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Creative Marketing Ideas To Boost Business

Have you found yourself (or your business) in a bit of a funk? It can be challenging to keep up momentum, especially during uncertain times. But don’t get too stressed out; when there’s a will, there will always be a way. Here are a few creative marketing ideas to boost your business. 1. Throw an extraordinary event. Happy hours. Speed networking. Curated panel talks with lively discussions. Whatever the occasion was, it’s likely that you can think of at least one good event you’ve attended i...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Los Angeles, United States, Others, Marketing Ideas, Visit Warehouse Spaces, Nettra, Nettra Media


Tencent Games Forms US-Based Lightspeed Studio

Tencent Games has continued to expand into the West to further corrupt it with its influence and greed as their Lightspeed & Quantum subsidiary will be opening a new studio called Lightspeed Studio. The Los Angeles studio is being created for the purpose of developing AAA open-world games for upcoming consoles the PS5 and the […]
Tags: Business, Games, US, Los Angeles, West, Tencent, Anime, Announcements, AAA, Tencent Games, PS5, Xbox Series X, Lightspeed Quantum, Lightspeed Studio


Apple re-closes 15 Southern California stores as COVID-19 cases rise

Apple has re-closed another 30 U.S. stores including 15 in Southern California as cases of COVID-19 continue to flare up in regions around the country. Stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma closed  Thursday. That comes on the heels of 16 closures that took effect Wednesday in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah. That brings the total number of stores that have been shuttered for a second time to 77. Apple has a total 271 stores in the United States, inclu...
Tags: Apple, Utah, Business, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Economy, Soccer, United States, New York Times, Bill, Oklahoma, Southern California, Knott, Top Stories LADN


Why a veteran talent agent is betting TikTok will be the next hub for gaming creators and esports

The veteran gaming and esports agent Amber Howard recently took the helm as TalentX Gaming's new head of talent. Business Insider spoke with Howard to learn more about how she got started in the business, her thoughts on recent allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination in the industry, and her plans to build a diverse roster of gaming creators at TXG. "There are opportunities with houses and gaming and entertainment and fandom and music, and all of the different verticals and busines...
Tags: La, Disney, Los Angeles, Trends, Twitch, League Of Legends, Staples Center, Lakers, Howard, Wilhelm, Machinima, Kevin Mayer, Abrams Artists Agency, Fortnite, ReKTGlobal, Jason Wilhelm


Will foreclosures explode once the moratorium is lifted?

Remember the nursery rhyme refrain, “We all fall down?” The incredible uptick of COVID-19 is like a raging California wildfire. Earlier this week Dr. Anthony Fauci surmised the U.S. could experience 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day. With the U.S. population at roughly 337 million, it would take just over one year for everyone in the U.S. to get this virus if its trajectory doesn’t change. Horrifying! Assuming more Americans take hold of safer social distancing and other preventive practices...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, Anthony Fauci, Gavin Newsom, San Bernardino, Freddie Mac, Fred, FHA, Freddie, Federal Housing Finance Agency


An LA-based startup is using fever-tracking tech to keep daycares open for essential workers, posing as a model for other businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the huge lack of childcare support in the US. Los Angeles-based daycare startup WeeCare has managed to keep most of its daycares open for essential workers thanks to its temperature checks. Parents can take a video of themselves taking their and their child's temperatures and submit it through a portal on the WeeCare app, and daycare providers can do the same. The company has shared data with the city of LA to track coronavirus cases and has be...
Tags: Facebook, California, La, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Chang, Peninsula, Englewood, Riverside California, US Los Angeles, Jessica Chang, COVID, WeeCare, Erika Metry


19 TV shows Netflix canceled even though critics loved them

Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows, which has led to some critically acclaimed series getting the boot early in their runs. We looked at 19 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled, from "Ozark" to "The Kominsky Method." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix doesn't love long-running TV shows, and sometimes that means great shows get the ax early. The streaming giant has canceled plenty of shows that upset fans but were panned by TV c...
Tags: New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Chicago, Fox, Netflix, Atlantic, New York Times, Ivy League, Ellie Kemper, Vox, Judd Apatow, BoJack Horseman, Jonah, Lucifer, Forbes


Dinosaur bone? Meteorite? These men's wedding bands are a real break from boredom.

Manly Bands was founded in 2016 to provide better options and customer service in men's wedding bands. Unique materials include antler, dinosaur bones, meteorite, tungsten, and whiskey barrels. The company donates a portion of profits to charity every month. Johnathan Ruggiero needed a wedding band. As a bigger guy he had trouble finding one to fit his size 17 finger. Then he ran into another issue: His wedding was in a few weeks. He never realized you should take care of this a few months out...
Tags: Utah, Space, Florida, Science, Marriage, Relationships, Love, Women, Los Angeles, Materials, Innovation, Men, Dinosaurs, Damascus, Michelle, Ruggiero


An app helping families save for college used this pitch deck to raise $9 million from investors like Anthos Capital and NBA all-star Baron Davis

UNest, an app that allows parents to set aside savings for their children, just raised a $9 million Series A. The round was led by Anthos Capital with participation from investors like Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures and former NBA all-star Baron Davis. UNest, which started as a 592 college savings app, has broadened its product offerings since its founding in 2018. Since February, UNest has added 25,000 accounts. Here's the 15-slide pitch deck UNest used to raise its Series A. Visit Busin...
Tags: Los Angeles, Trends, Nba, Mansfield, Capital Group, Baron Davis, Peter Mansfield, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, Marqeta, Yudina, Anthos Capital, Ksenia Yudina, UNest, Mike Van Kempen UNest


5 Ways to Shift Your Mindset During Tough Times and Embrace New Opportunities

By Amy Kan There is a saying: “How you do anything is how you do everything.” In other words, what is the root cause of our actions—why we behave the way we do, our mindset? If you are steeped in feelings of stress and anxiety, believing you’re a victim of circumstances, those feelings will form the basis of everything you do. You will limit your options and your ability to see anything but what is directly in front of you. Unfortunately, we are living at a time in which it’s easy to find yourse...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Sales, Los Angeles, Tesla, Innovation, Dyson, Mindset, Amy, Your Career, Ways to Shift Your Mindset During Tough Times, Amy Kan, Amy Kan Amy Kan


Ford is teaming up with Disney to showcase the all-new Bronco SUV during the coronavirus pandemic (F, DIS)

Ford is partnering with Disney to reveal its new Bronco SUV on ABC, ESPN, and the National Geographic channel, as well on Hulu and on Ford's YouTube account. The Bronco was slated to be unveiled at the 2020 Detroit auto show, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bronco is returning after being discontinued in 1996. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, Ford announced that it would reveal its much-anticipated new Bronco SUV in prime time, partneri...
Tags: Facebook, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Ferrari, Ford, Espn, Hulu, Detroit, National Geographic, Coo, Broncos, O J Simpson


Influencers live a pandemic-free fantasy, Quibi dismisses 'YouTuber ideas,' and what's happening with Shane Dawson

Happy Thursday! This is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Influencer Dashboard, our weekly rundown of what's new in the influencer and creator economy. Before we get started, I want to first introduce a new reporter on BI's business of influencers team: Sydney Bradley! You can reach Sydney and say hi at [email protected] and on Twitter @SydneyKBradley. She will be covering Instagram, TikTok, and all things related to the business of internet creators and influencers. And now to the ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Star, Netflix, Mtv, Sydney, Beverly Hills, BLM, BI, Jason Derulo, Trump, Capitol Records


TikTok gaming, humor, and diverse talent: How Amber Howard plans to build TalentX Gaming into an esports powerhouse

Veteran gaming and esports agent Amber Howard recently took the helm as TalentX Gaming's new head of talent.  Business Insider spoke to Howard to learn more about how she got started in the business, her thoughts on recent allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination in the industry, and her plans to build a diverse roster of gaming creators at TXG. Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Amber Howard was first drawn into the world of esports and ga...
Tags: La, Disney, Los Angeles, Trends, Twitch, League Of Legends, Staples Center, Business Insider, Lakers, Howard, Wilhelm, Machinima, Kevin Mayer, Abrams Artists Agency, Fortnite, ReKTGlobal


Elon Musk is selling 4 of his LA homes listed for $62.5 million to a famous luxury real-estate developer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly signed a letter of intent to sell his Los Angeles properties to developer Ardie Tavangarian.  The LLC intends to combine the properties to form a single development and is expected to handle all aspects of architecture, construction, and design.  Tavangarian is a renowned developer and designer, whose LLC purchased the properties for an undisclosed amount.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly agreed to sell ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Wall Street Journal, Musk, LLC, Berkeley Join, Ardie Tavangarian, Arya Chalon LLC


California governor says 70% of state must stop going to movie theaters, bars, and indoor restaurants as COVID-19 cases continue to surge

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an order directing bars, restaurants, and movie theatres to close in 19 counties, including Los Angeles. The directive affects more than 70% of the state's population and comes as the state has set new records for daily infections over the past week. California was quick to shut down on March 19 toward the beginning of the pandemic, but experts say it reopened too soon. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. California is directing bars and...
Tags: California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Holly Secon, Anthony Facui, San Francisco Bay Area But California


San Francisco now has the 3rd-most billionaires of any city in the world, beating out London, Moscow, and Beijing

San Francisco is now the third city in the world with the most billionaires, per a new Wealth-X report. The tech hub gained two billionaires in 2019, bringing its total billionaire count to 77. San Francisco beat out cities including London, Moscow, and Beijing. New York is No. 1, with 113 billionaires. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. San Francisco's pool of billionaires has ballooned just a bit more in the past year, according to a new report. The Wealth-X Billionaire Cen...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Kiwi


18 TV shows Netflix canceled even though critics loved them

Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows, which has led to some critically acclaimed series getting the boot early in their runs. We looked at 18 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled, from "Ozark" to "Lucifer." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix doesn't love long-running TV shows, and sometimes that means great shows get the ax early. The streaming giant has canceled plenty of shows that upset fans but were panned by TV critics, such...
Tags: New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Chicago, Fox, Netflix, Atlantic, New York Times, Ivy League, Ellie Kemper, Vox, Judd Apatow, BoJack Horseman, Jonah, Lucifer, Forbes


Gov. Newsom Expected To Announce Reopening Rollback As Coronavirus Surges

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom is hinting that he will tighten coronavirus restrictions for California’s nearly 40 million residents as a COVID-19 surge has counties rushing to close down bars and beaches ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Newsom planned Wednesday to announce he will “tighten things up” only weeks after loosening his March 19 stay-at-home order and reopening most businesses. The state requires people to wear masks when they can’t maintain physical distance but public heal...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, News, California, Mexico, California News, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside County, Ventura County, San Francisco Bay, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom


LendingTree Study Ranks the Most Valuable Cities in America

Charlotte, NC – July 1, 2020 (PRNewswire) Real estate wealth is not evenly distributed across the country and is largely concentrated in large cities. But it begs the question: What are the most valuable cities in America? To find out, LendingTree analyzed the total value of residential real estate in American cities. The real estate values come from the My LendingTree property value database, which is a collection of real estate data of more than 155 million U.S. properties. The total value of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Real Estate, New York, News, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Washington, Mexico, Boston, Milwaukee, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Qatar


Where to get financial help during coronavirus in California

From hotel rooms for people who are homeless to restaurant meals for seniors isolating for their lives, California has rapidly expanded its safety net in an attempt to catch millions of residents impacted by the coronavirus and its economic aftershocks. In daily press conferences during the pandemic’s first months, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new “first-in-the-nation” plans to protect vulnerable Californians from illness or financial distress at a dizzying pace. But months in, the pandemic safet...
Tags: Business, Congress, California, Fresno, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Roseville, Michigan, Santa Clara, Rhode Island, Patterson, Gavin Newsom


TikTok's new CEO is facing his first big challenge after India banned the app and left TikTok's thousands of Indian employees stuck in limbo

India said Monday it was blocking TikTok and 59 other foreign apps, citing concerns the Chinese app is "stealing" user data as India clashes with China over a disputed border between the two countries. This is the first major challenge the viral video-sharing app faces under its new CEO, Kevin Mayer, who was appointed to the position in May. Mayer plans to address TikTok's around 2,000 "panic-stricken" employees on Tuesday, Indian outlet Business Today reports. The head of TikTok in India has ...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, India, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Mayer, Business Today, Kevin Mayer, Bytedance, Tiktok, ByteDance ByteDance, TikTok India, TikTok s India


How a former soldier went from self-taught truck driver to helping Alphabet's Waymo usher in the era of self-driving semis (GOOGL)

Jon Rainwater instructs safety drivers for Waymo Via, the self-driving company's freight and deliveries unit. He enjoyed a lively career before joining Waymo in 2019 — early on as an Army intelligence analyst, and later transporting hazardous waste and driving trucks for many years. His exposure to the dangerous side of trucking convinced him that there had to a better way, so he was ready to become a Waymonaut when the job became available. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Oregon, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Arizona, Army, Chrysler, Federal Reserve, Thomas Pynchon, John Krafcik, Phoenix, Tucson, Lewis Clark College


Leaked documents show how police used social media and private Slack channels to track George Floyd protesters

Leaked documents show how law enforcement has kept tabs on demonstrators since anti-police-brutality protests first broke out after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody. Police exchanged protesters' Twitter handles, monitored protest plans in private Slack and Telegram channels, and kept lists of people who responded to protest events on Facebook, the documents show. Records also show law enforcement focusing heavily on perceived threats against officers' lives pos...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Fbi, Department Of Homeland Security, Facebook Snapchat, George Floyd


SoftBank-backed companies laid off more than 16,800 people in 2020 as the pandemic ravages startups

SoftBank-backed companies are laying off thousands of employees globally as they struggle to find paths to profitability. In the first full week of 2020, four companies – Oyo, Rappi, Getaround, and Zume – laid off a combined 2,600 employees.  In the last year, other SoftBank-backed companies including WeWork, Uber, Wag, and Fair have also cut their ranks dramatically.  SoftBank also saw significant executive turnover in the beginning of the year. If you work at a SoftBank-backed company, Busin...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, London, Australia, La, China, Ipo, India, Softbank, Israel, US, America, Los Angeles


Savings app UNest used this pitch deck to lay out the 'viral' growth possibilities in helping parents and their kids navigate the student debt crisis

UNest, an app that allows parents to set aside savings for their children, just raised a $9 million Series A. The round was led by Anthos Capital with participation from investors like Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures and former NBA all-star Baron Davis. UNest, which started as a 592 college savings app, has broadened its product offerings since its founding in 2018. Since February, UNest has added 25,000 accounts. Here's the 15-slide pitch deck UNest used to raise its Series A. Visit Busin...
Tags: Los Angeles, Trends, Nba, Mansfield, Capital Group, Baron Davis, Peter Mansfield, Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, Marqeta, Yudina, Anthos Capital, Ksenia Yudina, UNest, Mike Van Kempen UNest


Pre-COVID evictions, on hold since March, resuming in San Bernardino County

Evictions resumed this month in San Bernardino County, with sheriff’s deputies processing move-out orders pending from before the coronavirus emergency started in mid-March, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. That means two counties in Southern California have resumed efforts to whittle eviction backlogs. Orange County began evicting tenants at the start of June. Los Angeles and Riverside counties still have all evictions on hold, sheriffs spokespeople told the Southern California News Group. Evictio...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Rent, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Miller, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Bernardino County


If you want to buy a car post-coronavirus, you should consider a Tesla. Here are some pros and cons. (TSLA)

When we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us may take the plunge on car ownership. It's going to be easy to buy or lease a gas-powered vehicles, but the time couldn't be better for checking out an electric car. To that end, Tesla should be high on your shopping list. But the brand comes with some pros and cons. Here's a rundown. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the car business, a debate has broken out. As the US emerges from the coronavirus lockdowns, there's ...
Tags: Facebook, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Fca, Henry Ford, GM Ford, Teslas


Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City Have the Lowest Black Homeownership Rates in the U.S., With Just One-Quarter of Black Families Owning Their Home

Nationwide, 44% of Black families own their home versus 74% of white families Seattle, WA – June 29, 2020 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Just 44% of Black families own the home they live in as of the first quarter of 2020, up from 41.1% in the first quarter of 2019, an increase that may reverse as the coronavirus pandemic upends one of the “most promising economies in recent memory” for Black Americans. For white families, the national homeownership rate is 73.7%, up slightly from 73.2% in th...
Tags: Real Estate, News, Minneapolis, Washington, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Austin, Radio, Canada, United States, Washington Dc, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Dc, Black, Redfin


Coronavirus rebound: SoCal pending home sales back above 2019 pace

Southern California house hunters put more homes into escrow for the ninth consecutive week, pushing the buying pace above the year-ago for the first time in 14 weeks. Zillow’s weekly report on activity from brokers’ listing services in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties shows 3,633 existing homes put into escrow in the week ended June 20 — up 1% in a week and up 6% from 2019. It’s the first year-over-year advance since March 14 as local housing rebounds from economic tur...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Zillow, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Housing Data, Los Angeles Orange Riverside, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Photos: Kids can’t wait to kick – socially distanced, of course – as martial arts studio reopens

For 25 years, the House of Champions Martial Arts Academy in Van Nuys has prepared students to defend themselves from dangers that may lurk around any corner. Unfortunately, one opponent wasn’t not susceptible to punches or kicks. The school was forced to close to in-person classes in March because of the coronavirus pademic. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gu...
Tags: Business, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, George Lucas, Eric Garcetti, Steven Spielberg, Ceasar, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Parra, Van Nuys, Los Angeles Daily News, David Hernandez, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art



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