Monthly Archives: January 2021
Jan 19 2021
SCALE 19x – Postponed

SCALE 19x – Postponed

Out of concern for the health and safety of our organizers, volunteers, and
the wonderful SCALE  community — and in line with recent “Stay at
Home” orders issued by the California State government — we sadly will
not be holding SCALE in any capacity this year.

We will miss seeing everyone this year, but cannot wait to come back March
2022. Be sure to lookout for more updates from us soon.

If you are missing our SCALE content in the coming months, you can find
previous years talks on our channel:

Take care of yourselves and we will see you safely in Pasadena in 2022.

Jan 18 2021
Curb Your Recycling: Understanding Recycling and Waste Prevention

Curb Your Recycling: Understanding Recycling and Waste Prevention

  • Date:01/20/2021 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

A great way to start the new year! This online workshop, led by Burbank Recycle Center, Waste_Warriors

is a boot camp version of Waste Warriors, the popular zero waste resident training program.

Sign Up Here

Have you “bin” confused on recycling and other waste questions? Join the experts from the Burbank Recycle Center for a basic training on what goes where and why. 

Get inspired as we explore the 6 R’s of waste reduction: ReThink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Return (nutrients back to nature).

Our session will cover

  • What recycling is (and what it isn’t)
  • What happens when your discarded material is picked up and goes “away”
  • Understanding of plastics and packaging types
  • Electronics and Household hazardous waste
  • Organics (yard clippings, food scraps)
  • Waste reduction and prevention tips
  • Answers at Your Disposal: City of Burbank’s Where it Goes guide (online search tool found at

This workshop will be led by Amy Hammes and Kreigh Hampel, Recycling Specialists with the City of Burbank. Download the Zoom app today and you will be ready to log in on January 20.

Jan 14 2021
Fitbit Joins Google @fitbit

Fitbit Joins Google

Jan 14 2021
City of Burbank Announces New Tech Startup Accelerator

City of Burbank Announces New Tech Startup Accelerator

Burbank Partners with Untapped Ventures to Launch the “Future of Work Studio Accelerator” A Unique Virtual Program Focused on Economic Development

Post Date:01/14/2021 10:36 AM

January 14, 2021, BURBANK, California – The City of Burbank announced the launch of a new pre-seed virtual accelerator today designed to help stimulate economic development and advance innovation for tech startups and small businesses. In partnership with Untapped Ventures, a local Los Angeles-based startup/venture studio and Venture Capital firm, the City of Burbank has taken action in the midst of a global pandemic to ensure that entrepreneurs are provided the resources necessary to work on the challenges facing the future if our workforce today.

The virtual studio accelerator program will help 25 entrepreneurs in a in a two (2) phased approach.  The first phase runs March to June 2021 and lays the foundations for cofounders meeting, ideating, and validating an important problem to solve in the Future of Work space. Phase two will run from July to November and is designed to build traction and show off progress in a Demo Day in November to help attract funding.

Due to the unprecedented shift we have experienced as a result of the on-going pandemic, the theme of the accelerator is innovation in the Future of Work. The Future of Work spectrum is wide and ranges from startups building new productivity tools (think Zoom and Slack) to technology ventures using hardware (like Virtual Reality). In essence, this program is for startups building tools, services, and technology that makes work easier, no matter what industry that may be.

Mary Hamzoian, City of Burbank’s Economic Development Manager notes “The way people work is changing so quickly due to the pandemic, an accelerator that focuses on supporting startups and re-imagining how industries work will play an important role in re-building the future of the workplace.”

The City of Burbank’s Economic Development Team has been instrumental in creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs to learn, grow, and thrive. In addition to this new accelerator, the City of Burbank also hosts Burbank Tech Talks and Burbank Start-up Pitch Fests aimed at helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed by learning about the resources and networks available to them. The numerous co-working spaces and tech labs in the area makes it easy for local innovators to experiment and launch new ventures. The City of Burbank is truly an entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovation hub.

“Burbank has a diverse tech ecosystem led by Media & Entertainment, but also spans into other industries including Tech, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.  We want to support all industries and their innovations through our Future of Work Accelerator, while spreading the word about the benefits of doing business in the City of Burbank.” says City of Burbank Mayor, Bob Frutos.

The Future of Work Accelerator is the result of over six months of planning, strategizing, and development. Untapped Ventures is at the forefront of innovation within the Future of Workspace and invests in ventures at the earliest stages. Their experienced team of startup experts, EIRs (Entrepreneurs in Residence), and startup coaches have achieved remarkable results running this accelerator program for other corporates and government entities. Most recently, their Aspiring Founders program finished with great success.

“Untapped Ventures is very excited to work with the City of Burbank to run this unique, traction-focused, high value-producing accelerator that will benefit economic development in the City of Burbank.” shares George Bandarian, Founder & General Partner of Untapped Ventures.

Click here to learn more and apply to the accelerator:

About City of Burbank

There are many compelling reasons to choose Burbank for your business location. From strong demographics to a high quality of life and a thriving business community, Burbank offers you an unparalleled competitive advantage. The City offers many incentives for businesses and entrepreneurs including No City Income Tax, No Gross Sales Receipt Tax, One Burbank High-Speed Fiber Optics Network, and Energy and solar rebates. For business resources, development opportunities, and more visit:


Mary Hamzoian


About Untapped Ventures

Untapped Ventures is a $10MM early-stage venture studio fund based in LA that builds and invests in startups reimagining the Future of Work with white gloves high-touch massive value-adding services founders appreciate including its flagship Future of Work Studio Accelerator and Speed to Seed Studio offering. Untapped Ventures has reimagined the traditional accelerator model to address the vital needs of entrepreneurs in the modern era. Sharing in the blood, sweat, and tears, Untapped Ventures provides resources, and works closely with founders to help build companies with funding, hands-on execution, startup growth and scaling, strategic advisory, and access to their worldwide network.


George Bandarian


Jan 14 2021
Beware of Verizon and Early Termination Fees @verizon

In the middle of pandemic and businesses closing left and right Verizon is hitting customers with outlandish ETF. No way to appeal.

Share your experience with Verizon ETFs.

Calls to the executive of office and managers did not result in any relief from the ETFS.

In one example a business Verizon account with Fios and a phone line with a monthly cost over $200. Equipment was purchased. A two year agreement is AUTO-Renewed with the notice in small print on the monthly statement, and no mention of the ETF amounts. Deceptive at best and unethical and abusive of customers.

The early termination fees on an account like this is over $1200 after one year!  One year in imagine what it is after a month, close to $2,400?  Its outlandish.

You can try to speak with the Executive Relations Team – I spoke to Calvin Ward.

Calvin Ward


Verizon Executive Relations Team

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Jan 14 2021
Nanoparticle Immunization Technology Could Protect Against Many Strains of Coronaviruses @caltech

Nanoparticle Immunization Technology Could Protect Against Many Strains of Coronaviruses


Jan 13 2021
Super Bowl LV 2021 55 Ads
Sunday, February 7
Super Bowl LV 2021
Super Bowl 55 will be in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2021.
Ads already booked and committed to run include:
PepsiCo Frito-Lay – ads for its ’90s era Doritos “3D Crunch” and for its new “Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix.”
30 seconds slots sell for $6million.

Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show

The Weeknd to Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The NFL announced that The Weeknd will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, and On Location guests will be in attendance for what promises to be another epic performance.

The three-time GRAMMY Award winner released his fourth album, After Hours, earlier this year, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. His ’80s inspired song “Blinding Lights” broke the record for Billboard’s longest-running No. 1 single on its U.S. radio chart at 46 weeks and counting. He will look to match an incredible performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, one that received rave reviews from On Location package holders.

Super Bowl 55 ticket packages are currently on sale and a wide variety of seat locations are available. On the Fifty packages offers fans the best view of all the action and the halftime show, while Touchdown Club packages give fans an elevated perspective of the pageantry featured at every Super Bowl.

In addition to the game and halftime spectacle, On Location’s all-inclusive pregame parties will feature live entertainment, appearances from NFL Legends like Joe Montana, open bars and dynamite cuisine.

Experiences are subject to change. Click here for the most up-to-date package inclusions or call 877-373-5062.

Stay connected with NFL On Location on social media for additional Super Bowl LV updates:

The NFL announced that The Weeknd will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, and On Location guests will be in attendance for what promises to be another epic performance. This year marks the second collaboration between Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation following last year’s halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira for Super Bowl LIV.

Jan 12 2021
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Jan 10 2021
East Pasadena OSH Location To Become Grocery Store?

The construction equipment and fencing are onsite at the East Pasadena location of what was previously OSH, which was owned by Lowe’s.

The City of Pasadena Planning and Community Development Department has a file on the site.

While there is enough info on the locations purpose, the tenant or new owner is somewhat secretive.  In the list of possible stores that could occupy include Amazon Fresh, Lazy Acres, Gelson’s, Aldi, Grocery Outlet, and others including but bot limited to some of the other larger chains that may be looking at the location as a move.  At 53,000 ft it is fairly large, but not large enough for a Costco or Walmart.

Amazon Fresh has existing store locations in Woodland Hills, Northridge, Irvine, North Hollywood and Whittier, and several stores opening soon in IL. Looking at the market and the layout, it seems like the most likely occupant of the location. Amazon already has two Whole Foods locations in Pasadena, and perhaps this would give them an exit from one of the other locations, or enhance their presence in the area.


With Home Depot entering the area it will be interesting to see who moves in.   As the site develops we should know more. Additional permits and inspections by the City of Pasadena will reveal more on the layout and application which will provide further clues.

The architecture firm is now available as McKently Malak Architects based in Pasadena.

There are renderings posted on their site.

Osh Pasadena-web (2)

Osh Pasadena-web (3)

Osh Pasadena-web (1)

Image Credit: from McKently website

Conditional Use Permit #6836, Case Planner Jennifer Driver.

Under the applicate as KCB Pasadena Store, LLC.. Which appears to be an equity holding firm located in Pasadena.   With real estate holdings around the nation.

The project description from the CUP.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant, KCB Pasadena Store, LLC., is requesting a Conditional Use Permit(CUP)to allow the off-site sales of a full line of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits)(Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)License Type 21), as well as instructional tastings on-site(ABC License Type 86), in conjunction with the operation of a new 41,459 square-foot grocery store (Food Sales land use). The proposed grocery store would be located within an existing vacant 53,041square-foot single-story commercial building previously occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), a home improvement retail store. The proposed hours of operation would be from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. Food Sales is a land use that is permitted by-right in this location. The proposed establishment would offer a range of typical grocery offerings, in addition to specialty items and related services. The store’s offerings will include fresh produce, pre-packaged meats, packaged foods, dairy products, salad bar and hot food offerings. As discussed in this report, it is proposed that the grocery store would sell a broad selection of beer, wine, and spirits, including craft and specialty products. The sales of alcohol requires the approval of a Conditional Use Permit.


This is the link from when the property was about to be occupied by OSH.

3425 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107


Jan 8 2021
Nancy Pelosi’s laptop was stolen during Wednesday’s events at the Capitol

Nancy Pelosi’s laptop was stolen during Wednesday’s events at the Capitol



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