Brand Awareness

StartUp Beat

One could say that 2021 taught us many things, but it could be argued that one of its most interesting lessons was how valuable the art of going viral is—giving people the capacity to reach millions from their at-home wifi […].

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Learn processes from your employees at work


Empathy comes from experience. Over fifty years ago, I was CEO of a record manufacturing company in Hollywood.

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Careful with terminations. Don’t disparage.


It happens all the time when you’re a CEO or manager. . Somebody important leaves or is let go, and you worry over the impact upon remaining employees and customers.

Finding a strategic partner, investor or buyer


Get organized. Finding your strategic partner, investor or business buyer is not something you do haphazardly. There are many steps to take, each closer to assuring a success. Research is paramount, and sources are everywhere, especially for public companies and large investment firms.

Is ‘servant leadership’ too soft for you?


First, what is “servant leadership?”. It’s a term rooted in ancient philosophy. Robert Greenleaf may have been the first to resurrect the concept in his book published in 1970.

How long can Zuckerberg afford to bankroll the AR/VR market?

TechCrunch LA

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review ! Last week, we talked about about the “de-stonkifying” of the market. This week, we’re looking at a wounded Facebook/Meta that finds itself backed into a corner.

LA County Warehouse Operators Face New Emissions Rules

L.A. Business Journal

Come June, managers overseeing local warehouses larger than 150,000 square feet will have start keeping track of trucks arriving at their cargo docks in addition to handling their merchandise

Snap Abandons Drone Dreams, Will Stop Developing Pixy


Venice-based Snap appears to be abandoning its attempt to become a maker of selfie-snapping drones, according to the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Snap CEO Evan Spiegal said that the company will "no longer develop" the Pixy selfie-snapping drone line, although it will continue to sell the product on its website. snap drone pixy selfie snapchat social

8 Sure Signs That Your Leadership Style Needs Tuning

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business. In fact, I have found from personal experience and mentoring that both of these are necessary, but not sufficient, for building a business.

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Report: 33% of US Small Businesses Couldn’t Pay Their Rent Last Month


The rent crisis is getting worse, according to a new report that found a full third of all small and medium-sized businesses are behind on their rent for the month of May. That figure has risen 5% since April, and the situation's even worse in Canada, where 39% of SMBs couldn't make rent.

San Diego Startup Week to hold In-Person 4 Day StartUp Innovation Event Oct 25 – 28 Across 4 Locations

Startup San Diego

The post San Diego Startup Week to hold In-Person 4 Day StartUp Innovation Event Oct 25 – 28 Across 4 Locations appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

Is “management by walking around” an outmoded fad?


Let’s set the scene. One of the CEOs I used to coach started his day by walking the floor of his extended facility and checking in with managers and employees of the various departments, especially the call center.

Stop managers from gaming the system!


Does this really happen? Business unit managers are under lots of pressure to perform, and occasionally are tempted to step over the line finding ways to look better than reality reflects. Of course, this has never happened to you, and you have never done this in your past.

HIRE for talent. RENT for experience.


Want the best way to create your core competency quickly and inexpensively? . Think like a startup, with little resources, a limited window of time, and few dollars to spend on expensive experts. Divide the hiring decision into two boxes.

Why should you explain WHY?


Remember the five “W’s?”. In my early journalism classes, I was taught the five “W’s” of good news stories, and that most should be in the first paragraph at that. Who, what, when, where and why are the five, with sometimes a “how” thrown in for those followers of the macabre.

Are you the leader if no-one follows?


Here is a variation of the “tree falls in the forest” question. . In past insights, we’ve looked at leadership skills, ways to enhance effectiveness, and how to develop creative ideas that motivate and propel your organization to greatness. Here is the ultimate question for a leader….

A16z-backed Shein challenger Cider is growing rapidly

TechCrunch LA

Shein has shown the world how combining social media marketing, data analytics, and China’s well-oiled supply chain has created a $100 billion fast fashion behemoth. Its success naturally spawns imitators and challengers.

Solar Energy Company Heliogen Set for New Year’s Eve Debut on NYSE

L.A. Business Journal

As the clock was running out on 2021, L.A. County was poised to get another publicly traded company: Pasadena-based solar technology firm Heliogen Inc