Los Angeles Times Set to Move by Silicon Beach

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After 83 years of being located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Newspaper is set to move to El Segundo, the border of Silicon Beach. The new campus will be located at 2300 E. Imperial Highway in El Segundo, across the street from ATT DIRECTV building and conveniently next to the 105 FWY. (source)

The news of the impending change was released by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the new owner of the LA Times. This update was made during the first town hall meeting with the LA Times staff, whose members were noticeably stunned upon hearing the news. Some of them felt that the move was like leaving home, as they have worked in the same historic building for decades. Others were concerned about longer commutes to the new headquarters, although some of the plans involve retaining downtown offices for those who may be needed in the area.

Why the Move?

The previous owners of the LA Times had sold the historic building to the Canadian developer Onni Group. The newspaper had been based here since 1935, but their lease expires on June 30.

The move was precipitated by Onni Group’s rent increase demand of an extra $1 million a month, according to Soon-Shiong. The new owners decided that the extra $12 million annual expenses would be better spent on creating a more modern workplace instead. The new campus on El Segundo would serve as a home where they can stay for another century, instead of staying in a building which they have to lease.

The money that would have been spent on the lease will also be used in other ways to benefit the newspaper. More journalists will be hired. The technology in the newsroom will be greatly enhanced. The new home of the Times will be more contemporary, with modern amenities and free parking.

The New Campus

The LA Time’s new home is on a property measuring about 4.5 acres and will include an 8-floor building offering 120,000 square feet of space. The first floor of the building will also accommodate the museum gallery featuring the long 136-year history of the publication. The first floor will also contain space for retail stores and events.

Construction of the new campus is currently ongoing at a frenetic pace in order to meet the looming deadline. According to Soon-Shiong, the work is 24/7 constant and it includes work during the night.

The design of the space will be decided by a team led by Soon-Shiong’s wife Michele. A couple of local architecture firms, CO Architects and Tichenor & Thorp, have been hired to do the buildout.

Soon-Shiong bought the publication for half a billion dollars, and the final steps of the process had just concluded at the end of April 2018. After 18 years of ownership by residents of Chicago, the LA Times will once again be owned by local LA residents.

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50 Hottest LA Startups to Work For Right Now

These Are the 50 Hottest LA Startups to Work For Right Now
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Forget searching job boards for your next gig; by the time you find it, many of the positions are already filled. We have done the research for you so you can skip the search and immediately start applying. Keep in mind, many of these companies have multiple locations, so make sure you know which one belongs to which when applying.

You don’t even have to be in tech or even live in Silicon Beach in order to work at one!

Here are 50 hottest LA startups to work for right now…

  1. Acorns is a finance company that allows individuals to round up purchases and automatically invests the change. jobs
  2. Appetize develops point-of-sale and payment systems for entertainment, leisure, and education enterprise businesses around the world. jobs
  3. ATTN: is a content network that helps young people understand and impact the world around them. jobs
  4. Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitutes. Beyond Meat’s products became available nationwide, and now at Whole Foods Market.  jobs
  5. Bird is a dockless electric scooter company based in Santa Monica. The company is dedicated to bringing safe, low-cost, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. jobs
  6. Chef’d is great for anyone who enjoys cooking, wants to save time planning meals & grocery shopping. jobs
  7. Clutter is a tech-enabled storage company that lets clients store extra stuff without actually leaving their house. jobs
  8. Cylance is a global provider of cybersecurity products and services to solve security problems. jobs
  9. DreamTeam – Infrastructure platform and payment gateway for Esports and Gaming.  jobs
  10. FabFitFun is a monthly beauty subscription box service that sends its members full-size products samples. jobs
  11. Fair is a Santa Monica, CA-based car leasing company. jobs
  12. Fullscreen, a media company, powers the creation and sharing of video content with the connected generation through technology and services. jobs
  13. Gem is one of the most trusted cryptocurrency and blockchain brands in the world. jobs
  14. Girlboss is a community of strong, curious, and ambitious women redefining success on their own terms. jobs
  15. GOAT is a marketplace for buying and selling sneakers and streetwear. jobs
  16. Goop is a lifestyle brand providing digital content and commerce. jobs
  17. Hart is building the foundation for the future of healthcare. jobs
  18. Headspace is a digital health platform, providing guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. jobs
  19. Honey is a Los Angeles based consumer software company that automates deal and product discovery. jobs
  20. Hush is a fun way to discover, share, and shop for (beauty) products. Discover the hottest products in beauty at the best prices. Explore exciting new trending items to reliable everyday basics. jobs
  21. HYFN sits where ad tech, creative, and strategy meet, delivering digital solutions and social amplification at scale. jobs
  22. Industrious is a premium workplace platform, blending five-star service and stunning design to provide an unparalleled workplace experience. jobs
  23. Joany is your trusted healthcare concierge. We simplify buying and using health insurance, all year long. jobs
  24. Joybird is an e-commerce retailer and manufacturer of upholstered furniture. jobs
  25. Medely is the largest and fastest growing on-demand platform for Healthcare professionals, like Registered Nurses and Techs to find Per Diem work! Jobs are sent daily. Book and get paid for jobs directly from our App. jobs
  26. MedMen owns and operates licensed cannabis facilities in cultivation, manufacturing, and retail. jobs
  27. Mojiit enables users to project 3D hologram emojis via smartphones. jobs
  28. ObEN is an AI company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars. jobs
  29. Openpath Security offers a mobile and cloud-enabled access control system for businesses and landlords. jobs
  30. Parachute makes modern Bedding and Bath essentials for a more comfortable home. jobs
  31. PatientPop is an all-in-one practice growth platform that empowers healthcare providers to thrive in the digital age. jobs
  32. Phyn is a provider of a water monitor that attaches to the main water line of homes. jobs
  33. Riot Games is a global company that develops online games. jobs
  34. Ritual is inspiring healthy habits so people can live their best lives. jobs
  35. Saucey is an e-Commerce company which handles the fastest, easiest and most reliable on-demand alcohol delivery service. jobs
  36. ServiceTitan is the service management software that helps leading home services businesses generate more leads and close more sales. jobs
  37. Signal Sciences is a software as a service platform providing security monitoring and defense for your web application. jobs
  38. Simple Practice is a cloud-based Practice Management Software for Health Professionals. jobs
  39. SnackNation is a snack delivery service that makes healthy snacking fun, life more productive, and workplaces awesome… and now, your home! jobs
  40. Snap, formerly Snapchat Inc, is a camera company that develops Snapchat and Spectacles. jobs
  41. SpaceX designs manufacture and launch advanced rockets and spacecraft. jobs
  42. Stem helps creators, artists, and musicians to collect digital revenue and enable them to track and share their earnings. jobs
  43. Super League Gaming hosts recreational video game league events in movie theaters. jobs
  44. Survios is a virtual reality company that creates groundbreaking interactive content powered by cutting-edge immersive technology. jobs
  45. Tastemade is an online food network for discovering places to buy food, creating new dishes, and sharing them. jobs
  46. Tinder anonymously finds people nearby that like each other and connects them if they are both interested. jobs
  47. The Honest Company creates eco-friendly, convenient, and affordable products for babies and homes. jobs
  48. WELL is the modern communication platform for healthcare – one interface for all the interactions between staff and patients. jobs
  49. Yumi is the definitive source for parents seeking to understand what they are feeding their children and why offering a science-based early childhood meal delivery program that is the most convenient and most nutritional option in the market. jobs
  50. ZipRecruiter is an online employment marketplace, connecting millions of employers and job seekers through mobile and email services.  jobs

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Mariel Devesa Joins Tech Startup Phyn

Last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mariel Devesa, who had just joined tech startup Phyn as Global Head of Business Development. In the first half of our interview, we covered the basics:

Where was she born? Argentina (she moved to the United States at age one).
Where did she go to school? She has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
What positions did she hold before starting work at Phyn? Mariel was a competitive athlete as a windsurfer, worked at companies like Deloitte & Touche, Redbull, and Herbalife, and was working at Farmers Insurance as Head of Innovation before moving to Phyn this summer.

It was this last question that really caught my attention. How does one go from working as a sponsored athlete to being Global Head of Business Development at a Los Angeles County tech startup, and what skills and lessons did she bring with her along the way?

An Introduction to Phyn

Mariel explained that one of the things that attracted her to Phyn was how advanced their technology is. Phyn is a Torrance startup focusing on smart water management technology.

The Phyn Plus, Phyn’s first product, aims to enable to customers to “speak the language of water” by providing technology that monitors the water use in their homes or commercial buildings. To learn the basics of Phyn’s background, read our article on their technology here.

Working at a Startup

Mariel has an entrepreneurial background, her family having roots in real estate. To Mariel, working at a startup provides a higher level of agility in her work. She explained, “If you need something done, you just get it done.”

Phyn still has fewer than 50 employees, allowing her to work very closely with the product team. As Mariel put it, “Product is my next door neighbor, finance is my other next door neighbor, and [our desks are] six inches apart.”

The Makings of a Self-Starter

During her late teen years, Mariel’s involvement in competitive windsurfing resulted in a turning point for her confidence. She needed a way to finance her sports career, compelling her to network with companies (local and global) in order to source sponsorships. These endeavors were ultimately successful, as she put together multi-year sponsorships with companies like Redbull.

This wasn’t an easy feat, though. Mariel recounted her experience with shyness and rejection, “It was like a game for me. I’d walk into a room and say: I’m going to get this person to say yes. Even though 50 people are going to say no, that 51st person is going to say yes.” Books acted as a source of motivation for the young businesswoman, specifically, Harvey Mackay’s works, Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt.

Mariel’s curiosity and drive are key to her work, as she has switched industries and business departments multiple times throughout her career. Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, refers to modern careers as “not a ladder,” but “a jungle gym.” Sandberg describes this as people who “look for opportunities, look for growth, look for impact, look for mission. Move sideways, move down, move on, move off. Build [their] skills, not [their] resume. Evaluate what [they] can do, not the title they’re going to give you. Do real work.” Devesa is a model example of this metaphor.

Actions at Phyn

It has now been just over a month since Mariel started work at Phyn, and you can be sure that the LA Startups team will be keeping up with the actions she is taking to maximize Phyn’s international growth through consumer education and global partnerships.

For more information on Mariel Devesa, you can visit her page on LinkedIn here.

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6 LA Coffee Shops for Work and Meetings

These days, business men and women are utilizing coffee shops for work more and more. Whether you’re working remotely or looking for a fresh place to meet a client, here are 6 coffee shops for work and meetings if you’re working in the LA area.

Verve Coffee Roasters – West Hollywood

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“Verve: the spirit and enthusiasm surrounding the creation of art,” goes to show their mission of not only creating another coffee shop but also a place of community. Although Verve’s prime location is on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, it was designed and inspired by street-level European coffee shops where people would gather to chit-chat over a morning espresso. To the Verve staff, coffee is more than just a drink to start the day with, but the instigator of social life. Verve’s unique communal interior design creates the perfect atmosphere for you to do work and also comfortably network and engage with those around you during work breaks. It is the perfect setting for collaborative meetings.

Verve’s farm-level initiative supports the communities that grow their coffee, maintaining ethical standards in the industry.

This cafe’s extremely minimalistic and industrial design sparks creativity and motivation. If you want some sun, there is also a peaceful, stylish outdoor patio area.

How is the coffee? Verve prides itself on its vintage roasters and unautomated processes – everything the cafe serves is made by hand.

The Essentials:

  • Meter spots are fairly easy to find, no designated parking
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Intelligentsia Coffee – Venice

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If you are looking for a place to respond to emails or finish up some lighter work, then this constantly bubbling place is for you. In the center of Abbot Kinney, you can get some work done, then take a light stroll and treat yourself to some ice-cream at Salt & Straw just a few doors over. Its industrial design mimics the look of a laboratory; their coffee is like science! There is also outdoor, communal seating if you are in the mood for mingling with business partners or clients. The high energy of Intelligentsia makes it the perfect place for a more casual business meeting!

The Essentials:

  • Parking on Abbot Kinney, fairly difficult on weekends, no designated parking
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Bulletproof Coffee – Santa Monica

This high-tech playground for coffee lovers is truly inspiring. From borosilicate glass beakers, to EMF blockers (limiting exposure to dirty electricity), to Circadian-compliant lighting – patrons are exposed to technologies they didn’t even know they needed. Bulletproof has implemented the hottest tech from the interior of the cafe to the machines it uses to brew its coffee. Not only is it a great place to work or have a meeting in, but it provides some extra education, which makes it easy to spark conversation topics!

The Essentials:

  • Street parking is fairly easy
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Flowerboy Project – Venice

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This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop also doubles as a flower boutique with exotic market-style flowers and unique design/fashion items. If you really want to spice up your meeting or just have some fun while doing work, try an iced rose or lavender infused latte (or you can get it without the caffeine just to enjoy the taste). There is pretty limited seating, so it’s best for a quick and casual meeting or to just pick up your drinks for a walk-and-talk meeting.

The Essentials:

  • Pretty convenient street parking out front
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Coffee Connection – West L.A.

If you are looking for something on the west side, this is the perfect place for you to study for the Bar exam, a calculus exam, or catch up on some LA Startups articles. You will always find this non-profit cafe jam-packed with students and people doing intense work – it’s pretty much dead silent (reminds me of a silent party). There is a full menu with a variety of dishes to choose from. Studying and work can really bring on the hunger! Seating is pretty difficult to find, but people are always coming and going, so it’s not impossible – most seating is outdoors in a large Italian-style patio area.

The Essentials:

  • Private parking lot in back
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Nature’s Brew – DTLA

Located right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, down the street from USC. You will be surrounded by hyper-focused university students and people doing intense collaborative work. Nature’s Brew is equipped with a full menu that you can easily go through over an entire day of work. If you want to lighten up a meeting, then you can even grab a locally brewed beer. It is usually pretty packed, but seating is not impossible to find (except maybe during finals week).

The Essentials:

  • Street parking in front is fairly easy
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!
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Weekly Roundup: Snap to Launch Gaming Platform, Tinder Bolsters its Security, Honey sued by RetailMeNot

Weekly Roundup: Snap to Launch Gaming Platform, Tinder Bolsters its Security, Honey sued

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup …

Top Headlines

  • Comcast suffers outage of video, broadband services across parts of U.S. … read on
  • Amazon Buys Online Pharmacy PillPack for $1 Billion … read on
  • Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta … read on
  • Rebranded Chinese scooters are taking over San Francisco … read on
  • Farting Unicorn Sparks Legal Battle Between Local Artist And Elon Musk … read on

LA’s Tech & Startups

  • Cordial, a San Diego startup building what CEO Jeremy Swift described as a “truly next-generation platform” for email marketing, has raised $15 million in Series B funding … read on
  • Tinder’s parent company Match Group publicly announced …, that it is now encrypting photos sent between Tinder’s servers and its app. The changes were implemented in February, following the public disclosure of an attack that could have let hackers view people’s profile pictures and swipe actions … read on
  • Tesla opens orders to all US and Canadian Model 3 reservation holders … For people who put down a $1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3 as long as two years ago, the big day has arrived. Specifically, the day has arrived when they can give Tesla another $2,500 and then wait a few more months for their car to arrive … read on
  • Snap is reportedly about to launch its own gaming platform … The news makes a lot of sense, given the efforts Snap has increasingly been pouring into its own Lens Studio software for developers to create its specialized AR filters. Snap reportedly bought a web-based 3D game engine last year, called PlayCanvas, which would serve as a good backbone for even more robust developer tools … read on
  • Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million … As word spread that an electric scooter rental company called Bird Rides Inc. was amassing $300 million from investors just months after its first birthday, one question has plagued onlookers in and outside Silicon Valley: Why? read on
  • RetailMeNot sues rival Honey over patent infringement … According to RetailMeNot’s suit, Honey infringes on U.S. Patents 9,626,688; 9,639,853; 9,953,335; and 9,965,769, which detail technologies related to things like facilitating access to promotional offers, merchant offers and coupon codes … read on

Cultural Shouts

  • Breaking Down Every World Cup 2018 Last-16 Matchup … Two weeks, 48 games and a whopping 122 goals have led us here: the World Cup 2018 knockout stages. The round of 16 begins on Saturday with France vs. Argentina and will be followed by seven more cracking games … read on
  • Kroger Just Made a Stunning Announcement That Could Change Everything You Think of When You Think About Supermarkets … In short, Kroger announced Thursday it’s working with an electric car startup called Nuro “to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.” … read on
  • Joe Jackson, a musical family patriarch, dead at 89 … Jackson was the father of and at times manager to pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5 … read on
  • Cat Rescuer Shawn Simons’ Ultimate Aim: No More Feral Cats … Simons, 49, a former reality TV producer, realized that she could no longer bear the rigors and inertia of that job shortly after she began rescuing cats … read on
  • 98 Percent of VC Funding Goes to Men. Can Women Entrepreneurs Change a Sexist System? … read on
  • What’s Leaving Netflix in July 2018 … When a new crop of movies and TV shows hits Netflix each month, it’s inevitable that another must head toward the exit … read on 

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  • The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend … read on
  • 20 Vegetarian Meal-Prep Recipes to Make Once and Eat All Week … read on

 

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FatDragon Breathes New Life into Old Classics Chinese Dishes

FatDragon Breathes New Life into Old Classics Chinese Dishes

With Chinese restaurants available just about everywhere in LA, a new place needs something unique to stand out. Sure, lots of people love Chinese food, but most of them already have a favorite takeout place near their place, so you really need to be different to compete. And different is actually what Fat Dragon is. Aside from its fast-casual setup, it’s also more than just a Chinese eatery as it’s also a tea bar.

Founded by one of the same people behind Side Chick and RBTA, Fat Dragon is truly a promising Chinese place that’s not just about the food but the ambiance and drinks as well. While the restaurant is pretty minimalist with its industrial concrete floors, bare ceiling, and a few tables, it does have everything you’ll want if you’re hankering for some Chinese food. They even have a nice selection of loose leaf and milk tea, completing the experience. You can pop in either for some food or drink and you’ll step out with a happy tummy and maybe even a chuckle from their custom flavored fortune cookies.

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What to order:

  1. Moo Goo Gai Pan – Mary’s farm chicken breast, shiitake, king oyster, portobello, carrots, snow peas
  2. Fish with Black Bean Sauce
  3. Double Cooked Pork Belly – Leek, cabbage
  4. Honey Walnut Shrimp – Housemade candied walnuts, wonton skins
  5. Dragon Fried Rice – Chinese sausage, Chinese bacon, kohirabi (go brown rice for $1)
  6. Tiger Skin Peppers – Anaheim peppers with black bean sauce

Location:  3500 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 Phone (323) 667-9193


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