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The Craig Sewing Show: Jody James Watkins joins Steve Kane on April 3, 2014

The Simple Man sat in for Craig tonight with help from “ELITE” Brian Lewis out of Pacific Beach and very special guest Jody James Watkins of Watkins Landmark…fun show, awesome content! Check out Jody James Watkins on The Craig Sewing Show. Teaching you how to win in any marketplace. The Craig Sewing Show is a…

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Angeleno Magazine: Recognizing 100 Faces of the Beverly Hills Centennial

7 Second Strategies’ Co-Founder Sheena Tahilramani was recognized in Angeleno Magazine’s April 2014 “100 Faces of the Beverly Hills Centennial” feature. As the city of Beverly Hills turned 100 years old, over 700 of the city’s most prominent business leaders and tastemakers – from Jerry Magnin and Anastasia Soare, to celebrities like Quincy Jones, Jessica Alba,…

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StartUp Beat: Cross-border accelerator HardTech Labs launches to tap the strengths of the San Diego and Tijuana area startup ecosystems

By Brian Kovalesky, StartUp Beat editor Hardware startups are hot and drawing significant investor attention, and a new cross-border hardware accelerator that launched last week called HardTech Labs is more proof. The effort is a consortium that bridges the U.S./Mexico border and brings together the San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja, Mexico startup communities. In the…

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Xconomy: TakeLessons Takes in $7M to Expand Its Online Market for Classes

By Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego’s TakeLessons might just be one of those startups that works for years before suddenly becoming an overnight success. It’s been eight years since the company was founded as an online marketplace where music teachers could find students and vice versa. Today TakeLessons says it has raised $7 million in…

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UT San Diego: TakeLessons raises $7 million

Online marketplace links instructors with students across the country By Mike Freeman San Diego’s TakeLessons, an online marketplace linking teachers with students, said Monday it has raised an additional $7 million in venture capital to continue its expansion beyond music and academic tutoring. The funding round was led by new investor Lightbank of Chicago. It…

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Pando: San Diego’s HardTech Labs opens cross-border hardware accelerator to tap Mexican manufacturing

By Michael Carney In yet another signal that we’re in the midst of a full blown hardware renaissance, the San Diego startup community got its first manufacturing-focused accelerator. HardTech Labs (HTL), which bills itself as a cross-border operation, aims to give founders access to low-cost manufacturing infrastructure in the Mexican towns of Otay Mesa and Tijuana. HardTech…

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Xconomy: Cross-Border Innovation Groups Establish Manufacturing Accelerator

By Bruce V. Bigelow Efforts to strengthen San Diego’s tech startup community by working more closely with the innovation ecosystem in Tijuana has led to the formation of HardTech Labs, a cross-border accelerator program intended to give startup founders access to low-cost manufacturing. HardTech Labs would initially operate as a kind of virtual umbrella group…

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Los Angeles Magazine: Dinner and a Show: Acrobats, Fashion and Music at a Birthday Party for Beverly Hills

by Kari Mozena Eating, along with watching acrobats, are two of my favorite things. Crustacean and The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce let me combine my loves the other night as the Chamber and Master Chef Helene An celebrated Beverly Hills’ 100th birthday. I should not be surprised; I’ve gone to many over-the-top parties at…

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UT San Diego: TakeLessons buys online marketplace rival

San Diego company aims to expand its online platform beyond music lessons by Mike Freeman San Diego-based TakeLessons, an online marketplace for connecting students with private teachers, said Tuesday it has purchased Chicago-based Betterfly for an undisclosed price. The move boosts TakeLessons’ base of customers, which stood at 500,000 students and teachers in 4,000 cities…

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San Diego Business Journal: Company Pursues Quality From Start to Finish In Repositionings

by Stephanie R. Glidden Home foreclosures are down and home prices are up — exactly the opportunity that Nick Sinatra and Anthony Nanula of American Coastal Properties LLC are in Southern California to seize. Forti­fied with a recent $50 million investment from Colony Capital LLC and the Pritzker/Vlock family, American Coastal is busy buying high-end…

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