How Should L.A. Businesses Prepare For Coronavirus?
The coronavirus pandemic's emergence has changed the world around us. Conferences have been cancelled, travel has been severely restricted, and working from home has become the norm. But less clear is the scale of the economic impact and how companies should be reacting. And, looking ahead, how should Los Angeles prepare for longer-term shifts in the market. dot.LA is convening a group of experts from varying backgrounds to discuss this new business climate.
Moderator: Tami Abdollah, Senior Reporter at dot.LA
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Nick Vyas, Doctor of Education - EdD at University of Southern California
Dr. Vyas, is a known practitioner in operations management and organizational excellence through the application of Blended Quality Management, AI, ML, RPA, Blockchain, and Data Analytics. Vyas received his Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, with his published dissertation on Conceptualization of Higher Education Excellence System (HEES): Use of Advance Data Analytics and Blended Quality Management. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) in End-to-End Global Supply Chain Management, Dr. Vyas has led cultural and business transformation for fortune 100 companies globally. He implemented breakthrough process improvements for over 500 projects that have transformed businesses for clients in the field of health care, service, government, retail, and end-to-end supply chain focusing on procurement, sourcing, IT, distribution, logistics, and transportation. As the Executive Director and Co-founder of USC Marshall's Center for Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM), MS in GSCM and as an Assistant Professor, Vyas is educating the next generation of business leaders. He was recognized as a "Supply Chain Leader" for the APICS Excellence Awards and awarded by USC Marshall with the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. As a thought leader, he speaks at conferences sharing his views on global trade, disruptive technology and its impact on global supply chain management. Passionate about research, he was engaged by USC Keck School of Medicine for Cancer Research Project; Cancer Genomics Program for Children's Hospital of Orange County; and Port Solution Research for Port of Los Angeles to name a few. Vyas serves to expand and make global supply chain management education accessible through initiatives such as the Gift of Knowledge and Supply Chain Professionals Without Borders (SCPWOB). Vyas raises and provides scholarships for deserving students in Africa who are interested in humanitarian healthcare supply chains via the USC MS GSCM program.
Jesse Draper, General Partner at Halogen Ventures
Jesse Draper founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of Emmy nominated television series,The Valley Girl Show. Draper is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in female founded consumer technology. Among her 50 portfolio companies, are the Skimm, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company, Eloquii (recently sold to Walmart), ThisisL. (recently sold to P&G) & Sugarfina. She stars on SET's television series 'Meet the Draper's' currently in its second season. Draper was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the '50 Most Connected Women in America'. Draper has been a contributor to Marie Claire, Mashable, Forbes, and is a regular investor and tech personality on shows including TLC's Girl Starter, The Katie Couric Show, Fox's Good Day LA, CNBC's Who Wants to Be the Next Millionaire Inventor? & Freeform's Startup U.
Stewart Easterby, Operating Partner at Greycroft
Stewart Easterby is an Operating Partner at Greycroft, a seed-to-growth venture capital firm, where he works directly with entrepreneurs to help build transformative companies. Stewart is a career operator who has worked as a revenue and operations executive for three fast-growing publicly-traded technology companies, each with billion dollar plus market caps.
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Nomad Homes, which is building a managed marketplace to allow users to not just search but also finance and complete the paperwork for residential real estate, announced Wednesday it has raised a $4 million seed round led by Comcast Ventures with participation from Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursor Ventures, WndrCo, and Class 5 Global.
The company was started in Palo Alto by Helen Chen, a former Blackstone private equity investor who dropped out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to start the company after she discovered how outdated property technology was in the Middle East and Europe. Nomad is now headquartered in Dubai but the engineering team is based in Los Angeles, led by Yury Velikanau, who was formerly the lead engineer at PeerStreet. The seed round will be used to grow Nomad's engineering team as well as grow its marketplace and services.
- Open Raven Adds Three Cloud and Security Veterans to its Team
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Open Raven Adds Three Cloud and Security Veterans to its Team<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM5ODY1Ny9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDcxMjM5NX0.xQkGkfQGXF98L06L8AGjttxsMAYYSOfVlFxjgPo6fIA/image.png?width=980" id="e485c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ec1c76ab18e8234992ef7bc99899994a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Open Raven, a Los Angeles-based company that offers a cloud data security platform, said Thursday that it has expanded its leadership team to include three new cloud and security industry veterans. The move comes weeks after the company announced its second major round of funding.</p><p>Rob Markovich joins the company as its new chief marketing officer from his prior role as chief marketing officer at Wavefront. Alan Buckley has been hired as the senior vice president of sales, finance and operations, from his prior role as the business operations lead at Tanium. Bill Hau will be the new vice president of customer success. Hau has more than 20 years of offensive and defensive cybersecurity operations experience and previously worked at companies including Cylance, Mandiant/FireEye, IBM and McAfee.</p><p>Their hire follows <a href="https://dot.la/cloud-data-security-2646187838.html" target="_self">Open Raven's raise of a $15 million Series A round this June</a> — four months <a href="https://dot.la/open-raven-data-security-2645111465.html" target="_self">after it emerged from stealth to announce seed funding</a>. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins as well as existing investors like Upfront Ventures, bringing its total capital raised to $19.1 million.<img alt="" src="https://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=bwnews&sty=20200709005277r1&sid=web01&distro=nx&lang=en"><em>__</em></p><p><em></em><em>Do you have a story that needs to be told? My DMs are open on Twitter </em><a href="https://twitter.com/latams" target="_blank"><em>@latams</em></a><em>. You can also </em><em>email me at tami(at)dot.la</em><em></em><em>, or ask for my Signal.</em></p>
Tinder Tests Video Feature for Pandemic Dating<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjY1Njc5NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTgwMjc4M30.77K73_L-avsg-F23cDrsbpaatY6opyXUnhd7KLz-3QE/img.jpg?width=980" id="15305" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="500459f03dada1f31bdae9f4fe09131d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><span style="background-color: initial;">As COVID puts a pause on dating for many singles, Tinder has rolled out a new video chat feature. The dating app </span><a href="https://www.tinderpressroom.com/Tinder-Begins-Testing-Face-to-Face-Video" target="_blank">announced</a> Wednesday that users in 13 countries, including four U.S. states, can now try out "Face to Face."<br></p><p>This is part of Tinder's big sell on a feature Bumble launched last year that has become popular. The video calls "prioritize control and comfort" by prompting users to agree to a set of<a href="https://www.gotinder.com/community-guidelines" target="_blank"> ground rules</a> (keeping the interaction PG) and letting them disable the video feature at any point. You're also able to leave a report once the video ends.</p><p>"We're looking to better understand how video chat fits in with the overall journey of getting to know someone new," Tinder spokesperson Evan Bonnstetter explained in an email.</p><p>Users in Virginia, Illinois, Georgia and Colorado can meet their matches face-to-face. But the feeling has to be mutual — both parties need to opt-in before the chat switches to a split-screen video call.</p><p>Like Snapchat, the appeal of talking on dating apps lies in anonymity, for some. Plus, chatting on an app relieves the stress of giving out personal information.</p><p>As stay-at-home orders remain in place, virtual dates have become default. Will this last? A Tinder survey of users found that over half of its U.S. users have used the video date function with a match in the past month. Plus, 40% of Gen Z members surveyed who tried video dating said they'd continue using the feature "as a way to decide whether to meet IRL (in real life) in the future — even once their favorite date spot is open again."</p><p>Launched in 2012, Tinder, now boasting over 60 million subscribers, is available in 190 countries and over 40 languages.</p>
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