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"Eaze is the largest legal marketplace for cannabis and because of that, it's our responsibility to help correct the governmental and societal problems created by the war on drugs and the over incarceration of Black & brown bodies."

As dot.LA's Tami Abdollah reports, Eaze could go a long way to evening the playing field in the cannabis industry. On Wednesday, it announced seven startups included in its diversity accelerator program, including two from L.A.

A third podcast company owned by Spotify has unionized.

Airbnb partners with L.A. to crack down on unregistered listings.

Snapchat sees booming growth as TikTok struggles.

HBO experiments with virtual reality for its "Lovecraft Country" show.

The NHTSA rolls out a new tool to track automated vehicle testing in your town.

Save the date! The inaugural dot.LA Summit will take place on October 27th & 28th!

The LA-Based Black and Latina-founded Cannabis Startups on Eaze

L.A.-based cannabis startups dreamt and Blaqstar Farms are now part of Eaze's Social Equity Partners Program, which aims to boost underrepresented founders of cannabis startups with "wraparound" financial and operational support. Read more >>

QR Codes Come Back as Restaurants Go Contactless

QR codes and contactless menus are taking on the tasks once done by waiters as restaurants look to cut costs and keep diners safe. Read more >>

Surf Air Plans to Go Public

The Santa Monica-based subscription airline service will use a $200 million investment to create a zero-emission fleet, and says it plans to go public soon. Read more >>

HatchBeauty: From $150,000 in Debt to Over $100M in Sales

CEO Tracy Holland has seen her beauty and wellness incubator grow to over $100 million in sales, but success didn't come easy. Hear her story >>

Strategy Session: Is South LA the Next Tech Hub?

Join us at 11 a.m. PST on Wednesday, September 9th for our next Strategy Session. We'll talk with South L.A. founders about the challenges they face, their efforts to find capital and what the future holds. Speakers to be announced. Sign up >>

Save the Date: The 2020 dot.LA Summit

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural dot.LA Summit on October 27th & 28th. The virtual gathering will include cutting-edge programming, fast pitch competitions, live awards show, networking, workshops, social events and more! The Summit will feature the most disruptive and innovative L.A.-based startups. Early Access - Register here!

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