5 Tips to Help Your Small Business Survive During the Pandemic

No one can argue against the fact that these are some tough times for everyone. The fatal risk we face every day is not just threatening to our health and wellbeing but is also impacting our source of livelihood. Some are hit worse than others and it significantly adds to the stress and anxiety most of us may already be suffering from. If you’re a small business owner, chances are,...

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Yardi Relaunches Popular CRE Marketplace CommercialSearch.com

Yardi continues to enhance its suite of commercial real estate data and marketing services with the acquisition and rebranding of CommercialSearch.com, a popular online marketing platform for brokers and tenants. The redesigned website offers a free-to-list and free-to-search commercial property search engine that features more than 175,000 listings nationwide across multiple verticals, including office, retail, multifamily, and industrial. The intuitive platform is designed to provide an efficient and streamlined experience for...

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Popl Set to Replace Business Cards With Instant Contact Sharing

Popl, a new startup that lets you instantly share anything from your contact information to your social media – such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, Venmo, and more – announced a major redesign of its iOS app and a premium subscription service called Popl Pro.  The new subscription service lets users create two unique profiles – one social, one business – and adds new features including multiple links, analytics, and...

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Boost Your Elevator Pitch’s Appeal Using a Philosophy Framework

Landing an elevator pitch is a tricky thing to do. While the most important part is the content of your pitch, the way you’ll present it to clients, investors, or higher-ups will make or break the whole thing. One way to ensure that your pitch will be successful is by following a 20th-century British philosopher’s maxims. Paul Grice made great strides in how we perceive language and semantics through his...

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40 Health Tech Startups Seeded by Y Combinator in 2020

While the desire to monitor one's health and fitness has always been important, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the world even more conscious of their health. Thanks to new wearable technology and instant result monitors, this has paved the path for the establishment of various healthcare startups around the world.  Statistics suggest that 15% of users (age 18-29) and 8% of users (age 30-49) use a health application.  These ranges anywhere...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in LA-Based Venture Capital Firm Struck Capital

Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is known to be a conscious backer of various brands and startups over the years. However, this time, he’s partnering with Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Struck Capital in hopes of funding the LA tech ecosystem. While the amount of DiCaprio’s investment was not disclosed, Struck Capital notes that he made a significant contribution to their fund, not only in terms of money but also...

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Fair Launches Pilot Program to Offer Flexible Lease Options on Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles at Select Honda Dealers

Used car leasing platform Fair announced a pilot program that enables customers to select a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Honda vehicle from a participating dealer, order and sign for it digitally, and then leverages flexible lease options to drive that vehicle with a lease term of their choice. Fair’s new six-month pilot program with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. marks the first time the platform is making CPO vehicles available to customers,...

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Sneaker Reseller GOAT Steps Up the Game After Raising $100M in Funding

A lot of us may have only gotten wind of sneaker reselling in recent years but the game has been taking place for more than a decade already. Collectors of rare and exclusive editions of sneakers and trainers have always been moving stocks around, whether it’s for-profit or not. However, in the past few years, it has proven to be very lucrative by those with entrepreneurial spirits. With more and...

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ExpertDojo Funded 25 New Startups Amidst the Pandemic

When you say "Los Angeles", many people think of Hollywood and the movie industry. What many people don't know, at least not yet, is that LA has emerged as one of the largest challengers to Silicon Valley's startup scene. It's home to some of the world’s most influential unicorns such as Honey, SnapChat, SpaceX, and ServiceTitan. LA is unique in that it is not only are people attracted to the...

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Replicated, Raises $25M Series B to Modernize On-Prem Software Delivery

Replicated,​ which enables software vendors to ship an on-prem, air-gapped, or self-hosted version of their software with Day 2 enterprise operations management, today announced closing a Series B funding round totaling $25 million. The round was led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from existing investors. The total amount raised to date, including a $1.5 million seed round (led by BoldStart) and a $5 million Series A round (led by...

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Hawke Media Launches Hawke Capital to Offer Growth Financing to eCommerce Companies

Hawke Media, one of the fastest-growing digital marketing consultancies in the nation and recently named one of LinkedIn’s Top 50 Startups, announced that it is partnering with Wayflyer, an eCommerce platform based in New York City that provides both capital and marketing analytics to small businesses, to offer revenue-based financing services as a part of Hawke’s expanded marketing solutions. Teaming up Wayflyer allowed Hawke Media to officially launch a new...

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Pro Golfer, Michelle Wie West, Joined OXIGEN Water as Investor and Partner

OXIGEN Water continues its mission of helping people Recover + Rise, partnering with superstar athlete who knows the mission firsthand: U.S. Women’s Open champion and new mom, Michelle Wie West. Michelle will be an investor, partner, and global face of OXIGEN, joining Stephen Curry. Michelle made global headlines as the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10. She continued to shatter records and turned pro at...

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Britive’s Dynamic Permissioning Platform Poised to Rev Up Its Development with $5.4M Seed Funding

Security breaches and data leaks seem to be getting more and more common as of late even though it shouldn’t really be. Some experts believe that this is because of how slow the security solutions industry reacts to the ever-changing and developing trends in the cloud technology modern enterprises use. This is the driving force behind Britive, a cloud-native security solution provider. Created by seasoned veterans Artyom Poghosyan and Alex...

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Don’t Do This When You’re Interviewing With a Startup

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job at a startup is a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job. Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at...

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Meet 30 Early-Stage Startups From Top Research Institutions in Southern California

The First Look SoCal Innovation, an annual event put on by The Alliance for Southern California Innovation, highlighted 30 early-stage startups. This event, held September 15, 2020, identified these companies as the best early-stage teams commercializing tech and life science breakthroughs from the top research institutions in Southern California. We have unpacked all 30 early-stage startups who pitched at the event: California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Cellaccura Biosciences, Inc. develops...

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MathGames, Surges Past 31MM Users as U.S. Distance Learning Ramps Up

Math Games, which offers online games and digital worksheets to make learning math fun for kids, today announced a number of key growth milestones for 2020. As of September, the site has seen more than 31MM students across the country -- from pre-K to 8th grade -- using its games and digital worksheets to stay engaged and hone their math skills in time for back to school season. In addition...

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OXIGEN Closed a $15M Series B Funding Round Backed by Notable Celebs: Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, Brett Eldredge

OXIGEN, the pH balanced water boosted with oxygen, announced today the closing of its $15 million Series B funding round backed by a roster of notable celebrities and global business leaders. OXIGEN is proud to feature a Board of Advisors that brings together the very best in business, community leadership, health & wellness, and sports & entertainment. They join Stephen Curry, who was announced as an OXIGEN investor, partner, and...

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Coliving Startup Tripalink at $100M Valuation Seeks New Master Leases in LA After Great Performance Despite the Pandemic

Donghao Li, the founder, and CEO of Tripalink, a 4-year-old coliving company with over 4,000-bed spaces under management, reported an occupancy rate of 98% for 2020, which is only 1.5% lower than its average annual occupancy rate. With such great performance, they are actively preparing for Series C funding and have been connected with multiple investors. They have many properties in the USC area and receive about 500 inquiries per...

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The Difference Between IPO and Direct Listing – Explained

When a company “goes public”, it means that they’re using an initial public offering (IPO) to debut. While most companies choose this route more, some tech unicorns are beginning to use a direct listing instead. One of the companies that introduced the direct listing model is Spotify, with Slack following a year after. In this guide, you’ll know the differences between IPO and Direct Listing. Read on and find out...

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How Have You COVID-Proofed Your Business? Learn From 6 Hot Startups at BAM Ventures

Smart entrepreneurs are learning to live with the new-new normal—and many are even thriving amid pandemic. We asked BAM portfolio company founders how they’ve pivoted successfully. When COVID-19 first hit, many referred to the "new normal" we would all soon face. By that standard, we now find ourselves in the 3.0 or even 4.0 version of life amid pandemic. We closed down, opened up, dialed it back again, and continue...

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