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Gear & Gadgets

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Gift Guide 2017: Star Wars Gadgets and Gear

By | Dec 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Star Wars. The franchise is one of the most famous of all time — the original 1977 film is up there with Gone With the Wind as the most beloved 20th century flick. Unlike Gone With the Wind, the futuristic Star Wars franchise lends itself…

Social Media

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How Snapchat Is Taking a Crack at Stopping Fake News

By | Nov 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

As of an August Pew Research study, 43 percent of Americans report “often getting news online,” just seven percentage points lower than the number who get their news from TV sources. In other words, the internet is a huge and growing source of news…

Startup Spotlight

Los Angeles

Startup Spotlight: Electric Folding Bike, DIY Science Kits and a Smart Trashcan

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

If you are starting to get a jump on your holiday list, we have some startups that have built some gadgets that could find its way into your life. Each week, TechCo features tech startups that can help streamline your daily life. This week…

Transportation

Los Angeles

Everything You Need to Know About Hyperloop

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Since 2013, when Elon Musk released his white paper for an emerging mode of transportation using low air pressure within a tube, companies around the world have answered the call to build the next generation of futuristic transportation. Since that time the speed at…

Sports

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Dodgers Win the World Series Social Media Battle

By | Oct 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series. The two storied franchises have endured epic championship droughts, which means that in just a few days, one city will be the happiest they’ve been…

Marketing & Social Media

Los Angeles

3 Ways to Leverage Micro-Influencers and Grow Your Business

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

One of the major shifts we have seen in consumer behavior is how reliant they are on reviews and third party recommendations. In fact, 71 percent of people say they make buying decisions based on recommendations they find on social media. These social recommendations…

Psychology

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Effective Networking Starts With Empathy

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The better you understand someone, the more you will be able to relate to them in all areas of life. This is just some advice from Alejandro Rioja, CEO of Flux Ventures. We asked him about building relationships and advice for founders needing to expand…

Inspiration

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Girl Scouts Learn to Pitch Like a Girl at Startup Weekend

By | Oct 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

When I was younger, I experienced the Girl Scouts program like many girls have. I made it to the “Juniors” level before retiring my cookie-selling skills. I learned a lot through the program and had a few fun summers at camp. But I also…

Tips & How To’s

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How Facebook Videos Can Boost Your Social Media Campaign

By | Sep 28, 2017 at 7:15 am

The popularity of video in marketing has risen in recent years. Here at Sparkhouse in southern, California, we aren’t aware of a decrease in literacy (though the replacement of emoticons for words might say otherwise), but perhaps it tickles a certain part of the brain that…

Gear & Gadgets

Los Angeles

Omnia Brings Wireless Car Charging to the iPhone 7 and 6 [Review]

By | Sep 26, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Early this month Apple announced two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. One of the biggest changes besides to the design on both was the addition of wireless charging using QI technology. With the addition of wireless charging you’d simply place your…

Entertainment

Los Angeles

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

By | Sep 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

The idea of video on demand has been around since as early as 1990 when GTE partnered up with AT&T to create the first VOD system. It relied on the use tapes as the source of video streams. Two years later in 1992 VOD…

Entrepreneur

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Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People

By | Sep 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

If you don’t have the right team and hire the best people for the job, your company will go through more hills and valleys than you’ll want. We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best…

Marketing

Los Angeles

4 Tools to Help Startups Find Quality Leads

By | Aug 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Finding potential customers continues to be a huge challenge not only for established marketing and sales teams but also for startup executives and solo entrepreneurs. A study in 2013 showed that 61 percent of marketers found it hard to generate high-quality leads. . It…

Trends

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5 Tech Trends Startups Are Adopting In 2017

By | Aug 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

It’s six months down the road and time to check in on startup that had high hopes when the year began. How many of the trends you’ve read about from earlier in the year have made their way into your operations? How many are…