Local Roots Automates Indoor Farm With Robots And Tech

Local Roots Automates Indoor Farm With Robots And Tech

Welcome to the future of farming. This is the first thing you see in the Local Roots website, but it’s no idle boast. They design and manufacture TerraFarms, which is an advanced indoor modular farming solution than in some ways is actually even better than organic. These modular farms come with advanced technology that yields more efficient results while reducing the harmful effects of agriculture.

The irrigation system used in these farms is an amazing testament to their commitment to sustainable farming. The system enables them to capture and then reuse the water, yet they’re still able to deliver the required nutrient content for their produce. In fact, it’s so efficient that outdoor agriculture uses up 100 times as much water as the water used in this indoor TerraFarms.

These indoor farms are equipped with advanced sensors that give them control over the water, nutrient, and atmospheric conditions inside the modular farm. Thus, the plants are grown in optimal conditions. This allows them to guarantee much higher production volumes while the growth time increases by 50%.

The LED lights in these modules are also world-class. They’ve been custom-engineered to be much better than standard horticultural lighting. These LED lights enable the farmers to control the intensity of the lights, and even to dial into specific photon wavelengths.

Local Roots maintains their data collection non-stop, which allows them to obtain enough data to monitor plant health and to diagnose problems. This allows TerraFarmers to have more efficient quality control. Local Roots also offers their unique LocalX software which enables the farmers to eliminate tedious tasks. There’s no need to study complicated procedures, as the farmers can concentrate on growing their food.

Research continues within the Local Roots labs so that their list of crops keeps on getting longer. They already have a long list of currently growing crops, with almost a dozen new trial crops and more yet still coming. Their efficiency is remarkable, as a single TerraFarm can produce 4,000 heads of lettuce every 12 days.  The yields are always predictable, as the environment is controlled absolutely and produces growth is ongoing the whole year round.

These farms are great for the environment, as Local Roots has eliminated agricultural run-off and they don’t use herbicides or pesticides. As these modular farms are closer to the consumer, the travel required to bring the produce to the market is reduced by 93%.

With the controlled environment and the extremely efficient system, the people at Local Roots are right. This is the future of farming, or at least it ought to be.

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20 Steps You Need to Take to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

20 Steps You Need to Take to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

You don’t need to take too many months to prepare if you’re really determined to start a business. Instead, you can complete these steps in a few days.


When you’re pondering the prospect of starting your own business, it’s easy to get lost in the myriad details of the process. You can end up spending too many months preparing, and during this time you might even hesitate and lose your nerve.

The truth of it is that you really don’t have to spend a lot of time to prepare to start your own business. You just need to focus, and with the following checklist of steps, you need to take you can be well on your way.

  1. Come up with a business idea. You need a business that best suits your preferences, skills, and interests. Pretend you have to ask for some seed money from a prospective investor. You have to make sure you have the skill set and the background for the business idea you’re offering. To make your idea more concrete, you have to serve a particular need or solve a specific problem. You need to identify this need or problem so that you can customize your solution and design your business accordingly.
  1. Do market research. You can go online for this, starting out by checking out your competition. If you’re starting a plumbing business, then you better know how many plumbers there already are in your town. You should also find out the level of demand for the business service or product you’re thinking about offering to the consumer public.
  2. Choose a unique business name. Uniqueness is more important than how catchy your business name is. You can always do a quick web search, though you also need to check with your state department of revenue that no one else in your state is already using the business name you’re considering. A trademark search will also be necessary. Check GoDaddy.com for a domain name.
  3. Define your target market. You can find lots of apps online that can help, and you can always conduct your own surveys.
  4. Pick the location where you’ll be working. Most people start by working at home, but that may change later on. But you have to find workspace options that you may need to use eventually, such as when you’re meeting with clients.
  5. Set up your website. That means buying your domain, obtaining your web hosting (we uses MediaTemple), and building a website. It probably will help a great deal if you let a pro handle all this, although you will have to pay for these services. The point is that a website is a must—people don’t really trust new businesses without websites these days.
  6. Put up phone service. Even though just about everyone has a smartphone these days, it’s still a good idea to have a business phone setup to make things a lot more professional. You can still use your smartphone, but the other people at the other end of the line will see your business phone number instead.
  7. Set up your customer database. You’ll need this if you regularly interact with customers. If you find keeping lots of contact information on Rolodex cards, then you certainly will find a database a lot more useful/
  8. Use lead generation software. Leads tell you where you can focus your sales tactics so that you don’t waste time contacting people who are unlikely to become your customers. You can find software that can identify these likely customers for you, and you can use them with your database.
  9. Get your business on social media. You should have a business profile on the social media platforms where you will find your most likely customers. You should also consider getting on Yelp and Google My Business.
  10. Obtain the business licenses you’ll need. You can do some research on the state licenses and permits you’ll need, along with the fees you have to pay.
  11. Get your Employer Identification Number if you have workers. The EIN will be required by the IRS if you’re going to operate as a partnership or corporation, or if you’re going to hire workers. You can just go to the IRS website for this.
  12. Open a business bank account. The most convenient bank is the one where you already have a personal savings account. But you can check out other banks in your area if they specialize in business accounts. You’ll most likely need your EIN, the documentation you needed to register your business with the state, and a copy of your business license.
  13. Invest in accounting software. Try FreshBooks and QuickBooks, along with Zoho Books and Xero. You’ll need this type of software to keep track of your revenues and expenses, and the reports will be necessary come tax time.
  14. Draw up a marketing plan. Again, you can go online and find templates you can use to promote your business. Your plan needs to identify your target market, as well as the ways to reach and advertise to these potential customers.
  15. Write your business plan. A business plan comes in handy to help you focus on the tasks you need to do to start and develop your business. This business plan also will be necessary when you’re looking for investors. This business plan will include a general description of your company, the data from the market analysis you’ve done, information about the products or services you’re offering, and some financial data.
  16. Obtain the funding you need. You can go to a bank or a relative to obtain a loan, and perhaps use up some of your savings. But you should also see if there are grants available for your business. Crowdfunding may also be possible.
  17. Think about trademarks and patents. You can discuss this with an attorney, though if a lawyer does all the work the fees can go into the thousands of dollars.
  18. Prepare a logo. A logo helps your business to stand out, and it can be very useful for marketing. We use 99designs.com and Fiverr.com for this task.
  19. Think about insurance. At the very least, you may need professional liability insurance. Check with your insurance agency to find out what your business insurance needs and options are.

You can do some of these steps in just a single day, so there’s no good reason to feel overwhelmed about the preparations you need to make. Starting a business can be a risk, but you can’t reap the rewards if you don’t take the plunge.

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FabFitFun Raised $80M to Grow, Hiring 60


LA-based subscription beauty box, FabFitFun has raised $80 million in a growth round of funding; geared up to hire 60 new resources in LA and Culver City locations.

I have shared with you a few dozen of great opportunities below, you can check out all others HERE.

Product Jobs

  • Product Manager – Mobile
    • Help define the strategy for our iOS and Android apps, and lead the execution of this new and rapidly growing channel for the business
  • Product Manager – TV
    • Manage the roadmap and development of the TV service across 6 different platforms including the website, iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV
  • Senior Product Designer
    • Work closely with Product Managers to translate initial concepts and requirements into wireframes; refine, iterate, and fully develop high-quality finished designs into hand-off to engineering.

Data Engineering/Science Jobs

  • Lead Data Engineer
    • Lead a team of Data Engineers to build, test and refine data pipelines for data analytics & business intelligence (BI).
  • Senior Data Engineer
    • Build, test and refine data pipelines for data analytics & business intelligence (BI).
  • Senior ETL Developer
    • Data modelling, process design and overall data pipeline architecture.
  • Director of Data Science
    • Lead a rapidly growing team of experienced data scientists and data science managers
  • Senior Data Scientist
    • Develop statistical models of customer, product, and operations data that will be used for decision-making throughout the company.

Engineering Jobs

  • Associate Software Engineer
    • Work closely with product managers, architects, and engineering to effectively design and develop FabFitFun’s backend platforms
  • Associate Software Engineer, Back End
    • Help define development standards, procedures, and guidelines to improve the overall development process
  • Associate Software Engineer, Full-Stack
    • Develop and own cutting-edge back-end services for FabFitFun’s consumer-facing applications
  • Senior DevOps Engineer
    • Contribute to the DevOps as a part of development not a service to development culture
    • 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • Senior Engineer, Back End
    • Work closely with product managers, architects, and engineering to effectively design and develop FabFitFun’s backend platforms
    • 7+ years of experience creating scalable object-oriented RESTful web services and applications in Java or PHP
  • Senior Engineer, Front End
    • Help define development standards, procedures, and guidelines to improve the overall development process
    • 5+ years of Front-end engineering experience
  • Senior Software Engineer
    • Expert (or better) knowledge of Java programming language concepts, Java EE and SQL
    • 7+ years of experience creating scalable object-oriented RESTful web services and applications in Java or PHP
  • Senior Software Engineer, Full-Stack
    • Design and develop clean, maintainable, and performant software
    • 7+ years of experience creating scalable object-oriented RESTful web services and applications in Java or PHP
  • Senior Software Engineer, Growth
    • Support marketing and acquisition efforts by integrating with Facebook’s API to manage campaigns as well as building out consumer-facing acquisition experiences.
  • Software Engineer
    • Enhance FabFitFun’s membership experience by creating new API services and real-time algorithms that work across large data sets.
  • Software Engineer, Back End
    • Work closely with product managers, architects, and engineering to effectively design and develop our backend platforms
  • Software Engineer, Full-Stack
    • Design and develop clean, maintainable, and performant software; work closely with product managers, architects, and engineering to effectively design and develop our backend platforms

Accounting/Finance Jobs

  • Accounts Payable Specialist
    • Responsible for processing all vendor invoices for payment, assisting with employee expense reimbursements and corporate credit card program
  • Business Analyst- Finance
    • Responsible for building reports and analyses that support the monthly financial close and annual budgeting processes
  • Director, Accounting Operations
    • Oversee all vendor procurement processes, systems, and relationships, the corporate credit card program, travel, and expense policies and analysis, and the monthly aging and reconciliation process
  • Director, Inventory Accounting
    • Lead all aspects of the Inventory accounting process, including supervising one staff and growing the team as needed to scale
  • Director of Finance – Style
    • Develop and lay the foundation for all aspects of financial planning including the strategic long-range plan, annual operating plan, and rolling projections
  • Director of FP&A – Revenue
    • Lead all aspects of modeling and forecasting the top-line growth of the company by creating annual revenue forecasts, quarterly forecasts, and rolling projections
  • Expense Administrator
    • Lead corporate credit card and employee expense program. Collaborate with all departments to ensure proper coding, support, and compliance with policies
  • Payroll Specialist
    • Accurately and timely process payroll for 400+ employees. Ensure that all non-exempt employee timesheets are approved by supervisors in a timely fashion
  • Senior Finance Manager – COGS
    • Own and manage unit economics for the entire eCommerce organization which includes product, packaging, shipping/distribution, payment processing, and warehouse fulfillment costs
  • VP, Accounting
    • Lead, inspire, and develop a team of accounting professionals that support an aggressively growing business as well as the performance of daily operational cadence towards meeting business goals and objectives

Marketing Jobs

  • CRM Marketing Analyst
    • Take data, develop inferences, and tell a story based on the numbers
    • 2-3 years of quantitative or statistical analysis experience in Email/CRM field
  • YouTube Specialist
    • Manages FabFitFun’s YouTube channel from content conceptualization to execution. The ideal candidate will be a YouTube expert who is at the cutting edge of the latest of beauty, wellness, and lifestyle trends.
  • Customer Acquisition Specialist
    • Help drive customer growth for FabFitFun’s VIP subscription membership via Influencer Marketing Campaigns
  • Manager, Offline Acquisition Marketing
    • Head FabFitFun’s acquisition marketing across traditional media channels of TV, Out of Home, and Direct Mail

Benefits + Perks

  • Full health care coverage
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Catered lunch 2x/week
  • Kitchen stocked with great snacks and drinks
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Dog-friendly
  • Free FabFitFun subscription
  • Fun and friendly culture that promotes work-life balance

 

 

 

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

Meta description: Here are a few great restaurants that will convince you to drive out more often to Manhattan Beach.

Want to fill your tummy with some great food while getting some vitamin sea? Manhattan Beach would be an excellent destination for you, then. Not only is this L.A. destination a great spot to take a dip in the water but it’s also a foodie magnet. Home to some of the best restaurants in the city, you won’t regret driving down the coast for what this neighborhood can offer.

What exactly are the dining options that it can offer? Here are 13 great places that you should try on your next visit:

1. Fishing with Dynamite

Every roundup of the best restaurants in Manhattan Beach will include FWD for its spectacular seafood dishes. Some foodies even consider it as one of the best places in all of L.A., so you definitely have to give this place a go when you’re in the neighborhood.

Location: 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Oyster Sampler Platter
  • Grilled Octopus
  • Fish And Chips
  • Koshihikari Rice with Blue Crab
  • Yellowfin Tuna Crudo
  • Key Lime Pie

2. Little Sister

Offering a lively atmosphere and unique Asian cuisine, Little Sister is one of the most popular dining destinations in MB. Some say that it feels out of place in the neighborhood but to be fair, it might just really be because everything about this place stands out from the crowd.

Location: 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Shaky Shaky Beef
  • Beef Tartare
  • Gai Cuon
  • Pan Fried E-Fu Noodles
  • Imperial Rolls

3. Simmzy’s

While you might be able to spot a few locations of these Simmzy’s on your way to Manhattan Beach, there’s a very good reason why you should visit the one in this seaside neighborhood. Its beach-theme just seems to work best by the sea, for one. Its lively atmosphere is also great if you’re after some great time and food.

Location: 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Craft Beers
  • Blue Cheese Fries
  • Burgers
  • Grilled Corn

4. The Strand House

With the sweeping beach vistas that you can enjoy at the Strand House, it’s not surprising that some folks decide to dine there without knowing anything about the food. Luckily, just like the view, the food here is good. These make it an excellent date spot but you can also go there for some after-work drinks or brunch since the place is just a great spot to relax and unwind.

Location: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Hamachi Crudo
  • Chili-dusted Avocado
  • Black Truffle Risotto and Dayboat Scallops

5. Love & Salt

There are tons of Italian places in the area but Love & Salt is undoubtedly the best among the rest with its good food and cool setting. Helmed by Chef Michel Fiorrelli, their pizzas are considered as their main attractions. With their light as air crust, they can certainly give you a whole new pizza experience.

Location: 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Corned Lamb Tongue Panini
  • Crispy Chicken Oysters
  • English Muffins
  • Duck Egg Pizza
  • Rabbit Porchetta
  • Trotolle

6. Manhattan Beach Post

A lot of experts believe that the opening of the MB Post ushered in the casual dining wave that made the neighborhood a great place to eat at. Before them, there weren’t a lot of good casual dining options in the area. While this isn’t necessarily the case anymore, the Manhattan Beach Post is still a great place to grab a bite at if you want to ensure that you’ll eat good food.

Location:  1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
  • Truffle Honey Laced Fried Chicken
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • General Tso’s Sweetbreads
  • Scallops
  • BBQ Moroccan Lamb Belly

7. FishBar

FishBar takes the themed sports bar concept to the next level with its unique and sophisticated, seafood-packed menu. So don’t be put off by their nautical kitsch decor and themed days because this spot is definitely well worth its salt.

Location:  3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Mesquite-grilled Scallop Skewers
  • Fishbar Fish Tacos
  • Handmade cocktails
  • Spinach And Shrimp Salad
  • Fish And Chips
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Fishbar Brew

8. SunLife Organics

Fresh fruit juices are practically a must if you’re spending time by the beach. This is why SunLife Organics fits in so well in Manhattan Beach. But aside from its tasty beverages, you can also grab a healthy bite here.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #124, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Protein shakes
  • Bowls

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9. JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen

Perfectly complimenting the ultra sleek Westdrift hotel, the JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen is certainly another great place for some drinks and bites. They have a bi-coastal motif going on, so everything feels quite cosmopolitan. Both the food and space are impressive, so you should certainly consider dropping by.

Location:  1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Wagyu Beef Cheeks
  • Lamb Sliders
  • Kimchee Ravioli
  • Caviar-Topped Avocado Toast
  • Cocktails

10. Nick’s

Despite being located in a high-end mall, Nick’s is definitely a few leagues beyond your regular mall restaurant. Sure, it’s a part of a chainlet but its upscale setting, posh interiors, and stellar menu items will convince you that it’s worth a second look.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd D, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Filet and Lobster Benedict
  • El Jefe Breakfast Burrito
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Sweet Slaw

11. The Arthur J

This sleek steakhouse is one of the more ‘traditional’ offerings of Manhattan Beach. The Arthur J‘s retro vibe and the fact that it’s a steakhouse makes it appear tamer than the fusion and modern cuisines its neighbors offer. But don’t think that it’s a basic food destination because it’s not. Its wide range of meats will surely offer you a whole new dining experience.

Location:  903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Japanese Wagyu
  • Rib Eye Steak
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Vinegary Beef Fat Fries
  • Cake of the Month

12. The Kettle

Despite the general sleepiness of MB, you’ll still be able to eat great food around here during your late night outings. What makes The Kettle a very good post-party food destination is its massive menu. You can even customize their dishes as you wish, letting you get your very own comfort food without having to cook it yourself.

Location:  1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Crispy Breakfast Potato Nachos
  • Crab Cake Po’ Boy Sandwich
  • Spicy Chicken Parmesan
  • Homemade Muffins

13. North End Caffe

Not in the mood for the sleek and modern places around MB? Then head to the North End Caffe. This homey diner offers a wide selection of stellar sandwiches so it can be as laid back as you’d want it to be. They also have a lot of tasty salad options if you’re in the mood for something healthy.

Location:  3421 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Hermana
  • Guapo
  • Huevos Divorciados
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

The Best Apps for LA Residents

The Best Apps for LA Residents

Everyone has a smartphone these days, and there are plenty of apps you can download and use to make your life easier and less boring. If you’re a resident of Los Angeles, you can also find some extremely useful apps that can make life in LA just a tad less intimidating.

The more obvious apps you need to get include Uber, Waze, and Google Maps. You probably have these apps already, and if you don’t you better get them now. After downloading these apps, you can then get the following:

Roaming Hunger

If you’re a fan of food trucks, then you need this app on your smartphone. Roaming Hunger can help you find the food trucks close you where you are. You can find the schedules for these trucks, plus you get menu information and reviews of the various food trucks as well. Download iOS

The Infatuation

This is the grandmother of all LA restaurant apps. It covers just about every restaurant in Los Angeles, and no other app is as comprehensive as this one. You get reviews for each restaurant, along with ratings, links to the menus, and even photos of the food. You also get maps to the restaurants too. Even the design of the app is undeniably elegant, and it’s a pleasure to use. If you have a bunch of friends trying to decide where to eat, this app can really help you guys out. Download iOS

Polis Assist

It’s long been known that you can’t live in LA without a car. But that means parking can be a headache for you. After all, LA does have some rather weird parking signs in so many places.

But you can download Polis Assist, and you get a lot of help. This app can tell you the times when you can or cannot park in certain LA streets, as sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason for the schedule. This can save you a lot of parking tickets, plus the app can even tell you how much the parking meters cost in the various areas. Download iOS

ParkMe

Here’s another parking app, and it’s for those who are tired of planning meticulous routes through the city only to spend half an hour looking for the most affordable parking option.

ParkMe shows you all the different parking lots in LA on a map. You’ll know how much each of these parking lots will cost you and whether they accept credit cards. The app even tells you how full the parking lots are. You can find out when they open and at what time they close, or if they have covered parking. You can even use the app to pay in advance in some cases. Download iOS

Our Malibu Beaches

One of the perks of living in LA is that you get to visit Malibu. That’s an area encompassing 21 miles of terrific beaches. These are actually open to the public according to the California Coastal Act, even if the entitled homeowners in the area put in gates and post security guards. Some of these people even put up No Parking signs!

These homeowners can make it hard for you to get to Malibu, but the Our Malibu Beaches app can help you navigate around these obstacles. It’s designed by environmental activist Jenny Price, and it shows info on 43 beaches in Malibu. You get to find out how to get to the beach you want, how you can get in, and where you can park. It even shows you all the illegal signs you may encounter and safely ignore. In addition, the helpful info includes tips on where you can put your blanket and where the bathrooms are. You even get a nice history of the beach. Download iOS

5 Every Day

Are you feeling bored with no exciting idea of what to do while in LA? Download this extremely minimalist app that will give you suggestions—5 of them—so that you can explore LA and find a bit of fun and excitement. These suggestions all come from longtime LA residents who love the city and want you to love it too. Download iOS

Modern Hiker

This is the app for LA hiking, even if the website is a bit buggy. The mobile app version is terrific though, and you can use the app to find great hiking paths. You can also use the app to make sure you’re keeping to the right trail so that you don’t get lost. Website

Taco Locator

Do you like tacos? Who doesn’t? This app shows support for your taco fetish by finding the taco places nearest to where you are, along with photos and reviews. It’s a simple app with a simple function—finding the tacos! Download iOS

Ecology Center’s Farmer Market Finder

Are you looking for a farmer’s market near you? Visit this website (the mobile version), and you get a map to all the farmer’s markets in LA. You also get a schedule as to when they’re open. It’s technically not an app at all, but then it’s super-useful for those who want fresh ingredients for home cooking. Website

MyLA 311

This is the official app of LA, and surprisingly it doesn’t suck at all. This app lets you do various stuff, like pay your DWP bill and request removal for graffiti or bulky items. The app also lets you report a sidewalk repair problem or a pothole, and homeless encampments too.

Of course, if you’re a cynical fellow you may think that this is just an app for show and the officials won’t actually do anything. But astonishingly, these officials actually address most of the problems reported here. When you fill out a report about a problem, you get a ticket number and even an email when the city has dealt with the problem. Download iOS

To be fair, there are lots of apps available for LA residents. But many of them are embarrassingly useless and terrible. Try out these apps instead, and you may find LA life much easier and more to your liking!

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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

A 30-Point Checklist for Your Startup

A 30-Point Checklist for Your Startup

Do you want to make sure your new startup succeeds? Here’s a nice list of what you have to do for your startup.

Everybody seems wants to do a startup these days. But before you’re dazzled by the prospects of billions of dollars, here’s a list of what you really have to do first:

  1. Find out if your business is actually viable. It’s not enough to say that you’d buy something you offer. You have to determine with utmost honesty if you’ll have enough customers to actually make a profit.
  2. Come up with a business plan. This will help guide your path. Make sure you have financial projections in there so you know if you’re still in the right path.
  3. Deal with the financing. Figure out how much money you need to get your business started. Then see where you can get that money.
  4. Pick your business name. It should be original and memorable.
  5. Get your family to support you. It’s going to be hard enough to start a business, and it’s harder when your family thinks it’s going to fail.
  6. Set up your legal structure. You may need a lawyer for this. Incorporating your business is essential, so you can protect your personal assets.
  7. Apply for an Employer Identification Number. Don’t worry; EIN numbers are free. This number will be needed when you incorporate or open a bank account solely for your business. You can also use this in lieu of your social security number.
  8. Apply for a business license. Check with the SBA for what to do.
  9. Open a business bank account. You ought to separate your business and personal finances ASAP.
  10. Choose an accounting program. You don’t want your books to be a mess.
  11. Register a domain name for your business. Make sure it’s a real commercial domain name. A website with free hosting looks to amateurish.
  12. Start building your website. Nowadays, not having a website for your business is suspicious.
  13. Set up your social media profiles. You need to reserve your brand ASAP. You also get ready to market on these social media channels later on.
  14. Begin generating revenue immediately. Don’t wait until things are perfect. You’ll need that revenue to add to your financing.
  15. Determine if you need an actual office. If you can do everything online, then you can use your money for other expenses as you hold off getting an office. But you’ll need an office if you expect customers to actually meet with you.
  16. Get some business cards. They’re nice and handy marketing materials, and they’re helpful for networking.
  17. Define the responsibilities of all cofounders. These should be in writing, so there are no disagreements as to who has to do what as time passes.

After your launch, make sure you then do these things:

  1. Access free advice. Consult with friends who’ve started their own businesses, check with the local SBA, and find other online resources.
  2. Find the right business apps. These can help while you’re on the go.
  3. See if you need insurance. Your business may need health insurance, workers’ comp, or liability insurance.
  4. Hire an employee. Sooner or later, you’ll find that you can’t do everything yourself if you want your business to grow.
  5. Set up your source of inventory. You may also need suppliers and service providers.
  6. Get legal advice on patents and trademarks. Your lawyer can again definitely give good advice on this topic.
  7. Enhance your network. Tell your family and friends about your business. This doesn’t mean you nag them into buying your products. But they can introduce you to people and they can recommend your business to their own friends.
  8. Focus on making sales and attracting customers. Hold off on chasing business partnerships in the meantime.
  9. Practice your elevator pitch. You need to be persuasive when you encounter financiers, potential customers, and new hires.
  10. Back up your IT. You need to protect your sensitive information contained on your computers.
  11. Consider a salesperson. You may be the head salesperson of your startup at first, but you need someone to focus on day-to-day sales while you concentrate on other aspects.
  12. Pay attention to customer feedback. What your customers have to say can help improve your products and your approach.
  13. Try to find a mentor. Find someone who has already succeeded in your niche to help you out. Their advice can be tremendously helpful.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.