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Darkstore launches FastAF app for same-day product delivery

TechCrunch LA

Darkstore, the tech-driven fulfillment solution to enable e-commerce companies to offer same-day delivery, has just released a consumer-facing app called FastAF. Right now, the app is only available in Los Angeles.

Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.

Berkonomics

So, you’ve successfully sold your business and have received enough money from the sale to become financially independent, no longer having to work for a living. That is a comfortable place to be, and it is one experienced by more and more people, especially in technology-based businesses.

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Pitching access management on the fly, Los Angeles-based Britive raises $5.4 million

TechCrunch LA

It seems Los Angeles is becoming an enterprise software hotspot. LA saw its first big enterprise exit in recent memory with the recent acquisition of Signal Sciences for $775 million, and less than a month later a hometown startup, Britive has raised $5.4

LA’s Burgeoning Agtech Industry Sees Green Acres Ahead

L.A. Business Journal

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers

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.

7 Startup Proposals That May Raise Investor Red Flags

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

Nuvve Connects Into Grid Balancing Efforts

socalTECH

San Diego-based green energy technology developer Nuvve , which is developing vehicle-to-grid load balancing technology, says it has started participating in California's wholesale energy markets, via an effort with the University of California San Diego. Nuvve said it has begun delivering power to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the electrical grid, using a large, stationary battery which is installed on the UC San Diego campus migrogrid.

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Shareholders and founders: The muted thrill of the deal closing.

Berkonomics

Now you have worked for months to get this deal to the closing, anticipating the wire transfers to the shareholders that will come any minute. This could change your lifestyle and give you that much needed pause in your life you have been looking forward to. How it happens today.

Restrictions by China Narrow Options for TikTok

L.A. Business Journal

Already facing limited options amid pressure from the White House, any deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok may now encounter opposition from the Chinese government

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10 Alternative Funding Sources For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?”

Boosted Commerce Finds $87M, Acquires Amazon Fulfillment Companies

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Los Angeles-based Boosted Commerce announced on Thursday that it has raised $87M, and acquired six different companies in the business of Amazon fulfillment. According to Boosted, the funding came from Torch Capital, Crosscut Ventures, Spencer Rascoff (co-founder of Zillow), Elie Seidman (former CEO of Tinder), Tucker Kain (Los Angeles Dodgers); Ken Ramberg (founder of Goodpods), Scott Hendrickson (co-founder Permian Investment Partners), Thomas O.

What use is an investment banker?

Berkonomics

Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. How investment bankers behave.

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QLess Software Helps Businesses Cut the Line

L.A. Business Journal

With social distancing and masks likely to remain a reality for a while longer, Pasadena-based QLess Inc. is poised to help businesses reduce in-person queues

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Accelerators Have Resources To KickStart Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators.

Veritone Wins $1.3M In Air Force Subcontracts

socalTECH

Costa Mesa-based artificial intelligence software developer Veritone says it has been awarded $1.3M in subcontracts from a U.S. Air Force program, where its software will support an effort to enhance satellite imagery analysis. Veritone said it was awarded the $1.3M for software license and technology development services in support of the Air Force's innovation unit's (AFWERX) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The prime contractor on the contract is alYnmnt.

Beyond Meat is introducing pre-packaged meatballs at stores across America

TechCrunch LA

Indulging in American food companies’ favorite pastime of marketing innovations that no one needs but potentially everyone wants, Beyond Meat is launching Beyond Meatballs in grocery stores nationwide this week.

Urban Tech Connect 2020 // Forward

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 -- We believe that diverse ideas from all walks of life can help expand the realm of possibility for the entire world. The Urban Tech Connect // Forward Conference is helping bridge the gap of diverse ideation in technology.

TikTok Rejects Microsoft, Partners With Oracle

L.A. Business Journal

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., has rejected the acquisition proposal from Microsoft Corp. and reportedly accepted a bid from Oracle Corp

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7 Types Of People Who Get Results With Minimal Motion

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it amazing that some people you know always seem to be working hard, but never seem to get anything done? As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The challenge is to find people who get things done, as well as work hard.

Stemson Therapeutics Finds $7.5M For Hair Loss Cure

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San Diego-based Stemson Therapeutics , a startup working on therapies to cure hair loss, has raised $7.5M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Allergan Aethetics and Fortunis Capital. According to the company, the new funding will go to advance development of its therapeutic solution to cure hair loss. The funding from Fortunis Capital came out of its Impact Fund.

Imran Khan’s Verishop adds Verified Shops, a way for emerging brands to set up shop in its digital mall

TechCrunch LA

Verishop , the Los Angeles online retailer founded by former Snap executive Imran Khan, launched a little over a year ago to change the way people shop online.

Digital Summit LA

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 -- Out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees and staff, Digital Summit Los Angeles will reschedule our 2020 to September 9-11. Thanks!

CropSwap App Connects Local Farmers, Consumers

L.A. Business Journal

Silver Lake-based CropSwap Inc. is trying to move farmers markets onto a mobile app

6 Ways To Make Your Business Presentations Stand Out

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, I understand your passion when pitching your solution to investors and customers, but passion alone won’t make one more technology pitch stand out above all the rest.

Million Girls Moonshot Aims At STEM Learning For Girls

socalTECH

A new effort, out of San Diego, the Million Girls Moonshot , launched this morning, backed by The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation plus the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Lumen Bioscience Lands $16M to Engineer “Edible” Antibody Drugs

Xconomy

If Lumen Bioscience achieves its goals, patients will be able to take its drugs the same way some people supplement breakfast: a spoonful heaped onto a bowl of cereal or mixed into juice. The startup harnesses spirulina, protein-rich cyanobacteria touted by many health enthusiasts as a “superfood.”

National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures

SoCal Tech Calendar

Sunday, September 6, 2020 -- National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures. Pismo Ventures presents the National Venture Plan Competition (NVPC). The NVPC is a business plan competition offering startups and entrepreneurs, across the United State, a unique opportunity to present their plans to experienced investors, screen in front of multiple investor groups nationwide, win cash and in-kind prizes, and participate in an array of invaluable webinars.

Graze Makes the Cut with Robotic Mowers

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based Future Labs V Inc., which does business as Graze, wants to revolutionize the landscape industry with its robotic lawn mowers

5 Team Engagement Principles Are Vital To Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

The days of leadership without engagement are gone. With interactive social media and video everywhere, everyone needs to feel they have a relationship with their leaders, and every brand needs leader personification for customers to relate.

Interview with Andrew Schydlowsky, TrackStreet: Brand Protection Using AI

socalTECH

Our interview today is with Andrew Schydlowsky , the CEO and founder of Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet (www.trackstreet.com), a startup which is backed by Okapi Capital, The Cove Fund, Early Light Ventures, SaaS Venture Capital, and Stage Venture Partners. Andrew spoke to us about TrackStreet's brand protection software and artificial intelligence efforts. What is TrackStreet?

Dedicated Internet Connection vs Shared – What’s Best For Your Organization?

Southern California Edison Blog

Dedicated and shared connections are two common internet configurations that organizations. can leverage to support their network-related needs. Both options have their pros and cons, which can make it difficult to decide on which is the right fit for each company. Here’s what you.

Akcea Therapeutics Is Returning to Parent Ionis Pharma in $500M Buyout

Xconomy

Akcea Therapeutics is returning to its parent company, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, in a $500 million deal that brings an end to a tumultuous three years as a standalone company. The definitive agreement announced Monday calls for Carlsbad, CA-based Ionis (NASDAQ: IONS ) to pay $18.15

TikTok Discussing Options With US

L.A. Business Journal

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., is reportedly in discussions with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a complete sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations

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8 Strategies To Satisfy Investors You Are Accountable

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe it’s just me, but I sometimes feel that accountability is a rare talent in business today. In big businesses, people are quick to defer with “that’s not my department,” and even startup founders too often blame failures on the economy or the lack of investors.

SnackNation Becomes Caroo, Shifts Focus To Remote Work Support

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Los Angeles-based SnackNation , which got its start delivering healthy snacks to vending machines and employee lunchrooms, says it has rebranded itself as Caroo , and expanded beyond snacks. According to Caroo, it is now providing "employee care and gifting" to "keep teams inspired and connected", no matter where they happen to be. According to Caroo, it curates healthier snacks, premium gifts, and "team building experiences" which it is delivering via its own software and technology platform.

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A Fearless Leader’s Mindset Will Conquer Any Obstacle

Startup Professionals Musings

The cost of entry to the entrepreneur lifestyle is at an all-time low, but the challenge of winning and success is at an all-time high. Anyone can build a new web site, or publish a smartphone app for a few thousand dollars, but getting market penetration requires a lot more.

6 Ways To Make Customers Remember You As Exceptional

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Today, in this age of pervasive social media and two-way communication, the focus needs to get beyond demographics into personalities.